Just to show that fabulous finds can show up in the most unexpected of places, I found this hat while searching doll hats on ebay for a miniature straw to make a brooch. It was listed as "hat for a doll", which indeed I'm sure it is, judging by the length of the head elastic - but doesn't it just make the most perfect 1940s tilt topper? I'm not sure how old it is, but by the spun cotton fruit and the velvet embellishments it's certainly old, not later than 50s I should think, and likely rather earlier.
On the spur of the moment we visited the village of Amberley, another picturesque Sussex village. This county is such a lovely place to live. After ambling through the village (an amble through Amberley - get it?) we sat and watched the ducks and the moorhens on the pond for a while. Then had a clotted cream tea in the utterly delightful village tea room. The owner bought the building in 2006 when it was in a state of neglect, and set about sympathetically restoring it and converting it into a tea shop.
The hat isn't the only item of newness in the outfit. I've been searching ages for the perfect pussy bow blouse, i.e. one that isn't polyester. Vintage style blouses are notoriously difficult to find - all modern blouses seem to have an open neck, and all 70s/80s blouses are in polyester. Finally I discovered French Connection blouses - perfect for the retro look, made in the lightest cotton voile with adorable puffed sleeves.
Outfit details: Vintage doll hat, ebay; Blouse, French Connection via ebay; Vintage button earrings, made by me; c1930s rhinestone dress clip, car boot sale; Bakelite and plastic bangles, various; Belt, ebay; 80s/90s skirt (part of a suit), charity shop; Handbag, charity shop; 1940s style leather shoes, purchased in Thailand (I'll be listing similar in my ebay shop soon, but I only got one or two pairs in each style as they were a little more than I normally pay wholesale so I wasn't sure how well they'd sell at the price I need to put on them).
Just realised that with the exception of the shoes, this entire outfit is second-hand - how eco am I?
Hair is once again in Casey's romantic braided updo, my new favourite style (I'm getting better at it). Photos by Mr. Matin (he's getting better at it, too).