Tag Archive | rockabilly

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
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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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



Featured Image: http://www.myvintage.co.uk




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

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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Ridiculously Retro xx

 

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

Brooches….A Rockabilly Fashion Accessory

Assorted brooches

Brooches have been worn throughout history:

  • Celtic brooches were used as cloak fasteners
  • Aigrette brooches worn in the 17th century
  • En Tremblant brooches worn in 18th century
  • Mourning brooches worn for sentimental purposes
  • Grand Tour brooches worn to represent social status
  • Cameo brooches (that I love and trying to find one for me) date back to ancient times
  • Love brooches were given to soldiers in WW1

I have only started with my love of brooches in the last 8 months. But I have added to my collection and am still adding. It is very important to me that my brooch is either colour coordinated with my outfit or the theme goes with my outfit. I am known as the coordinating queen!!!

Some brooches can make an outfit a standout piece.

I love this lipstick brooch

There is a wide variety of brooches available and your flower hair clips are also used as brooches.

Dollbaby by Wheels & Dollbaby; Lucky by Jubly-Umph; Hairspray by Michelle Pitt

 

Flower hair clips can also be used as brooches

The above picture of the three brooches are some of my favourite brooches. The lucky brooch matches my handbag and wallet set. The Coordinating Queen!!!

Jubly-Umph handbag and wallet purchased from Natasha Marie Clothing

Erst Wilder has some amazing brooches. I have been lucky to purchase two at Round She Goes Market Marrickvile. I want to purchase more at the next market.

Erst Wilder Brooches Blown Away & Fairest of Them All

You will love the look of all the varying brooches available. I hope you love brooches as much as I now love them. They are a rockabilly accessory. Send me photos of your brooches, I look forward to seeing them!

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Ridiculously Retro   Xx