Tuesday, November 18, 2014

༺ Mother & Daughter: In Prints ༻

Vintage plaid maternity top paired with capris and plimsols | Lavender & Twill 
A 1950's inspired maternity look | Lavender & Twill  Bump watch comes in at 28 weeks and 3 days | Lavender & Twill  Heart vintage style | Lavender & Twill  "Gonna steal Mama's purse!" | Lavender & Twill  Isabelle twirls all the skirts | Lavender & Twill

This wasn’t supposed to be a regular thing, but…  (=◠。◠=)”

She’s too cute not to take photos of, and then too cute not to share the photos taken. She’s so cute she even gets away posting outfit photos without any shoes on, or her hair done!

I love the little white flower print on Isabelle’s denim dress, and yes, she likes to twirl the skirt around when I put her in it.  Full skirts are very popular with both girls in this household!

So are purses, shoes, and pretties for your hair and…. We have a lot of fun together.
♡。゚.(*♡´‿` 人´‿` ♡*)゚♡ °・

Speaking of fun ~ I do so like the plaid fabric of this vintage maternity top. I generally tend to feel plaid is more of an autumn or winter print, and gingham is for spring and summer, but I just love this cute piece with the little bows and lace at the neck, so of course I’ll wear it anyway!

Isn’t it funny though how you can associate certain prints with certain seasons? I mean, there are some that just make sense ~ like a print with autumn leaves all over it ~ but I don’t know where I get the “Plaid = Autumn/Winter” and “Gingham = Spring/Summer” thing from.

Maybe it has to do with the strength of the pattern, or the saturation of the colors. Because a pastel plaid would definitely be a spring or summer thing!

What do you think about the “Plaid = Autumn/Winter” and “Gingham = Spring/Summer” fashion philosophy? Yay or nay? Maybe you can shed some light on this particular style “do/don’t” I appear to have picked up.

xox,

bonita

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Dragonfly Pendant |  Christmas Present, 2009
It’s Plaid Baby Vintage Top | Etsy
Basic Denim Capris | Crossroads, Old
Strawberry Fields Purse | Nikki B’s, Milton
White Plimsols | Woolworths, Old

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Isabelle wears ~

Dainty Daisy Dress | Kmart, Current
Blue Peasant Top | Gifted
Strawberry Fields Purse | Nikki B’s, Milton

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Monday, November 10, 2014

༺ How To Make Pastel Colored Bobby Pins ༻

Hello Lovelies! I have another simple DIY tutorial for you that produces some very cute hair accessories, so let’s get right to it shall we? 

DIY Your Own Colored Bobby Pins | Lavender & Twill    
Supplies needed:

  • Clean bobby pins/hair grips ~ preferably new ones
  • Pretty nail polishes in your choice of colors  ~  I used Mode Cosmetics – Cool As, Maybelline Express Finish – Passing By Pink, BYS Nail Enamel – 05 Light Purple, N.Y.C. Color – Lemon
  • Some cardboard or paper

DIY Your Own Colored Bobby Pins | Lavender & Twill

Step 1:  Arrange your bobby pins on the cardboard and make sure there is paper underneath them to catch any extra spills.

DIY Your Own Colored Bobby Pins | Lavender & Twill

Step 2:  Carefully paint along the top of the individual bobby pins using your nail polish.  Be careful not to put too much polish on the brush or it will puddle over the side of the bobby pins.

DIY Your Own Colored Bobby Pins | Lavender & Twill

Step 3:  Rinse and repeat as often as you like!

Top Tip
:  It is better to use a thicker nail polish for this DIY than a thin one, as you not only get better coverage, but it’s also easier to paint neatly so that you don’t get puddles of excess polish everywhere!

DIY Your Own Colored Bobby Pins | Lavender & Twill
 

Step 4: Double coat your bobby pins to cover up any see-through spots.  When you are happy with how they look, very carefully move any bobby pins that are sitting in puddles of polish so that they don’t stick when dry and ruin the paint job when you take them off the cardboard.

