Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Month That Was January

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It's hard to believe that January is over. Month 1 done already~!

For the first time ever I'm trying to stick to my New Years resolutions:
1. Spend $100.00 or less per week.
2. Read a book per week.
3. Blog a minimum of once a week - Secondhand Sundays.
4. Support small local businesses where ever possible.

Ok so I've broken the bank 1 week out of 4 and I've only read 2 books but I have been making an effort to support the little guy and I've posted more this month than ever before; so 2 out of 4 isn't too bad.

Have you stuck to your resolutions?

What's in store for February?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Channelling Wednesday Adams

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I haven't worn this dress in forever so I thought it was about time I dragged it out of the closet, poor thing has been a bit neglected.

Sometimes when I wear black I feel a little bit like Wednesday Adams now that my hair is so dark. I was a huge Adams family fan as a kid, still am if I'm totally honest!

Was there a movie / series that you adored as a child ??

Dress: Glassons (ages ago)
Jacket : Secondhand from Paperbag Princess in AKL
Chain necklace : Made by me
Wedges : Number 1 Shoes
Bangles : Louisa

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Secondhand Sunday 5

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Today was a productive day. We started out going to the Riccarton Market briefly to pick up some fresh veges for the week and I also picked up this gorgeous vintage tea cup & saucer set for $14.

Then we went house hunting and visited 7 open homes - 6 of which were hovels but one we really like which is pretty exciting!
It's amazing how much earthquake damage there really is and to find somewhere with no damage is an even harder task than one might think.

Jacket : Portmans
Top : Secondhand
Skirt : Secondhand
Belt : Portmans
Necklace : Louisa
Wedges : Number 1 Shoes

Friday, January 27, 2012

In the trenches

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Everyone should have a trench coat. End of story.

Dress : Jacqui E
Trench : Ezibuy
Shoes : Secondhand from Time & Time Again in Opawa


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Cheats Pizza

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I thought I'd do something a little different today so here's my first ever recipe post.

I've only really taken an interest in cooking in the past couple of years but I've grown to love it and it's got to be better than living on 2 minute noodles forever!

So before I start lets just get one thing straight, I'm not a particularly good cook, I just enjoy doing it.
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Cheats Pizza - from Jaime Oliver's 30 minute meals.

Ingredients :
2 x pre-made pizza bases (or you can make your own!)
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
a few sprigs of fresh basil
1/2 clove of garlic
splash of red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 a fresh red chilli
drizzle of olive oil
a pinch of salt
1/2 a 125g ball of buffalo mozzarella
parmesan cheese (to grate on top)
sliced salami
1 fresh tomato

Method :
1) Pour the canned tomatoes into a liquidizer or blender with a few sprigs of basil, the garlic, fennel seeds, the chilli, a splash of red wine vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil and a wee pinch of salt. Whiz until smooth.
2) Pour over the middle of the pizza base and spread out evenly.
3) Tear the mozzarella ball into small pieces and dot around the base.
4) Finely grate parmesan over then top with salami and tomato slices. Add extra finely chopped chilli if you want it extra hot.
5) Cook as per pizza base packet instructions, either bake or grill for 5 minutes or so.
6) Top with fresh basil leaves & serve!

What are you having for dinner?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hurrah!

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I finished work early today so I thought I'd head over to my favourite little op-shop for a spot of shopping and a coffee. I spent more on my coffee than I did on this jacket - it was $5!
It's a little longer than I usually go for but I love the exaggerated sleeves and it has a bit of stretch so it's super comfy to wear.

I also found a gorgeous black dress that was reduced too.
I know, I know, I REALLY didn't need another black dress but it was too good to pass up - I like to support small business and I'm still under my $100 per week spending allowance so there.

Nothing beats a bargain and a shot of caffeine for a mid-week treat!

How's you week going so far?

Jacket : Time & Time Again in Opawa
Dress : Jacqui E
Belt : Jacqui E
Wedges : Hannahs

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

To keep or not to keep; that is the question

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I didn't wear this today - I brought the skirt on my lunch break and now I'm trying to decide whether it was a really bad idea or not...

I fell in love with the colour and cut (and it was even on sale!!) BUT it's 3 sizes too big.

As you've no doubt noticed by now I very rarely wear skirts which is probably why I caved in and brought it.

I've just pulled the excess to the back in the photos but I probably will end up keeping it & taking it in, the only problem is that if I take it in at the sides I loose the pockets and if I take it in at the back it might look a bit odd because the belt loops / pleated waistband will be pretty close together...hmmm why didn't I just have the will power to say NO!

