May 31, 2011

Peonies in Bloom

This is my Mum's garden, or to be precise, the garden of the house where my Mum's flat is, and where I grew up. Do certain places inspire you to dress in different ways?

I think this dress definitely matches the peonies well! It's second hand, and according to the label, a petite size, so it's out of the question for me to wear it on it's own - enter new skinnies to save the day! It's hard to see, but it has a bow on the front (Sarah? :), and I love the cut, as the back runs a bit lower to accentuate the waist, while it's higher on the front so as not to accentuate the wearer's belly. Mine, in other words. :)

I don't know about you, but I love buttons. I used to have a backpack in secondary school that I covered with them. That's why I got this purse with a giant button on, ages and ages ago, but I still love it. My bracelet is made out of buttons too. :)

Dress: second hand, Jeans: Takko, Shoes: Humanic, Bag: Promod, Hat: C&A, Bracelet: gift

Look, I turned and turned into a cat.

This is Nyafi, our not very photogenic but actually very handsome and smooth-furred, and also very intelligent "cat that walks by herself". She found us on the street and she's generally pleased with our performance to feed and adore her, so she stays to rule the flat and neighbourhood, and ocassionally bring dead mice and birds to feed us. Very nice of her, isn't it?

May 30, 2011

Weekend Away - Slovakia

This impromptu holiday started with our Czech friends coming up with the idea to meet in the middle - in Slovakia. You might know that Hungary is not a very mountainous country, so going to the Lower Fatra mountains was a rare treat for city-living, flat-country me.
Urban girl goes to spend a few days "in the nature" as Hungarians would say. :)

Loving the plastic flowers.

If you plan to travel in Central-Eastern Europe, by train is definitely the best. You can sit back and relax in the dining car and watch the scenery go by as you're waiting for your lunch... Great!

I was aiming for the grafitti, but managed to capture my ring and my boyfriend's camera instead. :)

For avid stargazers the totally light-pollution free sky was amazing in the mountains. We had different entertainment the second night with the arrival of the longest storm I've ever experienced, watching sheet lightning fill the sky over and over again, and casting an electric blue light over the mountain range.

We rented a cottage in Terchová, a village which hosted the World Potato Dumplings Championships this weekend. Before you ask, that's not why we went there in the first place, but it was definitely a great occasion to get more familiar with local peculiarities. Apart from "halusky" (potato dumplings with ewe-cheese, yummy!) cooking championships, they also had sour milk-drinking (I wonder who came up with this and how many very sick contestants cursed them that evening), and speed eating of "halusky" as well.

We had a great time with our friends, and had great conversations - if you're reading this, thank you for organising it all! :)

How wonderful is the local folk costume?
Trabant, the legendary car of the East, by picturesque pile of wood

Let me raise a glass to you, Dear Reader, for bearing with me while I recounted my weekend, I shall return soon with an outfit post, not to worry! :)

Kofola, a great soft drink resembling Coke, but less sweet and more spicy!

May 25, 2011

Towel Day for Hitchhikers

Let me prepare you for a shocking fact: I'm not a trendsetter.

These are the first pair of skinny jeans I bought. Yep, I warned you!
I just didn't warm to them for ages, and when I tried them on, I felt my legs are turning numb they were so tight - even in that two minutes in the changing room.
But a few days ago - drumroll - I found these in Takko, which is a shop for 40-something mums and their preteens, usually located beside hypermarkets. I'm classy like that.
Anyway, the main thing is that they are really comfortable - maybe because of the 40-something mum fit. They were very cheap too - to fit the budget of 40-something mums.
And mine.

Don't I look like these cats?

Jeans: Takko, Trainers: Chinese shop, T-shirt: Zara, Cami: don't remember, 
Bracelets: H&M, Earrings: Brigitte Bijou

So where does the towel come into picture, you might ask? Right here.

Chic? No. Flattering? No. Trendy? Maybe, if you colour block it...
But it's dead useful, just read it in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In this book Douglas Adams describes, among other very useful tips for space survival, how many things a towel can be useful for - May 25th, Towel Day, is the celebration of this wonderful and absolutely hilarious trilogy in five parts. (Here's the Wikipedia entry for more info on Towel Day - basically you need to carry a towel around. :) If you haven't read them, give the books a try, you won't regret it. Or watch the film - starring Zooey Deschanel as charming and funny as ever. Also, be aware that this trailer is not work appropriate - unless you don't mind laughing out loud behind your computer and having everyone stare at you.

Update: It looks like I'm off for the weekend to a possibly webless place, so sorry if I don't reply to your comments and don't check out your blogs in the meantime! Have a great weekend, lovely readers! :)

May 20, 2011

Cheer up and Rock and Roll

Never mind that I'm losing one shoe, I'm in a rock and roll mood!

Don't ask me which move this is though. :)

Believe it or not, I received this dress as a present when I was 12. I'm sure you have some relatives who only see you once a year. Well, mine must have thought I'm a proper, round adolescent girl. As the smallest in my class, I really didn't have the size and shape to fill in this dress... Till last year.

How many times does it happen though that you can wear one of your childhood dresses in your twenties? I'm enjoying it to the full!

I'm so happy to have found these steps! I loved the setting so much that taking these photos really cheered my day up - I'm feeling better about taking my own pictures now. :)

And I'm super happy with how this picture came out. For a change you can actually see my accessories properly. :)
For those of you who are interested in why I don't laquer my nails, it's beacuse of my job. I love polishes, but I draw and print, so the polish would be chipped in an hour and dissolved into oblivion in the next.

This is where I'm reminiscing about my teenage years. (I don't miss them, by the way.)

