MissLadyJK

Observations from a performer and creator who likes bunny rabbits and Abyssinian cat antics, vintage attire, craft-y finds, health and fitness, snooker and AFC. Follow me @ladybunnyjk


owning something that is unique, that is superbly made, beautifully cut, hand-stitched and that is not an evocation of a piece (as so many contemporary pieces are) but is actually a genuine piece William Banks-Blaney of WilliamVintage in Marylebone explains what buying vintage means….and why I’m a vintage fan.

You can’t beat a good thatcher bag…..

(But you could probably beat someone up with a good Thatcher bag!)

Everyone has been banging on about Thatchery-ness for ages now so I thought it was time I shared some of my bags with you.

Whatever you think of the iron lady, she certainly loved this style, and so do I!

I have gathered quite a collection over the years, from vintage fairs, friends aunties, jumble sales, even from a boyfriends gran who sadly passed, but left behind a fabulous life-times collection of vintage Italian leather cases and handbags.

I hope she went to heaven cos she sure left a little bit behind for me:)

P.S Christy Purrrlington (AKA Puffcat) likes them too.
 

Thought I’d share some of my vintage outfits with you all…………

Starting with the ones I wore through out my “Cover me in stardust” E.P live videos………. 

The dress in my a cappella version of “Silent all these years (excuse me)” is a cotton, green plaid dress, with matching belt, puffy sleeves and white collar and cuffs.  I’m not exactly sure when this dates from but it feels ‘70’s/early ‘80’s. There’s something quite school girl-ish about this dress I like!

It is by Allen Solly (based in my old haunt of Nottingham) and they are still going today …. http://www.allensolly.com/brandsite/
 and I’m still liking them.

My vid….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dm6Scv_xFfI

Some more of the vintage outfits I wore through out my “Cover me in stardust” E.P live videos……….…………

In the “True love will find you in the end” (Daniel Johnston/Beck cover) video I wore a classic vintage Laura Ashley victoriana blouse and a ‘70’s print skirt, featuring a cheeky peacock! The writing on the label has worn away on this one so I couldn’t tell you where it is from.

It feels like quite a unique piece though, and a classic example of the Golden Rabbit style.

See the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYk4Yg528es&feature=plcp

This is the last outfit from my covers videos (I didn’t do a video for the Radiohead cover unfortunatly, it will happen one day:0)

For the “Droplet Affection” Ursa Minor (Little Bear) video, I wore a stunning emerald green, silk vintage dress with flower detailing. I’m not sure what the technical term is for this effect - it is imprinted within the material, but it is NOT a print! Feel free to enlighten me.

This was another magical find back in the eBay heydays. Now you have to scrutinize the search list at un-earthly hours just to find anything vaguely unique and a bargain. It can be done though, you just need patience, a keen eye and nerves of steel for the last second bidding!

I adore green and found this dressmakers hem to make the headband with.

See the dress in action in my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n4BDQUptAQ

(which also includes my Abyssinian kitten)

So, I blogged the vintage outfits from my E.P, thought I may as well carry on!…..

This is from the “Angel Plantation” video….a cream lace dress from the ‘80’s, with it’s very own chiffon wings!

Made by Your Sixth Sense, it could almost be used as a alternative to a wedding dress, with it’s full, netted skirt and boned bodice. Being from the ‘80’s, it even has shoulder pads.

I wore vintage cream chiffon gloves to finish it off.

See the video here……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7yrCplaGfQ

The making of “Poohsticks” video part 4:

…..The origami rabbits fitted perfectly in the clam shells we found on the shore’s edge. As if they were tailor -made. As I paddled into the water to release them, I was a little bit freaked out by the black tar like mud that had me sinking deeper than I liked! Probably a good thing as it stopped my urges to go in too deep.

