Tag Archive | retro

Stranded at the Drive-Ins

At the Drive-Ins they are having a "Retro Experience" and playing old-style movies each Saturday Night over a few months!


Blacktown Skyline Drive-in


The retro experience at the drive-in. Website: eventcinemas.com.au

It was so much fun watching Grease at the drive-ins (even though I had just watched it 2 weeks prior lol)! There were so many vintage cars, hot rods and rockabilly people everywhere. It was such a fun night.

Waiting for the movie to begin


Grease playing at the drive-in


The old speaker boxes for your car window

There is also a retro diner to purchase all your snacks. It has great food with a retro atmosphere!


Photos in the diner.
Last 2 photos: luchettikrelle.com

It was such a ridiculously retro night. I would recommend it to everyone who would love to experience the retro lifestyle! I already booked to see American Graffiti in a few weeks time, which is another movie that I love. I will let you know how it went.


The end of Grease.

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

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Ridiculously Retro xx

Who Loves Bettie Page Style Bangs?

Bettie Mae Page was a 50s icon. She was an American model and gained a significant profile as a 1950s pin up girl at a time when sexuality was repressed. Bettie appeared in many Burlesque films. She appeared as a centerfold in the January 1955 Playboy, one of the earliest, and soon shot to stardom and was on the walls in many male dominated areas. Bettie was a curvaceous lady with dark hair and blue eyes, but it was her short bangs that remained her trade mark. These bangs influenced hairstyles for generations. She remains a pop icon to today.


Betty Page with her Iconic Bangs
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I have always liked the short rockabilly bangs but I was not too sure it would suit me, as I have such a big face! My friend, who is a hairdresser, told me that they wouldn't sit right as I have a cowlick in my fringe. But I had to finally try it…. So I did!

My new Bettie Page bangs

And I love it!! Though I have very thin hair, I could still achieve the look. You can also purchase clip on bangs to add to the thickness (though I have not tried these)

They are really easy to look after too. After you wash your hair, you just blow dry them with a rolling brush. To stop my cowlick lifting my fringe, I just wear a clip in my fringe to help keep it down on the first night after washing. It usually lasts until the next wash but if it flattens after sleeping or after the gym then you can just spray the roots of your fringe with dry shampoo, and rub into the roots. This will give you a messy look! Then you use a fine tooth comb through the bangs. Grab your curling iron or a round brush and curl back around. They should be in a straight line and voilà!… Your bangs are ready!!!

Curling Brushes
Image: coolblades.co.uk


Curling Wand
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So if you have the urge for Bettie Page bangs, go for it! Just like I did. Take the plunge!! Send me photos. I would love to see them!

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Ridiculously Retro Xx

Sometimes You Just Have To Get Away

We had a wonderful weekend away at Ettalong Beach.

First we stopped at the lookout above Ettalong. What a view!

 

It is a lovely old town surrounded by water.

It has a lively promenade along the beach, with a lot of people and their dogs. It also has a great restaurant and a little cafe.

 

 

There is pelican feeding and pelicans galore in the water and resting by the foreshore

 

We went for a look through the shops too (of course). There is a Tuscan style Theatre with a market on Saturdays. The theatre is built to look old but was actually built in 1999.

 

 

I even managed to find a vintage shop and brought this chair for my bedroom

There was a dry cleaners with a great motto so I had to take a picture.  I could imagine all the rude pictures taken here with that motto.

 

On the Sunday there was Studibaker Car Show. There were some great looking old cars, so that was fun.

The below one was perfect for me. It is a red convertible studibaker. With red and cream leather interior. It was a gorgeous car.

I also found this great old fence, which I would love for my place. Isn't it cool!

Ettalong is a relaxed old town with walking and bike tracks everywhere to enjoy along the waters edge. They have upgraded the foreshore and promenade. There is a ferry that can take you from Palm Beach to Ettalong in just over an hour. And it takes just over an hour and a half to drive from Sydney. There are many restaurants and cafes to enjoy and of course fresh seafood. There is so much to see and do. And it is great for sight seeing including a great walk up Blackwall Mountain. There is plenty of swimming in summertime.

You should go for a break at Ettalong Beach, it is really enjoyable. Where do you like to get away? Let me know, I would love to hear about other places to get away.

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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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Ridiculously Retro   xx

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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Ridiculously Retro  xx

 

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