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Retro Advertising……. try not to laugh!

You have to admit that today’s advertising has changed so much when compared to decades earlier. Some retro advertising will make you laugh, some will shock you, some condones violence and some are so sexist. Women really were advertised as second rate citizens and if you didn’t meet the standard or were ageing, they promoted negative thoughts in your mind.

Beauty

Lets start on the beauty advertisements.

These are quite funny. Washing away fat or middle age skin… we know that’s not likely. Also the promotion of putting on extra weight to get men is crazy! How about being happy with who you are. These double standards are ridiculous, yet it’s funny that this is still present in modern society. Celebrities are constantly shamed for being too fat or skinny… I guess some things don’t change!

Health

Then there was the heath advertising …


These are hilarious, don’t you think? First a nurse offering coke, not likely now since we all know the sugar content is so high! Taking bile beans makes you feel better and then you love your child. That’s ridiculous! Doctors advising to smoke cigarettes and pregnant women craving cigarettes….. I definitely don’t think so! What about the infra red light…. now that is definitely not a good idea.


Gift Ideas

Next let’s look at gift advertising!

I can’t believe the one to give your child a revolver. Wow! Let alone any member of the family. I adore retro Gay ware and would love it as a present (even though I have completed my collection) but advertisements back then were aimed at presents to make a good housewife. And Ronald Regan giving the gift of a carton of cigarettes wouldn’t be done today as the government media are supposed to encourage people to give-up.

Sexist

Next let’s look at the shockers that I think can be classified as sexist advertising!

These are unbelievable, right!? The one with the husband spanking his wife over her knee…. well doesn’t that just encourage abuse! Put your child in a corset to restrict her body from growing or she will not be beautiful….really?! So many advertisements outlined how women’s bodies had to be! We are all beautiful and don’t have to fit into one body type, which is what makes us all unique. Advertisements promoted women to achieve ridiculous standards in order to keep their husbands happy… The amount of sexism in these advertisements was so obvious! Seeing these, it is evident how much our advertisements and media industry have evolved.

Did you find these funny and some shocking? What retro advertisements have you seen? Send me photos and your thoughts. I would love to see them.

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Ridiculously Retro xx
Photos taken from Instagram & Pinterest

Who Loves Bettie Page Style Bangs?

Bettie Mae Page was a 50s icon. She was an American model and gained a significant profile as a 1950s pin up girl at a time when sexuality was repressed. Bettie appeared in many Burlesque films. She appeared as a centerfold in the January 1955 Playboy, one of the earliest, and soon shot to stardom and was on the walls in many male dominated areas. Bettie was a curvaceous lady with dark hair and blue eyes, but it was her short bangs that remained her trade mark. These bangs influenced hairstyles for generations. She remains a pop icon to today.


Betty Page with her Iconic Bangs
Image: http://www.bettiepage.com

I have always liked the short rockabilly bangs but I was not too sure it would suit me, as I have such a big face! My friend, who is a hairdresser, told me that they wouldn’t sit right as I have a cowlick in my fringe. But I had to finally try it…. So I did!

My new Bettie Page bangs

And I love it!! Though I have very thin hair, I could still achieve the look. You can also purchase clip on bangs to add to the thickness (though I have not tried these)

They are really easy to look after too. After you wash your hair, you just blow dry them with a rolling brush. To stop my cowlick lifting my fringe, I just wear a clip in my fringe to help keep it down on the first night after washing. It usually lasts until the next wash but if it flattens after sleeping or after the gym then you can just spray the roots of your fringe with dry shampoo, and rub into the roots. This will give you a messy look! Then you use a fine tooth comb through the bangs. Grab your curling iron or a round brush and curl back around. They should be in a straight line and voilΓ !… Your bangs are ready!!!

Curling Brushes
Image: coolblades.co.uk


Curling Wand
Image: itzallabouthair.com.au

So if you have the urge for Bettie Page bangs, go for it! Just like I did. Take the plunge!! Send me photos. I would love to see them!

