Sunday, 13 April 2014

The perfect pussy-bow blouse

Blouse - secondhand, trousers - Vivien Of Holloway, shoes - Wittner

I scored this amazing blouse earlier this week at my local op shop and I'm so stoked. I desperately need more tops in my wardrobe since I now have to wear jeans for work, so when I came across this pretty thing on the rack for $3 I didn't even try it on. Luckily it fits perfectly, and despite being (I think) from the 1970's/80's, it has a perfect 40's look that is exactly what I'm after for Autumn.

Monday, 7 April 2014

"Shopping" for dresses, buying other stuff

Hat - Glassons, blouse, belt, skirt & bag - thrifted, shoes - Wittner

Hello everyone! Firstly, I'd like to let you know I've started up a Facebook page for this here blog, because sometimes there are things I'd like to post/say that aren't really long enough for a full post, and aren't accompanied by a photo (i.e. something I'd post on my Instagram). I am completely useless at Twitter, so Facebook seemed like the best place for it! You can also use it to keep up to date with my blog posts. I'd love if you could "like" my page!
Also let me know if you have a page for your blog or business so I can check it out :)

Today I went with my Mum and Sister to look at wedding dresses. I wasn't looking for "the one", rather doing a bit of research into fabrics and what styles suit me best.. Turns out pure white is an awful  colour on me, so I'm going for a light ivory. Also those dresses are heavy! And hot!! 

I also picked up a sample of some potential fabric to use and I'll be starting my first muslin very very shortly.. eep! It's all very well and good to tell people I'll be making my own dress, but to actually start this immense project.. so very daunting. I'll hopefully remember to photograph and take notes along the way so after the fact I can let everyone know about my experience, and hopefully help anyone who's thinking of doing the same thing!

I bought myself some new shoes from Wittner yesterday after all of my favourite shoes decide to all die at the same time (naturally.) It's nice to have shoes that don't have holes in the soles/toes!

I also picked up a few other things...

A lovely light cotton dressing gown.

A pretty pussy-bow blouse (missing the top button, but at $4 thats totally fine with me.)

Two more lovely floral fabrics (as if I needed more.. I should do some sewing) and a Besame lipstick in Red Hot Red, which I have been wanting to try for a while now. Keep your eyes peeled for a review soon!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

My makeup and skin care favourites

I always like these kinds of posts on other blogs, so I thought I'd do a post about my usual makeup.

I generally do my makeup the same each day, sometimes omitting liquid eyeliner if I'm in a hurry or not really going anywhere. If I'm going out I'll occasionally play around with eyeshadows but usually very subtly.

Growing up dancing at concerts and competitions, I have an immense dislike for the feeling of heavy makeup on my skin, so makeup for me is about using the bare minimum to enhance my features - no foundation applied with a trowel for me, thank you very much!

I'm also pretty lazy and get frustrated by having to spend too much time on my makeup and hair in the mornings so I've streamlined my routine so I can apply it quickly and be on my way!

First of all, I always wash and moisturise my face every morning (and night) with Cetaphil. I've tried fancy skincare products but my skin is very hit and miss and can be quite sensitive at times. I've just found that Cetaphil just does what it's supposed to with no drying or irritation, so I've stuck with it!
Every few days I will mix some with a bit of baking soda for a gentle face scrub.

I'm lucky that my skin is (generally) pretty good, so depending on what I'm doing on any given day, I may or may not choose to use foundation. While I was in the USA I went to Sephora and got them to colour-match my skin tone with their fancy little wand thingy and suggest some products. I wanted something that would give me a nice matte look, was creamy and didn't feel super heavy on. I ended up trying out this one by Ardency Inn and I absolutely love it! Obviously the colour is perfect for me, but also because it is concentrated it gives awesome coverage when used alone, or you can mix with primer or moisturiser for a lighter coverage. It doesn't highlight the dryer areas of my skin (around my nose can be particularly bad) and is also a very useful spot concealer. I just apply this with my fingers a little at a time and make sure to blend it all in.

