Look to the hills, now look at my face- do you notice my eyes, are they in the right place?





I loved all the colours and the setting for these pix, so have shoved the whole damned lot in.....suffer!
G and I were at The Pumphouse, looking for a piece of skirting board. It's a wonderfully rambly demolition yard with oodles of photographic opportunities!
We were last there early last year, this post has some more pix in and about the yard.




Darling Tania was right on the mark with her comment on this post that my attempts at doing my hair looked a bit 30's...that's exactly my inspiration!
I saw a fabularse pic of a little Romanian hottie in the 30's with a beret and hair pretty much like I've done it...so I thought I'd give it a go, as I needed to make wearing a beret more alluring.
I've totally bumbled my way into it, but am quite pleased with the effect.
Just one earring seemed to set it off nicely!




Frock-early 60's nylontastic, from my darling sistercousinwifey
Coat-70's, opshopped
Tights-retail
Shoes-Trade Me
Gloves-60's, possibly opshopped...
Beret-retail, I think
Bastard massive bag-not sure on date, but just what I've been dreaming about for years; I found it at Camberwell Markets during Helgastock 2014 and pounced! Sure, it's a little big for a handbag, but I fekcing love it and will do what I like!
Sunglasses-vintage Orotons, from my sistercousinwifey
Earring-one of a pair from the sweetest Squirrel
Necklace-made by a splendid artist in the early 90's called Violet Fagan. She ran a vintage shop in Dunedin  for many years, but I think it' closed now.
Brooch-opshopped






A peek inside my bag!
Love that plaid lining.

X

40 comments:

Sheila said...

I have a giant black bag like that - it was L's grandfather's. I should haul it out as my "Ode to Helga!"

LOVE the 30s-inspired look with the hair (the single earring so inspired). I've done something different with my hair - I'm a little freaked out by it...

You look ravishing in this violet shade!

Carina Rosenholm said...

Totally in love with that perfect bag ! A treasure .
And you look fabularse as always !
xxx

Sue said...

Suffer!!!! It was worth it!!!

Vix said...

I'm dying - dying, I tell you - over that bastard massive pendant and your 1930s hair with the beret. What a vision you must have been to the salvage hunters.
Reclamation yards and architectural salvage are like porn to me, I can lust after them for hours. You'd never get me out of that yard!
Did you get your skirting?
Love you! xxxxxx

Angels have Red Hair said...

You are looking as fabulous as always … love the green gloves … and the way they co-ordinate so perfectly with the green door … what a great place to take some photos.
That bag is the bees knees.
xx

Beth Waltz said...

Brava! Brilliant woman that you are, you've created The Answer to the single earring: a 30s curly with a beret worn to the side!

pastcaring said...

I am LOVING the messy 1930s-inspired side bun thingy, just loving it! With the beret and single earring, it's perfection! And I can understand why you wanted to show us all these gorgeous pics, you and the setting are a match made in heaven, the colours are simply beautiful.
That huge bag is amazing - you'll fit all your shit in there and still have room for more, hurray!
Your comment on my post did make me chuckle, darling - yes, packing safety pee pants, just in case!
Loving yoooooou, angel! xxxxxxx

Helen Le Caplain said...

I bet you were the hawtest thing to be perusing around that yard!

Love the purples and green, the 30s-inspired do and the one earring - just lovely! :) x

PepperReed said...

Oh My Goddess! You look Divine!! Love the purple and it looks glorious on you. *Mwah!

Krista Gassib said...

Oh this is such a spectacular backdrop to you in all this yummy purple! I adore your side swept bun, so dainty and girly just the opposite of that bag which I love too! You could put everything in there!
LOTSOFLOVEXXXXXXXXXX

Miss Magpie said...

I love the purple and I love your hair. Is it a proper doctor's bag? It's ace anyway.

colormebrazen said...

I will gladly suffer for your glorious monochrome. You look like a creature from the Merry Old Land of Oz - someone who gleefully messed with Dorothy along her journey. This shot is my favorite: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HxYCa2T_a90/U3hH7eHJOJI/AAAAAAAAYLU/I-iPyNsi4Ng/s1600/P1120225.JPG

Autumn said...

Your hair is beautiful. I have hair envy.
I love how the dress shows off your assets in a magnificent way ;-) I think I need a bag like that! I could fit all of my shit plus the cat AND the dog! What fun!

seƱora Allnut said...

Purple Fabulousness!!! I'm loving every detail, your coat, your frock and tights, and your cute beret with your pretty hairstyle too!! Love your single earring, it looks a little bit bohemian and 80's style too!
And it's an amazing background, so pretty pics!
besos & purple!!

