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After hearing a loud knock on my front door, I opened it to reveal my Daddy standing there.
‘Happy birthday -do you want to go to Eagle?’ he asked.
‘YES!’ I quickly replied, with the biggest smile on my face.
What a lovely surprise! How could I possibly refuse being taken to one of my favourite shops for my birthday?

When we walked through the doors at the Eagle Auto Parts Superstore in Dandenong, my eyes lit up. With the amazing array of performance parts stocked in their showroom and mighty fine Chevrolet, Ford and Mopar crate engines, it felt a little like visiting a toy shop. Of course, there were some pretty sweet cars to perve at too!

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It didn’t take us long to make our way to the air cleaner section, where I spied the beauty that I became fixated on since I visited their store last.
‘If that’s what you want, we’ll buy it for your birthday’ my Daddy offered.
“Thank you so much,’ I squealed excitedly, unable to believe how lucky I was for my parents to buy me this amazing air cleaner for my birthday. I was immensely grateful.

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Ever since the first time that I laid eyes on the stunning polished aluminum air cleaner from the Holley Vintage Series, I wanted it. Aside from having my name on it in a beautiful retro script, it also has a classically inspired finned design that deserves to be the centerpiece under my bonnet. I also love that the element is made out of red cotton gauze and therefore is reusable, unlike the disposable paper filters. I may not actually have anything to put it on yet, but that will come. I know my priorities, haha! 😉

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Eventually we had to leave Eagle, but that was okay because I was meeting with my grandmother for lunch. It was fabulous that Mum also accompanied us. We enjoyed a delicious meal and iced coffee at a local Italian cafe and browsed a nearby shop for vintage treasures.

My luck certainly hadn’t run out, as an exquisite vintage crystal bowl with a lid caught my eye. I thought that it would be perfect for my dressing table as I prefer to stash my pins, cotton buds and other bits and bobs in elegant crystal glass.  Hence, I bought it.  I also found a few more vintage dishes as well as a beautiful bone china teacup, some rad 80s clip-on earrings and a book about Australia’s manufacturing history, which included some nice photos of ‘Australia’s Own Car’, the Holden. Since I am fond of my early model Holdens, I was very pleased with this score.

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After an amazing afternoon with both my mother and grandmother, I decided to attend the cruise night at Mornington. The once-a month gathering organized by Lets Go Cruisin’ is always a good night and a great chance to catch up with some amazing people who share my love for chrome and kustoms. It was definitely the perfect thing to top off my day.

Therefore, my Daddy, brother and I had a great evening there, sipping coffee and admiring the beautiful hot rods, kustoms and classic cars that filled the carpark. Cadillac, my German shepherd puppy came too! Even though it was incredibly windy, we nevertheless had an amazing evening. Sadly I didn’t take my camera with me, but I did capture a couple of snaps on my iPhone towards the end of the evening with what remained of its battery.

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I certainly had such a delightful day being spoilt rotten by my family and spending time with them, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

 Mallory xoxox
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The Westernport Festival Car Show -February 26th 2017

Whilst attending a recent car cruise, I bumped into a gentleman called Les who told me that he and his lovely wife, Marie were organising a car show at the Westernport Festival. He also asked if I was interested in being involved in a photo shoot with his 1958 Chevrolet Biscayne at a local Warbird Hanger, to use the images for promotion. I’d previously posed with his wicked kustom ‘Hastings Sheriff’ car, and was more than happy to shoot with it again.

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This time, I was accompanied by a stunning pinup model who is known as Treasure Fontaine. Naturally, I couldn’t help sharing some of my photos from the day with you, including a few with Les and Marie’s gorgeous seven-year-old daughter named Ruby. I also thought that I’d tell you a bit about the FREE car show, of course!

The Westernport Festival Car Show will be held at the Foreshore, situated on Marine Parade in Hastings, Victoria (Australia) on Sunday February 26th 2017 from 10:00 am until 3:30 pm.

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It will be open to a vast array of unique, special interest cars including chrome bumpers, classics, vintage vehicles, hot rods and kustoms. Of course, kustom motorbikes and trucks are also invited. Car clubs are most welcome to attend too, however it is encouraged that you get in touch with the event organisers so that they can arrange parking areas to cater for your member’s vehicles.

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This car show is absolutely FREE to enter! It is also anticipated that there will be some unique show categories for the special interest vehicles to enter. The prizes for these will be sponsored by Les’ business, Local Bloke With a Ute, which is a great couriering and transport, home maintenance and test and tag business based in Hastings.

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In addition to a cool car show, there will be a pinup competition! It will be judged by the Miss Westernport entrants and anyone is welcome to enter. You can simply register for FREE on the day! Aside from a category for dolls, there will be a best-dressed section for the kids and of course one for the guys too. So why not rock your favorite retro outfit and join in all the fun?

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Since no event would be complete without some splendid live music, the organisers have booked some rockin’ bands to keep your toes tapping. One of these is the Straight 8’s who have been playing for decades -since 1984 in fact!   They are the original old-school tough guys, with an authentic style rockabilly, right outta the fifties. I’m pretty sure that if you shut your eyes whilst they are up on stage, you will be whisked right back into that bygone era, just listening to their amazing Southern style Hillbilly Rock.

Additionally, these notorious and longstanding rockabilly legends will be supported by talented local band, Diddy Reyes and the 59 Rockers! They’ll captivate you with a lively mix of blues and rockabilly, with their own unique twist and greaser bad boy of the fifties charm.

So with live entertainment from these incredible bands, a pinup competition for the dolls, a best-dressed competition for both the guys and kids and a car show, this is surely an event not to be missed! It will definitely be a fun-filled day for your entire family to enjoy. Admission to all this is absolutely FREE, so why not cruise on down with your family to the The Westernport Festival Car Show on Sunday February 26th and join in all the fun?

For further information about this amazing show, please contact Les on 0403 802 732. There’s also some more details on the Facebook page for the event: www.facebook.com/wpfcarshow/

 Mallory xoxox
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Happy Christmas & Best Wishes for the New Year!

Cadillac and I would like to wish y’all a fabulous Christmas. May you share special moments, creating wonderful memories with those that you love. We wish you peace, love, and joy for not only this holiday season, but also throughout the new year.

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As a special surprise and to celebrate the new year, my lovely sponsor, Christine’s has kindly offered all of my High Heels & Whitewalls Readers, a special coupon.  Check it out:

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You might like to take advantage of this offer to treat yourself to a sassy sarong dress, like the leopard print one that I am wearing in this photo shoot with my German Shepherd puppy, Cadillac. However if that’s not really your style, Christine’s stocks many other styles of dresses and separates suitable for special occasions, casual days or even the office!  Don’t forget to show the coupon or mention the special code word in store at the checkout!

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Some of my upcoming blog posts will be featuring some of the gorgeous garments from Christine’s.  I’m really looking forward to sharing these with you in the new year, as well as plenty of pinup and puppy photos.  Believe me, there will be many more photo shoots with Cadillac. There will even be some with classic cars, including a Corvette!

Of course, I will also be sharing my snaps from car cruises that we attend, as well as tips, tutorials, vintage inspiration, honest product reviews, coupons and more with you in the coming year.  Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you would like to see in my blog posts in 2017.

For now, I hope that you all enjoy your Christmas and I wish you all the best for the new year.

 Mallory xoxox
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P.P.P.S.  My outfit details are as follows:
Dress: Leopard print sarong from Christine’s 
(It also comes with a matching bolero, but I didn’t wear it this time).
High Heels: Iron First ‘Gold Digger’ style peep-toe platforms
(These babies are one of my favourite pairs of heels, which I have also featured on my blog, previously).
Jewellery: Thrifted

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My brand new Cadillac

Guess what? I have a brand new 2016 model Cadillac! Okay… to tell you the truth, I don’t have that twin turbo ATS-V coupe kind of Cadillac, but I do have a cute, fluffy German shepherd puppy kind, that just happens to be named Cadillac. 😉

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Cadillac (left) with her brother (right).

You see, my mother found a post on Facebook that was advertising two long stock coat puppies still looking for homes, just a few hours drive away from where I live.  One was a girl and the other a boy. So she quickly called me to tell me this exciting news and I instantly contacted the breeder. We chatted on the phone and with good vibes, eventually organised a suitable time to visit the puppies.

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Cadillac’s beautiful biological Mummy, Kira.

Hence, my family and I found ourselves driving to the kennels to look at the darling little puppies that very Sunday.  When we arrived, the lovely breeder took us into her backyard to introduce us to them.  They were all so adorably cute.  However, there happened to be this particular one that would not leave me alone. She kept tugging at the fringing on my leather jacket and playing tug of war with my camera strap.

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To my surprise, that was the female puppy whom was yet to have a home lined up for.  As I continued to spend time with the puppies, I realised that this little girl and I just clicked.  I loved her personality, as she was also very bold and confident, to the point that she would keep returning to investigate my tote bag, and try to drag my camera away with her.  She had so much spunk (and an attitude too) so I just instantly fell in love with her.  She was perfect and it just seemed too good to be true! To be honest, this made my choice incredibly easy. Well, ultimately it wasn’t really my decision.  I didn’t have to choose a puppy because a puppy chose me!

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Cadillac and her brother playing

Since she was only six weeks old, I could not bring her home with me that day. However, her breeder and I organised a time for me to return to adopt this cute little bundle of fluff when she was ready to leave her biological mother.  

So I counted down the days.  Soon enough, we returned to adopt my new fur baby and best friend.

I decided to call her Cadillac because she is an outstanding example of her kind and I felt that such a classy name suited her perfectly.  I have always wanted a Cadillac since I can remember.  Although a pink 1959 Coupe DeVille with whitewalls might be a few years away, for now I have my fix. 😉

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My Mum and I thought it was pretty cool that when we were driving home with my new baby girl, a Cadillac drove past us, which is not something you usually see on your standard weekday, here in Australia.  Not long after, we also saw a jet fly super low over the freeway to land.  Noticing the coincidence, Mum and I looked at each other.   
’Maybe it’s a sign,’ she said, as we both giggled, knowing that the suffix selected for her registered name was Jet. Perhaps it was just meant to be.

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Cadillac chillin’ on the grass at home.

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The more time that I spend with her, the more I realise that Cadillac is the most amazing creature and she couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life.  I still can’t get over how lucky I am to be able to have her.

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Our boudoir 😉

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Proud mama shopping for the first time with her new baby girl

So, now that I have a partner in crime, it’s going to mean that you are going to see a lot more of her in my blog posts!  After all, we are pretty much inseparable.  So, just as a word of warning, brace yourself for the puppy spam to come!

 Mallory xoxox
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Review: Long-lasting LipSense Lippy from Pout Perfection

I followed my mother into a quirky local café and approached a round table beneath a majestic chandelier, whereby her sister was sitting. Balancing her handbag and a present in one hand, Mum lent down to wish her sister and happy birthday and kissed her on the cheek.

Seeing my mother’s super glossy ruby-red lips, her sister cringed. “Thanks”, she said in a rather sarcastic tone, turning to show the rest of the family seated around the table her face. “Now I have a red kiss mark on my cheek.”

However, to everyone’s complete surprise, there was not the slightest trace of that bold coloured lipstick on her face!

No, I’m not pulling your leg. Nor am I recounting a dream. It is all true! A kiss-resilient, long-lasting glossy lipstick actually exists! Believe it or not, you can eat and drink whilst wearing this lipstick without worrying about it ending up all over your glass, food, face or teeth. Now this isn’t what you would usually expect from most mega-glossy lipsticks. I guess the LipSense formula by SeneGence isn’t like most.

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Impressively, the unique LipSense formulation is claimed to be ‘waterproof and does not smear off, rub off, or kiss off and can last anywhere from 4 to 18 hours.’ Furthermore, it does not bleed past your lip line. Although I had previously seen the product online, I had my first tangible experience with LipSense one day when I was chatting to Rae Whitehead from Pout Perfection.

