Instagram + an outfit

It is officially winter here and it's sort of depressing that we have another three months of short days and days that don't get above seven degrees, but also 'cause it gets dark so early that when I get home from work at 5.30pm the daylight is well over. My brother and I have devised an outfit photo-taking set up involving lots of lamps and unnatural light, and it seemed to work out on yesterday's test run while it wasn't yet completely dark outside.
 Lol at my faces and pose. I need to figure out how to look normal in outfit photos. I'm wearing a 1950s pale blue lace dress with scalloped neckline and hemline from the Emporium Vintage sale with a cardigan off Etsy feat. Vivian cheerleader patch also off Etsy, opshopped belt, rose brooch from my friend Alex from years ago, old tights and Melissa velvet wedges from Recycle Boutique.

A couple of weekends ago a great Wellington vintage shop, Emporium, had a massive sale on a Saturday afternoon.  Jack and I arrived half an hour before it was set to start, thinking we were being super organised, and were greeted with a crowd of 100+ fellow vintage lovers on Cuba Street. By the time the door had opened even more people had gathered, and we were pushed up the stairs in the most intense throng. It was scarily riotous, and I'd imagine had I been less freaked out I could've got way more amazing stuff. 

My vintage senses were a little paralysed by anxiety, but I still came away with this dress, as well as a white Lanz sundress, a floral striped cotton dress and a cropped pale blue 50s cardigan. I tried this dress on when it was $95 in January 2012, so I was chuffed to get it for a fiver. My friend Madds was actually trying it on and even though it fit her perfectly and looked amazing, she still decided to let me have it. Score! Also, I wore my yellow striped Horrockses dress to the sale, and four different people tried to steal off me it while I was trying other stuff on, huddled in the corner of the bar with others in varying states of undress.

Also because this outfit post kinda sucks, here is some stuff from my Instagram. Hopefully there will be more actual new content in the coming days.
My Goldenponies shoes have been ridden hard and put away wet; dirndl dress that I got from a junk shop; rainbow wool skirt from Etsy.

A Moonrise Kingdom-esque 1960s dress from Trade Me; perfectttt 1950s pink and blue rose day dress from Recycle Boutique; a really good selfie from when I got my hair cut and brought back to its fringey best the other week.

Two 1950s dresses to sell, although the right hand one has already sold; sunglasses that I opshopped for $1 and am in the process of painting with glitter nail polish; amazingly comfy and durable Doc Martens mary janes from Recycle Boutique.


  1. Taking photos inside is SUCH a nightmare! I think maybe I will only be doing weekend outfit posts over the next few months as its so dark after work. It was lovely to meet you and we should make this Wellington Blogger meet up happen for reals! Just flick me an e-mail and lets see what we can sort out teresabuckthought@hotmail.com

  2. I love that first dress.... And those pose/photo is adorable. srsly.

  3. I don't think I'll EVER get comfortable posing for outfit photos, I always look like such a dweeb haha.

    This dress is so cute, I can't believe you got it for so cheap! I love the brooch too :)

  4. Wow, you do have some good finds here. It always takes me a moment to get my head around the fact that you just stepping in to winter, while I am embracing summer. Or at least, what Vancouver defines as summer. I have to say that the Moonrise Kingdom-esque dress has me the most intrigued. Will you wear it for us?

    Sue xo

  5. Gosh I hate winter indoor shoots so much. I've gotten quite good at it though after years of trial and error. The best thing anyone ever told me was to set my white balance manually. It has really really helped. Although yours look quite good!

    Also, THAT DIRNDL it inspires so much envy!!!

  6. huge vintage sales can be so intense, i get a bit overwhelmed too and can't think clearly. i can't believe you tried on the same dress years ago and it was still there waiting for you! that's a pretty great story.

    winter depresses me so much, i hate the cold and the lack of sunshine, and of course it makes it near impossible to get decent outfit photos with some natural light! i get home from work pretty late so even in summer i don't have much time during the week for outfit photos, they pretty much have to been on weekends during the day anyway. and i think everyone feels weird about their poses or their face in outfit photos, i definitely do but i hardly ever notice anything in anyone else's that i think looks bad so don't worry about it!

    little henry lee

  7. Great blog..

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  8. Nice collections of outfit that you shared in the blog.I liked your blog very much.Keep good work in the blog.

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  9. totally ll over your blog - it's fabu!


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