Monday, April 20, 2015

Daily Outfit - Thrifted and Gifted

Sage Freddie knitted top - Collectif
Circle skirt - thrifted
Burgundy croc skin bag - gifted to me
Burgundy heel - Rivers 

One of the great things about having a strong sense of personal style is that people see certain items and think of you. That happened for two of the items in today's outfit. The first is the fabulous vintage burgundy crocodile skin bag that was gifted to me from the French fairy as she said it was sitting in the back of her wardrobe and was much more my kind of thing. 

The second is this great circle skirt that the lovely lady (who calls me the vintage 'Happy Days' girl) at our local op shop put aside for me. This is just one of the perks of having a local op shop that you shop at regularly (that and the fab discount we get!) 

As the weather has taken a turn for the colder recently I paired it with my Collectif Freddie knitted top and my burgundy heels from Rivers that have been in my wardrobe for some time!  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What Emma Did - 19th April 2015

It's been another busy work week this week with not much free time to do anything of much excitement but regardless this week I have been:
 Meeting the French Fairy's mum and her partner for lunch as they are in Byron on holiday this week
 Reading Anne Rice's latest book Prince Lestat
 Going for breakfast in Lennox Heads after picking up a display fridge for our latest business venture (which I can't really share much about for the time being but has kept us very busy this week!)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mad Men - Season 7: The Final Episodes

I may be a little behind the rest of the Mad Men fans out there but last night I finally sat down and watched the first episodes of the final 7 Mad Men episodes. Rather than think of this post as a little behind the times I would rather think I am spreading out the enjoyment so that this fabulous TV series will last longer for me (or perhaps I am just delaying the inevitable end!)

So for anyone that hasn't seen them yet a quick recap of the first episode:

The series starts with Don back to his womanizing ways (and perhaps worse than ever on that count). Megan is now firmly out of the picture and Don is back on top when it comes to his work life. After a string of random women Don begins a dalliance with a diner waitress who intrigues him after paying her to have sex with him in an alley!

Don is also shocked by the news that Rachel Katz from Menkin's department store has died of leukemia. Don goes to her apartment to try and find answers.

Peggy and Joan are insulted by misogynistic clients and are still facing the problem of being professional women in a male orientated profession. The pair argue and Peggy tells Joan that dressing like she does she is bound to have dealt with this before. When Joan retaliates Peggy reminds her that she doesn't have to deal with this as she is filthy rich (Perhaps a snipe at how Joan got her partnership). Joan reacts by going shopping and Peggy reacts by accepting a blind date that she is set up on by Mathis with his brother-in-law and after drinking too much agrees to go to Paris with him but then cannot find her passport. In the cold light of a hungover morning Peggy has second thoughts.

Ken Cosgrove is fired suddenly after his father-in-law retires from Dow as the new boss of Dow does not want him on the account (as they have history). This is also after an argument with his wife who tells him he should retire and go back to writing rather than work in a job that he hates but instead of retiring to write his book he takes the head of advertising position at Dow.

The episode ends with Don back at the diner pondering life and death (is this an omen of things to come?)

And so a great start to the end of the series and although I don't want to see the series end I can't wait to see how they will end it. Ahh what a paradox I am in!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Daily Outfit - Doughbox Diner Take 2

Black polka dot skirt - Hellbunny
Stripe top - Big W
Pink cardigan - Kmart
Black ballet flats - Kmart
Mouse brooch - Jan2001 on eBay

 Being the bad blogger I am I completely forgot to take pictures of Nora,Ellen and I when we headed out for dinner at Doughbox Diner a few weeks back when I was in Sydney. This is especially annoying as by some strange coincidence Nora and I turned up in almost exactly the same outfit so it would have been fun to document that moment. However when the weather took a turn for the worse a few days ago I knew this would be the perfect ensemble and took the opportunity to recreate the look!

I was searching for Erstwilder brooches on eBay a while back and came across this cute little mouse which isn't Erstwilder but is adorable none the less!
As for my circle skirt I was searching for a black one (as my wardrobe is lacking a plain black circle skirt) and came across this spot one on a closing down sale for just $30 so I snapped it up. I was so happy with it when it arrived as the material is heavy enough ensure it hangs nicely. It does not crease easily and its super comfortable to wear. I will definitely be snapping up more Hellbunny skirts in different colours and prints soon.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What Emma Did - 12th April 2015

This week has been no less busy than the last what with Easter and all but I did manage to actually get some posts up this week which is progress! This week I have been:
 Working a lot over Easter especially now my hours have been upped to 6 days!
 Reading the Divergent series of books after seeing the movie last week
 Watching Ross Nobles latest comedy Mindblender
 Going for a day trip with the Hubby to Crystal Castle 
 Paying off our cruise that sets sail in July
 Putting some items up for sale on eBay so I can buy some new clothes for our cruise (check out my items for sale here!)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Crystal Castle

 On Wednesday the Hubby and I hopped in the car and took a beautiful scenic drive to Crystal Castle. We stopped off on the way at the lookout overlooking Byron Bay and the sea.
After admiring the view (and taking some snaps) we hopped back in the car and drove to Crystal Castle.

Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens is one of Nature’s sacred places, another side to Byron you must see. 30 years ago this lush landscape was a bare paddock, overgrazed and treeless. The King family have created one of the most unique and enriching destinations in the southern hemisphere.
These private botanical gardens filled with extraordinary crystals, sub-tropical plant life and daily experiences for all ages will provide you with a uniquely fulfilling experience. 

Despite the fact that it is the school holidays the gardens were remarkably peaceful and tranquil. We spent a wonderful few hours wandering the garden and enjoying a spot of lunch whilst taking in the stunning views. Here are a few snaps from our day: