Friday, 13 December 2019

A new era for greeting cards

This year I’ll be changing the way I send Christmas cards.⠀

I normally send cards to family and friends and quite frankly, I’m sure they get tossed out as soon as Christmas is over. The cost of postage stamps have gone up and I’m more environmentally conscious.⠀

I’ve found a customised online stationery company called Paperless Post. I just choose the card (so many designs to choose from). Then I choose what I want to say in the card, change the font and text colour. Then email it to family and friends.⠀

They have cards from designer and lifestyle brands, including Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and Rifle Paper Co. ⠀

It’s so easy to use and it even tells you when the email is opened by the recipient.⠀

You can access Paperless Post via their app or website They have cards, flyers, invitations, stationery - all paperless for all occasions.

How gorgeous is this design?

Thursday, 6 June 2019

The Electric Hotel - Dominic Smith ***GIVEAWAY***

From the award-winning author of the acclaimed bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos comes a luminous new novel tracing the intertwined fates of a silent film director and his muse.
'Utterly absorbing, astonishingly inventive, and richly imagined. Dominic Smith is a wizard.' Andrea Barrett, National Book Award Winner and author of Archangel

From the award-winning author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos comes a luminous novel tracing the intertwined fates of a silent-film director and his muse.

Dominic Smith's The Electric Hotel winds through the nascent days of cinema in Paris and Fort Lee, New Jersey--America's first movie town--and on the battlefields of Belgium during World War I. A sweeping work of historical fiction, it shimmers between past and present as it tells the story of the rise and fall of a prodigious film studio and one man's doomed obsession with all that passes in front of the viewfinder.

For nearly half a century, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. A French pioneer of silent films, who started out as a concession agent for the Lumiere brothers, the inventors of cinema, Claude now spends his days foraging mushrooms in the hills of Los Angeles and taking photographs of runaways and the striplings along Sunset Boulevard. But when a film-history student comes to interview Claude about The Electric Hotel--the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose--the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments and reels in desperate need of restoration, and Claude's memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him.

The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith is available in book retailers now.

Dominic Smith grew up in Sydney and now lives in Seattle. He is the author of five novels, including The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, an acclaimed bestseller in Australia, winning both the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Indie Book of the Year (Fiction) in 2017. In the US, the novel was also a New York Times (NYT) bestseller and named a NYT Book Review Editors' Choice. Dominic has received literature fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. More information can be found on his website:

Dominic Smith


With thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have three copies of The Electric Hotel to giveaway. Each book is valued at $32.99. 

To enter you have a few options.

Follow me on instagram @retrogoddesses and tag a friend on The Electric Hotel post. The more tags, the more chance you have to win!

or comment in the comment box below - make sure you leave your email address

The giveaway will be drawn on Thursday, 20th June at 5pm.

This giveaway is open to Australian residents.You must have an Australian address to enter.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Motherly Wisdom - Celebrating Mother's Day

Over the years, the strong women in my life have always shared their words of wisdom with me. I'm grateful for this because as I've grown older, their words seem to have more meaning.

I thought I would ask some celebrity mothers, what motherly advice have the women in their lives  have shared with them?

Jessica Rowe 

The best piece of advice from my mum was, "stop looking at yourself in the mirror and get busy doing something!"

Jess has been busy for years! She's a mother of two, television host, author, cat lover, and a crap housewife (a self-confessed crap housewife). In her latest book, she delves into the reality of not being Nigella Lawson in the kitchen (so relatable for me) and just not being the 'perfect housewife' but embracing it instead.

Diary of a Crap Housewife, is funny and honest. It's available in all bookstores now or online at Booktopia

Jessica Rowe

 Alison Brahe-Daddo

I must confess, I wanted to be Alison when I was a teenager. She was everything I wanted to be, she was beautiful and a Dolly Magazine cover girl. If you were an Australian teenage girl in the early 90s, you would understand my excitement to have Alison participating on my blog!

Alison is married to actor Cameron Daddo and they share three beautiful grown-up children together. 

She is also a patron of Rize Up Australia, a support and advocacy group who do incredible work with domestic abuse survivors.

The best advice Alison's mother gave her is, "when your child brings home their loved one, find something you like about them because you will build a wedge between you and your child if you only pick out the negative."

That is something very important for parents to take note of when their children are growing up. Something I will remember. 

Alison Brahe-Daddo

Kate Ceberano

Singer/songwriter Kate Ceberano's grandma, Kathleen Joyce, told her, "a little bit of what you fancy does you good".

What a beautiful way to look at life! 

I fancy listening to Kate's new album with Paul Grabowsky. It's called Tryst and it is a collection of love song and reinterpretations of some of the great love songs from the past 50 years. 

