Today I want to introduce you to Nina, a local vintage seller and a dear friend of mine. Since meeting her earlier this year I have learned so much about her love of vintage and her bubbly personality. Nina is one of my local sources for vintage and recently has gotten a lovely new spot in my favorite place Sydney Antique Centre. If you haven’t been in there you should check it out! The downstairs Vintage Fashion Emporium is a hidden gem filled with beautiful clothing and accessories, and Nina’s Vintage Closet is one of the best stalls in there!
Nina’s style can only be described as FUN. She always has a stack of bangles on her wrists, the cutest accessories, and love mixing patterns and colors. NVC is also one of the few stalls locally that sources menswear, so make sure you check it out!
December is here and it is great! I am excited about this month and starting 2014 - I have a feeling it’s going to be a lovely year! I want to share with you some of the things that have been going on lately.
I was bored one day and took some photos in my 1930s velvet dress. This lovely dress is from HoneyMoonMuse.
Reflection: Ten important things I've learned in my 27 years
Tomorrow is my 27th birthday and while it is not my usual kind of post, I really want to share some of my thoughts and ideas. I want to share more of who I am and what I’ve learned in my life. Hope you don’t mind :)
It is officially November, which means it is my birthday on the 19th woohoo! I have been quite generous to myself this month - buying myself small gifts before the big day arrives. Boyfriend is getting me a watch this year - he’s been trying to get me to wear one and I’m finally convinced and am letting him get me one. Being a girl though, I think I deserve a birthday dress. I am massively in love with the first dress I’m going to show, but greed is a powerful thing and if I could, I would get everything I list here.
Also, if anyone is feeling generous and want to get me anything off this list (or I accept Etsy gift voucher) I will definitely welcome it with open hands. Anyway, the weekend is here so I hope you’ve got some fun things planned. It’s meant to rain the whole weekend in Sydney so I might hide indoors and add more things to my wish list.
Which one is your favorite though? Help me decide!
<Meet My Dealers> Andi and Isaac from Raleigh Vintage
It really is my pleasure to introduce to you my friends Andi and Isaac from Raleigh Vintage. I started talking to Andi through Facebook, and recently had started collaborating. Andi recently sent me a parcel of two dresses, but we soon learnt that it got into an accident while being handled by US postal service. She has shown me an exceptional customer service - immediately emailing me about re-sending the first undamaged dress while she attempts to to clean another. Oh, and she gifted me the cutest 50s straw hat. Am I in love with her? Definitely. While buying vintage online can be difficult as you do not get to try things on, I definitely think sellers like Andi and Isaac make you forget about the distance.
I talked to Andi about her love of vintage and her growing shop Raleigh Vintage.
Every now and then I find myself laughing and crying at the same time. Fortunately the last time that happened my brain network wasn’t going through a crisis, I was simply sitting in the audience for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels preview night at the Theatre Royal. It was a good exercise for my stomach muscle and a chicken soup for my soul.
Halloween is fast approaching and I have seen so many of you on social media talking about your costume ideas and even your costumes. Growing up in Indonesia I didn’t have that concept of Halloween (though of course I watched a lot of foreign tv and thought it was really cool) and living in Australia it isn’t as celebrated as it is in the USA.
While I still do not have a Halloween plan, I might channel a bit of witch wickedness into my outfit that day. Black and orange are the signature colors of All Hallows Eve, so I have focused on these two colors for my selection. And as I am a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (read: geek), I have rated these products in the level of Willow wickedness.
First Season Innocent Willow was a goody two shoes when she first met Buffy, but we knew she always had an inner wickedness.
The opening night of Grease is The Word might have been dampened by the start of NSW bushfire (sending my thoughts to the affected), but as they always say - the show must go on. And what a show it was. As a fan of Grease and, of course, 50s culture I thought it was a superb entertainment with a star-studded cast.
Just a short post to present to you the cropped jacket I made last month. Based on a Butterick 7900 pattern, this jacket is made from a lightweight wool aims to keep me warm in this transitional season. While in this post I’m wearing it with a simple outfit of tank top and jeans, I definitely think this will be perfect over an LBD. I liked the end result, but I definitely struggled in making the jacket - I think I could’ve adjusted it a bit more but I’m still learning how to do this.
