Winter is here

I hate Winter. I loathe it. I have blogged about my hate for Winter a few years back and yeah I know I shouldn’t dwell on the negative stuff but…maaaaan I hate the cold.

My whole wardrobe changes, everyone is sick (I’ve just spent the weekend in bed sick with some funky bug), the heater is on all the time, I can’t dry clothes on the line outside because it takes days to dry, whinge whine & add more carry on here.

So..instead let me turn my attention to my fab Summer wardrobe. I just get all jealous when I see pics on Instagram of my fellow gorgeous vintage loving gals in the northern parts of the world with sleeveless this and short sleeved that. I lust for the warm air and it just makes me so happy for them but then I look out the window and brrrrrrr.

Oh well…June the start of Winter in Australia. 3 months (maybe 4 months) of this shit and then we hit spring and my flowers will bloom and the earth will warm up and the days will grow longer and warmer air temperatures..ahhhhh.

Skirt handmade by me. The fabric has a Christmas tree theme.

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Dress by Retrospec’d, Cropped cardi from OpShop and Jukebox Brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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 Skirt from The Oblong Box Shop, Cropped cardi OpShop find and Martinis and Slippers Retro TV Brooch
(and my sweet little baby who wanted to join in)

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Dress by PinupGirl Clothing, Opshop cardi and Martinis and Slippers Pink Martini cocktail brooch

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 Dress by Vivien of Holloway, Target AU pink cardigan, Donut brooch by For The Love Of Vintage and Ice Cream brooch by Saturday Lollipop

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Victory Rolls & a little shirt waist dress made by me!!

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Helping out on the last day of kinder so I wore my handmade Christmas skirt.

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Yaaaaaay!! The pools on a hot Summer afternoon.

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Spooky tunnel pic. I really do have a rockabilly psycho killer thing happening here!!

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Dress PinupGirl Clothing & milk & cookie brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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Christmas Day – it was warm that day because NO CARDI!!! Reindeer brooch by Deer Arrow

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My new Retrospec’d dress I got for Christmas

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I tried a new setting pattern (That I can’t bloody well remember) and my hair was so on fucking point I declared it the best it will ever be

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Away on the border of Victoria & New South Wales for New Years Eve…it was very hot.

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Found my party hat for our NYE Luau Party

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My gorgeous gals Betty & Wilma

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I went for a swim and got my hair wet. Never get the hair wet…never

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This Instagram pic won me some water balloons for the kids. I was drinking strawberry margaritas out of a pineapple mug

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I made this dress. It’s a Gertie pattern by Butterick B6019. I have made two of these dresses now

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Dress by Retrospec’d and jumper because I was going out at night. Cat Eye Sunglasses brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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My handmade Atomic dress with my Bass saddle shoes and Jukebox brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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Another awesome Retrospec’d dress with a cute cat eye sunglasses brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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PinupGirl Clothing dress with my Ukelele brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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The most adorable little girl in the world

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My Gertie Shirtwaist dress. The pattern is in her first book. Glittery Poodle brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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PinupGirl Clothing dress, OpShop cardi and Margarita cocktail glass by Martinis and Slippers

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Skirt by The Oblong Box Shop, pink top by H&R, OpShop cardi & my Little UFO Brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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Pinup Girl Clothing dress, old old old OpShop Cardi and Ice Cream Brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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Dress handmade by me from a Gertie Pattern B6019, Ukelele & Hurricane Cocktail brooch by Martinis and Slippers

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Day at the beach with my red umbrella for shade. My beautiful family in the background

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Last day of Summer spent holding a market stall.

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Well that was my Summer 2015/2016, for those readers in the northern hemisphere I hope you really enjoy the sunshine and warm air. I have the heater on and a persistent cough. Hmmm

Cheers

Alex

Vintage Party Dress

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Last weekend we were invited to my friend’s Daughter’s 6th Birthday Party and it was a dress up party. Naturally my 3yr old went as Queen Elsa and I decided it was time to finally breakout one of my true vintage dresses. This baby I bought about 1yr ago on Ebay. It has sat patiently waiting for me to wear it somewhere special.

