Monday, 1 August 2011

Urban foraging and silly posing

It has been a splendiferous summers day here in London.
So we took time out and went for a walkabout in the park & did some impromtu foraging along a nearby nature trail. 
The blackberries are getting ripe now and there's an absolute abundance on the bushes. 
I also wanted to collect some elderberries for making a cold & flu fighting tincture.
I've been very much inspired by my sister as she has been making  loads of jam & cordials lately.
Incidentally she has also recently started a gardening blog called Haveriet
it's written in Danish but if you can't read it there's loads of lovely pics to feast your eyes on too.
I was somewhat "overdressed" today wearing a frock with long sleeves. 
Thank goodness it is made from cotton otherwise I think I would have passed out from overheating but it was kind of good to have a little cover to protect my arms from being rasped to bits by the blackberry thorns.
The frock is from British High Street staple store Topshop but it is from the 70s.
I won it on eBay together with a bunch of other vintage attire a few months back but this was its first outing as it has been lying on my mending pile awaiting my attention.
It was nothing major, just a few stitches to the underarms and it was ready to be rocked again ;)
I love the little row of round fabric clad buttons to the front and the cute ditsy floral print.
Some blackberries destined for a crumble (that we have just devoured)...
A little bit of strutting infront of the camera, as one does ;)
I also picked some wildflowers, so much prettier than a garage forecourt bouquet & free too.
Some more snaps of my lovely dress...
I hunted down a few more vintage Top Shop frocks on-line for your perusing pleasure.
Behind every link is a wonderful vintage frock, go on and click, you know you want to ;)
The top one is from the lovely Liz.
Here's a close-up of print & label for any fellow fabric & label nerds out there ;)
  That's all for today folks!
Hope you've all had a swell day and that the sun didn't go to your head and make you do silly things like posing behind a tree with one leg sticking up in the air, tehe!
Lot's of love,

P.s. If you haven't read it already then there's a fecking brilliant interview to be enjoyed over on The Fashion Turd blog with the undisputed Queen of Quirk Helga.


Louise said...

I love your hat. I seem to be all about the hats at the moment, I've already bought 2 this week. I don't have a good selection for the summer though. X

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

At last a real summer's day for you to enjoy! I'm very jealous of your blackberry picking, reminds me of New Zealand summers - you made a crumble!!!! The dress is perfect for fruiting picking and I love the covered buttons and your hat! Of to feast on the interview with that Helga wench:)) xoxo

Misfits Vintage said...

GORGEOUS frock - I adore a ditzy floral - berry picking in heels? Of course, darling!

Isn't that interview wonderful? And Helga mentions all of us - how lucky are we??

Jennie, you look just lovely - and I love your hat. And you know I am ALL about the silly poses!

Sarah xxx

RETRO REVA said...

I love all things floral and you are so cute behind that tree!

Helga! said...

Squee! I'm ridiculously excited about that interview!
Love that frock of yours,it's just perfection!So are the poses!I adore doing silly poses,it perks me up no end!
Crumble!One of the few desserts I like!Anything with berries is ok by me,though!Yum!

Smashingbird said...

That is one fab frock & there's nout wrong with a bit of silly posing! xx

Miss Peelpants said...

Vintage Topshop is the only Topshop I have any time for!

Thank you for the link lovely, and that's a perfect dress - the shoes go really well with it! xx

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

That is a great practical dress but you're still brave to wear it blackberry picking - I took the kids and as usual ended up ripped to shreds. It was really too hot for sleeves, but if I'd had some I'd have avoided the painful nettle sting under my armpit!