Monday, December 29, 2008
As of yesterday, the New Years dress and white singlet can, thankfully, be crossed off. The dress is appallingly '80s, bright red and more or less a giant sack. And, ecstatically, I am head over heels - or rather, boots as the case may be.
Click for larger images. Clockwise from top left: Headwear - Vintage photo from Agent-Lee; Haircut - Polaroids of Anja Rubik; Swimming Costume - Vintage photo Fishup; Cigarette Holder - eBay; Hold ups with Garter - eBay; Boots - Cannot remember, but if it's you're photo and you would like me to take it down, please contact me; Frames - The Selby; Vintage Collar - Etsy; White Cat T-Shirt - eBay.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Due to the overwhelming success of December's sale, we decided there was no way we couldn't do it again. So, on the second weekend of 2009 (to give you a chance to recover from your New Years hangover), we'll again be collaborating to bring you a weekend-long pop up store. Similar to last time, we will have food (of the home made cookie kind), liquid refreshment, The Beach Boys (of the Ipod kind), one cozy cat (the second one is grounded), a big comfy couch to chill the fuck out on, shoes, handbags and belts, bric-a-brac, a little jewellery, books and LOTS OF RETRO & VINTAGE CLOTHES, mostly for the lady-folk amongst you.
SUNDAY 11th January: 11am - 4pm
You'll find us on Level Six of Hibernian House, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. Invite your friends, bring your housemates, buy some (awesome) shit or just come and hang out with us.
For more information (including directions), don't forget to check out our Facebook event.
Sandles: Local shoe store, Nu & Nan
Belt and old binoculars bag: Anglicare
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
HOMETOWN: Sydney, Australia
WHAT SHE'S WEARING: "The belt around my head, cropped black top, purple top and the bag are all hand-me-downs from my mum. I uncovered them trawling through the gigantic bag she was giving to charity. The satin dress is a night dress from a charity store and the scarf was a gift from a neighbour. The boots are from a local vintage store and the tights from a local department store."
THE STORY BEHIND: "Being a size 41 in shoes, I spent months trawling the Internet, charity stores and vintage stores for second hand leather shoes. I don't agree with buying new leather goods as I'm a vegetarian which made it just that much more difficult. When I turned these shoes over to see the number 41 glaring back at me, I quite literally squealed with joy."
INSPIRATION: "With the original inspiration [for this particular outfit] long gone from my mind, I couldn't tell you why I decided to wear this with that and that with this. But I do love layers and autumn colours, even in the height of Summer. [And in terms of everyday inspiration,] there are too many to mention. My boyfriend Bobby is a constant style inspiration. I love to steal his colour schemes and super skinny ties. I also have a girl crush on Marla Singer from Fight Club."
FAVOURITE DESIGNER: "Upcoming label FTW, consisting of Marissa Ziesing and Jack Mannix are one to keep all four eyes on (assuming you're wearing glasses like the rest of the cool kids, if not, two is fine too). They're doing some amazing things."
FLIP THE SWITCH: "My style is a product of my inspiration. It's forever changing. It's eclectic, used and abused, a little grandma, too many dresses and not one pair of jeans. "
FAVOURITE COLOUR: "I tend to gravitate towards greens and other natural colours. I am by no means a fluoro type of girl."
FAVOURITE CITY TO SHOP: "Thus far, I have only ever shopped in Sydney and Melbourne. Both have treasure troves of second hand goodness if you know where to look (the pay-by-the-kilo kind certainly being the best kind of goodness)."
HIDDEN TREASURE: "There is a market in Melbourne called Trash and Treasure which is held in a drive-in in Coburg. It is like fifty garage sales at once. There I found a brown leather belt with two bronze teddy bears as the buckle that I haven't been able to stop wearing. It's arrived at the point that the teddy bears even have names."
DO YOU FOLLOW TRENDS? WHAT'S THE NEXT BIG ONE?: "No I don't intentionally follow trends. Glasses however, are certainly going to be even bigger (literally) this season. Everywhere I look I see girls with glass for lenses or even no glass in the lenses at all. I'm sure all those geeks who, back at school, were called four eyes are having a good chuckle now. I think, when done right, it's wonderful. Now excuse me while I go and get my eyes tested..."
