Monday, January 21, 2013

SNOW DAY!!!

Yes, snow requires capitals and three exclamation marks: It's that exciting. It also requires an appropriately snow-bunny outfit.


I've previously extolled the virtues of skirts and dresses for cold weather, and I stand by it all 100% - for weeks now I've been rotating various wool pencil skirts, my two vintage quilted skirts and my me-made London Calling circle skirt. A full skirt with insulating layers of petticoat underneath is excellent protection against the chill - add a pair of knee-high socks and I'm cosy-warm for a stroll in the snow.


I love the pink, grey and navy tones in this circle skirt, and I picked them up through the rest of the outfit. For a different way with a beret, I styled the front of my hair and wore the beret over the rest like a snood.

(secret tip: the lucite brooch and a few strategically placed safety pins kept the scarf draped 'casually' in place)




Outfit details: Nylon & angora sweater, ebay (99p!); 50s circle skirt, etsy; Gloves and angora-mix beret, Tesco; Bracelets, Primark; Scarf, Christmas present a few years ago; Belt, purchased in Thailand; Argyle socks, Topshop (circa 2004!); Shoes, New Look via a charity shop; Handbag, can't remember; Earrings, made by me from vintage buttons; Lucite brooch, ebay.


Although we live in London (we've got a proper London postcode and everything!), there's a surprisingly country village feel to this area. We're literally yards from the Grand Union canal, and just on the other side of this lies a large meadow which is a lovely place for a stroll. This is how we cross the canal - I'm sure you can just picture me in my heels, edging across that narrow, snow-covered lock gate, inches from the icy water, clutching my handbag in one hand and camera in the other!

But, on the other side...



43 comments:

  1. very very beautiful and fun to watch! xxx

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  2. How divine! That skirt is so cute, light red colour looks swell on you !:)

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    1. I think it's just his concentration face as he focuses on not falling in the canal! He looked happier in the rest of the pictures.

      xx C

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  4. You look amazing! The colours are so beautiful

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  5. I am also one who wears skirts tights and petticoats in winter....and when it snows extra pair of socks over the top of my tights. lol! I've just been sewing myself a new petticoat and started on a new winter skirt (gored rather than circle in red tartan). Love the jumper....need another one myself.

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  6. I so wouldn't cross the lock if it was icy! Brave!!

    The canal was FROZEN out by me! Brrrr. I find the main advantage of skirts is that with boots, you can wear insulated leggings underneath and no-one is the wiser haha.

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  7. Oh my, you look even more gorgeous than usual! Twirling in the snow, how fun!!

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  8. Those colours looks great together and the skirt is fabulous. Looks like you were having a fun day :)

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  9. We have also had snow since one week now and we will probably have white landscapes for at least one or two weeks more because they announce freezing temperatures...
    I also love to wear skirt in winter (and all year long), if you have wool stockings and good boots, it's even more practical than pants!
    I love your outfit!

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  10. I love skirts when it's cold too, you can pile on the layers underneath without looking too bulky!

    A cosy looking outfit!
    x

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  11. Beautiful outfit and photos. Like the scarf fixing tip.

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  12. Ooooh, that is such a gorgeous outfit. I have serious brooch envy, but it's all so lovely!

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  13. can i steal your outfit ;-) soooo chic!!!!!
    here in the mountains it´s under 0°c since november - but i bought a folkwear waffle piqué petticoat on fleamarket last year, thick and cosy. with this and a woolen skirt a can sit comfortable on a snowy bench :-)

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  14. Love love love this outfit! So cute!

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  15. I need to get a petticoat to sort out the freezing legs, but loving dresses problem. I'm actually getting one for my wedding dress (50s style) on Saturday. Considering just wearing it well before the day anyway.

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  16. Charlotte you look delightful, I can see why you are warm- I must try that with the hat and scarf!!!x

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  17. You look beautiful! Enjoy your "snow day!"

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  18. Charlotte, you look enchanting. I love circle skirts but have not figured out how to wear a velvety one for an evening event. Do you have any suggestions? It's a charity ball and everyone will be looking glam; I'm going to try vintage for a change of pace. Thanks in advance for your help and any corresponding links!

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    1. I think a velvet circle skirt would be lovely for eveningwear! What are you struggling with - what to wear on top? An off-the-shoulder fine knit sweater would be very 50s glam, or a simple silk scoop-neck portrait blouse.

      xx Charlotte

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  19. What a delightful outfit! And I am so jealous of your snow!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  20. It's great to see you're having so much fun. This outfit looks lovely on you, with the white colors.... and might I say you have a banging body milady!

