woensdag 2 november 2016

In dreamful autumn

After a hectic week at work, I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend, which for once was without any plans or obligations.

Sleeping late on Saturday (almost 8.30 am is very late in my book), we woke to grey skies, but while we were having a leisurely breakfast, the sun started making a shy appearance.

I was looking forward to doing some pottering around the house, and actually got on with a bit of mending and some long overdue ironing ...







Not with one of these, though!

Even I have succumbed to modern times in that department and I have splashed out on a steam generator iron a couple of years ago.








After that, the lure of a picnic in the park, which may very well be the very last one this year, proved to be too much.



Look at those stunning autumn colours! Even if you don't like autumn, you've got to admit that, when the sun is out, the quality of light and the colours are just fabulous this time of year!

But first, the obligatory outfit post against the peeling white bricks of our rented garage.


I chose a green 1940s style dress with a blowsy flower print, slightly puffed sleeves and a notched collar with wide lapels. Its original big white buttons were replaced with more appropriate ones from my vintage stash. I'm wearing amber beads with it, bought at Think Twice (as was the dress), and a belt which used to belong to my mum, found in her bedside table at our latest house clearing session.


The cardigan was charity shopped and I bought the brooch while on holiday in Wales last June.


This wool jacket, which was made in Salzburg, cost just € 2 at the Think Twice sales last week.

It has still got its matching belt with fabric covered buckle, and I especially love the little pleat at the back revealing a row of buttons.


The scarf came from Think Twice too. Ok, I admit: I must be one of their best customers!

I bought the green booties at Oxfam where I nipped in after returning from the hairdresser's last Thursday.


The park was ablaze with brilliant golds and yellows and carpeted with a thick layer of crunchy leaves inviting to be walked upon.



Shades of amber and russet were reflected in the mirrored surface of the pond, doubling the feast for the eyes, while the sweet yet pungent smell of decay lingered in the air.


As the park is just a two-minute walk from one of our favourite kringloopwinkels (charity shops), we couldn't resist having a look.



While perusing the well-stocked bookshelves of this shop, I stumbled upon this biography of Coco Chanel, which I've already started reading in the meantime.



Then, while riffling through the nightwear section in search of vintage slips, which are lately proving to be in short supply, I came across this textured Trevira dress with matching belt.

What was it doing there? Oh, I hate it when people just rehang things willy-nilly after trying them on. Although in this case, of course, it meant it was prevented from being snapped up by someone else.


Oh, and I've still got to show you the other € 2 buy I found at Think Twice!

What about this gorgeous maxi dress which, judging from the pristine label, must be unworn, or even deadstock?

Gay Lady indeed! Oh well, I guess I am a Gay Lady in the original sense of the word ...

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  1. Wow wow wow your frocks are super, you always find the best stuff and I can't believe how much you paid for that jacket.
    Autumn is my favourite season, the colours are fantastic and the air smells so fresh. It's a great time to get outside as much as possible
    Lynn xxx

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    1. Thank you Lynn! I love being outside in autumn. At least, I do when the sun is out. Forecast isn't too good though ... xxx

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  2. colors colors colors!!!!!
    in the beautiful park and on you - so pretty dresses and that multi colored tweed is fantastic! not to forget your well chosen accessories!!
    happy autumn! xxxxxx

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    1. Happy autumn to you too, Beate. In fact, there is a saying that goes: "To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring". I completely agree with that, as there's something good in every season ... xxx

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  3. Whaaaaat? Deadstock for E2? Belgium becomes more and more attractive a travel destination every time you post. The Trevira dress is a beauty too.

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    1. I know, Mim! That shop is such a treasure trove. They change stock regularly, and before they do they sell their current stock for just a couple of € ... xxx

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  4. Oh my word, that jacket!! The wool tweed colours are gorgeous and the styling is soooo 1970s does 1930s. Perfectly Autumnal and it really suits you, fab find! xx

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    1. Oh, thanks Cate. I can never resist a good jacket, and this one is one of my better finds ... xxx

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  5. You make Belgium more attractive with each post!
    Autumn is gorgeous to look at even if we'd rather it was forever Summer. It's so cold here at the moment.
    That Gay Lady dress is utterly fabulous and the tweed jacket a wonderful bargain! xxx

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    1. It's getting cold here too, Vix. It seems I bought that tweed jacket just in time ... xxx

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  6. That first dress is so beautiful! I do love it! The two you bought are outstanding specimens too! How fortunate. I enjoyed your vivid Autumn colours in the park!

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    1. Thanks Kezzie. I'm very happy with my latest finds ... xxx

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  7. PS Meant to say, how sweet is Phoebe? I love her! xxx

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    1. She looks sweeter than she actually is, as she can be a right monster at times. I've just told her she is becoming a VIC (Very Important Cat) ;-) xxx

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  8. Think Twice??? I wouldn't have to think at all at those bargain prices! LOVE the wool jacket and the Gay Lady is rather gorgeous....as is puss all curled up on the stool.

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    1. That's exactly why I'm in that shop all the time, Fiona! It's close to my place of work and they regularly have sales, when they sell everything at crazy prices ... The puss is called Phoebe, and that's actually HER stool ... xxx

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  9. You get such amazing stuff and the prices are crazy ridiculous. I love the 1940s style dress, the Trevira blue one and the Gay Lady (great label) but the thing which is making my jaw drop wide open is that two euro tweed jacket! Be still my beating heart! I've been looking out for one for about three years. I might have to jet over to Belgium with an empty car! Xxx

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    1. Thanks Tania. If you decide to jet over, just let me know. You'd want it to coincide with Think Twice's crazy sales, when everything is just a couple of € ... I can't stop wearing that jacket, by the way. It just goes with about everthing. xxx

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  10. Oh My the green dress! Just my sort of frock. I adore crunching through fallen leaves sadly it's all a bit wet and soggy round here today.

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    1. Thanks Gisela! I love that dress too. It's a lovely shade of green, and such a nice shape. And guess what: the label says it was made in England! xxx

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  11. That Gay Lady (so love that label!) dress is a dream, I love it - you lucky thing! Glad to see that you've been adding to your cardie collection too xx

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    1. I think my cardie collection is getting a bit out of hand ... I'd seen Gay Lady stuff before, but nothing quite like this maxi dress ... xxx

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  12. A very gay lady indeed! All these colours are so wonderful, you're as much a spectacle as those Autumn trees. Great buys, you've done so well with these purchases!! x

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    1. Thank you! Nothing but a bit of colour to brighten up these dark days! xxx

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