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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Sunday, January 29, 2017

༺ Thoughts On Surviving Spoonie Life ༻

*Warning: this post contains discussion on physical and mental health, and may be distressing or contain triggers. Please be aware of this before proceeding.*

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Sometimes I really don’t know what to say, you know? ……

It’s not like I don’t have things that I want to write about ~ it’s just that the topic seems so huge, where do I even begin?

2016. I have to go back to 2016. For a variety of reasons, it is officially the worst year of my life.

That’s saying something as I’ve had some rough years before, and there were some pretty strong contenders for that title. However, this one takes the cake, the cow, and the blue ribbon.

Usually, at the end of each year and at the start of a new one I like to recap. I’ll look at my goals, see which ones I achieved, and make new ones. I like love making lists ~ starting out with fresh ambitions and a bright new day.

But this year, I have barely crawled out in one piece, so there’s been none of that.

Maybe you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging much, and maybe you haven’t; but this is my story, and I want to share it in hopes that it might help. Not just someone out there, but me too if I’m completely honest. Writing is therapeutic for me, and I’ve missed it.

So why did I just randomly stop?

Empty - Talking about Chronic Illness and Mental Health | Lavender & Twill

It’s a long story. I hope you have a pot of tea nearby, because a cup ain’t going to cut it this time.

Two and a half years ago, when I was six months pregnant with my youngest child, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism ~ basically my thyroid gland is not working the way it should, it is not producing the thyroid hormones my body needs.

{Quick side note: The thyroid is part of the Endocrine system which is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood, among other things.

The endocrine system is made up of the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, reproductive systems. So basically, it affects everything.}

As I was pregnant, we couldn’t do much to treat it at the time, but could only support the rest of my body as much as possible. Even still, doing that, I was severely sick throughout the duration of my pregnancy. 36 weeks of all day “morning” sickness. Not fun.

Once Lottie was born, my body was not as sick and it seemed like things were going ok for a while, but at around six months postpartum when the last of the pregnancy hormones left my system, things took a tumble for the worse.

No matter what treatments I tried, what blood tests I took, nothing seemed to be helping ~ or it would help for a little while, then my body would adjust to the treatment and I’d regress. I’d loose all of my energy, and end up spending a lot of time on the couch or my bed. This continued for a year or so, and we made little progress treating my health problems.

And then a bunch of stuff fell apart outside of my health to make things worse. A lot worse.

Around about the middle of the year, 2016 spiralled into a series of stressful, horrid events which I could do nothing about.

Broken China - - Talking about Chronic Illness and Mental Health | Lavender & Twill

I gave up on blogging.

I gave up on riding.

I gave up on having a strong body.

I gave up on who I was, who I could be, who I wanted to become.

I gave up on everything except surviving. One day. At a time.

For everyone, survival looks like different things ~ for me, it meant that I had to accept that I was now living the life of a spoonie. I was suffocating in my own body ~ trapped by events I had no way of changing, and no control over where they took me.

I had to accept that I couldn’t do the things I wanted to, hell, most days I couldn’t even do the things I needed to.

Some days it meant that I’d force myself out of bed, crawl into whatever clothes I’d left on the floor last night, only to collapse back down on the edge of the bed ~ utterly, completely exhausted. I’d have to rest, just because I chose to lift my body upright today.

Sometimes it meant that I’d eat with my eyes closed, waiting five minutes to lift my spoon of beans to my mouth because it was too heavy to pick up. I was too tired to sustain my own body.

And sometimes I was simply doing nothing more than trying to conserve my energy, to keep it at a slow trickle to get through the day, all the while the things that I’d given up on staring me in the face.

Keeping the house clean. Cooking. Washing. Exercising. Spending time outside. Spending time playing with my children. Spending time with friends and family. Basically, anything that required energy.

I was glad for the days that were good ~ the days that I could at least put on one load of washing and not have to take a four hour nap in the afternoon, but they were happening less and less frequently. Once a week. Once a month. Once every two months…

Not at all.

And when things collapsed in the middle of the year ~ this caused a spiral of events that pushed me to the stage where I was barely functioning on a day to day basis. I shuffled around in a shell; my body a prison that kept me going but denied me the ability to live.

Every day felt like I was suffocating, smothered by the weight of my own existence. I felt like I was drowning in black tar pit that was sucking me down so deep I couldn’t even lift a finger to ask for help as I lay there, petrifying breath by breath.

