Dominique Elliott & Drama of Exile Vintage

August 23, 2014 § 5 Comments











1920’s Silk Dress – Drama of Exile Vintage

Fox Fur Cape – Drama of Exile Vintage

1960’s does 1920’s velvet rosette shoes – Clara Fox

Sunglasses – Kinki Gerlinki

1940’s Umbrella – Daylesford Mill Market

1960’s deadstock fishnets – Clara Fox

Lip colour – ‘Salem’ by LimeCrime

Photography by Dominique Elliott


I did a shoot with a dear old friend, Dominique Elliott, this past weekend and have been dying to share with you guys the results. Dom is a bloody fantastic up and coming photographer who I’ve known since we were kidlings in Brisbane and whose work is amazzzzing. We’d been in talks for months and months about shooting together which I’ve been so excited to do as she really has the best eye and understands my aesthetic so well.

This divine 1920’s silk frock and fox fur cape are also available in my Etsy shop. I recently made a large purchase of an abundance of 1900’s – 50’s items which were impossible to shoot in my old house. I should have my new studio set up in the coming weeks so there will be lots of new goodies, but in the meantime there are some (albeit shoddily shot) darlings up in the store now. As soon as I have my studio set up you can expect weekly additions of the most lush 1930’s rayon dresses 1920’s lingerie, 1940’s coats and more!




A New Start

August 10, 2014 § 3 Comments








1940’s Jacket – Thrifted in Brisbane

1940’s Skirt, mink fur and 1950’s tapestry bag- Clara Fox

1930’s shoes – Audrey Scarlett Vintage

Hosiery and Sunglasses – Kinki Gerlinki

1930’s earrings – inherited from my Grandmother

Lipstick – Lime Crime Velveteens in ‘Wicked’

Hi angels,

What a long overdue post! The past few weeks have been hectic with moving house and beginning a new full time job, but everything is finally beginning to settle into a neat routine.

We moved house last weekend and am absolutely loving our new neighborhood. We now call Brunswick home, just off Lygon St, in a two bedroom delightful house with room for a studio, a big backyard for Busby and space to finally ship down all my Art Deco and Edwardian furniture from back home in Queensland (I’ve lived in Melbourne for 4 and a half years so needless to say I am SO ecstatic).

I’ve also just finished my first week at my new job in e-commerce, and it’s been a huge adjustment after my years in retail but a welcome and exciting one. I basically now work with my best friend, Charlotte, all day and am truly on the path to fulfilling my goal of morphing into the enigma that is Joan Holloway.

Working 9-5 has given me a new found appreciation of the weekends, and Jesse and I took these snaps as we pottered around the streets of Brunswick, hitting up the juicy new cafes in the area, visiting local antique stores and swooning over each and every house on the street. Our new hood is rife with Art Deco realness, I am actually in heaven!

We’re still living partly out of boxes and bags, but I will have a little post up soon with piccies of our new abode, and I can’t wait to share them with ya.




A Spaghetti Western & A Kinki Gerlinki Giveaway

June 23, 2014 § 1 Comment









‘Badlands’ Silk Western Blouse – Kinki Gerlinki

‘Andrews Sisters’ Wool Skirt – Kinki Gerlinki

1940’s velvet hat – Thrifted in Brisbane

Shoes – Miz Mooz

1950’s Leather & Lucite Handbag – Clara Fox


 Hello angel doves,

As you may well know, I am a resident shop girl at the ever dreamy, girl pop colour wonderland that is Kinki Gerlinki. I first discovered the Kinki stores when I would visit Melbourne as a little lamb still living in Brisbane and starving for a shopping destination that, for a lack of a better word, was different.  The designs have a definite vintage influence, which fits in with my style and truly is the only ‘new’ clothing I wear. I have been OBSESSING over this silk western ‘Badlands‘ shirt as soon as it arrived in-store because it just serves up such amazing 1940’s-Veronica-Lake-Western-Wear realness. I also have been craving spaghetti from Pellegrini’s (super old school proper Italian) so I took my Badlands baby for her first spin around town and a bowl of bolognese on Saturday afternoon (I thought I was the boss when I came up with the title of this post- leave pun appreciation comments below, thanks).

Anywho, in other Kinki news, we are having our annual massive Warehouse Sale this coming weekend and it is gonna be biiigggg!! These bad boys always go off, and I would suggest getting in early for the best picks of one off samples, seconds, end of season stock and more! This year there will be nothing over $50 so ya can get a whole new wardrobe without breaking the bank. Shake ya tail to some 60’s french pop, pick up some frocks and hang out with some mega dreamboats- is there a better way to spend a weekend?


 To celebrate I have a $50 Kinki Gerlinki voucher to give away that can be spent at the sale or in stores on new season. If you wanna get your little paws on it just send  me a tinkle at with your name and phone number, and I’ll get back to you on Thursday if you’re the lucky winner! Good luck and remember I love you!


