Monday, 21 January 2013

For what it's worth



After more snow overnight, we trudged valiantly up to school this morning.

"Last one up the hill's Captain Oates!"

By the time I got back home, packaged up some Ebay sales, and had a coffee, I wanted to take advantage of the picturesque conditions for a photo session.





Yep, channelling Stevie Nicks again.



It's obligatory in this skirt, I'm afraid.





1980s Stirling Cooper sheer pleated skirt and boots - Ebay
1980s peplum jacket and silk blouse - vintage shops
Headpiece - gift
Assorted bangles - charity shops and markets
Red flower - retail  Black flower - gift from darling Sarah
Necklace - bought in Zakynthos many years ago 



No - I confess I did not do the school run in this outfit.

Sheer skirts and burlesque headpieces would garner an excess of side-eye in the playground...





Serviceable home front tweed again.

Come on - it's cold!

And I do love this 1970s wool coat, it has more than repaid its £10 price tag.






Jess and Charlie enjoy playing in the snow.






Charlie hides under the foliage and jumps out to chase any unsuspecting passerby, myself included.





More snow is forecast. 






I just knew this skirt and jacket were made for each other.


I might wear them for my night out on Friday (a friend's birthday).


And the miniature hat - bugger the side-eye!


I'm linking up with hostess-with-the-mostest Patti, since I'm feeling particularly visible this Monday.

And at the risk of appearing to be some Stevie Nicks obsessive, I'm posting this video because her outfit in it reminds me of mine, and because she looks so much like my new blog crush, the very talented and stylish Tamera - take a look at her blog profile pic and see for yourself!



And look!
 I've reached 200 followers!

Thanks to everyone who pops in, to those who comment and those who just pass through.
I appreciate you dropping by! 

xxxx



62 comments:

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

The red and black look so dramatic in the snow.
And what a fab coat for the school run. Perfect.

Lucy Nation said...

at skirt is so Stevie. A spot of whirling and twirling is obligatory. I also love your wool home front coat. I would wear such a coat with pride. It reminds me of something the ladies of Miss Marple's village would wear - I mean that in the best possible way! xxx

freckleface said...

Oh yes, that's a great outfit. A cinched in waist and a sunray pleat skirt makes for a lovely silhouette. Not surprised you felt like swaying in the arctic breeze.

Your little furry friends look like they are having a wonderful time in the white stuff! xxx

Melanie said...

You look gorgeous! I love this outfit!

Patti said...

Any time we channel Stevie is a good time! She's a goddess, as are you in your swirly black skirt. Thanks for sharing all the fab with Visible Monday.

menopauselsupermodel said...

Stevie RULES!!! I have loved her forever!!!
love your take on Stevie-Style!!!

The snow looks gorgeous--we NEEd some here!! what's the use of having freezing cold weather if you're not gonna have SNOW???

Melanie said...

I see you on that flat open plain like Stevie, your skirt blowing in the wind, your face turned to the sky. I love these romantic images - how much better they are than "Where's the next rest stop...I'm thirsty...It's too hot..."
And I love the snow pics, great contrast with the desert. Charlie is too cute! We say "Last one up the hill is a rotten egg." Was Captain Oates the rotten egg I wonder?

Style Sud-Est said...

Congrats for the 200 followers! that great! My God it's a lot of snow for you guys! We are used to it us, and hate it with a passion
It makes a nice backdrop for your shoot- spectacular outfit!

Ariane xxx

Rose&Bird said...

Ooh, fabulous! I reckon you should have worn the headpiece - would certainly have made the lollipop lady's day! The snow is melting here, but I'm not sad - I hate it when it turns to ice like it always does here. I confess to not knowing much of Stevie Nicks (beyond a bit of Fleetwood Mac), must rectify this forthwith!

Louise Mc said...

Oh my, how gorgeous you look. I do adore a burlesque headdress, alas mine are all in storage. You have to wear it out because it really suits you. Fantastic to see such glamourous happening in the midst of all the snow. Xx

Kathleen Lisson said...

Wonderful skirt and hair piece. Your cats look like they are having so much fun!

Trudie said...

You do black and red so gorgeously.

edie pop said...

Who doesn't love Stevie and her timeless Style and Who doesn't love to play dress up on a snowy winter Monday?
You are stunning ,the background is whimsical and I love the full black skirt dancing! Fabulous post!
Love xxxxx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

utterly gogeous photos! Love the twirly skirt! I already loved that jacket, it looks fabulous. You always have great gloves too. There's a hint of winder flamenco/Spanish equestrian school here. Also love the trusty tweed, it's just very cool. The mustard beret is fantastic. All round you're an inspiration and a lovely lady. xxxx

Secret Squirrel said...

Great photo shoot, I say bugger the side eye (I get it too). You look fabulous. Isn't the snow backdrop dramatic?

ANDYSTYLE said...

Nice blog and outfit :)

thorne garnet said...

Love the first photo, so much snow! The cats are adorable.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Love the sheer long black maxi!!! I hate that I feel like I can't always dress the way I want when I drop the kids off at school-- side eye sucks!

