Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Style: Make it a statement in black and white...

You might of seen me mention before how I have had issues with black before and describing it has a heavy colour for my colour loving heart.

I've also carried a feeling of black and white being rather work uniform colours from my days working in finance. As a result I often steer clear of teaming the two colours together, because it doesn't feel like something special to me.

But over time I have come to my confidence again with wearing black and white together. The answer I have found that brings black and white into being a combination that speaks to me is by adding an injection of bright colour. Furthermore I've also found that making sure the major black and white pieces I add to my wardrobe are "statement" or "dramatic" pieces are what has worked for me.

Like this new to me skirt I recently thrifted, which has become a definite favorite of mine in a short time. The white background makes a great  statement of those awesome big black polka dots.

Skirt:: op shopped
Black Tee: Retail
Beads, Belt, Bag: op shopped
Gold Sandals: Retail

I love everything about the skirt from its volume and how it floats and sways about, I love the go big or go home large black polka dots. The skirt is a perfect fit for me not only on the waist but in length; I'm tall and to have skirts to nearly skim the floor can make all the difference.

The skirt has certainly grabbed attention when I've worn it recently with others wanting to know where I purchased it and where can they get one. Of course most people who know me realise that it's a silly question to ask me, because the answer is generally going to lead to disappointment, with others not being able to track down the same.

Finally the other cheat I mentioned above for becoming more confident with black and white again, has been to inject a burst of bright colour, hence the red and orange beads and picking up on those colours in the enamel belt buckle and the orange brown tones in the tooled bag.

I'm set to run this skirt out again, as tonight I'm heading to Napoleon Perdis makeup event at my local chemist, there will be champagne, yummy food, kid free hours, time with a good friend, make up and fun. I figure this is just the type of skirt for a bit wow and fun.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Finds: Colouring Book with Kiddies Handkerchiefs.....

Colouring books are a hot topic these days, and especially with grown ups. I've talked about my ever growing collection of colouring books in recent months on the blog and given tips on buying genuine vintage colouring books too.

With my love for vintage children's books and my hobby of colouring, it's no wonder I'm adding more to my collection, but I do like to make it difficult for myself, and prefer to find vintage ones that have never been used, so that I can put my own mark on them.

Because it excites me, I just have to share my recent vintage colouring book score, that I've added to my collection. It has definite point of difference this one and it's a keeper for me, although I know there would be many keen colouring and vintage lovers who would have their hands in the air for this one if I said it was available.

It's such a unique colouring book and as it expands out in one length and has a printed children's handkerchief for each scene represented in the book. The book is in exceptional condition and fully intact and the bright colours and happy scenes just makes it a sweet and unique addition to my collection.

Have ever seen such a thing, a colouring book with handkerchiefs? My favourite scene is the lovely one merry-go-round.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Style: Say NO to colour laws.....

Have you heard these phrases?

Red and Green Should Not Be Seen.
Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen Without Something in Between.

There are also many strong beliefs over other colour combinations being a no, no as well. Many Australians would cringe at the idea of green and gold or green and yellow being worn together unless it was for the sole purpose of attending or participating in a sporting event.

Whatever the real or imagined colour laws that float out there in our cosmos, I say a big:

I don't care.

I wholeheartedly believe colour combinations come down to tone, contrast and complementing appeals.

Playing with combinations that many Australians would shudder at, I threw this easy (my idea of lazy) combination together last week for a visit to my parents and to run errands after school drop off. I've been waiting for a chance to style my new to me op shopped green polka dot scarf, and thought it would be a great unexpected addition to an otherwise simple and easy outfit.

I further played on the shine and shimmer of the lurex by adding silver accessories* which are all gifts or thrifted
90's Lurex Tunic :: op shopped
Denim Vest :: op shopped
70's Green Polka Dot Scarf :: op shopped
Tights/Legging :: retail 
Buckled Peep Toe Ankle Boots :: retail on clearance
Bag: retail

* some would also say no to gold and silver together, not I!

