Sunday, November 15, 2015

What Emma Did - 15th November 2015

Yet again it has been a few weeks (OK almost a month!) since I have written a what Emma Did post so this one will be a huge catch up of what's been going on in my life over the past month. So this month I have been:
♥ Taking Logan bunny to be desexed
♥ Taking our bread to another bread show and winning two 2nds and a first place
♥ Having the Hubby's Dad and his friend Dawn stay with us who visited us from the UK
♥ Enjoying the views from Skypoint on the Gold Coast
♥ Taking a day trip to Seaworld
♥ Enjoying a few roasts at the RSL as well as a first night meal with the Hubby's Dad and Dawn and a last night meal
♥ Starting my Certificate III in Childcare online
♥ Taking a steam train ride from Roma Street Station in Brisbane
♥ Going up to Mount Coot-tha to admire the view and stopping for a spot of lunch
♥ Going for a wander around the Mt Coot-tha botanic gardens
♥ Taking a Day out at Mount Tamborine wandering the botanic gardens and enjoying a wine tour
♥ Taking a river cruise on the Richmond River
♥ Having a leisurely Sunday lunch at the Farm
♥ Having an interview with Nothern Rivers Family Daycare so I can start as a relief educator in the new year
♥ Adding a new bunny to our brood. The little fluffy bun in the picture above is our new addition Juniper 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dita's 4th Scent - Erotique

I finally got my hands on a bottle of Dita von Teese' 4th scent Erotique. After wearing it a few times I'm still not sure about it.  The scent is quite musky with strong sandalwood and floral notes with a hint of leather. It does not smell similar to any other scent that I know of so I give it points for individuality but I'm not sure if this is my kind of scent. I don't find the scent particularly feminine or sexy so I can't say that the name really suits the scent.
The scent is an eau de parfum but I did not find the scent particularly long lasting. It comes in an 40ml bottle and a 20ml. I opted for the 20ml but found the all gold special edition bottle with a padlock and key a little cheap looking. This may be because the padlock is reminiscent of other celebrity perfumes

"Erotique is an aphrodisiac accomplishment, an elixir of alchemy inspired by a time when perfume meant something different than it does now. With its heady melange of opposites, Erotique's poetic contrast of leather accords and burnt embers with rare voluptuous rose is not for the faint of heart; it is intoxicating, animalistic and carnal, potent weaponry for a Maestra of the erotic arts." 
Dita Von Teese

Lets see what Dita herself says about the scent:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

What Emma Did - 18th October 2015

It seems I forgot to write my 'What Emma Did' post last week so this weeks will be a double bill covering the past two weeks. So this fortnight I have been:
♥ Having a Walking Dead marathon as we catch up on season 5 ready for the new series
♥ Going out to the RSL for our regular Thursday roast
♥ Taking the bunnies for their injectons
♥ Starting a new craft project and making a busy book for my lil nephew
♥ Picking up a new (to me) sewing machine which is making crafting a whole lot easier
♥ Spending a night at Mt Tamborine (which I have yet to blog about but I will soon)
♥ Going out for lunch at the Belle General
♥ Getting the house ready for our visitors that arrive next week

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tips For Vintage Style In A Modern World

In a world where rare vintage clothing is often accompanied by a hefty price tag, it can sometimes be difficult to achieve your desired style on a cash-conscious budget. Sure, I often find great pieces at thrift stores, but there are times that I need to broaden my search to include adorable antique shops and other boutiques. Although I would obviously rather purchase true vintage clothes from these specialty shops, sometimes the “specialty” prices just don’t work for me. If you’re looking to pull off glamorous vintage style but want to watch your spending, not to worry! With the right eye, you can find retro-inspired pieces at modern, “trendy” stores with lower prices. You just need to know what to look for.

Here are a few vintage style tips to keep in mind when you are out looking for unique, old-fashioned pieces in the contemporary stores of 2015:
Sink the Skirt Length
When searching the racks, stick to full, pleated skirts and dresses, and keep inseam length in mind as well. The A-line style was very popular in the ‘50s and ’60s. Fashion around this time period was glam but also conservative, so set your eyes on hems hitting just below the knee.

Watch the Waist
One of the biggest elements of successful vintage style (besides beauty tricks, of course!) is the waistline. As employed by Christian Dior in 1951, the waistline lifted, allowing women to accentuate their curves in a classy, feminine fashion. To achieve this classic style, find high-waisted pieces that you can belt above the hips, right below the ribs at your smallest width.
Pay Attention to Prints
To pair with your flirty skirts, printed tops add a fun pop when mixing and matching your pieces. Print-wise, polka dots, floral fabrics and stripes are big hits for retro style. Today’s brick-and-mortar stores are saturated with current trends, so it can help to look online instead, where you can easily browse and filter choices by colour, style, etc. You’ll save a ton of time, rather than raiding the racks without any results.

Finding vintage fashion in a sea of contemporary clothing can sound like an impossible task. But the key to making the most of your search is to know what to look for. When you keep a cheat sheet of tips (like this one!) in your purse to reference for retro elements, you can train your eye for style. With enough practice, you might even be able to spot a vintage-inspired piece from a mile away. OK, maybe not a mile, but you’ll definitely have an attuned searching technique.

It just goes to show that to have a unique vintage wardrobe, not everything in your closet has to carry the price tag of an antique! Simply remember some of the key style elements for a retro look, like hemline, waistline and vintage prints. Everything irrelevant will soon fade out when you become a pro at looking for these specifics, and you’ll be able to mix “modern” clothing with your valued thrift store finds.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Daily Outfit - The Emily and Fin Claudia Dress

Claudia Dress - Emily and Fin via Modcloth
Headscarf - ?
White gloves - vintage
Judy Sunglasses - Collectif via Gwynnies
White ballet pumps - Kmart 

When I pulled the Emily and Fin Claudia dress out of my stylish surprise package from Modcloth (which I blogged about here) it instantly put me in mind of a Jack Vettriano painting. I can't find the exact one but I think it may be one of these or perhaps I mushed them altogether in my mind:
I absolutely adore this dress it is fantastic quality, the material is lightweight and it even has pockets! What more could a girl ask for? I wore this ensemble on the second day of our trip to Mount Tamborine which I will blog about soon.
 We snapped these shots on our walk down to Curtis Falls first thing n the morning. We woke up super early on the second day and went out to find a cafe that was open for breakfast only to find that places on the mountain don't open until 9 so we decided to do the walk first to take up some time until we could grab some breakfast. The falls were stunning but I will share the pics with you in another post!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Daily Outfit - Out in the Garden

Green spot blouse - Thrifted but originally Mia Moda
Yours Sincerely Full Circle Skirt in Snow White - Target
White ballet flats - Kmart

I picked up this blouse in my local op shop a few weeks back but did not know what to wear it with. So I just matched it with my white skirt. 
 We spent most of our day chilling in our garden. The garden is looking beautiful at the moment as all my spring flowers are blooming however I could not get any pictures in front of the flower beds without getting the bunnies house in the shots so the background is looking pretty plain. You may notice the nasty red mark on my arm in the shot above well I burnt myself pretty badly on the oven at work! Ouch!
Apologies for the squinting in these pictures as it was rather bright today!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

What Emma Did - 4th October 2015

This week I have been:
♥ Taking an impromptu drive on tourist route 28 stopping for tea and scones at Summerland House Farm and a wander through Victoria Park Reserve (you can read about it here)
♥ Going for a roast at the RSL
♥ Booking a few nights away at Mt Tamborine
♥ Reading Terry Pratchett's last book The Sheppard's Crown (and feeling a little sad once I finished it)