Thursday, December 30, 2010

Musical Interlude {The Baseballs}

Before I get on to the subject of this post I just want to address the fact that I've made it to over 600 followers (through google connect). It's hard to believe over 600 people find me that interesting but, hey, I'm not arguing! Thanks to all my followers, new and old alike.



So: I first heard of The Baseballs via Miss Emmi's blog (you can read her post here), They'd Have Called Me the Bar Nothing, but after my initial 'squees'* of delight they sort of passed to the back of my mind, as many things often do. I'm sure I thought of them once or twice after, as well. Anyway, yesterday when I was at JB Hi-Fi (thinking, for some unknown reason, that I needed to buy even more DVDs) I was walking through the CD section and, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the cover for The Baseballs' album Strike! I nearly walked straight past but I did a double take and, remembering how much I enjoyed their music, picked it up and didn't hesitate to buy it. 

For anyone who hasn't heard them, The Baseballs do rockabilly/doo-wop covers of contemporary pop songs (everything from Rihanna to Roxette) and it's all quite delightful. Plus, they're adorable! Hurrah.



I actually like a lot of the original songs that they cover (I went through a phase where I vehemently denied liking pop music at all but I was reared on the bubblegum pop of the '50s and '60s so it's only natural that I will, at times, like it's descendants - I'm also at a stage where I'm happy to like what I like, if that makes sense) but I'm usually not precious about people covering songs I like. (At the moment, I'd say my favourite from the album is their cover of Bleeding Love, which is rather lovely).


Their cover of Rihanna's Umbrella, with a very clever film clip. The stock footage is edited together so well with the new footage of the band!


And their cover of Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars, which is another great video! I'm a bit of a music video junkie so I'm always happy to see a well made one. I hate to admit it, but this made me giggle (I think it was all the, er, hip shaking). I feel like a '50s teenager swooning over Ricky Nelson or some other such teen idol.

Apparently they were on an Australian show called Hey! Hey! It's Saturday! (which is not a show I care to dwell on) but, as I barely watch television I missed it. It also means they were in Australia and I didn't realise. This, however, does not surprise me as I barely ever seem to know what's going on in terms of music, etc.

Hopefully some of you won't have heard of them or this will be the most redundant blog post ever. Here is a link to their official site and their YouTube channel as well, just in case.

This will probably be my last post of 2010 so, thanks once again, and I will see you all on the flip side! Happy New Year, everyone.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

*I most likely did emit a sound akin to a 'squee' and there, no doubt, would have been arm flapping, flailing and possibly a little bit of a swoon, too. I'm so predictable!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tumblr

Stepping slightly away from the intention of this blog to blog about another blog (eep!) - still following me?

Anyway, while I did take a break from this blog, I had no intentions of taking a break from Tumblr. I'm addicted to it! It's just so appealing - there are endless amounts of pretty pictures for a magpie gal like me to reblog (plus I've found some very interesting artists and articles that I wouldn't have come across otherwise). Unlike this blog, the main focus of which is 'vintage' and my life with it, I use my Tumblr to post pictures of anything I love or find inspiring. Or attractive men. The combination of these three things seems to lead to me reblogging an awful  lot of pictures from the 2008 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. The movie was fairly OK but add Matthew Goode & Ben Whishaw (two of my very many current crushes) to the gorgeous clothes, etc., and maybe you can understand my compulsion to reblog!


As well as being addicted to Tumblr itself I've been fascinated with just staring at my archives (which I only recently discovered!) so I've got a few screenshots of them to share with you...(plus this will give you an idea of what I like to reblog).

Tumblr Archive 231210 One

Tumblr Archive 231210 Two

Tumblr Archive 231210 Three

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For picture credits go to: andibgoode.tumblr.com/archive

Feel free to follow me (or just reblog whatever you want) and also feel free to leave links to your own tumblrs here! 


Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Summer Knittin' Had Me a Blast

So, this knitting wasn't actually done in summer (oh dear, I lied to you via blog post title!) but I do so hate coming up with post titles! Also, please excuse how cheesy the title is. That aside, let's move on to the point of the post, shall we? My latest knitting endeavours. Or, rather, endeavour as I only have photos of one thing that I have made...the other was made by my mother.

