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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HONK! and a cushy home for my rings

Last weekend was the HONK! Festival round here. As I wrote in last year's post, HONK! is an annual activist street band festival that spans 2 ½ days and includes a parade of the bands and various organizations.

Vintage hat from Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair, Spitalfields, London. 1960s black velvet cape, thrifted, Goodwill. Barely seen scarf I've had since the 1970s. DKNY nylon bag purchased new decades ago and painted by me. Tights (?). Purple paratrooper boots, Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton, UK.I met up with friends to watch the parade. Sorry, I neglected to identify each band/group. Predatory Loans were pretty scary and the mini-stiltwalkers did a good job of keeping up with everyone.

After the parade we had a delicious brunch at Red Lentil, a vegetarian and vegan restaurant.

1990s black dress, thrifted, Goodwill. Banana Republic-does-1970s dress underneath, thrifted, Goodwill. Blue stone pendant (?). Bangles, purchased in India.On the weekend, I also followed through on making a ring display box that I saw on Anna's blog, Mondo A-Go-Go. Having rings jumbled together in little boxes and tossed out each time I put them on probably wasn't very good for them.

I started with a wood and metal antique tray-like box with niello decoration that I've had since the 1970s. I think it originally fit into some sort of cabinet or slid into another box. I've always used it to hold jewelry. The fabric came from a pair of brown velvet trousers purchased at the thrift store 20 years ago and cut up for various projects since.

I tried my three pairs of cufflinks on the left side just to see if it would work for things other than rings. I don't currently have anything with French cuffs so the cufflinks will go back into deep storage. After I've tidied up a bit in my bedroom, I'll post a photo of the ring storage box in situ with rings in both compartments.

Those of you who commented that Tigro might have been anxious as he was not at his home got me thinking about the reason for his 4am wake-up calls. His dad Chris moved twice recently in the span of 6 months. Each time Chris was packing up and hauling his belongings to a new apartment, Tigro came to stay with me for a couple weeks. So that means Tigro went 'home' to a new location twice. He definitely wanted more attention on this visit and I think his recent moves probably made him a bit more anxious (when he stayed with me the first few times before the moves, he didn't wake me up so early, and when Tigro's at home, he's dead to the world until Chris wakes him up for breakfast).

Speaking of cats, check out Patti's cat t-shirt and the other non-cat-wearing participants at Visible Monday.

Reader Comments (12)

What interesting photos of the parade's participants! Love their costumes. And love your black velvet cape, it is something I want for myself.

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

That's a wonderful ring box you've made, so clever and useful! You look terrific, and thanks for sharing with VisMonday.

October 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ notdeadyetstyle

Looks to me like you and I travel in similar circles. I live in an area where people dress like those guys in the parade... even when it's not a parade. I wouldn't have it any other way.

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte Issyvoo

love your black cape! i should probably make one of those ring boxes too!x

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersian

I love that cape and the 1990s dress and spotty blouse are just fabulous. HONK looks great especially the scary predatory loan man, very apt, big news here at the mo! The ring box is brilliant! Glad Tigro's a bit more settled! x

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervix

Your ring box is pretty, and HONK looks like fun -- Predatory Loans has pretty shoes

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Cool ring box, and I love that cape. Was just stalking something similar on Ebay.

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

Your shirt is fabulous both in pattern and the cut! So unique! I am also in love with your rings! Glad I have found your blog :)



The parade looks great fun! Your cape is beautiful, and you really suit shorter length dresses, showing off those fab legs! The ring display box is a great idea (well done Anna for the inspiration).
Oh poor Tigro has been on the move a bit, I'm sure that explains his reassurance-seeking behaviour. Hope he'll feel more settled once he is back home. xxxx

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Excellent ring keeper! So much better than having them rattling around free in a box. I bet you find it quicker to put ring combinations together from this vantage point! You look great ... very cute tights, especially!

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

That's a great idea for a ring box. Can you invent one for bracelets( my passion)?

October 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

Great stuff - love the hand painted bag, so pretty!

October 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs D

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