Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pink and black on Sunday

Today I went to a going away do for a friend I haven't seen for a while and I felt like wearing my new pink skirt so I just went from there with my outfit. My stockings have the honour of being the only vintage I am wearing in this outfit but the crossover style of my top and the cut of the skirt are not entirely un-vintage in inspiration, I think.


Outfit details: cardigan - gift; top - Target; belt - gift; skirt - gift/Harris Scarfe; vintage stockings - ?; bangles - Salvos; shoes - KMart.


I've been enjoying just letting me hair do its own thing, lately, and leaving it in its natural state 


Pink and black is one of my favourite combinations - as much as I love entirely pastel outfits, I often feel like I need a bit of black when I'm wearing this kind of pink. 


Sorry for the sparse text - I've had a busy day, today, and these seem to be all the words I can muster! 

Andi B. Goode

Monday, May 21, 2012

New Hair, Old Top

If you follow me on Instagram (I'm andibgoode there, as well) you'll know that I went and got a fringe cut the other's something I'd been thinking about for a while, now, but I kept putting it off for various reasons (I dislike going to the hairdressers a whole lot) until finally I went to get the chop, as it were.


I love my new fringe. I think I'll get it cut a little thicker and maybe ever-so-slightly shorter next time, though. This photo is after not washing my hair for a few days so it's not quite as nice as it was when it was first cut. I haven't got used to the physical feeling of having a fringe again, though, but that's not surprising.


And I don't think I've ever showed off this top! This is one of those items of clothing that I loved then put in the 'get rid of' pile, oh, about five or six times? Before deciding it was staying for good. I think it's from the '60s or '70s and I found it in a Goodwill op-shop years ago, now. It's perfect for my pedal pushers and one of my go-to pieces for the shops or something like that.


Outfit details: 1960s top - Goodwill years ago; pants - Miss Hussy; shoes - KMart.


Andi B. Goode

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Musical Interlude {Lesley Gore}

I must admit that I just haven't been in the mood for blogging, lately. I feel like I have a lot of great post ideas but I can't seem to pin them down and work out exactly what they are. The ones I can work out seem like just a little more effort than I am willing to put in at the moment. Ha. But I've got a little post for you, today, on one of my favourite pop singers...

This morning, on Tumblr, I came across a great playlist of '60s songs put together by someone I don't follow and it spurred on the '60s kick I've been on lately...which eventually lead to me listening to nothing but Lesley Gore for most of the day. So here are a few fantastic photos of Lesley and a couple of my favourite songs of hers. If you want to read a bit about her, start with the wiki article, but I basically just want this post to be about images and sound.

How perfect is her flip? Sigh.

{All images were found on the first page of google image search}

{Lesley Gore as Pussy Cat in That Darn Catwoman and Scat! Darn Catwoman, 1967}

I can tell you, now, that I would gladly dress like Lesley Gore as Pussy Cat! She's also wearing pink tights and just-below-the-knee pink boots.

A fantastic video of Lesley singing You Don't Own Me live in 1964. This is one of those songs that are great to put on really loud and belt along to. Very therapeutic!

A colour Scopitone of Lesley's song Wonder Boy which features some very cute and colourful outfits. And Lesley's even cuter short do! This is one of my favourite of her songs.

And another favourite: Maybe I Know. I adore her flip and eye makeup and the gorgeous smile she gives at the end!

I suppose this is a bit of a filler post until I feel up to my regular content again but she was on my mind today...I'm sure there are many other fans of hers who read my blog, too.

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ukulele Sheet Music Challenge Introduction

Quite a while back, now, I shared photos of part of my vintage sheet music collection and I mentioned that one of my plans was to learn some of the songs that had uke accompaniment and make videos of them as a challenge. And then I never did anything about it. But I've finally recorded the first video for my 'challenge' and I wanted to share it on here.


I'm not what you'd call a fan of Al Jolson but this song, written by Billy Rose & Dave Dreyer in 1928 is very cute and sweet. Despite the sad state of the sheet music itself, I love this particular piece  for its bold orange background, the variety of fantastic typography and, in fact, even its shabby state is appealing.

