Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Plaid & Platforms

Top & Skirt - Trashy Diva
Shoes - Novo
Sunglasses - Wildfox
Yesterday I felt like getting out of the suburbs and so we drove to the mountains. I brought my hiking boots with me thinking I would be really outdoorsy and go on a hike and get my exercise done for the day. but in the end it was just as hot and horrible as it is in town and I lost all interest in hiking. Instead we had coffee at a cute cafe with a gorgeous view, where I got to meet a St Bernard! This is something I had always wanted to do (I was a big fan of the Beethoven films growing up) and I was glad to finally find out that yes, yes they are as huge as I had imagined, and so lovable and sweet too.

With hiking no longer on the agenda I was happy to slip on these amazing 40s style platforms I got last week. I've never owned platforms before so I was surprised with how comfortable they are and easy to walk in - the added height is a bonus! Lately every time I go to post blog photos I've been thinking "no I can't blog this, I just blogged _____a few posts ago" and then I find myself not actually posting for a while. And then, eventually I realize how silly that is, because this is a style blog and everyone has their stuff that they like and that's just it - we all have certain things that we like and therefore gravitate to. I actually haven't counted how many two piece sets I have in my wardrobe but I do know that there's quite a few, which is just fine.

Believe it or not, I do actually experiment with different styles and different decades. However in doing so I've learned what works and what doesn't, which can be bitter sweet. I try not to think about it too negatively though, while I may not have the right shape to pull off a flapper dress or a 60s mod look, I know that I look good in a 50s halterneck or a 40s shirtwaist dress and that suits me just fine! To me, style is a matter of finding what you like that works for you, and there's nothing stopping you from appreciating something that doesn't work for you, on someone else. Which is exactly why I read blogs!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pelicans, polka-dots and yachts!

Dress - courtesy of Blue Velvet Vintage
Shoes - Novo
February has been a bit of a wild month, lots of rain and gale winds - and we have been told there's more to come with a cyclone brewing along the coast. Today however was a perfect beach day, the sun was almost out and the water was so warm - but also full of jellyfish, lots of jellyfish. In fact, if you look carefully at the fifth photo, that blue lump near my feet is one of the many that had been washed ashore. I have no idea what's been going on this summer but swimming has been a bit risky with all of the jellyfish floating around!

A few weeks ago the lovely folks at Blue Velvet Vintage offered me the chance to review one of their dresses, and let me just say that I had to think long and hard because they have so many beautiful things! Blue Velvet Vintage has a great selection of vintage reproduction brands as well as authentic vintage pieces. This adorable polka dot halterneck is actually one of their own designs from their house brand Classic Dame and known as the 'Starlet' halter swing dress. The Classic Dame dresses are all made in the USA and each one is made in a limited amount to ensure quality control.

I was most impressed with this dress! The fabric is a lovely mid weight cotton and was extremely comfortable to wear all day, and the sturdy metal zip at the back made getting in out of the dress nice and easy. My favorite thing about this dress however is how incredibly flatting it is, I felt absolutely fabulous wearing it and got compliments on the dress all day long!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monet's Palette

Dress - Bernie Dexter
Shoes - Novo
Taking these photos yesterday morning got me thinking about the whole process of taking blog photos, and wondering about how other bloggers take theirs. Is this something that as a blogger that you have wondered about too? For me, I am always impressed by bloggers who go out right into busy cityscapes and shoot away, coming up with incredible dramatic shots and a stunning location. I follow a lot of different blogs and everyone has their own thing, from shooting in their own garden, to the inside of their homes.

For me, I would describe taking outfit photos as a secretive process. I find a quiet spot with as few people as possible and try to look as casual as I can - well, look like I'm not having my photo taken. I would be lying if I said that the whole process doesn't at least make me somewhat anxious! There is always that impending fear of someone asking why I am having my photo taken or why I am dressed the way I am. So we try to be as discreet as possible, and we joke about it being 'ninja photography' by which I mean there is a five minute frame to take photos and get out without being seen.

So now I am curious about the other bloggers out there - what is your experience taking blog photos like? Is it a similar process of secrecy or is it just me that finds the concept of taking blog photos in public a bit daunting? Have you got any funny stories about taking blog photos, or are there some moments that make your face burn to recall?