She's the kind they'd like to flaunt and take to dinner


I had good old sexacious Tom Jone's "She's a lady" on the brain all day Friday.
Anything to do with Tom and his dulcet tones is a good thing.
I once missed an opportunity to meet him in about 1991...I was passed out in Hagley Park after a gig with an old band of mine called Nunsfart that deteriorated into an allnighter on acid and booze and a pleasant enough young man.......not the sort of thing I could cope with at all in my dotage!
I have no idea how I managed it then, frankly!
I do like a quieter life nowadays.
Anyways, the reason I had this song on my brain was due to my rather ladylike outfit, which went down quite well at work.
I was told I looked chic, and like a retro air hostess on leave.....
I'll take those compliments and run, thank you very much!


Just as well, really, as I spent all day in a mild tizz after looking down and realising ,my tights were the wrong shade of red and didn't match my jacket and bow at all......
Arsebiscuit!
I really was quite vexed.



Frock-50's, Trade Me
Crinoline, underneath and inseen-50's, Etc Vintage, a local vintage shop
Red jacket-my sistercousinwife Sarah. It was a blazer, a modern chain store brand, but I cropped the body and sleeves, changed the button, and am rather pleased with the result!
Coat-60's/70's, from my lovely Wellington friend Brenda (hello darling!)
Belt-garage sale
Tights-retail
Shoes-Trade Me
Handbag-60's, from a vintage shop on East Burnside, Portland
Sunglasses-opshopped
Velvet tuxedo bow and 60's clip on earrings-from my sistercousinwife
Red, white and cream beads-a market in Wellington (must see if I can brighten up the cream with some baking soda) and nazy beads opshopped last week.




Another earthquake flattened site beautified with graffiti!





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52 comments:

Trudie said...

Is it possible I'm the first?
I love the description of your outfit by your work colleagues. It's a fabulous outfit and and you look rather jetsetting.
I adore the dress, the print is super pretty and you've done a glorious job on the jacket cropping, you're a clever cookie Helga.

Altogether yet another glorious and wonderful red, white and blue combination, yo really hit on the head every time like no ones business. X

Trudie said...

He he he I was first.

Hannah said...

Stunning air hostess on leave, did you ever watch that Pan Am series with Cristina Ricci? Was rather good. Aha nunsfart you're a legend xxx

Carina Rosenholm said...

I do want you to come and serve me a cold beverage on our next flight...A smashing air hostess!
xxx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

She is definitely a Lady! A good looking one with a perfect fit jacket!

Vix said...

I didn't even notice the slight colour difference, I was too busy perving over you!
I adore it when you unleash your inner air hostess, it's so much better than the polyester horrors serving the G&Ts when I'm flying! That jacket is the bob and the dress is perfection.
I love Tom, very sexy as a young man and he still had it when i saw him 10 years ago! Grrr!
Love you! xxxxxx

Ivy Black said...

Ah...Tom...lovely boy.
Aand you...how lovely are you with your inner air hostess let loose. Actually, if they looked like you I might fly once in a while!
'Acid and Booze and a Pleasant Enough Young Man'...there's a song there somewhere.
xxxx

thorne garnet said...

nice graffiti, too bad about the building. Tights look pink in some photos, red in others, the jacket looks orange in one! Who cares if they don't match, not me.

daiseedeb said...

Brilliant idea for the jacket!!!!
Tommmm.....yum.
Tiny waisted lady, you look marvelous.
xo
d

freckleface said...

If you were an air hostess I'd be ringing the bell all the time just to get you to come closer and talk to me. You look the bees knees and am I mistaken in thinking, extra slim? Any which way, you look gorgeous.

Me and my sisters used to like playing air hostesses when we were little. I had a picture of my dad in my air hostess handbag, (he was the pilot) only he had sticky out ears so I cut them off.

I love what you have done with the blazer, that is genius. Now I've got Tom Jones on the brain. Can't beat him. I love seeing the old videos of him shaking his snake-hips :) xxxx

pastcaring said...

