I bought this hat a few years ago with the intention of repairing it. It had a birdcage veil on the front which was shattered, so one of those pieces the vintage community refers to as a wounded bird. The original owner also owned this hat, and I purchased both at the same time. Without being morbid here, you know when you’re in an antiques store and a number of amazing pieces come in at once from the same deceased estate…and you can’t help but think what great taste the original owner had. As you can see, I never got around to fixing the hat after all! I bought the millinery veil and while I was faffing around with it I actually realised that I preferred the hat without the veil. And so I have left it as such.
I don’t wear vintage clothing (too stressful) but I love collecting vintage accessories. And recently I’ve had some very good luck on Marketplace and Ebay. This corde purse was a recent find, among several other things I look forward to debuting on the blog with the rest of my A/W wardrobe. I realise I could have waited a few weeks for these leaves to turn red for a proper autumnal aesthetic…but I’m just too impatient. And I really wanted to get photos of this outfit, because I am thrilled with the new Shelley dress by The Seamstress of Bloomsbury. Since I take photos in this particular location a lot, here’s what it looks like when the leaves are in full colour.
When we were taking these photos, two Magpie fledglings appeared. And I thought great, now their parents are going to turn up and chase us away! Which is something that happens a lot, because Australian birds are pretty aggressive. We’ve been pecked and chased and swooped while taking photos, I’ve had ribbons ripped off my hat, and even had my hat grabbed off my head. These birds are not known for being friendly…That’s why I was so surprised that this pair was more than happy for us to be near their chicks and even interested in interacting with us in a non aggressive way…seriously, a first. So a big thank you to Mr & Mrs Magpie for letting us take these photos. Those are some nice looking chubby chicks you’ve got there, thank you for not raising them to destroy vintage hats.