Vintage Greyhound

As a little girl, I dreamed constantly of how wonderful a white Christmas must be. Snow on the ground, a crackling fire, and hot chocolate to finish off the night—heaven! Instead, my family sweltered through the Aussie summer with Christmas water fights, backyard cricket, and copious amounts of fresh seafood. It certainly wasn’t a bad way to spend the day, but I’m still dreaming of a White Christmas.

This vintage Greyhound advertisement from the 1950s is what I always imagined my Christmas morning would involve—given a few years practice and Hollywood-esque weather conditions of course:

Winter Bewitches, via Gala Darling's Pinterest

Winter Bewitches, via Gala Darling’s Pinterest

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Games of Old

I’m indulging in a bit of nostalgia tonight, playing this:

Alley Cat – old school gaming

Alley Cat was one of my favourite computer games as a kid. I’d play it constantly, and always get annoyed at the stupid cat for falling of the clothesline (there’s no way it was my fault).

I tracked it down this afternoon, as a treat for finally finishing my tax, and discovered I really suck at it now. But I still love it.

What was your favourite computer game as a kid?

Dress Me Up, Take Me out. Vol.7: Dear Gladys

Have you met Gladys? Let me introduce you:

Dear Gladys could be your favourite aunt, a kind grandmother or charming neighbour. Gladys welcomes you into her home which smells of freshly baked scones and tea. Gladys is always a lady of style and good taste.

She values the personal touch of hand picked flowers, a beautifully penned letter and a conversation with an old or new friend.

Dear Gladys is a Melbourne-based boutique vintage store, selling clothing, accessories, and homewares. It is also a not for profit social enterprise, creating revenue to support Fitted for Work—an organisation which focuses on provided appropriate and well-fitted clothing for women experiencing disadvantage and looking for work.

Dear Gladys means that not only have they found a way to remain financially viable long-term, Fitted for Work staff can ensure their focus is clearly on the women they support.

Now, I’m all for vintage lovelies at the best of times, but vintage with heart—BEST THING EVER! Why? Apart from knowing my money is going to something really worthy, it means that I can be assured my purchase is both a socially and ethically responsible. And it eases the guilt of buying that extra item I just had to have.

Oh, and if you happen to live in Melbourne, head to the store on a Saturday for free cookies!

Store: Dear Gladys

Store Locations: Northcote in Melbourne, Australia, and Online

International Shipping: YES! Shipping costs vary, see delivery info for details.

Best Bits: Excellent sizing and garment care information. Gorgeous range of clothing and homewares, as well as a small collection of beauty products. Not-for-profit enterprise supporting Australian women, meaning your new pretty dress allows another gal to feel great too. FREE COOKIES on Saturdays—‘nuff said.

(Left to Right, all in Australian Dollars)

–       Enchanting Cinderella Dress: $249.00

–       Graphic Print Maxi Dress (polyester): $69.00

–       Mary Charmaine 50’s Day Dress (100% cotton): $189.00

–       Black Floral Kaftan (polyester): $65.00

–       Pretty Puppies Skirt: $49.00

Dress me Up, Take me out. Vol.6: Rokit

I’m a vintage addict. My friends can attest to this, as can most people that have known me more the five minutes. Take me to an op shop or vintage store, and you will inevitably hear “oooh, look at this!” and “how cool is that!” leave my lips far too many times. Buy me vintage and you win my heart.

While vintage in every form woos me, due to my limited living space I  try to avoid buying vintage hoemwares (with little success). Vintage clothes, on the other hand, are always never off limits.

The past few years have seen a huge resurgence in the love of vintage wear, thanks to big-name celebrities donning old-school gowns and gear. This bums me out (see, I even talk like a relic), because it means that the stuff I once snapped up for a few bucks now requires a savings plan. Thanks a lot Sienna Miller! That being said, it’s not impossible to find places that still sell reasonably-priced, high-quality vintage, both locally and online.

Rokit is a reasonably new find for me, but I’m already mildly obsessed. The site is broken down into a great range of categories, and includes an excellent sizing chart to help make sure your measurements match theirs. Each item is described well and, while the images are limited to a few per item, they are clear and well-sized.

The clothing itself is a brilliant mix of vintage from various eras, with some great designer pieces jumbled in with regular vintage items. The prices, while hardly bargain-basement, are generally much cheaper than other online vintage stores, and seem to match with the quality and likely popularity of each item.

Here’s a few of Rokit’s items I’ve been ogling lately:

Store: Rokit—True Vintage Clothing

Store Locations: Various London localities, and Online

International Shipping: YES! Shipping costs vary, see delivery info for details.

Best Bits: Excellent easy-to-use sizing charts. Great range of styles from various eras, excellent size range, and well thought-out categorising. Price options for Pounds, US Dollars and Euro, with price given both with and without VAT.

(Clockwise from top left. All in US Dollars)

–       Dark Green Leaf Print Dress (100% polyester): $53.92

–       Black and White Circle print Dress (100% polyester): $53.92

–       Colourful Houndstooth Print Pencil Skirt (cotton/rayon blend): $38.51

–       Navy Marching Band Themed Skirt (wool): $46.21

Beauty in Simplicity

Singer - Kendra Baird

“Singer” – Kendra Baird (acrylic on wood)

 

Too often, I think, we make art about the abstract meanings behind an image. Why? Can’t it simply be what it is?

I love this piece, not for any hidden message, but for exactly what it is—an old Singer sewing machine. Simple, honest beauty.