Sunday Style: 1960’s Swing

the artyologist- imag of a peggy french couture vintage 1960's swing coat

On Sunday I decided to curl my hair with a flat iron in order to get carefree and tousled waves for a fresh, modern look. Instead I ended up with 1960’s bouffant hair. What can I say? Even when I try to do modern I end up with vintage. So, I decided to go with it and pulled out the swing coat and shift dress.

This is one of my favourite coats. OK. I say that about every coat, but this really is a lovely one. It is a Peggy French Couture swing coat, which I am guessing to be 1960’s by the style and limited internet research I have conducted. I love the unique collar it has, with the front snap hidden under the collar tie detail. It is teal coloured wool, and I think it was custom made, since it has measurements on the tag. I found it at Goodwill, back in the day when they used to have great finds. Sigh, those were the days.

Anyways, I paired it with an East Indian tunic I wear as a shift dress, a snakeskin patterned clutch and some sparkly rhinestone earrings. Oh, and of course, with a look this 60’s inspired, the white sunglasses were a must.

the artyologist- image of a peggy french couture vintage 1960's swing coat paired with white sunglasses

the artyologist- image of a tan faux snakeskin clutch

the artyologist- imag of a peggy french couture vintage 1960's swing coat and tan snakeskin clutch

the artyolgist- image of a collar detail from a peggy french couture 1960's swing coat

the artyologist- image of a peggy french 1960's swing coat paired with a brown floral dress

the artyologist- image of vintage teal naturalizer high heeled peep toe pumps

the artyologist- image of a peggy french couture tag for 1960's swing coat

A Pop of Colour to Brighten Things Up

the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look with teal colour hue tights

I am just getting over a head cold, which is why there haven’t been any style posts lately; since my activities this past week have consisted mainly of taking sinus medication and sleeping. Ah, that lovely time of the year!

Last night was my Dad’s birthday, so we went out for supper. I am still looking a little peaky in these images, but it was so nice to dress up and go out! I think one of the best things to do when sick, is to put an effort into your outfit (though I went sans makeup last night) so at least even if you feel wretched, you don’t look it.

It makes a difference- just like brightly coloured tights do to a monochromatic look like this- all black and white- and then surprise- that pop of teal to shake things up. Ah, I love my brightly coloured tights. Winter is pretty blah most of the time, so adding colour and warmth, simultaneously, is great for morale. And who am I kidding; I never go completely monochromatic- usually I have to take the colour away, not add it! the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look with teal colour hue tights

the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look and brass cuff from india

the artyologist- image of a vintage monochromatic look with teal colour hue tights

The Written Word

the artyologist- image of vintage books on bookshelves

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. – Anna Quindlen

the artyologist- image of a vintage book with open pages

Hand Lettered Artwork Lately

the artyologist- image of hand lettered bible verses cards

Here is little project I was working on last week: hand lettered Valentine’s cards.

I usually use sappy sweet Victorian-style verses like: “Time stands still dear, when you are near”,  “You hold the key to my heart” and “Flowers are love’s truest affection”, but this year I decided to try something different and use Bible verses about love. The nice thing is, these don’t immediately scream “Valentine’s” so I will try a few others for everyday cards as well.

the artyologist- image of ink hand lettered cards in progress

the artyologist- image of hand lettering bible verse cards

the artyolgist- image of in progress watercolour and hand lettered valentines cards

the artyologist- image of hand lettered bible verse valentines ready to mail

the artyologist- image of hand lettering valentines of bible verses