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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 Lisbon (2)


Ragtime blues

Vintage hat, Frocktasia. 1970s The Villager velvet vest, thrifted, Goodwill. Late 1970s dress by Ragtime, thrifted, Goodwill. Fleur boots by Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton, UK. Bangles purchased in India.

Before I went on holiday in mid-December, I was wearing the hat I bought from Frocktasia nearly every day. I was very bummed when I accidently left it in the taxi from the airport on our arrival in Lisbon. To make matters worse--I was reminded of it when my boyfriend bought this vintage magazine at the Feira da Ladra (flea market) the next day. ABC Revísta Portuguesa magazine, May 11, 1922. Cover illustration by Emmérico Hartwich Nunes (1888-1968). Signed 'E.H. Nunes/1922.

I love the intersecting geometric shapes and simple color palette of this cover.

Another hat-centric illustration from this magazine. I can't make out the signature.

Illustrations of gloves, bags and shoes.

A. also picked up this issue of the same magazine at the flea market.

ABC Revísta Portuguesa magazine, November 3, 1921. Cover illustration by Jorge Barradas (1894-1971). Signed 'Jorge Barradas/1921.

I don't think this illustration is as successful of some of Barradas's other magazine covers but I like the emphasis on the Chinese floral coat with its feathered shawl. (This Barradas illustration for the same magazine, also from 1921 uses the same colors and angle but has a much more pleasing composition.)

Jorge Barradas was a painter, illustrator and ceramic artist. I only just realized that shortly after buying this magazine, A. and I saw a tile panel by Barradas at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon.

The Magi. 1945, by Jorge Barradas, produced by Fábrica Cerâmica Viúva Lamego. Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon.A. bought me this ceramic toadstool magnet at the National Tile Museum in Lisbon. Unfortunately, I can't decipher the maker's signature on the back.

In October, I showed a vintage dress I found at Boomerang and mentioned that I hadn't heard of its label, Ragtime. Just a couple days after that post, I found another Ragtime dress, this time at Goodwill.

In October, I showed a vintage dress I found at Boomerang and mentioned that I hadn't heard of its label, Ragtime. Just a couple days after that post, I found another Ragtime dress, this time at Goodwill. Research on the label didn't turn up anything, but from other dresses with this label I found online, it appears to have been going in the mid- to late-1970s and early 1980s. This dress is a little big, hence the waistcoat in the first photo.

Joining the Visible Monday get-together at Not Dead Yet Style.

P.S. When I think of 'ragtime' I always think of a Leon Redbone album I listened to over and over again in the late 1970s.


A happy holiday

It seems like ages ago now, but in mid-December, A. and I spent 10 days in Lisbon, Madrid, and Barcelona.

Psychedelic interior of Juicy Jones café, BarcelonaHere are the highlights:


Left to right, top to bottom: Tiled barbershop facade (now a restaurant), Madrid. Store facade, Lisbon. Art Nouveau tiles on store facade, Barcelona. Art Nouveau tiles by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro at the, National Tile Museum, Lisbon. 17th c. Portuguese tile panel of Bacchus in the National Tile Museum, Lisbon.Art

I finally saw much-loved works of art that I'd only ever seen pictures of: Hieronymous Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, Rogier van der Weyden's The Descent from the Cross, Albrecht Dürer's Self-Portrait and Fra Angelico's The Annunciation. And I discovered new works to love at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon and the museums in Madrid.

The Sultan's Horses, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, 1912; The Mirror of Venus by Edward Burne-Jones, and painting for a clothing store by José de Almada Negreiros, 1913. Portrait of a Woman, Hans Baldung Grien, 1530. Richard Lindner, Thank You, 1971. 


All three cities, especially Barcelona, were extremely vegan-friendly. We ate very well.

Vegan burger plate, The Green Room, Lisbon. Lasagna, Teresa Carles Cocina Vegetariana restaurant, Barcelona. Eggplant sandwich, Gopal Maxi burger, patatas bravas at Gopal, Barcelona. Avocado sandwich and tomato bread at Juicy Jones, Barcelona.And my sweet tooth was well-satisfied in Barcelona.

Doughnut and cinnamon bun at Gopal, Barcelona. Pumpkin-walnut cake at Biocenter, Barcelona. Lujuria Vegana gateau, Barcelona. 'Sweet Kryptonite' avocado/pistachio smoothie at Juicy Jones, Barcelona. Architecture

In Barcelona, we toured the Palau de la Música Catalana, built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (who also designed the interiors of our hotel). Every surface is covered in Art Nouveau decoration.

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona Park Güell, Basilica of La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milà, (‘La Pedrera’), and Palau Güell. All by Antonio Gaudí in Barcelona.I was very impressed with all of the museums and architectural sites in Barcelona. The labels, audio-guides, overall interpretation, and contextual materials were extremely well done. Even the museum shops were filled with tempting, high-quality products.

This is a shot from a video at Casa Milà which depicted how Gaudí designed furniture, door handles and such to fit the human body. Here ghost-like figures in stripey pajamas relax on a two-seat bench.In front of the modern courtyard outside our room at Hotel España, Barcelona. Michael Kors top I've had since the 1990s. Thrifted contemporary plaid skirt. Thrifted tights.' Restricted' brand non-leather boots. Earrings and bangles purchased in India.

Outside the National Tile Museum, Lisbon. 1970s Butte Knit velvet jacket, thrifted. Contemporary plaid skirt, thrifted. Tights, thrifted. Fleur boots, Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton, UK. Fringed scarf, thrifted. 1990s DKNY nylon bag, painted by me. Tote bag I made from a thrifted batik tablecloth.Joining Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday get-together as I was certainly visible on my holiday in my short skirt, gold tights and red boots. In Lisbon and Madrid, women my age conservatively dressed in camel, navy, and brown scowled at my legs. Thankfully, there was no scowling in Barcelona.

I leave you with this little guy.

Feral cat at ruins of Carmo Convent, Lisbon.