Post party pie pic…my cardi did fit but I neglected to fix it before taking this photo.

KIVA Creations Vintage Dress

I dug around my wedding keepsake boxes and found the tiara that I last wore on our wedding day and along with my frock dressed up as a princess.

KIVA Creations Vintage Dress

It’s a gorgeous dress and very comfortable to wear – the ever compulsory metal zip is there and it was made by KIVA Creations and is made of Nylon. All over the dress are little circle patterns made with blue, pink & silver sequins. I am so glad I bought it and I received a few compliments so I will wear it out again but eeek…it’s Vintage and I am so scared that I will wreck it or stain it.

OH and my white cardi – a Savers purchase, the pink ballet flats are from Target & my double strand glass beaded necklace is also vintage bought at the ‘Round She Goes’ market last year when it was held in Box Hill – the vintage beads matched my modern tiara. Love it when that happens!

Cheers
Alex

 

I got my hair cut!!

I cut my hair!!

I did it!

I finally gathered up all the bits of courage I had laying around and stuffed them into my purse and got my hair cut.

Long story short, I have had MANY bad haircuts. A mixture of trusting new hairdressers and letting them do what they wanted or thought was best for me, as well as my own lack of knowledge when it came to styling my hair and therefore not being able to accurately describe what it was that I wanted.

So I let my hair grow and grow and grow. With minor trims here and there but never anything over the top. I think my last big hair cut was about 11yrs ago & that was THE worst cut. I eventually got over it and found a great local hairdresser who was responsible for my colour as well as the odd trims & layer cuts.

The BEFORE shot

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My hair was looong!
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In the meantime I found my confidence and discovered I actually have some skillz when it comes to setting my hair in vintage styles. THEN I found the words to describe the cut I wanted THE MIDDY.

My life has changed. Amazing that one good or bad hairstyle can have such a huge impact on how you feel about yourself. Right now, I ROCK the world. I simply adore my hair and I will admit that I am incredibly pedantic when it comes to doing wet set pin curls and the stylist today wasn’t as precious I am and the curls are still amazing.

 

The AFTER shot!!!!! (so many exclamation marks…I must be happy!)

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I am looking forward to trying all my different setting patterns that I have learnt over the years as well as seeing the difference between foam roller wet sets and pin curl wet sets. Either way, the next few weeks will be loads of fun.

I did insist that the front length still be long enough that I could continue doing victory rolls, faux bumper bangs as well as faux Bettie Page bangs, so my Middy may not be a ‘true’ Middy, it still suits my needs.

The colour – ahhh how great is covering all those grey hairs. My red is red. I asked for red and I got red, actually it’s a mix of two different reds (and pink based red & an orange based red) made by ‘Special Effects’. It’s vibrant and I am hoping I can stick to one wash a week to keep its vibrancy as long as possible.

For those who want to know I got my hair cut & coloured at Wildilocks in West Melbourne, VIC.
My black button down shirt is a Savers find
My 3/4 sleeve black cropped cardi an op shop find
My red & white polkadot circle skirt is hand made by ME!!
Vintage Pearls are a purchase from the ‘Round She Goes’ vintage market

Cheers

Alex

Outfit of the day

 

I love this skirt. It’s called the Jenny Cherry Skirt & I got it from MisKonduct for my Birthday this year. I would love to make a skirt like this but I fear the cost would be outrageous, there is just so much fabric and I don’t need to wear a pettiskirt under it because it foofs out all on it’s own.

The red Marilyn top I am wearing underneath my cardi was also bought from MisKonduct.

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You can’t go wrong with cherries!

Jenny Cherry Skirt

I teamed it with a plain black cropped cardi and a fab brooch I picked up from Savers (which has just opened near me) from memory the brooch cost $3.99. I wore this outfit to do my grocery shopping, it was a bit cold the day I took this pic so I have an ugly pair of panty hose on but they are so robust – I actually chuck them in the wash sans washing bag and they survive!

Peek through my Victory Roll.

