My Vintage Childhood

My Vintage Childhood: August 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Say NO to colour laws.....

Have you heard these phrases?

Red and Green Should Not Be Seen.
Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen Without Something in Between.

There are also many strong beliefs over other colour combinations being a no, no as well. Many Australians would cringe at the idea of green and gold or green and yellow being worn together unless it was for the sole purpose of attending or participating in a sporting event.

Whatever the real or imagined colour laws that float out there in our cosmos, I say a big:

I don't care.

I wholeheartedly believe colour combinations come down to tone, contrast and complementing appeals.

Playing with combinations that many Australians would shudder at, I threw this easy (my idea of lazy) combination together last week for a visit to my parents and to run errands after school drop off. I've been waiting for a chance to style my new to me op shopped green polka dot scarf, and thought it would be a great unexpected addition to an otherwise simple and easy outfit.

I further played on the shine and shimmer of the lurex by adding silver accessories* which are all gifts or thrifted
90's Lurex Tunic :: op shopped
Denim Vest :: op shopped
70's Green Polka Dot Scarf :: op shopped
Tights/Legging :: retail 
Buckled Peep Toe Ankle Boots :: retail on clearance
Bag: retail

* some would also say no to gold and silver together, not I!

I say don't be put off by perceived fashion and colour laws that state certain colours can't be worn together. If you are at all concerned and are wanting to experiment with caution with "forbidden colour combinations" adopt a 80/20 ratio with your chosen forbidden colour palette. Choose your dominate colour and make that eight percent of the focus of your outfit, team the rest with neutrals and then pop the outfit with injection of its "forbidden colour friend".

Do you follow any colour laws? Are there colour combinations you can't bring yourself to wear or are you a colour fiend?


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

16 Things That Are Sure to Happen at Your 20 Year High School Reunion....

1. Whilst getting ready the day or evening of your reunion, you will regress to your 17 year old self, concerned about what you're going to wear and if it's acceptable. You will feel as though you're getting ready for a free dress day at school.

2. There will always be one of the quiet smart boys who is now the hottest guy in attendance, his attendance has the girls wondering why they missed that boat and didn't see his potential twenty years ago.

3. Short guys can and do have growth spurts after graduation, this will leave you bewildered.

4. There will be at least one of the boys who is very "hands on" with the ladies and "apparently" admits to having the hots for everyone back in high school (ok perhaps not everyone but close enough). He now likes to tell everyone they're "hot as hell".

5. Secret high school hook ups no on knew about will be announced and admitted to. People will cheer.

6. Everyone looks better with age, we grow out of our awkward teenage selves.

7. Some people don't change one bit.

8. High school crushes will be admitted to and shared.

9. There will be those who no matter how many times they repeat their names you still can't remember going to school with them. You'll try convincing yourself that they're just crashing the party and never attended your school.

10. Some of the bad boys are still bad boys, but some of the bad boys are now good boys.

11. There will always be some awkward conversations with people from your teenage years, whether it be for you or them. Tip: be the person asking the questions.

12. People change and for the main part it's in the most wonderful ways.

13. Don't go to your reunion with grudges, go with an open mind, heart and attitude, twenty years is a lot of time for some people to learn what they need to learn about themselves.

14. There will be people who are fighting demons and challenges, show them love and kindness they may be the ones who need it the most of all, in a room filled with excited people exchanging their achievements of the last twenty years.

15. You may find that some of your old school friends are no longer with us. May they rest in peace.

16. Regardless of talk about careers, houses, travels and achievements......what we all should care most about asking is: Are you happy?

Oh and as a bonus. there will always be someone in the room, who will mistaken someone else at the reunion venue as being "Brad" one of your old school mates . Said person will have others convinced it is Brad as well and they will say excited hellos. "Brad" won't correct said person or others and will have people thinking wow "Brad" came along. Said person who initiated this incident with "Brad" will wonder why is he being so cold after saying hi. Said person realises that "Brad" has an unusual accent (which Brad never had at school). Said person is then forced by friends to confirm who this "Brad" actually is.

"Brad" is not Brad he is actually James from South America, who walks away leaving TRUDIE with two of her school friends bent over in fits of laughter unable to stand. My school friends proceed to tell everyone at the reunion what I did.

What do I do? I laugh along with them and own's a hilarious story.

Finally in saying farewell, all of the above are true comments, insights and reflections from myself and some of my old school friends who attended our twenty year reunion. So to those who have got reunions to attend anytime soon, I say go forth and get along to yours, have fun and celebrate yourself and others. You'll be surprised of the changes that have occur in people in twenty years and the changes that have happened in you.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Vintage & Thrifted Style From ProBlogger Conference......

