Thursday, August 2, 2018

༺ Currently: Busy Bee ༻

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But first ~ can you believe it’s almost a year since the last ‘Currently’ update? Eek! I guess we are crazy busy… So let’s jump right into it.

Patterns

READING:

Nothing right now – I have read a bunch of great novels by K.M. Shea recently though. She’s quickly become one of my favourite authors with teen lit that is quirky and funny, but also has great story lines. She writes a lot of fantasy based stuff – A Chicago Urban Fantasy collection, Timeless Fairy Tales which are fabulously re-written versions of the old favourites, The Snow Queen series which is in a similar vein, and a lengthy series that I would say is for an older audience – King Author and Her Knights. Yes, you read that right… ;) 

Copper

WONDERING:

I don’t have time for thinking. That’s probably a bad thing, but, … life…

Lani

FEELING THANKFUL:

That we get to experience this adventure. Yes, life in Thailand has settled down to a fairly steady routine, but I still love that we get to do this and be where we are right now. It’s fun.

Bamboo - Copy

EATING:

The best Thai food! Currently loving spicy fried rice, mango shakes, caramel buttered popcorn, and cashew chicken.

Pink-Stars

WATCHING:

Project Runway, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. – all on Netflix.

Peppy

WORKING ON:

Shhhhh! Top secret business stuff. And teaching my son to read and write, my daughter to do numbers and write, and my youngest to potty train. Busy.

Starstruck-Flexiclogs

LOVING:

Iced coffeeeeeeeeeee. BBQ chips. New York New York Hair salon because they can actually cut my curly hair!! Kombucha, I’ve started brewing my own and it’s really helped with my numerous tummy issues. Divine, and insanely cheap, fabric. Exploring. Swimming. Cute shoes – particularly my Starstruck Flexiclogs.

Hat

ATTEMPTING:

Well, you'll find out. Oh, and to fly back to Australia for five days all by myself. It’s going to be a crazy quick trip and I’m going to be rushing like a mad thing while I’m there. We literally booked the flights this morning, and I’m leaving on Saturday. Gulp!!

New-Projects

WANTING:

To succeed. All this work, time and well – let’s be honest here – tears… It needs to happen.

Frangipani

DOING:

Packing for that flight that I am on in a day’s time!


Reading

xox,

bonita

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

༺ Palm Tree Sky ༻

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Here we are in our Moo Baan garden again!

I can’t decided if I’m just being a lazy blogger or the grounds of our Moo Baan are so pretty that it’s only fair to take lots of photos there… Hum.

This look was shot a couple of weeks ago when we had a rare sunny afternoon breaking through all the cloudy and rainy weather.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s still warm here, but the rainy season does tend to keep the sunshine hidden for most of the day.

But you didn’t come here to talk about the weather!!

It’s take me a long time to get around to posting these because one: I’m really busy at the moment, and two: I’m really struggling with my photography again.

Let’s get back to reason one in a little bit, but ugh…

It turns out that taking photos yourself means that even with the *best lens ever* I’m still struggling with lighting issues and all that.

Over the years I’ve been trying to move away from the filtered “Tumblr” style of photography {even though I still really love how it looks} and have been working on creating a crisp, fresh look to my photos. I want them to be pastel and light without looking completely washed out, over exposed or too hazy.

But I don’t know… That perfect look keeps eluding me and while I don’t mind so much how the photos are turning out for my blog, at the moment Instagram is a total editing nightmare!

I used to have good photos compared to a lot of what was out there, but either my editing style is too old school or my camera is letting me down, or.. something… I can’t figure it out, but I’ll keep trying to improve.

In the meantime, I am crazy busy as we chip away at our giant project!

I can’t remember how much I’ve spoken about this before, but one of the major reasons we decided to move to Thailand is so that we could get a decent start on creating our own family business. I will have more to say on it later, I kind of want to write a whole “big reveal” post!

For now, I will note that we are getting closer to launch day. That means I’m working my butt off like a turtle moving a mountain, but we are beginning finalize the first steps, and we are ticking off our mah-assive To Do list which feels pretty darn awesome I must say!!

