Tuesday, 16 December 2008



Too much, get a bit vague and go a bit mad.

Too little, get a bit frustrated and go a bit mad.

I have not had as much time as I would like lately.

Still, I believe it is important to take some time to get away from it all when you can. Even if it's just a little.

Today, I wore my new blue and white floral skirt, thrifted a few weeks ago from my new favourite op shop In Brunswick. Run by lovely old ladies (with a few good stories to tell, believe me), things there range from 50 cents to a whole $3. Just like ye goode olde oppe shoppe. This outfit is a staple of mine; the individual pieces change but the idea is the same: floral, knits, and chunky sandals over tights. I love this pattern on the skirt, and the tiny flowers blended in with my surroundings during my time out.

it was raining a little bit

merino jumper – country road
blue floral skirt – thrifted
grey ribbed tights and tbar platform sandals – sportsgirl

music the devastations he wasn't like that when i knew him


Shannon (A beautiful Dream) said...

I don't think I will ever get tired of photos taken in this lovely little spot.

I love 'real' op shops - where everything is dirt cheap and there are home made cakes for sale at the register! We need more of them!

This outfit is gorgeous. Those shoes are just wonderful.

Q's Daydream said...

Wonderful as always! I love shops run by lovely old ladies, I just love old ladies in general! :o)

Sal said...

How fun to thrift at a place with great prices, ADORABLE dresses, and old hens with stories to share.

Parapluie said...

Wonderful outfit! I love the skirt!

Amelia said...

I love the floral. Beautiful pictures.

Nadine said...

You always have the cutest pictures :)... I love that!

a cat of impossible colour said...

How beautiful! And I agree with you and all the commenters, that's the best kind of op-shop, and the one where you unearth the most treasures.

loou said...

how i miss summer, your pictures are so sweet.

Nathalia said...

Lovely photos! i like your blog so much:)

Miss_Red said...

Isn't it crazy that we need to wear tights again...what happened to summer?
Lovely outfit, I really adore those shoes and the sweet floral print is a nice contrast to the thick tights.

The Paper Doll said...

Love the first few photos the most, and what a lovely place you've found for yourself to take photos in - it looks lovely, and i've bought out the winter woolen tights too, where is summer?

tiny said...

the skirt is charming.

A dreamer said...

sitting in the grass looks so relaxing. and it makes for a beautiful picture.

the opshops in my area have been receiving fake notes...which is a real shame. so the old ladies have become a little less lovely and more on guard.

Grant said...

The fact that you opend this post with the Dandelion was nice. I love this type of ensemble: you own it throughly my dear.


Saorise said...

Oooooo! What lovely shoes!
Beautiful as always darling :)
xoxo, Saorise

cybill said...


Porcelain Blonde said...

Your hair is getting so long already!

Your photos here are so lush and crisp, they really take you into the garden :)
As always, I love your tights and sandals combo xxx

thevintageyear said...

I really like your shoes! Also, to answer your question about the Northcote market, it was actually a school fete/market at the Northcote high school that was a few months ago, it was held to raise money for charity. I asked one of the store holders and she said it happens annually!

Nita-Karoliina said...

beautiful pics again

Lavender said...

There's never enough time for anything at this time of year. Pretty shoes... and flowers.

sara said...

your outfit is beautiful, as are the photos <3

Miss Karen said...

Gorrrrgeous photos! You look absolutely beautiful.

Also, The Devastations! Have you heard their cover of The Cure's All Cats Are Grey? I've been trying to find it everywhere to no avail, I must scour the internet some more....

Lady Melbourne said...

I agree with Shannon, I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing your take on your surroundings.
Curious about the op shop you've found and whether it's one I go to!

esme and the lane way said...

thanks very much!:

a dreamer: that's so low! I hope that is stopped soon; they especially don't deserve that!

porcelain blonde: thanks, it's because of the snazzy camera I got to use! (It's not mine though, sadly!)

Miss Karen: that sounds cool, I'll have a bit of a hunt myself...

LM: it's tuked away just of Glenlyon Rd, near Sydney Rd... Sat 10-1 and that's it all week; olde shoppe hours too!

The Stylish Wanderer said...

