Saturday, February 26, 2011

Swinging Lady K

So, last night I finally wore my Swing Dress, which I got from my lovely sponsor, Lady K Loves.

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I added the belt and am wearing a little top underneath as the neckline plunges a little too much for me. But I really love this dress - it's simple and easy to dress up and it's so comfortable, too.

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I didn't want to add this photo because I look miserable but you can see my nail polish better in this picture - it's green! I felt like a bit of a change so I picked up 'Jade is the New Black' by OPI when I was out the other day. I like it but it's definitely not an everyday colour, for me.

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I'm including this rather blurry shot as evidence that I don't look miserable all the time (I know I smile in some of my pictures but it seems to be rather rare) and my smile muscles aren't paralysed.

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I swear adding ribbons around these shoes was the best thing I've ever done...well, as regards these shoes at least! I'm sure I've done far better and more interesting things than that...


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This is what the sky looked like when I was on my way out. I was afraid I'd get rained on but, besides a few insignificant drops, it was just rather humid. I'm not entirely sure why, but I felt like I wanted to share that fact with you all.

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Plus, you get to see that I occasionally take photos of something other than myself.

Anyway, this was my outfit to see Peaches 'n' Gin's show for the Adelaide Fringe: Burlesque Upon a Time. The first time I saw these ladies perform was in a tiny room at Cushdy and now they're performing sell-out shows for the Fringe! If you ever get a chance to see them, I highly recommend doing so. They never disappoint, I assure you.

Oh, and as I happened to wear this on a Friday, it's my Posh Frock Friday dress! Hurrah.

EDIT: I completely forgot to add that if you use the code 'andi_15' at the checkout at Lady K Loves you can get 15% off your purchase. I'm so forgetful these days. Oops!

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Red Scarf, Yellow Scarf

The only thing I am thoroughly enjoying at the moment is knitting. So, I thought I'd show off what I've been working on, lately.

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I would date the booklet this scarf pattern is in to the mid-1930s judging by hairstyles and some of the other patterns in there.

I've put the pattern up here for anyone who might want to give it a go, themselves. It's a lot easier than it looks, but I did encounter a couple of problems which I think are in the pattern itself, if that makes sense.

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This scarf is a work in progress. I just wanted to do something super simple that I wouldn't need to think too much about. Once I'm not so busy, I plan on trying something a little more challenging so as to improve my knitting skills rather than letting them stagnate. You can also find the pattern for this scarf here. This dates to WWII - so, somewhere from 1939 to 1945 as it's an Australian pattern.

For those of you who said you were interested in more details of my projects, you can find them here - I will admit I'm a bit slack, at times, with keeping my Ravelry account up to date but feel free to add me as a friend if you use it, too.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Monday, February 21, 2011

Too Pooped to Pop

The title of this post is also a title of a Chuck Berry song, about a man who's too old for rock 'n' roll or something like that...I'm using it today because it's how I feel: exhausted and not at all myself. Hence the sporadic blogging. But I still had time to take a couple of outfit shots over the weekend...

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I bought this dress from my friend, Enken, when she and my other friend, Katey, were having a bit of a clear-out. (She also has a few things for sale on etsy.) I tried to resist it but I just couldn't and when I found that it fit me so well, I bought it from her straight away.

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And this is a dress that I bought on the same day, but from Katey. It's very comfortable - I've worn it a lot since I bought it, but this was the first time I took a proper photo of it.

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And some comfy shoes, too! (From etsy.)

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Monday, February 14, 2011

Songs (& a Frock) to Make You Smile

A little while ago I posted a 'sneak peek' of a dress (or two). Knowing that I had quite a few social engagements coming up during the Adelaide Fringe season, I decided to make an outfit plan for them (which, of course, was really just me procrastinating). I thought the red, green and white plaid dress from the sneak peek post would be great for my first Fringe show of the season (which I will write a little bit about further down the post)...


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Hair ribbon - ?; Dress - etsy; Belt - ?; Stockings - Love Kylie; Shoes - etsy

I suppose it's a 'back to business as usual' after my last outfit post - as much fun as I had in my leopard print pants, it was still nice to be back in something like this, with a ribbon in my hair...

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Speaking of my hair, I'm a bit torn about the length. Some days I love how long it is...other days I feel like it needs a good chop. I used to be so cavalier about hair cuts but now I'm always hesitant. 

