Tuesday, May 29, 2018

***GIVEAWAY*** Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs

The first dedicated book with creative ideas and resources for bullet journallers, scrapbookers, card makers and other creative compulsive planners and decorators.

Bullet journals are the ultimate asset for people who want to be mindful and productive at the same time. They’re the new obsession for creative organisers and planners everywhere, helping millions to de-stress by allowing them to list commitments, goals and interests in a fun and imaginative way. But what if the journaller is lacking inspiration, isn’t a talented artist or lacks confidence when it comes to unleashing their inner creative?

This is where Sami Sparrow comes in with a handy flip-through book of ideas: icons, banners, borders, wreaths, illustrations and lettering. As well as this traceable art, there are bonus how-to steps and stencils, making Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs the essential practical resource for organising your life in an imaginative way that reflects the sentiment, mood and character of the moment.

RRP $19.95. In stores and online now.

With thanks to Harper Collins Australia, I have three copies of Sami Sparrow’s Bullet Compendium of Decorative Designs to giveaway.

To enter, please share from my Facebook page - www.facebook.com/retrogoddesses 

Please note - you must have an Australian address to enter this giveaway.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Family Next Door - Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth’s latest novel has just been released and it doesn’t disappoint. It sucks you in and you become completely engrossed in what goes on behind closed doors, especially with the mysterious woman who moves into the street.

I asked Sally a few questions about The Family Next Door.

I think we all have a curious nature when it comes to our neighbours. Was that curiosity your inspiration for this book?

Yes! I’m the local Mrs Mangel of my neighbourhood. I always have my nose in other people’s business and if they are not up to anything interesting, I’m imagining that they are. So it was a natural progression that I’d write a book about neighbours who are a little too interested in their neighbours.

Are any of the characters based on your actual neighbours?

Let’s just say that my neighbours were a little nervous when they found out the title of the book I was writing! But no, none of my characters are based on them. I find it much easier to write about made up people, because then I can make them do really bad things and I don’t have to worry about their feelings!

What are you currently working on?

Currently I’m working on promoting The Family Next Door. But as soon as I wrap that up, I’ll be back to editing my 2019 book, The Mother In Law.

Monday, February 5, 2018

What I’ve Been Reading ::: The Way Mum Does It

The Way Mum Does It 

Edited by Alexandra O’Brien, this book features a collection of words of wisdom from the Over 60 online community. 

It features tips and advice on topics including health and beauty, gardening, cleaning, travel, finance, plus more.

The advice is straight to the point and easy to read. 

I think this book would make a nice gift for a young adult moving out of home for the first time. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

What I like: Vaseline Lip Therapy Pink Bubbly Limited Edition

At the moment, I am loving Vaseline Lip Therapy Pink Bubbly limited edition lip balm. It's been my go for lip hydration these holidays. 

It smells so good and has real wine extract. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Stars we lost in 2017

Mary Tyler Moore. Actress. Aged 80.

Chris Cornell. Musician. Aged 52.

Erin Moran. Actress. Aged 56.

Gregg Allman. Musician. Aged 69.

Della Reese. Actress and singer. Aged 86.

Jana Novotna. Tennis player. Aged 49.

Kim Jong-Hyun. Singer. Aged 27.

Earle Hyman. Actor. Aged 91.

Azzedine Alaia. Fashion designer. Aged 77.

Malcolm Young. Musician. Aged 64.

Lil Peep. Rapper. Aged 21.

Robert Guillaume. Actor. Aged 89.

Fats Domino. Singer. Aged 89.

Roy Dotrice. Actor. Aged 94.

Tom Petty. Musician. Aged 66.

Hugh Hefner. Playboy founder. Aged 91.

Harry Dean Stanton. Actor. Aged 91.

Jay Thomas. Actor. Aged 69.

Jerry Lewis. Actor. Aged 91.

Glen Campbell. Singer. Aged 81.

John  Heard. Actor. Aged 72.

Sam Shepard. Actor. Aged 73.

Chester Bennington. Musician. Aged 41.

