you have how many prams?

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B.C (before child) someone once told me they owned not 1, not 2 but 4 prams. That’s not all. The woman had intention of purchasing a 5th. I remember thinking-“Surely one pram would suffice?”.                                                                     A.C (after child)-Realization- One pram rarely suffices.                                  Pram 1- As a woman of nil baby experience I decide on the most padded, safe pram available. Included is every cover, shade, protective device known to a pram. In fact I’m surprised airbags weren’t included.                                        .                    I could have rolled pram 1 down a hill and   straight through a fence or 2 and baby would  have slept peacefully  submerged in layers of luxurious soft cloud like fabric  otherwise known as padded nylon.    .                                                                                                                                                     Pram 1 disaster…….                                                                                                         One scorching hot day pram 1, baby and I go for a beach walk. Upon returning to highway car park I am unable to shut down pram 1  6 month baby screaming. 30-year-old mother also screaming whilst kicking pram 1.  Swearing is at an extreme level. I am sweating. I hate this pram. I contemplate     leaving pram on side of highway. More than contemplate actually.                      A stranger amazingly pulls over clearly my “pram distress” is visible even for passerbys. Amazingly the stranger wrangles pram 1 into my oversized boot. I am so grateful. I could kiss this man. I refrain.                                                                           Pram 1 goes on flight. Pram 1 is never the same. Pram 1 has been seriously abused by flight staff. My pram has a distinct wobble. My pram gives me a distinct wobble. My pram makes me look like a slightly intoxicated mother. Not a good look. I need a new pram. ASAP.                                                                             like this post, check back for pram 2,3 and 4 posts later in the week !!

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….via milano vintage shorts

1389244178657Last Saturday I found the perfect vintage find. Most of the time finding vintage fashion finds that are relevant to “at the moment” fashion are near impossible to find.                                                                              Well the fashion planets were aligned . Browsing a market that was near bypassed . I come across a stall with possibly 6 items. I could really have helped her out with some basic visual merchandising skills. .                       I spot them . A pair of 1970’s on trend high-waisted shorts on turquoise blue silk, mint condition.                                                                                  These are meant for me. How much ? …. $2.50 replies the lady. I would have paid her $25 but I pay the $2.50 and run off like an excited child with a brand new toy. What a steal!!!                     I get home and try the shorts on. A perfect fit. Husband’s response “they look expensive”. “Do they ” I shriek in a way only a crazed shopper can. I continue ranting about the shorts. “Do you love them” I ask. “They look great”. I have a feeling his feigned excitement is the fact the shorts were $2.50 as opposed to $250.00. I am on a vintage shoppers high- so I ask you fellow bloggers what’s your best vintage buy ?????

….the last season leather skirt

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A few months ago I bought myself a leather skirt….         .                                                               I know the leather skirt isn’t exactly pushing any new fashion boundaries at the minute.                 In fact if anything it strongly borders on “so last season”.                                                                                    The issue was which of the 4 million leather skirts was I going to deem this years “classic investment”.                                                               By the time I had debated , searched online and instore and generally procrastinated between a $300+ allanah hill or a cheap and cheerful asos number the leather skirt had become a “reduced to clear” rack regular.                                     This did not perturbe me. Nor did the fact my husband labelled the trend as “a bit 80’s tragic”. So one fine day I found my perfect leather skirt. High waisted, a line and an appropriate length.  Oh and not to mention the gold zips on each hip and the fact it was 60% off.                                     The leather skirt is a permanent wardrobe fixture. The leather skirt goes out to dinner, to the beach, to the bar – it goes everywhere.           People complement leather skirt. Husband even takes fancy to leather skirt. I wonder how I should wash this leather skirt ?-should I ever take it off. It has become somewhat of a second skin (excuse the pun).

This month’s fashion and beauty hits and misses…..

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DSC_0149A little bit of a round up of my retail spending for the month. What’s worth it and what’s not….
Hits….

Cashmere Jumper- I have wanted a cashmere jumper for a while now. No idea why just sounded a bit South Hamptons.
This black cashmere blend crop jumper from IDS hit the nail on the head. Perfect with boyfriend jeans or dress it up with tailored pants and heels.

Chambray Dress- I love chambray for this season. It’s very effortless and I have been literally living in this Portman’s t-shirt mini dress of a weekend. Next purchase- a chambray shirt…..

Striped Dress- Hmm I don’t need any more stripes. However, this “Mika Gala” midi dress was a must have. I bought it on last week’s beach “mini break “in a cute little boutique in Bicheno, Tasmania aptly named Coastal. I was definitely in “beach mode” when purchasing- another “nautical” outfit…

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Sparkling and Salmon -4000 Readers at www.jessicasarahdotcom.com

DSC_1159Thanks so much for reading. Every time I hit a blogging milestone my husband buys a bottle of Sparkling-Jansz from Pipers River, Tasmania (he is probably more excited about drinking the Jansz than the actual blog milestone!!). So last night we sat down to a bottle of this lovely sparkling and a summer salad I am going to share with you (you must be excited!!)….

