Sign of the Times

I know it’s been a long time since I have posted – boy oh boy have I been busy!

I have been super caught up in work, trying to find a job as a solicitor, finishing my Masters in Legal Practice, organising travel over the next few months and trying to stay in touch with everyone! I also (finally) rejoined the gym and I’m trying to get my finances in order.

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Mystic Rose in Autumn Leaves

I love wearing modern clothes that have a vintage feel to them. One brand I love to wear that has a vintage feel to it is Review Australia.

I started buying clothes from Review only a short while ago – partly because I couldn't afford it until recently, and also because I didn't realise the clothes were great quality, fit well and are beautiful stylish.

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How to Make a Flower Crown

Flower crowns or flower headbands are so popular right now, and they are so fabulous for many occasions. I’ve seen them at festivals, at weddings, the races, and just on a normal day.

I made two to wear to Future Music Festival. I decided to go with the large red rose design on the day, because it seemed to suit my crazy crimped hair. But after a few too many drinks, and a bit of crazy dancing, the flower crown left my head to be passed around my group of friends. Eventually it ended up on the ground in a muddy and dishevelled mess. Good thing it only cost me a couple of dollars to make!

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Daisies and Denim in the Yarra Valley

A few weeks ago I visited the beautiful Yarra Valley with my man. We had a lovely time drinking wine, eating food and relaxing in the picturesque valley. One of my favourite things to do when travelling is to try delicious food and wine, so we definitely were in the right place!

When you are travelling it can be hard to decide what to wear – what will the weather be like? Will the weather change quickly? Is this appropriate for my activities? Will this pack well? Does it go with everything? Have I packed too much?

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The Rules for My 3 Month Shopping Ban

My name is Simone and I’m… Addicted to shopping.

I have to admit – I have an addiction with shopping… Every time I get paid I will spend my entire pay before the weekend is over. Then I have nothing left until my next pay day. I used shopping as a way to make me feel better when I’m upset or anxious, I use it as a reward when I’m happy or have accomplished something and I use it as an excuse to do something when I’m bored.

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Stylebook is the ultimate wardrobe organisation app. Check out the full review and how to on www.adventuresofvintagebarbie.com

Stylebook: Your Ultimate Wardrobe Organisation App

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Clueless is one of my favourite 90’s movies. In particular I loved Cher’s style, wardrobe and her futuristic outfit generator technology. Considering the movie was over 20 years ago, and considering how far we’ve come with technology, you would have thought that there would be something like this available for us in the present day…

Well we are in luck – there is an app called Stylebook which is bringing that dream to life!

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Chasing Kate for Christmas Day

First off, I just wanted to say a big MERRY CHRISTMAS to all my lovely readers and followers. I hope your Christmas was filled with joy, laughter and fun!

I definitely had a fun (and busy) Christmas this year. It was a big Christmas at my parents place on the Sapphire Coast with lots of family. We had planned to have a beautiful Christmas lunch outdoors in the lovely summer sun, but unfortunately the strong wind derailed our plans. We ended up eating indoors but it was still a great day. We played backyard cricket in the afternoon, and later on the kids (That is me, my partner, my sister and my sisters boyfriend) played some cheeky drinking games.

My sister has generally been my photographer for my outfit of the day posts, and she was keen to take some more photos of me over Christmas. Even though it was very windy, we eventually got some photos of my outfit… But it is definitely had trying to stop your hair blowing everywhere while trying to pose for photos!

For Christmas Day I chose to wear a gorgeous dress that I found on the St Frock website. I actually stumbled across this site from a Facebook advertisement! I decided to check it out and was pleasantly surprised.

The first thing I noticed was that one of the models was probably around my size – she wasn’t your stock standard rake thin or bronzed fake everything type of model. She just seemed like a “normal” size girl. FINALLY! It’s about time clothes stores did this, because I’m sick of trying to figure out if an item would work on a body type that isn’t your typical model body type.

See my post on my maxi dress from St.Frock

The dress I chose to wear is from St Frock’s own label called “Chasing Kate”. The dress itself is called the “Victoria” dress and is made out of a crepe like fabric. It essentially looks like the fabric is crushed, yet you do not need to iron it. This makes me think that you can easily travel with this dress.

It is a very flattering style with the high neckline and being sleeveless. The fabric is lightweight but not see-through. It is a knee length dress which makes it perfect for many occasions, including work if you work in an office like me.

The dress does not come with the petticoat though – I added the white petticoat underneath to make it a bit more vintage. Also, the petticoat helps prevent any accidental flashing of underwear when it is windy outside.

This Chasing Kate brand is quintessential “Vintage Barbie” so you should expect to see many more outfit posts of me in the brand!

Dress: “Victoria” Dress by Chasing Kate via St Frock | Petticoat: eBay | Sunglasses: Quay Sunglasses | Earrings and Bracelet: Christmas Present from local jeweller | Shoes: Forever New (past season)

What do you think of my choice for Christmas Day? Have you tried the Chasing Kate brand by St Frock? Post your thoughts in the comments section!

Bye for now,

Vintage Barbie xoxo

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Wedding Outfit Ideas for Various Wedding Locations

Now that spring is here in Australia, wedding season has begun. You might remember my post from last year where I explained what to wear to a wedding (and what not to wear!)