A D.O.E Vintage Frock

June 17, 2014 § 1 Comment










1930’s Dress – Drama of Exile Vintage

1940’s fur  muff – Drama of Exile Vintage

1930’s hat – Clara Fox

1930’s Shoes – Gifted from a friend

1960’s Fishnets – Clara Fox

Stockings – What Katie Did via Dames of Distinction


Hello Darlin’s,

This is what I wore to Jacinta and I’s vintage cocktail soiree this past Sunday eve, and I debated over wearing this beautiful 1930’s apricot rayon dream but decided I needed to (at least just once) before she gets listed in the shop. This sweetheart, along with this amazing 40’s fur muff/purse, will be available soon in Drama of Exile Vintage (freshly dry-cleaned, of course). I feel like all I ever do is talk about this ‘ghost’ shop! I have been nutting out draft listings on a nightly basis, but with working full time and all my recent days off being miserable gloomy weather I have been unable to shoot! Hopefully this weekend provides some long overdue sunshine so I can finally get started on bringing these beauties to you.

This dress is truly spectacular with its chocolate floral applique, beautiful balloon sleeves and buttons that I’m sure she’ll land in the right hands- that is, unless we fall even deeper in love.

Stay tuned as this weekend I’ll have a juicy giveaway for you all, with a very literal Spaghetti Western vibe.



Sunny Winter Days in South Australia and a Save The Date

June 13, 2014 § 1 Comment







1920’s Dress- Circa Vintage

1960’s velvet beret – Thrifted

1930’s Oxford Shoes – Audrey Scarlett Vintage

1960’s Coat – Camberwell Markets

These photos were taken on a super sunny, unseasonably warm day last weekend in Gawler, South Australia. Ive rekindled my love for this 1920’s dress I picked up from Nicole of Circa Vintage at the Take 2 Markets a while back, and my new favourite 1930’s ground tappers have not left my feet since nabbing then up from Audrey Scarlett Vintage a few weeks ago. It’s bizarre how a change of hair can change your whole wardrobe, since I lost my 20’s bob my style has moved from flapper to a little bit of everything, all at once.

In other news, Jacinta of Dames of Distinction and I have decided to organise an early evening doing what we do best – drinking. We are inviting all vintage-minded folks to Madame Brussell’s in the city on Sunday to share a jug of gin on a rooftop. A perfect opportunity to frock up and have a bit of cheeky end-of-weekend fun! If anyone in Melbourne would like to join us, shoot me an email at and I’ll forward you the details. Hope to see you there!


Hotel Rendezvous

June 9, 2014 § 2 Comments








1930’s dress with deco brooch – Wildfell Hall Vintage

1930’s velvet hat – Clara Fox

Fox Stole – Picked up on the road, soon to be available in the Drama of Exile Etsy store

Hosiery – What Katie Did via Dames of Disctinction

Shoes – Miz Mooz


We’ve just gotten back from our antiquing road trip to Adelaide, and I’m pretty exhausted after what seems like a lifetime in the passenger seat of a car but ecstatic with the fruits we acquired. Needless to say for those who follow my instagram, I bought up pretty huge on the trip and have a lot of work ahead of me, but it is so so worth it for the beauties I found!

We found Adelaide a little bland, but we did stay in a pretty hilarious hotel just out of the city with an amazing faux-grand staircase and lobby where we took these pictures before heading into the city for a drink. Shout-out to the bartender at Clever Little Tailor who made me some super strong whiskey sours which resulted in the night becoming a little hazy. To be honest I was wishing we could have stayed in the hotel as there was the most amazing looking 80 year old’s birthday party in the Art Deco function room downstairs, but I felt it wouldn’t have been kosher to gatecrash a seniors event.

I’ve got a lot of unpacking to do, but I’ll be sure to post some of my great steals soon!


The First Day of Winter and Hair Makeovers

June 1, 2014 § 3 Comments










1940’s Dress – Shag

1930’s Oxford Shoes – Audrey Scarlett Vintage

1950’s Umbrella – Daylesford Mill Market

Stockings – What Katie Did

Happy First Day of Winter! It’s raining cats & dogs in Melbourne today, but my darlin’ and I braved the weather and, in a small window of opportunity, took a stroll in-between downpours. I haven’t posted much in quite some time, in fact the last outfit post was from the beginning of Autumn (!). Between now working two jobs, working on the online shop and many a gin fuelled night of late I’ve become a bit pre-occupied.

Also I had a bit of a hair transformation a little while ago, as those of you who follow my instagram will already know. After umming and ahhing over growing my bob out, I finally decided to swap my short dark 20’s bob for a head of red curls. The curls are helping hide the awkward length whilst trying to grow my locks as close as I can to this babe and the red was a pretty knee jerk reaction to three solid weeks of re-watching Mad Men and trying to embody Joan, but I’m pretty happy with it.

In other news, we’re off on a road trip next week to Adelaide for a buying trip so expect lots of on the road snaps and new stunners for the shop (which I promise will go live soon!). If anyone has any vintage sight seeing tip for the city of churches, let me know!



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    Vintage enthusiast obsessed with the 1920's. Flappers, follies and fur. Living in Melbourne, Australia with my other half and a beagle named Busby Berkeley.

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