I had just finished photographing her cute little boy and admired the beautiful, glossy lipstick she was wearing. Yeah, I confess, I’m a bit of a makeup addict, but I was especially impressed when the colour remained solely on her lips when she rubbed her hand over them. She told me that she was an independent distributor for this product, which is part of the SeneGence range.

I was curious to try the lipstick for myself, but first I needed to know whether or not the product was tested on animals. Indeed, this is a consideration very, very close to my heart. However, Rae assured me that it was not at all tested on animals and was completely cruelty free and vegan. Hence, I was delighted to hear this and just had to try the lipstick for myself!

So then I had to choose a shade. Now that was a hard decision to be made, considering there are over 70 pretty colours. Of course, you can easily apply these in layers to create your own kustom shade. There are also a number of finishes such as matte, gloss, pearl and glitter. Yep! Even glitter, for those who are also addicted to this magical substance. However, I ended up settling for the ‘Blu-Red’ colour and some glossy gloss. After all, I usually favour the look of a classic glossy red pinup pout.

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In due course, I tried this new product on myself with wine glasses, cups of tea and coffee. I also tested it with milo, consistent to the Aussie tradition of two thirds of a glass full of the malt powder and one third milk just to wet it down. I additionally have worn LipSense out to numerous lunches and dinners and also whilst working all day at promo events. Impressed, I subsequently tried it on my own mother and a client of mine for her pinup shoot. Each and every time, I was ever so pleased with the product.

When wearing LipSense, I can honestly tell you that I didn’t need to be so paranoid about constantly checking my lipstick at events, just in case I looked like a clown. It soon became my go-to if I wanted to enjoy a good meal or was working all day and desired some low maintenance lip colour. I noticed that it didn’t even smear all over my face or transfer onto my teeth, wine glasses, bottles or teacups. Indeed, it was an extremely liberating feeling to not be condemned to drinking beverages out of a straw or scrubbing teacups and glasses until hell freezes over.

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I found that the product did tingle a bit on my lips when I first used it due to the cosmetic alcohol base. I must admit that my lips were in very poor condition at the time. However, after the first couple of applications, I found that my lips didn’t tingle one bit. I don’t know whether this was because I was getting used to the product or whether it was because the condition of my lips had drastically improved. Nevertheless, I loved the result of the long-lasting lip colour.

The key to the longevity of this lipstick is taking the time to apply it properly and remembering to reapply the finish to protect the colour. It may seem a little unusual to apply at first, as it is a three product process.

The ‘Oops! Remover’ is handy for cleaning lips prior to application of colour. Don’t be tempted to skip this step. However, make sure that you wipe off all of the residue with a wet cotton pad and dry your lips. Once your lips are dry, you then have to shake the colour before using it. I wasn’t used to shaking my lipsticks, so this step took some getting used to (and remembering!)

Although an additional lip liner can be purchased, I found that I personally didn’t need to use one. Instead of lining the lips with any sort of lip liner, I just used the unique pointed tip part of the applicator wand instead. At first this feels a little unconventional, but you soon get used to it.

After lining your lips, you simply fill in the inside. Keeping your lips apart, three layers should then be applied in one continuous stroke; each AFTER the previous layer has dried. Don’t worry, this stuff dries pretty fast! Avoid all temptation to press your lips together until the colour has set and you have sealed it with the moisterising gloss. The colour is also sticky when it is applied, however the finish (such as the glossy gloss) neautralises that and makes your lips feel silky smooth. With the moisterising gloss applied, you can press your lips together as much as you like, without any tackiness! The gloss, is the last step and it is important to reapply as often as necessary.

I noticed when I didn’t reapply the gloss, my colour would slowly wear away at the inside of my mouth or in the corners. I think that the LipSense glossy gloss does transfer a little bit, but it is clear and hardly noticeable. It surely works well at protecting the colour from wearing off, which makes complete sense to me.

Of course, I would advise that you check out the ingredients of these products if you have had any reactions to cosmetics in the past, just to be on the safe side. I’m lucky that I have never had any allergies to makeup and do not have overly sensitive skin. I would just suggest this as a precaution if you are worried about allergies.

Another word of advice I would give is to make sure that you take care of your lips and exfoliate them with lip scrubs. This will basically remove the dead outer surface from your lips so that they are softer and smoother. In doing so, you will enable the adhesion of your favourite lip products to your pout –just like LipSense!  I admit that I own well and truly over a hundred different lipsticks from various brands. Currently, there is an entire drawer in my makeup station dedicated solely to lipsticks and glosses. Hence, if you are like me and often use other brands and products on your lips, you may find that such other products may leave a waxy residue that impedes the results of LipSense. Just be mindful that if you do mix LipSense with other products, you may not achieve the optimal results.

Overall, I was truly impressed with this gorgeous lip product and loved the fact that it lasted for many, many hours. If you want longevity with your lip colour, with LipSense, you’ve got it! The product might cost a little more than your average drug store lipstick, but it is surely worth it. The Blu-Red shade is a pinup classic and I really look forward to trying the other colours available, as well as the other long-lasting cosmetic products that Pout Perfection offer.

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If you would like to try LipSense for yourself, I would highly recommend getting in touch with independent SeneGence distributor, Rae Whitehead from Pout Perfection. You can even join her team and receive a product discount!

Rae’s mobile number is 0423 006 746 and email is rae.pout@gmail.com or you can check out her facebook page. She even has a special facebook group with member-only exclusive offers.   You can find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/188015231565678/

Pout Perfection also promises ‘a satisfaction guarantee’ with your ‘money back if you don’t fall in love with these products!’

SPECIAL OFFER: Furthermore, Pout Perfection has offered all of you wonderful High Heels & Whitewall Wheels readers FREE POSTAGE* if you mention this blog post. Yay!

*Orders must be made prior to 31st of December 2016 to qualify for this special offer.

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Have you tired LipSense yet? I’d love to know what you thought of it. Feel free to leave a comment below.

 Mallory xoxox
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Forever Marilyn –An Opportunity Not to be Missed

I could not resist telling everyone about how amazing my visit to the Bendigo Art Gallery was when I attended the Marilyn Monroe exhibition presented by the Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox. I truly loved it so much and craved to spend longer in beautiful Bendigo and of course, take more photos.   However, time was running out, with the exhibition ending on Sunday the 10th of July.

Well, it ended up working out perfectly. I told my friend, Christine about how wonderful the exhibition was and when she said that she had not yet been, I stated that she HAD to go because it really was an opportunity not to be missed. I mentioned that I loved it so much that I so desperately yearned to return. Much to my excitement, she asked me if I wanted to go with her. I think my heart skipped a beat and I couldn’t have said yes any quicker. Hence, on Wednesday, the 29th of June, I went back to Bendigo with Christine.  Yay!

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This time, I was able to catch the introduction talk at the exhibition entrance. I also had the opportunity to spend longer admiring all the beautiful images and artefacts inside the exhibition.  It was such a privilege to be so close to Marilyn’s possessions and costumes again.

Once more, I had the pleasure of closely marvelling at items formally owned by the star herself. I was especially excited to again view Marilyn’s personal maternity dress.  This casual, loose cotton garment featuring a pattern of roosters and chickens was worn by her in 1958 whilst she was pregnant around the time that Billy Wilder’s romantic crime comedy, ‘Some Like it Hot’ was being filmed. Sadly, she later lost her baby.

This shirtdress, which now belongs the Marilyn Monroe Collection based in California, however holds an enduring significance. And like many of the other garments exhibited, it offers such a unique insight into Marilyn’s life by having the opportunity to witness it in a three dimensional form, as opposed to two-dimensional photographs. Nothing can compare to seeing the magnificent colours and textures of the fabrics that these pieces are constructed from in real life.

Another thing that was exciting to again observe closely was the intricately detailed beading on many of her enchanting dresses. I have great admiration for all the hours that would have been spent creating these bejewelled beauties. I adore fashion from bygone eras, and one thing that fascinated me was how risqué some of the numbers were, particularly considering that these costumes were designed in the more modest mid-century times.

One daring dress I was particularly grateful for having the opportunity to again admire, was the cocktail dress that Marilyn actually wore in the black and white motion picture, ‘Some Like it Hot’. I think that this piece by Australian designer, Orry-Kelly was ingenious! Allegedly, Marilyn did not wear anything under this nude number, so the dress itself provided support. I particularly loved the cheeky heart-shaped cut-out in the back, which was right in the centre of the left side of Marilyn’s derrière when she wore the dazzling dress. The beautiful silk netting and immaculate detailing of the beading and sequins is really something else! It truly is incredibly stunning.

Of course, I spent some more time being mesmerised by Marilyn’s precious gold lamé dress laying flat inside a glass cabinet, just before we left the exhibition.

Since it was curated by the Bendigo Art Gallery, this exhibition will not be seen anywhere else in the world.  Hence, it was an extreme privilege to enjoy it not only once, but twice! Such an amazing array of documents, artefacts and garments belonging to or worn by Marilyn were brought together for this exclusive event. Once again, the staff members at the gallery were all absolutely amazing. They were all so friendly and helpful and I could not speak more highly of how wonderful they all were. Both Christine and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

As we were leaving the gallery, I couldn’t resist the temptation of having another quick look in the gift shop and consequently purchased two more large postcards. I’ll be keeping my eye out for some ornate gold vintage frames and hang them with the others in my studio. I think they will look beautiful and always remind me of the amazing experiences that I had, both the first time that I attended with my Oma and Mum and the second time with Christine. Plus, I can never have too many images in my studio of one of my greatest inspirations, now can I?

Aside from the exhibition, it was fabulous to have the privilege of spending some more time photographing Seward Johnson’s magnificent Forever Marilyn sculpture.

Forever Marilyn

Forever Marilyn at Bendigo -looking through the water fountain

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As I had mentioned in my previous post, this spectacular sculpture has travelled all the way from the United States of America to make its international debut in Bendigo! To complement the exhibition, this eight metre high masterpiece proudly stood at Charing Cross, on the corner of View treet and Pall Mall.

Forever Marilyn, Bendigo

Looking at Forever Marilyn when crossing the road

The sculpture pays homage to Marilyn’s notorious subway scene for director Billy Wilder’s 1955 drama film, ‘The Seven Year Itch’ and is based on the photograph by Bernard of Hollywood, where a gust of wind catches the bombshell’s white halter neck dress as she stands over a subway grate. Weighing around fifteen tones, Forever Marilyn is constructed from painted stainless steel and aluminum.

Forver Marilyn by Seward Johnson in Bendigo, Australia

Forever Marilyn -Bendigo

Seward Johnson's Forever Marilyn sculpture at Bendigo

She is part of her American artist’s Icons Revisited series, whereby Johnson creates beautiful three-dimensional monuments from images that have had an enduring significance over many generations. Through this series, the artist intended to explore the idea that ‘makes and image stick with us’, creating a lasting impression that ‘becomes something more than its one moment in time’. This is undoubtedly true about Marilyn’s subway scene. That singular moment of Marilyn in that billowing white dress is internationally recognised, even after more than half a century after it was captured. No doubt, it is such a strong image that epitomises the grace and glamour of Hollywood in that classic period. To see a tribute to it in such a monumental three-dimensional form is something very special.

As a lover of almost all forms of art, I have a particular soft spot for enormous sculptures. Where I live, there are a few along the Peninsula Link freeway, which I always enjoy passing. Sculptures feel like such an engaging form of art. Even the stationary ones seem to be interactive for some reason. I think it is because you can walk around the multi-dimensional forms, and they appear to change from every perspective that you view them. However, in particular, Forever Marilyn would have to be one of my favourites, as she celebrates one of my largest idols and inspirations.

Seward Johnson's Forever Marilyn sculpture

Since after the exhibition, it is intended that Forever Marilyn should return to the USA, I simply did not want to miss my opportunity to photograph her whilst she was right here in Australia!

I also did not let the fact that I was wearing heels and a petticoat stop me from crawling on the ground to squeeze my lens through the metal garden edging to shoot through the bed of pretty flowers. I think they were Cyclamen ones, but species of plants aren’t really my area of expertise. Lets just say that they were flowers to be safe.  The beautiful, colourful things complimented Johnson’s stunning sculpture, so I wanted to include them in some of my shots.

