When I read the Tatty Devine blog last week I immediately thought of a post I had made last year in spring, shortly after I had bought a laser-cut wooden penny farthing necklace. Tatty Devine has been one of my favourite brands for many years now, and this particular necklace was made at the British Museum during a laser-cutting workshop for teens.
Above: Penny farthing wooden necklace, £10 by lakuna87 on ebay.
Below: Tatty Devine @ British Museum workshop.
The other day, whilst wandering through Covent Garden between a matinee and evening show I stepped into a newsagents and discovered:
At £6.50, I Love You
magazine doesn’t come cheaply but everything about it is sumptuous, from the paper its printed on to the photography matched with quotations from A Streetcar Named Desire
or Catcher in the Rye
. This is Issue 5, the Princess edition, and even my male colleagues in the crew couldn’t resist a flick through to inspect what they eventually remarked was in fact an Art magazine, not fashion at all.
Things that I love:
- My blue 1978 Raleigh Traveller. Her name is Fly.
- Light summer showers and Waterloo Bridge. I sometimes wonder if they’ll finish digging the bridge up so we can fully appreciate it.
- GPC, my cat. That’s Gretchen Priscilla Cat officially, but it’s just “Cat” between friends.
- Talking about the weather. But then not talking about the weather.
- Tea dresses. And tea parties with cupcakes and board games.
- Stolen moments and stolen glances.
- Asking questions, no matter how silly. Someone’s got to ask them!
- Discovering pretty or rare things tucked away in the heart of London: poems graffiti-ed in back alleys, forgotten market stalls…
- The way that theatre comes together thanks to the many almost insignificant fragments that each of us contributes 8 times a week. And how sometimes I forget that the show’s even on – then I catch a glimpse of the audience and we recall our purpose.
- Covent Garden: the cobbles, the market sellers, the buskers. Sometimes even the tourists.
- Pancakes! Sweet or savoury, big or small.
- My collection of Tatty Devine jewellery, including three of the limited edition Rob Ryan necklaces. Sigh.
- Well, obviously, I love you too.
I feel guilty as hell for splurging on this gorgeous Rob Ryan & Tatty Devine necklace, but it was calling to me.. That’s a good excuse, right?
Here’s a selection of my more recent cycle-friendly (and lycra free!) outfits.
1: ASOS full skirted strapless dress, grey jumper, belt & boots, UO. Black petticoats (not seen), ebay.
Multi-strand pearls, Primark. Birdcage necklace, Sunday Girl Accessories via tsuk.
2: Navy sweetheart neck dress, French Connection. White studded belt, grey boots, UO. Pink cardigan, Matalan.
Birdcage necklace, Sunday Girl Accessories via tsuk.
1: Blue/purple 3/4 sleeve dress, Joy. Jeggings, ASOS. Glittery black cardigan, New Look.
Gold socks, grey snake-print t-bars, UO. Trapeze artists necklace, Tatty Devine.
2: Black owl print dress, Joy. Burgundy long cardigan, Topshop. Grey fuggs, Primark.
Grey handbag, ASOS. Trapeze artists necklace, Tatty Devine.
1: Blue&yellow palm dress, Fashion Union. Granddad cardigan and brown ankle boots, Topshop.
Gold name necklace, Tatty Devine.
2: Beige&Black sleeved cat tunic, Darimeya. Purple denim mini, Uniqlo.
Black suede pirate boots, Aldo.
It turns out that it’s not warm enough for pumps just yet, so after a day of cold toes, I quickly packed my shoes away and got my boots out again!
And here‘s the post you’ll all have seen on off_highstreet. I want this bag but I get the feeling it’s going to be rather expensive and I have so many handbags already!