Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Outfit: Oxford Flats & Gingham

I went to town, today, to spend some of the money I made on Sunday and so I'd have an excuse to wear my new shoes and my new dress.

Oxford Flats & Gingham

Outfit details: ribbon - ?; dress - etsy; socks - Holeproof; oxford style flats - Rubi Shoes.

I felt slightly school-girlish due to a mix of the pattern of the dress and wearing socks & shoes (wearing a ribbon in my hair probably didn't help any) but I don't mind all that much. The main trouble was finding a cardigan to go with the outfit! I ended up with a red one but it didn't suit very well - maybe something in a darker brown (like the shoes?) or a navy blue. Hmmm.

In terms of shopping I've finally bought myself some MAC lipstick (Ruby Woo) because almost everyone seems to love it so much that I felt I ought to give it a go, even if it is rather a bit expensive. The lady also sold me some lipliner, which I do like to use, anyway. I thought I was doing well and not spending too much...until I bought myself a whole lot of DVDs: a couple of Poirots, Cadillac Records, the most recent adaptation of Persuasion, and a 3 disc set that had a couple of Dirk Bogarde films in it, for those of you who are interested to know! I'm definitely going to (eventually) screencap the Poirots & Cadillac Records. I might even do Persuasion, actually.

Andi B. Goode

Monday, April 26, 2010

Ruby Woo Vintage Stall

Sorry for the lack of posting the past few days - I had been getting things ready to sell at the North Adelaide Vintage & Fashion Fair, yesterday. I shared a stall with the gorgeous Ruby (under the name Ruby Woo, hence the title of this post), which I mentioned a few days ago. The day went rather well - I made quite a bit of profit and had a lot of fun, even though it was exhausting. I even managed to take a few photos. First, a couple of outfit shots:

Outfit details: scarf/headband - church op-shop; cardigan - Cotton On; blouse - Cotton On; 1940s repro jeans - Freddies of Pinewood; shoes - Kmart.


For a few weeks I had begun to despair of finding a decent plaid coat for this winter...until I found this one! And I found it at K-Mart, of all places. I would like to have vintage coats but I have found them, thus far, to be too heavy for me, both in terms of weight and warmth - I overheat easily and I like to be able to layer so heavy coats would keep me too warm. 

Enough rambling about coats - how would you like some photos from the fair?

A view of the hall earlier in the day. I'm starting to feel like I live at the Estonian Hall - my Lindy Hop classes are there, too.

Here I am with one of the other two girls who shared the stall with us. Eva or Eve. I can't remember which!

 Ruby & Andi! I wish I hadn't been sitting on the small chair...I am short but not that short?

I was very good for most of the day and didn't buy anything...until right near the very end when I bought these...
Sailor Sweater
This darling sweater was at the stall next to ours just calling to me. How could I not get it? And, at 10$, it was a steal. I was thinking of, perhaps, replacing the buttons. The gold ones are nice but maybe something contrasting would be nicer?

Sailor Sweater
And look at the sailor style collar. Isn't it lovely? The lady I bought it from said her grandma knit it but took really good care of everything - it looks practically new. My mum told me it would have been machine knitted. She used to have a knitting machine, too, but it stopped working.

I also bought this set of cards. Now I just have to find an Ethel to my Lucy to play with me! (Or, perhaps, a Lucy to my Ethel? Hmmm.)

On the subject of purchases, here are some shoes I bought the other day:

New (Secondhand) Shoes
I've wanted shoes like this for ages...of course, I find them when Summer finally appears to be over! Oh well.

New (Secondhand) Shoes

So, yesterday was successful, fun and exhausting.  Now I'm just trying not to spend all the money I made!

Andi B. Goode

P.S. A couple of people asked what it means when I write 'remixed' next to something in an outfit description. On wardrobe_remix most people indicate when they have used a certain item in an outfit before by writing 'remixed' next to it. What it means on my blog is that I was too lazy to edit the description when I copied and pasted it from flickr.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Autumn/Winter Wishlist

I’ve been putting together a bit of a wishlist, so I thought I might just share it. It's not actually entirely an Autumn/Winter wishlist but I think it shall suffice as one.

Cute, yet simple, repro dresses for swing dancing. I like the Ceylon dress pattern from Colette Patterns.

Lots and lots of plaid dresses. (I can't remember where I got this image from - let me know if it's yours!)

And a plaid coat, too. I wish I could have the exact coat Sam Stewart has in the next two images. (Also don't remember where I got the image above from, either. Edit: The Vintage Baroness tells me this is from the Life Magazine online archives.)

