Do you know what this picture means? It means we’ve finally finished our pool project!
Yes, there is still quite a bit to be done on the landscaping front, but the epic project that has been removing the old garden and putting in a fabulous, classic style pool is finished! So today’s outfit (well poolside outfit) is in celebration of this big occasion. Finally I have somewhere to wear my twelve pairs of swimmers and use them as they deserve to be.
I’m always a fan of retro styling in swimsuits. I don’t like the itty bitty kind of things, and I certainly prefer that they stay where they are supposed to when pulling yourself out of the water! This pair by Jets came out a few years ago, but have been such a popular style that they are available again this year in Navy. They wash and wear beautifully and also have a great power mesh support system. No wardrobe malfunctions here! And if you’re into the very retro option of over skirts, these work just brilliantly!
Retro styled swimsuit – Jets (Australia)
Black and silver Haori top – Vintage Japanese find
Bangles – Vintage Op Shop find
Shoes – Melissa
Sunglasses – Tom Ford
Lip Colour – Lime Crime Velveteen
My treasured vintage Pake Muu
Inside my vintage clothing collection there are a few prized possessions; this is one. This dress is an original 1940’s Pake Muu, designed for elegant holiday lounging. It is a cotton dress with a long zip up the back and is extremely fitted with no stretch. Sadly, this is the last time I wore it , as it is as the seams have become to old and fragile, the fabric is now tearing beyond repair. This illustrates one of the key reasons I buy such pieces in the first place; they are so beautiful that if I can own them and make patterns from them, then they can live on for many more years.
As a hostess dress, this is one of the most flattering and comfortable garments in my wardrobe. It has a simple elegance not seen in this century, the kind I always long for. Many of these original dresses can be seen for upwards of $300 online, but in my opinion, if you are a keen sewer and like to work from the detail of an original piece, they are a great investment.
Original 1940s Pake Muu via Etsy
Yellow bakelite bangle
Leopard print Tiki heels – Pinup Couture
Lips- MAC Russian Red
Shot on location at – Porter Davis World of Stye Bali Room
Vintage dressing gowns form the backbone of my collection. There is nothing so glamorous and relaxing as having these to swan about in after work.
Pieces from the late 1930s through to the mid 1970s all have a home with me. Satins, silks, velvets, cottons and yes, even pretty polyester have their place in my wardrobe. You’ve seen my latest green velveteen find, so today is another great op shop discovery that is perfect for warm spring afternoons. Like good lingerie, good robes or dressing gowns, can transform the everyday into something very special. The feeling of slipping into something floaty or frilly, soft and feathered or long and silky after a hard day is simply transcendent. This is where that wonderful feeling of “feeling sexy” comes from; from inside. When you treat yourself like someone special, just for you and no one else, it springs from within and your mood lifts to meet it.
Vintage peach robe – Op Shop find
Pink bangle – Op shop find
Nails – “Coral Me Wild” Revlon
Lips – MAC “Russian Red”
Shot on location in a fabulous living space at Porter Davis World of Style here in Melbourne
Macarons, Madelines, and sweet sweet breakfasts.
Visiting the classic (and very popular) French Kitchen at World of Style brings out the romantic in me. The Butler’s pantry is artfully arranged, inspiring me to try me hand at baking fresh, crusty bread. Imagine the feeling of serenity that would come with waking up to this scene every morning!
Yellow shirt – “Lauren” Pin Up Girl Clothing
Skirt – Review
Belt – Portmans
White flower – Made by me
Pink shoes – “Genie” by Bordello
Bangle- Op shop find
Nails – “Coral Me Wild” by Revlon
Lips – “Russan Red” by MAC
Shot on location at Porter Davis World of Style
Pin Up Girl Clothing Tropical Dress
The first stage of our big renovations are almost coming to a close. That is, that outside stage. I’m at the point of beginning to put in all the new plants for our tropical garden to give it a truly resort style feel. It’s been an interesting organic process, without planning things in minute detail but rather having a big picture and going with the flow. I’m so glad I didn’t get too carried away and try and tackle everything at once. We’ve broken up this project into both indoor and outdoor stages, the indoor stage to come a bit later. Lucky for me as the whole idea I have for my kitchen has changed dramatically in the space of the last three months.
Where I always imagined I’d create some sort of very vintage looking kitchen, in pastels with kitsch trimmings, I’m now lusting after something entirely different.
Visiting the Porter Davis World of Style the first time, I quickly fell in love with this space, my favourite of the lot. A tasty tropical kitchen. Standing behind the counter with the huge glass splash back window, I knew this is what I want my kitchen to be; a tropical feeling, high tech oasis. Imagine the Jetsons built their home on a Thai island and you’ll know exactly what I’m aiming for.
Everything is crisp and bright giving it a kind of tangy feeling, just like a lime. The openness of that window behind the stove is achingly gorgeous, and even if it means I somehow need to install a small fake garden cavity behind my stove area, I WANT THIS! The benches and cabinetry is streamlined and simple, with my favourite silent, smooth glide fittings. And the appliances are all sleek stainless steal with modern lines. I’m no minimalist, and I don’t like the cold, harsh look that often comes with too much modernism; but paired with the beautiful bamboo flooring and wood panel detail, (not to mention my green window obsession), this kitchen is to die for!
I’m guessing that like me, you are looking at the detail in these shots like the incredible carved wooden stools and stone bowls, wondering where you can buy that? Coco Republic provided most of the pieces for World of Style, and when my next pay cheque comes around I’m making a beeline for the store!
This outdoor entertaining area solved one of my design problems. I adore these bird of paradise plants, but I wanted even more greenery. Then I saw they had installed planter boxes up high as well, so the greenery becomes almost a boarder through which you view everything else! Very clever.
The geometric design of the accessories against the rattan style of furnishing, pulls the whole thing together with the blend of tropical and modernism. I’m now entirely rethinking my accessory plan for the sunroom, and having a lot of fun making up new inspiration boards.
Having the chance to create a space that truly reflects your personality and lifestyle is such a luxury, even the process itself can be delightful (if you don’t have any melt down moments). Even though I’m not the world’s greatest cook, I do spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I’d like it to match my style!
Tropical faux sarong dress with matching bolero – at Pin Up Girl Clothing the Malibu Tiki dress by Deadly Dames
Leopard print heels with carved Tiki heel (!) – The Wooden Tiki Platform by Pin Up Couture
Red floral piece word at hip – made by me
Nail colour- “Coral Me Wild” by Revlon
Lips – MAC “Russian Red”
You know how we wish our homes could be reflections of our style and personality? Well, after visiting World Of Style last week, I thought it would be fun to re-visit these spaces with some of my outfits I thought really suited the space.
Today it’s Classic Bathroom style and classic lingerie to match.
I’d love to have a bathroom this large and lush!
All in one, open bottom, shaper with suspenders – Kiss Me Deadly “Vargas ” dress.
Stockings – Cervin- Paris.
Gown – Vintage burn out silk velvet with lambs wool trim.
Nail Colour – “I Eat Mainly Lobster” by OPI.
Shot on location at Porter Davis World of Style in South Melbourne.