Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Everybody's wearing blue jeans

Vintage separates are one thing that I often keep an eye out for (they make up a very small portion of my vintage wardrobe) yet rarely find in my size. Blouses, I will admit, are usually easy enough to find but skirts and pants? Not so easy in my experience. So, when I saw these great 1950s jeans (well, I don't think technically they are jeans, not being made from denim but they look jean-ish) in my size and at an affordable (for me) price I had to snap them up. 

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Outfit details: scarf - op-shop; sunglasses - $2 shop in Melbourne years ago; blouse - ASOS; brooch - etsy; bangle - Salvos; jeans - etsy; shoes - KMart.

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They're going to be great for those warm days when I just don't want to wear a dress or a skirt. I'm looking forward to finding other tops (in my own wardrobe) to go with them, too. 

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I haven't quite mastered not squinting/frowning when in the glaring sunlight, even with sunglasses on! I am definitely not an outdoors kind of gal.

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And here is one of my favourite songs about blue jeans!

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scoptiones!

For most of my life one of my dreams has been to one day own a jukebox...well, when I first found out about Scopitone machines that dream took a backburner and now I'd rather have one of those! I have a huge love for music videos and the Scopitone machine combines this love with my desire for a Jukebox perfectly. A little about Scopitones from Scopitone Archive:

Scopitone films are the 1960s ancestors of today's music videos. They were distributed on color 16mm film with a magnetic soundtrack, and were made to be shown on a Scopitone film jukebox. The first Scopitones were made in France in 1960, and the Scopitone craze spread throughout Europe (particularly in West Germany and England) before crossing the Atlantic to the United States in mid-1964. By the end of the 1960s, they were gone. [Source]



Many of the Scopitone videos are available to watch on YouTube (but, take caution - you could spend hours watching them!) so I've chosen a few of my favourites to share with you. It was painful to pick these as there are just so many fantastic videos!


The Bike by Alex Marco

My favourites are, of course, the kookiest. Like this one - I don't understand French but I'm assuming The Bike is possibly meant to be a dance? Or maybe this guy is just really excited about bicycles?


High Boots

This one is my absolute favourite (so far!) - I love all of the novelty dances showcased, there are some great threads and the flip on the blonde is fantastic! There is a bit of a discussion trying to identify the singer over here.


Pussycat A Go Go by Stacy Adams.

Oh, look! Bikini clad dancers! What a surprise in a '60s video. The dancing really is something else, though. I'm especially impressed by the woman in the orange-red bikini with the fabulous beehive! Mesmerising.

Here's some more evidence that the reasons for scantily clad dancers were really quite tenuous in this video for Jody Miller's version of The Race is On - the dancers appear in lieu of horses or other racing animals...hmm. Their costumes are a bit fabulous, though.


Le Vampire by Stella

To show you that it wasn't all scantily clad go-go dancers here's one that...well, I'm not sure what to say about this!

This really is just a small selection - there are so many fantastic Scopitone films to watch on YouTube, including songs by artists I know and love like Lesley Gore, France Gall, Neil Sedaka, Nancy Sinatra as well as many I'd never heard of before! 

You can read about the Cinebox here, a similar machine originally produced in Italy. And check out scopitones.com for more info and news on Scopitone machines and the films made for them. You can pick up DVDs of some of the videos, there, and the site even offers custom made DVDs of your favourite Scopitone films.

As an aside, I've just realised this is almost a combination of my musical interlude posts and the Silver Screen Sunday ones! Anyway, I hope you've all enjoyed this little taste of a part of music history I find fascinating and fun.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Are You Being Served?

Before my blog was removed, I'd started to do a series (of sorts) on the different vintage homewares I've started to collect. One of the items that I'd started a post for was this chrome & formica (I believe) serving cart - I think it dates to the 1950s. It was another gift, which is lucky because I've seen these at various places and they generally cost more than I could afford right now.

Oh, and apologies if anyone got excited by the title, thinking this might have been about Mrs Slocombe et al. Ha!

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I got this serving cart quite a while ago but we've had things on it and I never got around to photographing it until it needed to be dusted, so everything came off and I had the perfect opportunity to photograph it sans clutter.

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I can't say with certainty that it will ever get used for its intended purpose but until the day it does (if that day comes) it is certainly a great way to display other vintage items - at the moment it's being used to show off my vintage teacup collection.

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It's very simple and very much like a lot of other serving carts I've seen but I do love it a whole lot.

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I think I'm starting to run out of homewares to show off...maybe I'll photograph the vintage teacup collection that is on this, one day?

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Friday night with some friends

I want to start by saying that I certainly didn't mean to not post anything for five days, but I suppose these things sometimes do happen! Apologies for that and, now, on to the post. On Friday night I met a couple of friends at Regattas to see Lucky Seven Swing. I threw an outfit together quickly as I hadn't given much thought to what I was wearing but I was happy with how it turned out (in my experience, sometimes the quickly chosen outfits can be better than some you spend a lot of time on).

