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I was so excited on Friday night, I had the opportunity to go see Culture Club in concert! Having grown up loving Culture Club, but never having the chance to go see them, I had always wanted to see them!!

Culture Club

Culture Club originally toured Australia in 1984 at the hype of their success. Unfortunately, I was too young to go. They toured again in 2016 but the timing wasn’t right for me. But this year I was finally able to see them. My daughter and I both went, at the ICC in Sydney.

On our way to see Culture Club – left: Lindy Bop dress, Hell Bunny bag & Hot Chocolate platform shoes – right: Revival cherry dress & vintage shoes, bag and beret

The support acts included the ’80s band Eurogliders…

The Eurogliders

Following were the Thompson Twins, who I absolutely adore, to perform. Although it only consisted of the singer, Tom Bailey and his new female backing group, they performed all the classic old hits!

Thompson Twins

Next was Culture Club! Boy George is a real showman! He performs excellently and in between songs he would engage the audience, giving background info on all the songs & joking a lot!

Tour Poster

They played a few new songs from their new album coming out soon, mixed with all the old favourites including Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, Victims, Karma Chameleon, Its a Miracle, Time and Church of The Poison Mind, as well as others.

Images at the concert

Boy George did 3 fabulous outfits for the night. He is such an original dresser with a funky style and always colour coordinated.. which I totally love!! He is equally as stylish and talented.

Three different outfit changes

As well as their own songs, Culture Club covered other hits like Prince’s Purple Rain and T Rex’s Bang a Gong. It was a fantastic show and you couldn’t help but sing along and dance!

Boy George performing

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Have you had the opportunity to see Culture Club? If you have, tell me what you thought. If you haven’t and your a fan, then it is a must to see them. You will LOVE it!!

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Get Crafty on a Vintage Suitcase

My daughter wanted to store her craft and sewing in a box, so I suggested we decoupage a large vintage suitcase with pictures that are inspirational to her.

Here are the steps to decoupaging a vintage suitcase.

What you will need:

  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Vintage suitcase
  • Small paint brush
  • Clear paint spray or decoupage clear gloss

1. Pick your item

First you need to pick which vintage suitcase you want to use. Pick one that closes up securely and is big enough for all your items.

Above: The vintage suitcase we chose to use

2. Cut out your pictures

Get some of your favourite magazines and cut out some inspirational pictures. You can also download images, use newspaper, music sheets, concert tickets, photos, children’s drawings, or any paper items. The possibilities are endless!!

Trim each picture to not overlap. Then set them out on your suitcase as to what looks the most aesthetically pleasing for you!

Above: magazines to use to cut out pictures

Above: cut out inspirational pictures

3. Glue your pictures

Use a strong craft glue and stick your pictures on. With a small paint brush, spread the glue out evenly on the back of the picture. Glue the images where you prefer, as you can see I preferred to cover all sides of my suitcase!

Above: one side of suitcase

Above: Other side of vintage suitcase

4. Drying Time

I prefer to leave it a few days to dry completely. Each day check that there are no pictures lifting off or peeling at the edges.Ensure to glue any flapping edges back on.

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5. Finishes

The suitcase is completely dry and you are happy with the look… NOW you can finish the project! Give the suitcase either a clear coat of spray paint or enamel. You will need to do a few coats to protect your images and leave the relevant amount of drying time between each coat. The more layers that you spray on your suitcase, the better the suitcase finish will be. Another option is to cover it with decoupage clear gloss if you prefer a thick glass coating. Then you will need to leave it a few days again.

Image above: finished product

The above process can be followed to decoupage any item.

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Have you ever decoupage a product? Send me photos, I would love to see them!

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Bag a Barsony

My latest obsession is with the Barsony Lamp. I love the look of the lady figurine and the shades are gorgeous!

Above: Barsony lamp

Below: a Barsony lamp collection

I’m about to purchase my first Barsony lamp!