For powder I LOVE Illamasqua's loose translucent powder (excuse my dirty brushes, eep), even putting it straight onto your bare skin will somehow magically even out your skin tone and create a beautiful matte finish. I tend to use this if I'm having a lazy makeup day/don't have enough time for a full face or over the top of my foundation if I'm going somewhere fancy.

I picked up this cheapo blusher for about $3 at the local chemist. I had been searching for a matte peachy blush but couldn't really find one in the right shade. I like to buy cheap brands to test out colours before I invest in something better, and I really do like this colour so I'll probably be purchasing Illamasqua's blush next if they have the right shade.

I shape and fill in my eyebrows using a pressed powder compact for brows by The Body Shop. I only use the darker colour (as you can probably tell!) and I rarely use the little brush it comes with as it's too stiff.

For mascara, I've been using this Rimmel one lately and it works just fine. I really hate changing mascaras because I never know what the brush is going to do to my lashes till after I've gotten it home and tried it. Why are there SO many crazy mascara-brush shapes?? What do they all do?? It's all too confusing so I just stick to this one, which I buy at the supermarket because it's easy.

Not pictured is my liquid liner - I've been using this Maybelline liquid eyeliner or something similar for ages. I tried out the new pen-type ones and also that little gel pot one with the brush but I'm just way more used to these old ones and find it a lot easier to control how thick or thin the line is.

I only use MAC lipsticks at the moment, because I find that they give the best coverage and last the longest without being drying. The shades I currently use are Russian Red, Lady Danger and Girl About Town. I'd love a nice brick-red for autumn but have yet to find one I like. I also use a MAC lip liner in Cherry whenever I use my Russian Red to stop it bleeding.
I am clearly down to the dregs of my red lipstick, so I'm looking at perhaps trying something new next (maybe Limecrime or Besame I think.)
On occasion I will use this Revlon lip stain too, sometimes as a liner and sometimes on it's own for a more subtle look.

And thats pretty much it! It seems like a lot more than it is writing it all down, but it's a routine that I've got pretty much down pat.

Do you have any favourite products? Any recommendations for cheap powders, blush or lipsticks welcome!

*** All products shown have been purchased by myself. I have not been paid to endorse any of the companies mentioned, I just like and/or use these particular products currently :) ***

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Boats in the Sunshine

Scarf - vintage, blouse - made by me, everything else thrifted (except socks!)

Today was a rather lovely sunny day, and after deliberating for ages on what to wear (I've forgotten how to dress myself for warm weather and in a way that doesn't involve jeans) I had a very long train trip out to visit a friend and do some wedding planning!

I apologise again for posts being so sparse, but I have gotten myself a job (at last!!) and have been working like crazy to save money so we can move house.. Once this happens I won't have to sit through an hour and a half of public transport every day so I'll have more time to blog. It doesn't help that the days are getting shorter - waking up and getting home in darkness are not really conductive to taking outfit photos, and neither are the rather boring work outfits I've been scrimping together (apparently I have an embarrassing lack of tops that go with jeans.. must remedy this.)

I am planning to try to come up with some non-outfit-related posts so I can try to post more than once a week, but I'm afraid I can't promise anything just yet!

Hope everyone had/has a great weekend!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Teddy Girl

Helllooooo!!! Long time no blog!

I apologise for this, I've been super super busy and also managed to get myself sick, boo.

To be honest, I haven't really been dressing up as much as usual so there hasn't really been a reason to take any photos. But today I decided to make an effort, for myself as well as so I would have something to post!

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I've been doing quite a bit of research lately on the Teddy Boy/Girl scene of the late 1940's/early 1950's. I think the look is super cool and perfect for colder weather, incorporating elements of Edwardian style (which is something I've never really delved into) as well as the usual 50's look.

Teddy Girls were an offshoot of the underground subculture of Teddy Boys - young lads and ladies who had grown up during the war rationing of the 1940's and adapted the look of the Edwardian era into a style of their own. Teddy Boys and Girls were said to be "collectively rejecting the post-war austerity" - as one young man is quoted as saying "our dress is our answer to a dull world."