Forever Marilyn at Charing Cross, Bendigo VIC

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I was so immersed in creating an image through my viewfinder that I somehow managed to catch my heel in my petticoat, resulting in the impersonation of an upside-down turtle on the pavement. Surprisingly, I didn’t even rip my petticoat. Those things are tougher than I thought!  However, a few people surrounding me, and of course myself had a good laugh. As Marilyn apparently once said, ‘it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.’

Of course, both Christine and I posed with Forever Marilyn for some photos, just as most people passing the magnificent sculpture were enticed to do. It was great how respectful and courteous everyone was; again taking turns to pose with her.

Mallory and Forever Marilyn, Bendigo

Mallory twirling with Forever Marilyn

Mallory twirling underneath Forever Marilyn

Mallory and Forever Marilyn, Bendigo VIC

Mallory and Forever Marilyn at Bendigo VIC

Throughout the day I had the biggest smile on my face. I was so happy that I had the opportunity to return to beautiful Bendigo. It is such a magnificent place that is well-worth visiting. There are also numerous antique and vintage shops and delightful cafes and so many things to see. The architecture of the old buildings are stunning too! However, I particularly loved the Marilyn Monroe exhibition and Forever Marilyn sculpture. If you haven’t had the chance, I would certainly recommend that you check it out. It surely is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The exhibition is now in its final days and will be ending on the 10th of July, 2016. For more information, check out the Bendigo Art Gallery website.  After the exhibition, the Forever Marilyn sculpture will continue to reside at Rosalind park until the 18th of July 2016.

 Mallory xoxox
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P.S. Just in case you are curious, here’s the details of the outfit that I wore that day:
Dress: Red and white polkadot full circle halterneck from Christine’s
Petticoat: Christine’s
Bolero: Christine’s
Stockings: Style #4960 backseam cuban heels from the Mallory Holley Studios
Shoes: ‘Martini’ style by Wild Diva brand
Handbag: American West
Belt: Borrowed from my Hell Bunny ‘Larissa’ dress from Velvet Vixens
Lipstick: Blu-Red coloured LipSence (by SeneGence brand) from Pout Perfection

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Forever Marilyn Monroe -Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present an exhibition to honour this enduring icon

Marilyn Monroe has truly captivated the hearts of millions and continues to remain forever young and forever remembered. After all, she was much more than just a pinup model or movie star.

Allured by the beauty, intelligence and talent that this blonde bombshell possessed or perhaps the mystery that endures, many adore her and are greatly influenced by her. In fact, she is considered to be one of the most universally recognisable pop culture icons and sex symbols of the twentieth century.  Albeit that half a century has passed since this silver screen siren was tragically taken from our world at the age of only thirty six, her legacy continues to inspire countless people, even those who were born after she graced this earth. Indeed, she surely lived a life worth remembering.

Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe

Posing for yet another photo with Marilyn Monroe

Honestly, I have adored Marilyn, ever since I can remember. Somehow, I have always just felt a connection to her. Photographs of her influence many of the images that I capture today and I collect books, prints, and artworks featuring this glamour goddess. I even have a Marilyn shower curtain! Often my family find the ‘perfect gift’ for me when they spy something with her image on it, such as a perfume bottle or the large chest collaged with her images, which I keep the majority of my fabric stash in. Of course, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, or so to speak, because my Mum also is quite fond of her. So is her mother (whom I call Oma).

Hence, you can understand our excitement when we heard about the Marilyn Monroe exhibition presented by Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox. We just had to see the artifacts, clothing and other objects belonging to or worn by the star herself, with our very own eyes. Therefore, on Sunday, June 5th, Mum, Oma and I travelled to Bendigo, in Victoria (Australia).

When we arrived at the town, our first stop was to see Seward Johnson’s stunning sculpture, known as ‘Forever Marilyn’. It would have been impossible to miss the eight metre high, three-dimensional creation that pays homage to Marilyn’s notorious subway scene and the promotional imagery for director Billy Wilder’s 1955 drama film, ‘The Seven Year Itch’

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Oma and I with Forever Marilyn, Bendigo

Oma and I posing with ‘Forever Marilyn’ in Bendigo VIC

Mum and Oma with Forever Marilyn, Bendigo VIC

Mum and Oma posing with ‘Forever Marilyn’ in Bendigo VIC

Previously situated in Chicago and Palm Springs in the USA, this spectacular sculpture, had made its international debut in Bendigo. Displayed on the corner of View Street and Pall Mall at Charing Cross, it attracted quite a crowd of spectators who took turns to pose for photographs with this massive masterpiece.

After taking some happy snaps with ‘Forever Marilyn’, we booked our exhibition tickets at the Bendigo Art Gallery.  Whilst waiting for our entry time, the three of us walked through the gallery and admired another sculpture called ‘The young family’ by Patricia Piccinini, some pottery housed in majestic antique cabinets, and an antique upright piano. We also marveled at all of the paintings hanging in ornate gold frames. One in particular, titled ‘Child Playing’ by Dutch artist, Johannes Jacobus Paling, caught my Oma’s eye, reminding her of her own Oma’s house, back in Holland.

Eventually we made our way to the gallery café to have lunch. I ordered bruschetta, however unlike the traditional Italian style recipes that I have previously tried, some of the key ingredients in this one were peas, mint and yoghurt. Albeit unusual, it was absolutely delicious!

Delicious bruschetta at the Bendigo Art Gallery Cafe

With satisfied appetites, we subsequently made our way into the exhibition. As I walked into the room behind Mum and Oma, my eyes lit up. I was completely mesmerized by the gorgeous gowns, photographs, fashion illustrations and artifacts from Marilyn’s life. Much of this has never been seen before in Australia and was curated from numerous private collections around the world and via collaborating with Twentieth Century Fox. This was like no other exhibition I have ever been to, and believe me; I have been to a lot!

It was amazing to have an insight into Marilyn’s life via her possessions such as personal books, letters, embossed stationary and her Marshall Field and Company wooden travel trunk. Even some of the colorful Mexican hand-painted ceramic tiles from the kitchen of her home in Brentwood, California were displayed.

Although I certainly did not expect to see such things exhibited in an art gallery, I was most delighted to witness the beauty icon’s personal collection of makeup. This included her Elizabeth Arden powder, eyeliner and eyebrow pencil and Helena Rubenstein mascara wand. Her Erno Laszlo beauty products were also displayed nearby.

It was also incredibly exciting to see her first camera, a Kodak Brownie Target Six-20 camera and the small photographs of significant childhood memories. There was even a print from her first wedding to Jim Dougherty, when she was merely sixteen.

Many of the other photographic prints were larger scale images. Although I adored the privilege of seeing all of them, I was especially awestruck by one candid black and white image of Marilyn captured by Andre de Dienes. In this particular photograph, she sat with her legs crossed on the beach, laughing. Nearby, a closed umbrella as placed upside down with its tip embedded in the sand. This image is perhaps one of my favourite images of Marilyn, and I was the slightest bit disappointed that it was not one of the images also reproduced in the accompanying exhibition catalogue. However, it was superb to be able to admire it in person.

Additionally, I felt drawn to the fashion illustrations and loved the way that the seven frames containing these were arranged in the first room. I also admired the wardrobe test photos, many of which accompanied the costumes on display.

Interestingly, some of these did not make it to the final pictures, such as a stunning showgirl outfit designed by William Travilla. This particular piece was originally designed for the scene where Marilyn sings ‘Diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ in Howard Hawks’ 1953 Technicolor film ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’. However, it was decided that this costume was too risqué after the revelation that the star had posed nude for Tom Kelley back in 1949, when she was allegedly ‘broke and needed the money’. Hence another of Travilla’s beautiful creations was substituted and the scene was filmed with that notorious satiny pink gown.

Although the dazzling showgirl costume did not make it into the finished film, thankfully there are wardrobe test shots of Marilyn wearing it. Nevertheless, it was certainly a real privilege to have the opportunity to marvel at the spectacular costume in real life as well.

Without a doubt, these Hollywood costumes possess both historical and social significance. Therefore it was very special to be able to enjoy so many displayed together, especially considering this exhibition was an amalgamation of many private collections, which would otherwise be scattered worldwide.

We sure are incredibly lucky to still have these costumes! Unlike these days, where Hollywood studios archive significant props and artifacts from their films, in the fifties and sixties, this practice was uncommon. Often due to financial constraints, clothing would be re-appropriated. Often gowns would be changed, cut, taken up and worn by other Hollywood stars. Therefore, dresses such as Marilyn’s iconic gold lamé gown, which was another of Travilla’s fabulous designs for the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was altered for Jayne Mansfield to wear a decade later. However, what the dress has become has been preserved and I was able to admire the precious, fragile thing contained by a glass case inside a majestic room of mirrors. Nevertheless, it was such a privilege to be able to see what was left of the real thing for my very own eyes, as this would have to be one of my favourite dresses of all time. Due to the dress being up-cycled, a reproduction of the true style worm my Marilyn was additionally displayed.

Within the walls of the exhibition, we were also given the opportunity to admire Marilyn’s other well-recognised outfits, such as the dazzling dress and matching bolero that she wore in 1954 when she performed to thousands of US soldiers in Korea. There were also many garments from her personal wardrobe. Many of which were carefully placed on invisible dress forms so that viewers could envisage her wearing the garments. It was a truly magnificent experience.

Oh, there were really so many things to look at! There was even a cute little setup of three mid century televisions simultaneously playing black and white footage of Marilyn, each with quirks and distortions due to the age of the television sets. In another little room, there were two chairs set up with some silent footage of Marilyn being projected onto a screen. Throughout the entire exhibition, there were numerous little rooms, each with something that offered insight into the life of the woman that epitomised Hollywood glamour. I even read through some of her contracts, which I found fascinating and loved seeing her 1950s director’s chair that was used on the set of ‘Bus Stop’. All the exhibits were absolutely fascinating and the entire exhibition was fabulous. I honestly loved it all.

Eventually, after at least a good two hours, I made my way through the maze of rooms, and reunited with Mum and Oma.

Last chance for selfies with Marilyn Monroe at the Bendigo Art Gallery Exhibition

Last chance for selfies with Marilyn Monroe at the Bendigo Art Gallery Exhibition, VIC

We then had a very quick look in the gift shop. This resulted in the purchase of the exhibition catalogue, two large Marilyn postcards and a smaller one featuring a 1956 ‘waspie corset’ photograph by John French. When I saw the postcards, I instantly imagined them inside cute vintage frames hanging upon my studio walls. I simply couldn’t resist a few souvenirs.

My souviners from the Marilyn Monroe Exhibition in BendigoMy souviners from the Marilyn Monroe Exhibition in Bendigo VIC

However all too soon, our blissful day in Bendigo came to an end and we unfortunately had to head home. However, I will surely treasure the memories created that day with Mum and Oma for the rest of my life. Attending the exhibition and seeing the ‘Forever Marilyn’ sculpture was surely a great privilege, made even better by enjoying it with two very special women in my life.

♥ Mallory xoxox
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P.S. The exhibition will continue until the 10th of July, 2016. For more information, check out the Bendigo Art Gallery website.

Signwritten BMW parked outside the Bendigo Art Gallery

Oh and in case you are wondering, my outfit details are as follows:
Cardigan: Little Raven Designs (formerly Dress Me Gorgeous)
Dress: Hell Bunny flamingo print ‘Larissa’ from Velvet Vixens
Petticoat: Christine’s
Bobby Socks: Mallory Holley Studios
Kitten heels: ‘Marilyn’ style by Alchemy brand
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban ‘Ice Pop Watermelon’ Wayfarers
Fringed leather Jacket: from nineteen-eighty-something?

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Car selfies on the way to see Marilyn

Car selfie on the way to see Marilyn

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Greaser Girls –Mother & Daughter Pinup Shoot

I had a lovely lady called Adrienne booked a ‘greaser girl’ pinup package at my studio with her beautiful daughter, Keely and their red 1983 model WB Statesman. Adrienne told me that she wanted to give the photographs to her husband for an extra special gift. What a lucky man!