In the days and weeks leading up to this years ProBlogger conference there was a lot of discussion about what people would be packing and wearing for the weekend. Of course there was no doubt, I would be wearing vintage and thrifted fashion.

I had SO much fun this year with my outfits and as much as I love the way I dress (because it makes me happy), I certainly didn't expect to make others happy over the weekend, but it's nice to know that others got a smile out of and enjoyed my colourful and fun combinations.

So here we go my friends grab a cup of tea or better still a glass of wine and enjoy the colourful feast of vintage, thrifty and op shopped fashion ahead not only from myself, but from super awesome Australian bloggers who are rocking out their fun style. I hope you'll show these guys some love and pop over to their blogs and social media channels and check out how cool and talented they all are.

A 1960's lace mini cocktail dress for a whole day at #pbevent....why not? This in fact was what I wore on the last day as Ben was coming in to have dinner with me that night to celebrate my birthday the day beforehand. Teamed with yellow tights and suede lace up ankle boots and quirked up with a tape measure brooch made by me.....I felt I took my last day at the conference out with a BANG.

Oh how I wish you could see the full effect of this fabulous outfit I wore to our Friday night SHINE networking party. I wore a late 1960's lurex dress which I had altered before the conference into a mini with the sleeves taken up and angled in a bit. I teamed the dress with silver wet look tights for an epic look. Let's just say there may or may not be pictures in someones possession of those wet look legs of mine being licked. Sshhhh what happens at conference, stays at conference.......of course that's a joke when bloggers around who am I kidding.

Let me just pause for one second and tell you about the amazing Helen Edwards of Recycled Interiors I'm pictured with, my ProBlogger BFF and dear, dear friend. You won't find anyone else in the Australian blogging community more passionate about recycling, sustainability, vintage, wellness and health than her. She is simply amazing and if you don't already know who she is (which you should if you attended the conference as she was a speaker) you must pop on over and connect with this precious soul.

The above outfit with the 1970s dress and hobnail knit short sleeve cardigan, was aptly named by others on the weekend as "the lolly legs outfit", all vintage and all thrifted all the way with bright hot pink legs to show off, I loved it!

And to prove I got a little bit casual over the conference, this is as casual as it got for me with an early registration get together on Thursaday night. I was snapped by Carolyn of Dress Me GC. I wore 1970s Geometric Print Dress, fishnet stockings and flat suede ankle boots, op shopped belt and basic long sleeve tee and tote bought retail (on sale) years ago.

Let's talk more SHINE fashion fun. This Jasmin Tragas who is responsible for directing the ProBlogger conferences for the last five years. Jasmin is also the manager at Digital Photography School. Jasmin rocked out the SHINE event in fine form with a top previously op shopped years ago for Jasmin's 40th birthday celebrations. Jasmin totally worked her wardrobe for the weekend, without buying a single piece especially for the conference.

If you'd like to connect with Jasmin more she is @wonderwebby on Twitter and Instagram.


Gold lurex top and clip on earring she scored opshopping for the total sum $10 which was perfect for our SHINE themed Friday night event. Us hardcore vintage loving types love ourselves some lurex Shari.

Shari Says:
I'm not so much into "things" but many of my most prized wares are pre-loved and come with a story. Most of all I'm loving that my kids also enjoy op shop hunts and garage sales. I'm also delighted to pass treasures onto others when I know they too love stories over stores. 

Sarah from Surely Sarah

Sarah Says: 
I ended up wearing an $8 op-shopped dress on day 2! That's me on the left. One of my fave buys ever.

Sarah for me that's what it's about, if a piece makes you feel that elated, that's working your own style and staying true to that! Way to go! I love maxi dresses!


Writer, Speaker, Appearance Activist and Television Presenter Carly Findlay

Wore: An op-shopped striped top under her jacket to team with an uber cool full skirt with London buses and phone boxes printed on it. I love that she op-shopped her basic element in this outfit to bring it together. Carly I'm in love with that skirt.

Carly Says: In general I wear a lot of op shopped buys, mostly newer stuff, not vintage.

Vintage or thrifted it's great no matter who we are to be complimented on our wardrobe and style with pieces that bring our individual styles together. If we can do it at thrifty prices it's even better.


As you can imagine I'm still coming down from an awesome weekend and celebrating my birthday as well. I have so many more awesome, stylish and creative Australian bloggers I want to share with you, but I think it's time for me to let you go for now. This past week, has truly been an incredible one, to finally connect with some long awaited incredibly talented souls and make new friends. I can't wait to share more of them with you.

