Thursday, September 11, 2014

༺ The White House ༻

Winter 1940s style for running around town | Lavender & Twill

Signs of spring won't put the cardigans away just yet | Lavender & Twill  Vintage monotone in grey & black | Lavender & Twill

Sssh! There's a baby baking... | Lavender & Twill

Time for bump number 3 | Lavender & Twill

First outfit post from the new house! Literally!

Oh yes, the location is not particularly glamorous, but I’ve always had a thing for blank wall spaces, and I thought it would be nice to commemorate our move with some pictures from our new house. (。◕‿◕。) ♡

So this is the driveway side of The White House {in all it’s white brick glory!}.

To be honest, I’m finding outfit shooting particularly challenging at the moment. Mostly because we’ve been so sick this winter that we have hardly gone out and done anything unless it’s a quick dash to the grocery shops because our fridge is empty!

That, and the lack of easily accessible photogenic locations from our new place has really served put a dampener on blogging type activities…   

So currently I’m sort of at a stand still for good content that doesn’t take hours and way more brain power than what I have. But you know what, I’m okay with it.

We are working away at restoring family health from the recurring bugs that keep striking us down, and with the blossoming advent of spring {which is taunting us by playing peek-a-boo with the weather!} I am quietly anticipating that we shall be on our feet again sometime soon. 

I do miss blogging though. There seems to be little time {and energy} for my hobbies at present. And time goes by so fast! I am around 5 months ~ 18 weeks ~ pregnant in these pictures. Hopefully it won’t be too long until the next shoot or who knows, I could be making a “Such and such has joined the family!” type of post next time… Lol.  (´- σ ・)



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Sailor Me Away Cardigan | eBay
Stone Cast Peonies Brooch | Gold Creek Square
Vintage Pearl Strand | Gift from my Mother
Grey Knit Peasant Top | Old
Butterfly Clasp Belt | New Look, Old
Houndstooth Pleated Skirt | Thrifted
Grey Tights | Old
Around Town Mary Janes | Old

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

༺ New Shoes… ༻


I know I’ve been a little MIA, but there has been a few reasons for that…

1. Winter ‘flues

2. Moving house

3. Baby Vear number 3 is on their way!

I’m fifteen weeks along while writing this, so thankfully out of the first trimester. I am starting to feel a little less tired, a little less nauseous, and a little less wilted.

Just a little!

Carrying a growing life is hard work, but we are so glad for this blessed addition to our little family.

I’ll try to see if I can’t post a bit more, but I won’t make any promises! I’m just trying to rest up, keep healthy, and stay a more energized.

That being said, I finally did get to go snowboarding last weekend.  Teehee.
(≧ ᴗ ≦)  Taking it easy over here! 

What are your favorite things to do when resting up?  ❤



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

༺ Long Time Love Affair ༻

When I saw this cute bibliophile post by Jessica of Chronically Vintage, I knew I simply had to join in with my own version of the post.

I just adore books {as mentioned here and as you might tell from my 'Currently’ posts!} and this really is a delightful questionnaire that explores the different way each book lover might enjoy their reading experiences.

Do you snack while you read? If so, what is your favorite reading snack?

Frequently ~ some of my books are always talking about the delicious food they are eating and it makes me soooo hungry. I’m looking at you Brain Jacques’ Redwall series!

I wouldn’t say I have a favorite snack, I’ll eat anything I feel like ~ cookies are quite frequent however.

What is your favourite drink while reading?

Tea naturally! Green teas of all flavors, and the ever amazing French Earl Grey. Mmmm.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

I would never write in novels, but I am forever making notes and underlines in my non-fiction books. Only in pencil! For some reason that seems to make it less of a heinous crime.  (~ ヮ •)

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?

I used be very guilty of leaving my books open facedown to keep my place ~ my mother would tell me not to ~ “You’ll break the spine!” ~ but I would be in such a hurry that I wouldn’t care.

As I’ve gotten older and collected more and more vintage books that just fall apart when you read them, let alone opening them wide, or heaven forbid! Laying them facedown! Well, now I use bookmarks. I’m still in a hurry though, so that can be anything from a hair band, to a tissue, to a leaf! Anything small and flat will do.

Fiction, non-fiction, or both?

Mostly fiction I’m afraid. I would love to read more non-fiction on subjects I’d like to learn about, but I really have to be in exactly the right mood for that, so it doesn’t happen very often at all. If I do read non-fiction, it is most likely to be some kind of book on horses ~ training, dressage, stable management, etc.