EXTRA CURRICULAR: "I could spend all my days hunting down bits and bobs from charity stores, I love to have something specific to look for, like the perfect fitting blazer, high waisted paisley shorts or a monstrous '80s jumper. I also enjoy painting and drawing. Reindeer and rabbits especially, though talk to me in a month and that will have changed completely. I also like cooking wholesome vegetarian meals, listening to good music like Kitty, Daisy and Lewis and Kimya Dawson and scouring things to write about for my blog Owl and the Grapes."
AND DO THESE THINGS INSPIRE YOU TOO?: "All these things inspire my style. Art, music, movies and books. It's so important to me to be surrounded by things that are constantly inspiring. Using these things as inspiration for the way I dress is not about translating images or words from one mode into another, but more about capturing a feeling or vibe."
ON HOLD: "Being on the tiny budget that comes with freelancing, I shop purely in charity and second hand stores. While I wish I could afford designer, when you find that deliciously perfect piece in a charity store you feel all the more accomplished. For the time being, designer pieces shall have to remain purely an inspiration."
IN BLOOM: "I would love if high-waisted bloomers made a comeback - especially in swimwear. I haven't the perseverance or expertise to make my own, and find them impossible to find in vintage stores. It would be wonderful if more swimwear brands branched out into vintage inspired designs."
TIMELESS PIECE: "Men's blazers."
BEAUTY PRODUCT: "Mascara. I thought I had lost mine last week and almost cried. That, of course, had nothing to do with it being that time of the month"
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Last week, however, we all finally came together in the park to dye all those bits and bobs we've since collected.
While it may have taken a while to get around to, and the leotard I dyed didn't turn out quite how I expected, it was certainly worth it. Lots of clothing blowing away in the wind, dye everywhere, very dirty fingernails, and collectively some awesome clothes, bed sheets and shoes.
Top: Charity Store
Bag: Found at my Mother's house, in a box marked 'Emma'
Dress: Hand-me-down from my Mother
Belt: Leftovers from my material box
Photos courtesy of Bobby Townsend and Kerry Lennon.
Friday, December 12, 2008
To help remind the English born-and-bred Bobby that, yes, it is indeed Christmas, I made him an Advent calendar way back in the dawn of December. Not the flimsy cardboard and chocolate kind, but more of a-little-bit-of-Christmas-every-day kinda thing. While I would love to spill to you all twenty-four gifts, this would be not only a killjoy for the man in question, but a lot of them are, I suspect, quite uninteresting to those that haven't been a fly on the wall for the entirety of our relationship.
For one of the days this month, however, I'm sharing. The stocking baring the number 10 held a small chatterbox which when played, revealed an invitation to a play date. The type of play date you'd set up for your little brother and BFF's little sister so you could drink long blacks and smoke menthol cigarettes without your parents' scolding you as the kiddies jumped around on play equipment and you felt guilty about giving your little brother second hand smoke, only a much, much better kind of date. We (to Bobby's relief) avoided the play equipment and (to my relief) the menthol cigarettes. Instead, we spent the afternoon plaster painting amongst a jumble of children.
We visited the store at Fox Studios where you can choose the victim of your paintbrush from all kinds of Batmen, skulls, Darth Vadars, dinosaurs and motorcycle piggy banks. They're open on Weekends and Wednesdays. Once you have your plaster, a lady will give you water and paint and all those things you need to bring your plaster alive. If you're the uncreative type, you can buy one of the pre painted ones, but with four year olds to either side, there isn't that much to fear in way of going outside the lines. The lady offers regular words of encouragement and, once you're all done, you can even have glitter if that's the kind of thing you think you might be into. And if you are inclined to do a bit of that play equipment stuff, it's right there too. Showing you what we plaster painted would be equivalent to exposing all twenty-four presents, but I can reveal that it was beautiful. The lady giving out the paint said so.
