There was fifteen million fingers learnin' how to play

So, I hadn't been opshopping in 3 weeks!
I call that blasphemy!
I was bloody itching to get out to a couple of my favourites on Friday, fair champing at the bit!
I took the car and left G to his own devices.....

Frock-80's tastic, opshopped
Coat-70's, from darling Curtise
Belt-from sexy Vix
Shoes-retail (sale) a few years ago
Hat-70's, opshopped
Handbag-a vintage shop in New Orleans
Scarf-a sarong, bought on Gili Air, Indonesia, just a couple of weeks ago
Necklace-New Orleans

And whilst I didn't hit any major jackpot, I was quite pleased to come home with yet another vintage case, a strange 60's leopard hat, a possible Playtex cross your heart bra (no label) that makes my boobage dangerously pointy, a pretty tablecloth, a JAJ Pyrex casserole dish for the collection, a little vinyl coin purse, some elastic, some sequin trim, a tall glass jar and....

...this rather fabularse 70's corduroy trenchcoat!

The pangs of opshop withdrawal have now settled.

Beth Waltz asked to see the 5 frocks that I took away with's 3 of them, darl....the other 2 didn't make it home! One was already fairly tatty, and the other was just too damned hot and heavy and fecked me off.
From left to right-70's maxi that I've had for a while, modern maxi (opshopped in Melbourne) and 70's caftan from my darling sistercousinwifey were all quite light and comfortable, and no trouble to dry when handwashed.
Other than that I had a swimsuit, a sarong, and a couple of visors.
I did buy a blue cheeseclothy caftan top/dress, as seen in monkey picture here , as I was bored with what I took along, but I never usually buy clothes in South East Asia, as I am far too busty to fit them, and I prefer to opshop anyway!
I did, however, buy 4 pairs of shoes, which you will gradually see...!!!
G fits the clothing really well, though, being a petite build, so we bought him 4 pairs of jeans, a pair of trousers, 2 pairs of work pants and a pair of shorts!



Amber of Butane Anvil said...

What a relief when itching subsides! Your stripes, dots, hat, glasses, and knowing expression in the 2nd photo are just divine. Much love! Look forward to seeing that corduroy coat and your new shoes on! xoxo

diaryofapennypincher said...

Great outfit, everything goes so well together. I really love the striped coat, and those shoes, gorgeous! That corduroy coat find looks amazing! Know what you mean about the withdrawal symptoms, just been away for a week and it nearly killed me! OH found plenty to buy but I just wanted charity shops, pah!!

Sue said...

Spots and stripes my favourite combo. Love the Koru shaped ring on your pinky finger. The op shops will provide goodness for you now that they know you are home. Of you go, have another crack at it!

seƱora Allnut said...

First, love your striped coat, because it's Red and it's Striped (doubled fabulousnesssss!), and obviously love all your red magnificence, from your tights to your red lipstick and pretty blush!, and so pretty hat and glasses!!, gorgeous.
And second, what an fortunate man is G, he could purchase all those clothes! Life is being unjust to us, traditionally built ladies (mwahaha)
Lovely corduroy coat indeed!

Goody said...

Last Friday, I was in a crowded shop when I found a vinyl overnight bag I had circa 1974. I was happy to see it again, so I grabbed it, held it aloft, and yelled loudly,

"This bag is so fecking Helga Vinyltastic!"

It got a few odd looks, and the wee one tried to hide behind a display, but you'll be pleased to know a good portion of thrift store shoppers in Omaha have now added, "Helga, Fecking, and Vinyltastic" to their vocabularies.

You really were the first person I thought of as I grabbed that bag.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

That gold corduroy coat is going to be SPECTACULAR! Can't wait to see it on as well as the dangerous pointy boobs.

Your glasses are just perfect.


Beth Waltz said...

Thankee kindly, dear Helga, for obligin' my nosiness! I, too, would come home wearing a sarong for a scarf -- perhaps two as palazzo pants under a tunic top.

At least G was able to fill the gap left by the discarded frocks with wardrobe acquisitions of his own!

The corduroy coat is delicious! Your red hair will caramelize that taffy shade, with or without a furry beret.

Sheila said...

It's such a relief to go have a wee shop, isn't it? I love that corduroy coat - I am savagely in love with the 70s lately.

Trees said...

