Pushing through my usual skin

I haven't been deliberately wearing the old red, white and blue during the Olympics, I just can't seem to help myself!
So, dammit, I'm going to link this outfit to the Ethical Fashion Bloggers Olympic outfit challenge, as red, white and blue are the colours of not only the NZ flag, but almost every other flag in existence!

50's coat-Two Squirrels sale a while back
Early 80's jacket-opshopped and upcycled by moi
70's frock-opshopped
Shoes-secondhand from Trade Me
Handbag-school fair
60's hat-opshopped
60's clip on earrings-the sexacious Desiree
60's beads-opshopped

You may have recognised (I'm assuming you remember everything I have ever worn, devoted fans that you are!) the stripey jacket from a post in January (above), the one and only time I have worn it......it just didn't feel right, and has been languishing in a pile of crap on my sewing/dressing room floor....until the other day, when I was inspired by Elsa Billgren to crop the bloody thing!
It was an epiphany!
I like it so much more now, and it will likely make a more regular appearance!
I love simple transformations!

On another matter, a new reader, Cityscape Skybaby (awesome name!) asked me for some suggestions for what to wear when camping!
I actually love camping, believe it or not, and I pretty much rely on easy fitting 70's frocks and barefeet, as my heels damn well sink into the ground!
(How vexing!)
That's pretty much it, really, apart from sunglasses and a nice, big hat.
And lots of reading material, booze and nice nibbles, not that you can wear any of these.
Well, I do get food all over me quite often, so I guess that counts?!
I don't think I'm any kind of authority, however, and would recommend checking out what Vix wears to music festivals, as they involve camping, and are often wet!
Thank you for asking, though!



MistressCatgirl said...

Wow you look great! That shade of blue looks absolutely gorgeous on you. I love the stripey jacket. You look like some hot naughty librarian.

Melanie said...

There's nothing like a hat with netting to make my heart pitter patter. I love how you've hacked off the bottom part of that striped jacket. It's purrfect now! A most lovely red, white, and blue ensemble. Fantastic handbag from the school fair too!

Misfits Vintage said...

Holy enchiladas batgirl - this red, white and blue outfit is FROCKTACULAR! I love the transformed jacket - it is so much more YOU now - and the jacket is sublime - and I just ADORE your shoes and handbag, amor. You know I love camping as much I as love cat puke, but you and Vix sure do make it look glamorous with your maxis and flowy hippy gorgeous glamness. SKYPE TONIGHT YES! Love you more than handbags, Sarah xxx

CityScape Skybaby said...

Thank you for your reply Helga, hope I can pull off looking as stylish as you and Vix, glad to hear I'm not the only one who ends up wearing her food, though mine usually ends up in my hair somehow. Love your outfit here, you make me feel like getting all glammed up too, which is some feat these days.

ps; have to give credit for my name to the Super Furry Animals because I nicked it off them. xx

Sue said...

There is nothing quite so satisfying as a good old cropping!!! You do the patriotic colours so well. Go New Zealand, Go!!! ♥

Trees said...

Isn't it amazing the difference a small alteration can make to a piece of clothing. I love this wee cropped jacket - when I saw the first pic I thought you were wearing a dress that had a bodice in a different color to the rest of the frock!!

On a sadder note, I'm not sure if I will make it down this year now:( I'm trying save to go to the states next May and all my money seems to keep disappearing! So I think it may have to be next year - unless I can get a sweet grab a seat deal! Which I guess is possible. I will come and see you sometime soon though and I will happily eat as much Mexican food as you can cook om nom nom:D

two squirrels said...

Oh that jacket looks fabulous!!!!!!! What a great transformation, I love when you make it work!!!!!
You do suit Red, white and blue Miss Helga!!!!!
Hope to see you soon!!!!!
Love v

Ivy Black said...

'Limpictastic love! I bloody adore that coat and to crop was an inspiration. It looks like a different jacket.

Hannah said...

Oooh that coat is gorgeous on you, and fab way to quickly transform the jacket, suits you so much better like that. xx

Fiona said...

Fabularsehole transformation on the jacket, it looks much better now. LOVE your coat and hat (which reminds me of my nan, except she always had a fag hanging out the side of her mouth!)

Maria said...

adore the crop and love the shoes/tights - am off camping today with my brood - its fabulous frocks, wellies, hair flowers and my dads genuine docker waterproof jacket -in yellow, loove x

Anonymous said...