As you can see from the text, this song was recorded for The Singing Fool (which I've not seen) which you can read about here. I couldn't find footage of the song in the film, though, but there is a recording of it below my own video.

Without further ado, here is my own rendition of There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder...

And, for reference, one of Jolson's recordings of the song (I believe this would be his original recording from 1928). It has a really great whistle solo.

If this challenge idea is interesting to anyone else, I might continue posting them here. And maybe think of a more concise name for the challenge as well!

Andi B. Goode

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Friday (Links) On My Mind #7

Anna Arena via Least Wanted on flickr

♥ Charlotte started a series sharing vintage ads - the first lot of ads are for 'underarm freshness'.
♥ Jessica shared some great tips for vintage shopping online & which keywords to use.
♥ The latest photo shoot on the Jitterbugdoll's blog is right up my alley! Some 'recruiting posters' and I can't wait to see the rest of the project.
♥ Gaby has started up a few new features on her blog and I'm particularly excited about Art School and Friday Night Movie Night.
♥ An interview with Christian Broutin who designed this great poster for Jules et Jim, amongst other films.
♥ Solanah's photos from 'Reichenbach day' had me just a tad green with envy...and her outfit is stunning!
♥ The Catalog Sunday posts on New Vintage Lady are always excellent but I was particularly taken with the images this week.
♥ Leave Her to Heaven (1945) was the Saturday Editor's Pick at Alt Screen - the post is well worth checking out if you're a fan of the film.
♥ Is it bad form to share a post that I made on my other blog? Because I posted my top 5 Hitchcock films & thought some of you here might be interested in reading it.
♥ And, lastly, I was taken by these great images of the Women's Timber Corps shared at Land Girl 1980.

Andi B. Goode

PS Apologies for getting this up a day late this week!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

You Spin Me Right Round #2

I'm finally getting around to posting the second part of my record collection. Today, I bring you my picture sleeve 45s (though I do believe 7" is the term more used, now, referring to the size rather than speed) - some were bought because the covers were neat, others because I love the song.


This was one of the 'this cover is neat' buys - I loved her hair and the simple graphic layout. I was pleased to find out she is an Italian pop singer I'd never heard of as I'm quite fond of Italian pop music of the 1960s (such as Rita Pavone, Mina, Adriano Celentano, et al) - the songs on this EP are in Italian, English and German I think.


This was another 'neat cover buy' which then inspired one of my musical interlude posts once I listened to the record. I still haven't hunted down more of their music, yet, but I do love what I've heard. I suppose it fits in with the folk revival of the 50s/60s that I love quite a lot.


I only enjoy a handful of Belafonte's recordings but I think he had a gorgeous voice (and face) and this pink cover with yellow and white writing is incredibly pleasing to me, aesthetically. 


I like The Mills Brothers a lot. That's the only story I have for this one.


I love the endearing goofiness that many early 60s vocal group record covers seem to have. Maybe goofy isn't quite the right word but there's something about this that tickles me. I don't mind their music, either.


This one belonged to my uncle's first wife...somehow it ended up in my mum's collection and I slipped it into my own collection a few years ago. (Mum doesn't mind...I've done this with a few of her records, now.)


Now I think this one is definitely on the goofy side of things...


A Swinging Safari is one of my favourite pieces of music and I just have to giggle at this cheesy cover. 


This is an EP from Toldi Maria and all I can find out about her is that she's Hungarian. She seems to have a site but it's all in Hungarian...I picked this one up because I loved her hair/dress/guitar. And ended up enjoying the songs a lot. Unfortunately it has that ugly brown tape on it...luckily it seems to be coming away without ripping the cover!

Melodie D'Amour by Ames Bros. 1957

This is one of my all-time favourite finds in terms of the cover. I've always loved hearts so I snatched it up as soon as I saw it. The songs are pretty cute, too.


How amazing is everything on this cover?! I'm coveting her hair and all of the furniture. A great '80s tribute to the '60s, I think. The song is cool, too.


I'm not keen on the '88 remix of Downtown but I do love the cover.


Again, the top two were bought for cover design (songs are great, too) and the bottom two were bought because they are two of my favourite songs.


