It's been a week of contrasts. We've had gastro through the house, and my two youngest have been unwell. In between cleaning up vomit and other unmentionables, and all the associated nursing/ laundry duties, I've been juggling a lot of other obligations - difficult with little people home from their schools.

Then Friday night saw me standing in Gumboots (Wellies) on the side lines of an Under 8's Aussie rules football game in the pouring rain cheering on my oldest....

But Saturday night saw me frocked up for the Royal Flying Doctor's Wings for Life Ball, which I help organise every year.



It was Black Tie and I decided to be thrifty and wore the dress I had made by a local dress designer for my 21st birthday... 17 years ago now. My Dad, who is exceedingly thrifty, was very proud of the fact that I was being so sensible and recycling an old dress. Until Mr AV pointed out that I had, in fact, probably spent as much on new accessories to update the look as I would have buying a new dress.... The dress was a copy of one I saw in US Vogue circa 1996, it was a silk crepe Calvin Klein dress, and it has a wide belt in the same fabric as the dress.


I bought a new gold mirror belt, and these fab gold shoes with glitter on the soles. Love the glitter, it's so fun - better than a red sole any day! I also bought a gold clutch from Anya Hindmarch and decided to go a bit 60's with my hair - volume was achieved with a lot of styling product. Good thing it was a no smoking venue or I could have gone up in flames if someone had lit a match from the amount of spray the hairdresser used.


This year's theme was Snow Ball, and Bjorn Again (Abba cover band) were playing at the end of the night.. there was a bit of a Scandinavian snow theme going on. As everyone walked into the room real snow was falling from the ceiling - it was absolutely magical and quite Narnia like.



I had so much fun - I haven't danced so much in a long time. Nothing like a bit of Abba to get the dance floor packed. And if I'd had a pair of scissors I would have been tempted to hack my dress off, add a couple of splits up the side and then hip and shoulder one of the singers off the stage to grab the mic myself. For a while there I was transported back to being 5 years old and dancing with my sisters so enthusiastically we'd make the needle jump on the record.



And I won the centrepiece on our table, which was a stunning lantern that matches one I've already got at home! After the ball finished, we went on to the after party in the city for more drinks and dancing... then finally home to collapse into bed.

And in renovation news, we've had a lot of progress. It's been pretty noisy at our place with the frame going up during the week. They've already framed up the kid's playroom and the laundry and kitchen.

Playroom view from the veranda

Playroom view through to the kitchen and main living area in the distance

Laundry

You can now really get a feel for the scale of the rooms. I think I'm pretty much scaring the neighbours at the moment though... from the street it looks enormous. I keep promising them it will look ok once the roof is on. They'll finish off the framing this week, then the windows will go in which will be exciting.



And the builders also cleaned up the old existing cellar. It had been full of rubbish and a thick layer of dirt was obscuring the old brick floors. We've never used it due to access issues, but it has come up well. We're still a fair way off putting wine in it though...


old stone walls and old brick floors

Hope you had a great week xx

38 comments:

  1. YOU STILL FIT INTO A 17-YEAR OLD DRESS!?

    I think I hate you. Somedays I can barely fit into 17 day old dresses.

    Seriously though, you look amazing. Very chic.

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    1. haha! I only fit into it because it doesn't have boning around the ribs... plus the belt that went with it is now on the last hole, rather than in the middle, so the new belt was kind of a necessary purchase... xx

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    2. Yes, me too!

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    3. Hi this is mechelle.
      this dress looks amazingg!! just wondering where you bought that gold belt amd roughly what is the width?
      im making this dress as a replica for my own 21st! :)

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    4. Hi Mechelle, Great choice for a 21st dress!! And you're so clever to be making it yourself. The belt was from Shopbop, and is a Diane Von Furstenberg one called the Jill Mirror belt. It's around 10cm wide. There are a lot of options though if you google gold mirror belt on ebay etc. xx

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    5. Haha thanks! My mum will be making it :D but in red! ;)
      do you mean the length is 10cm? i mean the width (so from top to bottom)..because i'm trying to look online and most of the belts are roughly around 4.5cm (width)..
      just wanted to know if that's what your belt is too?

      Thanks!

