Thursday, October 29, 2009

Who wears short shorts?

Just a quick post to show you what I wore today. I have a Halloween post planned; I've already been to one Halloween bash but thought I would combine both of my costumes into one post.

Outfit details: ribbon- Spotlight; gingham shirt - Goodwill; shorts - Target; shoes - KMart.

I'm not generally keen on wearing shorts but I felt like wearing these today. That's about as much leg as I like to show!

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Couple of Outfits

Outfit details: dress - Salvo's; stockings - Love Kylie; bracelet - etsy; shoes - Spendless.

A woman in one of my classes said she really liked this outfit because she thought it was more of a 'modern' take on the vintage thing. I was thoroughly upset by that. I'm not sure if she meant 'Modern' (like Modernism) or modern meaning up-to-date, though.

Outfit details: dress - vintage via Salvo's; bracelet - etsy; stockings - Love Kylie; shoes - Spendless.

This dress is from the 1970s but I thought it was kind of 1930s-ish. What do you all think? I really like the print.

Andi B. Goode

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dressing Vintage in Adelaide

Quite a while ago now Kitty asked me this question:

As a fellow (now expat) Radelaidean, I'd love to know how you find having such a distinct style in a town that, let's face it, is not particularly stylish or tolerant of people who stand out from the crowd.

Don't get me wrong - I'll always love Adelaide, but I know from personal experience that people who look a bit different can cop a lot of stick there!

I decided I would answer it in a blog post because I thought it was a very interesting question. It’s just unfortunate that it took me so long to get around to answering it!

The short answer is that I find it just fine – I never get any trouble, as such, but people do stare and quite a lot of people compliment me, too.

I’ve been dressing differently for quite a few years, now – before it became incredibly popular I had a scene/’emo’ look which most people confused for ‘goth’ but I never really got a hard time about it. My art teacher in high school used to poke a little fun at me saying things like ‘I feel sorry for you goths in summer, wearing all that black!’ Here’s some photographic evidence:

I suppose I started to move away from that style just as the term ‘emo’ was becoming a mainstream one so I think I avoided all of the negativity directed towards those who wear skinny black jeans, black eyeliner and all that jazz that came afterward.

In between that style and this one my transition period involved a bit of experimenting, some vaguely ‘indie’ styles as well as some forays into vintage inspired or Rockabilly-esque looks. There was a period of one or two years, I guess, when I didn’t really have a distinct style as such but then I realised that I not only felt more comfortable in vintage styled outfits but that fashions of the 1940s and 1950s were far more flattering for me, too. So I started to only buy things that I felt reflected that look and began to get rid of those which did not. It was quite a process, looking back on that time.

The past three years I’ve been attending AC Arts TAFE (doing a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design majoring in photography) and it is during this time that my style has really flourished. So, I’ve mainly been surrounded by a lot of open-minded people and I never feel out of place there, even though none of my classmates dress like me. The lecturers I’ve had have generally been rather complimentary, too. One of my favourite compliments was from the gallery director (who also lectures) when she told me that she always looks forward to seeing what I might wear next and that I was like a living work of art myself! Another time, she and another lecturer stopped me and were asking me about my stockings, etc., and commented on how my look is a full-time job. Combine that with parents who are not only very supportive but incredibly proud of me and I suppose it’s been quite easy for me to develop a fairly distinct style, without a lot of ‘hassle’.

I should also mention that, during that time, most of the places I went out to were indie clubs and I suppose I sometimes felt a little overdressed but I never felt mocked. More recently I’ve taken up swing dancing and, having braved my fear of new social settings, have attended a few of the social nights where people are really encouraged to get ‘dressed up’.

On a similar note to Kitty’s question, a girl I met a few weeks ago, who also dresses vintage, asked me ‘Do people ever ask you things like ‘What are you dressed like that for?'' I told her that I’ve never had that specific question asked but a few people have assumed that I was wearing a costume. I realised, though, whilst typing this that a guy at Jive did once ask me what I was dressed up for and I just shrugged and said ‘This is how I always dress!’ I can’t remember what his response was as I was feeling a little harassed (but only because I was merely waiting in line for a drink and didn’t much feel like talking to drunk strangers) but I know it wasn’t anything negative.

