Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sweet Fields

What would a trip to Queensland be without some shots of sugarcane? Since I saw the amazing photos set in sugarcane fields by Oracle Fox, I knew we'd have to stop and take some of our own. My grandma thought we were absolutely insane when we pulled over by the side of the highway and disappeared into the field.

I have had a few questions about my photos - so should say that Ian takes all my photos (except the ones that aren't of me, which I take). He is incredibly patient with my inarticulate direction and mad gesturing. He was also so kind as to remind me, during this shoot, how much snakes and spiders like to hang out in sugarcane.

Outfit details:
Dress - vintage from e-bay
Belt - vintage from Love Vintage fair
Shoes - Clark's originals - bored of these yet?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fraser Island

 Ian and I spent one glorious day on Fraser Island. It it is the largest sand island in the world and is spectacularly beautiful.
 We booked with a tour group who organised the whole day for us (such a relief!). They also had the most amazing (and kind of terrifying) 4WD buses that whizzed over the sandy bush tracks and zoomed along the sand dunes. We scored a seat just behind the driver!
We started off with a walk in the rainforest... and tried to avoid things hitting us on the head.
Then ran around between Eli Creek and 75 mile beach.

Explored the Maheno shipwreck. I love the layers of rust and barnacles - some amazing textures.

Had a visit from a little plane with a pilot who looked the part (he was even wearing aviators!)
 Then finished the day with a swim in lake McKenzie.

 Then jumped on the ferry home where we met the Ferry Fur Ball. I don't think she was very happy about us invading her ship.
Outfit Details:
Dress: Vintage, gift from my sister
Bag: Beacons Closet
Shoes: Clarks originals

Ian wore his sun safe rash-shirt and his new hat from 'The Man Shop' :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Grandma's Place

Hello! I'm back from a sunny visit to my Grandma with new enthusiasm and energy for work. I had a wonderful time sifting through old photo albums, hearing stories about what life was like in Sydney in the '40s and visiting the historical society to discover more about my family history.

These photos were taken in my Grandma's house. She and my Grandpa bought the place in the '60s and went there on holidays, then retired there in 1976. I remember visiting as a kid, but this visit I was really struck by the style of the furniture and fittings. I don't think much has been changed since they first decorated. I love those golden tones and simple lines, particularly as they are illuminated by the ferocious Queensland sun.

Now this dress is very exciting - not only does it have a lovely tie-neck, fantastic print and amazingly incredible pleats within pleats (!!!)(does anyone know what that is called?), but I found it at an Op Shop for $10! It was waaaayyy waaaayyy too big, so I had to do some pretty big adjustments to make it fit. I am still not crazy about the fit on the bodice, so I may make that a little more shapely. Regardless, I am pretty pleased that I could tackle such a big reconstruction.

Also a big thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post - I really appreciate your kind thoughts! I think you may have saved the yellow dress from the dyeing pot :)

Outfit details:
Dress: Red Cross Op shop
Belt: The Way We Wore vintage fair
Shoes: Clarks originals
Shiny Face: Courtesy of the crazy Queensland heat

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lazy weekend

 I had a super lazy weekend reading the paper, visiting cafes, napping and wandering through markets. 
This dress is one I wore last week. I bought it for a song at a Vinnies about a year ago (and writing this makes me wish you could actually buy something for a song - just imagine standing at the counter at Coles and crooning at the check-out chick/bloke?! It'd be amazing!). The dress has been in my "to dye" pile, because it has a few blotchy stains on the back. But I decided to be a grub and wear it anyway. And guess what? No one seemed to notice1 I guess it might survive a few more wears before it becomes blue (what do you think?) or red? rose?

