Tuesday, July 31, 2007
It is a rich tapestry of mini autobiographical stories of interesting people in various fields ranging from art to cooking, science, sport and everything in between.
This is a quality read and very collectable
If I am a little sad to be leaving my beloved city digs having something so inspiring so close to my new home certainly helps overcome it.
I'm looking forward to getting re-aquainted with the many swimming holes and cliff top walks that make up Nasho Park. Bring on summer I say!
Teamed with a red wool cardi, black tights and brown leather Mary-Jane's.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
The other reason I'm not a jeans girl is because I really, really love a dress. I wear dresses almost everyday of my life and enjoy the process of building an entire look around a dress. Different styles/colours of cardi's, stockings, jewellery, shoes and other accessories can all give a completely new aesthetic to a single dress. However, I still covet a great pair of jeans especially if they have been inspired by Charlies Angels circa 1975.
I wasn't really intending on buying highwaisted jeans yesterday but after wandering around the new level of Broadway shopping centre (of which my opinion is :lacklustre) I found myself in Dotti - which is weird as I'm not 14 (and I think the last time I shopped there I was about 14). I justified my visit by telling myself that I was there for research - It's important to see what the younger generation are into and what looks the highstreet have ripped straight off this seasons catwalks.
Wandering around though, I stumbled upon a v.cute pair of vintage denim high waisters that looked suspiciously similar to those donned by one Kate Moss at a Top Shop launch early this year (see photo) . Of course they looked nothing like that when I tried them on...and due to Dotti's riduculously small sizing I had the go up a size. But hey, they were on sale for 39.95 so I even if they don't work I haven't really waisted that much money!
They will get a run tomorrow with a cute vintage cropped pink cashmere jumper and a silk scarf around the waist. A pair of brown leather platform's and my bright blue Ororton slouch bag should top the look off nicely.
Kate Moss eat your heart out!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
1950's cocktail frock in burnt orange with flower detail - so pretty and bright
1940's double breasted wool jacket - houndstooth with navy trim - winter must have
Did I mention the weather?
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
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Young girls all over the UK were going girl power crazy and I am (not to) proud to say that even though I definitely wasn't into their music -although I do know all the lyrics to Stop (...right there, thank you very much, I need somebody with a human touch. Hey you, always on the run, gotta slow it down baby, gotta have some fun). Anyway, what I was saying was, even though I wasn't necessarily into their music I did have (still have) a little girl crush on them. Actually, it was mainly on Victoria Posh Spice Adams. To this day I really don't know why though. Firstly - I'm not a lesbian, secondly - she's actually kinda frightening to look at - particularly after that ridiculous boob job (although she does look pretty when her hair's off her face...and it's not blond) and thirdly her dress sense is kinda terrible for someone who considers themselves a fashion icon.
However, because I'm still a little bit taken with her I thought I'd tune into her show last night on nine. WOW. She's Bonkers...funny bonkers, but bonkers none the less.
It's been panned this morning by the Americans - which is rather hipocritical seeing as they are the masterminds of some of the worst reality television dribble I have ever seen and also boast the most "self promoting and self Indulgent" celebrities in the world - I think Posh will fit in perfectly.
Anyway, I'm quite sure she was taking the piss out of herself (Please tell me that's what you were doing Posh) with her over the top AbFab persona. I only wish she'd lose the silly hairdo. Granted,the long extensions she was sporting for a couple of years made her look like a porn star. But the POB was nice. This new bleached blond bizo is just weird...is it a bob? short? what???
I still have a little crush though
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
In between all the things I have to organise with the closure of the shop and the birth of my on-line store I have been busily creating my new label "rescued" by bowerbird. Rescued was inspired by the realisation that alot of the vintage dresses skirts and tops I source I tend to rework in some way - something that I've been doing since I was a kid...so why not focus on doing an entire range of re-worked/deconstructed pieces?
Sometimes it might just be a hem coming up a few inches to give a 'nanny-ish' dress a bit of an edge as a mini or if I think the material has potential but the dress is a bit daggy I'll buy it and turn it into something completely new. I also love love love beading and embellishing things so I often spend hours sewing beads and sequins onto a plain dress to give it a colourful, rich and textured look. It's amazing what a few hours of beading can do for a frock!
I will take some photos and download them over the next couple of days of some of my designs.
...And I had an idea about the creative process when the online store is open for biz too. I am thinking that I will create a "design a dress" forum where I will post 'before' photo's of vintage finds and talk about what I think the dress need - open it up for discussion/opinions and then post photo's of the dress each day as it come to life. Then once it's been reinvented into a fabulous frock it will be available to buy!
Be great to get your feedback on this idea - anyone know if anyone else is doing it on their shopping site??
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
There has been a fair bit of discussion around the dinner table since my last post - thats for sure!
The lease on my shop expires next month and I've decided not to renew. The idea of setting up my business on-line (only) is appealing on a number of levels...The most obvious being the fortune I will save on rent and outgoings. But there are other reason as well...
As amazing as its been creating something tangible from a bunch of ideas randomly floating around in my head (you can see the shop at it's current webiste www.bowerbirdglebe.com.au) there are serious limitations to having a business that is solely your responsibility...where you are the company director, the shop assistant, the buyer, the cleaner, the accountant etc etc etc. Namely time constraints!
As a start up biz, my fledgling little bowerbird has relied on my enthusiasm, determination and my optimism to keep it flying high. And although I have enjoyed the experience wholeheartedly, I'm looking forward to having a little bit more flexibility with my time to focus on some of the other things I love to do - like designing and reworking vintage peices for my new label "rescued" by bowerbird.
Sooo...after much deliberation, bowerbird glebe will close it's doors in August and re-invent itself as www.bowerbirdvintage.com. To be honest, although I'm a little sad, I'm also exhilarated and chomping at the bit to get started on the next stage of my biz. I'm looking at the last 12 months as a really good learning experience and am looking forward to using some of that knowledge to go forward and create something bigger and better!
My dear friend Kath, who has been a guiding light towards this next stage, and posesses infinite wisdom of the cyber kind has supplied me with an armload of data that concludes that internet shopping is serious biz in Australia...and although we are probably around 5 years behind the americans in terms of our web savvy, each year internet sales steadily increase.
It's exciting to think that potentially my web site could attract thousands of people a day - (hey! ebay started out small remember?) - especially when some slow days in the shop I might see a dozen people if I'm lucky.
So, I'm focusing on how to make this happen now...as well as putting on a big "end of lease sale", creating new garmets for my label, moving house, building web sites, starting blogs...lucky I learned how to be the ultimate multi-tasker these last 12 months hey?!