Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lace up...

"I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature;
 lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, 
and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin." 
-Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel's wise words continue to live on and be remembered. This quote perfectly sums up my love of lace and also thought it would be a 
great way to introduce to you my new friend from my closet. Or should I say old friend? 
I found this beautiful top stuffed down the back of my wardrobe. It is a rejected old top of my mothers that was
 kept in my childhood 'dress-up box' for me to play around in. 
My now older eyes immediately fell in love with its white lace details and adorable collar. 
It had a few stains but with a quick wash it was as good as new. 
I should start losing clothes in my closet more often, its so much fun rediscovering old clothes, its like I'm going shopping all over again. 

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bringing out the big bucks...

"Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style"
-John Fairchild 

The jumper featured in today's outfit post cost me a whole 40 cents. I know, very extravagant of me.
I arrived at my old primary school fair with $5 in my pocket, thinking I could stretch that to cover lunch. 
I seriously never thought I would come away with two jumpers, two tops and a cardigan, as well as a hot dog and snow cone for lunch.
I absolutely adore vintage or second hand clothes, so despite the heat, I have become very attached to my new grandpa sweater.

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Jumper: Vintage
Shorts: Forever New
Shoes: Hannahs
Necklace: Equip
Fur Tail: Gift

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Friday, October 26, 2012

It's hard to ignore the style dictated by the masses...

"I'm really interested in fashion but at the same time I find it quite competitive. 
Second-hand stuff leaves you more open to whatever your own personal style is rather than feeling dictated to by shops."

-Sophie Ellis Bextor 

Sometimes I feel like what to wear to Uni/College is one big unspoken competition of whats in fashion in the
stores and who can afford to wear it from head to toe.
Though I tend to feel a bit self conscious if I'm out in something that doesn't 
necessarily fit into the mainstream idea of current fashion, the part of my brain that chooses clothes
 in the morning never tends to take that into consideration and goes with whatever takes its fancy.

But this outfit came about as a smushing of random items in my wardrobe I love.
I was sucked in initially by the bright colours of my thrifted Kate Sylvester dress (from Tatty's in Ponsonby),
something I normally save for something special, but it can be nice to wear something special on a normal boring day! 
A soft jacket with that amazing leather smell, and finally my favourite accessories at the moment; 
some on trend spikes, antique family heirlooms, new ring with a star (which my name means in various languages)

necklace, watch - antique
spike bracelet - asos
star ring - Karen Walker
jacket - Just Jeans
dress - Kate Sylvester

I'm in the middle of exams at the moment, so I'm pretty busy, but generally I also have a lot of
intrusive thoughts about blog posts and projects to work on, so I'll share as much as I can :)

P.S. We have a giveaway on yay! So remember to enter that if you haven't already :) 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


"The woman is the most perfect doll that I have dressed with delight and admiration."
-Karl Lagerfeld

An important milestone: 524 followers. Well I suppose its not super significant, but I'm making it significant because I'm a bit slow to organise a 500 followers giveaway :)
Chicnova is a fabulous website that offers some great fashion pieces at a wide range of prices. 
I put together a little polyvore set out of completely Chicnova items. Of course I was instantly drawn to the more expensive items (every time! why does that happen??), but I did find some little bargains like the body ear cuff and little purse.Check out their website to see what you can find and enter the giveaway below to win yourself a $30 voucher!


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Light + Wind

"Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others."
- Orson Welles 

I must say, the thing I love about this outfit is all the different textures.
Half way through styling this look, I found myself doubting what I was doing.
In the mirror, all the beige/pinky colours appeared bland and boring.
But in the end I love how this outfit photographed. I
 can now see past the neutral colours and now admire the beautiful textures.
The chunky knit, with the soft chiffon and crystal on a soft cord.
The different textures made the whole look interesting to the eye.

And so with a bit of wind, some afternoon sun and my fantastic personal photographer/sister,
it made for a quite beautiful outfit post.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A tradition continued...

"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse."
- Winston Churchill 

From the Scottish side of our family there is a tradition where a gold sovereign is placed into the
hand of a baby and the way in which they grasp that coin tells you how successful they will be.
There has also been a number of coins held to be passed down when we were old enough.
So my mother suggested that maybe we could try find a sovereign case for my birthday to hold and protect mine.
The search began, and after looking at many different styles it was this victorian one made in 1898 that 
I fell in love with.
It was simple but while still traditional looking and I loved the idea of marrying a case with a history of its own
with our little tradition that I hope to carry on.

Do you have any cool family traditions? 

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Monday, October 15, 2012

We all live in a little yellow car...

"Hey, would you believe me if I told you I was being followed by a yellow submarine?" 
- Yellow Submarine (1968)

ERMAHGERD! Look at the little yellow car XD 
On our adventure to a photography exhibit at the Auckland museum we found this cute little car hidden away in a side street.
I know it doesn't really have anything to do with fashion, but we thought it was so adorable and the perfect spot for and outfit shoot.

This outfit actually took a surprisingly long time to put together.
Eventually I decided to base the whole look around my little black glassons hat.
I stole inspiration from one of my favourite bloggers, Art In Our Blood.
She always post amazing outfits styled with a hat tilted back on her head. 

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Dress : Ladakh
Jacket : Gift
Hat : Glassons
Hunger Games Necklace : Amazon

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

New little Treasure

“Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”

- Ralph Lauren

I found this little treasure hidden away in a second hand store in the small town of Raetihi.
I instantly fell in love with the little suits pastel colour and floral pattern, which was, surprisingly, perfectly on trend. The lady at the store was so sweet and gave it to me for only $5!
When looking at the label I found out the suit was from Oxford Street in England. That's what I love about second hand clothing, is that they come with such history. I wonder, how did this little thing make its way all the way to a small town in New Zealand?

I am yet to be brave enough to wear the 2 piece, so instead I just did a little trial run with the skirt by itself yesterday afternoon when I went to the pools (yes I hope the explains the jandals haha)

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Skirt : Second Hand
Cardigan : Cotton on

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tea and things ♥

"Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea."
-Henry Fielding 

It is believed that the idea of afternoon tea originated in France in the 17th century
where tea became hugely popular.
By the 18th century, the popularity of tea had spread through out Britain
and was on sale in more than 500 coffee houses in London. 
During the industrial revolution, families would return to their homes completely exhausted after the day of working.  The table would be set with a huge array of fantastic foods to full the belly, along with tea for everyone. It was termed 'High' tea because it was eaten at high tables rather than low tea tables. 
Over the years, high tea has evolved into a dainty affair, the various meats and breads  have been replaced by finger sandwiches and pastries. 

I had the pleasure of attending a high tea to celebrate Katelyn's (aka 'death by fashion') birthday. We dusted of the family pearls and gleefully sipped from beautiful china tea cups all afternoon, a truly fabulous affair.
Here are some photos taken by myself, Reba and various others.


Dress (worn as top) : Valley Girl
Jewellery : Passionata, Rings & Tings.
Skirt : LOVE

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