Saturday, October 1, 2016

Feeling Fancy: Ideas For Retro Inspired Fancy Dress Costumes

With October and Halloween just around the corner, you might be thinking about a costume to dress up as. Obviously, I have a penchant for the retro style of clothes, so I think it would make a perfect costume for someone to dress up in. It is a fun style that will make you look ultra glamorous. But who could you be dressed up as, rather than just a 40s or 50s pin up? Here are a few ideas for you. Hope they give you some inspiration for any fancy dress events you have coming up.


Marilyn Monroe

This is a classic idea for a costume. If you go for the iconic floaty white halter dress, everyone at the party will know exactly who you have dressed up as. Team with some dark red lipstick and a platinum blonde curly wig (unless you have blonde hair yourself of course). Some heels will complete the look. Think of a strappy pair or high heeled t-bar shoes and you’re there. It is a safe and easy to put together outfit. You might already have everything in for this at home.


Mary Poppins

You might not think of this as a particular retro outfit, but then you break all the components down, it really is. If you have a white blouse with a high neck and frilly collar, then you are not too far away. A brooch on the blouse works well too, in the centre of the collar. Then just add a dark blazer and skirt, and you are nearly there. A fancy umbrella and a vintage carpet bag and the look is complete; even better if you have got a dark boat hat. A full face of retro inspired makeup would look really good with the outfit too. Then you can just style your hair in a neat little bun. It is a classic look that everyone will instantly recognise.


Alice in Wonderland

This is probably one of the most popular costumes when it comes to mainstream and store bought costumes. But Alice is a great idea that would look fantastic mixed up for a vintage look. Most people go for the Disney equivalent of the costume, so you just need to do something a little different. A light blue dress would look good, rather than the typical bright blue option. I would choose a rather frilly shirt and apron for the outfit too. Then have some cute little Mary-Jane heels, with a bow in your hair. If you have a vintage handbag that has a clock on it, then even better.

Audrey Hepburn

Like Marilyn Monroe, the Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s look that is instantly recognisable. You would hardly need to buy anything for it too. If you have got a sleeveless black dress, then that is most of the outfit. Some long dark gloves are a must too, as well as lots of bling around your neck. Some round sunglasses and a long cigarette holder and you can just pose all night long.  

Monday, September 19, 2016

Charmian Carr, (Liesl Von Trapp) from The Sound of Music has passed away

Sad news today, that Charmian Carr, the actress who played Liesl Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has passed away.

According to her representative, Charmian had a rare form of dementia. She was 73 years old.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Grease fan theory - was Sandy dead the whole time?


Well that's the theory of some people on Reddit.

So, here is what they believe really went down in the movie.

She drowns at the beginning of the film. Danny tried to save her, but she went into a coma.

The entire story takes place inside Sandy's mind as a dream.

Sandy sings 'Goodbye to Sandra Dee', as she knows the end is nigh.

Then, as we see Sandy and Danny fly into the sky, in the car, that's Sandy dreaming of her last moments before she dies. Phew! 

Sounds likes these theory people have vivid imaginations :)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Day of the Dead artwork by Skullavera

This week, I went and had a tattoo done by the talented tattoo artist, Skullavera.

He creates beautiful tattoos and he makes the most amazing Day of the Dead artwork.

Sugar skulls, Virgin Mary's, all beautifully hand painted.

I have trouble drawing stick figures and I would love to have his artistic abilities.

So if you are after some awesome Day of the Dead art, you can find Skullavera at Tora Sumi at Balmain or online at

Sunday, July 31, 2016

What I love: Baths

It's winter here in Australia. The best way for me keep warm is to have a beautiful, hot bath just before bedtime.

I put some Aldi Coconut Water body wash in the water. It smells so good. Totally not sponsored, I just love it.

I have a Golden Oldies playlist on Spotify that I like to listen to in the bath. It features Doris Day, Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Patsy Cline, The Shirelles, Jackie Wilson, Dion, The Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, The Beatles, Ray Conniff, Bobby Darin, Bobby Vinton, The Ronettes, Brenda Lee, Marilyn Monroe, Connie Francis, The Platters, Bobby Rydell, The Dixie Cups, Johnny Cash, The Shangri-Las, The Drifters, Lesley Gore. I love them all.

Some of my favourites:

Alma Cogan - Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera

Patsy Cline - Crazy

Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home

Elvis Presley - Rock-A-Hula Baby

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy 100th birthday Olivia de Havilland

Wow - 100 years old - what a milestone!

Happy birthday to the wonderful Gone With The Wind actress.

Hattie McDaniel, Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Remembering Marilyn Monroe on her 90th birthday

Today marks what would have been Marilyn Monroe's 90th birthday.

I wonder what her life would have been like if she didn't pass away when she was only 36...would she have become a mother? Would she have found happiness? It's truly sad that she died so young.

To the outside world, she looked like she had it all but her life wasn't easy for her.

Her popularity never fades.

Happy heavenly birthday MM! 

New Colouring Books

Modern Medi-tation: Colourtation - Repetition, Focus, Creativity

This is the third instalment of the Colourtation series by Dr. Stan Rodski.

His colouring exercises are designed to focus your brain on the pattern, repetition and detail of the object you are colouring. 

Perfect sized patterns (75 of them!) that are not too intricate to colour.

Available now.

Kerby Rosane's Imagimorphia - An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge.

This book is the follow up to the best-selling colouring challenge, Animorphia.

The designs to colour are very intricate so it's probably not the best book to chose if you have poor eyesight.

This book would be a great gift idea for people with an interest in fantasy books and films.

It's fun to search for the hidden objects. It's a colouring book with a difference.

Available in July.