Fading Away - - Talking about Chronic Illness and Mental Health | Lavender & Twill

I spent the last six months of 2016 in this hole, and I kept telling myself; I just have to get to the new year ~ I just have to get on my new medication, and I can get through this.

And to some degree, I was right.

I am on new medication now. It yanked me through the mangler as my body adjusted to it, but even as I felt sicker, somehow I still started to feel a tiny bit better. And that has been improving.

What I haven’t come to terms with yet is the damage done to my mental health as I dragged myself through this last year.

Depression.

Lack of confidence in any and all decisions I might choose to make.

Believing with all my heart that I. cannot. do. this.

Foggy thinking.

Running away from my problems.

Choosing not to give of myself, knowing that I have no energy to give.

Choosing not to care. Over, and over, and over again.

Retreating into a shell.

Shutting myself away from the world.

Guilt. Guilt. Guilt. Guilt. So much damn guilt for trying to survive, but giving up on everything to do that.

Guilt…

So I ask myself as I look at all the struggle I’ve been through, now knowing that the medication may fix my body’s imbalance {God willing}, but that it won’t fix my mental health ~ this is a weakness I feel riddling me with holes. The weakness that keeps me trapped and cowering in my hole, and I ask myself ~ where do I go from here?

How do I become stronger again?

How do I survive… this?

Empty Teacup - Talking about Chronic Illness and Mental Health | Lavender & Twil

I need to ditch the unhealthy self-preservation habits ~ stress eating, stress shopping, burying myself in social media so that I don’t have to see the problems in front of my eyes… and – the silence…

I spent too much of this year trying to run away from the things around me, and too much of it locked up in my head. I was isolated. A choice I made without taking the steps to realise that I had chosen.

I didn’t talk about most of it ~ I couldn’t.

How could I make my friends and family understand how bone-achingly exhausting each and every day was for me? How could I explain that I was shattered, empty of any thing- every thing- that I had to give, to grow from? How could I explain that I wasn’t going under: I was done. Deep in the midnight zone with every inch of my body crushed by mountainous pressure…

They’d ask me how I was going; I’d say “I’m tired, but what else is new!”

Haha. So funny.

I tried not to complain because I didn’t see the point. They couldn’t change my body, change my life ~ make things simpler, or easier… They couldn’t give me what I needed.

But maybe they could have helped ease the burden that was drowning me.

I don’t know.

Maybe I should have tried to explain?

But looking back, I know why I didn’t.

Because that would have required energy I simply did not have.

It’s only now, now that I am a smidgen better, now that I am on new medications that appear to be helping my thyroid functions, that I even have the energy to really think about and analyse what I was going through.

Before then, I was simply surviving.

And now I have to move onto something more than that.

I have to start living again.

And I know, this isn’t pretty. I’m sorry if it’s too close to home, or too long and painful to read. But like I said, I had to write this partly for me, and partly for anyone out there who may have been experiencing one, or all, or more, of these things themselves.

Because you are never alone in the struggle to survive, or indeed, the struggle to live.

Even in the midst of it all, I had hands helping to pull me up again. I thought I wouldn’t be able to stand, and there those arms would be; lifting me up so that I could take that one step further. My amazing husband was one who refused to let me just stay trapped. My family, my friends, even random strangers; all these people would reach out and help in unexpected ways, at unexpected times.

Hope - Talking about Chronic Illness and Mental Health | Lavender & Twill

So I am reaching out.

Whether you see it or not, every day you choose to take that one step forward ~ no matter how that looks in your current situation ~ it is is a good thing. It’s one step closer to another day. It’s one step nearer to a different set of choices, and maybe, just maybe, it might be the first day that things change and start to get better.

Hold on.

I made it out of my hole. Even though I still have further to go, I made it past the pitch black and back to the light. I am, once again, becoming something more than just a body trying to survive.

You can too.

xox,

bonita

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Friday, December 23, 2016

༺ Swan Lake ༻

Hell Bunny Dress - Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Dress - Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Dress - Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

"Swan Queen" Boxy-Bag by Teacup Girl Art | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Dress - Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

Sydney University | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Dress - Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Dress - Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Dress - Vintage Inspired Style | Lavender & Twill

Please don’t laugh at me, but I have kind of been obsessed with ballerinas and the idea of dancing ballet ever since I was a wee lass. It is the first thing I ever remember really, really, really  wanting to do.

I never did get the chance to dance ~ my mother thought my thighs would get fat when I stopped dancing {er, not true I don’t think? Also, why would you stop?} and that my feet would be ruined {true, true, completely true!}. So I was put into gymnastics instead, and for a long while wanted to be a competitive gymnast.

