03 November 2016

Things Thrifted


  
Darling Petit Bateau in sage green. Sweet for a boy or a girl. The seafoam dress was once my own (complete with matching bonnet). My "baby box" is an open idea, and I actually have the tender bits -- stuffies & clothing & things -- scattered about the house, on hooks and sitting chairs, in places where one can round the corner & spot a bit of childhood magic. 



Some new favorite dresses. 



Just some of the books thrifted lately. I thrift piles (at many places they're still just a dollar or two). Positively everything -- novels, poetry, memoir, self-help, coffee table books, art books, children's books. I'm an enthusiastic collector of all the Beatrix Potter, Winnie-The-Pooh, Madeline I can find (amongst so many other favorites old & new) and keep extra copies about. I figure, someday, we may need copies in the nursery, living room, car, purse, for a friend. And I like them anyway, so pooh-pooh to those who'd instruct me otherwise in the ways of book collecting. 

 "Love Letters" is so breathtakingly beautiful & I'd recommend it for the coffee table or bedside of any romantic. "Love Letters of Great Men" too. 


This photo was taken accidentally, but is just a wonderful vignette of all things thrifted. The mirror, the ditsy floral pitcher, every candlestick. 


In full honesty, I purchased this precisely because it reminds me of Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice -- in further full honesty, this is how I select most of my clothing (that is, its fitness to appear in a Jane Austen film adaptation). This reminded me of the scene in the ribbon shop, and then beneath the tree in the rain. I like to wear it under dresses, pull my hair into a messy braid, and write at the dining table.



Also bought this because it reminded me of Pride & Prejudice, a bit more Jane, however. Another exact scene, in fact, but I'll hold back because even I am aware (painfully) of my insufferable spouting. Ok, but because I can only suppress myself to a point -- a really endearing bit: I read a quote recently from the director of the film who said that Rosamund Pike (who plays Jane, also whose name I completely love), is ribbon-obsessed & would constantly have ribbons with her on set -- that could be quickly tied about the waist or just enjoyed in whichever way, purely for the romance of it. I love that. I think that's the kind of woman / someday mother / person I strive to be. 


This. Pillowcase. Is. Everything. Good. And. Holy. Amen. 
It stirs my heart so -- those flowers and the bit of ribbon really, really gets me. (A ribbon motif occurring here?) But I don't know, it's not really a detail I see often -- though I find a good many floral pillows. And it's the prettiest lilac. 

Little Eeyore & Pooh Bear, from Robbie's childhood, too. 



AND NOW I self-indulgently model the clothing for you, here, in low-quality shots taken in the tight corner of my bedroom while whatever semblance of light we find in Washington in November quickly fades. I love this dress alone, or with sweaters of all sorts, or with a victorian or edwardian era blouse tucked beneath. 


A pumpkiny sweater whose texture is so waffle-like, it may henceforth just be titled my Pumpkin Spice Waffle Sweater. (Also, my eye, what even?) The pockets are a good size for holding a small paperback book. See? Even a romantic girl can be practical -- for the right reasons, anyway. 




I've been eager to add a bit more baby blue to my wardrobe of late. It's just a hue that makes my heart happy in the truest of ways. The little ruffles & tie also reminded me of Jane Bennet in certain scenes. It's the lightest, softest thing in the world & a few sizes too big, and I worship the hook it resides on. 



No words, only heart eyes stretching from me to the ends of the universe. 


As always, and forever, happy thrifting! 

6 comments:

  1. Each and every one of these pieces is absolutely exquisite <3 That pink dress is darling!

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  2. Your posts always make me happy(in pretty much the same way Pride and Prejudice 2005 makes me happy).

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  3. I love posts like these, I love to see what people have thrifted - the blue floral dress at the end is my absolute favourite, and I like the accidental shot of the candlesticks and pitcher, it looks like a screenshot from a movie <3

    Kate / http://battlewind.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. "this is how I select most of my clothing (that is, its fitness to appear in a Jane Austen film adaptation)"

    Is there any other way?! The pink dress is loveliness in and of itself, by the way.

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  5. Ok first off, you are the loveliest person in the world. Secondly, I cannot get over all the beautiful pastel and your thrifted mantel/dresser pieces and your waffle book pocket sweater and the baby blue and the Jane Austen references and the Madeline and Anne of Green Gables books and literally everything. <3
    www.wonderlandsam.com

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  6. You are so so wonderful. I love your posts. Pure magic.

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