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Ridiculously Retro Xx

Great Places to Shop for Retro

I have undertaken some research and found the below 100 suggestions for places to shop for vintage items!

Image of vintage shopping

 
Below are some of my suggestions and in brackets I have added what type of items that they sell.  

  1. Addvintage Parramatta (furniture)
  2. Bowerbird Vintage Kogarah Marrickville & Parramatta (homewares and furniture)
  3. Antique General Store North Narrabeen
  4. Antonio Ruggerino Galleria (posters) Bondi
  5. Appostlebird North Manly (assorted collectables)
  6. Bay Street Vintage Paddington (Fashion and homewares)
  7. Bay Vintage Southern Antiques Centre Kogarah (antiques)
  8. Blue Spinach Darlinghurst (fashion)
  9. Blue Works Surry hills (fashion)
  10. Boogie Bop Dames Sydney (hair makeup pinup photos)
  11. Branch 3D Forest Lodge Sydney (ceramics)
  12. Carousel Interviews Meadow Bank (interiors)
  13. Chiltons Cronulla (jewellery)
  14. Collectika Enmore (furniture)
  15. Creative Vintage Centre Alexandra (clothes & furniture)
  16. Cream on King Street Newtown (fashion)
  17. Cream on Crown Street Surry hills (fashion)
  18. Cs Flashback Paddington (fashion)
  19. C’s Flashback Surry hills (Darlinghurst) (fashion)
  20. Deco Diva Potts Point (art deco collectables)
  21. Dolly Up Emporium Surry Hills (clothing)
  22. Dolly Up Redfern (fashion)
  23. Down To Earth Mitchell Road (clothing & collectables
  24. Eclectic Find Narabeen (interiors)
  25. Eleanor Keene Sydney (clothing)
  26. Envision 54 Newtown (furniture)
  27. Eva’s Vintage Annandale (clothing)
  28. Fabrique Vintage Darlinghurst (fashion)
  29. Forever Vintage Five Dock (clothing)
  30. Graham & Graham Designs Redfern (ceramics & homewares)
  31. Grandfathers Axe Alexandra (furniture)
  32. Grandmas Surry Hills (fashion)
  33. Halchemy Design Glebe (antiques)
  34. Harlequin Market Double Bay (jewellery)
  35. Holy Kitsch Sydney (collectables)
  36. Juliets Balcony Dulwich Hill Sydney (furniture)
  37. Leona Edmiston Vintage Boutique Double Bay (fashion)
  38. Lunatiques Vintage Collectables Alexandria (furniture)
  39. Miss Browns Vintage Alexandria (furniture)
  40. Miss Browns Vintage Surry Hills (clothing)
  41. Mitchell Road Antiques Alexandria (antiques)
  42. Montague & Mabel St Peters Furniture
  43. Mulberry Street Vintage Newtown (clothing)
  44. Nikky Bs Milton (fashion & homewares)
  45. Ninas Vintage Closet Newtown (clothing)
  46. Orient House Glebe (antique Chinese furniture)
  47. Porcelain Pinup Parramatta (pinup classes)
  48. Potts Point Vintage (fashion)
  49. Queen Justin Vintage Redfern (fashion)
  50. Recycology Alexandria (clothing)
  51. Red Square Studio Mitchell Road Antiques (furniture)
  52. Reebonz Vintage Sydney (accessories)
  53. Retro a Go Go Sydney (clothing)
  54. Retro Dames Hills District & Sydney Metro (beauty)
  55. Retro on Regent Redfern (ceramics & furniture)
  56. Retrospec’d Clothing
  57. Retro Spectrum Petersham Sydney (clothing & furniture)
  58. Retro Village Rozelle Sydney (clothing & homewares)
  59. Reuze Vintage Paddington
  60. Reverse Garbage Marrickville (furniture & homewares)
  61. Robins Nest Vintage Miranda (furniture & fashion)
  62. Route 66 Darlinghurst (fashion)
  63. Rudi Rocket Redfern (furniture)
  64. Salvation Army Stores many suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  65. Sammy & Sid Manly (fashion)
  66. Scrag’s House of Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  67. Sherbert Birdie Saint Peters (pinup studio)
  68. Stealth Photography Won’t Age & pinup studio Sydney (pinup studio)
  69. Studio M Alexandria (pinup studio)
  70. Sydney Vintage Bike Online Store (bikes)
  71. Sydney Vintage Watches Sydney (watches)
  72. Tangerine & Teal Brookvale (furniture)
  73. The Itchy Kitty Newtown (clothing & homewares)
  74. The Collective Ensemble Newtown (fashion)
  75. The Leopard Lounge Newtown (vintage hairdresser)
  76. The Sleeveless Society Waverley (clothing)
  77. Three 5 Nine King Newtown (fashion)
  78. The Vintage Clothing Shop St James St Arcade Sydney (clothing)
  79. The Vintage Drawer Sydney (clothing)
  80. The Vintage Record Annandale (records)
  81. The Vintage Way Sydney & Central Coast (styling accessories)
  82. Trash and Treasure Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  83. Two Old Souls Manly Vale (furniture)
  84. Urban Rustic Newtown (ceramics & furniture)
  85. Usedabbussed Vintage Designer Department Store Cremmorne (clothing & homewares)
  86. U turn Recycled Fashion Bondi (fashion)
  87. U turn Recycled Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  88. Vampt Vintage Design Brookvale & Surrey Hills (furniture)
  89. Vera Rose Collectables Kogarah (ceramics & furniture)
  90. Vinnies Many Suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  91. Vintage and Antique Fairs at various locations (assorted items)
  92. Vintage Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  93. Vintage 585 Sydney (collectables)
  94. Vintage Allsorts Sydney (styling agent)
  95. Vintage Fashion Emporium Surry Hills (fashion)
  96. Vintage Luggage Company Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  97. Vintage Times Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  98. Your one Stop Pinup Shop Campbelltown (fashion)
  99. Waverley Antique Bazaar (Collectables)
  100. Zoo emporium Darlinghurst (fashion)

