OK I own up, I came out for my four month sojourn in Australia with a half empty suitcase! I'm sure you know by now that my absolute passion is digging around markets, vintage stalls, op shops/charity shops and independents. Especially here where the climate is more suitable for ferreting around market stalls and where hand made clothes and vintage pieces can often be found for a song, as well as being individual & quite different to something you'd find at home.
So this is the first dress I bought here, In Byron Bay, in a hurry 'cause I didn't have a thing to wear for a New Years Eve party! It wasn't a bad price, for Byron, at $129 (£70), it looks vintage, is 100% cotton & I have already worn it to death as it's so cool and comfy.
I wore it one hot, humid day to the gorgeous federation town of Bangalow, in the Hinterland, to meet a friend for lunch. With an old pair of Fitflops, vintage sunnies from Fabulous Fannies in New York, a 50 cent bangle from an op shop/charity shop and my fabulous hand-made vintage necklace from local designer Ghost & Lola, it was perfect for ambling around in the heat.
Thank you to the lovely girl from Woods Coffee shop who came out to admire my sunnies and got roped in to do some quick snaps on my i phone! People are so lovely here.
To dress up this simple, cotton dress, ready for a garden party or similar, I added a cheap sun hat, a belt bought for 50 cents in another op shop, a bracelet I bought in the UK for a fiver, and gorgeous little vintage booties from Trash Vintage ($80). It is now an outfit suitable for any weather (probably needing a cardi or jacket in the UK) , any occasion, and one I will get a lot of wear out of, wherever I am. So £70 very well spent, methinks! Meanwhile, the kids are back to school this week so the sales start......and yes, I will need another big bag to bring all this stuff home to the UK!
Photography was done in and around my rental on my Olympus PEN, by my friend Suzie, whose also a part-time photographer. Lucky!
This dress was found in a little independent children's clothes shop in Byron called, Essentially Byron, and designed by Gypsy Rose, who I cannot find anywhere on the internet! I will find out more when I can.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed this first look at of what I've been buying and I'll see you soon, no doubt with more interesting summer bargains, vintage or not, that I've found on my travels!
Hopefully, it will be chilly in Wellington when I go there next week so you get a break from the constant pictures of sunshine and tropical vegetation!
As usual, I would love to hear from you. Have a great week.