Annie Get Your Gum (Leaf)

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Top: Michy Lou

Cardigan: Gorman

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Boy oh boy, where did the last fortnight go? I’m sorry to be so absent – not even replying to comments or anything. All cylinders in my Real Life™ are firing at the moment, and the blog’s falling a little behind as a result. It’s a good thing – it’s a happy-making thing – but it does mean that I have less time for writing!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month so far; I’ve been jetting all over the country doing staff appraisals, my parents have been to stay, and I’ve had a lot on over the weekends too. It’s been a good end to the year, if an abrupt one. We’re – oh God – just over a month from Christmas, and I’m feeling spectacularly unprepared. Gone are my carefully planned present-buying spreadsheets. my tree, my stash of wrapping paper. I’m flying by the seat of my pants this year. I’ve been to a few of the pre-Christmas markets (and true to form have managed to find more for myself than for other people)

I was in Canberra for a wedding a month or so ago, and while I was my sister and I visited the (outstanding!) Canberra Handmade market. While we were browsing I spotted this lovely brooch taken from a cast of a gum leaf and a pair of gumnuts, and I loved it so much Mae bought it for me as an early Christmas present. I’m preeeetty sure it came from Ricardo Pewter.

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When I was a kid I used to think that the Australian wildlife was so desperate looking. I craved rolling green hills, hedgerows, fields of bluebells, and I couldn’t understand my Mum’s affinity for our straggly, dry, native flora. As an adult though I love it. I love the scent of eucalyptus, the particular olives and golds of the Australian landscape, trees with resilient leaves, secretive blossoms, and rugged seed pods and nuts that need the kiss of bushfire just to fruit.

 

Soho Mood

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Shoes: Shoebuy

Happy Sunday, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your weekends as much as I did.

It was only a short week for me (Cup Day public holiday, hurrah!) but I was wholeheartedly exhausted by Friday night. We’re still in the midst of wishy-washy weather: in the 30’s on Friday, then a blowy change on Saturday and a sunny but chill 20-something today. I don’t mind it too much and in a few months I’ll be longing for those cool changes (though my beautiful little apartment has air-conditioning, so I predict this summer will be considerably less unpleasant than the last couple).

Can you believe it’s already November? The hot weather’s not far off now. I have a slew of sunny summer dresses that I’m itching to wear; this new Sohomode tea-dress is one of them and I’ve been sitting on it for months now waiting for it to get warm enough. I fell completely in love with the poppy fabric when I first saw it on Louise’s Instagram. Knowing my obsession with all thing yellow Louise made it up with mustard piping on the belt:

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And then (just because she’s amazing) she also created a thin rustic braided belt to swap it out with:

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I’m thinking this might be my Christmas frock for 2014!

If you fancied treating yourself for the upcoming holiday season (and why wouldn’t you?) Louise is running a special discount for Frocks and Frou Frou readers until Thursday – 15% off her store with the code “Lovefromsohomode”.

She’s updated her extensive fabric archive with some absolute stunners… which I perused very carefully. Purely for research purposes, you understand. Not because I’m thinking of adding a sixth tea-dress to my collection.

… If I WERE going to add to my collection I’d probably have to go the clouds

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Or maybe the trippy strawberries:

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Or my little squirrel buddy from my Sohomode shift dress might like to do another cameo…

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yes….. purely research purposes…

Do you see a fabric in Louise’s collection that speaks to you?