My “POP CULTURE” 21st

Since the dawning of time (and since I realised costume parties were my calling in life) I’ve been contemplating a great enough theme to have at my 21st. I’ve had/attended some great themes already; Harry Potter, Emo, Doppleganger, The Last Day on Earth, Circus, 80s, Black & White, Tarantino .

In all honesty, I just wanted a theme that was better than my family’s previous parties. Mel had a Bling Party where you wore a nice dress and covered yourself in jewellery whereas Kylie did a 21 Countries theme. On her invite there were 21 different countries and you had to choose one to dress as. I went as an Afrian Slave bought by the Romans and forced into being a Gladiator. I had to tell this back story to most all of the guests but I wanted to be historically accurate. Mum had a Casino themed 50th with actual Casino tables and people tending them while Dad held a crazy hat theme at Tharen’s in King Cross.

I wanted something that allowed me to go as something fun, easy to dance in but that was relatively sexy but not skanky. That was the criteria.

As you know, back in January I bought two Wheels and Dollbaby dresses – The Classic Corset Dress in Leopard & Black Satin Suppa Club Dress. I went in only to buy the plain black one, but after trying on the leopard print one I fell in love with it. The price tag wasn’t as lovely so I needed an excuse to buy it. “I’ll just wear it as my 21st dress! I can go as Amy Winehouse!”. Boom. Sold. Amy Winehouse it was. It was a sexy dress, I could dance in it and it would be ironic if I was drunk because I’d actually be channelling Amy. “Rehab” would be played and everyone would circle me and all have a laugh.

4 months later I decided the theme is “Iconic Celebrities/Characters” and I told a few close friends my Amy idea. Errbody loved it and I started researching wigs (because let’s be honest, the wig was going to make or break that costume). One day I was telling another friend about my costume and who my other friends were thinking of going as. Now, here’s where I start feeling guilty as I type this… I told my bestfriend Jo that my friend Kasia was going as Katy Perry. Jo then goes “But you love Katy Perry! Why wouldn’t you go as Katy?! Don’t you want to be her?!” and at first I replied “Nah nah it’s all good. Seriously the Winehouse costume will be awesome.” Then, for the whole day at work I was thinking about all the endless costume ideas and possibilities if I was going to be Katy Perry and it was as if I lost all interest in Wino. That night I was googling like a mofo pictures of Katy online where she looked perfect, glam and just generally what I would choose to look like if I was allowed to magically remodel my face. If I typed in Amy Winehouse there was a ratio of 1 nice looking photo to every 40 of her looking trashy and in a gutter somewhere.

Katy vs Amy

Yeah.. I think a combination of all that googling/the Katy Perry Teenage Dream album playing in the background made me love her even more than I already did. However, finding a costume was going to be my biggest issue. It was possible to buy “candy” looking ones on the internet from party shops but I just felt like i’d look like I was 5 at my 21st. I didn’t want to go as Katy with her long black hair or when she wore a light pink wig because I was afraid either no one one know who I was or that people would think I was Nicki Minaj (yuck). Whilst google imaging, I saw Katy in her 100 different cute latex dresses and I thought to myself – that’s perfect! No other celeb is known for these dresses and it’s a combination of cute, sexy and iconic!

Boy, was I delusion to think it would be that easy! I quickly found out that there really aren’t that many cute latex dresses in the universe. Latex is generally used and worn by the fetish community meaning when I typed in “latex dress” all I saw were really sexy women in tight revealing black or red dresses that don’t cover their asses or there was beautiful Katy posing in a pastel Gumball print dress smiling. Opposite universes I tell ya. I tried EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF SEARCH. cute+latex+dress, pretty+latex+dress, pink+latex, katy+perry+latex+dress+buy, katy+perry+latex+costume, candy+latex+skirt, pastel+latex.

If I did find a latex dress that was “cute”, it just.. wasn’t Katy Perry enough to spend $300+ on. Like, I found this website called Pandora Deluxe but it just wasn’t good enough. Here were a few options I was contemplating.

