Friday, January 23, 2009

You Look So Good... Clare Bowditch

I've had this song in my head for about four days now.

I'm a bit of a fan of Australian artists and Clare Bowditch has a high rotation on my iPod.

I not only love her whole vintage shop-girl look (including gorgeous hair that I'm sure is inspired by Super Kawaii Mama), but I love, love LOVE what the guys are wearing in this clip too. Sigh... If only I could get Mr Verve to see things my way!

Anyway.... enjoy your weekend kittens!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tag - I'm it!

I've been tagged by the lovely Trish from Trish Hunter Finds.

Essentially, I have to:

*Go to the 4th folder in your computer where you store your pictures
*Pick the 4th picture in that folder
*Explain the picture
*Tag 4 people to do the same.

This is the image I found:

As it so happens, this folder is the backup of my phone photos. This shot was taken at The Big Day Out in January 2008 where Mr Verve and myself were taking in the sights and sounds of Adelaide boys, The Hilltop Hoods.

I remember it was a stinking hot day and there was little or no shade available at the Flemington Racecourse where I believe they are hosting the same event this year. Even the hoses they were using on the crowd didn't offer much relief (to say nothing of messing up my hair!). If I could use a single term to describe the environment it would be 'dust bowl'.

However, the music was fantastic with headliners, Rage Against The Machine, delivering an amazing performance that I will never forget. It was scary (I barely escaped the mosh pit without injury) and thrilling and made me feel great to be alive. You just had to be there.

So there you go. You just learned something about me: I have very eclectic musical tastes!

Now I tag the following:

*Grant from Ink and Leather
*Esme & The Lane Way (who always has the most wonderful photos in her blog)
*Miss Red, from Peeptoes & Pedicures
*Porcelain Blonde

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunny Sunday

There are lots of classic designers of beautiful vintage clothing but there are a couple that I just love. One of those is Alfred Shaheen of Hawaii. Shaheen was famous for his stunning prints that were all made in his self built Oahu printing workshop and his designs of men's and woman's clothing were made by seamstress trained by his mother. From humble beginnings, Alfred became one of the most creative and prolific manufacturers in the post WW2 fashion boom.

Some of you may know of the gorgeous eBay store, Whirling Turban who base many of their reproduction styles on his designs from the 50's & 60's.

When I first saw this dress I knew I had to have it. The halter neck that buttons at the neck with three self covered buttons. The low back, the wrap around tie at the waist, the beautiful rose print (with famous "Shaheen" signature) and maxi style skirt it screamed "love me all summer long". I jumped at the chance to snap it up. Ok, so it was a little on the small side, but lately this Vintage Vixen has been a very good kitty kat and as a result it fits now (cue applause please).

I've tried to capture the low back that is attached to the belt that wraps around to the front:

I was so excited to see that it came with rare matching shawl, so rare that these two high quality pieces have not only survived beautifully, but have not been separated.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Another Discovery

The St Kilda Night Market is back, as featured in my previous post in December.

While perusing the stalls I was stopped dead in my tracks by this:

De. Vine.

Although the dress was a squillion sizes too small for this Vintage Vixen, I couldn't help notice the racks of gorgeous vintage men's and ladies clothing accompanying it either side:
Awesome men's shirts

Flirty woman's clothing from the 50's to 80's

The stall was being run by Melbourne costumier Amanda Fairbanks. Amanda sources vintage pieces for theatre, film and television and has created costumes for circus and stage performers here and around the world.

The exciting thing is that Amanda is on the cusp of launching her own online vintage clothing store, so those of you not fortunate enough to be based here in Melbourne can access her wares. She even has a hire service (for those fabulous pieces she cannot bear to let go) for those who are local. I'll let you know when it's all up and running!

How lovely is this 1960's French made jacket?

A close up of the label:

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tea For Two

Happy New Year Kittens!

Sorry it's been a while since I posted. I have been rather caught up with Christmas, holidays and celebrations (but more of that later) !
And, wouldn't you know it.... as soon as I return to the office, brilliant sunshine streams down a lovely 29 degrees! I suspect that many are still on holidays, judging by the lack of traffic and the quietness of my phone, not that I'm complaining!
But I digress.... the gorgeous Melbourne summer has arrived and so it's time to break out the comfortable cotton Tea Dress:
I've been told that bold prints are de rigueur at the moment and I love the 50's style of this Vintage reproduction dress that I found at Velour in St Kilda (where the delightful Trish Hunter Finds works).

The cross over sweetheart neckline, the pleats in the full skirt and wide waist band make it comfortable and very easy to dress either up or down:
Those of you with an eagle eye may have noticed a brand new "addition" to my left hand in the first photo.... let me know if you require details!