Sunday, November 28, 2010

Outfit: Friday Night Vlog

I've been a bit bored of a few things lately: one of them is setting my hair, the other is taking outfit photos. So, when I went out to a friend's birthday last night I didn't do either. Instead, I wore my hair in a ponytail (which I pinned under so it looked sort of like a bun) and did an outfit video (which I filmed on my old point an shoot camera in about 5 minutes as I was in a hurry) for something different. I've liked the idea since I saw Mary Van Note's ages and ages ago but never did one myself until now. I hope you all like it...

Outfit details: 1950s hat - etsy; bracelet, earrings & necklace - Diva; vintage brooch - ?; 1960s dress - Gymnasium closing down sale; stockings - Voodoo Killer Legs Vintage Stockings; shoes - Rubi Shoes; handbag - Dangerfield. The song I used is Rockin' in the Orbit by Jimmie Haskell and his Orchestra.

And because I've only shared this on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, here's me showing off my newest baby - my Waverly Street banjolele.

I'm going to be fairly busy for the rest of the week so I may not be around much but I'm doing my best to catch up on everyone else's blogs, etc. See you on the other side!

Andi B. Goode

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Outfit(s): ReVamp Dress & Revamped hair.

I've been meaning to post these outfits for a few days, now, but as mentioned in my last post I've been a bit under the weather and not felt much like posting. I'm still not 100% but I feel better enough to be able to post, now!


I wore this ReVamp vintage dress (which I bought from the lovely Miss Matilda) to a friend's birthday. It's the Daisy design with the Dixie print. I've long been a fan of ReVamp vintage (in a 'window' shopping sort of way) but hadn't been able to afford any of their wonderful frocks, etc. But now that I see how lovely this one is, I may just have to save up for another one, one day...



As you can see I got a fringe (bangs) cut, last week - I like them and I think they suit me but I'm not sure I'll keep them for long. I do like my faux bangs better. But I wanted a change. (Some of the photos here provided inspiration for me, just for reference, but it's a very simple fringe!) I think it might make my hair look a little too '60s but I'm not sure.


I'm not entirely sure what I'm trying to do with my face in this photo. It sure is lucky I've no aspirations to being a model or something else along those lines! I think this might be my 'attitude' face but...


Dress and shoes both from etsy.

Andi B. Goode

P.S. Attention Marple fans, I've got a few screencaps of A Murder is Announced over here at Flickr for your viewing pleasure!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I've gone etsy mad...

I was going to do an outfit post today but I think I may have caught the lurgy off of a friend (or it could be from staying out in the cold) and I'm a terrible sook if I've even the slightest sniffle, so I've decided to 'take it easy' and share my latest etsy purchases with you all...

1960s Cotton dress from Simplicity Bliss

1940s Plaid Cotton dress from Dear Golden Vintage. I definitely need a lot more plaid in my wardrobe and I think this is perfect for daytime outings as well as casual dinners and such.

30s/40s dress from MissingBirdVintage (I just discovered this one recently - they have some really great stock, and some plus sized things, too). This will be the second black dress that I own!

These last two beauties are also from Simplicity Bliss - there was a 50% off sale, so how could I resist? Just look at that adorable little double collar on the second dress and all of those lovely spots on the first!

As you can see (and as the title so aptly puts it) I've gone etsy mad. And I think I need to stay away for a little while...perhaps. What has everyone else bought lately? Anything exciting? I'd love to see.

Andi B. Goode

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Adelaide Shopping: Red Ruby Vintage

I realised a little while ago that I barely ever blog about what goes on in Adelaide so I decided to start doing reviews of some of the vintage shops around town.

I'm starting with Red Ruby Vintage, which I've mentioned quite a few times before (and wrote about here) because it's pretty much my favourite vintage shop.

14 Peel St Adelaide, 5000
8231 0022
facebook: redrubyvintage

Opening Hours: 
Tuesday - Thursday 10.30 - 4.30 
Friday 11.30 - 5.30
Saturday 12.00 - 3.00

Situated just off of Hindley St, toward the west end of Adelaide, Red Ruby Vintage is my go-to place for vintage in Adelaide. I've been shopping there (and have sold a small number of items, too) for quite a few years and it's an overall great experience. Gail, the proprietor of Red Ruby, has been selling vintage for about fourteen years; before her store in Peel Street, she sold from a shop at Hahndorf and, before that, from the Orange Lane Markets (which have been closed for at least 9 or 10 years, now).


Gail has been collecting vintage for quite a number of years - she has been op-shopping clothes since the 1960s and said that she used to help her mother set up stalls to sell antique linen and lace at markets around the Adelaide Hills. This, combined with an eye and memory for line and colour is what lead Gail to start selling vintage clothing. "Fabrics, accessories and haberdashery are in my blood."



Her favourite eras are the '50s and '60s as well as the '30s and this is reflected in her stock, which ranges from the '30s to a small number of '80s pieces but the emphasis is definitely on the earlier eras.



Much like myself, and many others who collect and/or sell vintage, Gail loves the idea of keeping the clothes alive and believes that history is so important and relevant to the present. The idea that everything links together - fashion, design, music, etc. - is something that she relishes. Her love and enjoyment of the clothes she sells is well reflected in her store and makes shopping there very enjoyable.



