30 October 2009

Sioux Divine!



I really f-ing loved Siouxsie Sioux in my goth days,and still do.I just managed to find a copy of her solo album "Mantaray"siouxsiemantaray on Trade Me,and received it in the mail yesterday.I didn't get a chance to listen to it last night,as I had a friend over,but plan to swing it tonight! I have NO idea what it will be like,but am very excited,cos Siouxsie is soooo fabulous.I always loved her style,even when she was a punk,but she rocked most when she started indulging in her love of the 20's,and was dressing and doing her makeup in that style.
Yes,I copied her look a lot-and was stoked to receive the comment that I was the best Siouxsie lookalike they'd seen from a girl at The Mission concert in Auckland in 1990-but I meant it in the most flattering way.Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,as they say.I don't think Siouxsie ever saw it that way,though.I think I read an ascerbic comment from her along those lines at some point.I still like to do a version of the makeup from time to time,in a more colourful way-so I was thrilled to see that on the cover of "Mantaray" she has kept the look but updated it with colour!!Ooooo-I think I will be having a Siouxsie & The Banshees cd thrashing this weekend!!!

28 October 2009

A Weekend drenched In Vodka






We had a long weekend here,and the weather was divine,thank goodness.The vodka flowed,we made music,ate yummy food,I sewed and read and generally chilled out.I'm ready for another weekend now!

21 October 2009

Bother Barry!

Well, I just couldn't finish "Barry Lyndon".
Sorry,Mr Thackery, it just wasn't my bag.
Shall pass it to G, I think he will get far more out of it.
So, I finished "The Last Flapper", at least. Too much dialogue for my liking, but sort of interesting. A fictional take on Zelda Fitzgerald's life, that wasn't very well written. I far more enjoyed "Bobbed hair & Bathtub Gin", in which her story was woven around other luminaries such as Dorothy Parker.
THAT was a great book.
I went to the library to do my favourite thing-wander around the shelves and just pick random books that look interesting, then have G pick me and my enormous pile of books up. Amongst them is a bio on Zelda Fitzgerald, but first up I am reading some memoirs by Marc Almond, the tainted sex dwarf of eighties synth band Soft Cell.
So far, so good.

By the way, I have a girl crush on the divine Amelia of vintagevivant.
She is fabulously stylish and is such a wonderful modern flapper!

*Altered (by me)70's frock, cardi from Valley Girl, previously mentioned blue plasticy shoes and pink fishnets from Ballantynes.

15 October 2009

Got the Blahs


Work.Ugh.I feel traumatised by the sheer effort of getting up and having to spend my day in an office,slogging it out to earn a crust,then feel too knackered to enjoy spending it.Meep.
I tried to improve my lot by jazzing up my work wardrobe with a little plaid cardi,which does not translate well due to my poor quality camera.Ooo,that's a bonus,we will be buying a new camera this weekend!At last!I feel better already!

14 October 2009

Cactus Kisses








The bottom pic shows a fab home made frock I found in an op shop,with secondhand cardi.This is what I wore to take the Little Miss shopping.

The top 2 pics show what I wore on Sunday,a wonderful secondhand coat that G bought me,a secondhand frock,altered by me,with secondhand cardi,new shoes & tights from not sure where.

Say hello to our awesome cacti!! We planted the biggest one in October 2000,not long after we moved into our house,on the day my father passed away-I guess it is a memorial garden to him.That big cactus has the most amazing huge,creamy,vanilla scented flowers each year that start off looking like alien pods!!We also have a big cacti patch in the backyard.They are G's passion!And I am happy to indulge him,as anything Mexicana is fine by me!

13 October 2009

Style Icon-Pam Grier

Pam Grier-ass kicking supervixen.How is it that she and Russ Meyer never worked together??They would have been a great team.One of my favourite things about Pam is that she once said she approached every movie like it was Shakespeare-now THAT is integrity!
I own an afro wig,and I love to conjure the Pam spirit from time to time with it.She is the BOMB!

12 October 2009

In Appreciation Of.......


This is G.
He's my rock.
We've been together for more than 17 years and I love him more each day.I'm very lucky to have him!
Anyhow,Saturday started out wet and bitterly cold.I took my neice out shopping for her 9th birthday.The little Miss and I had a great time,and she came home with a lot of fun loot.
After I dropped her off and we all had icecream,the brother in law & did a little shopping before going back to our house so he & G could have a jam,and who did I spy buying art supplies?The lovely Andrea of acatofimpossiblecolour That is one cute girl,and I bet she has as lovely a personality as she looks,only I was too embarrassed to introduce myself! O well.

