Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunny day in spots



Yesterday was gloomy and so was I, so last night I watched Funny Face (so great!), put my hair in pin-curls and willed the sun to come out today... and it did! I quite like the way my hair turned out, I only had it cut short a few weeks ago, so I am still experimenting with styling, although the mini-victory rolls I did had fallen out by the time we got to photo-time.






Ian and I walked over to the cinema to see Kick Ass (quite good!) and took some snaps on the way. I wore the spotty dress I bought at the vintage fair last weekend. It says 'Lemona: American half sizes for height 5'4" and under". I found this pretty funny since I am about 5'9" and it seems to fit quite nicely! I suppose it is supposed to be worn much looser and longer.

Dress - Vintage fair
Belt - Alannah Hill
Socks - CK (from a discount store in NYC)
Shoes - Repetto

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Couch renovation: gathering inspiration













(Images from Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, and Signature Prints)

I am searching for fabric (and tutorials!) in the quest to re-upholster our couch. We bought it through the classifieds for a song, but it is covered in stains and marks from it's previous life. At the moment we have a length of fabric thrown over it. The couch is actually a really lovely shape - like a two-seater version of the first photo, so it is a shame to hide it under a sheet.

I love the bold prints and bright colours above. I particularly like the lattice-work inspired fabric. There is something elegant about the simple lines, but it is also visually stimulating. The tricky thing is, that most general fabric stores don't stock these sorts of patterns, and the fancy places I have found them charge through the nose. So this weekend I am going to scout out some thrift store and see if I can find some cute curtains or bed linen that looks like it needs a new life in the form of couch-cushions.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Vintage fair


This is what I wore today to the 'Love Vintage' show at canterbury racecourse. It is one of my faveroute dresses. I got it while I was in NYC at the Hell's kitchen flea market. I think it is probably from the late '40s, but it has no tags so I haven't been able to track it down.

I wore it with my new shoes (yay!). I have been looking forward to these for weeks, but finally bit the bullet and bought them. They are Naots - so they were rather pricey, but also the MOST comfortable shoes I have ever tried.

Dress - Vintage
Sunnies - from century 21
Cardigan - SES
Bag - Myer

(Ian took great delight in snapping the pile of trash next to the park as a backdrop)
I have never been to a vintage show in Sydney before and was totally overwhelmed by the number of stores and quality of some of the wares on offer. However, as expected a lot of the stores were really badly over-priced. Nevertheless, I ended up buying quite a few bits and pieces that I felt were reasonably priced.

I really liked this dress, but it was a little out of my budget. The beading was incredible! It didn't come out very nicely in the photo, because I was too shy to take a better shot - but the sequins were just lovely.
This was another one that got away. at $130 it was a pretty average 'show price'. It was made in Italy - putting it on felt like going on some very sophisticated summer holiday.

This is what I ended up with:
A heavy wool burgendy coat - I seriously can not believe I managed to buy a coat on such a hot day.
A dusty pink and white polka dot sailor-dress.
A green belt that works beautifully with the dress i wore to the show.
An issue of Australian 'Home Journal' from 1952
A celluloid clasp (with the intension of making a belt)
and the wallet of my dreams! I have been looking for a new wallet with a clasp-change section for years. My last one was new from Review, but the clasp broke and my change always slips out! This wallet is calf skin from the '80s and is by an Australian company 'Laimbok'. So very exciting to have my change in my wallet and not rolling around my bag!!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mo's that Make Me Smile





1. Knitted beard beanie available on etsy.
2. My friend and talented artist Eric.
3.Willi Chevalier at the World Beard Champion in Germany in the category "Chin and Cheek Beard, Freesyle, 2005".
4. A couple at a resort in the '50s at the Catskills from The Sartorialist.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Birthdays in Blue



Today we celebrated my Dad's 60th birthday with a big lunch with family and friends. I ate far too much delicious food and caught up with all my parent's friends. I wore a dress I found in a little vintage shop in Leura (in the blue mountains) that was having a huge closing down sale. I think it is a '60s scooter dress. It originally had a high turtle-neck which I didn't like very much, so I altered it and added piping.

Dress - 'Leeroy' from vintage shop in Leura
Shoes - from china town
Hat - Brooklyn flea market

Photos by Ian

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Signets!

I have finally caved to all the inspiration offered by other bloggers and decided I need to begin my own. I began a blog for school last year (www.blackswanspond.blogspot.com) that I will continue to update news and progress on my research

This blog will offer a space to post inspiration, ideas and record my attempts to integrate them into my life. I hope you enjoy it :)