helloooo friday! how has your week been? mine has been average, but bookended with fun days, which is not a bad way to have a week. let’s look at the photographic evidence, shall we?
first up, my make up case caught my eye this week and i had to take some photos of its lovely pattern. it really is this musk-candy pink, and its plastic paisley covered! pretty fabulous. i bought it about ten years ago and for a while it held the overflow from my everyday makeup bag, but i’ve recently restored it to pride of place as the main bag. fascinating information. maybe just look at the pretty picture.
while visiting my friend yesterday i snapped this picture of all the cool vintage products she has displayed in her kitchen. isn’t the box of ‘clover’ soda bulbs sweet?
i’ve loved orla kiely’s products ever since i saw them in a UK newspaper in 2002 and pinned the article on my tiny bedsit wall, dreaming of one day in the distant future i could have a bit of it! so i’ve bought a couple of her bags from ebay, and i’ve pined over all the other products i couldn’t afford or get … until now! yay! triumphant fanfare! its pretty rare i buy a ‘luxury product’ but i bought some sheets to use for visitors staying with us. after opening the box i think i almost would’ve bought them for the packaging alone. isn’t it gorgeous? on the right is the complete package: a sturdy box with a cardboard band to keep it closed and show product info (it says on this paper that the packaging is designed to be re-used and who could resist?!). in the middle is the package contents: a card explaining what this pretty thing is, then a plastic cover ‘etched’ with the stem design to keep the sheets nice. on the left is the inside of the lid, with the orla kiely logo. the boxes are really nice and sturdy and i can’t wait to find new life for them on my desk! if only all packaging were this nicely considered.
another purchase that arrived this week was the cutest of cutie pie shirts i found on etsy. the kid doesn’t get any vintage clothing because, well, he decimates every pair of trousers that pass his way, and any tops end up with spaghetti stains even if we don’t even eat spaghetti!! but i saw this shirt and fell in love. it worked out cheaper than the ‘nice, going out’ shirts i’ve bought for him previously anyway and how could i pass up some ‘sturdy togs’ for my junior?!
pom poms! words just can’t express how great i think these flowers are.. no words. pom poms!
yesterday was really fun, my friend and i visited a few very cool shops (and took some pictures to show you next week!) and then stopped for afternoon tea at ‘grigons & orr corner store’ cafe in north melbourne. australia’s corner stores are referred to as deli’s or milk bar’s, and this cafe is styled to be like an old style milk bar, where you could by shakes and bags of mixed candy as well as milk, eggs, bread and other staples. on their counter was this jar of australian childhood favourites ’100′s & 1000′s’ cookies. mmm lurid pink icing! this cafe was such a sweet mixture of vintage charm and modern deliciousness, though i did giggle at their menu when i saw SPAM served with truffle oil!
here is a view of the shelves behind the counter at grigons & orr, i love that there are old display items mixed with fresh, modern items you can purchase. how cool is the old pepsi six-pack?! if you’re in melbourne pop in for some tea and an incredible portuguese custard tart (seriously the best i’ve ever had!).