I'll be alone, dancing, you know it baby



It would appear that G and I are grown ups after all, or at least we can sort of play that game...
We are undertaking some renovations, starting with the bathroom, and on Saturday we went out looking at bathroom things.
Toilets.
Vanity units.
Heated towel rails.


It's too tedious for words, but I know I will enjoy it when it's all done.


And I do love that look of surprise when we go and perform these grown up duties, as we don't look like the kind of people who own their own home, let alone do renovations, I suppose.
In a certain mood I get a "fuck you, not only do I own my own home, I own it freehold, asshole" kind of attitude ........what, because I don't look or act like a grown up I couldn't possibly hold down a job long enough to do something sensible like buy a house?!
Kiss my ass, you and your preconceptions!
(If you would like to know the story of how we came to own and payoff our house in 12 years, I would be happy enough to tell it)
So there is a certain amount of pleasure despite the agonies of deciding which vanity, what kind of toilet, do we take out the existing window and put in a  smaller one, what about tiling ad nauseum.....



And once the bathroom is complete, we can then think about my dream kitchen!
And only then, dammit.
Due to our current house layout having the toilet off the laundry exactly where I want the kitchen to be, it has to be the bathroom first.


I tell you, being a grown up isn't all it's cracked up to be!

Is it?!

Frock-40's, a theatre sale
70's coat and 60's hat-Sarah the sublime
Tights-retail (in Melbourne!)
Boots-a market
30's handbag-some website
Earrings-opshopped in Victoria
Necklace-G and his Mama bought it for me in Singapore
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief
Belt-Vix the delicious
Brooch-Curtise the Bod

X

45 comments:

The Grande Dame said...

Bathrooms are my favourite room of any house! I wish I could help you. I can't wait to have my own to fit out, I will order everything in purple glitter. Very envious of those boots! Happy decision-making :)

Bella Q said...

I wish more growns dressed and acted like you and G. Maybe then, I would want to grow up too.

freckleface said...

I love pretending to be a grown up every now and again, although I do agree that choosing things like toilets and heated towel rails can test one rather. You are looking wonderful I must say, so glamorous and stylish and elegantly beautiful. That hat and coat combo is perfect. If I were serving you I'd want to be so nosey and find out as much as possible about you and your plans for your house.

Now please do tell the story of how you did it all in 12 years. I would be an avid reader of that tale. xxxxx

Krista Gassib said...

You do look all grown up and gorgeous! I love it when people get all high and mighty because they think you could not possible own anything nice or have good taste for that matter and then BAM.....up yours when you prove them wrong! I can't wait to see what you end up doing in the powder. I would love to re do my bathroom but I'm with ya sister and a kitchen that is where its at:) You will surely love it when the time arrives.

Love the new coat and YOU and G!
XXOOO

Janice Tutone said...

Look at you glowing in the sunlight! I adore the coat & jewelry! Such a gorgeous grown-up. I would like to hear the tale of how you paid off your house in 12 years. XXX

Helen Le Caplain said...

It may be a mundane job looking at bathroom type things, but you look flippin fabulous doing it - what an outfit!

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PepperReed said...

Rock On, Helga!! You give 'em the Royal Stink Eye for their ludicrous thoughts! Our house will be paid off this October (14 years in the making) and we're SO happy. Who says you can't be Punk AND Frugal and have your Shit Together!?!

We redid our only bath just over a year ago; totally falling apart and it was tedious for sure. I should have put in a penny floor instead of tiles to give it some sass! It will be well worth it when you are done and then Onward to the Kitchen (that's our next biggie after the roof) Le Sigh...

Emalina said...

You clearly have the most gorgeous house, and I too am getting most excited that once the bathroom is done you'll be getting on to your DREAM KITCHEN! Want to read your plans for that! And yes please, sweet Helga, do tell us more about how you bought your house too, clearly you two are just as clever as you are fabularse.

