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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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Guide to Shopping Rockabilly

My aim is to help people that are just starting to love and wanting to live the rockabilly way.  Here are some of my favourite labels that you can look out for when wanting to purchase a Rockabilly outfit.

  1. Lindy Bop  https://www.lindybop.com.au/ – Lindy Bop has stunning rockabilly dresses and skirts. They have such a wide and stunning range in traditional styles.
  2. Kitten D’Amour https://kittendamour.com – Kitten D’Amour have gorgeous rockabilly dresses, skirts and tops. You will adore visiting their shops, they are so glamorous and full of great accessories to accompany all your outfits.
  3. Hell Bunny https://www.facebook.com/hellbunnyclothing/ – Hell Bunny have a great variety of rockabilly dresses, skirts, pants, and tops. This is one of my very favourite brands to buy. I just love their 1940s inspired dresses, they really suit my body shape.
  4. Sourpuss https://www.sourpussclothing.com/ -Sourpuss would also be one of my favourite brands. They have great diner style dresses that I just love! They have a huge rockabilly variety in pants, skirts, dresses and tops. Sourpuss have great Christmas dresses and a variety of Halloween dresses and skirts. I have purchased a few as I love dressing up for special occasions.
  5. Liquor Brand https://www.sourpussclothing.com/brands/liquorbrand – Liquor Brand have some really unique and stylish tops and dresses. They also produce great rockabilly handbags. One of my most worn outfits in wintertime is their cherry print top and leggings that I accompany with my black pinafore dress
  6. Dangerfield https://shop.dangerfield.com.au/ -Dangerfield have great rockabilly dresses and skirts with different prints being released each season. These are great choices as they often make matching cardigans which mean your dresses can also be worn in winter time with a cardigan
  7. Revival https://shop.dangerfield.com.au/ – Revival also have great dresses in 60s or 50s style. They are really cute and in adorable prints.
  8. Princess Highway https://shop.dangerfield.com.au/ -Princess Highway do the cutest prints in their rockabilly dresses and skirts. I have so many different styles in this brand and there is new prints coming out each season.
  9. H&R Hearts https://www.handrlondon.com/ – I don’t own any items in this brand but I investigated the brand online and there is some really pretty rockabilly dresses to choose. I might have to purchase one! Lol
  10. Collectif https://www.collectif.cpo.uk/ – Collectif are another brand that produces gorgeous rockabilly dresses and skirts. I have a few of their items in my wardrobe, mainly tops and skirts but they are great to accompany some of my outfits.
  11. Voodoo Vixen https://www.voodoovixen.co.uk/ -Voodoo Vixen is another glamorous brand with designs by Micheline Pitt. She produces great T-shirt’s that I have a few in my wardrobe. She also designs lovely tops, skirts and dresses and produces a great makeup range to add to your pinup look.
  12. Banned https://www.bannedapparel.co.uk/ – Banned Apparel is a fun brand for rockabilly dresses and skirts. This brand has a lot of other styles available but it does also accomodate rockabilly styles.
  13. Chic Star https://www.chicstar.com/ – Chic star release great pencil skirts for a rockabilly look. I own a few and I find they are great for working in the office. They look professional while still keeping your rockabilly look. They also have great 50s full skirts and dresses.
  14. Steady Clothing http://www.steadyclothing.com/ – Steady clothing accomodate men and women’s rockabilly clothes. They also have a range of rockabilly bridal dresses, if you need one.

 

I hope this helps you find the dress brand that best suits your rockabilly taste. Let me know your favourite brand or any brands not listed.

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Resolution of Happiness

Resolutions made each year

Do you find yourself making the same resolutions each year but never achieving them? Why not start 2019 on a more positive note and put more effort into achieving your resolutions this year! One resolution at a time and one step at a time….

List of resolutions

Resolutions that are unachievable are not realistic and can be disappointing when not achieved. For example, if you want to give up smoking or want to lose weight, they are both major steps in your life. Why not give up smoking this year and next year do lose weight. If you give up smoking earlier in the year then you can take steps to achieve next years resolution. Be positive and do small steps at a time, to make your resolutions achievable.

January 1st starting your resolution

Don’t put off for tomorrow what you should start today! If you wake up on New Year’s Day and feel hungover or exhausted, don’t say to yourself “I will start tomorrow” as chances are you won’t. Do something today, even if it is just a small thing. It will motivate you to do something bigger the next day.

Writing your resolutions

So be creative and realistic when writing your resolutions. Make sure that you can achieve them as we are not superheroes with extraordinary powers. I know that I always have on my list to lose weight and get fit. Well this year I have booked a photo shoot with Sherbet Birdie to do a Pin-Up shoot as motivation to achieve my resolution. The photo shoot will be in a future blog…. My idea is give yourself motivational tools or rewards to help you achieve your goals.

Sherbet Birdie

Good luck with your resolutions and all the best for the new year!

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Christmas Rockabilly Style

There are so many events to attend at Christmas time, do you find it hard to pick an outfit? Why not go for an outfit in a Christmas theme. There are some great rockabilly dresses available for Christmas.

