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


Farewell my friends

About 3 or 4 weeks ago I was sent an invitation to farewell some friends of ours before they make the big move up North. The theme for their party was The Great Gatsby. I will admit that I freaked out initially but figured this would be a great opportunity to do something different with my hair & to try out an outfit that isn’t 40’s or 50’s.

So my hunt began. I already had a black beaded body hugging gown that is about 20yrs old. I actually wore this dress to my cousins wedding in Mauritius in 1997 (I think?) and it was a bit big on me then and I was pretty chuffed to say that the straps were a bit loose on the night of the party – BUT I did have one wardrobe malfunction.

Next on my list was a fur stole. I recalled seeing one in a local vintage 2nd hand clothing store and I actually grabbed the kids and rushed back to the store but missed out. Gone gone & gone. So I tried ebay and managed to pick up a 1950’s Cornelius Fur from Sydney and was wrapped that it only cost me $41.00.

I found these fabulous shoes, no idea on the date but they look granny enough to fit into that 1920’s style and as a bonus I can wear them with my 50’s wardrobe. Low heel, made in Australia, full leather AND they only cost me $20 from a stall at Waverley Antique Bazaar.


The last piece to my 1920’s wardrobe puzzle was the hair and makeup. I did a fingerwave trial on my hair based on this amazingly easy to understand & follow YouTube tutorial and it worked perfectly. Actually I didn’t really like it when I first did it but after 1 hour I realised that the problem was I wasn’t really digging the 20’s and I was much more comfortable with my 50’s hairstyles so I figured with the whole outfit together it will work.

It did work, I was really happy with the final outcome.


The party was held at Madame Brussells on Bourke Street, Melbourne and we had a private function room where we drank delicious cocktails – martinis (with 3 olives…YES!!) and sidecars (I have to try this one at home.) I had a fantastic night and it was great to catch up with great friends and have a laugh. Everyone made a great effort to dress up – lots of bow tie action from the guys. I love a dress up.

Martini with 3 olives.


Gatsby04Filling up the glasses for the guests.

Gatsby07Yum Sidecars were delicious. A little too easy to drink!

Gatsby08Yeah yeah a selfie – I had to do it.

Gatsby05Close up of the bling on ‘Bernard’ my vintage fur stole (I stole the name from 80’s movie Weekend at Bernie’s – they carry a dead guy around their shoulders all weekend – Bernard is dead & was on my shoulders – get it..huh huh!! lol)

Gatsby14I really would love a backlit cabinet like this for all my fancy bottles & glasses.

Gatsby09Some of the Melbourne skyline – it was pouring with rain but this was the view for the smokers.

Gatsby12One of my friends ordered a cocktail called the Zombie – he had 2 of them!

Gatsby11I ordered a Moscow Mule. It was ok.


I will admit that I felt a bit out-of-sorts not being in my usual garb and I did receive many wonderful compliments – even from people who weren’t guests at the party, so it was nice to get that recognition but I was so happy to wash my hair the next day and get my 1950’s back on.

Oh and as for the wardrobe malfunction I mentioned earlier – ZIPPER FAIL. Yep..sitting outside with the smokers I felt a bit…cold and reached back to find my zipper had split open. Lucky it wasn’t broken so I got my Husband to unzip me and zip me back up. Yeah, I was paranoid for the rest of the night.



Day at the snow

It doesn’t happen often when you get a totally free weekend because of cancellations & rescheduling. I had a dentist appointment that was moved to next week.  A visit to a friends house cancelled at the last minute due to family commitments and a Winter BBQ at our house cancelled because our guest of honour had to change her plans. So aside from grocery shopping we had zero plans.

I decided that we should take the kids to see snow. Their very first trip to the snow and the closest snow fields are only about 2ish hours away from our home.

Now the trip up and back was marred by my car sick Daughter but we know what to expect these days so pack about 10 changes of clothes for her and have spew bags, towels and face washers all ready for action.

She didn’t disappoint and managed her first spew after we passed through The Black Spur – ie. A fabulous drive that twists and turns itself all the way up and then down a mountain range. It was only after we had finished the Black Spur and hit a nice straight road that she started vomiting.

The Black Spur – twisty roads but amazingly beautiful scenery.


After a short break to clean up and redress (poor little chicken was freezing while we changed her into dry clean clothes) we were on our way to Lake Mountain.

It’s starting to get really foggy, this is just outside of Marysville.


We paid to get entry into the national park – $51.00au CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT!!!! We were initially ok with it because…well…they have to maintain whatever it is they maintain and the previous times I have been to Lake Mountain about 5 mins after you pay (and have been driving) you start seeing snow on the sides of the road and start getting excited. This time however, no snow.



No snow.


No snow.


Still no snow.

Finally we get within 200 – 300 metres of the resort and oh gee…what’s that teeny tiny little patch of white stuff. Sigh


We did check the snow report and it said that there was snow but maybe it melted overnight? Hmmm.

It was cold. Our car beeps at us to let us know when it hits 3 degrees celcius and it was beeping away. I think when we parked it was about 2 degrees celcius. We rugged up, gloves, The Alpaca made an appearance and didn’t disappoint (Thank you my lovely warm Alpaca!!). Once we were dressed we walked up towards the chalet and wait…what’s that…could it possibly be? SNOWWWWWWWWWWW.

My children enjoying snow for the first time.


It was packed, if I had to give an estimate I would say at least eleventy billion people where there. The last time I went to Lake Mountain there were hardly any people there. The time before that we tobogganed down a small run they have set just for that purpose and there were maybe 20-30 people. No chance of running into someone.

See…eleventy billion people using the tobaggan track

Snowpic06Lake Mountain Alpine Resort


We didn’t hire anything this time around, instead we watched our kids be fascinated by snow (ok…so it was fake but still!!) and they touched it & threw it and made snowballs. I was so excited for them.

Ooh look…it’s snowing (lol) man made style.


Our next step was the obligatory visit to the café for something laden with carbohydrates and yes…hot dog, chips & drink $12.50 and we split it 4 ways so we all got a bit to eat. No pics because I was still defrosting!

Back out to see the snow and then back to the car. I had managed to do a bit of forward thinking and made some hot chocolate, put it in a thermos, bought some cups along so we sat the kids in the back of the car & we each had a hot cup of cocoa and it was perfect. I even managed to find some marshmallows before we left home and it was great.

Snowpic09Om nom nom


It started to rain – well more like sleet. I haven’t experienced it before but it felt like rain didn’t melt so it was kinda like hail but not the damaging type hail – baby hail.

Those tiny white dots are the rain frozen to ice.

Snowpic11Our lovely view while drinking our hot chocolate.


Snowpic12I had to get up close to take a pic of the real snow.

Snowpic13Compulsory snow selfie pic – oh and my beautiful Alpaca kept me so warm!




After our little hot-choc-a-thon we headed home. A huge drive for such a short stay but to be honest we (I) don’t have the appropriate snow gear so it was cold. I did slip on the snow and I was holding Miss A when it happened, my shoes were totally inappropriate. At least my feet were dry.

On our way home – with everyone else.


A great day still and I was happy that my children got to experience the snow in Australia.




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.

My brand new ‘old’ 1950’s dress Alex_ADress4

My new ‘reproduction’ dress from Retrospec’d


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!!!


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

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


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!


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


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