27.7.13

To A T

Wearing a 1950s velvet floral rose-print dress from Trade Me, opshopped cropped cardigan, opshopped fur collar safety pinned onto it, opshopped belt, opshopped McKinleys t-bar school shoes, clear heart perspex hangbag from Etsy and velvet 1950s bow headband from Etsy. I am pulling those faces because my brother was doing some Austin Powers impression while taking these. Wow my face is so wonky around the jaw.

This outfit kinda seems full-on zany old lady to me, and I'm okay with that. I feel like all I need is some big round glasses and lilac hair and it could legitimately be transplanted to a 70-year-old former ballet teacher or something. Also, I've written and re-written a paragraph on the ethics of wearing second hand fur and leather a few times, but everything I say on the matter sounds horribly trite and self-important. Let me leave it at: on a sliding scale which goes from very evil to very good, I think there are a lot worse things a person can do than wear a second-hand, opshopped, 60-year-old garment made of an animal.

A few weeks ago I had a Friday off work because I covered someone's Sunday, and used the rare free weekday to do some opshopping. Jack and I bussed out to Johnsonville, where we have historically had good luck, and we were not disappointed. In the first shop I got these sweet 70s leather platforms. Excuse my pilled old tights. In the next I found this amazing dress printed with sketches of ballerinas as well as these perfect leather McKinleys NZ-made t-bar school shoes. Jack found a super nice three-piece late 60s suit, and we got all that stuff for free because we bought this AMAZING comfy and gorgeous 60s couch for $40!
Lazy photos off my Instagram.

And while I am posting photos from my Instagram, I've got to share this one because my readership is mostly Kiwis. I went to see Ginger & Rosa the other night and in the foyer who did I see being interviewed for a TV show but my favourite political figure, Tim Shadbolt! I stood around 'texting someone' until he was free and swooped in for the handshake and political chit-chat, which turned into us hanging out (!) and walking around Wellington together (!!) until I had to go meet some pals for dessert. He is, obviously, incredibly funny and cool and such fun. I am so happy to have met him! Most MPs I would never approach in public, and when I saw Aaron Gilmore furniture shopping I just gawked, but as soon as I saw him I was like THIS HAS TO HAPPEN.

Ugh soz for the bad photo, my crappy water-damaged phone does not perform well in low light.
 

In the end Tim got my email address so I hope he contacts me! Maybe we can be penpals. I am so starstruck haha. I know this has nothing to do with fashion. Um, I was wearing my blue cape at the time if that counts for anything. That thing brings me amazing luck I swear.

14 comments:

  1. oh there is so much to comment on in this post!! I really like Tim Shadbolt too, he has been a great mayor for Invercargill. I love the dress with roses and the one with the dancers and the couch. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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    1. Hoorah for more Tim fans! He really is a breath of fresh air in NZ's often stale political environment.

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  2. Both of those dresses are lovely. I like the double straps on the ballerina dress. Tim Shadbolt! After the September earthquake when there was no power and nothing to do I read his autobiography 'Bullshit & Jellybeans'. It was strangely calming when I was freaked out. I'm with you about second hand fur and leather. Sometimes I get pangs of guilt because I wear both but don't eat meat, but I just can't stop because I really love my red 50s coat with the fur collar.

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    1. Haha I am yet to read that, but I probably should. I feel you on the pangs of guilt, but I try to think of the impact of my actions in real terms rather than abstract notions and ideologies, and I think the real impact of wearing a couple of bits of old fur and some leather school shoes from the 90s is incredibly small.

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  3. Your rose dress is a beauty, and the ballerina print on your new-to-you frock is exquisite. Hello cleavage!
    Great platforms and a cool couch too - a very successful trip!
    Had to google Tim Shadbolt, he has a fab name and sounds like he would be very good company. Hope he stays in touch! xxxx

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    1. Haha yes, the dramatic cleavage is unavoidable! Have to wear a cardi buttoned over it sometimes. Tim is a great fella but I fear his plate may be too full for us to become buddies haha. xo

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  4. Delicious frocks!!! I'm gaga over those splendid shoes! You have such great opshop luck!
    XXX

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    1. The shoes do rather remind me of you!

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  5. your blog is darling! your ensembles are terribly pretty.
    xx

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    1. Thanks! It was either $5 or $10 on Trade Me, pretty chuffed.

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  7. I like the way that brown collar tricked me into thinking it was your hair.

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  8. Oh my gosh! I have the exact same red circle dress! Is yours sleeveless, too? Twins!

    xoxo

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    1. The velvet one?! Nah it's got sleeves down to around my elbow. It's handmade but maybe someone mass-manufactured them from the same fabric at some point?

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