Saturday, 4 July 2015

Betty Blue Frock and an Update

I know I've been absent from the blog world for a wee bit. We had one last trip to New Zealand at the end of May & into June (I'll fill you in on that soon), & since getting home things have been a bit full on with baby preparations & my incessant urge to nest. My health has been more challenging since then as well, with lots of tests & obstetrician visits as well as seeing my usual specialist. So I've had to rest more & haven't been able to do as much as I usually do, which was limited to begin with because of my chronic illness, but now more so.

I'm enjoying watching my belly grow as the weeks go by, & feeling all those kicks & rolls from Little Bean, but the pregnancy itself has been far more challenging then I'd anticipated. The hopes of my illness improving during pregnancy haven't eventuated. Perhaps it's because I've had complex health issues for 22 years now, & I'm 41 years old, as well as being off 10 medications that are essential to controlling my condition.  So the demands of growing a baby on top of that make day to day life kind of tough. But at the same time I am reminded what an absolute miracle this is, & my heart swells with love when I think of holding this little one in 10 or so weeks time.

I guess my frequency around blog land will kind of depend on how the coming weeks pan out. I've often read your blogs but haven't had the energy to comment. So I send a big Hello to you all!
Now onto the frockage....

This is a dress that belonged to my dear elderly friend Betty. It's one of her handmade frocks, most of her dresses were loving made on her trusty sewing machine. I tweaked this one to fit by removing the sleeves (Betty has skinnier arms then me!) and taking up the hem. The fabric is so gloriously vintage. The button up coat/dress was something I found at an op shop for $1 last year. I wondered if I'd ever wear it, but it's now on high rotation as it suits my fast growing bump. The entire outfit is op shopped apart from the tights which were a couple of bucks on sale.

Outfit Details.....

Handmade dress - My friend Betty
Vintage jacket over dress - Op shopped
3 old brooches - Blue one from my Mum in law, mauve one from my Mum, pink one op shopped
Old mesh bracelet - Op shopped
Blue enamel necklace - Gift from Darling Miss V of Two Squirrels Vintage
Navy Rex handbag - Hospice Shop in Mosgiel NZ
Navy vintage shoes - Op shopped
Blue ring, tights & sunglasses- Retail


  1. I was starting to get a little worried as you have been absent for quite a while. Glad to hear all is well; at least as well as can be all things considered! x

  2. You look wonderful Leisa..... glowing even! Sending warm wishes your way for the next few exciting weeks. cheers Wendy

  3. Aw look at you and HELLO back! Glad to see ya!

  4. Beautiful photos. I love your one-buck coat!
    Yes, I'm glad you're moving along okay and that the excitement is helping you get through the trying days. Warm wishes from me as well.

  5. Good to see you again, Leisa! Not much longer now.
    Love the print of that dress and I knew that was a Rex before i even scrolled down further! xxx

  6. Oh those shoes! Once again you have amazed me with your wonderful matching skillz!!! :o) I can't wait to see how you dress Little Bean!!!


  7. Gorgeous outfit, love the shades of blue. You look fabulous, even if you feel that pregnancy is a struggle. Hang in there, Leisa, it will all be worth it in ten weeks time! xxx

  8. Lovely from head to toe! That color suits you perfectly! Ciao from Italy :)

  9. Oh that print is to die for!
    Best of luck for the next few weeks and I think of you often. XXX

  10. I am sorry that you are struggling with your health but as you say it will certainly all be worth it :-) I am so excited for you. You continue to look gorgeous and I love your outfit today love all the blue tones and that bag is lovely. Rest up if you can. Hugs dee xx


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