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Spring sprang sprung


We did it! Melbourne gave us a whole two (and a half!) days of sunny, warm, beautiful Spring weather…before disappearing as quickly as it arrived. But ohh how lovely it was while it lasted!
I managed to bust out two of my new vintage dresses – my blue gingham wrap dress from Gypsy Goth Vintage as well as a summery pink floral dress i picked up from Yesterday People, and I was as happy as could be β™₯

Winter has had me wearing the same dresses over and over again and I just can’t wait for bare legs and an endless supply of vintage pretties to parade around in.

I’m so excited that I may have purchased another couple of pretties for my collection! β™₯ β™₯ eeee somebody please stop me already (but actually don’t because YAY cute new vintage dresses!!) I know I said that i’m buying these to ‘replace’ the older dresses in my collection, but who am I kidding! It’s more so that I can rotate all of them β™₯ vintage dress hoarder right here. πŸ˜‰

So please, come on down Spring! we’re so ready for you.
x

Me vintage

I love you again

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Facebook just reminded me that it’s been 3 years to the day since I debuted my (online) vintage store I love you again at my first ever market! Wow…I look like such a baby in the above photo! haha (I also still have that dress, though it’s super delicate and i’m a little too scared to wear it anywhere!)

And while it feels like only yesterday, it also feels like a lifetime ago!

I’m still not sure how I feel about it all to be honest…I felt a lot of shame for quite a while – I felt (and still probably do feel) like I failed. And fear of failure is what stopped me from starting earlier, so you can only imagine having not made a success of it has only impacted even more…It’s definitiely a sore spot for me, even looking at some of the photos from my stalls and photoshoots is quite painful. This may explain why I deleted my website, put my etsy store on indefinite holiday-mode and deleted all but 10 of my instagram photos…I guess it’s something I’ll need to work through…

A little over a year ago I decided to get rid of everything. We hired a van, loaded it up and took everything to a local market. I sold through half of my vintage clothing in an hour (mostly to one person…) and by the end of the day I felt lighter and happier than I had in years. I realised that being a vintage seller was not for me, and I was ok with that.
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We had another stall at the local market, shifted even more stock and managed to bring the rest back from our storage unit (prior to that everything had been housed in our one bedroom apartment…! Don’t even get me started!). I planned on bulk-listing the remaining stock online to shift the last of it, but after weeks of procrastination I’d had enough. Everything was bundled up and Mike hauled it away to donate to charity stores.

Now I did keep one small bag of items I just couldn’t part with (and these are still living under my bed) and my personal wardrobe grew slightly as I filtered some dresses back into rotation…but that was that. I had a self imposed ban on buying any vintage or even going into an op-shop (thrift store) for fear of a relapse, but after 6 months I finally got over it. I went op-shopping and bought one gorgeous vintage dress (that I’ve already worn a half dozen times) and that has been that.
The internet does make it more difficult, and I’ve had to show a lot of restraint of late…though I splurged and bought myself 3 vintage dresses for my birthday (that’s what birthdays are for, right?!)

I still love vintage you see – vintage dresses have forever been my weakness. I still love buying and wearing them for myself, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

I’ve had ample time to dissect it all – everything I did, where I went wrong (where I went right!), and what I would do differently if I were to ever venture down that path again. Not to say that I am. I haven’t exactly closed the door, but for the moment I’m happy just buying vintage for pleasure.

Even though so much changes, some things remain the same…

Thanks for the memories Facebook! Here’s to more growing and learning…

X

outfits vintage

blue velvet dresses and a sea of green

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i’m not very good at having my photo taken. i have no idea what to do with my hands or feet, whether to smile, stare at the camera and i end up pulling a million awkward/awful faces (or i just scowl. such a pretty look) I also have that thing where when i smile, my eyes completely disappear as my cheeks totally take over!
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somehow, let’s just call if pure determination (exasperation?!), Penny manages to get some of my favourite shots. i’m almost certain it’s because she just ends up taking so many photos of me, i eventually stop being such a scarecrow and relax enough for a half decent photo to emerge.
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at least that’s what i’m going to go with anyway! we found a little spot in the gardens where a wedding was held the previous day, hence the white rose petals scattered around my feet.

i’m wearing: //vintage dress – thrifted//wool & leather jacket – Ted Baker//mini satchel bag – Ted Baker//denim ballet flats – Target//tights – Woolworths//bangles – Sly Pony//

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I can’t even tell you how many photos Penny actually took in the time that we were there, except that there were a lot…and in most of them i’m either looking deadpan at the camera, i have my eyes closed (seems to be a family trait in photos) or i’m twirling like i maniac…
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turns out – they’re my favourite ones β™₯ haha

i guess there’s capturing an image of someone and then there’s really getting someones personality to shine through…and turns out the crazy, twirling, laughing outtakes are the real me πŸ˜‰

Thanks for being my substitute #instagramhusband Penny! x

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vintage daze

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KenneBec Vintage is my new favourite vintage store – but it’s not around for long! They popped up in St Kilda over the Summer, but are closing their doors on May 14th (noooo!) to head back over to the USA and source another shop load of vintage awesomeness!
I’ve already managed to purchase a gorgeousΒ vintage desk that came from a naval shipyard (it’s still covered in ‘stuff’ so i promise to share as soon as it’s somewhat tidy!) on my first visit, and follow up visits seem to be with Mike in tow – mainly too stop me from purchasing any and everything else! I could honestly spend hours in there, as there are so many incredible goodies on offer!


I did manage to pop past with Penny after brunch one day, and low and behold, i bought something! whoops! (seems like Mike knows me a little too well hah!) we spent forever staring at all of the wonderfully curated products and chatting to the lovely owner Bec. She has such an incredible eye, and although i’ll be sad to see her leave us for the Winter, i cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next Summer!

if you love American vintage, make sure you pop on by before May 14th! They’re open daily from 10am – 6pm.

Kennebec Vintage
144 Chapel St,
St Kilda,
VIC