For various reasons, which I have no desire to discuss here, I went out for the first time in ages on Thursday.
There were many, many chores to be done and much time management involved, but by crikey I was going to frock up!
I bought this floral frock from Vinnies several years ago for a couple of bucks. One sleeve was shredded and hanging off, so after much careful planning I turned it into a one-sleeve frock and made new facings with bias binding. My proudest DIY moment.
1950s sateen frock, bangles, earrings, yellow African necklace, silver Indian necklace - thriftedSnow White headband - more at Sassy Vamps! Leopard and lace brooch - made by Helga's magical mitts Frida necklace - birthday gift made by the wonderful Tamera Anklets - gifted by lovely reader, Tra-la-la Red rose brooch - gifted by Dandelion Vintage VW Melissa Wing shoes - Amazon sale Bag - craft market
I desperately needed an op-shop fix and oh yes, what a mighty fine time it was. I found this gigantic painting from Vinnies for $8, which reminds The Phoenix of photographs of lovely ladies in Asian countries taken by his dear late grandfather, Ernest. Ernest was a true WWII naval hero, surviving countless air strikes by deadly Stukas and three sinkings, as part of operations on the Russian convoys in the North Sea and the Mediterranean and Pacific theatres.
R&R must have been so precious to those men, not knowing what their next operation would bring.
Who doesn't love a naff, but unused 1970s tour bag in perfect nick? Two bucks thanks.
I've seen them fetch $70 in vintage shops.
I think Sarah Misfit, utter temptress and collector of Cultural Revolution paraphernalia, will be going green over this Chinese Army cap.
Isn't it amazing? Two bucks thanks very much.
Needless to say, The Phoenix took one look at it and decided he really, really needed it:).
You know that moment when you spot something, you catch your breath, look around furtively for other vultures, then spring like a cat to grab your item of desire?
That's what happened when I saw this Run DMC t-shirt.
I saw them when they were supported by the Beastie Boys at the Brixton Academy in the late 80s and at age 18, hip-hop became my religion.
Four bucks - and I hacked the crew neck off as soon as I got home.
A more flattering neckline now.
I'm also wearing a pair of 1940s mesh and lace scanties.
Then came The Mask, spotted at Aid for the Blind - three bucks.
Thank you for lifting me up, you lovely thrifting goddesses!
I really needed that slice of heaven.
Still wearing the 1940s knickers, with a 1960s bustier from Etsy.
I hope you have glorious success in all your fabulous endeavours this weekend ... meanwhile, I'll get back to my Rambo marathon - haaaaaa!!