It’s a great summer recipe- perfect for entertaining or when you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. This recipe literally takes minutes- perhaps 3.

I have used Tasmanian produce, however you could use whatever you so desired brand wise…

So here goes my first “blogged”recipe….
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Smoked Salmon, Caper and Bocconcini Salad –

1 bag of Tasmanian Houston’s Farm Baby Mesclun or 1 Coz Lettuce
1 bag of Tassal Hot Smoked Salmon Flakes – If you are unable to buy this you could use a canned salmon or cook a small portion of salmon for 20 minutes, chill and break into chunks.
1 tablespoon of Baby Capers
4 chunks of Bocconcini or Mozzarella works well also
1 Avocado

Dressing- 2 tablespoons of preferred dressing Balsamic,Caesar or Olive Oil

Toss lettuce, salmon, avocado and dressing together-
Then To make it look extra pretty-
place the baby mesclun or coz leaves on bottom of plate, stack avocado and smoked salmon in the centre then add bocconcini chunks and top with capers. Add one dollop of sour cream on top- a sprinkle of cracked pepper… Done in under 3 minutes!!

If you want to winter- fy this recipe heat the salmon and melt the bocconcini

Serve with sparkling wine and remember serve on a big white plate for extra pizazz….

and the bride didn’t wear a kaftan…….

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jessica sarah handyWhen I got married I had a great desire to wear a Kaftan. Not just any kaftan but the holy grail of kaftans a Camilla Franks kaftan. I had a vision of a bright silk number with layers of eye catching colour underneath a Singaporean sunset.

This idea got instantly trampled by my friends and family. “You out of all people are going to wear a big muu muu on your wedding day”…. Well it was just a thought….

Ok the kaftan or muu muu did not happen and I loved the dress I inevitably chose. However one of the deciding factors was this…..

Men hate Kaftans- You would like you’re husband to find you attractive on your wedding day

And secondly
The Kaftan could have worn me.

If you are on the smaller side a Kaftan can engulf, swallow and leave its victim drowned out of the picture. Hmm…

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and the bride didn’t wear a kaftan…….

jessica sarah handyWhen I got married I had a great desire to wear a Kaftan. Not just any kaftan but the holy grail of kaftans a Camilla Franks kaftan. I had a vision of a bright silk number with layers of eye catching colour underneath a Singaporean sunset.

This idea got instantly trampled by my friends and family. “You out of all people are going to wear a big muu muu on your wedding day”…. Well it was just a thought….

Ok the kaftan or muu muu did not happen and I loved the dress I inevitably chose. However one of the deciding factors was this…..

Men hate Kaftans- You would like you’re husband to find you attractive on your wedding day

And secondly
The Kaftan could have worn me.

If you are on the smaller side a Kaftan can engulf, swallow and leave its victim drowned out of the picture. Hmm and who wants that on their wedding day?

If you are a bit curvier, you will look better in a Kaftan-Especially if you have an impressive cleavage. Kaftans were made with curvier women in mind.

There is another thing about Kaftans. If you are not holidaying in some exotic destination or the weather is not above 25 degrees. You can look partially inappropriate. How do I know this??? -Because for writing purposes I am wearing a Kaftan today.

Yes we live across the road from the beach and it is approaching summer. However it is cold and I am wearing jeans under my Kaftan. I should be in Singapore sipping a Singaporean sling not sipping on a chai latte moaning about the weather. On the upside- I could probably have a piece of slice with the latte as well- let’s face it no one can actually determine what your body actually looks like underneath a kaftan.

The thing is I like wearing this Kaftan. Yes it covers my body in a sack like way but that sequinned neckline makes me feel a bit exotic and puts me in a holiday mode. This Kaftan has taken over my personality. I could have a Pina Colada on a Wednesday at 11am in this Kaftan. …..
But I won’t…. I flick the kettle on and make an instant coffee. I look outside and note the grey skies and debate whether to return my Kaftan to the closet or not. Damn it I will leave it on and just turn the aircon up a notch or three……

If you have lived a fashion once would you do it again??

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Last night I was browsing through a number of on line stores. One thing that was noticeable was there is so much variety in fashion at the minute. You can dress from any era you wish. Even mix and match the eras if you so desire. I have to say I am a fan of it. Personal style- I’m all for it.

One thing I did note was a fashion collection of 90’s revival. I was a teenager in the early 90’s and my fashion was very 90’s. I really dislike 90’s fashion and I have no intention of repeating it again……

I have noticed this in others too. My Aunty was a 20 something night clubber in the 80’s with an ultra-hip 80’s wardrobe too match. She had skinnies in white wash known as “bubbly gum” jeans. Her wardrobe overloaded with power shoulders to put any Dynasty Character to shame. Have I ever seen her in skinny jeans since they exploded back into fashion? No. Have I ever seen her in anything resembling statement shoulders? Absolutely not.

