Thursday, November 28, 2013

The return of Penny-Rose to the Blogosphere

The internet at home has failed me for a few weeks - hence the lack of posts - and my online presence has been restricted to being able to post the odd comment and tick few likes on Facebook pages of my lovely followers. 

I have typed and re-typed this paragraph a few times.  Should I actually put it in writing?  Would I be burdening you?  I have been a bit blue, to be honest.  So, without the ability to blog, I got a bit lost (in a psychological kind of way), and then my style and colour mojo went out the window (I actually wore austere dark colours one day).  It's not like I am ashamed to say "I have been getting a bit depressed", but I am a bit hesitant about saying it out loud.  What the hell, I'll just post about it on my blog.  I went to see my doctor today and got my happy pills increased because as I told him, I could look over my shoulder and see that all familiar dark cloud swirling behind me, trying to creep forward without my noticing and then wrapping itself around me.  Blogging is good for me because I can express myself better in photos and colour and words.  Blogging helps.

Outfit for Halloween - pumpkin colours: vintage homemade dress found at Restore, worn with tights and Italian leather boots from Toffs $2.
The boots don't show up well in the photo but they are just gorgeous - but, sadly after wearing them for one day at work my ankles swelled up and made me miserable.  So I got out my trusty eyelet punch and made more holes in the leather straps in an attempt to get a bit more circulation space.  I will wear them again, but if they cripple me again they are destined to be on-sold.

The weather over the last couple of weeks or so has been unseasonably lovely...and I bared my legs before Labour Weekend.  Don't remember this happening in recent history.   (Labour Day is the 4th Monday in October and the preceding weekend is the first public holiday since Queens Birthday in June). 
Yellow cotton blend dress - possibly from the 1980s?? found on the $2 rack at Toffs, worn with black belt, shoes and accessories, including a hat found at the St V de Paul. 
 The colour of this dress is more accurate in the top right photo with the bunny necklace.  I like the crispness of yellow with black together. 

Pleated cream granny skirt worn with a made-by-me top and a Toffs Glengyle cardigan.  The $1 shoes are from Presbyterian Support and the necklace is a vintage find.  The wrist candy is all retail and the Pandora bracelet was a gift from my darling family.
When I wore this outfit to work, 3 colleagues asked me if I had a job interview!  It is perhaps a bit more demure than some of my other outfits - do I exude administrative excellence in this combo?  Just in case you are wondering I was not going to a job interview (although I may go to one in the future).  I merely wanted to go for the light floaty effect - in fabric and in colour.  

I usually forget to take photos in the weekend, but one Saturday this is what I wore to the art gallery:
Pink cotton/linen dress with tag torn out from Toffs $2, worn with turquoise cardi from the Hospice shop and green tights from the Hospice Shop.  The kitsch knitted bag was also a Toffs discovery. 
The inspiration for the outfit is the boots, which, although a poxy shade of pink, are decorated with turquoise, pink and green flowers.  The Retro Pin up necklace was won in a Facebook give-away by Jorjalicious Dome Jewellery. The pin-up looks like she has received a nice cheque from the Inland Revenue - don't you think??

The photographic exhibition I went to see was of Gregory Crewdson.  He takes photos of the most amazing scenes which are incredibly detailed but also spooky because they appear vacant when you first look at them, and then BAM you are hit between the eyes with something really confrontational.  You can read more about him here.  The exhibition is called In a Lonely Place and I just loved it.  

'kay, that's all I can get out of my head for the time being.  I'll be doing a massive read of all the wonderful blogs I follow over the weekend.

Bye for now


Friday, November 1, 2013

I sense a disturbance in the internet universe

Hi everyone, I have had a few continuous and annoying technical difficulties over the last week or so :-(  very erratic internet connection which has prevented me from blogging.  Luckily I have been able to do plenty of reading and have enjoyed the Halloween highjinks many of you have posted about.  Here in Dunedin, NZ we are entering spring with a vengence with so many lovely rhododendrons are flowering, as well as all the native flowers.  

Right this selection of photos are not really up to date (no FOF for me today) but I think they will show you how I am enjoying the warmer weather:

Black and white dress from Hospice Shop and Vintage black necklace from the Presbyterian Support Shop in St Andrew Street, Kapow slipper shoes, hair bow, belt and Bonds tights, all retail

Folk art plaque - handpainted Kereru (NZ wood pigeon) on Kauri dated 1940, $3 from Presbyterian Support, Mother and Ducklings swimming happily in a puddle near the harbor

1980s  polyester dress from Toffs $2, worn with Melissa pink shoes and tights gifted by a colleague.  The hat is modern but it was at the St Vinnies for $2.

1980s polyester dress from Toffs $2 worn with modern cardigan found at Hospice shop for $5, bracelets both thrifted. Kapow slippers (already been worn so many times they were worth buying retail for $10)

So, these few snaps give you an idea of what the weather's been like.  11yo turned into a 12 yo a couple of weeks ago and we went out for a lovely lunch with her and her best friend, then on to Aramoana for a frolic in the sand.  I have gone "duck" mad having seen several mother ducks with their broods trying to cross the main road - hence the duck photo. 

That's all folks, I detect a disturbance in the internet so must press "publish", hope you all had a great Halloween and a very happy Friday ;-)


PS 12 hours later and still trying to upload this blog this rate I will be blogging monthly!