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 Side view of my Victory Roll.

Martinis & SlippersCan you believe my 5yr old Son took the shot below!!! Very talented young man!!

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Cheers
Alex

365 Days of Vintage Hair Styling

It’s a retrospective hair post!

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I have been quietly celebrating a small achievement of mine. As of the 6th October 2013 I officially wore my hair in a vintage style everyday for 365 days. YUP!! 12 whole months, 365 days of styling my hair with a vintage style. Some styles have been fairly elaborate and have taken me a few goes to get right. Some styles take me less than 5 minutes to do and have people saying “you must spend so much time doing your hair”.

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Even the days that I spent vomiting with gastro and had endless showers and laying in bed convinced that I was dying, I STILL managed to have some form of a vintage style (so grateful that day that it was my Bettie Page faux bangs!).

Vintage hair

I do this for me. I do these hairstyles because I like them. I do them because sometimes it really is a bit of a challenge and I do them because up until about 2 years ago I had no idea how to style my hair in the cool styles I do now. My vintage repertoire consisted only of a girls version of a pompadour – a style that I have been using since I was about 14yrs old.

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So if you want to try a new hairstyle or do something different to your hair. Make yourself a drink, get onto YouTube and search for hairstyles that interest you. Watch a tutorial, get the tools you need and get into the bathroom and try it.

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I still have a long way to go and so much more to learn and will eventually have to bite the bullet and go all the way and have a Middy Cut done – I love my long hair but wet set pin curls or foam rollers take forever and my hair is thick so I need eleventy billion years to get it totally dry.

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It’s amazing how many people acknowledge my hair or the clothes I wear. I receive a compliment from a complete stranger at least once a week, which as you can imagine is an amazing boost to your confidence. People always smile at me and are always keen to stop me to have a chat. I also get recognised immediately – whereas years ago people could never remember if they had met me before. There is no mistaking now!!

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Anyway…some pics that I managed to take of my hair over the past 12 months.

My gorgeous Son and I – I’m wearing one of my Hell Bunny dresses.

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My Vicious Venus dress. A very flattering dress.

Victory Rolls

 

Bettie Page Bangs

 

Bettie Page Faux Bangs

 

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Below is the before shot – about to take out my foam rollers.

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This is during the brush out – my hair looked like so much fun so I had to take a pic.

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Wearing my Sourpuss Cherry cardi.

Victory rolls

 

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My Retrospec’d dress.

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Below is my first trial of doing finger waves and I still can’t believe it worked first go.

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Bettie Page Faux Bangs

A cold day at the snow and I was grateful for my 1960s vintage swing coat.

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Cute snowflake brooch.

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My 1920s finger waves with my fabulous vintage fur stole that I named Bernard.

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Below I had no makeup and a fab vintage necklace that I picked up from the ‘Round She Goes’ Market.

Rosie the Riveter

 

Suicide roll

This style below is a post visit to the hair salon to get my colour done.

Vintage curls

 

Bettie page faux bangs

My gorgeous Daughter & I.

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Wearing a gorgeous 1950s dress I picked up from Bess Georgette.

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I have an obsession with cardigans, this pink sequinned cardi is one of my favs but it’s very fragile so it’s not worn anymore

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Red and white striped cropped jumper from ‘Friends of Couture’.

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Another amazing vintage cardi, this one has amazing flowers made out of beads.

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One of my favourite vintage reproduction dresses from Vicious Venus.

Bettie Page faux bangs

Faux pearl & hand sewn floral cardigan bought from a local vintage store.

Rosie the Riveter

 

Victory Rolls

This cropped 3/4 sleeve 1950s sequinned jacket has been in my wardrobe for 2yrs, waiting for the right moment to be worn. I adore this jacket!

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Me wearing my very own handmade 1944 blouse.

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On Halloween I wore black and green – a 1930-1940s vintage Swarovski & emerald green rhinestones necklace with my very overdone green eyeshadow.

