Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Just dropping by to wish you a merry christmas and to finally post pictures of my new haircut! I asked for something 'Audrey Hepburn circa Sabrina' and I am very happy with the results! (Any melbourne based ladies should give the Biba Academy studios a try. You get a high quality haircut for $20, supervised by professionals - the only downside is that the students take longer, but they are constantly making you cups of tea and coffee so the time flies by!)

Boyfriend and I accidentally matched! Cute or weird? I can't decide.

My Xmas dress was snapped up for a bargain 75% off (caught them doing the markdowns for boxing day at Myer so I managed to get in before the crowds!) It was chosen in anticipation of the predicted 30 degree day, but....

Melbourne did its darndest to give us a white christmas via a thunderous hailstorm!

I still have no idea what I even got for Christmas - we're hosting this year so there hasn't been any time between cooking to take a look under the tree! Taking a break to nurse my food-baby while blogging. Hopefully will be allowed to open soon!

My love to you all - hope you are having a safe, restful and merry christmas, and that Santa left you something special under the tree!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Australian Readers - Pssst, have you heard?

Dita von Teese will be returning to Australia in March 2012 to launch a lingerie line for Target! She will walk the runway at the Loreal Fashion Festival on March 10, 2012, and the pieces themselves will be arriving instore in February, with new product lines to come in March and April. The line will be titled "Von Follies by Dita von Teese", and will come in a wide range of sizes (up to an E cup in bras and size 20 in briefs).

Prices will start at $17 and go up to $79 for fitted corsolettes. Word is that the collection will include proper garter belts, overwire bras, high waisted briefs, corsetry; and the colours will encompass black lace over nude, leopard print, and dreamy pale pink satins. It will be available for purchase both instore and online, which is a lifesaver for women like me who are right now reading about the delicious details and fretting they might not make the product launch!

Personally I'm kicking myself that I quit working at Target right before this collection was announced! I could have brought you a little insider info, or more selfishly, earmarked a few pieces for myself before they hit the floor. Any my staff discount is gone! Nooooooo! I'll see if my connections have any more information to offer closer to the release date, however. I have only been able to find the one sneak-peek of the collection so far - this gorgeous black and blue lace number:

I'm personally not the biggest fan of Dita, as I find her strip shows to be a little robotic and lacking in the sense of cheekiness and fun that I find really appealing in burlesque (I much prefer the va-va-voom displayed by british burlesque bombshell Immodesty Blaize, but that is neither here nor there). Despite this, I'm excited about the launch of an accessible range of lingerie that comes in styles that I prefer and find physically flattering. However having spoken to a few hardcore Dita fans who feel that selling the range in a store like Target rather than Myer or David Jones 'cheapens' the Dita brand, I'm really curious to find out what you think! Are you excited about cheapish, pretty undies? Or would you rather see couture techniques (at a fairly couture price point) like Dita's recent capsule clothing launch at David Jones?

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie's Auction House

Anybody have a spare couple of thousand? A collection of beautiful items from the wardrobe of that grand old dame, Elizabeth Taylor, are to go under the hammer at Christie's Auction House. Even better, I hear some of it will be available for sale online... if only I had the dosh!
Browsing the online catalogue I can only marvel at the exquisite and slightly eccentric taste of Taylor - she moved effortlessly through the fashions of the eras, always with her own unique pizazz.
This video showcases some of the highlights of the collection, along with some choice reflections from celebrities and designers about Taylor's style and personality.

 Damn did that girl have some serious bling! And she sure knew how to work a kaftan.

Christie's also has a blog that delves into the history behind the pieces and follows the exhibition on its travels - while it doesn't have much content yet, it may be worth keeping an eye on. See here!

My personal favourite is this luxurious ostrich feather gown. Please Santa?

More choice picks:

This dress, which Taylor wore to her wedding to Richard Burton, is estimated to reach a cool $40,000 - hurm, house deposit or dress...

I gotta stop looking or I'll short out my computer with drool.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Caped Crusader

My friend recently gave a piano recital as she was graduating from honours in music. It was held at a beautiful church, and I took it as a chance to bust out an equally gorgeous caped dress (that may have been a little too fancy for your everyday walk to the shops...) I cannot even begin to describe how much I love 60s dresses with capes. Long, chiffon strips that float about when you walk, that snap and curl in the wind - nothing is more glamorous! I snagged this dress from fellow blogger Bombshell Bettie's etsy store. She's a lovely lady, and has the best baby clothes ever, so go check her out!

