Sunday, 17 April 2011

60 years (plus those shoes!)

nana and grandad

On Tuesday my Nana & Grandad will have been married for 60 years. They first met when my Nana was 16 and my Grandad was 18, back in Spain. However, it took them 9 years to get married because they were in post-civil war Spain and my Grandad wanted to escape to better places before settling down. He ended up in England and then married my Nana although they were both in different countries (it is called a wedding 'by proxy' and just involves signing the paperwork with witnesses, I don't think they are allowed now though). My Nana was then allowed by her Father to come to England to live with my Grandad and the rest, they say, is history. It makes me sad in a way that they never got to have a lovely wedding and there are no photos of my Nana on her wedding day. But! It also fills me with love because their marriage was motivated by their desire to spend the rest of their lives together without the need for materialistic wedding things. And 60 years later they are still going strong. I only hope that myself and Scott will have such a long and happy marriage like theirs has been.

Today was spent with family celebrating their 60 years of marriage. I took it as an opportunity to debut my new shiny shoes I posted a photo of in my last post that prompted a lot of questions!

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Aren't they beautiful? They are VERY VERY high! I nearly didn't wear them because I've been suffering with a slight bout of plantar fasciitis from running, but they actually helped because they meant there wasn't much pressure on my heel but more on the balls of my feet. Plus I wasn't walking very much so I don't think it has hampered my recovery... The shoes are from Topshop and I first found them thanks to the Domestic Sluts on my lunch hour and instantly squealed, discussed them with my colleagues who convinced me to buy them and then ordered them as a nice Friday lunchtime treat. They are so much higher than any shoes I've ever worn before - they look much higher IRL than in photos for some reason! There is a sneaky hidden platform too. I love the colour too, they will go with pretty much everything. I think I have christened them my 'David Bowie Shoes'. Love them. My dress is from h&m too, I don't think I have ever actually blogged it before but it is a firm favourite for family do's.

I'm back to the grind tomorrow of work and dissertation! Even the Easter bank holiday will be marred by the black cloud that is my dissertation, although I am celebrating my friend Corinne's birthday on Friday which shall be fun and help motivate me with my work this week. Hope you are all enjoying your Easter holidays! (But not too much, of course!)

56 comments:

  1. I love this. 60 years! This will not happen in our generation, it's so sad. Lovely shoes.

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  2. Oh, the shoes look so good with that dress.You look adorable.And I can only wish you and your love a long-lasting marriage life like the exemplary one of your grandparents :)

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  3. Your gran and grandad's love story is so sweet :) x

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  4. LOVE that dress. It was on sale in H&M just after Xmas & I wish I'd picked it up, silly ol' me. Loving the shoes, btw.

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  5. Oh how lovely, 60 years! Love the shoes and that dress x

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  6. oooh your outfit is beautiful! i bet there were loads of relatives complimenting you all day! haha xx

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  7. Happy anniversary to your grandparents! Wow, 60 years!
    And those shoes are gorgeous. I must admit I am a little bit jealous!
    You look stunning!

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  8. That is such a lovely story about your grandparents, sixty years is a major achievement. It certainly gives me hope that if you want something badly enough you can get through anything.

    plus gorgeous shoes!

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  9. What a happy thing to read. I've been married for 16 years this may and truly hope we reach 60+ years together. I hope th had. Fantastic day.

    As fo your shoes, well! Love them.

    X x

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  10. i love looking through old black and white photos of my nan and grandad too :)

    cute dotted dress. i love dots at the moment!

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  11. You look like your nana! Oh and don't cut your hair, it's so niiiice :)

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  12. You do look a bit like your nana! I love hearing old people's love stories. It's so strange to remember that people you've only ever known as old have had complex lives :)

    Also love the shoes.

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  13. I've never heard of a wedding by proxy before. I think it's a really nice idea, like you say, there's none of the materialistic aspect.

    But, to be materialistic, nice dress!

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  14. wow, being together for such a long time is a real testament to their love. I would say 60 months is pretty good for a modern couple
    x

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  15. What a lovely story about your grandparents! I love your flower corsage and shoes :) xx

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  16. You look so much like you Nana! What a lovely story (although sad too!)- it's so inspiring to hear about couples who have been together for many years and are still very much in love :) Love the 'David Bowie' shoes (how appropriate!). They're very glamorous :)

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  17. Aw what a lovely story!

    I looove those shoes, want want want!

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  18. what a beautiful story.. 60 years is no joke! Happy Anniversary for your grandparents. i love your polkadot dress and of course those shoes are are amazing

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  19. Woohoo to 60 years, that is amazing! x

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  20. What a lovely story! You look really beautiful in that dress with those fab shoes!

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  21. Wowww, congratulations on their 60 happy years of marriage!

    That dress is absolutely gorgeous. You look adorable!

