Outfit of the day

 

I love this skirt. It’s called the Jenny Cherry Skirt & I got it from MisKonduct for my Birthday this year. I would love to make a skirt like this but I fear the cost would be outrageous, there is just so much fabric and I don’t need to wear a pettiskirt under it because it foofs out all on it’s own.

The red Marilyn top I am wearing underneath my cardi was also bought from MisKonduct.

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You can’t go wrong with cherries!

Jenny Cherry Skirt

I teamed it with a plain black cropped cardi and a fab brooch I picked up from Savers (which has just opened near me) from memory the brooch cost $3.99. I wore this outfit to do my grocery shopping, it was a bit cold the day I took this pic so I have an ugly pair of panty hose on but they are so robust – I actually chuck them in the wash sans washing bag and they survive!

Peek through my Victory Roll.

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 Side view of my Victory Roll.

Martinis & SlippersCan you believe my 5yr old Son took the shot below!!! Very talented young man!!

Martinis & Slippers

 

Cheers
Alex

365 Days of Vintage Hair Styling

It’s a retrospective hair post!

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I have been quietly celebrating a small achievement of mine. As of the 6th October 2013 I officially wore my hair in a vintage style everyday for 365 days. YUP!! 12 whole months, 365 days of styling my hair with a vintage style. Some styles have been fairly elaborate and have taken me a few goes to get right. Some styles take me less than 5 minutes to do and have people saying “you must spend so much time doing your hair”.

Vintage hair

Even the days that I spent vomiting with gastro and had endless showers and laying in bed convinced that I was dying, I STILL managed to have some form of a vintage style (so grateful that day that it was my Bettie Page faux bangs!).

Vintage hair

I do this for me. I do these hairstyles because I like them. I do them because sometimes it really is a bit of a challenge and I do them because up until about 2 years ago I had no idea how to style my hair in the cool styles I do now. My vintage repertoire consisted only of a girls version of a pompadour – a style that I have been using since I was about 14yrs old.

Victory rolls

So if you want to try a new hairstyle or do something different to your hair. Make yourself a drink, get onto YouTube and search for hairstyles that interest you. Watch a tutorial, get the tools you need and get into the bathroom and try it.

Suicide rolls

I still have a long way to go and so much more to learn and will eventually have to bite the bullet and go all the way and have a Middy Cut done – I love my long hair but wet set pin curls or foam rollers take forever and my hair is thick so I need eleventy billion years to get it totally dry.

Victory Rolls

It’s amazing how many people acknowledge my hair or the clothes I wear. I receive a compliment from a complete stranger at least once a week, which as you can imagine is an amazing boost to your confidence. People always smile at me and are always keen to stop me to have a chat. I also get recognised immediately – whereas years ago people could never remember if they had met me before. There is no mistaking now!!

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Anyway…some pics that I managed to take of my hair over the past 12 months.

My gorgeous Son and I – I’m wearing one of my Hell Bunny dresses.

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My Vicious Venus dress. A very flattering dress.

Victory Rolls

 

Bettie Page Bangs

 

Bettie Page Faux Bangs

 

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Below is the before shot – about to take out my foam rollers.

Hair rollers

This is during the brush out – my hair looked like so much fun so I had to take a pic.

Vintage hair styling

Wearing my Sourpuss Cherry cardi.

Victory rolls

 

Victory rolls

 

Rosie the Riveter

My Retrospec’d dress.

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Below is my first trial of doing finger waves and I still can’t believe it worked first go.

Finger waves

 

Bettie Page Faux Bangs

A cold day at the snow and I was grateful for my 1960s vintage swing coat.

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Cute snowflake brooch.

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My 1920s finger waves with my fabulous vintage fur stole that I named Bernard.

1920s hairstyle

Below I had no makeup and a fab vintage necklace that I picked up from the ‘Round She Goes’ Market.

Rosie the Riveter

 

Suicide roll

This style below is a post visit to the hair salon to get my colour done.

Vintage curls

 

Bettie page faux bangs

My gorgeous Daughter & I.

Victory rolls

 

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Wearing a gorgeous 1950s dress I picked up from Bess Georgette.

Vintage hair

I have an obsession with cardigans, this pink sequinned cardi is one of my favs but it’s very fragile so it’s not worn anymore

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Red and white striped cropped jumper from ‘Friends of Couture’.

1940s hairstyle

Another amazing vintage cardi, this one has amazing flowers made out of beads.

1940s hairstyle

One of my favourite vintage reproduction dresses from Vicious Venus.

Bettie Page faux bangs

Faux pearl & hand sewn floral cardigan bought from a local vintage store.

Rosie the Riveter

 

Victory Rolls

This cropped 3/4 sleeve 1950s sequinned jacket has been in my wardrobe for 2yrs, waiting for the right moment to be worn. I adore this jacket!

Victory rolls

 

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Me wearing my very own handmade 1944 blouse.

Victory rolls

On Halloween I wore black and green – a 1930-1940s vintage Swarovski & emerald green rhinestones necklace with my very overdone green eyeshadow.

Vintage Witch

 

Cheers

Alex

The Firehouse

Citrus flavoured drinks were the unexpected theme for the night with all the cocktails I ordered.

