Frock friday. The green dress.

I can't stop thinking about this dress. Daydreaming about the flowing emerald green silk. Green silk See by Chloe Dress

Green silk dress - See by Chloe.

At full price for more than £500 it was completely out of my price range, and very much just a daydream. At £245 it's still out of my price range, but I keep trying to convince myself it's doable. Maybe it's the dress of my life. Maybe it's the one. Maybe there'll never be another dress for me.

There are very few lovely green dresses out there. For all the lovely dresses in the wonderful world of internet shopping, very few of them are green.

Le sigh. Cost per wear right?

Bits & pieces 4: Chanel, beetroot and a vintage slip..

Gee whiz it's been busy lately. Some days it seems I barely have time to breathe let alone write a coherent sentence (and I write for a living). I've decided that a few treats are the only way to get by. I'm making this month brighter with:

1. New make up, and Chanel's new spring nail colour called 'April'.

2. Actually finding the time and will to paint my nails.

3. Beetroot for dinner. The bright pink vegetable that truly is the sweetest of them all. Roasted, boiled, raw, grated or baked in a chocolate cake: I adore it all. Especially when the mister cooks it for me and when it's in all shades of gold and pink.

4. A green vintage slip I bought on a day trip to Brighton recently. It's currently soaking in a bucket in my bathtub. A few minor amends and it will be as good as new in no time.

5. Breakfast. I've been making an effort to actually eat breakfast at home before work these days. This is apple, pecans, soy yoghurt and oats. Deliciousness in a bowl.

How do you cope when you are too busy to think? What little things do you do to cheer yourself up?

All photos by me.

Bits & pieces 3: All things red

A token Valentines Day post. I don't really dig Valentines Day, I'm far too cynical. For too many years in my teens I watched my big brother struggle in the door laden with roses and cuddly toys from his admirers (bleugh), and my mother working long hours at a florist. Flowers and chocolates are for every day, not just for Valentines Day people! But this year I've decided that instead of going around in a strop, I'm going to treat today as a good excuse to:

1. Wear my favourite red lipstick, Chanel Lune Rousse

2. Drink more than one glass of red from here with the Mr, (we'd probably be doing that anyway)

3. Wear my favourite red velvet dress.

Not too much for the office right?

4. Wear heart print tights and glittery hearts from Giant Dwarf in my hair

5. Make the Mr chocolate brownies, complete with a sprinkling of red edible glitter

6. Listen to Leonard Cohen's new album Old Ideas. And to this brilliant cover of 'So Long Marianne' by Bill Callahan

7. Avoid the television, especially Don't tell the Bride and Take Me Out. My two guilty pleasures

8. Buy myself some new perfume so I can indeed smell like red roses, even if I'm not carrying a great big bunch home

9. Eat big red juicy tomatoes from Broadway Market

10. Give the Mr a little card, because they do say that all us cynics, are secretly romantics at heart.

More denials of romance on Pinterest here.

Today I'm besotted with...

...this ASOS Salon prom dress in gem floral print. Oh the swishing one could do on the dance floor in that. Gorgeous.

Photo: ASOS

ASOS have just added a few new frocks (want them all) to their Salon collection which launched earlier in the year.  And I have a bit of thing for brown floral at the moment and recently wore a Liberty lawn-esque (not sure if it actually is or not) dress of my mother's from the 70's to a wedding recently. The pussy bow and knee-length style is still just as fabulous as it was when she wore.  Thanks mum for keeping your dresses!

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow.


Image: Tatty Devine

I grew up in an old cottage underneath a very, very large oak tree. And I have been eyeing up this Tatty Devine necklace each time I walk past their Brick Lane store. I even went for a wander last week thinking that I would pop in and buy it, only to find they were closed. But it was meant to be as it's now the Tatty Devine sale so they're now half price.  The only thing is I can't decide between the wooden leaves or the plain black. What do you think?

Friday is frockday

I've always been a dress girl. Not a trousers girl or a jeans girl. And it's a fact that I have far too many dresses and there's always another one I'm after. So this is going to be a regular feature here to show off my wardrobe. And the latest dress that I want. My first Frock of the Week is my vintage red velvet Queen of Hearts dress.

This was found in one of Brick Lane's numerous vintage clothing shops in a slightly musty crumpled state last October for £35.  A visit to my local dry cleaners and it came up looking fabulous! This was the dress I'd been searching for. I spent Halloween dressed as Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts in New York City for a friend 30th birthday. I'd known for months exactly who I would be dressing as. And I've always wanted a red dress. Given last winter's velvet revival this was perfect. So I thought I'd give it another outting before it's too muggy to even look at velvet.

I think it dates back to the 50's from its shape, knee length hemline, bow at neckline and general feel. This one is staying in my wardrobe forever.

Looks much better on than off.  Less boxy.

Leopard love

As a birthday treat my housemate, whose birthday is only three days before mine, and I ventured up the road on Saturday to Dalston's Wah nails to get some fabulously fierce nail art. When I say ventured, I mean she dragged my sorry hungover ass out of bed. Well worth it. I haven't been able to stop gazing at my nails sheer awesomeness all week. They appeared on the Wah Nails blog as shown below:

And my lovely house mate chose the matt leopard in black on black which unfortunately I haven't got an image of.

I'll be going back for sure! I keep catching people looking at them on the tube and at work. I can't tell if they love or hate them - but I really couldn't give a toss. It's the best my nails have ever looked.

Pink leopard with a random love heart. Perfection.

Flowery feet

It's my 30th birthday tomorrow. Death to my twenties. Perhaps it's time to treat myself to the most inappropriate and frivolously girly pair of shoes I can find me thinks. I've been salivating over these delicious wedges from Topshop for months...

Even if they will make me 1. ridiculously tall and 2. look like I should be wandering in meadow... they would look fabulous on my shelf though. Next to a teapot or two.

Maybe I should go for a more practical flowery footwear. Quite like these little cuties from Office.

Maybe turning 30 deserves both pairs.

Clerkenwell treasure hunt

I'm looking forward to the first anniversary of the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair this Sunday. It's a good while since I've been and it's moved venues to The Old Finsbury Town Hall in Rosebery Avenue. Most of it is out of my price range but I can dream right! But you never know what I might find.

As it's the fair's birthday there will be extra festivities including works of art created from vintage pieces, the opportunity to get dressed up for your own photo shoot, an alterations booth, silhouette papercuts and extraordinary 'organic' tea sets (whatever that may be).


All images: Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair.