Dear Friend,

Earlier in the week I attended a black tie dinner at the beautiful Art Gallery of New South Wales. It was, co-incidentally, my birthday which made me feel like Cinderella going to the ball.



I wore a 1950’s spearmint self-embossed taffeta dress which I bought last winter from the Way We Wear Vintage Fair in Williamstown. It fit me beautifully at the time…but I have had to give it a Cinderella make-over since, due to my reducing regime…I had to remove the bodice from the skirt and take it in at nearly every seam to get it to fit me properly, this was a labour of love as it took ages to pin-in, try on and then adjust before sewing it all back together.


I had debated whether it was worth all that work and contemplated selling it…but I just couldn’t bare to part with it…the fabric is the most divine colour and has such a lustrous sheen to it…it would have broken my heart to sell it. Whilst working on the dress I found a tiny International Ladies Garment Workers Union label stitched into my dress. I’m so glad to have supported such a worthy cause- if you’re not familiar with this label you can read about it here.

I also wore my cream feather stole, which makes everything feel glamorous.


… it’s bedecked with soft tulle rosettes which have pearl and diamonte centres.  050

I bought these earrings at the same time and from the same seller who sold me the dress.


What Cinderella story would be complete without a pair of glass slippers?

I have wanted a pair of 1950’s clear lucite Spring-o-lator heels for some time now, and have been haunting etsy and ebay for just the right pair in my size.


I bought these a few weeks ago and was praying they would arrive in time…luckily, they arrived a few days before we flew to Sydney. They have the daintiest etching in the toe strap and beautifully carved heels.


They look just like cut glass.



I am hoping to buy a clear lucite box purse to go with it.

The Art Gallery of NSW is a stunning neo-classical building with sandstone facade and columns, high ceilings and fantastic tesselated tile floors.

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The lighting in this shot picks up all the yummy silky taffeta-ishness of the dress to its best effect;

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photo courtesy of shotbyhamish

Dress & Earrings- Way We Wear Vintage Fair

Shoes- Etsy

Stole- Portmans

Clutch purse- Tyabb Vintage Emporium

It was such a nice way to spend my birthday, although I did miss my very own Prince Charming and children who were at home.


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