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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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In the home of the brash, outrageous and free

I'm in the U.K visiting my boyfriend. It was a challenge packing two months worth of clothes suitable for a variable London winter into one suitcase and a carry-on bag. Here's a few of my outfits so far.

At the British Film Institute. Vintage hat, Frocktasia. Custo Barcelona top, thrifted, Goodwill. 1970s Butte Knit velvet jacket, thrifted, Goodwill. Contemporary plaid skirt, thrifted, Goodwill. Restricted non-leather boots, purchased on sale. 1970s gypsy shawl, thrifted, Goodwill. DKNY bag, purchased in the 1990s and painted by me. Indian necklaces and bangles.
At the Cinema Museum, London. Hat, gift in 1984. 1970s ASA wool vest, thrifted. Fab India wool kurta, purchased in India. Leggings, thrifted, Goodwill. Restricted non-leather boots, purchased on sale. Silver and black scarf purchased in India.
At Royal Festival Hall. Greek fisherman's hat, purchased in London in the 1990s. 1970s The Villager velvet vest, thrifted, Goodwill. Mustard leg 'o mutton t-shirt, thrifted, Goodwill. Contemporary plaid skirt, thrifted, Goodwill. Mustard tights, thrifted, Goodwill. Clogs, thrifted, Goodwill and painted by me. Necklace purchased in India. 1940s Bakelite brooch I've had for decades.
At the Barbican Design Market. Vintage hat, Frocktasia. 1970s Butte Knit velvet jacket. 1960s Styled by Sybil blouse, thrifted, Goodwill. Leggings, thrifted, Goodwill. Restricted non-leather boots, purchased on sale.
In the 10 days I've been in London so far, A. and I have seen four films and one exhibition. We've been to a design and crafts market and an antiques fair. I've also been to a book club/author event and a Zumba class. Still from the silent film, Flesh and the Devil (1926) with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert

In addition to "Flesh and the Devil," we saw a charming romantic comedy from 1935 called “Car of Dreams.” (You can watch the entire film on YouTube here). And we went to a monthly silent-film event at the Cinema Museum. I saw this book in their little shop.

Cinema Uniforms: Sartorial Elegance at the Picture Palace by David TriggThe highlight was a 6-hour screening of the 1926 silent film, Napoleon, which was, and still is, a tour-de-force, of cinema. The members of the Royal Festival Hall Philharmonia Orchestra and the conductor, Carl Davis, showed remarkable endurance. There were several intermissions, but still! 

Click for sourceWe saw Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House. I admired Blow's ability to turn herself into a work of art through fashion and accessories and I enjoyed seeing the incredible craftsmanship and inventiveness of the Philip Treacy hats and fashion by Alexander McQueen and others.

http://www.80trains.com/Now that I've read the book (which I highly recommend) and met the author, I need to go to the book's website and read Monisha Rajesh's blog.

Another highlight of my time so far was a blogger meet-up in Walsall. When I got off the train, it was easy to spot Vix and Annie who were beacons of color in a train station full of drably dressed people. First we went for a quick hot drink and exchange of gifts.

A pretty rainbow-colored butterfly necklace and packet of beads from Annie. From Vix, a green velvet coat, 70s striped jersey, and Liberty-print dress I had admired from the "suitcase of forgotten 70s fashion" seen on Vix's blog here

First stop was the vintage shop, Second to None. As soon as I entered the door my eyes were immediately drawn to the back of the store. Could it be? Yes, it was. A Marks & Spencer velvet skirt in a faux patchwork print.

Kelly of Grunge Queen has the matching jacket and Vix has this same skirt.

Not even waiting to go upstairs to the changing room I tried it on under my dress.

Vix attacking the rails with gusto. Annie bought this wonderfully slinky snakeskin-print maxi that looked amazing on her.Annie bought the most and Vix did quite well. I only bought the skirt and a blouse, but was quite happy with my finds.

With a medieval heraldic horse print, there was no way I could pass up this Chelsea Girl blouse.

Not bad at 50p each.We made the rounds of the chairty shops where I purchased four pairs of ribbed tights.

