Monday, October 27, 2014

The Bookworm Presents: This Old Thing

A couple of month back I promised a review of the book the accompanied the series This Old Thing that I reviewed here. I have finally got around to writing my review so here it is.

This Old Thing is written by Dawn O'Porter who I simply adore. The language of the book is very much Dawn's voice and includes some fabulous Dawnisms such as 'thighbrows'. Dawn's enthusiasm and love of vintage comes across very strongly.

The book is a fabulous gift for vintage lovers or those who are new to vintage as it has sections on what vintage is and what it isn't and where and how to buy vintage. It shares information on women's and men's fashion throughout the decades from the 1920's to the 1980's. There are also sections on iconic items of clothing such as the bikini, wiggle dress, flares, mini skirt, maxi dress and even the bob haircut.

The book has valuable information on the history of British clothing manufacture, designers to look out for and information on when and how to tailor your vintage (with simple sewing tasks explained) and care of vintage items written in Dawn's quirky easy to read style. There is also an interview with 'Vintage King' and collector of designer vintage William Banks-Blaney.

Whether you have seen the series or not and are new to vintage or a seasoned vintage lover you are sure to love this book!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What Emma Did - 26th October 2014

With all of last weeks business, the Sydney trip and working all weekend I completely forgot to post last weeks 'What Emma Did' blog post so this weeks post will cover two weeks. These two weeks I have been:
♥ Flying down to Sydney to see Simon's Mum who is visiting
♥ Breaking my big toe by backwards rolling off the bed after perhaps one too many champagnes
♥ Going out to dinner to the pub with the family
♥ Meeting up with the bakers for a few drinks
♥ Getting mircodermabrasion and catching up with the girls at Angel Touch
♥ Going out for tapas in Cronulla at Splash Tapas
♥ Going for dinner at the Peacock 
♥ Heading to the creche to see the changes 
♥ Catching up with the UN girlies
♥ Coming home to find out convict cichlids have had babies!
♥ Re-aquascaping our fishtank and buying some new fish
♥ Watching A Million Ways to Die in the West 
♥ Reading more Artemis Fowl books
♥ Playing Lego Marvel Superheroes on PS4

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dress Like Dita - Week 5: White, Blue and Cherries

This weeks dress like Dita features this fab almost nautical red, white and blue outfit. I love the details in the outfit such as the rimless sunglasses with the starburst design on the lenses and the red tooled leather hobo bag but my favourite thing is the cherries brooch which is probably vintage bakelite.

Here is how you can recreate this outfit:
Dress Like Dita - Week 5: White, Blue and Cherries

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weekly Buys - 22nd October 2014

At the beginning of this year I made the decision to be more mindful of where my clothes come from and how they are made. I decided that I wanted to buy more clothes that were thrifted or vintage rather than purchasing cheap throwaway fashion. This year I have found a whole heap of fabulous finds in my local Op shops so I thought I'd share a couple recent purchases with you.

The first one is this fab bird print dress which was originally from Crossroads. At a size 16 it is rather to big for me but it looks great belted.
The second is this cute 50's style tropical print halter dress. The label says Mei Mei which I have never heard of but I will be looking them up if they make fab style dresses like this.

Both these dresses were $5 at my local Lifeline op shop which in my opinion is an absolute steal!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Purr by Katy Perry Perfume

I have to say I'm not normally a fan of celebrity scents (except Dita of course but that's different!) so when I was gifted Katy Perry's Purr perfume I didn't think I'd like it. I expected the perfume to be as sickly sweet as the singer herself but I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised.

The composition of Katy Perry Purr is developed by Firmenich perfumer house, combining top notes of peach, forbidden apple, gardenia and green bamboo with the heart of jasmine, pink freesia and Bulgarian rose and the base of vanilla orchid, creamy sandalwood, white amber, coconut and musk.

I was expecting a sickeningly sweet perfume that smelled like a mixture between lollies and vanilla but whilst the scent is a little sweet it is not overbearing. Purr is a floral fruity scent that is quite musky with a subtle (but not sweet) vanilla scent. I would say that this scent is more suited to an evening scent, it you like me prefer to wear a heavier scent in the evening and a lighter in the daytime. Although Purr is an EDP I have noticed it is not very long lasting.

Whats more the perfume comes in this super cute purple cat bottle which would look fab on any dressing table.

Purr comes in 30, 50 and 100 ml EDP which retail between $35 and $65.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Bookworm presents: Style Me Vintage - Accessories

Style Me Vintage Accessories is the latest offering in the series by Naomi Thompson and Liz Tregenza. It features a range of accessories from the 1920's to 1980's including hats (and headpieces), shoes, bags, costume jewellery, sunglasses and gloves

This book is much thicker than previous titles in the series and unlike its predecessors it is not sectioned up by decade but rather by accessory type. The book details brands to look out for in each accessory and also has sections highlighting certain designers.There is also helpful sections on where to buy vintage accessories and how to look after then.

The book is filled with stunning photographs of some beautiful vintage accessories and would make a great gift for any lover of vintage.

The next book in the series, Style Me Vintage - Home will be released in March next year and I for one can't wait for this one!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dress Like Dita - Week 4: Feminine Florals

This weeks Dress Like Dita outfit continues of the floral theme. This simple summer outfit features a stunning floral dress and a great pink turban for lazy hair days. Dita carries a Dolce & Gabbana ‘Miss Sicily’ bag and wears lime green Louboutins.

Dress Like Dita - Week 4: Feminine Florals