Friday, 25 July 2014


Just a quick post to say I'm still here. Since I've gotten back from Bali (it was amazing!) I've been sick, working a lot, and doing a lot of wedding related crafting...

I also received a very special dress in the mail :)

I'll be back with more outfits as usual as soon as I can!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Fantasy summer vacay wardrobe

I don't actually know if I've mentioned this or not, but at the end of this week I'll be heading off on a week-long vacation to Bali, Indonesia.

My family and I went two years ago, and while there celebrated my sisters 18th birthday, so she decided this year for her 21st that we should all go back and relax in the sun once again.

I've been trying to get my brain into holiday-wardrobe planning mode, but with the extreme cold in Melbourne at the moment, and the extreme lack of funds in my bank I'm finding it to be a very difficult task indeed!

I thought I'd have a bit of fun and create a fantasy holiday wardrobe for my trip - I don't own any of these items, sadly, but maybe this will give me a bit of inspiration so I can get myself organised!!

For hanging out at the pool or beach:

beach outfit
Hat and pattern from Etsy, bathing suit and wedges from Modcloth, sunglasses from Nasty Gal

A cute, bright bathing suit, fun wedges, sunglasses to hide your hangover behind, a glamorous hat, and I'm thinking this cute beach robe in a matching or contrasting colour to the bathing suit.

For wandering through markets looking for bargains:

shopping outfit

Sunglasses, shoes and belt from Modcloth, top and skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing, hat from Etsy, bag from Golden Ponies

A floaty skirt and peasant top combo, low-heeled comfy sandals, a shady hat and a cross-body bag.

I said 21st, right?:

party outfit

dress from Catnip Reproductions, shoes from Modcloth

A beautiful, Shaheen inspired tropical pinup party dress, simple but pretty wedges and the perfectly accessorised undo.

For sightseeing and fun activities:

pattern, hat and blouse from Etsy, sunglasses, shoes and bag from Modcloth

Casual-but-cute blouse and shorts combo, comfy walking shoes, bag that holds all the essentials for a full day away from the hotel.

Lounging around the hotel/cocktail hour!:

blouse and wedges from Modcloth, trousers from Vivienne of Holloway, sunglasses from Nasty Gal

A glam-sailor-resort vibe with pristine white wide-leg trousers, comfy but chic shoes, grand hat, mysterious glasses and of course, cocktail in hand!

What are your holiday wardrobe must haves?

Friday, 4 July 2014

autumn leaves in winter time

Everything thrifted/vintage

Last weekend Eli and I hit up the Dangerfield garage sale that I had previously posted about. The weather was rather awful, cold, raining on and off, but we were determined to score some bargains!

I've been pretty obsessed with this sweater lately, it's super cosy and warm and looks cute with just about everything I pair it with. Yay!

How freaking cute is this little bike brooch? I got it from the op shop around the corner from my house a few weeks back. 

P.S, the Dangerfield garage sale has been extended until Sunday 13th July. It's open 9-6 every day so if you missed out last weekend you still have a chance to grab some bargains!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Guest post: Emileigh of Flashback Summer on Finding Your Vintage Niche

Hello everyone! Today I have a special post for you, written for your reading pleasure by the lovely Emileigh of Flashback Summer.

Emileigh has written a brilliant post that I know Past Taygan, who was just getting into vintage, would have loved to have stumbled across, and even now I can still take on a few of her (Emileigh's, not Past Taygan's) tips.

Make sure you head over and check out Flashback Summer! I've been following for a little while now - Emileigh's blog has an emphasis on uniqueness, craftsmanship, and authentic relationships through vintage lifestyle and hospitality, and as well as this she is quite the wiz on the sewing machine and has some greatly inspiring outfits!

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Hello friends!  I'm Emileigh from the blog Flashback Summer, and Taygan has graciously allowed me to write a guest post to share with all of you!  I discovered her blog somewhat recently, and I fell in love with her style pretty much immediately.  I love the simplicity and versatility of her pieces that, when combined, make the most marvelous outfits!  She has the gift of ensemble-creation, I think.

Then, as I thought of ideas for this post, my mind circled back to different people's styles in the vintage world.  Although vintage is considered a fashion "niche", there's a lot of diversity on how it is worked out in the wardrobes of individuals.  There's rockabilly, hipster, hardcore 1940s, head-to-toe 50s, twinge-of-60s, and so many other style representations.  How do we in the vintage world come around to finding our own "niche" in the vintage niche?  I thought I'd share my personal journey with you guys.

