Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday - Flirty Floaty, with a bit of Fun Funk, and Pink Punk

Tonight I was home before it got dark.  This is a significant event because it meant that I could have a Friday outfit photo shoot in daylight.  

I loved wearing this outfit today.  The crepe pleated skirt dates from the 1980s or 1990s and the sequin sweater is modern and I found it at the Presbyterian Support Shop in the 50 cent section.  As well as the turquoise bangles I am wearing a watch and a ring in similar colours.  
 Flirty Floaty skirt is mid length but I am thinking of shortening it (well from the top/waist area).  
It only looks ankle length because the photographer is very tall.

It was a little bit girly and floaty and I felt a bit flirty and naughty.  And yes, that is blue in my hair.  Blue hair chalk which is a cheap way to add a splash of colour. 

For a more funky look, this is what I wore in the school holidays on one of several op shop expeditions with 12yo. 

 Cord skirt (Me Made), tights and sneakers (retail), 
leather jacket, black top, cardigan and beads (thrifted)

I think this was the day 12 yo said she did not want to go to a particular thrift store because it smelled.  I persuaded her.  Within a few seconds of entering the store she was rabid with excitement as she spotted a pair of Converse sneakers (which fitted her) for $5. She was a very happy girl. 

Another day I decided to wear pink and punk.  It was grey day so I wanted to wear pink and I realised that I had not yet worn my new plastic boots.  The pink Osti dress is too shabby for work now, but I thought it was perfect with the sequin sweater, skulls and roses leggings and zebra boots. 

If I recall correctly, the Osti dress was $2, the leather jacket $8 and the sweater 50 cents.

So, three outfits in one post.  I am going to the Vintage Round Market tomorrow - after going on a short excursion train-trip with Dear H and 12 yo.  I hope there will be opportunities to take lots of photos.  Computer is holding up okay, so I aim to post again this weekend. Hope you are all having a great Friday evening, xx Penny-Rose

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Return to Blogland - the school holidays have started


Hello everybody, it's the school holidays so I have some time to catch up on some great blogs and write a post (or even 2!) of my own.

Winter is a difficult month in terms of taking photos but this year has been harder with the deathknell (or the apparent deathknell) of Windows XP which sent several people into a computer frenzy of fear and millions of others to buy a new computer.  In total denial of the risk of viruses and goodness only know what I am soldiering on with my trusty Toshiba laptop.  Its only a few years old but can't upgraded to a newer version of Windows, thus I must run the gauntlet of Windows XP.  

Ok, on to other more important things, like what I have been wearing and where I found such treasures of couture.  First up, a remnant from the Presbyterian Support Fabric Sale which was initially made into a wrap around skirt before being incarnated as an A-line above the knee.  A dear, young colleague at work said I looked like I should be in Clueless.  Bless her. 

Where would I be without polyester?  This vision of loveliness -below - has a pleated skirt and a pussy bow collar (St V de P if my memory serves me correctly).  I teamed it up with some quirky jewellry including a necklace made for me by my daughter when she was about 7 yo.  The Easter Bunny earrings were in a $2 sale and the bangles are all thrifted. 
Winter has been hard on my feet - my beloved bow boots have been on high rotation with other op shop shoes including the heeled Mary Janes above and on more casual days the leopard print sneakers below.
Turquoise is almost my favourite colour at present - maybe because it is so bright and cheerful amongst the relative dullness of winter.  The World jacket above left, from the Winter 2007 collection was a $2 find from Toffs and the cardigan from the Hospice Shop.  Both accompany a floral polyester shirt dress.  The arm junk is a mixture of new and thrifted. 


Aside from the threat of computer-meltdown I have been very busy over the last few weeks with work and Union related matters.  As well as being on the bargaining team and looking forward to some improved salaries and working conditions being put on the table later this month, I have been to Wellington twice (sadly with no time to catch up with like minded bloggers) for a committee meeting and also on a leadership course.  More about both of those in the near future.  

