Sunday, September 26, 2010

Giveaway

Over at Annie Pancake and the Time Machine there is a fabulous hair flower giveaway running! It ends soon, so enter quickly. She has the sweetest blog and it's well worth a good read !

Monday, September 20, 2010

More Questionable Advice from the '70s



This is the slightly tragic song we had to translate for our french listening exam. The lyrics are almost as enchanting as the music video, which offers multiple close-ups of the singers glorious helmet haircut, framed by the sunlight. Our reading translation was a paragraph on how to avoid stress, which included such helpful tips as talking to random strangers, sleeping outside on the grass, and drawing a picture of yourself on an island and taping it to your fridge.

Sometimes I question the education system.

Anyway, the other day I was reading a Pink Annual from 1974 (the same year as the song above was released) and discovered that I have been un-knowingly breaking a vital fashion law. Apparently, nail polish and socks should, under no circumstances, be worn together - even if they are co-ordinated.
I'm not entirely sure where this claim comes from, but considering this is the same magazine which features a 5 page article on 'Gary Glitter' I suppose anything is possible.

'There's nothing he loves better than to wander 'round the old junk shops-oh, and he always takes his camera with him on these jaunts too! So next time you're window shoppin' keep an eye out for a glitter in the crowd...it could be our Gary!'
I'll admit that I've been mildly terrified every time I've gone into an op-shop since reading this.

Friday, September 17, 2010

At the Circus - Inspiration

Going to a circus themed party tomorrow night! I have a red flapper-style dress and peacock feathers to construct an outfit out of - I'm going to go for the peacock tamer look I think (such viscious birds they are! )or perhaps the casual elephant rider? Apart from these darling photos, I've been drawing inspiration from (strangely) a Christina Aguliera music video.



Although, I daresay it's better with the sound off. I recommend listening to this as you watch :

Hopefully I'll be able to take photos of what I wear before I go. Also, exams are over now - yay! Hence the fact that I have a life again :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Paws!


Aaah! Too many exams. Let's just pause to look at cute cat photos and admire that cunning pun I did with the title there .

Photos (in order) from here , here , here , here and here.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand

Life-saving drill, probably on unidentified Taranaki beach. ca 1920s-1930s 
Life-saving drill, probably on unidentified Taranaki beach
Photographed circa 1920s-1930s, by John R Wall of Stratford. Location unidentified, probably a Taranaki beach.

These photos and their captions are all from the National Library of New Zealand on Flickr (my comments are below in italics, though). Weren't the surf lifesavers fine!

Dominion life-saving championships, Lyall Bay, Wellington. 1950 
Dominion life-saving championships, Lyall Bay, Wellington. 1950
A women's team carrying equipment at the Dominion lifesaving championships at Lyall Bay, Wellington.
I'm loving the blazer and short shorts combo of that judge. Very dapper. 


Dominion lifesaving championships, Lyall Bay, Wellington. 1950
Dominion lifesaving championships, Lyall Bay, Wellington. 1950
A team is being inspected at the Dominion lifesaving championships at Lyall Bay in Wellington

Dominion lifesaving championships, Lyall Bay, Wellington. 1950

Dominion lifesaving championships, Lyall Bay, Wellington. 1950
Two men paddle in on surfboards at the Dominion lifesaving championships at Lyall Bay in Wellington


A cup winning lifesaving team with their coach. 1911
A cup winning lifesaving team with their coach. 1911
Shows a cup winning team with their coach, 1911, probably in the Christchurch area.
"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings, and why the sea is boiling hot, and whether pigs have wings." Their couch is that walrus.

Group of girls practicing a life-saving technique. ca 1910s 
Group of girls practicing a life-saving technique. ca 1910s
An unidentified group of girls practising life-saving. They are standing in two rows in pairs (facing each other) outdoors on a grassy area in front of a wooden building. The life-saving instructor is standing on the right. All are dressed in bathing suits, some with bathing caps. 
I think this might be my favourite picture of the whole bunch. I can't imagine what exactly they were practising when this photo was taken, but their bathing suits are fantastic.

Friday, September 10, 2010