Sunday, September 27

Photo Booth

It was our second wedding anniversary a few days ago, but the other half and I chose to celebrate on Saturday instead so we could make a day of it.

We caught a train to London and squeezed into the fabled black & white photo booth. We had a blast, giggling away and pulling silly faces. I was getting all excited hearing the machinery whirr into action after the flash went off the last time and catching the slightest hint of fixer-smell. I had been looking forwards to our photo booth adventure but was really surprised at the good quality of the resulting photo strip: Well focused and great tonal range. Well worth a visit should you find yourself in London.

You can find directions on the photoautomat website. They also operate booths in some other Eropean cities.

Later we went on a quest for a pub with outdoor seating to make the most of the gorgeous weather. We munched on wedding cake (=Krispy Kremes) and eventually ended up in China Town for a dinner of mock-duck and mock-pork (mmm.. tasty pretend meat).

By the time we got back home we were bone tired and ready for a lazy Sunday.
Hope you're all having a great weekend too!

Jacket: Topshop
Dress: All-Mighty
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Vintage

Wednesday, September 23


For a while now I have been quite envious of all the bloggers who have access to old-fashioned photo booths. I never could resist them but over the last decade the last few seem to have disappeared from my reach. However, my friend google says there is one waiting for me in London. Did you know there are places that hire them out for weddings etc. as well. How tempting is that?

Now for an excuse to catch a train to London..

Saturday, September 19

What Claudia Wore

It was the comparison to Randall Flagg that drew me in. No, that's a lie, I think it was the helvetica-loving annotation right in the header that did it.

The Baby-Sitters Club. Oh yikes. Just the sort of girlie, saccharine-sweet series that used to fill my secondary school library shelves (and teenage-me used to turn her mouth down and nose up at). Like it or not, eventually I'd read it anyway, just for something to do (and secretly enjoy every bit of it).

What Claudia Wore is giving me fits of teenage memories.. If I had a time machine and upon my travels encountered my teenage self, I 'd kick the gangling, bespectacled girl with the silly hair-cut and ridiculous cloths. Or maybe I'd just point and laugh, Nelson Muntz style.

I really didn't do myself any favours back then.
From the obligatory angst, over fits of misguided spirituality, to the heavy make-up (my eyes are small to begin with, but positively piggy under layers of eyeliner) I was a disaster zone. Taller than all the boys my age (they caught up a couple of years later) and still having bee-stings for breasts I secretly harboured fears I might be a hermaphrodite (who could blame the parents for keeping it a secret?). The cloths were worst though. Honestly, you just wouldn't believe the cloths. For example I had pairs of violent orange and green jeans, which I wore with a pair of Grandfather suspenders. Passers-by had to shield their eyes. There was one garment I used to practically live in though: A flowing ankle-lengh, see-through, empire-waist, patchwork (yes, I said patchwork) dress. Thinking back on it I can't help but see the similarity to Celia of The Virgin Suicides and her ruined wedding gown. I must have thought I was a character in a bodice ripper.

Anyway - if you ever feel like a bit of time travel with a twist: Go see what Claudia wore. The other half keeps getting distracted from his Bounty Hunt (gots to get paid) because this blog is causing me to laugh out loud like a lunatic.

Oh grandmother,..

Dress: Lipstick Vogue
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Office

I've been painting pictures of my ideal photo of this dress all week and little red riding hood kept on sneaking into my mind. I went to Milton Country Park and felt transported back to my childhood as soon as I left the path. I used to roam through the local woods and forests all the time, letting my imagination run wild and returning home at dusk covered in dirt.

Once upon a Saturday..

Hat: Accessorize
Jumper: Present
Skirt: Vintage
Tights: eBay
Shoes: Clarks
Suitcase: Sally's Army

After a year of stagnation I have finally updated my website. I added a small selection of my outfit posts from this blog here: After a Fashion

Wednesday, September 16

Hurray for basic sewing

You may remember a little while ago I had a whine about a badly ripped dress I couldn't bare to throw away. I came across it the other day, stuffed into a plastic bag at the back of my bedside table.

I was incredulous to find only a tiny rip in place of the black hole I remembered. A piece of iron-on mender and a few stitches later my favourite dress from two years ago is back on a hanger.

Dress: H&M
Tights: eBay
Mask: couldn't resist it in Amsterdam

Friday, September 11

Hi there!
Sorry to have gone quiet for so long, leaving the blog to collect theoretical dust and all.

I was busy losing some holiday-pastry-weight (the battle continues) and catching up at work. However, yesterday the dress on the right arrived in the mail so I just had to show you right away.
Besides, I'd been meaning to take a trip to the Moon via Photoshop for a while now.

It is cold out. There 's a crisp edge in the air and dusk draws in earlier and earlier every day. The mornings are misty and my hair is suffering the consequences: I start cycling with a full head of rag curls but by the time I reach work I resemble a scarecrow. I got myself one of those see-through plastic rain-hats only little old ladies wear with confidence, but am yet to summon the courage to use it. I think I am just about ready. Oh the joy of the changing seasons..

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend!

Dress: Lipstick Vogue (.com | Etsy)
I am definitely showing you lots more pictures of the dress when the rest of me isn't such a mess!