Sunday, 26 August 2012

She said she would dance with me if I brought her Red Roses

" She said she would dance with me if I brought her Red Roses"
 "No Red Rose in all my garden!" he cried, and his beautiful eyes filled with tears. 
"Here at last is a true lover," said the Nightingale. "Night after night have I sung of him, though I knew him not: night after night have I told his story to the stars, and now I see him. His hair is dark as the hyacinth- blossom, and his lips are Red as the Rose of desire; but passion has made his face like pale Ivory, and sorrow has set her seal on his brow."

The Nightingale and the Rose
Oscar Wilde
Sometimes, but very rarely you can stumble upon an area of secluded peace in central London. 
The Roses will be gone soon but with their absence comes the crisp beauty and scent of Autumn... my favourite.  

1940's hat: Shapoes Vintage hats ~1930's kimono style bolero: Past caring
1930's slip~ 1940's velvet skirt ~Brown Belt : Beyond Retro
1930's sunglasses: Top Tottie Vintage

Photo's taken by Craig and myself in Gibson Square gardens.

Happy Sunday.
Kelly-Marie xx


  1. I adore the colours and of course you look wonderful Kelly xxx

  2. Your straw hat is just lovely!

  3. Lovely blog & some great pix. Thank you for your blog visit, may see yu at a Vintage fair somewhere.. Lizzie

  4. Such a beautiful garden! Makes me thing of Marianne Faithfull's "You Can't Go Where the Roses Go". And you look fabulous as always! xxx

  5. Oh my what are beauty you are, I love everything in these photos, especially your ensemble, that hat is divine as is the skirt! I am strangely looking forward to Autumn all those leaves, cape wearing weather and obviously Halloween! xxx

  6. so much beauty... I just adore your hat and bolero, they are divine! I personally can't wait for Autumn. tis, my favourite time of the year! x x

  7. beautiful quote and everything else,
    enjoyed the post very much,
    it's still so so hot though in my part of the world...

  8. This place looks amazing! It's so great finding little spots like this in a city. I love how your slip and bolero match the roses! You're so beautiful Kelly-Marie!

    Hope you're having a great weekend!
    Emma x

  9. What a beautiful post and poem! You are looking gorgeous as ever! I can't wait for Autumn either, it is my favorite too.. ♥

  10. There has always been a universal belief in Earthly Paradises, places on Earth that correspond to locales in Paradise. To feel that connection is to feel like one has died and gone to heaven. There is never an unseemly sight, never ugliness in any sense. It is a perpetual delight, a continual hum of people and of colours, sounds and smells. If one could stay there forever one would be in Paradise. A Pygmalion or even a Galatea.

    The Urdu poet Mir has spoken of the pale and loitering lover also:

    Mir Ji zard hotey jatey ho
    Kya kehin tum ney bhi kiya hey ishq

    [Sir Mir you get paler by the day
    Are you also stricken by love?

    In another verse:

    Halqey ankhhon men parr geyey monh zard
    Ho geyi Mir teri kya soorat

    [Mir your eyes are sunken and your face is pale
    What a face yours has become

    The rose is also closely affiliated in Islam with the opening Sura' [chapter] of The Holy Quran.

  11. You have such a desirable wardrobe - that bolero is a dream! Beautiful photos.

  12. Oooh that hat! And you look gorgeous, love the dark lips and eyebrows! These colours remind me of the film Pretty Baby, swooning <3

  13. Could you be any more enchantingly lovely? I highly doubt it. Amazing outfit - I really like how beautifully those aged peach hues compliment your dark locks, as well as the whole alluring, sweet, romantic feel of this wonderful look.

    ♥ Jessica

  14. Love your style and your pictures at the rose garden! I was in a similar place a few days ago here in Madrid. We have about 3 rose gardens, that I know of! They are so beautiful! :)

  15. Love you much? I sure do! I am mid-writing you a letter, I am sorry for being slow! You look as pretty as my strawberry chocolate cake I have in the fridge! mmm mmm! Enjoy your weekend peachy! xxx

  16. It's lovely to find spot like that in the middle of a large city, like an oasis!
    Love the kimono, it is beautiful!


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