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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"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.”

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Pretty and happy

Today was a beautiful spring day and there was a palpable sense of relief in my neighborhood after a harrowing week.

I felt like wearing a pretty dress even if it was just to run errands.

I bought this dress on Etsy a couple years ago. It was a maxi dress with short puffy sleeve. I shortened it and took the elastic out of the sleeves to make butterfly sleeves.

The print of the fabric makes me happy.

Bulbous-toed oxfords bought in London in the early 1990s. I've always called them my ‘clown shoes.’

Google search results for 'clown shoes.' Uh, oh, take away the inflated toe and boat-like proportions and I’d wear most of these. Some look very similar to the too-big (yes, even with a padded insole) shoes of my last post. Well, I guess if I can wear clown pants, I can wear clown shoes.

1970s dress, altered, Etsy. Corduroy jacket, $3, thrifted. Fabric flower pin made by me. Silver moonface/amethyst necklace purchased in the 1970s. Oxfords, purchased at Hobbs in London, early 1990s. Indian cotton bag made by me from a thrifted 1960s jacket. 

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Reader Comments (14)

I've been thinking of you since the news broke, so pleased it's all over and daily life can resume.
That dress is a beauty, the print and the pretty buttons and the fit!
Loving the array of clown shoes, those colours are enough to make anyone smile! xxx

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

i hope all is well. your dress is very lovely.x

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersian

That IS a very pretty dress, and sometimes just wearing one makes the day better. What a week it was. xx

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfreckleface

I'm relieved the storm has passed in your neighborhood. Love this springy dress! Thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday.

Glad the troubles are now over in your area.
You do look very pretty - I really like the whole outfit - "clown" shoes too.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Oh what a disturbing time. Thankfully now over... And you look lovely, that is indeed a pretty dress, what a good idea to take the elastic out of the sleeves to make them angel sleeves (I love!) The print is gorgeous. xxxx

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

That's a great outfit. It just looks happy.

I've been so worried about you and my other Boston internet friends. Funny, before the internet I didn't know a soul in Boston, and now I have quite a few people there that I care about. I'm so sorry your city had to suffer through this horrible ordeal.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

O, what a gorgeous frock! I love the plummy shades going on overall, and that BAG! Scrumptious!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelga

What a fun springy dress, very cute! I love that plum colour.

Popping by as a fellow Visible Monday blogger, do drop by my post and let me know what you think!


April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmalina

I too thought about you and our shared city. Glad you're well. Your colors here are lovely and I love the print of the dress. Bag and jewelry also caught my eye. Enjoy!!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean at Dross into Gold

Love the purple jacket with the dress - great style!

Glad you are well, even if shaken. Clothes can comfort ... a dress can be a portable beauty to sooth throughout the day, and even the smallest reminder that there is joy and beauty still in the world is a valuable thing. The right dress at the right time is not a small thing. You look pretty.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

I like what Jan said up there. Agree totally!

Just have to say I'm now obsessing over your shoes. I LOVE bulbous oxfords and I agree that those google images don't look half bad! I remember seeing a pop band in the 90s and the female bass player had the most awesome platform version of your shoes. Even though I tagged along to the after-gig thai dinner, I was too shy to ask her the brand -- to my eternal dismay! These also remind me of shoes that cooler girls wore with their uniforms my freshman year of high school (the only year unis were required).

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranne the SpyGirl

I love the whole outfit! It is so thoughtfully put together - or maybe it just serendipitously fell in place, all the better. I also like the fact you own your clothing a long time and still wear it. So refreshing!

April 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjuli

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