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

Rockabilly Handbags

Handbags have been recorded in history since 14th Century. A handbag is essential to fashion as we all have something that needs to be carried around with us. Even men carry man bags today. 


In the 50s there was a rise in designer handbags such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes. Bags come in all shapes and sizes and designs and trends change over time.  Some great labels for rockabilly handbags are:

  • Sourpuss
  • Banned
  • Break Even
  • Alchemy
  • Dangerfield
  • Princess Highway
  • Super Floozy
  • Bettie Page
  • Juble-Umph

This is my Juble-umph handbag. It is my everyday handbag

You can also get some really cool bags that are shaped like an item. They can make an outfit “pop”. I like to wear a matching brooch or a skirt with similar theme. These can be purchased online or at your favourite rockabilly store. 

Top left: red lips shaped bag/ Top Right: Strawberry shaped bag; Left Bottom: Bodice shaped bag/ Right Bottom: Red love heart bag

I love this Dangerfield cane love heart bag. It has plenty of room in it

Top Left: Apple shaped bags/ Top Right: Paris Perfume shaped bags/ Left Bottom: Milk Carton shaped bag/ Right Bottom: Lipstick shaped bag

 

There are many varieties of cane vintage bags. Though over time they do become brittle and break easy. I have had a few others that I used at the beach and they broke over time, so do take extra care.

Vintage cane bags

You can get modern handbags in a retro style. 

Princess Highway retro style red handbag

Princess Highway retro style black handbag

This is a new flamingo handbag. I picked this up at a vintage show. I wear it with my flamingo rockabilly skirt

This is my Hell Bunny Bee Handbag. I have the dress that matches this outfit too. I wear them both together

 

If you are really lucky you might be able to score good quality vintage handbags. These can be purchased online, at a charity store, vintage show or garage sale. 

Top Left: Vintage green apple bag/ Top Right: Red vintage small circular bag/ Left Bottom: Vintage Brown clip bag/ Right Bottom: White crochet bag

Left Top: White glomesh bag/ Right Top: Cowhide circle bag/ Left Bottom: Small brown leather vintage backpack/ Right bottom: Gold glomesh handbag

Top Left: Vintage small circle coin bag/ Top Right: Vintage Brown clasp bag/ Bottom Left: Vintage Crimson Cane Bag/ Bottom Right: Vintage Small Leather bag

 

My next handbag I want to purchase, is a lucite handbag. I am on the look out. Yes I know that I have already got enough handbags, but one more wont hurt…..will it!!

The purchase of a vintage handbag means that you are purchasing quality, style and a piece of history. 

What is your favourite rockabilly handbag? Send me some photos of your handbag. I would love to see them!

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Ridiculously Retro   Xx



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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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Elvis in concert…. The Wonder of You

I had the wonderful opportunity to see Elvis in concert. Yes, I know I would have to had to step back in time, but “The Wonder of You: Live” did just that. The Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied filmed concerts delivered by Elvis back in the day.  This concert at times made you think he really was singing on the stage. It was brilliant! You could not help but sing along to all the wonderful tunes.

The audience was full with Elvis impersonators, rockabillies, the older generation and the younger generation. There was so many quiffs & 50s skirts!  It was a huge mix of Elvis admirers.


The songs that were performed were:

It was a wide variety of Elvis songs played spanning over his entire career. You couldn’t help but dance and sing along!


The master of the ceremony was one of Elvis’ best friends, Jerry Schilling, and he would talk about Elvis’ life and present old photos. It was really interesting!

If you ever have the opportunity to go to this show, it is really worthwhile. Let me know if you have been, and what you thought! I would love to hear from you.

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Vintage Overcoats

I have a bit of an obsession for vintage overcoats…….but at least I can admit it, right! I think they are snuggly, stylish and so warm. The quality in their make and design is undeniable. The fact that they have lasted over so many decades is testament to this and many still look like new.

You can pick one up at vintage stores, charity stores, markets, garage sales or online. But do be careful as the vintage sizing is smaller than today’s sizing, so do check the measurements.

To get a stylish late 50’s early 60’s look you can wear a matching dress underneath.

Very stylish formal overcoat and matching dress. This is a very stylish look and suits a professional image. Image: Pinterest: AMP

Here is a few photos of my vintage overcoats.

