Friday, 22 June 2012

Purple Phase

So I seem to be having a bit of a thing for purple and florals at the moment.




Here's that old purple cardigan again, this time worn with the fabulous 1980s skirt which the lovely Sacramento sent me in her Jubilee swap parcel.

And purple sparkly tights to brighten up a very dull wet day. 

The joys of British summertime...

1980s skirt (swap treasure), vest, cardigan, tights and necklace (charity shopped), boots (Ebay)

 
This was yesterday's outfit, in which I trolled off to Chesterfield flea market with a car load of lovely women, and where the unheard-of happened. I didn't buy anything. I know. How unlike me.
 


And this was today's ensemble. It had just started raining again.



I bought this Pied a Terre frock for £3.99 in a charity shop recently, intending to put it on Ebay. But as so often happens, I tried it on and changed my mind! It's got that 80s slouchy batwing thing going on, which I rather like, as long as I add some shape with a belt to guard against the sack-of-spuds look. 



I do actually have a pair of Pied a Terre shoes (bought way back when I was working full time, had no kids, lived on my own and my money was mine to do with as I wanted!) I didn't realise they also do a clothing range now, and on checking it out, they have some delightful dresses (take a look) but the cheapest are around the £90 mark, going up to £190. Obviously way out of my league, so I'm pleased with my bargain charity shop buy!


Pied a Terre dress, vintage beads, bangle (charity shopped), floral leggings and boots (Ebay), bead bracelet (dearest Sacramento), belt (retail, sale), huge foxgloves (Nature's bounty)

It's been a quiet night in tonight before tomorrow's shenanigans. Our local Heeley Festival is on in the afternoon, and unless the rain is absolutely torrential, we will go. It's an annual community event and we always support it.

Then Barbara is coming round for a rummage through my vintage rail, she's showing an unhealthy interest in my wig collection and my frilly bloomers, and has demanded to appear on the blog, so who am I to refuse?

After playing dress-up and having some tea, we are off to the pub with a load of raucous women to celebrate my birthday in style (it's actually on Monday.)


I hope I don't end up pulling this face on Sunday, as I recall the previous night's ridiculous drunken behaviour... It has been known. My bet is that I'll just get sloppy-drunk and tell everyone I love them!

Now - whatever shall I wear?

Have a great weekend, my dears!
  xxx

25 comments:

Vintage Bird Girl said...

What a fabulous skirt....I love the print, & your boobage looks superb in that cardigan. I wish my girls looked that good! Love the second outfit too with the trusty belt to jazz it up. I hope you have a wonderful weekend of pre-birthday celebrations. It's mine next Sunday too! Love to you my style Queen. Xx

Melanie said...

Oooo, those sparkly tights are a wonderful secret of sparkly goodness under that fabulous skirt! I hope you show your legs often like you do in that incredible first photo! Your impending night on the town sounds like so much fun. I really wish I could join you... I look forward to seeing what you choose to wear on your night out. Happy Birthday (Monday)!!!! PS "They" say rain is good for the complexion. We must both have nuclear skin by now based on the similar weather we are having.

Fiona said...

You are perfection personified in purple but I'm slightly disappointed that there was no Jimi video uploaded at the end of the post. Never mind I'll just sing it instead.
Fancy not buying a single thing, how restrained of you or was it 'cos there was a load of old tat? Looking forward to seeing Barbara and hearing about your drunken birthday celebrations. Have fun. xxx

Joni James said...

I'm hoping your birthday on Monday is fabulously fabulous!
I love how you put the floral tights together with the floral dress. Very cool and unexpected. ;)

Max said...

Happy happy birthday style queen, looking forward to seeing the party dress, love the purple cardi, nice shade, grape maybe? 90 quid!!! So hard to go back to normalcstores and prices after charity shops, i can't imagine i ever will (until all my mega-buck pre claud shoes wear out anyway!)

