Island cowgirl!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Yee-ha! This island girl is striding out in vintage cowgirl style. 


Yep, I hold my hands up, I've been seduced by the lure of high street fashion of late, but today I decided to redress the balance by bringing out some of my vintage favourites. The petticoat and cowboy/girl boots are both vintage buys, the petticoat from some time ago and the boots from last year. The fringed waistcoat was a hand-me-down from Sasha, originally from H&M. The dress is minus its label, but was a charity shop find I think. All the jewellery is preloved too and the sunglasses are from my favourite brand, Quay Australia.


It's totally impossible to be glum when you're dressed like this.


The boots were made in Spain, are real leather and the brand is either Moruss or Morusso (the name is partly rubbed off). The experts amongst you can get back to me on that. Regardless of the brand, I'm loving them and seem to have fallen in step with this A/W trend. I like it when a trip to the charity shop last year can ricochet me bang into fashion now. Oh, and they only cost £12!


Steve and I don't see much of each other in the mornings. He's out before it's light and by the time he comes back for breakfast I've gone to work. Lunchtime is our first time to see each other and for Steve is the opportunity to give me his opinion on the outfit of the day. "Wow, that's pretty out there!" was his comment, raising his eyebrows and swallowing down something more than just a bite of his pork pie, something less diplomatic I fancy. I shrugged, carried on making my lunch and flashed him a grin while responding "I'm owning it!" We both had a good laugh at that.


I have to tell you another funny story about this ensemble. I was just loading the dishwasher before I had to dash off to work when the plumber arrived to do some work on our heating system. I was suddenly aware of how I must look, all dolled up like this in the middle of my domestic chores. The next thought that popped into my head was of the Queen video with Freddy Mercury dressed up in drag with black wig, ample bosom, mini skirt, fishnets and heels as he was vacuuming, singing "I want to break free..." Can one ever be over-dressed while doing the housework? Surely not!


The snakeskin effect, elasticated belt is preloved too, so no surprise there then.


My passion for fashion, old or new is ever present in my daily life and for that I'm truly grateful. When I'm on the mainland I often see the beige brigade and they remind me that I would be a much lesser version of myself without colour and frills and the flamboyance they lend to my outfits. That's not to say that I think the beige ladies are unhappy with themselves. On the contrary I expect they aren't shallow like me, and are able to find happiness in much more important things. I know that beige in all its many hues can look terribly stylish on the likes of Victoria Beckham, but at my age it seems to be the fast track to becoming invisible. When I say to my readers to "Let's bin the beige and have fun with colour" I do so because I live by that mantra and it works for me - it might just work for you too!
Anna x

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19 comments

  1. My beige is really featured so totally agree with you Anna - bin it! What a jolly outfit - yee-ha to that. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    1. Lovely response, Jacqui, thanks!

      Have a super weekend,
      Anna x

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  2. You certainly do own it Anna, and what an exuberant frothy concoction! Great to see your fab vintage finds, as I've left several visits to charity shops empty-handed lately.

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    1. Cheers Jacui! I do envy you the ability to browse those charity shops regularly...

      Wishing you a lovely weekend!
      Anna x

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  3. I love this wonderful outfit - bring out your inner cowgirl, Anna! Cowgirl is a look I've gone back and forth on (mostly forth!) over the years - it makes me feel powerful, in control, and in charge. And really, is that a shallow thing? To care about how we look? To want our colourful outsides match our colourful interior lives? I think not!

    Let the Beige Brigade amuse themselves, while all the while secretly wishing they could be like us!

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    1. Thanks for you words of support Sheila. I know what you mean about the powerful nature of the cowgirl - I certainly stride out with purpose when dressed like this.

      Enjoy your weekend!
      Anna x

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  4. I think that cowboy is classic and never goes out of style. Of course I did spend many of my formative years growing up in Alberta, true cowboy country.

    My favourite from this outfit is those smashing boots! I've been looking for a good pair of red cowboy boots for as long as I can remember. They aren't easy to come by. You did well.

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. So that makes channelling our inner cowboy second nature then Suzanne! I'm totally thrilled with these boots and can see how useful they're going to be over the next few months. My latest pastime is finding new outfits that they'll work with.

      Have a great weekend!
      Anna x

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  5. What an utterly fabulous outfit, Anna, and indeed it's impossible to be glum when you're dressed like this. It's impossible to be glum just looking at it! Love those flashes of red. That petticoat is really out there, and I totally love the boots! xxx
    P.S. I'll now have that Queen song in my head for the rest of the week ...

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    1. I'm so glad you like this one too Ann. The combination of boots and petticoat make my heart sing, regardless of what my dear husband thinks and I'm pleased you appreciate them too.
      The Queen movie is being released in a couple of days time and I'm already planning how I can get to the cinema to see it. They were the soundtrack to my formative years.

      Have a fab weekend!
      Anna x

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  6. Love the petticoat! I think punk now in stead of cowgirl!😂😂 But it's a lovely cheerful look!

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    1. These petticoats inspire many outrageous looks, all of which excite me Nancy! Glad you like it too.

      Have a super weekend!
      Anna x

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  7. What a happy outfit! I see your exuberance manifold here and I like that in you very much!!x

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    1. It is indeed a happy outfit and that surely can't be a bad thing Kezzie. Cheers for your support sweetie!

      Wishing you a lovely weekend!
      Anna x

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  8. It's a fun outfit and the colours are lovely together. It reminds me of that old joke - what's black and white and re(a)d all over? A newspaper of course! In this case I could say Anna in her cowgirl outfit. I love it on you.

    I bet the plumber was delighted to see such a sassy and colourful lady so early in the day...

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    xxx

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    1. I'm not averse to a joke or two myself Vronni, so thanks for that one. Glad to hear you appreciate this full on version of me. The plumber was the height of diplomacy and of course, didn't mention my outfit at all - very sweet of him.

      Wishing you a fab weekend too!
      Anna x

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  9. That red petticoat makes me smile every time it makes an appearance. You'd make a perfect dancehall girl at the Deadwood Saloon Anna!
    I have red cowboy boots found in a consignment shop a few years ago. They continue to serve me and I think they're classic!
    You most certainly are NOT shallow dear Anna. You've got above average sparkle!

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    1. A dancehall girl no less - what a marvellous idea Jude - I love that! It sounds like the perfect place for me to strut my stuff and show off my moves!
      The red cowboy boot surely has to be a classic and one that we're lucky to have found on consignment.
      Above average sparkle - I love that, thank you!

      Have a great weekend!
      Anna x

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  10. Yee Haw!! I love your fun Anna! But seriously crushing on those boots! xx

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