Tuesday, June 21, 2016

༺ Sunshine Paradise ༻

1950's inspired beach fashion at Surfers Paradise | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired beach fashion at Surfers Paradise | Lavender & Twill

Lady K Loves Two Piece Seersucker Set | Lavender & Twill

Surfer's Paradise Beach | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired beach fashion at Surfers Paradise | Lavender & Twill

Lady K Loves Two Piece Seersucker Set | Lavender & Twill

Oh, this day was such a perfect day!

The sun, the sand, the surf ~ there’s nothing better for an Australian summer holiday, especially on these golden beaches. Naturally, while I was up at the Gold Coast with Harlow Darling and my sister, we went to Surfer’s Paradise Beach to spend some time hanging out in the sunshine.

It’s a popular spot, so there were lots of people around, and I’m sure at least some would have been wondering who was the crazy chick dancing around in the surf taking photos, but eh… Life of a blogger right??!

After the lazy, sun kissed morning at the beach, we decided that some food was certainly in order, so we walked down to the QT Hotel which is just a block or two away. Boy, oh boy ~ the food was delicious! We had Mexican, and the yummiest tropical cocktails in the cutest tiki tumblers!

Unfortunately, the end of lunch also signalled the end of my little holiday ~ we had to say a fond farewell to Harlow and zip back to my sisters home… Oh, boy! You should have seen me run! Haha! ヾ(≧∇≦)ゞ

I’d tried to pack in the morning, but really there wasn’t much time, or much that I could actually put away. So when we got home I flew into a whirl wind of packing and craziness, and changing into warmer clothing for the flight home. We made it with fifteen minutes to shape ~ {yay! We were worried for a bit there!} and obviously I got home safely. Very tired, but very happy to have such a lovely time with my friends. It’s always a good thing to make memories with people you care about. ❀❤❀

This Lady K Loves seersucker two piece set was really the perfect beach outfit though! I’d ordered the matching blouse and skirt at the tail end of this summer season, and when it came I knew that I wanted to snap it at a beach. I hadn’t had that chance and it was suddenly the end of autumn! I resigned myself to waiting until next summer to wear it, when lo and behold… Yep! The Gold Coast trip happened, so into the extremely over-stuffed suitcase it went.

What I really loved about wearing it to the beach was the chance to style this set with a super casual look. Sometimes I feel like there’s a standard of ‘dressed up’ that my vintage outfits have to reach in order to be on the authentic side {which I do like to try for most of the time}, so it’s fun to pull together a ‘casual’ look once in a while. Annnd then you realise that your casual look can still be pretty darn dressed up; comparatively! Hat ~ good sun protection, matching sunglasses ~ fairly standard I suppose, and… a brooch? To the beach??  Haha!!

Well, anyway, I felt super relaxed and casual, and that’s all the really counts in the end I think! And yes, seersucker is the perfect summer fabric. I need more in my wardrobe, I really do. Cotton is awesome, don’t get me wrong, but for a lightweight, breathable fabric that is fairly nearly crush proof ~ you really can’t beat seersucker. I had to iron everything else from my suitcase, but not this!! (•̀o•́)ง✧

I do just want to ask though ~ for the sake of a good holiday photo, how crazy have you gone? Snaps in crowded locations? Sitting on the edge of a cliff or lookout?  Sneaky pics in the *gasp* art gallery?

{Actually ~ side note, last time I was in France you were allowed to take photos in the museums and galleries {yes, even in the Louvre!} and it was actually really cool! Except that you couldn’t really see the Mona Lisa at all due to the amount of flashes in the protective glass casing… Haha! I laughed and moved on as there were many other amazing paintings and artworks to see besides that one.}

xox,

bonita

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Vintage Daisy Straw Boater Hat | eBay
Vintage Mint Nylon Scarf | eBay
Vintage Yellow Enamel Hat Brooch | eBay
So Retro Sunglasses | Zenni Optical
Limited Edition Bow Bangle | Pandora
Peppermint Two Piece Seersucker Set | Lady K Loves

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Monday, June 6, 2016

༺ Love, Forget Me Not ༻

By the lilly pond ~ wearing a 1950's inpired ensemble | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired style with Collectif and Erstwilder | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired style with Collectif and Erstwilder | Lavender & Twill

Beautiful Erstwilder Forget Me Nots Earrings | Lavender & Twill

Lilly pond at Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens | Lavender & Twill

1950's inspired style with Collectif and Erstwilder | Lavender & Twill

Beautiful Erstwilder Forget Me Nots Earrings | Lavender & Twill

Not too long ago I had the chance to take a weekend trip to the Gold Coast to hang out with Harlow from Harlow Darling, and my sister {and best friend} who had moved up there only two weeks before I was due to visit.

