Monday, December 17, 2012


 We are just back from a few days driving around the state. We stopped at roadside fruit stalls and ate our weight in cherries; wandered through eerie caves and survived a bushwalking encounter with a big black snake! In Young we stopped and picked some apricots and snapped a few photos in their pretty orchards.

This dress is a funny little '80s number from my local op shop. It is synthetic and has a seriously high neckline - both things I usually avoid, but for some reason it just seems to work with this one. I have a feeling this one will soon be on high rotation.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Flower girl

 Months ago now, I got to play florist for the day and help out at the school fair. We woke up before the birds and scooped up armfuls of flowers at the growers market, then spent the day selling sweet posies. I miss my flower-arranging days sometimes. When I am having a particularly troublesome time with my research I like to daydream about absconding to become a florist (It's the more fragrant version of running away with the circus). The day was a great success - both for the school and for the flower-girl in me.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Emma's Birthday

I seem to have fallen out of the habit of blogging. Instagram appears to fulfil my desire to take endless happy-snaps these days, but I still like to update my little spot on the internet now and then too. 
Last weekend we had the very great pleasure of celebrating my dear friend Emma's birthday. It looked a lot like this...

The lovely birthday girl! I couldn't help but include this candid below - isn't she a stunner?

 I forgot to catch a shot of my outfit (which include my new jacket and shoes!), so we did a quick late-night lift photo shoot on the way back up to our apartment. I choose only the best locations for you guys!

Monday, September 24, 2012


Let's play catch-ups. We took these photos way back in early July when we swapped houses with Ian's folks for a weekend. It was absolutely freezing cold in the mountains - butI think you can agree, the views were worth a few moments in the wind.

Ian, Matt and Sam, being the three sisters, beside The Three Sisters.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

History Week

Each year the NSW History council organises a week celebrating all things historical. This year the theme is 'threads'. I can't wait to check out all the talks and exhibitions around town exploring ideas around historic dress!

One very exciting project undertaken this year is 'The Muses'.  Six historic muses were chosen and offered to Australian designers as inspiration for the design of an outfit. These were presented at the launch of history week and can be seen in this fashion film set in the State Library. I love seeing this space that I frequent for my research, turned into an atmospheric fashion film.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

50's Fair - Part Three

 As I wrote in my previous post, the thing that really makes the '50s fair every year is the people. The people who dress up, those who dance, and bring a little enthusiasm for mid-century style. So here they are: The people!

I tried to ask everyone for permission to publish their pictures here. If for any reason you don't want your photo here, please get in touch and I will happily take it down. Also if I have missed out any link love - let me know!

Michelle of Ravishing Retro

The lovely duo of 'Like Johnny and June' 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

50's Fair - Part Two

You might have noticed that I quite like history. I spend my days reading and writing it, my nights dancing it and almost all of the time dressing it. Events like the '50s Fair make me really excited to be undertaking historical research. What a joy to see so many people enthusiastically exploring historic aesthetics and spending their Sunday in and around an icon of Australian mid-century domestic architecture; Rose Siedler House!

And yet, I found some aspects a little disappointing. It seemed like a ripe opportunity to teach visitors something about the house; or about our social, cultural or design heritage. Yet I did not encounter any discussion of architectural history and found no educational material available for perusal.

I won't pretend I didn't enjoy the spectacle of the event. You all know how much I love mid-century fashion! I loved to see how other people interpret 50's dress; the bands and dancing and fashion parade were all wonderful fun... but what about the house that inspired the whole business and moved over two thousand people to schlep out to Waroonga for a day? There were no tours, no talks, no pamphlets or explanations of the architecture or design. One might be forgiven for forgetting the building was there! It felt like a lost opportunity.

I would have loved a guided tour of the house; or a talk offering some insight into the design; a pamphlet helping me to understand Siedler's vision, or why this was so significant in Australia at the time? I can dress up and dance anywhere in town. I wish the Historic Houses Trust would make more of this captive audience next year and send us home with a better understanding of what Rose Siedler House meant in its historical context.