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Treasure Trove

One of my favourite places to shop is Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre. It can be found at 17 Bourke Road in Alexandria NSW. Wow 😳 what a fascinating place!!

Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre is a large warehouse full of different stalls of traders, hobbyists, collectors, stylists and dealers. You can spend hours at this warehouse when visiting as there is so much to see.

It is like stepping back in time. You never know what interesting and unique items you will find each time you go to shop. I will share some of my favourite finds throughout my last shopping experience.

I have been many times and I will share with you some of my divine purchases…

Mitchell Road sells everything you want AND more. They stock countless antiques and collectable finds in furniture, lighting, fashion, jewellery, fashion accessories, homewares, art, toys, music, magazines, books and other items.

Whenever you visit Mitchell Road, I guarantee that you cannot leave the warehouse without buying something. There is so much variety and so many wonderful items that you may never get the opportunity to see again. So you better start start saving (LOL).

Below is even more images, to give you an idea of what is available at this fantastic warehouse.

I hope you get to visit Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre as it is well worth a visit. Maybe you know of another place similar, let us know! We would love to find out. Even if it’s not in NSW, Australia.

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It’s Extraordinaire…..It’s The Sydney Fair!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the Sydney Fair. It is Sydney’s largest antique fair. It was full of art deco, vintage and 20th century pieces for sale from over 50 dealers. It was held at Randwick Racecourse in the Kensington Room.

Standing alongside some of the fashion

There were so many amazing items. I was in awe at the rare vintage fashion, unique items and antiques!!

There was furniture, fashion, jewellery, lighting, sculpture, silver, glass, ceramics, books, prints, arts and vintage couture from all eras.

Outside the fair

I took some photos of items at the fair to share with you. Enjoy!

Signs
Jewellery
Fashion
Ornaments
Furniture
More Fashion
More furniture
Decanter
Even More Fashion
Even More Furniture

There were stalls and stalls of incredible items and well worth a look. I have been into vintage for a long time and there was some fashion I had never had the opportunity to see before this fair. There were so many rare decor and furniture items. As well as stunning artwork.

Seven news visits the fair:

https://fb.watch/5SY1L7WvGY/

The Sydney Fair is in other states of Australia. I definitely know that it is held in Melbourne, so check it out if you are in Australia, to see if it is in your state.

The Sydney Fair is the perfect opportunity to view and touch rare pieces that you have only seen in pictures,
talk to experts,
try something vintage on and take photos,
You can also buy something to wear, collect or decorate with….

It is well worth a visit.

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This Blows My Mind ……

https://www.instyle.com/hair/history-hair-dryer?crlt.pid=camp.1cWzgieTX7P2#903006

Hairdryers are important… they play an essential role in a good haircut. A hairdryer takes the moisture out of your hair and creates a natural body and shape to your hairstyle. It is essential to own a good hairdryer in order to create less frizz and a good all-over style. A good hairdryer will dispense heat more evenly and not damage your hair.

https://www.hemswell-antiques.com/antiques/vintage-upcycled-and-repurposed/vintage-bakelite-hairdryer-upcycled-lamp-74450.html

In 1890, the first hairdryer was invented by French stylist Alexander Godefroy. Now, don’t we owe him praise! His invention was very large, where you sat with a bonnet attached to a chimney pipe of a gas stove. Alexander Godefroy invented it for his own hair salon in France. Hence, it was not portable.

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

In the 1920s, hairdryers were on the market in hand-held form. They look quite heavy and only have a small nozzle so they would only dispense air to smaller areas of your hair. This would be handy for styling your hair, but meant drying your hair would take a lot longer.

https://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/vintage+hair+dryer

In 1936, there was the multi-prong hairdryer. It was a strange looking hairdryer and appears as though aliens are probing information from our brains (LOL). But you have to admit it is rather peculiar looking?!

