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Tiki Safari

On Saturday, my friends and I went to the Tiki Safari held by Barfly Promotions, the makers of the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market

at The Factory Theatre in Marrickville.

The Factory Theatre Marrickville

It was a fantastic afternoon and night! The event is held annually at the Factory Theatre, however it was my first time. What a great place to hold an event, with three levels and an outdoor area!

At the Tiki Safari

There was some fantastic stalls, including Blue Belle Vintage Clothing, Heart Shaped House Vintage, Bred and Butter Vintage, Beyond the Sea Swimwear, Shramek Art and a Tiki mug stand.

I purchased some great items too: leopard capris, green ‘Dolores’ top, retro salt and pepper shaker, tribal doll and a few hair accessories.

And food stands, including Bovine and Swine Barbecue Co, which was delicious, or a chicken and chips stall.

Bovine & Swine Barbeque Co

There was fantastic performers, including DJ Andy Travers, Los Monaros, Hellcat III, Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dancers, DJ Rod Almighty, Pat Capocci, DJ Jay Katz , Rosa Maria and Thurston Howlers…. and you could not resist dancing along! It was fantastic live entertainment!!

Hellcat III

Pacific Dreamz Polynesian Dancers

Roda Maria

Thurston Howlers

There was a Tiki Fashion Parade too, full of gorgeous retro tiki outfits.

Source credit: https://instagram.com/heartshapedhousevintage?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1cs0xz7aox1my

It was a fantastic event, and we will definitely be back next year. Can’t wait!! Have you ever been to the Tiki Safari or something similar? Let me know about you experience.

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Ridiculously Retro xx

The Secret to Women’s Exercise Routine in the 1950’s

You don’t need big bucks to get fit! Women in the 1950’s proved this. Women did not strive to go to the gym to stay fit like we do today, as they walked the kids to school, walked to supermarkets, carried heavy vacuums and other household appliances and many other manual tasks. With our modern technology, women in the 1950’s spent a lot more time on their feet compared to us. All these strenuous duties was one way to get fit!

A 50s woman working hard

Research actually suggests that the average 50’s woman would burn 1000 calories a day, where as the modern woman only burns on average, around 556.

Exercise in the 1950s

In 1953, the first televised program for women’s exercise began. It was nationally televised in 1959, called the Jack LaLanne Show. It mainly consisted of calisthenics.

The Jack LaLanne Exercise Show

In the 50’s a work out consisted of calisthenics, hula hooping, yoga, bike riding or dancing.

  1. Calisthenics

In the early 50’s, calisthenic exercises were published in books. Women would practice these exercises in their homes, often during the day, when alone. Later, classes began so women could attend them and meet friends. They became more popular due to Jack LaLanne’s TV Show.

In modern times, calisthenics is similar to what we call aerobics or pilates. Locate your closest gym and give an aerobics or pilates class a try. It is fun, energetic and a great socialising experience!

Calisthenics became popular in the 50s

2. Hula hooping is a great ab work out, and is really fun. Why not just pick up your kids hula hoop and give it a go, you’ll be surprised at how much fun it is!

Hula Hooping

3. Yoga is seen as a form of relaxation, toning the body, and increasing metabolism. Once control of the body has been completely mastered, the mind is ready for meditation. It was practiced at home, guided by a book.

Nowadays there a plenty of yoga studios you could try, and plenty of online yoga YouTube videos!

Yoga

4. Bike riding is great for exercising and is great for socialising! You could purchase a bicycle to ride around your town. Many councils have installed bicycle tracks around local communities. Alternatively, you could purchase an indoors exercise bike, or use one at your local gym. Exercise bikes still achieve great results, and are convenient in the comfort of your own home!

Bike Riding

5. Dancing in the 50’s was also great exercise… Be it rock ‘n’roll, swing, jitterbug, boogie-woogie or bop! All dancing is a great exercise and a great form of socialising. There are many schools today, that teach 50s dancing:

https://swingpatrol.com/

https://www.swingdancedownunder.org/schools/

https://www.allaboutswing.com.au/

http://simplyswing.com.au/

Try it out, you will love it! I have enrolled in classes to commence soon. I am so excited! I will tell you how I go.

Dancing in the 50s

Maybe we should take a few of these ideas from the 1950’s women and put them into practice in our modern busy lives. I love bike riding, yoga and I am about to learn some rock’n’roll dancing! More of that in my later blogs…

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Ridiculously Retro xx

Reference:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2176971/1950s-housewives-kept-slim-burning-calories-housework.html

Images: Reference photo, Cleaning image, yoga image from Woman’s World – M.A. White

Spring Cleaning – the 50s way

In the 1950’s, it was expected for a housewife to keep her house spotlessly clean and well managed.

She was also expected to keep the family well organised and cook meals at set times. It was her mission in life for the household to be well organised and everything cleaned regularly!

The cleaning routine would usually begin as soon the kids walked off to school.