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    6. No, no! It's around 8-10cm in width (probably actually closer to 8cm). Most of the ones I found were thinner online too - I chose this one because it had a more "finished" look to it than the others I'd found at the time. I think it would work with a 4-5cm belt though. The original belt that came with the dress was around 6cm wide. Hope that helps!

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  2. You look stunning - love it all, the hair, dress,accessories! Did you do your hair yourself?? Wow you have a dab hand, I can barely blowdry my hair myself. Although you should tell me AV if you didn't upcycle then the bill for the ball would have doubled...The decorations looked fab and ABBA seems guaranteed fun. Must be a sign of my age! Envying your renos...Glad you are making such visible progress. Are the kiddos all well and settled now? Hope the are xx

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    1. Thanks N, no it was a professional hairdo...I'm not fantastic at doing my own hair, and it was pouring with rain with high humidity - my hair was looking like a frizzy mess before the visit.
      Abba was great - and yes, a sign of our age that we all find it so fun! Kids seem to have got over the gastro... it just rumbled on alllll week. xx

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  3. Wow Heidi, that is a seriously glam dress, and I love the new shoes and clutch!!
    Gorgeous, simple and yet chic style that hasn't dated at all - a lesson in how to be elegant. I certainly did Not wear frocks as elegant as that at 21!!
    I'm so impressed that you managed to get it together after a week of gastro!

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    1. I have to say it was a pretty stressful week... but was a nice tension release to have a grown up night out at the end of it! Thank you for nice comments re the dress Ruth- as you've kept most of your rather nice wardrobe of clothes from your 20's I think you can definitely hold your head up high on that front!! xx

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  4. Love the dress. Very stylish with the gold accessories. Your cellar is magical. I love the aged look of it. Bonita xx

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    1. Thanks Bonita, the cellar is looking good now - still lots of work to do in it to get it fit for purpose though, currently it's still a little bit too damp... xx

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  5. You look great! What a beautiful dress too, I love the lines of it.

    Hope your kids are feeling better.

    I like your cellar. Reminds me a tiny bit of the cellar of a medieval-era house that I visited last week - though yours is a) cleaner and b) more updated (bricks instead of cobblestones!). Will you be using it as a wine cellar? My father-in-law is French and is always ducking down to "La Cave" when we visit.

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    1. Thanks Abby! Yes, the cellar is going to be a working cellar... it won't be tricked up to be a wine tasting room or anything like that. Most old houses in Adelaide have cellars as it gets so hot in Summer they used to also store food in them in the days before refrigeration. I would love cobbles on the floors, but the bricks are lovely too. Lucky you to have a French father in law... I'm sure the wine at family dinners would always be pretty nice! xx

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  6. LOLing at your comment about red soles. For my 21st birthday I wore a dress that I wore previously to a wedding 3 years prior and I was so ecstatic that it still fit. It hasn't fit since.
    17 years!!!!! love Z's comment.
    I gasp when I see your grey grasscloth, the Schumacher drapes and those super tall skirtings!
    The cellar! Oh the cellar, doesn't just make you want to head off to wine country and return with a boot full of cases?

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    1. There was a period of at least 7 years when I didn't have a snowballs chance of fitting into that dress...pregnancies and babies do that to you! Glad I hung onto it though now.
      I have to do a post on the Master bedroom... keep meaning to but never have time to take the photos (I'm so bad at taking photos they take me forever, and it's a hard room to photograph because of all the grey.
      We'll definitely head off to the Barossa and McClaren Vale once we have the cellar all sorted to stock up - it's so close! xx

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    2. Well, I'm a weird breed. I actually lost weight in my pregnancy and only ever vomited once (mid labour) The day I fell pregnant to a week after birth I was 7 kilos lighter! So bizarre. I just look at a carbohydrate and I put on weight.
      Yes!!!! Please do a post on the master. I was looking for it previously and then I thought you didn't want to showcase it. I don't care if the pics are shoddy. LOL

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  7. You look stunning Heidi... very red carpet. I agree on the glitter front too: what a nice little touch and more unexpected than the usual red. Were they comfortable? I have never worn Miu Miu shoes but heard that they run narrow?
    I fit into all my late teen clothes but that is because I was holding on to a bit of extra weight that helpfully dropped off when I left boarding school (I think they were worried about the girls going anorexic, so treated us like foie gras... barely 2 hours went past before we were offered another high calorie snack)
    Sorry to hear about the sickness in your house. I hope everyone is better now.
    The extension is really coming on. Dare I ask, what is the (expected) deadline?
    x