I stopped gymnastics when we moved from Armidale to Canberra, and took up horse riding. {Forever happy I did that! }

However, I have never truly stopped wanting to dance in the bottom of my heart. I sporadically dream I can dance en pointe, effortlessly gliding across light-filled, echoing ball rooms with flying jeté and ceaseless pirouettes.

Then I wake up, and for a moment, I live in the dream ~ only to feel fettered when I remember that my body doesn’t know how to move like that….

Buuuuttttt…  Sometimes that secret desire breaks through and I end up dancing around anyway.

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this {I sure have while editing my blog pictures!}, but pretty much every time I’m doing a photoshoot in flats, the majority of the photo I’m up in demi-pointe, as high up on my tippy toes as I can be. I rarely take the pictures standing normally! Whoops… (=⌒_⌒=)'

This is particularly a problem if I’m wearing a floaty dress as well as flat shoes.

….Even more so if it’s a windy day when I’m wearing said floaty dress…

Which it most definitely was in these pictures!

That combination meant I spent eighty percent of this photoshoot on my toes. And I didn’t even notice!! I think it was pretty appropriate that I was wearing a “Swan Lake” inspired ensemble and even had a swan painted wooden box bag to match!

Anyway, if you recognize this outfit ~ yes, it is the one I was wearing on the day of this year’s AAVGM.

I had parked my car at Sydney University for the day, and when I was walking to the Rock’n’Roll Markets in the morning, I was walking past all these gorgeous buildings! I found the all the old English influence enchanting, and was longing to take some pictures, but I had to keep going.

However, when I was walking back to the car after saying goodbye to everyone, I thought ~ well, why not take some pictures before I hop in the car and drive home? It’s pretty much my only chance to do so ~ and that settled it.

I grabbed the camera and parked myself in front of the Old Lecturer’s Hall to take my pictures before the rain started blowing in. And when I was done, that was finally the end of my epic solo trip to Sydney.

Yes, I drove up by myself and to be honest, it’s been ages since I’ve done a solo long distance trip in the car {though, does my trip to Bowral count? …Nah ~ I think that was a mini warm up…}, and it was certainly was the first time I’ve done any real driving in Sydney. Does having a GPS count as cheating though?!

I couldn’t have done the trip without it; I’m a hopeless navigator and I tend to get a bit stressed when I’m driving in thick traffic in an unknown city! It’s as bad as trying to find a car park in a busy location when you are running late… Ugh.

But I didn’t have to deal with running late at all this trip which was also a high point for me ~ maybe my dreams of one day being perfectly organized and on time are actually possible!  And maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll learn to dance for real. (•ᵕ ᴗ ᵕ•)❀

xox,

bonita

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Retrimmed Straw Boater Hat | Old
Red Signature Double Roses | Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Swan Lake Hell Bunny Dress | eBay
Ruby Red Patent Belt | Thrifted
”Swan Queen” Boxy-Bag | Teacup Girl Art
Wine Red Lace Wrap Flats | Zulily

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Monday, December 19, 2016

༺ WoreSawHaul: AAVGM 2016 Rock’N’Roll ༻

It’s that time of year again ~ the Annual Aussie Vintage Girls Meetup {AAVGM ~ a mouthful I know… :P Here’s last year’s post}!

This time we were at the Rock’n’Roll Markets being held at Sydney University. I thought this worked quite well as it was slightly less crowded than the Round She Goes Markets in Marrickville Town Hall we were at last year. This was mostly because at this particular venue, all the vintage vendors where outside the building and the rockabilly/pinup/retro vendors where all inside with the bands and dance floor upstairs. 

We browsed, coffee’d up, shopped, chatted, shopped some more, then decided to go for lunch. So after a short walk and a long {relatively, haha!} photo session, we ended up at a gorgeous café for delicious food and tea. It was such a fabulous day! ✧*。٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*。

But as I have a whole post dedicated to what I wore, let’s skip that bit and head straight to the SawHaul parts…. :P

~ WHAT I SAW ~

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~ These gorgeous ladies! L to R: emmaamie, ladylaurabell, awildteaparty, lilajeanvintage, ….& me – lavenderandtwill! Thanks to the lake’s bridge we had a great prop for the camera. Though, as LilaJean pointed out, anyone spectating would have wondered what on earth those nutty ladies where standing there smiling at… Why, a fence post with a camera on it of course!! … As you do. Naturally… ~

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~ Sydney University, with loads of lovely architecture; more coming later… ~

