Monday, 15 October 2012

Labelled with love

The crossing lady at school always likes to see what I'm wearing and make a little comment (when she's not laughing at me for rushing because we are a bit late...)

Any guesses as to today's comment?

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!
Ya think?

Other Half thought I looked more...

Not entirely sure either one are looks I am aiming for, but I can roll with it!
1970s C&A dress and boots - Ebay
Tights, bangles and beads - charity shopped.
Belt - retail (sale)
I have confidence in me - The Sound of Music 
(don't like musicals much really...)

Bring back the Knobbly Knees competitions so beloved of 1970s holiday camps!

I know these photos are wildly overexposed because of the unexpected burst of late afternoon sunshine, but I like them like that. 
I'm being bolshy.
 So there.

Charlie is still on the hunt, but there are no guinea pigs hiding in that Virginia Creeper.

I came home from a jumble sale on Saturday afternoon (slim pickings, I'll show you next time) to a Parcel Of More Than Joy from pussy bow queen Sarah.

You know it's going to be good when you see that on the label! 
First the clothing.

Stunning 1960-70s silk handmade dress; faux fur collar: 1970-80s metallic swirly disco skirt;
1960s gold top; silver lurex tights.

Eek! Happy happy dance!

Details from vintage Australian tea towels.

Hair flower/pin; Japanese face mask (had to google it to make sure I wasn't supposed to eat it...); gorgeous brooches; organic soap. Mmmm.

And hellooooo boys!
Ring-a-ding indeed.
Who is your favourite?

Sarah, you are a wonder. 
Thank you so much for spoiling me rotten. I needed that!

Hope you have had as good a start to the week as mine!



Krista said...

I love this dress and I love that the crossing lady always notices what you are wearing. The shots of you with sunshine are a nice surprise as I know how nice that can be after days of gray wet rain.

That pressie from Sarah filled with and all sorts of fabulous has me super jealous! I love the silk dress with it's bold colors and that skirt is so you and so yummy! She always sends the best old ads. I like the brother best because he has on the cutest bells ever!

I loved telling Chris the Charlie story we were both just dying laughing and happy that lil guy survived.

You are gorgeous dear!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

You look fabulous, nothing like characters either of those musicals. those look like fabulous boots too, the type that are fantastic one offs you wear to death.
Can't believe what Darling Sarah sent you! Look at that dress fabric, look at the stole!! You've been quite rightly spoilt.
I like the guy with the crazy trousers. Xxxx

Miss Maple said...

Love everything, but especially your boots and your tights and the ivy crawling up the brick wall in the background. Have a nice week. Hugs from Miss Maple

Anonymous said...

I'll take the black guy with the psychedelic pants. Groovy! The rest of the guys look like the booby prizes in an old board game called Mystery Date I had as a kid. haha!!

I love the photo with your skirt lifted. You should run around like that more often. ;) Especially when you're running late. You'll never be in trouble for running behind that way. Everyone will be admiring your saucy sexiness!

Helga said...

O,the dude on the far right,obviously!!!
SQUEE to parcels of JOY from Sarah!
She's picked well for you,darling! Can't wait to see you twirling and flashing your pins in that disco skirt!!!
Now,your frock is divoon, and I reckon Sound of Music AND Seven Brides are reasonably on the money,despite neither being the look your going for!Funny how that those tights....
We're all pervs,cos I too reckon running about with your skirt up is a great option!!!


Unknown said...

Love that dress!
Iget the comments as well but not as much now, if they do i give them the evil eye!
Lovely gift you got there
The brooches and tea towels
are fabulous

Ariane xxxxxx

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

What a lovely gift package!!! Your crossing lady and Other Half do forget to put the "naughty" in front of their descriptors, though. Your knees are my favourite! xoxo

Unknown said...

Ooh love you in this pretty frock and divine knobbly kneed glory! Those boots are FABULARSE! So glad you like the parcel - can't wait to see you in the disco skirt! The dude on the far right is my boyfriend. Oh - and the lurex tights were from Dee (One Denim Bird). LOVE! Sarah xxx

The Goodwill Fangirl said...

I was going to comment "fetching" but pro'bly only 'cause I haven't seen the bros flick :P

I'ma have to look up "bolshy"? lol

Connie said...

Oh yes! I was going to say it is a square dancing dress. Do you have square dancing in England? My dream when I was little was to own a square dancing dress with a million petticoats so OF COURSE I think you look awesome! I will choose Mr. Fancipants. He looks like fun. Doe-Si-Doe, Curtise. Always lots of fun with you!

