Sunday, September 19, 2010

seaside brunch and vintage finds...

Today, V and I went for a drive up north to Austimer/Stanwell Tops - the weather was perfect for a nice walk along the beach and a late breakfast

We dropped in to the Austi Beach cafe for brunch - the coffee was excellent. And that was probably the highlight of the meal unfortunately

V had vanilla french toast filled with caramelised apples, and served with honeyed ricotta - the flavours were really quite delicious, but the french toast itself was very soggy and slightly undercooked

I ordered the poached eggs on sourdough with roasted tomatoes (and bacon for V to eat) - the toast was most definitely not sourdough, and it was buttered, ugh! One of my pet peeves. The eggs were nicely cooked and very tasty, but the tomatoes and toast were pretty much stone cold. The service was patchy too, slow and almost unfriendly - they were rushed off their feet, but all in all, not the best experience *le sigh*

It was lovely and warm when I dressed this morning, hence the Bardot maxi dress - but it had just started getting a bit cool and windy when this photo was taken, hence the slightly I'm-not-impressed-right-now face. Possibly the lacklustre breakfast was also a contributing factor

We drove on up to Stanwell Tops and visited the gorgeous art gallery and antique store up there, and I made the most AWESOME score - a vintage Oroton glomesh bag for $25! I literally gasped out loud when I found it buried under about half a dozen other mesh bags

This photo isn't the best, but its authenticity is pretty clear when you see the inside and the labels. It is in very good condition too! Its currently sitting pretty in my cupboard inside a LouLou shoes dustbag

We took a drive across the Sea Cliff Bridge - the scenery is absolutely breathtaking up that way

The ocean was really starting to churn, and the skies were darkening...

Definitely time to head home!



  1. Oh my gosh! Best find! Its the best feeling when you find something amazing in an op shop. Lucky you! The maxi looks gorgeous on you x

  2. gorgeous dress! That is so disappointing about breakky, I hate it when that happens.
    Heidi xo

  3. Great find! Found one myself about 4 weeks ago when I was out with my mum!!! Mine is ivory/white though, but still great!!!
    Um, I paid $8 ! The man at the shop had no idea what it was!
    So yay to me! Although $25 is still a fab price to pay!!!!!!!

  4. I live in Stanwell Tops and don't know of this op shop... Is it located in Stanwell Park maybe?? I'd love to check it out!

  5. You look lovely! I cant wait till Melb gets warm enough to wear a dress like that!

  6. Love the dress! I admit I have an ulterior motive for commenting this time - I was hoping to ask you a general law-ish question. I tried PMing you on VF but your inbox is full. PS so jealous of your beach weekend!

  7. OMG I have a bag exactly like that (not sure if its oroton but its definitely vintage)! I'll have to start wearing it more often :D

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