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Vintage Fangirling Rural Australia

I’m back in Australia, but away again – this time visiting Grandma and co. in the country for family Christmas. I’m entirely a city girl, but I’m willing to sacrifice reliable wifi for country antiquing and family time every now and then. The country always sends me into reveries, what with the stuck-in-the-50s vibes of some little towns. Rural Australia is peculiar and adorable.

I’m on the North Coast of NSW, where the nearest “town centre” is a sleepy strip of shops in Macksville. It’s totally daggy, but there is much old-fashioned charm. The Bridge Café, the milk bar by the river, always brings out the vintage fangirl in me. It’s all original and fabulous and oh-so-kitsch. Still the same fifties diner fit-out, still the same classic menu (vanilla malt milkshakes, devonshire tea). Mother remembers it all the way back to the 60s. That is many, many decades of milkshakes.

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After consuming several litres of dairy, I went into the Macksville antique store, which is probably one of my favourite antique stores ever. In the country vintage isn’t so expensive, and there are all sorts of fun treats: little record players, boxes of old newspaper clippings… It being the country means there are wonderful/strange things to find too: vintage ear muffs. Such delights!

I’m trying desperately to deal with the heat, and so it is that I swanned around in this era-indeterminate cotton square dance frock for the afternoon. I even managed to keep my lipstick from melting for a few hours. Small victories.

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More to come on my rural immersion. So many nautical frocks, so little time.

Michelle

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The Festive Outfits Never End

I can’t seem to shake the festive season from my mind. I’m still dressing almost exclusively in red and green, so much so that it’s actually becoming a problem. Nevertheless, today I took my festive wardrobe out for a frolic on the hillside, across a stretch of green that is tentatively perched just above the ocean in all its terrible vastness. As I frolicked, Father took some pretty photos for me on his newly acquired camera:

1950s frock: Flashbax
Belt: Zoo Emporium, Surry Hills
Shoes: Bloch

If I look a little tired, it’s because I stayed up ’til past midnight, sewing the hem on this gingham frock. I admit I’ve never sewn a hem before, so I’m a little overcome with pride – small, small steps to sewing greatness.

Headband: Sportsgirl
Snood: Arthelia’s Attic
Necklace: thrifted

It was my intention to wear this as my Christmas headpiece, but alas, it did not match my green frock so well. Nevertheless, I believe it functions just as well now as it would have then. I have such a weakness for plastic cherries.


It’s all rather pretty here by the ocean, so I daresay I’ll be back again soon with more extravagant photo shoots.

Until then, pip pip!

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Christmas: Red and Green

If you thought I’d already exhausted my supply of red and green accessories, you would be wrong. Very wrong indeed! I managed to pull together yet another festive outfit for Christmas day – and by “pull together”, I mean that I planned it a week and a half ago.

I wore this green 1950s (possibly early 1960s) frock that I bought from Grandma Takes a Trip, and made it Christmas-appropriate by belting it to add some red, and then piling as many festive accoutrements as I could find on my head. The effect was quite pleasant:


1950s dress: Grandma Takes a Trip, Surry Hills
Necklace:
from an antique store in Guernsey
Belt: belongs to a 1950s dress, bought from Pop Fizz Vintage
Shoes: Bloch

Though I originally had other plans for my Christmas hair accessories, I ended up donning this white floral piece, and then adding to it with some red hair flowers, and some tinsel decorations I stole from a Christmas hamper (I’m nothing if not inventive).

1950s headpiece: Mint Condition, Rozelle
Hair flowers: Sportsgirl

Christmas celebrations were wonderful, as per tradition. Grandma, with the help of various relatives, cooked up a magnificent feast that left us as stuffed as the turkey. We spent the afternoon and evening that followed slumped on various couches – eating so voraciously really takes it out of you (#firstworldproblems).





The weather was perfect, and eating Christmas lunch with a view out over the ocean was most idyllic. ’twas a lovely, lovely Christmas.

A few more days of holiday season family bonding still remain while we’re all up here at Scotts Head together. Nevertheless, there is still a parade of outfits yet to be rolled out, including the Heyday Fleur dress that Santa brought me today.

Until next time, Joyeux Nöel, mes amis.

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Christmas Eve

Bonsoir, friends. ’tis Christmas Eve, and before I run along to gobble some Christmas chocolates and drink red wine before bed, I thought I’d send out some Christmas cheer to the blogosphere. While I’m at it, I’ll show you my Christmas Eve outfit.

