This is a bit late because I have been surprisingly busy and social lately – shock horror!
On Friday May 17th I got all dolled up and headed to the Love Vintage Show to meet Jacninta (Razzle Dazzle Rose Blog and Betty & Ginger Lingerie – stay tuned…vintage lingerie bricks & mortar store opening soon!) and represent the Melbourne Vintage Society.
I set my hair two days before, as my sets are always better on the second day (was less frizz) and spent the afternoon all a flutter with lipstick and hairspray and the girdle dance (where you wiggle and jump around like a loon while trying to get your girdle in the right spot).
Miss Fairchild showing a bit of slip….
Miss Fairchild deciding the slip wasn’t enough. She had to flash all of Williams Landing Station to take a photo of her beloved Gio Fully Fashioned Nylon stockings held up by my trusty 6 Strap Rago #1359 girdle
Miss Fairchild’s adorable “Rum” ballet flats from Wittner (I only wear flats)
Miss Fairchild’s vintage white Spilene Bag (I have three identical in different colours) and sage green vintage gloves
Gorgeous vintage peach/pink satin hat with feathers and veil *I die*
The gorgeous hat from behind
Once I was sufficiently froufroued up I headed off….
Miss Fairchild insisting to the internet (instagram) she looks like an old grandma in a headscarf
but not before securing my hair and VERY DELICATE hat with a scarf
Loving this veil and the B Collection Brow Box matches my hair so well (it’s not actually red powder, it’s pale brown…but match!)
When I got to the city early I decided to wait for the old city circle train and ride to the show in style. The city circle tram is a free Melbourne tourist tram that circles round the city. They are beautiful trams.
“The City Circle route is serviced by heritage W Class trams liveried in special maroon and green with yellow and gold trimmings”
“W class trams are family of electric trams built by the Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board between 1923 and 1956”
After I got of the tram and finally found my way across the road I walked up the beautiful tree lined path in Cartlon Gardens to my favourite building in Melbourne, The Royal Exhibition Building.
The Royal Exhibition Building was completed in 1880 Melbourne’s first international exhibition – It is just STUNNING!
I met up with the delightful Jacinta out the front and we headed in.
I will try to go back one day when it isn’t being used for a show and get some photos of inside. It is just so beautiful!
We wandered around for a bit and jumped in the photobooth the first chance we got….
Unfortunately I see a camera and freak out so I just attempted to copy whatever Jacinta did….
Then Jacinta headed off to be judge of the best dressed competition….somehow I got roped in. Even though I had a judge in the bag I knew there was no hope, while of course I looked FAB-U-OUS there was stiff competition.
Photo Courtesy of the delightful Claire from Tunabake, as while I am pretty gosh darn talented, I can not be in two places at once.
No those aren’t flowers of congratulations before my crown was handed to me, I just happened to have them with me. I honestly can’t remember being on stage. I remember being told I was next in line and freaking the fuck out (pardon my French and remembering I hate crowds, let alone being on stage in front of a crowd. Next thing I remember was being back stage again. Jacinta and Claire were really nice about it, but I have to wonder what I actually did out there. Also…I only just now realised how much of my slip was showing…no wonder I lost! Terribly unladylike of me.
Another photo Courtesy of Claire from Tunabake – see how gorgeous everyone was!
This little one stole the crowds hearts – the kids best dressed was the most adorable thing ever!
My only disappointment was the number of reproduction pieces in the competition. I would have liked to see two categorys – vintage and repro. Not that I would have fitted in either category (dress, hat, gloves, bag, glasses vintage – everything else modern)…
After that was done and dusted we did some more perusing. I probably only got about 1/4 of the way through before I stumbled across Catherine of Audrey Scarlett Vintage. The delightful Catherine stocks real vintage up to a size 26. That’s how she first won me over. I mentioned I was in the market for a coat that would fit my shoulders as well as my megaboobs. At that point we may have gotten into a heated debated about how big my bust really was. She was not believing that I am currently 47in…but sure enough she measured. She couldn’t believe it as she was convinced her bust was bigger….it wasn’t. We are both 47in. MEGABOOBS!
It shall go down in history as the Great Boob Off of 2013 – Another Photo Courtesy of Claire from Tunabake
The MEGABOOB Twins – Photo Courtesy of Claire from Tunabake
After the official measurements were complete it was time to find some coats. I tried on a few things and most of them fit, but they weren’t *it*. Then she whipped out this amazing (Made in Melbourne) 60’s wool houndstooth coat and that was it. I was in love. I took it over to the mirror slowly as I was so worried it wouldn’t fit. It was PERFECT. PERFECT!!!!
Taken more recently, a full length shot….isn’t she beautiful!!!! Best coat in the world.
Black, cream and maroon houndstooth wool…with beautiful rich red berry coloured lining
Apparently it’s shower proof….and even though the smart ass in me wants to take it in the shower, I won’t because it’s MY PRECIOUS!
Cathering also found me a beautiful evening swing coat – black with 3/4 sleeves and a fur collar…
Single button at the top and beautiful detail underneath. I LOOOOVE it.
The last thing I bought before calling it quits, as I already have a very large payment plan with Miss Catherine, was this green feathered hat
Looking Good Celeste!
I am actually not a bit fan of feathered hats….but this green, and my hair, and it goes with my beautiful green cocktail dress (Seen HERE). It is in pristine condition. So beautiful.
After that I literally had one dollar left so thought it was time to call it quits. I didn’t even finish looking around. I said goodbye to Claire & Jacinta before seeing Marianne from Esme & the Laneway, her fiancée John and Trish from Trish Hunter Finds. I said a quick happy birthday to Trish, rambled on at John about the Melbourne Registry Office and then headed home.
All in all it was fabulous. Next time I really need to save up and go back on some of the other days. There is just so much to look at and buy and I had so much fun with my vintage loving friends. It was awesome.
Anyone else go?
Miss Fairchild xoxo