Valentines Day <3

This year my partner and I first decided to just make a stir fry and eat it by the beach for Valentines Day. However, a few days leading up to the day the weather was extremely temperamental and I was nervous that our beach plans would be ruined. I was driving past the 1930s Hayden Orpheum cinema in Cremorne and saw that Edward Scissorhands was playing and the words ‘Valentine Day Special’ were near it. I thought this would be a pretty cool thing to go and see together seeing as it isn’t a cheesy love dovey movie like The Notebook but it isn’t quite Alien Vs Predator. I found the Hayden Orpheum website but realised I had read the board wrong – the Valentine’s Day special was for Breakfast at Tiffanys and that Edward Scissorhands was playing a few days later.

Now, I’m going to admit to something I’ve kept secret for as long as I can remember. I had never seen Breakfast at Tiffanys. By knowing 3 simple facts of the film I’ve somehow bluffed my way through every single converstion where it has been mentioned. Firstly, Audrey Hepburn wears a black dress with pearls, has a ginger cat and in one scene she is eating a danish while window shopping at Tiffanys . I simply say something like “Seeeeeriously! That dress is so timeless!” or “that cat was just so cute, right?”.

It took a bit of convincing for Sash to join me for the film but ultimately he caved. It was $60 for 2 tickets, 2 glasses of French champagne (not that I can ever taste the difference!) and a single red rose.

Most times when I go out and wear something vintage I do two victory rolls in my hair and either curl the ends or roll it up into a retro-styled low bun but I wanted to do something different to my hair for a change. I’ve always had a girl crush on Lauren Bacall not only for her husky voice but also for her hair.

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I typed in “Lauren Bacall Hairstyle” into Youtube and followed one of the tutorials by LisaFreemontStreet.
The video below is the tutorial I watched – the only thing I did differently was that I used hot rollers and set my hair for an hour rather than use those pin curls. I find them so hard to do and I can’t be bothered half the time.

This is a close up of the finished product!

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I wore the dress that I purchased at the Summer Love Vintage Clothing Fair which I blogged about back in September. I hadn’t had a chance to wear it yet and I thought the light nature of the dress with the floral colours made it romantic. I wore a thin white belt to match my white heels.

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Anywho, I was running a bit late because I was trying to take photos on my Macbook’s Photobooth and it just wasn’t staying up right so while I was driving to Sash’s place he was cooking the stir fry. We ate together and then had a bit of a mosey down to the cinema. Sash was slightly embarrassed by my tourist-like taking of photos so I tried taking them without the flash. They’re a bit blurry and dark but you’ll get the jist.

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RoofOnce we sat down a bunch of advertisements played but after a few minutes the curtains closed. Suddenly a trap door opens in front of the screen and a man and his organ rise from underneath the floor! He then played for roughly 6 mins or so and had a backing orchestra play alongside with him. We all gave him a big clap and he dissappeared back to the trap door. The curtains then pulled back and Breakfast at Tiffanys began.
Organ GuyIt was absolutely stunning on the inside. I mean look at this exit sign. Is this not the nicest exit sign you’ve ever seen?!?!?!

Exit SignThe bathroom even matched my outfit so I took a sneaky selfie.
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SO, did I like the movie? Well yes and no. I mean, I dig the storyline and like the characters but some scenes just dragged onnnnn and onnn and onnnn. Any scene with the ginger cat was the best.
Okay wait, SPOILER ALERT to those who haven’t seen the film:
That scene where she throws the cat out of the taxi into the torrential rain and just leaves it behind? and there is a close up of the cat all wet and looking miserable? I legitimately was so sad – not because just in the same scene that guy was ending their relationship – I wasn’t upset at that at all. But that cat scene. Dang. Oscar worthy performance by the cat.

I have a ginger cat too and after the movie I asked Sash if we could recreate that final scene where Holly and Paul kiss passionately in the rain (see picture below).

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He said no.

Torque’s Rockabilly Revolution!

On the 27th of January, a retro lovin’ bar and grill named Torque held their first Rockabilly Revolution for 2013.

Back in November last year I went to dinner at the restaurant with my sister Mel and her friends for her birthday. I fell in love with the decor and proportions of their chicken parmagianna. I followed them on Facebook and saw that once a month they host a Rockabilly Night- unfortunately the nights that they have been held my boyfriend Saca either had work the next morning or we already had plans.