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    1. Thanks Charlotte! The shoes were really comfortable - the heel height isn't too high, so I could dance quite comfortably. I did have a pair of half inner soles in them though which made them a bit cushiony. Netaporter had said you needed a full size bigger, but I think it was more a 1/2 size bigger. As for narrow, they seemed quite normal in width to me.
      That's so funny re your boarding school. All the boarders at my school lost weight when they left school too!!
      Hopefully we'll be all finished in early November with the extension. It will depend on weather delays now that we're into Winter here and the roof isn't on. xx

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  8. You look stunning!! I am quite envious that you still fit into a 17-year old dress. The metallic accessories are fabulous, especially the gold mirror belt and the 60s hair style is an inspired touch. What a fun event. Thanks for the photos!

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    1. Thanks Louise! If it makes you feel any better I don't fit into my wedding dress, which is 12 years old. Not at all fit into it, as a matter of fact! It was fun to dress up - not that many opportunities these days, so was a lot of fun xx

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  9. Amazing, how utterly wonderful you look, utterly scintillating glamour Heidi.

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    1. You're very kind Tabitha - there were some very well dressed women at the event... I think I definitely blended into the decor once inside! xx

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  10. The reno is coming along nicely! Love the outfit and those gold shoes are amazing! You have the best social life!

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    1. They are coming along at last! Social life is a bit sporadic though... probably seems like I'm always out from the blog (plus I have a busy May), but in reality I'm always home and in bed pretty early! xx

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  11. Your ball outfit is gorgeous and those shoes - WANT! The extension to your house is really progressing, it looks massive! Looking forward to seeing further developments ;)
    P.S. my second attempt at leaving a comment as the internet seems to have eaten the first one, so sorry if you get this twice.

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    1. It's funny, sometimes the extension looks huge, then it looks small... it's hard to get a sense of proportion without furniture etc in it. xx

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  12. Just adore the fact that your outfit matched the band! Love it. Also love sparkly gold shoes. (I am a huge Abba fan and am quite jealous that you got to a. match the tribute band and b. dance the night away to tribute band)

    Internet here still like wading through knee-deep Golden Syrup so has taken a while to comment.

    House looks fantastic. Can't wait to see the photos of the finished product.

    Internet too slow to blog here but all good and just got back from gorgeous winter weekend at the beach. It is sods law that after struggling to find the will to blog it is all I want to do now I know I can't!

    Take care.

    PS - Forgot to mention that I also rate the Jane Fonda hair. Lifted the outfit to a new level (literally as well as metaphorically...!)

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    1. I know! It was completely hilarious that I matched in so well to the band!! Bjorn Again were great - you should definitely go and see them when they next make it to Perth. Glad to hear all is well... I know you've been having net problems, but goodness... how frustrating!! Hopefully with the NBN rollout things will improve (although that looks like it's going to be taking a long, long time). The reno is really starting to take shape. It's made me feel very excited, even though theres so much still to go (and for me to do....!) xx

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  13. love your outfit and hair! I have kept nothing from that long ago. Well done that it fits! x

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    1. The hair was Big! I'm not surprised you've turfed everything from back then - you're so good at clean outs! xx

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  14. White with gold accessories is the perfect combination and the glitter soles are wonderful. If you had bought a new dress, you might well have bought new accessories too so I think that you have been very thrifty. I regret being so ruthless over the years with my trips to the charity store. I agree - nothing like Abba music to fill the floor.

    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. True enough miss b - I probably would have bought new accessories too. I might try to sell that line to Mr AV!! There are a couple of things I regret sending to the charity store as well... xx

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  15. What an extreme life you lead....one minute nurse maid on vomit duty and the next glamming up for an elegant evening...all in a week's work it would seem!!

    Most thoroughly impressed that you fit into a dress from Back in the Day. The most divine outfit...love the hair too.

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    1. Extreme yes! Unfortunately the vomit side of things happens far too regularly in our house... and is much more the norm than going to a Ball! Thank you for your kind compliments! x

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  16. Your look is perfection! Glad you enjoyed your 'escape', you definitely deserved it with all the goings on, high and low, in your life. Thanks for sharing the good and the bad! x KL

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