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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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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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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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