Mother and daughter pinup shoot with WB Statesman

Mother and daughter pinup shoot with Holden WB Statesman

For our shoot, the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar kindly supplied me with some fabulous dresses and skirts from their delightful emporium housed inside the old Art Deco ‘Broadway Theatre’ built in 1928. Honestly, you can shop for hours on end in this wonderful world of days gone by. This treasure trove has over sixty stalls of vintage and retro collectables, homewares, clothing, bags, hats, sunglasses, shoes and cowboy boots! They stock lovely vintage reproduction garments from their new Vintage Seamstress label, launched only last year, as well as stunning styles from Pinup Girl Clothing and Hell Bunny.  I was lucky to use some of these for our photo shoot.

Rosebud VIntage Bazaar & Cafe -Mornington Peninsula

As soon as Adrienne and Keely saw the quirky styles of the Hell Bunny garments from the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar, they instantly fell in love. Adrienne selected a navy coloured ‘Motley’ and ‘Hawaii’ pinup girl print dress, both with some seamed stockings and her own high heels. Her daughter, Keely chose a ‘Rock On’ circle skirt which featuring a bold print of dice, skulls, anchors and sharks. This was paired perfectly with my cropped pleather jacket to complete her rocker-gal look and some nautical Pinup Couture platforms from Shoe Me Gorgeous. Keely also adored the colourful pop-art inspired ‘Horror Gal’ Hell Bunny dress. This was accessorised with killer Demonia zombie heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous and a hot rod hearse bar clutch from Twisted Retro, who hand craft unique purses, retro rag rollers, ‘undeadz’ dolls and more.

Since no pinup outfit is complete without vintage inspired hair and makeup, I had the privilege of Gemma Sheree from GSL Makeup to assist me for this shoot. I must say, as always, she did a superb job with our pinup model’s makeup whilst I styled their tresses. So, with pinup perfect makeup, outfits and curls, we were ready to shoot with our models and their street machine.

Mother and daughter photo shoot with Holden WB Statesman

Mother and daughter photo shoot with WB Statesman

Pinup Photoshoot with Holden WB Statesman

Pinup Photo shoot with WB Statesman

Did the cool personalised plates adorned upon the chrome bumper of this Holden beauty catch your eye? Curiously, I asked what they meant. I discovered that it reflected Adrienne and Keely’s family business, Babes Farm Fresh Eggs, which has been operating since 1987. They offer delicious genuine free-range eggs, honey, homemade preservatives and mustard from their stall at the South Melbourne Market.  I loved the way that this was incorporated on their classic car’s custom numberplates.

Aside from photographing these pretty pinup models with their stunning Statesman, I also captured some photos of them on a simple yellow backdrop.   One of my favourite photos is the one of Adrienne cheekily ‘unplugging’ the phone on her daughter. This is surely something I can recall when I was growing up and spent too long talking on the phone, refusing to hang up when I was told to. Can anyone else relate to this?

Mother and daughter pinup shoot

Pinup photoshoot with telephone and motley Hell Bunny dress

Of course, photo shoots like this are really fun and full of so many laughs. Adrienne even said; “It was the best day that we have ever had.”
It is very rewarding to hear how much our models enjoyed themselves as well as have the opportunity to provide them with photos that they can give to their significant others as a present. As I have mentioned many times over, I really do love my job and the awesome people that I get to work with.

 Mallory xoxox
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Precious Moments…

Nothing can compare to the pure love and joy that a newborn baby brings into the world. However, it surely is a very rewarding experience to be able to capture their very first few weeks of life with my camera, whilst they sleep in angelic bliss…

When adorable little Alexandria was only nine days new, I had the delight of photographing her in my recently opened studio on the Mornington Peninsula. Content with a full belly, this darling little girl slept ever so sweetly in array of vintage, retro and sentimental props as I created some special images for her beautiful mother, Sarah.

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I commenced our session by photographing baby Alexandria as she rested upon some soft velvet fabric inside our retro Brum peddle car. She slept peacefully, draped in lace and adorning a daisy crown.  I also captured images of this little sweetheart inside my red Regal hat box and with some rubber duckies in my vintage pink pedestal sink. For one of my photos, I was even lucky enough to attain her adorable smile –now that’s precious!

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As with all of my photo shoots, I love to reflect my client’s interests and hobbies as much as possible. Therefore, since Sarah absolutely adores horses, we decided to also take some western themed photographs of her little cowgirl.

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Another way that I try to make my images more personal is via using items that are of sentimental value to my clients, such as the little kitten that Alexandria is clutching. This cheerful soft toy adds that extra special touch to the photograph, since it was knitted especially for her by her grandmother.

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Overall, we had a very relaxing afternoon listening to the tranquil rainfall sounds coming from my iPhone, courtesy of the ‘Sleepy Sounds’ app. Although it took a few feeds to be able to achieve the photographs that I captured, it was definitely worth it. This gorgeous little girl is not always going to be small enough to curl up inside a hatbox, but photographs can always preserve the memory, as she grows and continues to fulfill and enrich the lives of her loved ones.

So thank you Sarah, for allowing me to have the pleasure of photographing your precious newborn baby girl and of course, Congratulations!

 Mallory xoxox
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Heat FREE Curls with Twisted Retro Rag Rollers

When I was a little girl, I always wanted curly hair, just like my mother’s. Since this was back in the days when spiral perms were incredibly fashionable, my gorgeous mum totally rocked the style and I longed to look just like her. As I was too young to also have my hair permed, my sweet mother patiently rolled little pink plastic curlers into my hair every night before bed.

Sleeping with pink curlers in my hair when I was little -photo courtesy of my Mum

This is me as a child, with my little plastic pink curlers in my hair. -Photo courtesy of my beautiful Mum.

Unfortunately, these little curlers were rather awkward to sleep on, so eventually I progressed to having my hair in rags. This method was consequently more time consuming. Honestly, my mum did well to get me to sit still long enough! However, rags seemed to be a more comfortable alternative to the little rigid plastic tubes, which felt like I was sleeping on an echidna! Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but they surely weren’t the most comfortable things.

It is for this very reason that I can appreciate the ingenious concept that Sue, the mastermind behind Twisted Retro, has devised. Via amalgamating the swiftness of tube rollers with the comfort of rags, her new retro rag rollers were created.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to trial this new product and provide my feedback. Since I genuinely loved these rollers so much and have continued using them after being the guinea pig, I wanted to share them with you! After all, I know that many of you will love this method of obtaining heatless curls as much as I do.

Twisted Retro Rag Rollers for heat free curls

Check out these Twisted Retro Rag Rollers for amazing heat-free curls!

The Twisted Retro rag rollers are a great alternative to heated rollers or curling irons if you are looking for a heat-free method of creating beautiful voluptuous curls or waves. For me, the easiest is to roll my hair in them before bed. I simply sleep with the rag rollers in, so that by the morning my hair dries into bouncy spirals.  You can then either break them up with your fingers, or alternatively brush them out, which I often do.

Twisted Retro rag rollers removed, ready to by styled

I would highly recommend that you also use some sort of a curl enhancement product when using these rollers, just as you would with any other curling tool or product. My favourite way at the moment is via the application of a setting spray through damp (not drenched) hair before rolling your hair with them.

A good quality setting spray, when used before curling, will assist you to brush out your hair into your desired style, without completely destroying or loosing your curls. I prefer setting sprays because they don’t make my hair brittle and crunchy and find that they really help my hair to maintain a curl. I think it makes a massive difference to the overall result, especially in my hair, which is naturally fine, dead straight and can be uncooperative when it comes to maintaining a curl. Although I can still achieve some delightful styles, I personally do not get the same result without a setting spray, regardless of whether or not I use heat to curl my hair.

Wavy hair created with Twisted Retro NO HEAT Rag Rollers

Heat free waves created with my Twisted Retro Rag Rollers (without using setting spray!) My gorgeous hair flower clip was made by Taylor Pheonix from A Little Pin Up Everyday.

Another thing that I have discovered, is that dirty hair holds a curl better than squeaky-clean tresses. So when it comes to long-lasting curls, it often pays to skip a shampoo. I know myself that curling my hair after I’ve washed it is like trying to curl cotton candy!

I find the elastic loops on these rollers make them super quick and easy to use. So easy, in fact that I often just sit in bed before I go to sleep and shove them into my hair in a zombie-like manner. However, if you are after something a little more polished than random curls or beachy waves, then you would of course carefully part your hair and direct which way you roll, just as you would when styling with heat.

To secure the rollers in place whilst you sleep, I would recommend wrapping a scarf around your head. The good news for you is that a one is included when you buy these rad rollers, which can be purchased via the Twisted Retro web store.

No heat curls via Twisted Retro Rag Rollers

A selfie taken on my mobile phone of another style that I created with my Twisted Retro Rag Rollers when my hair was cotton candy coloured.

These roller kits are really great value and quality, made with love, right here in Australia! They contain 15 rag rollers, as well as an organza scarf to secure them (or wear in your finished style) and 6 pin curl clips. Everything is presented in a cute carrying case that is a quirky take on the vintage vanity cases. You really have to check out the website to see them! The reasonably priced ready-made sets come in an array of different fabrics and colours.

Although there are many delightful options listed on the Twisted Retro web store, you can alternatively have a set custom made for you in your favourite fabric, out of the many available to choose from. Whether you like polka dots, leopard print, zombies, sugar skulls, flamingos or something else, I’m pretty sure Sue has some in her fabric stash.  She has a LOT of gorgeous fabric.

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All you have to do is message Sue from Twisted Retro and she will customise your roller set to suit your personality and individual taste. If you have thick hair and require more than 15 rollers, also just message her so that the quantity and price of your order can be revised.

Unlike many things that shops sell these days, these rollers are built to last and are well worth the investment. I’ve been using mine for over 12 months now in both my pastel pink and blonde coloured hair.  I am honestly very pleased with these rollers. They are well made, just like everything else that I have from Twisted Retro, including my makeup brush roll and a growing collection of purses. Oh, I should probably warn you that you will find lots of pretty things on the Twisted Retro website and you may not want to stop at just the rollers!

Ultimately, if you want easy, heat-less curls whilst you enjoy your beauty sleep and love something unique and pretty, these rollers will be perfect for you. These rollers are quicker than rags and much more comfortable to sleep in than metal or plastic rollers.  They are also extremely time efficient so that you can spend less time styling your hair in the mornings and more time snoozing!

 Mallory xoxox

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Brushed out wavy hair created with Twisted Retro NO HEAT Rag Rollers

I obtained this style via brushing out the curls that I created (without the aid of a setting spray) with my Twisted Retro Rag Rollers.  

P.P.S. In order to compliment the little unicorns on my Hell Bunny ‘Mystical’ dress, I wore my amazing pink and purple hair flower.  This gorgeous accessory was made especially for me by the talented (and gorgeous) Taylor Pheonix from the United Kingdom.  She also has an amazing blog called ‘A Little Pin Up Everyday’.  I would highly recommend that you check it out too!

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Owning it

Understandably, for those who have not spent years studying law, learning important legal rights and responsibilities regarding their creative output can seem rather daunting. Knowing what should and should not be done is not always straightforward and deciphering between fact and fiction can be challenging. The law sometimes seems as though it’s written in its own mystic language and decoding it can feel somewhat akin to wading through a quagmire! Yet, this very knowledge is so significant for many creative people. After all, misconceptions about such laws even have the potential to cause one a great deal of strife.

Thankfully in order to combat this, Melbourne intellectual property lawyer, Sharon Givoni, has written a new book titled ‘Owning it -A creative’s guide to copyright, contracts and the law’. It explains the Australian laws applicable to many creative fields and businesses, aiming to ‘empower’ readers ‘to take proactive steps to protect [their] creative output’, and business.

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They say not to judge a book by its cover, but this one sure is pretty on the outside and fabulous inside too! I really enjoyed reading it.

The book is set out in a very straightforward, succinct and easy to understand manner. It includes various chapters that overview the operation of the law for numerous creative professions. Some of these include; visual artists, graphic designers, photographers, fashion designers, craftspeople, architects, filmmakers, musicians, models, tattooists, writers and even bloggers.

