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One of my favourite places to shop is Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre. It can be found at 17 Bourke Road in Alexandria NSW. Wow 😳 what a fascinating place!!

Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre is a large warehouse full of different stalls of traders, hobbyists, collectors, stylists and dealers. You can spend hours at this warehouse when visiting as there is so much to see.

It is like stepping back in time. You never know what interesting and unique items you will find each time you go to shop. I will share some of my favourite finds throughout my last shopping experience.

I have been many times and I will share with you some of my divine purchases…

Mitchell Road sells everything you want AND more. They stock countless antiques and collectable finds in furniture, lighting, fashion, jewellery, fashion accessories, homewares, art, toys, music, magazines, books and other items.

Whenever you visit Mitchell Road, I guarantee that you cannot leave the warehouse without buying something. There is so much variety and so many wonderful items that you may never get the opportunity to see again. So you better start start saving (LOL).

Below is even more images, to give you an idea of what is available at this fantastic warehouse.

I hope you get to visit Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre as it is well worth a visit. Maybe you know of another place similar, let us know! We would love to find out. Even if it’s not in NSW, Australia.

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It’s Extraordinaire…..It’s The Sydney Fair!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the Sydney Fair. It is Sydney’s largest antique fair. It was full of art deco, vintage and 20th century pieces for sale from over 50 dealers. It was held at Randwick Racecourse in the Kensington Room.

Standing alongside some of the fashion

There were so many amazing items. I was in awe at the rare vintage fashion, unique items and antiques!!

There was furniture, fashion, jewellery, lighting, sculpture, silver, glass, ceramics, books, prints, arts and vintage couture from all eras.

Outside the fair

I took some photos of items at the fair to share with you. Enjoy!

Signs
Jewellery
Fashion
Ornaments
Furniture
More Fashion
More furniture
Decanter
Even More Fashion
Even More Furniture

There were stalls and stalls of incredible items and well worth a look. I have been into vintage for a long time and there was some fashion I had never had the opportunity to see before this fair. There were so many rare decor and furniture items. As well as stunning artwork.

Seven news visits the fair:

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The Sydney Fair is in other states of Australia. I definitely know that it is held in Melbourne, so check it out if you are in Australia, to see if it is in your state.

The Sydney Fair is the perfect opportunity to view and touch rare pieces that you have only seen in pictures,
talk to experts,
try something vintage on and take photos,
You can also buy something to wear, collect or decorate with….

It is well worth a visit.

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Holiday In Paradise

The Shoalhaven area is full of picturesque beaches, and is the perfect spot to enjoy a holiday.

In the Summer of 2019/2020, a lot of the area was devastated by fires. Then with COVID, the area has been really struggling as they rely heavily on tourism!

In February 2021 my family and I went on a glorious holiday in Jervis Bay and it was perfect. A family holiday that we will always remember!

I would recommend everyone to go on a holiday or weekend getaway to the Shoalhaven area, it is a pristine piece of paradise.

There is a Shoalhaven Challenge (shoalhaven.com) that can guide you to the perfect holiday. It gives you plenty of ideas to encourage you to help the area bounce back from all the devastation they have experienced. Some of the activities include:

  • Dine out for dinner 💜
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  • Buy a locally produced souvenir 💜
  • Support a local artist 💜

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  • Buy local produce and small goods💜

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  • Visit a local pub or winery💜

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  • Buy a coffee each morning 
  • Visit the local markets💜
  • Attend a local event 💜
  • Visit a museum💜
  • Book a mid-week stay💜

  • Book a guided tour💜

  • Watch a movie at the local cinema
  • Play a game of barefoot bowls or ten pin bowling💜
  • Visit the local pools💜
  • Play a game of golf or mini golf
  • Buy a local gift vouchers for a present
  • Try a local workshop or class💜
  • Visit a new beach💜

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  • Try something completely out of your comfort zone💜

  • Encourage family and friends to visit the Shoalhaven 💜
  • Share photos of your adventure #shoalhaven💜

All the ones with 💜 are the ones we have managed to achieve.

We have already made another booking for 2022. I hope that you get a chance to enjoy a wonderful holiday in the Shoalhaven, it is well worth it. See how many of the challenges that you can achieve during your holiday.

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How we roll….

