Sunday, December 28, 2014

In remembrance...stars who passed away in 2014

This is just a short list of celebrities who passed away in 2014. The list includes celebrities, inspirational people, and people that were very talented in their line of work.

Lauren Bacall, aged 89

Shirley Temple, aged 85

Maya Angelou, aged 86


Robin Williams, aged 63
Joe Cocker, aged 70
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, aged 46
Joan Rivers, aged 81
Ann B. Davis (Alice, from The Brady Bunch), aged 88
James Garner, aged 86
Richard Attenborough, aged 90
Harold Ramis, aged 69
Sid Caesar, aged 91
Mickey Rooney, aged 93
Ruby Dee, aged 91
Eli Wallach, aged 98
Bobby Womack, aged 70
Bob Hoskins, aged 71
Peaches Geldof, aged 25
Tommy Ramone, aged 65
Polly Bergen, aged 84
Oscar de la Renta, aged 82
Russell Johnson (the Professor on Gilligan's Island), aged 89


Charlotte with Horace the dog. 

On a personal note, I would like to pay tribute to Charlotte Dawson. Charlotte was a model and television host in Australia and New Zealand.

Charlotte and I made online friends a few years ago. We tweeted each other about something...I think it was about gravy...she wanted to know how you could tell if gravy was off in the tin. 

She became one of my cheerleaders. When I was selling earrings, she would unexpectedly tell her 60,000 followers know about what I was selling.

Whenever I did a celebrity feature on my blog she would always help me out. Whatever I wanted, she was there to assist.

I loved her honesty, her passion to try and make the wrong things right, her wit and her caring nature.

Charlotte and I are still friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I still occasionally write on her Facebook when I think of her. I do the same with other friends I have lost since I've been on social media.

Charlotte died in February this year, aged 47 years. I wish she knew how much she is missed. 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rockabilly photo shoot

This is my beautiful cousin, Jordi.

Here she is totally rocking the vintage look from a photo shoot in Sydney recently.






Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pop Art hits Sydney

I'm excited about this one!

Pop to popism is the latest exhibition to be held at The Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The exhibition features 200 works by 70 international and Australian pop artists. 

Art by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Robert Indiana, Martin Sharp, Brett Whiteley, Maria Kozic, Richard Hamilton, Peter Powditch, David Hockney, Martha Rosler, Ed Rusha, Peter Blake, Gilbert and George, Richard Larter and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Works are on loan from collections from all over the world.

The exhibition runs until March 1, 2015.

Retrogoddess has a double pass to giveaway for entry to Pop to popism exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

To enter leave a comment below or email retrogoddess@mail.com. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, December 19. 

Here are a just a few of my favourite artworks from the exhibition.


Andy Warhol  Marilyn Monroe 1967 silkscreen on paper 1 of suite of 10: 91.5 x 91.5 cm (each) Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles © Andy Warhol  


Andy Warhol Triple Elvis 1963 aluminium paint and printer’s ink screenprinted on canvas 209.2 x 180.6 cm Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis. © Andy Warhol Foundation


Peter Powditch The big towel 1969 oil on composition board 183.6 x 122.4 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Samuel E. Wills Bequest, 1979 © Peter Powditch


Robert Indiana Love cross 1968 oil on canvas, five panels 457.2 x 457.2 cm overall The Menil Collection, Houston © Robert Indiana


Roy Lichtenstein    In the car 1963    oil and magna on canvas, 172 x 203.5 cm   
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art    Purchased 1980    © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Retrogoddess recommends...Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow by Sophia Loren




Autobiographies are my favourite, especially when it's a new autobiography by one of the most famous actresses in the world.

Sophia discusses her childhood in Naples. Being a daughter, mother, wife and grandmother and actress.

She also shares her stories about Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston, Richard Burton and Gregory Peck.

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” 
― Sophia Loren

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White Ribbon Day - say no to violence against women


Today is White Ribbon Day here in Australia. 

White Ribbon Australia is a non-profit organisation that works to prevent male violence against women. 

White Ribbon is a male-led campaign that believes that most men are good and that good men abhor such violence. 

The statistics are heartbreaking. 

Please take time out today to think about the many women that have been physically and emotionally abused in their lifetimes. 






Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Books for Christmas

As Christmas approaches (ridiculously quick), I thought I would recommend some books that I have read recently that would make great presents.

Recipes to Remember - The Australian Women's Weekly

The AWW never disappoint with their cookbooks.

The artwork in Recipes to Remember is retro gorgeous and the recipes will have your mouth watering.

A beautiful book for vintage lovers and foodies.




Only in New York - Lily Brett

Lily Brett hooks me in with each of her books.

I know that I may never get to New York (incredible fear of flying), but her observations of New York City makes me feel like I would know my way around if I ever did go there.



How to be Parisian - Anne Berest, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mass and Audrey Diwan

Karl Lagerfeld says, "You don't have to be French to be a Parisian". Thanks Karl.

This book is chic. Parisian chic. Book chic. it's just chic.

It has beautiful illustrations and photography, with a dose of humour thrown in.

Maybe if I read it over and over, I will start to look like Fran├žoise Hardy or Brigitte Bardot. Nope, don't think so.



Beautiful Goats - Felicity Stockwell

This book features goats photographed just like the models in a high fashion magazine. They are the supermodels of the goat world.