Vintage Witch

 

Cheers

Alex

How to get a hangover

I recently celebrated my Birthday. It was mid-week so we did a small cake & dinner with the kids and then for the weekend my Husband organised a night at a hotel in the city as well as dinner. I wasn’t told what hotel or where dinner was going to be…. just when.

My lovely parents were happy to have the kids for a sleepover and once we dropped them off we were on our way.

I didn’t find out until we arrived to the hotel that we were staying at the Park Hyatt in Melbourne, in fact the hotel is right next door to the church we got Married in so considering we did nothing for our Wedding Anniversary in April it was kinda nice to be so close to a special part of our lives.

The Park Hyatt Melbourne.

Park Hyatt MelbourneThe church we were married in almost 10 years ago!

Lutheran Church Melbourne

So we got all dolled up for dinner and I had no idea where we were going so I wore heels. High heels. High heels that I have worn only on two other occasions and heels that really bloody hurt. We had to walk. So yeah…dinner was at 6pm so we walked veeeeery veeeeery slooooooowly to arrive at Grossi Florentino!

Grossi Florentino Grill

Yay!!

We had a Bellini to start which was a little too easy to drink.

Bellini at Grossi Florentino.

Grossi Florentino Bellini

I couldn’t take pics of our food because the lighting was quite dark in the spot we were seated. Our entrée was delicious – pork & fennel sausages & bruschetta to share.

For our mains my Husband ordered a steak with a side of roasted potatoes. I got the mussels with kalamata olives and a tomato broth. I scoffed my dinner and I thought I might be hungry later but I was ok. I also ordered extra bread to soak up that broth.

My darling Husbands in his gorgeous suit & pochette from P. Johnston Tailors.

P Johnson Suit & Pochette

We both drank a glass of Malbec with our dinner. I used to be a huge red wine drink but I had horrible hangovers when I do drink it.

Finally dessert, we weren’t going to get anything, then we were, then we weren’t and then our waitress suggested the donuts. So we got a serve of the donuts to share and good heavens it was amazing. So I was carrying some pretty heavy duty carb bloatage (is that a word?..if not I just invented it…that word is mine!).

I also had a dessert wine which I cannot for the life of me remember the name of but it was amazing. Yum yum!!

Ok, so dinner is over we decided to head over to Lily Blacks for cocktails. Because we had our dinner so early (they have times for dining and the first session started at 6pm) Lily Blacks was pretty empty – a few small groups of people having a drink and we actually preferred it that way. We got our drinks straight away, got a booth to sit at and could talk & hear each other. WIN WIN & WIN.

Lily Blacks Cocktail menu.

Lily Blacks Cocktail Menu

So the first cocktail for the night was Sinnerman – rum, housemade fig & cinnamon bitters, almond & lemon. It was served in a wine glass and this was really refreshing. I enjoyed it and was a little too easy to drink. My Husband had a G&T.

Sinnerman.

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Lily Blacks SinnermanGin & Tonic.

Gin & Tonic

Then it happened. I spied a certain cocktail that I wanted to try in the wild. A non Alex version of an Old Fashioned. It even had it’s own special page, dedicated to variations of Old Fashions so we had to give it a go. Both versions were rum based. Carl got the Cherry & Kola Bitters version and I got the Fig & Cinnamon Bitters version.

Lily Blacks Old Fashioned cocktail menu.

Lily Blacks Old Fashioned

NO FREAKIN CHERRY….WTF?!?!?!??!

Old Fashioned -two ways.

Lily Blacks Old Fashioned

Hmmm. Nice big ass rock of ice in my glass, huge rind of orange that gave both of our cocktails that amazing citrus overtone but no cherry. Nothing. I was sad but I still drank my cocktail. We both agreed of the two, my cocktail tasted a bit better but amazingly we both agreed that my version using Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum was better….Yay Yay. My version just has an added level of depth to it. A nice finish on your palette to be all fancy.

Once we finished our drinks we decided to head over to Liverpool Street where Double Happiness is located. I wanted to try one more cocktail and then we could head back to the hotel so I could relieve my poor aching feet. My Husband walked and I hobbled to Double Happiness and again a few patrons but we got a spot to sit and grabbed a menu to pick our drink drink.

