Sunday, October 31, 2010
♥ Making a yummy cake for Lisa's Birthday (I'll post the recipe in the next week)
♥ Watching the new Sherlock TV series with the hubby
♥ Going out for a yummy Italian meal with the hubby, the purple fairy, her hubby and my nephews
♥ Pampering myself with a gorgeous Lanolips gift set to treat my overworked chapped hands (I'll post a review when it arrives)
♥ Planning a fabulously fun holiday for the hubby and I to Disneyland, Florida although this won't happen for the next few years.
♥ Continuing the search for a pad thai in my local area that's as good as Satang Thai's one.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
My new years resolutions was going to be to start a new beauty regime and take on the things that I have been putting of like having a new bra fitting as I honestly can't remember the last one I had! I've spent the last few years practically guessing my size as my bra size went up and then back down with all the weight I lost. Thankfully the hubby has offered to treat me to some new bras (this may be due to the fact that he put my old ones in the washing machine not in the delicates bag so the machine then proceeded to eat them and they came out a snarled up mess!) so I'm going to get fitted on Monday. Although it can work out a little pricey to replace all ones bras you just discount the comfort and poise that a properly fitted bra gives.
I also have a niggling hip pain that has been going on since winter at the time I thought it was just the cold but it has been months now and I've yet to get it checked out. So Ive promised myself that I will make time and make an appointment on Monday to have this looked at.
To be honest though not all the things on my list of things to be done have been put of due to time or money. Most of the time it is just due to the fact that I get a feeling off apathy come over me and I just can't be bothered to make the changes that will make me feel better.
I think that deep down this may come from a low self confidence problem. The same little voice that tells me I'm not good enough to shop in fancy stores whispers to me that I'm not worth the pampering.
I realise in order to beat the blues I must break this cycle. So my resolution (and lets face it we shouldn't have to wait until New Years to make a change!) is to start treating myself better. I will use my spare time productively. Instead of moping around missing the hubby I will pamper myself with a glass of wine and a good book or a long soak in a bubbly bath, give myself a mani/pedi and paint my nails, buy myself some flowers to cheer me up.
I will also start following a proper beauty routine that incorporates having my hair trimmed and roots recoloured every 8 weeks, getting my eyebrows shaped regularly and opt for regular manicures. I will treat myself to the more expensive beauty and skincare products that I know are better for my skin rather than those that are cheapest. Although don't get my wrong girlies the most expensive isn't always the best you need to find what suits you and your skin.
I will also ensure that I set aside the money in my monthly budget so there's no excuse not to carry on with the routine. After all what better investment can a girl make if not investing in herself!
Friday, October 29, 2010
I've been spending the last few weeks trying to fill my time and keeping busy to keep my mind of missing the hubby but it seems the blues have been creaping back into my life. Ive been listening to the blues, wearing blue, whatever next... I feel like some down and out dame in a film noir movie!
So my question to you dear readers is what do you do to ward off the blues?
Personally I've decided to plan a day out when the hubby finishes college to celebrate. I'm thinking we'll go to Luna Park because although we've been in Sydney for 2 years we still havent visited. I love fun fairs for the sense of childlike wonder they give. We're also planning a holiday to Orlando to do all the theme parks but that probably wont happen for a couple of years.
In the meantime I'll leave you with this fab bit of blues:
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Or why not check out the fantastic Mad Men: The Illustrated World by Dyna Moe available at Amazon for $10.20. I have mine on order already!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
♥ Taking a trip to Ikea to pick up some home organisational items
♥ Going to diner at the Purple Faerie's and seeing my nephews
♥ Having a night out wit the UN girlies
♥ Embroidering a cushion for Lisa's birthday
♥ Finishing my gypsy top
♥ Listing this gorgeous dress on eBay thats sadly too big for me
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
♥ Sorting through my hundreds of books and selling off those I no longer read to make more room in our bijou unit.
♥ Missing out on yet another Sydney Vintage Clothing Fair after both of us were just way too tired to attend.
♥ Planning my 60's outfit for a party in a few weeks.
♥ Craving Pad Thai and after a very disappointing one vowing to learn to cook my own.
♥ Being laughed at on the train for what I am wearing by a bunch of schoolkids!
♥ Finally seeing the latest Sex and the City movie and being a little disappointed but finding Carie less annoying than I found her in the first movie.
♥ Planning a romantic day together for Monday as the hubby has a rare day off!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
There will be many exhibitors selling clothing, jewellery, accessories, linen, lace and collectables. The show will also feature a presentation of vintage fashions, lectures by Guest Speakers, Swing Dancers, Demonstration of Vintage Makeup and Hairstyle Techniques and other fabulous entertainment - see program page for more details.
