Fortune Favours The Forgetful

Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Saturday was a little hectic. 5 hours sleep, up and into work for 8am, a busy half day and then a zoom up the motorway as I was kitten sitting for my brother who was off running the Brighton Half Marathon (1 hr 39 - he is speedy!). It's probably no great surprise that I managed to forget to take his house keys to work with me and had to make an annoying detour home to collect them. I then promptly forgot to get any cash out whilst I was at the supermarket and had to make yet another detour to a cashpoint. But this turned out to be an extremely lucky pitstop because there were two charity shops right next to the bank. I found 3 good books in one and then this absolutely gorgeous green velvet blazer in the other. It's vintage but I can only think that it has been stored carefully in a cupboard by its previous owner as it's in absolutely immaculate condition. Only £5! Clearly my forgetfulness pays off at times.



(this is why I don't try and smile in photos. Pudding face.)






Blazer - vintage St Michael via Marie Curie charity shop
Top - Zara, present
Skirt - Primark
Brooch - vintage, present from my lovely Vix
Rings - Primark (snake) , Tu (green stone)
Shoes - Irregular Choice via ebay. Can't remember the style name but I think it's something to do with dinosaurs?


I know a good half of you will read this and think "what the hell has she got on her feet?". To me, this is the beauty of IC shoes. They always hold a good resale value but the more mainstream styles frequently sell on ebay for upwards of £40 and often very close to their original RRP. Some of the slightly odder styles don't attract as much attention and if you happen to be the sort that likes them, bargains can be found! These were well under £20 including p&p and I love them.


p.s - KITTENS!! So adorable but crikey, they're tiring to be around. So much energy. Oscar is positively restful by comparison.




p.p.s - I am ready to murder Blogger. It's taken 4 hours to upload these pictures and it then decided to overwrite two paragraphs and immediately autosave it, meaning I couldn't even CTRL and Z to recover it. ARGH!

35 comments:

  1. Kittens and irregular choice shoes. Almost too much to take. I would like you to know that I clocked these babies in the first photo.

    Also. How much does kitten on the right look like my Lily?! A LOT I can tell you. Give me the kittens please.

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  2. Green and velvet = good! Love the snake ring too.

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  3. Eeee, so cute! I do love cats, so so much. The blazer is perfect, and goes so well with those marvellous shoes xx

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  4. Awww those kittens are such cute little things :) That blazer is a gorgeous colour and as for your shoes, i think they're fab but i love shoes xx

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  5. I LOVE that jacket. Love love loveeeeeee!

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  6. Ha, love the title! That blazer is indeed gorgeous and looks a great fit too - I don't do viuntage very well being so lanky everything's too short. I'm having palpitations at the kittens! I love my cats but kittens are just something else aren't they? :) xx

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  7. *vintage. I always notice typos just as I press submit.

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  8. That jacket was a great find and is just perfect for you! I love your brooch too, it's a beauty!
    Kandi x

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  9. What a lovely find, the jacket looks made for you. The IR shoes are great too! Eeee, kittens! Too, too cute. I imagine they must be quite different to an old cat (the vet called mine a geriatric the other day, charming) xx

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  10. You look absolutely gorgeous in green and those shoes are just beautiful but all sense went out of the window when I saw those adorable kitties. I want them! xxx

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  11. Love that jacket, such a great colour on you.

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  12. Perfect green outfit for you my lovely. The blazer is a great find. And how adorable are the kittens... awww too cute.
    I'm finding blogger REALLY slow at the moment. My super quick post just took ages. x

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  13. Aww, Cute! Kittens and IC shoes, it doesn't get better than that! Mind you, that jacket comes in a close third! That whole outfit is pretty neat. But, the shoes, ahhh, the shoes....
    and kittens!
    Z xx

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  14. Oh my word you're right- that kitty looks just like my Georgie! Argh soooo cute. There is NOTHING cuter than a kitten. Well, maybe TWO kittens....
    Love the blazer- I've been after a decent velvet blazer for ages- I used to have a boden one but the shape was dodgy and the colour pukey- this is gorgeous, much more the thing.

    xxx Maddie

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  15. LOVE:-

    The blazer
    The kittencattenfaces
    The shoes (I ALWAYS go for the more obscure IC designs on ebay).