Barsony Ceramics was an Australian company in production from the 1950’s to 2005. They boomed in popularity from the 1950s to mid ’70s. The company was founded by couple George and Jean Barsony. George was a sculptor from Hungary who arrived in Australia in 1949. Shortly after his arrival, he met his English wife Jean who had also recently arrived in Australia, and worked in a Sydney pottery. Together they started their company that produced ceramic items including ashtrays, figurines, wall plaques and lamps recognisable by their signature matte black finishes. Barsony Ceramics were best-known and most loved for their black lady lamps. With such increased popularity, Barsony were in production for a period for 24-hours a day. No joke!

Above: Ballerina lady lamp 

Barsony lamps can be found mostly on eBay or Etsy. However you could be lucky enough to stumble upon one at a garage sale, vintage shop or  market! Through my research, I’ve seen they can range in price from $150 to $1200, depending on the rarity. With some shopping around, you can hopefully purchase one at a good price.

An interesting feature of the Barsony lamp is that the shade is made of plastic ribbons. The shades are the first to deteriorate due to their plastic material, so to find one in mint condition is a fantastic find! The shades can be very expensive to purchase and range in price from $50 to $250.

I love the unique look of the Barsony lamp. They are such a stand out piece that can be blended with any decor style!

I have just managed to purchase my first Barsony lamp which I purchased through eBay! I am very excited for it to arrive….

Above: the style of my purchase! 

Do you have a Barsony Lamp that you love? Send me photos, I would love to see them.

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Spooky Celebration👻

Last weekend Doughbox Diner held a 50s Halloween with staff & diners dressing up in scary Halloween outfits.

Above: Doughbox Diner Instagram

The diner was decorated extra special for Halloween and it had a special mix of 1950s Halloween music. The whole atmosphere was so enjoyable!! Each table also had spiderweb tablecloths.

Above: the Diner’s decorations

To compliment the Diner’s decorations, the staff members were dressed fantastically spooky in their Halloween costumes! They all looked so excellent!! Anyone who attended the restaurant over the weekend and was dressed up for Halloween, were given a discount on their meals. You were even welcome to go there to trick or treat.

Above: Friends with a diner worker

They also had spooky meal specials to indulge in over the weekend. They were handing out ‘blood red’ cordial syringes, chocolate ‘eye balls,’ and drinks that bubbled like a ‘witches brew’.

The whole night was a really enjoyable experience!

On Halloween night I went to the Drive-In’s for a special screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Above: Rocky Horror

I adore this movie and the night was a great experience! People dressed up and decorated their cars. It was so much fun to see such a classic movie with a cult following at the drive-in’s!

Above: cars decorated at the drive in

What did you do for Halloween? Let me know, I would love to hear about it.

I hope you had a very Spooky Halloween!!👻☠️🎃💀🕷

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Tongan Weddings

In a Tongan life, families are paramount with each member playing a defined role. Women have a higher social standing with some authority over other male family members. They are a traditional culture and are enthusiastic about their traditions!

This week I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a traditional Tongan wedding as my good friend invited me to her sons wedding. It was celebrated over Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

A Tongan Wedding celebration involves

  1. Celebration before Wedding – Fakalelea
  2. The Wedding Day – Ma’utohi
  3. The First Sunday – ‘Uluaki Sapate

Thursday

On Thursday we attended the pre-wedding party: the celebration before the wedding. The families and friends come together to show happiness that they are going to get married.

My outfit for the Fakalelea: ChicStar nautical dress, Dangerfield handbag & TUK black & white polka dot heels.

This involves a ceremony spoken in Tongan. The women dance with some wearing ta’ovala, a woven mat worn around the waist. The ceremony includes a lot of singing and dancing with both families bringing quilts, baked goods and hampers of food. These items are also presented to people attending. A pig is also traditionally given from the groom’s family to the bride’s.

Tongan dancing and the presentation of gifts 

The Bride and Groom

I was given a gorgeous purple quilt, a hamper and two cakes. They are very generous people and their community and traditions are warm and inviting. They were all so friendly! The whole ceremony was very enjoyable and I couldn’t help but join in the festivities.

