Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vintage Hairstyles

Hullabaloo (the Perth lindy exchange) is being held over the ANZAC long weekend and has caused a problem for me, this is the first year that I have had short hair, so how can I do an authentic 30/40/50's style? I naturally have very straight hair and has always wanted it to be curled. I started curling my hair with hot rollers when I was 11, then went on to soft and hard rollers and now I have been pin curling my hair for 5 years. These are how I normally do my hair:

This 50's style is done by a pin curl wet set for just under 24hrs (yes my hair is very, very stubborn to stay curled) then brushed out and defined with gel to keep the top smooth and to keep the wave at the front smooth

This is done with soft rollers set with salt spray on dirty hair for dancing. For swing dancing hair styles it is easy to keep it simple so that you don't get upset when your lead sweeps his hand over your head when turning you and knocks your do off. And the golden rule, If it looks unbalanced or not quite right pin a flower to hide it

Hats are the easiest way to get a good vintage look because all you have to do is tie your hair into a pony tail or bun and plop a hat on only needing to be concern with how the front looks. To fake long hair at the back I have used a snood but have found them too heavy to dance in, I much prefer a light hairnet pined nicely in place with pretty clips

This is a pin curl re-set with a simple large pin curl at each side with a flower in each. When dancing at an exchange it is hard to do classes during the day and have a perfect authentic looking hair style at night so it is easier to set your hair on one day and re-do it the next day by keeping it under a scarf in class

This was done professionally using hot rollers and lots of hairspray to set it. If I do victory rolls myself I ether use a rat or wet the hair with hairspray and pin it up to dry so it sets hard. This is the one thing I miss about not having long hair.

This long weekend I will try some styles (including finger waves that I have never been able to master). Wish me luck

Saturday, March 27, 2010


T shirt- Bras n' things
Cardigan- Alannah Hill
Shorts- Primark
Belt- Op shop
Shoes- Big W
Tights- unknown
Sunglasses- free
Hair bow- Equip

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


wish list

New reading glassesI have had my script updated and had to fork out for new safety glasses for work but relay wish I could get some new all plastic frames to use at home (my glasses at home are cats eye metal/plastic frames but are a little to loose at the sides and I always like to get new frames when I get a new script done)
Image from calivintage

Hats, Hats and More Hats
It is autumn in Perth and it is getting less warm and not a lot of rain (not including the act of nature yesterday) which is perfect hat weather to walk around town in

Image from hannah and landonImage from stylesightings

Guerilla knittingI want to bring thread to the masses of Perth

Image from Londonist

Children's illustrated books tattoos
Image from meet me at mikes
The tattoos I already have are in the Sailor Jerry style and a Vaga girl pinup but if I was going to get new one I think it would have to be the hungry caterpillar on my ankle or Max from where the wild things are

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Today when I got home from work I found a lovely surprise! My first blogger award!
This was from Melanie from Pink Champagne For Dancing, Thank you so much.

So these are 5 facts about myself:

1. I have pattern dyslexia (this explains to all my little grammatical spelling errors that slip through my spell check) which I was diagnosed when I was 8. I have learned to live with it and read for at least an hour a day to keep up my reading age. If any of you don't know what dyslexia is you can read about it hear

2. I only just got my drivers license last December and am now on my P plates for 2 years....... YAY! more restrictions

3. I love Australian Vogue and buy it every month even though I will never be able to buy any of the stuff I like in it (except if i nab a millionaire or win the lotto)

4. I have been dancing since I was 2. I started off in ballroom and then moved into ethnic dancing, then to contemporary interpretive and have now been dancing lindy hop for 5 years now

5. I love the ocean but am a crap swimmer so will never go in pass my hips unless it is completely flat with no waves and I have a panic attack if it is too deep or rough (I have nearly choked my boyfriend because he tried to pull me under a wave and he ended up with scratches that lasted for a week)

I now award this too:
a cat of impossible colour
gatsby and me
vivian von dimples

Sunday, March 21, 2010

growing things

I am having to look for a new place to live before May which is exiting because I can downsize from my expensive place but I'm not enjoying the stress of looking (or the outrageously overpriced priced Perth rental market) but as an upside I can start a little ornamental edible garden that is tasty and nice to look at.