Thursday, 11 July 2013

A Satisfied Mind

The weather here in London has been absolutely delightful of late and I quite literally live on the balcony at the moment. When it gets too hot out there I grab a blanket and hit the park as there is usually more of a breeze going on there. Yesterday I sat stitching little bags for my stall and today I was making love-beads for The Mini Festival this Sunday. I've sorted out my rail already and have even managed to complete a stock preview folder on my FB page. I'm feeling rather on top of things for once but it won't last, I'm far too much of a flapping flibbertigibbet ;)
I hadn't seen the geese for a few days but they were there again today. The youngsters are starting to look like adults now, soon I won't be able to tell the difference. All that downy fluff is all but gone. When I get a few spare minutes I'll do a timeline with some of the pics I've taken of them over the past two or so months. 
There was a lovely cooling breeze in the park today...
African wax print dress, Handmade Kenyan belt, earrings (all from car boot sales),  80s Pierre Cardin sandals (charity shop), 80s sunnies (eBay) & Handmade African necklace that was a gift from my beloved mother.
...that completely scuppered the outfit pics ;)
The only bad thing about this weather is that my hair goes all funny. I may need to attack it with another dose of Henna before the weekend, either that or hide it under a hat.
This is actually what the majority of my outfit pics look like...the ones that end up on "the cutting room floor" that is ;)
Last Sunday I treated myself to a rare trip to the car boot sales and it was as if the vintage gems had just been accumulating in my absence awaiting my return. I could have bought so much more but it was hotter than an oven and I was really starting to struggle with my bag. Everyone else is canny as a fox, bringing along  trolleys and even wheelie suitcases but alas not I. Anyway I had just about spent all my cash after bagging the lot below and I couldn't wait to get back home to put my feet up and relax on the balcony.

When is the best time to bag an autumn/winter coat?
On a baking hot day in the height of summer of course, when no sane person is buying them cause then you can usually take the haggle highway straight to bargain city.

I was over the moon to bag this gorgeous vintage 70s rust coloured chenille coat in near mint condition and this awesome ornately embroidered Moroccan burgundy velvet caftan gown...
This is the rest of my amazing-zing car booty looty... 
Vintage 70s psychedelic print maxi dress made in Germany and a wedding worthy frock labelled Pat Farrell for Fiona Dresses...
 Two stunning maxi frocks by Jean Varon. I'm starting to build up quite a collection of Varon frocks now...
 Two 60s/70s swimsuits, the psychedelic one is labelled Twenka and the floral one is by Berlei...
 Amazingly voluminous nylon ruffle petticoat made in the US. I've been after one of these for an absolute age and I bagged this from my vintage trader pal who was there to offload some of her awesome stock...
80s Liberty of London silk scarf that was lurking at the bottom of a £1 bargain box...
I can't wait to wear a couple of the frocks at some point. I am currently taking stock of all my vintage dresses and if you are interested in having a wee peek I have made a folder on my FB page entitled Frocktasia's Vintage Wonderland. It is no where near finished yet but I'll get there eventually.

I'll leave you with one of my all-time favorite singer songwriters Jeff Buckley, enjoy :)
Loads of love,
Jennie
xXx


12 comments:

thorne garnet said...

you did good. Those geese are getting big.

Jet Kuhn said...

Aw the goslings aren't babies anymore, growing up fast! Love your bargains & the petticoat is fantastic! XXX

Melanie said...

Ah, the thrifting gods smiled upon you, saving up for your return. What a great haul! The fall/winter things are especially dreamy. I've been watching the local geese and ducks too. I can't believe how quickly the babies grow up! So much more efficient than humans.

Connie said...

You are anything but a flibbertygibbet! So organized and creative! Of course you like poor sweet Jeff Buckley. You have a generous duck loving heart :-)

Carina Rosenholm said...

Vilka fynd!

Trees said...

feeding geese in the park whilst wearing a beautiful frock!! I want to be doing that right now - I have summer jealousy ;)

Leslie Wilson-Rutterford said...

The weather has indeed been wonderful in London, and helps calm the frenzy of the city. Your haul at the car boot is fantastic, and I love the petticoat and rust coloured coat the best. The dress you're wearing is adorable, even if I couldn't quite work out the ruffly sections at first! The one with the wind in your hair looks a bit like wire wrapped around your legs!
I can't wait for the Finsbury event this Sunday, and hope some of your lovely followers will be able to come along! Keep up the first class work, my sweet. Lots of luv, Lxxx

emmapeelpants said...

Ooh, is that second Varon for sale? Gorgeous xx

pastcaring said...

Amazing car boot scores. Love the petticoat, the Jean Varon dresses and the coat - funnily enough, I tried on the same coat but in teal in a charity shop (bit small across the boobs unfortunately).
The weather is surprisingly warm, isn't it? And the balcony and the park sound perfect for enjoying the sun in that lovely dress. xxx

Panty Buns said...

I suspect that the geese at the park all recognize you by now. Your African wax print dress is pretty. The vast majority of the outfit pics on your cutting room floor must be fabulous if that fourth photo is any indication. The fabric chenille coat and the embroidery on the caftan gown are both very pretty. I'm really loving that pink nylon ruffle petticoat - it's so incredibly feminine! You acquired some beautiful vintage gems this last Sunday.

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Emalina said...

Love these piccies of you in your gorgeous African dress feeding the geese. And as for those dresses in your store, oooh such finds!

Frocktasia said...

emmapeelpants - Liz, as soon as I spotted it on the sellers rail I knew that I simply had to include it in one of our 'Wayfaring Frocks' photo sessions, it is so pretty it deservs it. Unless I find a nice enough location here in London, I will probably do the session next time we hit The Highlands. After I've done that it will be up for grabs...xXx