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 really 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, but I think that day or the next, I nervously asked the Mister what he thought about fashion blogging…

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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!

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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.

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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…}

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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 that 90% of my true vintage that I’d collected 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…

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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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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

༺ Autumn Lane ༻

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First world blogger problems….  I have too many photooosssss and I don’t know which ones to choose!

Well obviously I did actually choose something, but it was hard I had to leave so many good pictures out… *dramatic sigh*

And actually, in all reality, I shouldn’t be sitting here writing this post. We leave for Sydney on Thursday, Thailand on Friday and it’s Tuesday as I type. Wow, that’s coming up fast!!

There’s not a whole lot to pack, although there is a veritable butt-ton of cleaning to do. I really don’t want to leave half of my Mum and Dad’s house looking like a nuclear waste zone, but I’m procrastinating. I think tidying up when there’s no real good place to put things is the utter worst.

So I sit amongst the mess and just tough it out until it’s all sorted.

Coffee helps.

A lot.

Until it doesn’t anymore and you wish you could replace your coffee with a glass of wine… Haha!

It’s really hard to gather my thoughts together, as I’m feeling very scatter-brained at the moment. Trying to think of all the things I guess!

I really did like how this outfit came out though. The dress is another great 40’s inspired Hellbunny piece. I paired it with my favourite vintage chestnut straw hat, a cute little canvas purse, and a fab pair of spectator heels from Chelsea Crew.

These shoes are new to me and I can really recommend them, I think they look good, they are quite comfortable for heels and I really like the details. They feel quite authentic to me, which of course, I love!

In this look, I wanted to play on the autumn theme and thought the caramel and chestnut brown accents where perfect with the cornflower blue of the fabric and those bright scarlet apples! I’m also wearing a cute enamel coated vintage apple brooch that I’ve had for ages. It sort of disappears in the fabric, but I can’t resist a good matchy-matchy moment.

Luckily, we found the most amazing carpet of golden leaves to shoot with. I just love how the yellow glows in the late afternoon light ~ it’s a breath of magic to transport to you to a fantasy land for just a short moment.

And l know all the autumn stuff is a sudden 180 turn from the last outfit I posted, but the weather has done exactly the same thing here in Canberra. We went from 30 (86 f) degrees sunshine to 15 (59 f) degrees wind, rain and grey, grey skies in the space of a week! Insane!

Winter is no longer coming… It is here.

And we’re leaving for Thailand. Yay! See you on the other side!

xox,

bonita

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1940’s vintage Chestnut Boater | Instagram sale
Vintage Apple Brooch | Love Vintage Fair
Blue Apples & Daisies Francine Dress | Hellbunny
Canvas Satchel Purse | E-Spirit, Old
Tan & White Giselle Spectator Heels | Chelsea Crew

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

༺ Winds of Change ༻

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Before you call me crazy ~ yes, I know it’s not spring in Australia… I know… The cool breezes and changing leaves really are hard to miss. Regardless, here I am with my best spring-inspired ensemble!

We went to Lake Tuggeranong last Friday to take some family photos, and honestly, I had no idea that it'd be such a good day for taking pictures. It was 1 o’clock when we arrived, and I haven’t shot at mid-day in a very long time… Scary!

I thought we’d either be able to make the pictures work or not at all! I was fully prepared to take one test snap and have to leave it for another time because it would not be possible. Thankfully, the sun had just dropped down far enough in the sky, and was sitting in the perfect position behind this lovely avenue of trees, which made for a perfect backdrop.

Trees do look pretty, but the dappled shadows they create can make it a challenge to take photos with them. If the shade and light spots hit in the right places it looks amazing, but if they don’t, they are a nightmare because of the high contrasting areas in close proximity! You just can’t do anything with that in Photoshop. Trust me ~ been there, pulled my hair out over that…

But I didn’t need to do that this time, whoo! I was so excited!

However, I’m sure you are all here for the ensemble, not the photography rambles…

So I have to mention that I’ve just had another about-face with my style.

It was only the other day I posted to Instagram how I’ve been wearing lots of different red outfits all summer. Red was the colour of choice ~  though heavily in rotation with navy blue ~ but suddenly with the change of the seasons, I’m dreaming all about pastels again. I’m probably picking up on the pretty blossom ambience from the northern hemisphere!

Also, it was Easter. So why not…!

I wanted to put on a hat and some matching gloves to create a little more of an authentic 40s look, but wouldn’t you know, I packed away my gloves and I really couldn’t find them no matter how hard I searched.

So I went with flowers in my hair and left it at that.

To match the flowers, I pulled out my favourite rainbow ribbon wicker handbag. The handles are unfortunately looking worse for wear ~ oh, why aren’t things made to last? I’m going to have to replace them, so I will try to look for a nice pair of vintage lucite handles to do that with. I hope it will work.

My vintage brooch, which is from the 40s, has lasted better than this purse! But it’s modern, so I guess that’s not so surprising…

I was super glad to finally add a reverse carved lucite brooch to my collection. I think these really are the prettiest kind of vintage brooch I’ve ever seen, and so completely indicative of that era. You know how some vintage pieces are just so timeless that you can’t always tell when they are from? It happens so much with vintage jewellery I feel, that I really love just once in a while having something that looks super old as soon as you see it. Plus, roses will always and forever be a favourite of mine.

Thankfully, there are roses in autumn and in spring, so I can enjoy them both times! All the roses and all the pastels. Do you love wearing pastels in spring time as much as I do, or are you looking forwards to other spring changes?

xox,

bonita

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Cherry Blossom & Pink Rose Bouquet Hair Flowers | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Baby Pink Rose Lucite Brooch | 1940s Vintage
Vintage White Eyelet Picnic Blouse | Retromania, Paddington
Spring Celebration Skirt | Me Made, 2016
Rainbow Be Ribboned Handbag | Forever New, 2012
Heartbreaker Shoes | Miss L Fire

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