Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines...

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Red for valentines day - its been so cold here I've been able to pull out some of the dresses I had saved for winter. This is from the 80's I believe, once I had pulled off the shoulder pads it was perfect. I also honestly couldn't get any good shots of my face so decided to hide it in the end - I either looked like a zombie or had crazy eyes!

Some of you asked about the navy skirt in the post below the post below this (confusing ?!?) – that was one that I designed and made myself last year sometime and I hope to have some up in the shop when it gets started!

I’m so glad a lot of you have the ‘guilty shopper gene’ - well, not glad for you but glad for me that I’m not the only one! I’m going to finish off the blogging week with one more thing related to money and that endless need to buy clothes. A while ago a friend told me about the ‘$1 a wear’ rule and I find it really rather handy when I’m thinking about spending a lot on a vintage dress or pair of shoes.

The basic premise is that if something is going to cost you $30 to buy, you need to make sure that you are going to wear it at least 30 times. As long as you wear it at least 30 times then you have gotten your money’s worth out of it - I do tend to subconsciously apply this rule when I shop now which is good for me and my pocket!

You don’t necessarily have to interpret the rule the exact same way I do though, you could change it so that the piece has to be able to incorporate itself into 30 different outfits, but I find my way much easier when I’m shopping – who has time to figure out what will match the piece 30 different ways when your wardrobe is huge and you don’t remember half the stuff you own?

So next time you’re out spending those hard earned dollars, remember the ‘$1 a wear’ rule and see how you feel about that expensive dress after. It will make you either want it more (which means you love it) or it will make you think twice and put the item back.

Now, moving on to exciting things - on Wednesday, David and I left work a smidge early to go and check out the viewing rooms at one of the auction places before my interview. As we wandered around I spotted a huge box full of patterns – I immediately started sifting through them and found a gold mine of beautiful vintage patterns! I couldn’t be at the auction the next day because I was working, but David took the morning off and won the patterns for me!! The four patterns are just a small selection of some of them, aren’t they amazing?

Patterns 13th Feb 09

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As I was going through them that night, I pulled them all out of the box to inspect each one individually and saw that there was some newspaper lining the bottom of the box. I picked it up and saw that it was printed in 1985 (the year I was born) and had some articles about the event I’m currently working on from back then! That was when I knew that those patterns were meant for me!

Tomorrow I’m off to a wedding (yes, a wedding on valentines day!) and I’ll make sure to take pictures of my outfit and share them with you all on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend and a lovely valentines day


Ps) I got 10 red roses the other day for $5!! They are normally $40 per rose round this time, and the vase they are in was a gift for my birthday a few years back – you either love it or you hate it :)

Roses 13th Feb 09


  1. that vase is so neat!

    also .. i always make it a point to wear red on Valentine's Day! isnt that silly?

  2. What a fabulous pattern-haul! How freaky is the newspaper! Doo-doo doo-doo doo-doo doo-doo :o)

  3. I love the cut of that dress, it looks brilliant on you.

    I tend to apply the cost-per-wear thing, or at least that is how I justify spending a lot on something!

    I really like the look of the pattern headed 2210 as well

  4. What a great story behind the box of patterns! They really were meant for you!!

    I'm liking your '$1 a wear' rule. I may have to adopt a variation of my own.

    My opinion on the vase: love it!

  5. Oh wow Jen, this dress is so fantastic, definitely my favourite thing so far I've seen you in, you look fabulous (and those shoes just make it that much greater)! I can totally see how it would be good to have your loan out of the way (I have a husband who is passionately interested in investments and it kinda rubs off).
    That's a great rule, although my basics tend to be the things I get the most wear out of, and they're usually $20 singlets and such!

  6. Hi there-well done on scooping up those patterns, an awesome find meant for you! I really love that red dress too!

  7. Sounds like those lovely patterns were definitely meant for you and what a great guy you have to go and win them for you!

    The red dress looks great on you, enjoy your Valentines Day!

  8. I really like your $1 a wear rule. I'm definitely going to start using it. It'll at least help me feel better when I know I can't buy a new dress. :)

    That box of patterns is so thrilling. I think they were absolutely meant for you! Your husband really is nice for taking off to get them for you.

    Happy V-Day!

  9. That $1-a-wear rule is really interesting. I'll make sure to keep that in mind next time I go shopping (hmm... since I'm not doing anything tomorrow...).

    Wow, those patterns look like pure treasure! Hope you get great use out of them.

  10. Oh I love that vase, with that shape. I'm a lover of things like that.

    And your dress is sooooooo cute, love the pattern with those colours.

    Happy V day!!!!!


  11. This red plaid dress looks great on you! The pocket flaps add a nice detail, too.

  12. My, the dress is so sweet looking on you!!! :) I adore the print so much

  13. That might be the sexiest plaid dress I've ever seen! It looks smashing on you, lady.

  14. Wow, that dress is so amazing on you! And I love the vase.

  15. that vase is so trippy! i like it :D it's something that requires you to look at it closely before figuring out its purpose. great buy on the roses, too! :D
    also, best for last; THAT DRESS IS GORGEOUS!

  16. You are so lucky with the patterns.
    Great dress and the position of the pocket flaps. You are so right with your comment.At the end of a season you should think about how often you have worn this or that outfit.

  17. I love this dress! The pockets just make it!

    I've noticed a lot of people choosing red for val's day. I always used to avoid it as a bit too twee, but now I like the idea of theme dressing. I might give it a go this year! x

  18. awww...happy valentine's day to you, too, my dear :)

  19. It's amazing how epic some 80s dresses can become once you've taken the shoulder pads out! This is a little mod 60s for me actually. Lovely.

  20. Wow, $ 5 for 10 roses is really cheap! I love fresh flowers, but I never buy them as they are too expensive...

    I really like your friend's $1 rule, and I think I'm going to keep that in mind next time I go out buying something. I rarely buy things I don't really love anyway, but this could be a nice extra thing to keep in mind as well.

    I hope you had a wonderful valentine's day!

  21. That dress is great!

    I've seen patterns before, but unfortunately, I don't know how to use a sewing machine.

  22. Wow, loving that dress! It looks good on you!
    Happy Vday, girl! :D

  23. Seriously, girl, your blog rocks. I' m definately putting your link on my blog. People need to see this.


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