Friday, 28 November 2014

The sun so bright it leaves no shadows, only scars

I guess we're pretty blessed to live not too far away from this glorious coastline. I think my photos give the impression that we're always on holidays, I wish that was the case, but one needs to earn a living. Although I do like to make the most of this beautiful creation.
This frock has been lovingly handmade by the one and only Taz of Butter and Buntings blog. Taz is such a creative soul, a true crafter and sewer extraordinaire. And she's the other half of the talented team (alongside Mez) behind Hundreds and Thousands magazine. When I saw the dress on Taz's instagram feed I fell in love with that green vintage cotton fabric, and the style is super sweet. I'm so glad this beauty has found it's home in my frock collection!

This weird little bird ran over to us & seemed to be very tame. I have no idea what type of bird it is?


 Outfit Details....

Handmade dress - By Taz of  Butter and Buntings
 Handmade headband and handmade wooden ring - Finders Keepers Market
Vintage beads with tapestry brooch added - Op shopped
Enamel flower brooch - Etsy
Bracelet and tooled leather bag - Op shopped
Shoes and sunglasses - Retail

We popped in for a visit to this gorgeous new store called Circa Seventy.
Bec has some incredible stock, from mid century furniture to West German pottery, Barsony ceramics, kitsch stuff, vintage home wares and handmade cushions. The Captain and I were so tempted by the Don Rex Fleur lounge set, but someone else snapped it up while we were there. It was a great buy.  

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.