Kylie said...

I bet you make that cross-walk attendants day Curtise. I bet she can't wait to see you each morning. I reckon you're her slightly flustered ray of sunshine.
Your presents from Sarah are lovely, it makes me sad though, that you still haven't received my parcel. I wonder who got their hands on it/ where it is??? Gosh there were some neat things inside. Sigh. I guess you'll just have to take my word for it though...x

Jean at said...

Love (i.e.sharing) makes the world go 'round, right? An absolutely delightful post, full of nostalgia and fun. I love your dress and boots and tights. I saw such a vivid picture when you mentioned the crossing guard! See, you're spreading smiles all around!!

Enjoy the children, the cats, the parcels, the flowers, the sun, whatever!!! I'm enjoying your enjoyment. :-) Love you!

bonsaimum said...

First of all, the dress is lovely - a happy dress! Those boots- OMG- I'd swim the high seas for a pair of those!!! I really like that yellow brooch you were given, you lucky sod. As for the pants advertisement, definitely the multi coloured pants on the right. I couldn't stop laughing at the guy in the blue shirt--what a grrrr face!! :)

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

What a wonderful parcel. I agree with you, I love the light in your photos and I can't wait to see what you have in store for the lollipop lady this week.

Anonymous said...

Great dress!!I always loved 'The sound of music' and I think that you look like Julie Andrews a lot, I remember your Mary Poppins post and I already thought so!The floral print is far more lovely than her nunnish style though!Sarah sent you an amazing parcel of joy, the clothes are beautiful and I really can't wait to see you wearing them, I'm sure that the lady at school will have a blast!
The bell bottomed pants guys are hilarious!I can't pick a favourite, even if I have a little crush on the Japanese one!
Love xxxxxx

Vix said...

Oooooh! I love that dress! Good old C&A or "Coats and 'Ats" as Mum convinced me it stood for when I was a youngster! If the print on the skirt wasn't so pretty I'd tell you to whop off that bottom black panel and show off those gorgeous legs.
Fabulous Sarita parcel, that pink frock and the gold crop top are particularly marvellous and I love the cool guys post card.
Escargot for tea tonight if you can't shake any guinea pigs out of the Virginia Creeper?

Fiona said...

I bet you are the hilight of the lollipop lady's day, did you give her a rendition of 'Bless Your Beautiful Hide' ? Funny you should mention SBFSB as I've just been watching Howard Keel in a re run of Dallas.
What a fab parcel from Sarah. I love the dress and the the NSW tea towel features a lot of the places I visited in my backpacking days.
As for the boys, it's gotta be the dude on the far right hey ?

Anonymous said...

I just love wearing a bright funky pair of coloured tights under a longer dress, so you get the odd flash of jazz!

Hehehe! I rememeber my cousin Alan winning one of those knobbly knee competions on a Haven caravan holiday many many years ago, we've got the photos somewhere.

And you certainly are a very lucky girl, to receive such a fabulous parcel. The print on the red/pink dress is incredible... perfect to brighten any day xx

Kitty said...

Pass on the parcel stuff, but you look divine my darling, and nothing like either of those abovementioned movie references, thank Gawd! I thought you look fabulous, no references needed.xx.

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Knobbly knees means you have nice long slim legs - something I have NEVER had I do believe!

That's classic about the crossing guard - dunno about the 7 brides thing but I kind of get where they came from. Defo a dancing dress with a high twirl factor!

Looking great. And looking forward to seeing you in the new stuff. x

Megan said...

Saucy Minx! Lifting up your skirt like that. =) That outfit is alive with the sound of music (ah ah ah ahhhhhhhh)

citizen rosebud said...

I love seeing the parcels of joy- and the Sound of Music. Frock on, dear Curtissssssss, frock on, hon.

thorne garnet said...

OMG, Mystery Date..... or The Dating Game! The blond guy is creeping me out, the guy in the white pants...NO! Hands down winner, the black guy, those pants are out of sight.

Snail face mask? Does it work slow?

Maybe you've secertly joined a square dance club?

Anonymous said...

Sounds as if the crossing lady might like to try some clothes from the musicals herself...Great dress & what a lovely package from Sarah. Lucky you!

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

YOu look utterly gorgeous in that dress and I love your package from Sarah. Yep, definitely the black bloke - I want his trews!

mispapelicos said...

I love it all, but the silver dancing skirt, is an ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh( big gh)

joyatri said...

