Thursday, March 15, 2012


The last of my house photos! This is how II store the remainder of my wardrobe...
-Sunglasses are all stored in cases (cases are very cheap and easy to find in op shops if you are short of them)
-Jewellery is stored in the following ways: Silver sterling/gold is stored individually in pouches/cases, brooches are stored in a vintage pencil case( more delicate ones are stored separately), non precious jewellery is stored in plastic sealed bags and pinned to the inside of the case. All of this is stored in a large vintage travel beauty case (I have seen sets of these HEAPS in op shops).
-Non season dresses/ skirts/ tops are folded and kept in drawers with lavender sachets.
-Cardigans are folded and kept in drawers with lavender sachets
-Slips are annoying to hang, take up too much room in my wardrobe and are annoying to hang in groups as it is too difficult to get the one you need, so I fold them and keep them in drawers with my socks.
-Bangles, hat pins and furs I have covered in the first 'My house' post.

I still struggle to find room for everything and in our next house I am determined to get a custom made wardrobe properly and have enough room! (There is a great NZ website that has these for very reasonable prices that you can build bit by bit), but this is some of the ways I store things. Hope it is helpful!

xxxx BLV

Monday, March 12, 2012


                                           Cardigans I wear all the time
                                               Dresses are organized by colour and style
 My suits
                                                  Dresses and jackets
                                                   Scarves, pashminas, shawls and nightwear
                                                    My Wedding vail and purses
                                                     My favourite evening purses

                                                   50's purses


                                          Vintage purses wrapped in scarves to protect them
                                                          A purse used to store scarves
                                                       A suitcase used to store bags
                                     Dresses I won't wear until Summer stored in a vintage travel bag
                                                A hat box for some more delicate hats
                                            My toilet bag packed and ready for our next holiday
                                                      My favourite dresses
                                                           My favourite books
                                                                     Basket of gloves

My wardrobe is my favourite part of the house. It stores all my treasures, and how these are stored is a vital part of how I plan outfits and piece things together to know what works and what doesn't. I have a few rules when putting outfits together:
-Always plan ahead-nothing looks or feels good pulled on at the last minute
-Always have an outfit (or 4!) in mind that can be pulled together last minute in case of wardrobe malfunctions or things such as weather changes
-Always check to make sure the correct undergarments are ready the night before so you're not stuck in a gorgeous dress with the wrong bra or stockings that have a hole in them
-Never put anything back in the wardrobe that needs mending/is dirty/ needs alterations doing to it
-New Zealand weather is very changeable so I always take a cardigan/jacket (or both) with me wherever I go
-When planning an outfit, always think about things such as how long you will be in the outfit, what you are doing that day, how appropriate the outfit is to the events of the day/night, how warm/cold you will be and what to bring if this happens. An example of this is when we go out on a Saturday and plan on walking the dogs at some point. I always have warm gloves and a woolen beret for this as well as sturdy footwear (gumboots are great for this and I love the gumboot and dress look, aka Keira Knightly and Sienna Miller in 'The edge of love')
So this is how I organize my wardrobe:
-I wear the same things year round, but just add more layers, so the dresses hanging are there all the time
-Evening dresses/ heavy coats are in our spare room wardrobe
-Shoes are on a shoe rack where they can air out and retain their shape
-Boots are on the floor in the wardrobe
-Gloves are in an open basket organized into length and season
-Bags are everywhere. They are my biggest weakness. They are hanging, on the shelf and stored in a vintage suitcase. Delicate ones are stored in the suitcase with each one separately folded inside a silk scarf to prevent wear and tear. Silk scarves are very easy and cheap to find in op shops so I always have plenty of them.
Dresses that are particularly heavy (such as 50's ones with large underskirts) are folded up and stored in a vintage travel bag that I leave open to air.
-My riding-look boots are stored in their box with boot tree's in them to keep them in shape.
-Thick scarves are hanging up
-Suits are hung in their sets
-My furs are stored in an open basket with plenty of room to breathe and I can pick the one out easily that I need
-Hats are stored in a big wooden hat box (as per post below) in separate styles- I don't have enough room to
store them each separately ( a life goal of mine) so they are loosely stacked on top of each other with more delicate ones in a separate box inside my wardrobe. I check m y hats regularly to make sure they are not getting dusty or out of shape.
So that's it!

BLV xxxx

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


                                I love eclectic vintage house stuff but try to stick to a blue or brown theme                                  

                                           Our Wedding had a Disney them-this was our 'Snow White' photo.
                                           Must do a Wedding blog post one day
                                    I have wanted one of these for ages-this one was a perfect find
                                                  Bunny stuff EVERYWHERE

                                      I have a little ballet obsession. This picture was too pretty to pass up
                                                       House bunny and doggy
                                   Wedding photos, a canvas of Toto and a drawing from my dear friend Andrea
                                      Sherry-my favourite drink. From when I have Mad Men moments
                                                  Cushions-another obsession of mine
                                                                 More cushions
                                           The boudoir-complete with Toto having his mid-morning nap
                                                             Soooooo sleepy
                                                          My dressing tables
                                         And yet more cushions-the pink one I have had since I was a baby
                                             My basket of furs. Lord Barrington poking his nose out
                                                     Bambi, Toto and wedding photo
My hat box

                                       I loved the post on Vixen Vintage's blog on how to store bangles
                                        and used it to organize my own: Check out the link below
                                              Vintage doggy that I use to store my hat pins
                                                       Bambi bobby pins container

So I have meant to do a blog post on my house for a while and am finally doing it. Our house is a 1920's villa that has been renovated but still has original elements to it. I have decorated with vintage goodies and try to stick to a blue and brown colour scheme (as you can see the cushions kinda threw this colour scheme out the window). I have a soft spot for animal decorations (trying not to turn into a crazy dog/bunny lady but it sure is hard) and I have deer, bunny and dog stuff everywhere (including actual dogs and bunnies-no deer..... yet haha). So I will do a separate post on my wardrobe and how I store everything I wear.
xxxxx BLV