Saturday, August 30, 2008

Second Hand Working Rose

Twinset: second hand Stefanel
Trousers: second hand St Emile

I wasn't aware of the brand St Emile (and couldn't access their website now that I am) before purchasing the two items featured here - found on two consecutive weekends! All I know is that it is German and seems to produce conservative and good-quality clothes. The soft material of the trousers alone make me feel like a million bucks (although they only cost €20.-).

Putting together work-appropriate outfits has been rather challenging and my wardrobe still does not contain much that is suitable - jeans having hitherto been my clothing of choice for workdays. So second hand shopping and thrifting is turning into a new experience: items I would have previously discarded as too boring are finding their way into my bag now, and I confess, it's kind of fun! I feel like I am playing dress-up with a professional mom's clothes...

Shirt: thrifted St Emile
Skirt: thrifted

This is obviously not a work outfit!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sneak Previews

Traveling scarf is going to be worn a LOT, so I don't feel bad about sneaking some photos already. Wearing above outfit today, and below is how I went to work yesterday. The colors and pattern on this thing are making me giddy with glee. I am rather upset about not being able to go vintage shopping anymore though. Got off work earlier yesterday and made a beeline to my local thrift store, but by Friday late afternoon, everything good is gone... and on the weekends, such store are closed. Great big watery sniff!

Scarf: Roeckl

Friday, August 22, 2008

Traveling Scarf

Inspired by the traveling shirt, this gorgeous scarf will be flying to scarf lovers around the world to be worn and photographed and featured here. Starting point was its owner Foulard Addict in Germany, and to my great excitement, it arrived in Vienna yesterday! Outfits will be posted at the end of its travels, however... well, maybe there will be a sneak preview as I am way too impatient.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

IZD Tower View


As promised, the view from my office...


Monday, August 18, 2008

New Beginnings

This is what I wore to my first day at work (pre-make-up and jewelry). After such a long break, I already feel resistance to sitting in an office all day. At least there is a spectacular view from my window (photo tomorrow), as well as nice colleagues and a good cafeteria - the most important aspects of a job, wouldn't you agree?

Top: Jette Joop
Skirt: Tara Jarmon

Friday, August 15, 2008

Four Gifts and a Find

Today, I helped my collector friend to declutter and pack some of her things as she sadly is forced to move apartment. Lucky for me, however, she is getting rid of some very lovely items and let me choose a few. This vase with a bok choy (cabbage leaves) design was something I'd admired at every visit - and can hardly believe it is now mine! Chinese export porcelain was especially popular in the West during the 17th through 19th centuries with bok choy motifs common from the latter half of the 19th century.

Small Indonesian painting 

This should be an interesting read in preparation for the Van Gogh exhibit at the Albertina starting in September.

Decorative amethyst with tea light holder behind

Thrifted this granny top yesterday:

Thursday, August 14, 2008


I've been a bit thoughtful this week due to going to a job interview at the Albertina on my birthday and getting the job! Sadly, due to my financial situation, I already accepted full-time employment doing something far less creative than giving guided tours and leading art workshops, but providing a steady income. It has nothing to do with art, more with writing and medicine, which excites me too since my last position at a hospital offered me many fascinating insights into this field!

Picture taken in front of the Albertina before the interview

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pass the Sugar, Dear

Yesterday, for some pre-birthday fun, I had a few friends over for Full Tea. As you can see, there were scones (yep, home-made!), ham and cucumber sandwiches and additional nibbly bits. My inner housewife had a field day! All that was missing was a matching set of cups, saucers and dishes, teapot and cake-stand. I remember having an adorable tiny tea set as a child. Once I find a grown-up version, Sunday afternoon tea may become a regular occurrence at my place!

Top: Bandolera
Apron and skirt: thrifted

Breaking with tradition, there was sparkling wine too!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Far out, man...

Top: thrifted
Skirt: thrifted (Guy Laroche)

After braving Peek & Cloppenburg the day before yesterday and forking out for a couple of new items, I returned to thrifting today and found these classic pieces. Why is it that preloved things seem so much more precious than anything new? Could it be akin to preferring vintage wine, old cars, or a stuffed animal that is grubby and falling apart from cuddling? Hm.

In the store, I was struck by the cover art on this record:

Has anyone ever heard of this band?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Fashion Sucks

Due to starting a new job soon after a creative break of six months, I went "real" shopping for the first time since February (I need office attire) and was disgusted. Even though H&M, Mango and other cheap places were avoided, everything I tried on was badly cut and dyed, often with the seams already coming undone, and made of material that looked like one wash would do it in.

Perhaps it's the sales? For two days I have been looking for summer tops without fussy details or prints and with sleeves long enough to cover my tattoo. Nothing doing - frills and funny dangly bits galore - stuff obviously no one wanted when it was full price (or half-price either, seeing as they have been reduced for some time already).

Apologies for the grumpy tone and lack of photo. I am frustrated and tired and wondering where on earth to find appropriate gear. Guess I will stick to my beloved thrift and second hand stores (although blouses and tees that fit right are hard to find). At least I now know I have not been missing out on anything!