Read more about how this years ProBlogger Conference spoke to my heart, mind and soul HERE!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Heart, Mind & Soul of ProBlogger Conference 2015....

There will undoubtedly be a stream of blog posts about this years ProBlogger Conference sharing the highlights and pearls of wisdom from all the wonderful speakers from this past weekend on the Gold Coast at the RACV Royal Pines resort.

I've attempted three times now to start my piece and contribution to that stream of posts I'm talking about. I should say that I'm not one of those people or bloggers who can easily put into words the "learnings" from such an event with inspirational pictures and make others feel that they were there too.

The thing is, is that I'm a "feeler", and if you're a "feeler" too, you will know that sometimes you need to stop breath and let the words, wisdom, ideas, knowledge and emotions have time to digest and filter through and see how it resonates and speaks to the heart, soul and mind.

So my roundup of this years ProBlogger conference isn't a blow by blow of the sessions I attended, but what it is; is a post to tell you that in the nearly six years of blogging this years ProBlogger conference has been by far the best thing I have done for myself.

What I am going to share is, what my heart, soul and mind have come away knowing after such a wonderful and moving weekend, where on several occasions I was moved to tears.

  • The penny has finally dropped and I fully understand why people come here to read and connect on the blog. I get now that it's so much more than fun and pretty things. I know not only for myself but those that come here or I connect with on other social media, that it's about the nostalgia, the familiar, the history, the memories, the stories and most of all the way things make us feel. This is the biggest thing I'm taking away, I know that going forward and continuing to post that these are all the elements I'm going to be drawing on when I write.
  • I've realised how much My Vintage Childhood along with sharing myself with you continues to be such a significant part of my healing nearly seven and half years on from losing our twin girls Elle and Meg. Not only that, but how what I do, also works to heal me in other ways from my childhood. It is something that brings utter joy to my everyday and that's something I want to build on sharing with everyone too.
  • I believe now I have a clear view of what I want to try and do for social goodness with my blog and not just solely be an online contributor, but somebody who can make a change in others lives and families. I know the passion for this lies in my pain (of losing Elle and Meg). There is work ahead of me to piece it together, but I'm really excited and know based on the support I have ALWAYS received here from sharing my journey with the loss of our girls, that you will continue to rally and help me, help others.
  • ProBlogger weekend has also shown me how much more people like to see others embrace who they are and their style and uniqueness. This weekend has certainly shown me that people want more style, my fashion, more uniqueness, more rule breaking. Others want to do the same, but don't know where to start, so I'm going to work on delivering that.

It's been an incredible weekend to connect with so many people I have been admiring online and on other social media platforms and to find that they are just as amazing if not even more so in person. Bloggers truly do rock and we have a wonderful, giving and supportive culture of bloggers in Australia. There has been so many sharing and brainstorming of ideas happening to help others out. Incredibly generous offers of support, assistance and mentoring flying truly has been an amazing collective energy and one I'm very proud to be a part of.

Whilst some people may feel like they are experiencing information overload or overwhelm from the conference, I'm feeling calm and excitement. Sure I have loads of notes and loads of things that need or could be done. But the wonderful Darren Rowse wanted one thing for us, he wanted us to be able to go away and answer what our one thing was going to be and work on that rather than be caught up in a list of "must do all these now eeeekkkk".

I can certainly say that my heart, mind and soul were spoken to this weekend and have aligned with each other and received the message of the one thing I need to do and with that I know with heart, soul and mind it will bring everything else I want for not only myself but for you altogether in coming weeks, months and years.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Making the Most of a Quick Op Shop Visit.....

I don't know about you but the quick op shops visits when you've only got a spare 10 minutes before an appointment or leaving to go elsewhere can be surprisingly successful. I love nothing more than a long leisurely gawk through an op shop and checking out every nook and cranny. But sometimes all we have time for is a quick visit on the way to doing something else.

Having thrifted and op shopped since childhood I find it easy to make the most of a quick visit. First thing I do is grab a basket and the proceed to scan shelves systematically and quickly. Anything that takes me eye goes straight into the basket, but doesn't necessarily mean it will make the cut and will be purchased. But if it's in the basket I don't have to worry about someone else nabbing something I'm considering whilst I waste time debating with myself over it.

These are a bunch of recent finds which have all been nabbed on op shop visit that last 10 mintues or less.  

This vintage bamboo tiki style pitcher and cups set with tray, has never been used and was nabbed on a quick visit on a half price day and the store was very busy, I couldn't believe my luck, but sometimes it pays to be on a mission and focused to have a quick look around.

