Posts tagged ‘Vintage’

July 5, 2012

Pre-Loved Collection – Winter Coats

Who’s freezing their behinds off? Well, r&h has come to the rescue! Keep your arms warm, while still looking hawt in these puppies…

Shop here.



July 4, 2012

Favourite Things – Vintage and Handmade Markets

Favourite Things – Vintage & Handmade Markets celebrated their grand opening at Beach Road Hotel last Saturday. There was a selection of homemade and vintage treasures to fill your wardrobes, delicious food and funky beats to help erase your Winter blues.  Here are just a few photos we snapped on the day…

We’ll be down there again this Saturday to enjoy a few refreshments, meet the locals and make new friends. We also have new additions to our Pre-Loved Collection, so keep your eyes peeled for a sneak peek tomorrow!

Stall Holders: Mitty Malou, Sillier Than Sally, Vintage Lola, Fox and Beau, Eat Art Truck,  Coco’s Buds, Vonnie’s Vintage, Barrett Soy Candles, rain&hale

Favourite Things Vintage & Handmade Markets
Every Saturday 10 am – 4pm

Beach Road Hotel – Upstairs on Level 1
 71 Beach Rd (corner Glenayr Ave), Bondi Beach

July 2, 2012

The best of the Blue Mountains

What to do in the middle of Winter? Go where it’s even colder, of course! From the giftwear haven of Leura, to the mix-and-match mall of Katoomba, to the gourmet selections of Blackheath, the Blue Mountains have something for everyone. The Hughster and I piled up the car and made the short two hour drive up to the Mountains over the weekend and thought we’d share our favourite everythings with you.


The Great Pretender – Owner and devotee of all things vintage and chic Linda Steven has just opened another shop around the corner from her first love, The Kween’s Emporium. We had a good old chat about the fashion industry and our love for great vintage finds. Linda has been collecting fabulous frocks and accessories for many years now, so she knows a thing or two. She’s currently busy setting up shop for The Great Pretender just off the main strip in Katoomba. The label specialises in reproducing a range of retro-inspired frocks, all from original patterns that she’s collected over the years. All styles are sized 6-22 to cover all shapes and sizes – if you like to dress like a real lady, then this is the one-stop-shop for you! For more info on this great find, visit and ‘like’ her shop here. The Great Pretender is located in Katoomba, at 69 Waratah Street.

Victory Theatre Antiques – Now, if you’re on the hunt for some collectables, this is the place to go, a two-storey building full to the brim with antiques, one-offs and trashy treasures. You could spend hours in there, so luckily they have a cafe at front to satisfy your hunger pangs from all the browsing you’ll be doing. Located at 17-19 Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath.

If you can’t get enough, we also found some great vintage stores in Leura, we recommend Leura Vintage and Mrs Peel.



This small restaurant, hidden away in the regional town of Blackheath, attracts foodies from near and far who come here for the mouth-watering menu. Chef Phillip Searle’s cooking is sensational, the pilgrimage from Sydney is well worth the petrol money. Housed in an old bakery (with the baker’s oven still intact – and in use!), the decor is simple yet warm. After struggling to pick a dish each from the hand-written menu, we ordered spicy smoked trout cakes with light shellfish sauce and glazed duckling sausage with beetroot & orange relish. Then for our main-course we shared the barramundi & sesame coat with artichoke & shiitake ragout, and roast glazed pork with spicy papaya salad. Despite our curiosity to try the restaurant’s famous Chequerboard ice cream, we couldn’t bring ourselves to eat another thing (although we still managed a few toasted marshmallows back at the cottage later on). 33 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath 02 4787 6899

Our other gastronomical favourites included:

Good coffee/hot chocolate – Nikita Espresso Bar 179 Leura mall, Leura

Gourmet Deli – Leura Gourmet 159 The Mall, Leura

Booze – The Carrington Cellars & Deli  Parke Street, Katooomba

Best Cocktail – Apple Bar 2488 Bells Line of Road Bilpin


A trip to Govetts Leap lookout for breathtaking views over the endless valleys and rivers was as far as we got nature-wise. For those more outdoor-inclined, there are hundreds of walks around the mountains, ranging in difficulty and length. A drive down to the gorgeous Megalong Valley is also a nice option, where you can find horse-riding, vineyards and tea rooms.

Note: Thermals are essential.

June 29, 2012

Favourite Things Markets Tomorrow!

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Happy weekend everyone!!


