23 July 2014

You could tell I was no debutante



So this was Friday, and it was wet and chilly and decidedly unpleasant!
What is a girl to do, but go opshopping?!



Frock-70's squaredance/dirndl-Etsy
Coat-from Terri (Rags Against the Machine), ages ago; I added the furry collar
Pussybow blouse-70's, opshopped years ago
Tights-retail
Shoes-Trade Me
Handbag-70's tooled leather splendor, opshopped
Beret-from my sistercousinwifey, I think




Another two suitcases for the collection, a trio of coat hangers, a little toiletries bag, a little red scarf, and a sweet set of shot glasses were mine for the taking!


One of the glasses has a chip, but at $3 I wasn't going to leave them behind!

You ladies are bloody awesome; your admiration of my splendid coat and suggestions of better referrals to what I called a "sort of sedate beigey colour" are most appreciated!
Melanie and Curtise reckoned it was orange (I love beige because it tones so beautifully with orange and red!), Jazzy Jack , Shawna and Suzanne claimed it was gold (huzzah! So much more glam!), Beth Waltz liked "molten honey"(how very Nigella!)......so, I think I shall officially call it "golden molten honey"!
Makes me think of hokey pokey chocolate......which, when I'm in aggro mode pre menstrual, can be mighty appealing....

X

29 comments:

Louise McDonagh said...

You look divine, such a beautiful array of colour. I kind of feel since moving I've not been as vibrant as I was, but given we're off on the move again, this time to the seaside, I'm going to get my mojo back inspired by a healthy dose of the Helga rainbow x

beate grigutsch said...

another gorgeous coat!!!
pretty pairing of green and purple today. you look beautiful - rain or not.
xxxxx

ArgentGal said...

Well don't you look so demure in that last picture? Good thing we know better! Great outfit and great haul. I love old suitcases. It's a good thing I have no room or I'd have yet another obsession.

diaryofapennypincher said...

You look radiant! I love green and purple, so much so that it is the colour palette for my bedroom (toned down a little though, I'm not as brave as you!). That coat is beautiful too, what snuggly fabric for winter.

Kyle Kirkby said...

Jaw Dropping Minx! LOVE the lace up and the green/purple hues. Gorgeous shoes!!

thorne garnet said...

I have a friend who would beat you to the ground for those suitcases.

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

I hear it's Chapel hats pegs down your way! But I bet you bring a ray of sunshine where ever you do. I've got a set of 'shot' glasses, I think they are really for whisky, not sure. Mine have vintage vehicles on them, no rack, they came from a great aunt & uncle, I've got the loveliest of tea sets that was theirs too. I love old things like that x

freckleface said...

Squeek! That's one of my new green dresses! HA! Look how delicious it is, showing off all your CLEAVAGE with that amazing pussy bow shirt. You are dazzling! Look at those shoes. Gorgeous. You did the right thing considering the weather, and look! you got glasses from England. Woohoo! Yes, I thought that description of molten honey was lovely. Hope you're having a great week. xxxxxxx

Sheila said...

Ooh, I love the purple legs and shoes with the green. You're an Incredible Helga!

Krista Gassib said...

Molten honey could also describe a hot islander:). That dress with its lace up top and floral motif is gorgeous and shows off your curves most deliciously!
I can never find cases like these, I'm on the hunt so Jon can make me a boom box!
Xxxxxxxxxloveyouoooooooo

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Dear Helga, I can't think of a soul who wears berets as beautifully as you do! I adore the froth of flowers inside green plaid, and how lovely to have something from Terri, now there's a kindly-remembered name! xo

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I am always drawn to dirndl dresses....and yours is the perfect shade of green. What a divine coat too. I can't believe how incredibly stylish you look on the coldest of days when most NZ'ers are wearing puffa jackets! Xx

Hannah Spanner said...

So beautiful in your beret! xxx

Melanie said...

I must tell you that your eyelashes are looking particularly exquisite here. Gorgeous, gorgeous. Aubergine and green.
I like golden molten honey as a colour. I shall try to remember that description. Those shot glasses look awfully small. Can't they make bigger shot glasses?

pastcaring said...

Golden molten honey it is then. I feel so damn ashamed of suggesting mere orange, how humdrum am I?!
Love the green frock, especially with lilac tights, that's a genius combination! And the floral pussybow is gorgeous! Yep, I reckon when the weather is shite, a good op shop is in order, and you found more cases, excellent work! Keep it up, darling! xxx

Trees said...

Molten Honey? Fabulous! It's so stupidly wet, miserable and cold isn't it? But you still look fab, especially in that first photo! On the up side its the perfect weather for fabulous tights!

Vix said...

We have some artists in our midst! What poetic descriptions they've come p with.
I'm loving those lavender tights and pruple shoes and that divine lime green frock.
Your hair rocks!!!
The only way is op shopping when its shitty out and you did splendidly yet again! Those glasses were far too kitschy to leave behind and those suitcases are fecking fabulous!
Love you! xxxxxxx

Forest City Fashionista said...

You've got the face and the hair to work a beret beautifully! I've been wearing a lot of purple and green lately too.

Op shopping is the perfect activity for a rainy day - then you can spend hours browsing and not feel guilty ;)

I appear to have missed the post about the molten honey coat, so will have to go and take a look.

Goody said...

It would be a long way to travel to steal a blouse...but it might be worth it. I'm shivering just looking at all that damp cold you're having. Thank goodness for your collection of coats-and this one's terrific.

Mariela Santillan said...

I often wish I could find an awesome jacket like yours but alas they are always in a size 4 or 6.

Loving the shot glass set. I've recently begun collecting vintage kitschy shot glasses when I find them.

Autumn said...

Gorgeous riot of color, my dear. I would trade you weather in a heart beat right now. Positively can't wait to have a bit of rain!

peaches mcginty said...

Your dirndl is flaming beautiful, and of course you and your gorgeous outfit - 'molten honey' is an excellent colour description and also great to describe how hot you look! - the suitcases are fab, the clicky style ones with extra straps were always much more sophisticated, I love the image of glamorous travel (reality is always much more sweaty, well for me anyways haha!) x x x

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

It is intersting that just by choosing different adjectives to describe something how our perception will change. : )

What a screaming fabulous ensemble this is! So many divine details and smacks of colour. LOVE!

bisous
Suzanne

Tami Von Zalez said...

I purchased my first vintage suitcase, most likely inspiration from you~

princesspincurls.com said...

Those glasses are an op-shop gold star find...I haven't seen anything that cool in an op-shop for a while. Gorgeous outfit -as always- and I'm terribky in love with your coloured tight collection...every winter I look at them and cheer! xx Shauna

colormebrazen said...

Brightly colored square-dance dresses are one of my favorite sorts of finds. This one is magical with all the purple, especially set against the grey sky.

Catherine said...

You still have the best shoes I think I've seen on most bloggers! I spent my Friday on the couch with the flu, but would much rather had spent that time opp shopping. Good haul there!

Shawna McComber said...

I have to agree with Amber-you look smashing in a beret. I wish I could pull it off as well as you do!

I am drooling over those splendiferous purple shoes and that gorgeous tooled handbag!

Aren't you glad you're no debutante?
xoxo

Jazzy Jack said...

Golden molten honey is a fab description, if a tad sticky! How amazing to have a ton of friends to colour your clothes for you :-)
You cleavage management in this green dress is masterful! XO JJ