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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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How To Display Your Vintage Collectables 

If you purchase a retro display cabinet, it becomes a great way to display all your vintage collectables!

My retro cabinet

This retro cabinet is in my lounge room and is getting fuller by the day! It features all my retro collectables and my crystal collection on the bottom shelf.

Lefton Miss Cutie pie salt shaker (picture taken from seller)

Lefton Bluebird creamer milk jug

Vintage lady head vase

Vintage Celluloid Kewpie Doll

Pin Up Salt and Pepper Shakers

Retro glass bowls and ash trays

Retro ceramic cats

Holt Howard Salty & Peppy shakers


I picked this great cabinet up for $1 on eBay. It was an amazing buy and the most amazing lady was selling it. She was so excited to see my rockabilly look. The cabinet was her mums and told me about all the retro items she used to display in it. I expressed my regret that I was only paying $1 but she confirmed that this wasn’t about the money, she just wanted someone to cherish the cabinet as much as her mum did. 

That night, I finished setting up the cabinet and sent her a photo of the finished look. She was overjoyed to see the cabinet being loved as much as her mum had and sent the photo to her brother as well, and they were both in tears. She brought me to tears as well when she told me how happy she was that I purchased it and loved it, just like her mum!

My retro cupboard

$1 brought joy to my life and their lives as well. Learning the history of the cabinet just added to my joy!

How do you display your retro collectables? Send me photos of your cabinet. I would love to see them!

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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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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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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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Title image source

Rosie O’Neill cartoons source

Paper doll kewpie source

Bisque kewpie doll source 

Celluloid kewpie doll source

Plastic kewpie doll source

 

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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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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