Inspired by the two fifties dresses currently for sale in the shop and brightening up my clothing rail, I thought I'd share one of my favourite mid-century finds: a pretty purple plaid dress that I bought on a weekend away in Belgium. I wish I could remember the name of the shop as it was a real treasure trove - in fact, Brussels was full of great second-hand shops. I was really taken with the deep side pockets and bakelite yellow buttons. The shop dated the dress to the 1950s but the length makes me think it could date from the late '40s.
|On the Scottish seashore|
These photographs were taken during its first outing on a trip to Scotland a few years ago, with my first roll of film in an old 35 mm camera. I wasn't sure how successful the pictures would be but, considering the camera was a £12 ebay purchase, I think they turned out OK, if a little too dark. It was actually the middle of summer - I think I'm even paddling in the first photograph - but you wouldn't guess it from the glowering sky and sea!
|Dress + goofy grin|