    Standing outside Nikki B’s at Milton

Now I haven’t managed to go to all the above shops, but I have been to a few of them and they are great retro shopping! I hope this list helps you to make some choices about the places that you might like to shop. 

Lady enjoying the choices at Vintage Shopping

 
I love the many choices and variety of rare items that you can find in these shops and I am always curious about the history of the item and try to research information on the items. 

What are your favourite retro or vintage shops? Let me know your favourites, can’t wait to hear about them!

Images: Women’s World

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Ridiculously Retro  xx


Work Wear Retro Style

Clothes for work can be retro, stylish and professional. Here are some of the outfits that I have been wearing to work.

Left: Green jumper with black pinafore, matching green flower, opaque stockings & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Red overcoat, Dangerfield cherry Jumper, black rockabilly Skirt, opaque Stockings & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Navy Jumper, nautical skirt, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Black peplum top, black & white polka-dot skirt purchased from Nikky B’s, black hair flower, Wheels and Dollbaby cardigan & black loafers


Left: Vintage houndstooth overcoat, vintage houndstooth skirt, red Jumper, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Dangerfield cardigan, black pencil skirt, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Dangerfield swan dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat, Natasha Marie flower hair clip, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Vintage zebra print overcoat, Danni Minogue jumpsuit & Doc Martens.


Left: Black jumper, Dangerfield flamingo Skirt, white flower head band & loafers. Right: Noni B chain jacket, green turtleneck, green flower, black pinafore, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Hell Bunny “Lacey Swallow” 50s Skirt, black jumper, black double rose hair clip. Right: Black & white polka-dot dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat & Tuk kitty Mary Jane shoes.


