Monthly Archives: March 2012

Uni with Johnny and June

I swear the fashions at Sydney University are better than any fashion week. The people-watching is fierce! This makes dressing for uni a treat – I do love to join in the aesthetic feast being staged on and around campus.

My partners in crime for all of this are Jesse and Tim (of Like Johnny and June), who wear the most amazing/outrageous things to class. This afternoon, as per tradition, we met to gab about our latest sartorial crushes on campus and the like. Here’s a snap of us in our natural habitat:

Frock Anthropologie | Cardigan Dangerfield | Belt Dangerfield | 50s cherry necklace Love Vintage Fair 2012 | Hair flower Sportsgirl | Shoes Bloch

I know, they’re so statuesque! And dapper! I have campus crushes on my friends.

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Junktique: Sydney’s Quirkiest Vintage Accommodation

This afternoon, I took a pleasant post-uni stroll and wandered into “Junktique”, a vintage emporium of furniture, bric-à-brac and the like down Glebe Pt Road. I made plenty of wonderful (albeit expensive) discoveries in Junktique, but one was particularly revolutionary: a short lease rental apartment IN the emporium. Wild!

I’m not exactly in need of accommodation right now, but oh, how I wish I was. Not only is the apartment IN a vintage store (helloooo, ultimate dream), but it’s also entirely fitted out in vintage furniture and wonderful kitsch decor from the Junktique emporium. Here are some photos – try to remain calm.

The little area of Junktique that leads into The Glorious Vintage Apartment.

Bedroom #1: amazing dresser is amazing.

The living room: oh, the kitch-y pictures – they’re too much.

The kitchen: try not to freak out.

Bedroom #2: if only there were words enough to profess my love for that chair.

The bathroom: Stylish with a capital ‘S’.

All this can be yours for $1200/week, so about $170/night for four people – not bad, considering the exorbitant tariffs of Sydney hotels (AND you’ll be living in a vintage emporium). I don’t doubt that this is Sydney’s most eclectic accomodation.

If you’re a vintage traveller coming to Sydney, stay in Junktique’s vintage apartment! And then tell me about it – I want to live through you.

Until next time, happy travels – through cyberspace or otherwise.

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Oh la la, Instagram

Coucou !

Although I’ve been a little neglectful of my dear blog here as of late, all Ravishing Retro channels have not been dead. Perhaps some you know that I have quite a raging Instagram addiction, as of about a month or so ago. It’s a little dire to say the least; I feel so incredibly cliché. Nevertheless, it has allowed me to chronicle my sartorial choices far more regularly than I otherwise would have done. So voila, here is one week of uni classes (well, four days) through the eyes of my wardrobe and Instagram account:

1950s frock Camden Passage, London | Belt Review | 1940s cardigan The Attic, Vegas | Hair flower Circa Vintage

Second-hand frock Cambridge, UK | Cardigan Dangerfield | Belt Dangerfield | Brooch Gift | Hair flowers Sportsgirl

1950s frock Camden Passage, London | Belt Bettie Page | Cardigan Country Road | Scarf Cambridge, UK | 1950s necklace Camden Passage, London

1950s frock Retrostar, Melbourne | Cardigan Dangerfield | Belt Alannah Hill

For more slightly overexposed, yet still quite enjoyable photos like these, you can look me up as @ravishingretro. Hurrah!

In other news, I’ve finally moved house! This means I have all my glorious frocks back, so I daresay things will be a lot more lively around here. Once a proper internet connection is installed, hopefully I’ll be dropping by more frequently.

A bientôt !

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Melbourne

After a wildly exciting whirlwind trip to Melbourne with Jesse and Tim on the weekend, I have a barrage of photos to share with you. We went up for the Von Follies lingerie show (more on this later), but also had a delightful time wandering Brunswick St, and just generally being extravagant. To tide the time away until I manage to poach the photos from Tim, I’ll leave you with a little shot from my last visit to Melbourne.

Stay glamorous, friends!

1950s frock: Retrostar
Cardigan: thrifted
Pill box hat: Scally & Trombone

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Mardi Gras!

Ah, Mardi Gras: the most glittery and extravagant night in Sydney’s sartorial calendar. It may have rained last night, but a freaking thunderstorm would still have failed to deter all the glamorous partiers in their fake eyelashes and feathered headpieces that descended on the Sydney CBD.

As a pretty big fan of extravagant outfits (haven’t you noticed?), I have a soft spot for Mardi Gras. I’m also a pretty big fan of fantastic underclothes, so having an opportunity to wear them out sans frock on top is kind of a big deal. This was the thinking behind the costume I wore out to watch the parade:

Underwear as outerwear! I donned a crinoline over my What Katie Did cabaret corset that I’ve been dying to wear out, added a self-fashioned sequinned cape plus copious flowers, and voila! The effect was quite pleasant.

In addition to loving the sartorial side of Mardi Gras, I’m also obviously a pretty big fan of equality. For this reason, not only was the parade thoroughly entertaining, but it was also quite a beautiful show of solidarity. I love how Mardi Gras gives visibility to a whole heap of otherwise marginalised groups. The parade reminds us they exist in the most glittery, fantastic way. So much love!

Here I am with Gila: my +1 to the parade. We had a lovely, raucous time – and doesn’t she look dapper.


1950s petticoat The Attic, Las Vegas | Corset What Katie DidBustier Marlies Dekkers | Cape made by me | Necklace Mother’s | Hair flowers Sportsgirl | Shoes Clark’s

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Las Vegas: Elvis, Justin Bieber and other Wax Statues

I have just a couple more Vegas snaps for you before I settle back into chronicling my sartorial life in Sydney again. Despite having been back now for nearly two weeks, my blogging has been so scarce that I’m yet to run out of material. Consequently, this is sort of two outfit posts in one, with an eye on some lovely gentlemen I met in Sin City.

The first set of photos I have for you are artfully posed beside one of my favourite retro gentlemen: dear Elvis. Vegas seems to have a thing for Elvis, actually, which made the souvenir stores quite a bit more tempting than anticipated, and a walk down the strip endlessly exciting. This wax replica of young Elvis stood outside Madame Toussard’s which was, oddly, in my hotel. We had quite a moment:

Cardigan: Louche, London
1950s Puerto Rican skirt: The Attic, Vegas
Necklace: Mother’s
Hair flower: Sportsgirl

I’ve always been skeptical about Madame Toussard’s, but after years of cynicism, I finally made it in. How shamefully touristique! Anyway, enough about the museum, and more about Justin Bieber. Check this out:

I’m afraid I don’t have the outfit credentials for Justin, but I can tell you mine. I’m wearing a delightful Anthropologie frock I picked up when I visited Boston in January, paired with some very plane-appropriate plaits, inspired by Andi B Goode.

Dress: Anthropologie
Cape: SoWa Markets, Boston
Shoes: Bass Shoes
Belt: Review

And so ends the Vegas posts! I do have a guest post on Las Vegas for Aussie on the Road in the works, plus a sneaky trip to Melbourne with the famous lovers of Like Johnny and June to see Dita Von Teese next weekend, but apart from that all is quiet on the Sydney front. I’ll be back soon with updates on all of these things, plus news from the Old Hat picnic extravaganza. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend!

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