I Am The One in Ten (Thousand)
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1w ago
How bloody ironic! Days after admiring the The Blind Girl in Birmingham Art Gallery I've become the subject of the painting. Uveitis is rare, affecting one in ten thousand of the population and of course, one of those had to be me! I'm hoping that blitzing it with the intensive course of steroids I've been prescribed will help recover the vision in my right eye and normal service will be resumed shortly.   ..read more
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Victorian Radicals - A Sight for Sore Eyes
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1w ago
Apologies for my absence from Blogland this week, I'm having eye issues and needed to limit my screen time. I had to laugh when I spotted a box of Pop Art occlusion patches in a charity shop earlier today, they might help explain away the reason why I'm stumbling around in sunglasses in the middle of Winter!  Anyway, enough of my woes. On Wednesday I caught the train over to Birmingham to catch up with my pal, Annie, who I'd not seen since Birmingham hosted The Commonwealth Games back in the Summer of 2022. As Annie buses it into town, we met outside The Rotunda and she treated me t ..read more
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Going Round The Houses
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2w ago
   Friday already! Where does the time go? On Tuesday morning I wore my £2 Vinted bargain, this midnight blue velvet military dress, originally from Monsoon, for swimming followed by breakfast in 'Spoons. On Wednesday, for a morning of charity shopping, I wore a Indian block printed midi dress from Dilli Grey and one of my vintage Afghans (this one was bought from a market stall in Bradford by the original owner in 1975). On Thursday for swimming, Spoons and a trip to Lidl for a £1.50 Waste Not box (pictured below). I wore a Zara maxi dress and Fly,London biker boots ..read more
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Paint It Black
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3w ago
Happy Monday! I hope you've had a good weekend. Here's what we got up to. Having plans to makeover a room seems to have a domino effect and we've been looking at other areas of the house with fresh eyes. On Saturday morning Jon decided he'd had enough of the bathroom cabinet, after shuffling around pieces of furniture from elsewhere in the house and nothing looking quite right, it hit me like a thunderbolt...paint it black!   Sorting out the Shit Tip (aka the middle room) we rediscovered the photograph in the brass frame that you can see on the freshly painted cabinet. Back i ..read more
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Tales From The City
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3w ago
On Wednesday I caught the train over to Birmingham for my regular play date with Nikki.  It was another of those no plan days where, after a catch-up over fancy pots of tea, Cranberry & Rose Sencha for me and Jasmine Pearl for Nikki, in the legendary Yorks of Stephenson Street we wandered the city streets. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery opened by then then Prince of Wales, Edward VII in 1885. Partially closed since 2020, it is home to a huge array of Pre-Raphaelite art and the world's largest collection of Edward Burne-Jones' work. The museum is due to reopen on 10th F ..read more
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Stars on 45
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1M ago
Hola! Our garden might be a bewildering wilderness but it does make a great backdrop for outfit photos.  On Saturday I messed around with some side plaits and wore a Kharibu block printed maxi skirt with a Monsoon cotton blouse for a day mostly spent reading and doing stuff around the house. On Sunday I wore my hair in milkmaid braids and donned a Kharibu block printed maxi dress for  a trip  to the clearance charity shop and coffee round at my brother's. On Monday I wore my hair in side twists accompanied with a Dilli Grey midi dress and Dilli Grey quilted ..read more
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Back To The Old House
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1M ago
Our destination on Friday was Packwood House, a forty minute drive from home. Already one of our favourite National Trust properties, when I was researching Jon's family tree during lockdown, we were excited to discover that his 9 x great-grandmother, Alicia Fetherston(1592 - 1645) was born there, her family being the original owners of Packwood. Alicia's father, William, built Packwood in 1570. The Fetherstons were yeoman farmers with each subsequent generation expanding the estate until it eventually commanded an area of almost 690 acres. In 1714 upon the d ..read more
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Magic Carpets
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1M ago
How time flies! Looking back at old blog posts I've owned this dress since 2015. I spotted it in a clearance charity shop in Shropshire and paid the grand total of 99p for it. Throughout the 1970s Kate Beaver worked with her partner, artist Robin Rae, from their Dorset home screen printing fabric by hand and creating amazing period-inspired dresses. I've found a few on-line but definitely think this colour combo is my favourite. With its teal trim and rusty-orange lining, my Anokhi riding jacket, purchased at the same time as the dress I wore on Monday, always feels like th ..read more
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Anatomy of a Dress
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1M ago
I'm all dressed up and nowhere to go!  I was supposed to meet a friend for coffee this morning but unfortunately her house suffered the wrath of Storm Isha last night so she's awaiting a builder and we've postponed our date until next week.  I'm wearing an old favourite, an Anokhi maxi dress  bought from their flagship store in Jaipur, Rajasthan's Pink City, back in January 2019 along with a reversible block printed jacket from Kharibu (from whom I bought my Pre-Raphaelite moss green velvet maxi).   This dress holds so many memories of India, from backpacking aroun ..read more
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Aesthetic Dressing - The Anti-Fashion Arts & Crafts Movement
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1M ago
The Arts and Crafts (or Aesthetic) movement was a reaction against the damaging effects of industrialisation and the relatively low status of the decorative arts.  A group of like-minded artists and intellectuals, including William Morris, sought to reform the design and manufacture of everything from buildings to jewellery and to encourage an appreciation of art and an understanding of what was beautiful. They saw the prim and proper Victorian society as rigid and the obsession with a false respectability as foolish. Beauty for the sake of beauty was their motto.  I ..read more
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