Saturday, January 31, 2009

eBay reminder...

eBay Thursday

We had a weird scheduling thing happen with Auctiva and a few of our listings got put up at about 7.30am Sydney time. Cuh-RAZY. So if you have been watching anything at the store, a few choice pieces are ending tomorrow morning, so vigilance, constant vigilance, ladies.

Friday, January 30, 2009

so long, and thanks for all the...wurst?

Last night here. Still packing sort of. Working on my snack bag for the plane. Just realised I forgot to buy any pretzel sticks. It hurts, oh it hurts.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Oh! And -

I hope you had a happy Australia Day.

Bam communication

Abs writes:

"I keep having dreams that I'm the deputy prime minister. Last night I was having an awkward conversation with you about how I was going to keep my Bam responsibilities going, whilst I ran the country."

Just in case you didn't know how much Bam informs our every day lives...

saltwater sandals

OK, it might still be the dead of Winter here, but as I'm going back to Sydney in a few days I need to ready myself for the disgusting heatwave I'm told is going on.

So I've treated myself to a pair of saltwater sandals (got em in RED), and hopefully they'll arrive not too long after I get home (yay). Did you know you cannot get saltwaters in Australia for love nor money? I paid a monstrous shipping charge for these honeys, and I'm going to love them dagnabit.

Monday, January 26, 2009

This week is dedicated to...

Kate Bush Mosaic

The amazing Kate Bush. I only wish I could play the double bass with the sort of sensual conviction that she does.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Spinning Wheel

I'm pretty excited about spinning wool.

The spinning wheel auction I've been watching ended, and I won! So when I get home I'm going to be spinning some wool for Abs and I to run through our knitting machine. Thankfully our awesome pal Sonik is picking it up for me in Newcastle when she visits her parents this week.

In other news, I'm vacillating between feeling devastated and hopeful because my camera stopped working when I was in Prague, and I'm not sure whether it is the lens or the camera body, and I don't have another lens to check it with. So I'm hoping it's just the lens, because if it's not the Bam photoshoots will experience a delay when I get back, which is too painful to think about.

Friday, January 23, 2009

New shoes at the store

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A couple new items will be added to the store shortly - these ones ship from our "New York office", so our dear North American friends should take note! See you at the shop!

Thursday, January 22, 2009


As Qooza has mentioned, I've been out on the road in apple country all week. Staying with jtm's parents and visiting all the nearby thrift/charity/op shops. Some have been heavenly, others dull. But I've bought a carload of stuff, and can't wait till Qooza gets back so we can take some great photos.

I just love getting the chance to get out of Sydney. Although it was very hot the first few days, there were excellent massive thunder storms over the past few days. It made the countryside so much nicer to drive around in. Although the rain did make some of these country roads a bit treacherous.

I found this fantastic 70's maxi skirt in a dress up bin, along with 3 other lovely skirts and a pristine 70's maxi dress. Scalloped yellow top and saddlebag are also new editions.

More stories from apple and orange country when I get home.

eBay this Thursday...

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Hello! I'm back from Prague. Abs is off Bamming in Orange for a few days. Meanwhile, our latest store update happens Thursday night, Sydney time. I'm going to try and get a few more things up, but I'm having net problems. Anyway, see you there!

Monday, January 19, 2009


I've been quiet on the blog front the past few days because I've been hanging out in Prague. We went to the Ossuary today, a crazy medieval chapel some freaky monks decided to deck out with the bones of 40, 000 people. Including a bone chandelier. It was a little gruesome and morbid, but I don't deny that it also reminded me of that scene in The Goonies where Amy has to play that skeleton pipe organ.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

eBay now!

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And we're back! Our eBay store returns in full force. See you there!

Chimney sweeps - shine your shoes eh, guv'nor?

I'm not a super dressy person. It took me a long time not to feel like a total tool in a dress. Absy, of course, totally discovered her hotness years ago, which is why the site and store are largely carried photographically by her fine form.

I confess that most of the time I'd like to dress like Amelia Earhart:

Or maybe not jodhpurs, but be-tweeded bookish Oxford androgyny, like this:

"Oh I'm enjoying the sun, and Thoreaux, and thinking about philosophy, before I go punting on the Thames eh what? Chortle, chortle" etc. I watched a lot of British TV and stuff as a child.

This pic is from the Toast sale that I'm currently self-barred from, due to the aforementioned prohibitively low Aussie dollar. Tweed jackets, you guys.

I even want the strawberry blonde/ginger hair and the alabaster brow. Pity I am Asian.

Then I came across Old Town, and I realised that what I really want is to dress like a chimney sweep. Forget your 50s retro Mad Men obsessions for a moment, and hear me out! Let's take this vintage thing to the 1800s.

This lad is not a complete chimney sweep, but he does appear to be doing the Funky Robot. It's a lovely but oddly anachronistic image. To me.

Old Town, based in Norfolk, UK, makes sturdy, classic English workwear. Quality stuff. Unaffordable but something I'm filing away for future reference.

And for the ladies still obsessed with the Current/Elliot Boyfriend jeans (and who isn't?), I ask if this:

might not do for this:


(pics from Toast, Old Town, and Current/Elliott)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Le Bouton

So I've been a little slow to catch on and I've only just discovered Le Bouton.

Such classic lines and styles - they were on Etsy but they've branched out on their own now, making lovely clothes for children and grown ups. Making lovely clothes for children in grown up sizes too.

I would happily invest in a Broad shirt if only the Australian dollar wasn't so worthless! I'm feeling that initial aching and longing one has when one can't have what one wants. Note to self: no more writing in the royal "we".

(pics via Le Bouton)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wounded pride.

Bonanza coffee heroes

Here's the punchline: I have a sore behind.