(All of these photos were taken with my (new) iPhone 4S because I was excited at how great the quality is.)

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Outfit details: scarf - op-shop; sunglasses - Dangerfield; earrings - made by me; top - Target; belt - gift; skirt - Goodwill; bag - can't remember; shoes - Betts.

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This is the only shot out of this lot that isn't that great, but that's because I took it with the camera on the front of the phone, which isn't as good. But this was the best shot that I got of my hair. I found this tutorial via The DC Metro Retro and it's just so simple and looks great. It's based off of a hairstyle from Mad Men but, as I don't watch it, the main draw for me was that it looks like a beehive but doesn't involve any teasing and/or backcombing.

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Miss Betty Jane & Miss Kitty Boo.

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Me and Miss Kitty Boo.

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I played pool with Miss Betty Jane and lost.

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At the end of the night we headed down to the Garden of Unearthly Delights (my favourite place in Adelaide at this time of year) so I thought I may as well share a few photos that I took there.

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Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Blue lace, black tights and a ukulele

I shocked myself by going out two whole nights in a row! I was a bit uncertain as to what I was going to wear on the second night but luckily my ASOS order arrived and I was able to indulge my '60s mood further by wearing this little '60s-esque number (and listening to The Troggs whilst getting ready). Of course, the look might be slightly more '60s if I were wearing a different shade of lipstick, but I can't imagine wearing anything other than red! (I also don't own any shade other than red - ha!)

Feeling a little '60s...

Outfit details: earrings - gift; dress - ASOS; tights - Woolworths (was in a rush & had no tights); bracelet - op-shop; shoes - Big W.

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I was planning to wear my hair up until I brushed it and this happened. Now if only I can get it to happen on purpose instead of by accident!

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I must apologise for the less than stellar quality of these shots - it was raining outside and the quality of light in my house is usually awful, even on a sunny day (what I wouldn't give for gorgeous natural light in my house!) and obviously I didn't feel like getting soaked.

As I mentioned, I was listening to The Troggs whilst getting ready - well, I also recorded a ukulele cover of their song With a Girl Like You (changing 'girl' to 'boy' & as well as a line in the first verse).



And for anyone who is interested, you can see some other videos at my YouTube channel that didn't make it on to the blog.

Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Silver Screen Sunday {Phantom Lady}

I seem to start most of these posts off with 'well, it's been a long time since I've done one of these...' but, of course, it's always true. The main reason that I don't do them very often anymore is because they are so time consuming but I shan't dwell on that - instead, on to the film! Phantom Lady is a 1944 film noir directed by Robert Siodmak, which stars Franchot Tone, Ella Raines and Alan Curtis and was based on a Cornell Woolrich novel. 

The basic premise of the film is that an engineer, Scott Henderson, played by Alan Curtis, is accused of murdering his wife despite having what he thought would be a solid alibi. Unfortunately, everyone who saw him on his night out whilst his wife was being killed has conveniently forgot him; the only witness they can't track down is a mystery woman with a distinctive hat whom Scott asked to the theatre with him on a whim (he was stood up by his wife, for good reason obviously - she was dead!) He's found guilty for her murder so his assistant, Carol "Kansas" Richman, played by Ella Raines begins her own investigation to clear Scott's name, not least because she's been in love with him for a long time. Her investigation leads her from one person to another, often with fatal results for the witnesses she's tracking down - but I won't say anymore than that! It's one of the 'wrongly accused' plots that I love so much and I like these films even better when a woman takes on the role of the detective and will stop at nothing to get to the truth.


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(Click through on any of the photos to see bigger versions at Flickr.)

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The only thing Scott can remember about the woman who could clear his name is the fabulously outlandish hat that she wore.

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Carol's secretary has a seriously cute outfit - I love how the straps of the suspender skirt narrow as they get to the waistband. 

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Aurora Miranda plays a singer - Scott and the mystery woman had seen her show on the night of his wife's murder - who is questioned as she had been wearing the same hat as the 'phantom lady'. However, she won't admit that this happened because she insists all of her hats are unique. Just like this one! Isn't it amazing? I love the glittery dots on her top, as well.

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But it is Carol (or, as Scott has nicknamed her, Kansas) whose wardrobe most impressed me. Starting with this ensemble - I can't tell if it's a skirt and blouse or a dress but I'm in love with the stripes and the silhouette of the outfit.

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I love her clear raincoat - it's one of the nicest plastic raincoats I've seen.

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A simple, yet beautiful gown, with a lovely appliqu├ęd design.

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Look at the details on this gorgeous suit - the contrast stitching! And you can just see how the waistband comes to a point in the middle. I love the cropped jacket, too.

