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Graffit-acular!

It was our official last day at university. I’m guessing our official last day of summer too.

As far as I can remember, all days after that started to get gloomily dark and squelchy wet, which subsequently had its fingerprints on me too, turning me from a cheerful lassie to a spiritless woman. Anyway, when I was busy wallowing in the mess that was me, I unearthed these pictures that were taken out on the afore mentioned final day of multi-cultural, productive merriment that was university.

Amy, Claire et moi were footing it out to COW Vintage Store (this is what I say we did there and this is what Amy says we did there!) when we were suddenly faced by this grande, old warehouse that was covered from ingress to egress in graffiti! The paintings were so electrifyingly colourful and before you could say “fashion blog”, Claire and Amy had whipped out their cameras (Claire had this really cute vintage one on her) and put them to use.

I think we got some really good snaps, all our outfits were colourful enough to vie with the graffiti! Mes amies were in all their vintage glory right from their oversized glares, the sweet floral dresses, down to their tan brogues. And oh yeah, there was me with my blue stripped sleeve top, skinny jeans and black shoes, I hope you’re reading this Amy, a charity shop find!

J’adore this image, the girls are rocking their newly coloured ginger and copper tresses!

For a more “fashionable” take on the day pop over to Amy’s blog, Vintage Reflection and read up!

Photographs by Amy Purfield- Clark

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Me- a Vintage Convert?

As you can see, my blog has had a face-lift, without going under the knife but by simply having a change in look. Which is exactly what was attempted on me!

After eons, I, the person who has never looked the vintage style in the eye, step into COW Vintage Store at Digbeth today, thanks to Amy (of Vintage Reflection) and Claire (of Mad Elizabeth), the avid vintage connoisseurs. I’ve always loved anything vintage, right from shoes to clothes, brooches, jewellery, bags, scarves and hats. Always loved to just See them, would be putting it in better words, never venturing to buy any though. That’s because I’m as un- vintage as there can be, with my skinny jeans or trousers paired with pretty/ quirky tops. I don’t even know what to call “my style”- I’m neither a chameleon nor a fashion victim, nor am I a jeans and tee type. (To do: Find my style!)

Image courtesy: Vintage Reflection

Anyway, maybe that was part reason we went to COW where the vintage-rians tried to “convert” me with their exceptional skills of throwing together whole outfits in seconds. This is how it went.

We march in at midday.

Claire and Amy split up, leaving me standing dazed and confused in the middle of the store.

By the time I blink my mascara-ed eyelashes a few times to clear my confusion, they’re back with an armload of clothes and accessories for me to try on. Each has 2 styles for me to take a shot at.

They usher me into the fitting room with my first outfit which is styled by Amy and it has her name written all over. I think the dress fits me well and I loved the sunflowers- reminded me of a dress I had when I was little! The belt and especially the purple (in case you didn’t know, purple is my favourite!) bag are super cute!

I change into my next set of apparel which has been put together by Claire. This is something I’ve Never tried before and you can easily see Claire’s flair running through the whole outfit right to the white accessories. The kimono-like look and hues, is a pleasant sight, indeed.

On with the next ensemble by Amy (if you haven’t realised already, they’re taking turns here). It’s a black, floral, short playsuit. I don’t think playsuits are me, how much ever I love them and want to own them.

For my last change, Claire gives me a funky print skirt and a purple top! (I guess she heard my comment on the color!) I wear the skirt really high, again something I’ve never done before, not considering the time when I was 4. I Love!

In the end, I heart the first and last styles over the other 2 because.. well, because just because! Amy, a fast rising star in the Blogosphere, will tell you more about it on her quaint blog, Vintage Reflection and hopefully she’s got a better picture to give you than me! And yeah, I’m going back to buy the clothes and make them all mine, sometime soon!

Photos by Amy Purfield-Clark

Styling by Amy Purfield-Clark and Claire Bissell

P.S.: Claire, right now, does stalls at flea markets and vintage expos under her brand Mad Elizabeth, but will very soon be opening her own store in Birmingham. There are exciting plans underway!

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