I wore this rather festive red and green frock tonight, which befitted the occasion quite wonderfully:


Frock:
Sarah Jayne, also worn here
Crossover: Blooms, stolen from Mother
Hair flower: Sportsgirl

Merry Christmas and such!

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Fantasy Christmas Headpieces

I’m still looking for my Christmas outfit, and even though I know it’s now too late to order online, I can still dream. I have been in dire need (yes, dire need) of a quirky Christmas hair accessory or headpiece to top off whatever frock I end up pulling on.

This holly hair clip from Etsy would be perfect:

Holly Hair Clip, Sugar and Hatter

And I think I could manage this Christmas Pudding hat, also from Etsy:

Christmas Pudding Hat, Bee Smith Accessories

I’m also a little bit in love with the idea of a knitted fruit mince pie headpiece. I found this one by Now, Voyager a month or two ago, and have nearly snapped and bought it a few times. It’s just so adorable:

Knitted Mince Pie Clip, Now, Voyager

The headpiece I did buy hails from Sportsgirl of all places. Inspired by Miss Tallulah Porkchop, I dropped by and found it in the sales corner for $10, prompting me to nearly buy three so as to save them from ruin. Here’s Miss Tallulah wearing it in November:

Cherries in the Field, Sportsgirl

Ideally, one of these headwear options would be paired with this amazing frock by Bernie Dexter that I’ve been stalking on ModCloth for awhile:

Graceful Greenery Dress, Bernie Dexter

The hunt for a Christmas dress is still on – I’ll keep you posted. I hope all the red and green frocks haven’t already been snapped up in the Sydney vintage stores.

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Fantasy Christmas Wish List

This post is my subtle hint to any friends, family members or rich strangers seeking to buy me gifts this Christmas. If that fails, consider this my little fantasy Christmas present haul (disclaimer: true meaning of Christmas etc etc). This year I’m lusting after:

1. The Fleur Dress by HeyDay

This has been on my wish list for so long, but thankfully it doesn’t seem likely that it’ll go out of stock anytime soon, what with its thousand or so reincarnations in a myriad of different fabrics. My favourite is the black Fleur dress with the daisies – I can see it slipping seamlessly into my life for day and evening-wear. And it’s so preeetty! It’s on sale for sixty pounds right now, which is still extravagant, but less so than before.

2. Snoods from Arthelia’s Attic

I’m so in love with the navy blue snood I ordered from Arthelia’s Attic on Etsy, that I now have an overwhelming urge to order it in all possible colours. My navy snood has converted me  – it’s so convenient and instantly glamorous. Thanks to my snood, I haven’t really had to think about the back of my hair in awhile. The gorgeous store Arthelia’s Attic sells them for about $20 each.

3. A new petticoat

Poor Michelle, with not enough petticoats to fill her wardrobe. It’s frivolous but true that I am in dire need of some new flouncy petticoats in my life. My original crinoline has deflated a little with time and is sadly a little short, so I require a suitably poofy knee-length petticoat, preferably nylon chiffon. Unfortunately they retail online for ridiculous amounts. Perhaps in time!

4. What Katie Did Seam Stockings

Seam stockings are the staple of my life. Buying a new batch is always inevitable, so a pile of fresh What Katie Did stockings would make me very, very content. Basic black and tan are the way to go, plus throw in a few pairs of contrast black seamed for good measure. If you browse the website, you’ll find there’s a fab deal wherein you can buy three pairs for ten pounds which is pretty great.

5. A Jumper or Pinafore

I’ve been lusting after pinafores for awhile now. I think it’s the versatility that thrills me so – I can imagine wearing jumpers or pinafores with every blouse I own in quick succession, with nobody suspecting a thing. There are a couple I’ve set my sights on, but seeing as they cost actual money (I know, I know) they are evading me right now.

$89 from Bettie Page Clothing 

$129 from Jitterbuggin on Etsy

6. A collar from Molly Made

My friend Molly makes these delightful peter pan collars and sells them on Etsy, and I’m utterly entranced. Seriously, they’re so adorable, and I can imagine them jazzing up outfits to no end.

Well even if you’re not feverishly rushing off to order these things for me (which I don’t exactly expect you are), consider this my “gift guide” of sorts for your vintage-loving friends and acquaintances. I hope your Christmas shopping is going tremendously well, and that you are putting the finishing touches on your extravagant travel plans for the summer.

If you’ve posted your Christmas wish list, link me! I love reading them.

Disclaimer: I am an “affiliate” of What Katie Did, but their hosiery is so smashing that they would almost certainly still feature on my wish list even if this was not the case at all.

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