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!