DIY Your Own Colored Bobby Pins | Lavender & Twill

Allow your bobby pins to dry over night and then enjoy wearing your new pretty accessories in your hair!  (= ᵔ ᴗ ᵔ)  ~ ♥

DIY Your Own Colored Bobby Pins | Lavender & Twill

xox,

bonita

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

༺ Mother & Daughter: In Stripes ༻

Nautical style in navy and white stripes | Lavender & Twill

Tunic tops make great maternity wear ~ the long length covers bump nicely | Lavender & Twill

Co-ordinating colors can pull a casual look into a put together style | Lavender & Twill

Mother and daughter in matching stripes | Lavender & Twill

Little girls look super cute in ruffles | Lavender & Twill

Baby dreams | Lavender & Twill

I don’t know if I want to make this a ‘once-in-awhile’ feature, but just this one time at least I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of my daughter Isabelle to share on the blog. It’s partly an ‘little girls’ outfit look, but mostly because, like all mothers, I happen to think my daughter is the cutest thing out there, and if I can’t resist her, how can anyone else?  (≧ ω ≦) ~ ♡

Plus, we’re both in stripes, so you know…  : P

I wanted to stick with a strictly casual vintage vibe for this outfit. It’s hard to resist the temptation to dress an outfit up ~ you know, add heels or a strand of pearls, but I felt like this was a good opportunity for a more comfortable, casual maternity look.

Let’s face it, there are some days where the thought of nylons, heels or belts is just beyond an expecting mother and you just want to be able to be comfortable as well as presentable! Hence my nautical themed 1950’s-ish look.

The jersey tunic is the star of this style, and combined with stretch denim capris has the ‘all day’ comfort factor that makes this outfit so wearable. Just because it’s simple and cozy doesn’t mean it can’t have a vintage flair though; I love how the navy and white stripes add interest and of course, the peter pan collar wins at all the things. I adore peter pan collars!

Add some cute boater-style canvas flats and an adorable daughter, and you are good to go…  ꒰。• ◡ –。꒱

Don’t have an adorable daughter? Borrow someone else’s for the day ~ I’m sure they’d love the free babysitting, and you’ll look fabulous! {Haha, jokes you know!}

xox,

bonita

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Silver Twist Headband |  Equip, Old
Nautical Navy Tunic | Thrifted
Long Line Bluebell Cardigan | SES, Old
Basic Denim Capris | Crossroads, Old
A Navy Flat | Thrifted

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Isabelle wears ~

Gingham Bow Hat | Gift
Ruffle & Stripes Dress | Kmart, Current
Coral Tights | Kmart, Current
Spotty Socks | Kmart, Current
Summer Flower Soft Sole Baby Shoes | Softies Baby Shoes

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

༺ Pink Petal ༻

Spring style of pink and roses | Lavender & Twill

Maternity style in a reproduction 50's tea rose dress | Lavender & Twill
Baby bump at 26 weeks along | Lavender & Twill

Straw hat, lace, roses and pink gloves add a touch of vintage accent | Lavender & Twill

This fabulous 1950’s reproduction tea rose dress never fails to brighten my day with it’s perfect profusion of petals and pink fabric!

I wore it to church this Sunday, and I’m so happy it still fits over the baby bump. Not many of my ‘regular’ dresses do any more, but that’s hardly surprising I suppose! (*◠。◠*)

What I am also loving are all the wonderful roses I have blooming in my garden at the moment. That’s why you are being treated with lots of different angles of my front yard ~ rose bushes included. (- ヮ •) ~ ❤

It also means I can wander out my front door whenever I choose and cut as many roses as I please to sprinkle throughout my house.

This makes me even more sure that I am a ‘flower’ gardener, and not a vegetable gardener…

So the story goes that for my birthday last year I was given a vegetable garden from my in-laws. They helped dig, build and plant the garden for me as well as supplying the vegetable plants.

My veggie patch looked so grand and well organized for a least a month or so, but then…

The weeds came!

