Friday, 2 March 2012

From peasant chic to fabulous Fifties

This was me today, pottering about running errands, charity shop mooching, and generally avoiding anything remotely constructive.

                                   This is currently my favourite blouse, it seems to work well with all my skirts.

1970s peasant blouse (Ebay, 99p), Uttam embroidered skirt (flea market, £4), tights, belt and bangles (charity shop), boots (Ebay, can't recall how much), necklace and ring (handmade gifts from the awesome Krista)

                   I found a little stash of 1950s children's books in Oxfam at £2 each, so I bought these four.

                   Couldn't resist. Loving the little girl with the whip - feel free to make up your own caption!

I am out later tonight with some friends I used to work with, back when I was gainfully employed as something professional, and not just a housework-avoiding charity-shopping layabout.

I have had a little trying-on session and wonder if this is too much for a real ale pub in the back streets of Sheffield?

                                                                Probably! But why let that stop me?

                                     The extra volume of the petticoat might get me some space at the bar!

1950s dress (vintage shop, reduced price because it needed some TLC), 1950s petticoat (St. Mary's vintage market), feather fascinator (Ebay), metallic T-bars and brooch (charity shops), sequin clutch bag (gift from Funky Diva Helga), faux pearls (swap prize from sweet Squirrel Vanessa)

                                                                                           Feathering my nest!

                                                            What do you think? De trop? No no! 

I can live with being overdressed, I just hope I don't spill curry on my lovely frock. If anyone gives me side-eye, they can kiss my ruffles!

                                                            Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!


Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Oh Curtise, I was loving the skirt but the dress... the dress..... is fabulous. De trop? Non way. I only wish I could still fit in my 50s dresses which are languishing in my wardrobe (and which I wore as a matter of course throughout my Sheffield days... awwww). Anyway, have a brilliant night out. xxx

Vintage Coconut said...

The top outfit is cute and sweet!
The books look great (love em)
Bottom outfit sexy siren (You will surely get noticed out at the pub.)
I love your facinator & your petticoat. (What a pretty color)

Ivy Black said...

You look fab and that dress is just stunning! Have a great

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I love all of those annuals especially that Girl one - I've got a book called "Mother Tells You How" which is made up of advice strips from there. Gorgeous dress - have fun on the tiles tonight! x

Fiona said...

Pas de trop! That dress is FAB-U-LOUS! The fabric looks so expensive, and the fascinator looks as if it was made for it. Loving the skirt also.
How times have changed, no whip waving little girls or Golliwogs on Annual covers these days.
Enjoy your vindaloo.

Melanie said...

Your dress leaves me breathless - it's fantastic. The blue crinoline must feel wonderful when you walk and make a swishy sound, and when you sit it will pouff out. Your hands must also brush against the skirt when you are standing. Don't fidget! Marvellous! Love that last pic. Mwah!

Trees said...

"they can kiss my ruffles" ha! I love it:) Such a fab frock too.

his_girl_friday said...

I overdress all the time. No one dresses up anymore! The only way to dress up is to overdress! You look so gorgeous. That dress is ridiculous. Also: I like the pattern mixing.

karensomethingorother said...

I don't think that outfit is too much at all. I think it looked rather stunning, and that's a good thing.

Also--super LOVE the peasant blouse.

And a quote? "He'll learn. Sooner or later, HE'LL LEARN."

Anonymous said...

Beautiful dress! Love it with your feathers and the petticoat. That skirt is pretty too. If anyone looks at you crazy poke a feather in their eye!

two squirrels said...

You look so beautiful in the steel silver 50's dress with the petticoat!!!!!!!My total and absolute favorite dress ever!!!!!
Look at your waist, wow.....
The feathers just make it.
Love v

Kylie said...

You can-can and must must wear that most beautiful 50's dress when you go out tonight!

I was loving your peasant chic, but that gorgeous silvery black cocktail number has upsurped my affections. Don't even think of not wearing it. You look gorgeous!

Love the books too, I'm afraid I can't think of a good enough caption for the little girl with the whip at the mo...ride 'em cowboy? Boring!

Rob said...

Hi Curtise, really good catching up with you and you looked fantastic. Perfect choice of dress. You brought a real touch of glamour into that dull old pub. Love Robert

Anonymous said...

That velvet dress.... SWOON!!!!
It's gorgeous!!!


Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Oh my God! There is too much amazingness on my monitor this Saturday morning - first Sarah Misfit looking like a total stunner and now you! Fabulous fabulous dress, I am so jealous of your enormous wardrobe and your incredible finds. You really look beautiful.