To start, I love a head-to-toe 1930s/40s look for everyday.  Hair, shoes, clothing, underclothing too, if I can get it.  However, I sure didn't start out that way!  When I first pondered the idea of actually wearing vintage, here was my idea of a great vintage outfit for myself:

And it was fine, but now this is a typical everyday outfit for me:

I've moved in a very different direction since those first outfits.  (Now, the 60s isn't even on my radar.)  Below, I have three stages (the Baseline, the Building, and the Box) that have helped me narrow down my "niche" in the vintage niche:

The Baseline - Building a foundational starting point
- Education:  To know what vintage styles look best on your body type, you have to know what trends were popular at which points in time.  I was helped a lot in being able to find vintage clothes I preferred by first learning the trends then discerning which ones initially appealed to me after seeing pictures of them.  Personally, I love the simplicity of the 40s and the flouncy, slinky looks of the 30s.  I don't particularly love the boxy, Jackie Kennedy-style suits or mod looks of the 60s.  I discovered this in simply looking at examples of these decades and following my gut reaction.

- Measurements:  I became very familiar with my own measurements and body type and the challenges and strengths associated with it.  For me, it can be easy for my larger hips to "outweigh" my top half in proportions.  I combined this with my knowledge of decades that can be "hip-focused" (such as the 1920s and 60s with drop waist trends) and contrasted them with decades that are "hip-friendly" (like the 1940s with its large-shouldered silhouette that would balance out my pear shape).  Although garments' individual looks varied vastly, decades tend to have certain trends nonetheless.  Knowing which eras are more likely to have more garments that would flatter your body type can help you choose a niche you love.

- Investment:  The next thing I considered was how much time and money I am willing to spend on my wardrobe.  I ADORE the 1920s, but it simply isn't in my budget to buy 1920s dresses to wear every day.  I also love very va-va-voom, fitted 1950s wiggle dresses, but they're a bit high-maintenance with undergarments, fit, etc. if I want the very wasp-waisted, Marilyn look I like.  This made these kinds of clothes impractical for me.  However, the 30s and 40s are both highly fabric-efficient in their patterns and involve a "make do and mend" element that is friendlier to my budget.  They don't require such special undergarments, and they are somewhat easier to find.  This lower investment of time and money make these decades more appealing to me.  (Remember, though, that it takes a long time for most people to build a whole vintage/vintage-style wardrobe.  Most people can't do everything all at once.)

The Building - Constructing your unique wardrobe
- Trash everything I just said:  Well, in the case of if your initial preferences for a decade don't seem to match your measurements.  Are you a pear shape but still love the 1930s?  A bit on the lean side but love a sexy 60s look?  DO IT.  There was every type of body shape present in every decade, so it isn't impossible to shore up an era's trends in a way that flatters your body type.  It may just take a bit more experimentation and creativity on your part to find the garments that do so.  But if you love it, it's worth it!

- Involve your fixations:  So many vintage wearers have discovered that they just adore certain things, maybe even for no reason!  Pick some things in the vintage world that you can fixate on, collect, and love to death.  For some it is a Lilli Ann suit; for others, plastic novelty brooches.  Personally, I'm a sucker for a 1940s tilt hat.

- Incorporate your memories, personality, and passion:  Don't just recreate period-accurate catalogue reproductions!  Even women back in the day infused their outfits with personality.  Include things that show off where you've been in life or something you're passionate about, all in a vintage-friendly way.  I used to live in the Middle East before college, so I am crazy about Middle East themed novelty prints, like in the skirt in the picture below.  I've begun collecting Middle Eastern and ancient Egyptian-themed vintage pieces for my wardrobe.  I also incorporate modern and antique pieces from the Middle East into my vintage outfits, like the bedouin necklace and bracelet below, too.  It gives me a focus and makes my wardrobe something specialized and unique, even in the already specialized vintage world.

The Box - Putting together your wardrobe without putting it in a box
- DO WHAT YOU WANT:  Who says you can't mix vintage and modern?  Who says a 40s tilt hat can't go with a 60s sexy secretary dress?  Who says you can't knit a 30s sweater with tiny hedgehogs around the neckline?  Who says you can't wear cowboy boots with an Edwardian gown?  No one.  There are no vintage fashion police.  Do what you want.

