Sunday, 19 July 2009

What I wore - 19th July

Presenting... a gratuitous outfit post! In fact, this blog has no substance whatsoever, it is vanity, pure and simple. I usually like to bury my outfit photos in some kind of other subject matter, but I have nothing interesting to say today!

I went to visit my parents to discuss my plans for the future, and my week ahead, including what to ask the HR people regarding my redundancy. I have a horrible feeling that I am stuck in my office for another two months at least, which fills me with dread as I shall be both totally unmotivated and itching to move on. Sigh!

Anyway, my lovely Dad was imposed upon to take some pictures of my outfit, using my camera. And here they are!

Vintage late 40s-early 50s Swirl dress in mustard yellow
with black, rather fractal-like abstract print
Black Remix Briarcliff wedges
Black carved bakelite bangle
Yellow and grey shell screw-back earrings

This one has lovely latticework on the pockets and neckline.
(Goosebumps in July, who'da thunk it?

These earrings match the dress so perfectly!
I found them n the bottom of a big box of vintage earrings,
loose, with no broken bits. These shell earrings are so delicate,
it was nothing short of miraculous!

My shoes are Briarcliff wedges from Remix.
They are a reproduction of a 1940s playshoe, and are so incredibly comfortable.
These are my second pair and I love them to death, although it has been said
that they look like orthopaedic shoes. Not by me though!

Now for a hair closeup!

Victory rolls on top and rolled up at the back.
The lipstick is MAC Viva Glam I.

And because people often ask me what the back looks like... ta-daaa!

It was rather windy, so ignore the flyaway bits!
I used the same rat that I use for my faux bangs to create this back roll.

And that's that! Here endeth the gratuitous outfit post, I leave you with one final shot, during which the wind obliged me with a bit of extra oomph to show off the skirt of my Swirl!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. See you all next week!

Breezily yours,

Fleur xx


  1. Gorgeous!
    Fleur, this dress is just beautiful and you've accessorised it... well, perfectly.
    And your hair... Oh, your hair!

  2. I can't believe you get made redundant and then they expect you to just sit there and work for them in the meantime until you can go! What a crock

  3. Innit! Talk about the biggest demotivator! I have to do 30 days compulsory consultation, and only after that does my month notice start. I shall be insisting on lots of days off for 'interviews' if they won't let me take my money and go.

    Thanks Sophie!

  4. To. Die. I am so happy to see the back of your hair! I never would have guessed it looked like that from the back. So lovely. And the earrings are perfection.

  5. Beautiful photos, Dad does fabulous work, love the detail shots of your dress and jewelry!

  6. Looking lovely Fleur.
    After my redundancy was approved I had to wait 3 loooong weeks before I left. If you have any outstanding sick leave or family leave left I suggest it might be a good idea to use it up before you leave (do you feel a bit of a fever coming on?).

  7. Wonderful photos! You look beautiful and you accessorized the whole outfit so well.

    That would be awful if you were forced to stay in your job for two more months- I only had to stay a week, but it was the slowest week ever where it was near impossible for me to accomplish anything as I was simply counting the minutes to get out of there... I hope your meeting goes well and you do not have to suffer that fate!

  8. Your dad is a fantastic photographer and you look beautiful. That latticework on that Swirl dress is amazing. I have a Swirl, too, and it's a completely different style. I didn't know that much about the brand until I read about it on your blog, but it was really cool to learn about something I have in my closet already.

    I hope you don't have to stay for two months at your job... how annoying that would be!

  9. You look beautiful!! And I'm so sorry about you losing your job, but hey, thats what silver linings are for :) And, I am an event manager, so if you need any help about anything, please just flick me an email/comment. I'm more than happy to help! Goodluck with all these future plans, I can't wait to see what you'll do.

  10. This is so beautiful! I just love the print and colour of the dress, and you've accessorized it so flawlessly. What a perfect summer look. I'm so inspired by your hair! :)

  11. I would love to see a hair tutorial about Victory rolls. I've looked for them on YouTube but haven't really found anything that great yet... Also what type of foundation and makeup do you use? Curious as I am a makeup artist. Your makeup always looks great.

  12. Cute outfit. The yellow looks fabulous on you.

  13. So beautiful!
    I *so* love your blog Fleur, I've been following it for a few weeks now and I'm hooked! I hope that my humble little blog can grow up to be just like yours one day! hehe. I would love it if you could come check it out! (I'd also like to know who did your header graphic, I'd like one for my blog!)

    Cheers! And good luck with the job search!