    Leia

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  22. congratulations to them, I love the photo :)

    you look lovely, I could never wear them shoes myself lol, I have the worst balance in heels!

    I hope you had a great weekend x

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  23. the story of your grandparents is adorable. it just makes you think what marriage really is doesn't it? it's definitely not about a dress or picture-esque churches. love your shoes, they're so you xx

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  24. What an amazing story. I'd never heard of marriage by proxy either.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  25. 60 years is an amazing achievement, congratulations to your grandparents :) I LOVE those shoes, they are truly fab and worthy of Bowie :)

    Maria xxx

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  26. Awww, happy anniversary to your grandparents! And your outfit is super cute. I love your "Bowie shoes," but I don't think I'd be able to walk in them!

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  27. Awww what a sweet story! It's the first time I've heard of people being married whilst in separate countries.

    Your shoes are lovely too! xx

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  28. I love to read about love stories. Congratulations to your grandparents!

    Yor dress is amazing, and I love your shoes :)

    Rita xx
    http://valium-and-cherrywine.blogspot.com/

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  29. Congratulations to your grandparents! And what a sweet story :)

    Your outfit is just perfect! I almost bought that dress too, but then I thought I have way too much polka dot clothes...
    The shoes are great!

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  30. Wow, 60 years! What a lovely story, I have never heard of a wedding by proxy either. I love hearing stories from grandparents, they always sound so romantic! Gorgeous dress aswell as the shoes! Aww, good luck with the disseration - this time last year I was doing mine and I remember how hideous it was seeing everyone else skipping about enjoying the bank holiday while I was inside chained to my desk!

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  31. 60 years, wow! Thats just a great story, I always love to hear things like that! It makes me believe in fairytales! :)

    Those shoes are gorgeous! You look lovely on them!

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  32. wow 60 yrs, that is true love right there. what an adorable story. thanks so much for stopping by my blog, i get so excited when i have a new reader :) you made my day. im following you now :)

    ps: those shiny shoes look so vintagey, i can see you wearing them in lots of diff ways

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  33. wow, 60 years, that's awesome. My grandparents on my dad's side were married just a bit longer than that I think!
    Loving the glitzy shoes too x

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  34. I love those shoes amazing :) Aw 60 years thats so sweet! X

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  35. That's such a beautiful story about your grandparents. Thank you for sharing it.
    I love the name of your new shoes:) They're very glam rock indeed!

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  36. wow theyre beautiful! good luck with your dissertation, I've just handed mine in - the relief you feel is unreal! x

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  37. Ah yes, they're coming back again. Fashion just turns around every year, it's good to keep things from the past but just get them a little updated in style.

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  38. omg 60 years! that's amazing, I can only hope for that one day :)

    and I LOVE your david bowie shoes ^^

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  39. Oh wow, 60 yrs is an amazing achievement! I love reading about your grandparents lives coming up to how they ended up in the UK. Such a lovely story!

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  40. Oh Helen, what a lovely story. I hope your family had a fab time celebrating together.

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  41. That is the sweetest blog post I've read in a while. Your grandparents story is so interesting, I didn't know wedding by proxy existed.

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  42. Your grandparents' story is such a lovely one!

    Your shoes are great, although I'm not sure I'd be able to walk in such hgih ones!

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  43. Very Cute Dress. Just finished a beginners sewing dress so in the process of making myself a cute black and white polkadot skirt.

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  44. Meant to say beginners sewing class Lol

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  45. Wow, 60 years! That's incredible!! Congrats to your grandparents. And what a great story.

    I adore those shoes, they look great with that dress. I have it too, but it looks totally different on me - I had to go a size up when I bought it and it was a bit too long in the body, and now I've lost weight it's still too long and now too loose. Hunting for it again on ebay! :) Looks gorgeous on you though.

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  46. What a wonderful post, many congrats to your grandparents, how lovely! My friend married her husband in texas, while he was in Italy by proxy, so I think they still do it?

    Those shoes! I wouldn't be able to move an inch in them! They are so lovely though.

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  47. Such wonderful shoes! Love the story of your grandparents' wedding, too. The photo is amazing.

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  48. Many congratulations to your grandparents! And I can't think of other shoes to be perfect for such occasion :)
    Also, hope you had a nice Easter!

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  49. There's a Stylish Blogger Award for you over at mine. You're awesome ^-^

    Cx

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  50. Ah bless!

    And you look great - LOVE your shoes!

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  51. What a beautiful picture of your grandma and granddad. Very pretty and very handsome! xxx

    ps. those shoes are amazing and you are oh so cute! x

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  52. 60 years! Wow, that's a long time!
    I love your outfit, the dress is so cute and the shoes are amazing!

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  53. aaaaaaw these shoes are lovely! And your grand-parents love story is so adorable!

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