Are you the kind of person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

Who wants to stop in the middle of the chapter?? Ahh! If it’s a book I have read many times over {and I have quite a lot of those!}, I can stop in the middle of the chapter, because I know what’s coming next.

But if it’s a new book, or one I haven’t read in a while and I’m really into it; I’m hard pressed to put it down, even at the chapter ends.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?

Oh yes. I have read some absolute trash; without even meaning to, and one time I was just so disgusted with the rubbish the author had written that I tossed the book across the room, than promptly tossed it into the recycling bin. I try to only read books that are uplifting, or that make you think in a good way. I don’t have time for dirty, insipid or stupid books.

Hahah, that makes me sound so stuck up and pretentious! °(◕ o ◕)°  I don’t think that I am, I’m just super fussy about what I consider to be a good book. I also know that I am very eclectic with my literature choices.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?

I try too! I love learning about new words. Etymology absolutely fascinates me ~ language, vernacular and the origin of words is one of my deep interests. 

What are you currently reading?

”Mattimeo – A Tale of Redwall” by Brian Jacques

What is the last book you bought?

Mary Grant Bruce’s “Back to Billabong” for the Kindle. I rarely buy new hardcopy books, but I will thrift books like they are going out of style. {Which they sort of are! (TT Д  TT) }

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?

I can read more than one book at a time, but I really don’t like too, and generally won’t. Even if I have to finish a book I don’t want to read to read the one I do.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read?

Any time of the day will do for me, but the best place to read is somewhere cozy ~ preferably a couch, near a window with the sun streaming in. Yes, I’m part cat.

Do you prefer series books or stand-alones?

A bit of both actually. If the story is really good, but I don’t like the rest of the author’s writing, I usually like a stand-alone, but as I tend to get very attached to certain authors and characters, I probably mostly prefer series because I just want to read more.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?

Mmm, not so much. Like I previously mentioned, I’m so eclectic with my taste, I tend to stay away from recommendations, because most people don’t read what I do.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author's last name, etc.)

By genre, then series, or author, and that’s as far as it goes. I have too many books to get really fussy, and not enough bookshelves to spread them all out.

N.B: After talking so much about eclectic reading choices, I sort of felt I needed to answer one more question that I added on…

What kinds of books do you like to read and who are your favorite authors from those genres?


Everyone Reads

I hope you have enjoyed this little Q&A, and please do write up your own answers if you are so inclined. I would love to read about your reading habits, so don’t forget to leave a link if you post.  ヾ(^-^)ノ



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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

༺ Roll Onwards ༻

PF_2 PF_5a

PF_4  PF_6

One last series of photographs from my own back yard for happy memories…

Yes, we’ve moved house!

Even though it’s only a half hour drive from our old blue house to our new white house, the transferral of all. of. the. stuff. still turned out to be quite a monumental job! Of course, winter influenza that has been dogging us for the last month has not helped one bit.

Howsoever, we’re finally somewhat settled into the new place now. It’s not quite home yet, {I still have soooo much organizing to do!} but we are enjoying exploring the new parks and the shorter distances to family around us.

And while my brain power is a little lacking from all the flurry and fluster, it is good to be able to pop back and check on things. I won’t promise a return to our regular programming just yet, but I do hope that soon the dust will settle and we’ll slip back into a comfortable routine. 



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Pink Pearl Hair Bow | Born Pretty 
Sailor Me Away Cardigan | eBay
Sweet Gingham Vintage 50’s Dress | Etsy
Stone Cast Peonies Brooch | Gold Creek Square
Cream Skinny Belt | eBay
Jersey Caramel Scroll Purse | Oasap
Black Tights | Kmart
Hawthorn Heels | B.A.I.T. Footwear

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

༺ Currently: Tick Tock ༻

‘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.  ♡



My pony books. Of which, take up one and a half shelves on my bookcase, and so there are lots to read and enjoy! I adore the old school pony books and collect them avidly, and read them over and over again. It’s fun.

My favorite authors; Monica Edwards, Pullein-Thompson sisters, and Ruby Ferguson. ⁎*✧*⁎



When we’ll get to the snow! We’ve had the dump of a decade last weekend and my powder sense is tingling. I waannnnaaaaaa go boarding!



That sometimes the sun comes out and we have blue skies. Love that winter sun.



Salads ~ chicken, garden, Caesar. I’m chomping through the green stuff like it’s going out of style. Oh, and potatoes. Bowls of potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper. Yum!



The Dragon Riders of Berk; and ah! Best movie ever ~ How To Train Your Dragon 2. Yup, been overdosing{if it’s possible??} on Toothless and Hiccup. Love it!



