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Vintage leather

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I love this jacket. I bought it at Ijhallen – a massive monthly fleamarket in a warehouse in the north of Amsterdam. I haggled and haggled but the lady knew she had a wee beauty on her hands so I only managed to get € 5 off the asking price. However as much as I love it, I have to make myself wear it.I see it as a ‘piece’ rather than a jacket.

At the moment the weather is miserable. Rain every day and a quite cold for the beginning of summer. It’s perfect leather jacket weather. So I’m trying to wear it as a jacket – you know, just throw it on over the top over what I’m wearing and leave the house. I think it’s working.

Jacket – vintage; t-shirt – Vila; skirt – handmade; tights – market € 1!; boots – on sale from Ballantynes a few years ago; black pearls – gift from a friend.

Linking in here.

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Sewing with Inge

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I have a lovely next door neighbour. We have lots of fun sewing together and sharing our projects. It’s nice.

Last week we made a bag that she had seen on a blog she liked and we decided to have a go with some of the fabric from the great influx of May. Here are some photos of our progress.

I am wearing: Jeans – Vila; tank – homemade; cardi – Jason King in Utrecht; necklace – up-cycled vintage earring of my Gran’s; smile – stylists own.

Inge has also decided to have a blog too and you can see it here. It means At Home with Inge – it’s in Dutch, but you’ll get an idea in Google Translate.

Linking in here with Southern Hemisphere belles.


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Wardrobe Wednesday – my denim philosophy

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Although I like to think I’m one of those people who wears original outfits everyday in actuality I mainly wear jeans. With this in mind a few years ago, I started to buy expensive jeans thinking it was a good move price per wear. But I discovered something: expensive jeans do not equate to better quality jeans or more stylish jeans or even more ethical jeans. Now I buy jeans I like.

While on an unplanned detour at a train station in January this year I bought a very cheap pair of jeans at a shop called Vila and I have LIVED in them. So now I know we will not be staying here (a long story for another day) I thought, maybe I should get another pair. And guess what, they had a deal if you bought two pairs – so I bought two hence the slightly unconventional colour.

I think I will get a lot a value for wear from these under €30 jeans!

Outfit breakdown:

Top: hand made; jeans: Vila; boots: TradeMe; necklace: old earring of my grandmother’s. Rosy cheeks: homemade with a good scrubbing in the shower!

Linking in here

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Wardrobe Wednesday

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Since arriving in Holland with only a suitcase of clothes and three pairs of shoes (true story) I’ve been sewing like mad. I bought a second hand Singer (very appropriate) soon after arriving and what with the infamous fabric influx which just keeps on giving, there’s no reason to shop.

Today I premiered a new top. The fabric has a silk like feel and the coral colour was just delicious. Only a small remnant though so a little creative thinking was required. I’m very happy with the result.

Shoes: cheap and cheerful from the market; Jeans: free from a recent clothing swap; Top: hand made; Earrings: Peter Lang; Watch: Marc Jacobs; Rings: All vintage/estate.

Linking up here.

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Bread making workshop (and a little dressing up…)

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So I taught a bread making workshop this week.

It was a first time for me and I was lucky to have a group of wonderful students there and it was a lot of fun… even despite getting an oven rack stuck in the very deep restaurant oven and burning my arms trying to pull loaves of bread out with tongs. It was a bit like a culinary forceps birth!

My foodie friend Olive organised the workshop and the brief for the dress code was “girly floral” because, hey, it’s nice to look good in the kitchen and she wants to create a total experience for her workshops. Love it.

It’s a little hard to see my whole outfit but what I’m wearing is:

A pink top from a vintage store in Amsterdam called Episode, a handmade skirt that you can see better here, the same green market shoes that you can see here, and some pale pink lacy tights from the market. They’re a bit out of my normal wardrobe sphere but at € 1 it’s a risk I could afford!

Looking good, tasting good and linking up here with ladies frolicking in the snow.

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Wardrobe Wednesday

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As you may know I recently was given a LOT of fabric and I have been sewing madly. I made this dress which I love. Perfect for spring/summer, very comfortable, and (most importantly for Amsterdam) able to be biked in.

The navy fabric I bought in Paris. It was only €10 for about 3 metres. You can’t really tell from the photo, but it’s lined with jersey cotton in a purple/lilac colour (from the freebie sacks). The lining was necessary as the navy was very sheer and it has the added bonus of giving the colour a real lift, and making it very comfortable and easy to wear.

Joining in here with other well dressed ladies who are getting ready for winter!

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What I’ve been up to…

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It’s been a while since I last posted, but I have been busy doing lots of creative things – they just aren’t that easy to photograph!

So here’s what I’ve been doing:

Made a few more bags and purses, and a new skirt. I’m trying to make an article of clothing per week at the moment especially as I’ve now found a really great fabric market!

Finished a first draft of a show I’ve been working on for about three quarters of a year now. Finishing a first draft is both good and bad – YAY I’ve finished, and now wait for feedback, pray that it’s not awful, and then start re-writing the entire thing! Now I get to choose whether to go back to a first draft of a short story I need to re-write or start working on the next piece…

Made some delicious food including mayonnaise from scratch for the first time, and a lovely Mediterranean tomato soup (but ate it all before it had a chance to pose for a photo) and finally working on finishing April’s song – watch this space. It’s called Broken Man.