Not only are you getting on with terribly practical things, but you are looking fantastic in that glorious outfit - that black hat from Sarah suits you so well, makes a wonderful crown for you, Queen Helga!

karensomethingorother said...

you just need to factor COCKTAILS into the renovations, and then yes, it will be better. It will be exciting though, no? After, all, when is buying things ever NOT exciting...oh yeah, when I have to buy socks. Oh well, there's a cocktail for that too.

Sheila said...

I often get that kind of reaction when my hubby and I are out and about - I suppose I look too frivolous to be a "real adult" or homeowner. Like you, we own our home clear - no mortgage, baby, that's the way to go!

I agree with the person above, you need cocktails before and after that kind of task.

Vicky said...

Being a grown up does suck sometimes. And I love the look on peoples faces when I tell them we don't have a mortgage we own our house - priceless LOL

Terri said...

Too bad more adults aren't like you. And, yes, I would be interested in hearing the story of owning your home in 12 years.

Max said...

oh no, i liked that rad toilet with was it playboy pics on the wall? is it possible to get cool stuff at the plumbers, or is it tame with fittins and mad with colour/walls your going for?
please do tell your mortgage story. we paid ours off too, painful but possible and i'd love to compare notes
(its one of the things im most proud of) xxx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

People think I'm a grown up because I have kids. I look grown up next to them. :0) But I'm actually tits on a bull about money and stuff like that. My eyes glaze over a lot when people talk about grown up stuff. I'd rather be op shopping.
x

Vix said...

Sarah's coat and those fuck off boots make you look like a woman on a mission. You look gorgeous.
I love the look of surprise when people discover my address, they see dyed hair, a ring through the nose and trashy make-up and make all kinds of assumptions...tossers!
We have to buy paint today and inside I'm dying. I hate DIY shops as much as I do mobile phone and sports retailers...yawn.
Love you! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sue said...

You are Gorgeous!!!

Indigo Violet said...

Your outfit has real chutzpah, and I am sure your bathroom will too. You will be able to ablute with style.

Camelia Crinoline said...

Don't you love it when people think they know what sort of person you are based on what you're wearing? People are often very surprised when I tell them I have a law degree. The hat and coat are fabulous.

Maria said...

looking forward to seeing your bathroom, it will be fabulous and worth the dull-arse tedium! and what's with people and preconceptions? drives me all sorts of grumpy (we had stuff done recently and the contractor wanted to deal with my husband??! when hubs turned up a little later, he was visibly relieved - the house may have been a little messy-ahem! but clearly i was a badly dressed mad woman incapable of decision - it was in his frown and narrow eyes combo)ps tell your story about your mortgage, i would love to hear it xx

señora Allnut said...

oh yes, I also laugh a lot when people seems to know everything about you just looking at your aspect!, so stupid!. Some of my über-freak friends have very responsible works!. And I do too!
So pretty outfit, that coat is really covetable, love the print!, and your hat and boots are fabulous!! And love your colorful house, so I'm sure you're going to manage that bathroom stuff with style and glamour!!
besos

two squirrels said...

Oh Miss Helga I have just read this post aloud to Warren......we can understand completely.
I had it once when I wanted to take a car for a test drive, the guy refused.....tosser!!! We owned our house and I was paying cash for a $24k car......I went somewhere else. Shithead it still makes my blood boil.
Anyway on to more fabulous things the jacket is truly wonderful and I am loving the yellow tights.
Yay to a new bathroom.
love V

Bohemian vanity said...

Hey Helga! Can't wait for you to tell the story!
Since we've just bought our house there's much to do the next weeks and months with renovation and stuff and of course many years till it'll be paid off...

Too many tossers outside, right?! Don't give a f... & keep on rockin with your fab look!!!

xxxx Tani

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I loved that coat dress on Sarah & now I love it on you! Funny the things people assume without knowing squat! I for one would like to hear how you came to own your home....do tell! Xx

Kylie said...

Bet you brightened up those shop assistants dreary day and gave them something to talk about in their tea break Helga!

tanaya said...

