Saturday, December 12, 2009

Musique dans un Rêve

Ever since I was a little girl, I loved the story of the Secret Garden. The sadness of Mr Craven losing his pretty wife, being so devastated that he locked away that garden forever, then one young girl finding it and bringing it to life again with love and attention.

One day when I was home sick from school, my mother put on the tv and there was a movie adaptation of the book for the family movie. It was really well done and throughout the movie a variation on a musical piece was used as the theme. It remains the one piece of classicial music that 'gets' me every time I hear it. It's so achingly, hauntingly beautiful that I love it more every time I listen, and the last part is so pretty it makes me want to cry.

Here for your listening pleasure is Chopin's Nocturne #19 in E Minor. I dare you not to fall in love!

(PS the fact that Colin Firth was in this version of the movie is reason enough to watch it ladies, love me a man in uniform! ;)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pin-Up Pretties

Out running errands the other day, I happened upon the cutest vintage-styled storage tins. Well, they're actually meant to be biscuit tins but currently they're holding my drawing pencils and suchlike.

Aren't they ADORABLE? Of all the places, they came from Priceline! Now I *love* Priceline anyway, but who wouldn't love them when they have cute stuff like this? The best part was, they were only $7 each on sale (including biscuits!) Yum yum vintagey goodies!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

What A Cute Kitten...

One of my favourite stores is the lovely and oh-so-French "Kitten D'Amour" (formerly known as the Sex Kitten Boutique) in central Brisbane, just off the Queen Street Mall.

Kitten D'Amour specialise in handmade, limited-edition clothing for day and evening wear. Their boutique alone is worth a visit, the layout & visual feast is to die for =D

Anyway, I wanted to show you some of the goodies I have bought from them. The service is absolutely brilliant, whether I'm spending or just browsing, I always feel like a valued customer. Last time I was there, the fabulous & friendly Tegan helpped me, and she always remembers me even though she must have a zillion customers spending way more than me! But, I love the half hour of escape I get wandering around just looking at all the cute clothes & accessories :)

Ok, on to the pictures:

I love their bags, they just make me think of Paris & Shopping! As you can see, this first bag was before they changed the name. According to the manager, the liked their name but they want to expand to other countries and some places you can't get away with a boutique that uses the word 'sex'- plus they had lots of men coming in thinking it was a classy lingerie shop! ^_^
Attention to detail is really cute, your purchases are wrapped in pink tissue and sealed with a lovely little sticker. Makes you feel like you just spent a million bucks!
This is the latest pretty I bought,a cute handmade brooch/hair accessory. I just love the polka dot ribbon contrasted with the red feathers. It looks great on a plain cardi or on a stripy top. Very Parisienne...
A cute flower scarf/choker. The number of ways to wear this that Tegan showed me was amazing, things I'd never even thought of. She alsso combined it with their pink polka dot scarf to create a whole new look. I really need to wear this one more, it's so cute.
I just *love* this adorable little mirror & comb set, it looks so cute on my dresser. (It reminds me of Anna Sui as well) This would be a great little gift, as it was only $15 the set. Tegan was so good at her job, the service ethic is great, she even polished the mirror with Windex before she wrapped it up, how cute!

On my last visit, I even got this lip gloss as a gift, very nice of the girls...

All the goodies together :)

If you want to see what else is on offer (and you should, it's GORGEOUS!) Check out the Kitten D'Amour website by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dressember- Sunny Side Up

I recently attended a vintage market at a local boutique, and one of the items that I dug out of the bargain bin was this dress. It's not my usual style but cute & cool enough for a day of doing chores around the house. It's not quite the right fit for my shape, so it'll probably be going into my Etsy store soon.

The fabric is a really cute vintage circle print.

The cute polka-dot sunglasses were also a lucky find in the depths of a jumble table. I don't normally go for oval-shaped glasses but I quite like these :)

Dress: Vintage from a market
Belt: Ice Accessories (I think)
Glasses: Vintage market

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dressember- Violet Hill

I purchased this dress (along with another) quite awhile back but hadn't yet worn it. Given that Dressember is a perfect excuse, I gave it an outing. This one was quite good for a warm day running errands, but still looking a little bit dressed up.

I think it'd even be nice with heels & a cardi for a garden party or daytime wedding. I really love the fabric-covered buttons on the waist, they're such a cute detail & make it look vintage. Best of all it was only $16 on- you guessed it- eBay!

Dress: Ebay
Bracelet: Diva
Sunglasses: Random store in London

Monday, December 7, 2009

Temporary Insanity

Oh. Emm. Gee!

I've gone completely googly-eyed over this amazing jewellery website, Temporary Secretary. I've had them on my links list for a little while, but just now was inspired to share the link with you all.

The accessories here are just so warm'n'fuzzily, adorably cute and brimming over with sugary sweetness that it makes my head want to explode. In a good way. So if you want a dose of happy, head right over for cuteness overload!

Images: Temporary Secretary

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