Stef did mention she thought someone once asked me if my hair was a wig and I have a vague recollection of that happening but it was either so traumatic that I’ve blocked the memory or, and this is more likely, it bothered me so little I didn’t see a point in remembering it! Solanah, it seems you’re not the only one (though that was the only time anyone has ever asked me that!)

People do stare at me, a lot, which can get exasperating but I do dress quite differently and I do stand out so it’s only to be expected. I can’t read minds so, of course, I can’t say what these people are thinking. I have to admit sometimes I’ll be getting ready to go out and I may, for instance, want to wear a pair of cat-eye glasses and I’ll think ‘Oh, but people will stare at you if you wear something like that – it’s too outlandish!’ Then I look in the mirror, chuckle, and think again ‘Well…people stare at you, anyway, so why not just go for it?’

More than anything, I get older ladies telling me how lovely I look! It’s great when that happens but sometimes they are a tad effusive in their praise and I end up awfully embarrassed and don’t know what to say but to repeatedly say ‘Thank-you’. I’ve also had a few girls walk past me in the street and yell back at me ‘I love your dress!’

All in all, I don’t find it very difficult to dress the way I do – people either stare or are complimentary and if they are saying anything negative, then I’m blissfully unaware!

However, when I was having a chat with the singer of Lucky Seven, I told him about this question (but not that it was asked on my blog – for some reason, I feel a little embarrassed talking about my blog in ‘real life’) and he said that sometimes when they’re all dressed up they get people yelling out things like ‘Oh, look, it’s the Blues Brothers’ or ‘Are you supposed to be the mafia?’ I wonder if they get more trouble because they are men and I’m a woman? (They always look absolutely fantastic, anyway. It’s such a pleasure to see men dress up, too).

I certainly feel lucky that, to the best of my knowledge, I don’t get any negative responses because I’ve read responses to similar questions on forums about the place and quite a few people seem not to have the same support that I do, even from their family and friends. I feel really sad about that, to tell you the truth.

What about you, my lovely blog readers? Do those of you with a distinctive style find it difficult to get along that way where you live or is not an issue?

Forgive the uncommonly wordy post – I usually like to keep my posts short and sweet, because I know that many people, such as myself, have very short attention spans but I wanted to answer this question properly. Feel free to ask any other questions, too.

I've had this all typed up and ready to go for a couple of days now and, funnily enough, I came across this post on Twila Jean's blog, today!

Andi B. Goode

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Silver Screen Sunday {Clue}

For the last Silver Screen Sunday of the Halloween season, I'm taking a little look at another of my all-time favourite movies, Clue, which is based on the Parker Brothers board-game Cluedo (known as Clue in North-America).

It has the perfect setting for a Halloween movie - a spooky old mansion in the countryside on a dark and stormy night!
It also boasts a stellar cast including Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean and one of my favourite actors, Tim Curry.

This time I've decided to focus on one aspect of each of the three female leads' costumes.
Madeline Kahn stars as Mrs. White who wears this gorgeous little black, strapless cocktail dress. I found a few that were similar on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

I love the fringing on this one - I've noticed that I've been quite attracted to fringe, lately. Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

She also wears this cute little hat at the beginning of the film (and a gorgeous, tailored jacket that I couldn't find a decent picture of).

Lesley Ann Warren plays Miss Scarlet who does not wear her traditional red in this film (her character, however, is a 'scarlet woman') so I've decided to focus on the fact that she actually wears green and found these two lovely dresses:

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

Eileen Brennan plays the jittery Mrs Peacock whose fabulous frames I'm rather envious of.

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

Oh no, that's not the end is it? Well, here's the trailer, which I urge you to watch - this is one of the funniest films I have ever seen and it's a great adaptation of my favourite board-game.