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

During the 1950s and 1960s, the bonnet dryer was introduced. This was where the hairdryer was in a portable box, with a tube connecting to a bonnet. This bonnet is placed on top of a persons head. This worked by giving an even amount of heat to the whole head at once. This was handy in this era – curlers were often used and once your hair was dried you would style it. Later, it became more portable and could be worn attached to your pants.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1950s there were also hairdryers on stands, which made it easier when styling your hair. This hairdryer allows the flexibility of both your hands to be free for styling while blowing. I love the look of this hairdryer.

https://wanelo.co/p/19462068/vintage-hair-dryer-1950s-chic-hair-dryer-pastel-pink-morris-struhl-inc-vintage-dryer-stand-50s-vintage-beauty-salon-working

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was the home portable salonette hairdryer. This was handy for fast drying and it’s compact size. It allowed you to sit, dry & style your hair like in the salons, but in a compact size for your home.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1960s, there were also home salon stand hairdryers. These were a great way to set your hair with rollers, then style your hair. They were not compact like the above options, but if you had the room in your house these were the more expensive alternative that gave better results.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/373869206542860279/

The 1970s hairdryers are not too different to todays hairdryers, just a bit heavier in comparison. They were basic and just came with a nozzle attachment for styling.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/615786428/1970s-vintage-hair-dryer-blo-styler-by?epik=dj0yJnU9a3Zac2d1aUxldmRta0hDQjZPZEZDaUc1dnBKUHVTeHUmcD0wJm49cHpRSlprX3IwU1o0VXFrN0JuVnlMQSZ0PUFBQUFBR0NIY1ZZ

In the 1980s, hairdryers came with more accessories than just nozzles… the diffuser! Diffusers became a big hit as they helped your hair to look fuller and enhanced your curls. And as we know, the 1980s hairstyles became much bigger than ever before! The motto with hair was “the bigger, the better” (LOL), hence the trend towards diffusers.

https://beautychattette.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/how-to-do-80s-hair-make-up-and-dress-up-for-a-party/5-22/

In the 1990s, the trend in hairdryers was the smaller, the better. As with many other electrical items, trends have gone from big and bulky to small … and now back to bigger!

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g25311921/90s-hair-tools/

Today, most hairdryers are the same. They are lightweight, portable and easily functional. They can come with a few different attachments for styling, as well. Another difference from earlier models being that we have the option of the cool setting. Many hairdressers, and people, prefer using cooler settings to avoid damaging your hair.

https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Negative-Infrared-Diffuser-Concentrator/dp/B07DDDBW3B

Many people like to collect vintage hairdryers as they are quirky and are a good representation of the retro life. I have collected a few hairdryers over the years and I thought I would share them with you:

My GE Salonette Portable Hairdryer
My Bonnet Hairdryer
My 1970s CMB Salon Stand Hairdryer
My 50s-60s Pink Ronson Stand Hair Dryer

What do you think of the varying hairdryers over time? Its interesting that there hasn’t been too much change since the 1970s when compared to earlier models. Do you collect vintage hairdryers? I would love to see your collection.

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O! How Stylish

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was one of the most stylish ladies and renowned for being at the forefront of fashion. Her style was copied by women around the world and still is today. She has remained an influential figure in the fashion industry. Her famous styles and renowned look is known as the Jackie O look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis

Jackie Lee Bouvier was born on July 28 1929, in New York. Jackie began riding horses at one year old and by eleven, she had won several national championships. While at school, she learnt ballet and French. She continued her studies at college where she studied history, literature, art and French. She completed studies in Paris too.

Jackie started her first job in 1951 as a photographer for a newspaper, where she met John F Kennedy. They married and she became the youngest ever First Lady.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jackie-kennedy-letters-shine-light-her-marriage-mourning-n104191

Jackie was renowned for wearing oversized glasses and these became her signature eye-ware. This famous style of glasses are often coming into fashion over and over again and are still known as Jackie O glasses.

https://www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk/blog/brand-spotlight/thats-so-jackie-o-statement-sunglasses.html

Another statement fashion item of Jackie’s was the pearl necklace.

Pearls were appropriate with any outfit!

