Sunday, January 30, 2011

Outfit: Black and Gold

Last night I went out. I wore a dress that my mum made for me.


Please do ignore the awkward just-about-to-laugh-face. 


It's from the same pattern as the dress I wore in this post. I really love the cut of this dress. This is the pattern for those interested. The halter dress didn't work out very well - the bust is a very odd shape - but this version sits really well on me.

'V' for Victory.

My friend, Kate (in the photos below), was encouraging me to get silly in the photos. This was the best I could do. V for Victory!



Kate often wears the sort of stuff I really love but don't want to wear myself.



Oh, and I tied ribbons to the straps of my shoes as these tend to slip off when I'm walking. It worked really well and looked cute, too!

Hope everyone has been having a lovely weekend! Aside from dancing the night away, last night, I've been doing my best to avoid the heat. Unfortunately all I want to do, right now, is knit but it really is too hot for that, in my opinion. Ah well!

Andi B. Goode

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

In the past I have shared with you my hat collection and my camera, I thought I may as well share my shoe collection, as well.


Here's a shot of practically all of my shoes. I don't wear most of them very often but, as someone once told me, it's more difficult to find a pair of shoes for an outfit than the other way around so I'm holding on to most just in case. Most of these aren't vintage, either, as it's only somewhat recently I've started buying vintage shoes.

I decided I'd take individual shots of my small vintage shoe collection, though.


I bought these from etsy a while ago. I do love them but have yet found something they look perfect with. Thoughts?


Another etsy purchase that arrived just last week. Aren't they lovely? Exactly what I've been looking for.


Got these from a Salvos. They were selling them as 'tap shoes' which I knew, of course, they are not. They do have steel tips underneath the toes to keep them from wearing down but definitely not tap shoes!


I got these from my favourite Adelaide vintage store (Red Ruby Vintage) as a gift when I bought something else.


You've all seen these a few times before. My perfect white summer shoes that I thought I would never find. Also from etsy.


But I think these are my favourite vintage shoes, so far. They are absolutely perfect and exactly what I was looking for, for next winter. I'm really glad I took the gamble on them when I found them on, you guessed it, etsy.


Look at that detail. Swoon!

Buying vintage shoes online isn't quite as scary as I thought it would be. If the seller has the measurements correct (and a quick look at the feedback should tell you how reliable a seller is if you haven't bought from them before*) it's as simple as measuring some of your own shoes that fit well! I've not had a problem with shoes not fitting, yet.

*Sometimes a seller may have only one person (or a small number in comparison to the positive) who has left negative feedback - when that happens I tend to look at the feedback for the buyer and sometimes it turns out other sellers have actually had problems with them.

Andi B. Goode

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Checking Out Check

Please excuse the awful title (it was either that or "Ooh, 'eck, I love check") - I'll say it time and again but I do hate thinking of blog titles! I've started to realise that a lot of my favourite articles of clothing are done in check fabrics - I love check, I'm mad on plaid, etc.

My last two etsy dresses have both been somewhat check-ish, if not entirely check. Here's a couple of sneak peeks before you get to see me in them!



from adelinesattic (actually, if you follow me on twitter you may have seen a mirror+iPhone shot of me in this one).



And, to round off the post, here are a couple of my favourite outfits from blogland this last week or so (also showcasing some great plaid dresses...)

Miss Tami Lee of My Moving Finger Writes. I've admired this lady since I saw her posting at vintagehair on LJ.

And the very lovely Riikka of Harlean's Heyday. She has great style and great taste in practically everything, so it seems! 

I'm also very excited about another dress in a sort of check that starts with 'ging' and ends with 'ham' that I purchased just the other day but you shall all have to wait for more information on that one!

Andi B. Goode

P.S. Apologies for the unexpected absence and the lack of commenting I've been doing. Oops!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blogger Spotlight {Sunny Buick}

I’m not entirely sure when I first saw Sunny Buick’s work but I’ve a strong feeling it was in an issue of Nude Magazine. I fell in love as soon as I saw both her tattoo/flash work as well as her paintings and illustrations, which are also heavily influenced by tattoo culture amongst many other things.

