Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Being a Bad Blogger / Sales Post

My etsy favourites list is getting out of control, so I've listed a few things on ebay to (hopefully) fund the inevitable spending spree - I also don't want to pack stuff I don't plan on keeping when I move house, so it seemed like a good time to go through my wardrobe. There's a 50s black full skirted dress, a girdle, a brand new What Katie Did bra, a hat, cats eye sunglasses, fully fashioned seamed stockings and more! Please check it out! http://shop.ebay.com.au/fade096/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

Sorry this post is a little boring - no outfits, pictures or anything! I basically have been living in my Freddies or a black pencil skirt/red shirt (my work uniform) so there isn't much to see :( I do have some pictures from my spa weekend (including some great finds from the market) but I just haven't had time to go through and upload them, but I'll get to it, I promise! Not to mention, I bought some goodies for a giveaway that have been sitting in my drawer for over three months... oopsies. Hopefully once I submit this assignment and move to my new house, we can resume our normal transmissions! Promise!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You have GOT to be kidding me.

Please tell me I'm not reading this right - $100 for a freaking PHOTOCOPY? Get out of here >: ( and come back once you've actually researched the value of the product you're trying to sell. I wouldn't even pay that much for the original. Ughhhhh.

(But they offer free shipping, so that clearly makes up for everything, right? *rolls eyes*)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mini-Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to the winner of the 10% off What Katie Did voucher - Quiet and Small Adventures! (I used my boyfriend as a random number generator). Please leave me a message with your email so I can send you the code. Do show us all your purchases~

I'm spending a night in a sleep lab tomorrow observing researchers stick electrodes all over people (or "doing Inception" as my Dad calls it) but after I have recovered from that, I'll show you all photos of my spa weekend and market haul!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I know it isn't much, but I have a 10% off coupon for What Katie Did that is valid until the 30th of August. I am not planning to make another purchase that quickly, so I thought rather than letting it go to waste I'd offer it to one of you lovely ladies!

I'm going on a spa weekend as of tomorrow, so I'll do the drawing 4 days from now when I return (midnight Monday 23rd). Just leave a comment to enter, and this is for followers only! You can have an extra entry if you blog about it, just leave me a link to your post.

See you soon, and good luck!

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Wizard of Oz Barbies: 1960s Style

Mattel is having a lot of fun using its 'vintage' Barbie faces lately! I'm sure every man and his dog has heard about the Mad Men dolls, but these new ones popped up recently - The Wizard of Oz, 1960s style!

Click to enlarge and see the lovely details!

I do love the costumes - the poodle-skirt like natures of Dorothy's and the Wicked Witch's outfits (seriously, a flying monkey poodle-skirt? I kinda want one) and Glinda's dress looks as thought it was pulled out of a prom photo (in the best possible way).
I'm not sure how I feel about Dorothy and Glinda giving me the side-eye though! It's a perfect look for Elphaba (yes, I loved Wicked!) but I guess I just had a more wide-eyed, innocent look in mind for the others?
Seeing as Mattel is clearly on a vintage kick, any suggestions for other doll adaptations you'd like to see? I'd love to see a Hitchcock blondes collection - Tippi Hedren complete with birds for action mode, Kim Novak in both her forms from 'Vertigo', Grace Kelly in just about anything...

*edit* Apparently Mattel read my mind, there is already a Tippi Hedren doll!

"Shoo, I am mildly annoyed"

Now get working on the rest of my collection already!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Lovely Lovely Leopard

Funny (in retrospect) story about this coat - I was on ebay after a long day at work (where we do not use decimal points when processing sales), I made what I thought was a max bid of $25.00 - guess what I actually entered in there! Eeep! To my horror the price kept rising and rising above what I wanted to pay, and because I hate confrontation I just took the bullet and paid for it. In the end though, I'm glad I won because I do love the thing!

I struggle to match clothes with this kind of print, because it is already so darn loud! I think maybe a dark red or teal top with a black skirt would be lovely, but I need to resist the urge to shop! My camera and I are having a fight (no amount of fresh batteries is enough to feed his insatiable hunger) so I think I need to buy a new one - it's an expense I don't really want right now, but blogging has become such a rewarding part of my life that I don't just want to stop! I borrowed my sister's for this post, but I hate to hassle her for use of it constantly so I'd really like my own again.

