Romeo, Romeo – Where for art thou Romeo

Growing up with a famous name, Juliette, comes with a lot of ridicule. For every new person I meet I am always asked the same question, “Where is Romeo?” or “Who is your Romeo?” I have to let out the usual giggle (like I have never heard that one before lol) but everyone says it. You have to be polite. And they always think they are the first to say it and that they are very humorous but it is a joke that you live with all your life.

Even new teachers at school, found it necessary to taunt me with that joke in front of the whole class. Which meant at lunch time the topic of conversation amongst my friends was: who is my Romeo? And constantly telling boys they were my Romeo.

When you have a boyfriend or husband they were also part of the joke. “You should change your name to Romeo”. Or else my husband just gets nicknamed Romeo. He is use to it now and also lets out the same laugh like it is the first time he has heard that joke.

But don’t get me wrong, I love my name. I like it’s originality, and I have only met one other Juliet! I also love the fact my name is French and that it has romantic connotations. It is a beautiful sounding name and the name means little angel.

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William Shakespeare’s novel Romeo and Juliet

I have always loved the Shakespeare novel, Romeo and Juliet, being a true romantic just adds to my love of the novel.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that was written by William Shakespeare and it was one of his most popular novels/ plays.

Image of Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony scene by Ford Maddox Brown

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The tragedy is about two families in a feud. Romeo is from one family and Juliet the other. They meet at a masquerade ball held for Juliet to fall in love with Paris, but plans are altered when Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love at first sight and agree to marry the next day.

Friar Laurence performs the ceremony, though at first was reluctant, but believed it might be the perfect way to end the feud between the families.

Later, Juliet’s father arranges for Juliet to marry Paris, unaware of her previous engagements. To overcome this, Friar Laurence organises for Juliet to take a sleeping potion to make her appear dead for the next 42 hours. Romeo was kept unaware of this plan, and finds Juliet, assuming she is dead. In light of the tragic scene laying before him, he drinks poison and dies. However, Juliet soon awakens to find the death of her lover, and in turn takes Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself.

The two families arrive and Friar explains the tragic story. The tragedy of the event brings both families together and this leads to the feud’s end.

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I adore Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of Romeo and Juliet, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It is a modern take on a classic story. I really enjoy this movie and recommend it to everyone. It is one of my favourite movie interpretations.

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There are so many famous names from history. Do you have a famous name from history? Let me know about your name and the experiences that you have endured. I would love to hear about it.

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Retro Diners

One of my favourite diners is Doughbox Diner at Enmore. It has a great 50s vibe.

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When you first arrive at your booth they bring you a jug of water & hot popcorn. The food here is delicious and I recommend trying the crepe cones. They are my absolute favourites!

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There is plenty more on the menu too, such as the buffalo wings, fries, hotdogs and burgers.

There are great retro signs and pictures on the walls.

Images of the retro wall art

The atmosphere is great with the 50s music blasting from the jukebox, the comfy, bright red diner booths and the waitresses dolled up in their cute 50s diner outfits. I just love going to this diner!

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I also love Big Daddy’s Diner. It has a selection of yummy food too!

Image: Examples of meals at Big Daddy’s

There is a wide variety of food to choose from on their menu.

The restaurant is located at Newtown, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Penrith. It is decorated with retro signs and neon signs.

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The food and the atmosphere is great, I really enjoyed it. It would have been great if they also played retro music to add to the atmosphere, but it is a really enjoyable experience at this restaurant.

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There is also the retro diner at the skyline drive in, that I have talked about in my previous blog: Stranded at the Drive Ins

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Have you been to these diners or another retro diner? Let me know about your experience, I would love to hear about it.

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Roller Coaster of Emotions

So this month has been an emotional time for myself as a mum, as my daughter has turned 18 and graduated from high school.

The family singing happy birthday to our daughter

 

 

To celebrate her 18th birthday, we had a party on the Friday night with her school friends and on the Saturday we had a party with family and family friends.

My daughter blowing out her candles

 

 

It was a lot of hard work to clean up after one party and get things organised for the next party, (don’t recommend this idea lol) but our efforts were well endured and everybody had a wonderful time at both parties.

My daughter really had a great time and received many wonderful gifts. But we were all exhausted after cleaning up on Sunday.

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The graduation was an emotional day for my daughter, her parents (me) and her friends. To see your daughter finish her schooling (year 12) is very emotional.

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The tears began for me the minute she entered the auditorium and any time I seen her during the ceremony. My husband and I were very emotional. I still remember the day she began kindergarten like it was only last week. It was an exciting day but it was very emotional too.

 

 

 

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It will take a long time to realise that my daughter can now come to a club with me and see a band, that she can drive me around and that she no longer attends school. It still really hasn’t sunk in! No more ironing school uniforms, no more helping with homework or assignments, no more encouraging the study, no more making lunches or recess. It is a whole different world now.