Pandora Deluxe

I liked the aqua & pink dress, but I felt like it needed a picture of a cupcake or lollypop on it to make it Katy Perry rather than pastel latex. Same dealio with the light blue hatler top & pink skirt. The most KP of them all was the “Bang!” dress.. but then again Katy is KNOWN for sugar, candy and rainbows and not necessarily onomatopoeia. 

I did find a dress on Etsy by a shop owner called Abigail Greydanus. I could choose whatever colours I wanted and they had a cute doughnut design on it. But at $395, I would have to *love* it before I bought it.

dougnutdress
I thought I’d send her a message asking her 100 questions about the dress before I bought it. I told her that I was contemplating going as Katy to my 21st and I needed to know shipping costs/expected shipping time, would my body type look okay in latex? how long would it take to make? etc etc.. and that if it was going to be too hard, I had a cool Winehouse outfit anyway.

She replied in no time and I was rolling around on the floor with sheer excitement when I read one of the sentences in the first paragraph.
” I’ve actually worked on Katy’s appliqued latex dresses so you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the genuine article with this dress 🙂 “

EXCUSE ME. WHAT.
“If you have any other item you’d like to get appliqued onto a dress instead of donuts feel free to let me know what it is and I can send you the pricing information”. 
I sent her a photo of two of my favourite Katy latex dresses
KatyFaves
and she replied with
“Not a problem, I could do either of those design styles for you (I have the same applique patterns on hand and everything).”

I pretty much died straight on the spot right then and there. From that second, I had no interest what so ever about Amy Winehouse. All I wanted was to be a California Gurl, wear a blue wig and prance around with cupcakes.

My FAVOURITE one is the aqua with pink palm trees she wore during a performance once.KatyPalmTree
However, I just felt like it wasn’t “iconic” Katy enough. I chose this baby blue dress with fairy floss (or icecream!) in the end because it’s on her Sims expansion pack cover which I quite frequently play.
KatyPerrySweetTreats
The diet began on the 4th of April when I paid for the dress. I had exactly one month to lose any type of “comfortable relationship” fat I had on my body.  All the ladies who have had a boyfriend for 1 year & a half + know what I’m talking about. It’s when you’re not “overweight” but you’ve definitely put on a bit of weight since you were single and ready to mingle. I’m happy to report that whenever I did break my “healthy” diet regime that I gave $2 to whoever was eating with me as a punishment for giving in. I only had a McDonalds cheeseburger twice during this diet and that was because I was having huuuuuge mood swings at work because I wasn’t getting my junk food fix. Kinda like that Snickers AD but with McDonalds cheeseburgers.I did the Cardio Twister workout for half an hour roughly like 5 times in the last two weeks before the party. I advanced to the Rip & Ride workout pretty quickly.cardiotwister-cardiotwist
and I did try the Cabbage Soup Diet in the last week. It’s kinda a diet where you lose up to 5kg in 1 week (lol) because you eat limited food and they’re all vegetable type things. Long story short, I learnt how to cook soup from DivasCanCook on youtube and it actually was delicious but I need variety in my food. I couldn’t do it for 7 days – I lasted 3 and a half, then bought Lasanga.On the day of my party, Lauren from MAC Castle Towers did my makeup absolutely perfectly. I couldn’t have asked for anything better! Here’s a gorgeous photo of my eyes alongside my not so pretty slick back hair.Eye Makeup

aaaanyways, in the end I decided that instead of Iconic Celebrities/Characters that I’d make it Pop Culture instead. It had more of a ring to it and I remembered it from my friend Natasha’s 18th a few years ago. Here are a few of my favourite photos of the night;

BellaCupcakesSashBellaSash as Dr Who ❤MeKaylaChrissyEliciaDavid Bowie, Amy Winehouse & Minnie Mouse!GoldieLocksSallyGoldilocks & Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
BellaLeaMe, shakin’ my thang
BeyonceSalvadoreRainbowFishBjork Beyonce (Single Ladies), Salvador Dali, The Rainbow Fish, BjorkVelmaGangsterAn American Gangster & Velma from ChicagobestieeeesEdie Sedgwick, Britney Spears from Circus, Scary Spice & Katy Perry (excuse the bra!)

