Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Vintage Emilio Pucci on a Tuesday Afternoon

Today I showcase perhaps my most vintage blog ensemble yet. The earrings, the clutch, the brooch, and, of course, the Emilio Pucci dress all come together to create an interesting amalgamation of 50s, 60s, and 70s chic (dramatic liquid liner included). Throw in some spankin' new brogues and a blazer and here we have it: vintage glitz with a modern twist.

The dress was a remarkably rare find which my mother picked up for me on a visit with her favorite jewelry supplier, Donna Soodalter-Toman. To step into Donna's living room where she displays her extensive and elaborate collection of jewelry, with pieces spanning over a century, is a unique experience indeed. From Victorian costume jewelry, to art nouveau, to dramatic 80s brooches, Donna has it all. Not to mention the promise of a fair price and good service. It is well worth the trek to her homestead outside Boston even to simply browse what could be considered a personal fashion museum. Or, I might add, just to see what Donna herself is sporting. She's an icon for the ages.

Emilio Pucci Dress: DIVA: Donna's Infinite Variety of Adornments ; Brogues: Office Shoes; Blazer: UO; Head band: Accessorize; Clip-on Vintage Earrings: $1 at a New Hampshire yard sale; Clutch: my Nana; Belt: H&M

Sunday, 23 May 2010

We are Stardust. We are Golden.

It's been like Woodstock here the last couple of days! A lovely little heat wave hit wave happened to hit Scotland just as the undergrads finished their final exams. It's been mayhem. The meadows were covered with people, spending the day barbecuing, drinking, playing/listening to live music, and footballing (which, might I say, the vast majority of Brits do better than perhaps the best Varsity athletes at my High School).

To add to what proved to be an absolutely flawless day, I found this little sundress for 10 quid and am kind of obsessed with it. It's comfortable, breathes, fits perfectly, and is a flower print I can actually get behind (I'm picky). I also found some stellar new nail polish/varnish (silly vernacular differences) for a 3 for 2 deal. Couldn't decide which color to wear first: the fluorescent yellow or the sparkletastic red, so I went for both. It's almost scary how well they match my dress too...OCD face.

Tight rope walking!
And the sun finally starts to set at about 9:30 PM

Dress: I have no idea...I forgot to look at the name of the store. FAIL; Nail Polish: Boots; Earrings: San Lorenzo market, Florence

Friday, 21 May 2010

"Edinburgh is what Paris ought to be"

Summer is finally here! I can't believe how warm the weather has been today. Hazey, muggy, and perfect for getting me in the mood for the most playful of seasons. I painted my nails hot pink, got a hair cut, and wandered down to the Princes Street Gardens to celebrate the sun.

For some reason most of my outfit is from Urban Outfitters today. This is odd, as I don't own terribly many pieces from them given their tendency to be overpriced. I try to only buy things that are A.) on sale, B.) unique to the store, and C.) can be worn with almost anything. The sandals are my most recent purchase from Urban, and I'm quite happy with them. They fit great, will match everything, and can even be paired with tights if the weather should get chilly again.

Sandals/Vest/Bag/Blazer: UO; Shorts: F21; Tank: H&M; Octopus Ring: Modcloth; Charm Bracelet: Gift made by Little Alaska

Monday, 17 May 2010

Volcanic Ash and Bashful Sun

I'm back! After a couple weeks of blogging hiatus (which I blame entirely on the much anticipated presence of my mother in the Burgh) I have returned with a slightly mediocre, yet fairly pleasant post. Today Bretton and I, amid the subtle flurries of ash from Iceland's obnoxious volcano, had a leisurely lunch at our favourite haunt: The Last Drop pub. It's name, as would be expected, was derived from the hundreds of public hangings and torture ceremonies held outside it's doors during one of the better sections of Edinburgh's history. Fun times.

The brooch I'm wearing was a gift from my overly generous mother during her trip. I'm in love. It seems to go with everything. And I can't express how happy I am at the prospect of finally being able to wear sandals. It truly is a beautiful, albeit slightly pyroclastic, day.

Brooch: Antiques and Curious Cabaret; Top: UO; Cardigan: NYC Fashion; Headband: Accessorize; Cameo: Ponte Vecchio, Florence