First of all, thank you for the positive response that I’ve received on social media about planning this post. I know all of you love your online shopping and some of my readers are indeed vintage sellers. While I don’t claim to be a marketing know-it-all, I simply want to share my experience as a buyer. Vintage buyers are often girls who spend too much time browsing the internet and have some knowledge of vintage.
The main reason why I wrote this post is my frustration when some pieces aren’t described properly and somehow are listed for ridiculous prices. I once saw a “Tiffany blue” 50s day dress dress with no label listed for 600 dollars, or a listing that simply says “60s Mad Men dress” with no other description. With a lot of new vintage shops popping up, the competition has gotten harder for my vintage seller friends. This blog post will hopefully be a quick guide for the sellers to improve their listings.
To start with, remember that it is very important for you to have a specific focus. Whether you are selling vintage cocktail dresses or vintage wedding dresses, make sure your shop has a focus. Buyers will immediately remember your shop and have reasons to follow your listings.
A-to-Z of listing:
Era: This is the most important thing you need to include. There is nothing more off-putting than searching for a 50s dress and coming up with billions of reproductions or 50s-style dresses. It is very important for you to not mislead your customer. If you cannot get the decade right, do more research. You can say late 50s early 60s, or 70s in 40s style, but get the decades right.
Style/details: It is very helpful to introduce your pieces as strapless cocktail dress or halter day dress. You might also want to include the style as keyword: strapless, drop waist, cocktail dress, swimsuit, gym romper. Also to be included in the photographs and description are the beautiful details such as buttons, laces or prints.
Through the blog, I’ve noticed that vintage is really popular worldwide. While we mostly see vintage in the US and UK, nowadays shops are popping up everywhere from every corner of the world. While some might think this means more competition, I actually think this is great - it means receiving invaluable education about different cultures and history from various backgrounds!
When RakShniya Vintage showed up on my radar, I was surprised to find out that it’s actually Israel-based. I have a friend who’s working in Israel and he’s always updated me of the political situation there. While this post isn’t about politics, it is worth mentioning that the owner Zohar must experience different challenges in selling vintage. Not to mention that the vintage sourcing must be pretty interesting. Without further ado, scroll down and enjoy my conversation with the lovely Zohar.
Here are the photos from The Vintage and Retro Fair on the weekend. I had a lot of fun, a lot of stress, and not enough sleep. But I know it was worth it. I did three parades: spring fashion, vintage revival (ethnic and cultural influence throughout the decades), and a lifestyle pop-up parade.
What a great weekend - Sydney Vintage and Retro Fair
Sorry for the lack of updates. I am still recovering from the huge weekend at the Sydney Vintage and Retro Fair where I styled seven models for three fashion parades. Putting together all the outfits using items from different stalls in the fair proved to be a huge challenge!
I have too many photos to go through still, but let me leave you with some Instagram snaps. If you attended the fair and saw the parades, let me know what you think!
I’ll have a proper post coming up in the next week or so, so sit tight and enjoy these few snaps.
I guess this outfit isn’t actually vintage, but considering how old some of these pieces are they could almost be retro :p I’ve been so occupied with other things for the blog I thought we all could use an outfit post. I put together this outfit when I realised it was getting warmer and again for another year this leopard jacket almost missed an opportunity to get worn. I got it last year and somehow it didn’t make an appearance. I thought it was rather “loud” but I think I’ve made it work in an all-navy ensemble.
However, I have two double passes for two winners tonight! You and a friend will receive free entries to one day of the fair (September 27-29). Fashion parades will be held on Saturday or Sunday, but the Best Dressed Competition is on the opening night on Friday.
How to win: comment below with your email address and I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday 12pm.
Don’t forget that you can also double your chance of winning if you head to my instagram.
I’m really excited about this Meet My Dealers post. It is always lovely toget to know other vintage lovers, and now is your opportunity to get to know Teresa! She is one of the first vintage ladies I know in Australia, and I have always admired her lovely blog. She regularly writes about Australian fashion labels and posts beautiful images (and recipes!) from vintage magazines, and her shop really is just lovely! Just like Teresa herself. Anyway, scroll down to read how she made the transition from graphic design to selling vintage at Bess Georgette, and may I recommend having some tea and cookies at the same time? You’ll understand why.
| Review | Exhibition | The Hat - A Social History | Sydney Antique Centre
What? “The Hat - A Social History” Exhibition
Where? Sydney Antique Centre, 532 South Dowling Street Surry Hills
When? Originally until today, but been extended until next weekend September 22nd
Today I met up with my pal Emma from blog Emma Aime (her reflection above) to check out exhibition The Hat - A Social History at the Sydney Antique Centre. We are big lovers of vintage hats, and it really was a great opportunity to check out such a vast collection of vintage hats exhibited in such lovely displays.
