Marimekko

beach gear …

Here are my 2015 essential beach items. I think they are a nice mix of used and new.

1. Backpack.  I am using that great Marimekko one I got from the North Fitzroy Primary School fete. I am loving this bag, because in addition to my own gear I inevitably end up hauling towels, buckets, spades, rashies and boards down to the beach for the kids. I can load this up with my own stuff and easily carry the extra things separately in my red fold up Kathmandu bag (also second hand). And even though it is a backpack it looks nice.

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2. Beach chair.  I had a swankier new one with a matching towel that Clive bought me for Christmas two years ago. But I spent too long sitting on it in the shallows at Rosebud reading and the material rotted and the joints rusted and I had to chuck it out. They just don’t make beach chairs like they used to … Back to the old op shop number … It’s just a pity it’s not red or black to match the rest of my beach stuff …

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3. Hat and thongs. New.  This hat might be THE BEST HAT EVER!  It really keeps the sun out of my eyes.  Maybe I wouldn’t have so many squinting wrinkles if I owned a hat like this before now.  I got it from the Roxy outlet shop on Smith Street. And India and I bought new thongs at Ghanda in Lorne. 2 pairs for $15.

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4.  Book(s). Second hand. Week 2 of the beach holidays and I now have 3 books finished and 3 on the go. I am trying to read grown-up serious and meaningful books that would be worth discussing with people – but as ever am getting distracted by lighter fiction (what I really want is for Susan Elizabeth Phillips to publish a new book or 10). That’s alright isn’t it? I think at some point in time one (that’s me I mean) has to accept one’s failings.

5. Bathers and top.  I bought these Esther Williams bathers down at Kiss Me Too, the clothes/hairdressing place at the Aireys bottom shops 3 years ago. They also sell them at Scally and Trombone on Brunswick Street. Or you can buy them online. I love them. And when I bought them the lady in the shop suggested this beach shirt to match. I tried it on and liked it, but didn’t buy it. But I kept thinking about it for the whole summer. And then … it just jumped out at me in the op shop a year later. Perfect. Coordinated beach outfit sorted.

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Now all I need is a thin cotton (not terry towelling) towel. Elise has one that she bought in Robe. She says it’s super. And since she showed me hers I am noticing them everywhere … ALL the mums on the beach have them. And I just know that I NEED one too …

i don’t want you to be jealous but …

So, North Fitzroy Primary School fete was on yesterday and I CLEANED UP!  In the world of second hand shopping I have to say I did pretty well for myself this year.

I don’t want to go on TOO MUCH.

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But …. I got this great Sisken handbag for $3. It costs $350 new.

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AND I got this Marimekko backpack for $3. It costs $150 new.  So that’s $500 in value for a $6 outlay.

And I got a great pair of Everybody shoes for me ($5),and this Sparkle and Fade 3/4 length sleeve t-shirt that matches ($2) and is a great colour for me, and an excellent shape, and also this stripey Lush t-shirt that I could wear with the shoes as well ($2).

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I got Jemima a pair of Country Road velour trackie pants (I love trackies that go in at the bottom like these) and a pair of Campers sandals.

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I got Scarlett a chunky jumper, Big by Fiona Scanlan, and pair of navy Sun San sandals (that have covered toes so she can wear them to school).

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And continuing the blue theme (I really did buy a lot of blue didn’t I) I bought India a blue Country Road long sleeve t-shirt and a Polarn O. Pyret denim skirt.

This is why I LOVE primary school fetes.  And the chicken souvlaki was delicious yet again (thanks Georgie).