Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mine, mine, all mine!

Well, here we are. A look in my wardrobe and beyond. You've asked, I've delivered. Finally.
Colour-coded wardrobe. Yes, seriously. There's not much in there that was made after the mid 1970s. 
I have a signature fragrance, until it runs out, then I move onto another one.  My current choice, and the perfume I wore to my wedding, Tom Ford's White Patchouli (What about that bottle!  Hello 1970!). Behind that, its most recent predecessor, Aqua Di Parma Iris Nobile. And behind them both: a nearly empty bottle of Madame Rochas.

No, Converse do not need a shoe box, but the others do! I keep the boxes and use the photos for a few reasons: They are well protected and therefore last longer and look better, they  store neatly, and they are easy to find. Nerd!

Old meets new: a double-breasted tuxedo jacket from Zara and a vintage cotton lace and duchess satin frock.

Some of my jewellery. I make it. I buy it. I collect it. I covet it. Ugh. It's taking over.

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Chanel, darling

I found this video from Chanel SS2012 over at Russh, and I just love it! Go on, watch it, you're gonna love it too.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Meet the Mrs!

So, I got married on May 5. Oh my God, who'da thought it!?  We had a fabulous day and night and it all came together just beautifully in a short amount of time. My dress was made in less than two weeks, by the fabulous Sharon Symons at Studio White. It was my own design and I found the perfect pale pink cotton guipure lace at Tessuti in Melbourne. I wore vintage '60s heels which I bought in the early 2000s from either the Bondi Market or the Surry Hills market in Sydney. They were perfect for the late-'60s style dress.  Tony designed my ring and it was made at Joyce Jewellers (how lovely is the Art Deco label inside their ring boxes?) and I had Tony's ring made in Varanasi  (I dipped it in the Ganga for a special Indian blessing). 
Tony (that'd be him picking me up in the photos below at our reception) is the most incredible man and needless to say I'm the luckiest girl in the world. 

I bought my bouquet 10 minutes before my
hair appointment. The fragrant roses were
perfect. Simple, classic, elegant and
 a little bit old-school - just what
we wanted for our wedding.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Now, here's a new piece that's been getting a bit of a workout on my neck. I buy these vintage flat-ish discs whenever I see them. They appeared to have had a bit of a moment in the '70s and '80s, and once undone, and re-imagined by moi, they appear entirely modern.
 Red and white is an eternally chic combination.  The flat discs are complemented by an unexpected hit of sea green wooden beads.
If you can see yourself sporting such a piece around your neck (I've test driven it; it works), shoot me an email here, message me on Facebook, or leave a comment below.

Another disc-oh! necklace in the process of being made. I love the subtle difference between the black discs and the navy (look closely).
I'm a sucker for those old wooden duffle coat toggles; and, as always, the single yellow wooden cube is an unexpected point of difference.  It's not quite finished, but I can see some pale turquoise blue in there somewhere.  

Friday, May 18, 2012

Woollongabba gabba hey!

Mid-century modern retailers are the order of the day at Woollongabba. The city-fringe suburb is also home to the 'Gabba and the Brisbane Lions, but we went for the antique shops. The Woollongabba Antique Centre is the pick of the retailers, with a large array of shopkeepers with consignment spaces. Among the best on show were Danish sideboards,vintage lighting, kitsch naked lady art prints, '50s and '60s glassware, a lovely smattering of industria and plenty of vintage frocks, hats, bags and accessories. The fashion was steep, with most dresses in the $100-$200 bracket. Amazingly, I grabbed a great '70s jade polyester disco-stylised kaftan with silver glittery ric-rac detail for a mere $29.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dudley do good

Annerley is only a few kms from Brisbane CBD and the main street has a lovely little smattering of antique shops and op shops.
But the highlight is Dudley St Espresso & Collectables, which not only has a beautifully curated selection of industria, art and mid-century vintage pieces, it also has great food and coffee.
Admittedly, it was a little like walking into my own home (the proprietors have great taste, obviously!), and while I could have quite happily bought half the shop, we only walked out with a lovely industrial clock. It needs a little love and attention, but, fingers crossed, it will be back to working order soon.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Three to get ready

Tommy Ton's site Jak & Jil has had a bit of a revamp. While his website has changed, he still takes great street style snaps. Some of my favourites, including Australian-born Paris-based fashion stylist and all-round fashionista Catherine Baba (top) and Belgian stylist Natalie Joos.