Monday, April 27, 2009


If you were to walk into my house tomorrow, there would be one thing that you'd see as odd.
Amongst a house made up solely of retro goods, there is a giant futuristic iMac sitting on my dressing table.
In any other house it wouldn't look out of place.
I've said a few times that I don't like buying new things, like the look of new things, or the quality of new things, however when it comes to technology, I am a hypocrite.
I am a technerd.
I love modern technology, and more importantly, I love Apple.
My iMac is now 3 years old, and it was time for me to upgrade.
I have been desiring the portability of a laptop for a while now, as I have a lot of plans up my sleeve for which a laptop would suit me SO much better than the iMac.
Now was a rather appropriate time for the Rudd bonus to deposit into my account!
My dear reliable iMac has been retired to a backup device and my TV set, and my new Aluminum MacBook has taken it's place.
I'm in love.
It's so good to have a laptop again.

As this is a boring imageless post about computers, I'll leave you with one of my favorite images that appear as my desktop background.

I'm off to snuggle up to my new MacBook! It keeps my lap nice and warm in this horrible weather.

Have a lovely evening :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Deceased Estate shopping.

Well I've had a busy week in the opshopping category!
My local opshop had a donation from a deceased estate, lucky me was there the next day and picked up some marvelous goodies!
I also went back the next day in hope there may have been some more unpacking done through the day before, or perhaps some undiscovered goodies lurking that I may have missed the first time, and there was! Lucky.
And then the next day, I was on my way to my hair consultation, and had some time to kill so dropped into Savers.
I shouldn't have.
I spent nearly $80.
Money I've been saving (due to having so many days off work) for rent. Eep.
But I just can't say no.
And my new rule of 'If it's there then, get it' was applied and I was right to do so.
It's not every day vintage dead stock is found, and when it comes to vintage, I can't just say, 'ooh I'll save up and buy it in a couple of weeks'
So although it was a bit expensive, I'm glad I got it all.

Here are my finds for this week!

They're the vintage dead stock dresses. Various sizes with rip off tags in their side seems. Simple shift dresses.

This is a gorgeous home made 50's day dress that FITS ME!!!!

A kaftan that's really well made, and I suspect it's actually from the hippy era as the tags font is very retro.

New toaster for meee. I hope this one actually cooks the top AND the bottom of the bread at the same time.

Boxed and wrapped vintage pantyhose 'made in England' retailing for 6 pound each

I have been looking for one of these for nearly 2 years now. We have one at the costume shop, and oh how I've dreamed of owning one. I even set out to knit my own yet after 2 seconds of putting a needle through one spot that looks exactly like the other I gave up. I have maybe 5 crocheted vests, but this is the one I've been looking for exactly!! Oh this made my day.

Then after I found the vest, I picked up this book, and flicked to about half way through and it was 'how to make a crocheted vest' exactly the same as the one I just found. It was fate.

It also teaches me how to a make knitted breakfast! Lucky, I've always wanted to know!
I would like to make those chippies though, with little faces on them like Jules from Poppet does with her little home made characters !
I will more than likely never get around to it, but it's on the to do one day list!

I got this bottle opener, and a letter opener. They're SO heavy and there was something about them that made me buy them. Hmm I've never ventured into the realm of metal objects. I'm generally a plastic girl. *polyester girl* is now in my head.

And then as i dug through the place where I found the above ones, I found this one.
It must have been my deceased estate mans collection, this one was by far my favorite. It's double sided, made in Italy and VERY heavy. It's so very detailed and I think it may be valuable but again, i'm clueless about this kind of stuff.
I know there's bottle opener collectors, so I know there's a market, but I'm mostly curious about who the King guy is! Anyone have any clues?

Home made 1960's gown including a cape!! Ooh lah.

Gorgeous 50's? Coat with fur trim.

And lastly are these wide eyed girl framed prints. The bottom one has been hand drawn and is signed. But the top two are just prints. I love all the wide eyed girls and boys. (I think that's what they're called?) I especially love the little figurines with the wide eyes. Those eyelashes just make me giddy!!

And that's my week!!

I'm off to my Dads new, very empty and echoey rented house now, as my lovely neighbours are throwing one of their way too loud parties.
I really don't know how they talk to each other! So I figured I'm not going to get a wink of sleep tonight so I'm going to visit.
Wow I must be getting old. Oh dear that was very grandma of me wasn't it?

Hmm anyway, I hope you all have a quiet and good night.


Monday, April 20, 2009

What I wore reprise.

Not much to show you today, even though it has been so very long!
I've not been going opshopping lately, (well besides the one next to work)
Since the Easter break I've been behind and it's stuffed up my budget, as casual pay means I don't get holiday pay.
And then I was sick, which meant no sick leave, so this results in no shopping as rent comes first. Sigh.
However I did pick up possibly my favorite item of the year for a mere $3.

These are a pair of original 1950's snakeskin peeptoes that were hand made to for a specific person. I took them to the boot makers who fix our shoes at work and told me about them. They're hand signed on the inside and fit me like no other shoe has fit.
That tied me over for so long as just looking at them make me giddy.
They're in impeccable condition, the snakeskin isn't all dry and pealing like you often see in bags etc.

Today is my day off and so thought it was about high time I blogged, and since I had nothing much to update you on purchase wise, I did another What I wore reprise, since I didn't take photos on the day.

Here goes.

