Friday, April 7, 2017

༺ Bon(i) Voyage ༻

1950's vintage and summer inspired style | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage and summer inspired style | Lavender & Twill

King George V & VI Memorial Gardens, Sydney | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage and summer inspired style | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage and summer inspired style | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage and summer inspired style | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage and summer inspired style | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage and summer inspired style | Lavender & Twill

If you where to ask me, the absolute best friends and fun times includes dresses, cocktails and high tea!!
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Not this last weekend, but the one before, I was up in Sydney for my Bon(i) Voyage party {Such a perfect pun on my name suggested by my good friend @emmaamie that I just could NOT pass up the opportunity to use!}. Essentially, it was a chance to catch up with all the gorgeous gals I’ve met over the last year and a half or so, and have one last big bash before I fly off with the family to Thailand!

I drove down Friday afternoon ~ after a lot of stress in the morning from packing and fitting our first round of travel immunisations {ouch!} ~ for a cocktail evening at a fabulous little bar called Kitty Hawk. That bar is super amazing, but before I could get inside to check it out, I got totalllllyyyyyy lost!…

I caught the bus from where I was staying, and my GPS said that it was only an eight minute walk to Kitty Hawk, but FYI ~ Google Maps does NOT work in down town Sydney ~ particularly if you are on foot.

The stately, towering buildings block satellite signals from positioning you accurately, so Maps will keep sending you up and down several of the same {very! steep! hilly!} streets three or four times {in your “going out” heels… *dies*}. Then you will call your husband for a desperate rant which starts with “I hate Sydney! It is a maze and I’m totally lost” and ends with him being your Virtual Guide via directions that he looked up on his computer that he is relaying to you as you walk literally for three minutes more and find the dang place after so long being lost that your friends start checking up on you with worried messages..…

But I had a fabulous evening once I finally arrived. It was the cutest spot, with fantastic 1940s inspired décor, and so atmospheric {although totally too loud to talk much!} and I really enjoyed hanging out with the loveliest bunch of girls for the evening. I even met some new faces which was so great!

The next day was a farewell high tea at the Queen Victoria Building Tea Salon. I absolutely adore it there. It’s my all time favourite tea room, and their Gluten Free scones are literally the best GF sweet treats I’ve ever had….! (灬ºωº灬)♡

It was a quiet and intimate party of three, and I was grateful for the chance to have a really good catch up with two of my dear friends ~ Ellen of A Wild Tea Party and Harlow from Miss Harlow Darling.

We chatted and ate and giggled our way through the afternoon and I had such a blast ~ I can’t even say except that I never want that kind of fun to end!

We walked around a bit as well, and Ellen guided us to one of her favourite photo spots {which just happens to be a super popular spot with anyone taking photos in Sydney CBD} ~ the King George V & VI Memorial Gardens.

We tried to “look whimsical – dammit!”, snap our ensembles {as you must ~ did you even dress vintage if there are no photos?}, and did the good ol’ floating-the-camera-on-a-bush trick to get a couple of group pictures.

Basically ~ no tripod? No problem! Haha! (• ̤̀ᵕ - ̤́๑)૭✧

And because I hate goodbyes, and can’t figure out how to end this post, I will just leave you with an outtake and the pictures of us together…

Outtakes - giggles that never end | Lavender & Twill
~ Caught in the middle of a good giggle ~

Vintage Girls forever ~ A Wild Tea Party, Miss Harlow Darling and Lavender & Twill | Lavender & Twill
~ Never underestimate the vintage girl’s ability of magically conjuring up camera supports to get a good photo! ~

Vintage Girls forever ~ A Wild Tea Party, Miss Harlow Darling and Lavender & Twill | Lavender & Twill
~  Love these girls… #vintagegirlgangforever ~

Dressed for life! | Lavender and Twill

xox,

bonita

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1950s NOS Milk Glass Snowdrop Necklace and Earrings | Instagram
Empire Dress in Cornflowers | Retrospect’d {hand beading embellishment by me}
Vintage Floral Swirl Beaded Evening Purse | eBay
1950s Vintage Court Shoes | Thrifted

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Monday, March 27, 2017

༺ Currently: It’s Madness ༻

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Thailand announcement gif

Also, this is going to be a bit of a special episode of “Currently” ~ as you probably are aware of by now, we are relocating to Thailand at the end of April ~ which, at the time of writing, is four and a half weeks, or 32 days away…. Yikes!   (ô □ ô)

I really wanted to sit down and write a more in-depth post about this move, but I think that’s going to have to wait until we get over there. Right now, I just have way too much stuff to do! But at the same time, I want to remember this journey. So I’m doing a quick update for now, but I promise we will get back to this later…. For now, here’s the update!