These are my top 6 picks of “I WILL NEVER WEAR AGAIN”

Tiger striped hair- I had orange tiger stripes at about the age of 14. Oh how I loved it. The thought of chunky highlights still makes me shudder.

Wide Leg Jeans- Wide leg jeans were very cool. I actually can’t believe I had a pair on reflection. Wide jeans with an ultra-cool button fly were very cool mid 90’s. I can’t say I have worn a pair since. Unflattering, makes everyone appear several inches shorter than they actually are and reminds me of the school yard-Instantly banned in my wardrobe.

Denim Dresses with buttons- Oh how I loved this dress…when I was 12. I had one for my first Modelling Graduation. I found this dress (well not the exact dress) last night on ASOS under “90’s revival fashion”. Pass on that and I am starting to feel old……

Cord Pants- I had a pair of bright orange cord pants oh and not to forget lime green cord pants. I also briefly dated a guy that wore solely cord pants a few years ago and no they had not come back into vogue. I have cord pant issues. Cord pants are not to be seen in our house- ever.

Mambo memorabilia tees- I had one. One oversized t-shirt with a large fish smoking a joint on it… I can’t believe I was allowed to wear it on reflection. So hideous and from memory so expensive-Mambo- Love your artwork but I wouldn’t wear a mambo tee ever again.

New Age Clothing- Ying Yang jumpers, gypsy dresses in velvet and tie dye in burgundies and teal. Oh and Guatemalan berets. I never had the velvet dress but I have to admit I had the jumper and the hat. Oh god I am cringing writing this. No I will never don again. Oh and hemp.

On the upside- I love an 80’s shoulder, a 50’s skirt, a 70’s Mexican top and anything in between. As I sit here writing this I look down at my floral blazer and wonder if I will look back in 15 years and think …What on earth????????????????? More than likely….
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Vintage Shoppers- A breed of their own…

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I really like a good vintage find. Not a rubbish find- a real good vintage find. Clothing or Home wares, doesn’t matter.

I am somewhat of a clothing snob- I bypass Kmart and Target most of the time. But give me a second hand shop and I can’t resist a not so quick look….

When it comes to Vintage most people love it or hate it. Some people don’t get Vintage. Why not just buy a new one? I hear people cry. I get that- but there is nothing like finding an elusive vintage find.

Good vintage finds are getting hard to come by. So when I get one a part of me squeals (internally) of joy and excitement. My best vintage finds are the following-

A 70’s handkerchief style dress- Oh I love this dress but I have to confess I found it in my mother’s cupboard. Luckily…

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Vintage Shoppers- A breed of their own…

jessica handy

I really like a good vintage find. Not a rubbish find- a real good vintage find. Clothing or Home wares, doesn’t matter.

I am somewhat of a clothing snob- I bypass Kmart and Target most of the time. But give me a second hand shop and I can’t resist a not so quick look….

When it comes to Vintage most people love it or hate it. Some people don’t get Vintage. Why not just buy a new one? I hear people cry. I get that- but there is nothing like finding an elusive vintage find.

Good vintage finds are getting hard to come by. So when I get one a part of me squeals (internally) of joy and excitement. My best vintage finds are the following-

A 70’s handkerchief style dress- Oh I love this dress but I have to confess I found it in my mother’s cupboard. Luckily for me it is a drawstring back which allows me to just squeeze into it.

A huge Turkish urn- I bought this of a woman in her 90’s for $2.00. The woman had bought it in her 20’s while travelling and carted it all the way back to Australia.  

70’s Leather embossed bags- Yes they are not the most cutting edge style by any fashion mag of late. However throw one against a white lace top and chambray pants and you can’t go wrong (in my mind anyhow!)

Burgundy Brazilian knee high boots- I bought these a few years ago for $39 dollars (no idea why I remember that amount). Made with a wooden stopper (a little bit like real ballet shoes) for a square toe look, they look rather casual yet chic. Shame my toes scream in agony after 45 minutes of wearing.

A sifter- Yes this is a strange one- I bought a sifter with sweet little mushrooms on the front. It screamed buy me!!!  However…I am yet to use it- but when I do I will most certainly don a lace edged apron to complement this 1950’s find. Oh and I will most likely attempt a sponge cake…..

 

These are my top tips for vintage shopping-

 Try it on- always….Vintage cuts can be amazing or truly hideous. It is not a fancy dress party. Although- if you really love it. Throw a fancy dress party for the purchase…….

Can you alter it? If this waist is good you may need to take the length up to modernize it.

Team vintage with modern- with both home wares and clothing

– Place a kitsch 70’sfind next to this season’s industrial style appliances.

-Wear a 70’s dress with ultra-modern accessories such as a leather cuff and these coming seasons flat over the knee boots.

And my last tips for Vintage shoppers I would say buy it if you love it. I regret not buying an immaculate 1950’s oversized pale pink woollen swing style coat a few years ago. It was a hot day in sunny Perth. The coat was several sizes too big to be honest but it was a great find. I sadly left it on the hanger. I still wonder what happened to that coat…….

 

Vintage do you love it or hate it???

 

 

 

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