Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Coeur de Pirate & Julien Doré - Pour un infidèle

Little bit of music to brighten up a tuesday, I recently discovered Coeur de Pirate and she has the sweeteset voice (Although I can only understand half of what she's saying).

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tea Party and Oil Spills

On saturday my friends Madison and Taylor (mentioned in this post) held a fabulous birthday tea party. I've wanted to go to a proper 'civilised' party, with everyone dressed up nicely, records playing, and friendly chit-chat for so long (not that I don't love other 16ths)and this hit the spot perfectly. They're just the most wonderful gals, and making their presents was such fun too. Below are the cards I gave them, and further down are parts of their presents (I didn't take the photos from the afternoon, so sorry about the quality!). My Mum was more than a little confused seeing me wrap up kitten aprons and Jane Fonda workout records, topped off with bad '80s granny square patterns - they were pleased though.

Look at those type writer skills! I have such respect for the secretaries of yesteryear, and the finger strength they must have had
Twins in aprons made by my wonderful Mother (kittens and rampaging rhinos respectively) it was uncanny how perfectly they happened to match their outfits
Their roof decorations were so fabulous they had to be shared!
 On a slightly different note, the next day (Sunday) I was part of a Greenpeace protest against oil exploration/drilling off NZ's beautiful coast - you can sort of see me behind and to the left in this photo. Moral of the story - our governments being extremely silly at the moment and hairspray from the day before + molasses is not the best hair combo. More about it here.

Washington, 1942

I first discovered the Library of Congress colour photo sets from the 1930s-1940s way back when, on the blogs that inspired me to start my own. They're all so amazing, especially as colour photos of everyday life in that era (in particular the photos of rural america during the depression)are not often seen. This little set is one of my favourites.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Winter Sunshine

Spent a lovely day walking around the Auckland Winter Gardens, enjoying some sunshine for the first time in awhile. Although I daresay I’m always a little suspicious of sunny winter days – they’re very sneaky if you know what I mean. You get tricked into thinking it’s summer (or something like it) but then as soon as you stop moving all your extremities immediately go numb.
As you can see, there has been some minor hair cutting/blog redesigning going on. I'm hoping this will allow for easier curling and larger pictures respectively.
Last day of the school holidays, wearing whatever takes my fancy, and spending hours listening to music and crocheting tomorrow. Sigh.Although this will probably mean some more frequent posts as I will be back to doing my best at ignoring all forms of homework once again. Expect some '70s home decor posts soon!
Shoes- Vintage (from Tinyspace)
Skirt- Secondhand (op-shop)
Blouse- Secondhand (op-shop)
Cardigan- Secondhand (op-shop)
Hat- Secondhand
Necklace/Badges- Seondhand (op-shops)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Delightful '50s Kodachromes

Now some very un-wintery photos. These are truly fantastic, the colours are amazing. From Elliot-B.
beach hat
diving board
strawberry ice cream

Grace Kelly

Just a bit of midwinter inspiration from Grace Kelly- the epitomy of sophistication and elegance.

 Louis and Grace- only two of my favourite people!
Newly engaged

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Family Fashion - '50s/'60s Texas

I love finding old family photosets that people put up on flickr - aren't these sweet? They're from late '50s/early '60s Texas. I especially love the swimsuits.
I can't remember the user they're from (oops), so if anyone knows please tell me!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Train Rides and Love Hearts

Went out to Devonport today accompanied by my Mother, siblings, cousins, and babysitting charge. Windy and cold - but worth it to go to the op-shop, English sweet shop, and see all the lovely old houses by the waterfront. I spent the train and ferry rides there and back trying not to let my hat blow away, stealing all my sisters 'Loveheart' lollies, and admiring my beautiful wind-swept, sea-sprayed hair in all it's glory.

Hat -Once belonged to a family member
Shoes - Secondhand
Dress- Homemade by my Mother
Coat- From Texas Radio and the Big Beat