It was perfect timing, and I was so excited to have the chance to spend time with my lil’ sister and my lovely vintage gal pal. Of course, we were like: must. do. all. the. things! Having only two short, sweet days, we decided to start by meeting up at the Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane. Okay, you may be laughing at me ~ but I like this kind of exploring when I am traveling. I’m a total tourist at heart.

Give me an ancient church, a historic building, an antique museum or gallery, a scenic garden or a panoramic promenade ~ if it’s a place of beauty or history in a new town, you can guarantee I will want to check it out. It’s either sightseeing or shopping {which you know came later on… (*>▽<)}! Some people like to eat around town, I like drinking in the views around town… Heehee.

So we wondered around the beautiful gardens and snapped some snaps ~ I wore the Maddison Toile Swing Dress by Collectif ~ I first saw it when the new toile collection came out and instantly fell head over my pretty pink heels in love with it. Toile print is a weakness of mine, and the navy and white is such a classic combination!

There are so many sweet details to this dress ~ the button band down the back is probably my favourite however… Or maybe the bow on the collar at the front? Gah! Can’t decide! Anyway, I knew it would be a perfect pairing with the Erstwilder Forget Me Nots earrings.

I adore Forget Me Not flowers, not only do they have the cutest name ever, but the tiny, dainty, baby blue petals with a freckled kiss of sunny yellow in the centre are such charming little things. So when Erstwilder came out with these pretty earrings, it was not a difficult choice for me.

They are not too big, not too small, and you know how some earrings will swing about so that you can’t see the design properly? Not so with these beauties, they were perfectly aligned the entire time I wore them.

Of course, we didn’t spend the whole day in the gardens, we had lunch at the popular Bare Bones Society Café, and then we headed to the Frock Up Vintage fair at the Mt. Gravatt Showgrounds {incidentally, the grounds have beautiful old mint and cream, 1910’s Australiana style buildings which were lovely to see!}.

Unfortunately, the fair was totally rather overpriced, {or fortunately perhaps? My wallet was happy!} so I didn’t come home with much, but I found a three pairs of milk glass earrings that I was very pleased with. That was nice, and they didn’t take up much room in my already over stuffed suitcase! We went home after that, but there was still another glorious day ~ yay! and I’ll leave that for a later post…

Sightseeing and shopping, a perfect first day at the Gold Coast! ʚ♡ɞ (o•ᴗ•o❁)

xox,

bonita

Disclosure | This post was created in collaboration with Erstwilder and the items I have reviewed were gifted to me, but all views and opinions expressed in this review are solely my own.

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Navy Velvet Bow & Bone Straw 50s Hat | Round She Goes Market, 2015
Forget Me Nots Earrings | c/o Erstwilder
Starburst Vintage Milk Glass Necklace | eBay
Maddison Toile Swing Dress | Collectif
Vintage White Eyelet Gloves | Thrifted
Vintage 1950s Glomesh Purse | Gifted
Snow White Peep Toe Heels | Light In The Box

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

༺ Uncommon Creations ༻

Flossy & Dossy's 40s Quick Knit styled in a 1940s influenced ensemble | Lavender & Twill

Uncommon Goods handcrafted artisan pieces for a vintage styled home | Lavender & Twill

Flossy & Dossy's 40s Quick Knit styled in a 1940s influenced ensemble | Lavender & Twill

Flossy & Dossy's 40s Quick Knit styled in a 1940s influenced ensemble | Lavender & Twill

A 1940's look and vintage inspired home decor | Lavender & Twill

A 1940's look and vintage inspired home decor | Lavender & Twill

Uncommon Goods handcrafted artisan pieces for a vintage styled home | Lavender & Twill

A 1940's look and vintage inspired home decor | Lavender & Twill

I don’t know about you, but I love to create with my hands, and making something beautiful out of nothing, that is the best outcome of creativity in my mind! Like skeins of wool into a twisty, cabled knitted top, or a lump of clay into a cloud brooch with rainbow raindrops…

It’s an anchor that makes me happy no matter how or why or what else is going on, and it’s also a thread that literally touches every area of my life from housekeeping to mothering, to one of my favourite hobbies ~ blogging.  (*• ᴗ ᵕ*)∠☆

As such, I have much sympathy for artisans and creatives; really anyone that makes a living from what they create. I think it’s cool, and it’s definitely a dream I fiercely defend ~ anyone who wants to make a living using their imagination and creative talents should be able to have a chance to do so.

Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from artists needing to find a rich patron in order to survive, and I am really happy to introduce a brand to you that is a part of creating a worldwide market for artists and creatives ~ Uncommon Goods.

Uncommon Goods started with a common idea, the market place where makers can gather to sell their wares, and turned it into a fantastic service where you can purchase beautiful, handcrafted pieces from individual artists and have them delivered to your door!

And a special note about that delivery ~ I was really pleased with the packaging of the pieces I was sent. Not only does packaging use recycled materials, it was really, really protective! The two clay pieces I chose are stunning, but being pottery ~ there’s always the off chance that they might break in the post. When I opened my package, I knew there wasn’t any chance of that happening in this case. The pieces where wrapped in bubble wrap, buried in packing peanuts, boxed their own individual boxes, then wrapped again in giant bubble wrap inside a huge exterior box! They arrived perfectly safe, and I was very impressed with the careful shipping.

The two pretty pieces that came to my doorstep? Meet my Blackberry Jam Yarn Bowl and thread spool Sewing Station! These are gorgeous, quality handiwork accessories that are excellently designed for their purpose, but they both are also elegant things of beauty as well ~ which is my absolute favourite combination!  ʚ♡ɞ*(• ᴗ •❁)

I really could’ve chosen just about anything ~ there are so many gorgeous items ~ from gardening accessories, to jewellery, to kitchen implements and more. I had a very hard time deciding! Even better ~ there’s something there for everyone. Children will enjoy the array of toys and games for Kids, those troublesome Father’s Day presents can be taken care of quick as a wink with the Gifts for Men {it’s not just me that has a lot of trouble picking out a present for my Dad ~ right??}, and I really loved most of the items in the Top 25 Gifts for Mothers section ~ I think I could easily whip a rather large wish list from that category alone! 

To show you how well my Blackberry Jam Yarn Bowl works {and don’t you just love that name?} I picked up a knitting project that I’ve been working on for a while now. It’s a lacy, 1930’s pattern in navy wool. I thought I should compliment it by wearing the Flossy & Dossy’s Quick Knit top I made prior to this current project, and I also paired it with one of my handmade polymer clay brooch, which is ~ as you’ve probably guessed ~ a cloud with dangling rainbow raindrops.

I’m a very slow knitter, as I only knit in winter, and that tends to hold me back quite a bit, but I also have a knack for getting myself thoroughly muddled every once in a while, so that I have to spend a lot of time “frogging” my projects and reknitting sections! {Knitters call pulling apart their knitting frogging because you have to “rip it, rip it, rip it”… Haha!}  I’ve knitted parts of the front neckline on this particular top at least seven times… *sigh*

However, it doesn’t diminish my love for the hobby ~ I find something very relaxing and rhythmical about the process of knotting up the yarn until it finds it’s shape. And when the pattern gets properly stuck in your head {though that still won’t stop me from getting muddled over other bits!} it has a sort of ‘flow’ to it that I really enjoy ~ a bit like dancing or music! ٩(⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)۶

Which hobbies do you find influencing the greater spheres of your life? My deepest, boundless hobby is definitely making life beautiful! And I’m glad I can do that in many ways, including adding pretty crafting accessories to my home thanks to Uncommon Goods!

xox,

bonita

Disclosure | This post was created in collaboration with Uncommon Goods and the items I have received were gifted to me, but all views and opinions expressed in this brand spotlight are solely my own.

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Black Satin Bow | Old
A 40’s Twist Top in Plum  | Me Made, 2014
Rainbow Raindrops Brooch | Me Made
Houndstooth Pleated Skirt | Thrifted
Bow & Frill Socks | Gifted
Ye Old Faithful Mary Janes | New Look, Old

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

༺ The Honourable Miss Fisher ༻

At the Miss Fisher Costume Exhibition, Old Government House | Lavender & Twill

Vintage 1950's violet bocule linen suit with jet accessories | Lavender & Twill

Chic vintage style in violet and jet black | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage city style inspiration | Lavender & Twill

Vintage 1950's violet bocule linen suit with jet accessories | Lavender & Twill

1950's vintage city style inspiration | Lavender & Twill

Chic vintage style in violet and jet black | Lavender & Twill

I went for a short two-day trip to see the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition at Old Governor's House, Parramatta, Sydney ~ and boy, oh boy! It was fantastic!

