The Extremely Belated Great Gatsby Post

Okay.  I’ll start off with an apology. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been updating here much – because I’ve actually got quite a few things I want to write about. I’m yet to blog about my 21st present that I bought, new items in my wardrobe and the fact that I’ve started a sewing course – but one the one thing I’ve totally neglected was an Old Hat gathering where we all went to see The Great Gatsby at The Ritz Cinema in Randwick back in May.

“Old Hat? Bella, you’ve truly lost the plot now. How can hats (especially old ones!) host a get together?!” you say.
Well, person-reading-this-blog, Old Hat is a group of people who gather every now and then and either just catch up (whilst looking fabulous) or attend events together (like The Great Gatsby) – all while looking like they’ve stepped out of another era. It’s not specific to a certain decade – although there is a definite 50s vibe in the air – you can wear anything you like!

Jesse and Tim from Like Johnny and June told me about the get together months before the event so I had plenty of time to find an outfit. I don’t know about your opinion, but for me the 1920s was only good for it’s architecture, accessories and dancing. Really short hairstyles stuck to your head and drop waisted dresses? I couldn’t think of anything worse. I don’t think I own anything that doesn’t come in at my waist (or if I do, it’s a 1960s shift and it’s fitted so you can still see my curvezz).

The trouble about dressing up for a 1920s party is that you can’t really wear something authentic. It’s either in excellent (and wearable) condition but costs in the $1000s OR it’s under $200 but it’s a see through slip. You’re then given the option of going to a fancy dress place and buying a $30 cheapo flapper dress that people wear to Hen’s Nights but after seeing previous outfits from the attendees of Old Hat gatherings, I knew a sequinned costume hire dress wasn’t going to cut it.

I went to Birkinghead Point with Jesse and we went into Alannah Hill – the place where I had my eye on a certain 1920s looking dress. I just needed Jesse’s opinion and approval. It is called the “Speak To My Heart Frock” in Charcoal. Originally the price was $429, down to $329, $149 and finally to $129. There was a further 20% off reduced items which means I actually bought it for $103.20! [Cue audience gasp here]

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I also bought a white hair piece from Alannah Hill called “Gently Floating Clip” in White. Original price was $29, down to $19 with the further 20% off and it was all mine for $15.20.

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Now, as for shoes I already owned a 1920/30s looking pair from a few years ago from Wittner. They did a vintage inspired range and I just HAD to buy a pair. They’re a bit banged up now and I actually need to get them re-heeled but they did the trick for the Great Gatsby night.

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Now, here’s the final outfit all together!

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I wore a fur shawl that night because it was FREEZING and all my other jackets were way too 50s and were waisted. But, you know, beauty is pain sometimes and I rather be as authentic as possible than be warm.

Here is a hilariously rushed photo of Tim, Jesse and I taken in the last 15 seconds before they had to leave.

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and here are all the photos taken by Tim and Jesse that I have shamelessly taken straight from their blogpost about the night. You can check out their view on the night by clicking riiiiight here. In fact, please do check out their blog because they are the most friendliest and fashionable couple I’ve ever met in my entire life. Ever.

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Top: Jade, Harvey
Bottom: Katie, Regan, Jesse, Tim, Me, Sash, Eloise.

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Anywho! I had an excellent night and we went to an EXCELLENT cake cafe afterwards where you buy your piece of cake by the kilogram!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS I didn’t like the film. I liked the costumes, set and makeup… but I hated the music choices, felt Lana Del Ray’s song was played waaaay too many times and if Leonardo Di Caprio said “Old Sport” one more time I was actually going to punch the movie screen.

I promise I’ll write about more things ASAP!

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…

Christmas 2012!

Hello and Happy (super belated) New Year and hope you had a (even more belated) Merry Christmas!

This year the whole Santa thing kind of went like this – I’d buy myself a present worth $50 or under and tell my family they bought me something. It’s then wrapped up and I act surprised when it’s Christmas day. This way they don’t need to worry about if I’m going to like it and I don’t need to secretly return it –  everyone wins.

