Remember the tour I did last year to LA (that I blogged about here, here and here), well there have been two of those tours, and on the weekend we had a reunion in Melbourne!
Those of us flying in from interstate flew in roughly at about the same time. Half of us were picked up by Nada (a Melbourne local) and I hired a car for the rest of us.
And can I say my hire car WAS FREE!!!!! They were running a promotion that every 20th car hired around the country was free, and I got one! Sadly, we couldn't fit us and our luggage into it, so I had to pay a bit for an upgrade, but it was worth it. Trust me, this boot was full to the roof on the run back to the airport!
We couldn't check into our hotel until mid afternoon, so we went straight to a vintage warehouse to shop!
That isn't my fur, he just looked lonely so I carried him around for a bit
We went to a place called Fossil Vintage, and as well as having clothes they had furniture and shop fittings and all manner of things. I didn't find anything to buy, but other girls did!
After lunch, we checked into our hotel, and got ready for our night out. You see, its called the Wicked Weekend because on Friday night we went to The Regent Theatre to see Wicked!
Here is a quarter of the group. From L to R
Miss Kim (our organiser extraordinaire), Anna, Nada, and me!
We caught a maxi-taxi to the magnificent old theatre and met up with some other girls who were spending some time with us on the weekend. One of whom was Esz - frequent reader and commenter on this blog!
We are now REAL LIFE FRIENDS!
And yes, we have matching hair...
Check out the inside of the theatre!
As per usual, a large group of ladies (and 1 token man) all dressed in vintage make quite an impact. Especially when there were people there who obviously didn't look in a mirror before they walked out the door (I am referring to you who wore tracksuit pants!!!). Clearly going to the theatre is not the big night out it once was! So there was a lot of looks and people asking for our photos.
The show was great, and the costumes were fabulous! I found most of the costumes to be quite 1940s inspired actually, and most of the time I was so distracted by working them out that I lost track of the storyline!
Some of the girls went out after the show, but I'd gotten up early and even then almost missed my flight, so I went home to bed.
The next morning we went around the corner to breakfast at a lovely place called Ethos Cafe. They were more than happy to take a large group without a booking and the food and coffee were great. Some of us needed the coffee more than others *ahem* hang overs *ahem*
From L to R - Marianna, Emma, Sam, Kasenya, Anna, Nada, Kim, me!
So have the eagle eye'd amongst you spotted my green suit? We were spending the day shopping so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to wear it for the first time!
Meet Wallace - he's my gorgeous red fox stole with the big eyes that reminded Kim of Wallace and Grommit! Oh, and thanks to Esz for being my photographer.
The morning was spent fabric shopping with Nada and Kim. Nada (being a local) took us to her favourite fabric shops, one of which was Rathdowne Fabrics. I might have gone a little crazy...
They had an amazing collection of vintage sewing machines on display!
Rathdowne sell a lot of things that I normally have to buy on the internet without touching it - things like wools and silks. I purchased some wool, some silk, and a fun 1970s stripey sheer which you will see later (mainly because I forgot to take a photo of it) and some wool suiting for Nada to make me some pants.
Nada sews amazing 1940s pants to sell from her facebook page Something Else Clothing. And since I find no joy in sewing pants, but kinda need a couple of pairs, I'm getting Nada to do them! Its a win/win!!
That evening we went out to Pollys and to the LuWow - both bars just around the corner from where we were staying. So we got frocked up again and went out on the town!
Polly's is a fabulous vintage themed cocktail bar full to the brim with antique lounges and chairs to sit on. Sadly it was very dark in there so I didn't get any decent photos. After drinks there, we went to The Luwow which is a fabulous tiki themed restaurant and bar that has live bands! It was so much fun!!
In a hilarious turn of events - the only people wearing colour (Vaeda and I) were wearing the same colour!!!
The next morning found us back at the same cafe for breakfast. Much more coffee was needed this time to cure people's hangovers.... But after we checked out of the hotel we headed to the Waverley Antiques Centre - which turned out to be what dreams are made of (mine anyway). An enormous warehouse FULL of antiques and vintage!!!
And the odd adorable puppy!
I wandered around with Marianna and we found some awesome things, some funny things, and some weird things. Lets start with the weird.
Then there was the funny...
A giant marble telephone
"Mavis, that's down right shocking!"
Ohhhhh! SEWING machine!!!
And then there was the down-right awesome!
I absolutely would have purchased this sewing machine if I could easily get it home! The shape of it reminded me of a 1930s two door roadster!
Possibly the best taxidermy fox I have EVER SEEN!
Which gave me another opportunity to use my (dreadful) acting skills!
And then it was time for us all to take ourselves and our overladen bags back home. It truly was a great fun weekend and I can't wait to catch up with all the girls again soon!
PS. Look who was waiting for me when I got home - LOVE!