Dear Friend,

Last weekend a few of us had a day of vintage shopping down Smith Street, Collingwood and a spot of supper at the Melbourne landmark Madame Brussels. Nestled amongst the rooftops of Bourke Street’s European end Madame Brussells calls itself a “A rather fancy terrace and public house”…. and it is.

The decor is straight out of a 1950’s garden party and the waiters and waitresses look like they have walked out of a country club in their cute tennis outfits (uniforms).

There is an abundance of pink walls and white lattice, and the garden terrace is furnished with white patio furniture and astro turf.

The terrace is scattered with sun umbrellas ….and there are even coloured parasols on offer should ladies require additional shade. ( I am kicking myself for not getting photos of these!)

Even the bathrooms are pink!

Madame B’s speciality is jugs of summer garden punches that look as good as they taste. We ordered the Madame B’s version of Pimms & Lemonade which tasted delicious (although there was far too much ice and not enough drinky-poos) for the $45 price tag.

They all come spiked with either berries or cucumber and citrus fruit…so lovely to nibble on the boozy fruit when the drink is gone! I must say I will have to return later in Summer to sample their Berry punch as it looked divine….open invite there girls….

Nibbles come in the form of excellent cheese platters, home-made sausage rolls, cup cakes and macaroons. We ordered a cheese platter (including a fruit bread, blue and brie cheese and quince paste), sausage rolls and a dip platter and were not disappointed.

This was such a nice day to round off a day of shopping.

We had found a few bargains and treasures at the Hello Sailor Market  like this original 1950’s crinoline;

I have wanted an original crinoline for ages, but the ones I have found have been too long for me (I am quite lilliputian). Although it wasn’t cheap I knew I had to have it as soon as I put it on.  It is in perfect condition, snowy white, super soft and fluffy.

It is the first of my self-purchased Christmas presents. It has already been washed, dried & wrapped in its own little box. It will take pride of place under our tree this year.

I didn’t really take any outfit photos before we went out (which is unlike me) so you will have to make do with the photos so far and this close up of my hat.

(You will have to excuse the fly away hair….end of the evening you know.)

Isn’t she a darling? I bought her from a few months ago… in the middle of Winter, when I was dreaming of Spring. It is absolutely covered in these tiny petaled buds and the silk bow to the rear is the softest shade of blue-come-grey.

In addition to my crinoline I bought a fabulous rust coloured velvet hat from the Vintage Garage.

Hope you all have a jolly good weekend!


Princess Pin Curls