Today I'm off to visit my grandma - see you when I'm back!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Thrifted
Bag: Thrifted
Shoes: Django & Juliette

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

I made Ian pancakes with raspberry hearts to celebrate! Then spent breakfast teasing him about the way he pronounces raspberry (razz-berry, instead of the proper way: raas-berry). Ah love.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Wild Winds

This evening Ian and I took a long walk along the cliffs in the crazy winds just before the storm rolled in. I wore a new (to me) dress that I had on my Etsy wishlist for almost a year. I finally treated myself and couldn't be happier. It is everything I love in a dress - pleats, '50s proportions, soft breezy fabric, geometric print and purple. I suspect you will be seeing it again! (I also love how the wind made the skirt into a bustle in the photo below!)

 Outfit details:
Dress - MadiStarAffair on etsy
scarf - I think this was my mums, but I seem to have appropriated it (sorry mum - let me know if you want it back!)
thongs - probably k-mart?

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Latest Sewing Project

I recently made this burgundy skirt to try to fill the burgundy-skirt-size hole in my wardrobe. It turned out pretty well, except I used some crappy cheap "I'm pretending to be linen" synthetic fabric I had in my stash that insists on being crumpled looking. Would  you believe I ironed it moments before I took these photos? Agg! So frustrating!!! If anyone has any handy hints on how to get this fabric to behave, I would very much appreciate them.

Ian snapped these photos in my favourite cafe, called Cafe Ella in Redfern. They make great coffee, and  simple, generous meals. Plus, they don't seem to mind too much when I spend half the day there bashing out a paper on my laptop.

Outfit details:
skirt - made by me
top - thrifted
cardi - SES
tights - Alannah Hill
shoes - Django and Juliette
Bag - Glebe markets

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Surprise (Part Three)

On Sunday morning we got up bright and early to head to Surprise Destination no.3 - the pick-your-own berry farm at Montrose. We both really enjoyed it - in fact Ian got musing about how being a "gatherer" would make a really good solid career and thought he might choose it over the wildly unpredictable job of "hunter". Crazy boy.

I wore a super comfy jersey dress in berry-stain-proof black. I may also have done a little taste testing while picking:

For afternoon tea we shared a custard tart and some of our precious blackberries. We also browsed some of the antique stores and markets as we made our way home. I found a great '50s hat and parasol that were an absolute bargain at $15 for both! Other than that everything tended to be pretty overpriced. I will have to take some photos of them to show you in the next week or so!


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Surprise (Part Two)

During the week I had snuck some of Ian's clothes into a bag and hid them in the car. After our walk, he assumed we must be heading home, but that's when I hit him with surprise destination no.2! A gorgeous B&B in Exeter named Clontarf. It is a stunning little place, with perfectly kept gardens and a completely awesome view of the countryside. Ian was totally gob-smacked! And once I had assured him that I had brought his toothbrush and clothes - he was also delighted. It was pretty fun being mischievous surprise lady.

This is the outfit I wore out to dinner that night (and a little crumpled from being secretly packed with such haste). I have had this silk dress for a while, but used to reserve it only for extra special occasions, because it is so fragile. This summer I decided that is really silly. It is so comfy and breezy - just perfect for those crazy hot days. No need to be too precious about these things! Dresses are made to be worn.

 This is Tipsy, Clontarf's resident pup who guarded our room through the night.

 Fairy tale views. Seriously! All this needs is: "and they lived happily ever after".
 For dinner we drove up to Berrima and wandered around some of their historic sites. Believe it or not, the building behind me here is a gaol. The sign out front said it is fully operational. Of course! When I think gaol I immediately thing: sweet rose garden and grand stone entrance way! Don't you?

Right over the road is the historic courthouse (now a museum). We were quite impressed by the efficiency of having these two buildings so close to each other.
 Some details - I just adore the detail on this dress.

Outfit details:
Dress: Fleur Wood (factory sale)
Cardigan: SES
Belt: Vintage
Bow: Ian's bow tie
Shows: Django and Juliette

I couldn't resist posting this photo too - don't you think Ian looks like a shop keeper you might see in one of those old photo albums that feature "people and their work"?