Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Honolulu Nights, Purple Days

I took my new-to-me 1960s Hawaiian maxi out for a whirl last Saturday evening.



Show-stopping colours, aren't they?




I went round to Tracey's for dinner with three other friends - Thai green curry, delicious!

And I made a start on the Task of the Summer, a house tidy up/clear out, by donating a lot of clothes which I never wear to Trace for her work wardrobe - she's got a new job!




1960s maxi dress (vintage fair), bangles and hair flower (charity shopped), Fly wedge sandals (retail, several years ago)


So that was sunny Saturday; this is today. 




Yep, back in tights and boots...




... and umbrella. 


  

Inspirational colours.




1970s dress (Ebay), tights, cardigan, beads, bracelets (charity shopped), boots (Second to None)




Jess found an alternative use for an umbrella - keeping one's fluffy bum off the wet grass.





Where did the sun go? I want summer back now please!

   xxx

32 comments:

Lynn Dylan said...

Oooo, love all the florals! The inspiration is lovely. I know I miss the sun when it is gone! Light greatly affects my mood. It will be back soon.

xoxo
Lynn

one denim bird said...

Gorgeous darlink! Love the colours in the Hawaiian number and that 1970s dress is too much. Come out sun - Curtise needs you!

Sissy said...

Ooh love that Hawaiian number, I have a ton of those I started buying when I got into island music on my uke...and don't they just cheer you up when you put one on, thanks for the post!

Joni James said...

Inspirational colors for sure! I love the whole outfit with the tights and boots. Looks like you're getting a ton of use from those burgundy boots too. Nice score!

Stacey said...

Gorgeous dresses! I love the colour scheme of both of them, and they're both generally fab! I am giggling a little at your kitty's use of the umbrella - they really will find any way to keep their bums from getting wet, won't they?

Vintage Coconut said...

You look beautiful in that vivid maxi dress.
I also really love the color scheme of the 1970s floral dress. It looks perfect with those boots and that cardi.

Trudie said...

The maxi defintely worthy of gorgeous comment so is yourself.

I love the I spirit ion you've taken from the garden.

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh that maxi is EXQUISITE and so are you! Was looking at these pics while listening to your message - it was almost like being there! The second outfit is gorgeous too and I love the flowers - great pics. And cheeky kitty. LOVE! Sarah xxx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

The maxi is beautiful....what a gorgeous combination of colours! I must say your arms look SUPER toned too (unlike my white bingo wings!) As usual I am really drawn to the style of the second outfit. I love the fit of that frock on you, teamed with boots, tights & cardi. I would happily wear that all year round! Xx

two squirrels said...

Oh my that is a show stopper!!!!!! The colour is amazing and you look fantastic in it lovely Miss Curtise.
Oh no the sun is gone again. Rats.
I love how cats always seem to sit there furry wee butts on everything.
Happiness to you, oh and summer.
Love v

angie said...

Two seasons in a few days is a challenge and I would love a bit of rain with all the dryness around me.The long hawaian dress is so much in fashion this summer.By the way you have such a nice garden.

Trees said...

I love the maxi - such lovely colours! I do like the raining day outfit too - but sad to see you have another rainy day in summer. I do love those beautiful colours in your garden, the flowers are incredible.

Terri said...

Well, one benefit of the return of the rain is the lush garden you have...and the inspiration to wear these lovely purples and fuchsia! I love that first dress!

Our own lawn has basically died this summer from lack of rain.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

awww I love your gorgeous cats! Jess obviously knows she's beautiful. So are you in your purple dream! Fantastic colours in the garden too. I love today's outfit too, love the soft tights and the dress pattern. Why does it have to be tights weather in Sheffield? Sending some Chilterns heat your way (beware it's warm but also very clammy).
Ps - not seen your niece at the manor, I didn't go as I'm still ill with bladder badness xxx

Le Material Girl said...

