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Top o' the day to you!
I've been getting predominantly favourable comments all day today, the most interesting being that I looked rather schoolmarm-ish!
Hurrah!
That's exactly what I aim for in life?!
I just figured I looked intelligent and responsible.
Sweet as.







Frock-80'stastic-opshopped
Coat-70's dream; I reckon there may have been matching pants or something, from darling Curtise
Tights-retail, San Francisco
Shoes-gift from a former co-worker
Handbag-30's, off some website
Hat-60's, Retropolitan
Sunglasses-60's, San Francisco
Brooch-made it myself with lacey bits and a vintage two Princesses button from a market
Earrings-the sexacious Desiree

I love Queenie.
And I rather fancy her sister too!



Note the leaves!
The air has that crisp, Autumnal bite now, which means I can start pulling out my groovy coats and capes!
I am having strong urges for black, and black based floral prints.
I have a fabularse piece of black curtain fabric with dusky browny flowers on it, and I am just itching to be motivated enough to make a frock with it.
The pookies (cats) are hungrier, and fluffing up nicely....
This is the time when I think cheerfully of all the snuggliness to come, when I can be romantic and dreamy about rugging up, eating soup, cuddling pookies and nights in watching movies......
Until about June, when I start whinging and bitching.

X

50 comments:

Vintage Bird Girl said...

FIRSTTTTTTTTTT!!!! You look exquisite! Love the frock & the coat & the hat & the sunnies & the bag & the tights.....well everything! And I'm looking wistfully at your Autumn pics. How I wish we had more then 2 seasons here! And how I wish we had glorious parks like this to cavort in. Happy weekend Darling! Xx

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

I've never seen a hat like that! Too cool for school!

Penny-Rose said...

OH WOW this outfit is awesome, the hat, the jacket and everything is fabulous. I also want you to know that I think your tattooed back is beautiful and in the dress with the crinoline you look bloody gorgeous. I really must keep up with your blog more often - work is such a pain, it gets in the way of important blog reading. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!xx

Sara said...

Divine-ness in human form--that's YOU! :) You're so freakin' cool! I adore your hat, that beautiful shade of red, polka dots and stripes..all of it. That bag is quite marvelous! XO

lucy joy said...

You look like Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter's acting coach! I mean that as a huge compliment.
Such a proper red for a proper lady. And I just love reading how varied and well travelled the sources of your ensembles are.
That fabric sounds intriguing, maybe you and Vix should make something from similar patterns (she using her recently acquired curtains) and do a show off post at the same time.
Autumn - coats galore. The best part for me.

Brooke F said...

That hat is marvellous! Love the saucy and jaunty tilt of it. I haven't plucked up the courage to wear orange yet but I'm working on it.

CityScape Skybaby said...

Lucy hit the nail on the head I think Helga, I could imagine you, Johnny and Helena along with Tim Burton, making a gorgeous quartet. I love your hat and the photo of you as a little distant figure surrounded by all the trees. xx

Carina Rosenholm said...

Godness gracious how i love that combo you are wearing! Soooo cool!

Wendy said...

The whole look is fabulous!!! I love the tights in contrast to the stripes and bold solid and I love the hat and shoes! I'd be curious to see what you make out of the material! Fall food and fashion is always a welcome change, enjoy it! :)

edie pop said...

Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker!!!This could be the perfect name for this delightful vision!!
I love the coat, the hat and the brooch, perfect with the awesome polkadots tights!
You rock my world!
I wish you a spectacular weekend!
All my love xxxxxxxxx

bonsaimum said...

Those shoes and tights...... to die for. :)

Melanie said...

Fabulous! I love the coat and hat!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I LOVE this.... look at your hat, love the photo of your tipping it. The coat is amazing and the 30s handbag is just beautiful. The weather looks perfect where you are, fancy sending some over here? You are such an inspiring wench xxxx

Perdita said...

Schoolmarms rock, I know because I am one ... you have one FABULOUS WARDROBE and any schoolmarm worth her salt would envy you!

seƱora Allnut said...

you look gloriously steampunk, love that victorian age vibe and love the whole outfit, head to toe!!, your coat is so pretty and love your stripes & red & polka dot tights combo!!
besos & fabulous weekend!

Vix said...

Delightfully school-marmish although I love Lucy's comment about you being Bonham-Carter's acting coach1
that hat is fabulous and the spotty tights look wonderful with the striped princess coat, you gorgeous woman.
The weather looks wonderful and my bro's come back with quite the tan, extolling the wonders of sheep shagger land. I wish winter would bugger off now, I'm fed up with all this snow!
Love you! xxxxx

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

The hat! The tights! The coat! It's all perfect, just like you!

My sister is Margaret said...

You look so Fabulous!!The coat is amazing and the bag is just beautiful too!!Everything is a perfect with the awesome polka-dots tights!!
Love all your perfect looks!! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Krista Gassib said...

You look important and like a character from a children's book, this look is so different and I dig it! The hat only you and Vix can pull off top hats! What a lovely setting for these shots too. I picture you stopping on your bikes and I'm smitten:).

Have no fear come autumn I'll keep you warm with my rainbow brightness! And yes you and Vix and I would tear up that dance floor Bollywood style - it really is a friggin good time! I will be missing you both that night!
Loveyougirl xxxxoooo

freckleface said...

Top o' de morning to you too dear Helga.

You look like a Tim Burton character, arriving at the village edge. And when you tip your hat like that, I can't help wondering what will happen next...?

I love the fact that you think you look responsible. Responsible for what?

I couldn't get a good shot of the brooch, is it Lilibet and Margaret Rose? What beauties they were. xxxx

Devil made in Heaven said...

