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)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Days out Driving and Camera Fails

On Tuesday the Hubby and I had to go to Wardell for an appointment so we decided to take the new car out for a run and drove the tourist drive 28 from Wardell through the beautiful country towns of Alstonville, Teven and up to Tintenbar. As it was a gloriously sunny day we stopped on the way to wander the rainforest boardwalk through Victoria Park Nature Reserve. I snapped some pictures of the amazing flora and fauna around but unfortunately my camera had a low battery and the pictures did not actually take even though it appeared to be taking pictures!
 This rather poor outfit shot with me pulling a weird face is the only picture that actually came out but I will be sure to reshoot this outfit sometime soon.
After wandering around the forest we hopped back in the car and headed to Summerland House Farm. Summerland House Farm is a House with No Steps business enterprise which has transformed a working macadamia and avocado farm into a large scale agritourism destination for the Northern Rivers area.

Summerland House Farm was established in 1972 as a regional operation for the House with No Steps organisation founded by Lionel Watts in Sydney some 10 years earlier.  The organisation is dedicated to creating opportunities for people with a disability to make the most of their abilities.

Located on 172 acres on the scenic Alstonville plateau, the farm has sweeping views of the east coast line and hinterland avocado and macadamia farms.

When we first got to Summerland farm we checked out the grocers and gift shop before wandering through the water park to the cafe where grabbed a spontaneous Devonshire tea at the cafe.

After lunch we went to check out Watts Cottage Museum. The Museum recognises the work that House With No Steps founder Lionel Watts did to create equal opportunities for people with a disability. In 1956, Lionel Watts contracted polio and was left a quadriplegic. After a long recovery from the acute illness, Lionel tried to find a rehabilitation program, which would enable him to re-enter the workforce. None was available. He also found a sad lack of training and rehabilitation programmes for many other types of disabilities. At that time he, and his wife Dorothy, committed themselves to helping people with a disability to gain employment, independence and inclusion. So began ‘House With No Steps’.

After our museum tour we hopped back in the car and back onto the tourist route 28 through the town of Alstonville and up to Teven and Tintenbar before heading home.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Modcloths Stylish Surprise - September 2015

When I read that Modcloth were doing another Stylish Suprise sale I jumped online to place an order quick smart. I ordered 5 dress so my order totalled $100. They arrived today so I thought I'd share them with you:
My first dress is the Dear Creatures dress. I spotted this one as soon as I opened the box as I love this gorgeous mustard colour and the quirky umbrella / parasol print the Day in the Shade dress originally retailed at $119 on Modcloth so it looks like I got a good deal on this one for just $20!
Next is this Mystic black stripe dress with green details. This dress is super cute and versatile. The materials not the best being polyester but hey no creases and it will be a great dress to chuck on when I'm feeling uninspired! The Always Amiable dress sold for $55 on Modcloth so a pretty good deal

Another firm favourite is the Emily and Fin Claudia dress in a large blue and white polka dot. I love a good polka dot and this dress is so cute I'm sure I will wear it alot! Modcloth sold the Unmatched Panache Dress in Navy Dots for $99.99 so this was another great bargain!

The forth dress I'm not 100% sold on but I will have to try it on. Its this en creme dress. Weirdly when I did a Google search for en creme it seems their clothes are made for juniors so I will have to see how it fits being quite busty and all! The Bliss Is How We Do It dress retaled for $49.99 on Modcloth.

And finally my least favourite in the haul which was this Doe and Rae sage green ruffled dress. I'm not a huge fan of ruffles but I will reserve judgement until I try this one on.

So all in all a pretty good haul. Only one item I'm not sure about so that's a pretty good hit rate!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

What Emma Did - 27th September 2015

It seems another week has gone by with no posts. I have been so busy at work and really tired by the time I get home so I haven't had the time to write any decent posts but hopefully next week will be different. This week I have been:
♥ Go to Bunnings to get a bunch of stuff to tidy up the garden ready for spring
♥ Going to Brisbane to look at a new car
♥ Taking a shopping trip to Ikea 
♥ Taking our little girl bunny Sorrel to be spayed and finding out she is actually a boy!
♥ Getting our new car!
♥ Getting a beautiful new (to me) vintage dress from ROCHELLE'S INVESTMENT COUTURE on eBay which I'm sure will appear on the blog soon

Sunday, September 20, 2015

What Emma Did - 20th September 2015

It seems I forgot to write a 'What Emma Did' post for last week so this one will be a double feature. So this week I have been:
♥ Taking a trip down to Sydney to see Anything Goes courtesy of those lovely people at Nuffnang
♥ Catching up with the Purple fairy the French fairy and my nieces for a few drinks
♥ Planning a trip to Dreamworld before the school holidays which was scuppered due to our car breaking down on us! 
♥ Planning to buy a new car
♥ Catching up on the new ending of A Place to Call Home ready for the start of the new season
♥ Watching Kirstie's Vintage Home after The Great British Sewing Bee ended 
♥ Going for a roast at the RSL
♥ Taking the kayaks out for a paddle
♥ Stitching up another Humphrey's corner cross stitch

Friday, September 18, 2015

Recent Erstwilder Purchases

I have loved Erstwilder's quirky designs for quite some time since spotting them on a stand at the Love Vintage fair a few years back. I got my first piece as a 30th birthday present last year but recently my obsession has hit a new level as I have purchased a number of pieces including:
 Top to bottom, left to right:
2. Sandy the Shy Seahorse brooch
All from Gwynnies

 Top to bottom, left to right:

Shake, Rattle and Roll brooch from Kitty Rose Couture

And now Erstwilder has released a great new travel inspired range with many pieces I covet but that is for another post!