Hell Bunny Nevara Dress

Hell Bunny Candy Dress

Hell Bunny Blitzen 50s Dress

Above Hell Bunny Christmas Dresses

Lindy Bop Bertha Deer Border Print Swing Dress

Lindy Bop Lovi Poinsettia Floral Swing Skirt

https://www.lindybop.com.au

Here are some of my Christmas Dresses / skirt:

The top one is the Hell Bunny Blitzen, the next I picked up in a Salvos store but it has no label, following is the Hell Bunny Nevara Dress, the next is my favourite Sourpuss Christmas Kewpie Dress and the bottom one I found in St Vinnies.

You can find other items like Christmas T-shirt’s, bags, badges, jumpers, and more to add to your own everyday outfits. This can add to your Christmas feel.

It just adds to the feeling of Christmas to wear a gorgeous Rockabilly Christmas Dresses. Do you wear Christmas dresses? Send me photos, I would love to see them.

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Purple Haze

I went to visit the historical town of Camden on the weekend. Camden is 65 kilometres south west of Sydney. The land originally belonged to the Gandangara Indigenous people.

Camden NSW

Explorers first visited the area in 1795 and named it Cowpastures, after a herd of cattle that had earlier disappeared were discovered there. In February 1805 Governor King took over 5000 acres and named his property Camden Park.

As Macarthur’s wool industry thrived, local citizens began pushing for the establishment of a town.

Camden has many old homes and buildings to admire. There are actually three heritage listings in Camden: Camden Post Office, Macquarie Grove and Nant Gwylan and garden.

Camden Post Office

If you visit Camden you need to see:

  • Macarthur Park
  • Camden Museum
  • Onslow Oval
  • Belgenny Reserve
  • Rotary Cowpasture Reserve
  • Kings Bush Reserve.

Check out https://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/visit-camden/explore for all the places to visit.

On the weekend there was the lighting of the town Christmas Tree and The Jacaranda Fair.

The streets were closed off and there were market and food stalls along the main street. There were also performances, rides and games for the kids, as well as a car show on the Sunday.

Camden has some great antique shops and a Lifeline Shop well worth checking out. I have to say, this Lifeline shop is one of my favourites and you can always find so many rare vintage and retro items at fantastic prices. I’ve been four times and I have always found some great rare finds!

Here are some of my purchases that I made.

I even found a Brownie Downing plate so I had to purchase it.

Part of the festival was to celebrate the stunning purple haze in Camden… the beautiful Jacaranda Trees that are along the streets.

A Jacaranda is a flowering plant native to Mexico, South America, Central America, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Bahamas. In Australia they are in full bloom in mid November. They have a stunning purple bloom.

Camden’s Jacaranda Tree

Camden is full of Jacaranda Trees! One story credits the town’s purple haze of trees to the Matron of Camden Hospital, who in the 1950s to ’60s would send each newborn home with a Jacaranda seedling. Isn’t that a wonderful historical story. I just love it!

Jacaranda trees are one of my favourites trees. I just love their bright purple colouring.

Have you ever visited Camden? Let me know what you thought of it. I would love to hear! I just love it! If you haven’t visited Camden then I would recommend that you do as it is a quiet vintage country town, not too far from Sydney.

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Chromefest 2018

On the last weekend of October, I attended Chromefest, held over 3 days at the Entrance.

On the Friday the Chromefest starts with the arrival of all the classic cars. There was over 400 show cars to admire and take photos. On Sunday there were also retro caravans displayed. Below are some of the photos that I took:

There was a retro market with a lot of stalls to make special purchases including: Blue Belle Vintage Clothing, Rainbows n Fairies, Plus Size Pin Up, Koolcarz T-shirt’s, Leo’s Vintage, Bread and Butter Vintage, to name a few. I made some cool purchases too!

Then there was the entertainment featured on two stages: DJ Jimmy D, Matchbox, The Hitmakers, Mr James Band, Midnight Drifters, The Hellcats 3, The Rattlesnakes, Jumpin’ Juke Box, The Lincoln’s, The Class of ’58, Itchy Fingers and Elvis tribute artists. There was also the Sydney Swing Katz performing the Charleston, Swing, Lindy Hop and Rock’n’Roll. They were enthusiastic and so professional!

There was a kids zone for kids to enjoy.

Vintage glam workshops were being held. A vintage glamour fashion parade was held that anyone could enter.

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There was also the annual Pin Up Australia Competition Finals.

Pinup Doll Finalists

This is a national pinup competition run by pinups for pinups. The pinups compete in 3 sections ‘Pinup by Beach’ celebrating The Entrance, ‘Pinup by Hotrod’ celebrating hot rods and ‘Pinup Star’ celebrating pinups through history. They also work for three months raising funds for ‘Share the Dignity’. ‘Share the Dignity’ gives sanitary products to homeless women and fights for domestic violence victims. Both are very worthwhile causes!

The whole Chromefest experience is really enjoyable and well worth attending. My husband and I absolutely loved the whole experience!

Have you been to Chromefest? Let me know what you thought, I would love to hear! I found it to be a fantastic weekend and I will be back next year. If you haven’t been then try to get to Chromefest 2019. Check it out at http://www.chromefest.org or Facebook.com/chromefest

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