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~ Park near Sydney University which we walked through to get to lunch; but first! Stop and paparazzi time…!! #bloggerlife #vintagegirlsgoout ~

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~ Outside at the Rock’n’Roll Markets ~

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~ More park scenes ~

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~ Saying goodbye to the girls after lunch; so didn’t want to end the day, but I had to drive back home to Canberra… ~

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~ WHAT I HAULED ~

Surprisingly not much. There where some decent prices, and pretty vintage {always pretty vintage to drool over… Haha!} but nothing that really caught my eye or struck my fancy. I did pick a couple of things though ~ a wooden découpage handbag from the 70’s, some clip on earrings and the cutest Deer Arrow brooch.

70's Decoupage Wooden Purse - AAVGM 2016 | Lavender & Twill

70's Decoupage Wooden Purse - AAVGM 2016 | Lavender & Twill

Deer Arrow Blue Birds Brooch | Lavender & Twill

I was really pleased to find the Blue Birds brooch as I’ve been thinking about buying this particular piece for a while. I do love a lot of the Deer Arrow designs, but somehow it took me a long time of thinking before I made the plunge and bought my first brooch.  When I found it in person though, I knew I wasn’t walking away without it, and I didn’t! 

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So that was my day out in Sydney with the girls ~ I had such a lovely time, and once again had a lot of fun just chatting and giggling over all the the things that girls do.  Our meetup was a bit smaller than originally planned, we were missing some ladies that couldn’t make it, but that’s okay, we will see them next time hopefully. ٩(+๑╹+ꇴ╹)۶

Large or small groups, long or short times ~ hanging out with your friends is always a good thing!!

xox,

bonita

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Monday, November 21, 2016

༺ A Royal Treasure Chest ༻

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

I have seen subscription boxes for food items, cute stuff, stationary, make-up; you name it ~ there’s probably a box out there for it! I always thought this was a lovely idea, I mean, who doesn’t like receiving parcels in your mail box ~ and even better, surprise parcels in your mail box once a month! *.⋆( ˘̴͈́ ॢ꒵ॢ ˘̴͈̀ )⋆.*

However, up until now I haven’t come across a vintage subscription box service, so I am really happy to introduce you to Royal Treasure Chest.

I found this small, family run business on Instagram ~ @royaltreasurechest ~ again {yes, okay ~ I’ll admit it… I AM addicted a wee bit Instagram obsessed….  :P}, and was instantly thrilled to see that finally my vintage subscription box dreams have been made into reality!

When we arranged to do a collaboration, I was so happy that I could experience the surprise mail first hand. You can see the contents of my lovely parcel in the pictures above ~ I received a lace fan, a stunning vintage deadstock floral head scarf {that is waterproof! How awesome!} and an amazing 1950’s double stranded pearl and crystal bead necklace.

These items where hand picked for me according to the three categories I choose when I signed up for the box {Jewellery, Ladies' Accessories, Curios & Knick-knacks}. I also had a pretty yellow tulip handkerchief included as a little extra gift, which I immediately placed in my handbag so I could admire it when I’m sobbing into it at the cinema… {ahaha… No, I’m not joking. I cry over movies. And books. And cute ads, and puppies and kittens and those silly Buzzfeed videos ~ and now I’m just embarrassing myself, aren’t I?  Ahem. Anyway, I always carry handkerchiefs in my purse.}

I also really enjoyed the little note that was included to tell me where these vintage treasures originated from ~ Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Denise and Royal had visited a home built in the mid 1800s, where four generations of doctors and their wives had lived. There was a whole attic full of treasures, some of which have found their way into a carefully packed box, across oceans and all the way to Australia!

Being fascinated with history as most collectors are, of course I absolutely love learning the stories of where and when the vintage was found. I think this short account of the items’ background really was the perfect touch to round out a delightful box of treasures.

And if you are interested in signing up for your own monthly box of vintage treasures from Royal Treasure Chest, I am so pleased to be able to offer you all a discount code! Enter “Lavender25” for 25% off your first two months of subscribing ~ can you say perfect Christmas present much?
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I hope you enjoyed this peek at a my box ~ did you have a favourite item? I can’t decide between the deadstock scarf and the necklace… I really do need something to save my curls when it rains though, and now I have the perfect thing!

xox,

bonita

Disclosure | This post was created in collaboration with Royal Treasure Chest, and the items I have received were gifted to me, but all opinions expressed are my own.  (✿◠‿◠)

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Ballerina Knit Top | Old
Tulip Bouquet Brooch | c/o Erstwilder
50’s Double Strand Pearl & Crystal Bubble Necklace | c/o Royal Treasure Chest 
Spring Celebration Skirt | Me Made, 2016
Fair Pink Jeanine Sandal | B.A.I.T.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

༺ Teacup Chat with Chatterblossom ༻

The “Teacup Chat” series on Lavender & Twill is a short and sweet spot where we take a glimpse behind the scenes of a brand’s creative process. I am very inspired by all the creative talents I see finding a way to showcase their work. I think it’s fantastic to be able to pursue something you love, and have others love it too.