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    1. *blushes* how sweet of you to say!

      xx C

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  21. You look truly amazing and I'm totally girl crushing haha. I need to get some more skirts. And definatly dig out the old sewing machine. But fabric us expensive do you have any places you get yours from

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    1. I get most my fabric from Goldhawk road in Shepherd's Bush - you can get pure wool from about £10 per metre, sometimes less if it's clearance. It's worth keeping an eye on ebay too.

      xx Charlotte

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  22. you look lovely - but isn't your back freezing? brrrr.....

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    1. I did have a coat with me - although it was actually surprisingly mild, I didn't really even need it.

      xx Charlotte

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  23. You look absolutely gorgeous. My husband wandered past as I was looking at the photos and said, 'Gosh, she's pretty. Who is she and what's that you're looking at?' So there you go!
    Do you mind telling me what kind of shape wear...I assume you wear some...you use? Sorry, that sounds a bit nosey and cheeky, don't mean to be. It's just that I'm on the hunt for some new stuff myself but it's proving difficult to find anything that suits me so far. Damned bust of mine, sigh, always been top heavy. But I do have a small waist. Doesn't help that I live miles away from anywhere for trying things on and the likes of M & S are no good. And that and Debs are all that's in nearest town to me.

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    1. I don't normally wear shapewear, although I'd love to say I wore a proper vintage girdle every day! I sometimes wear a firm control high-waisted panty-girdle thing from M&S with a zipped front panel for extra squeeze (I bought it years ago and they don't seem to have anything like it any more), which helps to give a smooth outline (especially under sweaters, which can tend to bunch - I think I was wearing it in my recent ice skating photos). Very occasionally I'll wear my What Katie Did underbust corset, usually laced fairly loosely for ease of movement - I like that it gives a more exaggerated curve in at the sides, even gently laced.

      My sponsor Pin-Up Parade stocks vintage-style Rago shapwear - have you had a look at that?

      xx Charlotte

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    2. Hi, thank you. I ought to have been clearer, I wasn't assuming you were in it all the time, just that you'd probably have something for those as and when moments. Most days I wouldn't bother, but some things look better with it....or when I feel lumpy!

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  24. oooooh--if I looked that fabulous dressed for snow, I'd never gripe about the white stuff ever again. I might possibly, maybe, perhaps even leave the house. :D Seriously, you look completely adorable! This reminds me of those photo spreads of up-and-coming starlets that the studios would produce for magazines like Look or Photoplay. Well done, Charlotte!

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  25. Oh my stars, the cuteness factor here is off the charts! Seriously, you're melting my heart faster if you'd dropped hot coals into that fluffy white snow. I adore (!!! - three big exclamation marks there as well) this outfit so, sooooooo much!

    ♥ Jessica

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  26. Wow you look adorable! I am seriously in love with this outfit. I haven't seen snow in years, but it still gets quite cold here in winter. I shall file this away for inspiration when the seasons turn - right now it is shorts, singlet and lying in front of a fan weather!

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  27. Love the snowy and soft colours of your outfit: the rose beret looks so fluffy, your tights have a gorgeous pattern, at least I love that argyle style. The second to last picture is heavenly!

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  28. You have a lot great looks and I'm mostly in love of the Women s cardigan sweater!

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  29. Gorgeous outfit!! Much too pink for me, but it looks awesome on you! I tagged you for an Inspiring Blogger Award today, you can check it out here: http://ladomna.blogspot.se/2013/01/inspiring-blogger-award-2.html

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  30. Such a perfect outfit - that soft pink is soooo pretty! You look adorable....I wish I could dress so stylishly in the snow, but unfortunately, it's impossible for me to leave the house without a heavy coat and scarf wrapped tightly around my neck in this weather!!!

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  31. Love the look, especialle the draped scarf! Thank you for the secret safety pin tip. :)

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  32. I just love this look, it is perfection, that skirt is just so beautiful, that sweater was made for you, such a lovely find, well done!

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  33. I Have a sweater just like that!
    It's so lush to wear, so soft on the skin and warm. you don't even need a coat in the winter and thin enough I can wear it on cooler summer days!
    Love the feel of angora :)
    Sarah

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