Saturday

This is the big day where the couple are united in a beautiful wedding ceremony.

My outfit for the wedding day – Hot Chocolate platform shoes, Dangerfield handbag, black shift dress & Leona Edmiston coat

The Wedding Day is an extravagant affair. The ceremony consists of the 15 groomsmen, 15 bridesmaids, 2 page boys and 6 flower girls, and the bride and groom.

The Bride and Groom in modern more westernised attire

The Bridal Party

The ceremony was beautiful. Though it was spoken in Tongan & I did not understand the words, it was still really interesting and captivating. When the Tongan people sing they are so harmonised, it is stunning!  The couples then sign papers and the ceremony comes to an end.

Some of the guests wear a ta’ovala, the Tongan mat, while others wear a kiekie, an ornamental girdle around the waist. Both are worn as a sign of respect to the newly married couple.

Guests wearing a ta’ovala

Kiekie worn at special occasions

The whole bridal party outside the church

The limo for the bridal party

The Bride and Groom in their car leaving the church

The Reception

The reception had 1000 people attend. Yes, that’s right… 1000! I have never been to such a huge reception. Seated at the head table were the bride, groom and the community elders. Then the two side tables seated the parents and the bridal party.

The reception centre

The food was glorious and the Tongan music was so enjoyable!

My friends and I at the reception

The wedding cake was extravagant. I have never seen anything like it.

The wedding cake

Extra cakes at the wedding

The reception consisted of speeches, gift giving, dancing, and a lot of food. Some dancers were lathered in oil in which guests placed money on them, either for the dancer or used as a fundraiser.Traditionally, the Bride’s family give traditionally woven mats to the groom’s mum, and then reciprocated for the bride’s mum. This is undertaken throughout the ceremony. Some mats may cost up to $20,000. They are kept under the mothers bed and brought out for other formal occasions.

Sunday

The 1st Sunday after the wedding day there is another celebration.

My outfit for the Sunday celebrations –  vintage Spanish-inspired dress purchased at Bondi U-turn, Hot Chocolate platform shoes

This commenced with a 2 hour church ceremony. Once again, the reception was spoken in Tongan, accompanied by loud singing & spectacular harmonising!

The married couple with myself and friends

Following this, was a huge feast at the hall consisting of plenty of snacking food and a total of 60 pigs! There were many stories told from different speakers and many prayers spoken. Any remaining food was packed up by guests and taken home.

The reception after church

There was a head table at the reception that consisted of the bride, groom and the community elders. Some Tongans sat in front of the head table wearing the traditional Tongan mats.

The Tongans are a very traditional community, with guests treated in a welcoming and friendly manner. I really enjoyed the three days of celebration! It was such an interesting and fun experience to be involved in a totally different culture and understanding their rituals and traditions!

Have you been to another cultures wedding? Send me messages of your experience, I would love to hear about it.

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Trick or Treat

Halloween is celebrated in a number of countries on the 31st October. It is a time in the liturgical year that we remember those that have departed, also known as All Saints Day, a time of both celebration and superstition.

Image: some of my decorations

Halloween was believed to originate with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This is where people would light bonfires to ward off ghosts.

Image: Samhain bonfire

Halloween is one of Americas favourite holidays and has evolved into a child friendly, community-based event. Popular traditions include scary house decorations and families dressing in costumes to roam the neighbourhood to trick or treat.

Image: Trick or Treating

America’s tradition of ‘trick or treating’ is believed to have come from early England’s All Souls Day parades where poor citizens begged for food, and were given soul cakes in return to pray for the families dead relatives. This replaced the tradition of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits.

Image: soulcakes

In Ireland, they believe that a young woman should hide her ring in mash potatoes on Halloween night to bring true love from the diner who found it.

Image: Irish girls learning to cook

In Scotland, fortune tellers recommend that a single woman should name a hazelnut for each of her suitors, then toss it in the fireplace. The nut that burns to ashes rather than exploding will be her future husband.

