Monday, February 1, 2010

Back to blogging.

What ho, blogosphere! As you can see, I did not expire from a week of swing dancing - in fact, I had a simply smashing time. I'm a lot more confident with my dancing now and was very glad of the chance to be taught by some really great dancers, like Steven Mitchell, Evita Arce, Manu Smith, Mike Roberts and Laura Glaess, Max Pitruzella and Annie Trudeau (I found this website but it's all in French)...if you're interested in seeing any of them in action I'm fairly certain youtube will provide you with some videos to watch! I'm still relatively new to swing dancing so those names meant nothing to me before (and, to be entirely honest, I still don't know if the names mean anything to a lot of people but I'm certain they have to mean something to someone).

I was going to dedicate this entire post to Swing Camp Oz but I didn't take any pictures so it would be a very dull entry indeed. Instead, I shall just reiterate that it was an amazing experience and that it has helped my dancing very much - for one thing, I can now do a Shorty George after struggling with them for a while - and if anyone reading this has been wanting to take up swing dancing but can't find the courage then I urge you to just do it. I've been dancing for about six months now and, despite still being a little nervous at some of the social nights, I've never had so much fun in my life and almost everyone I've met has been super friendly and lovely.

All right, enough gushing from me. I also wanted to share some pictures of my finds from yesterday's inaugural North Adelaide Vintage & Fashion Fair.

This darling hat looks good with its brim up as well as down.

When I got home I realised there were two prices inside and I think I got it cheaper than I was meant to (4$ instead of 10$. Ssshh!)

1930s/40s handbag. I have a few vintage glo-mesh clutches (which are getting quite expensive but I've found authentic glo-mesh for only 4$ before and refuse to pay more than 20$ for one) but this is the oldest handbag I own, now.

The stockings in the pink box are incredibly sheer - I'm a little scared to wear them but they're beautiful. I like this little insert that came in the box -

Mum bought these for me because I was a little upset I had to sacrifice them in order to purchase the handbag.

Thanks once again for all of the suggestions on this post. I think it's going to take me a few days to get back into the swing of things (pardon the pun) after last week but I've got a few ideas for blog posts, I just need to set them in order in my mind.

Andi B. Goode


  1. We went to the Vintage and Fashion Fair too! I restrained from buying anything, plus my bf was getting restless. I think I will have to go again without him. I think the fair will get much bigger considering that was the first one held.
    The hat you found is so sweet and I love the necklace too.
    Glad to hear the swing camp was a success, i knew you would have a blast :) such a shame theres no photos of it.


  2. The necklace is beautiful!!! I wish I could find stuff like that!!!

  3. Welcome back! I'm still on the lookout for a good (affordable) school here in Melbourne. The whole 'meeting new people' part puts me off a little as well, though I'm trying to take steps to get over my social anxiety.

    You have some great finds there! The handbag is especially gorgeous, love the pleating detail.

  4. Gorgeous gorgeous finds. I especially like the handbag, and those pearls. Good to hear (well, read) that swing camp was so much fun!

  5. Oh, I just love the handbag! Just beautiful! And the other finds were just great, as well.
    Glad to hear you had a good time at the camp! It's amazing, Steven Mitchell must indeed be as Mark named him at Snowball: the hardest working man in showbiz. The man is everywhere! =) But he's a great teacher and performer, I just love his energy on stage.
    Lindy hoppers all over the world are indeed very nice people. In the beginning I was a bit shy of leaving the safe hometown enviroment, but nowadays I love going to camps and meeting new people. But I recognize the problem with posting about dancing; I'm always way too busy having fun on the dancefloor or being social to remember the camera =)

  6. I knew you would love Camp Oz!! It's just so much fun and you meet heaps of great people. But too expensive for me right now :(. I missed the vintage fair too as I was working but I am glad that it look like it will take off. Yay swing dancing!

  7. I ADORE that Vogue Knitting book! I can see from the cover that the inside must be filled with sheer awesomeness. Do you have some projects picked out already?
    the renegade bean

  8. Ah, I've always wanted to swing dance, but never had the opportunity to learn! Someday when I visit Australia, I shall have do this method. :)

  9. Welcome back, Andi! Looks like you got away with a great haul of loot! No swing dance photos?!? Bummer! ;-) Glad you had a fabulous time.

  10. Lovely finds! I especially love the navy blur corde purse!


  11. I'm so glad you had fun! It sounds like a blast! There's a coffee shop near my work that does swing dance lessons on Monday nights. I've gone a few times, but I'm always so self concious about my two left feet to keep going! haha!darling hat! And I love the pearls.

  12. Oh what lovely things! I love the handbag especially!!

  13. Once my boyfriend gets back from afghanistan we are going to take swing dancing lessons. I've been wanting to try it out for awhile. I really want to learn to jive...

  14. Rose: Yes, I think it will get bigger, too. I'm looking forward to more. =D There are some photos floating around Facebook...
    Angel: Aw, thank-you.
    Miss Emmi: I should ask my instructors if they know of anything!
    Mariann: Thanks! =D
    Erika: Thanks. =] Yes, he does seem to be everywhere. But he's amazing.
    Enken: Yay swing dancing indeed!
    Catherine: I have some projects picked out for my mum ;]
    Elsie: At the moment, I feel like I won't be happy until everyone is swing dancing. Haha. There are loads of great teachers in the states, though.
    Nancy: Thank-you. =D
    Syd: Yes, that's my favourite!
    Ashley Louise: Thanks =D
    Ms. B: Yes, I love that the most
    Brook: Huzzah! I hope you enjoy them.


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