The book delves into the history of goats - (gasp!) provider of skin, meat and dairy.

There is an increasing trend of keeping goats as pets - an idea that I love if only I had a little farm.




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Childhood memories of the 70s and 80s in Australia

My Facebook friends and I got all nostalgic recently.

It started when I said on my Facebook that I was burning a coconut melt and the scent took me straight back to being a teenager, coating myself in coconut oil to tan. Well, it was the 80s. Would never dream of doing that now - now it's all about the slip, slop, slap.

So, with my friends, we started reminiscing.

If you were around in Australia in the 70s and 80s, you are bound to remember many of the things I mention below.

Thanks to everyone that helped me with the list.

Sunnyboy ice blocks


Humphrey B. Bear
Rollerskating (my bestie and I would skate around thinking we were just like Olivia in Xanadu)
Penfriends
Firecracker night


Hypercolour t-shirts
E.T.
Collecting erasers
Page 3 girls in the newspaper
The soft drink man making deliveries on Saturday mornings
Dunlop volleys
BMX bikes
Getting home before the street lights went off
Coke yo-yos
Dressing like Madonna


Romper Room (waiting for Miss Helena to say your name, like she could really see you)
Commodore 64
Blue Light Discos
Little plastic toys in the bottom of cereal packets
Hot chips wrapped in newspaper
Knock and run
Cigarette lollies


Clapping games
Young Talent Time
Bull rush
Choo Choo bars that made your teeth green
Hearing the paper boy's whistle
Winding down the car window


Playing records
Sounds with Donnie Sutherland on Saturday mornings
Getting stuck in a phone box not remembering which way the door opens
Slamming the phone down when you hung the phone up
Playing Space invaders at the local milk bar or corner shop


Cabbage Patch Kids
Recording on a blank cassette tape your favourite songs, from the radio
Fat Cat
Atari
Elastics
Handball
Catch and kiss
Chiko rolls
Trying to do the Double Dutch
Breakdancing
1c lollies
Double decker buses
Finger buns
Using encyclopaedias to do assignments





Can you think of any other things that take you back to your childhood?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Vintage spotlight on...Shanna Moakler

Shanna Moakler is a mother, an actress, a model, an activist and a total glamour puss.







Favourite couple: (Okay, I'm friends with Shanna and I already knew the answer to this one...)
Shanna: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner 




Favourite decade?
Shanna: My favourite decade would be the 40's. I found the fashion to be so glamorous...women were women and men were men!

Favourite film?
Shanna: My favourite film would be the Easter Parade with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Anne Milller.


Okay, now let me rave on about Shanna's wedding dress.



Shanna wore a long-sleeved Monique Lhuillier lace gown to her wedding to Travis Barker in 2004.

This is my favourite wedding look (Grace Kelly comes a close second)

Her dress was elegant, not a dress we have all seen a million times before and she looked beautiful in it.


Here are some more of my favourite Shanna looks:






Friday, October 3, 2014

Vintage baby names - yes or no?

There seems to be a long lasting trend of parents choosing older names for their newborn babies. 

Names like Ava, Stella, Charlotte, Ruby, Jack, William, James and Jacob.

However, even older names are making a comeback...quite possibly the names of your great grandparents.



Lily Allen chose an older name for her first born daughter, Ethel. 

Likewise for Drew Barrymore - she called her daughter, Olive.

I have made a list of names that haven't been very popular for many decades (depending on where you live).

Boys

Cyril
Neville
Bert
Trevor
Godfrey
Rex
Cedric
Sidney
Bruce
Clarence
Reginald
Clifford
Gordon
Francis
Archibald
Wally
Walter
Victor
Gene
Jimmy
Bob
Ted
Lawrence
Bernard
Norman
Aloysius 
Bart
Kevin
Bertram
Ignatius
Kenneth
Colin
Seymour
Tyrone
Raymond
Sigmund
Milton
Frank
Gareth
Herman
Cordell
Keith
Barry
Alfred
Albert
Stanley
Cecil
Frederick
Ronald
Cornelius
Ned
Ernie
Herbert
Donald
Ebenezer
Clement
Roy
Horace
Roscoe
Harold
George
Arthur
Montgomery

Girls

Veronica
Dot
Lillian
Nancy
Laurel
Merle
Phyllis
Valerie
Margaret
Olive
Sheila
Dell
Bessie
Zelda
Myrtle
Betty
Frida
Narelle
Jan
Vera
June
Nell
Dolores
Carmel
Norma
Jeanette
Maureen
Helen
Berenice
Mabel
Ethel
Muriel
Florence
Henrietta
Harriet
Edna
Rosemary
Joyce
Dawn
Esme
Peggy
Maisie
Dulcie
Pearl
Maud
Thelma
Sybil
Joan
Bertha
Marjorie
Maggie
Winifred
Hazel
Beryl
Agnes
Shirley
Martha
Audrey
Mavis
Agatha
Hyacinth
Iris
Greta
Cecily
Ruth 
Eunice
Hortense
May
Jean
Gladys
Doris
Ada
Carol
Gertrude
Beverley
Dorothy
Lena
Edith
Marlene
Gloria
Barbara
Evelyn
Joy
Gwen

Can you imagine any of the names on the list having a revival? Do you like any of these older names?