Not only is this book a great guide to the laws relating to particular creative occupations, but it also considers insurance, contracts, trademarks, design protection, confidentiality and licensing basics. It even overviews legal considerations pertaining to the World Wide Web and social media!

Additionally, this hardback includes many real-life case studies, tips and tables, which helps to translate legal lingo into plain English. It is therefore extremely useful in assisting with ‘understanding about the law so that you can not only protect yourself, but also avoid breaching the rights of others’.

Of course, reading this book does not replace proper professional legal advice tailored to specific situations, but it will point its readers in the right direction. It might even keep some out of trouble!

Unlike most books about law, this one is full of beautiful, colourful drawings, photographs, diagrams, flowcharts and quotes. Book designer and publisher, Tess McCabe, has created a gorgeous user-friendly layout and many of the illustrations are even by the talented author, herself.

You may also recognise one of my images on page 126. My photograph of the limited edition Campbell’s soup cans featuring Andy Warhol’s famous works illustrates the title page for chapter 2.3 regarding ‘reproducing brands and trade marks in your work’.

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Page 126 of this fabulous book adorns one of my photographs.

It is very exciting to be a part of this fabulous book, which demystifies the law for creative people. Givoni has certainly succeeded in making the law easier to understand in her go-to guide. I assure you that this is one book well worth reading. It is informative and empowering.

If you would like a copy of this fabulous book, you can order one online from Creative Minds Publishing or from any of the stockists listed on the publisher’s website.

 Mallory xoxox
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Saturday Night Live at the Outbound BP

For a few weeks now, my Dad has wanted to go to the ‘Saturday Night Live’ meet at the BP Outbound servo, located on Melbourne’s Eastlink Tollway. So last Saturday night, he had his 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille washed and ready to go. Although I have been rather preoccupied lately with getting my new studio ready, I thought it wouldn’t hurt if I slacked off for the night and tagged along.

It’s been a while since we have gone on a car cruise.  Sometimes I find that we just get so immersed in our work that we forget to stop to admire pretty cars, since smelling roses just doesn’t really cut it for us.

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This is Simon’s awesome XTOGVK Commodore.

Also, Dad had recently done some work on the electrics of his Caddy, so it was good opportunity for a little test run.  My little brother also joined us. Thankfully the weather was nice and pleasant and there was a rather large turnout to admire at the BP Outbound servo.

In fact, there were so many cars there that it even took us a couple of laps to find a suitable park, since we had to forfeit a few good opportunities due to our length. It wasn’t bad though because cars seemed to be slowly coming and going throughout the night, therefore parks become vacated for new arrivals.  A couple of laps surely did not bother us a bit as we had plenty of eye candy to look at.

Orange Ford at BP Outbound Car Cruise

Once we had parked, we went for a walk around to admire the beautiful cars that filled the car park.  There were so many to look at, and all sorts too!  It was lovely that the gathering was for car enthusiasts in general to bring their pride and joy and meet other people that shared the passion for cars.  There was a unique blend of Aussie and American muscle cars, classics, Commodores and even a Ferrari.

Corvette at BP Outbound Car Cruise

Corvettes are always my favourite… Though its a pity that you can’t see the rad new cowboy boots that I’m wearing here, hopefully my adorable bag makes up for it.

We walked around for ages, which gave me a good chance to take a few photos and break in my new cowboy boots.  My brother and I also grabbed drinks from Maccas.  Having an icy cold coffee frappe wasn’t the brightest of ideas considering it was a cool winter night, however it tasted grouse.

leaving BP Outbound Car Cruise

Although we all had a great night, it eventually came time to head home and park the Caddy back in the garage. Nevertheless, with spring just around the corner, I hope to go cruising with my awesome family and our classic cars more often.

 Mallory xoxox
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Playful puppies and prints

A little while ago, I seized the opportunity to shoot with the darling Miss Dodge, since I knew this adorable German Shepherd puppy was definitely not going to stay this little forever. Naturally, I thought this would also be the perfect opportunity to spam you with playful puppy photos, and review another stunning skirt from Dress Me Gorgeous. You’re welcome.

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Just like the ‘Dress Me Unique’ pencil skirt that I previously featured, this sassy little number was also custom made especially for me. It is a vintage inspired a-line style, carefully stitched together from thick cotton sateen. This particular fabric has a lovely heavy feel to it and also adorns a beautiful, bright floral print. I love the colourful, abstracted pattern. It seems to just compliment everything, even my hair!

Certainly, this same skirt can be made in any fabric of your choice from the massive collection at the Dress Me Gorgeous headquarters. If a skull, cupcake, polka dot, gingham, cherry or leopard print is more your style, this skirt can be made for you, precisely to your measurements and specifications. If you would prefer one in the same fabric as mine though, do get in quick as there is only a limited quantity of it left!

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In addition from being sewn from any fabric of your choice, you can choose to have this skirt at whatever length you fancy. Shorter or longer! A skirt like mine is only $60 AU, which is extremely reasonable for such a special, one-off custom-made creation.

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For this particular shoot, I decided to pair my skirt with some other goodies that I also received from Dress Me Gorgeous. My Banned flamingo cardigan and matching handbag seemed a good choice. I love the colourful flamingo embroidery designs adorning these pieces. I also have the matching wallet, neatly tucked inside my bag.

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Additionally, I wore my Jubly Umph flamingo earrings and necklace set for a little added bling. Since I absolutely adore flamingos, when I saw these, I literally squealed and had to have them all! I honestly have absolutely no self-control when I see flamingos. None! There is even a flock of over thirty of these flamboyant birds in my garden. I’m also pretty sure that the day I get to hug a real flamingo, my life will be complete.

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Since there is no such thing as too many flamingos, my shoes also feature them in an all-over x-ray print. I love the unique five-inch black, bone-shaped heel on these babies. Due to the concealed platform, these pretty peep-toes are super easy to walk in too! They are made by a brand called Too Fast and alike many of my heels; these ones were from Shoe Me Gorgeous, albeit a while back.

Although this amazing online store has oodles of beautiful shoes for any occasion or outfit, they no longer have any of this particular style left. However, if you are really lucky, you might score some in a buy/swap/sell group on Facebook or alternatively could find stores on eBay who have some old stock in your size.

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As always, the Cuban heeled seamed stockings that I am wearing are one of many of the lovely styles that we stock in our studio. I am a huge fan of these as they give the illusion of perfectly flawless legs in photographs. This particular pair is in a full pantyhose style. They are ideal for lazy days when I couldn’t be bothered with a garter belt, but still desire a glamorous touch or some added warmth! I find that these classic seams really compliment this skirt as both are from that elegant time of yesteryear.

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Of course, this skirt is extremely versatile and can be worn with almost anything. It is a classic design, so like many vintage inspired garments, it will never go out of style. I often wear mine with a plain coloured singlet top a pair of cowboy boots. The fabulous thing with separates is that you can mix and match to obtain various looks from a few essential pieces.

Printed pinup skirt by Dress Me Gorgeous and German Shepherd Puppy

Like all the garments I have had custom-made by Dress Me Gorgeous, these skirts are extremely well made and durable. I promise you will get a lot of wear from them. I sure have worn this particular skirt a lot, since it is super comfortable. So comfortable in fact, that I actually wore mine when I sat for my law exams!

If you would like your very own custom made to measure skirt, all you have to do is message the Dress Me Gorgeous Facebook page with your choice of fabric, waist and hip measurements as well as the length that you would like your skirt to be. It’s pretty easy! Don’t forget when takingyour measurements, to pull the tape as tightly as you would like to wear the garment!

 Mallory xoxox
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I got photobombed by my handsome bull terrior, Tank.  He heard that there were bones on my shoes.

I got photobombed by my handsome bull terrior, Tank. He heard that there were bones on my shoes.

Outfit Summary:
Skirt: Dress Me Gorgeous
Cardigan: Banned via Dress Me Gorgeous
Bag: Banned via Dress Me Gorgeous
Earrings & Necklace: Jubly Umph
Stockings: Mallory Holley Studios
Shoes: Too Fast

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P.S. By the way, little Miss Dodge isn’t so little anymore but just as adorable as ever!

My FJ Holden, new studio and Dodge.

P.P.S. I took this selfie on my phone sometime last year when I was waiting on the steps for my ride home after finishing my last exam for law.  I really do love wearing this skirt!

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Congratulations Kelly & Adam!

I am very lucky to have had the privilege of being able to capture special memories for wonderful people, such as those for newly engaged, Kelly and Adam.

Although my new studio is expected to be opening in July this year, we squeezed in Kelly and Adam’s shoot to ensure that their photos would be ready in time for their engagement party. Kelly is very talented at crafting and made a gorgeous guest book that she wanted to scrapbook the photos from her and Adam’s shoot within, for a beautiful keepsake. What a fabulous idea!

Kelly and Adam both have lovely low-rider bikes, one that we used for their engagement shoot. Although this particular bike was actually Kelly’s, we decided that it was a little more practical for Adam to ride it. High heels and pedals aren’t usually a good combination.

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For these photos, Kelly wore a red tartan pinafore skirt and classic gypsy top with ric-rac trim from Christine’s, Australia’s exclusive Vivien of Holloway stockist.

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I also took some photographs of Kelly and Adam with our 1955 F.J. Holden. Kelly wore a lovely halterneck circle dress, in a small red and white polkadot pattern and Adam wore a blue gingham check shirt, both from Christine’s.

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Additionally, we took some fun photos with a heart shaped box of chocolates and red roses. For these images, Adam wore a Vivien of Holloway ‘petrol check’ shirt from Christine’s. Kelly opted for a beautiful ‘Grace dress’ in the limited edition ‘Wild Rose Cerise’ fabric with red and black petticoats, also from Christine’s.

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Since Kelly loves collecting records, we recreated a cute idea that she originally saw on Instagram, which saw me scribbling on some of my records with a chalk marker. I didn’t fancy the music on these two anyway!  For these photos, Kelly changed into one of the new ‘Poppy peach’ patterned halterneck circle dresses that just arrived at Christine’s.

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We also paid homage to another fabulous idea that Kelly adored. This one involved wooden scrabble tiles and Kelly’s beautiful engagement ring with her hands placed inside Adam’s. Additionally, I ensured that I included Kelly’s beautiful Pandora bracelet. Earlier that afternoon when I was applying Kelly’s makeup, she told me that it was a special gift from her fiancé, Adam. Hence, I thought that it was very significant that I captured her beautiful bracelet in this image.

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Congratulations Kelly and Adam! I wish you a lifetime of many more happy memories together.

 Mallory xoxox
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Pink Polkadots & Gold Diggers

The 1950s reproduction halterneck circle dresses by Vivien of Holloway would have to be one of my all-time favourite styles of dress for both everyday wear and for an evening out. They have an ingenious design which includes a boned bodice, tightly nipped waist and full circle skirt that combine cinch, disguise and support all the right places. These fabulously flattering dresses also come in variety of colours and patterns.  Consequently, this has meant that over the years, I have acquired quite a few of them from Christine’s, the exclusive Australian Stockist of the brand. Who could blame me when they are all so beautiful?

When you buy one of these dresses, you invest in a quality U.K. made garment that will last you many, many years. Being a reproduction from the 1950s, you will be wearing a classic design that doesn’t date by the passing of the season. Alike things made in the 1950s, these dresses are built to last and are worth every penny. Of course, many of these dresses are created from limited edition fabrics that are no longer available when sold out.  Therefore, you need to either snap them up from Christine’s when they are available or in the alternative, forever mourn what could have been.

Since I love pink and black, I was very lucky to score the last pink and black polkadot dress in my size, a couple of years ago now. Time after time I have worn this dress and just accessorised it in a different ways.  Whether it be tucking the straps in for a strapless look, wearing a zipped up bikie jacket or cropped cardigan on top in winter or simply wearing the bolero with another dress or skirt, this is definitely a versatile little number that gets plenty of wear.