Double Happiness cocktail menu.

Double Happiness Cocktail MenuDouble Happiness – My Husband ordering our drinks.

Double Happiness Melbourne

I ordered Mr Foo which was made up of Chilli vodka, coriander, fresh lime and dry ginger. I liked this cocktail – a bit of an acquired taste. It’s spicy and I actually joked that the only thing missing from this drink was a bit of soy, some noodles, veges and maybe some chicken. I use lime, ginger, chilli & coriander when I make stir-fry. If only I had been brave enough to turn it into a cocktail – sans the food bits.

Hundred Flower Movement & Mr Foo.

Double Happiness Cocktails

My Husband ordered the Hundred Flower Movement with sake, rose syrup, lemon and peach bitters. My Husbands choice was delicious. I could have had about ten of these. I love it when they are easy to drink (doesn’t everyone!).

For our second choice, My Husband decided to have another Hundred Flower Movement and I went with Communist Manifesto with tequila, tamarind, lime, mandarin & Szechuan salt. The edge of the glass was rimmed with the Szechuan salt and this drink was dominated by the mandarin and was fabulous to drink. I really liked this one.

Hundred Flower Movement & Communist Manifesto.

Double Happiness Cocktails

Finally it was time to head back to our hotel. No more drinking because it’s expensive and yeah…no one would want to get a horrible hangover tomorrow…would they!!!

The Windsor Hotel with it’s amazing coloured light display.

The Windsor Hotel Melbourne

To top off my amazing night – a documentary on Elizabeth Taylor and her precious jewels. I was captivated and couldn’t believe the history behind La Peregrina Pearl that she was gifted. Oooh to have a collection like that!!!

My plan was to sleep in until at least 9am. With 2 pre-school aged kids they go to bed quite early in the evening and wake at 7am. I go to bed late and wake early. Instead of my lovely sleep in I woke up at 5am with the worst hangover ever. Needless to say every little bit of water I drank was purged from my body and I felt like crap for the rest of the day.

Bleugh…this is what a hangover looks like. I am wearing a gorgeous black vintage shirt dress with a pink cropped cardi by Revival both eBay purchases.

Vintage Shirt DressI felt truly horrible taking this pic and couldn’t even be bothered fixing my cardi.

Erstwilder Brooch

It was about 11.30am before I could keep anything down and the first thing I had was a coffee. That took the edge off my headache and a bacon, egg & cheese toasty from Argos Loves Company in Fitzroy to help my poor tummy.

So all up I had a fantastic Birthday this year, not to mention the amazing first day of Spring Melbourne had. Sunshine, warm air and just a slight breeze (that picked up a bit later in the day).

I love life (even with a shitty hangover!!).

 

Cheers
Alex

Vintage in Winter

During Winter it’s really tricky to have that ‘vintage’ look. Easy with the hair and make up but I hate the cold. I have heaps of dresses but I would have to team them with pantyhose & cardigans and it’s just not enough to keep me warm.

Friends of Couture

I do kinder drop-offs and pick-ups 4 times a week so I dress casually but it’s still enough that I have that ‘vintage’ look.

I got these fabulous Freddies of Pinewood 1940’s work jeans on eBay. I absolutely love these jeans and they are so comfortable. These are high waisted and very very different from any of the modern style of jeans so I do stand out with my ‘old fashioned’ jeans.

Freddies of Pinewood jeans

 I mixed it up with different cardigans – my passion. I have a real thing for vintage beaded cardigans and have accumulated a few of them either through eBay, vintage stores or vintage markets. Some of them were (now I know) a little overpriced and others absolute bargains. I recently bought a vintage cream coloured beaded cardigan for only $9.99 – it’s in my birthday pile so I have to pretend I don’t know what I am getting for a whole month.

Then the other cardigans I have are just random buys online and even Target & Big W when I have seen a particular colour that I like. The Big W buy was a stupid one…right colour but way too long. Meh.

