Styling & Photography by Peta Rudd
For my tenth birthday my mum threw me a pink themed party. And although I’ve never really considered myself a ‘girly’ girl or even much of a ‘girl’s’ girl for that matter, I remember this party as being a little slice of pink heaven. It’s funny how as a Stylist, many of my memories are based around colours and textures.
I recently browsed the Peter Alexander store. There’s some great stuff in there at the moment. I picked up a gorgeous pair of Liberty style, pyjama pants. When I got them home and took them out of the bag I realised what had drawn me to them. The fabric bears a striking resemblance to a dress my mum made me when I was twelve. It was 1988 and floral peasant dresses were ‘like, huge’. I saw one in ‘Sportsgirl’ that I desperately wanted. My mum is a pretty thrifty woman, so for my twelfth birthday I didn’t receive the dress of my dreams but some fabric and a pattern to make my very own!
Anyway, back to the pyjamas- when I removed them from the wrapping I also noticed that it was the most adorable bag ever- ultra cute, vintage girly goodness. Why was I so charmed by this little poochie?…..my grandmother had a little dog named ‘Scooby’ that looked just like this! I have so many fond memories of spending time at my grandmother’s- mostly rifling through her costume jewellery and clothes with my cousin, whom I affectionately refer to as ‘Ivy’ (cute story behind that). I credit those times to influencing and shaping my tastes and interests and to being the beginning of my journey to become a Stylist.
So here’s to mothers who throw great parties & encourage D.I.Y, to grandmothers with beautiful taste and to having fun with your girlfriends- just being a girl. And here’s to Peter, for creating such warmth and vintage charm in his stores and for taking me back to a little slice of pink heaven….
Above: Pyjamas from Peter Alexander, Headband from Portmans, Vintage badges from Nikki B’s; Vintage 50s eyeglasses from Smallstones, Vintage Eiderdown from Salvos; Ultra cute paper bag from Peter Alexander.