Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Paintbox Colours

This weekend Landgirl Charly organised a little get together to meet up with Tasha of By Gum By Golly at the end of her trip to the UK. We passed a pleasant afternoon in the cosy library of The Victoria in Paddington, where apparently Charles Dickens spent time writing "Our Mutual Friend" - how cool is that? The group photos were on Charly's camera, so check her blog over the next few days.

Meanwhile, shall we take a moment to talk about my dress? Now that I'm working a nine-to-five (and yes, I spend a lot of time humming Dolly Parton to myself) and am required to look vaguely "normal" on a day to day basis, I kind of make the most of the opportunity to have fun with my clothes at the weekends! This is the 50s party dress I wore to my sister's wedding two years ago - the one I bought at a car boot sale for £2, my best ever car boot bargain ever ever. It's super cute, but kind of formal for afternoon wear, so I dressed it down a touch with a casual cardigan, and accessorised in red, coral and orange. This is possibly my favourite colour combination right now.

After I got home we went for a walk in the meadow in the sunset - I don't want to speak too soon but summer might just finally have arrived!

50s taffeta party dress, car boot sale; Earrings, Primark; Plastic bead necklace, car boot sale; Lovebirds necklace, gift from Matin; Cardigan, New Look; Clutch bag, charity shop; Bakelite and plastic bangles, various; Shoes, Office.


  1. Oh well don't you look darling, lovely colour mixing!

  2. Gorgeous dress, what a great bargain.

  3. I've been wearing that exact colour combination recently! Great for summer. What a bargain that dress was!

    P x

  4. I can relate to what you say about having to look "vaguely normal" for work! It's not always easy to find a balance between vintage and office-friendly!
    Otherwise, lovely outfit!

  5. And what wonderfully lovely colours they are. Crisp, upbeat, warm and so very, very beautiful on you. (Love your generously sized flower earrings, too!)

    ♥ Jessica

  6. I love how you have accessorised this dress, it looks lovely for summer.

  7. Lovely outfit!
    I have had the same thoughts about this "looking normal at work" thing. I bet so many of us had the same thoughts. I will soon start working in the financial industry and it's been my concern what I will wear, since I don't have anything boring or normal in my closet. Would you have any tips and tricks how to incorporate vintage in our everyday office life?

  8. It was so wonderful to meet you! I absolutely loved your outfit. I can see why that color combination is a current favorite. Coral has always been one of my favorites but it seems to be hard to come by... either too salmon or just plain red or orange. Your outfit was the example of coral perfection!

  9. What a lovely outfit - love the baby blue and red together!

  10. I'm the same, I cannot wear vintage for my job so I really enjoy my vintage wardrobe on week-end!
    I love these colors, great choice!

  11. It's always a thrill to come across some lovely garment that's perfect for you for so little money! Sounds like you had fun.

  12. loooove this color combination!
    it is a little like my wedding outfit - matte tourquoise patterned dress with coral flowers, lipstick and nails.


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