Cut and Paste

Top: Boden

Skirt: Doops Designs

Shoes: Comfortview

Welp, here it is. The new Wall. Possibly the Final Wall. Very definitely the Forever For Now Wall. Can you believe it?

2018 actually marks ten years of Frocks and Frou Frou, which seems just totally insane. I know some of you have been with me since the beginning – thank you so much for sticking with me through all the ups and downs. What a crazy ride, huh?

It’s been a stinker in Melbourne over the past few days. Absolutely scorching hot. And as much as I totally adore our new pad, it doesn’t have air-conditioning. My lovely Mister has managed to borrow a portable air-conditioner that we’ve had cranking all weekend, and it’s the only thing that’s kept me from melting into a disgruntled puddle of sweat.

It’s on the list of Things We’re Going To Do To The Apartment That We Now Own, Because We Can, Because We Own It. After this past weekend it’s near the top of the list. It’s probably even above saving money to get married, to be honest. It’s been pretty hot.

I’ve been sitting on this brightly-patterned “Cut Play” skirt from Doops Designs for a while now. It’s the second skirt that I’ve bought from the Independent Australian designer (the first is here), and it’s taken me a while to wear it. Unlike my Protea skirt I bought this one in the cotton fabric, rather than the silk and it’s… okay. The boxy shape is a lot less forgiving with the stiffer fabric, and though I love that the colours are more vibrant it’s just A Lot, you know? And I’m wearing less and less of this kind of bold, bright clothing these days.

The skirt used to be a few inches longer, and I just couldn’t figure out how to wear it successfully. I had some grand plans about lopping the elasticised waistband off, and using the fabric to make a top, or a less frouffy skirt, but in the end I realised that just lopping a bit of length off the hem transformed it from Too Much to Just Enough. It’s fun, and bold, and bright, and perfect for summer with a stripy t-shirt.

I hemmed it myself. Now that we’ve moved, and I have a dining table again I finally got my sewing machine back out. I’ve already made one new dress (it was semi-sucessful. I’ll write about in next week maybe) and I’m looking forward to getting back into sewing and dressmaking again.


Perfectly Protean

  Top: Variety Hour Studio

Skirt: Finki

Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

It’s been a whirlwind month, and I can’t believe that Christmas is breathing down our necks already. I’m looking forward to taking a break, and recovering a bit from the past twelve months. 2017 has been, to be frank, a bit of a bitch.

At least it’s ending on a high… my lovely Mister and I have finally put a deposit down on our very own place! So, one more move, one more Wall, one more change of address, and we’ll be in our Forever (for now) Home.

It’s exciting and a bit intimidating, and wonderful. It’s something I’ve wanted for so long now, and a life goal that I thought was never going to happen.

I’ll miss my little home here: it signifies the first time that I’ve lived by myself for any extended period of time and the first space that I’ve been able to make entirely my own. I’ve loved everything from the beautiful light in the sun room (I’ll miss having such a perfect place to take my blog photos!) to the tall ceilings, the deep bath… even the ancient oven. Well, maybe not so much the ancient oven.

I’m excited about the next chapter though, and excited about taking the next step in my life. I’m nearly forty – maybe I’ll start feeling like a grown-up now I’m also a home-owner (probably not).


This is the second top that I’ve bought from Cassie Byrnes of Variety Hour (you can see the first one here) and it’s rapidly become one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. The baby protea print is from original art hand painted using pigment inks and gouache. Unlike my previous top, this one is made from viscose fabric rather than silk, and to be honest I prefer the heavy drape (it also doesn’t crease quite as much). It’s the same boxy cut, with dolman sleeves, and a tapered waist that hits me low on my hips.

I’m wearing the size L, but I was delighted to see that Cassie is now doing an XL in her tops, and I’m probably (definitely) going to try the larger size when I see the new range at the Big Design Market here in Melbourne in a few weeks.

Earrings: Next Romance

Speaking of markets, I bought these fabulous tassel earrings at the Finders Keepers market a month or so ago.

I’ve been pretty much living in my Comfy Earrings ever since I discovered them in August¬†but I couldn’t resist these after I saw them. They’re light and swishy and stytlish, and they’ll make a great statement piece to wear with some of my simpler outfits.