ChillOut 2019 : Return of

ChillOut 2019 : Return of "Strike a Pose!"

March 03, 2019

Its Chillout Festival again in Daylesford! YAY!!

I feel so much love for our little Town having one of the biggest Festivals celebrating the LGBTIQ community. If you have never been here during ChillOut, you are in for a treat! The whole of Daylesford is decked out in rainbow flags, people come from near and far for 4 days, from 7th- 11th March. This years program is full of awesome events....Cocktail parties, Art Auctions, Cabaret Acts, Music, Dance parties, and the Annual Street Parade, all dedicated to Queer Country Pride.

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The ALT Finery guide to Summer Vacation.

The ALT Finery guide to Summer Vacation.

December 16, 2018

So whats on the agenda for this Summer? Is it a beach vacation?, a road trip?, a Music Festival?, or just chilling in your own back yard. We at Alt Finery have all your Summer Vacation supplies in store, you just supply the Sunscreen, Book and Soundtrack.

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Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

September 09, 2018

Yaassss! Spring at Last!! 

In Daylesford, the early signs of Spring are the Flowers. First the Daffodils, then the Snowdrops, then the Blossom trees....infusing the breeze with a beautiful Floral scent. I Love it! New Life, a Fresh Season and the promise of warmer weather.

As an ode to Spring, and to frock weather,  showcasing my Top 10 Floral Frock choices at Alt Finery.

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Combat Rocks!..A Brief Fashion history of  Khaki and Camouflage

Combat Rocks!..A Brief Fashion history of Khaki and Camouflage

July 22, 2018

Camouflage has a really interesting history. The word "Camouflage" derived from French Slang, from the words "Camouflier" (to Veil or Disguise) and "Camouflet" ( to blow smoke in ones Face") The French Military were the first ones to develop Camouflage in 1915 by employing Artists as Camouflage Officers otherwise known as "Les Camoufleurs" They began with 30 Artists, and by the end of the war effort in WW1 had expanded to over 3,000 Artists. They hand painted fabric for Uniforms and painted Massive canvas Screens to hide whole Military Camps. By the end of the war it was estimated that 7 Million square yards of fabric was used.

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Colour Me Happy!

Colour Me Happy!

July 11, 2018

So Winter comes....and out comes the sea of Black Puffer Jackets! Don't get me wrong....I love Black! ...and I know they really warm and easy,  and you can practically chuck them over your Pjs and Uggies....and really in this crap weather who would not want to basically wear a water proof Doona outside! But what about colour?

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ALT FINERY AUTUMN

ALT FINERY AUTUMN

May 26, 2018

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Yass Queens!

Yass Queens!

April 14, 2018

As a result of Chillout, I have met some really Amazing people, a lot of Queens and Cross dressers who have had a lot of "less than fabulous" experiences when they shop retail. Shop assistants who are unhelpful and judging.

Anyways, it has made me realise that backing the LGBTIQ community loud and proud and letting the Rainbow flag fly every day of the year is important and letting the whole LGBTIQ community know that they can expect s Fun Positive Fashion experience at ALT.

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Rock your Show!

Rock your Show!

March 06, 2018

I love Fashion! I do ! ! I love people who dress to access, who dress in an ostentatious manner,. I love people who make an entrance!  Especially if it causes waves and makes people talk! When I see people Rocking their Show like this, I feel like raising the metal hand in the air like yelling "You GO GIRLFRIEND!" "You GO BOYFRIEND!" You Be the Bold and Fabulous individual you are! You be the REVOLUTION!! 

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Chill out in Daylesford

Chill out in Daylesford

February 24, 2018

For those who don't know us, ALT Finery is a our Awesome little clothing store, situated in a country town of Daylesford (7/22-24 Howe ST), Nestled in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range in Hepburn Shire, 115km North West of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Daylesford was once considered a mining town, but the beautiful forests, Lakes and Mineral Springs drew people from far and wide to explore the Town.

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Tripping thru the Eras • Part 2 • The 90s

Tripping thru the Eras • Part 2 • The 90s

February 03, 2018

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Tripping thru the Modern Eras • Part 1 • 1950s-80s

Tripping thru the Modern Eras • Part 1 • 1950s-80s

January 23, 2018

What I love about our fashion at Alt Finery, is that we have fun with it! We are not slavishly trying to follow trends or playing it safe,  We take fashion risks....and I like that. Looking at our eclectic mix of patterns and styles I was thinking about how each era of Fashion since the 50s could be represented in our store and in present day fashion in general, which brings me to this weeks blog. 

This week I'm continuing my on going exploration of Fashion and History,  I'm investigating Fashion Trends through the  modern ages...From the 1950s to present and looking at how social and cultural factors influenced Fashion, and how these influences effect present Fashion.

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Shop Talk • The Invention of Standardised Sizing

Shop Talk • The Invention of Standardised Sizing

January 09, 2018

The sizing system as it exists is essentially, a system built on practicality. A  "guideline" to fit clothing on a mass scale. On the downside, Its something that frequently frustrates people and makes them feel like they don't even want to try clothes on and leaves people feeling bad about their bodies. I really hate that. It just crushes my soul to see people upset when they are not the perfect size range. Truth....very few people are. In fact in may surprise people to know, standardised sizing has only been around since the 1940s and they STILL haven't nailed it.

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