Even on a quick visit I can scan the kids section and bric-a-brac section pretty quickly and have a few other sweeties jump out at me. Like this 1960's Christmas Dimple Ware Lamb. This one may be a keeper for Christmas decorating here at home, purely because when we host Christmas dinner I do roast lamb so it could be a fun way to quirk up Christmas.

A sweet vintage tile and cast iron trivet. With the words: thinking of someone you are for.

Old wooden personalised name puzzle, great for play or unique bedroom name plaque with a few adjustments

I've also managed to pick up a whole bunch of little sweeties and miniatures lately all perfect for little girls or big girls shadow boxes, which I'm sure you can imagine. Sarah has been busy eyeing off the new pretties for her shadow box, which is forever changing with treasure hunting habits.

Are you a master of the quick op shop visit? What has been your greatest find in the shortest amount of time?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Adding Colour to a Thrifted Monochromatic Look......

I'm not scared of colour and playing with combinations and patterns, seriously it's one of the things that brightens my day and gives me spark. But as much as I have a load of colour in my life and wardrobe, I have previously lacked confidence with styling less "colourful" shades and colours.

But as I matured and over the years I have pushed myself more to give things a go with less favoured colours and just throw caution to the wind and say:

Heck if it doesn't work out there's always a colourful outfit tomorrow to be worn and redemption there.

I have found the key for me to styling an outfit with minimal vibrancy or flare in colourful fabrics and patterns, is to create the interest and impact with colourful accessories. The striped gold and sand sheer top is a new retail buy to me, which I saw on a sale rack for $2, I knew it would be an easy mix with my 1970's brown plaid wool skirt and I thought it was worth the experiment to see how I could make it come together in quick and easy outfit.

 Top - retail on sale $2
1970's Wool Plaid Skirt - church garage sale
Ballet Flats - retail on sale years ago
Snoopy Bag - op shopped for $2
Orange Beads and Enamel Flower brooch - op shopped

Orange and brown are a great retro combination of colours, so I went with it which also gave me a chance to flash around the Snoopy handbag I picked up about a month ago op shopping.

Although I don't have Snoopy's mindset as shown on this bag, I think it's quite a funny juxtaposition for someone like me to be carrying it, with the happy outlook I have each day. I certainly don't think anything has been a waste, but I would have found it a waste to not let the bag come home with me and have laugh over it.

What say you? 

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

A Haul of Childlike Finds.....

Recently I received one of the most beautiful compliments about my stall and what I do when were trading at the Everything Deco to Retro Fair. I was told that I had something going on with what I do that was different to anyone else there and that I had lovely hand picked items that gave them warm feelings and memories about their childhood. They joked that they felt like they just wanted to stay and relax in my stall all day long.

I was extremely humbled by these comments whilst at the same time I felt assured that how I feel about what I do, is the the exact same feelings that they are having. The comment above isn't the only comment I received over the three days of the fair, there were many others who smiled and sighed with happiness and retold stories of their childhood and upbringings, and simply thanked me for taking them emotionally and mentally to that place.

With all that I've said above I want to crack on and show off a whole array of "finds" that I'm restocking our Etsy store with while others are being set aside for our next fair date at the upcoming Collectorville Fair on September 6th, I've also got a special post lined up to give you all further details for Collectorville as well as to show you the finds I have in store for all the dads for Father's Day. Don't worry if you aren't a daddy, because if you're a "gamer", Thunderbird fan or a train enthusiasts you will NOT want to miss that post. So mummas, wives, girlfriends if your man sounds like one of these types of fellas, make sure you let him see that upcoming post.

I'm certain that these recent finds are going to be admired by others.

I adore this 1970's Woodcraft Gallery of Melbourne carving of a sweet boy playing the chello, but he won't be staying with me as he will be on offer. I have shown him some love and cleaned him up as he was rather dusty and I've given him some extra love with a good cabinetmakers cream wax.

Oh deer, lookie here. All are looking for new homes and will be venturing out to fairs to find a forever home.

Oh and these collectible creatures that hop.

Not to mention birds for our vintage loving bird girls.

Then we have these lovelies! I have many a doll collector pop by my stall at fairs, and these sweeties have all come my way this week plus others which I have had people eagerly champing at the bit for so some are already on their ways to new homes. But here are a few sweeties being added to shelves and coming on the road with me.

Finally a couple of sweet vintage Aboriginal art pieces depicting children, will be added to a little section for our upcoming displays, of uniquely Australian vintage children's items, books and toys.

I have loads more exciting finds to show over coming days and weeks, so stay tuned.