SPECIAL MENTIONS:
Superman,  Olive Oil & Popeye, Finn & Jake from Adventure Time, Fry from Futurama, Lady Gaga, Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys, Wally, LMFAO, Morticia Addams… and especially to Jenna Pres who was “The Morning After”. Here she is with Cam as Shaggy from Scooby Doo. Jenna had the messy hair, men’s shirt and last night’s makeup on which is featured in almost all popular culture films- a costume I never thought of! My hat is off to you!

jennaandcam

It was an aaaamazing night. I was seriously on the DF the whole night and surprisingly wasn’t drunk until the last hour. My fondest memory of the night was when California Gurls was playing. I was in the middle of the dance floor, swishing my blue hair around and Snoop Dog/everyone went “Katy my lady” and I yelled “YEAH” (in time with Katy) – BECAUSE WE WERE ONE.

Maybe in Summer/when I have more money I’ll ask Abigail to make the Palm Tree dress!

Ok I’m too obssessed. I’ll stop writing now.

CYA AT THE NEXT DRESS UP EVENT

My Glomesh Obsession..

Alright, alright! You’ve got me. I admit it. I’m officially obsessed with collecting Glomesh handbags.

I can’t even remember when it all began but suddenly I own 9 of them.

and what’s this? a box from the 60s??

and what’s that inside? A mint condition glomesh bag from the 60s in it’s original packaging for only $36??!!

 

 

 

 

 

There is one more bag (that isn’t Glomesh!) that I own that I feel derserves a mention only because of it’s excellent quality. It’s another bag from the 60s and it’s in absolute perfect condition. It is made with English leather and even has leather lining on the inside. My mum found it in Camden!

I used it the other week when I went out for lunch with my best friend Matt.
Here’s a quick photo I took on my PhotoBooth!

Cape: Revival in Dangerfield (for $10)
Top: SES (for $3)
Skirt: Dotti (for $10)
Boots: from a random brand but bought them in Myer around 4 years ago

There *is* one more purchase I want to post about. I walk past Nine West almost 5 times a day when I’m at work in Hornsby and there has been this one particular style of heel in three colours that I just simply had to have. At first I was deciding between the pink or the green version but ultimately I went with the nude/yellow.

The full price for these bad boys is $139.95 but I managed to know that there was a secret 25% off regular priced items sale that was ending that day. I ended up scoring them for $105. It’s a bit pricey but they’re leather and beautiful and will last me a few years if I don’t have too many drunken nights where I fall down stairs.
Ahhh don’t they just look so pretty on their pedestool?

I think so too.

YEEEEEEE HAWWW!

Why howdy there!
Last night I went to a great family friend’s 50th birthday party which was ‘Cowboys and Indians’ themed. I had less than two weeks to find an outfit and it turns out it was in front of me the whole time (literally – but more on this later…).When I first heard of the theme I searched Etsy for hours trying to find a cute cowgirl inspired outfit. There was surprisingly a large variety of western skirts, shirts and dresses but they were either way too expensive, wouldn’t fit me or had insane shipping costs.

The one that I was *so* close to purchasing was this striking red dress from Irene’s Le Boutique from good ol’ Texas. It is a good price of $68 but the express shipping was going to be around $40 – yikes! What if it didn’t fit me? How often would I wear it? Would it arrive in time? What jacket even goes with this? Will my brown cowboy boots match it?!?! In the end I just closed the tab. It wasn’t meant to be…

My other love was the “Western Wiggle Skirt”  from the “Retro-Tastic Western Swing Wear” shop called Rockin’ B.

Yet spending $275 on just a skirt seemed a little excessive considering last week I lost a $10 note and was moody for at least an hour after the incident.

