Halloween 2014

This year for Halloween I wanted to wear something fantastic and considering I’m currently a redheaded girl I put together a list of options of who I could go as without wearing a wig.

The top contenders were;
– Daphne from Scooby Doo
– Jane from The Jetsons
– Princess Fiona (pre Ogre) from Shrek
– Black Widow from The Avengers

but in the end someone suggested Jessica Rabbit and I couldn’t get it off my mind.

Here are some of the pictures from the night!

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Also, this is my boyfriend D’Arby as the Eleventh Doctor ūüôā

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The Extremely Belated Great Gatsby Post

Okay. ¬†I’ll start off with an apology. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been updating here much – because I’ve actually got quite a few things I want to write about. I’m yet to blog about my 21st present that I bought, new items in my wardrobe and the fact that I’ve started a sewing course – but one the one thing I’ve totally neglected was an Old Hat gathering where we all went to see The Great Gatsby at The Ritz Cinema in Randwick back in May.

“Old Hat? Bella, you’ve truly lost the plot now. How can hats (especially old ones!) host a get together?!” you say.
Well, person-reading-this-blog, Old Hat is a group of people who gather every now and then and either just catch up (whilst looking fabulous) or attend events together (like The Great Gatsby) – all while looking like they’ve stepped out of another era. It’s not specific to a certain decade – although there is a definite 50s vibe in the air – you can wear anything you like!

Jesse and Tim from Like Johnny and June told me about the get together months before the event so I had plenty of time to find an outfit. I don’t know about your opinion, but for me the 1920s was only good for it’s architecture, accessories and dancing. Really short hairstyles stuck to your head and drop waisted dresses? I couldn’t think of anything worse. I don’t think I own anything that doesn’t come in at my waist (or if I do, it’s a 1960s shift and it’s fitted so you can still see my curvezz).

The trouble about dressing up for a 1920s party is that you can’t really wear something authentic. It’s either in excellent (and wearable) condition but costs in the $1000s OR it’s under $200 but it’s a see through slip. You’re then given the option of going to a fancy dress place and buying a $30 cheapo flapper dress that people wear to Hen’s Nights but after seeing previous outfits from the attendees of Old Hat gatherings, I knew a sequinned costume hire dress wasn’t going to cut it.

I went to Birkinghead Point with Jesse and we went into Alannah Hill – the place where I had my eye on a certain 1920s looking dress. I just needed Jesse’s opinion and approval. It is called the “Speak To My Heart Frock” in Charcoal. Originally the price was $429, down to $329, $149 and finally to $129. There was a further 20% off reduced items which means I actually bought it for $103.20! [Cue audience gasp here]

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I also bought a white hair piece from Alannah Hill called “Gently Floating Clip” in White. Original price was $29, down to $19 with the further 20% off and it was all mine for $15.20.

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Now, as for shoes I already owned a 1920/30s looking pair from a few years ago from Wittner. They did a vintage inspired range and I just HAD to buy a pair. They’re a bit banged up now and I actually need to get them re-heeled but they did the trick for the Great Gatsby night.

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Now, here’s the final outfit all together!

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I wore a fur shawl that night because it was FREEZING and all my other jackets were way too 50s and were waisted. But, you know, beauty is pain sometimes and I rather be as authentic as possible than be warm.

Here is a hilariously rushed photo of Tim, Jesse and I taken in the last 15 seconds before they had to leave.

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and here are all the photos taken by Tim and Jesse that I have shamelessly taken straight from their blogpost about the night. You can check out their view on the night by clicking riiiiight here. In fact, please do check out their blog because they are the most friendliest and fashionable couple I’ve ever met in my entire life. Ever.

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Top: Jade, Harvey
Bottom: Katie, Regan, Jesse, Tim, Me, Sash, Eloise.