The exhibition was rather small, but it was beautiful! There were so many pieces from different eras, starting from Edwardian to the 1970s. They are all equally beautiful and equally unique, which sparked some interesting discussion between Emma and I. We chatted about how it is more challenging to date vintage hats than vintage clothing, and how complicated hats used to be and how it was somewhat acceptable (if not highly recommended) to wear hats at every occasion, and importantly: how many hats did an average female own?
If you are looking for something to do next week, please head to the exhibition. It was supposed to end today but has been extended until next weekend so get an hour out of your day and check it out. While you’re there, visit some of the beautiful stalls and look for vintage clothing or furniture or accessories.
Today I wore my 1940s house jacket for the first time. I got it on Ebay a few months ago and it’s been waiting for the warmer weather to make an appearance. I thought it looked lovely with my 1940s salmon dress, and just had to ask Emma to snap some pictures to show you..
Spring is here and I thought it’s the perfect time to actually show you a selection of floral and feminine pieces that I wish belonged in my wardrobe. Some of the pieces here aren’t actually my size, but all of them are in my wish list. If only I was good enough of a seamstress!
This first trio belongs from the golden age of femininity and elegance: 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.
3. Dress - Size L - 1950s - RaleighVintage(use coupon code NoraFinds for 10% off)
This second trio is from the later decades, proving to us that elegance has not completely disappeared even though practicality definitely became a priority. Okay, obviously I picked the less practical but pretty pieces.
6. Dress - Size S - 1980s - RaleighVintage (use coupon code NoraFinds for 10% off)
This trio below consists of my favorite vintage-inspired modern labels. You all know how I appreciate my repros and love the updated fit and the cutest prints! Katerina Nis is my latest find, a label focusing on the cutest vintage-inspired boudoir pieces.
And who can forget the accessories? Spring is all about embracing the sun, which means shorter sleeves, less layering, and more accessorizing! I’ve picked a bunch of vintage and modern pieces that I think still symbolizes the fun and playful side of spring.
10. Floral Hat - 1950s/60s - Over The Top Vintage
11. Lipari Ocean Cuff - Modern - The Iconic (use coupon code COMF20MA for 20% over $79, until Oct 9))
12. Bailey Cigarette Heels - Modern - TheIconic (use coupon code COMF20MA for 20% over $79, until Oct 9)
These photos were taken last week on the first day of Liptember. If you do not know about my Liptember effort, I’ve committed to wearing this official Liptember lipstick for the whole month to raise awareness about mental health. While some might think one needs to wear a blue lipstick to really stand out and to start a discussion, I have already gotten people asking me about it. Probably should’ve expected it when I’m out at 7.30AM to get coffees with lipstick on. I’m actually raising money with three other vintage ladies, so if you want to show your support head to this page. I have been posting daily pictures (and occasional videos) on my Instagram too to prove my commitment :p
This lovely dress is my first pick for the first day of Liptember. I deliberately wanted something purple or maroon, and since the weather got a bit warmer I took out this beautiful dress I had been keeping for a while. If you’ve never heard of the shop Adored Vintage, where have you been?! But seriously, it’s one of the most beautiful vintage shops around. Everything in the shops is.. ethereal. You will thank me later. That’s if you remember to come back to this blog after spending hours browsing Adored Vintage
I am really happy with my purchase. The dress was described and photographed well that there was no surprises when I received them. Well, except for how beautiful it really is in person. I love how the print reminds me of watercolor painting, the shape of the collars, and the twist detail across the front of the waist. I love the elegance it exudes, and how simple and comfortable it actually is! Can you tell that I am in love?
Anyway, please consider supporting my Liptember effort or at least take some time to think about someone around you that can use a phone call today. A quick phone call to just ask how they are and how they’re dealing with their problems. We all appreciate that random calls, so make one today.