I could go on and on about the different costumes, describing each one in detail ~ but I won’t, because that would take reams and reams of writing. Suffice to say ~ the costume designs where marvellous, the styling fantastic ~ but it was the fabrics and the construction that really made my vintage seamstress heart squee!

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~ All the photos are straight from my iPhone and haven’t been edited, but I hope this gives you a glimpse of what we saw ~ there was a lot more than this of course… And quite a few plot spoilers too! Haha! ~

One of the great features of this exhibit was that they had fabric swatches paired with the descriptions of each outfit, so though you couldn’t actually handle the costumes themselves {Argh, sometimes it was sooo hard to keep my hands off of them, I realllllyyyyy wanted to feel how the fabric draped and moved!! `(>▂<)´ }, you could at least get a closer idea of how the clothing would have worn by feeling the swatch.

And let me tell you ~ there were really some divine fabrics! I have forever changed my opinions of chiffon ~ not cheap polyester chiffon, I still abhor the stuff, I think it’s quite awful, but silk chiffon? Ahhh….. It feels so delightful ~ I can see why it’s fabric someone would want to wear! Though, it’s probably still a nightmare to work with… Haha! (ˊᗜˋ*)

And silk velvet?? I need some of that fabric in my life…. There was this heavenly snow-white silk velvet with “burnt” cut-outs ~ basically, the silk velvet took the form of a floral motif on top of the sheer net backing ~ that was the cut-out part. So there was a lot of dimension to the fabric with the raised shapes, and the texture was really interesting, as well as being as plush as a baby bunny! Too fabulous for words!

Though the best thing about the whole experience was undoubtedly the chance to hang out with the stunning Ellen from A Wild Tea Party again. I’m always so grateful when I think about the friendships that I have had the opportunity to make through blogging. And even more so every time I get to do something fun like obsess over vintage with a fellow vintage aficionado that understands exactly why I am swooning over a pair of sunglasses {they are Bakelite circa 1930!}, or an original 1920s tabard {with gelatine sequins that might be slightly melted, but better than anything modern I’m sure…. All the sparkle!}…

Miss Fisher Costume Exhibtion, 2016 | Lavender & Twill Miss Fisher Costume Exhibtion, 2016 | Lavender & Twill Miss Fisher Costume Exhibtion, 2016 | Lavender & Twill

Ahhh… Good times! Of course, after all the breath-taking beauties that knocked us senseless left, right, and centre {oh, where is a chaise when you need one?}, a restorative cup of tea was absolutely essential. Luckily for us, the Gatehouse on the grounds of the Governor's House provided such delectable dainties as gluten free pikelets with our Devonshire Tea, so we were able to be sufficiently restored! (*• ᴗ ᵕ*)∠☆

Devonshire Tea | Lavender & Twill Devonshire Tea | Lavender & Twill

I was also very excite to see that they served their ambrosial tea in actual, for really real, china! There is nothing more heartbreaking than tea in coffee cups, or worse… Mugs! So this sight really made me happy, and was the icing sugar on an already perfect day!

I know this post is already quite overloaded with images, but I have to leave you with this series of photographs titled: “When Vintage Bloggers Decided To Coordinate Their Outfits, And Twin For An Event They Must Document Their Fashion Styling Correctly” 
- Alternative title: “#bloggerlife” 
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Alternative to the alternative title: “Goofing Off & Getting The Giggles!”

"What?? How can they be wearing the same colour outfits? Scandalous!" | Lavender & Twill

"Bloggers give the evil eye to predestrians walking through *their* photoshoot location..." | Lavender & Twill

"... Bloggers have lost it.... " | Lavender & Twill

"Okay, we can do this smiling thing ~ for real this time!" | Lavender & Twill

xox,

bonita

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Vintage Velvet Pillbox Hat | eBay
Granite Marcasite Bow Earrings | Gifted
Vintage Black Nylon Scarf {worn as dicky} | eBay
1950’s Very Violet Suit | eBay
1950s Black Bow Gloves | eBay
Vintage “Call The Doctor” Handbag | eBay
Ye Old Faithful Mary Janes | New Look, Old

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