And I thought I would end on another prized possession: my signed Wanda Jackson 45 from when Wanda did a signing after her concert here a few years ago. A fantastic experience.

Once again this is some but not all of my collection of picture sleeve 45s. You can see some more in this flickr set but I've probably got at least 20 or 30 more than what is pictured in the set, as well.

Andi B. Goode

Monday, May 7, 2012

Jeepers Creepers!

I haven't much felt like taking outfit photos lately (when I've actually been getting dressed, anyway) so today you only get some not-so-great iPhone photos. I wore this to town on the weekend for Free Comic Book Day - it's not entirely different from an outfit I've worn in the past but my hair is not styled as much and I'm wearing my new creeper style shoes.


 Outfit details: 1950s cardigan - etsy; vintage brooch - etsy; singlet - Target; belt - gift; pants - Miss Hussy; socks - Rubi Shoes; creepers - Rubi Shoes.


I've loved creepers for longer than I can remember though I've never owned a pair of them. Creepers must be in style a bit right now? Because these were from a cheap chain shoe store...I'd still love a nicer pair but between trying to find something I love, that's vegetarian/vegan and affordable (for me), well, it might be a while before my feet slip into another pair besides these.


Blurry. Oops. 


As well as getting free comic books (and buying one), I did a little bit of record shopping...and found one of the most amazing picture records ever:


Yep. This is undoubtedly the best record in my collection now.


I also picked up this Eruption LP. I've always loved I Can't Stand the Rain but had never heard any other songs. This album is brilliant. I do love a good disco tune!

Apologies again for the slight lack of quality in this post...but I think the RuPaul record makes up for it.

Andi B. Goode

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday (Links) On My Mind #6

family outing
Family Outing via vivienne_strauss on Flickr

♥ Hannah shared these divine hand-painted blouses she found on etsy. I'd seen them earlier but nearly forgot about them. Once you see them you'll wonder how they could ever have left my mind!
♥ Miss Rayne has done a great review/comparison of Gio stockings to Aristoc Harmony stockings. Well worth checking out!
♥ I loved this round-up of prettily painted nails at Diversions. I envy those who do fancy things to their nails but with strumming my uke every day there's not much point for me.
♥ Charlotte shared some photos of a lot of pulp novels that she bought on eBay...I just love all of the cover art.
♥ Amber is looking for people to contribute to a week long feature about loving and accepting yourself. Check out the details here and here.
♥ Julia has a zine up for sale - it's about stepping away from the internet once in a while and looks pretty cool.
♥ Not at all vintage but the editor's pick on Alt Screen this week made me happy as My Own Private Idaho is one of my favourite films.
♥ And check out Vaein Zine a new local online magazine project thing that I've been asked to be a contributor for...this describes the project better than I could!

Thank-you to those who left kind words wishing me a better week on my last round-up - I've definitely had a better one, this time, but as you can see I've not had a lot of time for reading online! I'm trying to balance writing two blogs as well as other things so the link list this week is a little sparse again.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend...

Andi B. Goode

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Keen on red and pink

When I went in to town the other day, I took the opportunity to wear the pink pants I mentioned in this post...they're not exactly what I've been looking for but they're very close! I had a lot of fun trying them on with different tops - for now I like them best paired with this red sweater. I felt like this was a little bit Emma Peel and a little bit Ann Margret.


Outfit details: scarf - ?; 1950s sweater - etsy; belt - Valley Girl; pants - op-shop; shoes - KMart.


Red and pink is one of my favourite colour combinations.


Usually I won't comment on my non-smiling face and I will certainly never apologise for it but this particular facial expression is the result of trying not to squint with the sun in my eyes. It is so incredibly difficult to do! Next time I'll just wear my sunnies or find a better spot to take the photos. I've also just noticed it looks like I've got a kookaburra sitting on my shoulder...


When I was out I got some photos done in a photobooth. Sadly, the price is up to $8 so I'm not sure if it will be a regular occurrence though I would like it to be.

Oh, and be sure to take a look at the guest post/interview I did for We Heart Vintage.

Andi B. Goode