The past few days have been awesome but hectic. My mum has come to stay for a few weeks to spend some time (ie, help) with the kids, and as always, it’s been wonderful to have her here. Our house is tiny though (ya know, I think I’ve mentioned that before once or twice), so it’s super cramped with five of us living here right now. Super cramped and stuffed to the brim with clothing. JJ and Freya have more clothes than I can poke a stick at, and lets not even get started on the sheer volume of David’s work clothing that’s crammed in our tiny shared closet.
But it’s Melbourne and it’s autumn which means that it’s time to drag out the winter wear and fill the gaps in our wardrobes where growing (these children are growing waaaaaay too fast!), losing the pregnancy weight (YAY!), and just “nothavingenoughwarmstuffthatfits” have left figurative closet space. Not literal space. Never that.
Dressing up David is also one of my absolute favourite things to do, and he is such a good sport about it. My only regret was that JJ wasn’t there for the pictures.
With JJ away for the final week of school holidays, I did what any self respecting budget conscious fashionista does when unburdened by small voices asking “can we go home now?”, and went thrifting. Melbourne has some amazing thrift shops (or opshops, as we tend to call them here), and the city itself has some serious style. Although this tends to mean that the opshops have some serious prices going on as well, David’s obsession with vintage board games and books has worked well in my favour. As far as scouting out awesome, hidden, well priced stores goes, David is king.
Saturday passed in a blur of musty smelling books clutched proudly in my husbands hands, adorable outfits for the kidlets, and rows and rows of ladies clothing, rummaged through with my mum. I LOVE thrifting with my mother, because as a perfect Australian size 8 (US size 2) and about 5ft nothing, virtually everything in the store fits her. As a curvy, tall, recently pregnant mama, very little fits me, leading to significant levels of grief at leaving behind those perfect size 10 Bettina Liano jeans for $2 on the half price rack because I know that I would NEVER fit into them.
Not that I’m bitter or anything.
I stocked up on warm, adorable outfits for mum at $1 a piece, and found a few near new Country Road business shirts for David while he was buried in the 5 for $1 book section. Freya scored a host of tiny, adorable sweaters and cardigans for the coming chill – I only wish I’d taken clearer photos of her little outfit. I just can’t stop taking photos of this little girl. I’m just so totally in love with her adorable tiny face and hands. Gah!
ALL THE FEELS.
This entire outfit for mum cost $4, including the bag and the canvas wedges that I unfortunately seem to have cut off when I took the picture. Doesn’t she look gorgeous?
JJ and I didn’t do so well this trip stuff-wise, though I did manage to grab him a cute, licensed t-shirt and myself a black cotton blazer that I kind of totally love.
On Sunday, dressed in our thrifty finds, we headed out to yet another thrift store before we planned on attending mass at the local parish. I got a bit camera happy with the “good” camera and took way too many photos of our finds. David snapped a few of us too, including this uber-posed gem of a photo in my sweet new-old coat and bed hair.
So, as I’m actually proud of what we wore Sunday (ahem, not jeans and a tshirt this time!), I’m linking up today with gorgeous blog The Pleated Poppy for their What I Wore Wednesday. Yes, I know I wore this on Sunday, but the fabulous WIWS from Fine Linen and Purple isn’t open yet, so that linkup will have to be forthcoming.
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!
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