Sunday, August 30, 2009

Andi B. Goode's Debut Giveaway

I had decided a while ago that, when I hit the 100 followers mark, I wanted to have a little giveaway - I wasn't really sure what to use as a prize but yesterday I found these cute screw-on earrings and little surfboard-esque brooch - I hope everyone else thinks they are as sweet as I do.

If you'd like to enter just leave a comment on this post (this is open to anyone, anywhere) - the entries close on Sunday, the 13th of September. If you'd like a second chance to enter, post about it on your own blog and leave me a link to the post here.

Good luck to everyone who enters and thanks, once again, to those who have been supporting this blog.

Andi B. Goode

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Country Shirt

Yesterday, in the midst of taking photos for my graduation work, a package arrived containing a shirt I bought from etsy a little while back.

I was super excited to get it and was anxious to wear it - not least because it matches my skirt almost exactly - luckily it was somewhat sunny today so...

It may have been sunny, but I wasn't brave enough to take my cardigan off outside, this morning. Brrr!

Sunglasses - Stall at Rock 'n' Roll Rendezvous; Cardigan - Deborah K; Sheriff Badge unknown toy shop {I thought it'd be a bit of fun to wear this, today, because I felt a bit cowgirl-esque}; Shirt - 1950s, from etsy; Belt - Gift; Skirt - refashioned from vintage (1970s) dress; Stockings - Love Kylie; Shoes - Big W

But I took some photos inside where it was warmer...

I think it's something Wanda Jackson would wear, or maybe even Patsy Cline! I certainly felt like I could be a country singer - although maybe not quite as outlandishly dressed - I need something with some fringing on it for the quintessential Country look. I think I may have to take a look around for some more country/rockabilly inspired vintage threads, now.

Andi B. Goode

Monday, August 24, 2009

Art Deco Cinema

Well, since my last post I've made it past the 100 'followers' mark - I am ever so chuffed, I really am! Thanks to everyone who has supported this blog, thus far. I've been having a lot of fun and hope to continue to do so.

Yesterday, my mum and I went to the Capri Theatre for their 'Rock 'n' Roll Nostalgia' day - a couple of bands played and then they showed Summer Holiday. Hurrah! I love Sir Cliff. The Capri is a gorgeous old art deco movie theatre and is run entirely by volunteers and, from what I gather, is still almost in its original condition. Many other theatres of its era were converted from a single theatre into many when multiplexes started popping up, so it's really quite a privilege to be able to enjoy movies as they used to be seen!

The day was sunny but rather windy! I got quite a few compliments on my outfit from older ladies, who were pleased to see someone all dressed up.

Flower: ?
Sunglasses: Stall at Rock 'n' Roll Rendezvous
Beads: Fisherman's Wharf Market
Dress: 1950s handmade, Salvo's
Gloves: Salvo's
Handbag: ?
Shoes: Big W

One of the ushers asked me if I wanted him to take my photo - I was already a little embarrassed by the attention I was getting so I made mum stand with me. I also got her to ask the ticket man if he'd mind me taking a photo.

Look at all of these gorgeous lighting fixtures.

I just love the mirror on the left. I'm also quite taken by the fireplace - the mirror above it has a koala on it!

And here's the theatre itself.

It was a lovely day and I definitely recommend the film to anyone who hasn't seen it. It's terribly corny and dated but that's what makes it so appealing! Plus, the music is great and some of the costumes are absolutely gorgeous.

I also want to mention that on Friday night, my friend Shannon and myself went to see Peaches 'n' Gin Burlesque at Cushdy. I haven't any photos but I wanted to mention it because it was a great show - and the first of theirs I've been to. It's great to see shows like this in Adelaide and they really need all the support they can get so that anything of its like can continue to flourish and grow, here. (I ended up wearing this dress but finished the outfit off with a hat, this time.)

Andi B. Goode

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Two Outfits

This is what I wore to my fourth swing dance class. I had been wearing trousers for the past two weeks but I got a bit sick of it and felt the need to wear a skirt, instead.

