Yesterday, a group of us girls went op-shopping with the intent of finding some outfits for Splendour in the Grass (did I mention that I’m going? Yes, after what can only be describe as the three most nerve wracking hours of my life, I managed to secure tickets). Op-shopping seemed like the perfect solution because the clothes are cheap; it won’t particularly matter if they get wrecked from five days of festival and camping madness; and if at the end of the five days they end up wrecked, you can always bin them. However, the outfit hunt proved to be a bit of a lost cause. Not wanting to come away completely empty handed, I picked up this nifty blazer and little suitcase whatsit. Together, I think that the combination looks quite scholarly. The suitcase needs to be lined and cleaned up a little bit on the outside, but eventually I plan on using it to store an assortment of socks and scarves and gloves and other pretty things.


  1. Jes July 11, 2010

    Sooo jealous. Wish I could go. Screw Perth. Love your two sweet finds hun. xxx

  2. liana July 11, 2010

    ooooh bugger you! i missed out on tickets (fml)…but i'm going to parklife instead to try to fil the void!

    oh i have a jacket similar to that! great minds think alike…
    that suitcase is also a smart purchase….nifty as well as cute.

  3. Jazzabelle July 11, 2010

    i adore the simple composition of this picture, the suitcase is lovely!

    love, jazzabelle. x

  4. LUU H. July 11, 2010

    the suitcase… so adorable !

  5. DafnaDiamant July 11, 2010

    thats such a cool blazer!!!

  6. Christina July 11, 2010

    the suitcase is probably the best result of thrifting i have seen in so long! lucky you!

    splendour in the grass, i am sooo jealous! C:

  7. Sofie July 11, 2010

    This photo is so sweet! I love it~ makes me feel nostalgic. Great finds!

  8. Sundari July 11, 2010

    Lucky you! Nice finds, and nice ticket! I hesitated too long to decide on getting a Laura Marling sideshow ticket and missed out. Totally bummed!

  9. ♥Lola July 11, 2010

    Such a cute little suitcase! I really need to go op shopping, where are the best places to go?

  10. Nicole July 11, 2010

    oh i'm going too and i have not idea what i am going to wear yet.

    maybe i'll see you in byron? 🙂


  11. evie apples July 11, 2010

    i'm going too! huzzah and hurrah! i shall attempt to look out for you in what i can only imagine will be a sea, twenty thousand people deep, of hipsters and the like.

    have been on a similar op-shop hunt myself. what's the weather like up north? the queensland climate is not my fortay. xx

  12. love that blazer! great finds :))

  13. claire (jazzpad.) July 11, 2010

    What wonderful finds. I especially love the suitcase, does it have any forgotten tickets tucked into pockets?

    Claire @ Jazzpad

  14. Ellen July 11, 2010

    what a perfect suitcase, it has such character!

  15. Joanna M July 11, 2010

    Loving the scholar mood…so perfect for this fall..

  16. Becca Jane July 11, 2010

    Fantastic Blazer!

  17. rebecca July 11, 2010

    Never heard of this festival, but the line up is insanely good. Pixies? Strokes? Florence? FOALS <3 Just sayin 😉
    And I love the blazer (:

  18. Krislyn July 11, 2010

    really great finds… i love your idea for the suitcase… would love to do something similar.

  19. Raez July 12, 2010

    love the blazer! so perfect for fall.

    xx raez

  20. libys11 July 12, 2010

    rad rad blazer!!! i need to go thrifting!! 😀

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  22. Amanda July 12, 2010

    Yeah, I always wanna look nice when I go to concerts. But then there's always that worry that what I'm wearing will get ruined, so you're smart. Op shopping for a festival is the way to go! Awesome blazer btw!

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  24. ¶ Michelle July 12, 2010

    nawwwhh lucky you! all I can say is SCORE!!! ♥

  25. Turquoise and Lily July 12, 2010

    love the items.. they are so vintage.. please visit my blog too and follow if you like it. thanks and have a nice day

  26. soph (owl vs. dove) July 12, 2010

    @Jes: I know it doesn't compare, but I think they're bringing a few of the acts to Perth. The Bright Side Festival? You should check it out!

    @liana: Oh I passed up on Parklife… it was such a tough decision… Missy Elliot and Dandy's!!

    @Christina: I'd been on the hunt for one for ages, and finally the op-shop gods shone down on me haha.

    @Sundari: bummer! But it'll be sideshows galore come the end of the month, so who knows, you might nab tickets to something else?

    @Lola: I'm not the most seasoned op-shopper so can't be of much help. Paddington is usually a good place to start, although they're already pretty edited there. Out in the burbs there are a few gems. But I think it's a bit of a hit-and-miss kind of thing. One day I just plan on driving around Brisbane and stopping off at every op shop I see, haha.

    @Nicole: 'cept it is in Woodford this year 😉 I'll keep an eye out though!

    @evieapples: Yay for Splendour blogging crew! I'll keep an eye out for you too 🙂

    @Claire: no forgotten tickets, but a few "Karen 4 *name scribbled out*" written on the inside lid haha.

    @Rebecca: Oh yes, I think I nearly died of excitement when I saw the lineup. Goodness knows how distraught I would have been if I had missed out on tickets!

    @Krislyn: Do it! Although half the trouble is finding a suitcase in the first place.

    @EvaKaren: THANKS

    @Amanda: definitely. And with camping on top of that… here's hoping the op shops deliver in round 2 of the outfit hunt!

  27. Stace July 12, 2010

    oooh gosh that blazer is very scholarly..I have a feeling my mum has one like it!
    lucky you, the only thing I have tickets to is queensland but that's not til I finish year 12 🙁


  28. The Runaway Dress July 12, 2010

    I'm new to the word Op-shopping but when I googled it I was like " ooooooh". I really like the suitcase, it look so vintage, and that blazer, oh my, no words can describe it.

  29. Panda July 12, 2010

    I just found your blog – it's super cute 🙂
    + These are so cool! That suitcase is too awesome!
    Panda xx

  30. avalonne lou summers July 12, 2010

    Yay I love scholarly outfits. Great blazer and that suitcase/briefcase is amazing. Can't wait to see your scholar outfit!

    Please watch Toy Story 3 soon, because it is absolutely amazing! You will love it! And yay you got your wish, Spain won 🙂

  31. menina raposa July 13, 2010

    OMG! love the blaser sooooo much!!!

  32. Alecto July 13, 2010

    that suitcase was a lucky nab, indeed and the blazer has such a fantastic pattern.

  33. kelly ann July 13, 2010

    that blazer is superb… and i'm in love with that suitcase!

  34. Hiroko July 13, 2010

    Ohh this is such a neat combo, I like the idea for the suit case, or you could be like Holly from Breakfast at Tiffany's and put your phone in there to muffle the sound 😛

  35. Carissa July 13, 2010

    hey. where did you get that suitcase!? it's so damn cute! i always love vintage-looking thing!

  36. QuiteQuaint July 14, 2010

    lovely little suitcase!

  37. Lisa Grace July 14, 2010

    Marvelous finds. And SO. JEALOUS. you're headed to Splendour!!

  38. MrsFord July 14, 2010

    very professorial… loving it. but… what's op-shopping?

  39. soph (owl vs. dove) July 15, 2010

    @Hiroko: Ohhhh I could definitely do that! Gotta love a Breakfast at Tiffany's reference.

    @Carissa: I found the suitcase in a thrift store.

    MrsFord: Op-shopping (opportunity shopping) is just an Australian term for thrifting or charity shopping.

  40. This suitcase thing majig (HA) is what my very dreams are made of. I Want. Great find.

    Yours Truly



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