READING:

What I need to get a Thai visa. Where to stay in Chang Mai, How to fly with carry on, How pack for children’s carry on, How to avoid scams, How to find good internet, aka, life blood, aka: DOING ALL THE RESEARCH…

brooches-to-go

WONDERING:

If I can actually manage to get this house packed up afskegaueguiaw89r32bitJAGO!! ….!!  Most of the other important details are sorted out at this stage, which is marvellous, but dealing with an entire household of stuff to pack to store, or toss, or sell is proving to be quite a challenging process. Especially with small children.

A lot of things will need to be packed at the very last moment: {aka, next week as we are moving into my mum and dad’s house for three weeks before we go} and it’s a bit of a struggle to figure out what to pack, when to pack it, when are the cleaners coming, when are the removalists coming, etc… Scheduling is tight and painful…. (๑o̴̶ ﹏o̴̶ ๑)″  Ouch.

BLuebirds

FEELING THANKFUL:

That all those big important details {aside from the house size pile of stuff!} like flights, and passports, and accommodation, and visas and where to keep horses and cars and the like, are for the most part, all sorted out. Yay!

Copper_smile

EATING:

Um, do I even care?  Nope… Sugar. Just give me sugar and coffee plz. Kay, thx bye….

lilac-teacup

WATCHING:

All the YouTubes. All the Thailand stuff…. Hey, so that’s what an apartment in Chang Mai looks like! Oooh, that one has a pool!, and so on and so forth.  ╭( ・ㅂ・)و ̑̑ ˂ᵒ͜͡ᵏᵎ⁾✩

WORKING ON:

*twitch* ….. Packing…..

blackberry

LOVING:

….. Friends who are helping out, ditto for family. Adventure? That I finally get to travel again! And…. McDonald’s Mocha Frappes with no cream and caramel drizzle. Let’s be real here.

ATTEMPTING:

Bwahahaha…… TO RELOCATE OUR FAMILY OVERSEAS WITH ONLY CARRY ON LUGGAGE!  It’s madness I tell you! But this is us. Crazy is our family modus operandi. We planned a wedding and got married on the beach in ten days time, so of course we can relocate our family overseas in four months from woe to go… Right??! 

A-Girl-and-Her-Horse

WANTING:

To be done with all the packing, tbh.

DOING:

All the packing.

Queanbeyan-Station

xox,

bonita

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Friday, March 17, 2017

༺ Candyfloss Station ༻



Queanbeyan Railway Station | Lavender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

Miss L Fire Shoes | Lavender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

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"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

"Mariana" Dress by Miss Candyfloss Review | Lanvender & Twill

This weekend we took a trip back to our old stomping grounds ~ Queanbeyan! We lived there for three years or so, and I have so many good memories of our little family there. Not only that, there are many lovely old sites that have a wealth of character and history, making it one of my favourite spots to visit.

One such site is the old Queanbeyan train station. A small stop on Australia’s Sydney to Canberra line, this station was built in 1887 and has some absolutely lovely art-deco vibes about the construction. Combining my love for iron fret work,  dusty mint and cream ~ it’s everything I adore about historical Australiana architecture ~ in style and colour palette!  (灬ºωº灬)♡

And, speaking of colours ~ what better place to début this amazing “Mariana – Lee” dress by Miss Candyfloss?

It’s the first time that I’ve had the honour of working with this Swedish vintage reproduction company, but they have been on my radar for years! I really loved the jumpsuits they came out with last winter season, and I am grateful to have the chance to try one of their pieces.

The “Mariana” house wife dress is a superbly tailored, 1950s inspired frock. The navy shade is perfect for all seasons and the fabric has the most delightful hand to it. Thick, but not winter weight, the drape in the skirt provides a perfect swish when walking around, and the fabric lays smoothly over any unforgiving bumps as well as providing a nice level of stretch.

I was in between dress sizes, so I went with my waist measurements and sized down, and the dress fit like a glove, with plenty of room to move around comfortably. The cut around your shoulders and arms is generous, which is a great bonus. I often find that reproduction dresses can err on the tight side with sleeves, so I was really happy that the sleeve fit so well, and looked great with the cute cuff detail.

Of course, the scalloped neckline is instantly a favourite with me as I am mad about a good collar {this one is a *fantastic* collar if you ask me!} and the pleated bodice and matching belt add those perfect vintage touches that polish the final look. My one tiny complaint would be… a lack of pockets. I think pockets really take a dress {or skirt} to the next level, and though it would be hard to improve this dress as I do love every detail of it; I just ask for one thing ~ pockets!

When creating my ensemble, I decided to stick with really simple styling to allow this fabulous frock to shine. It’s a really versatile dress that can be accessorised to glam it up, or kept simple for day wear. I also really like how it could swing to either a 40s or 50s look depending on how you choose to style it.

