You hear laughter, cracking through the walls....


How splendid is this piece of street art?!
A total bonus of having ones city fall apart in an earthquake is the art that has cropped up!
Out of devastation comes beauty!
G and I stumbled upon this by accident after a lunch date.
Bit by bit, streets open, close, and open again as repairs to the infrastructure continue.
It's pretty bloody exciting, as buildings are going up in unexpected places, and all sorts of interesting things pop up in the open spaces in between!







Frock-made it myself with an opshopped retro duvet cover
Jacket-70's, opshopped and cropped by moi
Handbag-70's tooled leather delight, opshopped
Sandals-70's, gifted over 15 years ago
Earrings-the divoon Ila Pop
Necklace-60's, from the gorgeously smiley Tamera
Sunglasses-60's, from my sistercousinwifey
Hairflower-Ubud, Indonesia



And what have we here...?!


This little vintage caravan shop was a wonderful surprise!
Naturally, we stopped and had a good sniff about!






This huge Rex handbag made me palpitate just a little.....
I have never seen such a big one!!!
(HANDBAG, you dirty minded trollops!)
I squeeeeed considerably, and as it was my birthday week, I made off with it-and at such a bargain price I could just cry.....
I also picked up some modern but retro looking scales, as mine had just shat themselves.


Clutching my Rex for dear life....


This is the lovely proprietress!



I can't wait to go trawling about our dishevelled streets again soon to see what awesomeness has popped up!

X

32 comments:

Curtise said...

There you are! How I've missed you, my darling! It's a delight to see your gorgeousness in that fabularse frock (what a great print), groovy wedge sandals, and that enormous Rex!
Ooh, I like the look of that little caravan crammed with lovely stuff, what a great idea. And the street art is pretty amazing too. And you are radiating good cheer and beauty, as always! Loving yoooou! xxx

diaryofapennypincher said...

You look splendid in shades of orange and brown, another home made dress triumph too! I adore that vintage shop in a caravan, how sweet!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

You look gorgeous! Love the dress, shoes, and tooled purse! That little vintage pop-up looks fantastic!! Great scores!

Tatjana Dmitrović Drljan said...

Oh dear Helga you look just perfect in this look again and again :)
Vintage Shop.This is so cool!!
Street art is amazing too.

Kisses :)

Miss Magpie said...

Gooood why can't I find duvet covers in that kind of amazing orange loveliness??

Your bag is ah-may-zing.

Sarah Jane said...

I love street art and would happily roam the backwaters for many an hour in pursuit of it. Good to see you back. Feel like we haven't 'spoken' for ages. Love the duvet cover dress and that enormous bag of yours (spoken in true Carry On style) xxx

Tilda said...

Orange you just beautiful!
I love street art and pop-up shops.
Looks like a splendid day was had by all:)

Forest City Fashionista said...

Even though the quake was devastating, it seems your city is using it as an opportunity to freshen itself up a bit. That is very cool street art!

What a sweet little caravan. That is one massively impressive Rex bag. Better hang on tight to that one ;)

Beth Waltz said...

First let us admire the dress, the flattering drape and length of the skirt. Looking down, we spy sandals exactly the most flattering height that blend with the tropical flavor of the bag's ornamentaion. But it's that sweet touch of an outsized blossom, with a pinch of salt in the choice of the jacket, that proclaims "Helga is Here!" And it's so good to see you out and about again...

Goody said...

Happy Birthday! Mine is this week too-I just knew we were born under the same sign (it said, "Get off my lawn.")

That Rex really is king.

I'm not quite thinking or typing in complete sentences at the moment, but I can't leave without telling you how much I've missed you and how your sewing skills leave me really jealous.

Sheila said...

So happy to see you again! You look ravishing in orange. What a fabulous mural! Erm, a wee spot of toenail polish would make you 100% (from 99%, so it's not like you weren't close to perfect! ;-P).

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

And you're adorable. My internal mind screams for yellow, orange, copper so I'm deeply envious.

Sue said...