I'd also like a Pendleton 49'er, which can be found here at If anyone has one could you tell me if they're worth the cost?
A 40s style suspender skirt, also mainly for swing dancing. (Image source? Edit: Fleur tells me this image is from a Daily Mail article on vintage girls and that the skirt is from ReVamp Vintage.)

More jeans from Freddies of Pinewood. I want a pair of the classics next.

Novelty knits. (From a scan of Australian 1940s magazines I found online somewhere.)

A muff like this one from Coquette Faux Furriers.

Mittens! You can find this pattern here.

Lots and lots of cute socks like these and these from Sock Dreams. There are a whole lot more in my Amazon wishlist, too.

There are probably a kazillion other things I could add to this list (that's the official number - I counted) but these are the stand-out things at present.

Also, I've added a page on fun things in Adelaide. I plan on adding headings and more things to it but I basically just wanted to add a page because I just realised that I could! You can get to it anytime you want by clicking the tab underneath my header.

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Outfit Post: Andi B. Goode, Bobbysoxer.

Yesterday, I finally got around to wearing the playsuit I bought...quite some time ago, now. I love this because I can dress it up with wedges but I can make it a bit more casual with lace-up shoes and socks, too.

Outfit details: 1940s playsuit with skirt - ?; socks - Big W; shoes - Spend-Less (remixed).

I really like these shoes. They're comfortable and pretty cute, too.

Bobby Socks

Ideally I'd have liked to wear this outfit with saddle shoes (or maybe even Oxfords or some Penny Loafers?), but a gal does what she can!
Image from Shorpy.

I think in the back of my mind I was a bit inspired by the 1940s teenager and/or bobby-soxer look, which I really love. I tried to find a decent picture of Shirley Temple in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer but didn't have any luck. I found a few cute pictures of girls wearing bobby socks, though! (I'm sure I've got loads more saved in my flickr favourites as wearing shoes and socks like this was really popular for quite some time).

Image sourced here.

Image sourced here.

Image sourced here.

And here's a really cute song about a gal who wears Penny Loafers and Bobby Socks, from 1957.

Andi B. Goode

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ruby Woo Vintage at North Adelaide Vintage Fashion Fair

Apologies for posting twice in one day, again, and also apologies to those of you who will not be in Adelaide this coming Sunday as this will be completely irrelevant to you. However, the very lovely Ruby and I will be having a stall at the upcoming North Adelaide Vintage & Fashion Fair on Sunday, the 25th of April, which is also ANZAC day.

A few words on the stall from Ruby herself:

We have a large collection of men's and women's clothing ranging from the 1940s to now. Dresses, pants, jackets, jewellery - good quality pre-loved clothing at a good price. This long weekend is your chance to grab a bargain.

Our stall is bigger and better than before - with guest addition from infamous Adelaide Vintage Blogger Andi B. Goodie - a.k.a. Andi B. Woo!

The fair itself is a fun day for all with great music, hot food and live performances (TBN). Don't miss out - this Sunday 25th, 9 am till 4 pm.

For more information check out the North Adelaide Vintage Fair website.

All of the details are here on Facebook. Hope to see some of you there!

Andi B. Goode

Musical Interlude {Tom Lehrer}

At the Peaches 'n' Gin Burlesque show on Friday night the MC (whose name currently eludes me - I'm too lazy to look it up) did a rendition of Tom Lehrer's Masochism Tango. This reminded me of what an amazing song it was and I thought I ought to share it on my blog.

First, though, a little bit about Tom Lehrer who is actually someone I personally know very little about. Wikipedia offers a fair bit of information, actually - you can see the full article here but this is the little overview from the beginning:

Thomas Andrew "Tom" Lehrer (born April 9, 1928) is an American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. Lehrer is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and 1960s.

This has definitely become one of my all time favourite songs since I first heard it sometime last year:

Another sweet love song (which hopefully doesn't offend the animal lovers who read my blog)

As I mentioned, I don't know a lot about Tom Lehrer nor do I know a lot of his songs, I just happen to love the ones I do know. Quite a few of his albums are available on CD, via Amazon, and a quick search on youtube will bring up loads of videos. Both of the songs I've put in this post are on the 1959 album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer.

And, finally, a non-related question - does anyone miss my regular Style Icon and Silver Screen Sunday posts? Although I've been back into blogging rather well, I've found I can't settle on any ideas for either of my regular posts! That's the reason there hasn't been once since I've been back from my 'blogging break'. Actually, I've had a few half-formed ideas but I don't like them to look rushed or half-hearted so I've sort of been floundering with them.

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend and that this post was the icing on the cake, so to speak.