    BTW I thought of you today V&A have just launched a new Toiles de Jouy collection here:- http://www.vandashop.com/section.php?xSec=451

    Enjoy :)

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  16. Fabulous jacket - which I reminds me I've got one similar in black which used to be my mum's. Now, where the heck is it? Cute kittens and I love those shoes, they're bonkers (in a good way, of course!).

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  17. What a great jacket - and such a good fit

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  18. Know the feeling - I tried for hours on thursday and friday to post and it just wasn't happening, aah! Great find with the blazer, altho I would have been too cranky by that point to go into a shop haha! :)

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  19. So sweet! They are adorable.

    And that jacket looks fab, as do the shoes. I do like IC shoes.

    X x

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  20. A great outfit, particularly liking your Zara top- very pretty. I need to go shopping! I might just pick up a kitten or two while I'm out...

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  21. Your blazer is SUCH a good find! I love it, and it fits so perfectly too. Love the shoes as well.

    How cute are the kittens?! The paper bin is such a good home for them! :) x

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  22. Lovely shoes, and what a gorgeous blazer! I have a velvt jacket which I adore!

    and kittens!!!

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  23. What an amazing find that blazer is. It's to die for. Rather liking the shoes aussi. As for those kittens- mischeivous faces, they look cheeky as anything, but adorable.

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  24. Awwwww squittens! I miss mine being kittens but they still have their moments three years on! Beautiful blazer, green suits you immensely! Oh dear, its so frustrating when you lose something you've just written :( I tend not to have probs with blogger (not to gloat of course, haha! ;))but I have my dashboard set to 'blogger in draft'...dunno if that makes a difference though!

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  25. Alex you look stunning in that third photo and this whole outfit is gorgeous. You also have the best backdrop for outfit photos I might add :) Those kittens are also completely adorable. Very cute. xxx

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  26. Oooh, those shoes are coo - KITTENS KITTENS KITTENS KITTENS KITTENS KITTENS!

    KIIIIITTENS!!!!

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  27. great jacket, but I adore those shoes, seriously fab! Rather u than me kitten sitting. How alarming!
    http://cgdn.blogspot.com/

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  28. Dear Alex, I'm constantly forgetting money, keys etc. God knows what I'll be like if I get to 80!

    I love all your green pieces and your shoes are fab! Kittens are tiring? Imagine having a kid! Not.

    Sorry I haven't sent pics yet, fashion week mentalness and hangovers have been the order of the day so far. I think Vix and I have picked what I'm going to send you between us xx

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  29. Those kittens are absolutely adorable, they grow up so fast, it seems an age ago since Jasper was that small.

    It sounds like the detour to the cashpoint was meant to be, there’s nothing better than stumbling upon a bargain or two. Vintage St Michael is by far wonderful quality and the colour is your favourite green too.

    p.s Thank you for the advice, I really do appreciate it x

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  30. I was kitten sitting for my friends too this past weekend! I loved them but was glad they don't poop all over my house, haha!
    You gotta get over to wordpress, blogger is crap ( I was on it before I reasoned up). Good looking blazer, amazing condition for charity shop find! You look lovely as always Alex

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  31. OH MY GOD I have that snake ring too! It's so pretty, isn't it? Unfortunately mine keeps falling off because my fingers are too small :-(

    That sounds like a VERY hectic Saturday!

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  32. I adore those shoes! They're so you!

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  33. I love all your shades of green! incredible, and those little kittys are ADORABLE!!! Agghhh so much cuteness going on in this post ;)

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  34. aww i love the blazer, it looks fabulous on you, and the shoes were a bargain!
    and the kittens, sooo cute!! :)

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  35. I like that snake ring...and oh the kittens! So cute! xxx

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