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I think this was my favourite outfit, though. I believe she's meant to look slightly on the 'cheap' side (hence the costume jewellery, darker stockings, etc.) and I think the relative tackiness (compared to the sleekness of her other outfits) is what attracted me to it.

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I'm fairly certain the thing that sparked my interest in seeing this was a .gif that I saw on Tumblr of the shoes on the left. I'm completely in love with them. I also love her patent purse with the initial on it - I've been thinking of getting a similar purse and doing something like this for myself.

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In any other film, this hat would probably be the standout but there are a multitude of over-the-top (in the best way) hats in this one. I do love the giant floppy flower, though.

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One of my favourite things about this film was all of the close-ups allowing us to see details of costumes we don't normally see - like these mesh nylon stockings!

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And check out the cameo ring!

It was very difficult choosing which screencaps to post here but there are about 40 or so more over at flickr in this set. I didn't want to go overboard in the post so hopefully I haven't! When I was doing the screencaps, though I was trying to get good shots of the outfits, I was also distracted by the gorgeous composition and camera angles in this film. It's a perfect example of the visual style that is most associated with film noir but I'm sure I could write an entire post on that.

So, has anyone else seen this film? If so, what did you think of it? Did you love it as much as I did?


Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Starry, starry tights

This is an outfit I wore out on Thursday night, to see The Horrors (well, two of them) do a DJ set at a pub in the city. Their set was pretty good as they have great taste in music but the pace was a little lagging and slightly anti-climactic after the set the previous DJs had done, which was so much fun and included an interesting variety of artists like Nancy Sinatra, Bon Jovi and Coolio! This dress is very comfortable and perfect for dancing (though everything worn underneath wasn't quite so comfy, unfortunately) and not vintage so I feel I can be slightly more careless when wearing it.


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Outfit details: hair flower - ?; vintage necklace etsy; 1940s style dress - made by mum; belt - gift; bracelet - op-shop; starry tights - Dangerfield; shoes - Rubi Shoes.

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When I wrote that post about how I've been feeling the urge to change up my style a bit, lately, I wasn't just talking about branching out to entirely different modes of dress but to also incorporate little differences in my regular wardrobe. For instance, the tights (well, they were tights but a pair of scissors later they were stockings) would have been something I would have thought were neat but not worn because they weren't 'period accurate'. 

But I love glitter and I love stars so I bought them and I think they work really well with this dress. I posted a picture to tumblr that shows off their starriness a bit better. (The title of this post is probably slightly misleading as the tights/stockings don't feature as much as it may indicate! But I keep singing 'starry, starry tights' to the tune of Vincent by Don McLean when I wear these.)

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Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Photos of Australian Women in WWII

This is a post that I've had queued for a while for a day when I wasn't sure what else to post. So, here are some great home front photos I found of Australian women in World War II on Flickr. I've seen many good quality photos of women from America and other places during WWII, but very few of Australian women and I was very drawn to these shots. All of the captions are taken from the Flickr photo page and all photos link back to this source.

Armature winding


Stacking practice bombs


Picking almonds at Hamilton's Vineyard 


Cutting driving bands for anti-aircraft shells 


Cleaning dust from Beaufort bomber oil tanks 


Making brass fittings for military tanks 


Drilling parts of a Beaufort bomber 


All of the pictures above are from the State Library of South Australia Flickr Stream (see the full set here) and are all in the Creatives Commons License set.

I think it's fair to say that they were all staged photos (and reminiscent of some of the photos of women in this set from the Library of Congress) but knowing that they were taken of women, not just in Australia, but South Australia, makes them extra special to me.

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{Australian Land Army girls at a farm near Gosford. During war time service with the WANS (Womens Auxiliary National Service), Land Army. Wamberal, Gosford.. New South Wales. 1942.}

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{Women volunteers in the Australian Land Army. During war time service with the WANS (Womens Auxiliary National Service), Land Army. Gosford. New South Wales. 1942.}

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 {Combat practice in the Australian Land Army. During war time service with the WANS (Womens Auxiliary National Service), Land Army. Gosford. New South Wales. 1942.}

The three images above were taken from this set. I like these last images as a contrast to the very obviously staged ones from the library collection. I also love the camaraderie that comes through in these, as opposed to the staged images, where the women seem fairly isolated, even when pictured with other women. 

One day I'd really love to research the role of women in Australia in World War II some more because there seems not to be a whole lot written on this area (though I could be looking in the wrong places, of course). If I ever get around to that, I'll probably write more on the blog so excuse the relatively small amount of text in this post. If anyone does have some resources (I have a couple of documentaries - Paper Dolls and Girls Own War Stories - plus the book, Our Girls, which acts as a good companion to Paper Dolls as well as some internet sources) in this area (which is probably a little vague), I'd greatly appreciate it! 

Love, 
Andi B. Goode
x