She wears a lot of vintage and always looks darn cute – even when caught off guard without make-up or a good night’s sleep. Sometimes I think I want to be her…
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
You can’t see it well but the little robin is floating above the image in the background, its kind of like one of those paper images from the seventies where they’ve added layers of paper to a 2d image to make it look 3d. It’s really neat!
(Click me and I get Bigger)
I’m going away on a work trip tomorrow so won’t be posting for a few days – but hopefully I’ll come back with lots of little treasures.
Miss you already…
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Any way, it’s freezing out today. It’s apparently 3.5 degrees Celsius, which equals cold and it’s supposed to snow sometime today – which is a bonus. If it’s going to be this cold we at least need the consolation prize of snow!I got this skirt in
I do have a small problem though - in winter when it gets seriously cold I find myself wearing pretty much the same thing because it’s too cold in the morning to decide what to wear and the weather changes too much in one day. My winter staples are jeans, chucks, thermals, fingerless gloves and a beanie here or there, lame but true (and warm). But for the sake of this blog I am going to try and be a bit interesting with what I wear and hopefully my work trip to Auckland this weekend sees me coming back with a few pieces of warm yet interesting fashion (this is my last shopping spree for a long while, I need to save money!)I was trying to call Mocha into the photo but she was camera shy.
Monday, June 23, 2008
As a result, this weekend I grabbed everything I had worn/wanted to do a post about and spent about 45minutes taking photos. Now I have a few stock photos which I can pull out at will this week – so super organised!!
The first is my stripy black and white top, purchased in Welly wood (I also got a red one, is that bad?) and one of my favourite pieces - a really nicely tailored waist coat I got in Melbourne last year.
I took a few photos of some of the lanterns that had been involved in the parade – they are made from the paper of old sewing patterns and then have candles placed inside them (does that ring alarm bells for anyone else besides me? Considering they let children parade them as well?).
They look quite pretty at night...
Friday, June 20, 2008
I am feeling slightly under the weather today – I won’t describe my symptoms but they are most definitely cold/flu related, I had a really bad sleep last night and its only going to get worse over the weekend!!! But its Friday today and I can get my weekly dose of America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway – and that makes me feel so much better. Its also the Winter Carnival tomorrow night (since it’s the shortest day of the year here) and depending on how I’m feeling I hope I get to go.
And since I’m not feeling amazing, I’m also not feeling very ‘fashion-y’. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like looking at other people being fashion-y, I was just browsing The Snail and The Cyclops
and saw a lovely picture that she had taken of her wearing a beautiful vintage lace shirt that she had got at a market – I am jealous and want a beautiful lace shirt as well. I’m officially on the look out.
To end my post, here are some pictures I took of the amazing moon last night. Of course as we all know, the real amazing-ness of a moon never translates into a picture – its just one of those things where you have to actually be there to experience it, but I tried anyway…
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Paper Doll’s first ‘Little Inspiration’ comes from the t.v show The Ghost Whisperer – she is Melinda Gordon.
Vintage lace, cinched waists and beautiful silhouettes are what this ghost whisperer is all about. Its really quite hard to find pictures of her standing in full view where you can see her outfit, but I did manage to find one of my favourite outfits of hers, during the whole episode I was fixed on it. It was smart, casual, cool and oh so beautiful at the same time…Love it! Here are a few more...
A while ago I did a post on a little blue vintage dress that I don't quite own, buts its incredibly similar to the last dress she's wearing - pretty, floaty and girly.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I accidently fell into events in my second year of university, I graduated with my Bachelors in Marketing and went into events full time after that, next year though will be my third and last year working where I currently am. In 2010 I plan to go to
I do like clothes - alot! and would love to get into something along the fashion line like PR or TV/film production.
I have a kitty called Mocha, she pops up from time to time in my photos and I love her very much I also have a boyfriend called David who I also love very much (and prefers being behind the scenes).
I am gluten-free, love sewing, love Frankie Magazine, love things I can't afford, love clothes, shoes, scarves and accesories. I think I love the thought of vintage but haven't quite got there yet with having a lot of it. I love being inspired by other people and beautiful things and need to learn where all my precious little money goes.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I’m also wearing it with wool tights – I had never owned a pair until the weekend just past and I’m wondering how I ever did without them. They are so incredibly warm and cosy it’s almost better than wearing pants! And then we have my boots.
