MID-CENTURY MODERN: FURNITURE HEAVEN

I love retro furniture and have been known to return from walks with kerbside finds, my bedside table and most recently a lounge chair (that one I had to go back for with the car), so I found myself in a little bit of furniture heaven when I went to the National Gallery of Victoria for the Mid-Century Modern exhibition.

So many beautiful shapes and gorgeous wood, making me wish my calling had been furniture restoration.  I particularly enjoyed the shadows each piece cast.




PAOLA PIVI BEARS

I used my admin half day yesterday to do things I don't usually get to do during the working week, like check out Italian artist Paola Pivi's sculptural works at the National Gallery of Victoria.  The gallery foyer is currently home to life-sized Alaskan bears covered in neon coloured feathers.  The exhibition is free and continues until the end of August.




GUYS DON'T MAKE PASSES AT GIRLS WHO WEAR GLASSES

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I spent years wandering around blind, too embarrassed to wear my Harry Potter-esque glasses (long before Harry Potter was a thing), until one day I let it slip to my boss at a work function that I couldn't make out someone's features across the room, but possibly recognised them by the way they moved.  He hooked me up with my first pair of contact lenses (on the company!) and I've never looked back.

Glasses are all the rage these days and this year I got myself a pair of Ray-Ban frames that I love, but probably don't wear enough due to my haircut doing all kinds of crazy shizz when I wear them.

Ray-Bans - OPSM 

TWO GIRLS, A MUPPET AND A ROAD TRIP


There's nothing like the company of a good friend, her Muppet, and lungs full of fresh air (VERY fresh air) to make you feel good about the long weekend.  Last Saturday, Samara and I hit the road with Lenny, of hilarious blog lennywollensky.com, and spent the day in the great outdoors.

We trekked up Mt Macedon, then Hanging Rock (where we laughed at a poodle wearing shoes) before refuelling in Woodend with coffee, sausage rolls and a vanilla slice each.  In Daylesford I introduced Samara to the wonderful world of the Mill Markets, where she bought a gorgeous $15 wooden box to display all her Aesop goodies in her bathroom.  I took photos of what I would like, then promptly purchased two retro chairs over the phone the very next day.  After finding $2.05 and a ton of pumpkin (?) seeds down the side of my chairs, I can't wait until I can afford to get them reupholstered!





WINNING AT INSTAGRAM WITH WINDOWS BY DESIGN

When I photographed Windows by Design for my blog (here) during Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, I entered a competition via instagram to win a prize package from participating collaborators.  I submitted my most creative photo, using the reflection of people across the road, and I won!!

I haven't won anything this exciting since 1988, when I was the lucky recipient of a 'Licence to Drive' key ring from a magazine competition.

Prize pack:
Backpack - Leonard Street // Sunglasses - Alpha 60 // Diamond artwork - Ryan Foote // Necklace & Earrings - Limedrop

WEDDING INSPIRATION

I have 3 months to get myself into wedding shape - argh! I found a gorgeous raw silk vintage shift dress in December last year and took it to the drycleaners to see if I could get a couple of tiny age spots removed.  Alas, the drycleaner said no, but then took it upon himself to draw on the spots with sewing chalk "because that's what they do on the runways" and then he couldn't remove it.  I had a meltdown and hand washed it at home, leaving it spotless, but turning the fringing into a bit of an afro.

Fortunately I have girlfriends who are excited about the dressing up part of the big day (and can sew!) and I spent a day with them chatting over cups of tea and quiche, pinning new fringing and shoozhing up my blue shoes with vintage clip on earrings.

Now I need to knuckle down, stop taking comfort in pate on toast, get my exercise on, and fit into the dress which is now a tad snug around the thigh area (although I do have a back up just in case).  Wish me luck!

VODKA AND SMARTIES KIMONO

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The Evil Twin Vodka & Smarties kimono is one of my favourite pieces when I want to add a pop of colour to my everyday outfits!  It reminds me of going to the Easter show as a child and the spin art machine that created your very own splattered paint masterpiece to take home.

What I wore:
Kimono - Evil Twin // Singlet - $5 from op shop