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)

 

 

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Entries in Elisabeth Laddrup (1)

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.