Creating pretty outfits to wear is fairly low on that list, and currently I want stuff that is easy to throw on and go. I really loved this navy striped tee with the peter pan collar I found at Big C the other day. It’s cute and simple, and I love how this whole ensemble came together pretty quickly thanks to the inspiration!

I don’t often wear full nautical looks, which pretty hilarious as I adore navy, white, and red, and have tons of it in my wardrobe. While it can be typical of nautical fashions to heavily feature those colours, it also relies on certain themes in styling that I don’t wear. Sailor collars, nautical prints, fish, ships, and the like.

I did make an exception for this gorgeous tropical nautical print skirt from Betty Page as I totally loved the little palm trees and crabs and thought it was absolutely perfect for Thailand. Plus, it goes amazingly well with Deer Arrow’s Kurtis the Kraken.

While I don’t really do much nautical fashion, I do have a huge love for nautical themed brooches and cephalopods! Something about sea creatures are just so fascinating, so I’m glad I could find the perfect ensemble for debuting Kurtis on the blog.

Also, I’m kind of obsessed with all the straw hats ~ I was interested to see how this one is black but comes out navy in the pictures. I do actually need a proper navy straw hat though. I’m picky enough about matching that even though the black hat *looked*  navy, the fact that I know that it isn’t, bothers me quite a bit! I’m not sure if a girl can have too many hats, so I will happily accept the challenge of finding a true navy boater…

xox,

bonita

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Black Straw Boater | Thrifted
Kurtis the Kraken | Deer Arrow
Navy Days Tee | Big C
White Bamboo Purse | eBay
White Belt | Chiang Mai Street Market
Betty Page Tiki Tropical Skirt | Zulily
Burgundy T-Strap Flats | Lanna Expo ‘18

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Friday, July 6, 2018

༺ Wonderwall ༻

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The rainy season has well and truly set in. We’ve been having so many wet days, that sometimes a whole week will pass without sunshine. It feels so weird because all I remember last year was sunshine for most days, then rain for an hour or two.

The Mister reminded me that we were actually in Malaysia this time last year, and it suddenly makes more sense!

I can’t believe we’ve been living in Thailand for well over a year now, but I guess it feels a lot shorter as we did have that five month extended stay in Australia ~ smack dab in the middle of it all.

Despite the rain that’s constantly rolling in, I was lucky enough to get a blog shoot squeezed in last weekend.

It was a bit of a gamble as to whether it would come together at all. It was late afternoon by the time I could head out. The sky was becoming quite cloudy, there was hardly any light left ~ and I didn’t even know where to go! It’s always a nerve-wracking race if you are spontaneously doing a shoot at the end of the day, you’re scrambling to get everything sorted out before the sun sinks, frantically racing those last golden beams as they disappear over the horizon.

I searched google maps for the nearest public park ~ and I found one that was only 3.5km away, but the problem with traffic in Thailand is that it is a little like Sydney. If you hit the roads at the wrong time, the dense traffic and abominably slow lights {It takes 10 minute to get a green light, sometimes even longer if you miss the change due to the backup of traffic. We avoid traffic lights wherever we can, though some are most definitely worse than others!} can mean that it can take up to 30 minutes to get that 3.5 km!

Then I was risking that the park would have any good locations to set up, or not be crowded with people, or actually have a nice backdrop. You know, all those important things ~ haha!

Thankfully, there turned out to be some lovely scenery, and this very pretty house with awesome architecture, although I wouldn’t be going back for the park itself. That turned out to be the corner of a block that was terribly overgrown with grass, and there was a giant shine in the middle, taking up most of the space.

I’m very cautious about photographing shrines, as I want to make sure that I respect Thai culture and not appear like an insensitive foreigner! Which, being a foreigner and blogger can really be the worst combination. Even though it was a super quiet neighbourhood there were a lot of people running past exercising, or walking dogs, and my little venture with the camera out at dusk meant I was the ninth wonder of the Thai locals! Awk-ward!!