According to Jackie

Many images of Jackie show her with either short pearls, or in the late 60s and 70s she would often wear long strands of pearls with mini dresses.

https://www.pearlsonly.com.au/blog/jackie-kennedy-wearing-a-triple-strand-pearl-necklace/

Jackie also popularised the pillbox hat. She usually wore a pillbox hat that matched her dresses and jackets.

https://www.popsugar.com.au/beauty/photo-gallery/46358023/image/46357999/Jackie-Kennedy-Fashion-Show-US-State-Department-1962

In 1964, Jackie purchased six Gucci handbags, known as The Constance. The bags instantly became a hit. These Gucci Bags later became known as the iconic Jackie handbag, as a tribute to Jackie Kennedy. This bag was considered the first boho or bohemian bag.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/t-magazine/gucci-jackie-1961-saddlebag.html

There was a new Jackie handbag introduced in 2009. Released by Gucci and created by Frida Giannini. It was again hugely popular.

https://www.icon-icon.com/en/the-jackie-by-gucci/

Jackie was also famous for wearing the Chanel suit. Her pink Chanel suit is her most famous outfit in history and remains her trademark. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the Chanel suit was a strong symbol of the modern woman of high society with political views, sophistication and independence. This is what Jackie represented. The colour pink was also an element of traditional feminist attributes!

Her pink suit was one of John F Kennedy’s favourites. The sad significance of the suit is that she was wearing it at her husband, John F Kennedy’s assassination. She attempted to protect her husband, leaving her suit blood stained. It is stored out of public viewing in the National Archives.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/110338259608536387/

For casual outings, Jackie would often look chic in a shift dress or matching top and skirt or pencil pants.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/6-new-season-trends-borrow-jackie-kennedy/

https://www.instyle.com/fashion/jackie-kennedy-style-lessons

https://www.dimplesandtangles.com/2014/06/fashion-inspired-by-jacqueline-kennedy.html

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O was often dressed by designers such as Oleg Cassini, Chanel, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

https://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/fashion-designer-hubert-de-givenchy-dead-at-91-details/
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O captivated the world with her style, intelligence, beauty and grace. She is someone that I have admired over the years for her style, and in my eyes will always be a fashion icon.

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Back to Basics: Your Guide for Channelling the 1950’s

In order to achieve the perfect 1950s fashion look, you need to know and understand the fashion trends of the era. I have done some research over time and here is what I have found are the key pieces:

  1. Swing dresses
  2. Petticoats for fullness
  3. Slim sheath dresses
4. Tailored suits 5. Pencil / poodle Skirts6. Cape 7. Circle skirts 8. Capri / cigarette pants 9. High waisted jeans 10. Crew Neck cardigan 11. Peter pan collar blouses 12. Bolero 13. Twin set cardigan sweaters 14. Swing coats in winter 15. Neck scarf 16. Kitten heels, saddle shoes, stiletto heels 17. Small hats, headscarves, hair flowers18. Pearls, brooches, sweater clips 19. Gloves, belt, handbag 20. Buttlet bra, girdle, backseam stockings

I hope this has helped you gain more of an understanding of the fashion trends of the 1950s, to help you achieve your look.

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Woodstock 1969

Three days of Peace and Music

An advertisement for Woodstock 1969
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On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock it seemed only fitting to write about it… I have been watching so many documentaries and interviews recently of stories from people that attended!

Woodstock was held at a dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York and ran from 15th August to 18th August 1969. It was organised by four men all in their 20s. The idea behind the event was to make enough money to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock, and it is now known as the most famous and most talked about concert throughout history.

Michael Lang, one of the guys who organised Woodstock
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There were over 500,000 people who attended the three day concert. The tickets were originally sold for $18 in advance and $24 at the gate, but the fence was so flimsy it was knocked down and hundreds of thousands more people attended for free. They ran out of food on the Friday night and resorted to concession workers from Food for Love. The army had to air lift in the supplies and the performers. One thing we can learn from this event and the hippy generation is that with 500,000 concert goers there was no violence that occurred – just peace ✌️

The audience at Woodstock
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The line up of artists was incredible and included:

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Who
  • Janis Joplin
  • Grateful Dead
  • Joe Cocker
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • Joan Baez
  • Santana
  • Richie Havens
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • and so many others
Janis Joplin at Woodstock
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The Who at Woodstock
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Wow… how impressive!!

There was a lot of nudity, music, love making, drugs, yoga in the fields, fun and games, dancing, and a whole lot more love making and drugs. In interviews they described themselves as “spawning in the water like fish”, swimming and bathing in the same water. There were other stories of babies being born in the fields but no evidence is available.

Audience at Woodstock
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The concert ended with Jimi Hendrix playing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock
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It would have been a life changing experience to have attended Woodstock. This 3-day festival has changed the world, becoming a cultural touchstone and paving the way for rock festivals and outdoor concerts we attend today.

DIY Retro Oven Mitt and Hot Pad

If you have been wanting to replace your old oven mitt and hot pad then why not make your own! I am going to help you through an easy step by step guide to making an oven mitt and hot pad in your favourite retro fabric to suit your retro kitchen. It is an easy project and takes very little time to make. You can use left over fabric and the only cost may be the heat proof insulated wadding, which you will need 1/2 a metre of, depending on its width.

What You Will Need:

  1. Insulated wadding
  2. Retro fabric
  3. Matching Ribbon
  4. Matching cotton
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Paper & pen
  7. Scissors

Mitt

1. To begin with, trace around your hand on a piece of paper. Do an over exaggerated trace as I have done in the picture below. This allows for any size hand to use the glove and also ease to pull on and off.

Cut around the trace.

2. Use this as your pattern for cutting out your fabric piece. You will need 4 pieces of your retro fabric for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. I used 4 pieces of fabric as I prefer the inside of the glove to be fabric rather than wadding as I do not like the feel of wadding on my hand.

3. Next, cut out all your wadding. You will need 4 pieces of your wadding for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. This will give you extra padding from the heat.

4. Now grab two pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of your wadding and pin together matching up all sides evenly and having the correct side of fabric on the outside and wadding on the inside. Sew close to the edges on all sides leaving no openings.

5. Do the same with the remaining two pieces of fabric and two pieces of wadding. Once again, pinning together, matching up all sides evenly and sewing close to the edges.

6. Now you can pin the two sewn pieces together leaving the bottom piece open, as this allows your hand to enter. On one side before you get to the end of the seam add a ribbon loop along the seam (do the loop on the inside as we will be turning the glove through so the seams are on the inside & the hoop will then be on the outside ) This loop will allow you to hang your mitt, see picture below.

Once sewn turn the glove inside out so the seams are on the inside (not showing)

7. Now you can hem the bottom or use the remaining ribbon to hem, like I have done below.

Hot Pad

This is a really easy process:

1. Cut out fabric 2 squares & 2 wadding squares. It is usually recommended that you do a square 17.5cm x 17.5cm, but it is really up to you.

2. Place fabric pieces right sides together and wadding on the outside, then sew all sides together leaving a 5cm gap to pull it through to the right side

3. When you have pulled it completely through to the right side. Use a knitting needle or something similar to push the corners to check they are through completely. Then you can finish sewing the seam closed. As you sew the seam closed you can use ribbon to make a loop for easy hanging.

4. To tidy it up, I like to stitch around the edges.

Your kitchen mitt and hot pad is now complete

Let me know how you go, I would love to see your finished product!

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Style Me Vintage

If you were looking for some step-by-step instructions or some inspiration on how to recreate and achieve vintage looks in clothing, makeup, hair or accessories then I suggest Style Me Vintage! Style Me Vintage are an excellent range of books to guide and teach you how to achieve some great looks. There are also editions focused on recreating a vintage home and hosting a vintage tea party or wedding.

 

There are a variety of Style Me Vintage books to choose from:

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Inside each book you will find so many wonderful ideas! Here are my favourite examples from the five books that I have purchased:

1. Style Me Vintage Accessories…

If you need help to achieve your final polished authentically vintage look, this is the book for you! It provides a guide on how to correctly identify items to attain your look, in terms of sunglasses, jewellery, hats, gloves, scarves, bags and shoes. The book provides looks ranging from the 1920s right through to the 1980s.

 

2. Style Me Vintage Home…

This book is a fantastic guide to help you achieve the vintage home that you desire. It will guide you from the 1920s to the 1970s on what was the classic look of each era.