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Anywho! I had an excellent night and we went to an EXCELLENT cake cafe afterwards where you buy your piece of cake by the kilogram!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS I didn’t like the film. I liked the costumes, set and makeup… but I hated the music choices, felt Lana Del Ray’s song was played waaaay too many times and if Leonardo Di Caprio said “Old Sport” one more time I was actually going to punch the movie screen.

I promise I’ll write about more things ASAP!

My “POP CULTURE” 21st

Since the dawning of time (and since I realised costume parties were my calling in life) I’ve been contemplating a great enough theme to have at my 21st. I’ve had/attended some great themes already; Harry Potter, Emo, Doppleganger, The Last Day on Earth, Circus, 80s, Black & White, Tarantino .

In all honesty, I just wanted a theme that was better than my family’s previous parties. Mel had a Bling Party where you wore a nice dress and covered yourself in jewellery whereas Kylie did a 21 Countries theme. On her invite there were 21 different countries and you had to choose one to dress as. I went as an Afrian Slave bought by the Romans and forced into being a Gladiator. I had to tell this back story to most all¬†of the guests but I wanted to be historically accurate. Mum had a Casino themed 50th with actual Casino tables and people tending them while Dad held a crazy hat theme at Tharen’s in King Cross.

I wanted something that allowed me to go as something fun, easy to dance in but that was relatively sexy but not skanky. That was the criteria.

As you know, back in January I bought two Wheels and Dollbaby dresses – The Classic Corset Dress in Leopard & Black Satin Suppa Club Dress. I went in only to buy the plain black one, but after trying on the leopard print one I fell in love with it. The price tag wasn’t as lovely so I needed an excuse to buy it. “I’ll just wear it as my 21st dress! I can go as Amy Winehouse!”. Boom. Sold. Amy Winehouse it was. It was a sexy dress, I could dance in it and it would be ironic if I was drunk because I’d actually be channelling Amy. “Rehab” would be played and everyone would circle me and all have a laugh.

4 months later I decided the theme is “Iconic Celebrities/Characters” and I told a few close friends my Amy idea. Errbody loved it and I started researching wigs (because let’s be honest, the wig was going to make or break that costume). One day I was telling another friend about my costume and who my other friends were thinking of going as. Now, here’s where I start feeling guilty as I type this… I told my bestfriend Jo that my friend Kasia was going as Katy Perry. Jo then goes “But you love Katy Perry! Why wouldn’t you go as Katy?! Don’t you want to be her?!” and at first I replied “Nah nah it’s all good. Seriously the Winehouse costume will be awesome.” Then, for the whole day at work I was thinking about all the endless costume ideas and possibilities if I was going to be Katy Perry and it was as if I lost all interest in Wino. That night I was googling like a mofo pictures of Katy online where she looked perfect, glam and just generally what I would choose to look like if I was allowed to magically remodel my face. If I typed in Amy Winehouse there was a ratio of 1 nice looking photo to every 40 of her looking trashy and in a gutter somewhere.

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Yeah.. I think a combination of all that googling/the Katy Perry Teenage Dream album playing in the background made me love her even more than I already did. However, finding a costume was going to be my biggest issue. It was possible to buy “candy” looking ones on the internet from party shops but I just felt like i’d look like I was 5 at my 21st. I didn’t want to go as Katy with her long black hair or when she wore a light pink wig because I was afraid either no one one know who I was or that people would think I was Nicki Minaj (yuck). Whilst google imaging, I saw Katy in her 100 different cute latex dresses and I thought to myself – that’s perfect! No other celeb is known for these dresses and it’s a combination of cute, sexy and iconic!

Boy, was I delusion to think it would be that easy! I quickly found out that there really aren’t that many cute latex dresses in the universe. Latex is generally used and worn by the fetish community meaning when I typed in “latex dress” all I saw were really sexy women in tight revealing black or red dresses that don’t cover their asses or there was beautiful Katy posing in a pastel Gumball print dress smiling. Opposite universes I tell ya. I tried EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF SEARCH. cute+latex+dress, pretty+latex+dress, pink+latex, katy+perry+latex+dress+buy, katy+perry+latex+costume, candy+latex+skirt, pastel+latex.

