Tuesday, 1 September 2009

First day of freedom

What a feeling! To get up and know that as of this very day, I am my own boss! I began the day with a leisurely breakfast and made up a batch of shortbread, had a long shower and began to calmly iron my outfit for the day. Then the phone rang, and I had a half-hour chat with a fabulous person about a very exciting evening (more on this in a later post)... and then the lady of leisure dream quickly faded as I realised I had to leave for a meeting in 10 minutes. I frantically threw my clothes on, put on my makeup at light speed, ran around the flat trying to find my keys and then rushed out the door to have lunch with Tony Nylons.

Tony and I talked about his forthcoming magazine Nylon Flash, which, as you'll see from that link, started out as a newsletter featuring pictures of ladies in stockings and faux vintage lingerie. Not overtly suggestive, unless fully-fashioned stockings make you weak at the knees... in which case you'll be in heaven! But Tony has bigger ideas for his publication, and wants to turn it into a proper magazine, with photostories, poetry and even recipes. As he is a pictures man, he needed a words man, and I am the wo-man for the job! I'm actually gracing the cover, as well as the inside, of the next one... But you won't be able to see unless you buy a copy! Get in touch with Tony if you do want to.

So, that's yet another exciting project that I'm getting involved in. Next up for me this week is a talk I am doing tomorrow night at the Betty Blythe Fine Food Pantry in Shepherd's Bush. It's going to be a brief overview of vintage clothing and my own take on fashion and etiquette, and the event itself is a private one for Qype. We're hoping to make these WI-inspired, Betty Blythe Society talks a regular occurrence though. I am going to start up a mailing list soon, so any of my lovely readers wanting to know about all the talks, parties, events, and goings-on I'm involved in can sign up.

Anyway! This is a rather boringly wordy post, so how about I show you what I wore yesterday?

These photos were kindly taken by my brother Guy. I'm wearing a Swirl dress that I don't believe I've photographed before. It's a blue gingham one, with pink and green flowers embroidered on the bodice and pockets. I usually wear it with my peach cardigan, but that has been in two recent posts, so I fancied a change. Yellow and blue is my favourite contasting colour combination, so I paired it with this modern yellow cardigan from Dorothy Perkins, and my yellow Miss L Fire wedges. Which are, coincidentally, on sale now at ASOS. Luckily they don't have my size left, or I would be cross!

For a change, and to be slightly kinder to my hair, I decided to do a set using my infamous, 'good for nothing' Remington hot rollers. They leave me with a much looser wave, especially at the ends, which I don't much like, but set in the same pattern as my Hot Sticks, in a pinch they will do a reasonably 40s-esque style. Here is a closeup of the dress, and my 'do.

So says the Swirl hang tag!
(Thanks to the creative talented gals like Casey and Solanah, for collage inspiration. I can only dream of doing ones as nifty as them, so please just humour my efforts!)

Back again soon!

Fleur xx


  1. I'm so happy for you! It must feel so wonderful to be free. ('You're so lucky!' - haha). Best of British!

    A xx

  2. pretty blue! someday I will own a pair of Miss LFire shoes! (if you don't buy them first since we both have the larger feets!).

  3. yes! where do all you ladies get those lovely collages from to put your photos in? they are so cute!

  4. Aw you are so sweet! My collages have been lacking in luster lately, but your fresh approach has inspired me to put a little more effort into it ;)

    Lovely everything, you so deserve to be your own employer!

  5. what I wouldn't give to be my own boss! you are an inspiration to me as I sit at my dreadful (taupe) desk :P !

  6. I absolutely adore this outfit. Yellow and blue is one of my favorite color combinations....and those shoes are AMAZING!

  7. I love your Swirl dress! So adorable!! Congratulations on breaking free from the 9 to 5 prison. I'll break free one day. And as far as your collage is concerned, peachy perfect I say.

  8. So pleased for you, it's nice to escape huh?!

    And I'll be meeting you tonight as I'm at Betty Blythes too, I only found out yesterday, so see you later

  9. Ah freedom! Heeheehee. It is a good feeling working on things that make you happy. Good luck!

    And in a seperate query - what advice would you give to someone with long hair that wants to do something forties with it, and has never so much as played with a roller before? It's for Saturday... *g*

  10. Congrats to being a free woman! I would say your future is so bright I need my shades! ;)

  11. hello Fleurn perhaps that could interested you. Here are two swirl dresses. Perhaps in your size and your taste: http://www.dandelionvintage.com/6.html
    Take a look and have a very good second day of freedom.

  12. I am soo jealous of you yet obviously in a very good way :) Congrats with the freedom and keep on enjoying it :)

  13. And so I promptly went and ordered the yellow shoes :)

  14. I simply adore your outfit, Fleur! Yellow and blue is such a cherry color combination; just looking at the beautiful collages of your outfit made me smile. :)

    Sounds like you are leading quite a busy life now and have loads of plans! I can't wait to hear more about your various projects and collaborations as you go forward! Best of luck on this new path!

  15. you are so beautiful ! love your blog ! I opened my online boutique for vintage inspired accessories (mainly hats) yesterday, I am my own boss now, too - why don't you come in and have a virtual glass of champagne with me ?! www.frolleinvonsofa.com - cheerio from berlin, frollein von sofa

  16. I love every blessed thing about this outfit, 'specially the shoes...which I'd LOVE to have. Ah to have some spending money. :)


  17. It seems like lots of wonderful things are happening for you- congratulations!

  18. aaahhh I love the shoes they are divine!

  19. Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

    It's all perfect !

    Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

  20. Do you find your shoes quite hardwearing? I have them in black but am scared to wear outside in case the transfers get scratched!

  21. Oooh Fleur, I'm loving this hair! These waves suit you much better than the rolls...in my humble opinion...they frame your face so nicely :)
    And also - congratz to your freedom! :)

  22. ALRAUNE.

    Congratulations for your decision, Fleur!
    I am also a freelancer of sewing and clothes design. I began in 1994, after one year working on a sewing factory, making clothes for a veeery known brand, and being poorly paid for the job.
    I got so tired of it, that I thought I could do some arrangements on people,s clothes until I could find a new job, and fifteen years later... here I am, hi hi!
    I have never regreted it. And girl, don,t do it! There may come times with a lot of job, times when you sit around and wait for it to come, almost in dispair, but... never give up!
    It,s wonderful to be able to live from the things you create and make people happy with them.
    So, my best wishes, freelancer!!!

  23. I was feeling so tired and uninspired this morning Fleur.. then I saw you fabulous burst of yellow and feel so much sunnier!
    How exciting it is to be on the brink of big life changes. Wishing you the best. xx

  24. Cute Swirl. I had the very same one in Pink gingham. Someday I'd like to do a catalog of all the styles, but I have a feeling it would number into the 1000s!

  25. This outfit is adorable! I love those yellow shoes. xo

  26. Oh, I love your collage and your dress is too adorable! I passed over a scrapbooking software kit at the store yesterday and I am kicking myself now. I am going to pick it up when I go back next week.
    I am also going to try and make a dress similar to the one you are wearing. I have a vintage pattern that is like it that wraps and ties. I just need to finish the scores of projects I am working on, LOL!

  27. your photos are phenomenal...delicious.. I find myself totally captivated by the color, clarity, composition...they are just beautiful! Keep up the great posts.


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