November 25, 2013 § 4 Comments
Appearing in the October 1931 issue of National Geographic, “The Land of Sawdust and Spangles—A World in Miniature” explores the whimsical world of the traveling circus. The circus, Francis Beverly Kelley writes, is “a complete world in miniature, exhibiting its geographical wonders within the confines of a vacant lot, loading itself upon its own railroad caravan, and building a new home in a new town every day.” Chronicling this “nomadic melting pot,” Kelley gives readers a vivid look into the life of circus performers, both human and animal.
- National Geographic
These amazing images just make me want to run away to the circus to dance with horses and wear show girl costumes all day long…
November 23, 2013 § 1 Comment
I’m in an instant love affair with these newly acquired boudoir darlins, gifted to me for my birthday by a lovely friend. I’d been looking for the perfect antique celluloid hair brush, and this beauty takes the cake. The little white hankies are 1920′s with lovely interesting lace and the shoe horn has the most amazing personalized design, I will think of ‘Renie’ every time I slip on my heels.
In growing my bob out I have no idea what I’m doing with my hair at the moment (it’s in the midst of it’s awkward in-between stage) but this side part, wavey thing I’ve been doing is kind of working for me, and also made me want to lay the gold jewelry on heavy and go for a real 1980′s-Caxton St-Mum vibe. The whole look just made me want to drink mimosas and listen to this song. Those from Brisbane will catch my drift.
Any hair suggestions to ease these growing pains would be much appreciated!
November 20, 2013 § 6 Comments
Hauntingly beautiful stills from Bertrand Bonello’s film House of Tolerance, set in a 1900′s brothel. One of my most favourite films, I revisited it today and remembered how striking and evocative the imagery and costumes are.
I recommend slipping into your best silk nightgown with a glass of champagne and watching this. Will definitely relieve any mid week slump.
November 19, 2013 § 3 Comments
1920′s Dress – Circa Vintage
1940′s Shoes – Gift from friend
Socks – Kinki Gerlinki
Sunglasses – Shag
1980′s Oroton Bag- My Mother’s
Today I’m at a bit of a loss, ignoring my to-do list and wandering about a bit unsure. I’m feeling a little held back by certain things and wishing I could just jump on a plane outta this city. I am again looking for other avenues of work as I can no longer suffice in my current situation, no matter how much I enjoy it. I want to focus on vintage, but finding employment within it in Melbourne seems near impossible lately, and I know I’ll never be happy until I’m working for myself- which means I need something outside of vintage to fund my self-employment. It’s a double edged sword.
So I am making myself completely available and open to any suggestions, collaborations and projects. Realising that this is the beginning of a self-indulgent quarter life crisis, I need to throw myself into action again. I miss making things, writing, drawing and all the creative things that used to rule my days before I moved to Melbourne. I’ve been on a do-what-you-can-to-get-by diet the last 3 years and it’s time to stop and get back to what makes me happy.
Ugh, enough with the rant- onwards and upwards!
November 15, 2013 § 9 Comments
1930′s velvet hat and hat-pin , 1920′s hand made lace collar and vintage peacock beaded velvet belt – All gifts from Jesse
1940′s dress – Ebay
Shoes – Seychelles from The Loved One
Yesterday I turned a year older (and none the wiser), and subsequently was spoilt rotten. I had a great day, albeit a bit lazy (a bottle of Tanqueray the night before will do that), and received so much love from everyone. A home-made dinner of borscht and a night out seeing friends bands play was the cherry on my proverbial birthday sundae.
Jesse hit the nail on the head this year with some real beauties, including my absolute favourite scent (and a second surprisingly good scent of the celebrity kind). What a darlin’!
November 12, 2013 § 6 Comments
I’ve been flaunting this 1970′s stunner of a mermaid dress around town as of late, as many of you would have already seen on my instagram, but I thought it deserved a blog post of it’s own. A departure from my norm, but it definitely has a strong 20′s vibe to it- and I love it’s large sleeves, high neck and amazing shell print. I’m taking this sea goddess/siren vibe all the way and am in the long and slow process of growing out my bob in the name of mermaid locks. I have a long way to go, and I am so so tempted to snip it all back again but don’t let me be persuaded!
October 31, 2013 § 2 Comments
Happy Halloween! This year I’m channeling Winona Ryder (again…this seems like it may forever now be my shtick), and going with the sexually repressed, deeply religious Charlotte from one of my all-time favourite Ryder films, Mermaids. Cher in a huge beehive, seriously cute itty baby Christina Ricci and Winona in every single outfit she wears…a total winner. Plus this song/film clip…
Hope everyone is having a spooky holiday,