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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Reporting for duty

I’ve been MIA lately, taking an llittle, unannounced break. I'm back and have a lot of catching up to do with everyone’s blogs.

Here's a tiny bit of what I've been up to.

My street. Those are cars buried under the snow on both sides fo the road.Out walking in the blizzard.

The main road at the top of my streetJean-Paul Gauthier jacket, Dirk Bikkemberg trousers, both purchased new in the early 1990s.Attended an exhibition of 1980s art at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Everything in the show seemed very familiar as the 1980s were the last time I actually paid attention to contemporary art.

I wore my early 1990s Jean-Paul Gaultier jacket with its row of snaps down the front that I always felt was like a line of ‘vestigial nipples.’

I went to an all-vegan Valentine’s Day dinner (alas without my Valentine) where my friend and I shared these two incredible cakes.

I baby-sat for Tigro. He looks all sweet and innocent here, but the little brat's nighttime routine was to hit me in the face every few hours.

I made a pair of pajama pants out of this happy print (I bought the fabric new, but it reminded me of the whimsical prints of the 1970s).

Thrifted LizWear dress, t-shirt and Willi Smith corduroys; thrifted 1970s scarf; bangles from India; Vegetarian Shoes paratrooper boots purchased new.

And altered this thrifted black velveteen dress to fit so that I could wear it as a jerkin. I also altered the thrifted purple paisley corduroys which were three sizes too big. 

I thrifted this pair of never-worn white go-go boots and these so-ugly-they're-awesome late 1960s polyester double-knit trousers. The boots are glossy vinyl, but I’m going to figure out a way to paint them as I’m not really a white go-go boot kinda girl.

Thrifted sweater dress by Fabrizio del Carlo from Goodwill; 1970s vinyl applique bag, Etsy; lac bangles from India; necklace gift from my mother, Restricted Barricade non-leather boot, purchased new on sale.

I blogged recently about how I used to buy new—but heavily discounted—  designer clothes, and still have most of them. Now, I don’t buy anything new and most of the clothing of good quality I find at thrift stores is vintage. However, this cotton/rayon sweater dress jumped out at me recently. I wasn't sure a sweater dress would be flattering on me, but I liked the wide scooped neckline (it also scoops in the back), the length of the sleeves and the fact that it skims instead of clings.

Almond Joy cheesecake at Veggie Galaxy.The fact that I took the outfit photo after returning home from dinner and the dessert above is a testament to the magical skimming qualities of this dress.

As I haven't been visible in the blogosphere for a month, I'm joining Visible Monday to get back into the swing of things.

Reader Comments (10)

I'm glad you're back and I've enjoyed your catch-up post. Gorgeous snowy pictures. I love the velveteen dress and purple cord trousers - you look great in them.
Look forward to seeing what you do with the white boots - I didn't know they could be painted.

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Good to have you back, Jo!
Wow, look at all that snow! I think we have had the last of it here, I'm hoping s anyway.
Love your sharp-dressed Gaultier jacket - never mind the extra nipples, it's the red shoulders that caught my eye! Those lilac print trousers look fabulous with your newly-adapted jerkin, and I am intrigued by the trousers and the white go-go boots. I think you would look incredible in them with a little mini dress, showing off those wonderful legs of yours!
The sweater dress is extremely flattering and stylish. And mmmmm... Cake! xxxxxx

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Hi, Jo, and welcome back! That Gaultier jacket is fabulous! Such a fun design and such a great fit. And the white boots - wow! Unworn? I'd hate to be the first one to get a scuff on the toe or a smudge on the heel. Although if you're going to paint them it won't be so noticeable. Can't wait to see what you do to them!

March 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

Great to see you and Tigro pop up in my reader again! Glad you've managed to score some fabulous stuff despite the inclement weather. Those boots are a great find. xxx

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

The snow is amazing - beautiful and a little intimidating to this long-time Floridian : > Great go-go boots, and knit dress too. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

Holy shizzers, that's some SNOW! Not good for a gals footwear!
You have been looking SCRUMPTIOUS! Those white go go boots are shoe porn, incidentally!
O, no, being hit in the face every few hours by a cat is not good! I adore cats, and will tolerate a lot from them,, but I think I may have thrown the little bigger out into the snow for disturbing my sleep!

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelga

Happy to see you! I've missed your unique and crafty posts. Can't wait to see what you do with those go-go boots. I think I read on Val's blog that you were going to "get crackin" on them. I have some boots I bought for 4.00 and I'd love to pick your brain on some ideas or inspiration for those. Not sure what I should paint, or how I should approach painting them...Something Piccasoesque is in my faraway plan.

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjoni

Welcome back, Jo, great to see you in blogland again. Wowsers, quelle snow you've had! I love the jacket and the sweater dress (and the 70s bag I've seen before, but really, really love it). What a cute little creature you have visiting you. I know all about cats creating havoc - our one remaining one is going senile and meowing at all hours of the night, ouch. xo

March 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

The snow is beautiful!

I had to google Fabrizio del Carlo as I'd never heard of the line. Really nice stuff!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

Nice to see you back in the saddle, Joy. Snow's just melting today in Chicago. But it hasn't been as bad this year as what you've got going in your photos! Ha, white go go boots, I remember them, heck, I even had some. Can't wait to see what you do with 'em. You look great it the ensembles you've put together.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpao

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