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Another Peek In Rocking Dog’s Wardrobe

Hello Summer!, Rocking Dog

Hello Summer!

With post wedding exhaustion in full throttle, last week I settled on carrying out simple tasks that did not require a huge amount of brain boggling thought or physical capability. One job involved bringing summer into my wardrobe. I thought you’d perhaps like another peek in Rocking Dog’s wardrobe. February 2015 was the last time I opened the doors, and unfortunately not a tremendous amount has changed!

I still have a predominantly black winter “uniform”, with a switch to white for the summer. Somewhat scruffy dog walking garb however tends to dominate my everyday clothing decisions. Needless to say brightly coloured sale price “Hunter” wellies are the all year round very practical footwear choice!

Sadly, there have been no major buying splurges to report. Last weeks sort involved moving black wool, velvet and other wintry fabrics into hibernation. How I enjoy having a spare wardrobe or two now that Andyman and I are empty nesters! With all the cuddly warm wooliness huddled into its new home I could transfer the somewhat lighter brighter garments into my wardrobe. With our recent trip to Cuba the linens had enjoyed a very brief tropical encounter, but it was now time to make the brave decision that the English summer had indeed arrived!

The cream wool Toast tunic which i’d just bought in February ’15 I am sorry to say remains unworn. The winter has simply been too mild and i’m too warm blooded! Hopefully winter 2016 will bring snow and frosts. Indeed my plethora of market bought Italian wool coats haven’t been given much of an outing either! Inpenetrable suit carriers will swathe the wools and silk velvets from the destructive chomping jaws of a fleet of moths. I will add Rocking Dog crooked hearts for further protection and hopefully my clothes will escape unscathed when Autumn and the need for warm garments returns.

Summer wardrobe installed, I surveyed my colourful closet. Linen has an awful reputation for being high maintenance and to crease easily. However, I love the feel of cotton and freshly pressed linen against my skin. Textiles which include synthetic threads can make me hot and bad tempered, flushed and murderous! I can’t ever imagine a time when I won’t want to wear linen. If and when the time comes that i’m simply too gnarled and infirm to use an iron i’ll just have to employ a butler! Many of my linen pieces have been coming out for the past six or seven years or so. East, M & S, Zara, Laura Ashley and John Lewis are worth a look, especially when they have their summer sales.

Regarding buying clothes, I still don’t like paying full price for anything. I still use my hard and fast rule that if I see a bargain I will ask myself “If money allowed, would I pay full price for the item?”. If the answer is a decisive yes i’d hurtle to the cash desk, and if no, i’d leave the bargain hanging there. I’m still not an internet shopper, I like the experience of just seeing what’s out there, to feel fabrics and look at trends. A fashionista I am absolutely not, but I adore people watching and looking to see what shoppers are trying on and buying.

Now, a quick rundown of some of the images I have included in this post. We’ve dealt with the winter wools, the velvets and the unworn jumper.

The wedding coat.. my latest item in the wardrobe, and the infamous garment I made very tentatively from Christian Lacroix curtain fabric (Ebay remnant). This was the first dress making i’d done since the 1980’s and not a shoulder pad in sight! I really enjoyed the process and could there be another coat in the offing?! The Vintage Coat has a degree of man made fabric in it’s composition, and so it does tend to make me hot and ratty on occasions! However, I like the shape and colour and it’s become a really useful wardrobe staple. I bought this coat in a favourite charity shop a few years ago for a tenner. The last coat of the trio is one my sister made for me about 35 years ago. Made from heavy linen union I have always loved it. Being floral I confidently wore it to Chelsea Flower Show last year. Thanks sis”!

Ah yes.. the itchy jacket. I love this jacket, but it is itchy. I need to have neck and wrists “lined” to wear this one. I’m sure we all have an item or two in the wardrobe that we have to brace ourselves for, be it a nose tickling angora cardi’ or skirt that mysteriously rises up for some reason!

The latest Liberty buy. Whilst on my recent foray to Liberty I spotted these lovely wide legged lounge pants. Calf length and with pockets, they are far too nice to just lounge around in, I think they’ll be part of my cooling hot weather wardrobe! Uniqlo have collaborated with Liberty for this range and at £12.90 these pants are bargainous! I never discount leisure/sleep wear as something I can wear out.

Full Price Garb’. Very occasionally I do pay full price for something and this outfit was indeed one of those times. Made from Lithuanian silk this top and pantaloon trouser get up was bought in Edinburgh for a wedding & other social event five years ago. Made by Grizas I have loved wearing this. One of the best features is that it requires absolutely no ironing!

Parisian Flea. I bought this skirt a few years ago in the Montmartre district of Paris, in a secondhand clothes shop. I paid about 10 euro for it and I still love it. The draped tulip shape reminds me of the designs of Paul Poiret and harks back to enjoyable nights watching The House of Elliot! A simple black light weight jumper and quirky shoes, I can still see me wearing it in ten years time.

