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Magical Mermaids

Mermaids are legendary creatures of the sea. The head and upper body are of a female human with the tail of a fish. Mermaid is a compound of old English – merely meaning sea and maid, being a young woman.

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Mermaids are a part of worldwide culture! Sightings of mermaids have been recorded over many centuries. Are they a myth or true?

The first known story was that of goddess Atargatis of Assyria that transferred herself into a mermaid out of shame from accidentally killing her lover.

Above: Artargatis

Mermaids have been popular in both art and literature over many centuries.

Above: Leighton-The Fisherman and the Syren-c. 1856-1858.

The most famous mermaid story that children love is Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It follows the story of mermaid Ariel who falls in love with a Prince and wants to be a human, as to be with her true love.

Above: Ariel, Disney’s Little Mermaid

I have recently purchased vintage wall mermaids! I have wanted to get some for such a long time as I adore them, but I waited to get the perfect set to match my bathroom decor.

Above: My vintage mermaids

Vintage mermaids can range in price from $120 to $350, depending on their makers. There are some really good vintage wall mermaid sets by Lefton, Norcrest, McFarlane, Bradley, Lane & Co, Joty and Holt Howard.

Above: Vintage mermaids sets

Do you love Vintage Wall Mermaids? Let me know! Do you have any vintage wall mermaids? Send me photos, I would love to see them!!

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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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Retro Diners

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

Image: Doughbox Diner’s Facebook page

Image: standing outside Doughbox Diner

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!

Image: food at Doughbox Diner

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.

Image: Signs on the walls at the restaurant

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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

Image: retro diner 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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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.

Advertisement for women in WW2

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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.

Advertisement of bullet bra

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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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Bottom: howfashionworks.com

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

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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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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
Image: http://www.bettiepage.com

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
Image: itzallabouthair.com.au

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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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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