There will be lots of prizes to be given away for Best Dressed in Vintage, so make sure you come dressed in your favourite vintage outfit.
Lucky Door Prizes will be given away every day and there will also be a raffle conducted.
Free Shuttle Bus will be running from Strathfield and Canterbury Train Stations, see location page for more details. Canteen facilities will be available so come and make a day of it.
CANTERBURY PARK FUNCTION CENTRE
King Street Canterbury, Sydney NSW 2193
Friday 15th October 2010 5.30pm - 9pm
Saturday 16th October 2010 9.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 17th October 2010 9.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday night is Chaz Royal's Big Top Burlesque Folies. From the Internationally Acclaimed ‘King of Burlesque’ Chaz Royal comes an extravaganza of Classic Burlesque and Circus Variety like no other, the Big Top Burlesque Follies.
Blending together classic carnival showgirls with sexy circus sideshow stunts and the variety of true vaudeville, audiences will be treated to a taste of some International ‘Big Top Talent’ and a local cast of the ‘Who’s Who’ on the emerging Australian Burlesque scene. Hosted by International Ringmaster, the dark and often twisted Armitage Shanks from Seattle USA, The Big Top Burlesque Follies stars Europe’s leading Classic Burlesque showgirl, Queen Beeby Rose direct from Amsterdam Holland ‘The most liberated city in the World!’
Local artists include a bevy of buxom Burlesque beauties, cabaret cuties, sexy circus sideshow lasses and a cast of vaudevillians to round out an extravaganza for the history books!
Chaz Royal brings back a bi-gone era of entertainment with his Big Top Burlesque Follies!
Level 1, Red Room at 99 ON YORK
Saturday, 16th October 2010
9pm, doors open 8pm
Sunday is the monthly Rock n Roll Market. Sydney Rock 'n Roll & Alternative Market features a fabulous array of stalls: Vintage, Rock 'n' Roll, Burlesque, Ska and Alternative Clothing, Jewellery and Accessories, Record's, CD's, Collectables, Art, Comics, Traditional Medicine Women, Candle makers, A Psychic, a Jumping Castle, Face Painting for the kids and a whole lot more. Food is available all day.
The market also features:
The Hollywood Hombres
Plus DJ Jack Shit (FBi)... and DJ Brian
The Hollywood Hombres are Sydney's Premier Jump Blues Outfit. Formed by a nucleus of Sydney’s premier roots musicians – vocalist and composer Wes Pudsey, guitarist Robert Taylor, bassist Dean Upston and drummer Bruce Dunlop. Helping to create the unique Hombres style are wild saxophonist Martin Davison and Boogie-Woogie maestro Aaron Towerton. Adding a further element to this heady mix is swingin’ chanteuse Miss Pia Andersen, who tempers the Hombres’ Wynonie Harris and T-Bone Walker influence with the hipster stylings of Etta James and Ella Mae Morse.
Market Stalls are open from 11am - 4.30pm,
Music from 1:00pm - 6.30pm.
This is a FREE event!
Catch the 422 bus from Newtown Station or take a 10 minute stroll from Wolli Creek or Tempe Train Stations.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The book tells the story of the tragedies that have touched Phobe and Mrs Bells life and how by finding each other they learn to let go of their pasts. The cover of the book and the tagline “Do fairytale dresses bring fairytale endings?” may have potential readers rejecting the book as a fluffy chick-lit but this is not the case. The book is insightful and well written with believable relationships and a mystery that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. The author Isabel Wolff has obviously thoroughly researched vintage clothing and it makes for a delightful read that is the perfect accompaniment to a bubble bath with a nice glass of wine.
Here is what the writer Isabel Wolff has to say about the book:
Sunday, October 10, 2010
♥ Getting badly beaten at bowling by my two nephews and the Purple Fairy
♥ Laughing hysterically at the Inbetweeners
♥ Feeling right at home with a pie and mash lunch yesterday
♥ Catching up with the UN girlies at the "Office" (aka the pub!)
♥ Staying up half the night to finish the fabulous 'A Vintage Affair' by Isabel Wolff (I'll post a review this week so keep your eyes peeled for that!)
♥ Whipping myself up a gypsy top from this vintage pattern (an outfit post will follow)
♥ Getting another shift at work and the possibility of another job (yay more spendies!)
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Anyway onto the items I've bought this week:
Bexterity held a sale on facebook on Monday evening and being a bit of a sale addict I just couldn't resist buying some of her gorgeous bits and bobs. In fact I got so into buying all the gorgeousness that I actually ended up buying two Bettie Page purses but no matter I will offer one as a giveaway on the blog at some point in the future.
