Posts Tagged ‘bnnm2011’

Buy Nothing New Month day thirty: all over barr the shouting

Thank goodness that’s over. It was pretty tiring remembering to do that every single day. And blogging everyday in amongst normal me-ness? Exhausting!

Normal transmission resumes next post.

Pink and green striped white shirt ‘tailor’ made in Thailand. I didn’t go all out seeking the best tailor because it would’ve been a pain to go back for fittings. I just used the one at the hotel we stayed at because it was convenient.

Black/green tulip-ish skirt from Lush. Refer day four.

Black granny ankle boots from Shappere. I told you that I love that store, didn’t I?

Brown bag from Vinnies.

Have a good holiday everyone, whether it is Christmas, Hannukah, Eid or quiet meditation.


Buy Nothing New Month day twenty nine: vale the jeans

Top: purple polo shirt with aqua green detail by Bonds.

Jeans: from grab. Shortly after this shot was taken, my old faithful jeans developed a rip near the back pocket. Vale my jeans I’ll miss you.

Orange thongs from Havianas.

Brown bag from Vinnies.

Green insulated thermal bag from California Innovations. I went hunting for a thermal bag and a bag of frozen peas one day when I had forgotten to bring my own. This cost $5 only! The equivalent ‘smash’ brand was $30.

Pink/purple ‘pashmina’ purchased from a market in Oslo after I visited Vigeland sculpture park nearby. It was 10 kroner, 100% viscose. Despite a small laundry incident in Croatia, where it dyed everything in the wash a permanent shade of pink, it has served me well.

Buy Nothing New Month: day twenty two

White zip front shirt from Cue. As you can tell, I haven’t put my laundry away, so I have worn only two shirts so far this month.

Asymmetrical Skirt from M-one-eleven. I think it is wool, certainly a very winter type of fabric. I got this at a giant factory sale in Melbourne.

Cowboy boots from Shappere.

Holey grey cardigan from Country Road. Bought to replace Mr Indestructible, but has been darned enough times that I have given up.

Buy nothing new month: day twenty one life, the universe & everything

Day twenty one. Half of the answer to all questions in the Universe.

White shirt from Esprit.
As you can tell, I hadn’t put my laundry away, so I just grabbed this shirt off the clean laundry pile.

Pinstripe pants from Jigsaw.

Red leather double sided belt from ammo designs, a shop which has now sadly closed.

I remember hopping off the 86 tram at 6pm on a last day in Melbourne shopping trip and discovering that the shop had just shut. Darn it! Luckily, because it is a small business, the assistant opened the doors to let us in and have a quick look. I tried in a kind of reverse sided dress, but ended up with a red leather belt. A few years later, I almost bought the exact same belt again – I had squirreled this one away and forgotten that I had it.

Buy nothing new month: day twenty is twice two plus a refreshing salad

Gee, this outfit looks terribly familiar. For details, see day two.

Buy nothing new month day twenty: um de dum

So instead, lets talk food. More specifically, Fennel Salad.

I grabbed this out of my friend H’s book Chef at Home, by chef Michael Smith from Prince Edward Island. Well, whilst waiting for someone to get ready, what else do you do but browse their recipe books?

His version just has the sliced fennel and the lemon dressing.

1 bulb fennel, tops & woody core removed and sliced very thinly
1 avocado, cut into chunks
2 ripe tomatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
Various lettuce leaves

Lemon salad dressing
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon honey
Splash of good olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
(my addition) 1-2 teaspoons hot water

Slice the fennel really thinly (or coarsely grate it). After peeling each ‘leaf’ off the core, I used my bread knife to get the thin slices because the knife stays sharp. The leftovers went into a freezer ziplock bag for future stock.

I thought I would get bored with just the fennel taste, so I added fresh picked silverbeet leaves, avocado, and tomato.

With the dressing, I would suggest adding 1-2 teaspoons of hot water to help the honey loosen up.

Fennel salad

Delicious! I’m glad I added the extra salad ingredients, it all worked very well together. Aniseed-like flavour of the fennel would have been too much on its own, and was well set off by the creaminess of the avocado, and the slight bitterness of the silverbeet.
I actually found the dressing a bit too sweet for me; and it was interesting how my tastebuds found the sweet, salty and zest flavours, and totally ignored the sour! The dressing reminds me a lot of panfried goats cheese salad, also obtained from H. Not surprising since there is honey in both!

Buy Nothing New Month: day eighteen I can see a rainbow

Buy Nothing New Month: day nineteen

Peach coloured top from Slovenia.
I have a confession to make. I appropriated this top. We were in a backpackers hostel in Ljubljana, the dorm had emptied out with people moving on, as they do and this top got left behind under a bunk bed. I picked it up, liked it, and kept it. The tag says it is from Petit Bateau.

Jeans from Grab.

Fleece jacket from Mountain Designs.
The zip never worked properly in this one, and I got the tailor to replace it. Except he did a shoddy job, so there are threads hanging everywhere and a quarter of the zip is unattached.

Cowboy boots from Shappere.

Bright green Pashmina from Hangzhou China.
I got this from my mother in law. It sat in my cupboard for at least two years because I thought it was too bright and would clash with everything else I had. Now I find out that the trick is to wear it with other bright colours.

Red handbag from Vinnies.
I bought it because (a) it was red; (b) it was leather; (c) it was $2.50. Could you resist?

Tags: bnnm2011, buy nothing new month, identity, op-shop

Buy Nothing New Month: day seventeen clash of the titans

Buy nothing new month: day seventeen

Ow. My eyes. I think I clash.

White shirt from Esprit.

Skirt from Review.
I remember I got this as a second and on sale because the zip was broken and I knew that was fixable. But then the tailor did not want this job, because he charged me $25 to change the zip! A lot of the other seconds skirts were torn along the seam – the piping accent is attached with two separate fabric pieces, rather than one fabric piece folded up into a mountain and covered with piping. So I’m paranoid about ripping this one along the seam: I end up walking up stairs like a duck. It is very cute though.

Secondhand shoes fromday two.