SO! Back to the whole “the answer was right in front of me” explanation. In Hornsby Myer, the Esprit section is situated near a variety of brands like Guess, Jag, Ben Sherman, Levi etc. About three or four months ago the “Ryder” collection by Arabella Ramsay was placed right next to Esprit. I remember liking a few of the items but no one ever really bought any of them because they were either extremely overpriced or just ugly. People who shop at Hornsby generally don’t like even spending $20 on a pair of shorts let alone $120 on a brand they’ve never heard of.

There has been a giant western themed display with four mannequins wearing the Ryder collection about 15 meters from my Esprit area for months. I worked last Thursday night and was tidying up near the mannequins when I realised I could just buy something from the collection! All of the clothes were on sale and Myer had a “Take a further 30% off already reduced prices” sale going on aaand I have a 15% staff discount card.

I bought the Ryder Denim Shirt (originally $120) for $39

and the Ryder Flannel Skirt in Red (orginally $100) for $48!

Hat: My mum’s closet!
Top: Arabella Ramsay in Myer
Skirt: Arabella Ramsay in Myer
Backseam stockings: Jonathan Aston
Belt: St Vincent de Pauls
Boots: St Vincent de Pauls (for $4!!!!)

and this is my western partner Sash 🙂

It was a fantastic night. There were haystacks everywhere, wooden tables, horse shoes dangling from the ceiling… There were even two professional fellows with fiddles who played western music and taught all the guests some new bush dancing routines! Sash and I were dragged onto the dance floor for “Heel and Toe” but my timing was totally off.

Remember for my birthday how I had an amazing cake made by Sweet Eurphoria for my 20th Birthday Party in April? Well Mary and Lila have done it again. Seriously. They look and taste marvellous.


to finish off this entry, I leave you with a photo of me and some Indians.

; )

A Purrfect Match

After the Fifties Frocks photoshoot back on May 27th, Stella (the photographer) and Tara (the make up artist) and I went and had lunch at Market City. After eating a giant kebab and looking at a few shops I had to pop into Dangerfield. As I stated in one of my previous posts, I’m  wanting to head down the Rockabilly/Femme Fatale route of vintage and retro fashion. One of my fashion idols is the beautiful Micheline Pitt of Deadly Dames. I’ve noticed her love of tiger and leopard print and I’ve been keeping an eye out for any pieces similar to her range.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I managed to find a tight red and black Leopard print off the shoulder top by Revival for $30. You can still buy this “Hungry Heart” top (but in tan) online at Dangerfield’s website.

 FAST FORWARD TO THIS THURSDAY!
I had a bit of time to kill before I went to college so I popped into David Jones in Hornsby to check out their sales. I found a pair of Guess heels with the EXACT leopard print fabric of the Revival top on sale for $50. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit my 8 1/2 size foot into the size 5 heel but I asked if there were any of my size available in another store. I didn’t really care where I’d have to drive because how often do you find heels that match a top that aren’t even the same brand??!!
Apparently there was only one size 8 1/2 left in Australia and it was in Bondi Junction. Two marvellous things happened: Firstly, they fit- I didn’t drive an hour to be extremely dissapointed. Secondly, when they scanned up at the register they were TWENTY DOLLARS rather than $159.

 Last night was my friend Tess’s 20th birthday part-ay. I decided it was the perfect time to debut these matching items. I originally planned to wear it with my black Review skirt with the split up the side with some backseam stockings but it was far too cold. Here’s a photo of my outfit taken by the lovely Krystal!
Top: ‘Hungry Heart’ top by Revival from Dangerfield
Jeans: JayJays
Belt: Myer
Heels: Guess

I hope you find excellent stocktake sales like I have 🙂

-Bella

Shopping with Gem

After my class on Friday I was meant to be meeting with someone. After those plans were suddenly cancelled I decided to go shopping with my good friend Gem around Surry Hills. We managed to find two stores that had some pretty good hidden bargains.