If I did find a latex dress that was “cute”, it just.. wasn’t Katy Perry enough to spend $300+ on. Like, I found this website called Pandora Deluxe but it just wasn’t good enough. Here were a few options I was contemplating.

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I liked the aqua & pink dress, but I felt like it needed a picture of a cupcake or lollypop on it to make it Katy Perry rather than pastel latex. Same dealio with the light blue hatler top & pink skirt. The most KP of them all was the “Bang!” dress.. but then again Katy is KNOWN for sugar, candy and rainbows and not necessarily¬†onomatopoeia.¬†

I did find a dress on Etsy by a shop owner called Abigail Greydanus. I could choose whatever colours I wanted and they had a cute doughnut design on it. But at $395, I would have to *love* it before I bought it.

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I thought I’d send her a message asking her 100 questions about the dress before I bought it. I told her that I was contemplating going as Katy to my 21st and I needed to know shipping costs/expected shipping time, would my body type look okay in latex? how long would it take to make? etc etc.. and that if it was going to be too hard, I had a cool Winehouse outfit anyway.

She replied in no time and I was rolling around on the floor with sheer excitement when I read one of the sentences in the first paragraph.
”¬†I’ve actually worked on Katy’s appliqued latex dresses so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the genuine article with this dress ūüôā “

EXCUSE ME. WHAT.
“If you have any other item you’d like to get appliqued onto a dress instead of donuts feel free to let me know what it is and I can send you the pricing information”.¬†
I sent her a photo of two of my favourite Katy latex dresses
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and she replied with
“Not a problem, I could do either of those design styles for you (I have the same applique patterns on hand and everything).”

I pretty much died straight on the spot right then and there. From that second, I had no interest what so ever about Amy Winehouse. All I wanted was to be a California Gurl, wear a blue wig and prance around with cupcakes.

My FAVOURITE one is the aqua with pink palm trees she wore during a performance once.KatyPalmTree
However, I just felt like it wasn’t “iconic” Katy enough.¬†I chose this baby blue dress with fairy floss (or icecream!) in the end because it’s on her Sims expansion pack cover which I quite frequently play.
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The diet began on the 4th of April when I paid for the dress. I had exactly one month to lose any type of “comfortable relationship” fat I had on my body. ¬†All the ladies who have had a boyfriend for 1 year & a half + know what I’m talking about. It’s when you’re not “overweight” but you’ve definitely put on a bit of weight since you were single and ready to mingle. I’m happy to report that whenever I did break my “healthy” diet regime that I gave $2 to whoever was eating with me as a punishment for giving in. I only had a McDonalds cheeseburger twice during this diet and that was because I was having huuuuuge mood swings at work because I wasn’t getting my junk food fix. Kinda like that Snickers AD but with McDonalds cheeseburgers.I did the Cardio Twister workout for half an hour roughly like 5 times in the last two weeks before the party. I advanced to the Rip & Ride workout pretty quickly.cardiotwister-cardiotwist
and I did try the Cabbage Soup Diet in the last week. It’s kinda a diet where you lose up to 5kg in 1 week (lol) because you eat limited food and they’re all vegetable type things. Long story short, I learnt how to cook soup from DivasCanCook on youtube and it actually was delicious but I need variety in my food. I couldn’t do it for 7 days – I lasted 3 and a half, then bought Lasanga.On the day of my party, Lauren from MAC Castle Towers did my makeup absolutely perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! Here’s a gorgeous photo of my eyes alongside my not so pretty slick back hair.Eye Makeup

aaaanyways, in the end I decided that instead of Iconic Celebrities/Characters that I’d make it Pop Culture instead. It had more of a ring to it and I remembered it from my friend Natasha’s 18th a few years ago. Here are a few of my favourite photos of the night;

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SPECIAL MENTIONS:
Superman, ¬†Olive Oil & Popeye, Finn & Jake from Adventure Time, Fry from Futurama, Lady Gaga, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys, Wally, LMFAO, Morticia Addams… and especially to Jenna Pres who was “The Morning After”. Here she is with Cam as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Jenna had the messy hair, men’s shirt and last night’s makeup on which is featured in almost all popular culture films- a costume I never thought of! My hat is off to you!