They were among some of the first teenage-rebel groups. The men dressed like dandies, and the women in a wide range of edwardian-influenced styles - oftentimes wearing manly suits, drape jackets and jeans.
They were into rock and roll, and known for causing a bit (or a lot) of trouble.

I hadn't set my hair last night so when I woke up this morning wanting to dress up my thoughts went immediately to the easy-breezy Edwardian up do's sported by these stylish gals, and then an outfit formed itself around this!

Excuse all the eyes closed/looking down poses - it was very bright and glarey out.

Coat - stolen from Eli, blouse and shoes - thrifted, "bolo tie" - ribbon and a thrifted brooch.

I always find it so interesting to think that while we are here in 2014 wearing vintage clothing from the 40's/50's/60's etc, you never really think about people from these eras being into or wearing vintage-to-them looks. I guess because it wouldn't have been so accessible for them (they couldn't just jump on Etsy/Pinterest and search for something!) and also there were just so many more new ideas around that hadn't been thought of before. It's pretty cool to see these kids drawing inspiration from so long ago, just like we are now!

There is a great article about the Teddy Girl subculture here, and a whole website of info here (mostly on Teddy Boys, but some nice pics of the girls too!
Katie over at Butterfly Loves Snapdragons  showed her take on the style here and also did a fab hair tutorial which would totally work with this look.

What do you think of the Teddy Girl style? Is it something you'd try?

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Some sunny day


Today was a long day. Eli and I woke up extra early (ok, half an hour earlier) as we were meant to be visiting my parents for dinner.. But first we had to return a shoe (singular), visit an op shop and have a doctors appointment!

It was a lovely, sunny, slightly-too-warm day, so I wore a somewhat weather appropriate outfit, with a sun hat of course!

Hat, belt & shoes - thrifted, blouse - eBay, skirt - made by me, scarf - borrowed

My skirt is the first of a (hopefully) three piece outfit I'm making from that lovely wool blend fabric I mentioned a while ago.. it was maybe a little too wool for today.

Also, that scarf may have been protecting me from hat hair, but coupled with the black hat it was also making my head a little bit too toasty, so off it all came (not the skirt!)

Muuuuch better.

In other news, my sister and I will be hitting up Coburg's Trash and Treasure market tomorrow bright and early with the hopes of nabbing ourselves a stall space and offloading a bunch of clothes and shoes (and other random stuff that our Mum just dumped on me) - if you're around and looking for cheap random clothing pieces do come by!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

UFO's and house dresses

A couple of weeks ago, while I was cleaning my sewing room, I decided it was time to devise a new organisation strategy for my "UFO's" (that's unfinished objects), because having them slung over a clothes-rack was really not conductive to me actually finishing them.

So I pulled out a tub, folded them neatly (after throwing a bunch of no-longer-relevant projects away), stepped back and realised I have a LOT of unfinished projects that I for some reason have just not gotten to. Some of them are literally as simple as sewing a button back on. Like a 5 minute job. Yeah.

I set myself a goal to get through at least one of these a day (two or more for the simple jobs) until they're all done, at which point I can start making new stuff.

And then I hit a wall. I had no motivation, I just could. not. be. bothered.

After reading this post on Lucky Lucille, I decided to do what Rochelle did - just sit down and sew something. So I picked some fabric at random and made myself a little house dress.

I adapted view B of this McCall's pattern - I cut two of the front waist band and extended the length of one of them as well as one side of the back waist band as well to create the cross over tie. 
I cut two front skirt pieces so there would be a decent amount of volume and cross-over (no one likes to accidentally flash their house guests when they sit down).

It took me three days to finish (with the help of my assistant, Brian Wilson).

It's a little bit rough around the edges but it's perfect for sitting around reading books and for when I'm sewing since it's super easy to take off when I need to try something on.

Hooray for fancy lounge-wear!

Now I just need to make a few more of these, my house coat and maybe some 1940's lounge pants and blouses and I'll be all set in the lazy-glam clothing category!


Has anyone else made/bought any fancy lounging clothes? Don't they just make you feel a million times more amazing than pyjamas all day?!
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