It looks like you stepped out off a great Tim Burton movie.
I so much love this outfit. Your tights are so cute.
Overhere the cats and doggie's are losing their hair.... The sun is shining but it is still so cold.... I hope we will have spring soon.
And I love to be inside in the winter with the candles on and a good glas wine and a movie, but after half a year of cold and snow I am longing for the summer.....
xxx have a wonderfull day!

Val Sparkle said...

This is exactly what I needed to start my Friday. Your hat is divoon (I'm learning the lingo) and I love the stripes and dots together. And your earrings have just told me what to do with some hoops I have. They will now be painted with nail polish and have dots added!

I love hearing about your opposite seasons down there. The world may be getting smaller, but it's still pretty big and full of contrast. And contrast makes the world go round!

Andria Crowjoy said...

Just found your blog, ahhh I am home. So so very nice to meet you!

thorne garnet said...

frock from the 80's, coat from the 70's.....and they match.

I laugh every time the weather is brought up. The leaves are on the ground where you are and the leaves are starting to come out on the trees here. It's opposite land!

Mariela said...

Simply wonderful! Love the the overcoat and top hat.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Great dress and I love the striped coat with the polka dot tights--- fantastic color and print mixing!! It's like a cool retro version of Mary Poppins!! You can school me anytime ;)
Becky

Tami Von Zalez said...

You have so inspired me to wear colorful tights.

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Little-Hat said...

Amazing tights! And I love the mix of stripes and polka-dots!

xoxox
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Hannah said...

You look gorgeous mon ami, the coat is heavenly. I wish I felt that way about winter but I hate, its snowing at the moment and its suppose to spring what the deuce. FYI I want to get a cat for our new house xxxx

Forest City Fashionista said...

Soooooo much to love about this outfit - Stripes! Navy & Orange! Polka dots! Sassy Hat with shiny bow!!

You are hunkering down for Winter over there (winter-fluffed kitties - Squee!), and we are all desperate for spring over here.

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

You really have ability to be stylish - but with a big dose of humor. I guess you are like that as a person as well, nice, funny and smart (for those that are not smart has seldom humor)

jasmine t said...

everyone has said it before - but THAT HAT! You are fantastical!

Renia said...

Hat and tights - amazing! You look adorable! Kisses x x x x

Fiona said...

The land of the long white cloud always looks sunny in your snaps even in autumn, unlike Blighty where it's bloody grey for 99.9% of the year! Think I must be suffering from SAD. Did you hear about poor old Capt. Peacock?

Vintage Coconut said...

Another one of my fave outfits of yours... this has a little Johnny Depp vibe to it.
Polka dots stripes and a top hat... HOW AWESOME!

tanaya said...

Oh I am going start bitching waaay before that but you're right, autumn is a happy time...Telling you that you look fab would be the grand dame of all understatements so I am just going to ask, How are you so perfect?

And pleassse fashion a dress out of the great sounding fabric...I wanna see! Please...xxx

Ofelia said...

A well dress school master and I also thinking of a bit of Many Mcphee after she has done all her good deeds.
The last photos are very alluring and calm.

Trees said...

Yah!! I'm glad I'm not the only one longing for cooler winter times, some folks give me rather weird looks when I tell them I am looking forward to winter. I LOVE those tights as ALWAYS - you have my dream collection of tights, the hat is so fab too! Happy weekend pretty lady xox

The Grande Dame said...

School marmish? Erm, ok... I really have to get a hat like that, its too cool!

Lucys Lounge said...

helga! helga! helga! i love this outfit, location, photos . i love it all. my heart has stop beating. how do you do it? every time a perfectly turned out , outfit. i feel like i've just eaten my favourite bar of chocolate 10 times. i am now you're no 1 fan. how many dresses do you have? please do a post on your closet. did i ask this already, sorry because i'm always wondering. love lucy x ps thanks for your advise on my blog.

Dirty Thrifty Shopper said...

Your style is so whimsical and i absolutely adore the fact that you wear colourful bright clothes. And most importantly I love those funky tights! and all the other tights you wear.
Love love love it.

Emalina said...

That hat is so fabularse on you lovely Helga! Loving the whole outfit, especially those spotty tights and shiny shoes. To me, you've got a whole schoolmarm/miss whiplash/mary poppins look going on here, yay congrats!

Sue said...

I want your tights! I would tackle you to the ground and rip them off you gentle so they don't snag! That is how much I want your tights!

two squirrels said...

Hello sweet, sorry I have been out of blogland. Look at you in the stunning coat, I understand what you are saying about the colder weather coming, my coats are calling too!!!!!
Oh i just saw that fabulous dress you are wearing in the last post, its an amazing fit and you look gorgeous in it.
Sending a warm furry squirrel hug
Love V

JG Ruddock said...

You. Are. A. FREEEEEEAKING. Vision.
xo xo xo

menopauselsupermodel said...

You are a sexalicious schoolmarm!!! Love the whole outfit--the colors, the style--and the HAT!!!

Hayley Rose said...

You look so cool hun x

Bella Q said...

I love this look- a dandy and like candy! That jacket is to die for, or kill for, if given the right opportunity. Did you get your package yet?

Lynn Dylan said...

GASP!!! Your are ultra beautiful adorable!! I love this!! You are rockin that whole outfit!!!

xoxo
Lynn

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh darling, I NEVER wait until June to start whinging and bitching! All those months of missed opportunity!

You are AMAZING, as always, in this incredible ensemble - the coat and dress are SPLENDID and the hat is RICOCKULARSELY FABULARSE! The tights and shoes make me WEEP with joy.

Love you more than sunshine!

Sarah xxx