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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Sunday, May 8, 2016

༺ Currently: Pony Affairs ༻

‘Currently’ posts are a series of memoirs, featuring snapshots of one small life story by briefly touching on events that are occurring in my day-to-day journey. These episodes feature photos from my Instagram, do come and say “Hi!” if you are around. Also, if you would like to participate in this feature yourself, please feel free! I’d love to read your posts, so don’t forget to leave a link.  ♡

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READING:

The Divergent Series ~ well, except I’ve finished them. I have mixed feelings ~ I thought the author did a great job in setting the world, and really working on the character development mixed with the action; the stories had great pacing ~ up until book three. No spoilers, I just did not like how the character’s POV were suddenly switching back and forth, and in the end I felt like the books were a little too dark without any purpose. Not my favourite read, but very well written. I did enjoy them, just not book three so much. But you need to read all the books to finish the story, so there you are.

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WONDERING:

What’s next for me… There’s a few priorities that have shifted which means I’ll be heading in a new direction for a while…. Sorry to go all “vague blogger” on you there! And also, when will my horse get better. There’s a reason for this Currently episode’s title.  (TT ^ TT)

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FEELING THANKFUL:

For coffee!  ୧( ⁼̴̶̤̀ω⁼̴̶̤́ )૭

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EATING:

Boiled eggs with salt and pepper for snacks. Yummy, and very filling.

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WATCHING:

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries ~ fun, and of course ~ the clothes!!!  *le sigh*

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WORKING ON:

Getting my pony fixed! He’s been really sick over the last two months or so ~ it’s a long story, but he has been hit by a neurological condition that requires long term management and recovery. It’s been hectic overseeing that process to say the least… And stressful I must say… (*´Д`)

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LOVING:

My new Collectif Plaid Swing Pants. Country Western Pop Acapella ~ don’t knock it until you try it. Home Free is the name, and they are awesome! Snapchat {missbjvear ~ snap me!}. L.A. Girl Pro Setting Spray. Coconut Oil hair masks. Golden autumn leaves. Hanging out with my horse. Meeting new people and making friends! Discovering new vintage goldmines ~ Heheh. Playing with makeup. Feldenkrais ~ awareness through movement.   

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ATTEMPTING:

To downgrade our status from “Chaotic” to “Organized”.  I feel like that just about says it all really! (〒︿〒)

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WANTING:

To keep calm and drink tea…

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DOING:

A lot of horse care, not enough housework, and walking a tightrope between all the important priorities and life. Once again, all the things!  (⁰ - ⁰)’

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(‘Currently’ post inspired by Danielle of Sometimes Sweet and Kaelah of The Clueless Girl's Guide!)

xox,

bonita

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

༺ May Showers ༻

1940's inspired autumn fashion | Lavender & Twill?;.

Hell Bunny Emilie Dress in Aubergine | Lavender & Twill

Tulip Bouquet, Beauteous Blossoms Collection from Erstwilder & Miss Victory Violet | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Emilie Dress in Aubergine | Lavender & Twill

1940's inspired autumn fashion | Lavender & Twill

Tulip Bouquet, Beauteous Blossoms Collection from Erstwilder & Miss Victory Violet | Lavender & Twill

Hell Bunny Emilie Dress in Aubergine | Lavender & Twill

May showers are supposed to bring April flowers, but I think I’d be satisfied with snowflakes instead! Old Man Winter is banging at our door this week ~ we’ve had really strong winds, and icy cold days that belie the bright sunshine streaming in through the windows.

It was soooo windy when I wore this outfit, my skirt was trying to flip up over my head and fly off, and my hat threatened to leave for the next state! Σ꒰๑• д •๑꒱

I had two hat pins in, but I’ll be honest ~ I haven’t used hat pins before so it seems likely that my technique was lacking. Also, the hat pins seemed really short to me… Only two or so inches long at most ~ I felt like they could have a stronger hold if they were longer? I think I’ll be keeping my eye out for some really stabby ones to help my chapeau stay more securely in place despite gusty weather!

I also had to scrap my plan on the location I’d picked to shoot this look, it was far too windy ~ pretty much everywhere! Instead, we managed to find this little pathway tucked between houses that was relatively sheltered. I’m glad I’ve learned that I really don’t like taking photos in the wind, because I could avoid that problem from the start and work without the extra stress! Haha…

All that aside, I did enjoy wearing this ensemble {despite almost flashing everyone at church my underwear on several occasions! (๑o̴̶ ﹏o̴̶ ๑)″}. This violet vision is summer purchase that I’ve been waiting to wear for a while now ~ can you believe it’s a Hell Bunny repro? It’s the Emilie dress in Aubergine, and I do believe it’s the best 1940’s reproduction garment I’ve come across so far.

The fabric is a gorgeous crepe, with a really nice weighty hand to it, so it drapes beautifully. Also, the details of cut and style, while simple, really echo common themes found in 1940’s fashion designs. The cap kimono sleeves, the bust detailing with the sweet buttons, and the length of the skirt ~ everything just feels so spot on. It’s hard to find repro that feels like vintage {but with the added bonus of sturdy fabric and seams!} so I was really pleased to see the high quality, and excellent make this dress turned out to have.

The perfect touch to finish off my outfit though ~ this darling Tulip Bouquet brooch! Delicate pearlescent hues of fuchsia and fresh mint combine in this dainty cluster of tulips, and I found the brooch really popped against a background of deep violet. It is part of Erstwilder’s new collection in collaboration with Miss Victory Violet ~ Beauteous Blossoms. As you’d expect there is a delightful array of stunning blossoms and flowers in this release, with ten designs in necklace, earring, and of course, brooch form.

All of the colours in the pieces are so vibrant and spring-like. They could just about be the April flowers for our May showers ~ a lovely splash of colour come those dreary winter days that are speedily approaching.  (•ᵕ ᴗ ᵕ•)❀

Have you seen the new Erstwilder collection? Which piece is your favourite? And also, if you have any other 1940’s Hell Bunny recommendations ~ let me know! I’m eager to expand my 40s repro wardrobe …٩(•́⌄•́๑)و

xox,

bonita

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Vintage Two-Tone Saucer Hat | eBay
Jade Drop Earrings | Ladies Market, Hong Kong ‘08
Emilie Dress in Aubergine | Natasha Marie Clothing
Tulip Bouquet Brooch | c/o Erstwilder
Vintage Crochet Gloves | Antique Centre
Vintage Tooled Leather Texas Rose Handbag | Frock Up Fair, ‘11
Harrow Oxford in Nude | B.A.I.T. Footwear, Old

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