Thursday, 29 December 2011

Short but sweet

[Are you all Xmas-ed out? I'm a bit of a humbug this time of year, so there'll be no Xmas posts from me.]

What a productive day! As well as doing a whole lotta work today, I also managed to confirm our wedding date, our venue and accommodation (thankfully in the one spot), and our photographer.

Our photographer was a no-brainer... she's the sister of one of our best mates, and her work is amazing. Plus, she is super crafty... she made the handbag I'm sporting too! But do you think I could capture a photo with the bag entirely in view? Heck no!

P.S. I look grumpy because straight after these photos I had to start carting lucerne bales in from the paddock and into the hayshed before the rain hit. Four tough, sweaty, dirty hours in an old 1960s truck? I don't think so.

ballet flats - DeBonisOrquera 
vintage Omega watch - gift

Monday, 19 December 2011

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Once in a lifetime

One of the sad things about living in the 21st century but loving the mid-20th century is knowing that you'll never be able to experience some of the big things from the past that you love. Seeing the Beatles live in concert? Watching man's first step on the moon in '69? Seeing The Blob at the drive-ins in a chrome-covered car with your beau? Not gonna happen.

This is why I am so amazed at what I am about to tell you.

We are seeing The Platters AND The Drifters live in concert. THE PLATTERS AND THE DRIFTERS! Sure, they're all missing an original band member, but who cares? March 22nd, 2012 will never come around quick enough.

To get the chance to see the bands that sang "The Great Pretender", "My Prayer", "Only You" (The Platters), "Under the Boardwalk" and "Save the Last Dance" (The Drifters) is one of those mind blowing moments, for me at least, that takes a while to sink in.

So right now just excuse me as I jump around and dance to sweet early doo-wop tunes.

FYI - Melbournites can see The Platters and The Drifters on March 23rd at Crown

Monday, 12 December 2011

1970s Norman Hartnell

How amazing is this dress? Actually, I think it might be a dressing gown or house dress, but stuff it, I'll wear it out in public. It's too awesome to keep cooped up inside the house.

I don't believe I have ever received so many compliments on a garment before - I even had people stopping me on the street. Lots of people assumed it was from Japan, so there were some shocked faces when I said it was actually from Britain, designed by the Royal Dressmaker, Norman Hartnell.

Oh yeah, and I sacrificed buying Christmas presents to buy this sucker. Oops. That probably puts me on Santa's naughty list, right?

Norman Hartnell dress - Mill Markets, Geelong
Heels - ASOS 
Kanzashi (Japanese hair ornament) - theastarr

Friday, 9 December 2011

Paris et son Metro

I was feeling particularly girly the day I wore this outfit. Each item is something that I haven't really worn in a while, as I'm trying to 'shop my wardrobe' instead of buying new clothes. But I am buying new clothes too (come on, who could give that up?).

The scarf is my absolute favourite, and it was a gift from a workmate. She found it in an antique hall in country Victoria, and I'm so glad she thought of me when she spotted it. I love the pattern - the Parisian train network, complete with famous landmarks.

skirt - ASOS
petticoat - thrifted
cardigan - Friends of Couture
vintage scarf - a gift from a workmate
wedges - Review
sunglasses - Topshop

Monday, 5 December 2011

American Graffiti at the Drive-In

Ever since I saw American Graffiti for the first time, I have dreamt of watching the movie at the drive-ins, with my beau on a benchseat in a classic car. And what do you know, it actually happened!

Fuel Magazine organised a screening of the classic film last Saturday night. I drove J and myself up in the FC, and our friend C drove his Monaro. We were expecting some classic cars there, but we certainly weren't prepared for the 100+ classic cars and hotrods that turned up for the screening! We arrived just before the gates opened at 7pm, and the queue was already down the driveway, out onto the street and around the corner! The FC played nice for the most part - there was a short period where the brakes seized up and it was a real hassle driving into the joint with the brakes on constantly, but they freed up after a while once we parked.

We ended up all watching the movie inside the FC, and seeing as the old girl doesn't have a working radio, we had to bring a little portable CD player with batteries so we could tune into the audio! Obviously we weren't there to watch the movie, as it's our fave movie of all time... we were there for the atmosphere, and gosh, it didn't disappoint!

I only wish that the drive-in was closer to us (it's an hour and a half drive for us), and played more classic movies - I would just love to see The Blob on the big screen.

(below images from jimtz on flickr)

Coburg Drive-In

Coburg Drive-In

Coburg Drive-In

(below images from vanstrapp on flickr)

Fuel Magazine @ Coburg Drive-in

Fuel Magazine @ Coburg Drive-in