Friday, March 21, 2014

Carried Away

Photographs by Tim of Nicol & Dime

1930s Dress - Little Ghost Vintage
Shoes Novo
Nude seamed stockings - WDK via Dames of Distinction

A few weeks back in honour of my loves birthday, Valentines Day and his return to Australia, we jumped on a mountain bound train for a cheeky little Flapper Dapper Vacay. Despite being in the midst of Australian Summer, we arrived to find the mountains shrouded in an icy mist, which for lovers of winter woollies like ourselves, was a dream come true. I momentarily shed my coat and gloves to snap some pictures of one of my very favourite dresses, whose tartan trim coincidentally matches one of Tim's very favourite ties.

We stayed in the Carrington Hotel, a grand old Victorian hotel with more stained glass, chandeliers, creaky floorboards and plush velvet fainting couches than I ever thought imaginable. Built in 1882 it is the only 19th century grand resort hotel still operating in New South Wales. I've been creeping around this place for years but staying the night took my adoration to a whole new level, I left daydreaming of taking up residence there full time, ala Jack Torrance.

On a side note -  for anyone who follows along on my instagram, you'll know that I've recently traded in my signature bob in favour of a strawberry blonde curly mop (soon to be platinum) you can expect her to be making an appearance here very soon...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Forgotten Flora

With working full time, tap dancing, french lessons, a few cheeky vinos here and there and a handful of creative endeavours in the works, I've been quite the busy bee. I'm finding it quite the challenge to keep up with internet life, but hey, I'll give it a red hot go!

A few days past when I was rummaging through my iPhoto I stumbled across these forgotten film photographs from way back in November. A time when my hair was much shorter and I was oh so reluctant to flash my crooked smile in front of a camera... My tendency to creep around in flower beds however, has thankfully remained the same.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Bee in Your Boudoir

Photographs by Tim of Nicol & Dime

1920s Kimono - Rozelle SVDP
Suspender belt - What Katie Did
Seamed stockings - Voodoo
Abundance of roses - Harris Farm

Whether you love Valentines Day, detest it or are impartial, I'm sending you all my love regardless <3 <3 <3 As my sweetheart is currently eating pastries in France (soon to be riding mules in Morocco!!!)  I'm planning on swanning around my attic in silk robes, swilling summer wine and listening to this cheeky little song on repeat.... Sounds pretty darn perfect to me!

Monday, February 10, 2014


Last night I was scrolling through Pinterest plotting all sorts of elaborate 1930s showgirl outfits when I noticed a few of my handmade dresses. Its always a pleasant surprise to stumble across photo shoots featuring my frocks that for one reason or another had slipped under my radar. 

These darlings are available now at Audrey Grace Boutique.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Siren Song

Photographs by Tim of Nicol & Dime

Dress - Katie-Louise Ford Handmade
Teaspoon bracelet- 21st Birthday gift made by my Pappa
Paper hair flowers - Clegs

After seven long months without a sewing machine I've suddenly found myself with not one, but three at my disposal. In a flurry of excitement I whipped up this sweetheart in three hours flat. I've had this dreamy cotton voile hanging round for eons, I must of adored it a bit too much as I couldn't for the life of me decide what style of frock to make of it. In the end I bit the bullet and settled on a simple cut with underlying Virgin Suicidey/Picnic at Hanging Rock vibes.. Surprise, surprise! I wore it to a Nicol soiree in Cronulla over the weekend and it proved to be the perfect thing for a backyard BBQ and bare footed sunset jaunt to the seaside.

Although my first Sydney summer has been rather mild thus far, I'm told that come mid February I'll be begging for mercy. When these days come I have a feeling this dress will be worth its weight in gold...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Rocks

Photographs by Tim of Nicol & Dime

Dress - The Vintage Drawer
Seamed stockings - Voodoo
Shoes - Novo
Bag - Thrifted in California
Sunglasses - Etsy

Although I've been living in Sydney for almost seven months now I still feel like a bit of a blow in. I know the Inner West like the back of my hand but drop me outside that hep pocket and I'm like a little lost lamb. Last Friday Tim and I spent the day moseying around the Rocks and I gotta say, it is one of my very favourite Harbour City haunts. The crumbling sandstone staircases, trailing vines and cobblestoned alleys have won this bobbed lady over for good.

After hours of exploring and historical house touring (more on that later) we figured it was high time to wet our whistles at one of the many beautiful 19th century tiled pubs in the area. Just as my thirst had hit its peak a group of digital photography students appeared out of thin air and asked us to be their portrait subjects. As luck would have it the instructor also took a few shots on Tim's camera and boy did she know how to work that manual setting, kudos to her for that first photograph!

I have so many photographs from this day so keep your eyes peeled for a little follow up post including some handsome sepia portraits and a wee bit of local history. Also, I know my blog has had tumbleweeds blowing through it this past year but I'm trying my darndest to breathe new life into her! I have plenty of posts in the making which i'm awfully excited to share, if you have any ideas for posts you'd like to see I'd absolutely love to hear from you x