It's divoon, oh it's serene...

It's all a little bit mental at this time of year, isn't it?!
Every frigging year, despite knowing the end of the year has been coming all year, everyone goes fecking crazy about said end of year........and, as try as I might, it's difficult not to be swept up in it all!
We decided to counter it all by doing something unexpected and more than a little bit terrifying.
I'm not going to tell you about that right now, however!!

These pix are likely a couple of weeks old now!
Bloody hell!
This was a splendid Saturday, when we popped into town to check out the premises of The Auricle, a new bar with a twist in town!
It's the brainchild of The Cantabrian Society of Sonic Artists, spearheaded by our mate Jo and her fiance, Malcolm.
(local newspaper article here)
Of course, a little posing on the way never goes astray......shame I can't say the same for myself.......regarding the going astray...ahem.

Spot the hottie looking mighty fine in his checkered pants that used to belong to a co-workers brother in the 70's! There was apparently a matching jacket, but alas, it was not to be found.
I think the top was opshopped, the boots were from Sydney years ago, and the hat was from a Nevada border town, also years ago!

As for me, I was wearing:
Frock-50's, from Bess Georgette
Jacket-made it myself from a piece of opshopped fabric I've had lying about for years and a pattern from Vix (did my first bound buttonholes in years, and they worked out beautifully! Thankfully. I would have had a tanty otherwise....)
Belt, sunglasses and earrings from my sistercousinwife Sarah!
Hat-60's, opshopped
Beads-totally divoon, from Kristalicious
Crinoline petticoat-ETC Vintage
Handbag-70's tooled leather delight, a birthday gift from G a couple of birthdays back

This is New Regent St; we call it Noddy St.
It survived the earthquakes rather well!
The Auricle is along here!
The tram has just started going again, which is wonderful.
To the left is a pile of containers holding up the facade of the Isaac Theatre Royal, which is being restored and rebuilt as we speak.

The Auricle is a wine bar and sound gallery....we arrived in time to help with some setting up for their opening night.

Then we admired the view from Malcolm's office.




Sue said...

I somehow have not been caught up in the end of year frenzy. I am ignoring it all hoping it will all just bugger off! You look far to fabulous, I feel for all those Cantabrian ladies that will never reach the giddy heights of being as gorgeous as you! You are the hottie of the south!

Angels have Red Hair said...

Ooh … love the facades of those buildings … the colours are to die for.
Also love your entire ensemble … it is both gloriarse and fabularse too.

Sheila said...

Ah, Helga, I love your posts. You look magnificent, as does G. If you ever end up on the west coast of Canada, let me know. I know we would have such fun times. Adore your sweet garb.

mondoagogo said...

I *love* the jacket. And that rust-coloured wall is amazing, the colours are so rich and it's a perfect backdrop for you!

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Oh Helga, beautiful jacket and outstanding pattern mix! I too am still working through "old" pix - I love to see yours anyway. G's plaid pants are tremendous, both the provenance and very item!!! If only we could all look as fab as you when gone astray. xoxoxo

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Oh I love the view from up there. I'm so happy to see the trams running again. It's been a while between trams! Your outfit is so pleasing....I love the unexpected combination of the dress & jacket & accessories. Stunning. Xx

pastcaring said...

I am REFUSING to go along with all the crazy at this time of year! But I am now extremely curious and intrigued by your tantalising hint of the unexpected and terrifying... Whatever could you be up to?
You're looking quite divine in blue, green and yellow, the prints on both the jacket and dress are simply delicious. And woohoo, G - a force to be reckoned with in 70s checked trousers, love them, love HIM!
Trams and pastel painted buildings with arched windows, it's Toy Town, and so very delightful!
Loving yooooou! xxxxxx

Beth Waltz said...

Bound button holes! One remembers them not-at-all fondly, and one is impressed!

An unexpected and terrifying expedition into the new year? Are you and G venturing into a church? Whatever will you wear?

Krista Gassib said...

You little minx how I do love a good tease! Minds wondering and who knows where that leads! You are killing it here in this outfit! That short green jacket and sweet yellow belt with a blue dress mind blown with this color combo! You look extra beautiful maybe it's the turban, those sunnies or shoes! Yum! And then we get to see G in those pants, who else could look that hot in those? Who? No one! Please slap that ass for me:).

Seeing shots of your city bustling like this is a wonderful sign. What a view from that office, work would be so much better.
Love and leisure suits:)

Sandra said...

a bar matching WINE with MUSIC!! and you are the other side of the world *I'm not weeping, honest, I'm not* you are looking delectable, you are gorgeous in your turban and glasses and G is looking splendiferous - I'm intrigued and excited with what you are going to be upto, unexpected and terrifying?!viva going astray! they are always the best times x x x x

Forest City Fashionista said...

