Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dinner Date

A week ago now, (yes I am a little behind on posting!) Ian took me out to dinner at a shnazzy Japanese place in the city called Fujiya. It had an awesome view for people watching on the street below and seriously nice Japanese food and drinks. They also had spectacular down lights on each table, so as each dish was served, it was as though they were presented on a stage. Below is a quick snap of my hot sake, and Ian's peach cocktail (that tasted like lychee) - yum! Unfortunately we were so excited about dinner once it arrived I completely forgot to get a photo. Oops!

Thursday, June 24, 2010


A few days ago I went out to see the Unity Hall big band at the Unity Hall Hotel.The band were fantastic! and the gig is every week AND free. I will definately be back (and hopefully catch some shots of the place!). Next time I also need to take a swing dance partner - there were a few couples out front swinging along with the band.

I wore the skirt I bought from Solanah and posted back in May, but 'remixed' it, putting it together differently. I also shortened it an inch and really love the length now!

skirt - from vixen vintage etsy store
red tank top - myer
black top - supre
green cardigan - op shopped
black cardigann - k-mart
beret - myer
red tights (underneath) - myer
black long socks (on top) - myer
shoes - repetto
bag - op shopped
wow.. so many layers!!

below is a shot of the red tights showing through the black socks - cool hey?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Welcome Detour

On my voyage to work this weekend, aboard Sydney's fondly nicknamed 'Shitty Rail', I was delivered to Museum station due to track work. I am getting used to track work as it is quickly falling from exception to become the rule on weekends. But, this weekend, I was pleasantly surprised as I alighted at Museum to discover all these lovely vintage advertisements.

I am sure I have been through Museum before, but I seem to have had my 'history goggles' on this weekend for the first time. The station has all its original signage from the turn of the 20thC. There are some fun fact on the station's wikipedia page.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Black and Gold

This morning Ian and I wandered up to a new-to-us cafe for coffee. We stopped for a few photos in a little park with the most magnificent climbing tree (evidence below). The dress I wore was a gift from a friend. I haven't worn it before, because I was a bit afraid of how '80s it was. It also fit really poorly through the back. So this week I de-shoulder-padded it, and popped in a couple of darts to accommodate for my sway back. Now I think it is pretty cool!

You can't really see it - but I was pretty excited that the gold ends of my glasses matched the gold buttons on my dress and the gold studs on my bag. I have never considered myself a 'gold' sort of person (perhaps after being scared by the scary old Double Bay ladies who were so weighed down with their gold jewellery they had mobility issues). But look at this! All gold-ed up! Although I like to think this is a 'black and gold - no frills version'.

dress - gift
cardigan - SES
scarf - markets in Thailand
tights - Myer
shoes - Wittner
bag - girft (from Spencer and Rutherford)
glasses - Chloe

Ian looked smashing in his I-don't-have-to-work-as-a-sales-rhino-today stubble, 'russian drug-dealer' jacket, comfy Bec-approved shirt and new birthday bow tie.

We came across these little fellas just as we were deep in conversation about interesting gardens. I liked the way the rocks were painted green - a wonderful low-maintenance lawn.

The gentleman below greeted us from a salon window. I accidentally woke him up while trying to take a photo. But what a cutie-pie! He reminds me of Milo and Otis (which one was the dog??)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

check one two, check one two

Last night I went to my first Swing Pit. Ian and I have been taking lessons with Swing Patrol since the beginning of the year. They are absolutely brilliant. The teachers are all incredibly positive and patient - literally every person who walks through the door is able to dance by the end of the lesson.

So now that we have learned most of the basic patterns we decided we were ready for some social dancing. They started with a lesson on Blues - which was wonderfully simple and cozy for a cold night - then had a few 'micro lessons' throughout the night with refreshers. We really needed them! It is amazing how quickly we have forgotten the steps. Unfortunately it was really dark in the hall and my camera is pretty lousy for night-time, so I didn't get any photos. However, there was a really clear black and red check trend going on. So many girls had cute red and black check shirts. Today I channeled some of it in my outfit.

Below is my camera case and trusty backpack. I got them both from Crumpler when my friend Adina worked there. They are the most practical bags ever (machine washable!!). I am happy to risk looking like a walking advert they are so awesome.

red singlet - myer's basque range
black top - double bay clothing warehouse
kilt - a Melbourne op shop
two pairs of tights layered - ?
shoes - top end from max's shoes
scarf - china town markets
coat - lady moon vintage

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Way back in December I bought this lovely coat from Lady Moon Vintage on Etsy. It is really difficult to buy a decent warm winter coat in Sydney without it costing the earth. I think retailers assume that no-one gets cold in our mild winter, so they sell unlined cotton coats, but charge 'properly-lined-wool-coat' prices. So last december I decided to take all that winter-inspiration floating around the blog-o-sphere and buy myself a sensible warm awesomely cool coat. I have been waiting patiently for winter ever since.

Boy is it warm!I felt like I was in my snuggly dressing gown all day. The cape is detachable and unfortunately will probably only be needed for over-seas adventures in properly freezing climates. Or next time I want to look like Sherlock Holmes!

Ian and I had a lot of fun playing detective around our apartment building. We took full advantage of the lovely art-deco features.

coat and detachable cape - Lady moon vintage
top - supre (not seen!)
skirt - thrifted
tights - Myer
boots - timberland

Monday, June 7, 2010


This weekend was Ian's old school fair. I helped out selling flowers. It was tonnes of fun - market runs at 4am and arranging everything into pretty little mixed bunches. Unfortunately I didn't get any shots of the markets or flowers (4am is a time when my head doesn't work very well at remembering these sorts of things).

In the afternoon once my flowers were mostly sold out I got a chance to check out the other stalls. I bought this kilt at the clothing store when they were trying to get rid of things at the end of the day. They sold it to me for 50c! It's tag says it is made in Dublin - which I thought was quite cool. I also picked up an AMAZING knitting magazine that I will scan some pages and post soon.

shirt - target
cravat - thrifted
skirt - new thrifted kilt
tights - Myer

Friday, June 4, 2010

Chai Tea

I have been drinking truck-loads of tea lately. I spend most mornings reading at the moment, and sit looking out at the gloomy weather, sipping tea, pondering my books.

For the last few years I have been making my own Chai tea mix. It is really simple! I just whizz up the spices pictured in my coffee grinder (cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, cloves, star annis and a dash of chili) and mix it with loose leaf black tea. I am never exact about the measurements, but tend to put mostly cinnamon, cardamon and cloves. I also adjust it once I've tasted it. I brew it in a pot, add a spoonful of honey (and sometimes some vanilla) and milk... then drink!

Today I made rye toast with penut butter, honey and pipettos to go with it.