Christmas Rockabilly Style

There are so many events to attend at Christmas time, do you find it hard to pick an outfit? Why not go for an outfit in a Christmas theme. There are some great rockabilly dresses available for Christmas.

Hell Bunny Nevara Dress

Hell Bunny Candy Dress

Hell Bunny Blitzen 50s Dress

Above Hell Bunny Christmas Dresses

Lindy Bop Bertha Deer Border Print Swing Dress

Lindy Bop Lovi Poinsettia Floral Swing Skirt

https://www.lindybop.com.au

Here are some of my Christmas Dresses / skirt:

The top one is the Hell Bunny Blitzen, the next I picked up in a Salvos store but it has no label, following is the Hell Bunny Nevara Dress, the next is my favourite Sourpuss Christmas Kewpie Dress and the bottom one I found in St Vinnies.

You can find other items like Christmas T-shirt’s, bags, badges, jumpers, and more to add to your own everyday outfits. This can add to your Christmas feel.

It just adds to the feeling of Christmas to wear a gorgeous Rockabilly Christmas Dresses. Do you wear Christmas dresses? Send me photos, I would love to see them.

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Purple Haze

I went to visit the historical town of Camden on the weekend. Camden is 65 kilometres south west of Sydney. The land originally belonged to the Gandangara Indigenous people.

Camden NSW

Explorers first visited the area in 1795 and named it Cowpastures, after a herd of cattle that had earlier disappeared were discovered there. In February 1805 Governor King took over 5000 acres and named his property Camden Park.

As Macarthur’s wool industry thrived, local citizens began pushing for the establishment of a town.

Camden has many old homes and buildings to admire. There are actually three heritage listings in Camden: Camden Post Office, Macquarie Grove and Nant Gwylan and garden.

Camden Post Office

If you visit Camden you need to see:

  • Macarthur Park
  • Camden Museum
  • Onslow Oval
  • Belgenny Reserve
  • Rotary Cowpasture Reserve
  • Kings Bush Reserve.

Check out https://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/visit-camden/explore for all the places to visit.

On the weekend there was the lighting of the town Christmas Tree and The Jacaranda Fair.

The streets were closed off and there were market and food stalls along the main street. There were also performances, rides and games for the kids, as well as a car show on the Sunday.

Camden has some great antique shops and a Lifeline Shop well worth checking out. I have to say, this Lifeline shop is one of my favourites and you can always find so many rare vintage and retro items at fantastic prices. I’ve been four times and I have always found some great rare finds!

Here are some of my purchases that I made.

I even found a Brownie Downing plate so I had to purchase it.

Part of the festival was to celebrate the stunning purple haze in Camden… the beautiful Jacaranda Trees that are along the streets.

A Jacaranda is a flowering plant native to Mexico, South America, Central America, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Bahamas. In Australia they are in full bloom in mid November. They have a stunning purple bloom.

Camden’s Jacaranda Tree

Camden is full of Jacaranda Trees! One story credits the town’s purple haze of trees to the Matron of Camden Hospital, who in the 1950s to ’60s would send each newborn home with a Jacaranda seedling. Isn’t that a wonderful historical story. I just love it!

Jacaranda trees are one of my favourites trees. I just love their bright purple colouring.

Have you ever visited Camden? Let me know what you thought of it. I would love to hear! I just love it! If you haven’t visited Camden then I would recommend that you do as it is a quiet vintage country town, not too far from Sydney.

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Chromefest 2018

On the last weekend of October, I attended Chromefest, held over 3 days at the Entrance.

On the Friday the Chromefest starts with the arrival of all the classic cars. There was over 400 show cars to admire and take photos. On Sunday there were also retro caravans displayed. Below are some of the photos that I took:

There was a retro market with a lot of stalls to make special purchases including: Blue Belle Vintage Clothing, Rainbows n Fairies, Plus Size Pin Up, Koolcarz T-shirt’s, Leo’s Vintage, Bread and Butter Vintage, to name a few. I made some cool purchases too!

Then there was the entertainment featured on two stages: DJ Jimmy D, Matchbox, The Hitmakers, Mr James Band, Midnight Drifters, The Hellcats 3, The Rattlesnakes, Jumpin’ Juke Box, The Lincoln’s, The Class of ’58, Itchy Fingers and Elvis tribute artists. There was also the Sydney Swing Katz performing the Charleston, Swing, Lindy Hop and Rock’n’Roll. They were enthusiastic and so professional!

There was a kids zone for kids to enjoy.

Vintage glam workshops were being held. A vintage glamour fashion parade was held that anyone could enter.

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There was also the annual Pin Up Australia Competition Finals.

Pinup Doll Finalists

This is a national pinup competition run by pinups for pinups. The pinups compete in 3 sections ‘Pinup by Beach’ celebrating The Entrance, ‘Pinup by Hotrod’ celebrating hot rods and ‘Pinup Star’ celebrating pinups through history. They also work for three months raising funds for ‘Share the Dignity’. ‘Share the Dignity’ gives sanitary products to homeless women and fights for domestic violence victims. Both are very worthwhile causes!

