Friday, 7 November 2014

Psychedelic Miss Marple


And the summer became the fall
I was not ready for the winter
It makes no difference at all
'Cause I wear boots all summer long
'Nightbird' by Stevie Nicks

Here's a question for you: What do Stevie Nicks and Margaret Rutherford have in common?
Answer: They have both worn capes when performing! 

Sources: Google Image Search
Okay, I know its a tenuous link but it does give me a chance to quote lyrics from one of my favourite Stevie songs and also celebrate the versatile cape. My first was an Edwardian black velvet number that I brought in the late 1980s to channel a Stevie vibe, but I wore it so much that it disintegrated to the extent that it was well past the repairing stage. After that I didn't bother with capes for many years until I brought this 1960s Welsh tapestry one:


I love Welsh tapestry coats, waistcoats and what-not, being more familiar with the muted shades like those that I previously blogged about, but this cape is so bright in comparison to others I've seen; I call it my 'Miss Marple on Acid' cape! As today's gloomy weather called for something colourful, I wore it out this morning to meet up with fellow blogger Gilly B and it gained quite a few compliments. 



I also wore one of my latest buys too: a 1960s souvenir bracelet. And look, its even got Brussels' famous Manneken Pis statue on it - talk about quirky! But hey...I love quirky.

Have a great weekend everyone!



Monday, 20 October 2014

For the Love of Shoes


I had a rare double-take moment when I saw these 1960s shoes in a bric-a-brac shop a fortnight ago. This pair isn't typical of the usual vintage footwear that I normally come across; hence the double-take! It was the eighteenth-century-style paste decoration on the shoes' vamps that first drew my attention, and then I noticed the name: Charles Jourdan. 




I quickly nabbed them off the shelf and tried them on; they fitted perfectly, even gaining a compliment from a fellow shopper. So I now know that my size 5/6 feet will fit a vintage 7B! What also makes them special is that they came with the original shoe box and that this shoe was called: "Baroque Noailles' and cost £14'3'6d in old money.



I have to admit too, that I brought them very cheaply considering their quality.

So, guess what I did at the weekend? I went back to the shop on the off-chance and brought yet another pair of 1960s Charles Jordans:   



I reckon these must have come from the same owner as the black pair, who obviously had an impeccable taste in shoes. Actually - if these are typical of her footwear, imagine what her clothes must have been like?!

These lace-up ghillie-style shoe are also 7Bs and came with their box too. I love the logo of the bewigged footman kneeling down and holding up a cushion with a shoe on it - very Cinderella!




When I went to pay for these silver beauties the woman at the till remembered me from last time and I got them for a bargain price too! 

I shall be wearing both pairs (not at once!) when I get a chance and after the heels have been replaced - they deserve to be shown off and not hidden away!


Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Age of Motoring


Earlier this year our neighbour was having a clear-out and came across a few motoring related items that once belonged to her Uncle Joe who also used to live next door. Knowing my love of classic cars, she kindly gave me these and told me a little about him. He served in WWII and loved anything mechanical; being a big fan of both cars and motorbikes. Unfortunately he died the year before we moved in, so we never got to meet him, but I'm sure we would have got on well, what with my love of old cars and Husband's for motorbikes.

I was given an amazing pair of unworn leather motorcycling gauntlets, with a cosy sheepskin lining. I reckon these date from the 1950s, but alas, are too big for my hands. However, once Husband buys his dream bike of a classic Norton, Triton or similar, they'll be perfect for him. 



But the gauntlets weren't the only thing, as she also gave me some car brochures from the 1930s. She thought I'd particularly love Morris one, as it contains Archie's predecessors!



These are absolute gems for a car nut like me. Their illustrations are outstanding, especially the ones in the Morris brochure. They show examples of all the social situations a Morris is suitable for...


Running the morning's shopping errands 

Visiting one's friends for a good gossip and afternoon tea

Cutting a dash in the capital for a night at the opera

Smuggling back contraband after one's trip to the South of France

Impressing the young chaps at the Masquerade Ball with the new car that Daddy's brought

These brochures are written in the language of the time that reminds me of the Mr Cholmondley-Warner character on Harry Enfield & Chums TV show. See what I mean:




Because these brochures haven't seen the light of day for decades, they're in absolutely pristine condition. I bet today's automotive literature isn't a patch on these beauties.



Leather gauntlets: Uncle Joe
Flying goggles: Husband
Scarf: Jacqmar, 1953 Coronation headscarf

And finally, here's a Mr Cholmondley-Warner classic to end on...





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