I was invited by Bess Georgette, one of my favorite local vintage shop, to model this dress for her shop. When I put it on I immediately fell in love, but I know I couldn’t keep it for myself! I won’t lie, I was repeatedly tempted to - the texture of the fabric feels really nice,and the A-line skirt really flatters. It really represents the youth movement in the 60s and the freedom in fashion. And really - it’s pink. Vibrant shocking pink.
The best thing about this dress is the fact that it feels really solid. It pains me when a beautiful vintage piece cannot be worn too often because it’s rather fragile - because after a few washes it kind of just falls apart. I know this dress will adorn anyone’s wardrobe for at least a few decades, hopefully even have another life with the next generation. It really is a well-made dress from a very successful brand. It is perfect for spring and I hope a lucky lady will snap this soon because it’s a lovely investment vintage piece.
Ricki Reed label is a fantastic success story by Australian designer Dorothy Tyoran. You can read more about it in Bess Georgette’s blog post, and I know what you’re thinking - so Ricki Reed isn’t a person’s name?! I know!!! It’s like how another favorite label of mine, Jonathan Logan, isn’t actually founded by a Mr Logan! Am I the only one who’s fascinated by that? I must be.
So happy that I can finally show you my latest collaboration with Indonesian vintage shop Odd and Dot. These images are for their new season lookbook, and these really beautiful dresses - I only hope that I’ve done them justice! If you can’t figure out why I’m working together with an Indonesian shop, you must remember that I actually grew up in Indonesia. So it really is long overdue. Let me know what you think and visit the shop - they have the best 70s and 80s pieces with very very adorable prices!
This is my outfit for last weekend’s Fifties Fair. While I was only there for a while, I made sure I checked out some of the beautiful cars and fashionable people! One of my favorite ladies will have to be fellow blogger Emma who didn’t take the whole thing seriously and ended up with an awesome ensemble! Friday Kahlo, is that you?! It was a beautiful warm day and I didn’t actually need my fur stole but oh well - after all, it was part of the outfit and probably one of the few events it is actually acceptable to wear fur to.
Anyway, it’s a short post because I’m too busy enjoying the sun. Spring has really come early and it reached 27 deg yesterday so I’m finding it harder and harder to not take afternoon naps. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend lovelies!
The latest installment of Meet My Dealers introduces me to Lauren Wayman, the brain and beauty behind This Blue Bird. Lauren is one of NoraFind’s latest sponsors, and I’m thrilled to be affiliated with her beautiful shop. It stocks a great variety of clothing from 1920s to 1980s, and my unemployment hasn’t deterred from me clicking through her shop. So many lovely pieces I want for myself! Check out the shop and thank me later!
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Lauren Wayman. I opened ThisBlueBird, a vintage clothing and accessories shop, in 2002. I believe I fell in love with vintage things the first time my mom took me to a flea market as a child. I have a background in fine art and history and photography. The intersection of fashion, society and history fascinates me. I also love to travel and spend time searching for vintage treasures in Europe and Asia.
What is your favorite vintage movie?
It’s a tie between Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Rear Window.
Who is your favorite vintage leading man?
What is your favorite vintage piece in your wardrobe?
I recently sold my favorite piece… It was a gorgeous 1920s silk dressing gown with the quintessential Asian Art Deco chrysanthemum print. I enjoyed it in my personal collection for about 10 years and decided it was time to let move on to make someone else’s heart sing!
Tell us about your vintage collections.
I have too many collections! Vintage silk scarves, silk kimonos, and handbags just to name a few. I’m a sucker for anything with a great print in a bright color… Vera, Malia, Vested Gentress, Shaheen Hawaiian and all the fabulous prints from the art deco through atomic-age, 20s-50s.
What do you think is the most underrated vintage piece?
Classic Ray-Ban Wayfarers. They look great on just about everyone!
About the shop
What does the shop specialize in?
Helping people find happiness through classic vintage styles from the 1920s to the 1980s. My selections are chosen in the spirt of my shop’s inspiration; The Bluebird of Happiness. I have future plans for a modern line as well.
What is your favorite era?
The 1930s is my personal favorite!
What is the most difficult thing to sell?
Menswear. I just started carrying vintage men’s clothing and it’s a learning opportunity for me as I research the styles and designers and also figure out what kinds of vintage clothes modern men are interested in.
What do you think is the biggest challenge of selling online?