Today was relatively warm - minus 1 Celsius, we went out for a coffee at Bonanza Coffee Heroes (best coffee in Berlin as far as we're concerned, which is funny because I don't drink coffee, but I had a pretty awesome hot chocolate), walked a little and felt actual warmth from the sun on the back of our legs.

It was so warm that I was able to wear my comfy black jazz shoes - so cute, if a little useless on the sole tread side of things. Anyway, we're walking home and I'm being really careful with the walking so I don't slip on the icy paths. Eventually I get a little complacent and walk a little faster and before I know it, I've hit a patch of ice, WHIP! goes each foot one after the other and Lk reckons I was completely airborne for two seconds before I fell hard on my back. I had to lie there for a while to get over the shock and the sting, assuring concerned passersby that I was "alles OK".

Not quite a fashion post really, but felt I had to share. I'm pretty much done with bitching about the weather now, everyone, yay me!

Did I mention new auctions are starting this week? Well, I meant to.

As you were...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Rain Boots

I would like a pair of these, please. These are so simple, but stylish (for a rubber boot especially!) and you can roll these suckers up and pack em away in a little bag if you wanted.

(from nastygal)

Sunday, January 11, 2009




While I've been sick this past week, my days revolve around playing my sister's ukulele (have nailed two Beirut songs - ukes are fun!!) and reading Nine Stories, which is an awesome read. I read Catcher In The Rye when I was super young - too young - I only did it because I saw Lynda Day read it in Press I never bothered with Salinger since. Abs and I found this copy while we were thrifting in Georgia, and I finally started it this week. What a revelation!

My days also revolve around coughing and wearing pyjamas, but I couldn't muster any decent photos to illustrate those.

I also laughed my head off at the latest 30 Rock - Jenna as Janis Joplin! Laughed til I cried.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


another jump!, originally uploaded by alissathelenz.

I did say I love the cold, but today I found myself wishing my days were a little more like this...

(via alissathelenz)

Out of Order

Wow. I've rung in the new year with this rubbish flu. My head is swimming. My teeth hurt. So Etsy shop updates and blogging have fallen by the wayside, which is a little worrying because I go home in a matter of weeks. And yet.

It is officially freezing here. Walking on icy footpaths are challenging and snow is so much less fun now, pretty as it is...not that I'm taking a step out of doors until I can walk without a fit of sneezing and coughing. Doing both at the same time is so very odd.

(pic from underbaraclara)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Season Time Greetings

First day back in 'the office' and I'm now back in the swing of things enough to blog. Although I did spend a lot of time online over the last 3 weeks, I didn't do one constructive thing and loved every moment of aimlessness.
I had an excellent holiday period and hope you all did too. Highlights for me were spending time with my parents/family, watching my nieces squeal with delight when they got their new handmade tutu's, and kicking around the homestead with jtm.
The last few days were quite busy, what with 4 NYE parties to attend, a multi-day wedding affair and the Fleet Foxes. Oh the Fleet Foxes. But the wedding was lots of fun. We were supposed to wear a 'splash of red' so I pulled out my newly acquired 80s does 40s peachy number (thank you surry hills markets), slapped on some bright red lippy and borrowed a red clutch from a friend. Unfortunately this is the only shot of the dress I have, you can't see much of the lovely bodice frills. I think it has one more wear in it, and may then make it's way to the store.

Am I excited about 2009?

Boy am I ever. I get to hand in my thesis, I get Que back so we can 'Bam' and watch excellent tv in vast quantities, and I will hopefully get more acquainted with the lovely people inhabiting the world of the vintage fashion interwebs. To all of you, thanks for making my 2008.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

No Wendy NO!


I got a pair of black corduroy lederhosen from Built By Wendy from my sister for Christmas. I've worn them about four times. They're so comfy and warm.

I should say that they WERE comfy and warm because I just put them on and sat down and there was an almighty ripping sound that freaked me out, and there's a giant rip in the fabric and the pants are ruined. What the WHAT? I'm still in shock. Not so shocked that I couldn't take photos and email them to the Built By Wendy online store like, immediately. But shocked because I just got used to having new warm pants, and I already don't know how to live without them.

Just to clarify, my bum is not what broke these pants. I've been doing lots of walking, thank you very much.

Friday, January 2, 2009

New at Etsy!

New at the Etsy store: SHOES!

New at Etsy

New at Etsy

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Goodbye 2008!

So what do I have to say for myself re: 2008?

It was pretty good.

Last year I worked a lot. This year I took it easy and started focusing on other, funner stuff.

I worked with kids for a few months, hanging out with the cute little buggers at an after school-care centre. After spending the last few years working in kids television but never actually getting the time to get to know any, it was great.

Several friends' babies got exponentially cuter as they began to walk and talk.

Abs and I started this blog, and our store, for realsies. It's a lot of work that we have to fit in with our regular selves, but we love it and have big plans for the future. Big, realistic plans. "Bamming", as we call it, conflates all our nerd skills and crafty, thrifty interests into one uber, crazy/beautiful mess of productivity and fashionable geekiness. We love the online fashion community.

Following on from our own endeavours into Web 2.0 - subtitle: Fashion, 2008 has given me the Blogosphere. Or rather, I gave myself to It. Food, Film, Fashion, Music, Photography, "Miscellaneous", there's a blog for everything. I think I'm drowning in it, but I can't stop!

I took an extended overseas break, because I'd never been away from Sydney really, and it has been awesome. I've been learning German (I'm so depressingly monolingual) and broadening my horizons and whatnot, just in time to go home and get back into Bamming proper.

As for Abs, from my perspective her 2008 was pretty awesome. I'll let her discuss herself when she's moved to do it...
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