Also am green with envy over those books, I would have grabbed them in a heartbeat and spent an hour at home sniggering over the stories and pictures. The little girl whipping her brother who has been mounted by a golliwog - it's all too perfect!

Have a great weekend xxx

Melanie said...

You look gorgeous! That dress is divine!

Vix said...

Two fabulous outfits! I love that blouse and can see why it's a favourite. I hope you did go to the pub in that frock, you look bloody gorgeous and your waist is minute!!!
Those annuals are so sweet, sadly my brains' too fuddled with last night's ale to think of a witty caption! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Krista said...

Curtise you look so hippitasic in the first one but HOT DAM I am loving the killer dress with the turquoise petticoat...I'd buy you drinks all night long just for wearing it!!!!

Those books are too cute, caption you say, "Free rides from wicked red headed step child!"

Love you!

Rose&Bird said...

I love both outfits and the peasant blouse is a real bargain!
Hope you had a great evening out x

delia hornbook said...

OMG i loveeeeee that black 50's dress its blinking gorgeous i hope you did wear it out and i bet you got loads of compliments ;-)) you look gorgeous. Have a great weekend, dee xx

Anonymous said...

Oh, I hope you do wear this dress out to the pub. I want to READ about the reaction you get! I love that entire outfit! Would also like to peak inside the "girl annual."

Heather Fonseca said...

Love all your looks! I have a skirt very similar to your first one that I wore today. It's green rather than blue and I love it! I like the way you have paired it with an embroidered peasant top. Think I might have to find myself something like that...

sacramento said...

Love the skirt and top in blue, but the party dress and fascinator is soooooooooooooo gorgeous, aHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

wardrobeexperience said...

love both looks but the evening gown is fabulous! love the petticoat.


I do hope you wore that sensational outfit out on the town, it's simply beautiful.
That little girl has the devil in her, I'm sure of it, goodness knows what she has planned with that whip in her hand.
Your outfits seem to be getting better all the time, I'm getting quite inspired by the headwear.

Helga! said...

OMG OMG OMG never too much for any occasion!!!Looking fabularsehole!!! If I saw you out,looking that fab,I would totally be gagging to be your friend!
Oooo,and pleasantly peasant,all in one post!!That skirt is SO gorgeous!Love that shade of blue!
As for the wee lassie with the whip,it think it's just practice for standard daily housewife routine,isn't it?! Whipping the husby & kids into shape?!GRRR!
I want you on top of my cake NOW.
Love you!

Miss Peregrin said...

Teehee, kiss my ruffles. Love it! That dress is gorgeous by the way.

Vintage Sweetheart said...

I'm so jealous of your gorgeous petticoat! You look amazing in that frock and I love the first ensemble, the different shades of blue are devine. xxx

Misfits Vintage said...

OMG! The first outfit is gorgeous - so lovely! The blouse is FABULOUS on you...

And the second outfit... the dress... HOLY GUACA-FRICKIN-MOLE - THE FROCK! You look absolutely amazing (uh, were we separated at birth? we have very similar taste) and please PLEASE leave me this frock in your will. Unless you want to be buried in it, in which I am SO not surprised.

Sarah xxx

Tamera Beardsley said...

Love both of your looks..."I can live with being overdressed"...I think we must be kindred spirits.

I found your lovely blog through a comment on Melanie's blog and was intrigued as I have also been in a process of reinvention this year...reclaiming parts of me that had gone dormant in my journey raising children...

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Curtise!

I am back and trying to catch up!
I have a dreadful head cold that will teach me to go south!
It seems that your jumble sale went well

I love your ruffles Lady! I wish i could find some!

I will be posting soon!

Ariane xxxxxx

Vera Von Vixen said...

That grey and black frock is absolutely divine!

I'm with you on being overdressed. Anyone who doesn't like it can look the other way!

La Dama said...

Amor love your peasant skirt, especially the cross in the fabric.
Amar your gorgeous 50's dress, your my kind of girl wearing such a fabulosa feathery hat.
You can flash me anytime!
Are your shoes melissa shoes?

Melina-Lajolie said...

wow beautiful post! very inspirational :)
would you maybe like to follow each other? this would be awesome :)

Forest City Fashionista said...

Curtise, that is one kick-ass gorgeous dress, and it looks delish on you (look how TINY your waist looks!). I love fascinators, I find they look much better on me than most hats with my very short hair. YOu just go and show those pub patrons what a super-stylin' petticoat-packing dame you are. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!