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I’ve decided it might be useful to give some ideas on what to wear to weddings based on the location or type of wedding. Obviously every wedding is different, and thus sometimes what you would wear to one wedding, you wouldn’t always wear to another wedding.

The key is to check the dress code on the invitation. If it is formal, be careful about wearing a cocktail dress. If it is cocktail, a long dress is not necessary. Also check the location of the wedding, and think about the time of the year the wedding will be held. You might have a perfect outfit but what about keeping warm in the cooler months?

For some people, thinking about all of these factors is enough to make their head explode. So to take the pain out of deciding, and hopefulyy to give you a decent guide, here’s some of my outfit combinations and ideas based on various wedding locations.

Resort Wedding

If the wedding is held within the confines of a resort, like in a tropical location, it will most likely be warm. So you want something that is going to keep you cool but is still ‘formal’ enough for the special occasion. You can easily pull off a maxi dress with some loose curls or waves in your hair. Add a cute clutch and shell detail jewellery to dress it up without being over the top.

Weddin guest attire

 

 

If the wedding is more formal, I recommend finding a chiffon style dress. Also keep in mind that the ceremony may be in a ‘natural surrounding’such as a rock cathedral or a sandy bank, so you may need to have flats for the ceremony. If you’re staying at the resort for the wedding, then you can always go and change into your heels for the reception 🙂

Bohemian Inspired Wedding

If you are invited to an alternative style wedding for a boho or hippie couple, you might find that you are going to a more casual wedding, possibly surrounded by nature. This is not a reason to slack off in dressing nicely! A tribal print maxi dress keeps the look casual, but it can easily be dressed up with chunky wooden heels and boho inspired accessories. I particularly love this belt – so classy whilst perfectly going with a boho theme.

Wedding guest attire

 

 

Vintage Inspired Wedding

If you are asked to wear something vintage inspired, or the event is in an older style venue, then this outfit would be a great choice. The dress comes in at the waist and has a full skirt, similar to the styles of dresses in the 50s. The length makes it great for weddings, and the style means you can use all different types of accessories.

What to wear to a vintage wedding

 

Pearl jewellery is the best choice and if the event calls for it, maybe even a pretty fascinator or hat could top of the look.  Closed toe shoes work great with this style, especially if they are Mary-Jane style heels.

Winery Wedding

Wineries or vineyards are popular places for weddings, and it will often be one of the prettiest weddings you will attend. It’s romantic but classy. This is the time when you want to wear a cocktail inspired dress (of appropriate length), as longer dresses can sometimes become dirty in the grass and dirt of the vineyard. A pretty lace number would be recommended for this kind of wedding, as it will reflect nicely in photos. Easily accessorize a lace cocktail dress with dainty earrings and accessories.

 

What to wear to a wedding

 

Thicker heeled shoes would be best so you don’t sink into the ground. You may wish to invest in some heel stoppers if you are wearing skinnier heeled shoes – they generally don’t look the best but they will keep your heels from being ruined.

Black Tie Wedding

A lot of wedding invitations ask for guests to dress in formal wear, but many people are not as “formal” as they probably should be. But if it says “black tie” then it means guys must be in tuxes and ladies must be in floor length dresses. Chiffon dresses full length dresses are the best option that are readily available in many shops and very much in fashion. Forever New is my favourite place for this style of dress.

 

What to wear to a wedding - flack tie

 

A black tie event may also call for gloves to be worn by ladies, which makes your outfit especially formal. Make sure your accessories properly match such as having silver jewellery, shoes and clutch.

Garden Wedding

When you think of a garden wedding you think of springtime, flowers and sunshine. Most garden weddings will be during the warmer months, and they are normally a little less formal than other weddings. You might even be invited to a backyard garden wedding. This calls for a pretty cocktail dress, and a floral print is perfect for a garden wedding.

 

What to wear to a garden wedding

 

Wedges are a great alternative to stilettos, as they keep you comfortable and stop you from sinking your heels in the ground.Keep the accessories in neutral tones if you have a floral dress, as this will keep the look romantic and dainty – perfect for a garden wedding.

Beach Wedding

Similar to the resort wedding, summer beach weddings are always romantic and pretty, but the casual nature of the location often makes it hard to decide on what to wear. To keep it more formal, a maxi dress would be the best option. Add some large embellished jewellery such as a necklace or earrings.

 

What to wear to a beach wedding

 

I would also recommend wearing pretty sandals during the beach ceremony and you can always change into heels for the reception. Or the casual nature of the event may call for you to stay in your pretty sandals. And don’t forget to pack the sunglasses in your clutch!

Church Wedding

Many wedding ceremonies are still in churches, and guests should be particularly considerate of being respectful when in a church or a place of worship. Churches usually mean that the dresses should be more conservative and a cover up such as a shawl should be worn inside the church during the ceremony.

 

What to wear to a wedding

 

In summer this may mean a nice silk shawl, or in winter a faux fur shawl. These are both classy and stylish ways of staying conservative – and remember you can always ditch the shawl at the reception… or use it afterwards when it is cool outside!

 

What do you think of my outfit ideas? Do you have links to pictures of outfits you have worn to weddings? Share your thoughts and links in the comments!

Bye for now,

Vintage Barbie xoxo

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