 

3. Style Me Vintage Clothes

This book has plenty of information on specific details of vintage clothing, from the 1920s to the 1980s, and how to recognise vintage labels. There is also some handy tips on how to repair and maintain vintage clothing, and some great tips on developing your own unique vintage style!

4. Style Me Vintage Hair

This book has some useful step-by-step easy guides on hair styles such as: finger waves, pin curls, 1940s waves, victory rolls, the poodle, and beehives. There are also great guides on how to incorporate accessories, such as headscarves.

5. Style Me Vintage Make-up

This book is FULL of fabulous tips to help you achieve your classic makeup look. It gives you the tools and step-by-step guides for all the classic makeup looks from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Whatever is your vintage style, I am sure that you will find the collection of Style Me Vintage books exceptionally useful as they are full of handy tips and information to guide you through. Let me know which Style Me Vintage books have helped you. I would love to hear!

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1950’s Ladies Gloves

In the early 1950’s, ladies were required to wear gloves as etiquette and as part of fashion. They wore gloves that match their shoes or their outfit, while some ladies wore traditional white gloves. Fashionable ladies would wear striped gloves or patterned with matching scarves. Not only fashionable, gloves were also worn to warm hands.

1950s Glove advertisement

The 1950’s glove etiquette for ladies was that gloves had to be worn in most public places, including the streets of cities and large towns, at church, to a luncheon or dinner, reception, a dance, theatre, restaurant, wedding and any official function. Smart ladies wore gloves on trains, buses and trams.

When wearing formal wear, ladies needed to wear elbow-length gloves. This made a person look fashionable and glamorous.

Everyday gloves were not fancy or piped or in contrasting colours. Ladies kept everyday gloves very simple, like all the basics in their wardrobe.

Brides had to keep their hands covered. A bride wearing short sleeves had to wear long gloves but had to slip her hand out easily for the wedding ring.

Bracelets could be worn over gloves but never rings.

Marilyn wearing bracelets over her gloves

Some ladies wore leather gloves. They could be deerskin or cowhide. For warmth some wore theirs lined with sheepskin but this meant the gloves looked bulkier.

Ladies wearing their gloves

A lady only removed her gloves before eating, drinking, smoking, playing cards or putting on makeup. Long gloves remained on at all times at dances. Gloves even remained on when shaking someones hands. At a restaurant, a lady removed her coat, then was seated and could only then remove her gloves.

To me, I think gloves are very stylish and I love to wear them at formal outings to match my vintage outfit. What do you think of gloves? Stylish or not? Let me know your thoughts.

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1950s Lessons On Poise and Personality

According to books from the 1950s, a woman’s deportment and posture are complimentary to a woman’s over-all look. Some ideas are quite questionable in today’s society.

Firstly, you should always stand with feet together and back straight. Breathe in, tuck in your arms and make sure no elbows stick out. This will make you look younger and more attractive. You can practice with books on your head.

Always walk with a bright, springy walk, like a ballerina. Don’t thump your feet.

The way you hold your handbag can put years on your age. Don’t hang it on your arm like a waiters napkin. Always carry it swinging by the handle in your hand.

When sitting, keep legs together with feet placed nicely side by side. Crossed legs are permissible nowadays if your skirt does not ride up. Keep hands restful on your lap, with your tummy in and shoulders straight. Now you look trim, alert and ladylike. Don’t flop into a chair, feel the seat with the back of your legs then slowly sit down and never moan even if your feet hurt. On rising, your hands should remain in front of you and step springily forward. Always smiling.

The tone of your voice and the manner in which you express yourself will be impressionable on those you meet. Mispronunciation of words or ignorance of the more complex rules of grammatical expressions need to be remedied immediately. You should be knowledgeable but never argue your opinions. Examine your voice for defects by taping it and listen to it back, then work on the necessary pitch, tone and improve your speech. Speak slowly and try to remove any slang.

In social situations you must always be interesting but also be a good listener. Never be a bore. It is noted that unless you are a raving beauty, strangers are not at all interested in you, unless you can prove that you are an interesting person (haha wow)!

Some of the above suggestions are quite questionable in today’s society and you certainly wouldn’t want to teach your daughter all these out-of-date guidelines but the 50s society was different than today. What do you think of these guidelines? I would love to hear.

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