As we found out in the last post on Lavender & Twill, Chatterblossom is a lovely Etsy shop where Jamie hand crafts and sells stunning, one-of-a-kind floral hair pieces and fascinators using mainly reclaimed vintage millinery supply and trimmings.

So without further ado, let’s get to know some more about the artist we have featured here today!

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Hello Jamie, and welcome to our teacup chat! Thank you for spending sometime with us today so we can get to know little more about you and your business. What first drew you into creating your hair flowers and fascinators?

About 5 years ago, I worked on a small organic farm where we grew vegetables and flowers and I fell in love with all things floral. I made the bouquets for our farmer’s market each week and loved seeing peoples’ faces when they decided to purchase a bouquet I’d made to decorate their home. Cut flowers are amazing, but also a luxury for most people. And we really relish in it when we can have something so fleetingly beautiful around us for even a few days.

When I moved to another home in another state, I missed working with flowers and I wanted a way to work with them again. My love of vintage and flowers intersected when I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. I found a swing dancing community here and many of them wear vintage or vintage inspired clothing and flowers in their hair, so I started making some hair clips to suit their/my needs.

Then I got a tip from a random stranger about a warehouse full of deadstock vintage flowers right in the heart of Raleigh! So I purchased as much as I could and my venture began in earnest!

Is it tricky to restore the vintage millinery flowers? Have you ever had any past the point of no return? What happened to/with them?

Most of the millinery flowers I find or purchase are new old stock or deadstock, which means they’ve never been used. Almost all of my flowers were found in their original boxes with tags, so they just need some freshening up (with steam and shaping, etc.).

I do sometimes purchase or find millinery flowers in worse condition, but I typically try to get pristine examples if possible.

The flowers that have seen better days I’ll usually use in conjunction with flowers in better condition as a cluster, so they get a second life but aren’t necessarily the star of the show. Or I’ll keep them for myself as I don’t typically mind flawed beauties. They’re just as pretty!

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It’s been very interesting to find out more about your business, but we’d also love to know a little more about the creative mind behind these beautiful pieces. Every vintage lady I know seems to have their own unique style ~ if you were to describe your personal vintage look, how might you do that?

I think the best way to describe my personal style is “fluid” or “chameleon-esque”. I really enjoy trying to wear things that I’ve been personally told I can’t wear or that seem challenging to put together in a way that “works”.

I enjoy wearing hyper-feminine to androgynous to typically masculine looks. I love both light-filled, floral frills and dark, earthy subtleties and mixing them is even more fun. I don’t worry about “period appropriateness” or wearing only one era as a rule, etc. I love mixing and matching to produce something all my own.

What is the one vintage thing you can’t live without (red lipstick, novelty prints, hats, etc)?

This is a very tough question! Because I change my look so often, I want to say…my vintage 1950s butterfly bullet bra. Ha! It is a softer pointed shape and I have never found a more perfect bra. It suits nearly every outfit I wear it with and it makes me stand different in my clothes.

So I guess it is an unseen thing I can’t live without. I’m going to be one sad cookie when that bra dies.

And finally, what are three quirky things about you that not everyone might know about?

- My first job was as a roller-skating drive-in restaurant waitress and they only played music from the 1950s, so maybe the vintage vibe snuck in early.

- I’m extremely introverted but most people would never guess it because I’m a bit “chameleon-esque” in my personality as well and can morph to suit my situation when necessary.

- When I’m not in vintage attire, I’m typically in hole-y sweatpants and raggedy t-shirts.

Haha, I’m so with you on that last one Jamie! It’s nice to be comfortable if you are not dressed up. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of gal myself. ;)

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Thank you to Jamie for sharing her time with us, it was wonderful to have the chance to learn more about her and her inspiring creative work! And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out Jamie on Instagram and Etsy

But wow… What a collection of flowers! I hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes as much as I have. (❛▿❛✿)੭

 

xox,

bonita

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