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!!

Martinis & Slippers

 

Cheers
Alex

Sewing lessons – It’s completed!!!

I did it!!!

I finished my skirt and I am thrilled!!!

I actually finished it about 4 weeks ago but just never got a chance to have some proper pics taken of the finished skirt, last night was my first opportunity so here it is.

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I am really proud of my effort and because Melbourne had some amazing warm days in the first week of September I did actually wear my skirt outside…in the world…and it was perfect. Made all the more better because I FREAKIN MADE THIS BABY!!!.

Sewing lessons 1940s skirtYup…handmade by me!

Sewing lessons 1940s skirt

So, what to do now? Well I decided to do a top next.  A good friend of mine is a collector of vintage patterns and she recently finished an adorable blouse from a pattern made in 1944.

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1944 Blouse Pattern

I couldn’t help myself, I have to make this top. So I borrowed the top and tried it on – perfect fit and works so well with my Freddies of Pinewood jeans.

The pattern is a 34 inch bust and I AM NOT a 34 inch bust. So I copied the pattern onto interfacing – no way in hell I am cutting up a paper pattern from the 40’s!

I then skillfully (HA!) added an extra 3cms to the sleeves and sides of the pattern – the black lines are the original lines on the pattern and the red is my attempt at increasing the size of the top.

1944 Blouse Pattern

When I got into my sewing lesson I showed my teacher the pattern and my friends blouse and my ahem…dodgy alterations to the pattern size and I decided that was my next challenge. It’s a gorgeous top and I will actually make a few of them and shock horror…will go and buy the same fabric as my friends version just because it’s so freakin perfect!!

The real deal – vintage sewing pattern instructions.

1944 Blouse Pattern

So by the end of my lesson I managed to finish my skirt and started cutting my fabric out ready for my gorgeous blouse, just hoping that it does actually fit when it’s done. If not, then that’s ok. It’s all good practise I suppose!

 Ready to cut the fabric.

1944 Blouse Pattern

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.

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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.

Birthday dinner

My Husband recently celebrated his birthday and chose to go out for dinner to our vey favourite Japanese Restaurant The New Yamagata Restaurant in Doncaster East.

We have a pre-schooler & toddler so we arrived early – 6pm so we could order, feed the ferrets & get out before they become over tired (sigh…how I long for the nights when you could eat dinner at 9pm!!).

I always order a Japanese Slipper when we eat here and I studied this version, especially after my stuffed up Japanese Slipper last week. This version is much sweeter than mine and I think….huge think…it’s sweetened with lemonade and not lemon juice. Although there are no bubbles on the inside of the glass, you get that distinct tingle on your tongue? Who knows either way it’s nice and sweet and a little too easy to drink.

Japanese Slipper cocktail

The second way too easy to drink cocktail I had was the Strawberry Margarita. Ahhh another very sweet cocktail with chunks of real strawberry in it and a bit of crushed ice. It was delicious and both of these cocktails were only $10.00.

Strawberry Margarita Cocktail

Finally with my dinner I stopped with the cocktails and went traditional and had the house Sake – served warm. My parents were with us and Mum tried some sake and pulled the ‘yukky’ face. She sipped it rather than throw it back (scull it – whatever you call it).

Japanese Sake Warm

We ordered the Yamagata special – sushi boat. Who doesn’t love a sushi boat, unfortunately we half devoured it before I got a chance to take some pics. Yum. The kids were keen to get stuck into all that sushi & sashimi.

Japanese Sushi Boat

Oh and it’s incredibly immature of me but I…snigger snigger I can’t help myself I look for mistakes on menus. Stupid things like misspelled words…ahhh typos. So, yeah…I know it’s stupid and childish but it kept me laughing.

Finally, something for the Vagetarians of the world. tee hee.

Menu typo

My Husband gots some bits & pieces for his camera so I jumped at the chance to have some pics of the outfit I wore. My Hell Bunny Vixen ‘Melanie’ bolero dress. I bought this on sale (can’t remember where from) a while ago and a combination of Winter & limited places to wear it out means this is the very first time I wore it out.

Also took my very cute vintage beaded purse out for the first time.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero Dress

I teamed it with a cropped cardi that I bought before Winter from Target and one of my op shop finds, the snowdrop brooch.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressI was watching the cat when this pic was taken.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressThe Hell Bunny Vixen ‘Melanie’ Bolero dress without my cardi.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressGetting tired and the giggles start.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero DressI was talking to the cat, he yawned at me.

Hell Bunny Vixen Melanie Bolero Dress

Oh and because it is cold I took The Alpaca out again. I can’t stop going on about how much I love this coat. The only reason I have for liking Winter is this coat…ahhh The Alpaca!!!

