I started this post last week. Since then, I have had a birthday and I’m now sick with the boys’ most recent colds. Now, you have probably got to know me quite well and so understand that I don’t really do sick, unless pneumonia or really bad vertigo are involved, but today I’ve decided to indulge myself (as a kind if delayed b-day pressi) and I’m sitting on the sofa, in my pj’s, under a fetching crochet Toast blanket (bargain sale buy) watching the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice on Netflix (only five hours worth, if I watch it back to back I’ll get it all in by school pick-up!). M will be pleased when he comes back from school run (which he offered to do – quite a rare happening) and sees me here 😉 Anyway, I thought I’d get this post finished, so here goes:
I have mixed feelings about the colour pink. I used to hate it, after Mum decorated my room (then shared with my Sister) in all over Laura Ashley pastel pinks whilst I was away on a school trip. My Sister (who I assume helped choose said decor) then bailed and moved into a room of her own, leaving me surrounded by pastel princess colours until I persuaded my Brother (a fan of pink) to swap rooms. We were quite young, but it scarred me and pink was very off the list for many years. I still struggle with baby pink tones, they really don’t rock my boat, but over the years bolder shades of the colour, especially deep berry red versions, feature often in my wardrobe and my work, I’d even go so far as to say, they feature the most.
I was married in (Ben De Lisi) coral pink, not a choice I expected to make (although I did know I was planning an evening, not wedding dress, they cost a fraction of the price), but it worked well,
and most recently, as a Birthday present from me to me, I added to my Chie Mihara
obsession collection with a lovely pair of ice cream coloured shoes featuring pink.
I’ve also been adding to my vintage wardrobe, which I notice has a definite pink thing going on. Added over past moths are:
this beauty from the US Etsy shop Dear Golden Vintage
and this lovely cotton frock from the UK Etsy shop Dottys Vintage.
Please note, that in both cases, the photos are those of the sellers, as they’d done such a good job it seemed pointless to re-photograph them, I do hope they don’t mind. I also have a lovely 1950’s coat dress in hot pink to show you, but it’s just come back from the specialist cleaners and I’m too lazy to go and set it up for a photograph. Sorry. I’m ill, don’t you know?
As we are singing the praises of pink, how about this? I rescued this little vintage hat some months ago from the bottom of a box, it was very screwed up and anyone else would have probably thrown it in the bin, but after a steam and an attempt to re-block it where I can, it’s looking rather good again. It is rather sweet, I think.
I know we’re getting a bit random with this post, it’s really just a way to share some of the photos that are sitting in my album, (and please don’t think I’ve been on a huge spending spree, apart from the new shoes, most of this has been bought over many, many months) but, have you noticed all those lovely bound books turning up at the moment? It feels to me, like the reaction to kindles etc is to make ‘proper’ books even more beautiful. I am happily collecting some of the Virgo Modern Classics Designer Collection at the moment (bound in fabrics by various well known designers) and I couldn’t resist this leather bound Lewis Carroll collection from Barnes & Noble. It’s a door stopper of a book, both Alice stories together only taken up about a fifth of the pages, so that gives you some idea of the size but it is, oh so beautiful, and I had an Amazon voucher to spend from Christmas.
even the end papers are lovely, and it contains the original illustrations, where appropriate. I love my kindle, and I am happy to buy lots of quick reading books there, but for classics, I do like a proper, fancy, hardback.
My last pink pretty, is this parcel from Fizroy & Cole (yet another UK Etsy shop),
containing a linen embroidered table cloth which fits perfectly in our kitchen. Makes me smile each time I see it.
OK. So sorry this has been a bit of a ramble, but sometimes I collect images and shop links that I want to share and they don’t always fit neatly together in a post. I’m off to make a Lemsip now and watch more Pride and Prejudice whilst slowly filling a bin with used tissues – nice!