The gentleman hosting the evening later thanked my friend for encouraging us all to dress to the nines - he said it reminded him of how people used to treat recitals and operas as special occasions worthy of a new dress or coat. Having been to a ballet only last year where all the attendees were in jeans, I completely agree! I want to wear a ballgown outside of prom. I want to wear hats outside of the Melbourne Cup. We don't get as many chances to really dress up nowadays, so we should take them where we can get them!

My Revlon Fire and Ice lipstick giveaway drawing has been delayed somewhat due to technical difficulties - I cannot get blogger to work with the ipad and it has set me back several planned posts. Entries will be accepted until at least the end of the month when I can get this sorted!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Words to Live By - Edith Head

"A dress should be tight enough to show you're a woman, and loose enough to prove you're a lady."

- Edith Head, Hollywood Costume Designer, winner of eight Academy Awards. BAMF.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cup Day Outfit

On monday my new work held a Melbourne Cup Day themed morning tea, and as any vintage loving girl would do I took the opportunity to bust out a hat!

Outfit Details

Dress: Vintage, Etsy
Cardigan: ??? Hand-me-down!
Hat: Vintage, Ebay
Stockings: Op-shop
Shoes: Asos

Man I am so addicted to Clearly Contacts! They have a bunch of vintage-style glasses; I want these ones in ALL THE COLOURS!

The sailor shawl on this dress is what won me over when I saw it online - such a cute detail!

It has been an adjustment, to say the least, starting a full-time job - my body was not ready, argh. I slept until 2 on Saturday just to catch up! That said, there is a cute neighbourhood cat, the location is great (right next to uni and a bunch of awesome shops), and the people are all really nice (and I'm not just saying that because some of them may be reading this blog now!)

PS: Don't forget about my Revlon Fire and Ice giveaway here! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm taking my fistfull of hard earned dollars to etsy!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Summer Shopping

Augh I want this Mondrian inspired rashie so bad! Hurry up first paycheck~!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tutankhamen: Age of the Pharaohs

To celebrate my last week of freedom before starting full time work, friends and I made the trip to see an exhibition at Melbourne Museum - Tutankhamen: Age of the Pharaohs. Originally the plan was to dress 1920s style to pretend we were at a showing of the 'recently' discovered artifacts, but in the end it was too difficult to convince the whole group to play along and there was not enough time to shop a good outfit. In the end I went 1920s inspired top half, ridiculously shiny pants that I love on the bottom half!

Outfit Details

Jacket: Sportsgirl
Blouse: Target
Pants: ASOS
Shoes: ASOS
Bag: Target

I love the kimono-esque styling on this velvet jacket - made me think it would be perfect for a 20s style outfit. One of the things I love most about fashions from that era is how they were really drawing on other cultures for inspiration in jewellery and clothing. This was really apparent in the Tutankhamen exhibition, where I quite often found myself marveling at how similar the jewellery found in the tomb was to art deco designs!

As for the exhibition itself, loved the amount and variety of artifacts on display as well as the explanations of their religious and cultural significance, but was disappointed at the lack of probing into some of the controversies regarding Tutankhamen such as his mysterious death at 19 (and the assorted broken bones in his autopsy) as well as the suspicious circumstances around the discovery of the tomb by Carter. Despite those minor quibbles, I found it excellent and would urge anybody in Melbourne to see it before it closes!

Am also fond of my new pair of glasses - the circular shape is perfect for when I am wearing clothes that predate the cat eye style (as much as I love it, the anachronistic clash is too strong!)

While parking the car we stumbled across this chair by the train tracks! Somebody clearly decided their front garden wasn't big enough and expanded into the bushes across the road - I love how it is even bordered with bricks!

Tomorrow I start a new job and am super nervous - any kind words would be really appreciated! Tea is helping but not enough :/

PS Don't forget about my Revlon Fire and Ice giveaway! I just realized I didn't nominate a closing date - it is now updated to close on the 14th of November!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Autumnal Palette and Giveaway!

I feel lucky to live within walking distance of several lovely nature reserves. It has gotten so warm though - by this stage I was deeply regretting my choice of long-sleeved top. I don't know why I feel so inspired by autumn colours lately, considering it is spring/summer here!

