Sunday, December 9, 2012

Changing Minds

I recently helped with the rebrand of a wonderful Auckland organisation Changing Minds. (Read more about them here:
As a part of the change, they changed their logo - which was created by the wonderful Lucinda McConnon.

Amazing Tina, who is the manager of Changing Minds and the brains behind the rebrand, organised me to meet and photograph some wonderful people in the Auckland community.


After each photo shoot, we talked about what 'being well' meant to each person and then developed the images and text into a polaroid format. These will all be used on Changing Minds website. 
This was such a wonderful project to be a part of!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Catherine Walker

I recently photographed the wonderful Catherine Walker in preparation for releasing her EP. 
Out of the many photos we shot, this is our favourite. We were so lucky to catch this strike of light, which created a gorgeous Edward Hopper-esque scene. I will let you know as soon as her tunes hit the interweb. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Things I have recently made.

I crocheted this teddy for baby Gianonne, my soon to be niece or nephew.

 The slow process of chair covering continues - this fabric was $2.50 from Wellsford Hospice Shop.

Yesterday, I made these pillowcases. (Soon, our house will be a floral wonderland!)

Here's little Kathleen in my booties, all the way in Korea. 

 Stu got some booties too.

I've almost finished the hard yards of a 1930's crochet blouse.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Kids of 88

Right, now that frocktober is over, I can actually blog about some photography things I've done recently. 
I was asked to photograph Kids of 88 for the cover of NZ Musician magazine. These guys were super nice to spend a morning with and it's great that my bookstore workplace also doubles as a great studio. They have 55,000 fans on facebook - holy!
I did have a copy of the magazine around, but I can't find it to show you the final results. NZ Musician's designer is an extremely enthusiastic photoshop user, therefore I do prefer these au naturale shots better.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Hello dear frocktober followers,

Here we are, the last dress. This is a Christchurch 1970's Monet-like print, which is polyester, but I love this unique style so much that I don't mind. 

I think I could actually continue frocktober about halfway through November, but I think it's best to finish up here (at least until next year!) The dresses I didn't end up wearing doesn't mean I love them any less, curiously - most of those ones just need to be ironed.
I hope this frocktober series didn't come across as an indulgence of excess, but a celebration of second hand, the beauty of age and a shout out to the wonderful independent collectors and sellers of vintage clothing. I just love to think a clothing item may have brought several different generations of women the same amount of joy and I only wish I knew what events they had worn their dress to!

Love Jenna X

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


This is a 1950's corded lace dress - from Modern Miss of course!

It comes with a matching fur cuffed overcoat, which I am also wearing today. Actually, when I first got this set, I was not keen on the coat at all. Now I embrace looking like a Mother of the Bride.

A special occasion I wore this for was when I graduated...a few moons ago now. 
Oh look at Yaks 'n' Yetti's!

Monday, October 29, 2012


Ah! I got a picture in just before the sun went down. 1950's sweetheart day dress, inherited from Rachel who got it from the Auckland gift fair and my lovely 70's cardigan, knitted by my Nana.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


When my friend Liz was getting married, she bought about 7 different op shop dresses to decide from, and this is one of the leftovers. It's an embroidered 1960's dress and I'm wearing it with a Modern Miss 1930's silk and crepe capelet

Saturday, October 27, 2012


This is my lime rayon 1940's dress from Retro Sheila (I seriously went to town at that place.) 
It has beautiful pleats and darts all over the show, but excuse the wrinkles as I have been roster writing at a computer for the afternoon.
My Nana whipped up the belt out of ribbon and curtain cord, she's so clever.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Today I wore my mint 1960's linen dress suit. This was also bought together separately - I bought the dress when I worked at Modern Miss, and my wonderful boss/friend Violet told me she would let me know if she ever wanted to give up the jacket. A few years later, she did. Suit united!
The shoes are the only things in my life I can't remember buying - they're gold and embroidered. 
Did you give them to me?

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Here is a 1960's linen two piece (not quite a dress sorry.) This was an amazing find as I had bought the skirt from Modern Miss and then a couple of years later the little jacket turned up! Fate!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


1960's dress from Retro Sheila on the Gold Coast. This was a tiny dress, sold to me for a ridiculously good price, that my Nana expanded to fit. Voila!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I bought this early 80's dress on High St in Christchurch when I was at an art conference. I love the splash of red along the skirt.

Monday, October 22, 2012


Today is Labour Day and I am mooching in my Ha Noi, Vietnam dress, my crochet slippers and my sparkly jumper from Louisa. So far I have been reading my book (The Teleportation Accident by Ned Beauman), continued to crochet my 1930's blouse and I plan to do some weeding and Mauri Ora course work.

One day, I wore this dress in Ha Long Bay. It was blissful.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


50's, handmade and fits like a dream. I love the tulip details that make up the belt loops.
 This is another wonderful find from Retro Sheila on the Gold Coast.

Saturday, October 20, 2012


This is a 1940's crepe dress that I bought in Paeroa from an antique shop. The fabric is very worn, but so lovely - it's just a very easy dress to wear. I can't wait until I can completely furnish my house with goods from Paeroa, it's such an amazing place for furniture.

Friday, October 19, 2012


60's embroidered linen mod dress from New York. Love the colour!
Also, my shoes were about 50 cents from Dunedin's Bargain Barn. I was at the counter, when another customer came up to me and said that I must look at them. She's going to have good karma for life!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Today I'm wearing my Liberty of London 1960's shift from Modern Miss. It's the most beautiful fabric (well it is Liberty) and I've had it for years. A special memory I have of wearing this is at Lotte World in Seoul.
It's also a good rainy day to wear my newly resoled 1920's riding boots (also from Modern Miss.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I haven't worn this in a long time. It's a Japanese made dress from Romiwa in Hongdae.
Once, I was wearing this at Chicks in Dunedin and a man at the bar asked me what costume party I'd just come from. *sigh*

Today was my boss Wendy's 65th birthday and I wore this to match the Lemon Debutante Cake I made her from the Miette Bakery Cookbook. It is a hot milk cake, soaked in lemon syrup with both lemon curd and lemon butter cream.
Also, I wore this dress when I got my tattoo! There is even a video of it!
I really stood out from the topless US soldiers.