Quite a lot of my favourite pieces are from Red are just a few to give you an idea of just how fabulous everything there is!

Red Ruby Purchases 1
L-R: 1940s NOS crepe dress; 1930s tartan dress (aka my perfect winter dress); 1940s pant suit.

Red Ruby Purchases 2
L-R: 1950s day dress (reminds me a bit of the Horrockses dresses); 1950s silver lamé dress; 1930s-40s home-made dress with rosella on shoulder.

The prices range according to era, quality (everything is clean, well presented and good-excellent vintage quality) and rarity of the individual pieces. It may not always be the best for someone on a tight budget (though you can lay-by) but I rarely find anything cheaper and of equal quality in other shops and markets and, after seeing some of the prices in Melbourne stores I realised that Adelaide prices are still, on the whole, a lot lower.

I've not really done a lot of this sort of write-up before so I hope it was useful/enjoyable. Any tips on what else to include would be appreciated! I don't think I have a lot of Adelaideans following my blog but I'd still like to put together a bit of a 'guide' as it were to vintage shopping here.

Andi B. Goode

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Outfit: Purple Flowers

Very brief, text-light outfit post. Went to town today. Had a bit of a tricky time figuring out to wear as I've, ahem, got a bit of winter weight on so my clothes are, well, snug shall we say? Ended up wearing a dress I often forget I have because it seems to get wedged between some others and hidden from view...


(I do have purple-y clothes! Oops). You get to see a little of another one of the rooms in my house. I would love it to have wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves...maybe one day.


This reminds me a little of early portraits where everyone looks super stiff and serious because they weren't allowed to move (long exposures)...only I'm not in one of those brace contraptions like a lot of them would have been. No excuse for my serious face!



And here are a couple of outtake know the ones where you didn't quite get in front of the camera and pose in time? I liked that I had one going either way.

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Knitting Patterns: The Lux Book '37

When I posted the knitting patterns the other day, The Vintage Baroness asked if I could share some of the '30s ones. Here are a few from "The Lux Book: Knitting for 1937" (I have only photographed - not scanned as my scanner has long since died - one actual pattern. If anyone is interested in making any of these, let me know and I can send you the patterns for them. It was just a bit too time consuming when I was doing it...)


I'm completely in love with this boucle sweater. 

This little scarf is quite snazzy.


I can't help but reading all of the names of these in a silly voice. Especially 'Manly Comfort'.

Look at this hat!!! (Sorry for excessive use of exclamation marks, but I think this hat warrants it.) I've got the pattern for it here; this one is crocheted.

I have a feeling the Baroness might like these especially?


I don't often (personally) like the fuzzy look of angora (do like that it's often called 'fuzzy wuzzy' though) but I love the buttons on this. I do love a '50s angora bolero or shrug, though. Quite chic.

This stitch is so lovely.

And a couple of advertisements for good measure...


This one made me giggle.

As I mentioned, if anyone absolutely must make one of these, let me know and I can either upload or privately send you the instructions. 

Andi B. Goode

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Silver Screen Sunday {The Man Who Cried}

Sally Potter’s Orlando has been on my ‘to-watch’ list for a while now – ever since my art history lecturer insisted I should see it – but it was The Man Who Cried that I finally watched first.

The film tells the story of a young Jewish girl who, after being separated from her father in Soviet Russia, grows up in England. As a young adult, she moves to Paris (shortly before the beginning of World War II), and then flees to the United States when the Nazis move into the French capital. 
Taken from wikipedia article.

This film is so visually beautiful I didn't know which images to share with you and which to leave out! (In fact, it struck me, whilst watching this film, that I’ve yet to see a movie directed by a woman that looks anything less than amazing but that's another thought entirely). Here are a few for starters:

Show Girls



This film definitely appeals to the magpie in me - lots of shiny, glittery things to look at!

A couple of pretty, shiny things from etsy...

From fabgabs



christina dresses one

Lots of lovely dresses and other daywear, too! I felt these two pieces from etsy fit the costumes of the film very well:

make up

Cate Blanchett's make-up was absolutely gorgeous.

A few extra of my favourite screencaps (you can see more here, including at least one of Johnny Depp):




So many of the shots look like they've come straight out of the pages of a high fashion magazine, don't you think? I spent a good deal of the movie thinking 'I want to take photos that look like this!' It was the last film on which cinematographer Sacha Vierny worked (he also did 8 Femmes, another stunning film and one of my all-time favourites - I did a post on it here.) And the costume design was done by Lindy Hemming, but I must admit I know very little about costume designers; she's worked on quite a few films that I love, it seems.

I've been meaning to do this post for weeks - I just didn't know what to write about this film! So, I shall just leave you with the scrummy visuals. Actually, a quick question: when I do manage to do a Silver Screen Sunday post, are you more interested in me keeping to costumes (which I don't have all that much to say about except for 'ooh' and 'ahh') or would you like at least a brief review of the overall film? Any comments appreciated!

Andi B. Goode