BEFORE THE RAIN

It's been eerily overcast and dark out on several days in the past week or so. It's been a touch warmer, and I actually like overcast days so I'm happy!

I took these photos a few days ago before it started showering, and it was cloudy and rainy yesterday and has been mostly cloudy today. Enough of this moody weather, where's our summer?!

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The petals were dropping off this rose yesterday so I cut it off the bush and took it inside, took the already loose petals off and am going to save them. I think I'll do that with as many of this year's roses as I can, I'll keep all the petals in a nice basket or something!

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There are two new ones coming up too, one of them has already fully bloomed now since this was a few days ago. It's interesting how the shade of red changes a bit after they bloom, the sun fades it a bit, I suppose.

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Finally, this is Jack, I've never posted a photo of him before. Poor boy's only got one eye, but he's the absolute sweetest babe you'd ever meet!

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SUMMER BREEZE

More of my aimless photography from yesterday afternoon.

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I'm thinking I'll do an outfit post today or tomorrow. I wish it weren't so chilly out today and I could take some outfit photos outside, but alas, my room will have to do for today.

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MORE INSPIRATION

There are so many things that inspire me. Not just typical fashion things, but books, photography of nature, even cute houses and cities or towns. I can get inspiration from almost anywhere, which I feel very lucky to be able to do!

I love photos of lovely small towns like this one in England. Some place where you could go and browse in a bookshop and pop into a small cafe for tea.

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I love walking in the relative solitude of a country lane. Listening to the birds chirping and admiring the pretty wild roses which decorate the sides of the street.

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I love sitting alone outside on the porch looking over to the city lights in the distance at night listening to the cars on the nearby highway. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo for this one.

All of those things are inspiring, and well, just nice to me. Something quiet and minor, but still nice and enjoyable. But back to the usual topic of this blog, fashion, or rather, style. I thought I would show you all a couple of pieces of clothing which I just absolutely love and find inspiring to my summer style.

As I've said recently, I'm feeling more and more drawn to a more feminine and lady like style. One of the best websites I've found for clothing of this sort is MissSelfridge.com. They have scads of classic blouses and lovely dresses to look through. And although the shipping to Canada would be an absolute no go, it's still fun to look at their online shop and get some inspiration and ideas!

Right now, I love blouses, button down shirts, peter pan collars, and anything in lovely light colours such as cream, peach, or light sea foam blue.

This dress almost epitomises the sort of style I am loving at the moment. It's classic, feminine, and almost a bit granny-ish, if it weren't for the length.

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I remember reading in an issue of Cosmopolitan how guys supposedly don't like shirts or dresses with bows on the front, such as this one. But I say, leave it up to the girls, guys. Unless you actually know what you're talking about and not just advocating that all girls wear the most revealing, tacky clothing you possibly could imagine, just leave it to us, please.

As for dresses which are dressier, I love this one. It's nearly the same colour as the dress above, but would be much more suited to wear to a semi-formal occasion. It reminds me a bit of 1960's fashion with it's loose fit and long sleeves. I love the beaded embroidery on the body of the dress, and that it is exclusive to the body and cuffs of the sleeves. It looks nice and delicate and isn't too much which I think it may have been had the entire sleeves been embroidered, also.

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This shirt is a very similar style to the first dress above, but because it is obviously shorter in length could be worn with a nice pair of tight jeans or a body hugging pencil skirt. I love the shade of cream it is, one of my favourites colours, that is!

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I normally don't like sleeveless shirts with collars, but I just adore this one! I think it's because instead of a traditional collar, it's small and rounded. Peter pan collars like the one this shirt are my favourite, but I've yet to find a nice shirt with this sort of collar. I'd like to find a shirt just like this one, but I'm not sure how likely it is I will. Nevertheless, I'm going to keep looking!

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Now, as far as shoes go, I always like something simple and classic which adds to my outfit, but doesn't command all the attention. Which is why I simply love classic heels like these. They're black as black suede comes, have a sensible but still very stylish heel height of about 9.5cm, and they could be worn with jeans and a nice shirt when you're just going out and about or worn with a fancy dress to a cocktail party.

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As for jewellery and accessories, I never wear much of either. I like a very simplistic look and I don't like to clutter it up, per se, with jewellery and other accessories. I rarely wear necklaces, but my favourite kind to wear are plain, classic gold chains. They're delicate and nice, and add a little something to your overall look, but at the same time they don't add too much.

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And finally, hair inspiration. I would have to say I think my biggest inspiration in that department right now is Brigitte Bardot. Her perfectly backcombed beehives and big hair is truly ideal. I've always loved big hair, and Brigitte's is the perfect example of brilliantly done big hair.

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Can't you just imagine wearing a lovely dress, a pair of simple heels and having nicely backcombed hair whilst wandering round a charming little town, browsing through book and charity shops? It would be absolutely ideal to me.

And I know I've been doing a lot of inspiration posts lately and so this may be my last one for a little while. I just felt the need to do one more and share some of my biggest inspiration right now in a more specific way than I have lately.

Hope everyone's having a good day!

Abbey
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MAGAZINE MANIA

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I've gone through more of the magazines I've stored in the attic and got a bunch of new clippings for my collage wall. I stuck them all up yesterday and I think it's beginning to look a lot nicer. Now I just need some smaller clippings for the small bare spots and we'll be almost set!

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RED ROSE

You know the photo of the rose blooming in our garden yesterday? It's fully bloomed now, and two others are coming up, also!

