Meet Marianne of Esme and the Laneway

If you’re a retro revival sort of girl, you’ll love Marianne’s blog, Esme and the Laneway. Her outfits will steal your heart with their nostalgic silhouettes from eras past, and, after perusing her posts, you’ll be searching your makeup bag for that perfect shade of red lipstick and practicing your old-school updos so you can get her look. So peek at her perfect pin-up namesake dress and  her fabulous ModCloth faves before you read our interview with this vintage vamp.

In your wardrobe, you seamlessly blend styles from various decades. What’s your favorite era of dress?
Thank you! At the moment I love 1940s dresses, and the 1930s, too. I love the prints of the ’40s and the glamourous, longer line of the ’30s. But now is a good era too, in that we can pick and choose form the past and mix it with amazing new things!

You have a covetable collection of vintage – any tips for keeping your wardrobe in tip-top shape so you can get wear after wear?
Well, I handwash a lot of my vintage things, and take care to dry them flat, out of the sun. Hanging wet clothes can be bad for them, stretching the shoulders and stressing seams, and the sun here can damage them within an hour! I also hang them on smallish hangers that don’t push into the shoulders, and try to find plenty of room for them so they aren’t all squashed onto a rack!

How did you learn to do your amazing retro hair and makeup?
Practice, and watching tutorials on it! I am only starting to put tutorials up now. Here is a link to my everyday makeup video. I will be putting up a couple of hair tutorial videos in the next week or two.

Do you blog full-time, or do you have a day job?
I have a day job! Blogging full-time – and all the work around blogging, such as writing, photography and styling – would be fantastic though!

If you could live on the set of any movie, what movie would that be?
Hmm. That’s hard to chose! I think the Marie Antoinette set would be pretty special, maybe with some Tim Burton rooms down unexpected corridors!

What are your favorite blogs to find inspiration from?
At the moment I am really enjoying Elsa Billgren’s blog Need Help Dressing, as I love her vintage wardrobe and beautiful photos, and always feel happy after a visit – something I love in blogs! I am also reading The Cherry Blossom Girl, one of the first blogs I ever found and a favorite from the start.

Marianne styled her namesake dress for a summery Sunday brunch in Melbourne.

She dolled up her namesake dress with the Way to Bow Hair Clip, Ladybug in Waiting Necklace, Sonoran Sun Wedge, Hard Cordial Socks, the Upwardly Mobile Satchel, and Lipstick in Retrofuturist.

How would you style her namesake dress?


About Turi

When Turi isn’t blogging, you can find her nose behind a book. But reading isn’t her only pastime. She loves running (cue jogging stroller), taste-testing pizza and burgers, and working on the next great American novel. Her latest homage to all things literary? Her son is named after writer Dashiell Hammett. How apropos.

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    Christina 11/30/2011 at 11:19 am #

    I really wish I could pull these looks off. So timeless and beautiful. Fun post!

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    Jo - Lost in the Haze 11/30/2011 at 11:51 am #

    Hooray! This is one of my favourite blogs ever! Esme always gives me such lipstick inspiration!


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    Hannah (ModCloth) 11/30/2011 at 11:53 am #

    I love her style! Beautiful and vintage-inspired to the max. 🙂

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    Krystle K. 11/30/2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Wonderful! Two of my absolute favourite vintage inspirations in one post! I’ve been reading Marianne’s blog for some time now and I’m so pleased to see her dress on ModCloth – it’s adorable! Funnily enough, I did a blog post about both Modcloth and Esme & the laneway a while back…

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    Amber Rose 11/30/2011 at 1:16 pm #

    How have I not heard of her blog before? Marianne is such a dreamboat; thank you modcloth for such a great choice! xo

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    Lauren Helen 11/30/2011 at 2:36 pm #

    Thanks for introducing me to her blog! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before, she’s darling!

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    staciegrissom 12/03/2011 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve followed her for a while– I absolutely love her style! Although the fact that she’s in Australia makes me wish for the opposite seasons after seeing her outfits. 😉

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    SACRAMENTO 12/09/2011 at 4:08 am #

    She is a true inspiration

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    Tessa 12/09/2011 at 12:40 pm #

    How do you choose these? What a great feature! This probably isn’t quite what you’re looking for, especially since it’s not just one blogger, but check this out!

    Big fan of your site!

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    Marianne 12/10/2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Thanks so much for the lvoely comments – and thanks Modcloth! x

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    Jess 01/21/2012 at 2:14 am #

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and I adore it! It’s the only one I follow closely and I so understand your comment about feeling happy after a visit. That’s exactly how I feel with yours! I always can’t wait until I see what you’re wearing next! Thanks so much for all your hard work on it. ~ Jess from Melbourne too! =)

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    Couponee 07/13/2019 at 5:29 am #

    First of all, you are looking fabulous in all images. All of your dresses are gorgeous. I also want that. Can you please tell me? How much its will be?


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