If you follow me on Instagram you will have spotted this dress before when I excitedly posted about it a couple of weeks ago. It's got to be my number one charity shop find ever. I bought it a couple of weeks ago on a trip to Worcester on a trip to visit my Grandpa. I always love trotting around the charity shops in Worcester, there are hundreds so it takes an entire afternoon. We rarely have time to do them all. The shop I bought this in nearly got left out but I decided to nip in quickly. I spied this handmade beauty nearly instantly - the pattern makes it hard to miss! I turned over the label... £5!! I ran to the till extremely quickly, trying desperately to contain my excitement. It surely was the bargain of the century. I wasn't entirely sure it was going to fit, in fact I'd almost completely resigned myself to the fact that it wouldn't but thought I could refashion the fabric. Low and behold when I tried it on it was near perfect.
I'm off to Berlin next Monday and I can't wait to waltz around the streets in this. The pattern reminds me a lot of GDR designed products so it'll fit in well against the murals and this shop selling former GDR products.
I hate packing so it's great having cotton dresses as they are ultra light, take up little space and leave plenty of room for all the vintage I'll be buying at Humana! I've been to Berlin once before but I didn't really get to do half the exploring I wanted to. This time I'll be visiting Potsdam one of the days I'm there and this amazing intact 19th century apartment alongside a host of other treats.
I've always had a soft spot for Berlin. My favourite books as a teenager were Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin and Mr Norris Changes Trains (often merged into one volume - The Berlin Stories), both are set in Berlin in the 1930s and wonderfully evocative of the period (including the terror). There are many scenes set in the Kit Kat Club (a supposedly fictionalised club - I thought it was real until I was researching this...). The cabaret scene was huge in 1930s Berlin and I can't wait to explore it. In homage to it I'm listening to a few of favourite Jazz albums in these pictures: Kind of Blue by Mile Davis and Pretty Woman by Duke Ellington.
The cactus lamp was a car boot find last year. I'd be searching for one for years and suddenly there were two! I've since found another. They are magic when they are lit; super kitsch and utterly perfect for almost all occasions!
I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying the sunshine (can you believe it finally decided to come out!) I'd love to know any tips you have for places to see, eat or shop in Berlin! I'll see you all soon with snaps from Berlin.
1970s cotton dress - charity shop
Suede platforms - Urban Outfitters