New follower! Just spent ages catching up on your posts, you are so colourful and brilliant! =)

pastcaring said...

You could be supporting team GB in that red, white and blue gloriousness, but then as you say, that colour combo is a popular one for flags, it seems!
I thought the newly transformed jacket was part of the frock at first, doesn't it look fab? You are clever, and you suit those 60s hats like no other! You do look as though you might just take off the hat, and your glasses, shake out your hair, and there will be a "why Miss von Trollop, you're a Sex Kitten" moment!

Camping? Not for me, but you and Vix add a certain glamour to the proceedings. Booze surely helps! xxxxxxx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I'm camping again this weekend! ARGH! I do remember that jacket and it looks much better shorter! You look gorgeous, I love the blue coat - what a beaut! Big squeezes!! xxxx

Anonymous said...

That jacket looks divine now and so are you!!The coat is precious too and the veiled hat is fantastic!
I love camping, but I prefer high heels!
Lots of love

Vix said...

Red, white and blue is so you I always feel like I'm a pale imitation of you when I wear it! That cropped off jacket is just genius,so much cuter! You're like a sexy BA hostess in that get-up! Loving that fabularse coat, too!
Camping is the bomb especially now I've got some new-to-me high heeled wellies!!! Love you! xxxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

No one wears red white and blue as fabulously as you do!! I love the jacket cropped-I also thought it was part of the dress!
Camping-eh I'll look at nature all day long and then I want to go back to my insect-free, climate-controlled room with a bed and indoor plumbing!!

WendyB said...

Love those stripes!

Vintage Coconut said...

Oh I really like red, white & blue themed outfits. =D
Your handbag is rather lovely!
And your shoes, frock, hat and coat all go together so well.
You look FABULOUS!

seƱora Allnut said...

love your revamped jacket and the blue-white & red color combo, and I agree with you: love simple transformations!
You look so elegantly retro and fabulous!

Dashfield Vintage said...

That jacket is fantastic! Opening your wardrobe every morning most feel like Christmas! Do you have a 'one in one out' policy when you're buying clothes or are you just lucky to have half the house dedicated to your wonderful closet? I know I've probably asked this before but pretty please will you do a post one day where you give us a sneak peek? I'm oh so curious (and nosey).
Interesting question about camping and vintage by your reader. I think nothing beats beautiful 70s cotton threads in that situation :)

briansanunusualnameforagirl said...

darlin, the babooshkas look very fetching in the cropped jacket now

The Style Crone said...

The red, white and blue is exquisite on you, and of course your hat is always perfection. I also love the red bow as headwear!

Camelia Crinoline said...

You look fabulous. That jacket looks so much better cropped. I do love red, white and blue together even though I'm not particularly patriotic.

Daniel said...

why , oh why why why ?! aren't you and Saritaz my next door neighbors !!! x why ?! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

delia hornbook said...

You like gorgeous i love the coat, bag and shoes there lovely. dee xx

Krista said...

No way could anyone look this fabulous in red white and blue. I recently scored a dress with all these colors because of you I thought what the heck and I'm glad I did. Look at you inspiring me :) The jacket looks incredible cropped and I am loving those sweet shoes too!

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Gorgeous!

I have been catching up with you, sorry i neglected you! i should be spanked or something!
All your posts are fantastic lovely Helga, i enjoyed them so much!
The crop jacket thing is so clever and simple, i might do that as well! I was looking at the other posts as well, love your kitchen, love all those colors Helga!

Take care love

Ariane xxxx

Renia said...

Beatuiful bag and shoes. You look very pritty! Kisses x x

La Dama said...

Go team Helgita!
I love how you remastered that cute awesome striped jacket.
admiring your true blue bag and red hot shoes.
You know me and my chi chis, I would roll all over the hills with you amor.

Bella Q said...

One of my favorite color combos on one of my all time favorite bloggers! That coat is AH-mazin'!

Anonymous said...

You're looking lovely in all this patriotic blue and I agree that cropping the jacket was ingenius!

Annie said...

No nasty nylon wigs or boring t-shirts for you Helga. You do patriotic dressing with class!
The jacket does look fabulous cropped, and I love the coat.

Alas, camping in the UK requires wellies and a warm jacket even in the (so-called) Summer!