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Stranded at the Drive-Ins

At the Drive-Ins they are having a "Retro Experience" and playing old-style movies each Saturday Night over a few months!


Blacktown Skyline Drive-in


The retro experience at the drive-in. Website: eventcinemas.com.au

It was so much fun watching Grease at the drive-ins (even though I had just watched it 2 weeks prior lol)! There were so many vintage cars, hot rods and rockabilly people everywhere. It was such a fun night.

Waiting for the movie to begin


Grease playing at the drive-in


The old speaker boxes for your car window

There is also a retro diner to purchase all your snacks. It has great food with a retro atmosphere!


Photos in the diner.
Last 2 photos: luchettikrelle.com

It was such a ridiculously retro night. I would recommend it to everyone who would love to experience the retro lifestyle! I already booked to see American Graffiti in a few weeks time, which is another movie that I love. I will let you know how it went.


The end of Grease.

Have you been to the drive-ins lately? Let me know, I would love to hear about your experience.

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Ridiculously Retro xx

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 voilà!… 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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Sometimes You Just Have To Get Away

We had a wonderful weekend away at Ettalong Beach.

First we stopped at the lookout above Ettalong. What a view!

 

It is a lovely old town surrounded by water.

It has a lively promenade along the beach, with a lot of people and their dogs. It also has a great restaurant and a little cafe.

 

 

There is pelican feeding and pelicans galore in the water and resting by the foreshore

 

We went for a look through the shops too (of course). There is a Tuscan style Theatre with a market on Saturdays. The theatre is built to look old but was actually built in 1999.

 

 

I even managed to find a vintage shop and brought this chair for my bedroom

There was a dry cleaners with a great motto so I had to take a picture.  I could imagine all the rude pictures taken here with that motto.

 

On the Sunday there was Studibaker Car Show. There were some great looking old cars, so that was fun.

The below one was perfect for me. It is a red convertible studibaker. With red and cream leather interior. It was a gorgeous car.

I also found this great old fence, which I would love for my place. Isn't it cool!

Ettalong is a relaxed old town with walking and bike tracks everywhere to enjoy along the waters edge. They have upgraded the foreshore and promenade. There is a ferry that can take you from Palm Beach to Ettalong in just over an hour. And it takes just over an hour and a half to drive from Sydney. There are many restaurants and cafes to enjoy and of course fresh seafood. There is so much to see and do. And it is great for sight seeing including a great walk up Blackwall Mountain. There is plenty of swimming in summertime.

You should go for a break at Ettalong Beach, it is really enjoyable. Where do you like to get away? Let me know, I would love to hear about other places to get away.

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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


Kinky Boots the Musical

On my way to the Theatre


I had the opportunity to see Kinky Boots at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre (which is a great old theatre) with some friends. 

Capitol Theatre

 

We got in early, had a great Thai lunch and did some shopping! We found a shop in China Town full of flamingo items, so of course I bought a few things.  It was a fun day and the Theatre Show was brilliant!!

The story of Kinky Boots is based on a true story of the journey of a family shoe business facing bankruptcy. 

Main Cast of Kinky Boots

Charlie takes over the family shoe business and meets a transvestite cabaret performer, Lola. Charlie collaborates with Lola to make “kinky” boots for males to wear comfortably in the hope of saving the family business. 

The Family Shoe Business


 

Charlie and Lola wearing the “kinky” boots for men

It ends with the success in their relationships and the shoe business in Milan! As well as Charlie finding a new love. They  show the struggles and development of all their relationships, including the shoe factory workers. It is about accepting others even if they are different to you! 

Cast of Kinky Boots

The show was so enjoyable. The music by Cindi Lauper was brilliant, and added so much to the show. It was wonderful! The whole show was so dazzling and an outstanding performance.

Creators of Kinky Boots

If you get the opportunity to see Kinky Boots, you should go. I am sure you will love it just as much as we did. Tell me what you thought, I would love to hear about your experience too!! Next theatre show for me is My Fair Lady, and then Priscilla Queen of The Dessert. Are you planning on any theatre shows soon?

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Ridiculously Retro  xx

Great Reading for Retro Ideas

There is so much information out there to help you achieve your retro lifestyle and to be creative in achieving your own look.

Image from Women’s World

There is information on home decor, cooking, cleaning, fashion, accessories, music, makeup, hairstyles or attitudes. Here are a few ideas for where to attain this must have reading.

Vintage cookbooks & Women’s Weekly Retro cookbooks

Vintage cookbooks and new retro cookbooks are great for recipes from yesteryear. You may need to use the Internet to work out the metric conversions. Some of the recipes will take you back to your childhood, when parents or grandparents used to cook for you. There is so many yummy recipes to try.

Vintage home decorating books and modern retro books on home decorating

Vintage home decorating books are great for ideas on how to complete a retro decor. You will see many interesting items that you would love to buy to achieve this look. Items can be found online, garage sales, charity stores or vintage shops. Also modern retro books give you ideas of where to get modern retro items, from shops such as Matt Blatt, Glicks, Sokol, etc.

 

Vintage Made Magazine


Vintage Made Magazine is an Australian magazine, which is excellent for ideas on achieving that retro fashion look. It gives you alot of information on fashion, makeup and hairstyles and where to purchase items. You will often get a pattern to create your own clothing and a step by step guide on how to make it. There is also craft tips on how to achieve the look of a vintage item. It is a great magazine!

 

Vintage Life Magazine

Vintage Life Magazine is jammed packed with festivals to go to, places to shop, fashion, accessories, makeup and hair. It is a really great read and contains very interesting information and stories.

 

Hair & makeup retro books

The above books are great for tips on retro hairstyles & retro style makeup. The different hairstyles are great to experiment on your hair and to see which styles suit you. You may need help to achieve some of the styles or you could take the pictures to your hairdresser to do styles for special occasions.

 There is also many blogs to give you ideas. Here is a few that I follow:

http://www.exposedvintageblog.wordpress.com

http://www.missheroholliday.com

http://www.missamymay.com

http://www.harlowdarling.com

Enjoy your reading, let me know if you have found any good books worth reading. I would love to hear about them.

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Ridiculously Retro   xx

Kewpie Dolls

Kewpie Dolls originated in 1912 in Germany. The inventor was Rosie O’Neill, a cartoonist. Her cartoons featured baby cupid characters. The cartoons gained popularity in 1909.

Rosie O’Neill cartoons

First there was paper doll variations of Kewpie  dolls.

Paper Doll Kewpie

In 1912 kewpie dolls were produced in bisque. Then in 1920 they were produced in celluloid.

Bisque Kewpie Doll

Celluloid Kewpie Doll

 

In 1949 they started to make Kewpie Dolls in Plastic

Plastic Kewpie Dolls

Bisque and celluloid dolls are very expensive to purchase and are in high demand with doll collectors. I am still on the lookout to purchase a vintage bisque one. 

My fascination for Kewpie dolls comes from my childhood. Who can remember going to a fair and your parents purchasing you a kewpie on a cane? Here is one that I purchased at the Easter Show many years ago.

Kewpie doll on cane

Since then I have purchased a few more.

These Three small kewpie dolls are a part of my collection

My largest Kewpie doll is 30cm

 

Kewpie dolls are so cute and are a part of my childhood. Are they a part of your childhood?

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Ridiculously Retro  xx

 

Title image source

Rosie O’Neill cartoons source

Paper doll kewpie source

Bisque kewpie doll source 

Celluloid kewpie doll source

Plastic kewpie doll source