As for now, I am going to make some more Picmonkey collages to post later.  Hope you are all well and free of the XP curse.  Bye, Penny-Rose 


Friday, June 6, 2014

An obligatory Blogger Deer is in this post (and some NZ icons)


I have been having some feet problems recently - most of my winter footwear seems to make my feet hurt.  

One day my feet hurt so much I bought another pair of shoes to alleviate the discomfort.  They were not a huge improvement on the comfort level (my face in the photo below says it all) but I think they matched my outfit nicely:

 Genuine suede Italian shoes $2 from Presbyterian Support Shop.  Worn with Chagall wrap skirt $4 and Vintage Goldcrest coat.


Despite the discomfort I really love this outfit! 


 On a completely unrelated matter, I often walk from work to the main street through a carpark and an alley way.  The walls are covered in graffiti and collage as well as the original signage.  An iconic image of Sir Edmond Hillary has been there for years and years.  But was recently, partially covered over.  So I took a photo.  It wasn't until I really looked at the whole wall I realised the new image was a giant head:



The "inspirational poster" was a couple of metres out of shot.  The accidental spelling errors of sign-writers is a constant source of amusement for me.  

Now,  I want to show you an outfit I wore two Fridays ago - I know I am a bit behind in Frock on Friday so I decided to combine Dunedin grunge with cute:



 Levis maxi skirt 50 cents, iconic "Dunedin" tee shirt $2 Toffs (normal retail $150 or something equally silly) Cardigan from Hospice Shop.  Socks and shoes retail.  Kitten necklace and Hello Kitty earrings both retail. Modern and vintage mood rings, both from a school fair, polished Paua and Silver ring from Barking Fish, Port Chalmers.


 I like the bunny socks peeping out from underneath my long skirt!  At lunch time I was visiting a stationery store with a friend and found myself a little cutie:


....a bobble head reindeer!  SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Unlike my Saturday morning post last week, I am short of time today, so that's all for now.  Hope you have a great weekend!  Bye xxxxxx

Friday, May 30, 2014

More than polka-dots

Shhhh, I have to be quiet, because I am up out of bed really really early and its not a work day.  Shhh I might wake the family.  Well unless the intense meowing of two cats didn't already wake them.

Saturday morning and I am all by myself.  Lit the fire.  Made a hot drink.  Internet humming.  Toast has popped up.  (Cat just re-entered house after post-breakfast stalk around the garden to check for invading felines from outer-space). Time to blog.  

You know me, I love polka dots - spots, dots, blobs, repeating blobs and spots and dots. So lets look at something a bit different:

stripes  stripes  stripes 
stripes  stripes

I got stripes, stripes, stripes.  With sincere thanks to Johnny Cash.

Striped shirt from Savemart (love the frills, striped tights retail - the black stripes are velvety!!
NZ designer label Boucle skirt, 50 cents from Presbyterian Op Shop, 
designer belt, $3 from St Vincent de Paul, 
patent brogues (NZ Made) from Toffs $3, 
vintage glass striped necklace about $4 from Salvation Army. 


or how about:

oriental    oriental  oriental  
oriental  oriental  

Hommage to a geisha.

 Vintage (1950s) , home-made blue dress, Toffs $2
embroidered leather boots Savemart
obi made by me
vintage necklace  Hospice Shop
bracelets all secondhand from antique store, trade me, school fair and op shop
((please excuse the crockpot - had to improvise when cat had to be kept inside))




and then there is inspiration from fabric:

 pacific  pacific pacific
pacific pacific

Pacific print polyester dress
Pacific print polyester dress from Presbyterian Support
Aqua Glengyle cardigan Toffs
Aqua vintage beads opshopped
embroidered leather boots, silver belt  retail


Okay, 12 yo is up and out of bed now.  Time to plan our long (Queen's Birthday) weekend.  Sure there'll be some chores, but we are also planning a walk in a park or along a beach, a bit of op-shopping (of course), maybe some baking and cooking.  As a family we don't have to spend a heap of money to have fun together.  

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Penny-Rose xxx