Writing blog posts and gaining followers through various outlets. The social media aspect is very time consuming.
Tell us about your future plan? Any physical shop planned?
I would love to open a physical shop one day! It’s part of my long-term plan. I envision a bright open space filled with light, and preferably near the ocean!
For more from the Meet My Dealers series click this.
Shoes - modern black/brown/white flats - Aldo Shoes
Every now and then I opted for a reproduction dress instead of a vintage one. There are many reasons why. First of all, I know it will fit my modern curves well without needing any alteration (damn you big-busted-small-waisted-cincher-wearing-ladies). Secondly, I like that I don’t have to be so precious about them. I can wear them without any worry and just replace them if needed. I do not believe that modern mass-produced clothes are of terrible quality - it’s about being smart and investing in quality pieces. I can go on and on but you know what I mean.
While I am automatically drawn to intricate and detailed pieces, I cannot go past a good shirtdress. Reliable, comfortable, and durable - I really believe shirtdresses are the one thing I cannot live without. This lovely green gingham dress is by Elise Fashion, whom I’ve recently discovered and fallen in love with. The most adorable details? The horizontal tabs over the pockets. Mmmm-hmmm…
What do you think of these pictures hey? I asked a friend of mine to take photographs (he usually does conceptual) and I think he’s done a really great job. It’s funny how even after knowing him for almost a decade, I still felt a bit awkward posing for him. He was a bit reluctant to snap me because he’s not into fashion photography, but I told him my blog photos aren’t editorials. They’re simply nice(r) snaps of me wearing things I genuinely love. I like to keep the blog and my style “real”, and I think that’s why people keep coming back (well some do!) to read my posts.
Shoes - modern black/brown/white flats - Aldo Shoes
Undergarment - What Katie Did cone bra - What Katie Did
Now that I have left my day job, I’m feeling a bit better about life. While uncertainties scare me at times, I feel like something is really off my shoulder now. Boyfriend has also confirmed that I am less of a b**ch so I think I’ve made the right decision. We celebrated that weekend by heading South and stopped at the cutest town Berry. Main reason? For freshly baked donuts - from the donut van! I also got a chance to dance around in the middle of the road just off the main Berry road. The freedom I felt was thrilling.
It really is the simple things that make you happy ay? I just came back from State Library of NSW where I checked out the Selling Dreams exhibition. It really was a lovely exhibition showcasing fashion photography in the past century. However, just as I walked in, there was a small portraiture display that highlight the issue of homelessness in Sydney. It’s called Acknowledged: Sydney’s Homelessand all the portraits taken at a centre called Sydney Homeless Connect. One of the photographs was of a lady and the caption says “I’ve had a massage, a haircut, and have a portrait taken today. I cannot be happier”. This simple caption almost brought tears to my eyes. For her to be so grateful over something so simple is so humbling.
I used to keep a gratitude journal next to my bed - I wrote what I’m grateful for that day just before I went to bed. Some days are more difficult and sometimes I feel like I don’t have anything to be grateful for. While I’ve been writing on it less and less frequently, I love the whole idea. I used to write on general journals and found that there is a negative undertone in every post. When I force myself to be grateful, to count my blessing, I realise that there is a lot to be grateful for.
So today, I’m grateful for such a great reminder to be grateful. What about you? What are you grateful for?
You all know I’m not really much of an active person. I don’t really do any sports (occasional swimming and indoor rock climbing), and I hate running. Running makes me feel like my head might explode and I generally don’t enjoy sweating. Hahahah that makes me sound like such a brat!
Next weekend August 31st at Tumblong Park Darling Harbour, however, I will make an exception and take part in the Puma Glow Run. Why? Because this 5k fun run aims to raise awareness about mental health. Wanting to combine fun (dance music and glow sticks under three different marquees) and exercise (run, run, baby run!), this event by PUMA and Headspace wants to remind you that a healthy mind requires a healthy body. Though I’m not an exercise buff myself, I have to agree. Sometimes going out for a walk cheers me up when I’m sad.
You can read the details of this event on the website, but I will just try to convince you a little bit more with some images from the event :)
PS: I need to mention that the entry fee is not going to a charity though, it is simply to cover the cost of the event. It is to raise awareness about mental health but hopefully it will encourage people to do more about mental health research and treatment.
