Dolores Daiquiri!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I am madly in love with anything vintage and have been for over 20 years or so now. The appeal for me with the 1940s and 1950s started when I was a teenager because I just didn't find the modern lifestyle appealing or romantic. So from about the age of seventeen I was hooked on the clothing, the furniture and the music. I can't get enough and enjoy being around others who love it as much as me. What a way to live! I wouldn't ask for it any other way. Now I can write a blog about my lifestyle and the things I enjoy and feel passionate about.

Dolores Daiquiri!

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24 July 2010

Melbourne International Film Festival and Dolores Daiquiri

A few days ago I was invited to the premier of an exciting movie I was featured in 12 months ago. This inaugural night is part of 'The Melbourne International Film Festival' or more commonly known as MIFF and is an important date on the film calendar.
I was extremely excited to be part of the film but equally so about the magic of the premier as I not only got to see the movie but I got to attend the VIP pre-party and perform at the afterparty. Wow!!
So here's a brief rundown of the event just for you.
I arrived at around 5pm to meet the Hi Ball Burlesque girls in our lovely dressing room as we had to do a technical run through on stage at the Plaza. The Plaza Ballroom was build in 1929, is heritage listed and certainly captures the opulence of  a bygone era so you can appreciate my excitement!!

After rehearsal we made sure our gowns and makeup were perfect and then headed out to walk the red carpet prior to the movie preview of  'The Wedding Party'. This spectacular movie is based in my local town Melbourne and I couldn't wait to see it. Here we are in our dressing room just prior to walking the red carpet.

Walking the red carpet was SO thrilling and I was beaming with excitement. The four of us actually looked fab, if I do so say myself, as we all wore lovely bombshell vintages dresses and did stand out so of course the photographers 'loved' us! Hee hee!! Here is a great photo of us on the red carpet in The Regent foyer and a press shot in 'The Age' which is a large mainstream publication. The gorgeous girl with the black dress is a rising star in Australia and is now trying to make it in Hollywood. Go Isabel Lucas!!

Red Carpet Moment!

After the fun on the red carpet we headed into the VIP pre-party to drink champagne and mingle with the cast, crew and special guests. Here are a few shots of us with the stars.
Josh Lawson - star of the movie
Adrian Grenier - Big Entourage Fan!!
Isabel Lucas - star of the movie
Geoff Paine - star of the movie

After all this excitement we headed into the beautiful Regent Theatre to see the film. Here I am just before the film was about to start. The movie itself is fantastic! Such a credit to the screenwriter, producer and director. Go see it if you can for those that live in Australia. Sorry my International pals, not sure if it will be released OS but I have added in the teaser!!
After the film we were excorted back to our dressing room to get changed for our performance. It was such a thrill and the audience was magnificent. Sorry no photos as yet. Then we drank more champagne at the afterparty until it was time to take our aching feet home for some well earned sleep.

19 July 2010

Europe Here We Come!!

I am in dreamland at the moment thinking about my European trip in September. I am extremely excited to be spending three solid weeks floating around Spain, London and Paris!! I have never been to Europe before so cannot wait for what will be in store for myself and my girlfriends.Yes that's right folks partners and pets will be left behind while I scoot away with my gal pals for a giggling, girly adventure.
First up I will be heading over to High Rockabilly in Calafell which will be one week of rocking music, the ocean and good times with like-minded people. I have quite a few bands I want to see such as The Dragtones, Wildfire Willie & The Ramblers, The Rimshots and so on. I am also keen to hang out by the beach drinking cocktails while soaking up some warm rays!! Bring it on!!

After Calafell we then head to Barcelona for rest and exploring. So looking forward to eating some great tapas and visiting all the wonderful sites around the city such as the Gaudi architecture, museums (particularly Picasso) and local landmarks.

Then after all that history and excitement we head off to London for three days of rush, rush and rush to get everything in we want to see. I won't bore you with details but it will be the usual touristy stuff with some music thrown in and vintage shopping for good measure.

Paris is our last stop for eight luscious days of Paris, PARIS and more Paris!! I am beaming with anticipation and delight. Of course we will do the usual touristy things but we certainly want to connect with the locals and experience Parisiennes and local culture. Sssh I might even be able to squeeze in a burlesque show as I would love to perform in Paris. Cross fingers!!

11 July 2010

Patterns and Books

My sewing teacher who loves to share with me anything related to vintage sewing or fashion showed me this wonderful newly released book by Christine Boydell. A student of hers brought it back from the London V & A museum and I fell in love with every page. Upon skimming the pages I immediately power walked up to my favourite local bookstore and by sheer coincidence they had one copy left, just for me!! Of course I bought it and I think you should too.
This lavishly illustrated book tells the history of British Horrockses Fashions, which was the most popular ready-to-wear label in Britain during the 40s and 50s and was worn by women of all social backgrounds. The fashion was quite distinctive, fresh and had the most divine designs that any vintage loving gal would drool over.
I hope you find a copy of this delightful book and enjoy it as much as I am.

Another book that I love is one I purchased a little while ago by Joanna Chase (2009) called 'Sew and Save'. It is actually reproduced from the original 1941 edition and is cute as a button. I love it!! It has everything from 'Planning Your Wardrobe' to 'Frocks, Blouses & Skirts' to 'Tricks To Smartness. What more could a girl want I ask you??

Speaking of sewing here are two patterns I recently purchased. The first one (B5214) is what I am currently making. Its only in the very early stages of a toile and I need to find the fabric but hopefully it will be finished in a few weeks. I would love to find a great striped fabric but having no luck so far. Any fabric suggestions ladies?
My next project will be the Vogue 1953 pattern (V2961). I want to make the strapless dress No B.
I have added a photo of a girl wearing it. What do you think?