Finally they posted about the one in January and I wrote it in my diary straight away. I was working in Castle Towers that day until 4:30pm so as soon as I finished I drove to Collaroy to meet with Sash. We then caught a bus to Wynyard, a train to Strathfield and a taxi to Torque. When I was on the bus I was having second thoughts because it was lightly raining and I knew we still had a while to travel. Thankfully I didn’t suggest turning around because not only did I have an amazing night but it was the “debut” night of my new Wheels & Dollbaby dress.

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It’s called the Classic Corset Dress in Leopard and it’s available here on their website.
I’ve been pining over it for awhile but could never justify spending that much money on a dress – however, I have future plans for it that I am keeping a secret.

When we arrived at Torque there was an abundance of vintage cars surrounding the restaurant. Greasers smoked cigarettes, girls with backseam stockings were leaning against the cars and I knew it was going to be a great night. We ordered two Old Skool Hamburgers (with fries of course), sat down at a table and watched all the magnificent swing dancers in action. There was a live band called the Vintage Overdrive that really had the crowd dancing all night. I lured Sash out to this event under the pretence of “there’s a live band, awesome food and we can dance a little” – but after 30 seconds of just watching the other dancers we both looked at eachother and telepathically acknowledged that we were not dancing that night.

Sash and I did a few swing dancing lessons about a year ago and it seems as if it has all been wiped from our memories. People aged from 8-70 danced like professionals and even were swapping partners. No way were we going on that floor.

Here is a video by Benjamin Sutherland of a few of the cars out front of the restaurant.
From about 5:28 onwards you can hear the Vintage Overdrive playing and a glimpse at all the swing dancing!!


This is a look at the retro inspired menu that Torque had made especially for the night.

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The only downside to the night was the $140 cab ride Sash and I shared back to Collaroy from Strathfield – but I’m super glad I went.

I forgot my camera for the night and when I tried taking photos on Sash’s iphone they turned out dark and blurry. Click here for the photo album from Torque’s facebook page if you’re interested. There aren’t that many photos but you’ll get the jist.

Aaaanyways, I know I’ve already posted about my red leopard print top and shoes back in June 2012, but I wanted to show how cute the looked teamed with a full skirt and a cat mask! I wore this outfit to my friend Kristi’s Masquerade themed 21st on the 25th of January.


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In case you needed reminding;
Top: ‘Hungry Heart’ top by Revival from Dangerfield
Skirt: ‘Jive’ skirt by Review (2 years ago..)
Heels: Guess
Stockings: “Dotti” stockings by Honey Birdette
Mask: $5 from the Dural Discount Party Warehouse

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and here is a photo of some of my friends from college in our “muck up” photo

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I wonder if my next purchase is leopard print too…

Love Vintage Clothing Sale (Summer 2012)

After working 5 full days straight in my one week off college, I decided to splurge a little at the Love Vintage Clothing Show & Sale today. I must admit, I spent more than I had planned but there were just so many beautiful dresses that I couldn’t just buy one.

The sale began on Friday night and carried on Saturday and Sunday with only a $14 entry fee. Unfortunately, you couldn’t take any photos of the stands but here is one from the Love Vintage Clothing facebook page.

 Imagine about 70 of these stalls. Yep. Overwhelming, isn’t it?

Most people tend to dress vintage for the sale so I decided to be both fashionable and practical. I wore my tiki dress that has an easy zip and I wore ballet flats (instead of heels with a strap like I did last time at the Winter sale).

Dress: by Revival (in Dangerfield) | Cardigan: Review | Shoes: Joanne Mercer |
Belt: in Myer | Glasses: $5 at Paddy’s Markets

The annoying thing I find about vintage is that I seem to always find things that are either too small or too big for me and that things that ARE my size I never tend to be too fond of the fabric design. I took a sneaky photo in the fitting room of me and a 1940s bathing suit that I had to depart with simply because it was swimming on me (pardon the pun).

I thought it was a good price ($140) considering it was 40s and in mint condition.

The GREAT thing about vintage clothing is that when you find something that fits you and you love –  it is as if it is meant to be! I decided to look for a pretty dress to match those nude/yellow heels I bought last month from Nine West and I found so many that match it. The first dress I tried on was simply beautiful (and $225…) and fit me like a tight glove.