Once again, I hope everyone enjoyed this!

Andi B. Goode

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Unstyled Hair (Oh My!)

When I posted pictures of how I set my hair, Janice asked me if I could take pictures of my hair unstyled. Well, I did but I forgot to post them, so here they are:

It's basically just cut into a 'U' and there's one layer which is a couple of inches shorter than the length.

So, this is my hair in its natural state, straight after I blow-dried it (and my method of blow-drying involves blasting it until it's dry).

I was going to post these with a tutorial I did but I want to re-film it because, well, I didn't film it all that well the first time round. But stay tuned...if I overcome my fear of the moving picture (moving pictures of me, at least) you may well see a tutorial from me, yet.

Andi B. Goode

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Overture Outfit

Firstly, thanks to everyone for the congratulatory comments left on my last post! Secondly, last night was the opening night of the first graduate exhibition - both of which are called Overture -for the visual art students at AC Arts TAFE. My work is in the second exhibition but I still attended as many of my friends had work in this show. I took the opportunity to wear the dress my mum just finished making for me -

Outfit details: dress - made by my mother; stockings - Love Kylie; shoes - KMart.

I was also super proud of my hair (and got loads of compliments on both it and my dress) - I'm much happier with this attempt at the Betty Grable look than the first time I tried it out. A few people asked me how I was going to top my outfit for my own exhibition opening and I said I was on the look-out for the perfect dress. Well, today I found it but I won't say anything more than 'pink'. You shall have to wait to see it!

After the opening, my friend Simon and I wandered down to the casino to take a gander at Lucky Seven but we were too tired to stay for long. Simon left a little before me and, whilst I was waiting to be picked up, I had a little chat with the singer of Lucky Seven about what I do during the day and wearing vintage styles.

I am currently exhausted (the result of walking about town in heels for the past few days, lots of shopping and two hours of dance classes on Tuesday night) and taking the time to lounge about in my 1960s brunch coat and a 1960s floral slip.

The soundtrack to my life at the moment has been Fats Waller, for no other reason than his music is incredibly beautiful and seems to go along very well with the gorgeous weather we've been having.

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The reign of Queen Andi begins. Huzzah!

Just a short post to say that I'm Vintage Queen no. 42 and couldn't be more chuffed! Thanks to those who have already congratulated me - it truly means a lot.

Now I'm off to get ready for my Lindy Hop lesson, tonight!

Andi B. Goode

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Outfits & Some Shopping

Yesterday, my mum and I went down to Pt. Eliot for the day so I could take some photos for an assignment. The weather was gorgeous, luckily, unlike the rotten weather we'd been having for weeks beforehand. As it was Sunday, I had rather despaired of finding any interesting shops to go to but there were a few little places open and I got myself some gloves and a couple of retro postcards.

I got mum to take a photo of me down there, to make a difference from my usual backdrops.

I wore one of my favourite (repro) dresses. It's a lot of fun to twirl about in.

We stopped in Victor Harbour on the way home and I popped into a little op-shop and managed to pick up the sweetest little blue nightie (it's nylon, so it won't be good to wear in the really hot weather).

The weather was even lovelier today (I didn't need to wear a cardigan at all) so I was very happy to be able to wear a skirt I picked up at the Goodwill, last week. It's not vintage but I just love the Hawaiian style print.

Please forgive the not-so-glamorous background - I was in a hurry! Also excuse the haughty expression.

Outfit details: necklace - from mum; top - op-shopped; bracelet - etsy; skirt - Goodwill; stockings - Love Kylie; shoes - K-Mart.

I popped into Red Ruby Vintage to ask the owner about borrowing some dresses for photos I'm going to be taking next week and I ended up spending more money! I got a very lovely 1930s navy blue crepe skirt (which I didn't photograph) and I put this 1940s Rayon suit on lay-by:

(Please excuse the garter bumps.)