The first was an op shop (I don’t think it even had a name) run by old ladies. It was quite small but I found 4 things that I just had to buy. I first found a white long sleeve blouse for $7. This is now my 4th long sleeve blouse but I really feel that you can’t have too many variations. They’re white so they just go with any skirt that you own without feeling that you just wear the same white blouse over and over again.

I always get excited when the size of a tag says “14” or “16” because it’s a good indication of what era it came from. In modern day sizes I’m between a 10 and a 12 but in older garments I’m a 14 or 16. 

The next two things that I bought were 2 pairs of heels ($10 and $15)

Then just as I was about to leave I spotted this bad boy for $7 also. I freaking LOVE that it goes in at the waist and that you don’t need a belt.

It has shoulder pads so I’m going to go with 80s. Gem and I had a discussion on how there was a lot of 50s inspired clothing in the 80s and that the navy blouse was a prime example. In the store I was a hit with the ladies that ran the store. They couldn’t keep their eyes of my stockings because they were shocked to see that they were backseamed. After a few “I remember when I HAD to wear those stockings!” and “It was so annoying having to keep the line straight” and “are you wearing a garter?” later, Gem and I went to where I originally wanted to go – Mr Stinky.

I’ve always walked past it but have always had to be somewhere else and had never had a chance to walk in and have a bit of a geez. I tried on sooooo many dresses that it was ridiculous yet seeing as I had already bought 2 tops and 2 shoes I felt that I’d be going a little too wild if I bought all of them.
I ended up buying a retro nurses uniform from I’m thinking the 70s. 

I totally just made the nurse hat out of paper on eHow for the photo above.

 I don’t know whether or not it’s a good or bad thing that these two shops are only a 10 minutes walk from my college or not…

Birkenhead Point!

Remember how I previously told you about how excited I was for the Twist and Shout night?

It turns out that the morning of the event I had food poisoning- I was bed-ridden for the whole day. However it wasn’t a complete waste! I had the chance to watch a few episodes of the Simpsons, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and conveniently Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was playing on Go.

Anyway, I’m all well and good and I’m off to do some retail therapy with my sisters and mother at Birkenhead Point and then later to see Sash.

I’ve been experimenting with my hair styles (and not just my colour) lately and here is a ‘do that I find super handy.

Lately I’ve been practising my Victory Rolls and they’ve slowly slowly been getting much better. I always find that the one on the left turns out better than the one on the right but I’m sure I’ll perfect them both eventually. I find them very feminine and since most of your hair is pulled back there isn’t any hair in your face to annoy you.

(See! The one on left is far superior!)

This is my outfit for shopping today;

Blouse: St Vincent de Pauls in Surry Hills
Skirt: also St Vincent de Pauls in Surry Hills
Heels: St Vincent de Pauls in North Ryde

(Wow.. a lot of op-shopping!)

Vintage Dress Shopping!

My Mum has told me so many times that she keeps on driving past heaps of stores that sell vintage and retro clothes in Rozelle and that the next time we both have days off that we should go- and today was that day!

We went to St Vincent De Pauls where I bought

  • An aqua top with a rainbow collar and cuffs (in both a tee and in long sleeves)
  • A skirt and matching suit jacket
  • A white skirt that has adorable yellow love hearted print pockets
  • A black and white spotted 3/4 skirt
  • A thick tartan skirt from Scotland that is also 3/4

Then we went to another Op Shop across the road where I bought

  • A black patent evening bag

and finally we went to Mint Condition.

I swear I could have bought every thing in that store! Everything was in such great condition and not too overpriced. I tried on a 60s bathing suit that was freaking awesome and fit me perfectly but it was $120 and I have already bought my Seafolly bikini.  I ended up buying a lovely dress there from the 50s. I don’t have a picture of it yet but I’m sure I’ll find an excuse to wear it sometime soon.

Here is what I wore today to go shopping though!

Top: Review
Skirt: St Vincent De Pauls in Surry Hills
Petticoat: Made by my Mum
Shoes: Novo in Hornsby (Christmas present!)