Sunday, September 9, 2012

It Really Doesn't Take a Crystal Ball

I can't predict the future, but looking at The Stylist's outfit I'm fairly sure she's got some fascinating sartorial adventures ahead of her.
I just KNOW I couldn't have put an outfit like this together when I was nine.

The occasion?
The Stylist competed in an op-shop challenge, the inspiration of the lovely Sarah at Op-Shopping in Wynnum, as part of Saturday's first Bayside Art and Music Festival.
Each competitor had to come up with a creative, inspiring outfit from our many local oppys for  $20 or less.
The Stylist was dead keen to compete and I just stood in the middle of Aid for the Blind like a goose on Friday while she whisked about and snatched up her supplies.
One proud mama.
She came up with this fab African-themed outfit (thanks for the inspiration Mma Precious Ramotswe).
Cotton tunic - $10
Red belt - $1
Leopard-print scarf - $3
Shell necklace - 50 cents
Gold-frame "pimp" sunnies - $3
Hoop earrings - $2
Total - $19.50

I wanted to enter too but was invited to be one of the judges so how could I say no?
I felt extremely honoured:).

Headband - more at Sassy Vamps!
Aeroplane earrings, crinoline, 1960s sequinned top, embroidered bag, Indian necklace, bangles - thrifted
Pink and orange sparkly necklace - gifted by UK's Most Fab Tourist of the Year, Krista
Leggings - you-know-where
VW Melissa shoes - shopped by fabbo Suzanne

My fellow judge, the very gorgeous Sarah, snatched up this fab t-shirt from Vinnies ... hey, we oppy-challenge judges have to walk the walk don't we?

Gosh, this judging thing is a terribly serious business!

We decided it was a draw, this very gorgeous wee laddie in his all-thrifted outfit with the t-shirt slogan saying "The Rockstar just arrived".
He brought along his own guitar as a prop.
Oh and he was the only boy entrant ... c'mon lads!

And look at that, yes The Stylist was the other winner.
The look on my face?
Well maybe I'm trying to disguise my glee ... I had to rely on Sarah to make the final decision because I didn't want to be biased and really, the wee lassie had made such a fabulous effort on her own.  
The only help she needed from me was to tie her scarf for her.
Congratulations sweetie!

Then it was time to let our hair down and make lamingtons, spend lots of time crafting with stencils, screen-printing, making jellyfish and fabric jewellery.

Actually The Stylist did all that, I just kicked my shoes off and lazed around in the sunshine watching her and the scenery.
People-watching can be ever so relaxing.

I hope you've had a cracker weekend:).
Molti baci,
Desiree xo


  1. Fabulous! The both of you!
    You must be so proud! I would really like to see where she goes style wise on her own when she is older. With an influence like you I'm sure she'll be amazing!
    This makes me think of how blogging is so great- to get to see people growing up and growing old and evolving!

  2. Oh the apple did not fall far from the tree - and what a BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED and FABULOUS and CRUNCHY apple that Stylist is! Congrats gorgeous girl - you look absolutely AMAZING!!!

    And Desiree - you are as SPLENDID as ever! LOVE that fab floral headpiece, your shoes and my gourd it must be a lot warmer up there!

    And yay for that lovely little man in his rockstar tshirt - what a champ!

    Sarah xxx

  3. The Fabulosity is strong with this one... :) Congratulations!

    Oh honey, The Stylist is a force to be reckoned with. A chocolate chip off the gold block ;)
    ...that gold top is truly magnificent but made even more so because it's worn by you.

    You both look so wonderful and I have to say I am not surprised that one so young has a strong style voice of her own.

    Apologies if this sounds like I have made it about me! eek... but... I was very young when I started developing my style voice. I was around 8, 9 when I knew I wanted to dress to express the colours and waves and ribbons of energy in my head! The Stylist being so young and already a style singer doesn't surprise me. Plus she comes from good stock...


  4. Desiree! She is GORGEOUS! What an eye she has!?!?! I'd wear her outfit in a heartbeat! That looks like such a fun day, I wish I'd been there! hugs to you loveliness! ~Serene

  5. The Stylist has it IN SPADES.
    Clumpier shoes and some elastic in the hem of that gorgeous garment (to bubble hem it) and you've got a thrift version of Mr McQueens Plato's Atlantis ...

  6. Isn't she a gorgeous wee darling, and getting more stylish every time I see her!! No surprise there obviously, look at her squee-ishly HOTTT mama, woo hoo!! Lets catch up soon.xx.

  7. She looks fabulous, who couldn't be inspired by Mma Precious Ramotswe? Glorious! Mind you with a mama as cute as you she's going be a genius! x

  8. ooh fab! I LOVE her outfit, or course she had to win! Go little boy though as well!