I hope the pleasant enough young man was worth it, making you miss Tom Jones! But I agree with Em, that tale would definitely make a fab song, get composing right now!
You ARE a lady (wo wo wo) and looking fabularse in heavenly red, white and blue. I agree with Tania too, extra slim today, what's occurin'?
I wouldn't even have noticed any issue with the tights vs. jacket shades of red, but that's just the sort of thing that vexes me as well, and I mismatch colours, especially reds, ALL the bloody time. I'm sure I'm colour blind....
LOVE the frock, LOVE what you did with the jacket, LOVE the handbag, LOVE you! xxxxx

Lucy Nation said...

I would love to see some photographs from the 'Nunsfart' days! This outfit looks stunning on you. I didn't notice the colour difference either. Xx

Teresa said...

Such a great colour combination and it looks fab on you. You're also super smart and handy with that cropped blazer! Looks awesome with your full skirt.

Lucy In The Sky said...

You look stunning as always! I didn't notice the different shades of red until you pointed them out haha! And your handbag is so perfect it took my breath away when I saw it. xxx

Tamera Wolfe said...

Kick-ass gorgeous air-hostess on leave!! You indeed look rather classy and stunning!!
Ah tom jones-I remember seeing him on tv when I was a kid!! HUBBA HUBBA!!

Val Sparkle said...

You do look like an air hostess on acid, I mean on leave. Nobody can mix colors like you - that blue and white print looks fabulous with red/orange! And you've got the perfect bag too - squeeeee!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Not only are you a vision of loveliness, you find the coolest backgrounds!

Helen Le Caplain said...

Gorgeous outfit - and I LOVE the background... looks flippin' marvellous!

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Indigo Violet said...

Looking extra-fabularse today.
Tom Jones played in Dunedin a couple of years ago, and a colleague saw him having a quiet beer in the Octagon, so went up to pay homage. Apparently he was a charmer!

bonsaimum said...

You do look splendid indeed!

Sandra said...

Mr Tom Jones is gorgeous, however my late uncle was a ringer for him and I cannot look at him 'that way' (I also think my younger brother looks like Emilio Estevez, bugger)- Miss Helga! you look flaming gorgeous, your dress is drool worthy and the blazer-ette you modified is awesome, great description from your colleague, and wanton, mis-lead nights? I get tired even thinking about mine x good fun though x

Catherine said...

i thought you did the orange, red and blue on purpose! but i love it anyway! Blue and red are always good together

tanaya said...

Ooh i want to see old pictures of you from your Nunsfart days!!!

Love the print on this dress, you mix colours so beautifully x

edie pop said...

Wow!!!The 'Retro chic air hostess' is a life goal compliment, I love this outfit!!!You look amazing and the graffiti on the building are the perfect frame for your beauty! Tom Jones is an old spunky arse and I adore his voice, so cool to imagine you back then at the Nunsfart era!!
Love xxxxx

Krista Gassib said...

Nunsfart acid and booze fueled adventure?! You are too cool for Tom! I love all the graffiti making you even hotter than usual. Sexy air Helga is about to board !
Love you xxoo

LandGirl1980 said...

I would have been vexed too. Like, proper hacked off. But - still looks right nice!

joyatri said...

You are a most clever air hostess with what you've done with that corporate blazer.
I love how you make wearing red, white and blue sexy.

Forest City Fashionista said...

I would most definitely take you to dinner in that outfit, and would much prefer that flight attendants dress like that rather than the tacky polyester things they wear now. Love the story of why you missed meeting Tom Jones. I wouldn't have survived an evening like you describe back then, much less now - you are a legend!

Sacramento Amate said...

How not to adore you, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. Tom Jones should come and worship you.
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Annie said...

I love your rock 'n' roll stories!
You look gorgeous, red, white and blue combos really suit you.
Great graffiti too.

Annie xxx

two squirrels said...

