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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Red and Black Week 2013, day 1: In with a vintage bang!

It's the start of Sophistique Noir's Red and Black Week! Not having been blogging for long enough, I haven't had the opportunity to take part before - however, I have been looking forward to it (ironically, it still managed to sneak up on me and I had to prepare in a rush. Derp). 

Oddly enough, I  decided on vintage for my first post - despite claiming to mainly dress like an eighties reject I have now put in two submissions to events held by Sophistique Noir inspired by the early 20th century. :L Nonetheless, I do enjoy dressing vintage, and it's perfect for the surprisingly sunny weather here in Caledonia.

Surprisingly, virtually everything but the shoes, the cardie and my bracelet in this outfit are from Primark - I haven't shopped there in a long time as I'm trying to buy more ethically, but I absolutely adore this skirt; it's pretty good quality for the shop, and is glorious for summer weather.

The make up and hair are just a repeat on the same vintage look I've done before, only slapdash because I had to do it with no supplies and in a rush because I'd forgotten Red and Black week was on. :I

For me, red as in nature is like a warning in fashion, but also an invitation, which you can really see in vintage style. As a lip colour, it's a slash across the face that manages to be provocative and attention grabbing, whilst almost untouchable. It's highly feminine, but also incredibly strong and empowering (as femininity should be I suppose). I'd wear far more red lipstick if it weren't such a bloody nightmare to eat/kiss/drink/exist whilst wearing it.

Covering up in the sun is important! Stupid posing, less so.

 One of the benefits of being at home over the summer is having access to a decent quality camera, and while I'm still struggling to get a decent space to take photos in (as you can see in the awkward poses and locations) and work the timer, it's a massive relief not to have to use my phone as my primary photography device. I'm hoping to take part in R&B week (which makes it sound more like a musical appreciation week than a celebration of colour...) with not just outfit posts, but crafting, photography and other means - we'll see if I can manage a full week.

Milk bottle legs!

 Until then, I need to depart and start ironing and working on the Dundee Feminist Society website (I'm Liaison officer! I'm super excited about this and will post more about it at a later date). 

Until then, TTFN!



  1. Replies
    1. Thank you! I am very fond of it. :)

  2. I love that skirt and those shoes. :)

    1. Cheers! I find it hellish to get heels, and these are the comfiest pair I own, and very summery.

  3. Such a cute summery skirt! I love how you paired it with a simple black top.

    I'm glad you are able to join us for Red & Black Week this year! It always sneaks up on me, too. I still have one post that's not quite done yet - oops!! :)

    1. Cheers! I occasionally wonder if my wardrobe is nothing but black vest tops.

      I've been looking forward to it for a while now, but due to other distractions in life hadn't quite realized how soon it was, and now have a whole week to plan out - so comparatively your one unfinished post isn't so bad. :P

  4. Nothing better than a skirt with black and red flowers. And when it's paired with a little black cardi, it's perfect! :o)

    1. Florals are not a trend I have ever done well, but I adore the print on this one. The cardie is great for covering up a bit of skin for modesty or (in my case) stopping oneself from frying to a crisp in the sun. Thank you for the compliment!

  5. Love this skirt! It looks perfectly lovely on you!!

  6. That is a very cute skirt and you pull off that shade of lipstick well.

  7. I absolutely love this outfit and the shade of lipstick you're wearing :3 It looks wonderful on you ^^


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