Martin Landau. Actor. Aged 89.

Adam West. Actor. Aged 88.

Charlie Murphy. Actor. Aged 57.

Emmanuelle Riva. Actress. Aged 89.

Sir John Hurt. Actor. Aged 77.

Christine Keeler. Model. Aged 75.

Johnny Hallyday. Singer. Aged 74.

David Cassidy. Actor and singer. Aged 67.

Antonio Carluccio. Chef. Aged 80.

Sir Roger Moore. Actor. Aged 89.

Don Rickles. Actor. Aged 90.

Chuck Berry. Singer. Aged 90.

Bill Paxton. Actor. Aged 61.

Dick Bruna. Author and artist. Aged 89.

Al Jarreau. Singer. Aged 76.

Gorden Kaye. Actor. Aged 75.

Miguel Ferrer. Actor. Aged 61.

Jim Nabors. Actor. Aged 87.

Lola Albright. Actress and singer. Aged 92.

Dina Merrill. Actress. Aged 93.

Barbara Hale. Actress. Aged 94.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ho Ho Ho!!! It's my Christmas Gift Guide!

Trying to think of what to buy your family and friends for Christmas? Don't fear, I've put together a fabulous gift guide that will help you make some hard decisions.

A gift from Tiffany's is always appreciated. The jeweller and design house have released a new fragrance, Tiffany & Co. The perfect present for those with impeccable taste. I'm sure Audrey Hepburn would have approved.

Tiffany & Co. Eau de Parfum is available at Myer, David Jones and the Tiffany & Co Boutiques nationally. For further information, please call 1800 812 663.

Bras N Things have a gorgeous Christmas collection. I'm particularly loving the new teal colour. Available now from Bras N Things stores Australia-wide or to shop online

ROC Eyewear have stunning sunglasses. I want a pair of these under my Christmas tree. To see more styles, head here.

Want to get your loved one something luxurious? The pillowcases from Shhh Silk pillowcases are so dreamy! Not only are they stylish they come with benefits whilst you get your beauty sleep - they extend the life of your blowout (yes!), hypoallergenic, no bed creases on your face and no split ends. You can purchase these Shhh Silk pillowcases and much more here.

My beautiful and talented friend, Shanna Moakler, has her own cosmetic label, called Smoak. Her lipsticks and lip glosses are amazing. 

You can purchase her products here

Australian made and owned skincare brand DU'IT have a fantastic hand cream called Tough Hands For Her. This cream is enriched with Urea, Vitamin E and Ahas to repair cracks and nourish the skin. This would be a great stocking stuffer. It's $9.95 and available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and independent pharmacies throughout Australia.


Don't forget the parents to be! I follow a lovely woman on Instagram and she posted a photo of her Baby Milestone Cards. I would have loved to have had these when my son was born over 10 years ago. The vintage designs are so adorable! You can find The Retro Mumma's shop here.

Kmart lovers (including me!), you'll love these gorgeous gifts. 

Kmart battery operated light-up lantern $10

Kmart ginger, lily and dark amber scent diffuser $9

Kmart abstract 2 pack wall art $15

Kmart inflatable pineapple float $15

Kmart tinsel flamingo light $29

Kmart personalised 400g Nutella Jar $8


Port-A-Ball features a specially patented valve which allows instant inflation and deflation. Play it anywhere – take it anywhere! RRP $10.95

SHIBAJUKU GIRLS - The coolest fashion dolls of 2017 inspired by Japanese Harajuku and Shibuya Street fashion. Mini $9.00, Large $20.00. Available at Kmart and Toyworld.

MOKURU tests your balance and concentration skills. It's as simple as tipping it over gently, letting it flip and catching it between your fingers. My son loves this toy. Available at Kmart for $6.00. Check out Mokuru in action here.

SHERLOCK HIDE AND SEEK - Sherlock encourages kids to keep active and is a great game that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Children simply hide Sherlock and press the remote for him to release a noise, creating a fun hide and seek game. Sherlock is available at Toys R Us, $49.99.