By finding what you prefer, what flatters your body, and what you're willing to invest in your wardrobe, you create a good baseline from which to work with.  Then, as you get to know vintage more and would like to personalize and tailor it to your unique self, you can incorporate your counter-intuitive era choices, fixations, and passions.  This gives you a personal, unique element to your clothing.  Then, lastly, you do what you want!   Don't be bound by unsaid rules or regulations you think the vintage world has; there are none!  Stay true to yourself and create a wardrobe inspired by yesteryear's trends that is uniquely all your own!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Dangerfield Giveaway Winner!

And the winner is…

Yay!! Bec, check your inbox, there's a $300 Dangerfield online voucher code coming your way!

Thanks to all who entered, and hello to my new followers, I hope you'll stick around :)

Don't forget the Dangerfield sale is still on for a couple of days, I'm about to head over there myself!

Have a good day!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

mustard & leopard print

coat, dress, belt, bag & shoes - thrifted/vintage, beret - dangerfield, gloves - target

Say hello to the cute little 3-legged kitty who hangs out around our house, affectionately known as Lego. She's super friendly and cuddly, if we didn't already have three cats in the house I would adopt her ASAP. As it is I think we're going to take her down to the vet and get them to check if she has a home, she is at ours an awful lot and always seems hungry, and we've already had a few friends wanting to take her home with them!

I wore this outfit out to go look at a new shop that's popped up in Fitzroy, Era Vintage Bride. Run by the lovely Lucy, this little boutique has a great range of beautiful vintage wedding/formal dresses and accessories at very reasonable prices. Not only that, but Lucy can have any one of the dresses in store replicated for you in new fabric which she sources herself. Though I didn't end up actually buying anything, I was super impressed by Lucy's attentiveness, she gave me dress after dress and they were all beautiful and suited me very well. If you're after a vintage or vintage-style wedding or special occasion dress I highly recommend you visit her!

I haven't really worn this lovely dress a whole lot since I bought it, because it was a bit snug and I was scared I'd break it.. It fits much better now and it's the perfect colder-weather dress (with a few extra layers!)

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The dress that was going to be, and then wasn't, and then there was a different one, and that didn't work out so well...

So I bought a dress.

Not just any dress. A pretty, white lace one. "The" dress.

Yep, thats right, after blabbing on for months about how I was going to make my own wedding dress I've gone and purchased a very lovely 1950's lace affair off Etsy, and I'm so glad I did.

I was so set on DIY-ing the crap out of my wedding. I didn't (still don't!) want to spend thousands of dollars on frivolous things for one day. Centrepieces, programs, invitations - psh! Primary school stuff! Dresses for my bridesmaids - that shop wants HOW MUCH?? I can make it for half that! Dress for myself - there's no way I'll be able to find the Dress Of My Dreams in a store or online, only I can make my ultimate gown! It was this kind of DIY-or-die attitude, mixed with, I'll admit, maybe a teensy bit of pinterest-fueled one-upmanship.

Well, after months of anguishing over necklines and skirts and lace styles (which culminated in a mild anxiety attack in a fabric store where I was overwhelmed by choice) I've decided to put my pride aside and admit that I'm a control freak - I need to let go a little.
I realised it's less about finding the Dress Of My Dreams, and more about finding a dress that I am going to feel beautiful and comfortable in. If it gives me both of these feelings, then no matter where it's from or who made it, it will set the tone for the rest of my day. And there are many, MANY beautiful dresses out there that will suffice.

So, I went online, narrowed it down to two choices, one sold so I bought the other. Hoorah! I thought, thats done!
But the next day I got a message from the seller. At some point between listing the dress and selling it to me someone had visited her brick-and-mortar store and tried it on rather roughly, leaving the front shoulder ripped and completely unfixable.

Refund received, back to the drawing board.

I've just purchased another dress. It's vintage, beautiful and will suit and fit me very well. I'll wear my ridiculous cute shoes, a necklace that Eli gave me, do my makeup nice and have my hair done and then I will thoroughly enjoy marrying the Man Of My Dreams. I've got that part of it 100% right for sure.

P.S - I'm still making all my (7) bridesmaids dresses, invites and most of the decorations. Because I'm a crazy, control freak DIY-addict. But I also have my enormous bridal party and wonderful family to be my minions and help me out with stuff, so its going to be ok.
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