Disclaimer: All images are supplied by BAM Brands. This post is sponsored by BAM Brands in exchange for two complimentary tickets.
Wearing Vintage: Clash! (Modern and vintage + color clashing)
I haven’t written a Wearing Vintage post for a long time! My Great Gatsby post has been very popular and it does make me wonder about the next big “vintage” movie. What will it be? What era? How exciting! Anyway, it’s time to address another important question.
People always ask me whether it’s okay to mix vintage and modern. The simple answer is “yes”, but there’s a limitation to it! I personally think you should stick to elegant lady-like pieces, and not wear your 40s dress with studded boots. Think of it this way: you are simply replacing a vintage piece with a modern one. Sometimes you cannot always source a specific vintage clutch to match your dress, so you should allow yourself to get a modern one. Do not be a vintage snob.
I also like planning my outfit based on colors. If you’re like me, you usually start an outfit by picking a dress. Once I have a dress, I pick the two colors in the dress and accessorise that way. If the dress only has one color, don’t be scared to pick a random second color. You will be surprised of how much fun an outfit can be when you color-clash!
Here I have shown you three different outfits: modern, vintage, and in clashing colors! All the pieces are available for purchase through their individual shops and links. I have also made sure that I feature three different dresses in three different sizes because we are all different aren’t we? :)
Just an example that I can do a casual vintage-inspired outfit. This outfit is a perfect balance between vintage and modern, feminine and practical. While I am somewhat covered from head-to-toe, I feel really sexy. I feel like I’m showing a lot of curves without actually showing any skin! If you want to start wearing vintage, an outfit like this would be excellent. And gingham.. you cannot get any more 50s than that!
So what have I been up to on my first week off? Yesterday I style Elise Design summer lookbook in the beautiful Manly. What started out as a sunny hot morning turned out to be a very windy afternoon, but we had so much fun putting together so many outfits for the lookbook. This morning, I collaborated with a friend who’s a professional make up artist for her video series. She taught me some tips to perfect my cat-eye and red lips, and gosh I learned so much! Cannot wait until she post her video, but I hope you’ll enjoy it. And psstt you’ll get to see me without makeup at the beginning.. I know, the horror!
<Meet My Dealers> Candy from Sweet as Candy Vintage
I really love doing Meet My Dealers series. It has really made me appreciate the lovely individuals behind these businesses, and has made me some lovely friends. One of these lovely ladies is Candy from Sweet as Candy Vintage. She’s not only a lovely person, she is also a very smart business owner. And we all know having smart friends is a really good stimulation for your brain :p
I interviewed Candy about her vintage life and her shop. I learned that Australian market really does love reproductions, and have to agree with Candy that the definition of vintage down under is often mixed up with second hand. I also love that her business works closely with local photographers to create beautiful images - one thing you know I’m really passionate about. Anyway, scroll down and read this lovely interview and don’t forget to check out Sweet as Candy Vintage.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Candice (named after Candice Bergen), but I always end up getting called Candy ever since I was little. I’m 29 and have lived in Brisbane for the last 12 years. I’m originally from Central Queensland.
What is your favorite era?
I am pretty much obsessed with anything 1950s. Love the fashion, hair & makeup, the furniture, the music, the cars.
How many percentage of your wardrobe is vintage or reproduction?
It’s half vintage, half reproduction (eg Bettie Page/Bernie Dexter). Only my cafe uniform is modern (and I hate wearing it).
Which piece of clothing do you prefer buying modern and why?
I have a size 9 hoof so it’s really hard to buy vintage shoes.
What is the one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to start wearing vintage?
Ignore the sizing and look at the measurements and where you can, try the items on. Also, check zips and under the armpits as these can be quite worn.
Chatting with my (now) husband. It was a toss up between Candy Shoppe Vintage or Sweet as Candy Vintage. I actually get called Sweet as Candy by some people so we went with that.
When did the shop start and how did it start?
Over the years I have bought a lot of vintage that I knew wouldn’t fit me but I just had to own it. At Christmas 2010 it was like a light bulb lit up and I knew I had found my calling. March 2011 I set up the Facebook page and I haven’t looked back since.
What does the shop specialise in?
We sell vintage, reproduction, Glamourflage. I also make jewellery and floral headbands to complement the clothing.
Photos 2-3 by Lillie Brennan - Monochrome Media
What is the biggest challenge in selling online?