The whole Chromefest experience is really enjoyable and well worth attending. My husband and I absolutely loved the whole experience!

Have you been to Chromefest? Let me know what you thought, I would love to hear! I found it to be a fantastic weekend and I will be back next year. If you haven’t been then try to get to Chromefest 2019. Check it out at http://www.chromefest.org or Facebook.com/chromefest

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Tiki Safari

On Saturday, my friends and I went to the Tiki Safari held by Barfly Promotions, the makers of the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market

at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville.

The Factory Theatre Marrickville

It was a fantastic afternoon and night! The event is held annually at the Factory Theatre, however it was my first time. What a great place to hold an event, with three levels and an outdoor area!

At the Tiki Safari

There was some fantastic stalls, including Blue Belle Vintage Clothing, Heart Shaped House Vintage, Bred and Butter Vintage, Beyond the Sea Swimwear, Shramek Art and a Tiki mug stand.

I purchased some great items too: leopard capris, green ‘Dolores’ top, retro salt and pepper shaker, tribal doll and a few hair accessories.

And food stands, including Bovine and Swine Barbecue Co, which was delicious, or a chicken and chips stall.

Bovine & Swine Barbeque Co

There was fantastic performers, including DJ Andy Travers, Los Monaros, Hellcat III, Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dancers, DJ Rod Almighty, Pat Capocci, DJ Jay Katz , Rosa Maria and Thurston Howlers…. and you could not resist dancing along! It was fantastic live entertainment!!

Hellcat III

Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dancers

Roda Maria

Thurston Howlers

There was a Tiki Fashion Parade too, full of gorgeous retro tiki outfits.

Source credit: https://instagram.com/heartshapedhousevintage?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1cs0xz7aox1my

It was a fantastic event, and we will definitely be back next year. Can’t wait!! Have you ever been to the Tiki Safari or something similar? Let me know about you experience.

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The Secret to Women’s Exercise Routine in the 1950’s

You don’t need big bucks to get fit! Women in the 1950’s proved this. Women did not strive to go to the gym to stay fit like we do today, as they walked the kids to school, walked to supermarkets, carried heavy vacuums and other household appliances and many other manual tasks. With our modern technology, women in the 1950’s spent a lot more time on their feet compared to us. All these strenuous duties was one way to get fit!

A 50s woman working hard

Research actually suggests that the average 50’s woman would burn 1000 calories a day, where as the modern woman only burns on average, around 556.

Exercise in the 1950s

In 1953, the first televised program for women’s exercise began. It was nationally televised in 1959, called the Jack LaLanne Show. It mainly consisted of calisthenics.

The Jack LaLanne Exercise Show

In the 50’s a work out consisted of calisthenics, hula hooping, yoga, bike riding or dancing.

  1. Calisthenics

In the early 50’s, calisthenic exercises were published in books. Women would practice these exercises in their homes, often during the day, when alone. Later, classes began so women could attend them and meet friends. They became more popular due to Jack LaLanne’s TV Show.

In modern times, calisthenics is similar to what we call aerobics or pilates. Locate your closest gym and give an aerobics or pilates class a try. It is fun, energetic and a great socialising experience!

Calisthenics became popular in the 50s

2. Hula hooping is a great ab work out, and is really fun. Why not just pick up your kids hula hoop and give it a go, you’ll be surprised at how much fun it is!

Hula Hooping

3. Yoga is seen as a form of relaxation, toning the body, and increasing metabolism. Once control of the body has been completely mastered, the mind is ready for meditation. It was practiced at home, guided by a book.

Nowadays there a plenty of yoga studios you could try, and plenty of online yoga YouTube videos!

Yoga

4. Bike riding is great for exercising and is great for socialising! You could purchase a bicycle to ride around your town. Many councils have installed bicycle tracks around local communities. Alternatively, you could purchase an indoors exercise bike, or use one at your local gym. Exercise bikes still achieve great results, and are convenient in the comfort of your own home!

Bike Riding

5. Dancing in the 50’s was also great exercise… Be it rock ‘n’roll, swing, jitterbug, boogie-woogie or bop! All dancing is a great exercise and a great form of socialising. There are many schools today, that teach 50s dancing:

https://swingpatrol.com/

https://www.swingdancedownunder.org/schools/

https://www.allaboutswing.com.au/

http://simplyswing.com.au/

Try it out, you will love it! I have enrolled in classes to commence soon. I am so excited! I will tell you how I go.

Dancing in the 50s

Maybe we should take a few of these ideas from the 1950’s women and put them into practice in our modern busy lives. I love bike riding, yoga and I am about to learn some rock’n’roll dancing! More of that in my later blogs…

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Reference:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2176971/1950s-housewives-kept-slim-burning-calories-housework.html

Images: Reference photo, Cleaning image, yoga image from Woman’s World – M.A. White

Spring Cleaning – the 50s way

In the 1950’s, it was expected for a housewife to keep her house spotlessly clean and well managed.