I know I mentioned I'm not really a pants/trousers girl but I have never come across anything like this and it fit me like a dream! Plus, suits can always be broken up and worn with other pieces.

I hope everyone had a swell weekend and that you're all feeling refreshed for the week ahead!

Andi B. Goode

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Silver Screen Sunday {Carnival of Souls}

Today's Silver Screen Sunday was done in a little bit of a rush because I haven't been home all day. This time, I'm looking at a movie that actually scared me - in fact, I gave myself the creeps when I was doing the screencaps, yesterday! So, without further ado, I bring you Carnival of Souls, directed by Herk Harvey in 1962. (Don't let the poster mislead you - it's an American film, but this poster happened to look the best.)

I'm absolutely in love with Candace Hilligoss' hair in this film - it reminds me a little of Elizabeth Montgomery's hair in the early '60s.

I couldn't find a picture of the exact style I meant, but this is still quite similar.

She also has some very cute, and very simple outfits - mainly dresses - so I looked around etsy a little and here are a few of my favourite 1960s dresses.

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

I love when you actually get to see shoes in movies; I thought these were very cute. I also like the way she wears her scarf. I've always been enamoured of that style - I suppose it's because it brings country drives in a cute little sports car to my mind.

And you'll need some spooky spectres to follow you about, too!

Personally, I think I’d prefer this little guy hanging around me than the creepy ghouls in Carnival of Souls.

I picked this film up for 2$ on a DVD that had 5 old horror films on it but I think it would be easy enough to find to watch on the internet for anyone who's interested. I don't watch films online, so I don't know where to direct you.

As always, I hope everyone enjoyed this edition of Silver Screen Sunday.

Andi B. Goode

Friday, October 16, 2009

Another Outfit...

Solanah mentioned the other day how she thinks of things to blog about through the day but when she gets home all she can think of is 'here's what I wore today.' Well, I have to admit, I feel the same. Only, here's what I wore on Wednesday when I just had to go out and buy Disney's Snow White on DVD:

Outfit details: scarf - hand-me-down (or, rather, I claimed it as my own) from mum; blouse - church op-shop; vest - Valley Girl; trousers - Target; shoes - a shoe store somewhere near Melbourne.

This is what I like to 'do' to my hair when I can't be bothered doing anything - hide almost all of it under a head scarf and add some faux bangs to the mix (which I used to do to the side, without a rat). It still looks vintage (a little bit of land girl chic, perhaps) and is dead easy to do for lazy ladies like myself.

These are actually the only full length pants I own - I'm not terribly keen on trousers on myself but there are just some days that I can't be bothered putting on stockings, etc. so wearing a dress seems like a chore. Plus, they're good for my dance lessons! (For anyone who's interested, I started Lindy Hop the other night and was absolutely terrified but had fun, anyway).

Oh, also, one of my LiveJournal friends has started a fashion blog - à l'allure garçonnière. I'm really excited about it; if you want to find out what it's all going to be about read her post entitled 'why we need feminist fashion blogs' because I don't want to try to explain myself.

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Outfit Post

Gee, my poses are so varied!

Outfit details: sunglasses - vintage, Salvo's; cardigan - Cotton On; dress - vintage, church op-shop; stockings - Myer; shoes - Spend-Less.

I think this is probably a 1970s dress but I thought it had a bit of a 1940s secretary feel to it. I like the little lace collar. When I first wore it I somehow got the impression that it was too short but when I tried it on again I realised it was a fine length, after all!

Outfit details: beret - from my mother; faux pearls - Hero Vintage; dress - church op-shop; stockings -; shoes - Spend-Less.

I wasn't terribly keen on this dress when I first got it but it's grown on me.

Andi B. Goode

Monday, October 12, 2009

Janet Klein, Ukulele Chanteuse & Style Icon

I suppose when I said I was going to write about 'what' influenced me to take up the ukulele I really ought to have said 'who'. First, we have to go back in time just a few months to when the Adelaide Cabaret Festival was on. It was the first year I made an effort to go see some of the shows that were put on and one act, in particular, stole my heart: Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. Janet Klein is simply marvellous! ("Much too marvellous for words...")