 

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And for my daughter, no more teachers, no more asking to go to the bathroom, no more bells, no more school uniforms, no more timetables, no more homework and no more assemblies. Life has changed in so many ways. The possibilities are endless with university, work, love, friends, the future and life in general

Possibilities……….. possibilities ……….. possibilities ………..

Endless possibilities…

How exciting!!!!

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The worries of being an 18 year olds parent don’t decrease, they just alter. Now you worry every time they drive off in a car, every party they attend or club, will they find work, is their choice of study a good choice, are they making healthy choices in life, are their relationships good choices. The worries are still endless! You don’t sleep until they are safe in their bed. Did I do enough as a parent, have I taught her to make the best choices in life? Will she drink? Do drugs? I know my daughter is sensible, but the thoughts still crosses your mind.

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If I went back to 18 years old, what would I change? Probably nothing to be honest. I don’t believe in living with any regrets and I have enjoy my life.

I know my daughter will make the best choices in life and my husband and I are so very proud of her. She has turned into a wonderful, caring, beautiful and intelligent adult and we adore her.

The roller coaster ride of having an 18 year old graduate school is that you are happy that she is entering a new stage of her life but you get emotional of where has the time gone, where has my little girl gone, have you done enough to help her in life, will she be ok, and then the proudness you have for how successful and wonderful she has developed to an adult.

If you could go back to 18 would you make any changes? Have you been through the same experience of your child turning 18? How did you handle it? Let me know I would love to hear about your experience.

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Women getting their points out there!

The bullet bra was actually created in 1939, but unfortunately WW2 put these plans on hold as women were needed to fill more traditionally male jobs and roles. Women joined nurse corps and the armed forces so that more men could be sent into combat.

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After the lean years of WW2, women were getting their curves back in the prosperity of the post-war boom. The trend promoted an hourglass figure. They characterised round hips with belted jackets and a cinched waist and prominent breasts with bullet bras.

Very pointy bullet bra

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Bullet bras became popular due to actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner, who was nicknamed the “Sweater Girl”

Marilyn Monroe wearing a bullet bra

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Sweater girl Lana Turner wearing a bullet bra

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The bullet bra put breasts centre stage. Bullet bras allowed women to add a cup size to their busts. The bra emphasised bras with its axis perpendicular to the breasts, and featured spiral stitching that emphasised the cone shaping. It had a cone centre on the nipples.

Bullet Bra stitching

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With the onset of television advertisements, this allowed for promotional opportunity and was a huge part in the bras popularity! Fashion and glamour became a huge part of women’s fashion choices in the 1950s.

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The popularity of the bullet bra declined in the 1960s, due mainly in part to the new feminist philosophy.

It was reintroduced to the fashion world in 1990, by pop singer Madonna who began to wear bullet bras as outerwear as designed by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Other celebrities such as Katy Perry and Amy Winehouse adopted the bullet bra look on occasions in modern days.

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier Bullet Bra

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What do you think of the bullet bra look? Let me know, I am interested in your opinions.

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Not Just Another Fly on the Wall…

There is a wide variety of retro wall collectables, and some of them are just adorable!  I have purchased a few over the years and I am still on the lookout for more unique ones, but who isn’t?

Retro black deer head with gold trims
This a very stylish piece and is still able to be infused within modern decor too.

Cameo Relief Wall plate
This is a stylish piece and looks stunning on my wall, with its contrasting pink to the red! I also love the textured feel of the dusty pink velveteen.

Retro flying swallows
You can find numerous replicas of these made today! They made a big comeback about 5 years ago, and were able to be found in so many homewares shops.

3D deer plate
This was purchased at a great price but I have seen it being sold at ridiculously high prices. So do shop around.

I just adore the 3d effect on the deer, squirrel, bird and trees. You can find a variety of designs in the 3D plates. So try find tone that relates to your theme or likes. There popularity was mainly in the 1970s.

 

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Cameo Wall hanging
This is onlya small wall hanging compared to my other cameo wall hanging butI still really like the detail on it.  Cameo is a method of carving an object on an gem. Not sure of the history of either of my cameo wall arts, but I am still researching into it. So look out for it in my future blogs and the history of cameo brooches.  

Retro flying elephant wall hanging
This is so cute! But I have seen that this actually comes in a three piece set, but unfortunately I have only one. Never mind I think it is quite unique.

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These are wall hangings I am on the lookout for. I am hunting around for a great price on them! I really enjoy the hunt…

This is a Lefton Wall Lady. She is very lovely and an extremely hard to piece to find! To date, I have not seen this one but I am on the lookout. George Zoltan Lefton made china and porcelain creations from 1940 through to the 1990s.  But this a typical 1950s piece. You will know it is a real Lefton creation if it is stamped on it. But in later pieces, Lefton used stickers as his identifying marks. These may have deteriorated over time so may be less noticeable.   

