Monday, 24 May 2010

Brown paper packages tied up with string...

...those are a few of my favourite things :).

Who doesn't love receiving parcels in the post? I woke up the other morning with this delightfully wrapped parcel sitting on the kitchen table. It was from Amy, the writer of The Lonely Teapot :). I won a competition on her blog a while ago, and the prize was this pretty bow brooch and vintage bag. I've actually been on the lookout for a nice brooch for a while now, with the sole intention of pinning it to my orange cardigan - a nice bit of 'granny chic' never goes amiss!

Before opening the parcels I just had to take a photo of them - aren't they beautiful? Inside the box was the bow brooch, pinned to a doily - such a delight to open up! Thanks Amy :D.

I found this Topshop skater dress at a carboot the other week for £1.50. It was SUCH a bargain - I'm pretty sure they're still for sale at full price in the shops!

Apart from school work and revision, I've been indulging in the nice weather recently (taking photos in a cashmere cardigan in this heat was rather uncomfortable!). I went carbooting yesterday, followed by an impromptu trip to the sea side for a picnic. Oh, and I've just sent off a roll of film to be developed - if any of the photos came out, I'll be sure to post them up here!

Sadie xxx

Friday, 14 May 2010

'We are the Mods!'

Hello dearest readers :). I would like to quickly apologise for my very very long absence (a month... ahh). I had a little break from blogging for a few reasons, primarily that my laptop is broken (a blogger without a laptop?!), and secondly, because its that time of year again... exam time! So do bear with me over the next 2 months - I'll try and get a post out once a week, but I've got to knuckle down and get these grades so I can get into uni in September! I hope you'll understand!

Now onto the post!
Some of you may recognise the title of this post - it is in fact a quote from my new favourite film of all time, Quadrophenia. Released in 1979, the film focuses on the 60s Mod subculture - with the clothes, scooters and music that go with it. Apart from being generally good vintage 'eye-candy', the film is great watch in its own right (so watch it!!!).

After watching the film, I just HAD to make myself a Mod dress that wouldn't look too out of place in a scooter rally to Brighton on a bank holiday afternoon. I found the pattern on eBay - yep, its a genuine vintage pattern! I felt so cruel cutting out the shapes, but it had to be done. (Does anyone else feel like you should leave vintage patterns intact?). With a few adjustments, I had the perfect dress for me ♥. The collar was surprisingly simple to do!

Now, Mods wouldn't be Mods without the other essential bit of gear - the fishtail parka. I found this one in H&M a few weeks ago for £30. It's not actually a fishtail parka... in fact, I'm not sure if it really is a parka at all, but I love it nonetheless and I can tell me and the coat are going to be bestfriends - especially as it's my only piece of 'practical' clothing.

Now all I need is a scooter...

Hope you like the photos! I went to a new location today to take them. It was rather chilly. And the cows in the next field kept staring at me...

Sadie xxx