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I learnt this on the Internet

There are many tricky aspects to being a lady, not all of which can be solved by a blog post. However, we live in the future and have the Internet, so there are lots of things that we can learn from blogposts, videos and general web-based shenanigans. This blogpost is about informative Internet videos – sorry if you fall down the spiral of Youtube…

First up: how do I tie a scarf?

Okay, my outfit looks awesome, but I feel shy about my acne:

Smooth-faced and neatly draped. However, my hair is a nest of vipers in this spring “breeze”:

Hair looking like it”s straight off the runway, excellente. But

OH DANG I left my interior light on and my car battery is flat*:

Truly, you can learn all kinds of things on the Internet. What useful stuff have you learnt on the Internet?

*yeah, I threw this in because I didn”t know how to do this and I feel like “call the AA” needs to stop being my stock standard answer for How to Fix Car Trouble.

Historical outfit awesomosity

One of my favourite things to browse at museums is the historical clothes. One of my favourite museums in the whole world, although I”ve never been there is the Brooklyn Museum, because they are so fantastic with social media (read my notes from Shelley Bernstein”s talk at Webstock this year). And I think we all know how I feel about Polyvore. So imagine how great it would be if you could incorporate historical clothes from a museum into a Polyvore collection. Wait a second, Brooklyn Museum has done just that? OH MY GOD!

I spent a few hours on Polyvore—in awe—realizing the site was a perfect match

for our American High Style exhibition, which opens today.  I mean, seriously, we’ve got some great stuff in this show…imagine being able to remix dresses by Charles James, Norman Norell, Gilbert Adrian, Charles Frederick Worth, Elsa Schiaparelli, Jeanne Lanvin, Jeanne Paquin, Madeleine Vionnet, and Christian Dior…sounds pretty exciting, right? In typical Brooklyn Museum tech style, we had very little time to put this together, but I figured an e-mail to the folks at Polyvore couldn’t hurt.  Turns out, they thought this was a perfect match too and were excited to work with us.

That sound you just heard? My mind being blown. So I got in there and had a play around, and here”s what I would wear.

Outfits from the Brooklyn Museum by johubris on
Items in this set:
Day dresses
Evening Ensemble
Evening Coat
Day Pump

Now please post your sets in the comments. If you mess up the HTML, don”t worry, I”ll clean it up for you.

$30 Witchery voucher with Marie Claire

The April 2010 issue of viagra canada Australian Marie Claire comes with a $30 voucher card at Witchery. You just have to register your details online to activate the card. And there’s no minimum purchase amount. Just spend $30 on whatever you want!

I think you cn also ask for the card in store at Witchery. Details here.

This month’s Marie Claire also has some good reading:

Fashion bloggers invade Paris Fashion week;

Child-brides of Yemen given hope by a 10-year old;

and this month has a particularly good fashion spread photographed by Hugh Stewart.

Wellington pre-loved clothes sale

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Starfish sale

For 1 week only (ending 31st Jan) Starfish is having a 50% OFF SALE on a range of labels and accessories including:

Laurie Foon (last ever collection) • Descendant Organic Denim • Kowtow Fair-Trade Tees • Standard Issue and Skin & Thread Knitwear • Kathryn Wilson and Terra Plana Shoes • Nancy Bird Bags • Veja Fair-Trade Trainers (selected pairs) • and of course all Starfish garments.

128 Willis Street, Wellington

GlenNZ tees sale

You might already be familiar with GlenNZ’s humorous and stylish tee-shirt designs from  Well, he’s got a sale on his site right now:

Enter the code ‘ happybirthday ‘ to get 35% off everything until 12 Jan.

Swonderful’s new blog

Swonderful is a swell shop here in Wellington with all of the prettiest things assembled under one roof by a mother-daughter team of prettyoligists. Well, they’ve just launched a new blog to showcase their clothing label – papercup. Go visit them, it’s worth a look.

Win some Durvillea Wine – just think seaweed

We recently profiled Meg and her family”s wine label Durvillea. It”s summer time and holiday season and no doubt you”re going to be going to parties or hosting them yourself sometime soon and we reckon that Durvillea is a wonderful wine to accompany those activities (or even to sit inside drinking by yourself when it”s raining. But maybe that”s just me). So, exciting news! Those lovely Durvillea ladies want you to win some to make holiday entertaining easier!

Because Durvillea is a seaweed, we thought it would be great if you came up with an outfit inspired by seaweed. You can assemble a fantasy one on Polyvore, dress yourself up and take a photo, or draw a picture – we don”t mind how you enter as long as you do it! You”ve got until December 12 to get your entry into our comments section. The best submission will be chosen by a panel of experts and will win a mixed half case of lovely Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Two other entries will be drawn at random to win a consolation bottle.

To inspire you, here are the Polyvore sets that Amy and I put together. So get creating, because this wine is delicious and I”m tempted to keep it all to myself – but I won”t…

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Starfish pop-up sale store

starfish pop up store

Wellington fashion label Starfish has a sale on in Auckland.

This weekend only: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2009.

1A Elgin St, Grey Lynn (the red brick building opposit Caltex, just off Great North Road.)

Find out more here.

I like these tights…


(hattip to henry_maddocks)