Although expectations of women in society have changed (thank god!), some of their cleaning tips could still be relevant today…

To start spring cleaning here are some tips:

Firstly, put on your favourite 50’s music, a 50’s spring dress, an apron and begin!

1. Cleaning mirrors or windows –

  • Collect supplies in your cleaning caddy to easily move from window to window
  • Use a lint-free cloth to save heavy scrubbing
  • Moisten the cloth with methylated spirits in water
  • Use lengthwise strokes outside and crosswise strokes inside to see if you missed a spot
  • Polish with a dry duster

2. Washing curtains –

  • Simply wash in the washing machine
  • Hang out to dry in the sun

3. Cleaning blinds –

  • Hang blinds out on the clothesline
  • Wash with a hose, scrubbing at the same time
  • Leave them in the sun to dry

4. Cleaning the stove –

  • Newspaper is ideal for cleaning tops of stoves
  • Inside stove, remove all removable parts and clean in warm soapy water

5. Cleaning the refrigerator –

  • Defrost with a bowl of hot water placed in the fridge. Replace it each time it starts to get cold.
  • Clean the inside
  • Wipe over the exterior of the fridge with a cloth smeared in vanilla essence

6. Cleaning the sinks –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or warm flour for an added lustre
  • Wash your wooden cutting boards with hot water and vinegar to eliminate rawness
  • Use baking soda to unblock drains

7. Cleaning kitchen cupboards –

  • Remove all the items
  • Wash the inside and outside of the cupboard
  • Hang dried lavender in the kitchen to help make it smell lovely
  • Combine lemon juice and borax to remove rust from porcelain and ceramics
  • To remove rust and stains from stainless steel utensils, use a fine grain sand paper,  then rub with a slice of onion and rinse in hot water
  • Once the cupboard is dry, tidily place back all the utensils

8. Cleaning the shower curtain –

  • Take the shower curtain on to the lawn and scrub with a nail brush and warm soapy water
  • Hose it well
  • Allow the shower curtain to dry on the clothesline

9. Cleaning the toilet –

  • Wash with borax and water, then flush well. You can scrub any stains with lemon juice and borax

10. Cleaning the bath –

  • Smear wet soap powder over the bath, leave overnight and rinse well the next day
  • Vinegar or salt and lemon can remove stains
  • Wrap a bunch of eucalyptus around your shower head to keep shower head and bathroom smelling fresh

11. Cleaning the tiles –

  • Clean with methylated spirits or kerosene

12.  Cleaning brushes and combs –

  • Remove hair from brushes and combs
  • Soak in water with a few drops of ammonia

13. Cleaning the floors –

  • Remove all items and furniture
  • Mop bathroom and kitchen floors
  • Steel wool can be used for marks on lino floors

14. Polishing furniture –

  • Pour olive oil on a clean cloth and rub wooden furniture
  • Polish lightly with a dry lint-free cloth
  • Wicker furniture can be rubbed with vegetable oil to protect from cracking
  • For water rings, put a dry cloth over it and warm iron
  • If your books smell musty, sprinkle a little baking soda over it and leave to dry
  • Rub vanilla extract on light globes for a sweet swelling room

15. Cleaning the carpet –

  • Remove all items of the room & thoroughly vacuum
  • Stains can be removed with baking soda mixed in water

16. Cleaning the walls –

  • Remove all pictures and hangings and clean them
  • Clean walls with a duster
  • To remove mould from walls, spray area with undiluted white vinegar

17. Cleaning winter manchester –

  • Manchester must be washed and hung out to dry thoroughly
  • Fold in linen cupboard with a few drop of vanilla essence on a piece of fabric on each shelf

Featured image

All images from Woman’s World-  M.A. White

Home remedies can sometimes produce even better results than store-bought products! Hope you have a fun time trying these tips, and let me know how it all goes!

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Ridiculously Retro Xx

Bodgies and Widgies

I was talking to my Mother and she began to tell me about the Bodgies and Widgies youth culture from the 1950s. My dad was a Bodgie and she was a Widgie. It sounded really interesting so I had to investigate it further.

Bodgies and Widgies were a youth subculture that existed in Australia 🇦🇺 and New Zealand🇳🇿 in the 1950s. The culture was similar to the Rocker culture in the UK 🇬🇧 or the Greaser culture in the USA 🇺🇸

Bodgies and Widgies

The males were known as Bodgies. They grew their hair long and wore satin shirts. Pink was commonly worn by Bodgies, despite still being seen as feminine. Often their attire included very long keychains and later, included moccasins and American drape suits with pegged pants. James Dean was a major style influence who inspired the Bodgie fashion. Typically working class, their interests included alcohol, girls, music and cars.

The females were known as Widgies. They cut their hair short and wore jeans, tight slacks, 3/4 length pants or dresses and bobby socks if they went out, like to a dance.

The confusion was arising between the sexes of the Australian youth. They would regularly frequent Kings Cross and Paddington Milk Bars and were associated with the inner city suburbs. Both my parents grew up in the inner city suburb of Paddington.