So much fabulousness in one parcel! The silk dress, the brooches, the lurex, the boys in bells! What a lucky duck you are.
I think U.S. square dance is like your barn dance. Not sure they wear the same sort of down-home country duds with swirly skirts for that as they do here.

Vintage Coconut said...

Fabulous dress Curtise!
And WOWZA at the gift from Sara (So much LOVE in that package)

Forest City Fashionista said...

It's great when someone in your neighbourhood takes notice of your outfits every day - gives you both a lift! That is one package of fabularseness (to use a Sarah word) from Ms. Misfit herself. What a spoilt woman you are! I love the label she put on the package.

Sarah Jane said...

Ooh what a lovely bundle. The brooches are fab. "For whom the bells toll" made me laugh. I immediately thought of Maria from TSOM too, funny eh! I fecking love those boots missus! xxx

Rachel said...

What a nice package! And speaking of packages (! hee hee), I'll take the lovely blond chap with the hilarious expression.

The hiiiiils are alive with the sound of muuuusic....

You look lovely in this dress, musical or not. I like the placement of the floral pattern.

The Style Crone said...

So happy to be back and enjoying your ever amazing outfits. Your posts always make me smile and I love your floral on black, and the fact that you showed those brilliantly blue tights. I'm sure that the crossing lady at school was as impressed as I am!

Annie said...

You look fab. I don't get the characters from the musicals at all!

Your garden is still looking fantastic even now we're in to Autumn, I love how Charlie is hunting around in the creeper.

What an amazing parcel of stunning goodies. Look forward to seeing you wearing them soon. xx

Ivy Black said...

You look gorgeous. I like the frock n'boots combo. I also like that yer bolshy! Get in.
That's a fan parcel of joy. Talking of joy, I'll take the chap on the right in his wondrous srtides of many colours. Ding dong.

lucy joy said...

If I lose weight, can I have that dress? I'm not going to tell you how gorgeous you look and how great I think your blog is (OK, you loo bloody fantastic in that dress, and your blog is in my all-time top 5).
I'll give you 3 dresses in return!

Hope to see you VERY soon

Lucy x

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Kaffesoester said...

I don't see much Sound of Music in this outfit, certainly not after seeing your lovely legs exposed like that! The other film is unknown to me, so the crossing lady could have a point, or not...

The gold top is amazing (I love glitter and sparkles!), and the skirt too! I'm certainly looking forward to see you in this. The silk dress is gorgeous, and I suspect the colours will be great on you. That Sarah is truly gifted, picking out gifts for others! I can't wait to hear how the snail mask works!

Anonymous said...

Nah... I don't think that "Virginal nun" is quite the look you're going for!! LOVE the dress and wow did you get some goodies from the fab Sarah.

I think I'll pass on all of the guys--they look too clean cut and pretty for me!


Lynn Hasty said...

How cool is it that you have people at THE SCHOOL coming over to see what you have on?? I love this look on you! Love the boots. And the knees! :) The parcel looks like loads of fun. Oh, the delights of blogging!


Trees said...

The crossing lady most likely waits each day to see what kind of fabulous frock you'll be wearing!! That's an awesome package from Sarah - mail makes a day so much better:D

Camelia Crinoline said...

Oh my gosh, I have a pair of h.i.s bell bottoms from the 70s. You look great. I love the boots. That gold top is fabulous.

Mister D said...

Mary Poppins minus the brolli - trés colourifique

Young at Heart said...

what treasures...loving those boots and that faux fur collar inparticular!!

Unknown said...

You look great!!! I love it!!
If you want, we can follow each other!! let me know!


silvergirl said...

i absolutely can't wait to see how style the orange dress and that fur collar
maybe even together

Vicky Hayes said...

I've missed so much Curtise! Loving the autumn styling - and autumnal colours look great on you. I adore the label on Sarah's parcel - it wouldn't matter what was in it after reading that! But the contents are gorgeous too. Oh those swinging bells! Screaming with laughter here! Vicky x

CityScape Skybaby said...

I'm so far behind with my blog reading Curtise, I'm sorry to be just commenting here when I see you have another blog up. I loved both those films, I love big flouncy skirts and boots, in fact boots are one of my weaknesses, I have far too many pairs. I like over exposed photos too, they can look really sunshiny and we're so deprived of that up here! xx

karensomethingorother said...

I call bullshit on the 7 brides comment. You're far more chic than hick-charm in that dress. Bah. The people of the world don't understand.