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Hat & shirt made by me; 1930s crepe skirt from Red Ruby Vintage; same old saddle shoes you always see from Payless.

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Except for the shoes (& socks) everything is made either by myself or my mother. 

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Pendleton blazer from eBay.

I made this hat quite a few months ago from an original 1940s or 1950s Patons knitting booklet. As you can see, I quite love wearing it!

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I was a little wary of the size of the pom-poms (each one took me two hours to make - I don't remember pom-pom making seeming so tedious as a child...) but I'm quite taken with them, now. I still have dreams of a pom-pom headpiece like the one Carmen Miranda is wearing in this screencap I took of The Gang's All Here...actually, I wouldn't mind one of each of the hats in that film! Not to mention the dresses and the shoes and the hair...

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I suppose I'm quite proud of this - I think it only took me a couple of days to make.

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I had good intentions of knitting this sweater myself but, as someone who hasn't been knitting all that long, I decided I wasn't quite feeling up to the challenge. So I passed it onto my mother and I'm awfully glad I did because she did a darn good job!



This is the picture from the pattern she used - I downloaded the pattern for free here.

I do have a question for you all - would you like more details about my knitting projects (the yarn I used, etc.) where I can provide or are you happy just to see the pictures?

I have a couple of other projects on the go but I've taken a little break from knitting at the moment, though I'm sure I'll get back to it quite soon...

Love,
Andi B. Goode 
x

Monday, December 27, 2010

Swing Sesh Christmas Ball

Hello one and all! I hope everyone has had a lovely time over this holiday season, which I suppose is still going but I've decided I feel ready to get back to blogging. So, here I am!

One of my goals, which I tried to work on whilst I was on my blogging holiday, is to take more photos of my friends. It’s a goal I’ve had for a while but was reinforced when I was watching Buffy one night and saw how many photos of the ‘Scooby Gang’ she had in her room. Anyway, it just so happens that some of you, in the past, said you’d like to see pictures of the Adelaide swing scene – combine this request with my desire to document my friends and these pictures are the result!

A few atmospheric shots…

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In at least one of these you can see the Corner Pocket Big Band up on the stage (the Ball was held at the German Club).

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My lovely friend, Abi, who you’ve seen here a couple of times before, I believe (here and here). She made almost her entire outfit! 

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And here’s Abi again, first with Catherine and then with Enken 

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The colour photo of Katey is pretty much my favourite shot from that night! 

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And this is my other favourite! (Beck).

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And here is yours truly, wearing a dress my mother made me, especially for the occasion. My 'hair piece' was actually just one of those bows you stick on presents. It was sparkly, too!

You can see a few more here at Flickr - didn't want to overload this post. Hopefully I can keep up with taking photos of my friends – as lovely as it is to have memories, it’s just as nice to have visual reminders of things that have happened, I think. I’m always tempted to print some out, too, as I miss the idea of the snapshot being something tangible as well as visual. How do you keep your photos? Just as something digital or do you print them, too? Or do you still use film (I rarely do now as I'm being a bit stingy)?

Also, for those of you who weren't following my blog last year, this is what I wore to last year's Christmas Ball.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blogging V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N




You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much lately. Well, after reading this post on Oranges and Apples and this one on ‘Beating Blogger Burnout’ at IFB, I realised that I’m probably in need of a break. I just don’t feel like I have the energy for blogging – I don’t even feel like taking decent outfit shots, right now! So, I think a little time away from blogging may help. And it is the holiday season, after all, so a blogging holiday is probably timely!

I still have a couple of ideas I may work on and I may do some outfit posts, so it probably won’t be a break completely void of posting but I’m just not going to focus myself on it; I’m going to refresh my blogging brain (I hope). I’m basically just not going to stress about it.

I’ve also just started something called the Encompass program, which is run through Carclew Youth Arts. You can follow the link for more information (on Carclew, I couldn't find info on the program) but, in short, the program was set up for people aged 18-26 to train in Arts Administration through a course as well as work placement – my work placement is with the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

I am both excited and daunted by the idea – the daunting part is the thought that it may take over most of what used to be my free time. It’s kind of making me quite anxious but I’m trying my best to work through it and I’m almost 100% certain that I will be fine. Once I settle into a routine again, it should be OK – it’s just the initial process of settling into something different. But I was pretty ‘burnt out’ with my blog before I started this, anyway.

