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Homage to The Modern Miss

The Modern Miss has graced the streets of Dunedin with its elegant presence for the past decade, initially on High Street but for the past seven years on Moray Place. Alas, all good things come to an end and the doors have closed for the final time. We’ve spent many happy hours there foraging for treasures and usually there was something we were unable to resist.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. We’re sure that Violet Faigan, owner, has something new up her sleeve and we can’t wait to find out what it will be. So, in Violet’s own words, “watch this space”.

The Modern Miss shop window in 2006

The Modern Miss shop window in 2006

With 18°C temperatures in Dunedin today, we headed outside to take photos for our own personal homage to The Modern Miss.

1950s waterlily sundress. Picnic set from Purple Rain.

1950s waterlily sundress. Picnic set from Purple Rain.

1960s dress worn with leggings by NOM*d

1960s dress worn with leggings by NOM*d

1960s bucket bag

1960s bucket bag

1950s day dress worn with diamante brooch

1950s day dress worn with diamante brooch

Belt worn with dress by NOM*d and cardigan by Kate Sylvester

Belt worn with dress by NOM*d and cardigan by Kate Sylvester

Loafers

Loafers

1940s sweater

1940s sweater

1960s dress with bow

1960s dress with bow

Lace cocktail dress worn with gloves from Shop on Carroll. Tea set from Butterflies Hospice Shop.

Lace cocktail dress worn with gloves from Shop on Carroll. Tea set from Butterflies Hospice Shop.

The beautiful Violet Faigan in The Modern Miss

The beautiful Violet Faigan in The Modern Miss

NB: Unless otherwise stated, all the above items were from The Modern Miss.

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The Vintage Roundup at Queens Bar

Top quality vintage clothing and accessories were up for grabs, today, as Queens Bar metamorphosed into a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Stallholders came from far and wide, from Herbert to South Otago, and Dunedin’s finest were there too! Tannia Lee from Most Wanted Vintage organised the event. Her meticulous attention to detail ensured that there was a style of vintage to suit everybody (even the boys) and that the day ran smoothly. The bar was open, serving coffee and beer to keep the thirst at bay. It was certainly hard to drag ourselves away!

The Vintage Roundup

Most Wanted Vintage

Most Wanted Vintage

Most Wanted Vintage

Most Wanted Vintage

Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

Tannia from Most Wanted Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Two Squirrels Vintage

Kings Emporium

Kings Emporium

Hayley from Queens wears vintage from Wanganui.

Hayley from Queens wears vintage from Wanganui.

First of June Vintage

First of June Vintage

Alice from Alice's Wonderland

Alice from Alice’s Wonderland

Needlebot Crafts

Needlebot Crafts

Becky and Christina. Becky wears high street. Christina wears vintage op-shop skirt from Dunedin and retro brooch from Christchurch.

Becky and Christina. Becky wears high street. Christina wears vintage op-shop skirt from Dunedin and retro brooch from Christchurch.

Sam from Auckland wears op-shop.

Sam from Auckland wears op-shop.

Kelly wears vintage from her own stall.

Kelly wears vintage from her own stall.

Ruby (from Ruby's Rack) wears top from Wanaka Wastebusters.

Ruby (from Ruby’s Rack) wears top from Wanaka Wastebusters.

Rachel Blackburn (designer) and Amanda (from Brown Street Bespoke). Rachel wears retro and leggings designed by herself. Amanda wears op-shop.

Rachel Blackburn (designer) and Amanda (from Brown Street Bespoke). Rachel wears retro dress and leggings designed by herself. Amanda wears op-shop.

Edward wears jacket from The Modern Miss.

Edward wears jacket from The Modern Miss.

