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Glamorous Vintage Brunching

It seems my life has been nothing but brunches as of late: each brunch more extravagant than the last. Such is the life of an Arts student on vacation. On a scale of one to Marie Antoinette, the vintage brunching I did with my friend Laurel this week scored pretty high in the way of extravagance. When your date wears white gloves and stops to buy a punch bowl in a charity shop, one anticipates a most glamorous afternoon.

Before we ravaged the second-hand stores in Newtown, Laurel and I feasted at Silverbean café down Enmore Rd, where we enjoyed vintage Western décor, and a Vegetarian-friendly menu.

Laurel and her vegan breakfast

Me and my vegetarian breakfast feast – poached eggs!

We proceeded to dart in and out of the curious stores along Enmore Rd, picking up enough treasures that it soon became physically impossible to cart them about (there was an incident involving the punch set and the footpath). In Retro a-Go Go, we stopped for outfit shots amid the rummaging:

Laurel in her fabulous Egyptian novelty print 50s frock – sigh!

Me, REALLY getting into a brown colour palette

1960s dress Portland | 1940s cardigan The Attic, Las Vegas | Second-hand brooch Antiques Market, St John’s Church1940s necklace Camden Passage Markets, LondonHeels Macy’sHair flowers Sportsgirl

Glamorous indeed!

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Glitter Glitter Glitter

For so long, I’ve felt like something is missing in my life. I’ve frolicked in 50s frocks and gone to pilates classes, but all this to no avail. It wasn’t until I clicked “Add To Cart” on the Wittner website last week that I realised all this time I’ve been waiting for a pair of insane glitter heels to sashay into my life. Si simple!

I present to you, dear retro friends, the most fabulous pair of glitter heels you ever did see:

Vintage? Non. But fabulous? Absoluement! I have not a single place to wear them, but I’ll be having far more fantastical dreams now that these bad boys are propped up in my cupboard.

Stay tuned for The First Outing Of The Glitter Shoes. Much vintage love as always.

 

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More Vintage in Pyrmont

I took another illustrious sun-drenched stroll through Pyrmont today, stopping off for breakfast and eating muffins in the sun. It was all rather extravagant. This is what I wore:

1950s frock Camden Passage, London | 1940s cardigan The Attic, Las Vegas | 1950s brooch Gift | Belt Target | Heels Macy’s | 1950s bag The Way We Wear 2012

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Nuffnang’s Blogopolis 2012

I made it to Nuffnang’s Blogopolis, my first blogging conference, this month in a flurry of pin-curls and endless cups of Twinings tea. It was a curious kind of day, with almost 300 bloggers floating ’round (mixing with their own kind), and the wildest live Twitter feed I’ve ever seen.

There was a lot of mutual admiration going on. I loved all the blog people-spotting – Lady Melbourne, Danimezza, Hair Romance etc. etc. I met some pretty lover-ly people as well – the gloriously kooky Hayley of Fashion Hayley of whose blog I’ve always been fond, the very captivating Kayla of The F Tangent who I met outside the venue (she just exuded fashion blogger vibes), and the quite fabulous alternative fashion extraordinaire, The Fashionate Traveller. Here’s a snap of us together in the afternoon:

With Fashion HayleyThe F Tangent, The Fashionate Traveller

Amongst all of this, I actually managed to Learn Stuff. Sessions on SEO, media kits, branding and the like all left me feeling pretty inspired to overhaul Ravishing Retro when I have the time (and Photoshop skills). The afternoon sessions focussing on the Australian blogopshere were a tad vague and self-indulgent, but I took away an appreciation for the emergence of blogging as a pretty powerful and radical new media force. Indeed!

There was a lot to take in (information, food…), and as such I’m still synthesising a lot of what I learnt at Blogopolis, but I do feel like it was a wildly valuable experience. If the heavens align, I’d love to attend Fashionopolis next year, Nuffnang’s fashion blogging equivalent of Blogopolis – I daresay it’d be a lot more relevant to my blogging experience, and oh, just imagine the eye candy.

Most of all, it was just kind of fun to exist in the microcosm of the blogging world for a couple of hours. Every microcosm has its quirks and in-jokes (and sometimes its own hash tag), and it was fun seeing the physical manifestation of all this in a conference room. All the unreserved geeking out about social media was cathartic to say the least.

Many thanks to Nuffnang for hosting the blogging extravaganza that was Blogopolis 2012. I have enough new blog-y links to fill my Google Reader, and enough Twinings tea in my handbag to last me ’til at least October.

All photo credit to The Fashionate Traveller – thank you kindly!

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Vintage in Pyrmont

I went breakfasting at Savichees in Pyrmont this morning with my friend Jane, and post-Eggs Benedict, managed to coerce her into taking blog photos for me next to this bizarre relic of a pub, to which I was conveniently colour-coordinated. I’ve always walked by and had little photo fantasies of the place – it’s so gloriously derelict.

Feeling pretty content in the aftermath of Hollandaise sauce, we strolled through Pyrmont, which is kind of quaint on a sun-drenched Monday morning, and popped back home. I’ll be spending the afternoon packing for a vintage road trip extravaganza. I’m off to the country tomorrow with the likes of Jesse and Tim of Like Johnny and June, and two cars full of other fun extravagant friends. Blog posts to come, as always.

Cardigan Quick Brown FoxSkirt Naf Naf, Paris | Shoes Bloch | 1950s bag The Way We Wear Vintage Fair, 2011 | Hair flowers Sportsgirl | 1950s necklace Camden Passage, London

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