Bowling has been around throughout history but it seems to have an association with the late 1950s.

This is probably due to its great popularity with teenagers during this era. Bowling is a fun and a simple recreational pastime!

Some people bowl professionally in sporting tournaments. Professional bowling tournaments were quite popular in the late 1970s. An interesting fact that I found was that in the 1970s, some professional bowlers earned twice as much as NRL players! So as much as it is was a fun pastime it was a lucrative sport for some people.

Earlier in the year, my family and I went to bowling for the night and we had loads of fun. We bowled for hours! There was retro music playing and a retro diner to go and eat at. Honestly, I had not bowled in years and I am obsessed with bowling again. I love it and so does my family. It is so much fun. We cannot wait to go back.

Bowling is easy to learn it is just bowling the ball down a lane towards ten pins positioned as a triangle. The object of the game is to knock all ten pins down in the first roll (known as a strike) or in the second strike (known as a spare) or as many pins as possible. The more pins that you knock down, earliest, the more points earned. You only get two balls each round. There are ten rounds per game 

 

When you are next able to, and thinking of something different to do, give bowling a go…….I am sure that you will fall in love with bowling, just like my family and I did.

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You’re invited to a 1950’s BBQ!

I recently hosted a 1950’s style BBQ and invited some friends. Let me tell you how I went about preparing for my 1950s themed event!

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Firstly, the dress code was 1950s style. This made for excellent themed photos and great memories!

  • The men dressed in jeans with rockabilly shirts or t-shirts. They rocked slicked hair and pompadours. They all put in a great effort!
  • The woman all wore 50s full skirts or dresses, petticoats, gloves, scarves, brooches and cat eye glasses. They wore quiffs , flowers and victory rolls. Everybody put in such an effort!

 

For the setting, I used long tables with white table clothes and white chairs to accentuate the colourful 1950s tableware accessories I used. These included vintage dinnerware set and bone handled cutlery. I also used brightly coloured retro items and bowls to hold different items like salads, fruits, and lollies. Each person was given a glass mug with a retro striped straw.

I also created a photo wall to take some great individuals photos. I purchased a vine wall from Kmart and hung strands of fake red roses upon it. In front, I placed a flamingo and  laid some red carpet. As you can see it looked great in the photos!

Yes, I even dressed up my dog with a red scarf.

We played 1950s music through my jukebox!

We tried to find some 1950s recipes to cook for the BBQ. For entree we made salmon mousse canapés, devilled eggs and cheese balls. For the main meals we had a normal BBQ with meat, sausages and salads. For dessert, we had a delicious gelato cake! On the outside layer, it had individual cones with a scoop of gelato and the inside was made of layers of gelato. It was such a cool cake, and so delicious!

It was purchased from Pure Gelato!

The day was a great success. Everyone had a wonderful time.

I hope my ideas and tips help to inspire you to hold a 1950s themed BBQ. I am sure you will enjoy it. Let me know how it went. I would love to hear!

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Woodstock 1969

Three days of Peace and Music

An advertisement for Woodstock 1969
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On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock it seemed only fitting to write about it… I have been watching so many documentaries and interviews recently of stories from people that attended!

Woodstock was held at a dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York and ran from 15th August to 18th August 1969. It was organised by four men all in their 20s. The idea behind the event was to make enough money to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock, and it is now known as the most famous and most talked about concert throughout history.

Michael Lang, one of the guys who organised Woodstock
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There were over 500,000 people who attended the three day concert. The tickets were originally sold for $18 in advance and $24 at the gate, but the fence was so flimsy it was knocked down and hundreds of thousands more people attended for free. They ran out of food on the Friday night and resorted to concession workers from Food for Love. The army had to air lift in the supplies and the performers. One thing we can learn from this event and the hippy generation is that with 500,000 concert goers there was no violence that occurred – just peace ✌️

The audience at Woodstock
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The line up of artists was incredible and included:

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Who
  • Janis Joplin
  • Grateful Dead
  • Joe Cocker
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • Joan Baez
  • Santana
  • Richie Havens
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • and so many others
Janis Joplin at Woodstock
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The Who at Woodstock
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Wow… how impressive!!

There was a lot of nudity, music, love making, drugs, yoga in the fields, fun and games, dancing, and a whole lot more love making and drugs. In interviews they described themselves as “spawning in the water like fish”, swimming and bathing in the same water. There were other stories of babies being born in the fields but no evidence is available.