I decided that it had to be mine! This is a super quick photo my sister Kylie took of me with the heels on in our garden. I seriously can’t put on any more weight though otherwise it won’t fit me. I might have to limit my cheeseburge intake to 3 per week…

The next purchase was actually from the same store. I couldn’t say no to it. I simply loved the little floral detail on the bust and how there were buttons down the back and on the left side of the dress. Also, the orange on the dress matches my fox necklace.

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Earlier this month I bought a bag from Forever New because it looked almost identical to the $3000 Prada Pyramid frame bag that I posted about back in May.

It’s called the ‘Meryl Frame Bag’ by Forever New which you can buy online.
I don’t really have much in my closet that is pale pink but the bag didn’t come in any other colour so I bought it anyway. The reason why I’m updating y’all about this Prada inspired bag is because today I stopped by the Frou Frou stall and found THIS!It looks familiar, doesn’t it?
It is the same material, size and even has the same clasp as the Meryl Frame Bag but this one has a detachable strap and a zip on the outside. It cost $90 which is $30 more than Forever New but I don’t really care seeing as it’s black and I’ll use it way more than the pastel pink one.

I’m quite content with my three purchases today. I managed to bargain with the dresses because I was buying two from the same store. Instead of paying $420 for both ($225 & $195), I haggled for $350.

Now, please excuse me while I cry as I look at my savings account.

Miss Pin Up Australia 2012

It was Saturday morning when my store manager Michelle and I were getting breakfast (before we opened the store) that we saw a beautiful blonde from head to toe in vintage. Her hair had too many Victory Rolls to count, her waist was cinched, the hemlight was past her knee and she had ruby red lips. I couldn’t stop staring at her.
I’m just putting it out there- it was 8:40am when this happened. I just had to ask her why she was so glamourous at such an early time of the morning, where she bought her dress… and why she was in Hornsby. Seriously guys I never see anyone who is 100% into vintage fashion where I live.

She said she was going to the Miss Pin Up Australia Finals tonight, the dress was from That Shop (in QLD) and that is was being held at the Hornsby RSL. The Blonde Lady (I didn’t catch her name!) said that it started at 6pm and that I should attend.

Later on in the day I called my mum and asked her if she wanted to go with me. I finished work at 5:15 and came home to my mum in a cute black and white polka dot A-Line dress and pearls. I quickly put on my backseam stockings, red lippy and made a few curls and we jumped back in the car to Hornsby. We arrived half an hour late but rushed up to the Showroom nonetheless. I was a bit skeptical about the pageant being held at the RSL. The only 3 times I’ve been there it has been filled by either 60 year old bogans or 18 year olds in short and tight clothing with insane heels. I didn’t think that it was very wise to host something as special as Miss Pin Up 2012, you know?  I opened the giant doors and peeped inside- it was magnificent.

The stage was humongous. There were dinner tables with allocated seating (even the chairs had satin coverings with giant bows on the backs), waiters in suits carrying food up high over their heads and a VIP table (I wonder who was on there!!). It looked like a really swanky wedding. Every single guest that was sitting at the table looked perfect. I didn’t see one person who wasn’t dressed up for the occasion.

After realising that you quite obviously needed to have booked tickets in advance my mum and I felt ever so deflated. My mum never wears red lipstick and I even had convinced her to wear it for the night. In the end we went out to Darling Harbour and had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Baia.

I think that if I’m confident enough next year I’ll try out for the competition. I think I’d meet and befriend heaps of other retro gals. I don’t really have anyone that is super passionate to share it with at the moment.

I wore the dress that I received at Christmas. Saturday was the first time I’ve worn it with my black hair!
PS I totally forgot to get a photo with my mum. Next time we’re dolled up I’ll be sure to take one and post it up here 🙂

Dress: Revival
Belt: Myer

New Year’s Eve!

I haven’t really been putting a lot of thought into what I’d be wearing tonight- I want it to be something that is fun and really nice because it was a celebration of the 2011 but I know I’ll be running around Wooloomooloo with my best friend, boyfriend and other friends so I don’t want it to be too expensive or delicate because there is a high chance I’ll spill something on it tonight.

Here is my final decision!

and look at these magnificent stockings that I’ve bought!

Headband: Market in Florence, Italy.
Dress: Target
Stockings: Hot Options in Target
Heels: Sheridan Shoes, Hornsby