This is post #300.
Can't believe I've crapped on so much about frivolous "pwetty things"...More amazed that I've kept at it for so long - not too bad for someone who's easily bored....It's an addiction, I tell you...I still feel the same about this blogging business...It's actually got uglier which is kind of sad when, if you think about it, it's the beautiful things that we love that prompted most of us to start reading and writing blogs in the first place...The number of known regular readers here have increased by about three, making it a grand total of ten - a nice round number (thank you for reading)...Still finding it hard to leave comments on blogs that I read daily...I know, comments beget more readers but that's not what this is about for me.
Anyhooo, thought I'd throw in a little something different in the mix today seeing I've reached another round number (I love them!) - photos of clothes with a person in them.
"Colours Beget More Colours" because this is (a "re-anactment" of) what I wore last Thursday to the Peter Pan Opportunity Committee's Bi-annual Jumble Sale and came home with a haul of more colourific things.
White T-shirt - Petite Bateau, Skirt - kid's dress by Fiona, Bag - Transversion by LoopNYC, Sandals - Douglas, Plastic Beads - collected over the years
It was the first proper Spring-y day that we've had in weeks and I've just re-discovered the very colourful and season-appropriate bag at the back of the bag pile - sequined rainbow, grass and butterfly...beaded butterfly, flowers and apples on an appliqué tree...more flowers and another butterfly in cut-out plastic - and decided to dress around it. Long flowy skirt and sandals make trying on clothes easy at a jumble sale with no change rooms. Strings of plastic beads, which I've taken to wearing across my body recently, are kind of apt, I think. They remind me of little girls playing dress-up, raiding their mommies' jewellery boxes and piling them on which was what I was going out to do except they are other people's mommies' closets.
It was my first Peter Pan Jumble Sale but I know people who have done very well at previous ones with both designer and vintage buys. The committee was, afterall, started by Sydney socialites and I trust them and their high-society pals to donate the most amazing of castoffs. I was not disappointed.
A vintage pleated column dress in my favourite shade of blue! And it fits like it was made for me. The antique silver belt is from my grandma's collection - it was used to hold up the sarong that she wore with her nyonya kebaya in her younger days.
Thinking of cutting the sheer sleeves off to make the dress more modern but...
...the work on the cuffs is so fine that it will pain me to do so. Maybe I can wear them like Wonder Woman if I do the chop?
Another piece from another era - a pure wool Liberty of London tiered skirt in Irish handwoven tweed. Again in my size, and in two of my favourite jewel colours! Worn here with a French-cuffed crispy white shirt and a thin green bow belt.
The skirt actually came with a friend - this off-shoulder poufy-sleeved top.
I don't know what the previous owner was thinking when she bought them. A little too Esmeralda-goes-dancing for me. I've belted the top here (with the blue sister of the green bow belt) but the look is still pretty frumpy. The top and skirt will not be worn together ever again.
At this point, I have to say that this dressing-up-for-an-outfit-shot business is not easy! And I've taken the easy/lazy way-out! Putting together what came to my head first and within easy reach, not bothering to dig for the right accessories, bags, shoes and other complementary items to match/mismatch. And my bedhead is scraped under a huge hairband and my teeth have not had their morning brush. I don't know how other bloggers manage do it everyday - so much attention to detail, all the right elements to make the perfect combo plus perfectly-coiffed hair and artfully-applied make-up. Hats off to them, really.
So, back to flat "product" shots...
The most colourful buy of the day - a checked silk scarf
An emerald green geometric print scarf by some old guy called Pierre Balmain.
A blue cotton/wool blend star print Cacharel shirt with front yoke and wonky pockets.
And yet another vintage slip for me and something poufy for Mommy Noinoi in grey marle jersey, her signature fabric, which I can't show because it's meant to be a birthday surprise.
The rainbow for a bargainous price of AU$114! And it goes to helping kids.
Their Autumn/Winter jumble sale is in May next year. We'll have to see if the "_____ beget ____" silly logic will work again.