Scarf: Traded for a beer
Bag: $3 from Anglicare (Charity store)
Jumper: Borrowed from a friend
Pants: Hand me downs from Mum
Shoes: Cream (Local vintage store)
Cigarette: Virginia Green rolled tobacco
You can read Bobby's far more comprehensive review of Young at Heart over here. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised to find it contains more words than "wonderful" and "life changing". Should you be unable to make it to Govinda's to see the film due to geographical and/or time restraints I'm certain the film is equally brilliant at other venues. But really, Govinda's is, like, the bomb.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This busyness was wholly and solely due to our Vintage and Retro Fashion store that I mentioned in last week's post. It begged at our friendly feet to be arranged as it waited for it's chance to pop up. After much tagging and moving, finally the day came, and we sat in SixOhOne's Green Room as people, clothes and bits and bobs walked up and down our many stairs. All over, the Saturday was a tremendous success, so much so that we decided to do it again the next day (this was also partly due to the fact that we were too lazy, and hungover, to deconstruct the store).
Thank you to everyone who came and kept us entertained and I hope you walked away with one or two things that you'll love to death.
All photos courtesy of Bobby Six.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Amongst a few other bits and bobs, including a hand-sewed bow tie, this little owl was a product of the above mentioned day. He was born out of an old pick (or plectrum if you're that kind of reader). Hopefully, this week will find us at the bead store, buying chain and loops and completing the little hoot as a necklace. By Saturday I should have three or four to sell at the Vintage and Retro Pop-up store. Of course, that is if the old man doesn't ground us again.
Friday, November 28, 2008
For you and you only, Owl and the Grapes and SixOhOne are collaborating to create a one-day pop up store. Just like those fairy tale pop up books you had as a child, but better. You wouldn't have imagined such a thing was possible back then, but trust us, it certainly is.
Okay, so the 'collaboration' thing is a partial lie, considering that Owl and the Grapes and SixOhOne are essentially run by the same people. That the event will be a treasure trove of vintage and retro fashion however, is definitely no lie.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Indeed, now that we (the word we being used loosely, and actually referring to my housemates) have a kitten, this is how I spend my Sundays.
Scarf: Chapel Street Bazaar, Melbourne
Vest: Surry Hills Markets, Sydney
Skirt, pinned up at the bust to wear as a dress: Anglicare, Sydney
Tights: Hand-me-down from Mum that I've cut up
Shoes: Cream on Crown, Sydney
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thankfully there is a far larger range of one-pieces and bikinis available than ever has been in my time. Unfortunately, most are offering themselves in exchange for more money than I will probably ever have.
As you would read; American Apparel, Lover, Arabella Ramsay, Tigerlily times two, Camilla and Marc. This is Genevieve also has a super cool tie dye one piece I'm craving that you can find on their website.If you would like to buy me any of the above I will happily name my first born after you in return. However, since such a thing is unlikely to occur, for now I will have to confine my swimming costume wants to my dreams, especially those perfectly huge scrunched billowing bloomers with their matching structured '40s bikini top.
Friday, November 7, 2008
This hole in the wall sandwich bar tucked away in the scummy part of Surry Hills is absolute heaven for any sandwich-loving foodie. Their sandwiches are large enough to feed a small nation and made with only the freshest ingredients. It's run solely by the two owners, Marc and Marcella (I find Marc a little more generous, so sidle up to the front when you see that glint in his eye and oh my wholemeal, yes please) who pile on ingredients as you stand wide-eyed.
Despite it's word of mouth nature and the fact that people like me lived two minutes from it for months without ever hearing of it, at lunchtimes there can be quite a queue. Yesterday, for instance, after standing in a line that stretched onto the footpath outside the tiny shop for five minutes I realised that I had the whole of 20 cents in my purse. While Malibu sandwiches are great value, unfortunately they do not yet give them away free of charge. With one setting you back $7 to $8 (with a full purse, being an absolute bargain) I found myself $15.80 short. So it was all the way to the ATM after which I repeated the whole process.
