Lucette silk dress - $8 op-shop
A bunch of kale nearly killed me this morning. Seriously, I was almost taken out with extreme prejudice by a rogue Superfood. Kale, you're supposed to be zapping free radicals and "toxins", not getting me splattered across the highway like a nine dollar green smoothie tragically dropped on the footpath outside the juice place (I guess I'd actually make a red smoothie splatter, but let's not dwell on that mental image).
Flora of a much less dangerous persuasion. Vintage leather and needlepoint clutch - $15 ebay.
I was dragging my trolley full of produce home from the markets and the kale somehow escaped and took flight ight in the middle of the highway. I went to retrieve it in a leisurely manner and then remembered that I'd crossed against the lights because there was no traffic for miles, and now there was traffic and it was bearing down on me fast. I had to run for it, trolley and all and only got out of the line of fire by a hair.
When I made it to the other side the old dude waiting at the lights said, "I thought you were a goner there, love", which in this land of laconic blokes-of-few-words is equivalent to him freaking out hysterically and shouting "Jesus fucking christ lady, you were ALMOST KILLED RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!!!11!"
So yes, kale is deadly. Chia seeds give me terrible bizarre hallucinatory dreams, coconut oil has no proven beneficial qualities at all, I'm not sure what Acai is but I'm highly suspicious of it, and goji berries are basically just cranberries with pretensions. Quinoa* is the only alleged superfood I'm fond of, although it is...(cue Jaws theme here) a carb.
I went out on a proper op-shop mission the other day, but there are no photos, because there was virtually nothing of interest to be found. Sometimes I just know an op-shop raid is going to be a total bust, and so it was with this one. Well, it was an almost total bust, but not quite. The very first oppy I went into, just across the road from school, and not even part of the day's op-shop itinerary proper, I found this on the rack of new stock to be put out:
Sass & Bide "The Big Deal" silk dress. - $6 op-shop
The original rrp on this dress was $490.00, twelve months ago. Four hundred and ninety! And it fit! I knew as soon as I pulled the zip up on this that there was no way I'd find anything else of note all day. Whatever op-shop luck and pixie dust I might possibly possess had been well and truly blown on this first find, and the rest of the ops would yield nothing but racks of faded Free Fusion and haggard Hot Options as far as the eye could see.
I very, very rarely get any snarky comments or emails here (I'm obviously jinxing myself by saying that) except the occasional random congratulating me on my bravery for posting as a plus-size woman or something, but I did get an email recently which essentially accused me of lying about what I pay for my second-hand finds. As if! I've been posting here for five years, and compared to the magical fifty cent bin at my old favourite op-shop in Bondi, even six dollar Sass & Bide seems kind of pricey. So yeah, no lies, but I'm assuming almost everyone knew that already.
It is blurry, but it says $6.00. Believe.
Now with bonus intercom and power point!
It is a very summery sort of frock though, so it may have to wait until spring, or at least for one of the 23 degree faux spring days we get here a couple of times a week. We shall see!
*Apparently there are environmental and fair trade issues rendering quinoa problematic, I have yet to look into that properly though, so if you know more about it, please let me know.
PS. The little dude is the nephew of a pilot and the grandson of a Wing Commander, so when he saw this pilot's uniform (op-shopped the same day as the Sass & Bide dress), he threw himself to the ground before it, prostrate with joy. He is a most gratifyingly grateful gift recipient, I must say. I am hanging out for his birthday in a couple of weeks, we have a giant remote control battle ship hidden in the top of the wardrobe and he is going to one hundred percent lose his mind when he sees it!