This happened while I was away for two weeks in a row, so lo and behold, I come home to a veritable jungle.

Then I was saying “Okay, I need to weed the veggie patch” for about five weekends in a row, and well…. I gave up before I got there….  (# ̄Д  ̄#)  *mega embarrassment*

A combination of having no idea how or where to start, plus having let it get so far away from me, meant I never really got into the veggie garden idea and discovered that I’m much better with bushes, trees or flowers.

Give me some secateurs and I’ll prune all the things, but weekly weeding is beyond me apparently. After all, you do only need to trim and shape maybe once or twice a year, so there is the whole time factor, not just “Weeds are scary!”   (¬_¬)

So what are your favorite things to grow?  Flowers, pot plants, herbs, plastic plants? A little bit of green is such a nice thing to have around I think…

xox,

bonita

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Pearl & Pink Bow Headband | Old, Woolworths
50’s Tea Rose Dress in Pink | eBay
Floppy Straw Lace Band Hat | Kmart, Current
Pink Summer Gloves | Vintage, Etsy
Lace Petticoat | Thrifted
Summer Straw Wedge | Old, Big W

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

༺ Sewing for the Home ༻

I thrifted this lovely 1967 Woman’s Weekly Home Sewing Decor Guide, and had to share by converting it to a .pdf. I personally love looking at these fantastic booklets, as I often learn some housekeeping trick or titbit that turns out to be quite useful. While this one is aimed at the home sewer, I hope there are some decor ideas in here for everyone. ♡

Sewing for the Home ~ Free .pdf | Lavender & Twill
It has lots of instructions on how to sew just about everything you could possibly need for your house; everything that that can be sewn that is ~ and it also tells you how to make interesting window dressings like pelmets, valances and cornices.

Pelmet & long curtains | Lavender & TwillThe country feel accentuated by flowers and furnishing | Lavender & Twill

I like these examples of window treatments ~ although I think that all that floral wallpaper in the photo on the right is a bit overpowering for me.  (> . <)

Table dressing ideas for vintage inspired decor | Lavender & Twill
The instructions for the table clothes seem simple, but with a nice variety of trimming styles from the normal square. I also like the thought of layering two clothes on a round table for more textural interest.

Pastel retro kitchen accessories | Lavender & TwillLavender & patchwork french provincial style | Lavender & Twill

Pink and white with lots of natural lighting | Lavender & TwillVintage decorating ideas for a living room | Lavender & Twill

I love the color palette in all of the photos above ~ the soft pastel tones and ivory cream tints really seem to lighten and brighten the spaces, don’t they?  

French Provincial mixed with a kind of Country Victorian look is one of my favorite decor styles, and I adore the feel of carefully crafted solid wooden furniture with brass or gold accents. I also like it if it looks a little worn and shabby, but as my husband is not so fond of that particular style, we try to meet in the middle!

There are of course, tons more inspiration pictures out there. Pinterest is a mecca of shabby chic! If you combine your favorite styles with this handy little guide, your own vintage inspired home decor and furnishings shall be easy to create ~ download it here. (✿◠‿◠)

xox,

bonita

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

༺ Cherry & Rose ༻

Blue jeans and baby doll dresses for a cute maternity look | Lavender & Twill
Fun mint nails with a spring touch of pink blossom nail art | Lavender & Twill

Rockabilly inspired with cherry print and scarlet | Lavender & Twill

This mint satchel purse is my new favourite handbag | Lavender & Twill

I love rocking a short baby doll dress when I’m pregnant ~ the empire waist, floaty skirt and shorter length {that I only wear with capris or jeans for modesty’s sake} are perfect for feeling feminine and cute when you are ‘increasing’  ~ as they used to say!

Actually, ‘increasing’ sums it up perfectly. I’m feeling rather large and well, larger{!} these days, and that makes it hard to do much in the way of taking photos.