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It was an aaaamazing night. I was seriously on the DF the whole night and surprisingly wasn’t drunk until the last hour. My fondest memory of the night was when California Gurls was playing. I was in the middle of the dance floor, swishing my blue hair around and Snoop Dog/everyone went “Katy my lady” and I yelled “YEAH” (in time with Katy) – BECAUSE WE WERE ONE.

Maybe in Summer/when I have more money I’ll ask Abigail to make the Palm Tree dress!

Ok I’m too obssessed. I’ll stop writing now.

CYA AT THE NEXT DRESS UP EVENT

Valentines Day <3

This year my partner and I first decided to just make a stir fry and eat it by the beach for Valentines Day. However, a few days leading up to the day the weather was extremely temperamental and I was nervous that our beach plans would be ruined. I was driving past the 1930s Hayden Orpheum cinema in Cremorne and saw that Edward Scissorhands was playing and the words ‘Valentine Day Special’ were near it. I thought this would be a pretty cool thing to go and see together seeing as it isn’t a cheesy love dovey movie like The Notebook but it isn’t quite Alien Vs Predator. I found the Hayden Orpheum website but realised I had read the board wrong – the Valentine’s Day special was for Breakfast at Tiffanys and that Edward Scissorhands was playing a few days later.

Now, I’m going to admit to something I’ve kept secret for as long as I can remember. I had never seen Breakfast at Tiffanys. By knowing 3 simple facts of the film I’ve somehow bluffed my way through every single converstion where it has been mentioned. Firstly, Audrey¬†Hepburn wears a black dress with pearls, has a ginger cat and in one scene she is eating a danish while window shopping at Tiffanys . I simply say something like “Seeeeeriously! That dress is so timeless!” or “that cat was just so cute, right?”.

It took a bit of convincing for Sash to join me for the film but ultimately he caved. It was $60 for 2 tickets, 2 glasses of French champagne (not that I can ever taste the difference!) and a single red rose.

Most times when I go out and wear something vintage I do two victory rolls in my hair and either curl the ends or roll it up into a retro-styled low bun but¬†I wanted to do something different to my hair for a change. I’ve always had a girl crush on Lauren Bacall not only for her husky voice but also for her hair.

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I typed in “Lauren Bacall Hairstyle” into Youtube and followed one of the tutorials by LisaFreemontStreet.
The video below is the tutorial I watched – the only thing I did differently was that I used hot rollers and set my hair for an hour rather than use those pin curls. I find them so hard to do and I can’t be bothered half the time.

This is a close up of the finished product!

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I wore the dress that I purchased at the Summer Love Vintage Clothing Fair which I blogged about back in September. I hadn’t had a chance to wear it yet and I thought the light nature of the dress with the floral colours made it romantic. I wore a thin white belt to match my white heels.

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Anywho, I was running a bit late because I was trying to take photos on my Macbook’s Photobooth and it just wasn’t staying up right so while I was driving to Sash’s place he was cooking the stir fry. We ate together and then had a bit of a mosey down to the cinema. Sash was slightly embarrassed by my tourist-like taking of photos so I tried taking them without the flash. They’re a bit blurry and dark but you’ll get the jist.

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RoofOnce we sat down a bunch of advertisements played but after a few minutes the curtains closed. Suddenly a trap door opens in front of the screen and a man and his organ rise from underneath the floor! He then played for roughly 6 mins or so and had a backing orchestra play alongside with him. We all gave him a big clap and he dissappeared back to the trap door. The curtains then pulled back and Breakfast at Tiffanys began.
Organ GuyIt was absolutely stunning on the inside. I mean look at this exit sign. Is this not the nicest exit sign you’ve ever seen?!?!?!

