Friday, 26 April 2013


Perhaps Spring is finally here.

I walked to school this afternoon without a coat on!

All the better to show off this beautiful dress, which my dear friend Vanessa sent to me, along with assorted other goodies.

Green beads, a peacock brooch, handmade card, and two Woman's Weekly books.

The dress was one of Vanessa's own favourite frocks - it is time for it to start a new adventure, she wrote, and I am so happy she entrusted this fabulous 1970s dress to me, it fits me perfectly and I adore everything about it.

I did start the day with a jacket.

I like the fact that this outfit exists because of blogging.
 The dress and bag are gifts from bloggers, and the boots were bought with Vix at the legendary Second to None in Walsall, which I would never have visited if not for blogging.
I can't tell you how much this delights me!

Velvet jacket, necklaces and bangles - charity shopped
1970s midi dress - gift from sweetest squirrel Vanessa
1970s suede bag - gift from soon-to-be-mum Kelly
1980s boots - Second to None
Brooch - car boot
Sunglasses - vintage shop

In other news, the flea market proved interesting this week. No clothes, but all manner of other treasures came home with me.

I have been on the look out for a globe lamp for ages and finally found one; four early Ladybird books; and my first cardigan clips (the stall holder from whom I bought them seemed impressed that I knew what they were!)

Fabulous 1966 Boyfriend annual.

And these;

Magic lantern slides.

There was a little pile of six (they were tricky to photograph and 2 of the pics were unclear) and I just thought they were beautiful. 
No idea what to do with them... I wonder if they could be fixed in a frame somehow and displayed with a light behind them? Any suggestions? They are about 3" square. And how old do you think they might be?

Can I say again how much I love this frock?
(The greens in the print are actually quite vivid, the sunshine has bleached out the colours somewhat.)

Thank you, Vanessa, I'll treasure her.

Here you go, vintage label whores!

I'm all Modelly!

There are jumble sales and vintage markets to go to this weekend, the kids will be here, there and everywhere doing various activities with various friends, and there's a bottle of wine with my name on it in the fridge.

Hope you have fun this weekend!



Vix said...

That Vanessa dress is an absolute dream on you, it's gorgeous and looks fantastic with THOSE boots!
What an exciting parcel. I hope you're going to share some household hints, lord know us slatterns need all the help we can get!
I can't believe you've got that Boyfriend annual, I bought mine from a jumble sale as a teenager as it's my birth year and it's still on my bookshelf now.
You did marvellously at the flea market, I'm getting withdrawal symptoms!
Hope you've got your cardi on now, it's bastard freezing.
Love you! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Midori Green said...

That dress is amazing. Loved the colours you put with it.

Miss Maple said...

How wonderful that you can go out without a coat. It seemed that this time would never come again. And how beautiful you are. That dress is gorgeous and so are the boots. I'm looking forward to seeing you wearing the peacock brooch. Like your thoughts about your outfit that exists because of blogging.

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

The outfit that blogging built, love! Sweet haul, cardigan clips and Magic Lantern Slides. Happy Spring, dear Curtise, you are gorgeous in the sun, wonderful greens and plums. xo

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I'm sooooo excited by your purchases today.... I love it all, the boyfriend annual is fantastic, I had something similar but found it so hideously sexist I had to sell it. I really love the magic lantern slides, if they're cheap, please grab me one next time! I'll give you money! I would also be fighting you for the early ladybird books. Lovely Vanessa is so generous, that dress fits you beautifully and it looks so soft and cool. You look gorgeous!
Remember the slides!
ps - love the jacket! xxxxxx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

ps: love the new header!

Louise McDonagh said...

Such a gorgeous dress, I love the colours. The New header is fabulous too. Xx

thorne garnet said...

at first I thought the green beads were peas, it's been a long week.

Another cool outfit. It that Brian and Mick on the bottom right page?

PinkCheetahVintage said...

That dress is absolutely fantastic!!!! I really like the striping/print on the skirt part. Loving it with those boots and that purse. Blogging is really amazing... Very cool connecting with other people who share the passions :)

Miss Magpie said...

Squee I had those copies of Smoke and Fluff and Ginger's Adventures!

I think what you would need for those slides is a lightbox, not sure where you get them but they are basically a picture frame that is back lit (my friend had the x-ray of her bolted together spine displayed in one!)

Patti said...

