Monday, July 25, 2011

Colour me Camellia

I have always loved it when the Camellias bloom. They look so bold, colourful and strong on their bush, but flutter and disintegrate when you try to pick them. My grandfather had a big Camellia bush in his garden, and I have always associated them with my grandmother, Camilla, who I never met.

I am still trying to beat this stupid cold. It feels like I have had it forever now! This week semester started and I have to be in at work. I figured the only way to feel better was to put on some bright colours and a silly cardigan. My next plan is chicken soup.
 Outfit Details:
Cardi - thrifted (you may remember from last year)
top - Veronika Maine
skirt - thrifted
tights - ?
Shoes - Naot

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fish, birds and butterflies

 Last night we braved the cold and rainy night to share in the great pleasure of opening Rob Yee's second solo show at TIGHT. Rob does the most amazing illustrations - both beautiful and very funny - you can check out his blog to see more, or pop along to the exhibition that runs for two weeks.
 I wore a dress I found ages ago - it was a huge '80s prom dress with a full length skirt. I finally got around to chopping it down to a more wearable length. I really love it now - it makes me feel a little bit like grandma Yetta and has the greatest squirrel/peacock/llama creatures on it.

Outfit details:
Dress - thrifted
coat - my sister's
cardi - k-mart
tights - ?
shoes - Naot
bag - Myer
And when you move it looks like this:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Goldie got got

 I got home this afternoon in time to see a very pleased Mr. Kookaburra in the garden wrestling with a squirming goldfish from our pond. And you know, it was funny, as I stood there snapping these photos I wanted to be mad at him - I feed those fish!! and clean gunk out of their pond! - but I was actually kind of impressed. Those birds have been scoping the pond for weeks and now finally they scored some dinner. Hope it was yummy guys! I will miss poor Goldie!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Reading room

Thanks for all your wonderful advice on using my new camera! I am keen to get out and put it into practice ASAP. Right now I am hauled up feeling sorry for myself trying to get over this cold. Ian and I took these shots last week in one of my favorite bookshops in Glebe: Sappho's. What could be better than a beautiful bookshop than a beautiful bookshop with a cafe!

Outfit details:
Top - Dotti
Scarf - gift from my folks
hat - antique store
skirt - gift from Kerryn
tights - ?
shoes - Naot
Bag - Myer

On our way out to a party later that evening, we happened upon this little scene:

Friday, July 15, 2011

School Daze

Yesterday I met a friend for coffee and we got chatting about body image. She was commenting on how all her recent bike riding was making her feel fit, and I was moaning about how my never-ending cold (2 weeks now!) has kept me from the gym and made me feel like a great lump of ick. After patiently listening to all my whining, she said something really interesting. She has read lots of feminist theory over the last few years, and now won't let herself think about her body in terms of 'fat' or 'thin'. Every time she finds herself sliding into these constructed categories, she just refuses to continue the thought.

I'm not sure I could do that- though I don't feel like I have a particularly negative self-image (in fact discovering the fashion blog-o-sphere and seeing the wonderful things women of all shapes and sizes come up with in the way they dress is something I love about this online community). Nevertheless, I do think about shape- not usually in terms of "fat" or "thin", but in how silhouettes can be. constructed.

I thought it was fitting that this discussion should crop up in time for this post. I walked into the room with this skirt the other day and Ian said 'are you going to school?' So I decided that yes, I would - and went school girl all the way. It was when I was younger, at school, wearing a uniform day in, day out, that shape didn't really figure into the equation. I was forced to wear a tie, a shapeless white shirt and drab tan pants/skirt, so silhouette was something I had no control over.

These days shape is something I love to play with. Learning about cuts and clothes has allowed me to come to love fashion and its great transformative power. Occasionally I battle with my body, wishing I could pull off some waifish, flat-chested style, but more often than not I think of it as just another element in the creative process of dressing. So what do you think? Could you take shape out of the equation?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Play of Light

I have been wanting to tell you for over a week now, but Ian insisted I wait and devote a whole post to my exciting news. So here it is... I got a new camera! Have you noticed the photos in my last few posts are a little clearer? Those backgrounds are a little blurred?

I ended up going with the basic entry level Canon 1000D (or rebel XS in the states). Ian and I have mostly been shooting on auto, but are trying to play with the manual settings too. I think I may do a short course somewhere, does anyone have any recommendations? I feel as though I should have some basic understanding of my camera first.

These aren't really the greatest photos to show off my new camera. The sun was about to set, but gave a good blast of harsh light to end the day. It is pretty tough in winter to find time on weekdays for photos while the sun is still up!

Outfit Details:
Dress - vintage possibly from Q's Daydream Vintage (but I can't remember!)
tights - tights please
shoes - gentle soul
cardi - k-mart
hair bow - Ian's bow tie

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pumpkin Scone Recipe

Inspired by your responses to my last post, today I have for you my pumpkin scone recipe. This is one I took from my mother's recipe book and everytime we make them, we also have to tell this story: 

In the mid '80s, in late July - that time of year that pumpkins are a great, deep, orange colour - my heavily pregnant mother had bought a lovely Jap pumpkin for dinner. That afternoon she went into labour. She and my father gathered their things to head to the hospital, but just as they were ready to head out the door, she remembered the pumpkin and realised it would spoil before they got home. So they dropped everything, cooked the pumpkin and made a huge batch of pumpkin scones. Fresh from the oven, mum, dad, my sister and the scones, piled into the car and went off to hospital. A few hours later I was born into a room filled with happy snacking nurses and the smell of pumpkin scones. They probably figured in my first meal.

Pumpkin Scones
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup cold mashed pumpkin
2 cups self raising flour
pinch salt

  • cream butter and sugar
  • add egg
  • add pumpkin
  • fold in flour and salt
  • knead lightly and spread out on a floured surface
  • use an upside-down glass to cut. I find putting them quite close together on the tray supports them and helps them rise higher and get fluffier.
  • bake in a hot oven (220 C), or until well risen and golden brown (approx 15 mins)

I also glaze them with milk and add pumpkin/sunflower seeds on top.

Baby photos of me at my birthday, chowing down on home-made birthday cake.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Knit and Natter

On Sunday I backed a batch of pumpkin scones, packed up my knitting and went over to Sara's house for afternoon tea. It was a gorgeous afternoon chatting away and eating the delicious coconut cookies Sara made. I taught Haidee how to cast on, knit and purl - she picked it up in a flash and then attracted a furry knitting mascot.

Also thanks to Georgia for the two photos below!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Foggy Mountain

 Ian and I went up to visit his parents in the Blue Mountains this weekend. It is always a such a treat. I love bundling up in layers on the train and stepping out into the cold air on the platform to see Ian's breath fog up his glasses. We ate delicious food, caught up and played word games that completely scrambled my brain!

On Saturday I went to an antiques fair and a bunch of vintage and thrift stores with Ian's mum and Stella. Both of these ladies have great style and should totally have blogs of their own (although my not-so-subtle hints continue to fall on deaf ears). The antiques fair was mostly over-priced knick knack's, but I scored a few exciting bits and pieces at other shops that I can't wait to show you!

 May I present the ever-awesome and totally invincible Chester sniffing up the foreground
 Creepy army of dress-up rabbits. Who collects these things?!
Outfit Details:
Top - Red cross shop in Newtown
Skirt - vintage fair
belt - vintage fair
coat - vintage fair
tights - ?
shoes - Naot 

photos of my by Ian and Stella, others by me.