Lazy Day Sundays

Everyone has lazy days and I love nothing more than wearing a pair of comfy trackies at home, but I will not grace you with those photos.  Instead, I thought I would show you what I wear when I’m just having a lazy Sunday – which usually involves a walk along the beach and then a cup of tea at a cafe.

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Tips for Shopping on a Budget.

Budgets. Aren’t they annoying? Those pesky little things you have to keep an eye on when you shop? Budget shopping is annoying, especially when you see something you really, really love. So, to help me when I have to shop on a budget, I just follow some of these steps.

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Cleaning Out My Closet…And my room and my bookshelves.

I’m moving overseas in exactly 41 days.  I haven’t even started cleaning out my room yet.  I have managed to part with some dearly beloved clothes.  Other clothes I should part with (but can’t) are in a plastic bag on-top of my laundry basket.

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Op Shopping AKA Thrift Shopping Tips

It can be hard looking for quality clothes in op-shops these days.  Especially when a lot of Op-shops sell clothes for a hefty price tag (I’m looking at you Recycle Boutique and Tatty’s).  I question how these shops can call themselves op-shops if they sell clothes by Trelise Cooper etc? How are they vintage, retro or second hand.

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1950s Wiggle Skirt

Today I thought I’d finally get my 1950s wiggle skirt out of my wardrobe and see if there was anything I could wear it with.  I ended up pairing it with a pair of black seamed stocking (from the Warehouse for only $16!) and a blouse from Smoove Reworked Vintage.  The shoes are from the 1940s and made of velvet.  I recently got the shoes resoled because they were really slippery on the bottom.  They are NOS (New Old Stock, which means they are true vintage but never worn!).

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Lest We Forget and What I Wore Today (100 years ago)

We had our ANZAC Ceremony (for WW100 (one hundred years since ANZACS landed at Gallipoli- hence WW100 and not WW1)) at Birkdale Primary today. It was such a special day. I think there were 30 ex-Birkdale students who went to WWI, 12 didn’t come home. The seniors built an ANZAC pathway as a memorial for the lost soldiers and there is a memorial rock outside the school dedicated to all soldiers who went to war (both ex-Birkdale and residents of the Northcote/Birkenhead/Birkdale areas).

The Te P kids (Maori Immersion) did a special Haka and then the school joined in with Ka Mate. Kids were called forwards to put poppies on the 12 crosses of those who died and a parent played the Last Post while the flag was being lowered . A really unforgettable day.

It really is sad and it made me feel like crying when the names of the lost soldiers were called. So many of them were a little older than me, my age or younger then me.  A lot of them just went MIA – there was no known cause of death and it was unknown as to when they died.  It is sad because a lot of the families would not have had the knowledge of what had happened to their sons…so there probably was a lack of closure for them.

All the teachers had to dress up in 100 years ago costumes. The ANZACS landed at Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915 – so 100 years ago tomorrow.  Lest we forget, we will remember them…

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

– Laurence Binyon

Here’s what I wore:

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A knitted poppy – all the staff were given a poppy like this!
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My Antique Cameo necklace.

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The clothes I wore are:

Vintage – from the 90s.  My mum used to wear the skirt and top in the 90s.

The boots are Vintage Victorian style boots I found at Savemart.

I did have a hat with some flowers on it, but I forgot to put it on for this photo.

What I Wore Today and Happy Easter

Happy Easter or Vrolijk Pasen.

A year ago at this time I was sitting in Bruges eating a waffle before starting my travels through Belgium and into Holland.  This has made me really miss my family in the Netherlands.

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