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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:

https://fb.watch/5SY1L7WvGY/

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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This Blows My Mind ……

https://www.instyle.com/hair/history-hair-dryer?crlt.pid=camp.1cWzgieTX7P2#903006

Hairdryers are important… they play an essential role in a good haircut. A hairdryer takes the moisture out of your hair and creates a natural body and shape to your hairstyle. It is essential to own a good hairdryer in order to create less frizz and a good all-over style. A good hairdryer will dispense heat more evenly and not damage your hair.

https://www.hemswell-antiques.com/antiques/vintage-upcycled-and-repurposed/vintage-bakelite-hairdryer-upcycled-lamp-74450.html

In 1890, the first hairdryer was invented by French stylist Alexander Godefroy. Now, don’t we owe him praise! His invention was very large, where you sat with a bonnet attached to a chimney pipe of a gas stove. Alexander Godefroy invented it for his own hair salon in France. Hence, it was not portable.

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

In the 1920s, hairdryers were on the market in hand-held form. They look quite heavy and only have a small nozzle so they would only dispense air to smaller areas of your hair. This would be handy for styling your hair, but meant drying your hair would take a lot longer.

https://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/vintage+hair+dryer

In 1936, there was the multi-prong hairdryer. It was a strange looking hairdryer and appears as though aliens are probing information from our brains (LOL). But you have to admit it is rather peculiar looking?!

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

During the 1950s and 1960s, the bonnet dryer was introduced. This was where the hairdryer was in a portable box, with a tube connecting to a bonnet. This bonnet is placed on top of a persons head. This worked by giving an even amount of heat to the whole head at once. This was handy in this era – curlers were often used and once your hair was dried you would style it. Later, it became more portable and could be worn attached to your pants.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1950s there were also hairdryers on stands, which made it easier when styling your hair. This hairdryer allows the flexibility of both your hands to be free for styling while blowing. I love the look of this hairdryer.

https://wanelo.co/p/19462068/vintage-hair-dryer-1950s-chic-hair-dryer-pastel-pink-morris-struhl-inc-vintage-dryer-stand-50s-vintage-beauty-salon-working

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was the home portable salonette hairdryer. This was handy for fast drying and it’s compact size. It allowed you to sit, dry & style your hair like in the salons, but in a compact size for your home.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1960s, there were also home salon stand hairdryers. These were a great way to set your hair with rollers, then style your hair. They were not compact like the above options, but if you had the room in your house these were the more expensive alternative that gave better results.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/373869206542860279/

The 1970s hairdryers are not too different to todays hairdryers, just a bit heavier in comparison. They were basic and just came with a nozzle attachment for styling.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/615786428/1970s-vintage-hair-dryer-blo-styler-by?epik=dj0yJnU9a3Zac2d1aUxldmRta0hDQjZPZEZDaUc1dnBKUHVTeHUmcD0wJm49cHpRSlprX3IwU1o0VXFrN0JuVnlMQSZ0PUFBQUFBR0NIY1ZZ

In the 1980s, hairdryers came with more accessories than just nozzles… the diffuser! Diffusers became a big hit as they helped your hair to look fuller and enhanced your curls. And as we know, the 1980s hairstyles became much bigger than ever before! The motto with hair was “the bigger, the better” (LOL), hence the trend towards diffusers.

https://beautychattette.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/how-to-do-80s-hair-make-up-and-dress-up-for-a-party/5-22/

In the 1990s, the trend in hairdryers was the smaller, the better. As with many other electrical items, trends have gone from big and bulky to small … and now back to bigger!

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g25311921/90s-hair-tools/

Today, most hairdryers are the same. They are lightweight, portable and easily functional. They can come with a few different attachments for styling, as well. Another difference from earlier models being that we have the option of the cool setting. Many hairdressers, and people, prefer using cooler settings to avoid damaging your hair.

https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Negative-Infrared-Diffuser-Concentrator/dp/B07DDDBW3B

Many people like to collect vintage hairdryers as they are quirky and are a good representation of the retro life. I have collected a few hairdryers over the years and I thought I would share them with you:

My GE Salonette Portable Hairdryer
My Bonnet Hairdryer
My 1970s CMB Salon Stand Hairdryer
My 50s-60s Pink Ronson Stand Hair Dryer

What do you think of the varying hairdryers over time? Its interesting that there hasn’t been too much change since the 1970s when compared to earlier models. Do you collect vintage hairdryers? I would love to see your collection.

