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"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines..."


"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines
They left the house at half past nine
The smallest one was Madeline."

~ Madeline, Ludwig Bemelmans.

Hey everyone,

I was bored last night, so tried putting my hair in rag curls. 

It's really easy to do - try YouTube for a quick tutorial video, but basically all you need to do is dampen your hair, put some mousse in to set, then curl your hair around rags (I cut up a pair of old tights) and leave in for a few hours, or overnight. Some tutorials even use socks for larger curls!

I'm hoping the curls make me look rather whimsical and European (I'm a bit of a Francophile) instead of "Why hasn't that girl put a brush through her hair today?!"


DRESS: H&M.
VEST: H&M.
CARDIGAN: H&M.
BRACELETS: New Look and SOPHIE.
BELT: Dorothy Perkins.
BERET: eBay.
SHOES: eBay.
POINT OF FASHION: Je suis Français! (Although my "French" is remarkably similar to Joey's...)

When I was about sixteen, my "thing" was I wore a beret every day, and I still have a bit of an extensive collection. 
Black hair and red accessories is still one of my favourite combinations - especially with my glittery shoes I picked up on eBay for a fiver years ago!

Lipstick: Revlon 725

One of my favourite necklaces my best-friend Sam bought me when she was living in London.

Nails: Gold from Next with a gold sequinned top coat from Black Poppy.

GET THE LOOK:



Right, now the title of this blog has made me want to watch Madeline


It was definitely in my top ten favourites as a kid, and one of the films I watched on Sundays as I rushed my homework (usually as a double-bill with Paws - does anyone remember this film?!)

I love the internet.


Muchos love,
MessyCarla.


24 comments:

  1. Love love love this outfit! <3

    I sleep with my hair in french plaits sometimes to add texture, then curl the odd strand with straighteners. :)

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  2. I must say, I love how you put solids and prints together. Tres cute!

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  3. "I'm a hat... I'm a hat..."

    Cute outfit :) xxx

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  4. Absolutely love this outfit, you look amazing in it! x

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  5. I love that entire outfit! & the hair, and the make-up! *A* Madeline was a firm favourite of mine too!

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  6. There is a cartoon version of Madeline on a kids channel called TinyPop if you have Sky. My daughter insists on watching it EVERY night before bed. Lol
    I love this look on you, you look gorgeous. xXx

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  7. uff stunning!
    http://vmjeheart.blogspot.com/

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  8. Awww that's one of my favorite movies. I have it on vhs. Yay for being old enough to know what vhs is!!!

    I love the outfit!!! I've been looking for some print dresses. I really want a polka dot dress, just haven't found it yet.

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  9. I totally thought of madeleine when I saw this outfit too. You are so adorable, and your use of bright colours makes you one of my favourite bloggers ever.

    You know what's funny? My hair goes exactly like that when I let it dry without styling it, and for years I was like "wahhh, my hair is so rebellious and horrid ;____;" and now I just let it run wild and do what it wants a lot of the time because I think rag curls are cute.

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  10. You look adorable! I love the curls and the red hat is delightful :)

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  11. Your hair looks amazing (so jealous!), and i love the whole outfit, too. I used to love the Madeline cartoon, but not sure i ever watched the film.

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  12. Love that outfit! Very bright and happy :) xx

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  13. Love the colors of this outfit! So bright and feisty!

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  14. You look so adorable, I love your outfit. I've been wanting to try the rag curl method and have yet to get around to it, you have inspired me to try. I love the necklace btw, it is so cute.

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  15. I love this outfit! It's so cute!
    Is your dress current season H&M? I've been looking for a dress like that for ages!!!

    @AyeishaRana
    x

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  16. agreeing with previous commenters - you look absolutely cute/adorable/gorgeous, etc. etc., definitely love the wavy locks on you! :)

    also LOVE that 'ticket to london' necklace... googling it & i hope to find something similar to that! & Of course i expected to find it on Accsseorize ;)

    as you are a francophile living in england, i am very much an anglophile living in the US!

    much love from san diego <3

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  17. agreeing with previous commenters - you look absolutely cute/adorable/gorgeous, etc. etc., definitely love the wavy locks on you! :)

    also LOVE that 'ticket to london' necklace... googling it & i hope to find something similar to that! & Of course i expected to find it on Accsseorize ;)

    as you are a francophile living in england, i am very much an anglophile living in the US!

    much love from san diego <3

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  18. love this outfit! my little girl always makes me watch the madeline cartoon on tiny pop, i pretty much love it now haha xx

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  19. When I had black hair, i'd wear red so much. It is such a great colour combo. Love this outfit, and yes, now I want to watch Madeline!

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  20. Alo alo! Absolutely ADORE your curls. I'm going through a curl obsession phase, so the video tutorials thing are heaven sent. Thanks, Carla! xx

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  21. How exciting. Sydney is all sorts of fabulous. Crowsnest on the north side is the BEST place for breakfast so many great places to eat.

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  22. Ahh I love this outfit! You look adorable :)

    Charlotte x

    charlotte-sugarandspice.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. OMG. I. Love. Your. Outfit! I don't know what I love more, all those classy pieces together or all those colors! :D

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