09 October 2009

Fabulous Fifties

I do love the fifties fashion,I really do,but had never thought the style would suit me.Then I found this pretty at Madame Butterfly's....it was true love at first sight,AND she fit me perfectly!AND she suits me!
Now I want more,more ,more..........I guess I better start sewing,as they are not easy to come across in this part of the world.And if you do,the prices are steep.

In this pic,I am wearing her with an op-shop cardi,70's tooled leather handbag & modern T-bars.

*I'm not sure why I am referring to this frock as "she" and "her".Must be the infuence of that lovely novel,"Fabulous Nobodies" by Lee Tulloch-a terrific,frivolous frock romp............a must read! I re-read it at least once a year,and Reality Tuttle is one of my favourite fictional characters ever!

08 October 2009

Mucha delite!




How lucky I am! I was given this fantastic 70's chiffon,pussy bow,Mucha print shirt a few years ago,but then promptly forgot about it! I dug it out of a box recently,and have thrashed it ever since!I just love it!It goes quite well with this red halter neck frock I made,esp paired with orange fishnets and red heels from a Blenheim op shop.Mucha is one of my favourite artists,so this was a real score.
So,last night we watched "let the Right One In",and it was utterly compelling.One of the best movies I've seen in ages!We were gripped.I realised I had never heard the Swedish language spoken before,and that was equally as fascinating as the movie!(I have a thing for hearing foreign language,and an odd theory that if I hear it enough I'll suddenly understand it,like learning by osmosis.Odd,I know.)
Which reminded me,I saw "The Beat My Heart Skipped" last week,and loved that too.European films really appeal to me,they have such subtlety,depth and are able to deal with the simplest of daily experience with more meaning and significance.I have no gift for words,unfortunately,and probably make no sense.Just know that I like Eurpopean films!

07 October 2009

Perusing the Pittosporum


So,finally finished my re-read of "Ines of my Soul".I love Isabel Allende,and thoroughly enjoy her style of writing,but somehow the magic was isn't in this one.Possibly because the subject matter upsets me greatly;I can never quite deal with what happened hundreds of years ago in South America,not sure why,but I can never think of it without sadness for the loss of culture.Conversely,I adore the Latin American culture,the music,the energy,the gorgeous ethnically mixed people.
So,I must push myself to finish "Barry Lyndon".It isn't grabbing me like "Vanity Fair";I guess it is hard to compete with a sparkling character like Becky Sharp!It also seems more of a man's novel,more in line with my man's taste in novels.I do love the language in these old novels-how beautifully they insult each other,without slang and with absolute style.the best example of that is when Elizabeth Bennett deals with Darcy's Aunt in "Pride & Prejudice".If only we could speak so well today!Once I finish "Barry Lyndon",I will read "The Book of Dave",and hopefully that is as interesting as the blurb on the back makes out.
Anyhow,green is the theme here,secondhand altered dress,cardi & petticoat,tights off Trade Me,shoes from Hannahs.I'm quite impressed with Hannahs offerings this year;they have really improved their game.The basket is from some Indonesian outlet shop,and I glued some flowers on it for some zing.

05 October 2009

Oh,Mr DARCY!!!


Colin Firth-mmmmmmmmmmmm.

Like a fine wine,he just keeps getting more delicious!

We enjoyed "Easy Virtue" last night,a jolly good romp,with one of my perennial favourites,Kristin Scott Thomas,the delightful Mr Firth,and a rather cute chihuahua.I was surprised by Jessica Biel,she was actually rather good.

Fabulous setting,costumes,script-as soon as I heard about this film,I knew it would be just the kind of movie G and I love.

02 October 2009

Style icon-Mrs Slocombe


Fantastic hair? Check.
Awesome frills? Check.
Supercilious expression? Check.
I aspire to be this fabulous when I am older.I too shall prance around,loudly boring everyone in hearing with the exploits of my pussy.
It must be time for another "Are You Being Served?" Omnibus weekend on Sky.Surely.

01 October 2009

PINK doesn't STINK!


Yes,indeed,I am a girly girl who LOVES pink.Funny,I loathed it for years,but now I have found it,I shall never let go!The boots were a local Salvation Army score,the dress and cardigan were secondhand,the basket from The Warehouse-sometimes that place can be a winner-and can't remember where the tights came from.
I can't think of any traumatic reasons as to why I found pink distasteful-I couldn't bear turquoise for years as my high school uniform was that colour(oddly,very similar to one of Poppet's dresses,which terrifies me a little)but Carolyn Quartermaine cured me of my turquoise fear with a wonderful pic in her Unwrapped book.Actually,that book has been a huge colour inspiration to me.
Colour is such a big part of my life now,our house is all colours of the rainbow.Not bad for a girl who spent the late 80's/early 90's as a Goth...........surprise!