Tuesday, August 13, 2019

༺ The Dressmaker ༻

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~ True vintage 1950’s silk cocktail frock ~ she is divine and my most favourite thing ever ~

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~ Vintage girl camouflage on point… Am I as fabulously dressed as these mannequins yet? ~

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My best friend-really-actually-sister told me that she wanted to take me to the National Sound and Film Archive to see a costume exhibition that was for The Dressmaker. Although I’ve heard of the movie and read costuming blog posts about it ~ I have never actually seen the film {but I do plan to see it soon}.

It didn’t take much convincing for me to go {like, none at all} because I’d seen the movie stills and knew the clothing was abso-flippin’-lutely fantastic. And I was right. It really was an enjoyable display, there was quite a bit to see, as well as a short film on the behind the scenes process of costuming the movie which I found fascinating. I adore looking at the fabrics, and seeing the all the amazing details close up.

There were some simply divine true vintage pieces that were also used amongst the lovely reproduction vintage. I fell hard for a 1950’s silk cocktail frock in fire red with the most fabulous hip swag in the shape of a bow!

I’m sure I was drooling as I stood there admiring it and taking a billion pictures of its structure. I really want to try and reproduce that frock when I have the skills one day because it was utter perfection…

My second favourite outfit was the ballgown embellished with Swarovski crystals and the most delicate beading. My friend pointed out where one of the embellished strands had fallen off, and it’s really great to see the wear on even these stunning pieces. It makes them feel more comfortable and like actual clothing.

Though the French pleated silk chiffon cape looked like something out of the fairy kingdom ~ honestly, it is so inspiring to see how it sits and flows. It really feels like you were looking at true haute couture as the garments are impeccably crafted. Even the distressed pieces looked perfectly, truly destroyed and lived in for twenty five plus years.

My only complaint is that I couldn’t poke inside the garments and really see how they were constructed… But of course, I know why not… Just, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could!

And although my hair was stuck 1980 and not 1950 ~ much to my dismay ~ I still couldn’t resist the chance to take some photos with the stunning art deco architecture of the National Sound and Film Archive. So if you needed more close up photos of my Dior New Look inspired ensemble, that’s coming soon.

xox,

bonita

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

༺ Dustin’ off the Ol’ YouTube ༻


Ack! Finally I have filmed something new for the YouTube channel…

There hasn’t been anything new for … Um, years? But I’ve been filming more for the Teacup Girl YouTube channel ~ which you should totally check out if you want to know more about brooches, or brooch making and all the creative art-y stuff I get up to over there.

Anyway, the long and the short of it is that I’ve been having a lot of fun making those videos and it’s inspired me to comeback to YouTube for Lavender & Twill.

So our comeback is a thrift haul ~ and you’ll just have to watch to see the treasures I found!

xox,

bonita

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

༺ In the Courtyard ༻

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One of the prettiest places that I really enjoyed visiting in Chiang Mai was Nimman One. A group of buildings in Nimman {the district} just outside of the Old City that are arranged around the loveliest courtyard.

I fell in love with this place the moment I laid eyes on it, and instantly knew it had to be featured on the blog!

Of course, it’s difficult to fully portray the beauty of the architecture and surroundings ~ there are lovely tall green trees in the courtyard, and outside of the building ~ and it’s a very popular place. Lots of people walking through to visit the tiny shops tucked away in the walls, my favourite of these being the Monsoon Tea Shop which stock local teas made up into a huge range of delicious blends and flavours.

While we were there, another group was also taking photos ~ but they had set up a mannequin and were taking stock photos. Which was certainly easier than trying to figure out the timing for taking some of the pictures we did!

At night time the whole area is just as gorgeous, as the lanterns light up the clock tower, and the fairy lights that are strung all over the courtyard in the shape of a marque make the cobblestones glow.

Story time though, ‘coz the unexpected can still happen in the prettiest of surrounds!

…So to start at the beginning: I’m wearing a stunning true vintage dress in these pictures, and I just love it. It’s homemade I think ~ no label, and the waist is sewn shut with no opening or fastening so it’s a bit impossible to put on. It’s one of those “wiggle gingerly and smoosh through one boob at a time” kind of dresses ~ and if you’ve ever had one of those you’ll know exactly what I mean!

And all is going fine and dandy with the shoot, I’m so happy with how the whole ensemble looks in this location ~ but of course, it’s tropical heat so I’m “glowing” in no time at all.

And unbeknownst to me, this had caused my dress to stick horribly!

Most of the way through the shoot, and I do is put down my handbag… Then I hear that dreaded ripping sound that is every vintage wearer’s nightmare. Uh-oh…!

