Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Lost and found

A conversation between a husband and wife in a North London home on Tuesday the 5th of March 2013...
-Mark, have you seen my Helga hat?
-Your what?
-My Helga hat; the hot pink & purple hat that Helga sent me.
-Nope, it wasn't my colour, so I put it back.
-You what?
-No, I haven't seen it, have you lost it?!
-No, it's right here but I thought I'd just have a good old look for it anyway!
-Do you want me to help you look for it?
-Oh wait, I think I've found it! Will you bring up the salad tongs please?!
-What for?
-I need them to grab the hat, it's stuck behind the shelf.
Hubby came up the stairs with the salad tongs and rescued the Helga hat from its captivity or perhaps rudely interrupted a fabulous party it was throwing for some of the more glamorous dust rats...
who knows about the secret life of Helga hats?!
I mean here we have a hat that has seen four and a bit decades pass by, lived in both New Zealand and the UK and Gourd only knows how many heads its graced in its lifetime?!
It is a fabulous hat that was sent to me a few years back by an equally fabulous woman, namely the blogosphere's much beloved and renowned Helga Von Trollop :)
The vintage maxi dress that I'm wearing today is an eBay buy from many moons ago. It's one of the very few frocks that I paid well over the odds for. 
I couldn't help myself, I fell head over heels in love the print, as did somebody else. 
A fierce bidding war broke out in which I came out victorious but significantly poorer.
I do love it though and it's one of the few frocks that I really couldn't bear to part with.
I actually had a rather strange dream a few nights ago about being at a car boot sale and I finding a jumpsuit in the very same fabric but the seller wouldn't sell it to me cause she only accepted gold coins and I had only pounds. When I begged her to sell it to me, she threatened to release a little leprechaun that she kept in a glass jar underneath her table, he looked like miniature Francis Begbie in a green suit and hat, so I ran away. 
It would be absolutely fab to come across the jumpsuit in reality but I think I'd rather leave the strange woman with her Begbie leprechaun in the realms of dreamland.
I'm also wearing the beautiful cameo necklace from Lydia's Lockets that Mark won for me in the tombola at The Dandy Lion Market.
I scored the fabulous suede waistcoat from a vintage dealer friend a few years ago, it has been a staple piece in my wardrobe ever since.
I love the design on the back and it's a really well made garment.
Although spring is still only teetering, today there is definitely a feeling in the air that winter loosing its steely grip. 
The suns rays feel much more warming and nourishing for the soul. 
Bring on the spring!
Can you see why I went bonkers for this frock?
It is a psychedelic print extravaganza that positively swings open the doors of perception.
 Who needs mind bending drugs when you can gaze upon this fabulous kaleidoscopic fabric all day long?!
Vintage 60s Helga hat, 60s psychedelic print maxi dress, 60s suede waistcoat, 70s suede jacket, 70s boots, velvet gloves & Frocktasia earrings.
Today's music clip is by Loafer the band that the delectable Helga sings in, enjoy :)
Hope you are all having a great week.
Lot's of love,


Sacramento Amate said...

Wonderful dress and fab Helga´s hat.
I love your pic with the face to the sun, so very GONE WITH THE WIND or Titatic, lol

Style Sud-Est said...

Jennie this is one kick ass dress you got there, wow, I'm weak in my knees
the vest is amazing as well, love the back
The hat is one of kind coming from famous, delicious Helga!
I never heard her, God she's good

Ariane xxxx

freckleface said...

So glad you found the Helga hat! Yes, I understand your fixation with that dress and print, they are fabulous. Well worth a fight to the death!! :) I love the little waistcoat look too.

God, Helga's voice is so cool. Love that track! Serious respect to our lovely famous friend. xxxxx

Lucys Lounge said...

wow I love your outfit. really great. I would love to see you walking down the road in this. I would have to go up and talk to you. the post before this was great. I loved looking at all your clothes. love lucy

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You look so cute in that hat and the dress is AHHH-MAZING! But, the VEST VEST VEST!!!! omg WANT!! I love it to pieces-- so perfect!! So jealous of it.
Becky :)

Anonymous said...

I love the hat! I instantly thought of Helga Von Trollop when I read "Helga hat" hehe x

grunge-queen said...

Jennie, I am crushing on your dress - love! You've styled it perfectly, from Helga's hat down to the booties. xo

Helga! said...

Love this frock, the print is AMAZING!!! I'd quite forgotten about that cute hat, so good to see you rocking it as it deserves!!! Ha, hurrah for salad tongs for retrieval! I have a stick with a hook on it for getting at things in high/tight/awkward places!
Eeeep, I always cringe when I hear myself sing, but one is ALWAYS one's worst critic. I can't wait to record that properly, actually. It's always our last song when we play live, we like to go out on a boppy number!

Vix said...

I've met that waistcoat in real-life and can vouch for it's gorgeousness! The dress is an absolute stunner, I can totally understand why you got carried away bidding for it, ebay can be deadly!
Noone wears a cap as well as you do, Helga did you proud! xxxxx

thorne garnet said...

Holy cow, that dress is giving me flashbacks.(not that I'd know anything about that)

thorne garnet said...

Finally got the video to load, how did I know I was going to love Helga's band?

pastcaring said...

So glad you found the Helga hat, it's worthy of being paired with that astonishingly fabulous dress. Great little waistcoat too, you look beautiful basking in the sunshine, Jennie.
I love hearing Helga sing. That song reminds me of the B52s, which is A Very Good Thing, in my opinion! xxxxx

Krista Gassib said...

If you ever think this dress needs someone to love it as much as you I'm your girl :) I can see why you went a little crazy bidding on it~ it is scrumptious! I want to eat it! I also love thinking about if clothes could talk, the hat from Helga is really cute as a matter of fact I want this entire outfit but knowing me I'd pair it with some sneakers :)

Style Sud-Est said...


EEEEEEkkkk i'm a legendary frockstar, thanks! i'm there with Vix and Helga! so proud and honored!


Connie said...

You can really carry off a hat! Always cuterino!

Olga Rani said...

The dress is indeed fantastic, me too in love with its print. And the whole outfit is just fab.

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

So wise of you to spend your money on that vintage maxi dress!

morganvsmorgan said...

The print on that dress is awesome! Haha thats a funny dream. I hate when I dream that Ive aquired all these amazing pieces of clothing only to wake up ready and excited to wear them and realize they aren't in my wardrobe :(

Perdita said...

Great hat. I usually have to ask my husband where things are, I put them 'away safely' and don't find them for years!

megcasson said...

the print on that dress is amazing, very bold!


Miss Simmonds Says said...

you're hilarious! I've had dreams about dresses I've desperately wanted to win on ebay, we're silly. That dress is totally stunning, the pattern is incredible!

Izumihiiiflower said...

wow the dress! i think this outfit is perfect!! so 70's!!