Bex offers her beautiful goodies including hair flowers, gorgeous hats and fab frocks for sale online here or you can catch her at the monthly Rock n Roll Markets in Tempe. Bex is currently celebrating FROCKTOBER so with every dress of hers you purchase she will donate $10 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. What better reason could you need to buy one of her beautiful frocks!!
As it happens I needn't have worried about what I wore as the event was pretty much anything goes. Some people were dressed up t the nine in vintage style evening wear, others looked like they'd just walked in off the street in jeans, trainers and hoodies!
And for the show itself. The performers were just fabulous. The show really had a smokey film noir feel to it. The girls ranged from dangerous dames planning how to knock off a husband to a desperate housewife who just couldn't leave her man. I especially loved the gorgeous peacock fan performance and the fabulous Kelly Ann Doll's trapeze hoop performance. Her beautiful poses literally made me gasp with wonder and delight. Each act was broken up by the divine crooning of the fabulous Chantal.
The only downfall of the show was that being as it was in a theatre (rather than a bar where most of the burlesque shows I've seen in the past have been staged) the atmosphere was a little stunted. The audience weren't your usually whooping, hollering and wolf whistling burlesque crowd. Even when the girls tried their best to whip some appreciation from the audience the best they got was a polite applause at the end of each act and believe me the girls where fab they deserved alot more. The theatre setting did complement the Noir reviews sultry feel though!
A more comprehensive review of the show can be found at the Sydney Fringe Festival blog page unFRINGEd.
♥ Picnicking in the park with the UN girlies and the kids
♥ Watching Get Him to the Greek with the hubby and a nice bottle of wine
♥ Bonning up on life in the 1940's for a potential project next year
♥ Reading about the 1930s crime wave in America in Public Enemies by Bryan Borrough
♥ Reliving my childhood by watching the Disney movies
♥ Taking a chunk out of my finger whilst giving my fridge a spring clean (ouchy!)
So its been quite a quiet week!!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Rita was born as Margarita Carmen Cansino on 17th October 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. her father was a flamenco dancer and her paternal grandfather was one of the foremost experts on the subject of Spain's classical dance, he made the Bolero famous. Rita took lessons from a young age. She didn't really like dancing but didn't have the heart to tell her father so.
By the time Rita was 8 her father had moved to Hollywood and opened his own dance studio. He had a few famous clients such as James Cagney and Jean Harlow. When the Depression hit people did not have the money to spend on dance lessons and Rita's fathers business was in jeopardy. But, when his nephew's dancing partner in a theater play broke a leg, her mother suggested her daughter could replace him. This gave Rita's father the idea of being his partner in a dancing team called "The Dancing Cansinos". Since Hayworth was not of legal age to work in nightclubs and bars according to California state law, she and her father traveled across the border to the city of Tijuana in Mexico, a popular tourist spot for Los Angeles citizens in the early 1930s. Hayworth performed in such spots as the Foreign Club and the Caliente Club.
It was while she was dancing int he Caliente Club that she was discovered by the head of the Fox Film Corporation, Winfield Sheehan. A week later he took Rita to Hollywood to do a screen test and was impressed by her persona. She was signed for 6 months to Fox.
During her time at Fox Rita made five movies but none were particularly memorable and when her contract was up Fox (who had merged to become 20th Century Fox) did not renew. By this time, Hayworth was eighteen years old and she married businessman Edward C. Judson, who was twice her age. He felt that Rita had screen potential and got her a screen test with Columbia pictures who signed her to a long term contract and slowly cast her in some small roles. The head of Columbia Harry Cohn felt that Rita was too Hispanic and type cast her in a few small Hispanic roles. This caused Rita to undergo painful electrolysis to broaden her forehead and accentuate her widow's peak. When Hayworth returned to Columbia, she had transformed into a redhead and changed her name to Rita Hayworth (Hayworth being her mothers maiden name).
In 1935 when Rita was 17 she was dropped from the movie Ramona and replaced by Loretta Young. She was devastated but did not give up. In 1937, she appeared in five minor Columbia pictures and three minor independent movies. In 1938, Hayworth appeared in five more Columbia B films. In 1939, Cohn pressured director Howard Hawks to use Hayworth for a small but important role as a man-trap in the aviation drama Only Angels Have Wings, in which she played opposite Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. A large box-office success, fan mail for Hayworth began pouring into Columbia's publicity department and Cohn began to see Hayworth as his first and official new star.
Cohn began to build Hayworth up the following year, in features such as Music in My Heart, The Lady in Question, and Angels Over Broadway. He even loaned Hayworth out to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to appear in Susan and God, opposite Joan Crawford.
