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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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Sunday
Jun162013

New friend, new frock

Vintage hat from Frocktasia. Calico scarf, thrifted, Goodwill. 1970s MMT dress from Frocktasia. Indian glass and brass necklace from Frocktasia. Acrylic bangles purchased in India. 1970s vinyl bag purchased on Etsy. Tights, retail. Clogs thrifted and painted by meThe highlight of the past week was an afternoon spent with Jennie at her cozy home. Her kind hospitality and warmth (and that of her lovely husband, too) made me feel right at home. Before I even left her kitchen--with its Indian wall-hanging, brightly painted walls, and retro canisters on every counter--I felt like I could move right in.

Jennie trades vintage clothing and accessories as Frocktasia and has an incredible eye for finding unusual pieces. Once I entered her Frocktasia stockroom, I was in awe. So many things to look at, so many gorgeous frocks and beautiful textiles and jewelry. In addition to knowing her vintage and being a gifted stylist, Jennie is also an inventive designer and I got to see some of her hand-made creations. You can see a selection of her wares here.

As other bloggers have experienced, there is something almost magical that happens at blogger meetups. You can talk your head off with someone you’ve only just met in person.

Not only did I have a blast with our tea-and-muffin-fueled chatting and rummaging, I went home with several new acquisitions. I have been searching for a wide-brimmed hat to wear with 1970s clothes and was pleased that Jennie had one in black that fit my small head.

And look at this 1970s dress from Sweden!

Manufactured by Malmö Mekaniska Tricotfabriksaktiebolag (1892-1976) and designed by Elisabeth Ladderup, it is a comfy cotton knit adorned with fantastical paisley-birds.

I also bought this Indian red glass and brass bead necklace. And, just when I thought I couldn’t be more happy with all my goodies, Jennie presented me with this obi-like belt/sash that she designed and made. I adore the bright red mixed with the black and white print and can’t wait to create an outfit with it.

Since I’ve been steeped in silent and classic films during my time here, I thought I’d include this “film noir” shot. I love this dress so much, I’ve worn it out 3 days straight. Here I've just left the flat to meet a friend from back home, who's in London for a couple weeks. We have known each other for nearly 30 years and she immediately exclaimed that this dress looked like it was made for me. How fitting!

I'll be linking up with Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday.

Reader Comments (11)

What fun to have a good rummage through Jennie's awesome stock room! The dress, hat and necklace are all beautiful, love that bird print. Yes, blogger meet ups are great, it really does feel as though we already know each other, and have a circle of shared friends in common! xxx

June 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

I can see why you adore that dress, it's wonderful and so "you". Thanks for sharing your great look with Visible Monday.

I can feel your joy from here!! Sounds like the perfect connection. The dress really is outstanding and the hat finishes any look!! Hurray for personal style and blogging!!!!!!

I love your film noir pose. I like the hat a lot too. (Liking the dress goes without saying.) I too want a hat like that but I have the opposite problem: my head is too big.

I also love that you show the labels of your stuff and try to find their history.

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte Issyvoo

That's a great dress, it looks fab on you. I love the blogging camaraderie, it's one of the best things about it.

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Smith

Love your Film Noir pose and your gorgeous Frocktasia dress. It really was made for you, wild print, fabulous colour, brilliant fit and the hat's great, too! Jennie and Mark's house is a veritable treasure trove, isn't it?
Have fun with your friend. xxx

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Such a lovely dress.

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarla Robinson

So nice to have something you love so much. You look very pretty in the new dress ... love the little newsprint-y mini you are wearing above.
I'm sure it's nice to meet other style bloggers, but to meet someone with as closely aligned interests must be extra nice.

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

This is a really beautiful dress with lovely print and it looks great with the hat. I also like your bag, such kind of unique designs always catch my eye.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

the dress is lovely!
thanks for your comments on my blog! am excited that you are on goodreads, i love seeing what people are reading!!xxx

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersian

Your dress is lovely & I really like your new hat,

June 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

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