We then moved back to where the wilds had grown up in the new, uncovered soil. It was like a gorgeous English meadow. The light of the late afternoon was amazing as we shot through the red rushes. We found out afterwards that it may have been wild Japanese knot weed, not a good thing apparently as it spreads quickly and causes damage. Bad things have a habit of looking good on the outside though, don’t they?:0/

The day was drawing in on us so we found our way back to the car. We made sure Alison was ok before saying our goodbyes to her, as she had a prior engagement, then we headed off to our final location at the other end of the water.

Once again, we couldn’t believe our luck as we stumbled across the dried up overflow under the bridge. And how fortuitous that someone else had found it before us and had kindly spray painted gold hearts on to the walls and also sprayed some empty glass bottles for me to take home as a momento. I’m a sucker for those. Momentos AND bottles in fact.

It was another fine example of how going with the flow (or, overflow in this case) brought us so much luck and added so much more to the story than we could have ever imagined.

The acoustics were amazing so we filmed a little a cappella between the takes…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPYeeHWFW7Y&feature=g-user-u

It was next to the Gothic water tower, a.k.a: my mysterious-man’s-mysterious-dwelling, where we shot the final scenes. I loved the padlock and ancient cobwebs in the doorway - which perfectly sealed the confusion of where he had disappeared to.

The whole day, I had felt like Zelda finding the hidden treasure chests and lifting the prize up in the air - whoop!!!

It was 8pm by the time we rapped up and headed of into the sunset….. to the nearby Old Bulls Head pub in Woodhouse Eaves - one of my family’s regular haunts and a benefit to shooting in a place you know well :0)

As we ate dinner, we were exhausted, but there was some sort of resonating energy we had unleashed that day that filled us with awe. A rather jam packed and hectic shoot was turned into an absolute pleasure and fun adventure! Everything had fallen into place and maybe as a reward for our thorough forward planning, for being on the same wave length or just for letting the magic guide us, gifts were laid out before us to make our story easier to tell.

I truly didn’t want to leave the wonderland behind. I eventually caught a late, modern day train back to Landan town, buzzing on our natural high and reminiscing all the way. “Poohsticks” was written on a train all those years ago, and it’s story finally ended on that train home.

See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEtX1YvXWbY&feature=g-upl

and get your free song download here: http://soundcloud.com/goldenrabbit

xxx

Eye see……

Went for an eye test. For me this is nothing new as I started wearing (bad pink plastic NHS) glasses at the age of 3 (this probably would have been earlier if I could have explained that I couldn’t see earlier!) so imagine my surprise when Boots pulled out two brand new tests on me.

One involves them puffing air into each eye to test for glaucoma and the other….which I am most excited about….. taking an image of the back of your eyes (a Fundus photograph). If you take in a usb stick, they let you have your pictures! And I am building up quite a scrap book now of various images of my insides (That’s a whole other blog right there!) A most Fun addition.

Haven’t got mine yet but this gives you an idea….. It looks like another planet (with maps of the polar region and underwater canals beneath the surface and maybe the signs of life we have been looking for in out of space) image

This was also the first time in my life that I have been tested by a woman. We had good banter and I pointed out that her name badge was on upside down. Although, I actually think this was part of my eye test.

I have such strong memories of my first eye guy as a child, back when it was all about the little independent practitioners in their stuffy little examination rooms. Mr Bowan Brooks….in my fuzzy memory - an eccentric, tweed wearing, proper Englishman who reminded me of Basil Brush (bar the inappropriate rudeness) would spout in his well spoken deadpan way….”just stare at the red light behind me, and if I get in the way, just pretend I’m not there and stare through me” 

There is still something awkwardly intimate about having someone you don’t know being in such close proximity to your face, so that you can observe their smell, their breathing, their skin. In the semi darkness, half of the time, there was no red light, just the outline of his wild white mop of hair and the sound of him snuffling in my ears.

I have ordered three new pairs of specs (not from Boots I add, but from a great independent vintage supplier) which I will show you, because they are ace. Also, hopefully by then I will have the images of my own little ‘red planets’ to add to my ‘Inside JK’ photo collection.