With ornaments of gold to warm my soul from the growing cold



Just an ordinary Wintery Friday afternoon...it' s been a mildish sort of day, so I didn't have to rug up too heavily, which is a good thing!
There's something to be said about cosy layering, but it also makes me feel huge as a house when I've got 4-5 layers on!
The sun came out as I was taking these pix-hurrah!



That prompted Peepers to come out and have a rub on the cacti, which is a type of aloe vera, if you are interested.
It was about the size of a shoe when we put it in, and now it's huge!


I made this necklace years ago, out of a modelling clay type of thing that's called "fimo", and some beads and stuff....the Ganesh pendant was from the most amazing place ever, in Thailand.
(Some one is bound to have a gripe about my appropriating a cultural reference; go ahead)



I had a little score at my favorite opshop, a sweet early 70's frock in a limey/chartreuse green and an awesome print, and some white beads.
I've only got 2 or 3 strings of white beads, so I clearly needed another.


Wearing:
Frock-90's delight, from my soul sistah Sarah
Cardi-thrifted in Utah
Coat-60's hairiness, opshopped
Tights-retail
Petticoat-opshopped
Boots-Trade Me
Handbag-70's tooled leather, opshopped
Sunglasses-vintage shop in Portland
Beret-Madame Butterfly's, a local vintage shop

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41 comments:

Misfits Vintage said...

First and first and motherfucking wankstrudel FIRST biatches!

Misfits Vintage said...

AND...

you look gloriously warm and GLOWY in your beautiful ensemble. The red coat warms my very cockles, the brown boots and bag are spectacular(How DO you do it?!) and the frock is perfectly splendid on you, my love.

Your new chartreuse frock is GLORIARSE - I can't wait to see you model her for us.

And I would happily rub myself against your cactus and yes, that is a euphemism. You're welcome.

Love you more than porn!

Sarah xxx

Janice Tutone said...

Faster than a speeding bullet Sarah wins again!
Love, love, love the chartreuse dress. One of my favorite colors.
Mr Peepers is adorable as are you!

Carina Rosenholm said...

Dont remind me of Cold wintertime .... soon its that time again ...
Love that new dress of yours!
Xxx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

So jealous of your cool weather clothes and layers!! You look amazing :)

Jane George said...

i am loving that necklace ooo darling you always look amazing! digging the cactus and lol at this comment race...never first but happy to come up the rear! x

freckleface said...

Little Red Riding Hood meets the French resistance. You look effortlessly lovely and so cosy in that gorgeous tactile coat. You are good at winter.

I love your pussy rubbing up against that cactus! Can't believe how much it has grown. I didn't realise you were such a clever crafter. (Obviously I know about your sewing skills). Good old Ganesh.

That new frock is wonderful, what a score. Such lovely colours and I spy with my little eye a kick pleat in the front. Can't wait to see it on you.

That tooled bag reminds me of the War of the Roses, but it might just be that it is topical (with me, anywhere). I have just read about Jacquetta of Luxembourg and there is a programme on the tv about Elizabeth Woodville. OK, not just her, but it's always the women that interest me. xxxxxx

Vix said...

Bloody hell, that's a big bush! Ha! I know I'm mixing up my horticulture but I couldn't stop myself.
You look deliciously snug and colourful, that coat is a beaut and the gorgeous bag looks rather like my owl one.
Love that Slocombe-esque frock and Peepers' nine yard stare.
Have a fab weekend. Love ya! xxxx

two squirrels said...

Oh that dress is a wee beauty........and one must always buy white beads.
You look all lovely winter red......oh but watch out for Mr Cactus. Fabulous tooled leather bag.
Hello sweet wee Peepers.......she is so pretty.....like her mamma.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Love V

Helen Le Caplain said...

Loving that ensemble m'dear, and just how cute does Peepers look?! (Very!)

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princesspincurls.com said...

I remember FIMO!Friends of mine had cashed up parents who bought it for them, and I got have a go once or twice-deprived childhood. I love that dress that you bought (and completely understand about needing the extra pair of white beads). I am still coveting that red boucle coat. xx Shauna

Sara said...

I love that tooled bag!! And the new lime green dress looks fab - can't wait to see you in it.

Have a lovely weekend!

~LittleMissPlump (Sara)

Emalina said...

You're red HOT in that fabularse glamorous and cosy looking ensemble. Looking amazing in that gorgeous red coat, the dress peeking out beneath is divine and your red hair all goddessy and long.

Indigo Violet said...

That dress should be MINE ALL MINE! Would you be prepared to reveal your op shop sources? I am coming to Christchurch in a couple of weeks.

edie pop said...

I love the cacti garden, the aloe is magnificent,and the lovely kitten but even more exquisite are you my fabulous and only Helga, in your red coat and beautiful frock!
I really like the necklace you made, I use fimo, but never had the fantastic idea of placing a charm in it! The lime green dress is wonderful , can't wait to see you wearing it!
Love xxxxxx

LandGirl1980 said...