This is a Lefton ballerina set. I have seen this one twice and unfortunately did not get the opportunity to purchase them. I also did not realise the rarity of the items! However, I won’t lose the chance the third time…. hopefully third time lucky! I love this set and it is typical of Lefton’s 1950s work, such as the mermaid wall ceramics.


I also love these fish wall hangings. There are a lot of varieties of the fish, be they Norton, Bradley, Lefton, Norcrest or Holt Howard!


I am also on the lookout for a Norcrest Mermaid Set. I found a great pair of mermaids online that I am bidding on, and hope to purchase! Fingers crossed.

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You also have your vintage mirrors, which can be a feature item on any wall! There are some stunning vintage mirrors available, where the intricate craftsmanship is still so evident. I especially love the ones with etched pictures and beveled edges.

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The above photo show a creative way to incorporate vintage mirrors into your modern decor. These vintage hand mirrors were used as photo frames.

My personal collection of vintage mirrors
If you’d like to learn more about my collection of vintage mirrors, check out my earlier blog post here!

Retro wooden fork and spoon sets are another alternative to wall collectables that can be funky accessories for your kitchen! I remember my grandmother’s pair from when I was young. I love these ones. img_5910-e1505310092834.jpg These are huge and a feature on my kitchen walls[/caption]

My fork and spoon set
They are a huge, measuring up to 1 metre long

You can also get vintage wall vases! There is a wide variety and styles available. You can put plants or flowers in them, or keep them empty.


Pink Wall Vase Set
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Vase Wall Hanging
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Of course,  another great alternative is vintage artwork. My favourite artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Margaret Keane, Andy Warhol and JH Lynch. Look out for my future blogs on these retro artists!

What vintage wall collectables are you collecting? Send me photos, I am excited to see them!

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American Graffiti

The drive-ins are playing retro movies and last Saturday the feature was the classic movie American Graffiti.

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The retro experience at the drive in.

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I was so excited as I love the movie. There were some hot rods and classic cars, which my husband and I were hoping for.

Waiting for the movie to begin

 

Old car window speakers are still next to each car space, to add to the retro feel.

 

There is a retro diner with yummy food

 

American Grafitti is about the last day of summer holidays for a group of friends. The whole movie is set over one night, and involves cruising the streets of California and listening to the DJ, Wolfman Jack, play rock’n’roll music and all the adventures that they go through on this one night. It is the last night of their freedom before they become working adults. It is about the cruising and rock’n’roll culture of the times.

Some cast members

 

Mels drive-in diner, where a lot of the action occurs

 

The music score is fantastic featuring songs such as Louie Louie, Rock Around The Clock, 16 Candles, That’ll Be The Day, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, At The Hop, Surfin’ Safari, Barbara Ann, The Great Pretender and many more. It is really worth a listen with the 41 great songs on it.

American Graffiti Soundtrack

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This is a great movie and well worth seeing. The next retro drive in that I want to go too is “The Wild One” which is being screened in a few weeks.

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

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Girls Night Out

On Wednesday Night Hoyt’s Cinemas had a special “Girls Night Out” and it celebrated the 30 year anniversary of the fantastic movie “Dirty Dancing”. This is one of my favourite movies, so I organised a group of my friends, as we had to go.

Dirty Dancing 30 Year special screening

I was so excited as I had never seen Dirty Dancing on the big screen. So this was going to be a very special occasion.

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We had a splendid dinner before the movie at Thai Rock. When we arrived to the cinema we all received a special gift to celebrate the Girls Night Out and a complimentary glass of champagne!

Special gift to celebrate Girls Night Out

 

Dirty Dancing is a great movie starring Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle and Jennifer Grey as Frances (Baby) Houseman. The movie is set in the Summer of 1963 at a family resort at Kellerman’s. The minute Baby sees Johnny she is intrigued by his look, and after witnessing his “Dirty Dancing” style, she became even more intrigued .

Baby’s personality is to help people, and she tries to help Johnny’s dance party, Penny who has fallen pregnant. This leads her to become Johnny’s dance partner. The two fall in love much to the shock of everyone at Kellerman’s and especially Baby’s father.

The final dance scene in Dirty Dancing

 

Once Baby’s father understands that Johnny didn’t get his dance partner pregnant and really does hold Baby with high regard, he forgives his daughter and Johnny and becomes more accepting of their relationship. The movie ends with everyone at Kellerman’s joining in the dirty dancing style.

This is a movie about accepting others, forbidden love, growing up and life for females during the 60s.

The iconic Scene “Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner”

The musical score is exceptional, featuring songs such as She’s Like The Wind, The Time of My Life, Hungry Eyes and Do You Love Me.

This is an iconic movie and if you haven’t had the opportunity to watch it, then check it out! Also join in one of the great Girls Nights Out at Hoyts. It is a great night that involves lots of laughter, singing and just having fun!

What is one of your favourite iconic movies? Let me know, I would love to hear about them.

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