Monday, January 9, 2017

What I wore and was: Holidays 2016/17

Wowee, it's the Monday mostly everyone is settling back into their work routines after the holidays, and it's time for me to knuckle down too! So many plans for this year, and so many things to get going on, and so, so much to finally kick arse at!

If you haven't already, now is a great time to just forgive yourself for not achieving all you wanted to in 2016... I've already had my big cry and told myself that I did the best I could last year, and now it's time to go forward fresh and ready to get back into things. I got this.

But before I karate chop my 'To Do' list into submission, a quick look back at the holiday period. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I had a busy holiday period. The big family Christmas dinner. A second Christmas lunch. I worked. I had a birthday (and sadly, it wasn't a fabulous birthday, but ho hum). I worked some more. I drank cocktails in moody bars. I went to Blackheath for a garden party with some beautiful people including Dandy Wellington. I saw movies. And friends.

And now reality is back, and I might even treat myself to some new shoes, you know, just casually... Keep an eye on the blog these coming weeks, I've got some great content lined up for the new year - from hair tutes to silky underthings, and everything in between.

Love WTP x

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Goodbye 2016

2016 was a crazy year. I changed my major things in my life... not least of all my career path. I experienced ongoing physical pain that has taught me insane things about how the body works. I had to deal without shopping much and adapt my routine and budget as my financial situation changed. I've invested a lot of time, money and effort into taking care of my mental and physical wellbeing after years of neglecting myself.

But even so, I had amazing experiences and made new friendships with some amazing women.  I had the pleasure of being the 2016 face of Daisy Jean Floral Designs! I modelled for other people too. I worked at MBFWA. I feel like I learned a lot of different things along the way.

I am actually pretty proud of me for soldiering through, getting stuff done, and trying new things. My goal for this coming year, aside from actually committing to wearing more hats, is to being open to new experiences again and really growing my freelance business.

Thanks for sharing another year here, I'd love to hear your goals for the new year too.

Onwards and upwards...

Love WTP x

Friday, December 23, 2016

Have yourself a happy holidays

If I have learned anything this month, it's that the more lights you have on a Christmas tree, the harder it is to get a photo next to it in focus.

It's now two sleeps until Santa swings by and brings me the things I asked for (trust me, Mrs Claus told me that my wish list was acquired) and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for another year reading along, commenting, sharing and liking over on IG. I always appreciate every moment you share with me! Enjoy your holiday season, dress well, eat well, laugh and rest!

Make sure to check out all my Christmas fun and holiday ensembles over on IG this coming week, I will still be sharing there, and I will be back in a week, rested and ready for the new year to begin!

Bernie Dexter dress, Cristian G heels, Deer Arrow snow globe brooch 2015, Daisy Jean Floral signature rose double in peach

Friday, December 9, 2016

O Christmas tree!

This year has just flown, and in funny ways for me, but something I am crazy excited for is the d├ęcor of my house, especially my Christmas tree! I've spent hours on this tree, and I still have plans for how to improve it for next year, but I am excited to show you my beautiful tree. The theme of my tree is a traditional combination of red, burgundy and gold, with ribbons. I love including quite foresty items too, so I have Hansel, Gretel and a Gingerbread house, foxes, birds galore and even a moose! 
I've already spent weeks around this tree, enjoying the process of planning how to improve it from last year, putting it all together, playing with ribbon and laughing my head off at my attempts with my mother to get the beautiful twigs at the top into a more manageable form... they came as huge long branch pieces for vases and I had to cut them down with hedge trimmers and wire cutters, and was being sprayed by glitter pieces from all the cutting enthusiasm.

Oh, yes, and the glitter. I won't be surprised when I'm still finding it on me in February.

Have you decorated your tree? What's your favourite holiday decorating theme?

Love WTP x

The Original Bad girl tee, Retrospec'd skirt, Daisy Jean Floral Christmas Candy Cane brooch and Penelope Peony in red, vintage enamel bangle, KJL earrings

Friday, December 2, 2016

What to wear where: work Xmas party

Ah December, you're here - and so are all of my Christmas accessories too! I like to create holiday ensembles with pieces that I wear all year round, accessorized with brooches, hair flowers and bags that lend some festive flair.

