The sun was shining, the classic car arrived and everyone was out in there best vintage get up for the Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House, Wahroonga!
I went with my beautiful bestie Renee and Max's mum + her friend Wendy were there too! I love Renee's dress, it also has a matching coat!
I finally got to meet the gorgeous Miss Ruby Rabbit, we had a great chat and her outfit and hair was amazing! She also makes magic setting spray which I use for a lot of my pin curls and roller sets!
I loved catching up with Casey and Briony - I met these two beautiful ladies when we worked together for the Fifties Fair promotional shoot. They are so sweet, so funny too! Still swooning over their outfits!
I met the beautiful and very inspiring Tara Moss, I admit to being a little star struck but she was so down to earth and it was great to have a little chat with Tara too. Her outfit was stunning, what a wonderful woman!
Tired after the Fifties Fair!
I entered the best dressed competition and made it as a finalist - everyone had fun showing off their lovely outfits!
The beautiful Polly Polka-Dot won and I loved everything about her look! Check out her huge hat, that gorgeous dress and purse.
All smiles! The lovely lady on the left was wearing an original 1950's Qantas uniform which I believe was on loan to her from the Qantas museum.
Some more photos of my outfit...
Bonus photo: On Instagram at the end of the day + slight pouty face because the app kept crashing :'(
A couple of months ago I was searching Esty, eBay and Oh La La Vintage for my Fifties Fair dress, I was preparing to move house too... With my priorites in order and whilst on the hunt for a vintage dress I set myself the challenge to find a dress under $80 which turned out to be a lot cheaper than I expected so the overall outfit became an under $100 look. It's always nice to purchase more expensive pieces but I enjoyed this challenge and really love the dress I ended up with. I already had the necklace, hat, purse, shoes and earrings but I listed the prices I paid for them too, most being thrifted and from boot sales. The petticoat is a Hell Bunny one that I have had for years. I bought the faux fur cape in New Zealand in January when I was visiting family, it was a lucky find the day before mum and I left.. It has a cute little coin pocket inside it too.
1950's Vintage Dress - Oh La La Vintage on Facebook (AUD $33)
1940'S(?) Faux Fur Cape - Thrifted ($5)
1950's Velvet Beaded Hat - Thrifted ($2)
Vintage Black Beaded Necklace - Boot Sale ($2)
1950's Sheer Vintage Gloves - eBay ($10)
1960's Vintage Purse - Bootsale ($6)
Stockings - eBay ($10)
Shoes - Target ($10)
Earrings - c/o Revere Folie
I was really after something different than the usual florals or pastels I like to search for. I like interesting prints and this one really caught my eye, as soon as I saw it I imagined all of the black accessories I already had and how perfect they would look with the dress. The dress was a bit of a fixer upper (another type of challenge I enjoy), I had to sew the arms again as the threads were very loose, I had to patch one of the shoulders, iron the bust as it was very out of shape and then stitch it into place.
I of course left it three days before the Fifties Fair, I tried it on a couple of days before the event and it seemed to fit fine, though when I put it on just before leaving the house the shoulders seemed quite loose so I could have taken them in a bit, but I will do that at some stage anyway as I plan to wear this dress again in the near future.
I met lots of wonderful ladies, some I know from Instagram too and they were so lovely, it's always so nice to meet people in person especially at events like this one. I'm really happy with how my outfit came together and had a great time at the Fifties Fair!
Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo