Relaxing, glamorous and elegant our new vintage hair and makeup space in Melbourne is all a girl could dream of.
Looking for the perfect space for our vintage hair and makeup salon in Melbourne was no easy task.
We wanted something intimate and warm with a truly vintage heart. Simple shop fronts felt to cold, or too busy, we needed to find a place where you can truly relax and enjoy the whole experience of a vintage styling day.
Years of collecting skills, stories and vintage beauty ephemera, meant I had a wonderful stash of pieces that needed to be both showcased and shared. Now we can.
With wedding season in full swing and holidays just around the corner, our salon is a hive of glamorous activity. The sounds of Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole accompany the golden bubbles of Proseco and the sparkles of special occasion bling. There is a wonderful sense of memory making as we go about our work.
If you’ve been meaning to book in for your holiday looks or treat someone special to a vintage makeover gift voucher, now is the time to catch me before we head off for our Thanksgiving jaunt. Simply pop me an email and we’ll make some magic together!
It is with absolute joy that I can share with you so very exciting news. I’m a covergirl for Glory Days magazine! Based out of New Zealand, Glory Days is a wonderful publication covering all manner of lifestyle and beauty features for vintage lovers of all eras.
I was first turned onto them around twelve months ago and was seriously impressed. It seems that there are quite a few vintage and pin up mags popping up these days, but few have the quality and depth of articles as Glory Days. This isn’t just a publication with a bunch of pretty pictures, but contains all sorts of inspiring lifestyle ideas and accessible resources.
I so enjoyed being interviewed by Natasha. Our mutual passion for vintage and business came together in a long conversation I didn’t want to end. We spoke for hours about life as business owners and vintage lovers, which leads me to my next exciting announcement; I’ve now been invited to become a regular columnist for Glory Days and head across to New Zealand on tour!! Boy did we kick off winter with a bang!
Images via Glory Days Facebook page because I’m a bit excited!
It never ceases to amaze me how this blog has changed my life and my ability to take ideas and morph them into something new. This year, my Year of Living Bravely, is only six months in and already the seismic shifts in my direction have been astounding.
Last month I emailed you to find out more about what you love, what you want to learn and what’s holding you back from achieving your dreams. Your heartfelt responses have been overwhelming, so much so that I’m still in response mode. I knew I wanted to take Vintage Current in a slightly different direction, one that was more focused on you and less on my day to day. The challenges you face, be they style, business or personal, are not at all dissimilar from those I’ve had to master. So I want you to get more. More than just outfit inspiration, more than just a lovely read, I want to give you the keys to the kingdom. All we need is your permission to deliver them to your inbox.
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I realised the other day that I’ve not shared my vintage styling work with you all in quite a while, and as it has been keeping me so very busy, it was overdue!
Valentines Day weekend was one of our busiest in a long time. The team and I rocked up to Ballarat in country Victoria to run a mini beauty salon for the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival. I’ve learnt (the hard way) that these festivals are not something where you can combine business with pleasure. After eight or more solid hours on your feet, transforming ladies into visions of retro loveliness, what you really need is a cup of tea and a good lie down!
What I find particularly rewarding about these events is the diversity of women who come to see us. Women of all ages and very different backgrounds. Those who love makeup and getting dressed up on a regular basis, as well as those who haven’t touched a makeup brush in decades! Seeing the looks of delight as we reveal the transformations and the warm, heartfelt letters of thanks we received in the following week, is a reward beyond measure.
Seeing our work appear in bridal blogs and magazines is an honour I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. I had the pleasure of working with It’s Beautiful Here for an editorial shoot in Hello May. With beautiful gowns by Neveka, the ladies created a Jayne Eyre inspired bridal feel; complete with overgrown woodlands and wild flowers.
Working on Weddings and other special occasions is such an immense honour and privilege. Being invited in to someone’s personal space and helping them to create a perfect memory of their day, is nothing short of marvellous. Seeing the excitement, nerves and joy all bundled together in a room full of happy women as they prepare to make the big leap. Best friends tell stories of their years together and anxious family members potter about the kitchen making tea and sandwiches to keep themselves busy and focused.