Note to self : no more shopping on lunch breaks.

Have you been suckered into a sale purchase lately??

Jacket : Jacqui E
Top : Secondhand
Skirt & belt : Portmans
Wedges : Number 1 Shoes

Monday, January 23, 2012

Toothfairy

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Today was supposed to be my day off but I had to go in for a few hours this morning -one of my colleagues broke one of her teeth! Poor thing was so self conscious & stressed but she's been to the dentist & now has a brand new tooth that looks incredibly real. Dentistry has come a long way in the past few years it would seem.

Now that I think about it I should really make an appointment myself...When was your last dentist appointment??

Dress : Secondhand from Recycle Boutique in Welly
Coat : Secondhand from Paperbag Princess in AKL
Shoes : Secondhand from Recycle Boutique in Welly
Bangles : Louisa
Clutch bag : Christmas gift (from Portmans)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Secondhand Sunday 4

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No outfit photo for you today guys - it's cold, wet & generally miserable! But if you're interested I'm wearing this just with a black cardi instead of the jacket.

Since the weather is rubbish I decided it was a good day to check out the new indoor market on Buchanans rd, it's open both Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30am to 3pm and I was pleasantly surprised.

I'm not sure what I was expecting but there are food stalls, freshly baked bread, sweet treats, beautiful handmade soaps and some great wee vintage knick knack stalls to explore.

I brought this glass vase for $7 since all my other vases have broken in the various aftershocks / earthquakes over the past 18 months and also found this gorgeous wee box for $10 - it'll be the perfect sewing box. We also brought a dozen free range eggs for $4.50 and I stopped at our local florist on the way home to pick up these gorgeous flowers for $15.

Have you discovered anywhere new lately?
Do you try to support small local businesses in your area?



Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gone with the wind

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Today would have been a lovely day if it weren't for the cold wind!

I had a lunch date today with fellow blogger Sarah from the haus of sarah rachel if you haven't already check out her blog, she's absolutely lovely!
We've only met once before briefly when she came to my last clothing clearance sale but anyone within earshot will have thought we'd know each other for years!

Have you ever had the chance to meet another blogger in the flesh??

Dress : Jacqui E
Belt : Jacqui E
Jacket : Jacqui E
Shoes : Second hand from Time & Time Again in Opawa

Friday, January 20, 2012

Little Black Dress

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As far as I'm concerned a girl can never have too many little black dresses.

Do you remember seeing "Spiceworld" the movie???
(Confession time : I was totally obsessed with the Spice Girls back in their hay day)
There was a scene when Posh was deciding what to wear - "Should I wear the little black dress or the little black dress?"

When in doubt I reach for a LBD too, whether it's work or play it's a pretty safe bet.

Dress : Jacqui E
Belt : Jacqui E
Wedges : Hannahs
Bangles : Louisa

Thursday, January 19, 2012

How to : Donut Bun

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I don't know about you but I like big hair and whenever I wear my hair in a bun it just looks pathetic so I've starting using a hair donut.

I've seen a few people who do something similar with a sock but I never mastered it, this is easier in my opinion.

You can buy hair donuts from some costume shops or selected make up stores (like Minifies in Christchurch) or you can make one like I did - you just cut one foot off a pair of stockings, stuff it with dacron and sew the two ends together to make a loop.

Step One : Put your hair in a ponytail.
Step Two : Tease your hair a little to give it more volume.
Step Three : Pull your hair through the middle of the donut.
Step Four : Pull you hair around the donut.
Step Five : Wrap the excess hair around the base of the donut / ponytail.
Step Six : Secure it in place with a hair elastic.
Step Seven : Secure the donut to your head with bobby pins - if not it could fall out or go wonky!
Step Eight : Spray flyaways down with hairspray.

Easy peasy!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Same Same But Different

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When we were in Thailand last year we went to a million markets and the locals are pushy to say the least - everywhere we went the stall holders would yell out "Same, same but different" in an attempt to get us to buy something.

Yes, you've seen this dress before but I'm sure you'll get over it.
I'm a real person not a millionaire, I wear my clothes more than once.
Last time I wore it with a beige belt & red heels, this time I decided to go with chunky gold jewellery and my super long belt.

Would you post an outift that was pretty similar to something else you've posted before??

Dress : Jacqui E
Belt : Ricochet
Necklace : Louisa
Bangles : Louisa
Gold Ring : Bling
Onyx & Silver Ring : Cosmic Corner (about 10 years ago!)