  9. The Stylist knocked the ball out of the park with this one! My gosh, the colors- and the casual sass with which she pulls it all off. She's get real style- gee, I wonder where she got it? (-; Thanks for some vicarious people watching here. What a great idea for a contest, and what sport for spectators and participants alike! xo

  10. She has the best teacher: her gorgeous, mind blowing mum.

  11. She looked the whole outfit..and mamas too ofcourse! what fun! love that a lil dude entered...most of my boys stuff is from oppys too :)

  12. I am in awe, she looks absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Fantastic outfits from everyone! Heck, I can't pull together an outfit as good as the stylist and I'm 31! Lovely that she won. Now I want Lamingtons - made them once for an international thing with Girl Guides, but I'd totally forgotten about them. I'll have to look for a recipe x

  14. You ladies look lovely! The stylist looks a lot like you.

  15. Yeah and Congrats to the Stylist!! Wow she did a great job on her outfit love it!! and you look so tutu darn cute :) This looks like way to much fun and oh man is it not funny how brilliant our children become although it is nice to sit back in the sun and watch them shine!! ~Have a great week ahead love Heather

  16. The stylist has a great future ahead of her...she stands out in EVERY photo.

  17. I foresee the stylist having her own fashion blog in the not too distant future, how fantastic that she is so confident and switched on at 9 years old... I was still climbing trees in ripped jeans and a Fred Flintstone sweater at that age. xx

  18. The Stylist totally ROCKED it!
    She's blessed with being the progeny of THE most sexaciously styley wench in the known UNIVERSE, and o,my,she is milking that genepool for all she's worth!! I look forward to her very own blog one day!
    You both were the FOXIEST wenches there!
    Love and Lustipops!

  19. The tunic is completely gorgeous!

    At first glance when I clicked this I thought it was a guest post, she looks so grown up!

  20. D, she was shining - with joy, colour and grace. Such a beautiful girl. We are blessed to know both of you.

    Max had such a fun time and loved strutting his stuff, although he was so very very nervous. He said it was kind of you to let him share the prize, as he was very impressed with The Sylist's outfit. She was a *very* deserving winner.

    It was such a glorious day wasn't it?

    peace and love to you x

  21. What a delightful way to spend the day! Best "judging outfit" ever, and many congrats to the Stylist for a spectacular winning outfit. She has definitely got her Mama's gift for thrifting! If I had a daughter I would be so proud if she put together an outfit like this. The young man deserved a prize for being the only boy - good for him!

  22. What a fabulous event! And DIY lamingtons?! Gold!

    Your girl totally deserved to win..I have high aspirations and expectations of my kids.. /I am teaching them everything I know.. lol

  23. The Stylist has got some SERIOUS style!!! But that's to be expected I guess given her name and who her Mama is. I really love her whole outfit.
    You must be SUPER PROUD.

    P.S. YOU also look Meow-tastic!

  24. Your daughter is a legend! I'm sure she's got many, many years of fashion adventures ahead of her. You've raised her well!

  25. Hurray for The Stylist! She is overflowing with fabulous, and she's only nine - I wish I'd been half as stylish at nine! It must be because she has the best fashion role model ever!

  26. Wow! The stylist, she is an incredible dresser for such a you age, she looks amazing! You both do x

  27. The Stylist is looking amazing, I certainly didn't have that style when I was her age. Though I did have those skinny legs! You look gorgeous too and it the whole day looks divine. I love your parasol!! xxx

  28. Fantastic look for the Stylist :) I WISH I had been allowed to look so interesting at nine years old! Although I'm with you, I doubt I would have put anything that cool together, since I was a total tomboy.

    Then again, basically everyone in every picture looks super cute!

  29. There might have been a riot had the Stylist not won! She really outdid herself! But oh my how grown up she looks (why do they have to go and do that to us?) The boy was cute too, wonder why no boys entered, I always see loads in the thrifts shopping away with Mum! XXX Suzanne

  30. You are both stunning! The Stylist just rocks! She is a fantastic apple that hasn't fallen far from her tree! Of course she had to win.

  31. Oh your little Stylist, isn't she fabulous? Not many 9 year olds have any original style, as far as I can see, so long may it continue. I agree with Helga, she is destined to have her own blog someday soon, I reckon. Tavi who?!
    And Mama scrubbed up pretty well for the occasion too, you look spectacular as always, loving the parasol.
    And special kudos to the lad for joining in and strutting his stuff, he's one cool little dude! xxxx

  32. Oh my I didn't realise that you were a Wynnum girl, no wonder I couldn't find any vintage when I returned home for the first time in years! My girls and I spent a week in Manly recently and I took them to gotago boutique where I got my formal dress back in the '80s and I took my eldest into the little opshop opposite the school that I used to take her to in a pram 25 years ago, still there and then we went and had a custard tart at Perrotts as you do. You both look absolutely divine xx

  33. Now that's how to wear an African kaftan, the Stylist puts me to shame! She obviously takes after her beautiful mum. Love your Viv/Mel shoes and your glittery leggings. And how cute is the young boy, two worthy winners I'd say. xx

  34. Oh she is gorgeous and so talented, just like her mum!

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  36. As 40 + I almost get angry when they are so young and have such good self-esteem and so good taste ... for myself, tacky is (still) my middlename.

  37. Uh-oh, now you will be moving to Hollywood. You'll need an agent, a publicist, and a manager - at least you won't need a stylist for The Stylist. Wonderful training for Channel Desiree! You guys are both stunning. What a fun event.

  38. What a beautiful day!I really don't have words to describe how much I admire you and the Stylist!You are both unique and incredibily beautiful and I love the fact that she grow up loving your style and creating her own sense of fashion,I really hope that my daughters will find the way to express their own personalities too!
    Lots of love

  39. Ok, just added you to my ever growing reading list. Great style.

  40. She's got it honest, and just fabulous! Also, love your gold top. -xx/Madison

  41. She really is absolutely gorgeous, she's got such natural style - wonder where she could have got it from?! Never mind most 9 year olds not being able to pick out an outfit from an opshop - I still have difficulty! And a cute joint winner too, good on him.

  42. You know what? I love how well you pull off a gold top and tutu. You just look fabulous!


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