Thursday, April 19, 2012

"I Painted My Own Reality" - Frida Kahlo

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. 
I would imagine her and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. 
Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here and I'm just as strange as you.”  - Frida Kahlo.

 Blue Moon headband - similar goodies in my shop, Sassy Vamps!
Black Milk Goldfish leggings and Union Jack ring - gifted by the divine Miss Danni-Long-Legs
Blue and silver scarab ring - surprise gift from her royal hotness, Helga
VW Melissa Lady Dragon Heart shoes - shopped by the lovely Suzanne
1960s petti-skirt, Frida Kahlo earrings - Etsy
T-shirt - Ms Minx's shop
1970s embroidered bag, green heart ring - thrifted
Pink star necklace and skull bracelet - gifted by the gorgeous Krista

 Yesterday I received a surprise parcel from the utterly sensu-ational Helga von Trollop, containing such glorious treasures, I am going to wear one of her very special gifts for Frock on a Friday.  
You darling woman!!!!!!!
And I'm spoilt ... yes, spoilt I say!
Because today I received a completely out-of-the-blue parcel from Number One Son's gorgeous girlfriend, Miss Danni-Long-Legs.
Just look at them on our wedding day last year!

Sickeningly gorgeous or what?
Well, Miss Danni-Long-Legs not only has legs up to her eyeballs and a face to make grown men weep, she is an incredibly talented artist, sculptor, crafter, comedian and ... you name it.
She painted this portrait of Frida Kahlo for The Phoenix and I.
She also sent me the sparkly orange leggings, U.J. ring, some glass beads and a spectacular clutch.
I spent quite a few hours with Frida today and decided we had a lot in common and would have many passionate chats about hair-do's, colour combining and facial waxing.
Isn't Frida utterly gorgeous?
I see a long and beautiful friendship evolving between the two of us.

"The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration." - Frida Kahlo

We're having a secret, girly chat ... what's she saying?

"There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst." - F.K.

Then she whispered, "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"
So I put my embroidered bag on her lap and let her admire the shiny magic she too could enjoy if she had feet and legs ... oh, and Pips the guinea pig got a loving pat.
It was the best I could do.
Thank you so much for all your kind and beautiful comments to The Phoenix and I after my post on haemophilia - we were honestly so touched and a bit teary!
Desiree xoxo


  1. This is one of my favorite outfits ever on you. I love the tee, the petti, the leggings, the lime green against the orange and the black- it's wonderful. I love it. I also love Frida.

  2. Love Frida ... love you ...
    Saw the Frida film just last year - Fab. M x

  3. All the quotes from Frida are just perfect, aren't they? "Yes, it's true, I'm here and I'm just as strange as you." Thank God for Frida and for YOU!
    Love the outfit, of course, I adore how you throw it all on and it just looks effortlessly, gorgeously, perfectly wonderful! (And I'm secretly a little jealous of that too, but don't think badly of me...)
    You deserve all the gorgeousness that comes your way from Miss D-L and Madam H.
    Danni's painting is brilliant. So are you. Love to the Mr. xxxxxxx

  4. That first quote made me cry.

    If I was rich I'd buy a squillion copies of Self Portrait in a Velvet Dress and give them to all my favourite frockers. (The look-inside is good).

    I was in two minds about it because it seemed a bit intrusive - but then I got it as a present and it is just FANTASTIC. And I am a Frida-addict so ***** (5 stars - not a swear-word lol)

    Also - THE LEGGINGS!!! Swooooon!!

    Now - I need to have
    "I'm here and I'm just as strange as you" tattooed on me as soon as poss :)) xx

  5. AS we grow up we often forget that we can continue to be different and fun. To make up our own little world like when we were children. Frida was such a fascinating woman. I often think back to when I was a kid and wish I had the courage to wear whatever I want and not give a flying Freddy what people think.

  6. Fabulous post, darling! You look ace and the Frida portrait is wonderful. She is my favourite artist by far, and the inspiration for my own painting and pretty much else in my life actually. Between her,Tilda Swinton and Kate Bush I think I'm sorted for inspirational ladies!xxxx

  7. Everything about this post brings me joy! Fabulous Frida, fabulous YOU! :D STUNNER!

    The earrings are one of my favorite bits! Ahhhh! Adoring the heck outta the leggings and BAG. Embroidered bags make my world go 'round!

    That painting is just WONDERFUL. What a talent!


  8. Danni-long-legs is beautiful indeed. We're all a little odd sometimes, but the world would be far duller without the Frida Kahlos and Desirees of this world. Xx

  9. I think I've admired your Divinyls t-shirt before, but I'm still loving it! That picture of you in profile is absolutely stunning - you're just as gorgeous as Ms Long-legs. She sounds like the perfect incipient daughter in law though, and a really talented artist. Frida was such a fascinating character.

  10. who's the more gorgeous? it's hard to tell! The orange leggings are a winner though!

  11. I love that painting, and I frigging LOVE Frida,have done most of my life! I've even been to her house in Mexico City!!!
    And,I frigging love you in this gloriously wonderful get-up!Such fabulous details,and O,the lime crino;ine is to DIE for!!!Divinyls!The best band Aussie ever produced!"I must have been desperate.." Chrissie ROCKS!
    Love and Lustipops!

  12. love that great Frida inspiration, and love your lime petti-skirt with that bright leggings!, you're always gorgeous!!
    besos & pretty headbands

  13. why don't any of my sons have fabulous girlfriends who paint portraits of Frida and send me glowing tights?

  14. Your legs are glistening! I'm sure my legs would glisten too if they looked like yours. Funny my hubby & I were sitting in that exact spot at Paddys Cafe on Wednesday. I was hoping to run into you. Maybe next time! Xx

  15. Very nice dressing and very nice and bizzare you.It is good to keep the woman in you happy dressing up and celebrating lipstick

  16. AWESOME, the post, Frida, the painting, your outfit. the pictures, the quotes.

    Absolutely awesome.

    Have a great weekend.

  17. love the fabbuu sparkle orange leggings AND matching nailpolish, woooo! I would wear that green petticoat with just about everything too!

  18. What a glorious mother-in-law you will make one day. The best! And, I'm starting to see a pattern here... your latest post is always my favorite new post! You delight me to no end, woman :O)

  19. Frida is amazing!!!!!!!
    Look at you!!! Gorgeous in the lime green petticoat and fabulous tights.
    Hope you are having a magnificent weekend.
    Love v

  20. Her writing is beautiful D. I think we're all bizarre and flawed, some people are just more willing and open to own it and love it. Splendidly powerful.

    And how beautiful of your gorgeous almost daughter-in-law to send such a thoughtful gift. Better than slippers ;) What a kind soul she is.

    Have you ventured out of the shire for your coffee in this photo? I don't know the place with red walls....

    Wishing you peace and love, as always xxxx

  21. I love Frida's depressing quotes!
    She was very unique and loca with her sickness like me.
    look at this magnifico magico outfit.
    love your blue flower headband of delights.
    What and artist your Danni is!
    enjoying the photos of you and Frida paintings so much.
    You have me gasping for air.. with you showing us your little pink slip peek. I could totally slide off your pink shiny leggings.

  22. Two gals I would love to kiss on the lips are YOU and Frida! The soundtrack to that movie is a favorite of mine especially Black heart, oh I'm singing now! You leggings and shoe combo have me craving rainbow sherbet! You are so delicious!

  23. Danni-Long-Legs is a stunner, and a damn fine artist as well--what a cool portrait of Frida. Of course you two would be best pals--you both march to the beat of your own drummers (orchestras?) and have killer style!


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