I've mentioned my favourite vintage shop, Red Ruby, a few times before I think (and if I haven't, you now all know, at least, its name); lately I've been trying to avoid going in there as I'm saving. Well...trying to save, anyway. Two things I'm not very good at: saving money & eating healthily. Anyway, as I said, I was trying to avoid going into the shop but I also felt a little bad because I like to pop in and say hello to Gail (the lovely lady who owns/runs the store) whenever I can. So, on Friday I thought I may as well go in as not. And I think it was rather lucky that I did because I found my perfect winter dress (as the title of this post would indicate):
Isn't it absolutely divine? Gail said she had wished she had my phone number because she knew it was an 'Andrea dress' as soon as she saw it. It's definitely one of the most expensive dresses I've bought but I did get 15$ knocked off the price and a free pair of shoes, too:
Maybe 1970s? I just think golf when I look at these.
Oh, and Gail had seen the article in the paper and was chuffed I mentioned her shop (apparently a few people had been in there after they saw it) - she even had it pinned up in the dressing room.
Outfit details: hair bow - Forever 21 (I think); 1930s/40s tartan dress - Red Ruby Vintage; gloves - Salvos; vintage stockings - church op-shops; shoes - Spend Less.
These two pictures show the colour better than the first.
I took the dress out for a spin, yesterday, when my friend Kate & I went to the North Adelaide Vintage & Fashion Fair. My dress was admired by a few people, one of whom had seen the aforementioned article in the paper and recognised me. I was rather embarrassed (but happily so)! I didn't pick up any more clothes, but I did get a few things (I couldn't resist - I'm truly terrible at saving) -
Some sheet music - there were so many more that I wanted to get but at 2$ apiece I thought I should cull my selection a bit. Perhaps sadly, I think I was most excited about 'What a Mouth'.
The lady I bought this from originally wanted 15$ but haggled herself down to 7$. No kidding, she haggled herself! Brilliant.
These were only 5$ each so of course I had to get both! More to add to my collection (which I am running out of room for).
As a side note, I've realised it's coming up to my one year blogiversary! I tweeted about it the other day and about how I would love to do a giveaway to celebrate but I don't really have anything to give; The Freelancer's Fashion Blog suggested I perhaps contact an etsy/other online store and ask if they would sponsor one that I've bought a lot from but there isn't really any one store I've bought a lot from (plus, I'm a little too shy, I think. Isn't it terrible - I'm even shy on the internet!) but it is an idea. I shall think on it! I've had a lovely year of blogging and I'd like to celebrate it somehow.
Andi B. Goode