Collar down on The Alpaca.

Swing Coat AlpacaCollar up and this coat really is the best!

Swing Coat Alpaca

Cheers
Alex

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

Day trip to Healesville

Day trip to Healesville

 

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Over the Queens Birthday long weekend we decided that a nice drive to the country was in order and ideally we were looking for any Sunday markets that were on, there wasn’t much to choose from which was a shame.

Anyway, it’s still nice to get out of the house and hit the road and Healesville was the direction we headed to.

Just as you are driving into Healesville is a turn off to go to the Healesville Train Station.

 

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Miss A, Sir O & Me!

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My Son lives for trains, everything is about trains – heck before kids when I would get caught at the boom gates and the flashing lights to warn of an approaching train I would sigh and get frustrated at having to wait for. Such. A. Long. Time.

Now it’s a way of keeping him quiet. He gets all squeally when he sees the train/boom gates/flashing lights and then goes to complete silence to watch the train.

The good thing about him being so into trains is that we have been on quite a few steam engines around Victoria & train travel is so old school that it kinda feels nice to be doing something that was one of the mains forms of transportation or moving goods around Australia.

So, back to Healesville!

We got to the train station just in time and managed to board the 1 carriage diesel engine (I think it’s diesel!) that does a quick 15min one direction trip and then returns you to Healesville. It was fun. The kids loved it and we took some snacks for them to eat.

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It’s a historic railway and if you have some spare time, then go ride the tourist railway in Healesville (wear something warm if it’s a really cold day!)

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After our train trip we wandered about the old rail station and the kids had a ball. I was cold. I wore a fabulous wool skirt that I picked up from the Salvos for $7.00 with white canvas shoes & socks. My varsity jacket is from Dangerfield and I bought it for a bargin $30.00 on sale at Clear It on Brunswick Street – upstairs). I have a cute red scarf in my hair too.

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When we were ready to leave little Miss A decided that she would sulk and walk at the slowest pace with her head down. SLOWEST. WALK. EVER!.  That tiny little person in this pic is her. Bless!

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Cheers

Alex

My hairstyle today

I forgot to set my hair in curlers last night so I have a slight natural wave happening today.

I decided to go with my faux Bettie Page bangs.

The first thing I do is use a tail comb to make a triangle shape. I have no fringe and my hair is long & layered throughout so almost anyone an achieve this style.

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Then I use a hair rat to roll my hair – not my real hair rat because it’s just not bulky enough to achieve what I want (oh and everyone thinks it’s gross. Ha). I also use good old Brylcreem that I purchase from the supermarket (look low down on the shelf, around the guys hair grooming section, Brylcreem is great for smoothing your hair and makes it so freakin shiny, but go easy because things can go greasy real quick!). Anyway, use the Brylcreem to smooth down any flyaways and start rolling your hair around the hair rat.

Once it’s all rolled up, you may need to fiddle with it a bit to get the hair all smooth and to the edges of the hair rat and then pin it down with bobby pins. I only use two and they are the long versions.

Long bobby pins, compared to normal length bobby pins.

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Here is the hair rat next to the bobby pins

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Bendy hair rat – this is made from those hair donuts that are used to make a hair bun. I picked this up real cheap from my local chemist and then cut it into two pieces and stitched them up. I will get around to making up another and taking step-by-step pics as my current hair rat is brown but my hair is coloured 2-3 shades off black so I am on the hunt for a black hair donut.

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Once it’s all rolled & pinned into place you need to spray it with hair spray – a good holding spray is all you need. It will take a bit of practice getting it right and pinning in properly. Some days I can achieve this look in under 5 mins. Today it took me at least 30mins and I had to section off more hair to be able to spread it over the hair rat.

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Finally, you can either pin a gorgeous flower in your hair, which I have done on many occasions or you can do what I have done and add a scarf. I have heaps of bandanas that I bought on ebay, the red one is my favourite!.

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Cheers Alexx

My blue purse

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Months ago I picked up this navy blue vinyl purse in a local Op Shop. I wasn’t intending on buying any bags but my 18mth old daughter had other ideas. She picked a bag so I did too.

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My new purse cost me a grand total of $1.00 and it has a gold sticker inside that says ‘A HIGH CLASS CREATION BY CAMELIA N.S.W. IMPORTED QUALITY VINYL’.

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I got home and had a dig around inside & found a bus ticket with 7c stamped on it. A bit of online digging around and I managed to find that these types of tickets were issued in the early 1960’s so I guess that my purse is from that era!

It’s a great little purse and I took it out to the movies last Saturday night!