As soon as said 18 degrees I knew exactly what jacket I was going to wear. My new one from Velour has been teasing me for so long. I'm thinking the dress was a bit of a mistake though... I have no doubt it looked like I was wearing nothing but the jacket to most people.

And this is what I'm wearing today. Oh, days off let me be so casual and I love it.

Yesterday I got my hair cut. Not a big difference, I just got some layers in the bottom as it's longer than a bob now so the blunt cut wasn't too flattering.

For the past couple of months I've been having intense nightmares about getting my hair cut.
I know that sounds completely woosy as most people associate nightmares with kidnappings, snakes and murderers.
But these dreams were just as scary I promise! I don't know how, but somehow they are so negative in my head that they give me the same response. I would wake up so worked up, and emotional it's ridiculous but I can't help it! They really are scary!
You see, I'm desperately trying to grow my hair, I have been since I got it cut into a super short bob, maybe a year or more ago, and since I started to recognize it was getting longer the nightmares started.
People would cut at my hair, force it upon me, I'd go to get it cut and they'd 'accidentally' cut off too much etc.
In every dream I'd begin with long luscious locks, and finish with another bob that can't be fixed.

So yesterday, as I went into the hairdressers to get it done. I felt so sick.
I don't think the lady liked me very much as I was telling her what I wanted done the whole time, like "But I don't want layers like a mullet, just a little bit at the bottom" I got more repetitive the more I saw dropping to the ground.
I knew she knew, but so did the people in my dreams!
Oh well it's all done now and I'm happy. I don't have my bob back, and hopefully the nightmares will go away for a bit.

I'm off to continue my lazy day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A lady will always feel dressed a la mode; In frillies she finds in the Portebollo road.

Long time no blog.
I'm siccccck. And i'm that kind of sick where the world revolves around me and all I want is sympathy. I'm sure my parents are so glad I don't live at home because they'd want to kill me by now. My sooking is even annoying me!
Today I woke up feeling pretty good! I figured I must be over my near death sickness (drama drama) So I got ready for work, and as I took the first sip of my coffee which destroyed my tastebuds, I went to give a 'bah' and no voice came out. Hmm. So I tested it. "Hello.. hello?" Still no voice. Well no... very deep manly croaks burst out occasionally, but other than that I was voiceless Eep!
I had a good cough, gargled on some antiseptic stuff, stood infront of the mirror gazing into my mouth pretending to know what to look for, and gave talking another go. Still just bursts of croak.
I called work and took the day off as I'd be completely useless. My boss took pleasure from hearing my not voice and all was fine.

So here I am with a little time up my sleeve, so I'm going to show you some of the things I've bought over the past ages it seems!
I did say a couple of blogs ago I'd be showing my vintage lot I bought, but I'm not going to. There's wayyy too many and the motivations not there. One day though I promise!

Oh before I forget, if anyone knows any one who can do 1940's - 50's hairstyling in Melbourne I'd love their help. I have a special occasion early May on a Sunday and have a Dita Von Tease style in mind that I can't do myself. Hope someone can help!

Ok, here are some of the things I bought.

No idea if they're genuine or not, my thought is 'not' but they could be.... Chanel shoes probably 80's era.

Pretty doll


This belt is so so rad. It is made similarly to those snakes that bend and look real when you move them!

Glomesh bag.

Boxed NES.

1950's harlequin cocktail glasses. There only appears to be two different colours, but they're actually all different. They're lovely. I use them for icecream :)

The left orange mouse was from my Grandma's fridge. Then last week I found two more which I thought was kind of cool so now he has friends.

These brooches are just lovely!

Lots of jewelery to report on today, these pieces came from one of the ladies who works at the opshop near my work. She knows what I like and brought these in for me from her personal collection as she was doing a clearout. They were hers as a teenager. I feel so special that she thought of me and I'll treasure them. Today (If I had have gone into work) She was bringing me in a box of her grandma's clip on earrings that none of her grand kids wanted. I am a lucky girl.

My Mum is also a lucky girl. She has a good relationship with her opshop ladies too, and every time she goes in she says, "don't forget to tell me if you find diamonds or gollies!!" Half joking but mostly serious haha. Lucky she said it though, because a lady pulled her aside and said these had just came in and Mum got first dibs.
It's a beautiful set including necklace, bracelet, and screw on earrings (ouch) They're soooo heavy and just amazing to look at! Mum gave them to me to possibly wear for my special occasion I mentioned above. I've tried them all on so many times and always feel like Carrie from Bedknobs and Broomsticks when she's at Portobello market with all the jewelery on. A kid trying on her mums jewels!

I hope she doesn't expect them back!

Mum also bought me the following

A Dior scarf

These are gorgeous. Cute brass figures of little children. I'm not big on brass things, but I do like these.

Best book ever. It's so so thick full of great photos and patterns from the 70's!

And lastly, I recieved this brooch in the mail because Mum was too excited to wait for me to visit to give it to me! Little diamonds for eyes, this is the cutest owl brooch I've ever seen! :) You have to touch it to understand. And its not Diva... it's vintageeeee yum.

Oh also... I've started to design a website that will hopefully combine my blog with photos and one day a store etc. We'll see how it goes. I have missed being webcreative so it's fun to get back into nerdy html land again!

That's about all from me today! I now have a craving to watch bedknobs and broomsticks so I'm off to do that! I am sick after all, and there is no better remedy than Disney!

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