Top: Deborah K - I had to put the brooch on because the button kept popping open!
Belt: ?
Skirt: Op-shopped, borrowed from mum
Shoes: Big W

I think I'm doing quite well in the classes - I've managed to keep up with most of the leads and I've been having a jolly good time, which I think is the most important thing.

Today, Mum and I had a little bit of a day out.

Dress: repro, bought from a stall at the Rock 'n' Roll Rendezvous
Stockings: Love Kylie
Shoes: Big W

We went to a couple of op-shops but I didn't come away with all that much. I did manage to find a few lovely goodies, though.

I'm not even sure if the 45 plays well, or not, but I honestly couldn't care that much! I was just super excited to find it and it only cost me 50c. I'm not sure when the bed jacket dates from - I'd guess the 1960s; it was 2$. The pattern is ultra-80s but it includes one for a little playsuit that I think will be really cute for summer and it's the first pattern I've been able to find for one. I'm a little bit excited to get it made, now.

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Golden Threads and Giveaways

Just a little post to share pictures of my beautiful new cardigan. It arrived yesterday, in the loveliest package I have ever received, with a sweet little note from the equally sweet and lovely Marcine.

It's the only vintage cardigan I own - the cut is so much nicer than any other cardigan I have, too!

I don't think this is the ideal skirt to wear with the cardigan but I was keen on wearing it as soon as possible, after it arrived yesterday.

Faux Pearls: Hero Vintage
Cardigan: 40s/50s vintage, etsy
Skirt: op-shopped
Stockings: op-shopped
Shoes: Big W

I've also started uploading some old pictures of myself because, well, why not?

One last thing, The Glamorous Housewife is hosting a giveaway in celebration of her 100th post (and 50th follower) and she's giving away these darling turquoise earrings.

Head on over to her wonderful blog to enter yourself!

Andi B. Goode

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Queen of Rockabilly

For my Art and Popular Culture class I've decided to do a presentation on Rock 'n' Roll music. As I've been researching it I've realised all over again just how much I adore Wanda Jackson. (Official website) I love her amazing voice, her country ballads and her upbeat rockabilly numbers and I absolutely love her style! I admire her a lot and find her to be inspiring in many ways - she's definitely one of my icons and not just style-wise, either.

I personally prefer her style from the 50s and early 60s - it makes me want to get a fringed wiggle dress or a square dance outfit!

Here she is with Elvis - he was apparently enamoured of her vocal acrobatics and convinced her to cut more rockabilly tunes.

One of the things I admire about her is that she wrote a lot of her own songs:

"In 1956 there wasn't an abundance of rockabilly numbers for gals to cut - so Wanda decided to write her own, beginning with the raucous Mean Mean Man. "I needed a rockabilly song to record, and none were being written for girls since I was the only one recording it," Wanda recalled in 2002. "My Daddy gave me the idea, and I wrote it - the first of many I wrote and recorded." (from the insert for Rockin' With Wanda)

Oh, and that she's still touring! Here's a video from 2006 (and another one from this year performing Fujiyama Mama, again - there's a lot of talking at the beginning, though) - Wanda's still the Queen of Rockabilly!

I can't remember where I saved these pictures from so I can't tell you who everyone else is, except that in the middle photo the man on the left is the wonderful Carl Perkins and in the photo on the right she's with the gorgeous Gene Vincent (both of whom I also love).

Take a look around youtube for some more videos and tunes!

Andi B. Goode

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I'm Mad about the Plaid

This is just a quick outfit post to show you all how the dress my mum made for my birthday looks on! I just love it. I really wanted to wear it with a long sleeve black or yellow turtle neck but, alas, none are to be found as all the shops are bringing out summer stock! I shall have to search some op-shops until I find one. Luckily, I did have a short-sleeved number I could wear with it, though. This photo was taken in haste (as most of my outfit shots are) as I didn't want to be late for class!

