the 3 p's . pure proper and proud.

 So far this year I have tried to stick to my
punk not pussy motto.
It has been great.
  I have managed to find the balance 
between being creative, kind, and  helpful
and being respected, acknowledged and not taken advantage of.
I don't know about you,
 but I find that when you dress individually
 people treat you 
in a different way they do and say things that make me feel uncomfortable,
 things they wouldn't say to 'normal' looking people.

So having  a bit of punk has helped 
and without causing offense
 I have made people think before they engage.

Some examples 
are being asked - am I in fancy dress,
'god love you having to dress like that because you work here',
people taking my photo without asking my permission,
people bursting out laughing into my face.




An outfit I bought in San Francisco
last year.

As punk is becoming who I am I now feel time for another motto.
this time:
pure proper and proud.


Dress made by London based 
designer Ali Wall.


French night shirt from



My favorite new outfit .
Skirt very old,
Victorian, from Berlin.





Victim London dress.


Made by Victoria.




 I love the Zine Scene
so many talented artists,
providing their work that any pocket can afford.




poems and zines


Lou, organizer of the zine archive





the most beautiful books and Zines.


some great music





 One of my favorite artists 


A visit to 
in temple bar.





A lovely day spent with

                        The Irish Historical Costumers 


























A great afternoon at








vintage .... it's just a word.

 Vintage was not a word that described the clothes i wore 
20 years ago.
the word was there but my clothes were called second hand.
the word vintage irks me.


I looked it up 
the general explanation is items 20-25 years  and up to 90 years old.
after that its antique.
So, so far so good. 
From that explanation 
Its a  term that has come to great use in today's world
It helps to explain a selection of clothes i sell at my shop.



outfit no 5. 
Myself and Dandelion out for a night on the town.
dress Victim London.

 On Sunday i went to a  few flea markets

It was a true treasure hunt. 
It was on this trip i had an interaction which made me confront 
my dislike for the word vintage.
I saw a beautiful 80's jacket
I asked the girl how much it was.
e45 she replied.

I thought it was a bit pricey .
So i asked her why the expensive price. 

Her rely was 
'It's vintage'






outfit no 6.

Night dress as dress .
It's my obsession at the moment.

So there you go.
That brought me back to my dislike for that word.
Items should not be expensive because of their age.
maybe their exclusivity, the search that was involved in finding them 
or the materials that is used to make them
but not because the world vintage is attached to them.


 outfit no 7.
Floral pieces and dress from Lucy's lounge

I could go on about the word vintage,
but i'll save you the rant.
what do you think?


outfit no 8.
Tee shirt from Berlin customized to dress by Victoria.



outfit no 9.
Layers of clothes from various flea markets 
and charity shops.






A great event in london ,











Reused election poster.
I wonder will the candidate stick to theirs.

Customers.




Street photography
by 






A book i bought, worth checking out.






50

A month ago I turned 49 years old.
What an age to be, I feel 20 in my mind but my body says otherwise.
Just half a century on this planet, it's been great.
Tick tock, time is important and all those things I never did,
 I want to catch up on..
 Its 50 for 50:
50 new outfits to celebrate that big date,
and a list of 50 things i'd like to do.



Here's one I always wanted to get one of these turbans.
I was in Brixton in London and this lady made me one.
Price £15.



Outfit no 1.
Made by Victim London.


Outfit no 2 
Made by Victoria.
an Irish costume maker.



Outfit no 3
Made by Victoria.


Outfit no 4.
Victoria.


Outfit no 5.
Yet again Victoria.
I am keeping her in business.


A case for all my new clothes.


Super kimonos from this girl at the loft, Powerscourt.


Galway girls
jane o'sullivan (centre) celebrating her new amazing exhibition in Dublin.


Anne's stall at 
fusion market


I visited an amazing
private museum in London
I can't recommend it enough.


 amazing art






The artist Steven Wright.