Your coat made me stop, stare and salivate for the past five mins and I would love to know the story of you owning your house in twelve years. I need inspiration to start saving and do grown up things while still being myself xxx

Sara said...

I'm not sure I'll ever be a grown up...and there is no way we would ever be able to buy our own place here in London, let alone pay it all off in 12 years! Good work Helga - would love to hear the story. And you look super fab as always. ~ LittleMissPlump (Sara)

menopauselsupermodel said...

Honey I want to be YOU if I ever decoide to grow up!!
You are looking fabulous in that coat and those boots!!
I can't wait to see the bathroom all done--I know it will be freaking amazing!!

daiseedeb said...

I have raging coat envy. And boot envy.
I'm on the prowl for twinners.
; )
xo
d

Vintage Coconut said...

I think you look like a fantastic homeowner!
Your coat is splendid also.

Forest City Fashionista said...

I do sooo love the colours in your sweet little house! I don't own my own home, so I am required to make fewer "grown-up" decisions than people who do. I kind of like looking at home reno stuff though. So many people who look like "grown ups" are irresponsible, immature twits!

Lucys Lounge said...

hi helga. welcome back from your holiday. you look great. you know i heard growing up is a trick. i would love to hear hows you paid off your mortgage in 12 years, good luck with the renovations. lucy

Renia said...

I love this coat! Beautiful print! Kisses x x x x x

Lucy In The Sky said...

You outfit is stunning! I love your coat and bag. It must be a lot of fun doing the bathroom renovations. Heated towel racks sound fabulous!

Trudie said...

That's awesome you and G own your place freehold. I agree screw the haters who think their all la de da and taking life too seriously and don't know how to have fun.

Continue to live you life in all the beauty that you do my dear whilst looking and fabulous in the process.

Ofelia said...

Love to work on house projects!
The bathroom and the kitchen are a great place to be creative and just let all the ideas flow and smash together.
Looking lovely in this outfit; like a proper grown-up.

pastcaring said...

Ooh so grown up, darling! I am mighty envious of the no mortgage situation, ours feels like a bloody millstone...
You look completely fabulous in that wonderful coat and hat from Sarah, the kick ass boots, and great sunnies. Grown up, but with a shed load of sass thrown in for good measure.
Show us the bathroom as it gets done,mthen on to the Dream Kitchen, woo hoo!
Don't worry, love, I'll NEVER forget about you - love ya! xxxx

LandGirl1980 said...

Yes! People and their preconceptions can kiss my crack! EUGH!

On a nicer note - top tights.

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh darling, the coat is SPLENDIFEROUS and you are MAGNIFICENT, as always! The hat is perfection and hey, those tights are THE BEST! You know my thoughts on being a grown up - it's fucking overrated!

Love you more than WEEKEND!

Sarah xxx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

A bit naughty and fabolous ...

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You are uber-succesful homeowners. Love it. Tell me how to do it!!!
Becky :)

Trees said...

I can't wait to see this house when its all done - I know it will be amaze!

50 and counting said...

Congrats on being a grown up. It does indeed bite you in backside sometimes.

We have free title on our house and Cannot get people to stop asking "how much is your mortgage" I own my own home. How much is your mortgage? I own my own home, free title. So, how much is your mortgage. All in conversation about putting my new roof on a credit card (I wanted the points they offer for plane tickets and they don't give a discount for cash sales!

Penny-Rose said...

Yay for owning your own home and not being enslaved to the bankers. I wish I looked as fabulous as you when shopping for bathroom accessories. The coat is just out of this world.

wardrobeexperience said...

and again: aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh, aaaahaaaaa: wonderful!!!! this coat is so fabulous. the floral hat too.

Lucy Nation said...

Owning your own home is great. You can do whatever you want to it and make it your own in a way you can't when you rent. I can't wait to see the finished product. I'm always very nosy when it comes to other people's homes xxx

Btw, great outfit. Love the Victorian mistress look xx