Image: Scottish Fortune Teller

The tradition of dressing up for Halloween comes from European and Celtic times. Winter was cold and nights appeared early, and spirits were believed to roam the streets. People believed if they left their homes wearing masks the spirits would not recognise or attack them. Also, to stop ghosts entering their house they would put bowls of food outside.

Image: Celtic Halloween mask wearing

Today, Halloween in celebrated by people dressing up and going trick or treating, making jack-o’-lanterns, decorating their house with scary objects, lighting bonfires, celebrating at parties or visiting haunted attractions.

Image: House decorated for Halloween

Australia is getting bigger each year with celebrating Halloween with more kids now trick or treating, more parties & celebrations and more people decorating their homes. I have been decorating my house for many years now, since my daughter was young and I have hosted a few Halloween parties! I also like to dress up on the day. Many of my favourite labels have been releasing new shirts, skirts, dresses and brooches each year

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Images from top to bottom:

1. shop.dangerfield.com.au – silver web dress

2. sourpussclothing.com – Vixen Ben Cooper striped monster mask swing skirt

3. sourpussclothing.com – Vixen Ben Cooper sweetheart trick or treat dress

4. hellbunny.com – Harlow 50s dress

5. hellbunny.com – Haunt 50s dress

Do you celebrate Halloween? Send me photos of your outfits and decorated homes. I would love to see them.

Image: my Happy Halloween sign

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Romeo, Romeo – Where for art thou Romeo

Growing up with a famous name, Juliette, comes with a lot of ridicule. For every new person I meet I am always asked the same question, “Where is Romeo?” or “Who is your Romeo?” I have to let out the usual giggle (like I have never heard that one before lol) but everyone says it. You have to be polite. And they always think they are the first to say it and that they are very humorous but it is a joke that you live with all your life.

Even new teachers at school, found it necessary to taunt me with that joke in front of the whole class. Which meant at lunch time the topic of conversation amongst my friends was: who is my Romeo? And constantly telling boys they were my Romeo.

When you have a boyfriend or husband they were also part of the joke. “You should change your name to Romeo”. Or else my husband just gets nicknamed Romeo. He is use to it now and also lets out the same laugh like it is the first time he has heard that joke.

But don’t get me wrong, I love my name. I like it’s originality, and I have only met one other Juliet! I also love the fact my name is French and that it has romantic connotations. It is a beautiful sounding name and the name means little angel.

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William Shakespeare’s novel Romeo and Juliet

I have always loved the Shakespeare novel, Romeo and Juliet, being a true romantic just adds to my love of the novel.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare and it was one of his most popular novels/ plays.

Image of Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony scene by Ford Maddox Brown

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The tragedy is about two families in a feud. Romeo is from one family and Juliet the other. They meet at a masquerade ball held for Juliet to fall in love with Paris, but plans are altered when Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love at first sight and agree to marry the next day.

Friar Laurence performs the ceremony, though at first was reluctant, but believed it might be the perfect way to end the feud between the families.

Later, Juliet’s father arranges for Juliet to marry Paris, unaware of her previous engagements. To overcome this, Friar Laurence organises for Juliet to take a sleeping potion to make her appear dead for the next 42 hours. Romeo was kept unaware of this plan, and finds Juliet, assuming she is dead. In light of the tragic scene laying before him, he drinks poison and dies. However, Juliet soon awakens to find the death of her lover, and in turn takes Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself.

The two families arrive and Friar explains the tragic story. The tragedy of the event brings both families together and this leads to the feud’s end.

Image: Romeo and Juliet’s death scene

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I adore Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of Romeo and Juliet, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It is a modern take on a classic story. I really enjoy this movie and recommend it to everyone. It is one of my favourite movie interpretations.

Image: Baz Luhrman’s Romeo & Juliet

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There are so many famous names from history. Do you have a famous name from history? Let me know about your name and the experiences that you have endured. I would love to hear about it.

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