Showing posts with label style Inspiration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label style Inspiration. Show all posts

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Style Inspiration: Queen Elizabeth II

In light of all the many, many documentaries marking our Queen's 90th birthday, I thought it would be nice to shine a light on what a beautiful and fashionable young woman she was. I loved seeing all the archive footage of her when she was a youngling.

 This is my absolute favourite.

Likely real fur :(

Don't you just love her hat!
And coat.
And brooch.
And smile.

How utterly elegant.

I would wear this entire outfit.
What a beautiful dress, I wonder what colour it was.
And where is it now? Where are any of these items of clothing now.

So beautiful.

Would it be entirely inappropriate to wolf whistle the Queen?
Reminds me of something Eddie Izzard said in one of his stand up shows: "Fancy the Queen ..."

Love this!

He was certainly a very handsome man.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Style Inspiration: Missy

The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: "flashes of inspiration". 


Before I begin ...
I was skimming through the photos I had taken for this post when I spotted something. "Wait a minute!" says I, "Monty Python moment!" and after showing Andy he persuaded me to do this little gif animation.

I then went to youtube and found a video of a man playing the honky tonk classic 'Roll Out The Barrell' on the piano and then started playing this GIF* at the same time ..... I am so easily amused! Maybe you are too, so go here to listen.

Can you believe that I left the spot I took these pictures on, came back inside to reset the camera and then managed to stand in the exact same spot on my return? 


But anyway, what about the main point of this post - Missy!

I haven't done one of these in an age, so as I have been pondering this one for a while, I took the plunge so I could have a go at Missy, the Time Lady from Gallifrey.

Oh Missy, how do I love thee, let me count the ways.

Mad as a dog in a bungalow ...

With exquisite taste in clothes ...

And hats and boots ...

And Doctors ...

Oh and then there's the chance for a cuppa. How civilised ...


Oh I do love her, she's fabulous but it was inevitable that I would as I loved Michelle Gomez in Green Wing.


Now, Missy's look is screamingly Edwardian, her entire outfit is sublime and how I would love such an ensemble of clothing! I would adore such, but my wardrobe holds not much in the way of Edwardian. I made a skirt once which is packed away and that's about it. 

I was very aware that my William Hartnell style inspiration outfit would be right up Missy's street, in fact someone on Pinterest named Missy (how strange) pinned that outfit of mine and said something along the lines of "This is so something I would wear". Oh that it was THIS Missy ......

So, I went for an air of Missyness, for fear of ending up repeating that aforementioned Hartnell outfit. I could wear that skirt again and the same jacket, or I could dig out the top half of my Victorian dress. I could surely find something that would do, as this isn't style replicating, it's style inspiration.

Then there's the hat. The funny thing is, Missy's hat is all but identical bar the cherries, to the hat I purchased, then went at with florist wire, black cotton and oodles and oodles and ooooooodles of trim and feathers for my Victorian outing, but I am sure she would like that hat too, as it's wonderful, even if I do say so myself. The hat when I got it was similar yes, but obviously my manipulation of the brim and ultimately very sore sewing fingers led it down a different path entirely.

This is my take.

I wore my Victorian hat and a brooch (which granted does not match) which belonged to Andy's late aunt Dorothy. I had trouble pinning it high enough as the pin flat refused to go through any thicker parts of the shirt. I also wore a pair of red jade earrings that I made myself.

I wore my recently retired white ruffle front shirt. I love it and Andy loves it but it's made of very thin white Indian cotton and is starting to tear at the sleeve seams so I have retired it.

I also wore a black lace belt, one of my new circle skirts with red organdy petticoat and my black boots as my brown ones which are more of a Missy statement are looking sorry for themselves and there may or may not be a spider living inside one of them.

Even if I do say so myself, my hair is looking very lovely today (said à la Danny from Withnail and I). 

Also, my hat is very dusty despite dwelling in a hat box.

And then came the outside shots taken with the help of a tripod as there was no one to take my picture for me. I ended up darting back inside each time I thought I heard someone coming!

Roll out the barrell, we'll have a barrell of fun ........

Pesky shirt gape.

roll out the barrell, we've got the blues on the run .......

                                                    So that's my take on Missy. I had fun.

* thanks for the link Kezzie!

I can't get Roll Out The Barrell sung in an overblown cockney accent out of my head ...... earworm!  

Linking up for the first time with TARDIS Tuesday.  

Friday, 30 May 2014

Style Inspiration: Norma Bates

Firstly, Andy says thank you for the happy birthday wishes ...

... Andy doesn't however have much of an opinion on Bates Motel which is something I really enjoy watching. Alone. 

I was drawn to it initially because I was a fan of Psycho but now I love it because I have fallen for the character of Norma Bates. I adore her.

She's beautiful for one ...

And she wears the most incredible clothes. Many a time I have gasped and then rewound to have another long look at her outfit. The costume designer had this to say - "I wanted to create a kind of timeless progression of Norma’s style, taken from the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60’s, a melting pot of all these periods..."

"She is such an amazing female character. She expresses herself totally without self-consciousness. Sometimes she thinks she is Marilyn Monroe or Florence Nightingale or Audrey Hepburn. My goal was to express all these sides of her..."

"Norma always sees herself as very glamorous.”

And she is indeed very glamourous.

Isn't this outfit simply glorious ...

This too is so beautiful ...

I even like her skirt and blouse combinations.

Isn't she elegant?


She also has a nice line in pinnies

And she drives a gorgeous 1972 Mercedes ...

Norma often wears wedges with her outfits, seen in the above picture. Now that my red ballet flats have a proper hole in the sole, I went looking for new shoes. I found some lovely wedges in a sale, so ordered two pairs, one black and one white. Unfortunately though, they had to be returned as I have very narrow feet and they wouldn't even stay on my feet, I was traipsing around the place seeing if they were comfy and they were falling off my feet. Hey ho. No new shoes for me.