T├Ątowierte Passionen

Social Butterfly

Sci Fi Western

A Pink Cloud of Candies and Cupcakes

Sewing Music Machine

I don’t really know a lot about tattoos or tattoo culture and will admit that I don’t really know many artists but I know what I like and I love Sunny’s work.

But Sunny isn’t just an amazing artist – her creativity can be seen in her personal style, too.

Indigo Skirt

Sent by Airmail

Daily Wear Doodle

I have a print of one of Sunny’s paintings above my bed – I actually won it from a giveaway on her blog, over a year ago. I'm sure I had a picture of it hanging on my wall but can't find it, right now. Oh well. This is the print I have.

You can see more of Sunny’s work on her Flickr stream as well as her blog. And you can buy prints of her work on etsy. I love looking at Sunny’s blog as she not only posts her work, but different things that she loves or inspire her, too, and I think it’s great to be able to see an artist’s inspiration.

I suppose this isn’t so much a ‘blogger spotlight’ as an ‘artist spotlight’ but as Sunny does have a blog, I’ve decided I will leave this under the ‘blogger spotlight’ heading (and save myself another tag, too).

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Musical Interlude {Kitty, Daisy & Lewis}

The other day I mentioned that I went to see Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. I can’t remember exactly where or when I heard about them but I fell in love as soon as I saw one of their videos on YouTube.

These three young musicians, haling from the UK, are incredibly talented – they play a multitude of instruments, have fantastic singing voices and make some of the best music I’ve heard from contemporary rockabilly bands.

Plus, I hate to reduce everything to looks or aesthetics, but, seriously, look at how adorable they are! And stylish, too. I was so impressed that Lewis played the entire gig in a suit and tie on a fairly hot Adelaide summer night at a venue with rather poor cooling. I wasn’t even in the thick of the audience (I stood closer to the back) and I could barely stand the heat.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis - Cardiff

I know for certain that I have other fans of this amazing trio reading my blog but hopefully it will be a nice discovery for those among you who may not have heard of them before.

Andi B. Goode

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Outfit: Who Needs a Title?

I’m writing this on a warm Sunday afternoon so, being sleepy to begin with, I’m going to let this post be mainly just pictures. This is what I wore last night.






Black and White

Shoes: Rubi Shoes
Bracelets: gift (vintage) & Rubi Shoes
Hair flowers - ?

Andi B. Goode

Monday, January 10, 2011

(Returning) Sponsor Spotlight {Lady K Loves}

Lady K Loves has been a sponsor of my blog for a while, now – in fact, she was my first ever sponsor! – but as it took me a while to get the hang of the whole sponsorship thing I never did a spotlight post. So, as I start the new year and the slightly new attitude toward my blog I’d like you all to, if not welcome, certainly welcome back Lady K Loves!

Lady K Loves has a great range of vintage inspired clothing that captures the spirit of the eras I love (the '40s and '50s) but retains a freshness which I think makes their styles accessible for those who aren't comfortable with an entirely vintage look. You can read a little more at the 'About Us' page on the website.

The Swing Dress, pictured here in black, also comes in red, navy and bottle green – I have one of my own, which I received as part of the sponsorship, and it’s not only flattering but very comfortable (it's made from cotton jersey) – I’ve yet to wear it out and about but I’ve tried it on quite a few times since I received it. As you can see the neckline is quite low so I plan to wear mine with a little lacy camisole underneath but it looks lovely as is, if you are a little more daring than myself.

As well as dresses, Lady K has some great separates like this Oh Gosh skirt!

For my southern hemisphere followers, Lady K even has some lovely swimsuits, which would look just as lovely lounging about if you’re not a fan of swimming.

And here’s a little sneak peek at a 1940s inspired suit that hasn’t been released yet! I must say I'm excited for its release as I absolutely love it. What do you all think of it, dear readers? I've been told it will also be available in brown and beige.

You can also find Lady K Loves on Twitter and on Facebook. So, take a look at some of her lovely items and follow her on your social networking site of choice!

Andi B. Goode

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Outfit(s): I Feel Pretty, etc.