 

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The Shifting Sands Music Video Release Party, Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers, Friday 17 May

Not having previously attended a video release party, we didn’t know what to expect. But, we were in for a treat with The Shifting Sands playing at the top of their game. To kick off the evening, the Dunedin trio Trick Mammoth played a lively set. The flower-adorned stage paid tribute to the band’s first demo collection ‘Floristry’. The spirit of a youthful Morrissey lives on. This was followed by the first public viewing of the ‘Let’s Go Down’ (from album ‘Feel’) video created by Dunedin artist Veronica Brett in less than 8 days. For this, she used the experience gained from making a more-complicated and equally amazing video for the song ‘Worth Our While’ which we also watched (it’s on YouTube). We were blown away by her creativity and the quality of the animations. Finally, The Shifting Sands confidently took the stage and played a selection of tracks from their ‘Feel’ album and some new material from their forthcoming album ‘Cosmic Radio Station’. It was their finest performance to date – accomplished, high energy, space-rock at its best. Absolutely loved the tempo and vocals on ‘Tonight’. Hope you’re going to make a video for that track too, Veronica.

The Shifting Sands. From left: Michael McLeod, Jake Langley, Tom Bell.

Michael McLeod

Drummer Jake Langley

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Trick Mammoth. From left: Sam Valentine, Millie Lovelock, Adrian Ng. Millie wears blouse from The Modern Miss and trousers from Wild Pair.

Millie Lovelock

Adrian Ng

Sam Valentine

‘Let’s Go Down’ video created by Veronica Brett.

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‘Pixies’ (from ‘Feel’ album) video created by Port Chalmers sculptor Jim Cooper (on YouTube).

‘Worth Our While’ video created by Veronica Brett.

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Fabulous Finds 3

70s does 40s dress ($35) – The Modern Miss, 21 Moray Place

70s does 40s dress ($35) – The Modern Miss, 21 Moray Place

Undone vest ($50) – Slick Willy's, 323 George Street

Undone vest ($50) – Slick Willy’s, 323 George Street

Retro watch ($10)  - Butterflies Hospice Shop, 14 Hanover Street

Retro watch ($10) – Butterflies Hospice Shop, 14 Hanover Street

Retro NZ-made dress ($10) – Purple Rain, 403 Princes Street

Retro NZ-made dress ($10) – Purple Rain, 403 Princes Street

American vintage boots ($30) – SaveMart, 34-36 Stafford Street

American vintage boots ($30) – SaveMart, 34-36 Stafford Street

Charmaine Reveley prototype cardigan ($40) – from iD Di Lusso Designer Sale

Charmaine Reveley prototype cardigan ($40) – from iD Di Lusso Designer Sale

Dog brooch ($12) – The Clothing Port, George Street, Port Chalmers

Dog brooch ($12) – The Clothing Port, George Street, Port Chalmers

Stolen Girlfriends Club poppy print scarf ($45) – Slick Willy's, 323 George Street

Stolen Girlfriends Club poppy print scarf ($45) – Slick Willy’s, 323 George Street

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What We Love About Dunedin 1

Alley Cantina Mexican Restaurant (140 George Street)

Guaranteed to turn a grey day into a sunny Mexican fiesta. Check out the lively décor, authentic music and food to die for. Great value too. Try Henry’s special Mate (grass tea) or, for something a little stronger, a margarita.

The Alley (next to Farmers Department Store)

The Alley (next to Farmers Department Store)

Thanks for your great service Henry!

Thanks for your great service Henry!

The intimate bar

The intimate bar

From left: vegetarian burrito, quesadillas, elote and chilli relleños

From left: vegetarian burrito, quesadillas, elote and chilli relleños

Colourful inside and outside

Colourful inside and outside

The Outfit

Embroidered dress from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place). Boots from Box of Birds, Port Chalmers. Sombrero courtesy of Alley Cantina.

Embroidered dress from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place). Boots from Box of Birds, Port Chalmers. Sombrero courtesy of Alley Cantina.

Configure Express: The Gym For Women (15 Filleul Street)

Friendly, supportive, encouraging, nurturing, professional and kick ass. The best gym in town and they have a 2012 retailer of the year award to prove it. We love you Tania and the Configure Team.

Tania and Chloe. Chloe wears a vintage jacket, a gift from her aunt.