And after all that fuss, I wasn’t even sure I’d have enough photos to do this post, as I broke the number one photography rule and went out with a semi-almost-dead camera battery… Which meant that my battery died before I could finish the shoot… naturally.

…Whoops!

I keep saying that I need to buy a spare, and maybe now that I’ve had the worst happen I’ll finally do it? Haha, or it will end up like my camera lens and take me fifty-million years get that done…

Busy as we are at the moment, I have found the time to do a little thrifting ~ second hand and vintage shopping is not really the same in Thailand as it is in other places, but I’ve found some cute pieces here and there. I picked up this lovely chestnut leather purse last year at a street market, I think it might be from the 60’s or 70’s.

My hat I found at a second-hand stall in the shopping centre carpark (!!) where we do our grocery shopping. {Stalls in Thailand are weird, they exist just about anywhere you could think or want to set one up. We even bought a brand new, custom built couch in the carpark!!}

I really loved the idea of pairing them with this repro dress from Sisjuly, as this late 1930’s or early 1940’s inspired frock really felt like it needed touches of 30’s fashion with it. I know that technically the skirt is too short for a true 30’s look, but those sleeves! They are definitely 30s worthy with that glamorous flouncing, and I just love them.

I’m also fond of the sage green fabric. Although it often feels like there is way to much green in my photos of Thailand already, somehow I still find myself wearing shades of green far more often than I ever do in Australia. I guess my love of matchy-matchy even extends to which biome I’m living in!

So do you think my look passes for a 1930’s inspired ensemble or should I stick to the 1940’s and 1950’s? I’ve been eyeing off a lot of 30s fashions a lot lately, and I’ve even bought a stack of 1930’s vintage patterns as well as some of the Simplicity re-releases. As much as I love it, I really couldn’t afford to buy true 30’s vintage, {not that it would ever fit me}, and I’d be terrified of ruining it.

Plus, I’m not sure I could ever get my hair to behave for finger waves. I’m hard pressed to get a decent pin curl set out of it, so in these pictures I just rolled it under for a faux bob. I feel like if I worked a bit more on it, my faux bob could look okay, so I’m seriously thinking of dabbling a bit more in 1930’s styles, hence buying the sewing patterns.

It’s an era of fashion that is calling to me, but I’m a bit unsure if I can actually pull off 1930s properly… There’s no harm in trying I suppose? Or is my style just not accurate enough to make it work? Would you have any tips for a first-timer? …Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough. 

xox,

bonita

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Navy & White Cloche | Thrifted
Sage & White Walking Dress | Sisjuly
Vintage Chestnut Purse | Street Market, Chiang Mai
”Love, Forget Me Not” Brooch | Teacup Girl
Sheer Vintage Gloves | Gifted
Tan & White Giselle Spectator Heels | Chelsea Crew

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Friday, June 8, 2018

༺ Peppy Robins & Navy Plaid ༻

The gardens in our Moo Baan, Chiang Mai, Thailand | Lavender & TwillCausal vintage style with a sundress and a brooch | Lavender & TwillWearing a mini Navy Anello backpack and Miss L Fire wedges | Lavender & TwillBreezy vintage style for tropical heat | Lavender & TwillCausal vintage style with a sundress and a brooch | Lavender & TwillPeppy Chapette Red-breasted Robin | Lavender & TwillWearing a mini Navy Anello backpack and Miss L Fire wedges | Lavender & TwillBreezy vintage style for tropical heat | Lavender & TwillCausal vintage style with a sundress and a brooch | Lavender & TwillWearing a mini Navy Anello backpack and Miss L Fire wedges | Lavender & TwillBreezy vintage style for tropical heat | Lavender & Twill

Two things you need when blogging in the tropics ~ mozzie spray and a water bottle!

Oh gosh, I got eaten alive taking these pictures, and it’s a bit silly because I have had this happen before when doing a blog shoot, but it was so long ago that I completely forgot about the necessity of mosquito repellent! D’oh!

Also, I’m super glad I took a chance on doing this shoot. It’s the first time I’ve taken photos by myself since getting my 50mm lens for my birthday last year.

