11th January, 2013

Moving!

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4th January, 2013

One month on

leaving the town hall after our ceremony / with my parents and siblings / my three lovely bridesmaids / stopping for a photo outside a secondhand bookshop

It is so crazy to think that five weeks have already passed since the wedding! Parts of the day I can remember so clearly and others feel like a complete blur. For example, I know that at this exact time five weeks ago I was having rollers put in my hair and the bridesmaids’ makeup had already begun. But I can barely remember walking down the aisle - so strange! It’s also a weird feeling to have been planning something nonstop and then go to nothing straight after. I find myself still looking on wedding blogs for inspiration and scheming more ideas before I remember that I am already married, silly!

But I look back on the whole experience with a fondness that I hope will last a lifetime. The whole process leading up to the day was one of the funnest times of my life so far and the actual event was so full of love. I am really excited to get our photos back at the end of the month and really break the whole thing down in detail. I was so secretive about the details because I wanted our guests to be surprised but now I am well and truly ready to spill!

In the meantime, here are a few more instagram snaps to tide you over until we get the real photos. And I am keen to know - if you are married, how did you deal with the adjustment to your pace post-big-day?

3rd January, 2013

January lust list

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Another month, another list of things I just have to have! Recently I have found my style to be undergoing a major shift. My wardrobe full of pretty vintage dresses doesn’t appeal to me as much, and I find myself craving modern styles, textured prints and, shock horror, pants. Coming from the girl who didn’t own a pair until last year, this is really saying something! Here’s what’s on my radar for January:

  1. La Parisienne agenda. I still can’t decide if I want a diary this year but if I do wind up getting one, it will be the same as I had last year.
  2. Equipment blouse. I’ve been dreaming of owning one of these forever and may well crack soon.
  3. MAC perfectly plush brush set. This was actually bought by us as a Christmas gift for my sister but I want one too!
  4. Oroton glomesh wallet. Love this wallet and LOVE that it’s on sale. May have already bought this one.
  5. Topshop flash sandal. Sandals have been my sole shoe of choice this summer, it’s just a pity I can’t get away with them for work.
  6. Topshop floral swimsuit. In preparation for the upcoming Mauritius trip, need I say more?
  7. Sass and Bide explosion skirt. I’m currently undergoing a Sass and Bide addiction and this is next on the list.
2nd January, 2013

Goodbye house

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As of today we are officially moved out of our flat, almost two years to the day we got the keys. It’s a bittersweet feeling because I had really grown to love that poky little place with all its quirks. It felt like the first proper home Marc and I had made ourselves, and represented our first real shot at living alone after a few years of share houses and a short attempt living in the city in a shoebox apartment.

But I am even more excited about moving to Sydney and finding a new, better place to call home. I am dreaming of wooden floorboards, light-filled rooms and maybe even a bathtub if we are lucky enough. In fact, I have already made a Pinterest board dedicated to wishlist furniture for our new abode.

It’s going to be fun chronicling our adventures through house-hunting, to furnishing the place, to settling in and getting all our faux deer heads up on the wall. Even I’ll admit my collection is getting a little silly.

1st January, 2013

2012 in review

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The New Year has come around oh so fast and I actually can’t believe that one of the best years of my life is over. 2012, I’ve got to hand it to you - you were amazing. If someone were to have told me this time last year what was in store for me, I don’t think I would have quite believed them. It was one of the most formative years of my life to date, and I know all that crazy change I have experienced is going to continue long into 2013. For a while now I have lived by the motto “change and creation”, and the past 12 months have so perfectly summed that up. So before I jump headfirst into the next chapter, here’s a little reflection on the year that was - what I got up to, the highlights and the pinch-me moments:

  • Beginning my first job in journalism after a stint of work experience in January. The West Australian has been the greatest learning experience imaginable and I find myself thinking daily, “I love my work!” It’s going to be so sad to leave in a few weeks when we move to Sydney.
  • Holding the second White Elephant vintage clothing sale with my pal Robyn before she flew the coop for the fab city of Melbourne.
  • Watching three of my favourite musical acts live: Death Cab for Cutie, Bon Iver and Sigur Ros.
  • Travelling to Sydney for a few days to take part in a fun blogger project.
  • Speaking of Sydney, planning and preparing for said move. I have been dreaming of this for years and the time has finally come.
  • Attending the second annual Christmas in July do at our friend Alice’s house. That girl always puts on a fabulous soiree.
  • Overhauling my health and fitness. This was one of the biggest accomplishments of my past few years and one I am keen to talk about in more detail in the near future.
  • Marc and I entering our seventh year of dating and growing better together every day.
  • And here’s the big one: getting married! What a journey that was, from the scheming, to the engagement photo shoot, to the big day itself. Photos aren’t too far away I promise!

