Store Update: The Sweets

Ric-rac trim, gingham, peter pan collars, pink and little bows… the latest store update is a little bit sweet!

1980s ‘Night Away’ black metal mesh bag by Glomesh Australia

1980s ‘Night Away’ black metal mesh bag by Glomesh Australia :: Buy via Etsy

1980s ‘Gemma’ pastel pink dress

1980s ‘Gemma’ pastel pink dress :: Buy via Etsy

1950s ‘Diamond Dame’ black and white print dress by Vicky Vaughn

1950s ‘Diamond Dame’ black and white print dress by Vicky Vaughn :: [SOLD]

1960s ‘Muse’ black cropped jacket by Lanz

1960s ‘Muse’ black cropped jacket by Lanz :: Buy via Etsy

1950s ‘Misty Rose’ grey and pink gingham dress by Trudy Hall

1950s ‘Misty Rose’ grey and pink gingham dress by Trudy Hall :: Buy via Etsy

I love your zig-zag dress style

With it now well and truly being April and the long hot days of summer behind us (assuming April doesn’t throw another random hot day into the mix!), I’m finding myself inspired by autumn hues and with colourful zig-zag dresses like this… there’s little wonder why!

1960s Maggy Rouff zig-zag dress

I’m already picturing which cardigan I’d wear with this beauty!

Image from L’officiel de la mode, no. 467, 1961.

Store Update: Sunshine, Lollipops and…

Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows. Everything that’s wonderful is what… is in the latest store update!

1960s ‘Sparkle’ metallic gold purse by Prestige Handbags NSW

1960s ‘Sparkle’ metallic gold purse by Prestige Handbags NSW :: Buy via Etsy

1950s ‘Cherry Pie’ novelty print shirtwaist dress by Wash & Wear

1950s ‘Cherry Pie’ novelty print shirtwaist dress by Wash & Wear :: Buy via Etsy

1970s ‘Summit’ white metal mesh handbag by Glomesh Australia

1970s ‘Summit’ white metal mesh handbag by Glomesh Australia :: Buy via Etsy

1950s ‘Forest Bound’ pink and green floral dress by Carol Brent

1950s ‘Forest Bound’ pink and green floral dress by Carol Brent :: [SOLD]

1950s ‘Sunbound’ pink and yellow floral dress by Carol Brent

1950s ‘Sunbound’ pink and yellow floral dress by Carol Brent :: Buy via Etsy

PS Sorry about getting that song in your head! ;)

Favourite Thrifts: 1950s Harlequin Hostess teacup sets

I’m often popping into the op shops near my workplace and picking up the odd vintage gem or two and the other day I came across something super special.

Vintage 1950s Harlequin Hostess teacup sets by Westminster Australia

Now… you all know that I love my teacup sets and when I spotted this quartet sitting prettily on the shelf I was super snappy in making them mine.

Vintage 1950s Harlequin Hostess teacup sets by Westminster Australia

Made by Westminster Australia, the 1950s set is named ‘Harlequin Hostess’ and I’m pretty sure I’m now one of “Australia’s smartest hostesses” when I serve my afternoon tea treats on these beauties!

Vintage 1950s Harlequin Hostess teacup sets by Westminster Australia

Care to join me?

Advertisement image from The Australian Women’s Weekly, 5 November 1958.

Nice Pins: Follow the line

Striped dresses. I adore them and I seem to have been pinning a lot of them lately. Be they diagonal…

Lauren Bacall | 1940s

Horizontal…

1950s green striped dress

Vertical…

1950s vertical striped dress

I just love them bold and bright!

1960s candy striped dresses

How about you… do you love stripes too?

Images via: 1940s Lauren Bacall; 1950s green striped dress; 1950s vertical striped dress; 1960s candy stripe dresses.

The stylish way of wool

The 1970s had a bit of a love affair with the 1920s (understandably so!) and I absolutely adore these deco-esque illustrations used to showcase the 1971 Pure New Wool Fashion award winners.

The Stylish Way of Wool: 1920s style in the 1970s

“Wool remembers when style was style… that’s the way wool is in 1971.”

The Stylish Way of Wool: 1920s style in the 1970s

“Wool, now — the way it’s done. With a certain style. Wool Fashion Award winners show it — call it fast, call it talent, call it — style.”

Fabulous, aren’t they? I’m particularly smitten with the seated lady and her ensemble.