On Wednesday night I went to see West Side Story at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, hence the title of this post. I had lots of things I wanted to say about it but now I can't think of any of them. Shame on me for not writing them down, sooner! My Twitter 'review' when I got home immediately after seeing it sums up how I felt after, though: 'Just saw West Side Story. V. good. I approve. Fantastic choreography & orchestra. I approve of fine figured men in fitted clothes too. ;)' I obviously take note of the most important parts of a theatrical production, no?

Upon watching it onstage, I was reminded that I've always been more interested in the story of the Jets and the Sharks than I am in Tony and Maria's (if I'm to be frank, slightly ridiculous) romance. Before I step on any toes I shan't say any more on that subject (the romance) but I will say that, as in the film, it was the Jets I found most impressive onstage as well as the young woman who plays Anita. (Another thing to note is that the Puerto Rican accents were only marginally worse than most in the film). All in all it was a most enjoyable evening and I got to wear a dress I've been longing to wear out again for quite some time, now. I've only worn this dress once before - you can see that outfit post here.



This is one of my favourite songs from the musical (this clip is from the movie):

I love this comment on the YouTube page: If only teenagers nowadays burst out into glorious song whenever they felt misinterpreted by society...

For good measure, here is a photo of me partaking in one of my favourite pastimes (before I went out to see Kitty, Daisy & Lewis the other night): making silly faces at myself in the mirror. This time I caught it on camera.


Oh! And you can see even more of me here at Alice Jean's as the 'Living Doll' for January. 

Andi B. Goode

P.S. I've noticed that the font has gone all small in this post. That seems to happen whenever I copy/paste text from somewhere else. As I'm too lazy to edit the HTML I shall just apologise for the oddity and hope it is still legible!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight {Heyday! Vintage Style}

Hello, dear blog readers...I was inadvertently absent for a few days. Oops. No mind. Today, I’d like you to all extend a very warm welcome to my new sponsor, Heyday! Vintage Style. Some of my more observant readers may have already noticed the ad, which should be appearing to the right of this entry.

Shona (who runs Heyday) and I have been discussing the possibility of sponsorship for a while, now, so it’s exciting to finally be able to tell you all that, yes indeed, Heyday is officially a sponsor of Andi B. Goode. Hurrah!

For those of you who don’t know of Heyday, you should take a little look at the 'About Us' page on the website - but basically Heyday is a fantastic vintage reproduction company, which has a great selection of clothes that are not only beautifully designed but comfortable and good value, too. 

But even more exciting, my dear readers is that you get to here all about the upcoming sale before anyone else in the world, does. The sale starts next Thursday and includes some absolutely fantastic bargains. That’s right, folks, you heard it here first! (Sorry. Couldn’t resist the temptation).

All of the Mary dresses will be  £45 – I've been told they come up small at the waist and hips so some people need to go up a size. I’m particularly drawn to the green! (Note: the sale does not include the Fleur dress - the Mary dresses only).

The trousers in all of the summer ‘sherbet’ colours will be  £20. The trousers pictured above are duck egg but yellow, medium blue, moss green, and sea green will also be on sale at that price.

The beige, white and ivory trousers will be going down to £35.

I really love my Heyday trousers (which I bought quite a while ago, so most of you would have seen me in them by now)…one of my readers said they felt they were too short for swing trousers but I’m 5’3 and I feel great wearing this style! You can see me wearing mine here, just for reference. 

All of these tops will be going down to £18 (from L-R: Natasja Tie Top in Woodland Spring, also available in Mint Green; Hocus Pocus top in Dark Pink, also available in Hot Melon Pink; Elly May top in Green, also available in Pink and Blue.)

And these will be £20 (from L-R: Wrap Top in Light Aqua Polka Dot, also available in Cyan Polka Dot; Natasja Tie Top in Tiny Rosebuds on Navy, also available in Petite Petunias on Navy, Petite Petunias on Green, Tiny Rosebuds on Black.)

This really is the perfect timing for me to announce this as I'm in the midst of summer and these are all such wonderfully summery colours! 

Just to reiterate the sale will start next Thursday (United Kingdom time, which, obviously, is the technical term) and I'm excited to say I got to announce it first. And for everyone who, like me, gets a bit confuddled by exchange rates, you can view all prices on the Heyday website in seven different currencies.

Make sure you stop by Shona's blog, In the Heyday, and you can follow her on Twitter, too.

Andi B. Goode