Wow what an amazing weekend, I’m still decompressing! I had SO much fun, it was a whirlwind of dress-ups, catching up with old and new friends (and making new ones!), gaping at the incredible spectacle of beautiful vendor stalls, amazing outifits, fun entertainment and of course the Miss Pinup NZ competition! There was so MUCH, I can’t fit it into one blog post (and I’m still recovering from social overload) so here is Part One … details of the outfits I put together for myself and my two gorgeous daughters on Day 2 (Sunday) and a few gorgeous shots from some of the talented photographers who captured us on the day!
My vintage strawberry swing dress was a lucky find at the Vintage Textile Fair a few months back, from one of my fave local shops – Retro Addiction. How this strawberry dream had not been snapped up already… AND it fit my waist AND generous bust… it must have been meant to be! I knew right away it would be perfect to style for a VVDO outfit… and that the strawberry theme pushed all my vintage kitschy theme loving buttons, so I was inspired to track down matchy outfits for my two girls! My first dress I had bought from overseas with VVDO in mind was sadly lost in the post, but que sera sera!
Thanks to Lynn of Serendipity Photography and photographer David Rowe for the awesome shots!
Accessories – I could have gone all out themey (is that a word? If not, it should be!) – but I wanted to keep a classic vintage feel. I thought my vintage straw hat would be perfect, and carried that tan/brown colour throughout. I trimmed the hat with a cute strawberry ribbon and made my jewelry based on 40s and 50s bakelite designs, using true vintage bakelite and lucite pieces. My shoes were vintage espadrille style, found secondhand on Trademe.
Full outfit details:
Dress: 70s era vintage Retro Addiction
Hat and gloves, vintage
Necklace and Earrings: Handmade by me – Retro Resins – using vintage components
Bangles: Bakelite, thrifted and repro from Cobalt Heights
Petticoats: Green from Pettiskirt Style, red Tatyana
Shoes: Hush Puppies, secondhand from Trademe
Hair flower: made by me
Bag: Ebay with handle from Spotlight
I LOVE Etsy! As well as being a seller, I source many vintage supplies for my jewelry, and regularly find vintage clothing and accessories for myself and my girls, it’s a treasure trove of handmade and vintage goodness from all around the world, so addicting too. As soon as I found my amazing strawberry dress, I started hunting on Etsy for vintage dresses for my girls to match! I hit the jackpot and found a perfect red gingham and strawberry dress with matching bloomers for Lila Jean. Her cute black patent baby Mary Jane shoes I found at a thrift store, and her baby headband I made myself.And with some hunting, I also found a vintage red gingham dress for Juliet which I knew would be amazing with some alterations, matching rick rack trim and strawberry embellishments. I took these to the gorgeous and talented Janette (Silver Needles) and she did an amazing job! I trimmed Juliet’s straw hat with the same ribbon as mine and also made her strawberry hair bow.
I was so lucky to have my Mum on board looking after my girls for the weekend! They arrived, looking cute as strawberry pie, on Sunday for some fun and photos with mama!
Photos – Serendipity Photography
I was so proud of my gorgeous girls – they even – strutted their stuff on stage for the Best Dressed competition … and won! I had planned to hold the baby and walk with Juliet, but right before the time came… my stubborn fiesty big girl refused to walk unless I stayed stage-side and she carried her baby sister! Thanks Ella (Miss Victory Violet) for this cute video of them taking the stage! And to Rockabilly Rose for the prize voucher they won – I can’t wait to pick out some of their gorgeous handmade kids clothes for the girls.
VVDO 2017 Best Dressed kids – YouTube
Lila Jean and Juliet Very Vintage Day Out 2017 at Shed 10 Sunday – Best dressed competition