Images from The Australian Women’s Weekly, 24 March 1971.

It's a store update with some exciting news thrown in for good measure!

Red, white and blue is a classic combo you really can’t go wrong with…

1960s ‘Valentine’ red with white lace nightgown by Diamond Cut with original tags

1960s ‘Valentine’ red with white lace nightgown by Diamond Cut with original tags :: Buy via Etsy

1960s ‘Regatta’ blue chambray shift dress by Serbin

1960s ‘Regatta’ blue chambray shift dress by Serbin :: Buy via Etsy

1970s ‘Atlas’ midi skirt with pockets by Sportscraft

1970s ‘Atlas’ midi skirt with pockets by Sportscraft :: [SOLD]

1960s ‘Skiping Girl’ red and white gingham culotte dress by Pat Perkins

1960s ‘Skiping Girl’ red and white gingham culotte dress by Pat Perkins :: [SOLD]

1950s ‘Whimsy’ blue with white polka dots dress by Carol Brent

1950s ‘Whimsy’ blue with white polka dots dress by Carol Brent :: Buy via Etsy

Oh… and in case you missed it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook

Are you a reader of Frankie magazine? If not… you should be because you could win one of two $100 gift vouchers to use in my Etsy vintage store. Yep! That’s right. One of two $100 gift vouchers!

You can read all about it and enter over on the Frankie blog.

Time for tea and vintage mixmaster butter cake

Time for tea and vintage mixmaster butter cake

It’s been a little while between bakes for me, but last weekend the baking drought ended! My new place has a rather old oven and while I do love vintage things I was a little nervous to see how this ‘vintage’ piece would perform.

Although… you’d think a vintage oven coupled with my vintage baking recipes will be a match made in heaven… right?

Anyhoo… here’s how it went.

Getting ready to bake

The recipe I used was a simple and quick butter cake from the recipe book that came with my vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster.

My 'vintage' Modern Maid oven

Butter Cake

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter; flavouring (I used a bit of vanilla essence); 1/2 cup castor sugar; 2 eggs (I used a couple of duck eggs, which a friend from work gave me); 2 cups SR flour; 6 tablespoons milk.

Beat the butter and flavouring in a large bowl until very soft. Add the sugar and continue beating until light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Mix in sifted flour and milk alternatively. Place in prepped 7 1/2 x 4 inch tin. Bake in a moderate oven (approx. 180-200ºC) for approx. 35 minutes or until baked. Cool and ice.

I iced my cake with a citrus frosting:

Ingredients: 2 tspns grated lemon rind; 2 tblspns butter; 1 cup icing sugar.

Beat butter and rind until soft. Add icing sugar gradually. Mix in sufficient juices to make into a spreading consistency. Beat until creamy.

Baked butter cake

Now… while the bake went quite well I was a little impatient in waiting for the cake to cool properly before putting on the icing and well… I did what any baker would do when faced with such a problem. I covered it in icing sugar!

Time for tea and vintage mixmaster butter cake

Delicious!

Store Update: Summer Lovin'

What’s not to love about summer (minus the crazy hot days!) when you can wear fabulously colourful vintage frocks and swimsuits?!

1970s ‘Tropic Tide’ vibrant floral swimsuit by Catalina

1970s ‘Tropic Tide’ vibrant floral swimsuit by Catalina :: Buy via Etsy

1970s ‘Teal Trip’ green sweetheart dress

1970s ‘Teal Trip’ green sweetheart dress :: Buy via Etsy

1970s ‘Haven’ metal mesh handbag by Glomesh Australia

1970s ‘Haven’ metal mesh handbag by Glomesh Australia :: Buy via Etsy

1970s ‘Tutti Frutti’ polk dot confetti dress

1970s ‘Tutti Frutti’ polk dot confetti dress :: [SOLD]

1950s ‘Sunny Side’ yellow day dress by Wash & Wear

1950s ‘Sunny Side’ yellow day dress by Wash & Wear :: [SOLD]

Cute as a vintage button!

I’ve collected quite a few buttons over the years. I’m sure you have too! You never know when you’re going to need one for a vintage dress or… when you’re feeling a little creative!

Vintage fashion tricks with buttons

“Old buttons plus old dress equals new look.”

Nifty, don’t you think? I particularly love the idea of sewing on clusters of miniature pearl buttons to accent collars and cuffs.

Image from The Australian Women’s Weekly, 2 November 1960.