For a rendezvous to Newtown last night, I themed my outfit around this exquisite 1930s brooch my friend Kath gave me as a birthday gift.
It’s a splendid pastel number with diamontes, and conveniently, matches a 1950s jewellery set I own with almost alarming precision.
So with these pastels in mind, I opted for a bit of yellow in my ensemble, donning this 1940s blouse I bought on Etsy. It’s made from an odd sort of tea towel-esque fabric, and I’m very fond of it. Usually I have terrible trouble buying blouses – I always get distracted by the racks of colourful tea frocks.
I tied this ribbon belt around my wait as a ribbon belt for the beige linen skirt. It originally belonged to this dress, but I suppose I’d forgotten about it until now. The colours seemed to match the jewellery set quite pleasantly.
And then there’s the bag! Oh, the bag! – it’s so wonderful. I bought it at the vintage fair I worked at in November, but I’d seen it before in a shop window on Enmore Rd. This pairing (the bag and I) was meant to be.
1940s blouse: Maybel 57
Linen skirt: Ark, Cambridge
Ribbon belt: from dress by Lazy Bones
1930s brooch: birthday gift (thank you Kath!)
1950s necklace: Camden Passage Markets, London
1950s sunglasses: Emporium, London
1950s/60s bag: “The Way We Wear” fair
It was a happy day when I discovered there was to be a musical about Doris Day. She’s my Grandma’s heroine of choice, and this love of Doris has naturally filtered through to me. I was sold on Doris from the opening number of “Calamity Jane” when I watched it a year ago – she’s so fierce.
Making up something of a Doris Day Fan Club, Grandma and I went along to “Doris Day: So Much More than the Girl Next Door” at the Lyric Theatre in the the newly refurbished “The Star”. It was terribly exciting. As expected, the crowd seemed to have a fairly high average age, and the merchandise was suitably old-fashioned – we bought Doris Day tea towels.
The show itself was fabulous. Melissa Schneider didn’t impersonate Doris Day, but rather sang her songs as a sort of tribute. She picked excellent Doris songs as well, though perhaps I’m biased because I love “Calamity Jane” with such a passion. I nearly died when she sang “I Just Blew in from the Windy City”; it was so great. Melissa interspersed all this with a commentary on Doris’ life, charting her four failed attempts at marriage, as well as her various artistic pursuits. Melissa was just so likeable, channeling Doris’ sunny disposition. Plus the costumes were divine – very neo-50s.
“Doris” has finished in Sydney now, but I believe it’s off to Brisbane next. Buy a ticket if you have the chance as it’s a fabulous show.
Grandma and I with the “Doris” tea towels.
1960s dress: Camden Passage in London
1930s bolero: Camden Passage in London
1950s necklace: Camden Passage Markets in London
1950s bag: Brisbane Antique Centre