Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My weekend in pictures

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend - Rich and I did but it was pretty busy as well went meant it was over with far too quickly!!

On Friday night Rich and I went along to see Carousel Cabaret Burlesque as my friend Ria was performing as her alter ego "Galaxy Fox" it was a lot of fun but I was surprised how many people in the crowd were dressed in amazing costumes! I felt a little under dressed and that doesn't happen often. My mind is buzzing with a few ideas of what I could wear next time - even though I won't be able to go again until February (they have the show on the 23rd of each month).

On Saturday morning Rich and I went to the "Monster Garage Sale" at the church which is about 2 minutes walk from our apartment. We managed to pick up a few books and other bits and pieces for dirt cheap (we bought four books for 50 cents).

However, the church folks were pretty innovative and had come up with a few other ways to raise funds - including charging $4 to let people play their church organ for 5 minutes. It was pretty fun.

We did have another reason for visiting the church as well:

We had a general election here in New Zealand on Saturday and the church was our closest polling booth. I generally don't talk about anything political on here as I am a public service, but I will say I was really disappointed by the poor voter turnout - 31% of New Zealanders did not bother to vote in the election. It makes me kind of sad and angry that women fought so hard historically to get the vote and people all over the world are still fighting to have the right to vote but 31% of New Zealanders can't be bothered to head to a polling vote, especially when I know friends in both Australia and the UK made every effort to vote even though they don't live in New Zealand any more. On Saturday night we went to a friends house to watch the election coverage and have an amazing dinner. I provided the dessert for the evening - it may have strawberries on top but its actually a banana and chocolate cake and it was pretty good. Which I was really happy about - I always get a bit nervous about full size cakes. If you make cupcakes you can always test one to make sure it tastes good but with a full size cake its all or nothing! If it goes horribly wrong all your friends will know - eek.

On Sunday we decided that we needed a break from the city and seen as it was a beautiful day we decided to head out to Paekakariki Beach which is about an hour from Wellington. I really like it out here but this is the first time I have been since we returned from living overseas (which will be a full year next month!).

After we had finished walking and looking around the beach we decided to grab some drinks from a cute cafe/design store. Here's a few photos from the inside of the store - its a mix of vintage things, new things, ice cream and hot and cold drinks.

Well that was our weekend in a nutshell - I hope you all had a great time too xoxox

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fancy tights Friday - Business in the front, party at the back

This weeks fancy tights Friday looks a little boring - black tights and green shoes - so what? You many think.
However - SURPRISE! The tights have a red "Ladylike Seam" (that's what the package said) down the back. Hurrah!
Shoes - The Warehouse
Tights - Farmers

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Swish Dish

Recently I bought a couple of vouchers from a one day deal website for a place in Upper Hutt called Swish Dish. I've always wanted to go there and try it out but I never seemed to make it there.

Swish Dish is one of those places where you can choose some kind of ceramic and paint it up all pretty, you leave it and the store and they fire it and when you come back in a couple of weeks time its ready to use.

Here's the completed creations - Rich painted a "Blokes Mug" which is going to fit a whole lot of tea once its been fired. I chose the cupcake trinket box - I felt a little like I cheated as I didn't have to put too much thought into the design.

After grabbing some sushi for lunch - we walked along the Hutt River for a bit, you can't see it in these photos but it was a SUPER windy day!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday Wardrobe Challenge - Nail Polish

Another easy wardrobe challenge this week - nail polish! This looks like such an awkward photo of my hand. The nail polish actually has flecks of green glitter though it, but its really fine and didn't show up in the photo at all.I could have just shown you the nail polish, seen as that was the challenge, but here's the rest of the outfit!
I have had this vintage frock FOREVER but it was originally a really weird length - it fell mind calf which really isn't flattering. In fact it looked just plain weird. Last night I FINALLY got around to shortening it.
A close up of the sparkly polyester awesome-ness.
The collar on the frock is pretty epic and it has wee plastic golden buttons down the front.
I love my wee horse necklace even if I don't really like horses that much! The last time I wore it one of the ladies at work said I should have worn it on Melbourne Cup Day - that would of been brilliant! Perhaps I'll remember to wear it for Melbourne Cup 2012.
I bought this a while back at Craft 2.0 and I love it!
This photo looks slightly like I am clawing at the wall trying to escape - I promise I'm not. I just wanted to share with you what I think is an octopus ring, although it only has four tentacles, I am pretty sure it's meant to be an octopus.
Hot pink tights and gold shoes - yes please - I am really loving my gold shoes right now.


Nail polish - Bought it South Korea
Dress - Vintage, Trade Me
Cardi - Glassons
Tights & Shoes - The Warehouse
Brooch - Craft 2.0
Ring - Uijeongbu Underground Mall, South Korea
Bracelet - Made by my friend Vany
Necklace - Equipt

Finally - my friend Meg posted a link on facebook over the weekend which encouraged me to make a pair of shoe clips.
I am the first to admit it - pink shoe clips don't really work so well with pink tights! But you guys get the idea. I really want to make some more now.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bolton Street Cemetery Walk

A couple of weekends ago Rich and took a guided tour of the Bolton Street Cemetery, which is the burial ground of many of the original residents of Wellington city. It's been closed for many years (since the 1960's) and a motorway has been built through the middle of the cemetery (they had to move a whole bunch of graves and there is a mass burial plot for those that had to be moved) and it is an incredibly interesting place for a history geek like me.

The oldest house in Wellington is also in the park - it's now used as a residency for artists. I think its actually the oldest surviving house in Wellington, there were a couple of fairly major earthquakes in the city in the late 1800's in which I am sure lots of buildings were destroyed.