Kate Ceberano and Paul Grabowsky, Tryst

Shanna Moakler

Shanna's mother, Gail Moakler, told her, "reach for the stars, the world is yours!" 

Shanna is a mother of three, a model, an actress, a reality television star, Miss USA 1995, an activist and she has her own line of makeup called, Smoak Cosmetics

She has fulfilled many of her goals in life with the love and support from her mother.

Shanna Moakler

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and mother figures around the world, past and present.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Daughter of Bad Times - Rohan Wilson ::GIVEAWAY::

A suspenseful, truthful and compelling novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Roving Party.

'I'm a great fan of Rohan Wilson - and this is his best novel yet.' - Favel Parrett, bestselling author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes 

'It's impossible not to consider, as you read Daughter of Bad Times, that everything in 2075 is already here now and we are doing nothing to stop it. An utterly compelling vision by one of our finest writers.' Heather Rose, bestselling author of The Museum of Modern Love

'Ferocious and brilliant' The Australian Book Review on To Name Those Lost

'What better pitch than helping the refugees of the world? Who doesn't want to help refugees, right? The five Australian facilities are immigration detention centres, sure, but they're also manufacturing plants. That means two revenue streams for one facility. And we also clean up our image. We're not just a corrections company anymore-now, we're building communities, we're saving lives.'

Rin Braden is almost ready to give up on life after the heartbreaking death of her lover Yamaan and the everyday dread of working for her mother's corrupt private prison company. But through a miracle Yamaan has survived. 

Yamaan turns up in an immigration detention facility in Australia, trading his labour for a supposedly safe place to live. This is no ordinary facility, it's Eaglehawk MTC, a manufactory built by her mother's company to exploit the flood of environmental refugees. 

Now Rin must find a way to free Yamaan before the ghosts of her past and a string of bad choices catch up with them both. 

In its vision of the future, Daughter of Bad Times explores the truth about a growing inhumanity, as profit becomes the priority.

Daughter of Bad Times by Rohan Wilson is available now. Click here to purchase.


With thanks to the lovely people at Allen & Unwin, I have three copies of this intriguing book, Daughter of Bad Times to giveaway.

All you need to do is follow my Instagram page and email me your name and address to Easy! Each book is valued at $29.99.

Please note, you must be living in Australia to enter.

This giveaway will be drawn on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 5pm. Winners will be notified by email.

Author of Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan Wilson

Monday, 1 April 2019

The True Story of Maddie Bright :: Giveaway ::

The True Story of Maddie Bright – by Australian writer Mary-Rose MacColl.  

You will love the key character Maddie (old and young) as her story sweeps through time and intersects with the lives of Edward VIII and Princess Diana, two of the most loved and hated figures of the twentieth century.  

Sweeping fascinatingly through history from WW1 to the early  21st century, you’ll get caught up in the genuine hysteria of ‘The Digger Prince” Royal Tour of Australia – some 99 years ago, when Prince Edward visited 110 towns and cities in less than two months. 

The True Story of Maddie Bright is also a moving and cautionary tale for our times – about the cult of celebrity in its many forms.

Mary-Rose MacColl says, “It’s called the TRUE story and obviously it’s a novel and novelists have no duty of care to history but I like to stick to historical fact wherever I can and when it comes to real people, I research them pretty thoroughly to understand them enough to have them walk around in the novel believably.’

This novel is available in stores now.

***With thanks to Allen & Unwin, I have three copies of this fascinating novel to giveaway***

For your chance to enter, please email your name and address to, with The True Story of Maddie Bright in the subject line. 

Please note that this giveaway is only open to residents in Australia.

The giveaway will be drawn a Monday, 15th April 2019 at 5pm Sydney time.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Remembering the celebrities who passed away in 2018.

In Memoriam. 

Penny Marshall, actress/director. Aged 75.

Stan Lee, comic book legend. Aged 95.

Sondra Locke, actress. Aged 74.

Mac Miller, rapper. Aged 26.

Charlotte Rae, actress. Aged 92.

Emma Chambers, actress. Aged 53.

Dame June Whitfield, actress. Aged 93.

John Mahoney, actor. Aged 77.

Hubert de Givenchy, fashion designer. Aged 91.

Tab Hunter, actor. Aged 86.

Burt Reynolds, actor. Aged 82.

Neil Simon, playwright. Aged 91.

Aretha Franklin, singer. Aged 76.

Anthony Bourdain, chef and TV personality. Aged 61.

Kate Spade, fashion designer. Aged 55.

Verne Troyer, actor. Aged 49.

Avicii, DJ/musician. Aged 28.

Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist. Aged 76.

Margot Kidder, actress. Aged 69.

Dolores O’Riordan, singer. Aged 46.

Unfortunately, there were many more I could have added but the list would have been too long.

*The images on this page are not my own - they have been sourced from the internet.