Top left: Zebra Print Coat, Bottom Left: Red Coat, Right: Houndstooth Coat with matching houndstooth skirt

My Black Velvet Coat is really warm and goes with most outfits

My Blue and White Crimplene Coat goes well with my blue Crimplene dress. They look great together and gives a stylish vintage look

This White Faux Fur Coat is wool and features a Peter Pan collar. It is a gorgeous piece and the light colour makes it easy to match any outfit

Blue and white polka dot full coat matched with a blue and white polka dress. I am at a rockabilly festival at Picton

This Black Wool Coat can be matched with any outfit. I wear this one a lot as it has become my go to coat

 

A stunning gold & silver coat that glistens in the sunlight. The photo does not do the coat justice. I team it with a vintage silver Crimplene dress for dressy occasions

This recent purchase is Hell Bunny Sarah Jane coat in red, with black fur trim, a hood and lace up back. It is really warm and is stylish design. I love it!

This item was given to me by a friend. It used to be her mothers. It is a long grey wool coat with fur trim. It is really warm and has been well looked after with no signs of wear and tear

I made this purchase some years back at the vintage fair. It was quite expensive but it was well worth it. This long cape is really thick and heavy. It has a hood and leather details around the shoulders. It is so warm and can be worn over any outfit.

This Crimplene jacket is warm and versatile. I am trying to find a brown or orange Crimplene dress to match this coat. I love the look of Crimplene!

This is what is known as a vintage nurses cape. It is warm and comfortable and fir the extra cold days can easily be worn with a jumper underneath. It was a great find.

This is a Leona Edmiston Retro Style Coat. It has a Peter Pan Collar. I purchased it from Myer a few years ago. It is a modern coat in a retro style. Leona Edmiston fashion items are all designed in a retro style!

Have fun shopping for your vintage coat. Send me a photo of your favourite vintage coat. I would love to see it!
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Ridiculously Retro   Xx



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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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Title image source

Rosie O’Neill cartoons source

Paper doll kewpie source

Bisque kewpie doll source 

Celluloid kewpie doll source

Plastic kewpie doll source

 

Work Wear Retro Style

Clothes for work can be retro, stylish and professional. Here are some of the outfits that I have been wearing to work.

Left: Green jumper with black pinafore, matching green flower, opaque stockings & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Red overcoat, Dangerfield cherry Jumper, black rockabilly Skirt, opaque Stockings & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Navy Jumper, nautical skirt, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Black peplum top, black & white polka-dot skirt purchased from Nikky B’s, black hair flower, Wheels and Dollbaby cardigan & black loafers


Left: Vintage houndstooth overcoat, vintage houndstooth skirt, red Jumper, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Dangerfield cardigan, black pencil skirt, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Dangerfield swan dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat, Natasha Marie flower hair clip, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Vintage zebra print overcoat, Danni Minogue jumpsuit & Doc Martens.


Left: Black jumper, Dangerfield flamingo Skirt, white flower head band & loafers. Right: Noni B chain jacket, green turtleneck, green flower, black pinafore, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Hell Bunny “Lacey Swallow” 50s Skirt, black jumper, black double rose hair clip. Right: Black & white polka-dot dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat & Tuk kitty Mary Jane shoes.


Left: Dangerfield button front corduroy dress, green turtleneck, green flower hair clip, black opaque tights & black gogo boots. Right: Vintage crimplene overcoat, Dangerfield navy slip dress, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Dangerfield slip dress, black turtleneck, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Dangerfield pink circle dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat, pink flower hair clip, black opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


Left: Banned Apparel “Doll” skirt, orange T-shirt & orange hair flowers. Right: Rockabilly flamingo skirt, Dangerfield turquoise cardigan, turquoise hair flower & Jean Paul Gaultier denim jacket


Left: Vintage crimplene pink dress, Jean Paul Gaultier overcoat, pink flower hair clip, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens. Right: Black pinafore, red jumper, red hair flower, opaque tights & Mary Jane Doc Martens


I use a vintage beauty case as my briefcase for work. It adds to my retro look, plus it is handy as there is plenty of room.

 

I like to mix and match vintage items with retro items and labels such as Hell Bunny, Dangerfield, Princess Highway, Revival, Banned Apparel, Sourpuss, Wheels and Dollbaby, Voodoo Vixen, Natasha Marie Clothing, Kitten D’Amour, etc. In vintage items, I love the look of Crimpelene outfits, especially for work. They never need ironing and they are quite warm for winter.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my outfits. Send me photos of your retro work outfits. I look forward to seeing them.

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Ridiculously Retro  xx