Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been ridiculously distracted by wedding planning (more on that soon, I promise!). I’m back to announce the winner of my Vintage Runway giveaway though! :) The lovely lady who’s got herself a $100 gift voucher is Ruby Yang! Congratulations! Thank you for everyone who has entered - keep the love coming so we can get more giveaway on this blog!
I interviewed Suzanne the owner of Vintage Runway and would like to share her interesting answers today. Please all give her virtual applauses for being so generous with her giveaway prize!
Hello lovelies! It is now February and we are lucky to have Vintage Runway sponsor another giveaway :) Suzanne the owner is offering one lucky winner a $100 gift voucher to her lovely shop Vintage Runway. It is really easy to enter and you can get up to 6 entries by following any of these options below.
So… I’m finally ready to tell the blogging world that I am engaged! My love popped the question a few weeks ago and I had to say yes. I am so lucky to have known him for almost 5 years now, and we have gone through a lot together. We did 15 months long distance and when he moved to Sydney to be with me I knew I could never let him go. I consider myself lucky to have found someone who loves and supports me through highs and lows.
<Meet My Dealers> Brittany from Foxburrow Vintage + giveaway winner!
Thank you to everyone who has entered the Foxburrow Vintage giveaway! It was definitely a great way to start 2014 and we have picked a winner… Allison G! I have emailed you and you have 7 days to claim your $100 gift voucher :) Also remember since they just celebrated their first birthday, you can get a discount $15 off $50+ purchase with coupon code “15off50”. Gotta love it!
In this post I want you to get to know Brittany, the lovely lady behind Foxburrow Vintage. I love interviewing people for this series, but Brittany definitely gave me the best answer for where to go if she could go back in time for one day - read it yourself!
Giveaway | Win a $100 gift voucher to Foxburrow Vintage |
Ps: I apologise for the wrong giveaway I posted earlier - I really have confused myself amongst all the craziness in the beginning of the year! All the previous entries are unfortunately not valid.
Let’s start 2014 with a giveaway. Foxburrow Vintage has kindly offered a $100 gift voucher to their lovely shop to celebrate their birthday in two weeks time. We have timed the giveaway to end around their birthday sale so keep an eye on your favorite pieces and make sure that you snag them before they disappear!
<Meet My Dealers> Sydney's Vintage Clothing + Giveaway winner!
Today on Meet My Dealers we interview Sydney who owns the lovely shop Sydney’s Vintage Clothing. Sydney has a ridiculous number of collections in her shop and they are kind of fabulous!! Some of you might have entered the giveaway to win a $100 gift voucher to her shop, and I’m glad to announce the winner: Valorie Taylor! Thank you everyone who has entered (there were a total of 95 entries whoa!) and please give Sydney some love here - she might just let us do another giveaway! :)
Disclosure: Products 1 and 6 are sponsored products featured in exchange for products. All opinions are of my own and in no way influenced by the brands/PRs.
Time for the holiday season gift guide! This year I wanted to bring to you a unique selection of gifts, complete with some explanation and how you can purchase them. They are perfect for your last-minute shopping as well since they are all available locally (by that I mean if you are in Australia). I hope it will give you some inspiration :)
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.