This time around I went with a 1950’s feel, as my 1950s vintage hat and scallop-edge gloves echoed the navy hue and scalloped collar of the dress perfectly. I completed the ensemble with my trusty Miss L Fire shoes in nude for a twist of something unexpected!

And what vintage lady travels without her beauty case and purse? ☆(*ゝω・*)

I picked up the white beauty case when I was first finding my interest in vintage, and I’m glad I did because it’s proven to be a great hat box, as well as looking fabulous. Sadly, it won’t be coming with me on our future travel adventures, but more about that later…

I’ve been playing around with video as I would like to do more on my YouTube channel, so I’ve filmed a little outfit snippet and I’ve put a few of these all together in one “Adventures in a MINI Lookbook” video ~ so here’s this lovely dress in action!

..Half of the time I don’t even know what I’m doing here… (=⌒_⌒=)'

So what do you think of my film production skills? Haha! Do you like seeing outfits in motion? If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see in a video, please let me know so I can make these better!  ೕ(•̀ㅂ•́ )ᵒᵏᵎᵎᵎᵎ

xox,

bonita

Disclosure |  This post was created in collaboration with Miss Candyfloss and the dress I have reviewed was sent to me, but all views and opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

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1950s Navy Twist Hat | The Girl with the Star Spangled Heart
’Mariana’ Lee Navy Dress | c/o Miss Candyfloss
Vintage Scalloped Navy Gloves | eBay
“HeartBreaker” Heels in Nude | Miss L Fire
Ralph Lauren French Provincial Handbag | eBay
White Vintage Beauty Case |Thrifted

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

༺ Pink Valentine ༻

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Romantic Maire Anoinette inspired look featuring Daisy Jean Floral Design Hair Flowers | Lavender & Twill

Hellooo m’dears!

I can’t truly call this my Valentine’s Day look as one: these pictures were taken ages past February 14th, and two: we didn’t celebrate Valentine's Day at all this year ~ which is actually pretty standard for us. The Mister and I personally enjoy celebrating our own day ~ our wedding anniversary ~ rather than an arbitrary holiday, but that being said; yay for a reason to dress up! ₊·*◟(˶╹̆ꇴ╹̆˵)◜‧*・

I love a good themed ensemble and although I originally had plans to create a 1910’s inspired outfit, I found when I was putting it together on me {as opposed to in my head!}, it wasn’t working out at all like I had pictured it.

So that called for plan B and I went with my second favourite style of alternative dress to period vintage ~ romantic doll style, as inspired by the ever exquisite Maire Antoinette.

Yes, I have borrowed ideas from her marvellous fashions before ~ Shall We Eat Cake? ~ but I feel like I’ve stuck more with the wearable-translation rather than the costumed-translation which is half way to a full-blown cosplay, but not quite!  Haha!

I tried out a 18th centenary makeup look and hairstyle {though I have neither enough hair or powder on said hair to be true to the period} and I have to say, it was a lot of fun to play with! {…Though certainly not an everyday look… Haha!}

I feel sure that one day I will actually delve into the realm of historical costuming. I find that as I learn about the past influences on vintage fashion design, the more I am fascinated with the history and culture paradigms that are woven in into very construction of the clothes we wore, and do wear today.

Yes, I nerd out over buttons and bonnets and corsets and caps and all the fun things that pertain to the art of moulding a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three dimensional structure! There really is nothing quite like taking something so inherently unable to be what you need in it’s raw format and coaxing it to not only take on a new shape but to become useful!

Then, if you really want to learn to master the fabric, I personally feel that studying vintage and historical techniques that you can will help you understand the innate nature of draping and design. There is so much craftsmanship that is lost in garment design these days ~ all those little details that up until the 1960s really made clothing fascinating, that helped to create the individuality and character of each piece.

Those little details ~ those are the reasons I fell into love with vintage, and when I began to understand it was the design, that drew me even further in, but whoops! I didn’t mean to turn this blog post on a dissertation of clothing design and why we should love it!

Eheh… (=⌒ _ ⌒=)'

Back to the current outfit then?

I really think these pretty Daisy Jean Floral Designs hair flowers where just the things I needed to complete this ensemble! I had three different DFJ in my hair; the peach double rose, one of their signature pieces, a white hydrangea {which is lovely and huge!} and lastly, a Valentine’s Day pink and white rose fascinator.

I’m sure you’ve already heard me ramble on about DJF ~ they do lovely themed fascinators as well as hair flowers in a huge variety of colours and styles that are wonderful for matching to any shade of ensemble you might be wearing!

