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What I Actually Wore #110

Serial #: 0111
Date: 26/03/2013
Weather: 31°C / 88°F
Time Allowed: 10 minutes

What a colourful outfit I wore on this day nearly three years ago! Only the jewellery and hat are in occasional circulation still. The espadrilles died an honest death. I wore them a lot, and remember once attending a recital and an elderly lady asked me in admiration how on earth I managed to walk in them! (They were very comfortable in fact.) The skirt was retired a couple of years ago, and somehow, though it is still hanging in my closet, I never pick up that top to wear anymore – I’m not sure why. (It may not survive the cull at the end of this season.)

I was in a hurry to meet a friend in the city for a drink and a quick gallery visit to view another friend’s exhibition that was about to close. Quickly I picked out a vintage 1980s polka dot skirt and a modern plain red top.

Three colours are certainly enough, and the navy and white espadrilles toned in with the bright tomato red and Delft blue skirt. I decided I needed to add a little extra pizzazz, and because it was probably one of the last hot days of autumn, I wanted to wear a summer hat.

Sometimes I forget I am wearing an unusual vintage hat and wonder why people stare!

I was pleased to use a new app that collates one’s wardrobe a little like Cher’s closet in the film Clueless. I’ve only catalogued my hats, as they are spread out and stored in a lot of hatboxes, so I was able to quickly choose and locate one: the peaked navy and white 1940s straw. It was a little breezy outside, so I had to speedily add in a strap to hold it onto my head.

My jewellery includes a grey mabé pearl ring an old boyfriend bought me years ago, and a pair of earrings I made myself from sterling silver balls with larger blue and silver star enamelled beads – they are very fun.

The hat (no surprise) attracts some attention as I walk into the city. Sometimes I forget I am wearing an unusual vintage hat and wonder why people stare!

Photo: April, 2013


Top: Veronika Maine
Clio, vintage 1980s
vintage 1940s
hand made
National Gallery of Victoria gift shop
Kenneth Cole
Free People


Just Dotty for Spots

Is there any more beautiful fibre than natural silk? I am such a sucker for silk scarves wherever I come across them. They are so delicate and floaty, and remind me of a summer breeze.

When I spotted (excuse the pun) this scarf by Australian designer Leona Edmiston in a charity store for just a few dollars, I could not resist purchasing it – even though I already own several polka dot scarves. It is such a lovely candy pink too – classic 50s-style in combination with black polka dots.

If only there were enough summer days to wear all my light-as-air scarves!


The Rain in Spain

A bleak rainy week is upon us Melburnians, which is the perfect time for yet another umbrella to shut up shop.

Truth to tell, this cheap little brolly from Bershka broke one of its wings a long time ago – I just couldn’t bear to part with it. I hate throwing away souvenirs, even if they cost €5 and were bought in an emergency.

A couple years ago I was in Barcelona for a few days in the middle of summer. Some freakish rainy weather hit (Audrey did say ‘the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain’), but I couldn’t bear to spend a lot of money on an umbrella that I would only use for a few days.

So I spent probably an hour hunting high and low for a cheap one (I recall rejecting a stylish €35 brolly from Mango on the grounds that the last Mango umbrella I bought – in Vietnam – broke in the first storm in Melbourne on my return) until finally, and discontentedly, I settled on this frilled and spotted version.

I can’t remember when the spoke broke, in Europe or after my return, but I know the umbrella was still pretty new. And so I couldn’t throw it out, not after its ridiculous history: all that trawling in the rain to find it, and dragging it all around Europe and all the way back home …

For two winters I persevered and wrestled with it, but no longer. I had a big clean out of my closet at the end of January, and I decided this brolly had to go – the old must make way for the new. It was a wrench, but it had to be done.

I promise tomorrow I will actually put it in the bin. 


What I Actually Wore #0099

Serial #: 0099
Date: 03/11/2012
Weather: 22°C / 71.6°F 
Time Allowed: 8 minutes

This is one of my favourite warm weather skirts – easy and breezy. It’s vintage 80s. I reach for it when I am in a hurry or when I don’t have time to overthink my outfit. The waistband is elasticised, the short pleated length is swishy and flirtatious, and the haphazard spot pattern is fun. (Polka dots are more fun when they are irregularly placed.)

To play up the geometric theme, I pair with it a black and white knit tank that has a pattern of squares. The skirt and tank are both second hand, the former from Etsy store Maefair Vintage (since closed down), and the latter from a charity store. The cardigan was chosen for warmth, and a bright pop of contrasting colour. Despite the towering height of the rope wedges, the striped espadrilles are amazingly comfortable to walk in – fortunately, since I’m running a number of errands this sunny Saturday morning.


Top: Marco Polo
Skirt: Clio, vintage 80s
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Earrings: hand made
Bag: vintage 60s
Mia for Free People


Brand Spanking New

It’s a brand spanking new year! A fresh day all shiny and sparkling with promise. In Melbourne it has in fact been overcast and raining much of the day, but that is just when an introspective mood overtakes me, which is perfect for thinking deep thoughts and contemplating resolutions.

While it’s great to make such vows as eating healthily, finding that new job or making other worthy goals, this year I am more concerned with immaterial things: such that will make my intellectual, emotional and spiritual life richer and more meaningful. Healthy food for the soul, if you will.

I don’t want the moon, I just want my spirit to soar above those rainy day clouds to glimpse the sunshine beyond; to remember to stop and smell the roses from time to time; to think uplifting thoughts, and not dwell on the negatives; to live a life that is true; to be a better a friend, sister, daughter – a better human being. And before I become too pious, let there always be something or someone to tug me back down to earth again.

Here is wishing you a happy new year and all the best for a dazzling 2014 ahead, my dear Snapettes – thank you for coming by! 

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