Tania and Chloe. Chloe wears a vintage jacket, a gift from her aunt.

Edinburgh Way

Several decades ago, Edinburgh Way was a mere backwater on the edge of the main retail district then centred around the Princes Street Stock Exchange. How times have changed. Now, most of our favourite shops are conveniently clustered on this historic stretch of George Street between Frederick Street and Hanover Street. We had so much fun taking the night time shots on a very balmy Dunedin evening.

Collection of shop windows. Clockwise from top left: Annah S, Plume, Carlson, Company of Strangers, Ruby, Belle Bird.

Collection of shop windows. Clockwise from top left: Annah S, Plume, Carlson, Company of Strangers, Ruby, Belle Bird.

Slick Willy's neon sign

Slick Willy’s neon sign

Looking towards Knox Church

Looking towards Knox Church

Fine examples of George Street architecture

Fine examples of George Street architecture

The Outfit

Dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club from Slick Willy's (323 George Street). Necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird (327 George Street). Boots by Costume National from Plume (310 George Street). Shorts by NOM*d from Plume. Top by NOM*d  from Recycled Boutique (now Paper Bag Princess).

Dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club from Slick Willy’s (323 George Street). Necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird (327 George Street). Boots by Costume National from Plume (310 George Street). Shorts by NOM*d from Plume. Top by NOM*d from Recycled Boutique (now Paper Bag Princess).

Larnach Castle (145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula)

What a great way to spend a Dunedin ‘Indian Summer’ afternoon than at Larnach Castle having one of their special afternoon teas. Just the right quantity of sandwiches, scones and bite-sized cakes: cream-filled meringues, tiny star-shaped shortbread, gooey chocolate/coconut balls, and endless cups of tea served in delicate china. The quirky gardens make a fantastic backdrop for amateur photographers like us. Look out for Alice, the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit.

High Tea

High Tea

Larnach Castle Ballroom

Larnach Castle Ballroom

The Outfit

Blazer and cat brooch by Twenty-Seven Names from Slick Willy's (323 George Street).

Blazer and cat brooch by Twenty-Seven Names from Slick Willy’s (323 George Street).

Lace dress by Charmaine Reveley from Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Lace dress by Charmaine Reveley from Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Brogues by Kathryn Wilson from Void (8 Albion Place). Socks from Barkers (285 George Street).

Brogues by Kathryn Wilson from Void (8 Albion Place). Socks from Barkers (285 George Street).

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit

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What Are You Wearing March III?

This section has it all! Op-shop, designer, high street and shows that style has nothing to do with age!

Jack and Jo. Jack wears an I Love Ugly shirt and a custom-made necklace (made by Jo). Jo wears vintage and a Karen Walker ring.

Jack and Jo. Jack wears an I Love Ugly shirt and a custom-made necklace (made by Jo). Jo wears vintage and a Karen Walker ring.

Mother and son, Aliana and Elvis. Aliana wears a jacket by NOM*d and Prada sunglasses. Elvis wears op-shop his way and shoes from The Modern Miss. Thanks so much to Inside Out for providing a great setting for the photo.

Mother and son, Aliana and Elvis. Aliana wears a jacket by NOM*d and Prada sunglasses. Elvis wears op-shop his way and shoes from The Modern Miss. Thanks so much to Inside Out for providing a great setting for the photo.

Juanita, originally from Timaru, wears a mixture of coordinated vintage.

Juanita, originally from Timaru, wears a mixture of coordinated vintage.

Lana wears a selection of op-shop clothing.

Lana wears a selection of op-shop clothing.

Rosie wears an op-shop cardigan.

Rosie wears an op-shop cardigan.

Maureen, originally from Ireland, wears op-shop dress bought specially for St Patricks Day – it only cost $4!

Maureen, originally from Ireland, wears op-shop dress bought especially for St Patrick’s Day – it only cost $4!

Liani wears a jacket from Glassons and sunglasses bought online.

