so last summer i started finding myself wearing scarves in my hair with big necklaces and dangly earings.
a little bit carmen miranda-esque. then over the course of the year i began to feel i was tending more towards frida kahlo.
she was  such an amazing artist, and had such a difficult life, she fuels me with inspriration.
I started wearing full skirts, and doing my hair like hers, braided with ribbons, or clipped up with flowers.
of course, as is often the way, i started to see that i was not alone, with this little dalliance.
lots of  people getting inspiration from frida & carmen. here is some of the imagery that i found along  the way.

frida kahlo

this is my favourite pic of frida, so beautiful and natural

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the real frida

История красоты - Сюзанна Бисовски.

History of Beauty – Suzanne Bisovski

History of Beauty – Suzanne Bisovski

Models present creations by Rocio Peralta during the first day of the SIMOF (International Flamenco Fashion Show) in Sevilla.

Models present creations by Rocio Peralta during the first day of the SIMOF (International Flamenco Fashion Show) in Sevilla.

Morimura, Yasumasa - An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand Shaped Earring) - Art Now / Recent - Photo - Self Portrait - Brooklyn Museum - Brooklyn, NY, USA

Morimura, Yasumasa – An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand Shaped Earring), Art Now / Recent, Photo, Self Portrait – Brooklyn Museum – Brooklyn, NY, USA

dress-up with eyebrow and all

and the deligtful carmen miranda…

carmen miranda

carmen miranda - Google Search

Mirte Maas in ‘Carmen Miranda Reloaded’ for Vogue Brazil February 2013

Mirte Maas in ‘Carmen Miranda Reloaded’ for Vogue Brazil February 2013

and then, to complete my obsession, a dear friend got me this amazing book for my birthday…..

frida’s husband diego locked up her wardrobe for 50 years after her death, this is a book of photographs of her wardrobe when it was finally opened to the public. incredibly beautiful!

then just to really complete the journey,i had to get these cushions for my red velvet couch

i got tea towells in this fabric too….love!