Left: Dangerfield button front corduroy dress, green turtleneck, green flower hair clip, black opaque tights & black gogo boots. Right: Vintage crimplene overcoat, Dangerfield navy slip dress, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Dangerfield slip dress, black turtleneck, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Dangerfield pink circle dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat, pink flower hair clip, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Banned Apparel “Doll” skirt, orange T-shirt & orange hair flowers. Right: Rockabilly flamingo skirt, Dangerfield turquoise cardigan, turquoise hair flower & Jean Paul Gaultier denim jacket


Left: Vintage crimplene pink dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat, pink flower hair clip, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Black pinafore, red jumper, red hair flower, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


I use a vintage beauty case as my briefcase for work. It adds to my retro look, plus it is handy as there is plenty of room.

 

I like to mix and match vintage items with retro items and labels such as Hell Bunny, Dangerfield, Princess Highway, Revival, Banned Apparel, Sourpuss, Wheels and Dollbaby, Voodoo Vixen, Natasha Marie Clothing, Kitten D’Amour, etc. In vintage items, I love the look of Crimpelene outfits, especially for work. They never need ironing and they are quite warm for winter.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my outfits. Send me photos of your retro work outfits. I look forward to seeing them.

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Ridiculously Retro  xx

How to Make Vintage Shower Caps

I love the look of vintage shower caps! And they are really easy to make. I will show you how!

Vintage style cherry print shower cap

Vintage style leopard print shower cap


WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Fabric
  • Circle template (large enough for shower cap), you can use anything! I used a serving plate.
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine

STEPS:

  1. Select the fabric of your choice. It should be water proof (if not you will need to also use waterproof backing material inside the shower cap) You can use curtain backing which is obtainable from any fabric store!
  2. Place your material on a hard surface and use your large round template, like I have used the serving plate, to trace the circle on the fabric. The circle needs to be a bigger width than the circumference of your head.

    Large circle shape to trace on material

  3. Cut out the material.

    Cut the fabric into a circle

  4. Next, you either hem the circle material or use ribbon to sew around the hem for a decorative edging!

    Hem the circle

  5. Cut the elastic slightly smaller than your head width. Sew the elastic to the wrong side of the fabric, 5cm from the edge. This will allow a frill to form at the bottom edge. You can pin it prior to sewing it to make sure you get it right around the circle. (As you sew or pin the elastic, pull the elastic slightly to make sure it can be sewn into a full circle and give a slight gathered appearance) 

    Elastic cut slightly smaller than head width

    See the elastic to the material 5cm from edge

  6. Now you can wear your shower cap. Enjoy!!

    Your shower cap is ready for use


A different way to use your shower caps, is to make fabric jar covers for different bottles and containers in your kitchen! Follow all the same steps, just use a smaller circle template.

Fabric jar covers

These are both simple projects that are quick and easy to make. You can make these for gifts. Enjoy making them!! Send me photos of your finished products. I look forward to seeing them!

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Ridiculously Retro  xx

Decorating a Vintage Dressing Table

If you can get your hands on old vintage dressing table it is an item you will adore.

This is my vintage dressing table handed down by my mother to me, I had to get one of the mirror panels replaced as it had a chip and they did the bevelled edge to suit  the others.

Vintage Dressing Tables come in a variety of styles.

This image was taken from google images. It features a 1970s style dressing table.

You can find plenty of dressing tables at charity stores and garage sales to suit your decor and your style.

You can also decorate or find a chair to suit your style and the style of your vintage dressing table.

I have painted this chair in a grey and recovered the seat with a Marilyn Monroe fabric from Spotlight


You can find these chairs at charity stores and garage sales! I will do a future blog on how to decorate chairs and lounges soon.

Then you can put add your vintage items to decorate the dressing table to add to your vintage look.

 

This a vintage hair dryer that I found at a garage sale years ago

This is a vintage vanity bag that was purchased from Recycology at the Vintage section of the Sydney Stitches and Craft Show. I filled it with a vintage hand mirror and brush, and some essential hair products to get that retro look

 

There are so many items that you can add to your dressing table. I love the look of the old hair brush sets. Some gems are even hand embroidered. My next items to add to the dressing table are some vintage perfume bottles.

 Enjoy looking for the perfect vintage dressing table, chair and items to decorate the dressing table. Send me photos of your dressing table. Looking forward to seeing them.

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Ridiculously Retro   xx