Liani wears a jacket from Glassons and sunglasses bought online.

Pietre and Sophie. Pietre wears leggings from the pyjamas section in Farmers! Sophie wears head-to-toe op-shop.

Pietre and Sophie. Pietre wears leggings from the pyjama section in Farmers! Sophie wears head-to-toe op-shop.

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

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Animal Accessories

Animals never go out of style. Check out this mix of accessories – new and old, local and from further afield, presented to you by our cute feline and equine models.

No animals were harmed in the making of this post!

Bodmin would like to tell Gareth Morgan that this is the only bird he's planning on catching. Deadly Ponies bird skull necklace. Deadly Ponies jewellery is sold at Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Bodmin would like to tell Gareth Morgan that this is the only bird he’s
planning on catching.
Deadly Ponies bird skull necklace. Deadly Ponies jewellery is sold at Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Vintage belts from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Vintage belts from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Vintage Buch & Deichmann parrot brooch from The Clothing Port (52 George Street, Port Chalmers).

Vintage Buch & Deichmann parrot brooch from The Clothing Port (52 George Street, Port Chalmers).

Ziggy wears Western-style apron by Vivienne Reveley, from a selection available at Charmaine Reveley's Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Ziggy wears Western-style apron by Vivienne Reveley, from a selection available at Charmaine Reveley’s Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Selection of perspex jewellery by Northland designer Wendy James.

Selection of perspex jewellery by
Northland designer Wendy James.

American original 1950s laminated day bag from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

American original 1950s laminated day bag from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Tudor has caught the fly. Karen Walker necklace from Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Tudor has caught the fly. Karen Walker pendant from Belle Bird (327 George Street).

Vintage duck belt.

Vintage duck belt.

NZ Parrot necklace from Vesta (Queenstown).

NZ Parrot pendant from Vesta (Queenstown).

Ziggy wears op shop vintage scarf.

Ziggy wears op shop vintage scarf.

Vintage butterfly belt from Purple Rain (403 Princes Street).

Vintage butterfly belt from Purple Rain (403 Princes Street).

Vintage Whiting and Davis snake bracelet.

Vintage Whiting and Davis snake bracelet.

Cadbury wears Karen Walker sterling silver caterpillar necklace, from a selection available at Brent Weatherall Jeweller (153 George Street).

Cadbury wears Karen Walker sterling silver caterpillar necklace, from a selection available at Brent Weatherall Jeweller (153 George Street).

Vintage eagle belt.

Vintage eagle belt.

Kate Sylvester swan brooches.

Kate Sylvester swan brooches.

Ziggy is dressed for the cold in vintage leopard print scarf from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

Ziggy is dressed for the cold in vintage leopard print scarf from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place).

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Fabulous Finds

Sylvester by Kate Sylvester skirt ($6) – Butterflies Hospice Shop, Hanover Street, Dunedin

Sylvester by Kate Sylvester skirt ($6) – Butterflies Hospice Shop, Hanover Street, Dunedin

Nike trainers ($24) – Box of Birds, Port Chalmers

Nike trainers ($24) – Box of Birds, Port Chalmers

Charmaine Reveley slip ($40) – Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store, 9 Dowling Street, Level Two, Dunedin (works especially well under lace dresses and comes in a variety of colours)

Charmaine Reveley slip ($40) – Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store, 9 Dowling Street, Level Two, Dunedin (works especially well under lace dresses and comes in a variety of colours)

Karen Walker necklace ($59) – Angel Divine, Queenstown

Karen Walker necklace ($59) – Angel Divine, Queenstown. This range is now available from Belle Bird, 327 George Street, Dunedin.

Vintage velvet dress (under $20) – The Modern Miss, Moray Place, Dunedin

Vintage velvet dress (under $20) – The Modern Miss, Moray Place, Dunedin

Sailor top ($5) - SaveMart, Timaru (Dunedin also has a SaveMart in Stafford Street)

Sailor top ($5) – SaveMart, Timaru (Dunedin also has a SaveMart in Stafford Street)

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