Saturday, January 28, 2012


Last weekend my beloved and I took Toto and Bob on a wee drive around the bays of Lyttleton and we stopped at this pretty little bay and took the doggies into the water for a wee splash. The doggie boo's loved it and although it was too cold for my beloved and I to swim, it was fun to splash around in my gumboots!! My wee Toto was super dooper cute and cuddled himself up wrapped in a towel on the way home.
Dress: Gift my my dear friend Andrea
Cardigan: Can't remember
Hat: Glassons
Gumboots: Thrifted
Sunglasses: Can't remember

BLV xxx

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Photo: Close-up of a fox squirrel sitting upright

The lovely Vanessa and Warren of Two Squirrels Vintage are closing their gorgeous pop up shop on the 5th of February and opening an exciting online shop in early March. Sooo, if you haven't popped into their fabulous shop, you have until the 5th of Feb to visit!! It is a wonderful Treasure Trove so be sure to go if you can :) Their pop up shop address is 63 Ashley Street, Rangiora 7400, Nth Canterbury, New Zealand xxxx For details on their awesome blog, click on the link below xxxx

xxx BLV

Sunday, January 15, 2012


I have been looking for the perfect tan wallet for over a year now and I finally found it in the weekend! It is a vintage leather one that set me back a whole $2. Got to love second hand goodies. It has a photo space ( I am one of those people that carries a ridiculous amount of photos around with me, most of Toto and our wedding, just  in case!!) The one tucked into the wallet is of our Wedding day in July 2010. The best thing about the wallet? It matched my 2012 diary and my purse. I looove matching stuff, it makes me happy.
xxxx BLV

Thursday, January 12, 2012


So I have a bit of a dog brooch obsession and this is my latest find. He is sparkly, silver and A POODLE. Awesome beyond words. (My wee Toto part is a poodle bichon so I have a soft spot for the breed). This dress is probably the dress I wear the most and one of my favourites. It is one of those dresses that can be worn in summer or winter, is a perfect fit and it a neutral enough colour without being blaaa looking. It is a modern dress that looks vintage (which is great when they are well made) and it has a lining in the skirt which is a really hard thing to find in modern dresses. It was the perfect thing to wear for these wee moccasins my sister gifted me, aren't they gorgeous?
Dress: Thrifted modern dress from Salvation Army
Belt: Thrifted
Mr poodle brooch: Thrifted on our holiday
Moccasins: Gift from my sister
Bangles: Thrifted
Purse: Strandbags


Sunday, January 8, 2012


I have been searching for a 30's style skirt for some time and finally found this gorgeous one in a Salvation Army store while we were on holiday. I love the soft frill at the bottom and have been wearing it nearly every day since I found it. With vintage clothing (or vintage styling) it can take years to find perfect versions of items longed for, but it is so worthwhile when you do find them and because of the quality of the items they last for years longer xx
Top: Gift from my Mother
Skirt: Thrifted from Balclutha Salvation Army Store
Hat: Madame Butterfly
Shoes: Dance Pacific
Bunny Brooch: Thrifted (isn't it adorable?)
Sunglasses: Tete a Tete Vintage (now Two Squirrels Vintage)
Pearls: Diva

xxx BLV

Thursday, January 5, 2012


I have wanted this fur stole for quite some time. It is from Two Squirrels Vintage and it is just divine. He was a Christmas present from my beloved and I was quite excited when I opened the package. I have a soft spot for vintage fur and despite the many dirty look I receive from some Christchurch locals, I love wearing them and do not see them as exploiting fur, but as recycling pieces from the past, like many fellow vintage fur wearers. We have named him Lord Barrington, he is far to regal to just be Mr Fox (tehe). I look forward to Winter days when I can cuddle him around my neck and keep warm. I found this gorgeous red velvet dress on our holiday travels and I adore it. It is such a beautiful colour and the velvet feels just divine.
Dress: An opshop in Riverton (found on our holiday)
Fur stole: Gift from my beloved from Two Squirrels Vintage
Shoes: Dance Pacific
Pearls: Diva
Tan bag: Gift from my beloved
Gold hair clip: Gift from Vanessa of Two Squirrels Vintage

xxxx BLV

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


My beloved, Toto and Bob and I celebrating the new year in the city streets of Invercargill!!  Hoe everyone had a wonderful New Year and may the new year bring happiness and hope for all!! xxxxx
BLV xxx


After staying in Balclutha for 2 nights (which was beautiful) we went to Invercargill for 2 nights and stayed at a   camp near the beach. Before we arrived, we stopped at a 'Petrified Forest' which was so very cool. It was a forest that was in its glory days in the Jurassic period (200 million years ago) and was destroyed by the sea over time. Part of it though was preserved by a rare scientific mix of processes and what is left is now fossilized just as Dinosaur and animal bones were. It was amazing to see and incredible to think how long it has been preserved for. We also spent a lot of time at the beach and watching the sun go down was so pretty. The doggies loved the water and spent as much time as they could in the surf. I found lots of goodies in op shops along the way of the holiday and this gorgeous beret was my favourite find of the lot. I found it in a CBD op shop in Dunedin, one of the stop offs along the way. I also found this dressing gown, which I have been wearing as a light coat and it came complete with a monogram!! The label inside has 'Kate Smith' written on it just as the monogram says 'KS'. How adorable is that!!
BLV xxx

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Day two and three involved walks in gorgeous parts of The Catlins and a stop at a pretty wee house built in the late 1880's that was owned by a farmer and his wife. It was amazing what they did with the space of the seemingly tiny cottage and how much was in there:it put our large living spaces of today to shame!
xxx BLV