It was a long hard road trying to find these perfect boots – I’m talking years of wanting flat, not pointy toed boots but never finding exactly what I wanted - until this year. I was flying back from the first wedding of the year and reading the in-flight magazine, when, there they were in all their glory. I promptly called the shop the next day and found that they were slightly more expensive than I thought, but I had to have them. A week or so later they were mine. I know you can't see them that well but maybe later I'll do a post on shoes.
I think some of the most expensive clothing items I own are shoes – I figure you can pick up a pair of jeans relatively easily for not too much and the basics that form the base of your outfit are normally quite inexpensive as well. And like I’ve said before, I love details and so will probably spend more on those little things that make an out fit than go without.
My next purchase is a pair of brown boots and hopefully a woolen dress that I can pair with a waist cinching belt. I’ve seen them around, I am just yet waiting to find one that suits me and that I love!!ps) As usual my kitty Mocha was there to participate in photo taking and she's just so darn cute!
Monday, June 16, 2008
I think they look awesome (but my nose looks big) and am still really flattered that they asked me to pose for them and then actually used the photos, thanks guys!!! Here are some of the original shots they took…
I am officially back from my two weeks holiday and ready to get back to work in between bouts of wanting to be back on holiday.
Monday-itis I think they call it.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
It's a beautiful second hand vintage dress made of a light cotton and its so lovely and girly - it's one of those dresses that makes you want to constantly twirl. I wore it to two weddings at the start of the year and everyone loved it.
This dress reminds me of one that Jennifer Love Hewitt wore for publicity shots for The Ghost Whisperer - which I love watching for the clothes first and the plot second. I tend to do that a lot with TV shows, I recently started watching Men In Trees because of the fashion and I'm thinking about buying the Ghost Whisperer on DVD so I can watch what she's wearing and try and copy it!! I'm also going to see the new Sex and the City movie tomorrow night and like before, I basically only watched it for the fashion and that's pretty much the same reason I'm going to see it tomorrow (and because the friend I'm going to see it with I haven't seen for ages!!)
Since I'm going to continue 'looking after' the dress for a little while, I'm going to copy the pattern and hopefully make one of my own - I could have those dresses in all sorts of colours!! I am going to change the bust a bit though, its a little saggy at the front because I don't quite fill it out and the v at the back doesn't let me wear a bra without it looking tacky.
This is going to be my last post for a bit - my sister comes tomorrow and I'm going away to another place for a few days. C'ya later...
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Anyone who is gluten-free knows that gluten free baking can be gross - me included!! We just want to eat fluffy bread and yummy pastries and cakes without everything being either dry or hard as a brick. I do have a few yummy baking recipes that I will share with you throughout this blog and I hope you will do the same :)
Anyway, back to the cupcakes - using the sponge recipe gives you light and fluffy gluten free cupcakes like you've never had before but it does require brute force (unless you own an electric beater - I really must get one of those). The recipe can be found here...
I didn't half the recipe but because I was making mini cupcakes I really should have - this is what i ended up with, I like to call it cupcake mountain!!
Okay - it dosen't look that big but it is!! My raspberry icing didn't quite work out how I had hoped so I have decided to call it a raspberry glaze instead (raspberry essence, or any essence will make your cupcakes extra yummy!!).I do have a piping bag and different nozzles to make flowers and stars and all sorts of cool decorations with, which I have never used but will when I get my icing right.
One thing I've noticed looking through the internet is that most American cupcakes are more icing than cupcake - whatever happened to balance? If you're not too much into icing then glaze is the perfect way to go. A bonus with this recipe is that you don't even have to ice them, they are also great with jam and cream!!
I hope you like the recipe - let me know your thoughts!!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
It took me a while to find my suitcase, I had been searching for a long time and had an idea of what I wanted - but every time I found something it was normally in quite bad condition.
I found my suit case on the internet for a bargain price and bought it immediately.
It is dark navy blue with cute little white polka dots, a hard case and a little beat up which just adds to the charm - it also has the initials H.E.H printed on it. I'm not sure what they stand for but I love that I own something that has a history, something that somebody else used and loved. That is what I love about vintage pieces, they all carry a personal history about the person who owned it before you, and if you don't know the history behind the piece, the best part is making it up.
I must admit it took me a while to figure out how to open it up, it came with its own cute little key and slightly rusty locks - but when I did finally get it open I was definitely happy. I was greeted with a baby blue nylon type fabric and cute little pouches in the lid and on the side at the bottom.
I still want more vintage suitcases and hand bags (I'll do a hand bag post soon) - as you know I love details and that means I can't get enough handbags and suitcases, I have a slight obsession. Any way I'm off to make cupcakes. I'll post recipe and pics soon!