  14. Beautiful! love the dress. don't know why but i never seem to find anything vintage in mustard.

    and i think your hair looks perfect, as always ;D

  15. Very fabulously put together :-) It's matchy matchy without being OTT in the slightest. Lovely :-D

  16. Yet more hair inspiration, lovely :-)

    Do you use a rat in the back ?


  17. Cheers everyone!

    Glam Housewife: You are lovely :)

    Lemondrop Marie: He's good isn't he? He's always been a dabbler in photography. This is with my camera and I set it up but he did some sterling framing!

    Lila: Ugh... and yes, do you know, I do think I feel a temperature coming on... oh noes! ;)

    Laurakitty: Thanks so much. Fingers crossed - I find out today!

    Catherine_sr: He did a good job and no mistake!

    PLP: Oooh, thank you! I will definitely do that at some point - it's all a bit daunting, but I do think I would be good at it. How did you get into it? I will email you to ask this properly in case you don't see this!

    Sarah: Thank you, now if only the summer would come back and banish my goosepimples!

    NW: I will definitely be doing a roll tutorial, it's the next one on my list after the faux bangs, which is the actual next one. I use mineral foundation, though I do use MAC liquid foundation for 'proper' shoots - this was just my regular Lily Lolo Porcelain, everyday one. I use MAC lipsticks, eyeshadow and mascara, but Rimmel brand eyeliner and eyebrow pencil. And Bourjois blusher!

    Amanda: Thank you!

    Bunny: Aw, thanks so much! I shall head over right now. I'll answer the banner question there so you see it!

  18. Oops, posted without refreshing last 3!

    Betty: Thanks doll, I never have before either, but I think I like it!

    Kitty: That's so great to hear, one does worry about being overly matchy, tho I don't think I have, yet!

    MissM: Thank you, and indeed I did, best couple of quid I ever spent (though I do need a new rat, maybe a black one, as it doesn't match my hair any more.

  19. oh my god, you are so pretty and so vintage! hot!

  20. Love that Swirl!
    The earring are a perfectly sweet match.

  21. Oh all your swirl dresses make me jealous, I'm determined to acquire one!

  22. Looking fahbulous as always!

    (I'm fairly new to your blog but I'm already in awe of your greatness!! LOL!)

  23. Hello! You're beautiful and your blog is very interesting. No matter what you say about vanity, I can tell your posting is very honest and spontaneous.
    Come and visit my blog to collect your Award, I wouldn't mind if u choose to don't post about it.
    Ciao, Cinnamon Girl

  24. Yay for outfit posts!!! :) I rather love them--your clothes are always so pretty! I simply adore that dress you're wearing (well, I love the whole look, actually! ;); the pockets are just too fun. Got me thinking how I could do a lattice detail like that... hehe! ;)

  25. Yes I also try to build some textual substance around outfits but sometimes you just have t leave it to what it is - a beautiful dress :) Love it, great colour!

  26. well, i think these posts are very inspiring! but i feel the same when i post pictures of myself with nothing else to say except "this is what i wore today." hehe. anyway, i think you look fabulous. (btw, just started reading your blog and have been enjoying it immensely!)

  27. You look stunning!

    Ugh, bring stuck at work. I was compelled to stay at a horrid job for six weeks after I had resigned once ... was awful. Hopefully they set you free sooner! :)

    A xx

  28. Another gorgeous outfit, and positive outlook on a nasty situation. Well done Fleur, you are certainly inspiring!
    I take it the kitty had not eaten your rat then!? May I ask where you buy such a thing?

  29. I'm with everyone on this- cool pics, cool outfit, your dad rocks as a photographer and I shall add the garden setting is just divine!

  30. You look absolutely wonderful. I am so envious of you thinner girls who can actually find vintage dresses that fit.
    That colour is so typical of the time and looks perfect on you.

  31. Perfect hair, perfect outfit! Lovely!

    (and just one question, I love the swirldresses I´ve seen and would like to make one my self but I dont know how they look in the back... Mabey you could be so kind to sent me a photo or show one here in your blog?)

  32. Ohhhhhhhhh!!!! so lovely and beutifull photos!!!!!!! you look great, your dress SO pretty, your shoes, your make up, your hair, the background and your camera! I mean those photos have a great quality, WOW and more WOW!!!!

    Me encantaron tus fotos, tu pelo, todo todo esta hermoso!! me encataria tomarme unas fotos asi!

  33. beautiful! By the way, you don't have any noticeable flyaways. Not even and ounce of frizz! You are lucky!

    I live in a very humid climate, so there's no way to avoid the frizz and flyaways!

  34. I love this dress it's so simple and so pretty I love the entire look.

  35. I looooove the back of your hair. You look altogether stunning.


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