What a beautiful post. Lovely

I hope time becomes available for you soon

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Oh all that green grass and that floral dress makes me wish it was summer now... (even if I, for the moment, am enjoying the christmassy winter..)

heartofpearl♥ said...

your photos are always sweet and i love your shoes xx

Maggie May said...

i love thick tights with open toes.

Fashion Addict said...

Lovely outfit!!! And that shop that you bought the skirt at sounds nice with interesting ladies! I wish that there was such a shop in my city!!! Great photos too.

a cat of impossible colour said...

I just saw your picture in the first issue of Queens of Vintage - congratulations!! They picked a lovely picture of you.

I'm appearing in an issue as well, sometime. I am ridiculously excited about it :P

Pretty Little Pictures said...

Just wanting to wish you a very merry christmas Esme, see you in the new year :)

Emily said...

I really like your blog :) Your pictures are always so beautiful.

Saorise said...

I have awarded you on my blog dearest. Go see!!!!

Alice said...

GReat photos!! I love your skirt


muchlove said...

gorgeous gorgeous photos!

I too am feeling that time flies much too quickly.

detailsofthefabric said...

what a lovely outfit! =) love how the grey tights go so well with your shoes... beautiful photos as usual!

HollyG said...

What type of camera do you use? I know very little about digital cameras but I want one that is user-friendly, not TOO expensive, and helps me take poetic pictures (like yours!)

a cat of impossible colour said...

Hello, beautiful lady!

Just wanted to stop by and say Merry Christmas, as I won't be on the internet so much for the next couple of days (I think). Hope you have a lovely day! It has been great getting to know you through your blog. :)

Lots of love

Andrea xxx

Q's Daydream said...

I've given you a blog award my dear! :o)

esme and the lane way said...

Proper replies, my dears; thanks for your patience and sorry for any double ups!

Shannon (A beautiful Dream): phew, because it looks like I'll be taking a lot there for a while:) I agree, I lvoe supporting them. And thank you!

Q's Daydream: thanks! Oh, me too!

Sal: it really is nice, so old fashioned :)

Parapluie: thanks very much!

Amelia: thanks! :D

Nadine: hehe thanks! :)

a cat of impossible colour: thanks! If only there were more.. :)

loou: thanks! Our summer has only just started, here it was really cold and we needed our woolly jumpers :< !

Nathalia: thanks very much, I'm flattred! :)

Miss_Red: I know, strange! And thanks very much! :)

The Paper Doll: thanks! I'm doing my best in industrial Preston... and it is only just warming up now. Late summer!

tiny: thanks very much!

A dreamer: thanks! It really is... and that's terrible. Honestly, how low... I hope they get stopped soon.

Grant: thanks – I wanted to do it a while ago and then someone mowed down all the Dandelions!

Saorise: thanks very much :)

cybill: thank you!

Porcelain Blonde: I know, almost shoulder length..! Yay! And thanks – it is due to the awesome Nikon, which sadly is not mine! :D

thevintageyear: thanks! Oh, yearly?! I have a long wwait then! :D

Nita-Karoliina: thanks veyr much!

Lavender: I know, but mostly it is good choas... and thank you!

sara: thanks so much!

Miss Karen: thanks heaps! Ah, I thought I'd done some replying previously... :)

The Stylish Wanderer: thanks! Ah, I just need to origansie myself a leetle bit more :)

the freelancer's fashionblog: thanks! Oh, enjoy the winter and that snow!

heartofpearl♥: thanks very much!

Maggie May: thank you! It's a favourite thing of mine... :D

Fashion Addict: thank you! Maybe there is, around a corner somewhere..?

a cat of impossible colour: thanks! Oh, cool, what about? I can;t wait to see!

Pretty Little Pictures: thanks very much, happy Christmas and New year to you too!

Emily: thanks very much! :D

Saorise: aww, thank you!

Alice: thanks! :D

muchlove: thanks! It can be hard to keep up sometimes... :)

detailsofthefabric: thanks so much :D

HollyG: aw, thanks! I usually use my Canon IXUS 70, a digital point and shoo from a few years ago – it is now really quite cheap, and I cannot recommend it enough; it is fantastic. Here I borrowed my work's camera, a Nikon digital SLR, which is incomparably better – I hope to get a DSLR soon (a Canon, though) in the next few days. I hope that helps; I know nish about cameras either though! :D

a cat of impossible colour: thanks, you too! Have a great time!

Q's Daydream: ooh, thanks very much!

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