Exit SignThe bathroom even matched my outfit so I took a sneaky selfie.
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SO, did I like the movie? Well yes and no. I mean, I dig the storyline and like the characters but some scenes just dragged onnnnn and onnn and onnnn. Any scene with the ginger cat was the best.
Okay wait, SPOILER ALERT to those who haven’t seen the film:
That scene where she throws the cat out of the taxi into the torrential rain and just leaves it behind? and there is a close up of the cat all wet and looking miserable? I legitimately was so sad – not because just in the same scene that guy was ending their relationship – I wasn’t upset at that at all. But that cat scene. Dang. Oscar worthy performance by the cat.

I have a ginger cat too and after the movie I asked Sash if we could recreate that final scene where Holly and Paul kiss passionately in the rain (see picture below).

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He said no.

Torque’s Rockabilly Revolution!

On the 27th of January,¬†a retro lovin’ bar and grill named Torque¬†held their first Rockabilly Revolution for 2013.

Back in November last year I went to dinner at the restaurant with my sister Mel and her friends for her birthday. I fell in love with the decor and proportions of their chicken parmagianna. I followed them on Facebook and saw that once a month they host a Rockabilly Night- unfortunately the nights that they have been held my boyfriend Saca either had work the next morning or we already had plans.

Finally they posted about the one in January and I wrote it in my diary straight away. I was working in Castle Towers that day until 4:30pm so as soon as I finished I drove to Collaroy to meet with Sash. We then caught a bus to Wynyard, a train to Strathfield and a taxi to Torque. When I was on the bus I was having second thoughts because it was lightly raining and I knew we still had a while to travel. Thankfully I didn’t suggest turning around because not only did I have an amazing night but it was the “debut” night of my new Wheels & Dollbaby dress.

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It’s called the Classic Corset Dress in Leopard and¬†it’s available here on their website.
I’ve been pining over it for awhile but could never justify spending that much money on a dress – however, I have future plans for it that I am keeping a secret.

When we arrived at Torque there was an abundance of vintage cars surrounding the restaurant. Greasers smoked cigarettes, girls with backseam stockings were leaning against the cars and I knew it was going to be a great night. We ordered two Old Skool Hamburgers (with fries of course), sat down at a table and watched all the magnificent swing dancers in action. There was a live band called the Vintage Overdrive that really had the crowd dancing all night. I lured Sash out to this event under the pretence of “there’s a live band, awesome food and we can dance a little” – but after 30 seconds of just watching the other dancers we both looked at eachother and telepathically acknowledged that we were not dancing that night.

Sash and I did a few swing dancing lessons about a year ago and it seems as if it has all been wiped from our memories. People aged from 8-70 danced like professionals and even were swapping partners. No way were we going on that floor.

Here is a video by Benjamin Sutherland of a few of the cars out front of the restaurant.
From about 5:28 onwards you can hear the Vintage Overdrive playing and a glimpse at all the swing dancing!!


This is a look at the retro inspired menu that Torque had made especially for the night.

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The only downside to the night was the $140 cab ride Sash and I shared back to Collaroy from Strathfield – but I’m super glad I went.

I forgot my camera for the night and when I tried taking photos on Sash’s iphone they turned out dark and blurry.¬†Click here for the photo album¬†from Torque’s facebook page if you’re interested. There aren’t that many photos but you’ll get the jist.

Aaaanyways, I know I’ve already posted about my red leopard print top and shoes¬†back in June 2012, but I wanted to show how cute the looked teamed with a full skirt and a cat mask! I wore this outfit to my friend Kristi’s Masquerade themed 21st on the 25th of January.


