Friday, February 5, 2010

Peter Pan Collar & Straw Boater Hat

I think you should click on this link to Sarah McNeil's Etsy store.

Tonight i am attending my first ever 'hens do'. I'm scared. I am pretty sure i hate these sorts of events and don't know what to expect. My beautiful friend is getting married next Saturday. I can't wait to see all of my friends together for such a nice day.

If you would like, you could track me down one of these completely sold out sailor dresses by 'Alice In The Eve'.

I wish.

P.S. I attended Laneway Festival. I really enjoyed it, apart from Daniel Johnston's set being loudly and rudely cut short by Cut Off Your Hands. It was a cringe worthy moment. Things were behind schedule so time wise it probably needed to be done, but perhaps it could have happened more politely. It was kind of like when loud music is put on to drown out someone giving a speech after accepting their Grammy award (except this was harder to watch because Daniel seemed so polite and timid and hadn't been on for very long) Other than that, it was a very fun day and I am glad the festival has made it here. I took along an old disposable camera. Who knows what the photos will turn out like.

We will see.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Mess & Noise

I have just returned home from Campus A Low Hum (a camping, byo, low-key, small music festival) and once again i have no idea how to adapt back into normality. This time it was set just outside of Bulls in the grounds of one very old school / flock house - hence it being termed Campus A Low Hum this time. The school hasn't been in action for over twenty years. It rained half of the time, our tent was tiny, we didn't really sleep or shower for four days and we looked revolting. But it was still rather LOVELY!

(Me slicked in grease wearing my new gingham dress made by my sister, Prom Proposal, John The Baptist, Al, Helen & Rachel, Dent May, Ruby Suns Balloon Party, Rain Rain Go Away, Projection Party)

Bands included: Denim Owl, Seth Frightening, Deer Park, Ouch My Face, The Dodos, Polka Dot Dot Dot, Batrider, So So Modern, Dear Times Waste, Flying Scribble, Alex & The Ramps, Connan Mockasin, Shocking Pinks, Dan Deacon, Cut Off Your Hands, Dent May, Parking Lot Exp, Ruby Suns, Surf City, Jens Lekman, Die!Die!Die!, The Show Is The Rainbow . . . and so on.

(Grayson Gilmour - Siamese)

Girls were getting their hearts broken and swooning over Jens Lekman's set but i didn't quite feel the same way. There were buckets of bands from Melbourne. 'Parking Lot Experiments' win the best banter award. Unpretentious and as charming as can be. As a ukulele and pop lover, i found Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele (whom were discovered by Animal Collective) as alluring as ever. Ouch My Face never disappoint. Celeste = babe. Mild America and John The Baptist were my perfect cup of tea. This isn't a review, so i will STOP.

I bought a brand new Diana F+ camera. I meant to take it on camp for some dreamy shots but never got around to purchasing 120 film. It dawned on me that i can't really keep it if i want to save money for my trip. It doesn't help that i discovered someone could work for me on Monday, resulting in booking last minute tickets to Laneway Festival in Auckland! I go in one day's time. I can't wait! I guess you only live once.

Very cheesy and very true ♥

P.S. Whilst in Wellington i managed to find the Woody Allen brooch i was talking about here. I also visited Swonderful, the nicest shop in New Zealand (you might remember it being featured in Frankie magazine) They sell the 'My Folk Lover' calenders. I have ordered one from Etsy for my sister's upcoming birthday. I want one too!!!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Turn yourself around

Happy 2010.
I saw the new year in at Chicks Hotel in Port Chalmers dancing to Die!Die!Die! like a weirdo. I think i have seen them play at least four times now and they are always brilliant. The evening ended in drinking wine under someone's homemade fort made from draping sheets.

I don't usually have new year's resolutions but this year i am going to try it out.

One: Become a Pescatarian. This won't be hard for me. This resolution is rather weak (i should really give it ALL up) but i can't give up fresh fish and prawns. Sorry sea creatures!

Two: Learn to be a little more crafty, perhaps i can steal the book i gave my sister for Christmas and get started:

Three: Calm down with the floral thing

(only a tiny part of my collection)

Four: Take lots of photos

Five: Read more books

And lastly. . . Six: the most deep and meaningful of the lot:

STOP ruining photos by doing the peace sign.

Let's see how it goes.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Sprout & The Bean

Wow New Zealand, you are hosting some marvellous shows. Perhaps all these musicians head to New Zealand to experience our (often) pretty summertime. I feel like there is so much to choose from. Usually it is the opposite case. Next week Animal Collective are playing in Auckland. Devendra is coming. Laneway Festival has finally stretched to our shores. The 3Ds are playing. They are glorious. The XX! (I wasn't expecting to like them, but they are brilliant) and..... you probably already know the line-up. There are so many shows that i can't attend, including all of the above. Fortunately i will be able to make this one:

(Do i choose Wellington or Auckland?)


Joanna Newsom

In January my sister will be lounging in the ocean in Fiji, so i have to work her hours during the weekend of Joanna's show. Her show is 6 hours out of town. I may still

Regardless, I can't wait to hear Jeff Tweedy again.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Gifts Of The Gab

I am trying hard to save my coins but these little gems are distracting me.
John Patterson from the very scatty band 'The Grates' has his own little label called Sniffle Co which is where this brilliant Woody Allen brooch comes from.

I also wish i could find a faux leopard print coat just like the one Tennessee is wearing here. Harder than you would think!

My new little job involves being surrounded by lots of lovely little gems and knick knacks in a little design store. We have LoveHate , this genius and generally far too much temptation.

I have started planning my overseas adventure for mid 2010 and i should be gone for months on end. Now that i am working most of the time (for all of December it will be 6 days a week) I will find it hard to get any vintage shopping done for my little online shop. Thankfully i still have a whole bunch of things waiting to be sold.

I am still waiting to see if i can get time away for a trip to a very lovely music festival. Boy are my fingers are crossed.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bicycle, Bicycle.

Oh how i want a bicycle to ride throughout the summertime. I'm not sure when summer will arrive. I've been sleeping with two feather duvets and a quilt, yet i still wake up freezing.
I've recently been offered the chance to work in a little shop, in Auckland, that sells vintage clothing. Both the job and the slight change in climate would be lovely, but i am thinking of giving it a miss. I am leaving the country in May, and i think i would end up penniless living in Auckland. There would be so many gigs to go to, lots of vintage goodies to buy and all sorts of distractions from saving. It's really hard to know what to do. But, if i do stay here, i think i will find myself the perfect bicycle. . . . with a basket of course.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I wish i could keep you. . .

Hello, again. I stopped using this blog a few month's ago. Now i want to keep it.
I have another blog for my little online vintage clothing shop, but i feel i can't just put whatever i want on it. So now i am lucky and have two blogs!
Here are some pictures that are making me smile. .


If you know me, you will be smiling wittingly (or rolling your eyes) at the presence of floral prints in the first two. It's a lifelong addiction and i cannot stop.

I will be talking again soon!