I always said I would never wear a kaftan, but while shopping in Havelock North one day a few weeks back, I found this for NZ$3 and just liked the material so much that I decided I had to have it. When I actually put it on I realised it was very cool, and extremely well-suited, with denim cut-offs, to long summer days spent on the beach. I loved it.
Havelock North, by the way, is a strange little town in the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand. It’s very quaint and very affluent and as a result it is full of beautiful designer shops and fantastic restaurants. I was there on holiday with one friend to visit another friend, and we spent a day cycling about and tasting things in the area – wine, schnapps, honey, cheese, olive oil, vinaigrette, fudge. It was fabulous and I loved it.
The morning we left, the Havelock North op shop reopened, having been closed over Christmas. I went, with my friend’s mum, to check out their wares, and hit the op shopping jackpot. Nothing I bought was over $5, but everything was wonderful. I walked out with something like six dresses, two cardigans, a coat, two pairs of shoes, two belts, a wallet, and this kaftan thing. Oh, and four scarves. I think that was all. Gosh!
My mother has since bought this off me, reasoning that ‘I could wear that. In fact, can I wear that?’
I would also like to say R.I.P. to the Jack Nicholsons. I lost them at the Big Day Out (see previous post). Though they survived eight hours of moshpit, they disappeared when I headed into the dance tent, and I’ll never see them again. I hope they’re giving someone the same joy they gave me for so many years.
(The Jack Nicholsons can be found at September 16, 2009.)
In another postscript, may I mention that: firstly, I have eighteen garments photographed, all up. I figure if I run them at one a week they will last me this first semester. Ideally, I will find another photographer to exploit – so if you know anybody in Auckland with a sweet camera, who doesn’t feel the need to – you know – get paid or anything, PLEASE HOOK ME UP.
Secondly, I have many, many new clothes. My wardrobe has expanded again. I could run at a garment a day for a year and still not run out of posts. That’s not, however, what I’m going to do. But you, faithful readers who keep this thing from flatlining, can look forward to seeing a lot more actual clothes in future.