Arrrr she be havn’ er share o’ vitamin c to ward off that there scurvy!!! Arrrrr. Ok, that was pretty cheesy pirate talk.

Perhaps because it’s Winter in Australia and every other person has a cold the kind bartender thought it best that we get a top up of vitamin c in all our alcoholic beverages. Ha.

So, a night out with the girls to have a bite to eat, catch up on the goss – child free & see a dear friend of ours that was back in Melbourne for the week saw us at The Firehouse in Ringwood.

We have eaten here a few times, always enjoyed the food. The staff are fantastic & our waitress was brilliant.

Hmmm what would I like to drink tonight?

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My first drink for the night was the Sherbertini. Wow. Ok…so my friend & I have arrived early our other friends were on their way so we snuck in a cheeky drink and my friend is animatedly telling me a story. My drink is in front of me & I have taken my fair share of pics. My friend has my full attention & I reach for my drink, take a sip and my face erupts into the perfect example of a sour puss – cat bum – squinty – sour face. Even though I couldn’t see it I knew it was funny. My friend squeals with laughter & my eyes water & my saliva glands go into overdrive.

Sherbertini.

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What a reaction!!! I loved it. I had another sip & this time knew what to expect so the facial reaction was somewhat reduced but this drink smelt like sherbert and tasted very lemony, very tart but the sugar-rimmed edge of the glass helped cut through that tartness. A sipping drink not designed for swallowing in one gulp.

Next on the list was the Raspberry Pisco Sour. Another foamy drink courtesy of egg whites and this was really nice with the raspberry & lime flavour. As I was taking my last sips I was getting these teeny tiny bit of raspberry gems I suppose you could call them in my mouth & it was very moreish. I enjoyed it & would order 10 of them if they weren’t $17 each and made my head cloudy the next day.

Raspberry Pisco Sour.

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Finally I ordered a jug – yes a jug at $22 each of the Pink Pineapple Mai Tai. My first Mai Tai and it was good. Between 4 people we all got a serve in a glass as pictured and it was nice – perfect Summery drink. I could make this & easily chip away at a jug of this at a bbq or just kicking back on a hot Summers day. Grapefruit juice was the boss in this drink, it kinda overtook the orange & pineapple juice that was also included in the cocktail.

Pink Pineapple Mai Tai being poured from the jug.

Cocktails_06Pink Pineapple Mai Tai.

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After my 3 drinks I wasn’t drunk. I was happy not tipsy & I felt great. Then I did something stupid. I ordered a glass of wine. Red wine. I love red wine but I probably shouldn’t have had that glass because it made me feel a bit blurghhh. I had the wine with my main meal – the Wagyu Beef Burger that was so tasty and yes it was noticed by everyone on the table that I had been quiet since my meal arrived – too busy eating to talk!!!! Chips & a pickle on the side completed my delicious meal.

Yes – I had a cheeky bite of the pickle BEFORE taking the pic.

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We shared desserts but I didn’t take any pics of that. We ordered the apple crumble and the chocolate brownie. I only tasted the brownie and omm nom nom. I love anything with salted caramel on it and well..salted caramel ice cream just made this brownie perfect. We ate it all!!

Oh and I included a cheesy selfie – my hair didn’t quite do what I wanted. I put it in hair roller but only for 5 hours or so. About 1 minute after I took the rollers out the curls dropped. Boooooo. So into a pony tail & just a simple forward victory roll.

Cocktails_02As we were leaving the restaurant they had this backlit sign near the entrance.

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I hope you all had a fabulous Friday night.

Cheers

Alex

 

 

My Friday hair

I stuffed around this morning & went into a kinda cleaning zone in the kitchen so had very limited time to do my hair & makeup.

I am in desperate need of a hair wash but will hold out until I have been to the gym & gotten all sweaty tomorrow. Then I can do a wash & set.

So in my haste decided to convert my front bangs into a victory roll with the rest of my hair into a high pony tail with a cute pink silk scarf. The curls have completely dropped from my hair so it’s kinda straight with a wonky kink to it. My front bangs are crunchy with layer upon layers of hair spray & Brylcreem but it still looks great.

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I also have on one of my absolute favourite cardigans. I bought this recently at the Love Vintage Show that was held in Melbourne in May. I went to the show last year and had to visit again this year (sans children – they were bored last year!) and I had a list of things I wanted and a beaded vintage cardigan was right at the top of my list.

This one is black, a tiny bit short on my long arms and I can’t do the bottom eye/hook up but IT’S MINE. I don’t care that it doesn’t fit 100%…more like 95% it’s beautiful, it’s warm and I am guessing it’s from the 1950’s.

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The inside of the cardigan is lined and is done up with the eye and hook. It’s hand beaded and the tag at the back says “Hand Beaded for Cyn Les RN 27267 70% Lamb’s Wool 20% Angora Rabbit Hair 10% Nylon. MADE IN BRITISH HONG KONG.

The detail with the beading is amazing and I love that after all these years this cardigan still looks amazing. I have some cardigans that are recent purchases (ie the last 5yrs) and they do not look as good as this.

 

Cheers

Alexx