Emalina said...

You look incredible in the black and red, such beautiful photos! I adore the outfit, those little red touches just make it don't they. What a gorgeous post Curtise!

Val Sparkle said...

I'm all teary now after watching that video - it's so beautiful. As are you in that fabulous outfit! It looks gorgeous against the snow. All these photos are so pretty (but I'm glad we don't have snow here)!

silvergirl said...

Love the Stevie channeling
Husband had such a crush on her back in the day
The scenery here is just amazing
Love the icy trees
Brett

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Curtise, how fabulous you are. I find life much more interesting if I go about with the intention of seeing at least the outline of every woman's inner Stevie, regardless of their degree of serviceable home front-ness. You know? And there you are, in you (and dear Tamera!) it's plain to see!

Have the best Friday ever, xoxoxo

Sheila said...

Aw, who doesn't love to play Stevie Nicks and swoosh one's skirt about?? You look amazing in this outfit - I LOVE it!

And oh, such sweet and funny kitties!

Gracie O'Tripp said...

Beautiful photos - red, black and white snow. Red berries, your black and white kitty and your lovely outfit. All very nice.

Joni said...

You look like a beautiful Snow Queen. What gorgeous photos today! What a treat to my eyes. And you have a special twinkle in your eyes there by that big huggable tree. Do you know a secret??

two squirrels said...

You look so beautiful in the snow, it's like the scene out of a fairy tale. The black skirt and jacket are very Victorian looking, I could imagine you throwing on a long velvet cape and being whisked off in a carriage to have a secret lieason.
Or out to a friends birthday party is fabulous!!!!!
Tee hee the pussy-cats are super cute, I love how they pounce on your legs as you move pass, crazy cute.
Stay warm Miss Curtise.
Love the tweed.
Love V

bonsaimum said...

You know I am very partial to black, so I have to drool over your black gorgeous outfit and red hairpiece. Looks fantastic against the snow background. Oh and I think Charlie is too cute for his own good.

Bohemian vanity said...

Oh wow you look sooo beautiful in the snow with that outfit ! You'll rock the party with it, the headpiece is adorable !!!
Your cats are really cute, thanks for your nice comment of my pom :) i do like all kind of pets but guess most cat lovers don't like dogs. So have a lovely & snowy day ! xx Tani

Misfits Vintage said...

For what it's worth, you are more Labia every day!

Love your Stevie-esque outfit - the skirt and jacket are made for each other (that double peplum makes my heart skip a beat). Your headpiece is fabularse and the pic of the terrifying cat waiting to kill me in my sleep is adorable!

Love you more than THAT JACKET WHICH YOU SHOULD SEND ME!

Sarah xxx

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Beautiful snowy pictures! I love your tweed coat too! xx

Vicky Hayes said...

I can't decide which look I like most but practicality wins for me - I adore the home front tweed (and staying warm!) and think the warm colours suit you with the gorgeous pop of red. I do like the drama of the black outfit though and can't imagine any side-eyeing bothering you at all! Vicky x

Marla Robinson said...

I love Stevie! That flowing black skirt is lovely and I love your black belted jacket. The red just adds a wonderful pop of color. So pretty. Great pics!

grunge-queen said...

Gorg outfit, Curtise - and I am smiling over the idea of your dropping off the kids wearing it. But yes, the tweed is lovely and serviceable too (that's how I would justify all my coats in the cold Canadian climate!). The winter wonderland backdrop reminds me of back home. Bet the kitties were having fun in that! Xoxo

Tamera Beardsley said...

Gorgeous Stevie outfit my dear! Set off so perfectly in the snow drifts...just beautiful!

I do so remember reigning in my 'creativity' on school runs...you see if we were neighbors we could have both worn what we wanted...and let them all go 'side eyed":)
Maybe together we could have brought everyone else's inner Stevie!

Thank you so much for the shout out!! Your endorsement truly made my day!!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I never thought I'd hear The Phoenix say how lovely the snow looks in Sheffield - oh my it does and we both think you looking UTTERLY STUNNING in your Stevie tribute outfit!!! The jacket is fecking dynamite!!!! REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your hair is spectacular and pussies playing in the snow? I never thought I see the day. Such beautiful pics and you are gonna knock 'em dead - DEAD I say - on Friday night!!! Big sweaty hugs to you darling:) xoxoxoxoxo

delia hornbook said...

Jess and Charlie really are loving that snow bless them :-) I can't even get Timmy near the door. Loving your outfits today you look gorgeous in both and that coat looks lush on you. dee xx

Fiona said...

Utterly fabularse outfit today Curtise, that skirt swishing looks all the more dramatic against a 'Dr Zhivago' background. You've got to wear this on Friday, you look stunning. Tweed coat is so practical in these arctic conditions and also stylish, although a bit of side eye is no bad thing. What is it Helga says...? Better to be looked over, than overlooked.
Keep warm. xx

rosyragpatch said...

Fabulous black skirt & jacket. I love the red hat with it. Definitely a combination worth wearing again. I love the tweed coat. You have some lovely coats.