Of course, I can’t actually see where the rip is located at first, but that won’t be a problem for long because the more I’m moving around, the more ripping I hear ~ *le GASP*

Obviously, I’m doing my best to minimise my motion, I’m keeping my arms glued down, so I really didn’t think it was that bad until I tried to adjust my hair, and not one, but BOTH armpits had blown out significantly ~ yes, you could totally see almost all of the side of my long line bra through the holes! *cringe*

So now I’m tucking in fluttering shreds of fabric, smiling for photos and trying to make sure no one sees my bra, because OF COURSE everyone’s looking at the strange lady dancing around in the middle of the courtyard.

Thankfully, we finished the photoshoot and walked back to the closest shopping mall, which is Maya. On the way I noticed that there was a tiny clothing stall selling dresses and I stopped immediately to pick up an emergency dress.

It was only when I got changed in the bathroom at Maya that the full extent of the damage was revealed ~ unfortunately it was the worst I’ve ever seen happen in a vintage dress. On one side it was the fabric right next to the underarm seam that had popped, which is perfectly fixable, but on the other side, underneath the sleeve had shredded, and this giant tear went straight across to the apex of the bust, and down the side of the bodice. Somehow that tear had decimated the sleeve completely. 

So there went my hope of an easy fix, but there’s enough fabric left in the sleeves to mend the bodice, so thankfully I can repurpose the sleeves for that. Then I’m going to purchase some black velvet and make replacement cap sleeves for the dress. And I’m also going to fix the waist and create some sort of waist opening because it’s just a pain to put on. But now I know why such a stunning dress was priced so cheaply… Haha!

So all’s well that probably ends well, and I’ll almost have a different dress to wear out of the whole ordeal.

But gosh! I've never had a vintage dress {or any other kind of vintage} disintegrate so completely while I’m wearing it, and I really hope it never happens again. I should say that it doesn’t deter me from wearing vintage in any way whatsoever, because even while my dress was literally falling apart on my back, I still felt so elegant in this frock. I loved the way it moved, and the pleated skirt was so swishy. Plus, that little black velvet touch at the lapel really adds that extra detail that I do so adore. So while I might have had the worst experience vintage has to offer with this dress, I also had the best experience at the same time ~ and I love it!

Of course, now I want to hear what’s your worst {or best} experience with wearing vintage. Do you have any fun stories? Let us know if you do, I’m keen to hear them!

xox,
bonita

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Signature Double Rose in “Blue”  | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Vintage Milk Glass Rosette Brooch | eBay
1950’s Chariot Dress | FB Group
Black Skinny Belt | Came with another dress
Traditional Thai Embroidered Purse | Wararot Street Market
Satin 50s Court Heels | Friendly Panda

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Friday, June 14, 2019

༺ Currently: Shifting Shores ༻

‘Currently’ posts are a series of memoirs, featuring snapshots of events that are occurring in my day-to-day journey. These episodes feature photos from my Instagram, do come and say “Hi!” if you are around.  ♡

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READING:

.. A. M. Sohma – KM Shea’s alternate pen name, under which she writes Lit RPG. Now this might sound like a totally weird genre, but the old adage to not judge a book by it’s cover completely applies. It’s a well written story and the characters are so interesting. I really enjoy it so much!

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WONDERING:

How I’m going to cope with the freezing cold and why we ever thought it was a good idea to move back to Canberra in the middle of winter!!

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FEELING THANKFUL:

Thank I can enjoy a few more days of warm tropical weather and a lovely swimming pool.

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EATING:

Singha Spicy Seaweed. It’s a crispy seaweed sheet snack and it’s so freaking delicious ~ I’m totally obsessed!!

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WATCHING:

Not a lot of Netflix, but YouTube. Global Playlist has some really great k-dramas, and I love watching a ton of artists on YT for serious creative inspiration!

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WORKING ON:

Packing up and moving back to Australia. And trying to fit in all the adventures I’ve been too sick or too busy for before we head back!

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LOVING:

Spicy Seaweed. The POOL. Exploring Chiang Mai. Thunderstorms. Sleep. Filming videos for my Teacup Girl channel. Sketching. Faber Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils. Watercolour Brush Pens. Summer Soda Iced Coffee. Sukishi ~ Korean BQQ. Kai Kah Cafe. Getting shakes with the kiddos at my favourite local coffee shop. Looking out my window and seeing lush green tree tops in flower. Kitty cuddles with the cute little grey stripy stray that’s adopted us. Sunshine. Blue skies. The heat!

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ATTEMPTING:

To fit in all the things. Of course. Because it’s not me if I don’t have a million things I decide I MUST DO before a deadline….

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WANTING:

To see all the things that we can conceivably make time for. And to stay on track with my schedule so that’s actually possible.