And while I am not used to wearing flowers that are quite as large as the hydrangea, I just pretend it is a hat and wear it like that. ٩(• ̤̀ᵕ - ̤́๑)✧

If you are ever in need of a quality hair accessory, please do check out Daisy Jean Floral Designs! Yes, I am working in collaboration with this local Australian small business, and having tried out a wide variety of their offerings I can truly say that I adore their pieces. They create a special something for every occasion, and I simply can’t go past a pretty hair flower to finish off my outfits! Plus, I’m super excited to be able to share a coupon code with you all so that if you wish to purchase your own pretties from DJF you can use “LAVENDERTWILL10” for a discount! Yay!

Now I just need a giant picture hat with a massive feather to complete the look… Don’t you think that would be perfect? Haha!

I’m also wondering if I should try to do something Regency inspired as that is another favourite era of mine… Or Victorian. Or Edwardian ~ oh, I do find it hard to choose just one!  It’s given me lots to think about ~ you would like to see some more ensembles styled with a historical twist? Which eras do you think I should pick?

xox,

bonita

Disclosure |  Daisy Jean Floral Designs and Lavender & Twill have partnered up this year to bring to you some amazing floral hair accessories! I purchase the items at a discount and share my thoughts on the pieces. There is also a discount code for anyone wishing to purchase from Daisy Jean Floral Designs : LAVENDERTWILL10

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Signature Double Rose in Peach | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Snow Hydrangea Flower | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
’Miss Martha’ Fascinator | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Blush Velvet Choker | Forever New; embellished with miniature brooch | Thrifted
China Roses Dress | Dangerfield
Harrow Oxford in Nude | B.A.I.T. Footwear, Old

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Monday, February 6, 2017

༺ 41 Blue Stairs ༻

Sydney's Old Houses and Vintage Style | Lavender & Twill

Blue Stairs, Blue Rose Hell Bunny Dress | Lavender & Twill

Miss Ellen Daisy Jean Floral Designs Facinator & Blue Rose Hell Bunny Dress | Lavender & Twill

Old brick work in Sydney, Australia | Lavender & Twill

Blue Stairs, Blue Rose Hell Bunny Dress | Lavender & Twill

'Roslyn' Hell Bunny Dress in Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

'Roslyn' Hell Bunny Dress in Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

'Roslyn' Hell Bunny Dress in Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

Blue Stairs, Blue Rose Hell Bunny Dress | Lavender & Twill

Miss Ellen Daisy Jean Floral Designs Facinator & Blue Rose Hell Bunny Dress | Lavender & Twill 

Dear friends, I want to thank each and everyone of you for the many messages of support and caring on my last post, and in other places. I really appreciate, so much more than I can say, your kind hearts and words of compassion. It is a truly warming thoughtfulness has been so uplifting to me. Thank you, and the biggest hugs to you all! ❤❤❤

That being said, I can’t seem to stay away from the pretty dresses for long… So let’s dive back into the fun realm of fashion, shall we?

This series of photographs are a bit old ~ I took them when I was in Sydney for the 2016 AAVGM. I had to share them anyway because; how sweet is my grandparents house!

Whenever I travel to Sydney, I’m always admiring the old houses you see everywhere ~ and even as a very young girl I always thought that my grandparent’s house looked really cool and interesting compared to the houses I knew.

I mean, how do you get any better than stained glass windows, brick work, and tiled stairs; no less than blue tiled stairs?!

Of course, I was quite chuffed when I discovered the happy coincidence of the blue roses on my dress matching the variegated indigo-aquamarine titles. I had planned to wear this dress without any thought of taking photos, but it worked out that I had the perfect time and place, so of course I had to do a shoot! Haha, blogger life…  ( ˘•૩•˘ ).。

This lovely frock ‘Roslyn’ is a Hell Bunny vintage reproduction, and I must note that Hell Bunny are really killing their vintage reproduction game! I have a growing collection of their dresses in my wardrobe, and I’m always on the look out for other lovelies to add as each one seems to be better than the last.

I will say that there are a few things about this dress that are a little off the mark for me; it’s a touch shorter than what I really prefer, though still a perfectly acceptable 1940’s length, and my major complaint {as with all the Hell Bunny dresses} ~ no pockets…!! :P

But other then that little nit-pick, how can you not love the Liesl-inspired bodice detail and swooshy, floaty skirt?

It’s especially lovely when paired with the delightfully sweet ‘Miss Ellen’ fascinator from Daisy Jean Floral Designs. I have worn this pretty hair piece with another outfit on the blog before, but I couldn’t resist styling it with this frock, and I’m so glad I did as it was a perfect match.  ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭✧

And now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure my favourite kind of ensemble involves me being covered head to toe with roses ~ or at the very least some kind of flowers. Haha! Flowers forever! ❀❤❀❤

xox,

bonita

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’Miss Ellen’ Fascinator | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
’Roslyn’ Hell Bunny Dress | eBay
Watermelon Glitter Jelly Wedges | eBay

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