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Oh birthday girl, consider yourself birthday arse-squeezed by me, actually two squeezes on each cheek for looking so fecking scrumptious!!!! Oh your friend absolutely MUST try on your frilly bloomers love, it sounds like you have a vintage knicker convert on your hands ready for plucking:)). Ninety quid for the PAT frocks? Do they realise they're being snapped up by a gorgeous purple woman who knows just how to show them and her gorgeous gams off with style?!!! With floral tights - RAAAAAOOOWWWWW!!!! Boo to the pissing rain, I hope it holds off for your birthday - no fair! Big hugs to you my darling woman! xoxoxoxoxoxxo

Vicky Hayes said...

Nothing like a purple phase for raising the spirits and I love the foxglove hat! Having a few drinks is the perfect excuse to tell your besties you'll love them forever - hope you had a great time and happy birthday for Monday! Vicky x

delia hornbook said...

Well your looking gorgeous in both outfits love you in purple. And just check out both of tights very groovy ;-)) Have a fab weekend can't wait to see your friend dressed up in your bloomers and wigs ;-)) And happy birthday for Monday, hugs, dee xxx

SACRAMENTO said...

That skirt was meat to be yours, dear Curtise. I love you in floral as well.
have a lovely weekend.
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Louise said...

Great outfits, I love purple too, although I don't think I have much of it in my wardrobe, must rectify that. Isn't it great when you find something in the charity shop and later discover it would have been very expensive? Have a great birthday. Xx

Misfits Vintage said...

Gorgeous fron head to toe in both outfits (I think I have the same purple cardi). Love the skirt - and the fab slouchy frock. And teh enormous flowers and FLORAL TIGHTS!! Hope you have a fantastic time - can't wait to see the pics of you and Barbara frolicking in your bloomers! And happy birthday - how did I not know??? I bloody love a lovey drunk.

LOVE! Sarah xxx

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I think purple is a wonderful colour for spring, summer and autumn. Loving the florals.

Nora Fab said...

I love the floral outfit dress/tights and of course Sacramento's skirt (but who doesn't..?!)

Nora

http://notenora.blogspot.com

Kylie said...

I am hoping and hoping my parcel turns up in time for your birthday...I would forgive Aus Post/Royal Mail for all their sins if it did. I'm sure there's some purple inside...
(I'm lodging that complaints form at the end of the week, so please keep me posted)
Have a lovely day on Monday Curtise, hope you "party like it's your birthday!" x

Lucy Nation said...

Wow, you look great in both of these outfits. I love the 80's skirt in the first pic and the PaT frock and floral tights ensemble quite frankly ROCKS! I'm not surprised you kept it.

Have a lovely weekend xxx

Rose&Bird said...

Happy Birthday for Monday, darling! Loving the purple, hope you're feeling well today x

Vix said...

Happy Birthday for tomorrow! I must treat you to lunch in Wetherspoons soon to make up for being late!
I love that skirt especially that minxy thigh action shot in the last picture, it;s a glorious fit and colour and perfect for a crap summer's day. Well done, Sacramento!
I had no idea Pied A Terre made clothes, that dress is gorgeous adn accessorised to perfection!
Sending you loads and loads of birthday love and kisses! xxxxxxxxxx
PS Hope you take lots of pictures of Barbara in wigs and frilly bloomers!

grunge-queen said...

Gorg skirt, and I love purple too - my twin sis used to dye everything purple when we were younger and I called her the Purple Queen. If I don't catch you tomorrow - a big Happy B-day to you, fellow June Baby! xo

Terri said...

May you have the happiest of birthdays!

Trees said...

I do think purple is your colour and a beleted happy birthday to you:D

Trees said...

I do think purple is your colour and a beleted happy birthday to you:D

Kitty said...

I'm sure you found something fab to wear!! Loving the purple on you, and happy (belated!) birthday!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I love those tights and the purple and florals are such a great combo! Where did you get the second pair of tights/leggings? I need them! You look gorgeous, love that cheeky flash of leg! You brighten up a rainy day. But we need the sunshine back don't we?

Bella Q said...

One could argue that purple and florals seem to have a thing for you. Marvelous.

Forest City Fashionista said...

The purple and pink outfit is one of my faves, especially with you flashing some leg action! It looks like you had a wonderful birthday, my apologies for the late greetings.