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In case you needed reminding;
Top:¬†‚ÄėHungry Heart‚Äô top by Revival from Dangerfield
Skirt:¬†‘Jive’ skirt by Review (2 years ago..)
Heels: Guess
Stockings:¬†“Dotti” stockings¬†by Honey Birdette
Mask: $5 from the Dural Discount Party Warehouse

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and here is a photo of some of my friends from college in our “muck up” photo

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I wonder if my next purchase is leopard print too…

Christmas 2012!

Hello and Happy (super belated) New Year and hope you had a (even more belated) Merry Christmas!

This year the whole Santa thing kind of went like this – I’d buy myself a present worth $50 or under and tell my family they bought me something. It’s then wrapped up and I act surprised when it’s Christmas day. This way they don’t need to worry about if I’m going to like it and I don’t need to secretly return it – ¬†everyone wins.

Anywho, I’ll begin with my Christmas Day Dress – made by my lovely friend Krystle from a dress pattern in a 1957 copy of Woman’s Weekly. She¬†made it in 2 days (for my work Christmas Party) and it seriously fits me like a glove. I chose the fabric and the buttons from a little fabric store in Hornsby and all up it cost about $40 to make.

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Now, onto the presents that I bought myself Santa gave me.
– 2 pairs of high waisted capri pants by Revival in Dangerfield

checkered togetherThe ‘County Fair Capri’ in Blue – click here to buy online

leopard togetherThe ‘Trailor Park’ Capri – click here to buy online

Рa new daily planner by Kikki-K  (It came with stickers! STICKERS I TELL YOU!)

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The ‘Sweet’ A5 Weekly Diary –¬†click here to buy online

– A versatile¬†black bag that’s big enough for my daily planner, pens, makeup,
30 Rock dvds, car keys, donuts, bottle of water etc

kayleebagThe “Kaylee Bag” by Review –¬†click here to buy online

– a new nightie

Remember back in May when I posted about how much I loved Prada’s pastel retro Americana themed season but how it cost heeeeaps of money?
Well, a chain store finally copied them! Peter Alexander released a vintage car themed pastel collection a month or two ago but I didn’t reeeally need to spent $80 on pajamas. It turns out that ¬†Best and Less (an even lower chain store) has copied Peter Alexander and brought out this nightie! My mum surprised me with this one on Christmas Day. Apparently it only cost something like $15!
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(here’s a photo from the Prada range below just in case you forgot)
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I received a few other gifts here and there but my favourite one was¬†a sapphire ring from my lovely boyfriend Saca ūüėÄ

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Here is a photo of us on Christmas Day!

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Until my next purchase/event,

Bella!

Love Vintage Clothing Sale (Summer 2012)

After working 5 full days straight in my one week off college, I decided to splurge a little at the Love Vintage Clothing Show & Sale today. I must admit, I spent more than I had planned but there were just so many beautiful dresses that I couldn’t just buy one.

The sale began on Friday night and carried on Saturday and Sunday with only a $14 entry fee. Unfortunately, you couldn’t take any photos of the stands but here is one from the Love Vintage Clothing facebook page.

¬†Imagine about 70 of these stalls. Yep. Overwhelming, isn’t it?

Most people tend to dress vintage for the sale so I decided to be both fashionable and practical. I wore my tiki dress that has an easy zip and I wore ballet flats (instead of heels with a strap like I did last time at the Winter sale).

Dress: by Revival (in Dangerfield) | Cardigan: Review | Shoes: Joanne Mercer |
Belt: in Myer | Glasses: $5 at Paddy’s Markets

The annoying thing I find about vintage is that I seem to always find things that are either too small or too big for me and that things that ARE my size I never tend to be too fond of the fabric design. I took a sneaky photo in the fitting room of me and a 1940s bathing suit that I had to depart with simply because it was swimming on me (pardon the pun).

I thought it was a good price ($140) considering it was 40s and in mint condition.