While I’m often not there to see the final walk down the aisle, the pure joy and emotion that comes back from these talented photographers is something I’ll always treasure. My team and I travel all over the countryside (indeed all over Australia), bringing our brushes to bear on bridal parties of all backgrounds and ages.
This beautiful wedding was shot by Eric Ronald and featured in Rock N Roll Bride.
Now, as I look toward the rest of 2015, I’m planning out dates for our full day hair and makeup workshops for cities all around Australia. So if you would like to come and play with me one day, drop me a line!
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What a summer this is turning out to be! Such a mix weather wise, not the usual unrelenting heat we have had in past years. With loads of rain things are actually looking lush and green this time and with all the new landscaping we’ve been doing (dare I say it), tropical!
We’ve managed to get quite a number of my new plants in, Elephant ears, Monsteras and Jasmine all adding to the growing picture. So with any luck, if this amount of rain keeps up, I may yet have the lush green pool side vision I’ve dreamt of. The Magnapool has been simply stunning; both to sit by and to relax in on warm evenings. I find that hot weather plays havoc with my legs and fluid retention, so having such an incredible space to soak and revive is an amazing luxury.
Today’s dress I’ve been saving for a special occasion. It is an original vintage Hawaiian piece I bought from a friend who wore it when she won Miss VLV, so it has an illustrious past. It is one of those fabulous numbers that is both gorgeous and infinitely comfortable, meaning it will become a piece I reproduce for myself in the future. There are quite a number of pieces like that in my collection; pieces I’ve had every intention of making patterns from and then remaking them ten times over for love. The reality is though, that I just don’t have the time or the level of skill to do that quickly, so I’m gradually handing these over to friends who can take this on for me.
Dress – Vintage Hawaiian
Bangles – Vintage op shop find
Shoes – Bordello ‘Genie’ style in brown snake skin finish (these have the same last as those sparkly ones I posted earlier)
My plan is to eventually have a small but perfect collection of the vintage pieces I love the most, complete with patterns so that I’m able to reproduce their beauty as they become more fragile or as I need things more suitable to different conditions. Have you taken or made any patterns from your favourites? How do you deal with the inherent sadness of wanting to both wear and preserve them?
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The great irony in building my amazing pool and outdoor area, is that I’m not a sunshine kind of girl. Like all we porcelain white ladies, I burn to a crisp as soon as I look at the sun, so my idea of pool side glamour is very much the over the top, not getting wet version.
This is actually a great and cunning plan, as it allows me to play with my wardrobe of things, creating all kinds of style vignettes that often mirror what I’m reading or watching at the time (American Hustle this week), then enjoy the vision of the pool from the shade until the sun dips down.
Everyday I slather myself in SPF 50+ from head to toe, whether I am planning outdoor adventures or not, I just don’t like to take the risk or skin damage. Large sunglasses and huge hats feature heavily in my summer wardrobe, along with all manner of cover ups and other shade options. So while I may not be the kind of bronzed, Bond Girl who is able to emerge sun kissed from the surf; I’m the one who will mix your martini and throw you a towel from the comfort of my cabana.
I find my pieces all over the place, generally not with one specific outfit or look in mind. It only really comes together when I start to think about the “story” I have in mind for the day. My instant obsession with oversized gold everything began the moment I watch American Hustle (which I highly recommend). The costuming, sets and the story in this one immediately put it in my list of top favourite movies.
The Seventies is not a decade I’ve not really explored too much in my fashion adventures, mainly because I was born then and saw a lot of the fashion first hand. As a teenager I remember thinking, “Who on earth would want to dress like that?” Our house was filled with oversized floral wallpaper, orange kitchen accessories and lots of Mission Brown. Now I am much more partial to its glitzy, decadent charm. The Mission Brown they can keep.
Bikini – Seafolly Australia
Kaftan – eBay find
Black felt hat – Eugina Kim on Shopbop
Sunglasses – Sussan
Bamboo gold hoops earrings – Lovisa
Gold hinged bangle – Op Shop find
Sandals – Airflex
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