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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Let the sun shine

The weather gods that rule this country are a fickle lot. They were gracious enough to allow the sun to come out over the bank holiday weekend. But, lest anyone get spoiled, it’s gray and rainy once again.

Denim jacket, H & M, purchased new in the mid-1990s. Cotton and metallic thread scarf, purchased in India. 1970s D.L. Barron maxi dress, Mr. Bird’s Flea Market, Birmingham, UK. Vintage Pakistani velvet and applique bag, thrifted, Boomerang. Thrifted Dansko sandals painted by me, Goodwill. Socks with striped toes, thrifted, Goodwill. But, I thank them for the weekend respite. On Saturday, A. and I went to the Can’t Buy Me Love Market at The Bugaloo in Highgate. We had visited this market before, maybe a year or so ago. A. liked this market as it’s in a pub and one vendor was selling vegan cake. Beer and cake—he was happy. Vintage clothes—I was happy.

I finally wore the D. L. Barron floral maxi dress that I bought on my shopping expedition in Birmingham last year with Vix and Annie. The sandals were thrifted brown Danskos that I painted silver.

I met Jennie of Frocktasia, whose blog incites envy – for the stunning photography as well as the gorgeous frocks. Even before I recognized her, my eyes were drawn to her dress, a vibrant mod number with bands of vaguely Celtic designs. Her stall had clothes at crazy-low prices and adorable little bundles of fabric that I was drooling over.

I was thrilled when she gifted me with one little bundle. Once home and unwrapped I saw that it was a trippy foliage and floral print with a 1920s vibe in some sections. I can’t wait to make a maxi skirt out of it.

I also met Leslie, the dynamo who runs The Dandy Lion Market and chatted about shared interests (like me, I imagine she’s someone who can’t imagine ever being bored).

On Sunday, A. and I went to the Columbia Road Market to buy flowering plants for his window box, then home to clean, clean, clean. Monday morning there was more cleaning to be done. In the afternoon, I traipsed about the city, enjoying the weather. Feeling ‘vaguely medieval,’ I wore my trusty gray-green tunic with green tights. The only problem was deciding on accessories.

Shell and silver bangle purchased in India. Silver and hematite bead necklace purchased in Turkey. Bronze moon-faced pendant purchased in the 1970s. Carnelian drop earrings purchased at a yard sale. Various silver rings. First I pulled out all my ‘vaguely medieval’ jewelry. 

Do I wear it with the Indian silk scarf (that I also bought in Birmingham) as a belt and my Vegetarian Shoes red Fleur boots?

My vintage polyester green jacket (that has made numerous appearances on this blog), 1960s woven belt, and thrifted clogs (painted by me)?

The constant was the applique vinyl bag, purchased on Etsy, that I spent hours researching.

In the end, I went for the green jacket, wearing the scarf at my neck, a thrifted mod vinyl green, white and blue belt, and the green clogs.

Not a very exciting weekend. The sun being out was excitement enough!

I hope y’all had great weekends.

Reader Comments (6)

I clocked that frock straight away, you and Jennie both look fantastic and the tunic is fabulous, too.
Fancy you and I having the same fabric! Mine's now a maxi skirt, too, cheers, Jennie! xxx

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Your maxi dress is a beauty; it really suits you. And I'm sure I've told you before that I just love your applique bag.
Hope the weather improves for the rest of your trip, everything looks so much better and everyone feels better when the sun shines.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

I've about decided to try painting shoes because yours always look so great.

And I adore the red boots with all the grey.

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

I know I've said it several times already but it bears repeating, it was really lovely to meet you :) It was a real shame that the CBML was so quiet with sellers, I was so surprised that Jet (the organizer) had struggled to get traders, usually the place is wall-to-wall with sellers even out the back, never mind. Il managed to sell a few bits and the objective of bringing less home than I brought was achieved, so I'm happy. It was so nice to see the sun again if only for a couple of days. Hubby and I spent pretty much all of Sunday and most of Monday lazing about in the park, it was marvelous! I'm hoping that a few rainy days will up my productivity level, so that I can produce an extra special rail for next Saturday's two year anniversary Dandy :)
I didn't quite realize how colour co-ordinated you and I were on Saturday, fab pics...xXx

May 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

I can't believe you haven't worn that D L Barron maxi before now, it's a real beauty! Love the pic of you and Jennie together, her dress is gorgeous too, and the fabric she gave you is so pretty.
Lovely scarf, and that appliqué bag is wonderful. xxxx

May 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

I love that you can wake up feeling 'vaguely medieval' and have the accessories to make it a reality. I quite often feel like that when I've been reading too much Game of Thrones. Great pic of you and Jennie!

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