The GREAT thing about vintage clothing is that when you find something that fits you and you love – ¬†it is as if it is meant to be! I decided to look for a pretty dress to match those nude/yellow heels I bought last month from Nine West and I found so many that match it. The first dress I tried on was simply beautiful (and $225…) and fit me like a tight glove.

I decided that it had to be mine! This is a super quick photo my sister Kylie took of me with the heels on in our garden. I seriously can’t put on any more weight though otherwise it won’t fit me. I might have to limit my cheeseburge intake to 3 per week…

The next purchase was actually from the same store. I couldn’t say no to it. I simply loved the little floral detail on the bust and how there were buttons down the back and on the left side of the dress. Also, the orange on the dress matches my fox necklace.

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Earlier this month I bought a bag from Forever New because it looked almost identical to the $3000 Prada Pyramid frame bag that I posted about back in May.

It’s called the ‘Meryl Frame Bag’ by Forever New which you can buy online.
I don’t really have much in my closet that is pale pink but the bag didn’t come in any other colour so I bought it anyway. The reason why I’m updating y’all about this Prada inspired bag is because today I stopped by the Frou Frou¬†stall and found THIS!It looks familiar, doesn’t it?
It is the same material, size and even has the same clasp as the Meryl Frame Bag but this one has a detachable strap and a zip on the outside. It cost $90 which is $30 more than Forever New but I don’t really care seeing as it’s black and I’ll use it way more than the pastel pink one.

I’m quite content with my three purchases today.¬†I managed to bargain with the dresses because I was buying two from the same store. Instead of paying $420 for both ($225 & $195), I haggled for $350.

Now, please excuse me while I cry as I look at my savings account.

My Glomesh Obsession..

Alright, alright! You’ve got me. I admit it. I’m officially obsessed with collecting Glomesh handbags.

I can’t even remember when it all began but suddenly I own 9 of them.

and what’s this? a box from the 60s??

and what’s that inside? A mint condition glomesh bag from the 60s in it’s original packaging for only $36??!!

 

 

 

 

 

There is one more bag (that isn’t Glomesh!) that I own that I feel derserves a mention only because of it’s excellent quality. It’s another bag from the 60s and it’s in absolute perfect condition. It is made with English leather and even has leather lining on the inside. My mum found it in Camden!

I used it the other week when I went out for lunch with my best friend Matt.
Here’s a quick photo I took on my PhotoBooth!

Cape: Revival in Dangerfield (for $10)
Top: SES (for $3)
Skirt: Dotti (for $10)
Boots: from a random brand but bought them in Myer around 4 years ago

There *is* one more purchase I want to post about. I walk past Nine West almost 5 times a day when I’m at work in Hornsby and there has been this one particular style of heel in three colours that I just simply had to have. At first I was deciding between the pink or the green version but ultimately I went with the nude/yellow.

The full price for these bad boys is $139.95 but I managed to know that there was a secret 25% off regular priced items sale that was ending that day. I ended up scoring them for $105. It’s a bit pricey but they’re leather and beautiful and will last me a few years if I don’t have too many drunken nights where I fall down stairs.
Ahhh don’t they just look so pretty on their pedestool?

I think so too.

YEEEEEEE HAWWW!

Why howdy there!
Last night I went to a great family friend’s 50th birthday party which was ‘Cowboys and Indians’ themed. I had less than two weeks to find an outfit and it turns out it was in front of me the whole time (literally – but more on this later…).When I first heard of the theme I searched Etsy for hours trying to find a cute cowgirl inspired outfit. There was surprisingly a large variety of western skirts, shirts and dresses but they were either way too expensive, wouldn’t fit me or had insane shipping costs.

The one that I was *so* close to purchasing was this striking red dress from Irene’s Le Boutique from good ol’ Texas. It is¬†a good price of $68 but the express shipping was going to be around $40 – yikes! What if it didn’t fit me? How often would I wear it? Would it arrive in time? What jacket even goes with this? Will my brown cowboy boots match it?!?! In the end I just closed the tab. It wasn’t meant to be…

My other love was the “Western Wiggle Skirt” ¬†from the “Retro-Tastic Western Swing Wear” shop called Rockin’ B.

