Wednesday, 24 May 2017

April Purchases

April has been a bumper shopping month!  I'm a bit embarrassed writing this post, as it's quite obscene the amount I've bought.  However, once again I've managed to stick to mainly second-hand shopping.  Budget friendly, charity friendly, and planet friendly.

In Bath I bought a '70s navy floppy hat from a charity shop, £2.  I also picked up a sleeveless blouse the same weekend, for £1.  It was unfortunately a 'revolving door' purchase - the buttons gaped when I wore it and it wasn't quite long enough for successful tucking-in, so the blouse is already on the re-donate pile.

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Pretty Retro Tie Top in Dorchester

Quality basics are something that I often overlook in my wardrobe.  It can be hard finding those wardrobe essentials that fit a vintage aesthetic, are high quality, ethically made, and within a reasonable budget.  It's here that I feel Pretty Retro have found a niche.  I purchased their 'Pretty tie top' in black, and have already found it to be a great staple that can be dressed up or down.  I took it on our recent trip down to Dorset, wearing it on our journey down in the car.  These photos are after a few hours' drive when we stretched our legs on our exploration of the Brewery Quarter near to where we were staying.

Pretty Retro tie top @porcelinasworld

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Art Deco at Portland House

Following up from Sunday's outfit post, I have pictures galore today of the gorgeous Art Deco villa, Portland House.  The property is owned by the National Trust, but is not usually open to the public - it's actually a holiday home, that you can rent out.  It's fairly pricey, with rental prices at £1600 to £3500 for a week (sleeping up to 12 people).  The location is a most special one, in an upmarket residential area outside Weymouth, with sweeping views across the bay.  For one weekend only, the National Trust held an 'open weekend', so that visitors could pay admission like with any other of their properties, to tour the villa.  I found out about it months ago, and immediately knew that's what I wanted to do for my birthday weekend!

The villa is built on the site of a grand Edwardian mansion, that was demolished, and the original lodge is still at the driveway entrance.  Once through the gates, you can see the 1930s' influence straight away, with a palm-tree lined path leading to what looks like a rather unassuming bungalow built in the popular Californian style of the time.  Don't let it fool you though - inside it's Art Deco paradise!

Portland House Weymouth @porcelinasworld

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