Because the depth of field is so shallow, it’s really easy to get the focus wrong and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get the camera to focus correctly and stay focused while running into place before the self-timer goes off!

I have been severely psyching myself out for the last month. I was so certain I needed the Mister to take the pictures for me, and that I couldn’t do it myself.  Of course, with the whole family being so busy that means I have to wait for weeks and weeks and weeks because every time I think we might be able to shoot *this* weekend, something comes up without fail! Or the children are crazy, or need naps, or I need a nap, etc…. It’s really difficult to line everyone up.

It rarely happens and it’s so much easier if I can just sneak off when I have the time to take the pics myself. But I wasn’t doing that because I was afraid of my new lens…. Haha!

I discovered the trick was to focus the camera on an object that was where I’d be standing, so either a leaf on the ground, the chair, or the tree trunk in this case. I’d push the button to start the self timer, then swing the camera to frame the shot. It worked surprisingly well! Though I had to run pretty quickly to get into frame, as well as a lot further! The camera had to be so far away to offset the shallow depth of field, so I ending up with a bunch of photos that are just of my back. Haha!

There where definitely batches of pics that didn’t work out and I needed to retake them, but for the most part I am fairly happy with the results. Next time I’ll make more effort to go find a better photo shoot location.

This time I just went to some of the gardens in our Moo Baan because I figured if none of the photos worked out I wouldn’t have wasted too much time driving all around. It’s not the greatest backdrop, although I do really love these giant trees. It’s very hard to show how cool they are because they are soooo big!

I am wearing a vintage dress that I picked up in Thailand last year at a street market. I’m fairly certain it’s a 90s-does-50s dress, the shirtwaist cut is very interesting with strong Asian styling. The waist is quite boxy, the dress naturally just hangs off the bust without any shaping. It did have one of those little slide adjusters at the back of the bodice ~ you know the kind you often find on 90s vests?

I took off the slide part and knotted the two halves together to pull the waist in. It’s a really comfortable dress to wear like that, but for the pictures I wanted it to look a little more vintage and styled up so I threw on a belt as well.

It still turned out as quite a casual look, so I added my trusty Anello backpack and Miss L Fire wedges for a slightly peppy-come-collegiate-come-summer-boardwalk style. Once I added my trusty Peppy Chapette red-breasted Robin to pick out the red of the plaid, it was all good!

I am all for a casual sundress and brooch with sandals these days. It’s my go-too look as I find anything else adds too much fuss and bother for such hot weather.

I like all the accessories and details that vintage ensembles have, but I really don’t think that it’s super practical for tropical environments. Certainly, it’s really hard to get my hair to behave neatly, it’s just wild and does what it wants these days!

I’m happy for it to be super curly, but I do feel like it detracts from the overall vintage vibes of my ensembles… *sigh* Well, you can’t have everything!

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bonita

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90s-does-50s Peppy Plaid Dress | Street Market, Chiang Mai
Peppy Chapette Red-Breast Robin Brooch | Peppy Chapette
Tan Virginia Leather Sandal | Miss L Fire
Navy Mini Backpack | Anello Bags

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

༺ A Decade of Style Challenge ༻

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I’m in the middle of a very fun challenge on Instagram called “The Vintage Fashion Challenge”.  Created by Carla of Tiny Angry Crafter, Jenny of @jenni.lee.knits, Sara of Canteen Cowboy and Mena of @makethislook, it’s a really great way of connecting to the vintage community on Instagram!

I’m not participating strictly, as I really just want to do this for fun and not because I have too, but so far I’ve managed to post for 4 of the 6 days from the first week. I’m basically picking my favourites to post about. :P

Along the way I had to look up a bunch of photos for Day 5 – “Style Evolution”, and I had so much fun I decided to create my own blog challenge based around that concept. Because of course I had too many photos and far too many words to fit it all in an Instagram post…!!

“A Decade of Style Challenge” is exactly what it says ~ the challenge is find pictures of your style over the course of ten years and have fun seeing how much it can change! Write about it if you want too, or don’t. You can also participate on Facebook or Instagram if you aren’t already doing The Vintage Fashion Challenge over there and would still like to join in. Anything goes, interpret this challenge how you will!

