Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baby You're the Best

Look at #2 Son looking all flash and cool for his Year 12 formal.
We all know how many hundreds of dollars parents lay out for their daughters to look special on their big night out.
It's mind boggling how much cash and energy is spent on looking super-spesh.
But you know, I think it's way cooler how my son looked at his watch at 3pm and announced it was time for a shower, had a shave, got dressed and stepped out the door smelling amazing and looking a million bucks.
Later he told me all the girls were falling asleep by 8pm because they were exhausted ... gosh all that spray-tanning, hair-do's, makeup, nails, blah blah blah ... it takes it out of a girl.
All the boys looked fresh, cool, and proud to be looking good.
Mama was proud too.
So she wore a 1930s silk nightie.




Besties since preschool.  That's 13 out of 17 years folks, almost a lifetime.




It was treat time on Sunday and Advanced Style was a treat for the eyes and the soul.
We laughed, we cried.
It was wonderful.









On Monday, it was all business in the courtroom.
And in the bathroom.
And waiting for hours outside.

Hold your precious ones close my friends.
Love Desiree xoxo

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

No I Don't Have a Gun

"Smile love, it might never 'appen."
I've been looking like a stony-faced bitch lately.
It's a new-ish look, one I'm cultivating against my will.
But I can stare down 12-year-old doctors, nurses, allied health workers et al and have them shitting their pants in seconds.
Quite handy when one's family is at the mercy of medicos who have a life after work.


Blond bob with cupid bow lips + double-bagging = don't mess with.

1930s silk nightie - Etsy
1920s men's tail coat - Pop Up Vintage
Brooch - gift made by Helga-licious
Shoes and 1950s handbag - flea markets
Green plane earrings, sunnies, 1970s beaded bag, rings, necklaces - op shops




And if a bitch-face doesn't do the trick, a nightie works wonders.
It causes so much confusion; a perfect stranger can forget their name, their sense of direction and question their sanity.


1930s black nightie, green cotton bed jacket - Etsy
Floral granny bag, shoes, bangles, necklaces, rings and silk scarf - op shops and markets


A silk scarf tied high is much the same as a crown.
It demands a command performance from one's subjects.

Even Amelie has her moments.  I found this painting in Lifeline for five bucks.  Hard to believe it's actually a painting.  Her big brown eyes follow me around as I sit at my desk.


I managed to crack a smile just for you.
You're welcome.
Love D xoxox

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Polyester Girl

Forever drawn to the wild, psychedelic prints and saturated colours of clothes from the late 60s and 70s, it seemed natural to collect the polyester pleasures that made my heart soar.
However it wasn't long before I remembered my mother's words about man-made fabrics; they just don't breathe.
In cooler climates it didn't seem too much of a bother but here in Brisbane, my wardrobe was getting jammed with amazing gear, yet I had nothing to wear.
Nylon, crimplene, nylon-jersey, polyester of every weight and thickness in every colour under the sun greeted me merrily each morning: "pick me, pick me Desiree!"
It finally dawned on me why there was such an abundance of beaut maxis, flares and jackets in the op shops and markets ... they were an instant sauna in a bag and people in our sub-tropical climate simply couldn't abide them.
So I sold off and gave away a large portion of my polyester friends *sniff*.
I'm afraid I cannot bear to have clothes hanging in my wardrobe that I can't wear for comfort reasons, instead adhering to a cotton-only policy for 1970s gear and drawing on my life-long love and adoration of all things 1930s and 40s.
Rayon was an inexpensive, affordable and hard-wearing fabric during that era, and since it's a synthetic manufactured from wood pulp, it seems a more humidity-tolerant fabric.
What a relief!  I love the styles from the 30s and 40s ... the details are beautiful, the fabrics fare incredibly well for their age and I like the tailoring.
But if you've been popping over here for a while, you'll probably know I never, ever wear any era from top-to-toe ... not my scene.
Modern synthetics are still very dodgy in my opinion, but depending on the cut, they can be worn on days like today ... the last day of winter.
So today I chose a few bits and pieces that I can get away with before the sauna cranks up for six months of summer.
An ode to nylon in its many forms.









Earrings and FREEK necklace - Bones Couture
1940s slip, lace coat, Top Shop shoes, spiked headband, other jewellery, gold powder compact, feather hair clips, gold belt - all from op shops, markets, eBay



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