Um….. (¬_¬)  Nothing. Don’t have any energy. I am reserving it all for packing and moving.



Blue skies ~ when they actually appear! Oreo cookies with chocolate centers. Because all the chocolate! Midnight Fantasy perfume. Little Happy Stitches felt brooches. Online shopping. Fuzzy bunny slippers. Finally riding my horse again. Yay! Blogilates’ POP Pilates videos; these are seriously addictive and fun. A phone case for every outfit and hair bows to match. Well, not quite{!}, but I do like having a little collection to change up now and then. Playing indoor soccer again.



To just keep swimmin’, just keep swimmin’ ~ swimmin’ swimmin’ swimmin’…
‘ ‘٩(⁎^ᴗ^⁎)۶’’



To craft again. I have an itch to work with polymer clay and resin again. I need to get creative. 



Nothing. Nadda. Nope. Nothing at all. Except riding the pon-pon. So it’s all good. Actually, we are waiting to exchange on the house, so we are just hanging around for that really.


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



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Monday, June 23, 2014

༺ Pin Curls 101: The Curl Brush Out & Styling ༻

And we are back with our Pin Curls 101 series! First we looked at the Basics of Pin Curls and how to do them.  Today we are reviewing the final stages of a wet set; the all-important brush out, and the art of styling your pin curls.

A major component for a successful wet set is the brush out. Half of the success of your finished style lies in what type of brush you use, the other half in the technique you use while brushing. In this particular post, I’ll be addressing the technique, rather than the brushes themselves as we will cover those in The Tools of a Vintage Look. So let’s get started!

Careful brushing for a perfect pin curl style - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill 

How to brush out Pin Curls:

The Wrong Way

Wrong way to brush out - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill 

You can see the bristles of the brush are rolling out away from the head, while the brush is stroking from front to back. This pulls the hair away from the head, resulting in loose, uncontrolled, frizzy curls. The end curl is also often not brushed through thoroughly, resulting in more frizz and mess. It is harder to create a clean style with this brush out technique.

The Right Way


Here the bristles are turned into the head as the brush strokes from front to back. You can see the brush is flat against the head, rolling slightly with the back of the brush leaning away from the face. This ensures the bristle brush all the way to the ends, resulting in smoother curls as they are more controlled and sculpted. Less time is needed to finish the brush out and a better style is achieved.


Trio of vintage beauties perfecting their hair - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill 

Essential Tips for the Best Brush Out:

  • Dry Hair 
    Make sure hair is completely dry. DO NOT brush out wet or damp hair, as doing so will not only destroy your pin curls by pulling them out of shape, but it can also cause potential damage to the hair shaft itself. If you are short on time, use a hair dryer to speed the drying process up, or rearrange the curls into an updo. You can also cover them up with a turban-styled scarf, or a pretty cap.

  • Use a brush
    Do not use a comb unless it’s for styling a flick after the brush out, or to arrange or deepen waves. Cheap plastic combs tend to create static and frizz ~ and frizz is the enemy! If you must use a comb, try to find one with wide gaps between the teeth.

  • Keep brushing!
    When you first take your pin curls down, your hair will look super curly and crazy, and after you finger comb through the curls it might look even worse. Start your brush and do not freak out when you look like you have an afro! The more you brush, the more your curls will fall into nice sleek waves. Brushing disturbs the set temporarily, but will not affect the strength of the curl if the setting was done correctly.

  • Use backcombing
    Backcombing blends the hair together nicely, helps shape the hairdo into smooth lines, and adds height, ‘pouf’, and volume, particularly at the crown {the top of the head}. To backcomb the hair, you hold the hair up and out from the scalp, combing underneath towards the scalp with a ruffling motion. Putting the hair back in place, you carefully smooth the top layer over without ruining the backcombing.

  • Handle hair gently
    Light bushing motions and no tugging! Try to ease the brush through the curls to maintain smoothness and shape. Use your hand to control the frizz by brushing the curls out against the palm of your hand, and gently arranging the curls with your fingers.

  • Use a flexible, brushable, strong hold hairspray
    This way you can touch up repeatedly without damaging your hair or your pin curl set. Cheap hair spray can cause the curls to be too stiff, and can dry your hair out. Plus, your curls will loose their bounce and swinging movement, which is not nice for a vintage style.


1940's rolled up-do with middle part - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill


Styling Your Pin Curls:

The easiest way to style your pin curls is to simply brush out the curls, creating a deep side part on whichever side of your face you prefer, arranging the curls so that they fall in a pleasing manner ~ à la the ever glamorous Lauren Bacall. You can apply a light application of pomade or a flexible, strong hair spray to ensure your style will hold.