There are so many websites out there these days so you are competing against some big sites. I’m just a small fish so my goal is to give the best customer service and package my product the way how I’d like to receive it. I have a lot of repeat customers and love hearing when a new customer has been recommended to my site from another buyer.
What is your most popular product?
It depends what time of year it is. I think Bettie Page is more well know so I would say the Bettie Page Alika Dress is my most popular product.
What do you envisage the development of the shop in the near future?
I will be getting more reproduction brands and also plan on releasing my own line of dresses.
Who would you love to dress up in Sweet as Candy Vintage dresses? One modern and one vintage celebrities.
Oh my, that’s a very hard question, I could list a lot of gorgeous women.
Modern - Christine Hendricks from Mad Men.
Vintage - Dovima. I think she modelled for everyone back in the 50s
I’ve had this skirt suit for a few months now, but I knew right away I had to find the perfect matching hat before I could take it out for a spin. So on a slightly warmer weekend right after I received this hat in the mail, I put this 40s ensemble and went vintage shopping. Cannot be more appropriate. I actually found a beautiful 50s hat to match the dress I got in Japan - in preparation for the fifties fair of course!
I really love this suit. The cute pom poms are in perfect condition, the fabric is detailed with white and red specks, and the back details - the buttons! This outfit and my last 40s outfit (the red dress) are the darlings of my wardrobe. While the 1950s was the decade I first fell in love with years ago, I’m finding myself more and more drawn to the 30s and 40s. I’m sure you can appreciate why.
Today actually marks my last day at my day job. I’d like to say "Bye-bye science (for now) and hello possibilities!". I have to thank you all for the support, and I have some vintage-related plans that I will share with you once they’re confirmed. It really is exciting. And scary. But mostly exciting. And I’m suited up ready to conquer the world.
PS. The idea of posting videos has always crossed my mind, but what do you think? And what would you like to see/watch? As a vintage blogger I’m thinking about doing some quick posts on color-matching, or picking vintage accessories - but let me know what you think and I might just find the courage to do a video!
This exciting event is on again this year (August 25th) at the historic Rose Seidler House - for the 18th time! Always packed with vintage lovers, this year’s event promises good entertainment (by Pat Capocci Combo) , a parlor (by Sterling Hair), and delectable food (by Porteno). And of course, there will be some fabulous stalls for your shopping need - not that we really need any of that! Being surrounded by fellow vintage enthusiasts in their best 50s attires is exhilarating already!
If you are a vintage lover/photographer/blogger/fashionista or simply someone who appreciates beauty, you will love this event! This is also a lovely opportunity for you to check out the beautiful Rose Seidler House - the house is preserved in its 50s-60s glory, with the original furnitures. You can read more about the house here. So get your tickets now ($30 each) because it’s a pre-sale only event and you really do not want to miss out!
So…The Sydney Living Museum has offered me two double passes (worth $60 in total) to give away. Yes, that means two winners get to bring their friends to this amazing event! No, really, writing this has reminded me how amazing the fair is - I literally walked away and put together an outfit for the fair! So all you have to do is be the first one of the first two people to email the SLM (email@example.com) mentioning this blog post. It’s important to not forget that last bit - mention this blog post so they know NoraFinds sends you :) Good luck!
So.. is this your first time seeing an Asian wearing a dirndl?
I found this lovely pastel turquoise dirndl in a second hand shop in Surry Hills and it only costed me 30 bucks. Probably could’ve gotten it cheaper on the net, but the color is so lovely and I really love the braided details on the bust! And also, nothing beats physically trying a dress and knowing for sure that it fits and works for you. I mean as much as I love buying online, a lot of the time I need to alter it even a tiny bit, and I know this prevents a lot of you from buying online!
How do you feel about wearing traditional attires? Back in the 1950s qipao/cheongsam-style was very popular and brought the Chinese-inspired fashion into mainstream. Ecuadorian Panama hat became popular in the 1900s after Roosevelt was photographed wearing one. But what about dirndls? I always think of them as a bit costume-y (apparently the correct way to wear a dirndl is with an off-shoulder blouse and an apron - so it’s supposed to be home-y but somehow has become somewhat provocative throughout the years), but this lovely piece has changed my mind! So what about you? What’s your traditional dress and has it become in any way popular for everyday wear?