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.


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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


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).


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.


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).


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).