Dress: gift, Leggings: Chinese shop, Shoes: Vagabond, Belt and roses: H&M, 
Bracelet: Takko, Earrings with feathers: C&A, Big ring: small boutique, 
Silver plated copper ring: Jojó Art Shop  

OOh, I almost forgot again, I finally got myself a Twitter account! Find me @madelinequaint!

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May 16, 2011

Illustrated Shoot - Haunted

The End

Drawings by me, trousers by Promod, sandals by Tamaris, top by Zara, bangles by H&M, 
necklace by my Mum, shirt belongs to my Boyfriend.

May 15, 2011

Special Birthday Guest

If you just thought "Oh my, she's gone blonde!", it's not me. :)
Meet Anna,  my sister whose birthday we celebrated yesterday!

Have you ever heard of a girl who doesn't like layered cakes? Well, now you have! Anna's birthday cake was a special walnut-hazelnut pastry with a vanilla sauce, called "the wasps'nest". I assure you no insects are involved in making it.

How much better is she at posing than I am? And she has fab legs... And fab fashion sense. Our styles differ, but not that much, really. See Anna's more refined take on polka dots!

Congratulations to Anna on her birthday, especially as she just won two Erasmus scholarsphips to study abroad, one to Denmark and one to Italy!

Here's her present to mark the day: a tiny silver Vespa to bring luck in Italy (and Denmark too:)!

Anna wears: Dress - New Yorker, Coat: New Yorker, Shoes: Humanic, 
Necklaces: both birthday presents :)

The downside of silver Vespas is that they don't carry you home and you still have to wait for the tram. Oh well!

May 10, 2011

Polka Dot Day

I always wear the clothes I photograph around Budapest, but I have to admit I didn't carry this cute little parasol into the city. I just couldn't resist taking pictures with it. :)

Today the sun couldn't decide if it wants to shine full on, speckle me with spots or hide altogether. Hence the strangely lit pictures, sorry!

I bought this dress after Christmas, severely reduced, and it was definitely worth it, I wear it all the time. Apparently many bloggers have it, but I only saw it's red sister on Marisa Violeta. :)

Portrait of a bookworm

If we're talking polka dots, I couldn't help bringing along some of my favourite childhood reads from the Polka Dot Books series. Klára Fehér's book is not translated into English yet, but it would be a great project to do, and it would make an amazing film. I've been planning learning scriptwriting just for the sake of this book. I still love "Bezzeg az én időmben", as well as Erich Kästner. This yellow book here is "Lottie and Lisa".

What amazing covers! I'm still in love with them. And probably being subconsciously influenced by the pattern to choose certain backgrounds...

In other news: I hope you like the updated blog layout with new sections to browse through! I've been pondering a FAQ tab too, or maybe an IAQ one would be more interesting, for Infrequently Asked Questions. :)
Any feedback on what's already uploaded and any further ideas or questions very welcome!

Oh, the detils: Dress - Zara, Tights - Calzedonia, Bag - Thrifted, 
Tiny parasol - It's been around for ages, I actually have no idea where it's from...

May 7, 2011

Pálinka and Broderie Anglaise

What is pálinka? The lovely, fruity, rich and very strong national spirit of Hungary. Why is it so good? It's made entirely of fruit, and fruit, and more fruit. What sort of fruit? Any and all types, really, from plum and apricot to walnut, quince, and all the berries you can imagine. Why am I writing about this? Because this weekend the famed Pálinka Festival, where all the distillers present their best pálinkas, is held in the Castle of Budapest, and obviously we had to pay a visit!

My favourite type, the "ágyas pálinka" (fruit-bed pálinka) is aged together with fruits - even more fruitier! Here, I am tasting a green walnut pálinka... Look at the colour, enjoy the rich scent, then taste! Wonderful!

Good pálinka has a culture, just like wine. I never used to like alcohol, but gradually warmed to wine and pálinka, mostly because of the work that goes into making them. Hungary is not a beer country, but we're really very good at wine. And pálinka. :)

But you might also be interested in what I wore, so here's a picture where you can sort of see all of me... (and a bit of the castle.)

If you wondered what Broderie Anglaise is, it's the embroidery technique used on my blouse, involving cutting out the patterns from the material.

This blouse was made by my Mother when she was younger, using an old pillow case. Can you imagine the care that used to go into embroidering pillowcases? I'm so amazed by the detailing on this ex-bedlinen. It felt fitting to wear it to an event celebrating practically handmade drinks.

Top - handmade by an unknown housewife, refashioned by my Mother, 
Leather skirt - thrifted, Leggings with holes - Chinese shop, Ballerinas - Vagabond, 
Clip-on earrings - handmade by me, Bracelet - by my lovely little Cousin,
Necklace that looks like a huge doodle by an annoyed child - Rossmann.

May 4, 2011

Invitation to Discuss and a Red Fish

Dear Readers, Picture Viewers, Random Blog Finders,

I proudly present the new commenting system on my blog, Disqus! You might have seen it over at Kendi's blog, or Sarah's, who actually helped me with some useful tips in installing. The most useful of them definitely being "don't panic". :)

I would like to thank each and every one of you who left me comments, followed me or e-mailed me so far, it's been a wonderful experience, starting blogging and meeting so many nicer than nice people all over the world! From now on, connecting will be even easier, it will be much easier for you to find my answers (or anyone else's) to your comments, and if you feel like, you can reply. That possibly means a start of a conversation! How great is that?

Hopefully the change to the new system will work fine, but please e-mail me if something doesn't seem to be working, or the settings aren't practical, or something along these lines.

To celebrate, let me include this picture Zsófi Raffay took of me last week, needless to say, she's brilliant, and this picture is so much more me than the photos I'm trying to snap of myself. The fish I'm holding is a recurring star in her photography, she hands them to her models to see what they'd do with it, sometimes with hilarious results. :)

Looking forward to reading your comments and answering them too! See you soon! :)