The last rays of Summer

Dear Friend,

I have been somewhat of a busy little bee the last couple of weeks.

Working heaps and venturing out and about far more than usual- visiting markets and sales and generally enjoying the last of our Summer weather.

This post is a smattering of what I’ve been up to.

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Last weekend the National Trust had a big clothing and haberdashery sale at Como House. I missed most of the bargains as I worked in the morning and couldn’t get there until 1 o’clock. All the savvy buyers (including Marion Boyce- costume designer for the ABC’s The Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery show) were lining up at the dawn well before the 10am opening time.

So many of the charming staff informed me how much I would have loved all the gorgeous 50’s hats they had earlier in the day….I think they were trying to be conversational and kind, but it just depressed me!

Como House itself was looking quite bare without all it’s normal furniture- just racks and racks of clothes and tables full of odds and sods.

There were some smashing bits of memorabilia, like these girdle boxes

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Sadly, they no longer contained the girdles. I was quite disapointed as I wanted to see the girdle that was “tiny but terrific” and that “walks”. All my girdles walk quite well and don’t ride up…I wonder if this was a modern thing in the 50’s.

If you are going to pop over to Como House you must pop into there cafe which is housed in the old stable buildings.

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They had excellent food and the prettiest cake counter.

Cakes, slices, meringues and macaroons all sat beneath glass cloches and the whole counter 4 metre is dotted with small vases of old fashioned flowers.

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I only bought two things at the sale.

This fab deadstock tourist tea towel, with marvelous pickies of London’s tourist attractions on it.

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I’m contemplating using them to make a London themed circle skirt, by cutting them panels out and appliqueing them on.

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AND

I picked up a David Jones tan cord jacket for the coming winter for only $20-it’s not vintage, but it’s old enough to have character without any blemishes.

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I can hear an audible GASP as I say this. I know, a tan cord jacket does not sound like my regular garb. But it really is lovely, quite fitted and has smashing buttons. I’m hoping it will go with a duck hunting skirt that I bought on etsy a few weeks back.

 I am very much looking forward to my Autumn wardrobe and have decided to embrace the season whole heartedly this year, incorporating lots of reds, tan and browns. Very much inspired by Horse and Hound.

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I hope you are equally enjoying the change of season…whether you are heading towardsSummer or leaving it behind.

xx

Princess Pin Curls

I wish it was a Mexican Skirt

Dear Friend,

I’ve long been an admirer of 1950’s hand painted Mexican skirts-and have been deterred by their price tags for almost as long. Not that I wouldn’t part with some serious cash if I found one that I lurved in my size. A quick trawl through etsy will show you a sea of gorgeous skirts in 24-26 inch waists-sigh!

So you will understand why I was mega impressed to find this modern repro for sale in a junk shop near work.

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I saw it hanging in the window when I was on the way to the bank, but kept walking because it looked too small for me…it is so hard to gauge the size of something hanging over a metre above your head…but I kept thinking about it whilst I was in line.

So, without much hope, I stopped by the shop on the way back to work and had the poor owner drag it off the ceiling and out of the window.

I was very impressed when it fit and even further impressed when he said I could have it for a fiver!

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Skirt- Roman’s Junk Shop (yes, that really is it’s name)

Cardi- Thrift (My Mum found it for me, with it’s original tags on it still)

This cardi is another thrifty find and I love it to bits. The silvery beads are just what was needed to match the silver sequins on the skirt.

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Finding thrifty bargain is a rarity for me these days. In my last job as a rep I was able to flit in and out of thrift stores on a daily basis between calls and picked up some great vintage bargains.

xx

Princess Pin Curls

Rolling the Dice – work day outfit

Dear Friend,

Before I start this post I would like to say that these photos were taken on this cardi’s maiden voyage. These photos made it glaringly apparent that it needed a safety pin added (for modesty’s sake) and one was added for departing for the day. I think I’m going to stitch it shut before I wear it again.

I bought this Revival cardi from Dangerfield a few months back

The minute I spotted it I knew it was coming home with me.

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Cardi- Revival (Dangerfield)

Skirt, Earrings and Necklace- Thrift

Bracelet- Hunibee (etsy)

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I have grandiose dreams of making a dice/Las Vegas themed circle skirt to go with it….and even found the perfect fabric on etsy, but I have so many sewing projects on the back burner at the moment that I resisted. IMG_2785 IMG_2784

In the interim I had Ariel from Hunibee make me a cherry and dice bracelet to match.  It’s really well made and makes a lovely tinkle, tinkle sound when wearing. The cherries and leaves are made of glass. The only bummer is that the dice aren’t actual size, they are a little smaller.

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It matches my my red glass earrings and necklace perfectly.

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I’ve been dying to wear it but decided to wait for the bracelet to arrive.