And she's a lovely person, to boot - I bought a CD and got her to sign it for me after the show and she told me I looked nice or lovely or something like that and she and the bass player both said if I was ever in LA I should go to the Cicada Club. That’s all entirely irrelevant, really, but I suppose it just added to my impression of how wonderful she is.

Could she be any cuter?

So, after the fantastic show and lovely meeting I decided I wanted to be like her - who wouldn't? She's lovely and adorable (has great style, I should add) and keeps these amazing old songs (that would most likely never get the same kind of audience) alive.

Now, I love a lot of music that either has ukulele in it or is performed solely on ukulele but I would definitely say it was my wish to be a ‘ukulele chanteuse’ like Janet Klein that more or less convinced me to finally give it a bash! (She doesn't always play ukulele herself or for every song)

And here's a video of her actually playing the ukulele...

I shall attempt this one day but only when I’m confident enough to tackle a song with 7 chords…plus, I don't have a capo and I would have to tune my ukulele differently. It's not a lot of effort, I know...I do have a Hohner Melodica that my dad gave me a while ago that I can use to tune it (but I've been using one of the websites I've found to tune it, so far). But I shall wait until I buy a capo.

You can listen to some songs on myspace, too, and there are a few live videos floating around youtube.

So that, more or less, is what inspired me to take up the ukulele!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Silver Screen Sunday {Psycho Beach Party}

The second 'spooky' film for October is the 2000 spoof of 1960s Beach Party/Gidget films and slasher horror flicks, Psycho Beach Party. Although the film itself is not actually scary, it's still a great Halloween film! And one of my favourite films of all-time.

The best costumes are all of the great bathers/swimsuits. Now, I'm not a beach person - in fact, I would go so far as to say I positively loathe the beach but I love swimsuits! And surf music.

Lauren Ambrose, who stars as Florence 'Chicklet' Forrest, has the most costume changes in terms of swimsuits and I think they're all very cute.

But almost every cast member is seen in a swimsuit at least once! Amy Adams, as Marvel Ann, sports the frilly pink bikini and my fellow countryman (or, rather, woman) Kimberley Davies - who appears as Bettina Barnes, a b-movie star - glams it up in a blue one-piece and giant straw hat. Reclining on a beach chair in the shade is the only kind of beach activity I'm drawn to, I must admit. So long as it includes a mocktail with a little umbrella in it!

I found some very cute suits on etsy that look exactly like something Chicklet would wear.

Found here on etsy.

I don't usually like to include spoilers about the plot in these but I want to explain what makes this suit so perfect for the film - Chicklet has a split personality and her alter is triggered by circles! So, the circle print on this suit could have some interesting effects. Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

This one is definitely my favourite. Isn't it too sweet? Found here on etsy.

One of the final scenes is a Luau (although the surfers refer to it as an 'orgy'...while I'm talking about the surfers, they have the best nicknames: Kanaka, Starcat, Yo Yo and Provolone.)

I just couldn't go past adding in a couple of Hawaiian shirts for the fellas (but, of course, gals can wear them, too):

Found here on etsy.

Found here on etsy.

And just to prove that everyone wasn't running around in their swimsuits for the entire movie, here's a little look at some of the other costumes:
They're not 100% authentic but I think they're cute!

The film also has a fantastic soundtrack boasting the likes of Los Straitjackets, who actually appear in the film in a dance-off between Marvel Ann and Bettina Barnes at the Luau:

Florence's best friend, Bernadine, in her seance get-up. I couldn't resist adding this screencap in.

I know it's going into colder weather in the Northern Hemisphere but I hope you all still enjoyed this, anyway! I sure can't wait for the warmer weather to hit here properly. It's lovely today but it's going to be cold again, tomorrow. Boo!

Andi B. Goode