Audience at Woodstock
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The concert ended with Jimi Hendrix playing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock
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It would have been a life changing experience to have attended Woodstock. This 3-day festival has changed the world, becoming a cultural touchstone and paving the way for rock festivals and outdoor concerts we attend today.

Style Me Vintage

If you were looking for some step-by-step instructions or some inspiration on how to recreate and achieve vintage looks in clothing, makeup, hair or accessories then I suggest Style Me Vintage! Style Me Vintage are an excellent range of books to guide and teach you how to achieve some great looks. There are also editions focused on recreating a vintage home and hosting a vintage tea party or wedding.

 

There are a variety of Style Me Vintage books to choose from:

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Inside each book you will find so many wonderful ideas! Here are my favourite examples from the five books that I have purchased:

1. Style Me Vintage Accessories…

If you need help to achieve your final polished authentically vintage look, this is the book for you! It provides a guide on how to correctly identify items to attain your look, in terms of sunglasses, jewellery, hats, gloves, scarves, bags and shoes. The book provides looks ranging from the 1920s right through to the 1980s.

 

2. Style Me Vintage Home…

This book is a fantastic guide to help you achieve the vintage home that you desire. It will guide you from the 1920s to the 1970s on what was the classic look of each era.

 

3. Style Me Vintage Clothes

This book has plenty of information on specific details of vintage clothing, from the 1920s to the 1980s, and how to recognise vintage labels. There is also some handy tips on how to repair and maintain vintage clothing, and some great tips on developing your own unique vintage style!

4. Style Me Vintage Hair

This book has some useful step-by-step easy guides on hair styles such as: finger waves, pin curls, 1940s waves, victory rolls, the poodle, and beehives. There are also great guides on how to incorporate accessories, such as headscarves.

5. Style Me Vintage Make-up

This book is FULL of fabulous tips to help you achieve your classic makeup look. It gives you the tools and step-by-step guides for all the classic makeup looks from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Whatever is your vintage style, I am sure that you will find the collection of Style Me Vintage books exceptionally useful as they are full of handy tips and information to guide you through. Let me know which Style Me Vintage books have helped you. I would love to hear!

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1950’s Ladies Gloves

In the early 1950’s, ladies were required to wear gloves as etiquette and as part of fashion. They wore gloves that match their shoes or their outfit, while some ladies wore traditional white gloves. Fashionable ladies would wear striped gloves or patterned with matching scarves. Not only fashionable, gloves were also worn to warm hands.

1950s Glove advertisement

The 1950’s glove etiquette for ladies was that gloves had to be worn in most public places, including the streets of cities and large towns, at church, to a luncheon or dinner, reception, a dance, theatre, restaurant, wedding and any official function. Smart ladies wore gloves on trains, buses and trams.

When wearing formal wear, ladies needed to wear elbow-length gloves. This made a person look fashionable and glamorous.

Everyday gloves were not fancy or piped or in contrasting colours. Ladies kept everyday gloves very simple, like all the basics in their wardrobe.

Brides had to keep their hands covered. A bride wearing short sleeves had to wear long gloves but had to slip her hand out easily for the wedding ring.

Bracelets could be worn over gloves but never rings.

Marilyn wearing bracelets over her gloves

Some ladies wore leather gloves. They could be deerskin or cowhide. For warmth some wore theirs lined with sheepskin but this meant the gloves looked bulkier.

Ladies wearing their gloves

A lady only removed her gloves before eating, drinking, smoking, playing cards or putting on makeup. Long gloves remained on at all times at dances. Gloves even remained on when shaking someones hands. At a restaurant, a lady removed her coat, then was seated and could only then remove her gloves.

To me, I think gloves are very stylish and I love to wear them at formal outings to match my vintage outfit. What do you think of gloves? Stylish or not? Let me know your thoughts.

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Fashion Icons of the 1950s

The 1950s saw a huge change in fashion. The transition from the 1940s post war fashion moved from the saloons to the streets. It was easy care fabrics with speedier manufacturing. This meant fashion was available for the masses! Designers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy and Chanel were influential designers in the 1950s.