The jumper I have on in this pic is a Boxing Day sale buy – online Friends of Couture. I love it – I’m not much a fan of jumpers (taking it off over my hairstyles can be a bit stress inducing) but this is cute, warm, has two little bows on the front & has full length sleeves.

Freddies of Pinewood jeans

My pearls – single strand are also vintage. I picked them up….so freakin cheap with the most amazing clasp on the back for only $6.00 from the ‘Round She Goes’ market that was held recently at Box Hill.

My shoes – el cheapo. Kmart buy for $3.00. I needed plain white canvas shoes and found these. They work.

Friday’s outfit of the night

A night out with the girls in the middle of winter. I want to wear colour, I want to wear my pettiskirt & I want to wear heels.

I had the choice of two dresses to wear tonight. My brand new old 1950’s handmade vintage joy, which I had managed to fix the hem on earlier in the day or a repro blue floral dress from Retrospec’d that I bought at the Love Vintage Show in Melbourne earlier in the year.

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My new ‘reproduction’ dress from Retrospec’d

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Black and White dress or Blue, pink & white dress. Colour won in the end, plus I had already checked out the menu for The Firehouse online and figured my newly acquired vintage dress deserved more than a trip to a restaurant where I would be eating a burger.

So…repro dress it was.

I also took my Alpaca out for the night. The Alpaca was one of those purchases that you just never forget or regret. A day trip with the family to Caldermeade Farm meant a slight detour to Tyabb. Tyabb have a few – ok…don’t go to Tyabb. It’s all MINE!!!! Ohh, alright, I’ll share. Tyabb has some antique stores and maybe they might have a vintage shop or something that might have something in it. Ha ha.

My Alpaca swing coat!!!

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I picked my something up. The Alpaca. Thank goodness it was freezing and I didn’t have a proper coat with me or else I wouldn’t have been cold and looking for something to keep me warm. I found The Alpaca on a rack at The Vintage Shed and I put her on and BAM she was mine. I asked my Husband to guess the price. He guessed $300. I said “nup, it’s $70”. We bought it!!

Sewn in tag on the inside left hand side

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Sewn in tag on the right hand side – Russeks Fashions New York – Paris – London

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The Alpaca if you haven’t already guessed is made from Alpaca’s fur does need a little repair work on the lining but nothing that 30mins of my time, a needle & some thread can’t fix – must get onto that.

Me wearing my gorgeous Alpaca!

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This coat is amazing, very heavy for a coat (weighs 2.2kgs) and was made in England I’m guessing in the early 1960’s and once on it’s like wearing your own personal furnace. I cannot believe how warm I am once it’s on & all done up. I love this coat and when I wore it out & our waitress offered to hang it in the cloakroom, I refused. It’s vintage, it’s new to me and I am not letting this baby out of my sight. Then our waitress asked if she could touch it. Ha ha…yes I let her touch it.

My repro dress combined with a pink cropped cardi

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I really need to start looking at heels. I don’t have enough of them and it makes it boring wearing the same shoes with my variety of dresses. I tend to stick to buying black, black and then black just for something different so now…coloured heels.

 

The Alpaca (Black swing coat) – The Vintage Shed Tyabb

Pink Cardigan – Target

Vivian Blue Belle dress – Retrospec’d

Black heels – Whittner

 

Cheers

Alex

Winter rain and my hair

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Ahhh Melbourne in Winter. Today it’s raining and it’s cold – not freezing cold but still cold.

Rain and my hair are arch enemies. The second a teeny tiny drop of water hits my hair it transforms into a frizzy monster. No amount of anti-frizz product will help and I have found the only thing that stops it is a shizen load of hair spray.

Anyway. Not realising that it would be raining in Melbourne for eleventy billion years I decided 2 nights ago to wash & set my hair in rollers so I would have glamourous curls that would last me until the weekend, which by then they would have dropped but I would still have something that resembled a vintage hairstyle.