As I was getting ready for the official opening for Christine’s in Fitzroy, I thought it would be appropriate to wear one of my gorgeous frocks from the store. I spontaneously decided upon my pink and black polkadot one.  I often accompany this dress with the matching bolero, however, as you can see in the photos it can also be worn without.

My pink polkadot 1950s reproduction dress from Christine's without the bolero.

My pink polkadot 1950s reproduction dress from Christine’s without the bolero.

I was in a bit of a rush, so I shoved my messy hair into a ponytail and wacked in a trusty black bandana. I also added both my pink and black Sam’s petticoats (also from Christine’s) under my frock for a little extra volume to my skirt. To continue the pink and black theme (and to tie into my red lipstick nicely) I chose my Iron Fist ‘Gold Digger’ purse and matching platform heels.

Although shoe collection comprises of 300+ pairs which I no-longer bother counting as the statistics don’t go in my favour to justify the acquisition of more, these heels would have to be my absolute favourite of them all.  These little ‘Gold Diggers’ were a new take on the very first Iron Fist ‘Zombie Stomper’ design, with a vibrant metallic pink and contrasting red. I really do love the gold bejeweled tooth that these little zombies have above the peeptoe detailing, which suits their name quite well. They have a four-inch stiletto heel and a one-inch concealed platform, making them a nice comfortable height. They are also 100% vegan.

My darling mother purchased them for me as a gift for looking after her house and fur babies when she, Dad and my baby brother went on a holiday a few years back. I think I got the sweet end of the deal, new shoes and cuddles with her fur babies! I absolutely treasure these shoes and the matching purse that was also a gift to me. Together, they are quite a dynamic duo and only come out for special occasions.

I also love it that my ‘Gold Digger’ purse is the zip-up pockets on the outside.  This makes a convenient place to stash my iPhone with easy access to it when it’s ringing, when I need to call someone or just feel the urge to watch cute pig videos.

My pink polkadot 1950s reproduction dress from Christine's, teamed with the matching bolero.

My pink polkadot 1950s reproduction dress from Christine’s, teamed with the matching bolero.

Finally, I required a little bit of bling to complete my outfit. Therefore, I decided to wear my Cadillac Detroit Star necklace from Retro a-go-go. This necklace with seven special sparkling rhinestones is surely a conversation starter.  I am a huge fan of their jewellery as I love automotive inspired jewellery, so the officially licensed GM pieces are a huge hit with me.

So there you have it, my pink polkadot and ‘Gold Digger’ assemblage, embellished with some Cadillac bling as worn to the official opening for Christine’s in Fitzroy.

Ciao for now!
 Mallory xoxox
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Rockabilly Rage

Legendary live music venue, ‘The Croc‘ will rock every Saturday with Melbourne’s newest ALL ROCKABILLY weekly event, debuting this Saturday, February 28th from 8pm.

There will be a double bill this weekend to kick off this revolutionary new event with The Infernos and Stripped Black playing at The Croxton Park Hotel in Thornbury, Melbourne.   The talented DJ Joey Elbows will also be spinning the discs that evening.

Following this weekend’s grand opening, there will be a fantastic weekly lineup.  Saturday March 7th will be featuring Itchy Fingers and Cherry Divine.  Ezra Lee and The Havoc Band plus DJ Duke Tedesco will be sure to keep your toes tapping on March 14th. Set to play on March 21st will be The Flyin’ Saucers with DJ Joey Elbows and rockabilly trio The Infernos will put on another smoking’ hot performance with DJ Duke Tedesco on March 28th.    

The Rockabilly RageThis exciting event is well worth supporting.  Presented by Christine’s Rockabilly and The Croxton Park Hotel, the ‘Rockabilly Rage’ has some amazing plans in the pipeline including; fashion parades, pinup competitions and interstate acts.  Even a show and shine for hotrods, classic and muscle cars in the huge car park opposite is also on the cards!

With these future plans in addition to the awesome acts booked, you will most certainly have a great night at this spacious venue for a itty-bitty entry fee of only $7.  Where else in Melbourne can you experience live rockabilly entertainment for such a bargain price?  This is definitely going to be everything that Melbourne’s kustom kulture and rockabilly scene has asked for!  

Saturdays will never be the same from this Saturday Feburary 28th at the Croxton Park Hotel, 607 High St Thornbury.
 See you there!

 Mallory xoxox
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P.S.  For your viewing and auditory pleasure, here’s The Inferno’s OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP for their cover of the Charlie Feathers song ‘Stuttering Cindy’, which is just a taste of what is to come this Saturday at the Rockabilly Rage.  Enjoy! X

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Christine’s Grand Opening… The Official Party!

Although vintage reproduction clothing store, Christine’s has been trading on Brunswick Street for the last five months, we celebrated the official opening with a champagne reception last Sunday on the 8th of February.

To fire up the excitement of the afternoon, talented rockabilly trio, The Infernos played live music from the tiki stage in the Hula Hangout at the rear of the store. There was such an exciting vibe throughout this fabulous new venue. Sausages and burgers sizzled on the barbie, complimentary refreshments were served in the tiki hut and yummy snacks covered the tables. There were also some delicious cupcakes and a large cherry cake. Kudos to Onyx deVille for making these mouthwatering masterpieces with ornate icing that was an artwork in itself. You will have to check out the Christine’s facebook page if you would like to see pictures, as I was too busy stuffing my face to capture any. #Sorrynotsorry!

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The Infernos playing in the Hula Hangout

Loretta Lowbrow with her gorgeous daughter Billie enjoying live rockabilly music from The Infernos.

Loretta Lowbrow with her gorgeous daughter Billie enjoying live rockabilly music from The Infernos.

The Infernos drummer Dave Rogers and slap bassist/lead singer Don Wycherley.

The Infernos drummer Dave Rogers and slap bassist/lead singer Don Wycherley.

Inside the shop was filled with ladies and their gentlemen, marveling the beautiful 1940s and 50s reproduction garments by Vivien of Holloway that Christine’s stocks. So many polkadots, pastels, florals, leopard and cherry prints adorned the rails at either side of the store. The interior was also decorated in a fun tiki theme with bamboo, Hawaiian lays and pineapple lampshades. I observed that a lot of the ladies were also wearing their own stunning Vivien of Holloway outfits, no doubt addicts just like myself.

Not only is Christine’s the exclusive Australian stockiest of U.K. fashion label Vivien of Holloway, but the store also offers a gallery of artworks available for purchase. Currently my own photographic prints on luxurious quality canvases hang proudly from the bamboo walls. To add to the exciting vibe that Christine’s brings to the kustom kulture scene, it will also be featuring a vintage market every weekend in the Hula Hangout at the rear of the store!   If you are interested in trading, do get in touch with the store on 0417 144 169 or email shopatchristines@gmail.com for more information. A little birdie told me that stalls for traders will be very affordably priced.

I had such an enjoyable afternoon at the grand opening party for Christine’s. If experiencing The Infernos play live there wasn’t exciting enough, this fabulous new venue will also be offering afternoons of live rockabilly music live bands once a month for a great taste of kustom kulture, conveniently located at the heart of Melbourne.

The fabulous Christine with The Infernos drummer Dave Rogers and slap bassist/lead singer Don Wycherley.

The fabulous Christine with The Infernos drummer Dave Rogers and slap bassist/lead singer Don Wycherley.

For those who attended the opening party, it was great to see you there and raise our glass to the amazing Christine’s shop together. For those who couldn’t make it to the opening however, the store is open 7 days a week and is located at 362 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Victoria, so when you are in the area you can call in and have a browse. You might even like to attend one of the vintage markets or afternoons of live rockabilly music in the near future. If you are not in the area, there is always the Christine’s website where you can browse the gorgeous garments and order via phone or email and have whichever one takes your fancy, posted straight to your door!

 Mallory xoxox
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P.S.  I will be uploading an outfit post of what I wore soon. X

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Christmas, New Year & Film Noir Photographs

I’m pretty certain that Christmas and New Year has been one big blur! Boy did it go fast! In between shoots, I managed to move my studio to its new home in Frankston/Langwarrin South as well as edit the photographs that I shot like crazy… even if it meant putting them on the laptop and editing on the go!

Enzo in gaol... well actually, in the window of my new studio.

Enzo in gaol… well actually, in the window of my new studio.

Editing on the go...

Evenings at Daylesford… editing on the go…

However, it wasn’t all work and no play. I spent some quality time with family, friends and fur babies over Christmas and New Year and FINALLY got around to meeting my good friend Christine’s sister Vivien, who designs the beautiful Vivien of Holloway garments in the U.K. as she was holidaying in Australia with her son Charlie from U.K. metal band, Counting Days.

I managed to take my F.J. Holden for a little cruise and shopping trip one day and on another occasion, Dad and I took the Corvette out for a spin.  I had a lovely weekend up at Daylesford, embracing the beautiful scenery and nature, rather than hitting all the fabulous vintage and antique stores.  I promise you that shopping will be on the agenda next time I’m there!   I squeezed in a little bit of guitar and also changed my hair colour from Wildfire red to a pastel pink.  A change is as good as a holiday, right?

Selfie in the Corvette with my Manic Panic Wildfire Red hair.

Selfie in the Corvette with my Manic Panic Wildfire Red hair.

My new hair colour -Cotton Candy pink!

My new hair colour -Cotton Candy pink!

I had to give this naughty boy a bath.  I think we put up with a lot from each other!

I had to give this naughty boy a bath. I think we put up with a lot from each other!

Since my Christmas and New Year were pretty busy, I didn’t get much time to get online, let alone put pen to paper… well, fingers to keyboard, in regards to my blog so it’s been a little quiet here. I bet you could even hear the crickets chirping. Anyway, I’m back now!

Just before Christmas I shared the excitement about the Film Noir mini-shoot special that we were planning to hold in our Hastings Studio.  Although I managed to retouch all the photos well and truly before Christmas, I had to hold off sharing them as a lot of lucky gentlemen were getting CDs and prints for Christmas and we wouldn’t want to ruin the lovely surprise they all got now would we?

Alas, I finally get to introduce you to some of the stunning ladies who joined
Loretta Lowbrow, Gemma Sheree from GSL Makeup and I for this exciting day of makeover and mini-shoot mayhem!

Now, without further ado, allow me to introduce our gorgeous model Miss Kylie, who chose to wear a luxurious black satin Vivien of Holloway 1940s reproduction sarong dress from Christine’s for her photo shoot.  I myself are a huge fan of these sarong dresses, with their signature boned bodice to create that enviable wasp-waist.  The flatteringly draped wrap skirt sure does make mobility a lot easier than wiggle dresses, without compromising that curvy silhouette.  This is especially advantageous when climbing on top of hundred year old pianos!

Pinup beauty Miss Kylie with red rose Pinup beauty Miss Kylie on vintage piano

Our stunning model Miss Beck from fabulous salon ‘Hair About Town’ in Hastings also chose this sassy sarong for her photographs.

Miss Beck on piano with vintage phone Silver screen siren Miss Beck from Hair About Town

Our model Miss Kelly also wore a Vivien of Holloway 1940s reproduction sarong, but with a pretty floral pattern for her photographs; one which she wore my vintage fox ‘Garry’. In her other photo she wore the matching bolero with the sarong. Since this gorgeous lady is also a lover of music, she posed with this very special microphone which I was privileged enough to lend for the weekend from rockabilly band The Infernos‘ lead singer and talented bassist Don Wycherley.

Miss Kelly with vintage fox Garry Miss Kelly with vintage microphone

Our silver screen siren Miss Laura also posed with this special microphone and my red Fender ‘Sonorian’ guitar since the photographs were a gift to her fiancé and he is a musician himself.   Miss Laura chose a beautiful black 1950s reproduction Vivien of Holloway halter neck circle dress from Christine’s. Just for some extra flirtatious fifties fun, a red chiffon petticoat (also from Christine’s) added the finishing touch!

Pinup beauty Miss Laura on antique piano

Pinup beauty Miss Laura playing fender guitar

The stunning Miss Voluptuous Vixen brought a stunning leopard print wiggle dress of her own to wear for her shoot. She too is a huge fan of leopard print.  What good taste we both have!

