About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Words I like:

"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



“I said "Somebody should do something about that." Then I realized I am somebody.”

 Lily Tomlin




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A little help from my friends?

After spending countless hours researching how to transfer my blog to Blogger I’ve on the verge of giving up. Those who know me know that I’d rather poke a fork in my eye than do research about technology. I found out that while it is possible (through a convoluted method) to transfer the text of my posts, I will have to upload and insert all the photos manually. I’m not sure I have the stamina for that.

Alternatively, I can try to make this blog more user-friendly. Can you do me a favor and send me an email or leave  a comment letting me know 1) how you prefer to ‘follow’ blogs i.e., Bloglovin, Blogger, Facebook, etc. and 2) what you don’t like about the way my blog works (or doesn’t, as the case may be)?

To catch up on this past weekend -- A. and I went to a vintage market at Spitalfields, where the prices on clothing were too high for my wallet. 

A. did pick up this Hornsea mug designed by John Clappison and now is on a mission to find more from this series.

At the Brick Lane vintage market, I found the seller who I had bought my Biba-esque Wallis jacket from and bought a 1970s dress that I wore to lunch on Sunday.

1970s-does-1940s dress with sweetheart neckline and peplum,
Brick Lane vintage market. 1970s-does-1920s tapestry bag from the
Rock and Roll Yard Sale. Antique glass bead/pendant necklace I’ve
owned for decades. Ceramic and glass bead bracelet, made by me in
the 1990s. Purple tights, Sainsbury’s. Shoes, thrifted and painted by me.

Jewelry up close. Shortly after buying the dress, I found this Style pattern from 1974 that is slightly similar in style but with an empire waist instead of a peplum.

On Sunday, we went to the Sunday Roast at The Smithfield Tavern, a veggie pub nearby. In the States, we don’t do ‘Sunday Roast,’ so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The Smithfield does two vegan roasts. 

Stuffed aubergine with puy lentils, roasted tomatoes and herbs with trimmings. Stuffed butternut squash with quinoa, macadamia nuts and red onions with trimmings.It was my first Yorkshire pudding which seemed to be the British equivalent of what we call ‘biscuits’ in the U.S. – basically something to sop up gravy.

We were so stuffed from lunch that A. made a simple tofu scramble for dinner. It tasted as good as it looks.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on how I can make my blog more user-friendly. Thanks in advance!

Reader Comments (5)

I am a hopeless idiot when it comes to anything tech-y, so I am the last person to give advice on your blog set up, Jo! I don't find your blog a problem, I follow through Blogger, and commenting is fine now there is no word verification. I am a fan of keeping things simple, I don't even know what half the things you can add to a log are for... As long as people can follow and comment, find old posts, and you have a fairly clear layout, that seems fine to me.
I love the dress you found, I would wear that in a heart beat! And all the food looks delicious. Your first Yorkshire pud? What did you think? They should be light and fluffy but with a crisp outside. Toad in the hole is very popular in this house, basically a huge pan of Yorkshire pud with sausages cooked in it, yum! xxx

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

I'm wondering why you really need a blogger account? This one works great.
I love that cup so much. I grew up with dishes a lot like that but not exact. The avocado green with the black has always been one of my favs. I'll keep my eye out for you.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

I like your new outfit - looks very good. Did you manage to get on the Green Shoes course?
I am not very good at these technical things but I don't find your blog difficult at all.

November 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

I have a mug in the series, it's the same colour and features a partridge in a pear tree. Jon snaffled it from Dad's kitchen last week, I think it was a wedding pressie in 1966.
I love that peplum dress, it looks brilliant on you. The Style pattern's lovely for the illustration alone.
I have it on good authority that you must try Wood street Indoor market in East London. It's a 10 minute walk from Walthamstow Village in E17 or a 2 minute walk from Wood Street overground station. Apparently there's a pink haired vintage seller who does a great line in reasonably priced (for London) 1960s clobber.
I'm not a massive fan of roast dinners, I like spicy food, but they look rather tempting! xxx

November 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

I don't find your blog hard to navigate either. I started my blog out as part of my website and it worked well for a while, but then other blogging formats started improving whereas mine did not. Long story short - I started the move to blogger and then decided it was more trouble than it was worth. Eventually I did move it, but to wordpress. It was one of the smartest blogging moves I've ever made.

I keep track of the blogs I read by keeping a folder of bookmarks. I hate using "readers" such as google, and I don't like having to log in at blogger. And facebook is just not my thing, though I do have an account.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

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