Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Neon Pink Obsession

It seems that I am having a neon pink obsession...
I thought I would do a frame for instagram (@twineysworkshop) on neon pink, so I walked around the house and collected all the neon pink accessories, clothing, stationery & hair clips I could find...oh my gosh! I didn't quite realize that I liked pink so much and I certainly didn't realize that I had so much of it until I took the photos...

Neon pink has slowly taken over my life.

Easy to do with my daughters clothes and hair clips because with her big blue eyes, that hot pink really suits her...but my stationery and accessories seem to have been taken over too!! Maybe its been a summer colour for me! As I sit here in my office, I am staring at a neon pink photo frame, that I clearly forgot to include in my photo frenzy.

May be it is time to withdrawal with some of this seasons up and coming colours, like rust orange, blue, purple...
I'll let you know through Winter how that goes....

Enjoy the pics...

Thursday, 21 March 2013

True Vintage

We are on the Gold Coast in Queensland for a short getaway this week. It's so nice to have a change of scenery & go to the beach. Our little one can't get enough of the sea & the sand.

I've been coming here every year since I was a kid, so it feels like my second home. I know my way around & what's new & what's old.

So with my afternoon off today, I headed straight to the Gold Coasts hidden gem, Arkive, a True Vintage store hidden upstairs in the Centre Arcade (the arcade next to sportsgirl) I remember visiting it last year but didn't get a chance to have a good look. This visit I did and it was such fun.

They have a great collection of men's shirts, surfers shorts, tees & knits - all of which are unisex. They also have some great dresses, short sleeve silk tops & bags for the girls.

I had a great chat with Jake, the owner. No wonder the vintage stock is first class he worked in vintage clothing stores & learnt his trade in Shoreditch, East London where all the cool kids hang out (I did a year in London & loved this area for its always buzzing vibe). Shoreditch is vintage heaven (think Kate Moss & Pete Doherty) and Jake (who is English) & his wife Angie (a former employee of rokit 5 - the UK's largest vintage clothing company) have brought a piece of this vintage heaven to the Gold Coast.

A lot of their pieces come from the UK & Paris & some from the US. Prices are really reasonable & there is heaps to choose from.

I love the anticipation of vintage shopping, the feeling that you may strike gold, and if you do knowing that no one else will have it on this season!!!

Well, I did strike gold! I found this purple checked 3/4 sleeve dress for $55. Teamed with black leggings, a beaded belt & ankle boots it will be perfect this winter. I'll post a pic of me in it when the weather turns cold!

So, if you're not on or visiting the Gold Coast, rest assure you can still hunt virtually... head to instagram & their Facebook page where they have an abundance of great pics of clothing & accessories that you can buy & will ship worldwide!

Soon, you can also buy from their website: www.arkivevintage.com

Instagram @arkivevintage
Twitter @arkivevintage

Oh and when you're done browsing Arkive Vintage you can pop next door for a drink & a bite at black coffee lyrics - an equally cool coffee shop!

And finally, if you're in to vintage clothes & wonder about the lives the dresses had before you get them, then check out the fiction book 'The Secret Lives of Dresses' by Erin McKean. A fun, light read which will only encourage your vintage clothes shopping...by the author of the popular blog www.dressaday.com