1950s Fashion

Christian Dior nipped hourglass shapes which created a new era in women’s fashion. After years of fashion oppression and fabric rationing during the Second World War, the era of Womanliness was here.

1950s Dior

Designer Cue Hubert de Givenchy, a Parisian designer whose designs were worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn. The most famous being the black dress worn by Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the famous gold embroiled gown worn in Sabrina.

1950s Givenchy

Coco Chanel was creating fashion since 1910 but in the 1950s she created the famous ‘Chanel Suit’ as we still know it now. It is a slim tweed jacket and skirt with contrasting bound edges. It is an elegant look.

1950s Chanel

Fashion icons of the 1950s were stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Sophia Loren, James Dean, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelley. They were the first to showcase the fashion.

Audrey Hepburn mainly wore Givenchy gowns. Audrey epitomised elegance and was an example of less is more. She always relied on her little black dress when out on the town. Her pixie haircut was her trademark.

1950s Fashion Icon – Audrey Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe was one of the greatest and most recognisable fashion icons of all time, she defined glamour for generations to come. She was famous for her platinum blonde hair, red lips and her beauty spot.

1950s Fashion Icon – Marilyn Monroe

Elvis Presley was the poster boy of the 1950s. He invented his own brand of preppy rockabilly. His style was biker chic, guyliner and high waisted trousers.

1959s Fashion Icon – Elvis

Sophia Loren made famous the fashion item eyeliner. Also her hourglass figure accentuated her feminine fashion style.

1950s Fashion Icon – Sophia Loren

James Dean was one of the most handsome and iconic men of the 1950s. Dean has an effortless fashion style with his leather jacket, blue denim jeans and collars always up.

1950s Fashion Icon – James Dean

Brigitte Bardot wearing a bikini in the Cannes Film Festival, 1953, stole the show. This secured the bikini as a must have fashion item.

1950s Fashion Icon – Brigitte Bardot

Elizabeth Taylor’s style was brave, admirable and inspirational. She loved elegant jewels. Elizabeth liked to push boundaries with fashion and start trends, with her plunging neck lines, fur wraps, feather boas and eye catching head pieces.

1950s Fashion Icon – Elizabeth Taylor

Grace Kelly both on screen and off screen outfits, were the most talked about and copied of the decade. Her wedding dress in 1956 was one of the most memorable and elegant wedding dresses of all time. Grace epitomised classic and timeless beauty with her wardrobe.

1950s Fashion Icon – Grace Kelly

1950s fashion was, without a doubt, one of the fashion industries favourite decades. What do you love about 1950s fashion? I would love to hear.

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1950s Lessons On Poise and Personality

According to books from the 1950s, a woman’s deportment and posture are complimentary to a woman’s over-all look. Some ideas are quite questionable in today’s society.

Firstly, you should always stand with feet together and back straight. Breathe in, tuck in your arms and make sure no elbows stick out. This will make you look younger and more attractive. You can practice with books on your head.

Always walk with a bright, springy walk, like a ballerina. Don’t thump your feet.

The way you hold your handbag can put years on your age. Don’t hang it on your arm like a waiters napkin. Always carry it swinging by the handle in your hand.

When sitting, keep legs together with feet placed nicely side by side. Crossed legs are permissible nowadays if your skirt does not ride up. Keep hands restful on your lap, with your tummy in and shoulders straight. Now you look trim, alert and ladylike. Don’t flop into a chair, feel the seat with the back of your legs then slowly sit down and never moan even if your feet hurt. On rising, your hands should remain in front of you and step springily forward. Always smiling.

The tone of your voice and the manner in which you express yourself will be impressionable on those you meet. Mispronunciation of words or ignorance of the more complex rules of grammatical expressions need to be remedied immediately. You should be knowledgeable but never argue your opinions. Examine your voice for defects by taping it and listen to it back, then work on the necessary pitch, tone and improve your speech. Speak slowly and try to remove any slang.

In social situations you must always be interesting but also be a good listener. Never be a bore. It is noted that unless you are a raving beauty, strangers are not at all interested in you, unless you can prove that you are an interesting person (haha wow)!

Some of the above suggestions are quite questionable in today’s society and you certainly wouldn’t want to teach your daughter all these out-of-date guidelines but the 50s society was different than today. What do you think of these guidelines? I would love to hear.

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