Dear Friend,

Last weekend we went to the Melbourne Love Vintage Show.

 I had planned to wear one of my Spring floral dresses with a matching hat that is bedecked with lilac flowers. The weather God’s had other ideas and it was cold…I’m talking 15 degrees centigrade!!!

So I decided to take one of my recent reproduction purchases on its maiden voyage- a 1940’s style suit.

Jacket & Skirt- Portmans

Scarf- I can’t remember

Hat- etsy seller The Vintage Mistress

Shoes- Naturalizer Winter 2010

This navy blue jacket and skirt combo was a great find as it fits well and it has the most adorable peplum to the rear of the jacket.

I bought this pretty little hat on etsy specifically to go with the suit a while back.

 I love the soft, faded look of the flowers and the summer feel of the straw hat itself. The silk scarf is an oldie (but a goodie) from my scarf drawer. It has the most beautiful sprays of flowers on it-tulips, roses and peonies.

The fair was held in the majestic Royal Exhibition Building…which incidentally was the home of Australia’s first Commonwealth Parliament after federation in 1901.

It has the most beautiful frescoes painted on its walls and domed ceiling.

We saw lots of pretty things to buy and drool over, like this vintage lipstick stand;

I fell totally in love with this pink hood hair dryer which I would have loved to take  home but we don’t have a spare bedroom… and I don’t think Prince Charming would let me keep it in the lounge room…so I had to leave it behind.

This 1930’s silk hand painted umbrella was so beautiful…if you look closely you can see a very faint image lake and city buildings in the background;

Many of the stall holders had great displays too. I just loved the Astroturf, picket fence and flamingos at the stall of Enjoyit and Catch a Thief .

(I found many treasures amoungst their wares and was very taken by several of the repoduction sunglasses.)

The girls from the Vintage Garage brought their 1960’s automobile counter with them;

This is where I found my favourite purchase of the day-a 1940’s Navy Blue Jacket, with fixed rhinestone pins on the lapels. I found within minutes of walking in and I knew I had to have it the moment I put it on…I’ve never had an original 40’s jacket before. It was quite pricey (compared to my other purchases) but it was in very good condition and will last me many seasons.

Over the course of the day I picked up lots of accessories-earrings and brooches, gloves, a couple of evening bags, a hat and a couple of girdles. I will share them over the couple of weeks as I launder and wear them.


Princess Pin Curls