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 :: [SOLD]

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.

Confessions of a Cole-crazy girl

Sunny days abound at the moment and nothing says “Hello Summer” better than a glamorous vintage swimsuit.

Cole of California swimsuits and sun frocks | November 1950

Cole of California is an American company who’s swimwear and sun frocks were manufactured and sold in Australia during the 1950s and 60s by California Productions Limited.

Cole of California swimsuits and sun frocks | October 1953

Gorgeous aren’t they?

I particularly love this cute advertising campaign which was run over a few months in 1964.

Cole of California swimsuits  | October 1964

“I called Helen to rave about my new dégagé Cole. You know what? She’d just bought… a dégagé Cole! Disasterville!”

More people should use that word… “Disasterville”!

Cole of California swimsuits  | November 1964

I think I’m a little bit Cole-crazy too… how about you?

Images from The Australian Women’s Weekly: Nov 1950; Oct 1953; Oct 1964; Nov 1964.

Store Update: Summer Blues

Feeling blue about summer? ;) Well… the latest additions to the store might cheer you up!

1970s ‘Penny Lane’ blue polka dot dress by Fashion Art

1970s ‘Penny Lane’ blue polka dot dress by Fashion Art :: Buy via Etsy

1960s ‘Love Day’ brown raffia handbag by Lanza

1960s ‘Love Day’ brown raffia handbag by Lanza :: Buy via Etsy

1960s ‘Sky Chase’ blue and white plaid dress by Herman Marcus Dallas

1960s ‘Sky Chase’ blue and white plaid dress by Herman Marcus Dallas :: [SOLD]

1950s ‘This Moment’ blue with white lace dress by Minx Modes

1950s ‘This Moment’ blue with white lace dress by Minx Modes :: Buy via Etsy

1980s ‘So Long’ blue and green striped dirndl skirt by Alpen Trachten

1980s ‘So Long’ blue and green striped dirndl skirt by Alpen Trachten :: [SOLD]

1970s ‘Flip Side’ white metal mesh purse by Park Lane

1970s ‘Flip Side’ white metal mesh purse by Park Lane :: [SOLD]

1970s ‘Summer Flair’ blue and white striped dress by Mr Simon

1970s ‘Summer Flair’ blue and white striped dress by Mr Simon :: Buy via Etsy

1940s ‘Ahoy Hoy’ blue and white striped dress by Three Stars Creations

1940s ‘Ahoy Hoy’ blue and white striped dress by Three Stars Creations :: Buy via Etsy

Have any favourites? I think the ‘This Moment’ dress and ‘Love Day’ bag make a splendid pair! Oh… and don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter to receive exclusive store previews and discounts.

I love your refreshingly cool summer style

Last week, a large part of Australia experienced record high summer temps of over 40ºC and as someone who wilts as soon as it hits 30ºC well… I coped. Barely! My vintage sleeveless cotton frocks have been on regular rotation and it’s seen me lusting over more like these beauties…

Refreshingly cool 1950s summer style

These two ladies definitely have summer’s measure! Not only are their frocks refreshingly blue but they’re keeping that pesky sun at bay with spectacularly wide-brimmed hats.

I feel cooler already just from looking at them!

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Nice Pins: Twas the season

With moving and not having a proper internet connection at my new place for a few weeks, I wasn’t terribly active on Pinterest over the past couple of months but it seems it was the season for…

Gorgeous dresses…

1960s green dress and matching hat

But when is it NEVER the season for beautiful frocks?

1950s day dresses

1930s dresses at the races

And perhaps a little decadence…

Tim Walker self portrait with cakes

Or in my case… over indulgence!

Hands up if eating a little healthier has factored into your new year resolution list? ;)

Image sources: 1960s green dress and matching hat; 1950s day dresses; 1930s dresses at the races; Tim Walker self portrait with cakes.

A South Sea Summer with Malia

Malia is one of my favourite vintage dress labels from the 1960s and 70s. Originating from the United States, Malia was designed in Hawaii by Mary Foster (‘Malia’ in Hawaiian means ‘Mary’) and they were also made under licence in Australia, with the label ‘Malia Foster’.

1970s Malia Foster summer dresses

There are numerous reasons why I love these sundresses. Not only are they 100% cotton but they come in such a variety of eye-catching and brightly coloured prints. Perfect summer wear!

1970s Malia Foster summer dresses

1970s Malia Foster summer dresses

I have a couple in my own vintage collection (one is shown here and also pictured above) and…

1970s 'Hot Topic' pink floral dress by Malia Foster

There’s a pretty pink one currently available in the store!

1970s Malia Foster summer dresses

Fabulous, aren’t they?

Images from The Australian Women’s Weekly: 7 Sept. 1977; 15 Nov. 1978.

Bess Georgette has reopened and is ready with vintage!

After a some what hectic month of December I’m happy to say I’m now all moved into my Melbourne home and the store is open again! Yay!

Bess Georgette has reopened and is ready with vintage

Thanks so much to everyone for your support over the past month. It means a lot to me to know I have such wonderful friends and customers and I know this move has been the right choice for both myself and the store.

I think I’m ready for 2014! How about you?

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A new place to call home!

I’m so excited! If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you may already know this… I’ve finally found a new place in Melbourne to call home!

A new place to call home

I’ll be moving in this week and I’m looking forward to settling in over the holiday break with the aim of having the store open again in the new year. YAY!

There may even be a reopening sale so… watch this space.