I am not involved in the end of year madness either, thank goodness! The Auricle sounds like such an interesting idea, especially with Jo's research about how different music affects how different wines taste - what an exciting new project for them. Regent Street is so pretty with the pastel coloured buildings.

Love G's plaid trousers and your little jacket (congrats on the successfull bound button holes!). I am very intrigued by your secret ;)

Vix said...

I'm totally with you, our kid. I'm not having anything to do with all this madness, I shall carry on regardless of all the stupidity going on around me.
That outfit is bloody gorgeous. I'm so scared of buttonholes it's untrue. That jacket is a triumph, I love everything you're wearing from head to toe and G looks brilliant to.
Dying to know what your plans are!
Love you! xxxxxxxx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

damn you two are looking fine <3

señora Allnut said...

that views are amazing, so picturesque buildings (ohhh, pastel façades!!!)
And love your hat, and how it matches delightfully your blue dress, and also love your little cropped jacket and pretty shoes!!, I love everything as usual!!!
I'm not a huge fan of any Compulsory Celebration, so it would be delightful to see wtf are you going to do!!!
besos inesperados!

thorne garnet said...

bound freaking buttonholes? I can't even make those, way to go!

I hate end of the year crap, too. List of best of this, best of that drive me crazy!

You town looks beautiful! That tram better not run G over

Hannah Spanner said...

You look wonderful love the turban and glasses and I am partial to a tooled bag. G is looking dapper in his flares, those buildings are tram are just so magical so glad its all being rebuilt xxx

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

How glorious to look at you in all that colour. You added some brightness to the bleary winter.


Liz said...

Loving those yellow tights!!!! And as for the turban!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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tanaya said...

I've been trying to replicate your hat/turban thing for the past hour with a silk scarf and not much success...Your city's so lovely and so are you.

The end of the year craziness is blaah but soon i'll be off to a place where there'll be plenty wine to scoff down and forget the nuttiness x

Camelia Crinoline said...

Ugh, I know what you mean about the end of year madness. I don't participate but it's a pain in the arse because everywhere is so busy. I love the turban. The pleating is fabulous. New Regent St is so pretty. I'm glad it's back open again.

wardrobeexperience said...

i love the 60s hat ... and the diy jacket. they look so great together.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

You look quite stellar in your groovy banana sunglasses. Too bad you guys couldn't find the jacket to those plaid trousers! That would look SO cool!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Love the: turban, stockings, colors, shoes and of corse your boobs!

Emalina said...

The best hat ever!

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

That jacket! Those shoes! I am in love :) You both look great!

Teresa said...

Golly! This month is mental indeed! I can't wait for December to be over!

Love the jacket you made (you talented lady you) and wore with your BG dress.


bonsaimum said...

You are divine as always.

Jessica Cangiano said...

The instantly eye-catching, splendidly vibrant colour palette at work here is making me go weak in the knees - while (assuming said knees regain their strength) making a quick beeline for my closet to see if I have the same hues to weave into a look of my own today.

♥ Jessica

Tamera Wolfe said...

You and G are looking rather dapper and sexalicious going to the opening!!!

Vintage Coconut said...

That jacket is ever so marvelous!! I love it & you look amazing.

freckleface said...

Woof woof! That's one for each of you, you glorious hotties. You look marvellous for that new bar opening. So many delicious details in that outfit of yours and those yellow sunnies are the best!

Come on, spill the beans, what you up to, you Christmas dodgers? Although I am busy with social commitments and work I don't feel like it's been stressful this year. Having said that I can't wait for the break from work. I hope you are both having it off? The week between Xmas and the New Year I mean.

I saw a video of Immodesty Blaize on Emma's blog and it reminded me of you on your green tractor! Ha! xxxxxx

liz said...

That HAT...! Love it with the yellow glasses. Fabbuu!

Trees said...

Yellow tights and yellow sunnies!! Yah!! I love the photos of Christchurch - that street looks amazing.

Catherine said...

aaah its so lovely to see the town getting itself back together! I love that turban on your head - it looks divooon with your skirt and that jacket! I luv it! xo

Misfits Vintage said...

OOoh I LOVE this combo - the colours and textures and patterns are all MAGNIFICENT together! The hat is splendid and as always, your accessories are perfection.

The city looks so darling - a little like the Truman Show meets Pleasantville and I do love a tram.

Show us your pink bits.

Love you more than ice cream.

SS xxxxx