I may have to break out my vintage black sheep sweater after all! Thanks, Belle de Ville, for the heads up regarding Sunday's WSJ story

No, I didn't buy it!) Figureheads, from the illustrated ones in Miss Rumphius, through the unusual Stephanie Seymour "trophy wife" piece, to vintage carvings from actual ships, may just be my favourite form of art. So I guess it is reigning figureheads around here.

I much prefer a vintage tortoise-shell comb, with blurry sapphires and pearls. The Cord could always offer the tortoise shell a lift . . .

When Nancy Shevell married Paul McCartney, Stella made her this pair of sandals to go with the dress: I actually don't think that the sandals do go with the dress; whereas the dress evokes Wallis Simpson's vintage chic, the shoes evoke vintage dowdy. This similar shape turned up as well...

Singer Florence Welch selected two prints from the Liberty archives to reissue, right (Dancing Ladies) and below (lace): Guitarist Graham Coxon produced an original sketch (which became this print A Boy Dreams) to recall vintage rock posters: Singer Emilia de Poret designed this print to...

So what would you suggest, then, Miss Smartypants? I'd have dressed the duchess in this broderie anglais dress by Vivienne Westwood Anglomania: I like its full skirt, as a slim white skirt can be too slenderizing on the duchess. And the bow on the bateau neck would not be too jeune...

Todays post is by Karen James Welton, fashion stylist at the Fabulous Miss Kand events organiser at Blue Skies Vintage Events. She's also a keen dancer in her spare time. While I'm on holiday I like to take the opportunity to introduce you to some wonderful, talented, people that I am...

But--oh dear--by the time I had finished my walk, the tiny flower was missing! So I had a third tran-sportation challenge this week, alas! (I am trying to be a good "sport" about it, though.)

I've completed two quilts, one a crazy melange of Liberty prints, the other a dialogue between vintage applique squares and primitive quilting (which means larger stitches and freehand designs) I've done with coloured embroidery floss. My family even beat the NYT to the punch with its...

I graduated from the University of Ottawa and soooo miss the Rideau Canal (for running and ice-skating) as well as Parliament Hill, where we used to throw softballs on the lawn, in gentler times. I thought that the Duchess looked so very elegant yesterday in her blue lace Erdem dress...

 

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