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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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O! How Stylish

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was one of the most stylish ladies and renowned for being at the forefront of fashion. Her style was copied by women around the world and still is today. She has remained an influential figure in the fashion industry. Her famous styles and renowned look is known as the Jackie O look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis

Jackie Lee Bouvier was born on July 28 1929, in New York. Jackie began riding horses at one year old and by eleven, she had won several national championships. While at school, she learnt ballet and French. She continued her studies at college where she studied history, literature, art and French. She completed studies in Paris too.

Jackie started her first job in 1951 as a photographer for a newspaper, where she met John F Kennedy. They married and she became the youngest ever First Lady.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jackie-kennedy-letters-shine-light-her-marriage-mourning-n104191

Jackie was renowned for wearing oversized glasses and these became her signature eye-ware. This famous style of glasses are often coming into fashion over and over again and are still known as Jackie O glasses.

https://www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk/blog/brand-spotlight/thats-so-jackie-o-statement-sunglasses.html

Another statement fashion item of Jackie’s was the pearl necklace.

Pearls were appropriate with any outfit!

According to Jackie

Many images of Jackie show her with either short pearls, or in the late 60s and 70s she would often wear long strands of pearls with mini dresses.

https://www.pearlsonly.com.au/blog/jackie-kennedy-wearing-a-triple-strand-pearl-necklace/

Jackie also popularised the pillbox hat. She usually wore a pillbox hat that matched her dresses and jackets.

https://www.popsugar.com.au/beauty/photo-gallery/46358023/image/46357999/Jackie-Kennedy-Fashion-Show-US-State-Department-1962

In 1964, Jackie purchased six Gucci handbags, known as The Constance. The bags instantly became a hit. These Gucci Bags later became known as the iconic Jackie handbag, as a tribute to Jackie Kennedy. This bag was considered the first boho or bohemian bag.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/t-magazine/gucci-jackie-1961-saddlebag.html

There was a new Jackie handbag introduced in 2009. Released by Gucci and created by Frida Giannini. It was again hugely popular.

https://www.icon-icon.com/en/the-jackie-by-gucci/

Jackie was also famous for wearing the Chanel suit. Her pink Chanel suit is her most famous outfit in history and remains her trademark. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the Chanel suit was a strong symbol of the modern woman of high society with political views, sophistication and independence. This is what Jackie represented. The colour pink was also an element of traditional feminist attributes!

Her pink suit was one of John F Kennedy’s favourites. The sad significance of the suit is that she was wearing it at her husband, John F Kennedy’s assassination. She attempted to protect her husband, leaving her suit blood stained. It is stored out of public viewing in the National Archives.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/110338259608536387/

For casual outings, Jackie would often look chic in a shift dress or matching top and skirt or pencil pants.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/6-new-season-trends-borrow-jackie-kennedy/

https://www.instyle.com/fashion/jackie-kennedy-style-lessons

https://www.dimplesandtangles.com/2014/06/fashion-inspired-by-jacqueline-kennedy.html

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O was often dressed by designers such as Oleg Cassini, Chanel, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

https://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/fashion-designer-hubert-de-givenchy-dead-at-91-details/
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O captivated the world with her style, intelligence, beauty and grace. She is someone that I have admired over the years for her style, and in my eyes will always be a fashion icon.

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So Bright, So Light and You Seal It Tight…….Gayware!

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Gayware advertisements

In the kitchen…

Retro canisters can really brighten up your kitchen! Canisters, such as Gayware, are not sealed tight and so should not be used to keep things fresh over long periods of time. But they are handy for things when clipped closed in their packaging like biscuits, cereals, flour, pasta, lollies, bread, nuts, herbs, etc… The older enamel canisters, such as the ones pictured below with green writing, are heavier and do seal a bit better, though not suction sealed.

There is a wide range of brands and styles to choose in retro canisters. My favourites are Gayware as I love the look of the colour choices and the lettering, as they really pop on my kitchen shelves. What is your favourite?

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Also, without their lids, the larger ones are handy for holding your kitchen utensils if you leave them displayed on your bench. Then this allows for easily accessing your utensils while you cook. I love it as it makes time in the kitchen quick and easy. I am by no means a 1950s housewife! 😉

In the bathroom…

Canisters are handy for holding perfumes, moisturisers and other skin care items. Also, they’re great for all your spare or extra items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and so on. Another use is for all your first aid items like bandaids, bandages, antiseptic creams, as they are easy to grab. I have put my canisters on a little book shelf in my bathroom. It keeps everything tidy and handy and looks fantastic in my retro-inspired bathroom. As you can see I love organisation in my life and especially in my bathroom!

