Monday, 7 May 2012

Thank you, thank you

There's much to appreciate about blogging. I feel like I have stumbled upon an addictive new hobby which I am cursing myself for not doing sooner. Always late to the party, me... But better late than never, I am now a member of THE coolest gang ever! And let me tell you - that has never happened before...

Two lovely friends and delightful bloggers, Helga and Miss Simmonds, have passed on this award to me - thank you, darlings!

These are the rules:

1: Thank the person who nominated you by linking his/her blog
2: Answer the four questions below
3: Award the Blogger Appreciation Award to fellow bloggers
4: Let the Bloggers know that you have nominated them

    How long have you been blogging for?
                                                    Only since September 2011, although it feels like longer.

         Why did you start blogging?
Sarah Misfit told me to! And She Must Be Obeyed! I was following and thoroughly enjoying reading blogs but never thought I would have one of my own. Sarah, Vix and Helga were all very encouraging, so I thought I'd give it a go. I was worried about not having any USP to offer the blogging world, but I have come to realise that we all offer something unique and special because we offer ourselves. And I had no idea I would have this much fun and find so many gorgeous friends along the way!

                                                    What type of blogs do you like to follow/read?
Vintage lovers, charity/thrift/op-shopping, creative folk (though I feel a little inadequate...), some Mummy blogs as long as they are funny, good writers - I just stumble across blogs and see what they have to offer. I'm open to any recommendations.

                  What is the one thing you'd like to improve on as a blogger?
I can't pick just one aspect. My photos are usually crap, I should probably do something about that. I sometimes have a yearning to write more but think I sound pseudy. I wish I was funnier. I keep meaning to improve the layout but never get round to it. I'd like to discover new and wonderful friends to add to the marvellous people I've already "met".
                                                         I would like to pass the award on to; 
Karen @ Ow, my angst - she makes me laugh, makes me cry, and she just lerrrves getting awards!
Fiona @ Made in a muddle - she's talented and beautiful, and doesn't seem to realise it!
Vix @ Vintagevixon - hers was the first blog I followed, and she's a legend and a lovely friend.
Sarah @ MisfitsVintage - she's helped me loads, and her style and wit are awesome.
Melanie @ Bag and a beret - she's creative, clever, thoughtful and innovative.

I could easily pass on this award to lots of bloggers whose style, humour and intelligence I love and appreciate - I think you know who you are!*

                         (*Debberoo - if you ever bloody posted, I'd include you! Come on, I miss you!)

                         So that's the business taken care of. Now the important stuff - what am I wearing?

I seem to be wearing a lot of green at the moment. Perhaps it's an unconsious desire to match the garden, which is particularly lush at the moment with all the rain we have had.

                  I'm not smiling, I'm grimacing. Charlie, the little shit, was biting me, he hates being picked up.

                             All the fallen cherry blossom looks like confetti has been flung around the garden.

1970s maxi skirt (flea market, £5), cardigan and belt (charity shop, both £1), 1970s mint green peasant blouse (jumble sale, 30p), bangles (charity shop, 50p-£1), Clarks ankle boots (community centre fair, £2), necklace (gift from lovely Krista). So this whole outfit comes in around a tenner or so (even the bra was charity-shopped for £1.25!)

I can't help adding videos from Youtube to my posts. My kids get irritated when I sing a line from a song based on something they've said; I like to think of it as a skill. I know a lot of songs, and I need to sing them!

I love Natalie Merchant, and this song is especially apt. The video makes me think of Desiree and her Carnivale/Circus Girl costumes. Enjoy!


Miss Simmonds Says said...

oooh I don't remember that song but I can imagine Des in those outfits.

I love your green outfit, very lush in a west country/welsh way. I used to have a cat, I miss his evil ways!

I love blogging, I'm so glad I found you and everyone else, I just need to meet up with people in real life now!

Anonymous said...

Super cute outfit, especially love the boots. I'm with you when it comes to this blogging thing. The goodness in it is so vast, it's hard to list it all. It's definitely a great tool for women to appreciate and encourage each other. It's made me finally step out of myself and dress more creatively.


Curtise - you are so bloody funny. Funny enough to make misery-guts Lucy laugh her head off. No mean feat.
I'm so so glad you started blogging. The award is well-deserved, and I love the opportunity to find new bloggers to stalk.
You have such a refined elegance, whatever you wear seems to work. you haven't got any of that wobbly/lumpy flab going on, have great proportions and a true eye for style.

Keep up the good work, I insist.

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

You really deserve your award!!!
I like to read the story that lays behind every blog..The floral outfit with the lovely chunky boots is awesome!!I love the cardigan and the skirt!
Your garden for me is a dream,the other day after writing to you how much mine is messy compared to yours I found a huge snake at my back door,
he becomes my pet!

Helga! said...

Yeah,I am so stocked you started blogging! It's bloody brillant fun,and I too wish I'd been doing it a lot earlier,but at least I AM doing it,so whatever!I agree with Lucy,you ARE funny!! You don't have to try!
I love this outfit,the soft green sare gorgeous and I'm especially loving the cardi and belt.You are quite elegant.And so sleek,despite pushing out sprogs.Don't know how you so it,but I'm so glad you do!
Wouldn't it be awesome if we could have have a big weekend together?!
One can hope!!!
I love your fabulousness!

Misfits Vintage said...

YAY! You deserve ALL of the awards - and thank you for sharing!! I was so glad you starting blogging - I knew you'd be witty and clever and GORGEOUS and fabulous!

