Tuesday, 31 May 2011

red skirts, pink flowers, and hair rolls

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dress now blouse, friends of couture // red pencil skirt, thrifted // contrast seamed stockings, tights by, I think, voodoo // shoes, wittner // cardigan, forever new

Hello! It has been a long time between posts, hasn't it? I had taken some photos and planned to do some posts with them, but they were never really quite complete sets, if you know what I mean. Do you ever get that?

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Today I am wearing, for the first time, sort of, a blouse that used to be a dress. I say sort of because I wore the dress in its original state a few years ago, but I think I like it as a top much more. I never seem to have enough blouses and skirts, anyway, so I think this is a good use for a dress that simply didn't do it for me any more.

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I have also decided to start wearing my hair up in rolls again. It's been ages, so I feel a bit out of practice! Not so much with the actual rolling, because that seems to be a skill you never really lose, kind of like riding a bike. What I feel rusty with is where to put rolls, which is something I felt I never fully got to grips with. What suits one person might not suit another! It's the fight between loving the big loops and swirls and rolls, and fearing making the impression of having a massive head. Practice makes perfect, though, so I have decided to do different updos everyday for a while. If you vintage-roll-wearing ladies have any suggestions on my roll placement, do drop me a line! I am always open to new tips and tricks, and to share them, in turn, as I learn and improve.

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In what I think should really be in a separate post, I got me an absolute bounty of new make up the other day, and have now had a chance to try it out and make sure I am not allergic to any of it – and I'm not; hooray! My booty included a blusher brush, which I have had on my really-must-buy-but-will-I-ever-actually-get-round-to-it list for eons. It makes putting on blusher much more fun and glamourous, dahlings, as well as easier. And I love blusher. I have had a few requests to do a blusher post, which I am going to do. The coral shade I wear seems to get the most tutorial request (well, ok, two that I can think of off the top of my head this month) and if there is anything else blusher related, do let me know so I can include it in my post! I apply my blusher in a number of different ways, capricious creature that I am, so it'll take me a while to get all the pictures together. It will be fun, though!

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And just how quickly does it feel like it's all getting a bit reader's wives when I do a stocking seam photo?! These are, in fact, seamed tights that ripped within the first hour of their first wear. The rip was in the side of the ugly knickers bit of the tights (attractive thought, yes?) and was caused by a metal zip, so I cut of the legs, keeping a good inch of the thicker meshy bit at the tops to work as a welt, to – hopefully – keep ladders at bay. So far, so good. Anyway, I prefer stockings, and I don't know how straight seams stay with tights, even with the hairspray trick. So this is a good compromise when contrast seamed stockings can't be found!

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Finally, I got a new vintage mirror, which is now in my dark blue bathroom. I love it! See you soon, I promise :) x


Miss Bias said...

Glad to see you back in the blogosphere. Lovely outfit. I love the fantastic effect you get when using rollers in your hair. Gorgeous. Such a beautiful vintage inspired look.

Miss Bias

Bucca said...

Adorable look and I wish I could get my victory rolls to look like that mine always end up sitting weird.
Practice needed I guess:)

Esz said...

I ought to try that hacking of the tights thing - because I have quite a few pairs of tights that would be good as stockings. Though I'm rather enamoured with my vintage seams at the mo - and only got a run in one leg out of ten pairs so far.

Can't wait to see the result of your bathroom! Love that blue shade :-D

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Beautiful skirt!


Erica Louise said...

You are so very glamorous, lady! I noticed your shoes in your last blog post; very nice. Vintage mirror is excellent too - great find

Blithely Unaware said...


I had a little patient this morning who woke up with her hair in curlers looking absolutely p e r f e c t... turns out she used to be a hairdresser back in the day and loved it. It made me smile that despite her vintage she was still just as dedicated to making herself look presentable even if it was 0500 in the morning.

Melissa G said...

Love the shoes. More and more each day I am becoming a fan of pencil skirts.

Chacha. said...

Gorgeous as always! You cutie ^_^ .. I want that vintage mirror =O prettyy

Jo said...

That is such a clever idea to turn it into a blouse! So many dresses have such pretty top halves, but the bottom half isn't quite right!


Send Flowers said...

Nice Photography...Flowers

Dakota said...

Gorgeous!! And I'm in awe of your ability to do rolls with long hair!

Q's Daydream said...

I love everything, including that gorgeous hair!

Lainie said...

Great outfit! I do the same thing with my tights, cutting them into stockings! And the top looks great as a blouse.

Penicillium said...

Oh, I love your hairstyle ! It's so elegant ! ♥
I find your rolls perfectly done.

Saving Capulet said...

you look so stunning and those shoes stole my heart!

Faff said...

Your hair looks awesome, cant wait for mine to grow a bit! I just got some seamed tights, saving them for a special occassion cause I just know I'll rip them! :)

Frankie said...

So darling!! I love the dress converted into a blouse, looks like it was meant to be!

Victory rolls are super tricky, with the danger of crossing that fine line of resembling an overly perky mickey mouse.
You, however, found the perfect spot, the placement is soft, and complimenting to your face shape. Topped off with the little rose accent it looks divine!


bonita said...

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You look super Esme, I just love your pencil skirt and hair! I am thinking I need to see if I can thrift myself a skirt as nice as yours. :D

bonita of Depict This!
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winter-dreams said...

If you're wanting to buy them, I know Leg Avenue does contrast seamed stockings - you can get them at Vic Gothic/Devil Kitty on Brunswick St.

Blithely Unaware said...

Yes, that's my scary mug in that photo. I look like Chewbucca or how ever it's spelt.


Andi B. Goode said...

I know exactly what you mean about not knowing where to place the rolls! Also, I can always do one side perfectly...and the other side looks rubbish. Haha. I think where you've placed yours looks good, though.
-Andi x

Josephine said...

I love you new vintage mirror and the colour of your bathroom looks beautiful. I always struggle with tights and stockings as far as ladders go. xx

k8 said...

Speaking of hairspray tricks - I've also put lotion on my legs right before putting the stockings on - that seems to do the trick! :)

MarieBayArea said...

va va voom!

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