Lovely, fluffy chips all around.A Walsall blogger meet-up tradition is a trip to Weatherspoons where I witnessed the "Vix effect" of all eyes in the pub riveted by her. Ensconsed in a cozy corner, we spent several hours chatting and gorging on chips. Then, I caught the train from Walsall to Birmingham with Annie, then back to London.

Whew! Now after this monster post, I'm off to read Vix's account of the day.

Linking up to Patti's Visible Monday and Judith's Hat Attack.

Reader Comments (12)

What an epic read! The grooviest and most colourful capsule wardrobe ever, an exhibition, a book and film review, outfit posts, shopping galore and a blogger meet-up. You certainly pack a lot into your trips to the UK!
You look amazing in your leggings and boots, you've such incredible legs! I loved both your Second To None buys and didn't we have a fab day? I'm wearing my psychedelic pants right now and I love 'em! xxxxx

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervix

You look great in London- love the jeans tucked in boots look on you. And how fun- blogger meet ups are the best and I would SQUEE like a happy piglet if I got to meet Vix. She has the effect on me as well.

what a great London wardrobe! And it sounds like you are truly soaking up all the culture and opportunities (including a fab blogger meet-up). Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

December 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

Wow! Busy, busy, busy! You've been to all sorts of interesting things. Glad you enjoyed your bloggy get-together and the world famous Second to None. You did well! Love that faux patchwork skirt and Annie's snakeskin maxi. I always go for the superfood pasta but those chips look GOOD! The Vix effect is brilliant and never ceases to made me giddy with pleasure. xxxx

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfreckleface

I haven't been to the Cinema Museum for years, it has such odd opening hours, but I love all the old ephemera. If you want a local London guide while you're here, let me know -- I love showing people around! We can eat chips too if you like :)

That horse print is great btw.

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Good to know you have arrived safely and that you've been keeping yourself busy and entertained with all sorts of cultural activities, Jo! Vix is right, you have killer legs, you really suit minis! Packing for 2 months' worth of British winter is quite a challenge but you have obviously got it down to a fine art.
Oh I was gutted to miss out on the Walsall trip, this working malarkey messes with your social life... Lovely to see you, Vix and Annie having a great time, shopping like demons and availing yourself of Wetherspoons' hopsitality! The St. Michael skirt is a beauty, and I do like the horse print on the Chelsea Girl blouse very much.
Maybe we can sort something for January, before you go back to the States? xxxx

December 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

You have me smiling from ear to ear as I read the beautiful descriptions of your adventures. I am enthralled! How much fun to meet-up with Vix and Annie! And I love Isabella Blow for all that she offered to those of us that are under the spell of headwear.

Thank you so much for sharing with Hat Attack!

December 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Style Crone

Lovely trip ... clearly you had a wonderful time! So happy you shared so much of it with us.
Your purchases are great ... the horse print is beyond wonderful!

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

I have skirt envy. :) It looks lovely on you and is very you.

Sounds like you're having an amazing time in the UK so far. And the wardrobe you packed looks wonderful. I'd probably pack five suitcases for two weeks, I'm so bad. But then I'd have to leave one empty so I could hit all the charity shops! I haven't seen the movie you mention but I love old flics. I grew up watching Saturday Night at the Movies, did you ever get that? Educated me in all the classics, it did. Have a lovely remaining time in the UK! Xo

December 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

I had a fab day! It was lovely to meet up with you again, Jo. Secind to None exceeded my expectations, I'm still thrilled with all my purchases. And I adore the groovy Hawaiian shirt you gave me :)

I can't believe how amazing your wardrobe looks. You've done a fantastic job of choosing and packing a capsule collection for our variable weather. Enjoy the rest of your stay, and I look forward to meeting up again next time xxx

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

You did really well getting a wardrobe like that together with only one suitcase and a carry on bag. I love your new velvet skirt - I'm very envious!
Hope you continue to have a lovely trip. xxx

December 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Well you look JUST like Carly Simon in that fedora...but I'm sure you've heard that a gazillion times, eh?

December 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersusanjmb

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