That’s the only way to describe the Monica dress from Pinup Girl Clothing!
I would say that 90% of my wardrobe has dresses & skirts that all are either full circle skirts or have full skirts, so I can wear my pettiskirts underneath. I could wear the figure hugging wiggle dresses but I wouldn’t be able to eat or drink anything (Ha!) and I really don’t feel absolutely comfortable wearing them.
However there is always an exception! I saw this dress on Pinup Girl Clothing and did the ssssssiiiiiigggggghhhhhh. I neeeeeeeeeeed that dress.
So I waited patiently until MisKonduct Clothing had it in stock and in my size and bang bang, that baby was mine.
Since I have had this gorgeous dress, I haven’t actually had any significantly special (non eating!) events come up that I could wear it to, so until that special date occurs it will sit waiting in my wardrobe.
The best thing about this dress…no bra!! I mean I don’t have to wear a bra. It’s full lined with a stretchy shaping fabric and has the amazing ability to hold all the wobbly bits in nice & tight. The added bonus is the draping effect of the fabric is very flattering.
I won’t buy a dress if it ends above the knees, I am fussy and it means that so many dresses are automatically on the no buy list, simply because I have varicose veins on the backs of my knees. Nothing dramatic & worth getting medical intervention for but it’s just enough to cause some anxiety for me. So rather than be stuck in pants forever, I work around it and only buy dresses that end past the knee. Thankfully this dress does end past the knee!
MisKonduct has the Monica dress in stock, they have amazingly fast delivery if you buy online, you can also buy the Monica dress online at Pinup Girl Clothing and they have it in many gorgeous colours so knock yourself out!
Now I just have to wait for a special occasion to wear it to!
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.
The church we were married in almost 10 years ago!
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!
We had a Bellini to start which was a little too easy to drink.
Bellini at Grossi Florentino.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NO FREAKIN CHERRY….WTF?!?!?!??!
Old Fashioned -two ways.
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 – My Husband ordering our drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I felt truly horrible taking this pic and couldn’t even be bothered fixing my cardi.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Filling up the glasses for the guests.
Yum Sidecars were delicious. A little too easy to drink!
Yeah yeah a selfie – I had to do it.
Close 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)
I really would love a backlit cabinet like this for all my fancy bottles & glasses.
Some of the Melbourne skyline – it was pouring with rain but this was the view for the smokers.
One of my friends ordered a cocktail called the Zombie – he had 2 of them!
I 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.
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.
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
Lake 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.
Om 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.
Our lovely view while drinking our hot chocolate.
I had to get up close to take a pic of the real snow.
Compulsory 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.
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
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
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.
Miss A, Sir O & Me!
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.
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!)
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.
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!