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The Vintage Valley: November 2014

The Vintage Valley

The personal blog of a vintage & goodwill shopper

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pastel Dreams...

At times I seem to be a little predictable when it comes to my colour selections, it is usually…always..pastels! Aside from being blonde I find stronger colours are less complimentary with my pasty pasty skin and plus I am just naturally drawn to a delicious mint tone or a dusty pink hue, it just sends my “oooh” radar through the roof!

I found this incredible 1950’s dress at Bluebird vintage the colour is incredible but it also has a subtle sparkle within the cream dots that adds a little bit of extra charm.

I wore it to a swing dancing ball around the middle of this year, it survived a full night of sweaty dancing so it is definitely still in great condition no loose stitching to be seen. Although it does fall into the “Occasionally” worn section of my wardrobe its so nice to know its there waiting for another special day/night.

I had the most incredible weekend, lots of eating and park dwelling with my love as well as a few too many G&T’s.

I hope you all had a swell weekend too and your week has started off well! Xx

Photography: By my love

(Wearing: vintage 1950’s dress, op shopped shoes, vintage purse, 1950’s clip on earrings)

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Floral Swirls...

At times this week i could have sworn Summer had been long forgotten about, aside from a few moments of sun and warmth we have been having the most incredible thunderstorms it almost feels like a tropical island, steam rising from the ground as the cold rain splatters the dreary looking plants! The smell of rain always makes me think of when i was young, growing up on a farm in the hills..when it would rain my sister and i would run outside to our verandah and listen to it hitting the tin roof and watch it pour down our long winding driveway, it would always move the rocks apart so driving back down it the next day was always an (seriously bumpy) adventure).

This is today's outfit one of my favourite op shop finds, a handmade 1950's dress with the most incredible collar. I was also having a pretty good hair day too (at times it just drives me nuts) so much swirly goodness!!!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend planned, my love is finally home so im sure our few days off will involve christmas tree decorating and a few adventures!

(Wearing: Vintage 1950's dress)

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Where The Air Is Sweet...

Yesterday i had the whole day to myself and started it by drinking strong coffee, eating chocolate pastries and reading 60's magazines in bed..it was slightly drizzling with rain outside so it made staying in bed a little longer all the more enticing!

When the rain cleared a little i decided to take a drive to the "zig zag" in Kalamunda, a place i used to visit a lot when i lived further south of the river, even though we are heading into the dry heat of Summer there was still a beautiful sprawl of green and the air just seems so much sweeter up there, hardly another soul around, the sound of distant birds chirping and roosters crowing from the farms below, while i was there i couldnt resist taking a few photos.

I was gifted this incredible 1950's print dress by my partner's mum and i adore it so, especially since i dont see many brightly patterned 50's dresses like this very often, it makes me feel like this piece is all the more special! It is layered underneath with its own petticoat so it makes standing up on a windy hill a little more fun!

I hope your all having an amazing Monday so far, i am already needing a third cup of coffee!!

(Wearing: Gifted 1950's dress & 1950's Sunglasses)

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bluebird Bluebird....

A few months ago I fell in love with this incredible 1950’s wiggle dress, it would hang taunting me on the racks at Bluebird vintage and each time I would visit it would still be there begging me to take it home, I am pretty sure I tried it on each time too and begrudgingly put it back on the hanger thinking of ways I could muster the funds to bring it home before someone other lucky lady snapped it up.

One thing I can say about my love is that he is the most thoughtful man I have ever met, upon finding out about my dress crush he did what every woman dreams her man would do and surprised me one afternoon after swing dancing practice, I literally walked in the door like a sweaty mess and there it was hanging in the doorway…I am pretty sure I almost knocked him out with a flying hug and was on a natural high for the rest of the day! I truly am the luckiest lady.

So now I have all the plans and more for this little dress, it was already a favourite before it came to be mine but because my incredibly wonderful man gave it to me it will always hold a special place in my heart!

(Wearing: 1950's blue wiggle dress, vintage shoes, op shopped purse & 1950's headpiece)

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Video Tutorial: Vintage Wave & Gibson Tuck (Ally's version)

I am so very excited to share with you all another vintage hair tutorial, it has been quite some time since my previous one so I am bringing it back with a bang!

Last week I posted an image of my daily hairstyle on Instagram (@allyvintage) and I had so many requests for a tutorial I simply couldn’t say no, the style is a Vintage Wave and (my version) of a Gibson Tuck, the reason I say “my version” is that it is an adapted technique to what you may see posted anywhere else, this involves side rolling and no assistance of an elastic or topsy turvy manoeuvre, so if your game to try a new version this is a good place to start!

I was so fortunate to have my incredibly talented man film and edit this video and I am sure I will rope him into filming many more in the future too!

If you have any questions or need some advice about this style please write them in the comment section and I will answer them as best as I can! Xx

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Homeward Bound...

There is no better way to cleanse the soul than a trip home to see family, yesterday the boy and i took the two hour drive up to Quairading and passed through York on the way to peek at the collectables and architecture, its almost a tradition now to make the stop off before the next hour or so drive. Oh gosh..i cant even begin to tell you how hot it was, in the photo of me i swear to you my makeup was running down my face..it was a true sign that Summer is well on its way in Australia so i am going to have to get my wardrobe ready to go!

I also filmed a hair tutorial over the weekend (as promised) so that will be up very soon! Eeep exciting!!! Life really is pretty amazing at the moment, i have exciting ventures on the way and lots of projects to get stuck into...plus i have the sweetest man who surprises me with "just because flowers" which look like they appeared straight from my dreams...the way to my heart is definitely through flowers...and food (of course).

Happy Monday!!

(Wearing: Vintage fruit sundress, 1950's sunglasses & vintage purse)

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