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Pippy Longstocking

Just a quick, slightly ridiculous outfit post, featuring Pippy Longstocking-style plaits. This ensemble was for a lovely lazy Sunday evening outing to Newtown. The Western-ish top gave me Calamity Jane jitters, and oh the plaits made me a little bit silly too. I even managed a spot of swing dancing  in my sort-of-twirly skirt, as one should.


Top Valleygirl | Skirt Dangerfield | Cardigan Louche, London | Belt Dangerfield

A bientôt, amis.

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Magnificent Hair: The Leopard Lounge, Sydney

I’ve always been a little promiscuous with my hair salons, but I think I may have finally been tempted into monogamy by The Leopard Lounge in Newtown. I spent the most heavenly afternoon there this week, touching up my colour and getting the ever-elusive midi haircut with the very lovely Milena. It was all 50s/60s boudoir décor, Beatles music, vodka-spiked setting lotion and retro chit-chat. Milena even has a well-stocked vintage bar – so divine.

Here are some snaps of the salon:

And now for the hair, styled into a glorious set of Dita-esque curls. Also, rad 50s specs!

I had a Lady Gaga concert in the evening, so it was a good day to visit The Leopard Lounge. Here I am in all my concert regalia later on in the day:

Lace capelet DIY | Bra Marlies DekkersCorset What Katie Did | Gloves Gallery Serpentine, Sydney | 1950s petticoat The Attic, Las Vegas | 1950s clip The Leopard Lounge

Happy, well-coiffed love to you all!

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Makeover: Little Vintage Queens

With all this extended family bonding and ample free time at my disposal, retro makeovers were inevitable. I chose my eleven-year-old cousin Jessica as a subject, and she agreed, albeit reluctantly. “I’m not sure if I should be putting my hair in your hands,” she said with a wary look.

She started out looking like this:

You can see she’s a thoroughly modern girl, but once I took to her with a curling iron and bobby pins, this all changed.

First of all, I curled her hair with an iron: pinning and hair-spraying as I went along to create the foundation for a set of curls.


You can see here what it looked like when I unravelled them:


I then brushed Jess’ curls out with a round brush to achieve that gloriously cartoonish upwards flick at the bottom of her hair:

Finally, I pinned up the front of her hair into two victory rolls – quite splendid ones at that.


To top it off, I added an excessive number of hair flowers to her style, and slicked on some red lipstick. She ended up looking like an extra on the set of Grease with a cute scarf tied around her neck – awww. Jessica was a little bewildered:

Naturally, Samantha and Courtney decided they wanted in on the action, so I whipped up some quick victory rolls and red lipstick for the whole crew:

The final result!


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Fantasy Christmas Headpieces

I’m still looking for my Christmas outfit, and even though I know it’s now too late to order online, I can still dream. I have been in dire need (yes, dire need) of a quirky Christmas hair accessory or headpiece to top off whatever frock I end up pulling on.

This holly hair clip from Etsy would be perfect:

Holly Hair Clip, Sugar and Hatter

And I think I could manage this Christmas Pudding hat, also from Etsy:

Christmas Pudding Hat, Bee Smith Accessories

I’m also a little bit in love with the idea of a knitted fruit mince pie headpiece. I found this one by Now, Voyager a month or two ago, and have nearly snapped and bought it a few times. It’s just so adorable:

Knitted Mince Pie Clip, Now, Voyager

The headpiece I did buy hails from Sportsgirl of all places. Inspired by Miss Tallulah Porkchop, I dropped by and found it in the sales corner for $10, prompting me to nearly buy three so as to save them from ruin. Here’s Miss Tallulah wearing it in November:

Cherries in the Field, Sportsgirl

Ideally, one of these headwear options would be paired with this amazing frock by Bernie Dexter that I’ve been stalking on ModCloth for awhile:

Graceful Greenery Dress, Bernie Dexter

The hunt for a Christmas dress is still on – I’ll keep you posted. I hope all the red and green frocks haven’t already been snapped up in the Sydney vintage stores.

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A Very Belated Outfit Post

I was flicking back through the Photo Booth library on my Mac and found some pictures I took earlier this year, assumedly in a moment of self-indulgence. I think it was Easter-time and I was up visiting my Grandparents. It was one of my first attempts at pin curls, and they turned out quite well, which was probably the motivation for this kitchen photo shoot. My hair was a lot shorter in April – I’d just had it cut for a 1920s party. Short hair is the best for pin curls.


I’m wearing an early 1960s dress I bought in Portland when I was there in January. It’s an odd sort of mustard colour that I wasn’t sure about at first, but it’s grown on me since then. Plus the fabric is beautiful; you can’t tell but it’s almost a brocade.


Dress: 60s, Ray’s Ragtime in Portland
Belt: second-hand, Ray’s Ragtime in Portland
Cardigan: Alannah Hill
Necklace: Disney Couture
Hair Flower: Sportsgirl

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Black Cherry, October 15

Last night Black Cherry was on at the Factory Theatre in Marrackville. It’s a subculture sort of event, bringing together rockabilly ladies and gents, psychobillies, goths, punks and the like. I’ve always been intrigued, but this is the first Black Cherry event I’ve ever actually attended.

It was totally enjoyable; there were burlesque performances, retro DJs, bands, etc. Whilst the entertainment was great, the most exciting part was not the performances but the people. Having never been to Black Cherry before, I was stunned by the intensity of the crowd, and so impressed by how well-dressed the attendees were. There were so many fabulous reproduction 50s dresses and corsets it was almost unbearable. Seriously. I was overwhelmed.

As a precursor to the event, my lovely American friend Erin underwent a glamorous transformation to 50s belle. I did her hair in victory rolls, dressed her up, she slicked on red lipstick, and voila, Erin glided into Black Cherry looking fabulous. We took fun before and after photos. I should warn you of the poor lighting and dreary backdrop, but they are photos nonetheless.

Before:
Erin chose to look as melancholy as  possibly so as to channel those sad before photos they use in ads for acne/diet products.


After:
What a babe.



And here’s what I wore to Black Cherry:


Dress: Bettie Page Clothing
Fully fashioned stockings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Bloch
Hair flower: Sportsgirl

Note that I had my hair died black again! It’s nice to be so dark – it helps me along with my mission to look as pale as possible à la Dita von Teese. I went to Sterling in Surry Hills, where my stylist helpfully set my hair in curls as well so I was prepped for Black Cherry.

I’ll be posting again soon about the Love Vintage fair I went to today. I picked up quite a haul of things which I’ll share with you, as well as some photos from the fair. Until then, ciao ciao!

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