Andi B. Goode

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Outfit Round-Up Part Two

I went to see Peaches 'n' Gin Burlesque on Friday night and had a grand old time. I didn't take any photos because: 1. I have a terrible camera and 2. I feel like a bit of a creeper, to tell the truth, taking photos at those kinds of things. You can see some awesome shots of the night here, though.

I was even having trouble taking photos of myself, that night. I was getting really frustrated so I basically just snapped myself dancing - I just looked really awkward in all the other photos that night. If anyone is keen to know, the song I was dancing to was The One by Kylie Minogue.


Outfit details: 1950s veiled hat - etsy (remixed); Luca & Marc cardigan - Harris Scarfe; leopard print cardigan - target (remixed); belt - gift (remixed); pencil skirt - Harris Scarfe (remixed); stockings - Voodoo; shoes - Rubi Shoes (remixed).

Last night was the Swing Sesh Spots and Stripes Grad Dance. I like to dress on theme, when I can and here's what I came up with:

Spots & Stripes

Outfit details: earrings - Diva (remixed); anchor necklace - gift; striped blouse - Deborah K; spotted belt - from a 1950s dress; 1930s crepe skirt - Red Ruby Vintage; socks - Big W; shoes - KMart. Never mind the tape on my shoes - helps with dancing.

I took the outfit shot today as it was too dark last night. I did take some photos of my hair, though, because I was very happy with how it turned out:


I got a lot of compliments on my anchor, which is a little funny seeing that I don't usually like to wear that sort of jewellery. Maybe I should wear my anchor more often, then?

Andi B. Goode

Outfit Round-Up Part One

I had intended to do a style icon post, today, as promised last week but I realised that I'm behind on outfit posts and didn't want to leave it too much longer.

On Thursday I went to lunch with Ruby. I had not one, but two, cameras with me but didn't take one single photo when I was with her! But I did take a photo of my outfit for the day, of course:

Lunch Date Dress
Outfit details: earrings - Diva (remixed); faux pearls - North Adelaide Vintage & Fashion Fair (remixed); 1950s dress - Red Ruby Vintage; belt - gift (remixed); stockings - Love Kylie (remixed); shoes - Big W (remixed).

Lunch Date Dress
I don't often photograph the back of outfits, anymore, because I've got some, er, interesting characters commenting on my shots on flickr but just look at that collar! How could I not take a photo of it?

I went shopping for some yarn with my mum on Friday and wore the 1950s/60s sweater I bought at Irving Baby, after Ruby and I had had lunch.

Freddies, My Love
Outfit details: scarf - Salvos; earrings - gift (remixed); 1950s/60s sweater - Irving Baby; 1940s repro utility jeans - Freddies of Pinewood (remixed); socks - Best 'n' Less; shoes - Spend-Less.

And, seeing as I mentioned yarn, take a look at my first ever completed knitting project. I was going to do a whole post on knitting but I'm lazy and also rather excited/proud of myself and wanted to show it off as soon as possible.

First Completed Knitting Project

I found the pattern through Enken's blog, Whipstitch Sewing and had been meaning to make one up for a while but only just got around to it. It took me about three days to complete it but I obviously had a lot of breaks. I needed help in a few areas because I'm almost a complete beginner (unless knitting 'scarves' and 'blankets' for my teddy bears as a small child counts) but I'm still proud that I actually finished something! I plan on making a few more of these for winter. I'm probably just going to use cheap, acrylic yarn because I'm a bit reckless with scarves - I throw them around and shove them into bags, etc. so I don't want to spend too much money on them. But these are a lot more convenient than long scarves.

I have a second part of my outfit roundup coming because I thought four outfits in one post was a little bit much to tell the truth!

Andi B. Goode

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Recent (Online) Purchases

I keep telling myself that I am going to save my money (for what, though, I am not sure - I'd love to take a trip to Melbourne in the near future, so perhaps for that) yet I seem to be unable to. I think it could have something to do with the fact that I keep buying things with it. It does seem to be the most logical explanation. Here are a few things I've bought online in the past week:

1940s Green and White Striped top from Freddies of Pinewood.

Pale Blue Rebecca top from Freddies of Pinewood.

1940s Dress from Vivien of Holloway. This is the style...

and this is the print I got it in.

A ticket to see Wanda Jackson!! I could vomit or cry I am so excited. Sorry for the horrible images that may conjure in your mind but I can't wait! She's playing here in June. I've heard that she's still as rockin' as ever so I'm sure to have a grand time. I just need to plan an appropriately themed outfit for the occasion.

I think this suit would be just the ticket, don't you? Unfortunately, I am far too poor to buy it but perhaps I'll find something else that will do.

Andi B. Goode