Well hello!!! So glad you are back. Love the street art, so amazing and a welcome sight. OMG I have the same scales in the same colour!! Scale twins!! I would love to sell things from a cute little caravan, hmmm, new job for me?!

Jazzy Jack said...

Kiwi's are continually inventive, artistic and amazing! And I'm counting you in that. I will show my ignorance and say I haven't heard of a Rex bag before. I have now...and obviously it's a great thing! Well done for spotting it. Will look forward to seeing it featured in one of your future amazing en-som-bluhs! Glad that Christchurch is digging itself out of the mire and back into the world again. Wonderful art, as background to a wonderful bird! xo Jazzy Jack

Delia Ryder said...

aahhh so good to see a post pop up from you again :-) You look gorgeous and I am loving your dress you are good to make them yourself. That street art is amazing it always fascinates me how they just seem to pop up and they go into so much detail some of them. That caravan what a delight :-) Enjoy your lovely new handbag, dee xx

Carol said...

Well hello beautiful!

Mia said...

Hi Helga! Your outfit looks so bright and sunny. I really like it!- mia

thorne garnet said...

Look at those vintage suitcases! And that typewriter. And lovely you!

colormebrazen said...

Missed you and your wonderful garishness terribly! This might be my favorite frock you've ever worn.

sister outlaws said...

The painted woman on the wall looks like she doesn't know if she should faint at your gorgeousness or suck your nipple.
That bag Helga is a REAL FIND!!!!

Carina Rosenholm said...

Gorgeous as always and i love the big one !
Xxx

Lyosha Varezhkina said...

I love this dress! the whole outfit is pretty but the dress! oh the dress. took my heart away

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

Ivy Black said...

Ha! You are a gorgeous summery sight for sore eyes! Properly warmed me up, you have.
That is a cracking piece of street art...that's how to do it.
Love teh caravan of vintage finds...look at that huge Rex! Mmmmmmm....I have a caravan busy doing nothing......
XXXXX

ThriftyParka said...

Gorgeous dress and cropped jacket!! You've inspired me to crop some op-shopped clothing I have. Luuuurve Rex.

Hollie Black-Ramsey said...

I've missed you, my buxom friend!

Melanie said...

Clearly you are part of the street art. I breathe in relief seeing your summery self after the darkness and rain here. Your new handbag was waiting for you. It's spectacular. I'm glad your city is sprouting with little joy pockets all over the place.

ArgentGal said...

Wow. What a great mural. The little shop is adorable and your handbag is an amazing find. My biggest frustration with darling vintage purses is that they're too small to accommodate my rather larger and slightly less vintage wallet. But best of all is that frock! Orange, pink, and green is such an excitingly vibrant color combo!

FeltByRae said...

Oooh; loving your frock and coveting your divine rex handbag! Never noticed before, but you have very pretty ankles m'dear, if that doesn't sound too weird?!

Rae x

Catherine said...

ooh yes now that is an impressive bag! and dress and street art! Perhaps the bag once belonged to a very important lady boss working? Ladies would only carry such big bags to carry such important "boss" things after all! Go Auckland!!

señora Allnut said...

yeah, lots of fun, colors and art!, such an amazing street art, and such a cute little shop you've found!, and your frock is really candy for my eyes, orange and fabulous!
besos

freckleface said...

We are entranced! Well, I am anyway. Love, love, love that dress. Always makes me happy to see you in it, looking all gorgeous, plus those platforms and the bag are lovely too. Before I forget, Happy Birthday! I hope you had a lovely one and welcome to the 48ers. Of course, I'm very late....ooops, sorry, I've had two terrible illnesses: internetitous and chronic lethargy. I blame winter. I digress....I was just thinking I'd love to go shopping with you and hear you squeal when you came across something exciting, like a Monster Rex!! How wonderful. You could practically use it as an overnight bag! You must have practically a National collection by now? Xxxxxx

jen storer said...

Everything as gorgeous as ever! But that bag. OMG, i am hyperventilating. You look so so fab, HVT!