Wednesday, December 3, 2008

To paint my shadow on the wall

Today was a great day. I had the day off work, everything was $3 at the op shop in the city, and I had a devine vegetarian lunch involving bento boxes and Rose tea.

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I also finally got to wear the plaid wool skirt I bought earlier this year. It was such an '80s gem - thick and pleated and still with its original store tags. (I'm allowed to buy 'new with tags' things from op shops as they have clearly been bought, and not worn by, someone else).

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The bag is another NZ find. I know the cardinal rule of op shopping is to never try and find a specific item, but I must admit I had a mini-Gladstone type bag in mind after seeing Esme and the laneway's version. When I found this navy blue one in a small Salvos store in Dunedin, I wasn't sure if I wanted it because I had my heart set on a brown one. The shape was so perfect I bought it anyway, and now it's one of my favourite treasures. It is so unique. Also I'm really loving navy at the moment, so it goes with a lot of what I'm wearing.

Top: vintage from my mother
Belt: also from my mother
Skirt: from an op shop in the city
Tights: Sportsgirl 2007
Shoes: ebay
Bag: from an op shop in NZ


heartofpearl♥ said...

wow lovely to see that you got most your items from thrifting or your mothers! looks great x

Sarah said...

There's an op shop in the city?? Where where!!
That bag is very cute. I saw one today actually but I didn't get it since it was in white. Now i'm kinda regretting that decision...

Lavender said...

I love those perfect op shop days. They are the best.

esme and the lane way said...

That sounds like a perfect day! I lvoe the blosue, and of course the skirt – the pleast are sooo good! :)

Skye said...

Pretty! What a dear little bag that is, I think blue is definitely more special than brown.

WendyB said...

Adorable photos.

a cat of impossible colour said...

This is one of my favourite outfits of yours! I love the blouse, and the bag, and the skirt ... everything, really. :D

The Paper Doll said...

Sounds lovely - i love those tights by the way, great texture and colour!!

thevintageyear said...

heartofpearl: thanks!

Sarah: it's in Royal Arcade, near Bourke St. Usually it's not so great, it's quite expensive really, but I don't often have a lot of spare time to go thrifting so going to the city is really handy!

Lavender: yes, they are the best!

Esme: thank you!

Skye: thanks, I think so too. I really love the blue!

WendyB: thank you :)

A cat of impossible colour: I think it might be one of my favourite outfits now too!

The Paper Doll: yes, the tights are lovely, and best of all they don't get too hot in this weather!

Miss Karen said...

What a darling outfit! I love the little handbag too. :D

StrikeMatch said...

I love your bag. I'm looking for something similar and I love the navy colour

atomicliving said...

I adore 50s handbags and my collectioin grows. Mostly from mother, ebay and chairty and church 'thrift stores'(as they are monikered here in the states) Good job, cute outfit!

Elizabeth said...

I just discovered your blog and I think your idea is wonderful! It's a great way to treat the environment and your wallet, and your blog is truly inspirational. You have really great style!

I would love for you to visit my blog: Pearls, Peonies, and Ponderings.

thevintageyear said...

Karen: thanks! I'm really glad I got the handbag now!

Strikematch: good luck in your search :)

Atomicliving: Gosh, I would love to have a collection of '50s handbags! I'm sure you have some real gems in there!

Elizabeth: thank you so much for your kind comments!

Jules said...

I've just found your blog..... wow!
Wish I'd met you sooner.

Please please please tell how you do you hair. It looks stunning in every photo.
I'm flirting with the idea of a fringe but am a bit worried about styling it. I'd love to know your secrets.

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