She was also expected to keep the family well organised and cook meals at set times. It was her mission in life for the household to be well organised and everything cleaned regularly!

The cleaning routine would usually begin as soon the kids walked off to school.

Although expectations of women in society have changed (thank god!), some of their cleaning tips could still be relevant today…

To start spring cleaning here are some tips:

Firstly, put on your favourite 50’s music, a 50’s spring dress, an apron and begin!

1. Cleaning mirrors or windows –

  • Collect supplies in your cleaning caddy to easily move from window to window
  • Use a lint-free cloth to save heavy scrubbing
  • Moisten the cloth with methylated spirits in water
  • Use lengthwise strokes outside and crosswise strokes inside to see if you missed a spot
  • Polish with a dry duster

2. Washing curtains –

  • Simply wash in the washing machine
  • Hang out to dry in the sun

3. Cleaning blinds –

  • Hang blinds out on the clothesline
  • Wash with a hose, scrubbing at the same time
  • Leave them in the sun to dry

4. Cleaning the stove –

  • Newspaper is ideal for cleaning tops of stoves
  • Inside stove, remove all removable parts and clean in warm soapy water

5. Cleaning the refrigerator –

  • Defrost with a bowl of hot water placed in the fridge. Replace it each time it starts to get cold.
  • Clean the inside
  • Wipe over the exterior of the fridge with a cloth smeared in vanilla essence

6. Cleaning the sinks –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or warm flour for an added lustre
  • Wash your wooden cutting boards with hot water and vinegar to eliminate rawness
  • Use baking soda to unblock drains

7. Cleaning kitchen cupboards –

  • Remove all the items
  • Wash the inside and outside of the cupboard
  • Hang dried lavender in the kitchen to help make it smell lovely
  • Combine lemon juice and borax to remove rust from porcelain and ceramics
  • To remove rust and stains from stainless steel utensils, use a fine grain sand paper,  then rub with a slice of onion and rinse in hot water
  • Once the cupboard is dry, tidily place back all the utensils

8. Cleaning the shower curtain –

  • Take the shower curtain on to the lawn and scrub with a nail brush and warm soapy water
  • Hose it well
  • Allow the shower curtain to dry on the clothesline

9. Cleaning the toilet –

  • Wash with borax and water, then flush well. You can scrub any stains with lemon juice and borax

10. Cleaning the bath –

  • Smear wet soap powder over the bath, leave overnight and rinse well the next day
  • Vinegar or salt and lemon can remove stains
  • Wrap a bunch of eucalyptus around your shower head to keep shower head and bathroom smelling fresh

11. Cleaning the tiles –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or kerosene

12.  Cleaning brushes and combs –

  • Remove hair from brushes and combs
  • Soak in water with a few drops of ammonia

13. Cleaning the floors –

  • Remove all items and furniture
  • Mop bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Steel wool can be used for marks on lino floors

14. Polishing furniture –

  • Pour olive oil on a clean cloth and rub wooden furniture
  • Polish lightly with a dry lint-free cloth
  • Wicker furniture can be rubbed with vegetable oil to protect from cracking
  • For water rings, put a dry cloth over it and warm iron
  • If your books smell musty, sprinkle a little baking soda over it and leave to dry
  • Rub vanilla extract on light globes for a sweet swelling room

15. Cleaning the carpet –

  • Remove all items of the room & thoroughly vacuum
  • Stains can be removed with baking soda mixed in water

16. Cleaning the walls –

  • Remove all pictures and hangings and clean them
  • Clean walls with a duster
  • To remove mould from walls, spray area with undiluted white vinegar

17. Cleaning winter manchester –

  • Manchester must be washed and hung out to dry thoroughly
  • Fold in linen cupboard with a few drop of vanilla essence on a piece of fabric on each shelf

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All images from Woman’s World-  M.A. White

Home remedies can sometimes produce even better results than store-bought products! Hope you have a fun time trying these tips, and let me know how it all goes!

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Cherry Blossom Festival 🌸

The Cherry Blossom is the flower of the tree genus Prunus. The Japanese Cherry Blossom is called the Sakura. Along with the Chrysanthemum, the Cherry Blossom is considered the national flower of Japan.

Cherry Blossoms

Chrysanthemums

Hanami, also known as the Cherry Blossom festival, is the Japanese tradition of welcoming Spring. Many gather under the blossoming trees for food, drink, songs and socialising.

Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival

Many other countries also celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival and include a lot of the Japanese traditions.

In Sydney, The Auburn Botanical Gardens also holds the Cherry Blossom Festival. This year it was held from the 17th to 26th August. Certain days celebrate different aspects of the festival. However every day, the main attractions included the Cherry Blossom trail, the Zen Garden, the Peacock Gallery and the food market.

Above: Some of the lovely photos taken at the Cherry Blossom festival

If you get a chance to visit the Cherry Blossom Festival next time, then I would highly recommend it. They are gorgeous flowers and look really stunning when all the trees are in a row. It is also a great opportunity to take some stunning photos with a glamorous back drop.

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