You always looks so fackin' fantastic I could smooch you all over.

tanaya said...

The cactii...ooh the cactii...i want to live in your garden...Your winter outfits are so much more lively than most people's summer ones, you give me hope xxx

thorne garnet said...

4 or 5 layers? Ya making a cake?

A coat and a sweater? Lucky you.

That purse is hand tooled porn.

Forest City Fashionista said...

You are looking all warm and glowy in the sunshine. I'm surprised Peepers doesn't get a thorn in the chin from that massive cactus!

I remember FIMO! Excellent cultural appropriation ;) Love the chartreuse and white dress - perfect for next summer.

Mariela said...

Wonderful! I love the print and color of the frock. Love that red coat on you too. Peepers is so cute. Our Ridley will randomly rub himself on my husband's old lamp. It was made by his great-grandfather in the 30's.

Harrie Hattie said...

Helga loving you lady more by the day!!! Your necklace is a beaut, winter and clothing feels weird to us Brits at the moment with this intense heat, it's a bloody scorcher. Amazing tho xxx looking lovely sweetie xxx

Louise McDonagh said...

I remember fimo. I got a big kit of it one year for Christmas, I was about 11 and made such a load of crap with it, but I would love to have a go with it now. You look divine my dear, have a beautiful weekend. Xx

seƱora Allnut said...

always lovely red coat and beret, you look gorgeously warm and love your ganesha pendant and that bag!
that lime-chartreuse piece is a fabulous purchase, so pretty color!!
besos & gatos

Penny-Rose said...

For an "ordinary winter afternoon" you sure look bloody amazing. Gosh that green dress is amazing, looking forward to seeing what you will wear with it. I love your cat Peepers - she has markings like a bat man mask like my cat Mittens.

menopauselsupermodel said...

You are a vision in red in front of that amazing cactus!!

Peepers is adorable scratching herself!!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

You and your looks relieves my anxiety that half of the summer has passed.

pastcaring said...

Oh yes, gorgeously snuggly and strokable. You and Peepers both! That first photo of her is gorgeous, looking demure and devilish at the same time, look at her little paws together! And look at you, all red and scrumptious, love the frock and the jaunty beret, and having a few envious palpitations over that bag...
You'll look Mrs Slocombe-tastic in that new frock, it's lovely.
Rubbing the cactus. There's a Flange song title if ever I heard one.
Have a great weekend, darling! xxxxxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Like Curtise, I want to reach out and stroke that flippin' awesome coat - GAH!!! And one can never have too many white beads and I believe the same goes for earrings. As for your Fimo pendant, you are a STAR!!!!!! What a fabulous gem darlink!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Val Sparkle said...

I must ask Sarah where she buys her wankstrudel. Or perhaps she gets hers for free.

Lovely warm colors you have there, and I love the mis-appropriated cultural icon. If we can't be irreverent about religion, then we're being too darn precious.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

obviously the dress is totally amazing - love that kind of snot green - I've got a handbag that'd match it. Speaking of handbags...... wowzers! look at that one. It's so divine. I want to come over and give you and peepers a big old squeeze. Lovely feeling wrapped up in layers when it's cold. You know I don't give any fucks about appropriate use of cultural icons, so I love your necklace - still love Fimo, want to make more stuff with it. xxxxx

Sue said...

Fabulous dress you have hanging in the cacti, and what a cacti it is, very symbolic of all things long and big and slightly prickish!! Layers are the best way to go in Winter.

J said...

Cultural references are meant to be appropriated. Just saying.

Trees said...

This time I year I get so over layering too! I just want to go outside wearing a cardi & scarf! You look lovely in these colours Helga - also thanks for your earthquake words of wisdom, it was much appreciated xoxo

Marla Robinson said...

awesome shade of red

Mrs. D said...

Why anyone would complin about someone wearing something beautiful from another culture is something that baffles me. If only, it is a way of paying homage no?
Stunning as always :)

My sister is Margaret said...

Your dress is so pretty and very nice on you. The print is great!
Fabulous coat!!Love it!!

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

that's some crazy greenery you got out there but YOU look aaaaawweessooomme!

Melanie said...

I want to layer up too. You look so wondrous! Re. cultural appropriation my feeling is that if it's worn by anyone in public or it's for sale, it's out there. I LOVE your pendant. I love that huge aloe thing. There's a whole lot of treatment in that plant.

Melanie said...

Wankstrudel?! BWA-HA-HA!!!

Wean said...

I love the way you wear colour ! I wish I could be so brave, I will wear a splash of colour but usually with a neutral shade ! i.e. black trousers/jeans with a bright top or sweater, or neutral colourerd skirt with bright top. I'm pretty boring really.
I'm working on it !!!!!!!!
lurve that cat !!

WendyB said...

Love the kitteh snuggling up to the plant!