Oh oh I just love the wee crop jacket....you clever poppet, it's fabulous. It's so hard to get a jacket that doesn't swamp your dresses........perfect.
Hmmmm I do love that handbag.......red, white and navy.
You look so very pretty Miss Helga....you always do but today even more so.
Tom Jones.....smooth......
Love V

BellaBean Vintage said...

Gorgeous dress, jacket, bag, all of it! Tom's a legend but then so are you!!

Brooke F said...

Love the very urban location. Gritty, real, colourful. Am also loving your refashion of the red jacket. You have given me some ideas ( but where to find the time?). Don't fret about the tights, you look fab!XXX

Janice Tutone said...

Love the entire outfit...from your hair bun to the shoes Lady!!! XXX

Sue said...

Love that your co workers came up with some good comments, retro air hostess on holiday indeed, the airlines should be so lucky to have a trolley dollie as hot as yourself!! Love your cropped jacket, and inspired to tweek one of mine! With legs as fabulous as yours you are forgiven for not matching your reds! I to am happy for the quiet life now and grateful to have survived my younger days!!

The Grande Dame said...

What fabulous compliments! I read your blog post title yesterday and had that song stuck in my head ALL day... and then I forgot to comment on the post! I do like that song, it reminds me of the drag queen film "To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything..." with Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes. The blazer/waistcoat is very smart and a fantastic idea... I will remember it for future it-almost-works purchases. How annoying your tights didn't match, I have done that and bought new ones on the day just to fix it!

Trees said...

Looking amazing my lovely - your shoes are truly swoon worthy!

Harrie Hattie said...

Amazing pics Helga... She's a lady!!! Xx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Great story/great dress!!! And great job on that blazer!

Emalina said...

You make such a sophisticated and graceful flight attendant, the jacket works beautifully with that lovely dress. Nunsfart sounds like quite a band, I so want to see any photos!

Terri said...

A most excellent little jacket.

La Dama said...

Helgita,
You do look marvelous in your red,white and blue vivid colors. That bag is amazing amor. I can't even tell the difference of the reds not matching.Tom Jones would of fainted at your bellezaness.

besotes

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

dang fine choice of a backdrop for your gorgeous photos! You are art!

princesspincurls.com said...

You do look glam...just like a 1960's hostee! xx Shauna

The Style Crone said...

You make any ensemble shine, and that is true in the gorgeous photos that are made even more glorious with the artful background.

missfairchildscharmschool said...

*swoon*

veganopoulous said...

Hellooo, my good buddy Miss Fairchild introduced me to your blog and I love it. Tom Jones once tried to chat up my mum when she and my dad were going out. Well, that's what my mum says but it's cool because if I met Tom Jones in a bar I'd go off saying he tried to chat me up too.

liz said...

I always love the pictures of you with graffiti backdrops! And that blue and white dress is lovely! :)

Misfits Vintage said...

AMAZING! I LOVE these pics. The location is divine and YOU are INCREDIBLE! That jacket is absolutely unrecognisable! You are a genius! An alchemist! An ARTIST!

You know I love a red white and blue too so naturally, I want to mug you for this entire outfit. And never mind your wrong shade of red tights... I got dressed in the dark the other day and thought I was putting on the perfect pair of grey tights with my black and white outfit... turns out the tights were BLUE and did not go AT ALL. I spent the day hiding at my desk, for the SHAME of blue tights. I'm a disgrace to my people.

Love you more than the sky!

Sistercousinwife xxx

My sister is Margaret said...

Wonderful red, white and blue combination!!
I always love the pictures with graffiti backdrops!!So interesting!!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

THAT BAG! THAT SONG! THAT JACKET. oooh it fits so perfectly, shapes yer chi chis. You look utterly fabulous. I love a bit of Tom, that's my fave song of his. Great choice, I reckon 2013 Helga could still give 1991 Helga a run for her money

Vintage Bird Girl said...

How STUNNING are YOU!!! Love this outfit darling. You look so tall & slender & gawjuss. You are my red, white & blue queen. Xx