I don't do much shopping, but I HAD to last weekend too (picked up a lovely vintage skirt and a few bits of fabric), I guess I don't know how much I miss our Wellington shops till I don't have them!!! You look wonderful in the photos - such a fantastic feeling having a whole wardrobe when you've just been wearing the same few dresses forever!

beate grigutsch said...


okay - your posts and looks are so gorgeous - i´ll type happily the numbers :-)

the red&black stripy coat from curtise is wonderful!!
you do the tricky red and black combo very chic. the light scarf and bag are genius.
and your makeup is beautiful!!!! for sure you are a beauty without warpaint but you did a very good job here enhancing your lovely face!!!!!


Vix said...

That Curtise coat of just fantastic - you are the queen of rocking the feck out of the red, white and blue combo!
I'm always a bit rubbish at getting back into the charity shopping after a month away, looks like you've actually hones your skills. That coat looks amazing. Reminds me of the coat Colin Firth wore in Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy - Jon still goes on about it now. Love the label!
Love you! xxxxx

Krista Gassib said...

3 weeks holy hell how did you ever survive! You look extra scrumpticious in these pictures, I think I've just missed you so bad! Love that jacket, it's mad and I've never seen a corduroy trench ever! You will rock it to bits!
Love you!xxxxxxx

Porcelina said...

Wowzer that's quite an outfit, I love all the red! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier Helga. I think you did well on the shopping trip, 'dangerously pointy' boobs made me laugh! P x

Carol said...

Hello beautiful!
I'm seriously SERIOUSLY envying that coat! And the bra. My boobs need some pointy, err, I mean I really needs new bras.

freckleface said...

Three weeks? Mercy! That's an eternity! You have a talent for winter clothing. It's all the interest you manage to pack into all the layers, there's so much to look at. You're going to look all mysterious in that corduroy coat, I can feel it. And as for pointy boobage, let's seeeeee!!! I love buying a little something when I go away, it's a way of extending the holiday, but you're right, often the body shapes are completely different. Didn't G do well! xxxxxx

Tilda said...

Good haul, I love the Pyrex dish and the fab tablecloth (might be a skirt or dress in the future?).

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Love your tapestry purse and your glasses---a tapestry purse is on my wish list. Your complexion is gorgeous!

pastcaring said...

I'd forgotten all about that coat - doesn't it look fabularse with the red frock and polka dot scarf/sarong? And I am dying with the Bag Envy over here, how dare you wave that delicious tapestry number at me so provocatively?!
Oh it's nice to have a little rummage after you've been away for a while; that 70s coat will look fantastic (Plumage! Love!) and I am just dying to see the effect of the bra on your boobage. Could have someone's eye out though, be careful.
Lucky G, to be able to fit into the clothes - they wouldn't be made for my build at all. Let's see him modelling the goods ow, please. (I just did a great typo and put "licky" instead of "lucky" - nearly left it in for the laugh!)
Love yoooooou! xxxxx

ArgentGal said...

The corduroy trench is beyond fabularse! I would Steampunk the heck out of that and love it every day for ever and ever! (I have a small corduroy problem...)

And that red on red on red outfit? Whew baby!

his_girl_friday said...

I love how colorful you always are! Also love the polka-dots with the stripes!

peaches mcginty said...

Ooooh I love your glasses! gorgeous they are, you are looking all lush and ready for action in splendid red - I'm all for pointy boobs! I'd love it and probably be very inappropriate in one (all the more reason to have one!)the cord jacket is fab, the collar buttons and gathered sleeves are delish! I'm looking forward to seeing you in it, and with pointy boobs x x x

Forest City Fashionista said...

Oooh, I do love this outfit! That is my most favourite orangey shade of red, and any outfit that has both stripes AND polka dots is brilliant. Am loving the free-flowing hair too.

If I haven't been thrifting in a while I start to obsess about treasures I'm probably missing out on. Sounds like G increased his wardrobe significantly while on vacation - excellent!

Shawna McComber said...

I love your sassy pose! I wonder when was the last time I went three weeks without going to the thrift shops. It could only have been when I was bedridden!

I love the colours in your dress and coat and the whole combination is just a stunner! I can't wait to see you wearing the op shop trench coat!

Vintage Bird Girl said...

That coat from Curtise is just amazing. It really rocks the whole red, white & blue thing, which I am rather obsessed by at the moment. How I love your matchy matchy outfit. I've got a 5 frock limit for NZ too, how I wish I could take more like 20! Xx