Is it obvious that I cannot work out how to use the self timer? Mirror and Myspace shots may have to suffice for now...

There is something so divisive about leopard print... I got so much side-eye in this that it was unbelievable! People in my city are kind of stereotyped as always wearing black, maybe something this loud is a little too much to handle. I'll make sure to bring some smelling salts for you next time, corporate-lady-next-to-me-on-the-train!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Faux Bob

It seems like my hair will forever be in that weird inbetween stage between short and medium length hair. I haven't cut it since I first got the chop 8 months ago, and I feel like it's barely grown since then! I've come to the conclusion that short hair wasn't really for me, and am patiently waiting for my hair to grow back to the way it once was so I can go get a middy cut or something similar.

While it is tempting to go back to a shorter length just so I can look styled, rather than this awkward growing out look I'm rocking at the moment, I know that in the end I'll only have to go through the same cycle all over again. I attempted pincurls in my hair last night, which were a bit of a failure, but I managed to save the day AND discover a way to assuage my cravings to try something different with the length of my hair (without actually cutting any of it off!)

All I had to do was tuck up the end of my hair (where the curl didn't take) and voila! Instant bob! No regretful morning after when I wake up with a head that weighs about half a kilo less (yup, that's how much 'weight' I lost when I first cut my hair!)

I think I'll be playing around with this style a lot come summertime when I want to feel the cool breeze on my neck and look adorable in my 50s dresses. Best of both worlds!

Monday, August 2, 2010

All Aboard the White Star Line!

A few weeks ago I went to the Melbourne Museum to see Titanic: The Artefacts Exhibition. (It's only on until mid-october, so any fellow Melbourne bloggers hurry up and check it out! Tip - see it on a Thursday evening like I did to avoid the large crowds.) The exhibition is divided into several sections, covering the construction of the ship; the interior of the ship, its facilities and the divide between First Class and Third Class passengers; the boiler room and the mechanics of the ship; the fateful encounter with the iceberg; the aftermath of the disaster and the inquests; and finally the recovery and preservation of artifacts from the sea floor decades later. When entering the room where the night of the disaster was covered, the temperature drops suddenly, and all is covered in an eerie blue light (there's even a giant hunk of ice for you to touch and experience just how cold those waters would have been!)

The whole exhibition is incredibly immersive: each 'passenger' is given a boarding pass with the name and history of a person who traveled on the Titanic. It's not until the very end when you find out whether you were saved, or one of the lost. It's tragic just how many of the people were meant to take another ship, but had their tickets transferred to the Titanic due to a coal strike. There's also irony in that one man who was meant to board the Titanic was kidnapped and forced into labour, only to escape several months later. What must have seemed like the most terrible thing in the world at the time was actually what no doubt saved his life! This to me was the greatest part of the exhibition - ensuring that the stories of the people involved were not lost, that they did not simply become another statistic of the disaster.

This is my "boarding pass" - a very large number of passengers traveled under assumed names! There are a lot of juicy backstories involving mistresses and card sharks - Mrs Kimball/Parsons (whatever her real name may have been...) had a rather interesting history herself. She was helping her friend's daughter escape a rather stalkerish suitor of hers, who chased them all the way to Europe and back!

There are reproductions of the bedrooms (both first and third class), hallways and dining rooms, as well as the grand staircase where you can get your picture taken.

Click to enlarge!

Each of the reproduction rooms is filled with the actual recovered artifacts for comparison - it's amazing to see how well some of the objects were preserved, including the most delicate items like jewelery and china. They look in almost new condition, their paintwork intact and not a scratch on them!

Only First Class passengers got the decorative china - Third Class china had the White Star Line logo imprinted upon them to prevent theft. You could buy reproduction dinner sets in either pattern in the gift shop, by which I was sorely tempted!

These bottles belonged to a perfumer on board the Titanic - apparently their scent still survives! Oh, what I wouldn't give to wear one of these!

I really enjoyed the exhibition and would encourage anybody in Melbourne to go and see it! And do put on your Sunday best - after all, you get to pose on that beautiful staircase! (Or, you know, dress up as Dr Who...)