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Old Hat: the November Vintage Social

The second Old Hat event finally happened! We all gathered Friday night for our November social, and once again a splendid time was had by all.

We had the event at The Green Room Lounge down Enmore Rd, which is a rad 50s bar I’ve spoken of countless times on Ravishing Retro. Commandeering a little corner of the room decked out in mod sofas and coffee tables, we bonded for hours over a great deal of quality cocktails.

Here are some snaps from the evening:


Me, with the gorgeous ladies Jesse and Molly


Nick and Rachael: snuggling and looking glamorous


Bonding with my dear friend Kate, who you may remember from this post


Tim and Jesse (also known as Johnny and June)

And here is The Outfit, which you will recall I dated in my last post. It looked lovely all styled up.


“You can never have too much tartan” – Molly

1960s frock: Mint Condition
Second-hand belt: Zoo Emporium
1950s hat: Mint Condition
Shoes: Milu
Bakelite bangles: thrifted, and from Peppergreen Antiques

We’re planning a festive vintage picnic, so ready yourselves.

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Old Hat: The Inaugural G&T

The first soirée for Old Hat was thrown Thursday night with great aplomb! Fabulous frocks were everywhere to be seen, and cocktails were sipped enthusiastically for several hours. It was so nice to have young vintage-loving people gathered together in such a heavy concentration – I don’t think the contented smile left my face for the entirety of the night.

Though we made a brief detour, our location du jour was Hinky Dinks in Darlinghurst. It’s a fabulous retro venue, only recently opened and decorated in the style of a 50s diner. As you’ll see in the photos that follow, the decor is really quite amazing – I love the classic 50s fridge, the bar stools, the chequered lino floor, and the mint green-red colour scheme.

The drinks were also divine at Hinky Dinks. I had the Gin ‘n’ Jam cocktail which features gin, cranberry juice (I think, but my memory might fail me) and rose petals among other ingredients. Delish! I was particularly intrigued by the Hinky Fizz cocktail which was served in a little ice-cream tub complete with a tropical umbrella and a scoop of sorbet. Also delish! Seeing as the Old Hat mission statement claims absinthe as one of our core values, we also tried the Zombie, which was très strong, but absolutely smashing. Hinky Dinks has totally, utterly won me over.

I’ll treat you to the photos:

We made for quite a picturesque bunch sitting by the window in the little bar area at Hinky Dinks.

The Gin ‘n’ Jam and the Hinky Fizz.

The adorable Kath reading from a pin-up adorned drinks menu. Too cute!

I mean seriously, everything at Hinky Dinks is so adorable. They gave out little boxes of rosemary popcorn to everyone – I think we may have consumed more than was necessary.


It was especially lovely to meet Molly from Molly Made who came to Old Hat as a sort of group blind date (kudos). Her presence was such a treat. I think she may be the answer to my problem of sewing incompetency.


A moment of appreciation for Tim who was dressed like a respectable 1930s fellow, having just had his hair done at Sterling in this rather fetching do.


Plus some appreciation for Jesse who was dressed in a fab early 60s dress, and Nick who was channeling 1950s rockabilly man.


Here is the whole ensemble of Old Hat attendees. Note Coco in the divine red 50s frock, and Gila standing by in her fetching velvet blazer. Behind us you can see Hinky Dinks in all its glory – check it out! Seriously.

What I wore:


I had come from uni, so I was sporting a more casual ensemble – though I admit I did go thrifting after class to complete the outfit, lest I wear something substandard to Old Hat’s Inaugural G&T, of all occassions.

Blouse: thrifted
Skirt: Naf Naf (a French high street store)
Belt: thrifted
Stockings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Bloch
Necklace: vintage 50s, bought in Camden Passage in London
Hair flower: Sportsgirl

I can’t wait for the next Old Hat event to come.