But fun odds and ends like my new mint satchel purse, and matching mint nails with pink cherry blossom nail art are the very thing to give me a kick in the pants and snap a few shots. ・° ♡ ♡ ° ・

I’ve had my satchel for a while now, but still think of it as new because every time I pick it up to go out the door it makes me smile! I’ve been yearning after satchel styled handbags ever since they started to make a come back, so finally getting my hands on one ~ and in such a gorgeous color ~ only makes it that much nicer.

Funny how little things like that can make you so happy.  What’s a sweet little thing that’s made you smile recently?  (≧ ◡ ≦) ~ ♡

xox,

bonita

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Cherry Red Baby Doll Dress | Kmart, Current
Mint Satchel | Typo, Current
Blue Jeans | Kmart, Current
White Plimsolls | Woolworths, Old

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Monday, October 6, 2014

༺ Currently: Settling In ༻

‘Currently’ posts are a little snapshot of the events that are occurring in my day-to-day life. These episodes feature photos from my Instagram, do come and say “Hi!” if you are around. Also, if you would like to participate in this feature yourself, please feel free! I’d love to read your posts, so don’t forget to leave a link.  ♡

Lisianthus

READING:

Louis L’Amour. He’s a western “pulp fiction” paperback author, in that he wrote a lot of western novels from 1953 and onwards. But just because he is a prolific writer doesn’t mean that his works are of that B grade quality.

His stories usually have a very similar theme and plot line, but the characters are different, and the way their stories evolve is different. I really enjoy reading his books because there is always a strong sense of right and wrong, and how you choose to deal with responsibility being the making of your character. Really inspiring literature.

And yes, I go on “author binges” where I read every book in my collection of theirs, and often end up adding more to my collection whilst I am at it. (✿◠‿◠)

Love-Books WONDERING:

Whether baby is a boy or a girl ~ but I have to wait at least 18 weeks before we get to find out, ‘coz we are waiting for the birth to discover what the newest member of our family will be. 

Purple

FEELING THANKFUL:

That I got to go snowboarding before the season ended. I had three days this season, and it was awesome. {Yes, I was pregnant at the time ~ we went around the 16 week mark.}

Snowfields

EATING:

Yummy homemade Peanut Thai Style Stir Fry. I really like the combination of lime, peanut and sweet chili in the sauce. 

Flower-Field

WATCHING:

Auction Hunters. I have a not-so-secret passion for anything antique or vintage, so in place of the BBC’s Antique Roadshow and Bargain Hunters {which I adore!}, I watch the Auction Hunters and get excited over seeing all the interesting things they dig up.  Theodore calls it the “Treasure Hunters Show”! 

Lace-Basket

WORKING ON:

Isabelle’s baby blanket… Yup, you heard that right. I’m 21 weeks + 5 days pregnant with number 3 and I still haven’t finished number 2’s blanket yet!!  (@ ̄Д ̄@)  However, as I mentioned previously, I’m hoping to finish Isabelle’s blanket and quilt the next one without getting too much more behind.

Pink-Sprinkles

LOVING:

That my house is becoming more organized. We are starting to feel like we are settling in. Yay! Cody Simpson’s “La Da Dee” song. DIY Gel nail polish manicures ~ they are still the bomb diggitty! Peter’s Lemonade Icy Poles. Fluffy bunny pajama pants. My new mint green satchel. Typo ~ that shop is my addiction. Cute gummy bear pens. All the stationary. Writing. Spring! It’s not too hot or too cold. The cute things my children do every day that make me laugh or melt into a Mama puddle.  ❤ ❤ ❤ 

BlossomBlush

ATTEMPTING:

To relax and simplify life. I’d like to not be so busy on the weekends, so we can have more room for family time. 

MInt

WANTING:

To be less tired! I need to do better with a regular bed time. This sort falls under the “attempting” category as well.  …(¬_¬)…

Sparkle

DOING:

Lots of children wrangling and mending from colds, ‘flues, and badly sprained ankles.

Owlicious 

(‘Currently’ post inspired by Danielle of Sometimes Sweet’s feature and Kaelah of Little Chief Honeybee!)

xox,

bonita

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