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This was the second time that this gorgeous lady has done a photo shoot with me. I think it is very flattering to have clients return to shoot with me again, especially because she lives quite a few hours away from my studio! It was an absolute pleasure photographing this beauty again.

The gorgeous Miss Helen brought with her a stunning ‘Hawaiian Hideway’ dress in an orange floral stripe fabric with a matching bolero made by Deadly Dames. It is one of many lovely styles that she sells in her store, the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar. Although we were shooting in a typically monochromatic film noir style, I decided to hand colour the flowers since the frock was the most magnificent orange with purple flowers and my model, much like myself is a lover of beautiful, bright colours.

Miss Helen from the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar

Miss Helen from Rosebud Vintage Bazaar

Additionally, I ended up hand colouring all the pictures in post production for my stunning models, mixing my own take on the film noir style and making the photographs just a little bit extra special! Plus, I’ve always been a fan of hand-coloured images ever since my Nanna taught me how it was done when I was a little girl, just now days its done on computer!

I also took this photograph of Gemma Sheree, Loretta Lowbrow and myself on the special set created for the Film Noir shoots.  We were pretty exhausted after having such a huge day of shooting these gorgeous ladies.  Nevertheless, we thought that we might as well enjoy a glass of wine and take a shot of all three of us for a little bit of fun to end the night on. Loretta Lowbrow wore a black Vivien of Holloway 1940s reproduction satin sarong dress  from Christine’s and I wore the same but with a matching bolero.   Gemma Sheree wore a Vivien of Holloway 1950s reproduction halter neck circle dress in leopard print with a black petticoat, also from Christine’s. I’m very lucky to have had such a fabulous team because of course no silver screen siren would be photo shoot ready without beautiful vintage hair and makeup.

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I hope you like the photographs that I took of the silver screen sirens that joined us for our Film Noir Christmas mini-shoots.  I also hope that you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year too.  Now that you have seen what I got up to, what did you get up to over Christmas and New Year?  Feel free to comment below as I’d love to hear from you!

 Mallory xoxox
HIGH HEELS  & WHITEWALL WHEELS

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The Infernos ‘Still Fired Up’ Album Launch

Recently, the trendy tiki-themed venue, The LuWOW in Fitzroy, Melbourne, housed the launch party celebrating the release of  The Infernos‘ second album, titled ‘Still Fired Up’.

The Infernos -Still Fired Up CD -Cover by Vince Ray

There was a smokin’ hot lineup of Melbourne music talent including; Rosie & The Mighty Kings, The Flyin’ Saucers, The Pacific Belles  and DJ Emi-Lou. I loved it how there was an amalgam of originals and covers.  I even just couldn’t help singing along when ‘Walk This Way’, a song by one of my favourite bands as a teenager, Aerosmith, was performed with modern rockabilly energy.  Thankfully for those around me, the volume was cranked up enough to drown out my voice.

However, not only were the musicians on the stage talented, but the rock and roll dancers who attended the evening also had me in awe of their impressive skills as they tore up the dance-floor. Just watching them made me want to start taking some dance lessons. Instead of getting in their way, I kept to what I knew well and talked to all the people I knew, made new friends and took some snaps from the evening with my trusty Canon DSLR.

Loretta Lowbrow & I

Loretta Lowbrow & I

My very first (and rather unsuccessful) attempt of a bathroom selfie with an SLR.  From left to right that's yours truly, Jessi-Marie, Sarah, Loretta Lowbrow & Gemma.

My very first (and rather unsuccessful) attempt of a bathroom selfie with an SLR. From left to right that’s yours truly, Jessi-Marie, Sarah, Loretta Lowbrow & Gemma.

As well as some great music to light up the evening, there was also a fabulous pinup competition run by Rouge Noir and sponsored by Vivien of Holloway Australia and Christine’s.  Therefore, I arranged prior to coax my girlfriend Jessi-Marie to enter.  I dressed her in one of the red Vivien of Holloway circle dresses from my studio wardrobe, styled her hair and applied her makeup.  She has the most gorgeous long eyelashes like a dolly so I didn’t even need to bother with falsies on her!

Jessi-Marie & her boyfriend Matt

The pinup competition was  and independently judged by the gorgeous Betty Belle from The Pacific Belles and Pandora Porcelain, so I thought it would be a bit of fun to enter too.  My outfit was my classy and glamourous Vivien of Holloway leopard print sarong dress with matching bolero from Christine’s since I thought it a rather fitting choice to wear leopard since the launch was held at a tiki bar.  Not that I really needed an excuse to wear leopard as it is my favourite print.  (The girls up the street have even dubbed me the leopard queen!)  My shoes also verged on the wild side, being Pleaser Revolver 709‘s from Shoe Me Gorgeous.  I brought along my black Bettie Page purse and was also accompanied by ‘Boris’ my latest vintage fox adoption who I just had to have because he was pretty unique with two bodies and oh so soft.  Although he is very old, he is still hanging around.

Jessi-Marie & I

Of course, it just so happened that I had to be up first and loose my footing and as I climbed up on stage, stumbling like I had a few too many bourbons.  Just my luck!  Hopefully I gave people a bit of a laugh though!

Straight after me, it was Jessi-Marie’s turn.  She didn’t fall over and looked drop dead gorgeous!  I was so proud of her as she twirled and courtseyed in those bedazzling heels.  Aside from Jessi-Marie, the other stunning pinups that entered the competition included Marjorie May Fair, Vicky Lee, Trixie Belle, Miss Holly Wouldn’t, Eva Las Vegas, Tiki Doll Tara, Margarita Monday and Lissy LaVette.  They all looked fabulously gorgeous in their outfits with perfect pinup hair and accessories to match.  It was really amazing to hear their different backgrounds and how through their love for pinup, they have achieved both confidence and fantastic friendships.

The pinup competition entrants

The pinup competition entrants from left to right: Tiki Doll Tara, Marjorie May Fair, Lissy LaVette, Trixie Belle, Miss Holly Wouldn’t, Margarita Monday, Eva Las Vegas, myself and Jessi Jamison.

Although we each received a prize including a fabulous discount voucher to Christine’s and a copy of ‘Still Fired Up’,  there could only be one winner for the major prize and that was the gorgeous Eva Las Vegas.  She wore her fuchsia Pinup Girl ‘Birdie’ dress with her Hell Bunny petticoat, vintage lilac hat, vintage gloves and of course a beautiful smile.

The pinup competition winner, Eva Las Vegas.

The pinup competition winner, Eva Las Vegas.

After the pinup competition, it was time for the spotlight to be shone on The Infernos.  Hence, the rockabilly trio comprising of Don Wycherley with his bass, Steve Bird playing guitar and Dave Rogers keeping the beat on his drums, played some of their smokin’-hot tracks from their new ‘Still Fired Up’ album.  The contemporary rockabilly energy that they performed their  repertoire of a smokin’ hot explosion of original songs, as well as rare ‘50s and ‘80s covers was brilliant.  Witnessing them in real life is just amazing and they do Melbourne’s rockabilly scene proud.  Everyone screamed for an encore!

The Infernos

The Infernos

The Infernos' guitarist Steve Bird.

The Infernos’ guitarist Steve Bird.

The Infernos' guitarist Steve Bird again.

The Infernos’ guitarist Steve Bird again.

The Infernos' bassist and lead vocalist Don Wycherley.

The Infernos’ bassist and lead vocalist Don Wycherley.

The Infernos' guitarist Steve Bird and drummer Dave Rogers.

The Infernos’ guitarist Steve Bird and drummer Dave Rogers.

Rockabilly trio, The Infernos with the lovely Go-Go girls dancing to add an extra spark to the performance.

Rockabilly trio, The Infernos with the lovely Go-Go girls dancing to add an extra spark to the performance.

Oh, and for the record, I was in those heels all night taking photos without going SPLAT.  I even managed to balance on steps, crouch and crawl on the platform at the corner of the stage to get some shots.  Well, that was until one of the go-go dancers had to kindly negotiate with me to get off that corner of the stage which turned out to be on the platform she needed to dance on. Whoops!  Sometimes I get a bit carried away when I have a camera in hand.

My pretty revolver heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous

My pretty revolver heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous

I had such a grouse night but unfortunately had to leave too soon.  Another unfortunate thing was the fact that my car got booked for being in a permit zone even though we all swore that I could park there.  Looks like I can comprehend complicated cases and legislation for a law degree but I can’t comprehend a silly street sign.  Oh well.  The fact that I got slugged a $90 parking ticket didn’t detract from the fun I had at the CD launch though and I’m dying for an excuse to go back to the LuWow again.

Jude & Nick.  Clutches apparently make good weapons.

Jude & Nick. Clutches apparently make good weapons.

It was a fabulous night and it was exciting to see everything come together so perfectly and the new CD officially released for such a talented band.  Credit must be handed to Christine Bitomsky, the band’s manager, for her amazing efforts at promoting and booking the band over the years, as well as assisting with the production of the album and organising the night.

Kudos must also be given to everyone who helped make this night such a success from those who worked their derrières off behind the scenes, to those who came along to celebrate this awesome milestone for The Infernos.

 Mallory xoxox
HIGH HEELS  & WHITEWALL WHEELS

P.S.  For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a promo that was filmed earlier on in the year at The LuWow for the Inferno’s smoking’ hot track titled ‘Hot Lover’ for your viewing and listening pleasure.


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Silver Screen Sirens

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The film noir movies of the 1940s and ‘50s created fashionable Hollywood crime dramas out of the dark attitudes and plots deriving from the unsentimental crime fictions that emerged during the great depression. In the simplicity of the low-key black and white film, immense drama was created that complemented the dark attitudes of the storylines. Yet these movies would be nothing without the charismatic silver screen sirens starring as the femme fatale.

There is something captivating about the women who graced the silver screens 1940’s and 50s. This was an era where Hollywood was at its most glamorous, with Hollywood bombshells wearing fierce winged eyeliner, perfectly set hair and gorgeous gowns. What could be more glamourous? Even with cynical plots of the film noir style movies that emerged from the period, still to today we are mesmerised by the femme fatales played by Rita Hayworth and Ava Gardner. So why not re-create this glamorous time?

Therefore, with Christmas approaching, I thought it would be a great idea to hold a special themed photo shoot day in my studio and transform other women into silver screen sirens.

Why spend the day on your feet pushing through crowds in busy shopping centres, searching high and low for the perfect gift for that special someone, then have to wait an eternity in a long line to pay for it? Why not instead indulge in a day of pampering for yourself in a fun, relaxing atmosphere and then have some special photos to give to that special someone as the perfect Christmas gift?

I’m sure every mother or father cannot get enough photos of their daughter, or at least mine. Or what partner would not cherish precious photographs of you, all dolled up like a glamour goddess for many years to come, as you grow old together? Definitely none in their right mind.

Therefore, I got together with the gorgeous Loretta Lowbrow, Gemma Sheree from GSL Makeup and Christine’s to contrive an exciting event, which will be held at my Mornington Peninsula studio on the 7th of December, which is THIS SUNDAY!

As always, will be pampering the ladies that come to our studio with complementary champagne, a silver tea/coffee service and nibblies.

These ladies will then be transformed into a silver screen siren, with a complete vintage makeover by Loretta Lowbrow using the amazing Cailyn products and vintage hairstyling by Gemma from GSL Makeup!

No silver screen siren would be complete without a gorgeous gown, so we will be professionally styling our gorgeous clients in the vintage reproduction Vivien of Holloway frocks from Christine’s.

It will then be time for a mini photo shoot with coaching and guidance for the perfect poses on our custom-built set, which will include our gorgeous hand-carved antique piano. This baby, with its majestic burl timber is over one hundred years old. Who wouldn’t feel like a silver screen starlet draped over this elegant piano? I know I surely did on the shoot that I did with Loretta Lowbrow! (We just couldn’t help ourselves when we were trialing the new Cailyn products together in the studio on Monday!)