I say don't be put off by perceived fashion and colour laws that state certain colours can't be worn together. If you are at all concerned and are wanting to experiment with caution with "forbidden colour combinations" adopt a 80/20 ratio with your chosen forbidden colour palette. Choose your dominate colour and make that eight percent of the focus of your outfit, team the rest with neutrals and then pop the outfit with injection of its "forbidden colour friend".

Do you follow any colour laws? Are there colour combinations you can't bring yourself to wear or are you a colour fiend?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

16 Things That Are Sure to Happen at Your 20 Year High School Reunion....

1. Whilst getting ready the day or evening of your reunion, you will regress to your 17 year old self, concerned about what you're going to wear and if it's acceptable. You will feel as though you're getting ready for a free dress day at school.

2. There will always be one of the quiet smart boys who is now the hottest guy in attendance, his attendance has the girls wondering why they missed that boat and didn't see his potential twenty years ago.

3. Short guys can and do have growth spurts after graduation, this will leave you bewildered.

4. There will be at least one of the boys who is very "hands on" with the ladies and "apparently" admits to having the hots for everyone back in high school (ok perhaps not everyone but close enough). He now likes to tell everyone they're "hot as hell".

5. Secret high school hook ups no on knew about will be announced and admitted to. People will cheer.

6. Everyone looks better with age, we grow out of our awkward teenage selves.

7. Some people don't change one bit.

8. High school crushes will be admitted to and shared.

9. There will be those who no matter how many times they repeat their names you still can't remember going to school with them. You'll try convincing yourself that they're just crashing the party and never attended your school.

10. Some of the bad boys are still bad boys, but some of the bad boys are now good boys.

11. There will always be some awkward conversations with people from your teenage years, whether it be for you or them. Tip: be the person asking the questions.

12. People change and for the main part it's in the most wonderful ways.

13. Don't go to your reunion with grudges, go with an open mind, heart and attitude, twenty years is a lot of time for some people to learn what they need to learn about themselves.

14. There will be people who are fighting demons and challenges, show them love and kindness they may be the ones who need it the most of all, in a room filled with excited people exchanging their achievements of the last twenty years.

15. You may find that some of your old school friends are no longer with us. May they rest in peace.

16. Regardless of talk about careers, houses, travels and achievements......what we all should care most about asking is: Are you happy?

Oh and as a bonus. there will always be someone in the room, who will mistaken someone else at the reunion venue as being "Brad" one of your old school mates . Said person will have others convinced it is Brad as well and they will say excited hellos. "Brad" won't correct said person or others and will have people thinking wow "Brad" came along. Said person who initiated this incident with "Brad" will wonder why is he being so cold after saying hi. Said person realises that "Brad" has an unusual accent (which Brad never had at school). Said person is then forced by friends to confirm who this "Brad" actually is.

"Brad" is not Brad he is actually James from South America, who walks away leaving TRUDIE with two of her school friends bent over in fits of laughter unable to stand. My school friends proceed to tell everyone at the reunion what I did.

What do I do? I laugh along with them and own's a hilarious story.

Finally in saying farewell, all of the above are true comments, insights and reflections from myself and some of my old school friends who attended our twenty year reunion. So to those who have got reunions to attend anytime soon, I say go forth and get along to yours, have fun and celebrate yourself and others. You'll be surprised of the changes that have occur in people in twenty years and the changes that have happened in you.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vintage & Thrifted Style From ProBlogger Conference......

In the days and weeks leading up to this years ProBlogger conference there was a lot of discussion about what people would be packing and wearing for the weekend. Of course there was no doubt, I would be wearing vintage and thrifted fashion.

I had SO much fun this year with my outfits and as much as I love the way I dress (because it makes me happy), I certainly didn't expect to make others happy over the weekend, but it's nice to know that others got a smile out of and enjoyed my colourful and fun combinations.

So here we go my friends grab a cup of tea or better still a glass of wine and enjoy the colourful feast of vintage, thrifty and op shopped fashion ahead not only from myself, but from super awesome Australian bloggers who are rocking out their fun style. I hope you'll show these guys some love and pop over to their blogs and social media channels and check out how cool and talented they all are.

