Friday, 21 November 2014

The city's a flood and our love turns to rust

This cotton tunic dress was from Warren and Vanessa's lovely shop Two Squirrels Vintage in Milton (New Zealand of course!). It's a dress that can be worn either in summer or through winter with a top underneath, or on top...whatever floats your boat. I shortened the dress when we got home from New Zealand and I made a belt with the offcuts. It reminds me of Miss Vanessa, as she wears that tunic style so well. I found the Zierra shoes in a Salvos shop in Thames NZ, they had never been worn and were $3, and I bought the handmade vinyl bag at a recent garage sale.

The sand on this little beach near home is a strange colour with a reddish hue, that's not a camera effect! 

Jellyfish were out in force

Outfit Details....

Cotton tunic dress - Two Squirrels Vintage
Old tapestry pendant necklace & brown ring - Had since I was little
Handmade bird brooch - Gifted by Mum
Round vintage brooch & bling ring - Op shopped
Little bling bird brooch - Gifted by a close friend
Handmade vinyl bag - Garage sale
Buch Deichman vintage bangles - Op shopped in Queenstown NZ
Zierra sandals - Op shopped in Thames NZ

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Travel Post: Christchurch and a Helga playdate

Christchurch is constantly changing ever since the major earthquake of 2011. There is a resilient spirit about the place, and lots of pockets of shops and cafes to explore. During a few days there our main agenda was op shopping, exploring the vintage shops, having french toast at our favourite cafe, and of course spending the day with my divine blogging friend Helga.

Madam Butterfly's had some glorious vintage stock of all sorts. 

As does Buchan St Retro

I do love a good french toast, and this one from the Addington Coffee Co-Op is the best I've tasted, so I had it 3 times.

A gem of an op shop near our favourite cafe

Where I bought this brooch as well as a vintage swimsuit

We visited the vintage shops along Ferry Road, including the Vintage Warehouse

There's a new addition to Cathedral Junction called Anissa Victoria Loves Vintage

Where I found this sweet cotton tunic top for $2

Retropolitan is always on my to do list. The Captain scored himself a fabulous Litchfield shirt

We met this gloriarse covergirl for a play date, and funnily enough the Captain found this magazine while we were op shopping together. When I went to pay for it the man at the counter looked at the magazine, then looked up at Helga who was beside me. He looked rather perplexed to say the least.

Helga played tour guide and drove us to her favourite op shops after a delightful brunch together. 

I found a few things from Salvos...a sweet Royal Wyndham frock, a navy and orange scarf, a Johnson plate and knife set, and a vinyl-tastic bag.

We bought this Golden Book, which was rather serendipitous after discovering the plant pussy willow in Dunedin

Gifts were exchanged and I was squeeing in delight over these gorgeous treasures from Helga

Other purchases made at various Christchurch op shops included these below

A 50cent pendant from Salvos

Hand knitted hat from Tasman Traders, as well as a cotton Horrockses frock

A woolen tunic dress from Savemart

As well as a red crimplene jacket

And possibly my favourite purchase was these original 1960's CeeCee shoes, barely worn, for $6 from Tasman Traders. Oh the benefits of having teeny feet!

Also a couple of $3 frocks from Salvos

Hi Rose polka-dot frock made in Auckland above
and Juliet made in christchurch 60's shift dress below

That's it from our time on the South Island of New Zealand. 
I have one last post to share from our week on the North Island.
Then it's back to normal transmission of thrifted finds and the like.

Friday, 14 November 2014

I see your true colours

Hello Friday! This vivid seersucker frock is a handmade beauty that I bought on K-Road in Auckland a few years ago. I recently made some adjustments, taking up the hem and also taking it in a bit. It's gone from a dress I rarely wear because it felt a bit blah fit wise to something I'm wearing all the time. I made the fabric brooch as well from an op shopped mini embroidery hoop, and to top it off I added a vintage metal bird brooch, because birds make everything better! It seems I'm becoming more crafty by the day, which is something I never thought I'd be saying!

Outfit Details....

60's handmade dress - I think it was $5 from a vintage store on K-Road
Fabric belt & vintage beaded bag - Op shopped
Stamp pendant - Handmade & gifted by Tam of  A Treasured Past
*Tam has a special going on Etsy where you get a free gift with a purchase...her jewellery is amazing!
Handmade brooch - Made by my from an op shopped hoop & fabric from a dress off-cut & a bird brooch
Old bone bracelet - Had since I was a little girl
Orange knitted flower brooch - Handmade by Fully Woolly
Ring, shoes & sunglasses - Retail