Yet spending $275 on just a skirt seemed a little excessive considering last week I lost a $10 note and was moody for at least an hour after the incident.

SO! Back to the whole “the answer was right in front of me” explanation. In Hornsby Myer, the Esprit section is situated near a variety of brands like Guess, Jag, Ben Sherman, Levi etc. About three or four months ago the “Ryder” collection by Arabella Ramsay was placed right next to Esprit. I remember liking a few of the items but no one ever really bought any of them because¬†they were either extremely overpriced or just ugly. People who shop at Hornsby generally don’t like even spending $20 on a pair of shorts let alone $120 on a brand they’ve never heard of.

There has been a giant western themed display with four mannequins wearing the Ryder collection about 15 meters from my Esprit area for months. I worked last Thursday night and was tidying up near the mannequins when I realised I could just buy something from the collection! All of the clothes were on sale and Myer had a “Take a further 30% off already reduced prices” sale going on aaand I have a 15% staff discount card.

I bought the Ryder Denim Shirt (originally $120) for $39

and the Ryder Flannel Skirt in Red (orginally $100) for $48!

Hat:¬†My mum’s closet!
Top: Arabella Ramsay in Myer
Skirt: Arabella Ramsay in Myer
Backseam stockings: Jonathan Aston
Belt: St Vincent de Pauls
Boots: St Vincent de Pauls (for $4!!!!)

and this is my western partner Sash ūüôā

It was a fantastic night. There were haystacks everywhere, wooden tables, horse shoes dangling from the ceiling… There were even two professional fellows with fiddles who played western music and taught all the guests some new bush dancing routines! Sash and I were dragged onto the dance floor for “Heel and Toe” but my timing was totally off.

Remember for my birthday how I had an amazing cake made by Sweet Eurphoria for my 20th Birthday Party in April? Well Mary and Lila have done it again. Seriously. They look and taste marvellous.


to finish off this entry, I leave you with a photo of me and some Indians.

; )

Who said film sets couldn’t be fashionable?

Apologises for not being very active on this blog lately but I’ve been running around on film sets practically all semester break. As you may know by now I’m in my third and final year studying a Bachelor of Digital Television and Film at JMC Academy in Surry Hills. For the whole of first semester this year our class has been in the Pre Production stage of all our projects and planned on shooting it either in the semester break or early in semester two. I’m producing a short film written by Kim McCreanor called T.O.M¬†– a story of a quirky teen (Thorn Octavius Mayberry) who falls in love with his next door neighbour and follows all the wrong advice on how to win her affection. We filmed T.O.M for 4 days and then I was the 1st Assistant Director for my fellow classmate Hayden Anderson’s production called Honeytrap for a few ¬†days.

I usually parade the hallways of JMC in full skirts and stockings but they really have no place on a film set. When I was the Sound Attachment for Season 2’s Dance Academy for the ABC we all wore the same type of clothing; a tee shirt and zip jacket, cargo shorts and comfortable shoes.
Here’s a photo of Past Bella on a shoot day back in March 2011;

So basically I’ve decided to be at least quasi-fashionable while on film sets. Here’s a few screencaps/photos of what I’ve come up with;

There are a few more shoot days but there wasn’t much of me in the frame so I couldn’t get a decent screen cap from the footage!

On Tuesday the ¬†17th I was on Hayden’s shoot at the Silverbean Cafe on Enmore Road, Enmore. It’s filled with magnificent vintage western decor and they serve a delicious burrito! I met both of the owners ¬†(George¬†Reiterbauer and Lowan¬†Nyols) and they were super friendly througout the day!
Below is a photo of George and I and his shiny vintage Chevrolet!

and here is photo of me taken by Hayden : )

Click play on the video below for a quick montage of the different takes on T.O.M! Enjoy!