Markets, beaches and soul – oh my!

What a day yesterday! Jess and I have both had a killer week and we were super excited to rent a car and do some exploring.

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I follow all the local vintage stores on Facebook and when we saw they were hosting markets down in Currumbin, which is a town on the Gold Coast, we knew we had to check it out.

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My outfit of the day. Working the polka dots! Went soft and straight with the locks as the one and only weather alert we had was ‘windy’ – that’s never good. Throwback to Perth really. Hair spray was not going to survive the tornado.

So the adventure began.

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We had a car! Much excite! Freedom at our fingertips! I got completely lost on what is pretty much considered a straight road out to Toowong to pick up Jessie but you know, that’s just me being me.

I did somehow knock it in to semi auto too so that was fun on the hills. Good job I’m so tec savvy and worked out how to fix it. Move it to the left. Magic.

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Trees! Wide open highway! I absolutely love the road to the Goldie. We had a loud discussion about this because Jess for some reason prefers the Sunshine Coast. At least we could agree on blasting Elvis while we debated the merits (Gold Coast because it’s the Gold Coast. They have theme parks, vintage markets, fancy hotels, nightlife, sick live music scene, amazing surf beaches, it’s not stupidly hot and it’s almost New South Wales and yet it’s also so close to Brissie… Need I go on?)

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So green and fresh and lovely. You’d think we didn’t live across the road from the botanic gardens the way we go on.

An hour later, something amazing happened. We entered the 1970s, and I fell in love.

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Vintage cars and old surf boards lined the streets. There were tinnies and SUPs littering the river mouth. It was like a little Margaret River all the way on my side of Australia. I felt the most excited and at home I’ve been in a long time. I will live here one day! There’s clearly a big retro scene and I just loved the fact that amongst the busiest and most touristy beaches in Australia we found this little piece of perfectly preserved old town charm.

Didn’t help that when we glanced in the real estate window we saw we could rent a 4 bedroom mansion for less than we are paying for our apartment!!! Hmmm…

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The markets were wonderful! The rain held out too. My personal highlight was the old school caravan filled with Bettie Page. Yum. My accountant gave me permission to buy a dress too. I was on my best behaviour after that.

It didn’t take us as long as expected to get around so we decided to check out Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads too. These are the beaches at either side of Currumbin and it was a gorgeous coastal drive. We accidentally crossed the state border in to New South Wales too.

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Had to stop for photo ops! I swear I did try to get Jess in some of these but she was having a no photo day. I don’t know what those are.

Our lunch stop ended up being a cutie cafe in Burleigh. My food photos left much to be desired but I had my first milk shake in three years.

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We also checked out Carrara markets on the way home which are huge permanent ones. They had some brilliant modern vintage stalls. I was loving life but I’m very proud of my self restraint.

Home time ready for soul night!

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Every second month Watch Your Step is hosted at Black Bear Lodge, one of my favourite little venues in the Valley. They play rare vinyls straight out of the 60s. So much funk and soul, it’s lush.

I donned my Ben Sherman polo and black circle skirt, wrapped my feet securely in my new brogues (hate the wearing-in period) and off we went. It felt so amazing to spin and slide with all the other Soul Kids. There’s some brilliant dancers and everyone just lets the music take them.

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Everyone looked amazing in their shift dresses and Jam shoes. I just love that there are so many events and venues like this in Brissie that bring us all together.

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Today the feet and head are sore but we still made it to the Suitcase Rummage. Its such a cool idea and there were so many beautiful people selling their things. It was hard not to grab too much stuff but I got lucky with one new dress and belt. This no buying until America thing is going really well as you can clearly see.

I also scored a preloved copy of The Outsiders, one of my favourites from school. Thanks Ronnie! Just need the movie too so I can enjoy Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze in their prime.

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This is my new favourite shirt from a little shop in Burleigh; hand made vintage. Such a sucker for floral.

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Top weekend. I feel so happy. Next week is fitness business time…

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Let’s just savour Sunday and the red curry in my fridge first though. I knew while we had the car we had better get out to St Lucia for the best Thai in Brissie, Thai at Home, only for it to still be closed for Christmas break. So random Thai across the road it is!

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Stay young wild and free peeps.

lots of love

Harleigh Q

xo

 

 

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