Outfits of Bodgies and Widgies

Many in society resisted the Bodgies and Widgies and this created tensions through the generations. The older generations felt the young dressed in strange new clothes and jive-danced to loud music, rejecting the values of their parents generation. This triggered moral panic in Australian society. Police seemed to crackdown on these youths and it sparked numerous exaggerated headlines.

Sydney Newspaper article on Bodgies and Widgies

There were different names for the Aussie Bodgies, some called them Teddy Boys, Rockers, Cafe Racers, Greasers or bikies.

They listened to music like Australian artists Johnny O’ Keefe, Digger Revell, American 50s and jazz music.

Bodgies

Widgies

There was often rivalries between the Bodgies and other subcultures like mods, surfies and skin heads.

Many grew out of it, but some didn’t.

How interesting would it be to step back in time and witness this generation!

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Bag a Barsony

My latest obsession is with the Barsony Lamp. I love the look of the lady figurine and the shades are gorgeous!

Above: Barsony lamp

Below: a Barsony lamp collection

I’m about to purchase my first Barsony lamp!

Barsony Ceramics was an Australian company in production from the 1950’s to 2005. They boomed in popularity from the 1950s to mid ’70s. The company was founded by couple George and Jean Barsony. George was a sculptor from Hungary who arrived in Australia in 1949. Shortly after his arrival, he met his English wife Jean who had also recently arrived in Australia, and worked in a Sydney pottery. Together they started their company that produced ceramic items including ashtrays, figurines, wall plaques and lamps recognisable by their signature matte black finishes. Barsony Ceramics were best-known and most loved for their black lady lamps. With such increased popularity, Barsony were in production for a period for 24-hours a day. No joke!

Above: Ballerina lady lamp 

Barsony lamps can be found mostly on eBay or Etsy. However you could be lucky enough to stumble upon one at a garage sale, vintage shop or  market! Through my research, I’ve seen they can range in price from $150 to $1200, depending on the rarity. With some shopping around, you can hopefully purchase one at a good price.

An interesting feature of the Barsony lamp is that the shade is made of plastic ribbons. The shades are the first to deteriorate due to their plastic material, so to find one in mint condition is a fantastic find! The shades can be very expensive to purchase and range in price from $50 to $250.

I love the unique look of the Barsony lamp. They are such a stand out piece that can be blended with any decor style!

I have just managed to purchase my first Barsony lamp which I purchased through eBay! I am very excited for it to arrive….

Above: the style of my purchase! 

Do you have a Barsony Lamp that you love? Send me photos, I would love to see them.

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Spooky Celebration👻

Last weekend Doughbox Diner held a 50s Halloween with staff & diners dressing up in scary Halloween outfits.

Above: Doughbox Diner Instagram

The diner was decorated extra special for Halloween and it had a special mix of 1950s Halloween music. The whole atmosphere was so enjoyable!! Each table also had spiderweb tablecloths.

Above: the Diner’s decorations

To compliment the Diner’s decorations, the staff members were dressed fantastically spooky in their Halloween costumes! They all looked so excellent!! Anyone who attended the restaurant over the weekend and was dressed up for Halloween, were given a discount on their meals. You were even welcome to go there to trick or treat.

Above: Friends with a diner worker

They also had spooky meal specials to indulge in over the weekend. They were handing out ‘blood red’ cordial syringes, chocolate ‘eye balls,’ and drinks that bubbled like a ‘witches brew’.

The whole night was a really enjoyable experience!

On Halloween night I went to the Drive-In’s for a special screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Above: Rocky Horror

I adore this movie and the night was a great experience! People dressed up and decorated their cars. It was so much fun to see such a classic movie with a cult following at the drive-in’s!

Above: cars decorated at the drive in

What did you do for Halloween? Let me know, I would love to hear about it.

I hope you had a very Spooky Halloween!!👻☠️🎃💀🕷

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Ridiculously Retro Xx

A Retro Girl Living in a Modern World

Women in the 50s had many roles. They may work outside of the home and inside the home. They were housewives, mothers, beauticians, hostess, handy man, a decorator, a vet, undergo doctor or dental duties, psychiatry help, financial help & decisions, cleaning, washing and ironing, cooking, taxi driver, support for her parents and numerous other duties. And that is just for her family.  The happiness and welfare of the whole family rests mainly on her shoulders!

But today those jobs do remain the same. We are underpaid still and have the same numerous duties, however our partners may help a lot more. But with study, work, exercise and family, our lives are still so busy and our duties are never ending. 


The idea behind my blog is to help you with retro and craft ideas & tips. How to still love the 50s, 60s and 70s while living in this modern busy world. 

I love retro clothes, music, hair, furniture and all things retro! My husband has always told me that I was born in the wrong era but I believe my modern way of thinking would have been frowned upon in the 50s. I would have been classed as a ‘rebel’. I love my family, my career, studying and the options that are available in my life.
Let’s hope that all my future tips and ideas can spark ideas to help you celebrate your retro lifestyle too!! 

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Ridiculously Retro xx