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The Vintage Valley: January 2015

The Vintage Valley

The personal blog of a vintage & goodwill shopper

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hair Roundup...

As this week is coming to a close I thought I would share a few styles I have been wearing since the heat has decided to stick around for..so…damn…long! I am most definitely an Autumn/Winter girl that’s for sure, saving me from that awful “soaked hair on neck” situation I have been throwing it up in either a Gibson Tuck or Chignon Bun, which are both so easy and quick to do, then I decided to wear a bunch of flowers in my hair and lay on the floor too…which is perfectly normal…right?

I am thinking an easy video tutorial for the Chignon Bun is in order so I will get on to that soon!

On a similar note I am so happy to announce I will be styling tresses at this amazing event at the Flyby in Fremantle, you do need to buy tickets but once your in the doors there is a free swing dancing class, live jazz bands and of course you can get your hair styled by me!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend, I will be stopping by Fringe Festival for a show tonight and then lots of projects to conquer! Xx

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Daylesford Lavender....

During our time in Melbourne we decided to take a drive to Daylesford which is around an hour and a half out of the city centre, i love a good drive so i was pretty excited to get out of the hustle and bustle for a day.

We slowly meandered up winding roads and as you looked upwards the branches almost seemed as if they were hugging you and merrily bouncing the sun upon your face, it sent welcome bursts of warmth and cool as they would dissapear again and hide behind shaded branches, the houses and farms whizzed by and my love and i chatted about our plans for the year ahead.

We were on a small mission though to find the Mill Markets and spend a lazy afternoon rummaging and after a few hours we did find an amazing 1950's Gayware kitchen cannister set in grey and pink (Image available on my Instagram account if your interested) we had been on a hunt for one for a long..long..time so it was nice to find it!

On the way home we stopped at a Lavender field that sits next to the Sault Restaurant, i had aways wanted to frolick in a lavender field (i mean who wouldnt want to) and i set about doing just that, my love was kind enought to snap some photos for me too (such a lucky woman) he managed to capture my exact feeling..just pure bliss!!! Aside from the occasional (almost) bee attack and dodging spiderwebs it was just as magical as i had imagined!

I am sad to say this is the last set of photos from our trip, instead of sunny lavender fields and Melbourne backstreets Perth is making a return to the blog. I hope you all enjoyed seeing a little of our adventures though!

Happy Friday...i am so looking forward to this long weekend, going to make the most of it thats for sure!!!

(Wearing: Vintage 1950's yellow day dress) 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


On Sunday my love and i hosted a "drop in" Engagement day, as we have a small apartment we thought loved ones and friends could show up in dribs and drabs throughout the day to celebrate with us, of course we ended up with a full apartment right on 12pm drinking pimms and champagne with everyone in our teeny apartment, it was incredible...and turned into a pretty awesome party!

We were fairly simple with decorations and just hung staggered jars with flowers from the back fence and made a "Hooray For Love" banner to string up in the backyard, Louis Prima was playing in the background while we all ate so...much...cheese!!!

My amazing friend Dabsy took some beautiful photos that i will always look back on and love! It was such a special day, and i still feel like i am recovering haha!

(Wearing: Vintage 1950's dress from Bluebird Vintage)


Thursday, January 15, 2015


After wearing vintage clothing for the majority of my life i would have to say that it is the detailing that makes me ooh and ahh over a piece, the cut of a dress is still extremely important but if i find a hidden pocket, scalloped edges, back bow, sequins or even rope detailing like this dress...ohhh my i am all over that!

My love is somehow so in tune with knowing i really really am lusting over a certain dress, (with no mention from me) i had ventured into Bluebird Vintage a few times and thought about bringing this green beauty home but decided against it due to being around the silly season! But on Christmas morning i unwrapped a present from my love and there she was!!! Its a dream to wear, fits perfectly and is the most amazing "throw on and go" vintage dress i own. I was pretty much sold at big buttons and rope detailing...yes...just yes!!!

We stopped by this amazing flowering path on our way to an antique shop in Geelong i still remember the sweet aroma and cool breeze...ohh Geelong..i miss you!

I am so looking forward to this weekend, lindy hop tonight and a small engagement party on Sunday to celebrate with family and friends, bring on the champagne and cake!!

(Wearing: 1950's vintage dress, 1950's sunglasses, vintage gifted purse, Target flats & gifted brooch)

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The City of Deco Streets...

Well you asked for it and here it is! A small wrap up of our trip to Melbourne and Geelong over Christmas and New Year in photos, there were so many i wanted to show you but here are just a few of my favourites. It will go down as the best holiday of my life to date, returning home engaged to the love of my life and with so many memories of family and adventures that will make me smile for years to come.

My love and i stopped at every op shop and antiques possible, drank copius amounts of coffee, had an "around the world" christmas cook off (hence our outfits), marvelled at stain glass ceilings, wandered amongst a field of lavender, ate delicious food, drank champagne with family and rang in the New Year to the sounds of fireworks...complete bliss!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Melbourne Love...

On New Years Eve my love and i got dolled up and headed out to buy wine and food for our chilled evening ahead, we walked along the sun speckled sidewalks towards the bustling main street where people were already celebrating in restaurants and bars, and the air felt so warm and full of chatter and the coming years resolutions!!

We stopped to take a few photos just before the sun decided it was done for the day and looking back i couldnt have picked a more beautiful dress to bring in the New Year! I found it whilst scouring the racks at Retro Star in Melbourne, we literally walked in and lost at least two hours trying on pieces and having in-depth descussions on what to cull from the "definitely getting" pile. This beauty was coming home with me no matter what, a cute flower print with a pink bow too delicious to even explain..you truly feel special wearing this one!

I still have so many photos to share from our trip to Melbourne and Geelong, i will post them soon (sparingly i promise) cant wait to share stories about our adventures!

Photographs: By my love

(Wearing: Vintage 1950's Retro Star Dress, Vintage Bag, Vintage Sunglasses & Vintage brooch gifted from my love)

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

(For you are my fate, my sweet)

(Warning: Incredibly gushy, lovey dovey post ahead)

On a sunny afternoon, under a willow tree in Carlton Gardens my love asked me to marry him. Although it was a surprise at that particular moment it has been no surprise at all that this was something we both so very much wanted and knew was meant to be!

I have always been a flag bearer for love and dreamed large..larger than possible for that certain someone with full knowledge that it was almost in the "come on" category, i had reached a point in my life where i was so extremely happy with where i was and where i was going that if a partner was to come along they would have to be a core shaker.

Little did i know it would all become a reality, when i mention love at first sight i am fully aware you may be raising a "mmhmm" eyebrow at your screen but it in all honesty was, i still remember the smell of sweet night air, the yellow light the bar poured out on to the street glinting into his cheeky blue eyes, the perfume i had painstakingly selected and the sweaty palms and stuttering i managed to so elegantly blurt out during those few hours...as soon as i linked my arm in his and he walked me home..life just changed.

I know i haven’t mentioned much about our meeting or courtship through the months but i can with a sincere heart tell you that my path in life is fuller, brighter and more fun than it has ever been and my heart will never long for passion and serenity from another anymore because it is always full and growing, ever more so each day.