Check back tomorrow for my 2013 plans.

18th December, 2012

My week (and a bit) in pictures

I know it’s been a while since I last did one of these, but it’s now going to become a weekly feature! Feel free to leave a link in the comments if you do a similar round up of your own. Here’s what I got up to over the last week (and a bit):

  1. Christmas shopping with my new husband (it feels so weird to say that, I still keep referring to him as ‘my partner’ in conversation).
  2. We went to an incredible party on a farm for our friend Alice’s birthday with her twin Lucy. The set up was beyond amazing!
  3. The pontoon over the dam at the twins’ farm.
  4. Marc bought me this Marc by Marc Jabobs bag for my 23rd birthday the other week and I have taken it out every day since.
  5. High tea at the revolving restaurant for said birthday.
  6. On the way back from the country we visited Gnomesville, a ‘town’ with thousands of gnomes everywhere. I only wish we had taken one of our own to leave there!
  7. I may have gone a little overboard with buying gifts this year. Wrapping them all up is just too fun.
  8. Regrettably selling my YSL arty ring to save for new endeavours. Email me if you want details.
  9. $10 bargain gold sparkly sandals from Rubi. Perfect for the festive season I think.
  10. We went to watch the Christmas pageant on the weekend but all I captured on camera was the waffles we devoured afterward - I got peanut butter and cookie. Yum.
17th December, 2012

DIY: Vintage Christmas Stockings

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I was feeling a bit festive the other day and in need of a good DIY, so I thought it might be an idea to whip up some Christmas stockings for the Mr and I. We lost our old stockings years ago in between moving house and never replaced them, and I needed to put my piles of vintage fabric to good use too. Check below for a tutorial to make one of these babies for your own mantel, adapted from this one.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two types of fabric, one for the outside and one for the lining
  • Ribbon or trim (I used pom pom trim)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Paper
  • Iron

Step 1: Cut your desired stocking shape out of paper, keeping in mind the final product will be about 1cm less on each side. Fold fabric in half and pin pattern. Cut out fabric so you are left with two identical pieces. Repeat with second fabric choice.

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Step 2: Pair one piece from the outer and one piece from the inner together, right sides facing each other. Sew a 1cm seam along the top only. Open and press the seam. Repeat with the second two pieces.

Step 3: You should now have two separate pieces in a mirror-like effect with the sides pointing away from each other, with each side in a different fabric. Pair up the two pieces so the right sides are together. This can be seen in the below image with the seams paired in the middle. Sew a 1cm seam the whole way around the stocking, with a small gap in the lining to turn it all out. Snip little nicks in the seam fabric the whole way around to make turing out easier.

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Step 4: Now turn the whole stocking the right side out. It will look quite weird at this point because it looks like two stockings in different patterns connected at a middle seam. Iron and make sure the seams are all nicely pressed out. And now what will make it look more like the final product: tuck the lining stocking inside the outside stocking so you are left with one. Press again.

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Step 5: Turn over the very top of the stocking so the lining fabric is visible. Iron again to make sure it is all nice and flat. This is what you should be left with! For added pizazz, sew a trim around the edge of the lining and make a loop for hanging. Now hang over your mantel and wait for Santa to fill it with treats!

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9th December, 2012

All I Want For Christmas: 2012 Edition

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With all the chaos of planning the wedding I now feel like I am way behind on all things Christmas, and with two weeks to go I am frantically searching for the perfect gifts to thank those special people in my life. While I get on top of my last-minute shopping, here’s what I am hoping Santa sends my way:
  1. Gorman droplet tank dress - this would be perfect for the summer part of our honeymoon
  2. Mimi loves Jimi leather sandals - I’m getting out of my comfort zone with bright pops of colour
  3. Chanel red lipstick - can’t beat a classic red lip for the festive season
  4. Recreational initial necklace - I’d love one of these with the initial of my new surname
  5. Modcloth cat-ula - how fun would this be to cook with?!
  6. TwentySevenNames Dolores dress - because you can never have too many cat-themed items of clothing
  7. Glasshouse Tahaa candle - burn this for an instant holiday in your own home
  8. Status Anxiety Audrey wallet - it’s time for a new wallet and this one is perfection

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The Velvet Bow is a pastiche of fashion, lifestyle, photography, whimsy and vintage charm infused with musings, manifestos and a hint of glitter.

Jessie is a Perth-residing journalism student with an obsession for stringing words together to form perfect sentences, rummaging through thrift stores and travelling to far away places (some real, some imagined).

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