Anyway, enough about me: on to the show I saw. Last year I went to see Lili La Scala's, War Notes, and absolutely loved it. So, I was very excited that she would be doing another show at this year's Fringe: Songs to Make You Smile. Now that I've come to write about the show, I'm not sure what to say - I have a tendency to just gush when I really enjoyed something. Lili has a very beautiful and moving voice - even though the show is called Songs to Make You Smile, a couple of the songs are so lovely they brought a few little tears to my eyes. From tunes most of us will be familiar with (like one of my personal favourites, Makin' Whoopee) to some that are rather on the rare side (none of which I currently remember the name of, that's how great my memory is) Lili brings new life to them all, whilst showing the utmost respect for their history. Her joy for performing and love of the songs comes through and that's always one of the things I love most about live music. Plus, she is just such a delight to watch - anyone who has the opportunity to see her show, really ought to. 

But if you don't trust my word, you can read this review at Australian Stage or this one, which says a lot of the things I wanted to, myself (except the bit about it not usually being my sort of music - it's right up my alley!)

I practised my rusty taking-photos-of-other-people skills at the show. I feel so self-conscious taking my DSLR out and snapping away at social events and shows but I'm trying to make myself more comfortable with it.

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So, if you're in Adelaide, I highly recommend seeing Lili's show! You heard me - now go...

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Outfit: Changing My Spots

A while ago I was thinking about getting leopard print capris, when I saw some on sale at Miss Hussy. I asked for some thoughts on Twitter and decided that yes, of course, I need leopard print capris! The only leopard print I had had in my wardrobe for years came in the form of handbags and one cardigan but I've loved leopard print for ever so long. Here's some evidence...

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This photo is from 2005; I'm wearing a leopard print skirt that I bought at a church op-shop for 4$. I've just realised the belt in that photo is the same one I am wearing in the new photos below! There are quite a few other leopard print items in this set on Flickr.

I'm very glad I took the plunge and got these pants because they are amazing! I'm seriously in love with them. I suppose they're a little bit different from my usual current look but it's nice to have something that's like that, sometimes.

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This is me with Frankie. He's been with me since 2006, when I met him at a Build-A-Bear in New York. I'm sure you've all met him before but he's just so lovely.

Anyway, I strongly suggest taking a look at the Miss Hussy site. There are some great items on there and I can attest to the quality! I'm very impressed. Plus, it's Australian! Hurrah.

As a final note, I'd like to add that I honestly thought I had my 'silly face' on in these pictures but I just look as serious as ever. How does that happen?

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Andi's in her Heyday!

When I had the privilege of telling you all about Heyday's sale first, I, of course, took advantage of the bargains and snapped up a couple of things for myself. So, instead of doing an assignment, I slipped them on today so I could show them off to my blog readers.

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I've had my eye on the Mary dress in this colour (now sold out) ever since I first discovered Heyday clothes. It's just as perfect in real life as it looks on the site (which isn't surprising but is nice to know, nonetheless) and the colour! Oh, the colour is so beautiful. 

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My favourite thing about this dress is the flattering details...

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Look at those shoulders. Swoon!

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And the gathering under the bust. Double swoon! I'll probably be wearing this to a WWII themed Fringe show that I'm going to...it's the perfect colour and perfect style for that sort of thing, don't you think?

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(Please excuse the creases - I haven't pressed them, yet).

These make the fifth pair of trousers I own (not all Heyday but all basically the same style)...unfortunately, they're one of only two pairs that fit me, right now. But they sure fit me well! I think this style is very flattering and the colour is perfect for cooler summer or spring days. (The trousers in this colour have also sold out.)

I'd like to note that the shirt I'm wearing is from Target and that I added the belt over the trousers myself but they look great without the belt, too. I just felt, for my height, it was nice to break up the waistline a little.

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This was one of those 'mistake' photos but it shows off the lovely buttons very well.

As with (I'd dare say) all Heyday! items, these will both be perfect for dancing in. And I can easily assure you, dear readers, that you will be seeing a good deal more of these in times to come, in my outfit posts. 

I think I ought to add one last thing: I only have two sponsors at present but I wouldn't accept sponsorship from anyone if I didn't believe in the quality of whatever it may be that they sell. I'm over the moon that Heyday is a sponsor and I honestly can't wait to wear my new dress and trousers out and about and show them off to Adelaide!

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x