Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Camperdown Cruise 2014 Roundup

If you like watching bands, drinking, dancing, cars, shopping and occasional nudity, then the Camperdown Cruise is the festival for you! The lineup this year was fantastic, with some of Australia’s best rockabilly bands plus international guests Jittery Jack (Boston) and Will and the Hi-Rollers (Las Vegas). I’ll say right now that I didn’t take any photos of the bands… I am much better at party and outfit photos, so I just stuck to those!

Day 1: Road trips and quick changes

Camperdown is about a three hour drive from our place in Melbourne, so after setting my hair and packing the car, we were on our way. After the long drive, we met up with our friends at the accommodation and had quite a leisurely afternoon... Until we found out the bus to the venue was leaving at 6.30, leaving us 40 minutes to eat dinner, get changed, do hair and makeup and be ready for the bus. The ladies were panicking! The men, not so much.

We stayed in the main theatre pretty much all night, and watched The Hi-Boys, Kieron McDonald, Jittery Jack and the Stringbusters. All the bands were awesome, and it was so great to see the gorgeous Miss Amy playing lead guitar with Jittery Jack. The world needs more female guitarists!

Friday night outfits. I wore a red lurex dress I bought on my last trip to L.A.

Stylish husbands

Day 2: Shopping and strolling

I never pass up an opportunity to do some shopping, and this year the vendors were particularly picturesque. My husband bought a pair of Remix white bucks from the Bop Jonny’s stall, and I came away empty-handed, which is probably a good thing.

The prettiest festival shopping ever
Looking but not buying! 
Remix goodness at the Bop Jonny's stall

Saturday night was western night, so I busted out a suit I bought on ebay last year, but haven’t had a chance to wear. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time when it was listed with a buy it now, and I pounced on it before I’d even read the description properly!

It's western night and the feeling's right
Western outfits need Forbidden Charm holster earrings!
When we arrived at the venue, the Hi-Boys were already playing. If you haven’t checked out their new CD on Wild Records, you should do it now… It’s killer! It was also great to see Melbourne favourites Hank’s Jalopy Demons, Benny and the Flybyniters and The ReChords on the big stage (as opposed to the pub where we normally see them!) Rounding out the lineup on Saturday night were Will and the Hi-Rollers (backed by the Hi-Boys) and Shotdown from Sugartown. The crowd was going off, and rightly so.

Saturday night shenanigans... I'm not sure what's going on here

Day 3: A quiet Sunday night

We unfortunately couldn’t stay on Sunday night, so we headed home after lunch. I thought it would be a pretty uneventful night, until all the pictures started emerging of the Hi-Boys backing Will and the Hi-Rollers in their underwear! I don’t know if I’m happy or sad to have missed out on that one. If you absolutely must see for yourself, try looking up #camperdowncruise on Instagram.

I’ve been to my share of festivals, and this year’s Camperdown Cruise was one of the best I’ve ever attended. The music was consistently fantastic and everyone was in high spirits the whole time. I can’t wait for the next one! camperdowncruise.com.au

Sunday's outfit, plus the post-festival contents of my purse: Program, CDs, wristband and aspirin!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

One bad date that led to a lifelong affair with vintage

I'll say right upfront that I can’t tell you where I bought this dress. I'm going to be dishing a bit of dirt here, so it’s probably best if I don’t name names.

The year was... I don’t know. It was a while ago. I was single, short on cash and just discovering vintage. Back then eBay wasn't really a thing, so I either shopped at the op shop or made my own repro dresses from vintage patterns. I didn’t have any ‘proper’ vintage dresses, but that was all about to change.

So one day, I went to a vintage store with two of my friends. It was great store for two reasons. There was lots of cute dresses, and there was also a cute guy working behind the counter.

I picked out this blue floral polished cotton dress and instantly fell in love. (With the dress, not the guy.) It was to be my first 1950s dress, and it was only $20... Score!

As I paid for the dress, my friends gleefully tiptoed away, leaving me alone in the store with the cute guy. (They were always doing stuff like this, trying to help a sister out.) We started chatting, and before I knew it, I had agreed to meet him for a drink that night... Double score!

That night, I arrived at the bar in my new favourite dress, strategically showing up ten minutes late. He wasn’t there. I perched up at the bar and ordered a cider. By the time I was halfway through the cider, he still hadn’t appeared, so I sent him a text along the lines of, “Hey! I’m at the front bar.… Where are you?”

He responded with something like, “Oh sorry, I’m at home. I can’t come."

Okay. Well, at least he responded!

I decided to meet up with my friends and watch some bands instead. I downed the rest of my cider and hailed a cab. Lucky for me, the driver wasn’t the talkative type, and I sat in the back, silently staring out the window wondering why cute guys were such jerks.

The cab driver must have felt the weight of my silence. As I paid and went to get out, he turned to me and said in heartfelt broken English, "You look beautiful... You look like movie star.”

I smiled sadly, slammed the door and went to find my friends. I may have missed out on a date with a cute guy, but at least a cab driver thought I was hot.

Weeks later, I found out the cute guy actually had a girlfriend and no business meeting girls for drinks. Suddenly I was glad he’d stood me up. Plus, I got a really nice dress out of it, and that’s what really counts.

Shortly after, I met a much cuter guy who never stood me up. Ever.

Here's to vintage dresses and new beginnings... Do you remember your first vintage purchase?

1950s polished cotton dress: House of Tanner
White wedges: Anne Klau
Hoop earrings: Forbidden Charm