Outfit Details:

Shorts - Handmade! Yippee!
Blouse - ASOS
Shoes - Rubi Shoes

These shorts are the first item of clothing I've sewn for myself in quite a while - I used a vintage pattern for a beach outfit, and some leftover orange suede fabric from a costume. I'm quite chuffed with how it looks - I used a few new techniques, such as topstitching and lining pockets, and it came out so well!

A scraped knee + bandaid is the perfect accompaniment to your tomboyish attire...

I feel very bohemian-painter in this top - which is ironic, considering next week I start my first 9-5 job! The very opposite of bohemian.... oh well! At least I'll be able to practice getting my Joan/Peggy on!

And now, to the giveaway!

Giveaway: Revlon's Fire and Ice (Vintage Tube Re-release)

I'm offering one lucky lady a tube of the classic colour 'Fire and Ice' by Revlon, in a special, limited edition vintage style tube. The colour is a gorgeous yet hard to describe pinky-orangey-red: very flattering and not as in your face as straight up red. Depending on what liner you use, you can encourage it to pull a variety of directions - personally I love to bring out its coral nature with an orange liner.

Taller than the modern black tube (but sharing the same gold interior), this edition has ribbed silver casing with a cute little 'R' on top, and 'Revlon' engraved at the middle. I believe it looks just like the original tubes Revlon lipsticks came in. So not only do you get a fab lipstick shade, you get a historically accurate accessory! (In case it's not clear, you get a brand new one - the pictured one is my own).

To Enter:

1. You must be following this blog.
2. You must leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite lipstick shade + brand.
3. To earn an extra entry, you can blog about this giveaway! Simply link me to your post in a seperate comment.

This giveaway will close on the 14th of November, and is open internationally.

Good luck all!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sale Time!

I'm clearing out my wardrobe again! Too much etsy shopping and too few hangers! So far I've listed a few vintage items and some modern pieces with a vintage-inspired feel.

All items can be found here on ebay.

A taste of what has been listed so far:

Austrian New Old Stock 50s Cat-Eye Glasses

Pink Boucle Weave 50s Pencil Skirt

Novelty Print Friends of Couture Snowflake Cardigan

50s-Style Full Skirted Red Satin Party Dress

50s-Style Bombshell Red Wiggle Dress with Black Lace

Cute Pink Floral Playsuit

60s Gold Lace Mini Dress

1940s Burgundy Halo Feathered Hat

I'll be looking for more gems in need of a new home over the coming days, so keep checking back!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Vienna Art and Design

Oh boy, it has been a while since I last blogged! That is mostly the fault of my clutzy self, as I dropped my camera and broke it good. However, I invested in a new one that is waterproof AND shockproof, so hopefully that won't happen again.

I spent a day out on the town recently eating too many sweets and checking out some exhibitions before they closed. First off, the boy and I went to a 'fill a bag with vintage for $20' sale - most of the offerings were pretty meh, but I did get a few cute things (all in need of repair) and he picked up a snazzy new suit jacket.

This is my new favourite eatery, La Belle Miette ("The Beautiful Crumb"). They sell all kinds of delicious and fatty macarons! Seriously, I have put on about 7kgs since I discovered this place. WORTH IT THOUGH.


What did I get? You'll just have to wait and see!

Outfit Details

Cape: Target
Dress: Target ($8 - bargain!)
Eye blindingly orange tights: Ebay
Shoes: Asos

This sculpture was made entirely of tape! You could climb inside it (see the shadow in my second photo?)

My friend and I then spent the afternoon at the NGV checking out the Vienna Art and Design exhibition (which was absolutely lovely). I'm a huge fan of Gustav Klimt, I could have sat in there all day just taking it in!

I recently saw a burlesque act based on the 'waterwall' out the front of the gallery - it involved the dancer loudly musing on art before turning on a shower of water that turned her dress see-through! I loved having international guests pay such quirky homage to my city.

These lights were part of a temporary cafe set up inside the exhibition - just beautiful!

You may notice I have a new haircut and glasses! My hair is very very short now - perfect for the abnormally hot weather we have been having lately. I had it cut longer at the front so I could still curl it for a more traditional look. And all for free! - the perks of having a friend who is an apprentice hairdresser searching for more practice!

I had so many people compliment me on my tights today! I guess in a city famous for wearing all black it can be refreshing to see a pop of strong colour. I actually bought them for a cosplay, which I'll be sure to post pictures/video of soon - I won best group! So proud.

Thanks everyone who stuck it out in this picture heavy post, I hope to blog more soon!