Anywho, I’ll begin with my Christmas Day Dress – made by my lovely friend Krystle from a dress pattern in a 1957 copy of Woman’s Weekly. She made it in 2 days (for my work Christmas Party) and it seriously fits me like a glove. I chose the fabric and the buttons from a little fabric store in Hornsby and all up it cost about $40 to make.

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Now, onto the presents that I bought myself Santa gave me.
– 2 pairs of high waisted capri pants by Revival in Dangerfield

checkered togetherThe ‘County Fair Capri’ in Blue – click here to buy online

leopard togetherThe ‘Trailor Park’ Capri – click here to buy online

– a new daily planner by Kikki-K  (It came with stickers! STICKERS I TELL YOU!)

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The ‘Sweet’ A5 Weekly Diary – click here to buy online

– A versatile black bag that’s big enough for my daily planner, pens, makeup,
30 Rock dvds, car keys, donuts, bottle of water etc

kayleebagThe “Kaylee Bag” by Review – click here to buy online

– a new nightie

Remember back in May when I posted about how much I loved Prada’s pastel retro Americana themed season but how it cost heeeeaps of money?
Well, a chain store finally copied them! Peter Alexander released a vintage car themed pastel collection a month or two ago but I didn’t reeeally need to spent $80 on pajamas. It turns out that  Best and Less (an even lower chain store) has copied Peter Alexander and brought out this nightie! My mum surprised me with this one on Christmas Day. Apparently it only cost something like $15!
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(here’s a photo from the Prada range below just in case you forgot)
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I received a few other gifts here and there but my favourite one was a sapphire ring from my lovely boyfriend Saca 😀

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Here is a photo of us on Christmas Day!

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Until my next purchase/event,

Bella!

Miss Pinup Australia 2013!

Remember in March how I posted about that awkward moment when I got all dolled up with my mum and went to the Grand Finals of the Miss Pin Up Australia competition without a ticket? and how I said if I was confident enough next year that I’d enter?

Well…. I entered last night with 17 minutes to spare until the deadline! Phew!

I entered these two photos taken by Benjamin Fraser back in March

and then this one I took (actually, also in March). Wow, March was the time to take photos, huh?

To vote for me in the Miss Perfect Pinup category in the Miss Pinup Australia 2013 competition

  Click here!

It takes two minutes! Just your name and your email address 😉

Please vote for me 🙂

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.

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.

Who said film sets couldn’t be fashionable?

Apologises for not being very active on this blog lately but I’ve been running around on film sets practically all semester break. As you may know by now I’m in my third and final year studying a Bachelor of Digital Television and Film at JMC Academy in Surry Hills. For the whole of first semester this year our class has been in the Pre Production stage of all our projects and planned on shooting it either in the semester break or early in semester two. I’m producing a short film written by Kim McCreanor called T.O.M – a story of a quirky teen (Thorn Octavius Mayberry) who falls in love with his next door neighbour and follows all the wrong advice on how to win her affection. We filmed T.O.M for 4 days and then I was the 1st Assistant Director for my fellow classmate Hayden Anderson’s production called Honeytrap for a few  days.

I usually parade the hallways of JMC in full skirts and stockings but they really have no place on a film set. When I was the Sound Attachment for Season 2’s Dance Academy for the ABC we all wore the same type of clothing; a tee shirt and zip jacket, cargo shorts and comfortable shoes.
Here’s a photo of Past Bella on a shoot day back in March 2011;

So basically I’ve decided to be at least quasi-fashionable while on film sets. Here’s a few screencaps/photos of what I’ve come up with;

There are a few more shoot days but there wasn’t much of me in the frame so I couldn’t get a decent screen cap from the footage!

On Tuesday the  17th I was on Hayden’s shoot at the Silverbean Cafe on Enmore Road, Enmore. It’s filled with magnificent vintage western decor and they serve a delicious burrito! I met both of the owners  (George Reiterbauer and Lowan Nyols) and they were super friendly througout the day!
Below is a photo of George and I and his shiny vintage Chevrolet!

and here is photo of me taken by Hayden : )

Click play on the video below for a quick montage of the different takes on T.O.M! Enjoy!

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