Saturday, January 31, 2009

Op shop haul


Excuse the belated post, but I wanted to share my haul of op shop treasures from a fortnight ago. Did you know that I dream about op shops? It's disappointing to wake up and peer in my wardrobe only to find it lacking that special something you picked up in a dream for loose change.

Some op shops I return to frequently, others only in a blue moon (which is more common than you'd think!). The above treasures were gleaned from one of my favourites: friendly staff, reasonably well organised, wide selection of stock, and most importantly, APPROPRIATE PRICING. This is something that really frustrates me, as I'm sure it does others. Why do Salvation Army etc think it is a good move to charge $5.75 for somebody's ratty old t-shirt? My opinion is that when op shops are cheap, you end up buying more as it is easier to justify bulk purchases to yourself: I'll use the fabric, maybe my friend would like it, I'll adjust the hem... I think cheaper op shops would make more money in the end (at least they do from me!) Inappropriate pricing really turns me off. This will probably make me sound terrible because all the money goes to charity. I know I'm not alone in this opinion though! If something is worht $10, I will happily pay that. But NOT $5.75 for a rattly old t-shirt.

Now that I'm done ranting, I'll detail the items in the above photo: (L-R) Satin tiger print dress, halterneck zebra print dress (noticing a theme yet?), black strapless dress with sequins, red floral sundress with tulle underlay, black cropped tuxedo jacket, cowl-neck geometric black and white dress, white cotton sundress, cream period shoes with bows, cherry red pencil skirt, black and white ruched top, black lace and sequin shift. And the grand total? $15AU. I was on a high for days.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Sunshine : Daily Outfit

I threw this on after riding home from work to meet a friend for a drink



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Friday, January 23, 2009

Stop and smell the roses

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Sorry that I've been a slack blogger; I went away to Canberra at the weekend and have had a music-filled week.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Etes-vous fran├žaise?

Tonight a friend asked if all my clothes were French...

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I noticed my hair was in on the act too!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A tour of an eclectic abode

On Sunday I dragged myself out of the house and rode up a hill in the heat to attend my friend's birthday barbeque. I'd never been to her house before so was in a state of shock when I asked to go for a tour and was greeted with the following scenes...


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What an insane bookshelf! Heard a story about that Helmut Newton publication too. Published by Taschen, it is apparently too large for all conventional printers. What to do? Fortunately, there is a large enough printer in the world. That used by monks. Imagine that: monks printing reams and reams of nudie pics! Inappropriate use of the word ream, perhaps?

I also noted that the owner of the house is an avid collector of Folio Society tomes.

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Note the slightly less massive TV behind the massive TV. Sitting on milk crates. The dad apparently "rescued" it from the middle of a building site, so it wouldn't get stolen. Um, isn't that technically stealing also? Beautiful grandfather clock.



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This is the master bedroom (indeed the only bedroom in this open plan house). The bed is the size of two queens. Its sheets need to be custom made!

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The house also has the most incredible garden - it's a tropical paradise.


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We spent the afternoon playing music in the Summer house:

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

"It's only real when it's dark" - Movies I've watched lately

The other day I borrowed six movies from the library, and in an attempt to get through them all I watched two in one day.


After work on Tuesday I started watching "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" - 1965. Starring Bette Davis, this film was intended as somewhat of a sequel to "Whatever happened to Baby Jane?" (which I've not seen). I thought it was great. I LOVED the costumes: the faded glamour of (now) eccentric Charlotte; the contrast with her cousin Miriam's smart attire.

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Along with a murderous plot and great soundtrack, there was also fantastic cinematography - despite being in black and white:






























Also of great appeal was Bette Davis' crazy eyes. Man, they bring the crazy!

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There's a FANTASTIC hallucination sequence around the 99 minute mark, if you ever get the chance to watch it!

Here's a trailer on youtube - hope it's your kind of thing.





Of great contrast was the second film I watched, "Gorillas in the Mist" - 1988. Sigourney Weaver depicts the true story of Dian Fossey, pioneering primatologist in the Rwandan mountains.

Somehow I missed the boat on this film as a child, but I'm pleased to have seen it now - the poaching scenes were sad and slightly scary. I'm not sure how I would've reacted as a child to Fossey's murder (despite its artistic depiction).

Alas, this movie provided little sartorial inspiration - unless frizzy hair and parkas are your kind of thing. Who am I to judge?!

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Phew, first post made and now the pressure's off. See you soon.