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Pearly Shells

Many king tides ago, when milk bars were overrun with bodgies and widgies, maiden aunts tut-tutted at gutsy girls in controversial cozzies. This converted beach shack is the perfect place to pay homage to the sweetheart necklines, zany prints and flounces of yesteryear as you snap up a few retro goodies for the home too. You’ve seen Karen Neilsen togs in British Vogue and fashion week catwalks across the country, but did you know Pearly Shells is her flagship store? That means there’s a bigger selection here than anywhere else, plus plenty of blokes boardies from Rhythm. Each themed room sports so many collectibles you half expect to walk in on Gidget smooching Moondoggie. There’s vintage beach umbrellas and Hawaiian cushions to recreate your Endless Summer fantasies at home, and when you’re done shopping go check out a Pearly Shells fashion parade, high tea, fundraiser or movie night.

A: 2389 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Qld, 4218  
H: 9-5 (Mon-Sat) 10-2 (Sun)  
P: 07 5575 2001         W: http://karenneilsencollection.com