An outfit like this is fantastic for a work Christmas party and yet, I wouldn't have to buy a thing new!
I love my Pin Up Girl Clothing Spanish fan print skirt, and wear it often with a red jumper in autumn, or a white tee in summer, but teamed with my red Collectif Dolores top it works for the holidays. Just add some cool heels, a Christmas brooch, Daisy Jean Floral hair flowers and a fun clutch! While this clutch isn't available this year, it came from ASOS who have some cute Christmas clutches again.

When getting dressed up for an outing, just make sure you're keeping it appropriate to the weather, venue, and crowd. If you're in a cold climate - hi European and North American readers - then look for something fun like a felt skirt and cute sweater or a knit dress with some sparkle jewels. The colder it is, I always think a little extra sparkle makes it more fun. Oh hell, let's be honest, I just love sparkles all the time...

The Xmas party check list:
  • festive colours like red, green or white
  • a clutch bag with definite holiday feel - think metallic, glitter, or a Christmas design
  • cute jewellery like a brooch or earrings in a festive design like a santa, tree or gingerbread man
  • party shoes that you can dance in
These What to Wear Where posts are a little taste of what goes on in my head; all of those 'costumes' I devise for what I'll wear in the countryside, on a cruise, to a NYE party, and every other possible place I might set foot. Hopefully they'll also inspire you! If you have a dressing challenge you'd like help with, drop me a line on my contact page. To see my other posts, visit the What to Wear Where tab.

Love WTP x

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Start your shopping...

Tough love time: Christmas is less than seven weeks away *cue eye twitch*

Christmas shopping can get a little stressful, and it's tempting to go for generic present options to make life easy - department store gift card anyone? But I love finding the perfect gift, and supporting small business, especially those run by creative women, so if you start snaffling gifts now you can get some great pieces for holiday gift giving.

Here's my round up of some great gifts from small, creative or local businesses.


Whether it's snowing outside or sunny and hot, you can always channel a little wintry charm into your outfit with this fun Luxulite winter collection pairing! The Mittens necklace and earrings together are £27.  

Keep things playful with the Bettie Page Xmas Brooch! She's sensual, she's festive, and she's fun and you can also order her as a pendant. She's $46USD from Baccurelli.

Who doesn't love a statement Christmas necklace? The Christmas Stocking necklace is limited edition by La Vidriola, 59.00 €.


So, who doesn't want to receive a gorgeous 1910s synthetic ruby and diamond ring for Christmas? This navette ring from Jean Jean Vintage is sure to sparkle in the lights, $480USD.

Basically, this handmade vintage fascinator is perfect for you to wear to the supermarket, or the doctor, you know, anywhere super casual. It's $170AUS from VintageCaf.


Hair flowers are a fantastic extra for any vintage or pin up lover. Daisy Jean Floral signature rose doubles come in a fantastic range of colours to suit every outfit. Shown here is the red rose double, $18AUS.

This beautiful keepsake magazine has four gorgeous issues available, and best of all, they're all on sale! Grab Lila Jean Vintage magazines and settle in with a mulled wine for an evening of informative, revealing and reflective reading, $5-$15 per issue.

Are you nautical and nice this summer? The Anchor Love earrings from Revere Folie are perfect for teaming with your navy and red ensembles and they're just $15AUS.


Aside from being an awesome illustrator, Kirbee's brooches are to die for! If you're anything like me, you dreamed of getting a pony for Christmas, and here's your chance with Buttermilk the Horse Brooch, $35AUD.


Out of all the statement earrings in my collection, I can guarantee none get as many comments as my Mamoru earrings. People are constantly asking me where they are from! And who can blame them, these hand poured resin earrings feature gorgeous details like petals, flowers, leaves, bees, or glitter. Rosaleen has a gorgeous collection currently available but selling fast like these Limoncello Crystal earrings that can be made clip on too, starting from $70AUD.

You might be familiar already with the gorgeous portraits by Aussie artist Caitlin Shearer, but I am loving her clothing! Who doesn't want to prance about in this gorgeous Frottage Full Button-up skirt featuring an original Caitlin She design? It's $200AUD.