On loan to Warner Brothers, Hayworth appeared as the second female lead in The Strawberry Blonde (1941), opposite James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland. A large box-office success, Hayworth's popularity rose and she immediately became one of Hollywood's hottest properties. So impressed was Warner Brothers that they tried to buy Hayworth's contract from Columbia, but Harry Cohn refused to release her.
Her success in that film led to an even more important supporting role in Blood and Sand (1941), opposite Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell, ironically by Fox, the studio that had dropped her six years before. In one of her most notable screen roles, Hayworth played the first of many screen sirens as the temptress Dona Sol des Muire. This was another box-office smash, Hayworth receiving strong critical acclaim.
Hayworth returned in triumph to Columbia Pictures and was cast in the musical You'll Never Get Rich (1941), opposite Fred Astaire in one of the highest-budgeted films Columbia had ever made. So successful was the picture that the following year, another Astaire-Hayworth picture was released You Were Never Lovelier. In 1942, Hayworth also appeared in two other pictures, Tales of Manhattan and My Gal Sal.
It was during this period that Rita posed for a famous pin-up in Life Magazine, which showed her in a negligee perched seductively over her bed. When the U.S. joined World War II in December 1941, Hayworth's image was admired by millions of servicemen, making her one of the top two pin-up girls of the war years, the other being Betty Grable.
The pinnacle of Rita's career came between the years 1944 to 1947. For these three consecutive year she was named one of the top movie box office attractions in the world. In 1944, she made one of her best-known films, the Technicolor musical Cover Girl (1944), with Gene Kelly. The film established her as Columbia's top star of the 1940s. Her erotic appeal was most notable in Charles Vidor's black-and-white film noir Gilda (1946), with Glenn Ford, which encountered some difficulty with censors. This role–in which Hayworth in black satin performed a legendary one-glove striptease–made her into a cultural icon as the ultimate femme fatale.
Hayworth performed one of her best-remembered dance routines, the samba from Tonight and Every Night (1945), while pregnant with her first child, Rebecca Welles (daughter with Orson Welles). Hayworth was also the first dancer to partner with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on film–the others being Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, and Leslie Caron.
Hayworth delivered one of her most acclaimed performances in Welles's The Lady from Shanghai (1947). Its failure at the box office was attributed in part to director/co-star Welles having had Hayworth's famous red locks cut off and the remainder of her hair dyed blonde for her role. This was done without Cohn's knowledge or approval and he was furious over the change. Her next film, The Loves of Carmen (1948), again with Glenn Ford, was the first film co-produced by Columbia and Hayworth's own production company, The Beckworth Corporation (named for her daughter Rebecca); it was Columbia's biggest moneymaker for that year. She received a percentage of the profits from this and all her subsequent films until 1955 when she dissolved Beckworth to pay off debts she owed to Columbia.
Rita's relationship with Columbia had been strained for many years. In 1939 she received a none week suspension without pay for refusing to appear in a movie. In 1947, Rita Hayworth's new contract with Columbia provided a salary of US$250,000 plus 50% of film profits. In 1951 Columbia alleged it had $800,000 invested in properties for her, including the film she walked out on when she left Hollywood and married Aly Khan. She was suspended again for failing to report for work, this time for Affair in Trinidad. In 1952 she refused to report for work because "she objected to the script." In 1955, she sued to get out of a contract with the studio, asking for her $150,000 salary, alleging filming failed to start work when agreed.
Rita felt exploited by Cohn and was still upset with him and Columbia for many years after her career ended and he was dead.
In 1951, Hayworth returned to America with great fanfare to star in a string of hit films: Affair in Trinidad (1952) with favorite co-star Glenn Ford, Salome (1953) with Charles Laughton and Stewart Granger, and Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) with José Ferrer and Aldo Ray, for which her performance won critical acclaim. Then she was off the big screen for another four years, due mainly to a tumultuous marriage to singer Dick Haymes.
After making Fire Down Below (1957) with Robert Mitchum and Jack Lemmon, and her last musical Pal Joey (1957) with Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak, Hayworth finally left Columbia. She received good reviews for her acting in such films as Separate Tables (1958) with Burt Lancaster and David Niven, and The Story on Page One (1960) with Anthony Franciosa, and continued working throughout the 1960s. In 1962, her planned Broadway debut in Step on a Crack was cancelled for health reasons.
She continued to act in films until the early 1970s and made a well-publicized 1971 television appearance on The Carol Burnett Show.
Her last film was The Wrath of God (1972).
Rita Hayworth lapsed into a semicoma in February 1987. She died a few months later on May 14 at age 68 of Alzheimer's disease in her Manhattan apartment.