As I went with the “photo-dump-and-lots-of-words-to-explain” type of post, let’s jump right in…

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It was definitely tricky for me to find photos from 2008 as I would never have thought to take a picture of my clothes. In fact, I had only just gotten my first digital camera so up until then I just didn’t take very many pictures at all!! Luckily, my sister and I went traveling in Europe for six months and we took a few pictures while over there, as you do!

The first two pictures were taken in Scotland, the wall at Inverness, and in the Natural History Museum in Glasgow. The last picture here was in 2010 – so we skipped a year as I had nothing for 2009 that I know of. I had been reading the Modcloth blog during the month of June 2010, and was fascinated by this thing called fashion blogging.

I have always adored clothes and “dressing up” for as long as I can remember, and on this particular day, I thought I’d try and take a mirror shot of my outfit to see if I could blog that way. I loved the thought of fashion blogging but was petrified to ask anyone to take my picture as I was afraid I’d be considered super vain if I wanted photographs of my clothes to post on the internet!

I quickly realised that there was no way I’d be able to blog with just a mirror, and I was actually very disappointed. This was something I really wanted to do, but I just didn’t know how I could do it. It took me a bit of time to work up my courage, but I think that day or the next, I nervously asked the Mister what he thought about fashion blogging…

A Decade of Style Challenge - 2010 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2010 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2010 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & Twill

He thought it was a really weird idea, but that if I wanted to do it ~ why not. So that day I brought my camera with me to family dinner, and asked my youngest sister to take some pictures of my outfit! My family all thought I looked like a librarian. I didn’t care. Haha!

I think it was my sister who snapped the first few outfits for me, but it wasn’t long until I plucked up my courage and asked the Mister if he could take some pictures as it really wasn’t convenient for my youngest sister to help out when I needed pictures.

He was willing to help, although he still thought it was a weird idea!

A Decade of Style Challenge - 2010 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2010 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2010 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & Twill

My style was definitely all over the place at this stage… I was heavily inspired by Japanese Gothic Lolita and skater style as teen ~ I loved wearing cargo pants and skater shorts as well as vests and fedoras and flared jeans ~ paired with black lace and cute jewellery. I never wore skirts or dresses ~ like ever. I liked being a tomboy, very active and as “street” as a white 18 year Aussie girl could be in the early 2000s.

So through the years of 2010-2013 my style was undergoing a lot of change. For the last half of 2010 I played with the idea of vintage, but I would also drop into Hime, Dolly, or Lolita inspired looks a lot.

I had also spent the last five years straightening my hair, so it was weird to embrace my natural curls again. I was very inspired by Liz of Delightfully Tacky, and chopped a heavy bang to match her look.

A Decade of Style Challenge - 2011 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2011 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2012 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & Twill

I soon realised bangs didn’t roll into victory rolls very well and as that was the only true vintage hair style I knew of, I promptly started to grow it out!

It was 2011, and I was also pregnant with our first child by this stage, so also had the added trouble of dressing a baby bump. I didn’t do a lot, but I did have fun trying to go as vintage as I knew how! Boy, I had sooo much to learn…

2012 and our Theodore was born and that’s when I really started to get into the swing of vintage style.

I turned back to sewing with my very limited beginner skills and determined to learn to sew vintage dresses so I could wear the styles that I couldn’t afford at that point. {If only I knew how expensive vintage would get!! I thought $80.00 including shipping for a detailed 1950’s dress was way too expensive back then… For real..!! I’d only buy them if they were under $50.00. I have no idea what I was thinking…}

A Decade of Style Challenge - 2012 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2012 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & TwillA Decade of Style Challenge - 2012 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & Twill

I was busy learning all I could about vintage style ~ I read all the blogs I could find, trawling through post after post. I didn’t really have a lot of vintage resources, but I was obsessed with the few things I thought would create the perfect “vintage” outfit. It was all about those Bakelite bangle stacks, Victory Rolls, and red lipstick for me in the beginning days!