However, despite being gone for thirty minutes longer than I had said I would be, those gargantuan alo-foil wrapped sandwiches well made the trip and the wait worth while. The two wholly vegetarian sandwiches lasted us from lunch through dinner and looked scrumptious enough that when the housemate walked by to see us trying to unlock our jaws in order to get our mouths around the Surry Hills skyscrapers, she immediately asked for directions. It's just on Foster Street, off Elizabeth. You'll see the tattoo parlour and follow the graffiti. There are a few umbrellas and a bunch of crates out the front and very possibly a line. You might even see a halo hovering above the roof. Don't be surprised, just ask for Vienna bread with whatever you feel like.
Monday, November 3, 2008
People who plan to vote McCain - or not at all, which is JUST AS BAD - need to get their arse informed and their hind legs to the voting booths. The American election is this Tuesday (that's tomorrow kids) and my many cats, at least, are already well on their way to the voting booths. It's really not extraordinarily difficult you see, and yes, it will affect everyone.
It's times like these I wish I were American. And believe me, these times do not crop up often.
Though no longer brand spanking new (and forgive if you've already seen it a few times over), a few cheeky Brooklyn women created this refreshing poster (top right) that's a reworking of a famous '60s anti-war poster (top left). With their tongues firmly planted in cheeks, Casey Brooks (photographer) and models Anna Bean, Karen Maine, Dana Gluck, and Lindsay Withers succeed in making at least one girl smile.
Dress: Vintage, and on Ebay.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Is there any better way to spend a gloomy day? The not-quite-halloween-themed-cookies didn't turn out quite as well as I had hoped (and the recipe had to be slightly adjusted) but the once-full cookie tin seems to be suitably diminishing.
200 g brown sugar (the recipe calls for white sugar but I so prefer brown, if you use white you may need less flour)
170 g butter
5 ml vanilla extract
380 g plain flour
9 g baking powder
3 g salt
25 g unsweetened cocoa powder
170 g semisweet chocolate chips
100 g cashew halves
- Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking powder and salt. Beat well. Add flour and mix until blended. Depending on consistency of the dough, more flour may be needed. Remove 3/4 of dough. Roll or pat dough out to form two 10 x 4 inch rectangles. Add cocoa (amount depending on personal colour preference) to remaining 1/4 of dough. Mix until blended. Shape chocolate dough into two 10 inch long rolls. Place on rectangle and roll plain dough to cover chocolate dough completely, not including ends. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- Cut dough into 1 centimetre slices with a sharp knife. Place two slices side by side on a cookie sheet to resemble an owl's face. Blend them together just a tad to make sure they stay together when baked. Pinch upper "corners" to resemble ears. Put chocolate chips in each dark circle for eyes and two cashew halves in the centre for the beak.
- Bake for 8 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned
Very simply, it was a hoot (pun fully intended).
Friday, October 31, 2008
On an entirely separate note, I found the below pictured 3-D glasses cleaning and got a bit carried away (no, you're wrong. I was not playing dress ups and singing into an apple candle.) Her name is R-A-D-I-OO, L-A-D-I-OOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
3D glasses: A birthday present to Bobby from a friend this year.
Apple candle: Ikea
Dress: Vintage (on Ebay)
Scarf belt: Thrifted
Stockings: From Myer a few years ago.
Shoes: Myer too, also a few years ago.
I've decided to sell the dress I'm wearing (I do have far too many clothes) so I've popped it up on my Ebay just over here. Right there, that's it.
I'd better get back to my cleaning (aka dancing Elaine-style) but I'll leave you with some photos I took this morning of the beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets (as one nice commenter informed me they are called) that have been visiting our home, and letting us hand feed them, recently. Who would suppose we live in the middle of the city?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
How, might you ask, did I find out about such an awesome place? The Post Office revealed itself to me through the process of Ebaying. One day, I just started to find myself in said place writing stranger's names on my hand.
You see, I do this quite a bit. If you would like to be one of these strangers, with their names on my hand, in the new place-to-be, just bid on one of my current listings (such as the below '60s dress and the grape dress I'm wearing) here.
Or maybe I'll bump into you at my new haunt.