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The Vintage Valley: October 2014

The Vintage Valley

The personal blog of a vintage & goodwill shopper

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Swedish Hasbeens: Lacy Sandal

So here it is!!! the full review of the Lacy Sandal Swedish Hasbeens. It has been a few weeks since these clogs have graced my feet and the love affair still continues, we are almost reaching Summer here in Australia so the promise of balmy nights and long afternoon picnics is so close i can almost taste the watermelon and smell the sunscreen! I have many many Summer adventures to take these Hasbeens on..i cant wait!

It really is hard to choose favourites to be honest, the designs are based around the same clog base so you know whatever style you choose they will be comfortable, the use of leather focuses on proper support as well as the genious designs they manage to craft into the leather, if you mention t/strap lasercut floral to me..of course i'm sold! I am going to be honest here it did take me at least 5min to get used to walking in clogs again, the fact they dont have a flexible arch had me clonking around like Frankenstein for a little bit but then like anything if you stick at it for a little bit i was gliding around like they had been on my feet forever! They are absolutely my go-to shoe for the season and i am sure you will see them popping up on the blog alot more!

If you are absolutely in need of these amazing clogs you can check them out HERE I have the Dirty Pink Nubuck colour and although they appear darker on the website they are lighter in "real life" Swedish Hasbeens also have an amazing Instagram account too so make sure you pop on over and say hi to them!

So my weekend was pretty amazing...pizza and bowling date night with my man, Halloween swing dancing on Saturday night and a lazy Sunday of coffee dates and dodging rain showers (and cleaning...but there is no fun in mentioning that is there) i hope you all had an incredible weekend too! Happy Monday Xx

(Wearing: Swedish Hasbeens, Op Shopped Blouse, Vintage Skirt, Vintage Purse & 1950's Sunglasses)

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Swedish Hasbeens: Floral T-Strap

In every vintage loving woman's mind we have a very active list that entails our dream purchases, this list is always changing and growing depending on the season and as fast as these items are added they are replaced with even more desireable items. One thing on my 'want' list has always been a pair of Swedish Hasbeens! The ever so perfect clog with leather detailing and t-bar straps that sets your drool sensors into overdrive. The fact that they are perfectly matched with everything in my wardrobe is just an added bonus.

I am so lucky to be able to feature two pairs to you all and give my full and honest opinion on these damn dreamy shoes!I will be featuring them one at a time so ding ding, these are the first in line! I chose these powder blue "Floral T-Strap" clogs based on the fact they had three of my great loves when it comes to shoes a low heel, pastel colour and a solid t-bar strap. As i am already quite tall i tend to shy away from heels that make me feel like i am examining everyones hairline during a conversation and these are just the right amount of height.

I had a few reservations about the fact that they didnt come with any heel padding and was absolutely sure i would be hobbling around like a loony after about an hour of wearing them, but to my surprise they are EXTREMELY comfortable, i can last all day in them and not feel any strain on my feet at all so that shut me right up! The only thing i will mention is that they do take at least one wear to allow the leather to mold to your feet, they really do take on the curves of your foot so after a few wears they will be your go-to clogs.

You can also get these beauties in a range of colours just jump onto their website to have a little look! I am so excited to get some extended wear of these shoes as summer is coming just around the corner.

Follow them on Facebook and if your an Instaaddict like me they also have an amazing Instagram account too @swedishhasbeens Xx

(Wearing: Vintage Gingham Dress, Swedish Hasbeens, Vintage Purse)

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend Bliss....

So this weekend was filled with all of the amazing things, coffee, dancing, lazy morning sleep-ins and hanging out in 60's caravans at the vintage fair with my favourite guy!

Although there wasnt a huge selection of vintage clothing at the fair we mainly just drooled over cars and drank cider in the sun which is pretty alright with me! I thought i would break out an amazing pineapple print vintage skirt i bought a few weeks ago, it's in near perfect condition and fits like a glove..cant wait to add more kitsch fruit pieces to my collection!

I have a few projects planned for this week and i might even get around to fixing at least one dress in my to-do pile!

Hope your start to the week has been swell! Xx

(Wearing: Vintage White Tie Top, Vintage Pineapple Skirt, Op Shopped belt & Bluebird Vintage Sunglasses)

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

French Roll With A Twist..

A cute interpretation of the classic French Roll today which as most of my hairstyles are was a complete fluke. I had previously curled hair and did a simple roll at the back sectioning a piece from the left hand side to sweep backwards to join the roll, as it was already curled the little pin curl made its own formation to which then i just tucked in a few little flowers! Viola!!

A perfect little number for about third day hair as it has a little more grip and staying power, no need for hairspray really as a fixing spritzer should do the trick!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend planned, im hoping to cram in quite a lot even a trip to this is on the cards! Happy Friday! Xx

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Wiggle Wiggle...

I am sure i have featured this little pastel wiggle dress here on the blog before, but when your on to a winner i cant help but post about it again!! When i was selling vintage clothes online (feels like years and years now) every now and then i would treat myself and keep at least one dress for myself each month. There are still dresses i remember selling that i wish i had held on to, but thats all a part of being a vintage seller!

This little dress had my heart at "pockets" i always have a little giggle to myself when i think about women and pockets...its like the dress holy grail! Conversations commence as follows "Oh, what a lovely dress"..."Thank you, best part is that it has pockets"..."Holy S*#! are you kidding me!!!!!" you all know exactly what im saying hahaha!

The dress is cinched in at the waist with a beautiful bow at the back too which makes it even more adorable. Along with a LBD a LWD(little wiggle dress) is a necessity too!!

I hope your all having an amazing week so far, i have been working on a few exciting projects and also have some cute things to share with you next week!! So make sure you pop by.

(Wearing: Vintage 1950's wiggle dress & vintage 1960's brooch)

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Thursday, October 2, 2014


I just realised that i havent posted an Instagram "Lately" post in awhile and i also havent been able to scrum up a proper outfit post for the blog this week (i know, i know...letting the team down) so i figured, no better time than today!

1 - Finding this incredible book 'Lifestyle Illustrations of the 50's' at my local bookshop meant i spent the majority of my morning drooling over each page...do yourself a favour and source a copy the images are truly amazing.

2 - No better time to break out a selfie than to celebrate new lipstick, cherry red from Rimmel is quite possibly my new favourite shade! 

3 - My dried flower collection that i have scattered throughout my apartment in vintage glass bottles, each type of flower has its own story and memory attached to it.

4 - Off for a Sunday cider, these vintage pants were an amazing op shop find! They fit like a glove.

5 - I bunny sat for a friend of mine this week, Henry is possibly the cutest thing...he did allow me one cuddle and then decided he was done with me haha, his pensive face just gets me every time i look at this picture!!

6 - Afternoon walks around my work neighbourhood, Spring is just too darn lovely!

7 - Morning ritual of coffee, banana bread, fresh flowers and a vintage magazine!

8 - Lurking around in my red mary janes, there is seriously nothing better than the sun warming your skin, birds chirping and flowers in bloom it just makes my heart sing!

9 - Possibly the most amazing gig i have been to in a long time, Tuba Skinny made the trip all the way from New Orleans to play in Perth, incredible authentic jazz...the room was just buzzing and i had to hold myself down fom dancing between the tables! Look them up if you are not already familiar with their music, its truly food for the soul! 

Instagram: @allyvintage

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