Today was the first day of proper rest I’ve had these holidays. It was wonderful to wake up naturally (sans alarms), without the rush of traffic by the window or nervous jolt of tasks to be completed brewing away in the back of my mind. I pottered around the house, polishing off panettone and putting my hair in hot rollers, watering the plants and listening to Fats Waller.

Melbourne put on a perfectday – not too hot, not too cool, not too windy – just right! Mr Ruby Assembly and I made our way through the city and enjoyed an hour or so wandering through the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Rd, enjoying a little of Melbourne Now and a little of their permanent European collection. Balance the old with the new, I reckon.

Today’s blog is dedicated to (and named after) the spirit and style of a lovely person in my life – Miss Alexandra Hallam. She is a one of the most bodacious, gentle-hearted and creative people I know. She recently enjoyed a birthday in the Alexandra Gardens (where we took these photos as we watched Melbourne’s vacationers pass lazy holiday hours), encouraging friends to dress up in the theme of Alexandra Parade in honor of her day. What a punster! She is a top bird, through and through, and never one to turn her nose at whimsy or the fantastic. Alexandra has a keen eye for thrifty vintage, and is also a dab hand at fancy vintage hair and makeup.

Casual off-style duty for Mr Ruby Assembly in the Alexandra Gardens, wearing Persol sunglasses.

In summer I love to wear voluminous cotton dresses and scarves to secure less-than-perfect hair or protect my shoulders from harsh sunlight. I sewed this hydrangea-print dress (based on a vintage McCall’s pattern) all on my little ownsome!

Shotput won’t ‘put’ me off.

Wearing: ASOS sunglasses, vintage scarf from Trish Hunter Vintage (visit Trish, she’s not only a brilliant blogger but she runs a nifty vintage store in Preston) and Rimmel Apocalypse lipgloss.
I hope you’re enjoying your holidays so far, and that lie-ins and late nights are a luxury you’re taking full advantage of.