I don't have a land line, but if I still did I would be ALL OVER this gorgeous blue Classic Corded Telephone from Pollydot. Imagine the saucy things that could be said on that handset! It's a special order item and comes in several other colours for $124.99AUD.

Where other people see lone, sad patterned vintage plates, Kelly of The Story Book Rabbit must see delicious possibility. Her illustrations are added to vintage plates, and are perfect for hanging on the wall. This Baby Bunny and Chicky plate is $50AUD.

My ETSY shop is linked on the right side of this page, and I'm giving all my readers 10% off this month, so just enter the code HOLIDAY at checkout, valid until midnight November 30th, 2016. And yes, more goodies are shortly to come, so keep an eye out.

So tell me, what's on your Christmas list?

Love WTP x

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Roses and lace

Melbourne Cup day always makes me conflicted. I hate the cruelty to horses, but I love ANY excuse for a hat or fascinator. As I don't work in an office anymore either, I was tempted to let the day slide by unnoticed, but then I remembered that I had the perfect outfit for it so I treated the neighbourhood. They love it, judging on how cars slow down to look at me haha.

I'm wearing the Daisy Jean Floral limited edition Miss Ellen Fascinator. Yes, it's named for me and only available until the end of the year! If you like it, I suggest nabbing one for yourself before it's too late. I've teamed it here with one of my favourite Alice McCall dresses, and while modern, I feel this dress has a definite vintage nod, especially with these accessories. I can't believe I've never actually put this dress on the blog, given how long I lusted wildly over it the very first time I saw it go down a runway a few years ago. Alice McCall is one of those labels where every season I see one piece that really tickles my fancy for it's nod to vintage style.

Do you have a modern designer you're super soft on? And what have you got on your head today if you're in Australia?

Alice McCall In Motion dress, Peeptoe Shoes sample heels, Jean Jean Vintage 1960s rhinestone earrings, Daisy Jean Floral Miss Ellen fascinator, Cane Valley Emporium 1950s Foster Grant sunglasses

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Not quite the witching hour

Happy Halloween week! I am keen for this week to be about novelty brooches and outfits dedicated to the spooky! Admittedly my head hasn't been much on Halloween this month because I got distracted by Christmas which is only 62 sleeps or something. Oops. Moving on...

I wanted a Halloween look today that nodded to my vintage aesthetic, yet still had a whiff of witchy. I have had this dress a little while and not worn it; I get so worried about wearing delicate lace and rayon pieces for my day to day life, but with Halloween on the horizon this just seemed perfect. I decided to go a little outlandish for my hair, and before anyone asks, yes, this hair style was surprisingly simple, but I plan to get better at doing it so it's really smooth and polished.

I feel like ensemble is the perfect balance between Halloween and vintage glamour for me, and certainly made people double take.  I guess that would be the black roses and big hair... and witchy filters. Sorry, I couldn't resist a little Halloween vibe on these photos. You'll forgive me.

Vintage 1940s dress via eBay, Innovare heels from Myer (several years ago), Daisy Jean Floral black rose double, Jean Jean Vintage 30s celluloid and rhinestone bangle and crystal drop earrings

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Vintage Ladies Picnic

You know how last post I was all... I'm gonna wear all those winter pieces one last time? Yeah, so, I'm wearing sandals this post (hi blue toenails!) and a cotton dress. Whatever! It was for a picnic day at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, so of course I had to wear sandals and a giant 50s straw hat.

I met up with some gorgeous ladies for a casual picnic sharing sweets and cheese under the shade of a tree, overlooking the gorgeous Sydney Harbour. We had some very silly laughs, took some ridiculous photos, and there may or may not have been a parasol fencing session (hint, there was). Now that's what I call the perfect way to spend a Saturday!

Thank you to Naomi of Lila Jean Vintage for the outfit photos!

Vintage 50s dress, Zara sandals, Jessamity Vintage 50s hat, Wild Fell Hall Vintage 40s Lucite brooch, Daisy Jean Floral Agatha's Orb resin earrings.
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