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I would do my best to thrift vintage appropriate pieces from the op shops, but that was fairly challenging in itself as I was still learning what silhouette, fabric prints and colours would work in a vintage wardrobe.

I also got really into sewing. I started with a dress from all old vintage quilt cover, and then I drafted a circle skirt, and made it extra complicated by making it reversible. End of 2012 and I was pregnant with our second child. I had another go at dressing my bump vintage style, but never really quite got there. I stopped sewing over that time period because funnily enough, it’s really hard to sew for yourself when your body is changing daily {if not hourly…!}

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After Isabelle was born in 2013, I bleached my hair blond and dyed it pastel pink for 6 months or so, but you aren’t getting any photos of that because 1. it looked terrible :P and 2. I stopped blogging during that time as I really couldn’t handle blogging and adjusting to a toddler and a newborn.

Sometime before she was born I really started to embrace my love of pastels. I’m not sure if it began around the same time as my love of florals, but the Swirl dress below was my first ever pastel pink item of clothing in my wardrobe and I adored it. I also had no idea what a “Swirl” was and how desirable a 50’s Swirl was when I bought for it for a staggering $50.00 including postage. FIFTY DOLLARS FOR A SWIRL! I’m shaking my head at how times have changed, but I digress…

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Baby number three came along in 2014, and I was lucky as I had managed to pick up a few vintage maternity items by then, my absolute favourite being a 1940s lilac maternity frock. It was most definitely the cutest maternity item in my wardrobe.

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In 2015 I continued down the path of all the pastels, and discovered my love for hats and wicker purses. And I also figured out that vintage reproduction shoes where really a good investment for a vintage wardrobe. Modern shoes can sometimes fit the bill if they are in a very classic style, but when you really want to finish an outfit off, you can’t go wrong with matching accessories, a hat, gloves and a pair of really good vintage style shoes!

I did buy my first pair of actual vintage shoes when I was pregnant with the third bubba, but never wore them as my feet ended up growing a whole size {almost a size and a half!!} by the time I was done with the three pregnancies. I was sooo glad that my feet didn’t grow any further as I could juuuust squeeze into most of my shoes, but quite a few have bit the dust since then and I’m not so sure that wasn’t thanks to the feet growing. Literally one of the worst changes from pregnancy. Just saying…

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After Charlotte was born I spent the rest of 2015, 2016 and 2017 battling with Hypothyroidism and all the tolls it takes on my body. I have briefly touched on that in a post before, but it remains hugely relevant to my style changes.

My chronic illness has meant that I have gone up multiple sizes, sometimes two or three in a year – depending on how badly I was swollen and bloated. I was a solid size 10, and yes, while pregnancy changes your body drastically, I know hypothyroidism has also played a major role in my size 16/18 curves. It has been difficult for me to loose more than 90% of the true vintage that I’d collected and loved over the years, basically all that was left to me were the gloves, purses, hats and other accessories… Which has absolutely led to my obsession with brooches for the last two years, and also cost us a lot of money when I’ve had to buy a whole new wardrobe several times over…

A Decade of Style Challenge - 2017 Vintage Fashion | Lavender & Twill

But I think that’s a post for another day, so I will leave it where we are now: living in lush, tropical Thailand!

The tropical environment has definitely focused my wardrobe to breezy sundresses, strappy sandals and loads of wild, naturally curly hair {thanks humidity}. While this summery, casual fashion is not the closest to my favourite vintage aesthetic of a glamorous, tip to toe vintage looks from the 1940s or 1950s, it still feels like a fun, beautiful style to wear. Vintage on vacation if you will!

So I hope this post wasn’t too crazy long of a read, and if you enjoyed it, I want to pass the challenge on to you! #adecadeofstyle to share on social media, and please tag me if you do it! I would absolutely love to see what your take is on this challenge, and hear all about your own fashion journey over the last decade…

xox,

bonita

P.S. ~ This could also be a “Watch My Photography Improve” post; yeesh…! Some of those early ones are shocking! Haha!!

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