Shawna McComber said...

Oh there is so much to love here! The photos are indeed fantastic so you are right to share them all. I will happily suffer. I love the purple and the print of the dress. I love your cheeky side beret and your shoes and your jewelry and that amazing bag! Should you need to carry your bowling balls around with you, you are all set!
xo

freckleface said...

Purple and green and paprika red hair is just such a beautiful combination, there's no suffering involved. You look like a heaven-sent angel of deliciousness. I adore this new hair do and feel like I am top of the class and teacher's pet all rolled into one now! How lovely. Your lyrics have taken me straight back to my bedroom aged 17. I used to warble along to Siouxsie Sioux for hours. My friend Gos did me tapes. Now, finally, what have you got in that amazing bag? Skirting board? A gate? A picnic for two?! Love xxxxxx

Lally said...

What a fabulous outfit! Love the bag especially that wonderful plaid lining X

Oranges and Apples said...

purple tastic! You look great!

peaches mcginty said...

Love the regal purples and blues, it's late, I can't figure out if you are purple or blue, it doesn't matter, you look blooming wonderful, the green gloves are fab, and I adore your hair! the bag is a beauty too, it deserved to be pounced on! x x x

Goody said...

If I'd been there I'd have swiped that bag! Sure, it would be hard to tuck beneath a coat and run with, but I would have tried. Don't you love it when the interior of a bag is just as nice as the exterior? *sigh* they just don't make 'em like they used to.

Purple and green (slaps forehead) why didn't I ever do that? You're like the best colour theory course ever.

Connie said...

Howdy. I visit often but rarely chime in even though you continually blow my mind but I just can't hold my tongue any more. This is just too fabulous. The green gloves have pushed me over the edge. LOVE!!!!!

Melanie said...

The vibe on your head makes everything go round, referring of course to the awesome hair, jaunty angle of your beret, and the single earring. And then you light it all on fire with the green gloves. Spectacular! Your eyes are in the right place and so is everything else.

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Oh that frock is just gloriarse darling! I adore you in it! And those green gloves are making me squee in envy. Wonderful pics. Xx

Bobbi said...

Gorgeous! All of my favorite colors, smashing hair, amazing bag (I'm quite jealous of that find!), and of course a beautiful setting for you to be photographed in.
You always look so good.

Fiona said...

What a top backdrop to your epoustouflant self. Give me a rummage in a salvage yard and I'm like a pig in shite. You are looking a dream in purple and green and a beret's always good in my book. Xx

Forest City Fashionista said...

You look like a lovely sprig of lilac against the backdrop of green! The lilac bushes are just starting to bloom over here. The necklace is very cool, and I do like your hair in the curly side bun! Very retro-looking.

Tamera Wolfe said...

What an amazing backdrop for you in regal violet!! You are stunning as always

Rella B said...

You look amaaaaazing in that dress! And set against the moss and green door with little pops of red in the leaves and your lips is just lovely. We have a couple architectural scrap yards here in Seattle and they're awesome, but not as picturesque as the Pumphouse.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

I want a bag like that so badly but I want it in red. And you look super ultra fab in all your purple passion!

Trees said...

That bag is wonderful and also loving the beret, 1930s hair one earring look!

Brooke F said...

Sublime shades and a beautiful setting. Love the cute hair style and the bag is fantastic. No worries there about not being able to fit everything in. XXX

liz said...

Oooh yeah, the bright purple and green look so good together. I'm really feeling that necklace, too--reminds me of some crazy jewelry I had back in high school that I lost, booo.

two squirrels said...

Oh oh the purple is just gorgeous on you.....love love the beret and hair sweet....very pretty!!!!!!
Hmmmm we do love that fantastic bag too.......yay what a find.
Hope you and G have had a wonderful weekend. Love v

thorne garnet said...

wow, I love the colors too and the giant size bag

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Wow, you look so pretty. These pics are lovely.

Indigo Violet said...

I adore your dress, finding one like that would be my holy grail (I'd probably have more luck making one). Violet's shop is still there, and she's making even huger massive jewellery out of passementerie and other lovely bits and bobs. I work with her other half.

Catherine said...

fabulous fabulousness Helga! I love purple and cant wait until me made may is over so i can wear my purple tights again!

Northern mum down South said...

Helga, this look is fantastic and I love your hairdo, it has inspired me to have a go myself - hope you don't mind me copying. Thank you, thank you xxx

tubby3pug said...

really cute outfit, I really like the bag lining

retro rover

wardrobeexperience said...

the coat, the dress, the hure bag ... i love everything. :)