Lauren Bacall's simple 1940's hair style - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

Note how her side part lines up with the arch of her brow. If you follow the same parting pattern this little trick will help you to achieve that authentic 1940’s look.

Another simple, yet perfectly elegant style is to pin back the hair from the front of your crown, as little or as much as you need, as shown below. Again, apply just enough product to ensure a sleek hairdo for the whole day, but not too much or you will weigh your curls down and they will loose their bounce.

Elegant, yet simple 1940's style - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

You can also pin or use combs to pull back the sides of your hair;

1940's side pinned style

or sweep across your front crown hair and pin, as seen below.

Bette Davis' easy 1940's hairstyle - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

As you can see in the examples above, this is where it becomes quite crucial to end up with a successful pin curl set, particularly if you are after a sleek curl.  By themselves, pin curls are such a pretty, elegant hairdo that you can easily have a simple, yet effective arrangement.  

There are, of course, myriads of more complex styles you can achieve with a pin curl base ~

Victory Rolls:
1940's Victory Roll hairdo - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

The popular half up & half down style to make the most of your curls:

1940's curled half up & half down style - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill 
A feminine pompadour with a low pony tail:

1940's Pompadour hair style - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

A soft chignon complemented with a gently curling fringe:

1940's Chignon hair style - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

A Betty Grable updo:

1940's Betty Grable bangs - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

or for that matter, a Lucille Ball look straight from I Love Lucy’s iconic style!

1940's Lucille Ball's hair style - Pin Curls 101 | Lavender & Twill

Just be aware that these more complex hairstyles will often require particular setting patterns in order to achieve the final look, and while some setting patterns can be found online, others are not so easy to get a hold of. I shall round up as many setting patterns as I can further along in the series, but I can really recommend getting hold of some hair styling books specific to vintage styling if you really crave a variety of pin curl hairdos.

But that’s us for now! Coming up next in our series, we’ll be taking a look at all the different kinds of tools you can use for creating the perfect pin curl ‘do.  It can range from a simple rats tail comb, to specific implements invented just to help you curl your hair. I’m looking forwards to it ~ are you?



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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

༺ Winter’s Quest ༻

Along the banks of the river, leaves drift and fall | Lavender & Twill 
Winter dreaming | Lavender & Twill

Cherry red for a cheerful winter's day | Lavender & Twill

Jewel tones create a striking color pallette | Lavender & Twill

Bow laces are a lovely bit of pouff | Lavender & Twill

In the middle of the day, when the sun is shining so brightly, it’s sort of hard to believe that winter is here already. And then it gets dark around 5:00pm and it’s freezing and grey the next day, so yes…

Winter has most certainly arrived.  And so it ‘tis the time for our annual winter quest! The shorter days can rather chaff with busy family schedules, but it is well worth it when the snow season kicks off full blast. (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ ❄*:・゚

In case you haven’t already guessed, our family is quite keen on our snow sports ~ the Mister and I are both obsessive snowboarders. It’s actually quite romantic.

You see, when we first met up, we didn’t know each other all that well. We used to be friends, but had lost touch with each other for many years. We accidentally met up again through a mutual friend and hung out a bit, but that was it. Then as winter approached, I had mentioned that I really wanted to learn snowboarding. {At this stage I hadn’t realized that the Mister was such a keen boarder, but I soon found that out!}

Anyways, a long story short, he offered to teach me how to ride, and I accepted. We went down to Jindabyne for a three day weekend on the slopes. By dint of extremely stubborn determination to not let the Mister see me fail {despite an overly tender posterior from spending most of my time on my derriere} I managed to catch on to the basics whilst getting well and truly bitten with the powder bug.

That was the beginnings of a very sweet relationship and three months later he was asking me to marry him! And we all know how that turned out...  (~ ヮ •)   Now the Mister and I generally go every year, as we both thoroughly enjoy the snow that brought us together.
。⁎ ゚・:*❄*:・゚⁎ 。♡~ (。◕‿◕。)

So I eagerly await the advent of this year’s snow season, and hold my breath until we get that first big dump so we can hit the slopes. It’s going to be epic! Do you enjoy snow sports? Or do you prefer to admire the white stuff from a distance?



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Red Ribbon Hair Bow | Dollar Shop, Old
Red-y To Go Cardigan | Thrifted
Plaid Picnic Vintage 50’s Dress | eBay
Sweet Fox Brooch | Little Happy Stitches, Etsy
Ruby Belt | Thrifted
Navy Stockings | Kmart
No Place Like Home Heels | Rivers, Old

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