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A Delicious Sunday

It was a delightfully lazy Sunday, with blueberry pie, board games and minty lemon lime cordial. Friends descended on my house for several hours of solid bonding, and ’twas an excellent afternoon. Though I tend to resent summer, today I couldn’t help but enjoy it in all its sunburn-inducing glory. With the pleasant breeze and summer-y smell in the air, it felt very Anne of Green Gables as we poured glasses of apple cider and spread jam onto freshly-baked scones.




I wore a 1950s dress that I bought from a beautiful store called “Ark” that I frequented when I was in Cambridge. It is très summer-y and pleasant to wear. The green is so vibrant that I’m almost camouflaged against the grass (artificial or otherwise).

Dress – vintage 1950s, purchased in Cambridge, UK
Necklace – vintage 1950s costume jewellery, purchased in Camden Passage, UK
Ballet Flats – Accessorize
Belt – Alannah Hill (current season)

And here are some photographs of the day:

The friends I had gathered at my house: Jesse, Tim, Bella, Rachael, Nick.

Mmmm, check it out: fairy bread, pear and raspberry cake, bluberry pie, quiche lorraine. Are you feeling terribly hungry? I’m not. I ate all of this today.


I have really adorable friends.

 Apart from eating, we also spent the day listening to records in honour of Jimi Hendrix’s death day. So as we frolicked, made cocktails, bonded with my pet rabbit and the like, we had the dulcet tones of Billy Holiday and co as our soundtrack.

 Check out the beautiful record player – authentic 1950s! I wish it were mine.

Tally-ho friends!

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Five Eliza, Sydney Fringe Festival

“Five Eliza” is the pop up bar in Sydney for the next fortnight as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, and it’s so sultry with its 1920s speakeasy aesthetic that I almost wish it were illegal for authenticity. Last night I sauntered into Five Eliza with some friends and was fiercely pleased by it all. It’s in Newtown, in an old ballroom belonging to Newtown School of the Arts. If you turn down the laneway beside Zanzibar, you’ll find it up a dirty little staircase illuminated by a red lamp (Roooxanne).

Enter the room, and if you can see clearly in the dim lighting, you’ll discover a room kitted out in extravagant armchairs, antique side tables and seductive lamps. The bar in the corner is staffed by volunteers, and the cocktails are divine. My favourite was “Salvatore’s Secret”, which was orange marmalade flavoured and served with two pieces of buttered toast. Other highlights were the “Pro-inhibition Juice” and kitsch bottles of Pipsqueak cider. ’twas all rather cheap as well, with cocktails only $10-15, the most expensive involving Absinthe (one such beverage was called “The Pantie Dropper”).

All the while, we were serenaded by the delightful Lily Dior, who was beautifully dressed and performed a repertoire of very mood-appropriate jazz songs. A table of particularly keen visitors to Five Eliza began to salsa dance and lindy hop rather extravagantly, to the amusement of the room. I have an inkling that they might have been into the Absinthe punch.

If you have an evening spare, eschew any other venue in favour of Five Eliza. You ought to experience it before Sydney Fringe Festival ends on October 2.

Dress – Basque, Myer (circa 2009)
Cardigan – Alannah Hill, current season
Belt – Alannah Hill, current season
Stockings – “Leg Avenue”
Shoes – “Office”, purchase in Cambridge, UK
Necklace – vintage 50s costume jewellery, purchased in Camden Passage, UK

And here are some photos from inside Five Eliza, converted into sepia because fake old-fashioned photographs are better than no old-fashioned photographs.


In addition to this, I have some photos from the morning. I suppose my point in posting these is to show off my new fringe technique (my victory rolls weren’t flawless, but seriously friends, check out that perfectly coiffed fringe), and my stockings. The stockings came into my life on Monday in a pre-swing dancing shopping expedition. Deceptively, the stockings are in fact fishnets, making them a comfortable version of seam stockings for the warmer seasons. They’re made by Leg Avenue, and though I bought them at Retrospec’d in Newtown, I daresay you could order online somewhere. I heartily recommend them!


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