What a gorgeous new dress - isn't Vanessa a sweetheart? You look fabulous with your burgundy accents. I adore the children's books, and I swoon for fashion books from the 60's - I love to look back on the styles I was mad for when I was a teen. Great finds, you!

Connie said...

Oh yes! You are certainly very Modelly! Love the 1960's boyfriend guide. Maybe if I'd read that, middle school wouldn't have been so tragic!

Trees said...

So very modelly! You look beautiful as always and I love your comments about the fact this outfit wouldn't exist without blogging. Isn't it just fab we have blogs that link us to friends all over the planet? Also I LOVE that "Boyfriend Annual". The globe lamp is so cool! I think next year Rich and I will have a flat of our own (rather than renting) I can't wait to fill my home with such finery;)

bonsaimum said...

Love the dress and the new header. :)

Helga! said...

Fark, yes, that frock is heavenly on you, darling!!! A worthy recipient of such gorgeousnes, you are, and look at your tiny waist! SQUEE! Looks hot with the boots and jacket.
That annual is hilariously fantabulous, but I know nothing about those slides...I DO know, however, that having a bottle of wine with your name on it is pure perfection!
Love you! XXX

Mrs. D said...

The dress looks lovely on you.
Blogging is one of the best things ever imo. So many good things have been possible because of blogging, it's great!
You have made some wonderful finds - I remember having a similar globe when I was a kid, so it's a little trip down memory lane for me :)

Mrs. D said...

The dress looks lovely on you.
Blogging is one of the best things ever imo. So many good things have been possible because of blogging, it's great!
You have made some wonderful finds - I remember having a similar globe when I was a kid, so it's a little trip down memory lane for me :)

Melanie said...

Your new header is ultra modelly too. The Faces of Curtise, each one a favourite.
Your treats from Vanessa are wonderful and I'm sure you'll give your new dress her share of new adventures.
I wish I knew how to mount those slides. Maybe Pao would know... Or SpyGirl Anne?

Indigo Violet said...

I love the pointy boots, and the cardigan clips. A few weeks ago I bought my first cardigan clips and they are almost as nice as yours.

Fiona said...

My my Curtise, you HAVE been busy. Love the new blog header, very modelly indeed. Vanessa's frock is charming and fits you perfectly, love the plum accessories with it, would never have thought of putting that colour with it myself. You will find a light box in a craft shop, Hobbycraft etc. or maybe him indoors could knock you one up. I had one made from an old fish tank with a couple of sixty watt bulbs inside and a frosted perspex lid.

Krista Gassib said...

I love love love your header! Thanks for giving me some inspiration there! This green dress has so many reasons to love it. The fit is perfect and green on you is beautiful! Your light up globe is really cool, I've never seen thoses. Blogging buddies really are special! Loved all the bits from all the girls in this outfit- that's cool. Your weekend sounds fun and well deserved-enjoy!

Bohemian vanity said...

Curtise, this is my fave outfit !!! The dress is so beautiful, what a luck to have such a lovely friend like Vanessa! The pattern is adorable and i love love love green!
It fits you like a dream!!!
Nice jumble sale finds, the cardi clips are too cute! Have a wonderful weekend dear!!! xxxx Tani

Anonymous said...

You are a dream in that frock and I am in awe of it, it is utterly delightful. Green my favourite colour and florals it's a march made in heaven and with your purple jacket and boats it's crazy good on you.

Love your finds and particular the Boyfriend Annual, I'm so digging the hair style on the top right hand side, perhaps one I should try hmmmm. I also giggled at the the bottom right pic with brunette, she's striking a rather Sarah pose don't you think?

Carina Rosenholm said...

Such a perfect spring dress ! Fab !!

Grunge Queen said...

Love the new header, Curtise! And that dress - very modelly, indeed - I love the colours, pattern and style, and it fits you like a dream. It's great with all those rich plummy tones! Xoxo

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

You look beautiful in that dress and I love it with the burgundy bits. Have a splendid weekend! xxxx

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Enjoy your wine. Lovely Spring dress.

Ava G said...

Oh my goodness! How could you not love this dress! I love that pattern, and could just look at it all day! It looks great on you! It looks great paired with the wine colored accents. Have an awesome weekend!


Anonymous said...

Such a gorgeous, vintage dress, Curtise. What a dear friend to have given you such a nice gift. The green pattern is lovely and it looks amazing on you as everything seems to. Those boots are way cool!