June 8, 2012

Op Shop Roadie @ Seven Hills Salvos

Seven Hills Salvation Army
Building A, 183 Prospect Highway
Seven Hills NSW
Ph (02) 9674 3330

Mon-Fri 8.30am – 4.15pm
Sat 8.30am – 1.15pm

I went a little bit too “furniture happy” here but there were definitely no regrets.
This Salvos is one of the biggest in the west & lucky for me I only live 10 minutes away!
Full of awesome hippie/retro dresses, crochet blankets, curtains, cardigans, blouses, leather jackets & bags, glassware & furniture.

On my day of bargains I managed to grab myself the following to fit into my already super cosy home:
-The most beautiful mirror you ever did see for only $7…..bargain!!
-A simple, but cute, wooden bed side table with a single drawer mind you for $6
– & my fave, a fabulous orange old school staffroom chair……$5
I say staffroom chair because these were the chairs my primary teachers had in their staffroom.
I fell in love with it straight away & if I had a bigger place I would’ve bought the whole lot.

Op Shop Roadie Tips:
**If you buy op shop furniture make sure it can fit somewhere in your house (I’m still trying to master this tip)
**Always check that it is solid & still in good condish….if it’s a chair sit on it, make sure it’s not wobbly etc.
***But again if you love it just get it!!

P.S. I tried to sneak these items into my house but my bf caught me out.
He’s new rule for me…no more furniture for a while….my focus now is on wall hangings hehe.

Happy op shopping people .

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June 4, 2012

Top it up with r&h

rain&hale vintage tees up for sale NOW!



May 25, 2012

Gee Mikki – Photographer Extraordinaire

Aren’t chance meetings tremendous? We met Mikki at a Husky gig at the Standard at the end of 2011 when she took our photo – a quick chat and a business card swap and the alliance had been established.

Mikki started out as a street photographer, but now makes a crust taking photos of the most excellent gigs around town. Rather than just snapping away hoping for a good shot, she really thinks about the photos she’s taking.

“I’m intrigued by lights, and love crowd shots. I enjoy shooting bands who move around a lot or are quirky on stage. I need to walk away with the unconventional shot after every gig – not your regular close up of the singer in front of the mic with their mouth open and their eyes closed. I don’t want my photos to be repetitive. I need to be WOWed by my own photos.”

We were so WOWed by Mikki’s work that we asked for her help with our latest Vintage photo shoot which we released earlier in the week.

After taking a short sabbatical from photography, Mikki’s just started getting back into the swing of things and is looking to try out more fashion/product photography in the near future. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out her website.

May 23, 2012

Pre-loved for your wardrobe

We are so excited to finally be able to show you some pieces from our pre-loved range that will be released during Winter and Spring. We’ve been hunting far and wide, collecting pieces ranging from floaty dresses to band tees to indie inspired leather jackets. We’ve done all the work for you! All you have to do is simply click on the garment you’re wanting to love and cherish and it will send you directly to our online shop. Be sure to get in quick girls, we only have one of each.

Be the cool kid in that pre-loved piece carefully picked from the r&h team!

Fashion/Love/Styling: rain&hale  Photography: Laraine Gillen  Editing: Mikki Gomez & Haley Johnston 

Model: Sophy Jones  Make up: Jess Reeve


March 28, 2012

Behind the Scenes

A massive shout-out/online hugs go to our ridiculously talented make-up artist (and sudden hairstylist) Jess Reeve and to the unparalleled beauty & professionalism of our model Sophy Jones for their amazingness at the r&h shoot on the weekend. We think you both rock & cant wait to show the world our collective genius in the launch of our vintage range.

March 3, 2012

Op Shop Roadie @ Castle Hill Vinnies

Check out this Vinnies, hidden across the road from Castle Towers Piazza.
Full of knick knacks & goodies, you’ll be sure to grab a one off bargain here.
On my latest visit I managed to grab myself 2 mustard lampshades in mint condition for only $5 each.
I’m thinking of re-vamping it up with florals of some sort, but oh-how -I-love-mustard!!
Now to find some uber cool lampstands….Xx
Bric-a-brac/Bags/Shoes/Accessories from 50c
Tops/Skirts/Shorts from $3
Dresses from $4
Pants/Jackets/Jumpers from $5

Op Shop Roadie Tips:
*Be sure to have plenty of cash with you, you’ll never know what you’ll find
*Even if you can’t be bothered, make sure you try everything on, remember things always look different on a hanger
*Buy it cause you love it!!
*Have fun

St Vinnies
5/261 Old Northern Road
Castle Hill

Monday – Friday 9am till 4pm
Saturday 9am till Noon

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