Glasses: Rock 'n' Roll Rendezvous stall
Top: Deborah K
Dress: made by my wonderful mother
Shoes: Big W

Also, for anyone interested in my dancing endeavours, I have now attended three whole swing dance classes! I'm glad to say that, for the present, we have left the Charleston behind - it was fun but a little bit too much for poor old me to handle! Last night we started an introduction to East Coast Swing which was so much fun and a lot easier to handle. (I should mention my dancing experience is very limited so I'm proud that I've not fallen over or stepped on any of the leads.) The Swing Sesh has all of these other wonderful classes coming up but the friend I go with can't make it to any and I'm not quite brave enough, yet, to go alone. Never mind! One step at a time is the way to go.

Andi B. Goode

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Musical Interlude

So, I'm super chuffed to have been named Blogger of the week by Aya of Strawberry Koi Vintage. Thank-you ever so - it's, well, a bit of an honour, really! Not least because I absolutely adore Aya's blog - she's certainly a great inspiration to me!

Today I bought a bunch of CDs for 2$ each, one of which was the music of Louis Prima, an astonishing showman, I must say! And the music - it's all full of this wonderful energy that's entirely infectious.

I've found a couple if videos for you all (if you're interested, there are a lot more on youtube to be found)

I think this is definitely one of his most famous songs - a medley of
Just a Gigolo and I Ain't Got Nobody

And here he is singing with Keely Smith, with whom he appears to have performed many duets.

Andi B. Goode

Saturday, August 8, 2009

23rd Birthday - Part the Second

Thank-you ever so much to everyone who left me birthday wishes on my last post! On Thursday night my friends, Jacoba and Stef, and myself went to La Bohème bar to see A Wink and a Smile Burlesque Seduction Society, again.

Photos of the performance were not allowed but I got a couple of shots of me with my pals!

Stef and me on the left, Jacoba and me on the right.

It was certainly a lovely night out filled with charming ladies, a magician (I do love magic tricks, I must say) and more cupcakes (Jacoba's birthday gift to me). La Bohème has such a great atmosphere, too - it's certainly shaping up to be one of my favourite places in Adelaide and I hope to spend a lot more time there in the future. They seem to have a nice selection of cocktails for those interested in such things but, as I don't drink, I can't say whether or not they are recommendable!

My outfit for the night:

I've had this dress for quite some time and was despairing that I couldn't wear it because I hadn't shoes to go with it! Then I had an epiphany, you may call it, and pulled these red shoes out from under my bed, realising that they would be a lovely contrast to the navy blue of the dress. I was over the moon because this is one of my all-time favourite vintage finds. I barely ever come across vintage wiggle dresses let alone ones such as this!

1950s dress - Empire Vintage
Stockings - Love Kylie
Shoes - Big W

Thanks, once again, for all the lovely comments. I may have one last more post about my birthday to come.

Andi B. Goode

Friday, August 7, 2009

23rd Birthday - Part the First

Yesterday was my twenty-third birthday! It also marked the anniversary of a rather more tragic event but I shan't dwell on that, sad as it may be. I decided to take the day off so as to properly enjoy the birthday experience. The first order of the day was presents from mum.

Mum made the dress on the left (I can't wait to wear it) from a retro pattern from Simplicity, I think, the shoes were returned because they showed off too much of my toes and I find that a little bit obscene (I am strange), and then there's the other stuff. The four photos on the end are from a writing set but, as there's 5 of each print, I'm going to frame one of each for my wall. Hurrah!

After that, we headed on out. My outfit -

I had to wear a scarf so as to hide my curlers from view, but it does look a little like I just have a very odd-shaped head.

Cardigan: Cotton On
Gingham shirt: Vintage, Gilles Street Market
Pedal Pushers: Big W
Shoes: Big W

The first order of the day was to pick up a lay-by of mine from Red Ruby Vintage (pictured in last montage) - Gale couldn't believe I had curlers in my hair! She found it very amusing, indeed.

