Colour and Custard

27 May 2012

Custard Factory Birmingham

Hooray, Summer has finally arrived in England!  I was beginning to give up and attempt to emigrate if temperatures didn't improve, but luckily I've been able to experience some sun and stay put.  The tricky thing when we're treated to a few days of nice weather, is knowing what to wear.  Finally my reserve stock of summer outfits can be worn but where to start?  Do I wear the blue spot dress, the white flamingo print dress or the neon skirt and stripy top? What if these are the only weather-worry-free days we get this year?  I don't know if I just make this seem more complicated than it really is, but I can't help getting various ideas throughout the year and hoping that one day it'll be warm enough to carry them off.  Eventually I managed to decide on some suitable summer attire for a Birmingham visit to see Winnie; she's been in Hong Kong for three months and we had a lot of catching-up to do!

vintage playsuit stripe flatforms
Present bow ring balloon dog necklace
River Island Stripe Flatform Espadrilles
vintage playsuit stripe flatforms

Playsuit - Vintage via Beyond Retro
Necklace - Galibardy
Ring - V&A shop (yay you can buy it online)!

I do love a good vintage floral playsuit.  They bring back memories of wandering around New York all those years ago (okay, two years ago) and feeling as free as a bird.  I've noticed a lot of the vintage shops are starting to stock them now and after wandering into Beyond Retro and discovering a 'secret' sale, I was determined to find the perfect short-sleeved style.  Cue a lot of trying on and dismay at the torso proportions and crazy shoulder pads of certain versions until finally finding this one in navy and purple.  As it didn't have a price tag, I got it for the bargain sum of £8 and didn't think I'd be able to wear it so soon when I bought it on a drizzly Friday afternoon.  The flatforms are one of my first River Island purchases in a while.  I don't know if it's just me, but I find flatforms tricky to walk in due to their, well, flatness and I practically had to hobble to make my train as the left foot was determined to escape.  Fortunately I laced them up as tight as I possibly could and adjusted my walking style (heel-toe) so that they would stay put.  Panic over.  The ring I bought during my recent visit to the V&A has been a firm finger-favourite and it's great to finally be able to wear these Polaroid sunglasses that I chose back in chilly February.  What a difference a few months makes!

Custard Factory Birmingham
Winnie Diamondcanopy
Bead Shop Custard Factory Birmingham
sushi conveyor belt

It was great to escape London for a few hours and take a peaceful journey to another city.  The Custard Factory area was as colourful as ever and I even remembered the Bead Shop sign from my first visit in 2010.  In true IWYTK fashion there was also plenty of food to be had and Winnie introduced me to a great all-you-can-eat sushi place which needs to be replicated in London (please say I'm wrong and there is one) at a reasonable price.  Chatting and enjoying the sun was the order of the day so I didn't do too much shopping, though I did manage to locate some Essie nail polishes and a striper nail art pen to get tackling some of the designs from the Wah Nails book.

How have you been enjoying the sun?

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17 comments:

  1. That ring is absolutely incredible!

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  2. i bet it was nice to get away for a bit. really like the shot of the backwards sign. also you're mate's t shirt is ace, would love one of those

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  3. Lovely photos and outfit, it sounds like you had a fab time. I went to the beach this morning, it's nice to enjoy the English seaside when the sun is bright!

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  4. The weather is just so good right now isn't it?! Love the floral playsuit you chose to wear - I am so happy getting out my summer things again!

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  5. Yay it was awesome to have you down for the day and even better that it was such a gorgeous day. I do love that ring of yours, such a great (and random) find in V&A especially when you had been on the hunt for it for ages! Plus that playsuit is gorgeous and I loved it against the purple wall...and thanks for the lovely pic of me!!

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  6. CUSTARD FACTORY. I loved that place when Winnie took me there. I want to go back to Birmingham and get a bus where kids smoke on the top deck. Denmark is too law-abiding.
    x

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  7. Oh I do love a good floral playsuit! And your ring! It's gorgeous and so original!
    Hmm I think I've used my !! quota for the day now

    xxx

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  8. You are so utterly adorable!! Love this dress on you, and you know how I feel about that ridiculously cute present bow ring! Also, where is your floral nail sticker thingy from? Love it!

    Briony xx

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  9. Cute outfit, your skirt looks fab!

    http://Heidi-likes.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I LOVE your ring kristabel! off to maybe buy it now :) xo

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  11. Great outfit! In Nyc it gets so humid during the summer so I generally try to stay inside, or go somewhere with plenty of water haha.

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  12. I love you hair, I wish my hair would stay that length instead of falling out all the time! baaaa :(

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  13. LOVE the ring!! Can you remember the name of the sushi place....?

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  14. What a fab ring. Winnie always knows where to get the best food, I always drool over her posts and tweets.

    Penny Dreadful Vintage

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  15. Ohh you both look lovely as usual! and loving the summery photos. Hope you're enjoying the weather!

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  16. Loving the flatforms!
    http://justmeedee.blogspot.com/

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  17. You look fab and so does Winnie! :)

    Maria xxx

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