Whenever I am trying to find inspiration for my style I google, and like everyone else I also check out pinterest. But when it comes to style for women 50+, I have to say there isn´t much out there. At least not if you are a curvy lady, like myself. The curvy girls seem to loose their confidence once they hit the big Day. I am desperately looking for a style guru.
At this moment in my life I´m trying to find a balance between work and free time, being a mom and letting go and getting to grips with being single and on my own for the first time in sooooo many years.
my style-concept, like right now when I´m sort of introducing boho-elements into my wardrobe (and JEANS!!!) something happens to make me think again.
Last night I met up with a few ladies I have never met before to participate in a tv-recording of a game-show programme. Really nice, and its always interesting to meet new people, right?
I had decided to take a break from Boho, and went with a vintage-themed retrogress from Boden, partly because the gameshow featured antiques. And I got so many nice comments and questions about my dress and the style, that it again made me think about why I prefer that style, why people usually react to it in a positive way and why it is so hard to follow one´s own heart in fashion.
The ladies all loved the dress, and we discussed the fact that the very popular and trendy fashion today isn´t for everyone and not always flattering for an older figure with its clean, boxy lines. I can love that, but it´s not for me, I would need something resembling a sack to dress like that because my shoulders and my bum are the same, and my waist is tiny in comparison.
I love the hippie-style for summer, but I have to admit a lot of the dresses are not figure flattering, although beautiful, comfy and relaxed. I will need to find ways to make that work for my figure.
But look at this, isn´t it just beautiful?
So you´ve been waiting for a long time for day 2 of my roadtrip, and here it comes! I hope you notice I brought a long a huge wardrobe, to be able to take nice photos of my dresses in perfect situations:)
The first night we stayed over in Nora, a pretty little market Town, most famous for being the setting of a long row of cosy detective stories written in the 50´s and 60´s by Maria Lang, whose real name was Dagmar Lange. She originated from Nora and set a lot of her books in this Environment, but simply changed the name to Skoga (skog=Wood in Swedish). Very aptly named as the place is surrounded by Woods, and one huge lake…
We stayed in a nice smaller hotel and tried to find something interesting to eat, which was quite hard even though we walked around the whole Place looking at menus. In the end we gave up and had a schnitzel.
The second day we decided to tour the Three lakes that surround Nora, because we decided to stay in a manor house for our second night.
But the road there took us around Three beautiful lakes and real countryside, scattered with junk sales and antique shops. This truly seems to be the thing right now for keeping the countryside alive! We found a junk sale everywhere we went, but it was damn hard to find a proper café!
TOM (the Old Man) isn´t as keen as me on junk sales, but he did agree to one visit:)
I Think you can guess why? It was filled with wonderful junk, and had several shelves with old electronic stuff…
As for me, I had a hard time choosing, but ended up with a Little bric bracincluding some old buttons and flowers and lace that I hope will come in handy when I do my DIY Projects this autumn.
I did have a hard time saying goodbye to this hat though…
And then we were on our way again, heading straight for the manor house hotel…
Well, last weekend TOM (The Old Man, but you should know that by now) persuaded me to go on a little excursion to Norrtälje, a small hamlet just north of Stockholm. The reason for this was The American Motor Car Show.
I´m not that into cars, to be honest, but he has very graciously and with no complaints, followed me on a few vintage fairs recently and since shopping is NOT his favourite pastime it was time to give back.
I look like shit obviously, so you can´t say that I´m vain when I show you these pics here on the Internet. I spent almost an hour on my hair, doing big nice curls. But the minute I walked around the show-area in the 30 C -heat, all sweaty and as you see windy at times, my hair decided to give up. In the end I just put it up in a ponytail.
The dress is Trashy Diva, the bolero is an oldie from Monsoon and the bag is vintage.
If you want to look at more American cars please head over to http://www.anderslutz.se/?p=3837
Two months ago I visited the Burlesque Fair 7.0 wich is a regular twice a year-event in Stockholm. Last year I had a small stall and sold of some of my reproductiondresses and even some vintage-stuff, and I was really impressed with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the fair.
Between the shopping in the different stalls this fair also boasts of performances by up-and-coming burlesque artists, pinup photography and workshops of different kinds. I have to admit I am a girl of the 70´s and I still find it pretty embaressing to see young women take off their clothes in public, but some of the more burlesquey numbers are very artistic and fun to watch.
This year I decided to leave the Selling to others and take a plunge into the Deep unknown, so I booked a pin-up photography shoot! Doing a shoot in a fair (albeit in a special more private room) was definitely testing my limits but I had loads of fun. The photographer Katja Elmén was really good at making me relax and I Think the photos turned out pretty good for a curvaceous 56 year old:)
So I have just been bitten by the vintage-fair bug and I´m forcing The Old Man to take me everywhere! Last weekend I had a card up my sleeve as it was a vintage-fair fairly Close to Stockholm, in a castle no less AND the advertising proclaimed there might be some vintage cars!
Unfortuanetly for TOM not so many cars as he would have liked, but we both enjoyed the ambience at Årsta slott, where the fair was held.
Ofcourse I managed to find a hat! And now I need to find a dress to match…
So it´s been awhile, but a lot of things seemes to come together to stop me in my tracks. Most dramatic being that my mother passed away after 6 years with Alzheimers disease. Even though you know it will happen at some point, it always comes as a surprise. Death I mean.
So I took a break from blogging and Writing and sewing to get things sorted out, but now I´m hoping to get back on track again!
Spring is well on it´s way too. But it´s just early days over here, so one day is gorgeous, another is just a huge set-back! One of those chilly but sunny days (my 56th birthday actually!) I decided to take my new spring coat for a spin:)
This Beautiful White woolcoat is from Vintagevinden, a pop-upstore selling pristine vintagecoats and suits. Unfortuanetly I´m too big to fit into most things (I prefer curvy) but I have bought this classic coat with a matching scarf and a black trenchcoat. that just needs a bit of fixing…
I have been pondering what to do next, as my Jenny-Project has come to a close. And here are my thoughts.
I have been sewing a bit this autumn, mostly because in my work I write a lot and my main hobby is also writing and I simply need to relax doing something totally different. Combining fashion and a bit of budget-planning lead to taking up sewing after many, many years. I really am a beginner again. So I looked on the internet and found a number of interesting and inspiring ladies who sew vintageinspired or even real vintagepatterns. Being a large-framed girl I really like this, as “real” vintage clothes so often are in small sizes, and hunting for reproduction clothes not always get you what you want!
Among those bloggers I started to read was Gertie and her http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/ and ofcourse the accompanying book, which I just got. Apart from being a useful handbook for a beginner, it also has a variety of patterns to try. And my new Project will simply be to sew myself through the book!
So the pencilskirt and the portrait blouse seem easy enough, and will be my new Projects.
More than that? Well, don´t expect me to give up my Trashy Diva-fix just yet! I know there is a floral Little number coming into the stores soon that just has my name on it!!!
I´m sorry, but when I have to take selfies at home it will Always be in the bathroom! It´s the only Place in my apartment with enough light:)
Today I went to one of those Conferences that a professional sometimes needs to attend. In my case that means a lot of legal people and black, grey and beige. So I put on a military green dress (going to war?). It´s really darker in the picture than in real life, but it´s a reproduction vintage dress from Trashy Diva in a wool/jersey and I recently bought it at the sales. I have exactly the same dress in black as well (surprise!), but that one´s three years old and a real favourite in my wardrobe so I couldn´t help myself as I got this one for approx 300 SEK. It wouldn´t be half the quality at that price at H&M.