Friday, 11 November 2011

In retro remembrance

The eleventh day of the eleventh month: Remembrance Day. Today's post is a tribute to the amazing men and women we remember on this day, and I'm wearing my poppy with pride :)

I have created a series of retro-look photos showing my outfit for this important day, showing the poppy I made myself after seeing all the bling poppies worn on TV. I decided to donate the money I would have paid for a bling poppy straight to the Royal British Legion and make my own instead, and it inspired my ever-so-slightly retro outfit because of today's connection with the world wars (it's the hair, lips and pearls that do it).

Quite by accident one of the shots was very overexposed and it looked like a really early colour photo, so I decided to go with it and create a similar effect on all of the final photos. (I love the first one, I think it looks like a hand-tinted 1930s or 40s picture.) The poppy I made simply by cutting out the poppy shape from red card using one of the paper ones as a template then covering it in red felt; it was stuck onto a leaf made of green leather on green card with a brooch pin on the back. You can see I covered the whole thing in black, red and green sparkle embellishments made for greetings cards - really quite easy but I was so pleased with it.

I shall wear it with pride and treasure it for next year, when I'll donate and wear my poppy again so the charity gets 100% of my money.

Stay safe everyone x

Poppy: Self-made
Sweater: borrowed from my husband
Coat: Very
Trousers: Asos
Belt: La Redoute
Necklace: Coast
Earrings: F+F
Bracelets: Asos, Debenhams, F+F
Nails: Barry M Mint Green and Models Own Concrete Mixer (ring finger)
Lips: Barry M Dark Pink lipliner (and a bit of cherry lip balm)

I'm linking up to my first Trending Through The Decades: Accessories at Silverstyle!


  1. Catherine, You look lovely. I am particularly in love with the trousers you are wearing.
    The poppy you made is lovely as well. How good of you to make the donation.

  2. This look is so lovely, I love your poppy! xx

  3. I just stopped by after seeing your link at alreadypretty. You've got great outfits, great photos and especially, a great attitude, thanks very much.

    Emily I.

  4. You are unbelievably stunning. This post is perfect.

  5. your outfit is exquisite! it reminds of the things my grandma described in her jewelry box. your photos turned out well. you made that poppy! it's beautiful.

  6. Ohhhh yes, that first photo for sure. I totally thought it was from the fifties! Love it!!! So happy I found your blog, you have the best style!


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