A 1960's lace mini cocktail dress for a whole day at #pbevent....why not? This in fact was what I wore on the last day as Ben was coming in to have dinner with me that night to celebrate my birthday the day beforehand. Teamed with yellow tights and suede lace up ankle boots and quirked up with a tape measure brooch made by me.....I felt I took my last day at the conference out with a BANG.

Oh how I wish you could see the full effect of this fabulous outfit I wore to our Friday night SHINE networking party. I wore a late 1960's lurex dress which I had altered before the conference into a mini with the sleves taken up and angled in a bit. I teamed the dress with silver wet look tights for an epic look. Let's just say there may or may not be pictures in someones possession of those wet look legs of mine being licked. Sshhhh what happens at conference, stays at conference.......of course that's a joke who am I kidding.

Let me just pause for one second and tell you about the amazing Helen Edwards of Recycled Interiors I'm pictured with, my ProBlogger BFF and dear, dear friend. You won't find anyone else in the Australian blogging community more passionate about recycling, sustainability, vintage, wellness and health than her. She is simply amazing and if you don't already know who she is (which you should if you attended the conference as she was a speaker) you must pop on over and connect with this precious soul.

The above outfit with the 1970s dress and hobnail knit short sleeve cardigan, was aptly named by others on the weekend as "the lolly legs outfit", all vintage and all thrifted all the way with bright hot pink legs to show off, I loved it!

And to prove I got a little bit casual over the conference, this is as casual as it got for me with an early registration get together on Thursaday night. I was snapped by Carolyn of Dress Me GC. I wore 1970s Geometric Print Dress, fishnet stockings and flat suede ankle boots, op shopped belt and basic long sleeve tee and tote bought retail (on sale) years ago.

Let's talk more SHINE fashion fun. This Jasmin Tragas who is responsible for directing the ProBlogger conferences for the last five years. Jasmin is also the manager at Digital Photography School. Jasmin rocked out the SHINE event in fine form with a top previously op shopped years ago for Jasmin's 40th birthday celebrations. Jasmin totally worked her wardrobe for the weekend, without buying a single piece especially for the conference.

If you'd like to connect with Jasmin more she is @wonderwebby on Twitter and Instagram.


Gold lurex top and clip on earring she scored opshopping for the total sum $10 which was perfect for our SHINE themed Friday night event. Us hardcore vintage loving types love ourselves some lurex Shari.

Shari Says:
I'm not so much into "things" but many of my most prized wares are pre-loved and come with a story. Most of all I'm loving that my kids also enjoy op shop hunts and garage sales. I'm also delighted to pass treasures onto others when I know they too love stories over stores. 

Sarah from Surely Sarah

Sarah Says: 
I ended up wearing an $8 op-shopped dress on day 2! That's me on the left. One of my fave buys ever.

Sarah for me that's what it's about, if a piece makes you feel that elated, that's working your own style and staying true to that! Way to go! I love maxi dresses!


Writer, Speaker, Appearance Activist and Television Presenter Carly Findlay

Wore: An op-shopped striped top under her jacket to team with an uber cool full skirt with London buses and phone boxes printed on it. I love that she op-shopped her basic element in this outfit to bring it together. Carly I'm in love with that skirt.

Carly Says: In general I wear a lot of op shopped buys, mostly newer stuff, not vintage.

Vintage or thrifted it's great no matter who we are to be complimented on our wardrobe and style with pieces that bring our individual styles together. If we can do it at thrifty prices it's even better.


As you can imagine I'm still coming down from an awesome weekend and celebrating my birthday as well. I have so many more awesome, stylish and creative Australian bloggers I want to share with you, but I think it's time for me to let you go for now. This past week, has truly been an incredible one, to finally connect with some long awaited incredibly talented souls and make new friends. I can't wait to share more of them with you.

Read more about how this years ProBlogger Conference spoke to my heart, mind and soul HERE!

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