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Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Professor's Monthly Homework Assignment: Let's Polka!

 Woop! Professor Z's homework assignment is due in, and it's time to POLKA!

Sadly, not that type of polka. Though it is a fun dance.

The theme this month is Polka Dots - I actually adore polka dots, and think that they can work really well. Coming into popularity in the UK in the 1800s, they perhaps surprisingly don't share any connection with the eponymous Central European dance (though it's likely that the name was taken from it), and are typically worn in Spanish flamenco.

I often wear this at the hospital when we're required to dress smartly - vintage inspired outfits serve to bring a bit of my own taste into work place dress codes without getting reprimanded by the medical school. Normally I would pair this skirt with a plain black top, but surprisingly this actually went not too badly? I'd be interested to hear people's opinions on it.

I could also have used the shoes seen in this post for a more summery look, but them having recently given me blisters the idea was not appealing. Shoes are something I have hell with; with feet that are a very narrow 4.5, most shops don't cater to my size, and I'm limited to Office, M&S and Clarks. It's a good excuse for buying shoes when I find them, though.

My make up was actually more inspired by the sixties than the rest of the outfit - looking at the photo now, I realize that I probably could have used a pinker gloss, a wee bit of eyeliner below my eyes and more highlighting on my cheek bones, but it was a fun experiment.

Look who came to see me while I was taking photos!
He's recently had a hair cut and is fluffy once more.

I'm not actually sure on what my blogging plans are for the next few weeks - I'm planning some more goth oriented stuff as I've been feeling like my darker aesthetic side has been neglected recently, but other than a few unfinished posts I don't have anything specific in mind. I'm also going to try and write up more posts in advance as I'm hoping to get a second job, and uni will leave me with less time on my hands when it starts back.

I won't be blogging for the next few days as I have the gamer coming over to stay, but I can promise more posts will be coming soon (possibly something on steampunk!). Until then!



  1. I, too, am a polkadot AND Polka lover. My family is notorious for doing the Polka at weddings, in the kitchen, in the garden, while camping. You get the idea. HA! You look beautiful! Thanks for participating.

    1. Thank you! I wasn't entirely confident of putting the two patterns together, but I think it looks okay.

      I've been trying to get the gamer to teach me how to polka (he learned it for a production of Hello Dolly), but any time the subject has been brought up one or both of us has been too inebriated to act on it.

  2. I love the two different sizes of polka dots together - it looks great!

    I am also loving the Wm. Morris wallpaper I see behind you in a couple of those pictures. And the outside of your house. And what looks like a clay chimney pot on your patio. And, obviously, Leo. :o)

    1. Why thank you! I'm glad I didn't get rid of the top (as could have happened).

      You have sharp eyes :P Morris is one of my favourite wallpaper designers (I should be worried that I actually have favourite wallpaper designers, but oh well), and I own a lot of books on his work/mugs with his patterns/etc etc on top of having some of his patterns in the house.

  3. I actually think I don't own any clothing with polkadots on them, but I do like the pattern and it looks great in this outfit :3


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