Outfit love from the past

Photo by Vivian Maier

Photo by Vivian Maier

I just came upon this image on the net, and I was immediately taken by it. Especially by the women on the right. I was draw by her outfit; the pretty sheer lace blouse, the floral pleated skirt, the plastic embroidered purse, her cat eye glasses and her pretty waved hair with her fringe slightly pinned to the side. What is not to love?

This is the type of outfit I would love to wear everyday. This photo reminded me of this. Although I would love to wear this type of outfit I would fear ruing it,  as being an artist, I would get paint on it. So a girl can still dream!

I also love Vivian Maier’s other photographs as well. They capture life in another era with a different eye and emotion. It seems like street photography is such a new phenomenon, but it shows you people were doing it before it was cool. And thankfully they did. Otherwise we wouldn’t have seen how life was, and I wouldn’t of seen this lady’s beautiful outfit.


Do you have any vintage outfits you dream of?


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Hello! This blog is under construction.

This blog features posts on op-shopping and vintage pieces.

I’m currently moving posts from my other blog Haus of Artistry (hausofartistry.wordpress.com) to this new one. I hope you follow this blog in the meantime!

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Trash and Treasure finds: Beauty case, red dress + brooches

Trash and Treasure finds

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local Trash and Treasure Market, and I have to say I found some amazing things.

I found this amazing blue 70s Samsonite beauty case. It came with its original key and removable tray, I had to have it as you don’t find many beauty cases with their original fittings and with this beautiful blue shade, it cost me $8.

Samsonite beauty case

Samsonite beauty case

Samsonite beauty case, with tray

Samsonite beauty case

I also found this vibrant red and floral polyester Myer Sutherland Melbourne 70s dress. I’m loving the chiffon like floral dresses at the moment, and I’m building a good collection of them. The dress has ruffles along the collar and at the end of the long sheer sleeves. I payed just $5 for it! And I wore it for the first time at my friends 21st.

Myer Sutherland 70s dress

I also bought two brooches from two different vendors. The amazingly glamourous rhinestone brooch was $3. I have never seen a design like this before, it reminds me of the brooches royalty would wear or something that Elizabeth Taylor would wear, although in diamonds instead of rhinestones. The flower brooch is made of polymer clay and I payed $1 for it. I love how fun and pretty this brooch is, it would look great pinned on floral dresses or it could stand out on its own on a plain top. It also reminds me of the hand made brooches created in the 1940s. I think it’s a fun piece, I love unique jewellery pieces and these two brooches fit the bill!

Fabulous brooches

I also bought two fabulous vintage coats at an unbelievable price. But the coats deserve their own post, so I’ll post about them in the future.

Diy: Ribbon key chain for your vintage suitcases

Diy Ribbon key chain

Here is a diy tutorial I made using ribbon, to make pretty key chains to match my vintage suitcases. You can do the same.


What you need: 

  • Scissors 
  • Clear nail polish
  • Ribbon (you can use any type of ribbon, string or twine)
  • And of course some keys or a key!

I used two types of satin ribbon here, as I have a yellow suitcase and a blue suitcase. Try to find ribbon that matches your vintage suitcases, so you can easily find the keys when needed. It’s a bonus if your ribbon is thrifted too, like mine!

Blue and yellow ribbon

Get you ribbon and cut a piece off. Mine was approximately 20cm long, as I left more length to tie a cute bow on top. Slip your ribbon through the key hole and tie a knot to your desired length. I tried to make it long enough so I could loop the key onto the suitcase handle.

Then tie a proper bow, so two loops and tie a knot. Once you have your bow, cut the bow ends at an angle, or just straight across, whatever style you prefer. I then sealed the ends, so they won’t fray, with the clear nail polish. Use a little so it doesn’t soak the ribbon.

Blue ribbon key chain

And here is the final product. Simple, pretty and practical! I hope you have a go at making a ribbon key chain, and tell me about it!

Key chain in suitcase

Op-Shopping: Beret, a feather and shoulder strap retainers

Op-shop finds

This is what I bought a few weeks ago while I was out op-shopping, at a total of $5.

I bought a velvety beret style hat, a cool feather hat decoration, and some old Birch shoulder strap retainers. These were used to hold your slip or bra straps when wearing a top or dress. They are really common in vintage dresses, but are commonly made of thread. Which makes me think these Birch strap retainers are from the 70s.

shoulder strap retainers  I was researching the feather hat pin but I couldn’t find much about it. It might of been used on a man’s hat. If you know what it was used for I would love to know!

feather pin

feather pin

Oriental bag + shoes

Last Saturday I went op shopping and bought a couple of things. I purchased a pretty oriental bag, bronze 1930s style T-strap shoes, red wooden round earrings made in West Germany, a white bead necklace and an amazing Avon pendant necklace.

I love the chain of the pendant necklace, and how it has an art deco style to it. It’s very interesting and love the painted flower design on the ceramic pendant.

Hope you had fun shopping this week!

Tessuti coat + hat

I went to the recent Savers 50% off sale and this is what I bought. I got a wool coat made in italy, its label reads Tessuti. It has a gold and brown zig zag wool weave, brown satin lining and earth brown buttons. I particularly like the sheep logo on the tag. I got it for half price at $5. I think the coat looks very 1960s. But i’m not sure when it was made, I’m guessing in the 70s or 80s. I love the warm golden hues of coat, it’s perfect for winter, well next winter, or a cold spring day.

I also purchased a pretty 1930s style hat. I really love this hat as the brim is larger at the front and smaller at the back. I grabbed it as soon as I saw it! It’s perfect for a sunny spring/summer day! And I also bought beige coloured polk dot stockings. How can you resist polka dots, especially on stockings.

I didn’t find any other clothing I liked. It seems that I never find anything on the 50% off sales anymore. But I’m not complaining as I have found some great items in the past!