I’d also like to take my blog more ‘seriously’ in 2011 – I’m going to work on a few things that are just vague ideas, right now, and see how I go. But, again, I’m not going to stress. I started the blog for fun and to share my love of vintage and it has started to feel a lot less like fun and a lot more like a chore. I want to get back to it feeling like something I want to do, rather than something I feel obligated to do.

I’ll still be around on twitter (like I could give that up!) and tumblr and I’ll do my best to still comment on other blogs, too.

If anyone does have any suggestions (whether they are for blog posts or just how I might re-inspire myself) I’m more than happy to read them – you can leave them here or send me an email if you really like: andi.b.goode@gmail.com

In fact, if you want to send me an email just to say hi I’m happy, too!

I’m sure you will all understand my need to take a break (and if you don’t I suppose there isn’t a lot I can do about that) – as much as it is my blog, it wouldn’t have been half so fun, thus far, without all of my lovely readers, and I’m so thankful for all of you.

I’ll see you all on the other side (or if I manage to get a few outfit posts, etc., done)! I'll leave you with one of my favourite songs about being on holiday/vacation


Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Outfit: Friday Night Vlog

I've been a bit bored of a few things lately: one of them is setting my hair, the other is taking outfit photos. So, when I went out to a friend's birthday last night I didn't do either. Instead, I wore my hair in a ponytail (which I pinned under so it looked sort of like a bun) and did an outfit video (which I filmed on my old point an shoot camera in about 5 minutes as I was in a hurry) for something different. I've liked the idea since I saw Mary Van Note's ages and ages ago but never did one myself until now. I hope you all like it...


Outfit details: 1950s hat - etsy; bracelet, earrings & necklace - Diva; vintage brooch - ?; 1960s dress - Gymnasium closing down sale; stockings - Voodoo Killer Legs Vintage Stockings; shoes - Rubi Shoes; handbag - Dangerfield. The song I used is Rockin' in the Orbit by Jimmie Haskell and his Orchestra.

And because I've only shared this on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, here's me showing off my newest baby - my Waverly Street banjolele.


I'm going to be fairly busy for the rest of the week so I may not be around much but I'm doing my best to catch up on everyone else's blogs, etc. See you on the other side!

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Outfit(s): ReVamp Dress & Revamped hair.

I've been meaning to post these outfits for a few days, now, but as mentioned in my last post I've been a bit under the weather and not felt much like posting. I'm still not 100% but I feel better enough to be able to post, now!

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I wore this ReVamp vintage dress (which I bought from the lovely Miss Matilda) to a friend's birthday. It's the Daisy design with the Dixie print. I've long been a fan of ReVamp vintage (in a 'window' shopping sort of way) but hadn't been able to afford any of their wonderful frocks, etc. But now that I see how lovely this one is, I may just have to save up for another one, one day...

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As you can see I got a fringe (bangs) cut, last week - I like them and I think they suit me but I'm not sure I'll keep them for long. I do like my faux bangs better. But I wanted a change. (Some of the photos here provided inspiration for me, just for reference, but it's a very simple fringe!) I think it might make my hair look a little too '60s but I'm not sure.

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I'm not entirely sure what I'm trying to do with my face in this photo. It sure is lucky I've no aspirations to being a model or something else along those lines! I think this might be my 'attitude' face but...

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Dress and shoes both from etsy.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

P.S. Attention Marple fans, I've got a few screencaps of A Murder is Announced over here at Flickr for your viewing pleasure!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I've gone etsy mad...

I was going to do an outfit post today but I think I may have caught the lurgy off of a friend (or it could be from staying out in the cold) and I'm a terrible sook if I've even the slightest sniffle, so I've decided to 'take it easy' and share my latest etsy purchases with you all...

1960s Cotton dress from Simplicity Bliss

1940s Plaid Cotton dress from Dear Golden Vintage. I definitely need a lot more plaid in my wardrobe and I think this is perfect for daytime outings as well as casual dinners and such.