In the Laundry…

Retro canisters can be used for holding your washing detergent and stain remover products. They are a tidier alternative than having ugly and boring washing powder boxes on display in your retro laundry. It keeps everything handy and it’s only a matter of lifting the lid to scoop out the powder, and replace lid. How handy!

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In the bedroom…

Canisters can be used for holding your different jewellery, makeup products, brooches, hair accessories, moisturisers, vitamins, medications, keepsakes, bills, reminders, sewing items or any other small items… All those items growing in your bedside table can be organised in a tidy and fashionable way with retro canisters!

In the garden…

Canisters can be used for pot plants or holding your little gardening tools. I don’t have any in my garden yet but I found these ideas online. It has inspired me with the extra canisters I have to put them to a creative use to make some cute pot plants! I will let you know how I go in a future blog!

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Canisters in the garden

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With all this organising it is just a matter of remembering which colour canister or which letter stores which items. You could even add lettering to  the front to remember what is in the canister or leave it blank. It is up to you! The other thing to remember is if the canister has the original lettering on it. Turn it around! You don’t want a flour canister in your bathroom…  A plain canister is a better alternative.

I hope this blog has given you some inspirational ideas for the different uses of retro canisters other than in the kitchen!

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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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Snow Bunny

How to be the cutest snow bunny when you hit the slopes

With these cold winds blowing, I thought it was a fitting time to get out my parka. I have some extra time on my hands, and I thought my parka was too plain… so it seemed the perfect time to spruce it up!

I will run you through the steps to show you how to decorate your parka.

What you will need:

  1. Parka
  2. Chosen fabric
  3. Cotton
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Iron
  7. Sewing machine

Steps:

1. Choose your fabric and iron it

You need to iron it so it’s easy to sew. Plus you won’t be able iron it once it is on the parka!

2. Cut out the fabric piece and hem the edges. This will stop future fraying.   Then, I would spray the piece of fabric with scotch guard. This will protect the fabric from liquid, dirt and stains.

3. Work out the best placement for your piece of material on the parka, and pin it in place. 

Try the parka on to make sure it sits alright on the parka. If it’s perfect, you can start sewing!

4. If you want more features, you can sew some of the material on the front as well. Follow the same steps above!

I am pretty happy with the final product. What do you think?

I hope I have inspired you to refurbish your parka. Send me photos of your finished product, I would love to see!

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Hot Diggity Dog

While staying at home, I have been doing a lot of craft and sewing. I recently purchased a denim vest for my dog and decided to spruce it up and add a rockabilly twist!

Here is what you will need:

  1. Dogs denim vest

2. Patches, buttons or cool fabric 

3. Scissors

4. Thread

5. Needle

6. Iron

Find patches, buttons or fabric that you want to attach to the vest. You can get these from items laying around at home, on eBay and Etsy or vintage market stalls. Before attaching, lay your accessories on the vest to work out the best positioning for them.

Once you have worked out the best layout, taking a photo is a good way to remember! Then you can finally iron on patches, sew on your buttons or fabric swatches.

To make your iron-on patches secure, I highly recommend sewing them on! Dogs can get rough, and you will want this cute denim vest to be durable and last.

If you are extra creative, you could also choose to embroider on the vest or paint designs with fabric paints.

I would recommend only decorating along the back of the vest, that way nothing will irritate your dog or be likely to fall off. Also, it means all your creative work will be always visible!

As you can see below, your finished work will help your dog be the coolest dog in the park. 😂

I hope my blog has inspired you to create a cool dog vest for your four legged family member. You could go for any theme or colour scheme you wanted… Go wild! Send me photos of your dog in his/her vest. I would love to see them!

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Photo Shoot

 

At the start of the year I had a wonderful photo shoot experience at the Botanical Gardens. It was a fantastic day and I would recommend everyone have the experience at least once. It was a lot of fun and really special.

The photos were taken by Tofu Photography 

Here are some of my photos that I would love to share:

It is a once in a lifetime experience. If like me, you don’t feel that you are good at posing, the photographer will take natural shots when you least expect it. This makes the whole experience fun and natural so you don’t need to feel like a model or a mannequin posing in shots.

Give it a go! You will really enjoy it and you can cherish the photos for a lifetime. Send me some photos I would love to see them.

Outfit:

Skirt – Collectif
Top – Hell Bunny
Flower – Laurina Jean Retro
Shoes – Minki
Handbag – Dangerfield
Umbrella – Cybershop
Picnic Basket and gingham picnic blanket – thrifted

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