Ahhh No. The hair gods decided that wasn’t going to happen. Well the washing bit happened, the setting hair in rollers bit happened, the shite sleep at night because my hair was in rollers bit happened. The curls looking amazing when they were released from their curly prison bit happened but the moisture in the air combined with some walking in the rain (looking for coloured hairspray + kinder drop off) just killed my gorgeous curls. Anyway, it’s all good. I can work with a bit of a wave in my hair but it’s frustrating, given the amount of time & effort that goes into making my hair work.

 

So this is what I looked like when I woke up. HA!! Ok I brushed my teeth & put my face on THEN took a pic!!


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A top view – kinda of my sexy blue & pink rollers. The very top curl is a pin curl, otherwise I get a line running across that section of hair from the clampy bit of the hair roller.

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Eeeek, the bandana is off.

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Tools of the trade. Today I used my tail comb, paddle brush & good ol’ Brylcreem.

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Once I took out all the foam hair rollers, beautiful ringlets.
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These are the foam rollers I use. Having never used them before & wanting to know if I could actually use them I bought the cheapest foam rollers I could find. These are it! A pack of 6 for $2.00 at my local IGA. They were hanging on a rack with all the different little hair ties and accessories. I bought the pink set first and then returned & bought another 2 sets. Bargain. I will in the future invest in a hot roller set but for now these will do. Oh and the packaging…”Really Cool” lol.

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A side pic of my curls. They are so bouncy and cute. Very Shirley Temple!
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Then BAM the 80’s hit me face first! I use my fingers to separate the curls and yeah…this is what you get.

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Ahh, that’s better. Using the paddle brush I slowly slowly slowly start brushing my hair, I use my other hand to help control and fix the curl and this is what you get. This took a lot of brushing to get to this point and sometimes it looks hopeless but just keep going.

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Very movie star and I forgot to wear my glasses for that shot – no wonder there is more background then hair in the pic. LOL.

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And there you have it. I pinned a red flower into my hair, hoping to brighten a dull rainy day. If you look closely you can see my 1 carrot necklace. My son made me a necklace out of beads, one of those beads is a carrot, another is a tomato and other a lemon. Apparently I have to wear the necklace forever!

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Oh and note about my cardi. It’s old – unsure of it’s age, it has faux pearls stitched onto it as well as heaps of hand embroidered flowers. Bought from a local antique store for $30 (I think) it’s one of my favs – navy blue and very warm.

In the end I was happy with my set – I will admit that with my super thick hair my curls at the back didn’t quite set…too much hair in the roller and not enough drying time. I know for next time! I woke up this morning and meh hair so I did victory rolls – pics to come later.

 

Cheers

Alex

My Friday hair

I stuffed around this morning & went into a kinda cleaning zone in the kitchen so had very limited time to do my hair & makeup.

I am in desperate need of a hair wash but will hold out until I have been to the gym & gotten all sweaty tomorrow. Then I can do a wash & set.

So in my haste decided to convert my front bangs into a victory roll with the rest of my hair into a high pony tail with a cute pink silk scarf. The curls have completely dropped from my hair so it’s kinda straight with a wonky kink to it. My front bangs are crunchy with layer upon layers of hair spray & Brylcreem but it still looks great.

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I also have on one of my absolute favourite cardigans. I bought this recently at the Love Vintage Show that was held in Melbourne in May. I went to the show last year and had to visit again this year (sans children – they were bored last year!) and I had a list of things I wanted and a beaded vintage cardigan was right at the top of my list.

This one is black, a tiny bit short on my long arms and I can’t do the bottom eye/hook up but IT’S MINE. I don’t care that it doesn’t fit 100%…more like 95% it’s beautiful, it’s warm and I am guessing it’s from the 1950’s.

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The inside of the cardigan is lined and is done up with the eye and hook. It’s hand beaded and the tag at the back says “Hand Beaded for Cyn Les RN 27267 70% Lamb’s Wool 20% Angora Rabbit Hair 10% Nylon. MADE IN BRITISH HONG KONG.

The detail with the beading is amazing and I love that after all these years this cardigan still looks amazing. I have some cardigans that are recent purchases (ie the last 5yrs) and they do not look as good as this.

 

Cheers

Alexx