Poppy Love. I haven’t worn this skirt a great deal, a full length organza skirt isn’t something you can wear everyday. I bought it in Jigsaw for a commemorative event around the same time as Remembrance Sunday. I adore it, despite it being quite brown. Brown is a colour I do not enjoy wearing. Maybe it relates to the fact that I had to wear brown when I had a Saturday job at Debenham’s, and further back my mum quite often put me in brown because I had brown eyes. My sister meanwhile was dressed in the more cheery blue garments because she had blue eyes!

Back In The Box. My lovely wedding shoes. Unconventional I know, but as youngest daughter said “Mum you aren’t really Kate Middleton nude shoe material are you!”

So there it is a little whizz through the Rocking Dog wardrobe. What treasures lurk in your wardrobe and do you have any good shopping tips? Please tell all!

Hope the week is a happy one for you all. Love Rocking Dog x

Goodbye Winter!, Rocking Dog

Goodbye Winter!

Still Unworn, Rocking Dog

Still Unworn

Velvets No More!, Rocking Dog

Velvets No More!

Wedding Coat, Rocking Dog

Wedding Coat

Vintage Coat, Rocking Dog

Vintage Coat

1980's Floral Coat, Rocking Dog

1980’s Floral Coat

Itchy Jacket, Rocking Dog

Itchy Jacket

Latest Liberty Buy, Rocking Dog

Latest Liberty Buy

Full Price Garb', Rocking Dog

Full Price Garb’

Parisian Flea, Rocking Dog

Parisian Flea

Poppy Love, Rocking Dog

Poppy Love

Back In The Box, Rocking Dog

Back In The Box

What A Wonderful World- A Wet Zoo Trip!

Bejewelled Birds, Rocking Dog

Bejewelled Birds

What do you do when it’s blowing a gale, grey, wet, muddy and miserable? Simple, take a friend to the zoo! Bristol Zoo provided a day with driving rain, cold animals and umbrella’s blowing inside out. However……It was lovely to reacquaint myself with a myriad of amazing creatures and exotic plants.

Thankfully there is no pacing Polar Bear, Elephant, White Tiger cage or Brown Bears- all memories of my childhood visits. More sadly there are no longer monkeys residing in the 1920’s temple.

Walking around the various enclosures it was so evident just how inspirational nature is for fashion, paint colours, fabrics and wallpapers. I loved some of the corals, so fragile, such spectacular colours and shapes. What A Wonderful World. Just wish we could all look after it so much better.

The Flamingo’s seemed to pay no attention to the inclement weather- it was all water off a Flamingo’s back! Their exotic pink colour comes about from the pigments in the organisms they consume. Seeing them reminded me of a roll of wallpaper that i’d stashed away (£5 oddment). A wrap was done. OK, it’s not Christmassy … but lovely nevertheless!

The Butterfly house saw exotic butterflies coming into land. Wonderful fluttering corsages, brooches and decoration for our damp coats. Once home I reached out for my coveted roll of Christian Lacroix wallpaper and did a bit of creative wrapping. I took a page from an interior design brochure, wrapped my gift and added butterflies cut out from the wallpaper. I just Pritt- sticked the centres of the butterflies, so that my paper creatures looked as if they were about to fly.

I really must get around to Christmas and to finally writing a list!

Our Fragile Planet, Rocking Dog

Our Fragile Planet

A Real One....., Rocking Dog

A Real One…..

...And Paper Ones!, Rocking Dog

…And Paper Ones!

Tactile Nature, Rocking Dog

Tactile Nature

Water Off A Flamingo's Back!, Rocking Dog

Water Off A Flamingo’s Back!

Flamingo Wrap, Rocking Dog

Flamingo Wrap

Wrapping- Rocking Dog Style

Good Boy Gift, Rocking Dog

Good Boy Gift

In amongst seriously Grinching the house I have been trying to keep up with wrapping gifts. Too many times I have struggled exhaustedly into bed in the early hours of Christmas morning after a last minute wrapping session.

My latest wrapping offerings include my perennial favourite- wallpaper. Bargain bin exotic wallpapers are much cheaper than individual sheets of gift wrap and so effective when given bold ribbons and luggage label tags. My latest wallpaper purchase is a massively reduced roll of Christian Lacroix butterfly paper. I would have loved the blue colour way but beggars can’t be choosers! I look forward to some spring/summer wrapping using this amazing paper.

Clementine wrappers, wire scourers, Mexican matches, Christmas decorations and candy canes all help to make stylishly wrapped gifts.

Rustic Wrap, Rocking Dog

Rustic Wrap

Button Fastening, Rocking Dog

Button Fastening

 Matches & Scourers, Rocking Dog

Matches & Scourers

Wallpaper Wrap, Rocking Dog

Wallpaper Wrap

Another Wallpaper, Rocking Dog

Another Wallpaper

Latest Wallpaper, Rocking Dog

Latest Wallpaper