I love your fab pattern mixing and sunny colours - the maxi is fabulous - and I hope you bit that cat back!

Love! Sarah xxx

Reva said...

LOVE this look, I am a sucker for a great floral print ;)

La Dama said...

Congrat on tour award Curtiseita!
I'm so glad you started blogging amor, you are charmingly funny,love to jumble and show us your sexy legs.
Whats not to love about you?

Vintage Coconut said...

*Woot Woot* for awards!
You TOTALLY deserve them.
I love reading all your posts.
Charley needs a good spank on the bottom for biting you. *lol*
I love that skirt and cardigan, you look lovely!

Melanie said...

I love all those flowers on you - you look like you've just sprung up from the garden yourself, like a flower pod left by body snatchers from the Happy Alien Planet (in a good way of course!

Curtise, I looove your blog! Your sharp wit, video-post-prowess, and of course your stunning style keep me coming back for more and more!! You are always an inspiration. How can you improve on something that's already so good?

I can't believe you've passed this award my way!?

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Curtise!

Sorry i did not comment sooner so busy, hard to comment sometimes! Lovely green outfit, i especially love the belt, just gorgeous
Congrats for the award, you deserve it you ork so hard at it and always lovely

Ariane xxxx

Anonymous said...

Curtise--this is a well-deserved award and I am so glad that you did not pass it along to me during this busy week!

Anonymous said...

Having watched the video...I can only imagine the new ideas you've given Desiree!

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Congrats on yet another award! I'm obviously not the only one who thinks you're fabulous! Loving that green skirt. You look so tall & slim in it. Too much green is never enough! Xx

Krista said...

You so deserve this award! We all love your sense of humor, style and kind compassionate heart! I always look forward to seeing and hearing what you've been up too? I love this skirt and you look yummy in green.

Vintage Sweetheart said...

Congrats on the award!! I'm in love with that maxi skirt, the colour is gorgeous. My kitty just wiggles out of my arms when he's picked up. xx

Trees said...

I love that pretty green skirt - you do a maxi so well!

Fiona said...

You so deserve this award. Your blog is always well written, humorous and keeps me coming back for more. Love to see your latest finds and YOU wearing them so stylishly. Have to mention the brilliant vids of course, which thanks to you I have now mastered. So Curtise, "Don't go changing, I love you just the way you are"

PS Thanks again for nominating me.

Rose&Bird said...

A well-deserved award, my love! Your blog is great and I always love to read a post from you x

Vix said...

Congratulations, my dear Curtise! Well deserved I must say! You are so funny,witty and elegant and I love you and your blog. Your photos are ace now you can do outdoor shots and we can see you in natural light.
That maxi is divine and perfect with Krista's super-duper pendant!
Thanks for the mention! Love and hugs xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

I do that too, sing songs according to what someone says. I also like to remind my daughter of the original old timer versions of some of the songs she likes. Anyway, who cares. Love you, love your blog, love your style. Keep on blogging. Long may you reign. xxx

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

You are great and you knows it! And your blog *is* individual, you're far from another 'me too' blogger. You have your own look and your own slant on things - plus you have kids and a regular life and still give me hope of achieving some semblance of style!

Congratulations xxxx

karensomethingorother said...

Thank you Curtise. I will get to it! Just poke me with a sharp stick if I take my usual amount of karen time.

Ah, Natalie--takes me back to my 10,000 Maniacs days.

You look lovely in green, even if the kitty was being very evil to you.

Leah said...

congrats!! Love the blog and your style...

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delia hornbook said...

aahh congratulations on the award ;-) I love your blog and i think you take great photo shots so don't ever change. Love your outfit today to ;-) dee xx

Dawn said...

Congratulations girl, you are very deserving of this award. Your skirt is the it. The color is amazing as I have been on a mint green kick lately. Thank you so much for being such a great blogger friend of late, leaving me encouraging comments and sticking with me in my absence. I love your passion for vintage. I love that you included the little biter cat in your photos too. I have a similar cat. Anyway, I am adding your blog to my front page as well. Thanks for putting mine on yours. Have a great day, love your hair lighter. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

Bella Q said...

Congrats on the award, well deserved and by such lovely ladies!

I too am still smitten/obsessed with blogging and the best part are the amazing people from around the world I've connected with, like you, many of which feel like real life friends!

Love the minty green maxi. I just bought cashmere blend minty blazer and can't wait to figure out how to wear it! Great color for spring/summer/fall.

You're on the blogroll now. I somehow thought you were already up there so my apologies for not posting it sooner. xo. Bella Q

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oh you darling creature, thank you so much for thinking of me when popping in this beautiful music video into this lovely post:)). I don't think I will EVER tire of the sartorial circus/carni-related possibilities in my life and there is some fabulously weird and wonderful eye-candy for me to feast on here:))). Def bookmarking this vid on You Tube and then I'll blast myself out of a cannon wearing a tutu and purple glitter eye shadow. I am so happy you started a blog because you always left such funny and thoughtful comments for me and I really, really wanted to "meet" you. You always make me laugh loudly and The Phoenix is glad I've make a friend from Sheffield - you are a rare and beautiful treasure my friend and I say YES to green, green and more green!! I LOVE your skirt and floral mix, oh and your wild pussy;). xoxoxoxoxoxooxxo

StreetChic said...

I truly love your look! Very chic and stylish

Lynne DeVenny said...

You are rockin' all that lush green, and I love that your skirt matches the trim in one of your upper windows :)