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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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Entries in 1970s (58)


Mary Tyler Moore meets Woodland Elf

My latest fashion obsession is pairing a top with short puffy sleeves and a scoop neckline over a top or tunic with full sleeves, preferably with both in heathery earth tones.  I wear them with vertical-stripe or velvety leggings and short boots. I’m sort of going for a medieval /elf look. I top them with a 1970s polyester double-knit  jacket in hunter green for a dash of Mary Tyler Moore.  

Accessories include a weighty moon-face pendant purchased in the 1970s, a beaded bracelet given to me today by my man, and blue and green woven belt I got at a clothing sway a few years back. Last week, a young man I had just met was admiring the moon-face pendant  and asked me where it was from. I told him that I didn’t remember as I had purchased it in the late 1970s. To which he replied, “So, it’s an antique then?” Gee, thanks.

Light olive green elastic waist tunic, purchased at TRAID, Camden, London, £4;heathery brown scoop neck, lined t-shirt, purchased at TRAID, Camden, London, £4; vertical-striped leggings purchased at Marks & Spencer in the early 1990s; 1970s hunter green polyester jacket, purchased at Goodwill charity shop, Cambridge, MA, $7.99 Steven Madden vegan lace-up boots; moon-face pendant purchased in the late 1970s; woven and canvas belt, free from clothing swap; seed bead bangle, gift from my man.

Linking this post to Visible Monday, as I'm fairly sure no one else is trying for a medieval/elf look.



This was my first Christmas in London. We had a quiet day at home with lots of home-cooked food prepared  from River Cottage Veg Everyday cookbook.

Parsnip ginger soup

Ratatouille and bulghur

Cute little mince pies

Vegan goodies: hipohyfryd chocolates, Holy Cow golden crunch toffee, Fabulous Fudge factory dairy-free fudge, and Daisy & Co. vanilla marshmallows.

I've been wanting this blog to include vintage and vintage-inspired fashion but have been afraid to start, so I guess I'll just jump in now with what I wore today.

I purchased the Ted Baker aubergine (my favorite color) knit vest with pleated cap sleeves this week at TRAID (Textile Recycling for Aid and International Development) in Camden, London. It has a early 70s, Ziggy Stardust type of shape to it. I remember wearing cap sleeved knit vests in 1972. Does anyone know of any images of cap sleeved vests from 1970s ads or photos?

I've had this H & M velvet skirt for ages; it has been incredibly versatile. I've worn with a turtleneck sweater and boots for day and a satin bustier for evening.

newish Ted Baker knit vest, £8.00; Equipment embroidered blouse, purchased in early 1990s, H & M velvet skirt purchased in mid-1990s; 1960s black and white poodle print scarf that belonged to my mother. 1940s sterling brooch.


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