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

P.S. Thanks for your kind comment - I came back for another peek at these stunning photos in the snow and to say congrats on 200 followers! I (and 199 other smart people, hooray!) like you ever so much too! xo

Miss Maple said...

Should I be honest? These photos in the black outfit somehow remember me of Dr Zhivago - the movie. Maybe the snowy scenery or the somehow Russian looking outfit.

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

The cut of that jacket is just so PERFECT ... great choice to show off your tiny waist, pretty hat (Fascinator?) and skirt. The landscape should pay you for posing with it!

Krista Gassib said...

The snow and you channeling the most witchy woman Stevie Nicks herself, I love it! These photos are stunning Curtise. The outfit totally deserved three twirls and should be on heavy rotation in your wardrobe!!! I want to play in the snow with you!
XXOO

Maja said...

Skirt is so cool :)


Maybe we could follow each other :) ?

ZxM Style-Squared said...

awesome!!!!love the skirt!!!

joyatri said...

Ah, yes, we all wanted to be Stevie. You do a splendid job of evoking her style. And the romance is upped by the gorgeous snowy setting.
You look equally fetching in your Ali McGraw coat.
Aww, what sweet kitties.

Lynn Dylan said...

Gasp!! I love that black!! Such beautiful pictures. And that Charlie!! LOL. I love Stevie Nicks.

xoxo
Lynn

Kitty said...

All too feckin' fabulous my darling, and look at that SNOW!!! What a backdrop you have, so jealous!!

Trees said...

SNOW!! I love these pictures - you look divine in your black outfit in the snow :D I know its cold and can be a total pain, but I do love snow (perhaps as I've only spent one winter in a snowy climate)

CityScape Skybaby said...

You've surpassed yourself with these photos Curtise, I love you in red and black swirling against the white snow, and the pics of the kitties, especially Charlie peeking out from the snowy branches. You do look very romantic and Stevie Nicks and I love this video, that is my fantasy holiday, to go on a road trip across America visiting all the little remote towns. A road trip across Britain would do though! Your friend Tamera looks lovely too, is it the same Tamera from A Treasured Past? I'm trying to see if it is but Jake and the dogs and workmen fixing the fire are all buggering up my searching. xx

CityScape Skybaby said...

Also, I keep meaning to say thank you for your lovely comment on my blog Curtise, it meant a lot. I still haven't answered my comments yet but I'll get there eventually. xx

Lynne DeVenny said...

Even your tweed looks like something you would see in a fashion magazine. Even when you goofing around, you still look elegant. I often think about your terrific photos and wish I could get that magical chic you always have.

Oh how I long for a black sheer pleated skirt. I would stop shopping forever if I had one.

That last sentence is pro'bly not true...

Diane said...

Fabulous outfit - and so very Stevie. True rock chick xxxx

Ivy Black said...

Fab 'Stevie' outfit...you should have done the school run it it! I love your snow pics....it's never ending this white stuff. Perfect weather for your tweedy lovely. Stay warm and wonderful.
Em
xxxxxx

Ivy Black said...

Fab 'Stevie' outfit...you should have done the school run it it! I love your snow pics....it's never ending this white stuff. Perfect weather for your tweedy lovely. Stay warm and wonderful.
Em
xxxxxx

Vintage Coconut said...

Holy heck you look rather delightful in that black outfit and hair decor! *woot woot woot*
<3 kitties in the snow

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Curtise!! I'm almost speechless with the beauty of you in black and red with the snow as a background. I hope you do indulge and wear this outfit for your festivities.

I also adore tweed and covet your coat. I almost got a super-sized 80's tweed coat at the thrift store recently but I almost never have an occasion to wear coats. Usually a wrap will do. I love the look, though, and remember wearing tweed and baggy shetland sweaters with moth holes (for the cool factor) in the late 60's. I lived in New England and the winters were snowy and cold. I miss it.

You are gorgeous. Wish I could trudge through the snow with you! XXOO

karensomethingorother said...

Curtise, you'd better come to Canada and teach ME how to be fashionable in the cold and snow, because you look fabulous, and I look so frumpy it's...well, nevermind. I love the outfit though. Very dramatic!

Mrs. D said...

Stevie Nicks <3 but you look so much more fun! That wool coat is amazing, and the price tag even better!
I'm glad you managed to take some photos in the snow. I was off work the other week but I was very lazy and avoided going out. Now I'm thinking I should have made the effort, by looking at your photos!

Forest City Fashionista said...

Yay to channelling our inner Stevie! I have done my Stevie twirl and swish a couple of times in outfit posts too. You really suit the Victorian cinched-waist full skirt silhouette; I love this outfit on you, complete with side-eye inducing headpiece. This post shows the two sides of you, both sassy and stylish!

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

You look so chic and bright against the snow. So pretty!

Rose&Bird said...

Meant to say my Guatemalan dress is cotton, but it's a rustic weave, which is why it looks knitted.

Bohemian said...

I'm Adoring the drama of the Red and Black ensemble... you look Stunning Modeling it!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian