Monday, November 18, 2013

~ Inspiring a Vintage Journey ~

The lovely and inspiring Joanna from Dividing Vintage Moments is holding an amazing giveaway and is asking us all what inspires our vintage journey. So I am going to write a list of ten things that have helped me on my way to fabulous vintage frocks and fun.


1 | Cute Dresses

Yeah, this will be on everyone’s list I am sure, but honestly, isn’t it the universal reason for wanting to wear vintage is so that we can prance around in pretty dresses and feel so wonderfully feminine?

2 | Blogging

I remember the first blog I started following - The Clothes Horse. That was the beginning of the end, as they say. I studied Journalism, and in 2007 was introduced to blogging. I kept a blog since then, but it was more of a personal dairy. When I saw The Clothes Horse blog in 2010 I suddenly found a whole world of blogging I had no idea existed and from there it was step, by step, blog by blog, and I found myself in the world of vintage blogging via Dairy of a Vintage Girl.


3 | Books

Before the dresses, before the heels, before the blogging, there was… books. Lots and lots of books. Books were the first thing I collected, the first thing were I was all like “old school is way better than anything modern”, the first thing I thrifted, and the first thing that I nicked off my mum when I decided that I wanted all her old stuff.

4 | Antique Furniture

I love old furniture and it’s lured me in to the world of things that are finely crafted by artisans who cared about their work, creating pieces that would last longer than a lifetime.


5 | Sewing

Making my own clothes is like opening a whole new world of exciting possibilities; styles and cut ~ and ruffles, and bows and puff sleeves, oh my! Of course, it has to be a vintage, or vintage inspired pattern, modern patterns simply don’t cut it for me. ;D

6 | Old Stories

History means so much to me – stories and the tales of people’s lives. I really like studying the past, and of course, the writer in me is fascinated with the details.


7 | Treasure Hunting

Ok, so its not really treasure, but we all know the thrill of finding the perfect piece of vintage hiding under the pile of 70’s polyester, or buried under all the dust. There’s nothing like the adrenalin rush of that perfect find.

8 | Teacups and Teapots

Old vintage china is one of my favorite collectables, and I love sipping a steaming hot brew from a delicate teacup, accompanied by a good old fashioned morning tea of hot scones and cream.

Doris Crinoline

9 | Crinolines & Circle Skirts

Puffy petticoats and a twirl-y circle skirt? One word - love!

10 | Color Palettes

I love the muted tones, jewel shades and pastel color palettes of the older eras. Of course, color palettes recycle, just like styles come around, but in my mind, you just can’t beat the original inspiration.

And that is a part of my vintage journey, I hope you enjoyed my little list. What are your vintage inspirations? I’d love to know. (✿◠‿◠)



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Friday, November 15, 2013

~ Got A Ticket For The Long Way Home ~

Matching your accessories to the colors of your outfit creates a lovely color scheme | Lavnder & Twill

This Doris Petticoat is so poufy and soft | Lavender & Twill

A simple day dress can go from casual to glam with the addition of heels, gloves and the all important crinoline | Lavender & Twill

Waiting for my ride | Lavender & Twill 
This handy vintage case makes a great day trip carry-all | Lavender & Twill

If I look a little hot and flushed in these pictures ~ well, there’s a good reason for that. My camera was across the road from this delightful little bus stop, and I had to keep running back and forth to push the button for the continuous self-timer shots.

I have driven past this lovely canary yellow and turquoise shelter many times, and I always think that it would make the best photo shoot background. While I was right about that (I love how these photos turned out!), it also was not as quiet as I had expected. 

Isn’t it funny how, as soon as you pull out a camera and tripod in a public place, there are  pedestrians and cars magically appearing everywhere? I really had to steal my nerves to get the pictures; boy, did I feel silly. (o⌒.⌒o) But I prepared a back story ~ I was doing an art project if anyone was to ask. Blogging is an art right?

Nobody actually did ask, and for the most part, people were politely ignoring the crazy woman in pink floral heels and a poufy peach crinoline dashing eleventy-billon (read as 29) times across the road to pose in front of the camera. Well, there were two rather cheeky twenty-something guys staring as they drove past, but I suppose they had never seen a woman dressed up and covered up at the same time… :P

So what is your back story when you are taking selfies in public? Or don’t you bother with that and just cleverly hand out your blogging business card? (≧ ∀ ≦ )

I would if I had one, but I don’t ~ so back story it is.



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50’s Swirl Dress | Etsy
Crinoline | Doris Designs Adult 26" Petticoat in Peach
Shoes | Thrifted
50’s Dryer Case | Thrifted
Pink Day Gloves | Love Vintage Show ‘11

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