I’m so glad I did, it just made the outfit complete.

xx

Princess Pin Curls

P.S- If your wondering why my hair looks so short it’s because I’ve taken to popping it up in a hair net at the back a la snood style. It helps to keep my straggling hairs in check and looks quite 40’s style.

Liebster Blog Award

Dear Friend,
I was recently awarded the Liebster blog award by Taygan from the
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Taygan is a fellow Melbourne blogger who is a bit of a demon on the sewing machine. In addition to her mad sewing skills she is cute as a button and reminds me very much of Snow White. Her blog is full of her of her sewing creations, vintage finds and outings with her rather spiffy looking chap. Definitely a worthy addition  to your bloglovin’ roll.
FYI- The Leibster Award is for bloggers who have less than 200 official followers of their blog and is designed to spread the word about great (largely unknown) blogs. It involves tagging other bloggers and setting questions that are designed to share more of blogger personalities and encourage a wider readership. I feel very honoured to get these awards, so thanks Taygan.
I love seeing posts about this award on other blogs because it gives me a chance to discover new blogs and learn more about bloggers that I love.
Taygan posed the following questions (which I think are quite a good mix) so hear goes;
1. If you could be any kind of animal, what would you be?
That’s simple.  A unicorn.
Because you should always be yourself.
Unless you can be a unicorn.
And then you should always be a unicorn.
2. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
 I haven’t counted lately, but in the area of 50 pairs
3. Scary movie or Rom-Com?
Rom-Com. I love them all like the modern Notting Hill, You’ve Got Mail, Crush, Lost in Austen
4. Do you have a special talent?
I can reach one full ruler length past my toes (when sitting on the ground with my legs fully extended)
5. Are you a collector of anything?
Lots and lots of things but my latest addiction is Maracsite jewellery…and I now have located a reliable dealer who keeps me in adequate supply- at a very reasonable rate.
6. What do you think is your best feature (physical or otherwise)?
I’m not sure if it is my best feature or my downfall….but I am an extremely passionate person- in all my loves, all my hates and in regards to anything I feel is injust.
7. Why do you blog?
Very few of my real world friends are interested in vintage. It is so nice to talk about my passions, my triumphant bargain hunting and objects of desire with people who enthuse- they  “ooh” and “ahh” rather than say “that’s nice” and look slightly bemused or befuddled.
8. Where is the farthest you have ever travelled?
I moved all over NSW growing up including Wagga Wagga, Sydney, the Hunter Valley and Canberra. I never really wanted to travel too much when I was younger- I was far more interested in settling down. So moving to Melbourne and visiting Tasmania is it, up until now.
9. What is your favourite outfit you have posted on your blog?
10. If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Wear vintage, drink tea, have impossibly perfect half moon nails and buy a house that was large enough and old enough to come with a House Elf.
11. Who is your favourite super hero?
Wonder Woman…come on, she has the ultimate bra and panty combo out there!
I am not going to officially tag anyone in return, because it can be a pain to do if you’re short of time but I would love to plug a couple of blogs.
This lady is a vintage fashion goddess. She make everything look glamorous from a simple daytime picnic outfit, to sweater sets, to evening gowns. She has THE most amazing 50’s earring collection and impecabble taste in accessories. I say it again, fashion goddess.
This Sydney dwelling red head has amazing vintage clothes and sews up a storm. I would very much like to know which op-shops this lady frequents as she finds amazing fabrics (including the cutest puppy fabric I’ve ever seen).I have only just discovered her and added her to my bloglovin’ roll….you will want to too!
Style in a stair well (she takes lots of her pickies in the stair well of her apartment). This German blogger shares outfit posts regularly. She has a wonderful collection of novelty brooches and the most to die for Princess coat…and those bags, she just keeps finding them. Keep your eyes peeled for the round, black one with fruit on it. You will SWA-OON!
The most fun, dramatic and original dresser that I ‘know’. Devotee of all vintage but especially 60-70’s. This lady rocks sky high heels and coloured tights like nobody’s business. Read her, you will love her. (She has a very wide readership, so may not technically count here, but I’m prepared to bend the rules)
Lillies & Remains

 Sara is another of those effortlessly stylish Oregan vintage bloggers that pick amazing things all the time. This gal’s blog (and instagram roll) is full of fur, novelty and atomic print dresses- you will be jealous.
Joanna is a collector of many beautiful, fine quality vintage pieces. She is a real collector with a discerning eye for quality and high end brand names. She has a wonderful collection of Lilli Ann suits and jackets and has some breathtaking posts that feature original ads for her exact outfits…it’s like the pickies have come to life.
I’m sure that some of you probably already read these blogs, but for others they are new discoveries. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do!
xx
Princess Pin Curls