We had a very healthy lunch at the Cupcake Cafe - I had nachos, a chocolate milkshake and a white chocolate and raspberry cupcake. Yum! The decor is also quite delightful and there were lots of yummy American treats on offer!

We also stopped by an op-shop and I picked up some 1960s/70s knitting patterns and a nightgown but, alas, the pickings there were rather slim. And when we got home I found that the stockings I had ordered from had arrived! Even more presents.

From left to right: 4 packs of stockings (the cheapest ones have, because I tear holes in everything and am also a poor student); 1950s tennis dress from Red Ruby Vintage which I shall be wearing in lieu of a playsuit about the house, come summer; nightgown; knitting patterns with amusing covers.

That pretty much sums up the 'first part' of my birthday - the second and third installments shall be coming soon!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Andi B. Goode

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Vixen Vintage Giveaway

Solanah of Vixen Vintage blog is giving away this marvellous hat, which she made herself -

Isn't it just divine? I adore the cherries - so darling! To enter the competition yourself just go here. (If you don't want to enter you should definitely check out her fabulous blog, anyway, if you aren't familiar with it.) All my best wishes to everyone who enters - the winner will be a lucky lady indeed!

Andi B. Goode

Monday, August 3, 2009

It's (Roller) Derby Day!

Yesterday I attended my first Roller Derby bout for 2009, which also happened to be the last bout of the year! At least I made it to one. Even though it was only my second bout I can say with absolutely certainty that I love Roller Derby. It’s so much fun to watch and literally the only sport I have ever taken anything resembling an interest in.

The teams competing were the Mile Die Club and the Road Train Rollers (they're a new team, this year) - the Mile Die Club won.
left - Mile Die club, right - Road Train Rollers

I didn't realise until I got there that I had dressed in the colours of the Road Train Rollers!

Necklace/bracelet: Mum's
Top: op-shopped
Cardigan: Cotton On
Belt: gift
Skirt: vintage, Goodwill, re-styled from a dress
Stockings: Myer
Shoes: Big W

Even though I stood up for the entire bout, I certainly enjoyed myself. Plus, it gave me a chance to wear my new-to-me skirt! Huzzah.

Also, I wrote this post about my favourite Adelaide Vintage store for A Stitch in Time, This Vintage Life - check it out and, while you're there, take a look at the rest of the blog! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Andi B. Goode

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Public Enemies

First things first, I have a new header. What do you all think?

Secondly, last night my friend Jacoba and myself went to see Public Enemies. It was a little bit disappointing, unfortunately, but still good. My main problem was the way in which it was filmed – it was filmed using HD video and so it looks more like a TV show than a film and a lot of the movement is very strange. I think HD video can be appropriate for certain types of films, but for a gangster movie set in the 1930s? I don’t think so. I’m a very visual person and like my movies to be visually appealing and stylish and for the visual style to suit the narrative. However, it was still a good story, the cast was great (not to mention the two leading men provided some wonderful eye candy) and the attention to detail with the costumes was quite superb. I still don’t think it’s a film that needs to be seen on the big screen, though.

I still made sure to dress for the occasion.

Earrings: Diva
Faux pearls: Hero vintage
Dress: 1930s crepe dress, Red Ruby Vintage
Bracelet: etsy
Stockings: Love Kylie
Shoes: Shoe Shed

My hair was in a rather bad way so I was fretting for a while trying to think of something to do with it. I decided to see if my hair was long enough, again, to do this style and, it is. It’s not absolutely perfect because I was too lazy to pin down some of the little poky bits but, well, cinemas are dark, aren’t they?

Also, for anyone who hasn’t seen it, yet, Fleur de Guerre wrote an article for Queens of Vintage about her beauty routine. Check it out, if you haven’t done so - you can red it on her blog here or at Queens of Vintage here. For Australians who are looking for Pond’s Cold Cream for the first time and despairing in your fruitless search, fret no more – apparently Dove Deep Cleansing Cream is the exact same thing. My mother says it smells exactly the same, too.

Andi B. Goode