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Out With a Bang!

Well another year has ended, so quickly too! Where on earth did 2013 go? It just flashed past like that. Did you have a fabulous year, or are you glad to see the back of it? Whichever it was, here’s to a wonderful evening celebrating what’s past and looking forward to what is to come. I’ll be dancing into the night in this vintage 70s silver lurex polka-dotted backless maxidress – it’s the perfect party dress.

Happy New Year to you!


What I Actually Wore #0093

Serial #: 0093
Date: 12/09/2012
Weather: 22°
Time Allowed: 10 minutes

It is always wonderful when spring gives us a beautiful sunny morning, because it means at last the long coats can be put away. Only a short jacket is needed. I like this outfit for its graphic simplicity and bold colour. The red wool jacket I bought in a charity store for less than $10, although I did need to replace the buttons as one of the originals was missing. The red wool beret – also a charity store find – is a perfect match.

The patent and wooden heeled wedges are another old favourite – these were purchased on eBay before Aldo opened any stores in Melbourne. There is something I very much like about wooden heels – is it the considerable weight that adds gravitas, or the satisfying sound they make walking along? They are also a potential weapon in self-defense!


Jacket: vintage
Blouse: Veronika Maine
Skirt: Anthropologie
Hat: vintage
Necklace: souvenirs
hand made
Rings: (onyx) souvenir, (silver) Roun
Watch: Kenneth Cole
Shoes: Aldo


What I Actually Wore #0092

Serial #: 0092
Date: 04/09/2012
Weather: 24°C / 75°F
Time Allowed: 8 minutes

It is a beautiful spring day, all sunshine! And how easy is it to dress on such a morning, especially when one has planned the outfit the day before? My choice was made simple by the mere fact I had a new dress – and new clothes are meant to be worn immediately of course.

The vintage 80s polka dot dress came from Center Stage Vintage on Etsy, and the black cello straw lattice hat is vintage 50s, also purchased online on eBay. My jewellery includes a pair of black onyx bauble earrings and bangle. Black and white is always a classic combination, but I add a burst of spring-like colour with a pair of pink patent heels, and my vintage 70s hot pink silk coat to ward off the morning chill.

Amelia-Jane grins when she sees me, ‘Well, you’ve embraced spring, haven’t you?’ Who couldn’t be delighted with such a glorious start to the season?


Dress: Scarlett, vintage 80s, from Center Stage Vintage
Coat: vintage 70s
Hat: vintage 50s
Earrings: handmade
Bangle: souvenir
(onyx) souvenir, (silver) Roun
Watch: Kenneth Cole
Shoes: Wittner


What I Actually Wore #0090

Serial #: 0090
Date: 01/09/2012
Weather: 15°
Time Allowed: 10 minutes

It’s the first day of spring. I am meeting a friend for an afternoon movie treat, and all the sunshine pouring through my windows has deceived me into under-dressing: I forego stockings, and regret it later commuting home in the evening.

I don’t often wear prints, but in honour of the day I wear a cherry blossom patterned blouse, bought in Sydney in a pop-up sale a few years ago by a now-defunct Australian designer label. I team it with a golden velvet dot skirt, and a vintage tam in a matching hue – pink for spring blossoms, and gold for the glorious sunshine.

The icing on the cake is a fun collection of sugar-sweet Betty Jackson jewellery: a carousel pendant; a Cupid-style diamanté-studded heart shot through with an arrow that has matching earrings; and a twinkling skull and crossbones ring.


Top: Bracewell
Skirt: Maeve for Anthropologie
Jewellery: Betty Jackson
Watch: Lencer
Hat: vintage 


The Way We Wore

Ohhh, I had such fun putting this shoot together! Inspired by the 1970s photograph of my childhood self dressed in a pink pleated dress and red shoes, I decided to create a homage to it.

I already owned the vintage 1970s Knightsbridge dress. I had bought it in a St Vincent de Paul charity store in Queensland while on holiday a couple of years ago. I also had the perfect red suede T-bar heels (my favourite red shoes for a couple of years now) and a pair of cream lace knee socks. All I need was a white cardigan.

I found this lacy wool and angora cardigan a few weeks ago in another charity store for around $4–5 (I do love a bargain). I hadn’t taken the dress with me, so I simply had to keep my fingers crossed that it would work with the dress – and how perfectly does it fit under that concertina pleated shawl collar? The sterling silver earrings by Mimco are not vintage, but they do possess a certain 70s glam I think. 

Compositing the photos provided a different challenge. At the last minute I decided I wanted pictures of my parent’s home, and had to trawl through a decade’s worth of digital photographs hoping to come across something useful. Just as Babs’ lyrics suggest, it was both beautiful and painful to look at some of those old photos. I do love the pink/sepia wash I’ve given the backgrounds however. (I felt quite guilty retouching my dad out of the peach blossom photo, but less so covering myself up in the first picture.)

Happily there are still plenty of smiles to come, and I’m looking forward to wearing this outfit when the spring weather finally warms up. (To think I was nearly going to get rid of the dress!)

Light the corners of my mind
Misty watercolor memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were

Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me - Would we? Could we?

May be beautiful and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget

So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were

— Barbara Streisand

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