And what fun bits you received and picked-up. That Boyfriend book is a hoot and those magic lantern slides are incredible little old pieces.

Like your new blog header, too; so cute!

A wonderful, and hopefully warm, weekend to you, too. :)

Wean said...

That dress is lovely on you, and what treasures you've had gifted - lucky you !

Lucys Lounge said...

the dress is beautiful and you put the whole outfit together so well. i'd love to see you walking down the road in this. again great finds at the flea. love lucyx

Irene Buffa said...

Hey dear I really like your blog! What about following each other? Also on bloglovin and facebook if you want...just let me know :3 <3


Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Isn't Vanessa an absolutely blessed darling? She just KNOWS her bloggy pals through and through:). The frock is simply perfection ... it's YOU!!! The green beads, peacock and goodies, oh what a lovely parcel:). I do agree it's amazing how blogging can change our lives in the most wonderful ways ... meeting the most gorgeous, talented wenches on the planet, popping something on that reminds of the time we were with someone spesh, parcels of joy that quite frankly make me feel all goose bumpy and so incredibly lucky to know such gorgeous people like YOU darling friend! I've have been pining for a globe for ... well, forever! You can have it in the background of your outfit shots whenever you like;). Much love to you darling xoxoxoxo

two squirrels said...

Hello Curtise!!!!!!
I am smiling from ear to ear!!!!!! Such happiness!!!!!!
You look so very beautiful in that dress......I am so pleased. It fits like a dream.......yay yay yay.
Thank you for the email, sorry we are low on internet data and I am just sneaking in a few comments. Oops.
Sending much love V

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Hello Curtise! :-) Bright green colors of spring is ... somehow comforting. The dress fit perfectly! And I would also like to pay tribute to your paisley ensambel in previous posts. Adorable!

Diane said...

You are the most medelly person I know! The Grafitti passage is through the carriage doorway at the Archipelago Works on Sydney Street. They are really nice people and will let you shoot there I am sure.

Camelia Crinoline said...

I love the green beads and the green dress. The dress looks great on you. That 'Boyfriend' annual looks hilarious. I wonder why the woman in the red dress on the cover has that strange look on her face.

Misfits Vintage said...

Ooh you are not just Modelly, you are SuperModelly! I absolutely LOVE this gorgeous frock on you - and YOU in it. And I love the purple/green colour combo (why don't I ever think of purple and green together?).

The little slides are gorgeous - could you somehow clip them together and hang them in front of a lamp? or insert them into a lampshade? My expertise is obviously with hot glue and glitter nail polish...

Hope you've had a marvellous weekend, my love, and enjoyed a glass of wine for me!

From a place of love and honesty, that frock is a keeper.

Love yer bits,

Sarah xxx

freckleface said...

When I saw Modelly I thought you were referring to your new header with all those amazing shots. I thought it might be your portfolio for one of them there modelling agencies! Snapped up by Select!

But no, it got even better, with that amazing frock. It's so fabulous on you and so touching that it was a gift and was one of Vanessa's favourites, what wonderful generosity.

Bit of a cheeky smile in photo number 3, don't think I hadn't noticed.

1966, great year, Vix will agree I'm sure! Bye Sheffield!! xxxx

Vintage Coconut said...

You surely look pretty in the Vanessa dress. *heheeh* I love the greens oh and the beads too!
Your globe lamp is rather great. I need to find one for my Mother as she has a small globe collection
(3) to be exact. I think I found every single one for her too. *hehe*

señora Allnut said...

so pretty dress, love that fabulous color combo and all your accessories, your bag and jacket are really perfect!!
and I'm admiring that globe lamp you've purchased, amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Love the colour combination- gorgeous velvet jacket.
And how lucky to find that Boyfriend Annual.x

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I love that frock so much that I think I want to marry you in it! I LOVE the print, the colours & the fit on you. Miss Vanessa really is a darling. I'm loving your globe action too. Xx

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Forest City Fashionista said...

The best part of this post is your realization that your outfit would not have existed without blogging! Such a pretty dress, and I like it paired with the purple and burgundy. Saturday was warm enough here to go without a coat. I've never seen a globe lamp - how cool is that?

Megan said...

Love the dress. I like how it looks like you're wearing an apron. Such a fun graphic pattern.

Sheila said...

The boyfriend book is my favourite - I could spend hours perusing it! Lovely dress - looks marvelous on you.