Sunday, December 19, 2010

Gloves Gloves Gloves

Wow, I've been really going for gold with the innovative titles recently huh. These photos are from a while ago, when I went to see Harry Potter 7 (something I was way too excited about) and do a spot of record shopping . I got Best Coast, Belle and Sebastian, CSS and The Kinks - it was actually the first time I've bought new records (although the Kinks - Give the People What They Want, is an old one), and I love them so much. Even though they're modern music there's still something so much more charming about hearing them on record, it makes them more real, and the music more tangible in a way. Anyway, the real excitement of this post is that I found gloves that fit! They were only $2 dollars and fit perfectly. I've been searching forever for some gloves that have long enough fingers.

Hmm.On reflection of these photos, my hair wasn't really coping with the wind and humidity as well as I thought it was. I need stronger hairspray. I've been trying to use ones that are made in New Zealand by companies that don't test on animals, but I shall have to keep searching.

Gloves - Secondhand store
Dress - Secondhand store (shortened by my lovely Mother)
Shoes - Vulcan Lane vintage market
Purse - Secondhand store
Sunglasses - Used to be my Mums

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Time Fashions - Seaside Holidays

To the Seaside!
Ideally, you'll need two swimsuits - one for swimming and one for sun-bathing. Don't bother to take sun-oil with you, the kind you find abroad is excellent and cheap.

Also, take a look at this old post about retro swimsuits.

Take a four-piece beach set :
beach bag

Remember that most continental resorts object to tourists wandering about their streets in brief swimsuits, so take some sort of beach wrap or shift dress to slip over your swimsuit from hotel to beach.

Buy a sun-hat when you're there - they're much prettier on the continent.

You probably won't find it necessary to wear evening dress for dinner in the evening, but you should change into a light dress, so pack two or three.  Everything dries very quickly in hot climates, so take two changes of cotton undies. Try to avoid taking stiff, frilly petticoats; they are very hot and prickly and take up far too much room.
Nobody seems to wear stockings on continental seaside holidays but I should take a pair just in case! One pair of sandals should be enough and you'll find that these are very cheap abroad. Take a pair of little flat pumps or court shoes to wear with dresses.
 Try to avoid wearing cardigans in the evenings - they stamp you as an English tourist right away! If you do feel chilly, throw your cardigan around your shoulders or get a stole to match your dress

And to truly complete your beach wardrobe, how to make a poncho and beach bag (from 'Smart Girl' 1964) :