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DOING:

Most of the the things on the giant To Do List, including but not limited to: packing, deep cleaning, clearing out, decluttering, preparing for the flights back, in between times playing Best Fiends on my phone, exploring, taking all the photos, organizing the Teacup Girl schedule, working on backend products and procedures for Teacup Girl, last minute shopping, sorting out timelines, etc… but I need more sleep to make sure it keeps happening that’s for sure!

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bonita

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Monday, April 29, 2019

༺ Pearl of Asia ༻

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We were so lucky this April to spend four days in Phom Penh, Cambodia. We had six days away in total ~ one travel day on either side of the trip, which worked out to be quite a good amount of time for a short tour of the city.

I’m really glad we got to visit Cambodia ~ they have called Phnom Penh the “Pearl of Asia” and I can understand why.

There are so many fantastic historical sights to see ~ and I thoroughly enjoyed the chance I had to spend the afternoon out in the city exploring. {I did that by myself while the children went with the Mister to a waterpark ~ much more fun for them than sightseeing!}

I can’t express enough how beautiful I found the historical, heavily French-inspired architecture throughout Phnom Penh. I love how the French influence has mixed with the local history and culture to create a singularly spectacular city.  I really enjoyed visiting the National Museum of Cambodia, and the Royal Palace. The Silver Pagoda was spectacular, and there was a plethora of inspiring colour palettes and patterns that I just soaked up… And took a gazillion photos of!

I think the nicest thing about solo adventuring is the ability to go completely at your own pace and see all the things you really want to see. I’m perfectly horrible as a traveling companion because I want to see EVERY SINGLE LITTLE thing and take photos of IT ALL. I’ve been told on many occasion to hurry up, but that doesn’t work on me anymore as I now know if I don’t get the photo when I see it, I won’t have another chance and then I’ll regret it later! I’m such a visual person, I simply must capture the pictures I find ~ it’s kind of like treasure hunting to me and I love it.

Although I really do enjoy exploring by myself for a day or an afternoon, one thing I have to say is that it’s certainly not great for getting photos of yourself in all the exotic locations! Haha… I’m going to have to invest in a tiny travel tripod for my phone I think…

Alas, it also means that I didn’t get to take the outfit pictures in the city like I was planning. I did manage to get some photos at the housing complex where we were staying so I was glad about that. Not exactly a jaw-dropping location, but it was peaceful, and even the simpler example of a Cambodia building was pretty to me.

The day of these photos was the first one of our trip, and we had gone out earlier on a boat tour of the Tonlé Sap River. Honestly ~ I was sooo impressed that my makeup {and my curls} managed to last all day in the humidity and heat!

Thailand has been so dry, I forgot how humid tropical weather can get, but boy, oh boy ~ Cambodia was a very moist reminder.

I had a very easy time packing for this short jaunt and after I looked at everything in my suitcase, I realised why ~ I’d packed four pink outfits to wear for all four days!

And you know what?

I wasn’t the slightest bit unhappy about that. It made accessorizing easy, my makeup could be a similar peachy-pink look every day, I could wear one pair of shoes {instead of bringing the three or so odd pairs I usually do.. Haha!} and that one pair would match my purse!

Now that might sound a little crazy, but I really do like making sure my looks are complete from head to toe. I miss dressing in true vintage style which really is about co-ordinating each and every part of your ensemble ~ from the undergarments to accessories.

In the spirit of vintage fashion, I try to style each part of my look along the same rules that dictated a chic and elegant ensemble in the 1940s and 1950s ~ and essentially make sure that my co-ordination is on point!

And actually, I had some locals enquiring about my look ~ they thought I was a stylist because my whole outfit was matching so perfectly. It was sort of true, but not really in the way they were thinking… I’m a stylist for myself! Haha!

Creating a capsule travel wardrobe based around my favourite colour certainly made the whole process of packing very simple, and it also meant that each outfit made me feel really happy to wear it. It’s not really something I’d thought of before ~ most people suggest building a capsule wardrobe/suitcase around a “basic” colour such as black, white, blue or tan.

But I think that if you have enough of your favourite colour in your wardrobe, all of the right accessories are probably already there. It’s also going to be a colour, and the clothing, that you feel comfortable in which will create the perfect mood for a day exploring.

Now I just need to find enough purple dresses to create a capsule wardrobe in lilac!

xox,

bonita

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Rosie and Ralph Lovebirds Brooch Set | Teacup Girl
Unique Vintage Peach Stripe Picnic Dress | BSS Group
Hello Kitty Travel Purse | Sanrio Gift Gate
Penny Loafers | Big C, Chiang Mai

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