30s/40s dress from MissingBirdVintage (I just discovered this one recently - they have some really great stock, and some plus sized things, too). This will be the second black dress that I own!



These last two beauties are also from Simplicity Bliss - there was a 50% off sale, so how could I resist? Just look at that adorable little double collar on the second dress and all of those lovely spots on the first!

As you can see (and as the title so aptly puts it) I've gone etsy mad. And I think I need to stay away for a little while...perhaps. What has everyone else bought lately? Anything exciting? I'd love to see.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x





Sunday, November 14, 2010

Adelaide Shopping: Red Ruby Vintage

I realised a little while ago that I barely ever blog about what goes on in Adelaide so I decided to start doing reviews of some of the vintage shops around town.

I'm starting with Red Ruby Vintage, which I've mentioned quite a few times before (and wrote about here) because it's pretty much my favourite vintage shop.

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14 Peel St Adelaide, 5000
8231 0022
facebook: redrubyvintage

Opening Hours: 
Tuesday - Thursday 10.30 - 4.30 
Friday 11.30 - 5.30
Saturday 12.00 - 3.00


Situated just off of Hindley St, toward the west end of Adelaide, Red Ruby Vintage is my go-to place for vintage in Adelaide. I've been shopping there (and have sold a small number of items, too) for quite a few years and it's an overall great experience. Gail, the proprietor of Red Ruby, has been selling vintage for about fourteen years; before her store in Peel Street, she sold from a shop at Hahndorf and, before that, from the Orange Lane Markets (which have been closed for at least 9 or 10 years, now).

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Gail has been collecting vintage for quite a number of years - she has been op-shopping clothes since the 1960s and said that she used to help her mother set up stalls to sell antique linen and lace at markets around the Adelaide Hills. This, combined with an eye and memory for line and colour is what lead Gail to start selling vintage clothing. "Fabrics, accessories and haberdashery are in my blood."

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Her favourite eras are the '50s and '60s as well as the '30s and this is reflected in her stock, which ranges from the '30s to a small number of '80s pieces but the emphasis is definitely on the earlier eras.

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Much like myself, and many others who collect and/or sell vintage, Gail loves the idea of keeping the clothes alive and believes that history is so important and relevant to the present. The idea that everything links together - fashion, design, music, etc. - is something that she relishes. Her love and enjoyment of the clothes she sells is well reflected in her store and makes shopping there very enjoyable.

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Quite a lot of my favourite pieces are from Red Ruby...here are just a few to give you an idea of just how fabulous everything there is!

Red Ruby Purchases 1
L-R: 1940s NOS crepe dress; 1930s tartan dress (aka my perfect winter dress); 1940s pant suit.

Red Ruby Purchases 2
L-R: 1950s day dress (reminds me a bit of the Horrockses dresses); 1950s silver lamé dress; 1930s-40s home-made dress with rosella on shoulder.

The prices range according to era, quality (everything is clean, well presented and good-excellent vintage quality) and rarity of the individual pieces. It may not always be the best for someone on a tight budget (though you can lay-by) but I rarely find anything cheaper and of equal quality in other shops and markets and, after seeing some of the prices in Melbourne stores I realised that Adelaide prices are still, on the whole, a lot lower.

I've not really done a lot of this sort of write-up before so I hope it was useful/enjoyable. Any tips on what else to include would be appreciated! I don't think I have a lot of Adelaideans following my blog but I'd still like to put together a bit of a 'guide' as it were to vintage shopping here.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Outfit: Purple Flowers

Very brief, text-light outfit post. Went to town today. Had a bit of a tricky time figuring out to wear as I've, ahem, got a bit of winter weight on so my clothes are, well, snug shall we say? Ended up wearing a dress I often forget I have because it seems to get wedged between some others and hidden from view...

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(I do have purple-y clothes! Oops). You get to see a little of another one of the rooms in my house. I would love it to have wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves...maybe one day.

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This reminds me a little of early portraits where everyone looks super stiff and serious because they weren't allowed to move (long exposures)...only I'm not in one of those brace contraptions like a lot of them would have been. No excuse for my serious face!

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And here are a couple of outtake shots...you know the ones where you didn't quite get in front of the camera and pose in time? I liked that I had one going either way.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x