I love the second floral dress, it's so summery!
xo

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

Crafty, a clear out of old work clothes makes way for new to you maxis - I like your thinking! Love all the purples in these outfits, and your fluffy bummed cat x

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Honey you are OWNING that fabularsehole maxi!!!! The colours have my eyeballs bulging out of their sockets, you look so, so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where else could you eat but a Thai restaurant in such a glorious creation? I'm SO happy you got to wear it out and I'll bet you knocked the socks off the Greige Brigade - woohooooooo!!!! Poo to more rain, but yay to giving it a right ole kick up the date with more glorious colour - your lovely frock looks like a painting and how I love to perve over you frolicking in your beautiful garden with added pussies:)) xoxoxoxo

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Love the second dress - gorgeous clours. Bored with the weather. It's grey and rainy today too but I'm refusing to wear tights and boots. Sandals and pale legs all the way for me! Oooh, I'd love a Thai green curry right now, will have to make do with tuna mayo sarnies instead. xx

Vix said...

I just love that Hawaiian maxi in all it's glorious pinkness and even if the weather's turned a bit shitty at least those fabulous boots get another outing!! Mmmm, I'd kill for a spicy Thai curry right now.
Lucky old Trace getting a wardrobe for free, that guarantees good karma and lots of Seventies finds for you.
Our cats are refusing the leave the house in the rain, spoilt fur babies! xxxxxxx

Megan said...

Such cute kitties. They're not dumb, they know how to keep their bums dry.

The maxi dress is stunning - so bright! I'm sorry you're back in tights and boots. Seems summer in England has been pretty miserable. Hopefully August will be better.

Kylie said...

As much as I hate our hideously hot Summers, I don't think I could cope with "your" version either. Bit depressing after a while...
You, however look anything but depressing Curtise, in fact you look gorgeous in both outfits. You must be a Summer and a Winter person (in colour talk) x

menopauselsupermodel said...

That hawaiian dress is FABULOUS!! I love the bright print and you are rocking it!!
Love the second outfit--altho I can't imagine wearing boots and tights in summer (it's horrid hot here)
your cats are stunning and certainly not stupid!!

kaffesoester said...

Your Hawaiian dress is fantastic! It works really well with your hair colour. Isn't Thai food just the best? I can never have enough of it!

The today outfit is so beautiful! I guess these are your favorite colours since you have them in your garden too? In my mind this post will always be "purple rain"!

Preity Lama Tamang said...

love love the first vintage dress!! its absolutely gorgeous!! beautiful prints and very classic and flattering shilloutte
xx

Lynne DeVenny said...

I'm insanely jealous that you can wear tights. I bet we can't here until November :(

That maxi is smashing; you have the best maxi collection of anyone I see style blogging.

So glad the cat was spared the touch of wet grass :o

Hugs to you, too. Thanks for the nice words about my daughter yesterday. I know I'm not the only one with sick family members; I keep looking for ways not to get tied up in knots myself when her disease flares because I know we both have to live with it, her more so than me as she makes her way in the world.

The Style Crone said...

From floral maxi to boots in one day! You managed the transition with aplomb with that beautiful lush background no matter rain or shine.

Annie said...

You know I'm going to love that floral maxi! But the short dress is gorgeous too. It's good that you are getting such a lot of wear out of the fab boots, but it would be better if it wasn't in the middle of Summer!

Oh well, your garden looks spectacular, and Jess looks very happy, so it's not all bad. (And you can always do what I'm doing right now and pass the rainy spells in studying Wiggo's 'form'!!!!)

Dawn said...

Curtise, you make me want to don my hawaiian dress that I thrifted from savers in Hawaii last year. When I go to new places for holiday, I look forward to thrifting more than the vacation itself. I love the dress and its vibrant colors. The cats are adorable, love their little faces. I may have asked you this before but where in England do you live? I have been to Manchester and London..long story. I will have to email that story. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

Krista said...

Oh my goodness you look delicious! I love the Hawaiian maxi dress the colors on you are perfection! As a matter of fact you are really looking killer in purple! Those boots you got at Second to None are getting so much use and really make your outfits that much more awesome! I promise I will bring sunshine with me next month!
XXOO
Krista
PS Your garden is looking yummy!

Melanie said...

Okay, I'm just going to ignore the rain and the boots and all that (even though you look fantastic) and focus on that Hawaiian number...Wow!! I adore it! It reminds me of mine and I feel like a queen when I wear it. You are looking very goddess here, the perfect wear for Thai mind-travel over curry.

La Dama said...

Oh you sweet delicious Hawaiian maxi woman!
I do love you more in bright colors amor.
Second dress is prettier with your sexy burgundy boots.
Besotes

Jumpo London said...

Nice combination green with maxi dress....both color is really natural!!
Angelababy