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I wonder what the exact type of rose bush this is, I've been searching types of roses online but haven't found anything to match how this one looks. I suppose it really doesn't matter what sort of roses they are because they're lovely regardless!

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CLASSIC GLAMOUR

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As I've said before, when I was a little girl I loved Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, and so many others who epitomised classic glamour. I even adored Betty Boop and her red mini dress as red was my favourtie colour when I was little.

They all embodied exactly what I thought I wanted to be when I grew up, which has changed as I've gotten older, but I still admire their style and beauty all the same. I remember dressing up and flitting round our attic in old dresses miles too large for me which had been given to me by my mum or aunts. I'd always dream of how much I would relish in being able to wear whatever in the world I wanted once I was older, and until then, dressing up was the best thing ever.

I also remember how delighted I was to receive a pack of playing cards one Easter with photos of Marilyn Monroe on them, which I still have here in my desk drawer. And how chuffed I was to be given a Betty Boop Christmas ornament at Christmas one year, which I hung in my bedroom and left up year round for years to follow.

But back to present day, I definitely still have my appreciation for retro glamour. I have posters of both Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn up in my bedroom, a calender with Audrey on it by my desk, and a smaller one pinned to my collage wall with Marilyn on it. That said, I'm still always forgetting the date!

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I still have some of my old dress up clothes in a bin upstairs, some I still like so much I would wear them if the occasion ever presented itself! What's more, some of them would even actually fit me properly now! That said, even if I haven't a place to wear any of them, I like looking through them from time to time, takes me back to say the very least.

I've always loved this sort of classic glamour, and I still do, it's some of my biggest inspiration to my own personal style and how I dress. There's something about the era of the 50's and 60's that is so obviously special. And it was special in a way that I don't think can be replicated today. And now, just so this post isn't a rambling mess, here are a few of my favourite photos of the lovely ladies I've mentioned above!

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LAST DAY OF SPRING

Well, yesterday was the final day of spring 2011, in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway. As I've said, slowly the weather is getting nicer, more flowers are blooming in the garden, and everything's just getting more summery, haha.

We have one rose plant in our garden which surprisingly loves where it's growing and gets some lovely roses during the summer. This is the first of 2011, and it has the most beautiful scent!

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This is the other end of our garden, I don't know what you call the tree on the left side. It almost looks tropical. But it isn't, I don't think, anyhow.

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Don't mind the hose flopped out on the grass, need to make sure everything gets enough water!

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I know I keep saying it over and over, but this really is my favourite time of the year as far as how our garden looks. Everything's blooming and lush and lovely.

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SUMMER INSPIRATION

Now that summer is officially here and the weather in Victoria is slowly getting nicer, I think it's time I do a little post about some of my current style inspirations.

In the past couple of weeks I've been posting photos from when I was younger and a bit about how I dressed then, and you've all seen, I'm always slightly altering my style and changing it up a bit to suit how I feel at the time.

Lately I've been feeling drawn to a more feminine and classic look. I've always thought classic glamour was the most beautiful. Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot are all definitely style icons to me! Especially Marilyn, even when I was very little I loved her blonde hair, red lipstick, and glamourous gowns.

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Now that I'm a bit older, I don't feel the need to plan my way of dressing round trying to fit in. It's truly freeing as there are no real rules as to what you can or cannot wear. Looking back I really don't understand the fuss over trying to look a certain way which usually ended up looking contrived anyhow! Although, I suppose it's all just part of growing up.

For the last little while I've been just loving button down shirts, classic cardigans, and simple platform heels. I found a lovely, fitted, white button down shirt at a thrift shop not too long ago and it's one of my favourite things right now. Pair it with a pair of tight jeans, black heels, a bit of red lipstick and a messy updo and you're set! Simple, classic, but still charming.

I also love trench coats lately. I have a black one that I've had for years, but I'm still searching for an nice one in a light colour, preferably beige, I think. I don't usually follow trends but I just love a nice trench coat.

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Every summer I say I'm going to wear less makeup, or more natural makeup, but I never end up sticking with it. I suppose this is another thing which has been with me for a long time. As a little girl I adored putting on lipstick and eye shadow and parading round with my friends in our little fashion shows. These days, I mostly stick with Amy Winehouse influenced eyeliner and my Rimmel Coral Queen red lipstick, forgoing the blue eye shadow and hot pick blusher, haha.

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I'm yet to bring my summer things down from the attic, but I think I will do it either this week or weekend and then I can really begin to dress for summer. I can't wait to actually go through my things which have been packed away for months and see what I have to work with!

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LAST WEEKEND OF SPRING

I'm still keeping to my plan of taking more photos. Last Saturday I went round and took a few photos of our property and driveway. I just adore how it looks this time of the year, everything is so lush and gorgeous!

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EARLY SUMMER FLOWERS

Alright, I know it's not technically summer quite yet, but I thought it would sound incredibly awkward to say late spring flowers as summer is less than a week away!

Anyhow, I've been meaning post these new photos I took on Monday afternoon. I'd been putting off sorting through them and picking out which ones I wanted to post because I can never choose which I like best. But I managed, and that said, this is still a very image heavy post!

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Our front garden is filled with adorable tiny forget me nots and tiny daisies.

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There are tonnes and tonnes of wild daisies and buttercups in the barnyard, they're literally everywhere out there!

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I love wild roses, they're so pretty and delicate, and smell beautiful!

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