Friday, 27 July 2012

A Grande Birthday - the Partay

A sunny day, a big backyard, table tennis and a massive bowl of punch. 
What more could One ask for??

Mumsie & I before the festivities began. I went with the white dress as I ran out of time to do anything about a skirt or trousers to go with the green top. Mum made her own costume.



With my beloved, aka Madam Spectress, fortune teller & palm reader

With my brother, Nat...

...a class act all the way. (That would be his wife Catherine to the left, totally ignoring him)




The coolest littlest dude at the party!


Dad teaches his youngest grandson how mixers work (or  not)

When my friend Margot arrived, I didn't recognise her because of the wig. I took one look and thought, "Oh, that must be one of Jay's weird friends." 10 seconds later I worked it out.

Meanwhile Dad seems fascinated by the red chair


Do I have a cup in my hand in EVERY SINGLE PHOTO or what?

I'm excitedly showing off a gift to Dad here... but I really just like the expression on his face (although perhaps I know what I'm looking for). I have always been "his little Claire."

 Then my CAKE arrived and cocktail hour...well, continued

And sadly this is the only photo of me in my spectacular purple dress! It was rather dark by this time. Luckily, I'd realised beforehand this might be the case and spent some time playing dress ups in the bathroom.



I was wearing a wig, obviously. It was actually quite bright purple.



Chop chop, munch munch

It came with about 60 of those mini cupcakes and it was all made for me by my lovely friend Christine.


 Some wonderful gifts I was lucky to receive

 These roses are still going strong today!

And this is my invitation, made just for me by my beloved Jay. When you live with a graphic designer, you get cool stuff like this. My cousin Annie was supposed to be celebrating with me, but due to the date change, was unable to make it in person. (And no, those aren't bits missing... just my obvious editing of personal info)


So. 30 years taken care of. What's next?

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

I am a moth

 At least that's how I feel today. Colourful in a drab kind of way.



I refuse to have the left side of my face photographed until the large stress-induced blemish which has taken root there decides to f*ck off.

Dress - Markets
Cameo - gifted from my beloved
Everything else - retail



And check out this tasty morsel...


That is just one of the many delicious cupcakes which came with my mind-blowingly tasty birthday cake on the weekend. I will finally have birthday party pics to post in the next couple of days.

Red velvet cake... YUM!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Decisions, decisions...

This Saturday I finally get to have my 30th birthday party! The theme is 1920's. The day is split into 2 parts: a rather civilised afternoon/garden tea, followed by rowdy and raucous cocktail hour. This means I NEED 2 outfits.

The outfit for cocktail hour is taken care of and will be here shortly! But today I decided I hated my afternoon tea look. So I raided the local op shop to see what I could find.

(This post is basically me playing dress-ups and taking photos of myself, which is why they're a bit blurry and crap.)

I love the colour of this little top. And it's little flower and waist tie thing. The flower is actually a brooch. But I have no idea how to wear it. Straight below-knee length skirt? Wide legged trousers? In what colour? 


 Then there's this weird thing. I picked it up because of the metallic embellishments. You can see how much I'm trying and failing to love it.

There is nothing 20's about it. I bought it purely for the metallic stuff at the neckline. Miss?


One thing I WILL be wearing is my little red hat. Practice for when I'm old...



 Then I found this dress. The label is Zara. Can I just, as an aside, ask what the hell was the big deal with Zara? When the massive shop opened in Melbourne city, people actually camped outside to get in first in the morning. This dress is nice, but it would not be impossible for me to ever get something similar from another shop.

Actually I am rather in love with this dress. And it's not even vaguely 20's. But I want to wear it.



A friend suggested I 1920 it by tying a sash around the hips as a drop-waist. I did that and it looked terrible. My hips do not require accentuation.


I'm thinking I'll dye it. But I don't know what colour. What colour??? My first thought was to tea-dye it but I don't want to look all fleshy. Maybe peach? Same problem. Grey? Lavender?


Pale green? Or is that ea-de-nil? I'll probably wear this shawl with it. I think.


Really not getting anywhere here.



 Or I could wear this shawl. Which is part of my evening look anyway, so it would kind of blend the two looks together. Mmm, yes, blending.


 So - how can I wear the green top (the first one) or how can I pretty up the white dress in a 20's style? What colour should I dye it? Any suggestions before this Saturday morning would be appreciated!