Sydney Rock ‘n Roll Markets

I had great had a great time at the Sydney Rock n Roll Markets Sunday, 13th of September.
A $6 (!) entry fee was all that was needed (and some vintage styling) for an awesome day out.

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My mate and I sampled from the various foodstalls and enjoyed dark and stormy’s in the sunshine as it was not an alcohol-free event.

The vintage markets were out of this world with lots of vintage clothing and fabrics, homewares, furniture, jewelry and accessories.
There was also heaps of repro fashion, and awesome handmade and bespoke jewelry for sale. I came home with three new vintage dresses and some jewelry from Bluebelle Vintage Clothing

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I also found some vintage home wares; there were so many weird and wonderful things for sale to look at!

I also came home with some awesome vintage homeware treasures, they look great in my place:

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Next Sydney Rock’n Roll Markets are on 22nd November!

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Fashion Files: Mad Men, “The Rejected”

This episode is one of my favorites from season four. Its set in February 1965. Its the one where Trudy gets pregnant and tells her Dad who accidentally spills the beans to Pete. An account conflict between Pond’s and Clearasil arises at Sterling Cooper with the acquisition of Pond’s Cold Cream. Pressure from Roger and Lane puts Pete in a personal dilemma, as he must confront his father-in-law about the Clearasil account. A focus group for Pond’s Cold Cream leads to a confrontation between Don and Allison over their one-night stand. Peggy begins a friendship with Joyce, an employee of Life magazine and the go and reacts to the news of Pete’s upcoming fatherhood.

Style wise:
I love Faye Miller’s white and orange scarf in this shot (right).
This is definitely not the most sophisticated of Peggy’s outfits (centre) but the Peter Pan collar with the gathered sleeves is cute.¬†
Alison on the left rocks a great 60s color pallette of mustardy-gold-tan mohair with a vivid aqua dress.
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A pic of Alison again in this because I really appreciate her ensemble. This would be one of her more stylish outfits. The gold brooch makes it sing!
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I love these shots of all the secretaries during the Pond’s focus group.
I really love Clara’s outfit (left). The print is the awesome kind of ugly only the 60’s and 70’s can pull off. I dig the big beaded necklace! My nan used to wear these in the sixties and never quit wearing them! Classic. Note the cute bow clip behind her right ear, too cute.
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The secretary to the right of the picture is named Dot. She is not a recurring character the way Clara is. I think this outfit is on the dowdy side. Its cool that the shirt is two-toned with clashing plaid fabric, but it doesn’t seem particularly flattering.

I feel Dot is portrayed as an especially frumpy secretary because in the next shot you can see she is placed next to Megan (second from left) in the focus group. Megan has always been noticeably better dressed than the other secretaries and this scene really highlights the fact that Megan has more style and likely more money; perhaps in the form of a supplemented income from her family. Mad Men always alludes to the secretaries at Sterling Cooper being very poorly paid and I think this is demonstrated very well.
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Megan’s hot-orange shift is fabulous. It is obviously a very fine knit or wool fabric and is offset by a striking white brooch. Megan’s outfits are always spectacular and this is no exception. Note that we have never seen a repeated Megan outfit, ever.

I like the green dress worn by the unnamed secretary (second from right) with the double bow detail at the neck. The dress is adorable but again, compared to Megan’s outfit it looks down-market.
Alison’s (right) frilly necked blouse and plaid skirt suit is the outfit I always associate with her because I think she wears it often. Its probably a quite dated for 1965 and the colours are drab. It does fit her well and shows her petite figure but again portrays the secretaries generally not being well remunerated.

This shot of Peggy emulates the 60s for me in a single picture. The hair, the shirt, the makeup. I love Peggy so much.
Peggy and Joyce attend a warehouse Party hosted by Davey Kellogg who is screening an art film, one of his own. The party ends up being raided by the police and the film gets taken. Peggy meets Abe Drexler, an journalist for an underground newspaper.
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To finish, I have included a shot of Peggy in her work attire. I love the contrast between Office Peggy and Underground Peggy. This blue dress is too cute on Peggy and has an almost “scool girl” aesthetic with the collar, and pleated skirt, while still being stylish. Love it.
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What I wore today.. Blue novelty print dress

Today I chose this novelty print scooter dress from Bluebell Vintage Clothing, purchased at the Sydney Rock’n Roll Alternative Markets.
This, like so many other pieces is difficult to discern whether its an early 70s or later 60s piece. The drop-waisted scooter dress style was definitely worn in both eras and a style of dress notably worn by Peggy Olson in Mad Men several times.

Please excuse the bad mirror selfie:

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Close up of the pussybow detail:

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And the print which merges from tulips to Polka dots on the skirt:

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This dress has no tags and looks like a home made piece. Although it is made from polyester it feels light and is perfect for today.

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Fifties Fair 2015

I was extremely excited to be heading to the fifties fair this year! Held annually by Sydney Living Museums, this would have been my first time at the event, held on August 23rd.
The fair was held on the grounds of Rose Seidler house in Wahroonga. Completed in 1950, the house is a modern day relic of mid-century design.
Unfortunately due to some overnight rain, the event was canceled.
Mum and I (like so many others) didn’t hear about the cancellation until we actually had arrived on site.

We still decided to check out Rose Seidler House and commiserate with other disappointed vintage lovers,

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like these two;

There was so much 50s awesome going on!

Mum and I got up at the ass-crack of Dawn for hair and makeup.

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wore a 50’s house dress from BarrioVintage with a review cardigan and my fav green Jimmy Choos.

My mum wore a gorgeous Vintage blue silk dress paired with a review cardigan. She also had a vintage beaded purse (thrifted) to match. The floral head piece and lovely blue gloves (mint condition!) were purchased to along with the blue dress from the now sadly liquidate

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d Grandma takes a trip in Surry Hills.
We had a lot of fun getting dressed up, and look forward to next year (pray it doesn’

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in!)

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What I wore today.. novelty print dress

It was a pleasantly warm (spring?) day so I wore this:

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The mustard cardigan is an old cheapie (but firm favorite). The boots are tan leather from Zensu. Diamond-textured white tights are a recent purchase from Myer. I wore these plugs for the first time, 7/16″ acrylic daisies from BodyArtForms.

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The collared shift dress is one from FiveStonesVintage on Etsy that I just had to have. I fell in love with the strawberry novelty print, it’s too cute! If I had to guess i would say the dress is from circa 1970. The cobalt blue colour and the novelty print screams ’70s to me, but the collared shift was very much a ’60s innovation.

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As with a lot of vintage, you can always make the choice to go all-out retro with your styling; or if you feel low-key or like blending into the crowd, you can wear a dress like this more casually with ballet flats and a topknot/ponytail.

Thankyou for reading!

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