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Saturday, October 2, 2010

the hissing of summer lawns

2 October 2010

I feel like I have been hiding away for weeks. Today the sky is blue, the sun is shining and I have decided to spend the afternoon out on the deck reading Valley of the Dolls and listening to old records. And maybe I'll treat myself to a cocktail. All I need now is a view of the ocean.

I needed an outfit that would reflect the frivolity of my day. These 1950s pin up style polka dot shorts paired with my red bathing suit and 60s mary janes fit the bill. Of course the look wouldn't have been complete without red lips (I wanted red nails too but am so terrible at painting my nails I gave it a miss).

I haven't worn shorts (apart from to the gym) since I was a child. Basically, I have as much trouble finding flattering shorts as I do pants (and I haven't worn pants in years). So, when the lovely owners (mother and daughter team) of the adorable store Swonderful asked me to do a review on a pair of shorts from their Spring collection you can only imagine how excited I was. It is the only store in Wellington (bar vintage and thrift stores) that I ever go to. The only way I can think to describe its cuteness is to say that it is like the handmade section of Etsy in a real life store. Completely sweet and perfect.

I love the high-waist, the simplicity of the design (I am not much for fussy details) and the length - not too short, not too long, to quote that golden haired little rascal, they are just right. And the polka dots - so cute! I am planning on living in these this summer. They will go perfectly with all my little vintage lacy tops and blouses. But I must say, I like them best with my swimsuit as I feel ready for the beach or summer vacation. Not that it's quite that warm yet. A girl can dream.

Now to get some sun on my pale winter skin....


Wearing: 1950s style bathing suit, worn as a top (thrifted), Polka Dot Shorts (courtesy of Swonderful), Vintage 1960s Red Mary Janes (Ziggarat)


  1. Ohh, your shorts are adorable! And they look so perfect with the red top.

  2. Such a cute outfit! The shorts are gorgeous!

    Will we get to see the whole swim suit one day?! I sound sleazy! I'm really not. Even just a photo of it on a coat hanger would do! I'm on the lookout for a nice pair of 1950's bathers, but have had no luck in op shops!

    xx Claire

  3. I feel the same way about shorts sometimes but I must say that you look absolutely amazing in this outfit! just beautiful

  4. Ohhhh how glam! In this outfit, I imagine how you'd have looked very appropriately attired, lounging in the sun with your book and a cocktail. The sun has been amazing.

  5. I love Swonderful! I can't wait to visit when I'm next in Wellington!


  6. Aw! thanks for the comment :D I almost feel like I will be blogging about it for weeks :P
    Love this outfit by the way! Absolutely adore Swonderful!
    So pretty!

    Ayesha x

  7. You look just beautiful! I love Swonderful.

  8. Hi, Laurel! I love your look and what you're doing with your blog. I am commenting here because I read here and elsewhere that you enjoy the sound of old records. I invite you to click on my link and visit my blog where I am currently addressing this subject. I hope you'll drop by for a visit! P.S. - Your pale skin is one of your greatest assets!

  9. Wow these shorts are fantastic! The pin up look is so flattering, I think everyone should be walking around in beautiful high waisted shorts like these. You look lovely!