Sometimes you stumble on something that brings you joy. Not the type of joy I perhaps should aspire to (there’s no enlightened being here), but a skipping jumping material based joy full of colour and texture and self expression. For some they find it in the dusty covers and smooth contours of old vinyl records, or a books ancient typeface; for others it might be a model plane, vintage car or the perfect teapot. For me it falls firmly into two categories stationery and all things clothing. In particular hats, but more about them later.
So, what does one do when one can’t afford (both physically and financially) to shop for clothing items on a regular basis? Well, I like to see what others are wearing.
Now wait a minute! I’m not talking perusing the pages of fashion mags or flicking through celebrity websites or even being stuck to the couch watching E TV. Fashion is not for me. Fashion has it's beauty but it’s restrictive nature does not appeal. I’ll never be that size, shape or colour; nor have the money to be 'on trend'. And when it comes down to it a lot of it is not 'me'.
No, what I crave is style. The classic glamour of movie greats like Audrey Hepburn; the flamboyant fabulousness of Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Auntie Mame (as played by Rosalind Russell); vintage: shapes, fabrics, ideals, mashed into an individuals personal style. And that is how I came to stumble across the fabulous Sarah and her blog and shop Misfits Vintage.
Recently I have discovered that Sarah is not only a beautiful talented woman wrapped in the most exquisitely put together vintage outfits but also has magic powers by way of a magic poncho (though I suspect she is magic without the poncho ;) ) that allows her to put smarmy uncompassionate doctors in their place! Here, you should hear the story straight from her ;) … (warning! this an't no G (rated) thing baby)
I know right! Don’t you wish you had your very own Sarah to take with you on your medical misadventures? I know I do and I had to tell her. So I did and to my amazement she offered to send me my very own poncho of power!
So this post is by way of thanks and homage to the lovely Sarah. …
Firstly you should know that no only did I receive a fabulous 70's poncho but also a pair of hop earrings, wooden salt and pepper shakers, a tea towel displaying eucalypts trees of Australia edged with crochet and a HOT DATE inscribed with love from Sarah. Here take a closer look...
The poncho and I frolicking in the garden
(Ok so more propping myself up against things but my heart was frolicking I swear )
The poncho, sticky V2 and I strike a pose
We are quite striking
An indoor close up so you can see the happiness
Shoes, under skirt, singlet - retail
Compression stockings arms and legs - government issue
Dress and head scarf - Vintage op-shopped
Poncho of Power and hop earrings - Gifted by Sarah
And just so you all have no doubt in your minds about how amazed and thankful I am for the kindness and love shown to me by this fabulous stranger. I have to send a million warm hugs of thanks your way Sarah for not only the great gift but your blog as well xox
Love B xox
Opps, I almost forgot, I was going to mention my hat addiction. Well I think I have discovered where it all began...
These were taken by my grandfather. I think I'm about 3 years old. I seemed to have enjoyed modeling his many hats, though that last one is obviously not to my taste :)