Loretta Lowbrow & I  (Makeup by Loretta Lowbrow using Cailyn products)

Loretta Lowbrow and I. Loretta did our makeup using Cailyn products and our lovely dresses are both from Christine’s. Loretta wears a Vivien of Holloway ‘Bombshell’ dress and mine is my VIvien of Holloway ‘sarong’ dress.

Loretta Lowbrow & I (Makeup by Loretta Lowbrow using Cailyn products)

Loretta Lowbrow and I. Loretta did our makeup using Cailyn products and our lovely dresses are both from Christine’s. Loretta wears a Vivien of Holloway ‘Bombshell’ dress and mine is my VIvien of Holloway ‘sarong’ dress.

Loretta Lowbrow with makeup using Cailyn products.

Loretta Lowbrow did her makeup for this photograph using the fabulous Cailyn products. She is wearing her stunning Vivien of Holloway ‘Bombshell’ dress from Christine’s.

My makeup here is by the talented Loretta Lowbrow using Cailyn products.

My makeup here is by the talented Loretta Lowbrow using Cailyn products and again I am wearing my Vivien of Holloway sarong dress from Christine’s. I love this dress!

No photo shoot would be complete without photos that you can keep forever, so for this special deal I will be selecting the best two images from the shoot and airbushing and enhancing them to perfection in my digital darkroom on my apple Mac computer. Our clients will then receive a CD containing these. Two will be full resolution and two will be web resolution so that they can be uploaded easily onto facebook or emailed.

We have timed these shoots perfectly, so that the photos will be ready and returned before Christmas. Hence, there will be ample time for prints and canvases to be created for the perfect gift to a special someone, whether it be your mother, father, grandparent or partner!

I think that together with my partners in crime, we have devised the perfect photo shoot package in time for last minute christmas gifts or just for some well deserved pampering and fun.

If you are in Victoria and are interested in our Film Noir Christmas Special this Sunday the 7th of December, we still have a couple of places left, so to make your reservation, head on over to: http://malloryholley.pgtb.me/TjrmPM and complete the special from.  Once we’ve received it, we’ll give you a call to confirm.

 Mallory xoxox
HIGH HEELS  & WHITEWALL WHEELS

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P.S. I just HAD to share with you a photo I took of Loretta Lowbrow’s two gorgeous daughters when they came to my studio. They had so much fun colouring and playing with my collection of vintage phones, high heel shoes, my vintage typewriter and Enzo. However, to see their eyes light up at the sight of the piano and the fun they had ‘playing’ it was magical. I think this photo is surely the best! (Notice the shoes?!)

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Winners are Grinners

The first Tuesday of this month was of course the Lets Go Cruisin’ cruise night at Mornington. Hence, an eclectic collection of hot rods, rat rods, classic cars and muscle cars again gathered at the Peninsula Homemaker centre on Bungower Road. Knowing all too well that it had been too long since I had blown the cobwebs off the ‘55 F.J. Holden, I took her blanket off and drove her down to join the fun with my Dad riding as passenger. It was just the two of us, just like old times.

Taken at the end of the night after almost everyone had left, this is me with my F.J. Holden.

Taken at the end of the night after almost everyone had left, this is me with my F.J. Holden.

The turnout was massive! Being such fine weather for a Melbourne Cup Tuesday, the car park was full so I had to be creative and make my own park. I’m not complaining though, there were more cars there to admire and be inspired by. I call these events “research” for my other little projects at home, as well as little add-ons for my FJ, which is my only registered classic car at the moment. Yep, I think my old girl needs some hot rod style indicators off the bumper to replace the ugly cheapy plastic indicators that resemble tacky trailer lights. Venetians and a visor are on my wish list too! I swooned over many cars, gathering ideas and accumulating future projects.

Aside from inspiration, nights like these have a fantastic social element to them.  Cruise Night gives us the opportunity to catch up with familiar faces that I have known for years. Of course, we also met a heap of new people too!  It is great to be around others that share a similar passion and love for hot rods, classic and muscle cars.

We had a great time and I received numerous compliments on my anchor Vivien of Holloway 1950’s reproduction halter neck circle dress from Christine’s a few years ago. I decided to wear it, as I have recently died my hair from Hot Hot Pink to red. My new hair colour was created from an ombre blend of three Manic Panic colours, Vampire Red, Pillarbox Red and Wildfire. I thought the blue and white dress with red and white accents would go well, as red, white and blue compliment each other beautifully.

I wore two petticoats as I thought the white and red would look pretty together. I always get my petticoats from Christine’s, as the ones that they stock with their soft, bouncy chiffon are by far the best that I have ever worn!

I decided to accessorise with my delightful ‘First Mate’ purse from Sourpuss and Pinup Courture Teeze-12-3 heels from  Shoe Me Gorgeous. The darling old-school nautical tattoo flash print adorning these stunning shoes just seemed to compliment my anchor dress and purse perfectly. The red ribbon was enough to tie them in with the other red accents in my outfit (and my hair!) Although the ribbons of these shoes are interchangeable, the red is most frequently flaunted.

My shoes held up pretty well all night and I had a blast walking around with Dad and looking at all the cool cars that turned up for the evening. We then each grabbed a takeaway coffee to fuel us as we chatted and walked around the rest of the car park. I assure you, it is the best way to enjoy a good coffee!

Eventually, it was time for the speeches and raffle. We gathered around and I made sure to keep the raffle ticket we were given when we drove in, as last time Dad lost it.

To my surprise, our ticket was drawn and I won a prize pack from AC Delco including oil and a filter! I literally screamed, then proceeded to walk across a garden bed in my heels without going splat. I think we call that a double success.

Indeed, winners are grinners! Our night ended on such a high, and perfect timing because my car is almost due for a service. I am really looking forward to the Santa Cruise next month!

 Mallory xoxox
HIGH HEELS  & WHITEWALL WHEELS

The fabulous AC Delco prize pack that I won in the Lets Go Crusin' raffle.

The fabulous AC Delco prize pack that I won in the Lets Go Crusin’ raffle.

Back in the workshop with Dad standing next to my F.J. and his F.X (48-215) Holden.

Back in the workshop with Dad standing next to my F.J. and his F.X (48-215) Holden.

'59 Cadillacs have pretty fins.

’59 Cadillacs have pretty fins.

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Pin-up Competition at The Infernos’ CD Launch

The Infernos CD Launch Party Flyer

Rockabilly trio, The Infernos have just released their second album, titled ‘Still Fired Up’ and will be having their launch party this Friday, November 7th 2014. This exciting event will be held at the trendy tiki themed venue, The LuWOW at 62-70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

This red hot night will of course be celebrating the burning new energy that The Infernos are bringing to the Australian rockabilly scene , with the release of ‘Still Fired Up’. Their repertoire includes a smokin’ hot explosion of original songs, as well as rare ‘50s and ‘80s covers performed with a modern day energy. I heard this cd just after it was recorded and I can testify that it is brilliant!

The Infernos -Still Fired Up CD -Cover by Vince Ray

The Infernos second album -Still Fired Up! Cover designed by Vince Ray.

The night will be firing up at 7pm and is set to be HUGE! It boasts a line-up of great music talent to entertain you during the night. You will be boppin’ along to The Mighty Kings, with their neo-rockin’ sounds and coverbilly and also to some rockabilly with psycho sounds from the The Flying Saucers. The Pacific Belles will also captivate you with some fabulous forties fun! In between acts, DJ Emi-Lou will keep your toes tapping to even more marvellous music.

Pin-up Competition at The Infernos CD Launch Flyer

Aside from the exciting entertainment and album launch, there will also be a pin-up competition!  Entry into this is FREE for ladies attending the evening. Sponsored by Christine’s and Vivien of Holloway Australia, this competition is offering some amazing prizes! The winner will receive a $150 voucher to buy herself any Vivien of Holloway dress that her heart desires from Christine’s in Fitzroy. However, to reward all the effort (and courage) the other pinups have gone to in entering, every pin-up competing on the night will win a prize! How awesome is that?

If you want to have a bit of fun and enter this fabulous pin-up competition, you MUST PRE-REGISTER at http://goo.gl/Jivvek

I think it can be sure to say that The Infernos’ CD launch party is going to be a great night with good value entertainment for just $15. I hope to see you there, if you are in the area!

 Mallory xoxox
HIGH HEELS  & WHITEWALL WHEELS

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P.S. For my interstate and international followers, I will make sure that I bring my camera so you can see a few snaps from the night and a small glimpse of our Melbourne Rockabilly scene, so stay tuned!

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Dress Me Unique

Too many times have I searched high and low for a particular garment that I have envisaged for a specific occasion, only to be coerced to compromise with something else. Well not anymore!

Not only does Dress Me Gorgeous stock a beautiful array of our favourite vintage inspired brands, purses and accessories, but now they also custom make to measure the perfect garment of your dreams. Exactly how you envisaged it! No more copious hours wasted searching high and low for the right piece for a particular occasion! Now it is just as simple as an email or private message over Facebook and BAM! Whatever your heart so desires will be made especially for you at a very affordable price!

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Of course, Dress Me Gorgeous is able to custom make a whole range of garments from tops to trousers, shorts to skirts and of course fabulous frocks. However, today I am going to introduce you to the ‘Dress Me Unique Pencil Skirt’.

I can assure you that it feels very special to own a skirt that is one of a kind, custom made just for me. A skirt made precisely to my measurements, with the features that I want and the length that I want. A skirt that is unique.

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The skirt that was made for me is a classic tapered design with a pinch pleat trim. It also boasts fabulous lace-trimmed pockets, which are handy because I can have one for my car keys and the other for my iPhone. The lace just makes it even prettier! The poly cotton fabric chosen was a unique leopard patterned print, since what better combination than leopard and lace? Oh yes, I know I am very biased!

The length can be made to any desire, as well as the height of the waistband, so this one was made to my preference. I just love high waists as they flatter the proportions of my figure more. Since I’m only five foot four, the illusion of longer legs is welcomed with a higher waistband.

The other features of the skirt can also be customised especially for you. You can choose to have any trim you like. Whether it be a pinch pleat like mine, pom-poms, lace or neatly hemmed, the choice is yours! Also, you have a huge array of beautiful fabrics to choose from at the Dress Me Gorgeous headquarters. You might like to take a peep in the facebook album!

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Bold printed skirts are great to mix and match with other garments. For this shoot, I decided to wear mine with my black Sourpuss Leopard Mesh Dainty Top and my favourite faux leather cropped jacket that I scored in Vinnies for $10. I’ve been wearing this jacket everywhere lately!

My earrings are cute little piggies made by Jubly Umph, which were also from Dress Me Gorgeous, and my necklace is a beautiful 1950s vintage costume jewellery one. Mine was a gift from a really sweet client of mine, however I have seen some similar ones available from Melbourne-based online store, Designer Showcase. I confess, there are two I am eyeing off at the moment!

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Mallory Holley Dress Me Unique Leopard Pinup Pencil Skirt

My shoes are Pleaser 660FH Delights from Shoe Me Gorgeous. I thought these would work well as the black colour compliments my clothing and the cute little pink corset ribbons at the back match my hair perfectly. Aside from pink, these babies also come with red or purple ribbons at the back. Personally, I find them really easy to walk in, so they are a good choice for shoots like these. It is even possible to balance on a rickety, half rotted wooden pier over water whilst holding a wriggling puppy!

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I also nabbed some Cuban heeled seamed stockings from the range that we sell in the studio. Good stockings are essential for perfect pins in photographs! The ones I wore here are full pantyhose and are really convenient for lazy days. I can proudly say that I did this shoot with a hyperactive German shepherd puppy with piercing little teeth that like to chew everything (including my new Ray Ban glasses) and I did not get one hole or ladder! I think we can call that a successful shoot!

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The gorgeous puppy that accompanied me for this shoot is Miss Dodge. After one of my previous posts, I wanted another excuse to shoot with her again as she is just one cute little ball of fluff! I hope you all enjoy the outfit I have put together and the photos as much as I enjoyed this shoot.

Unfortunately, on second thoughts, I don’t think any of my posts will be as enjoyable as wearing a gorgeous custom-made skirt and cuddling such a beautiful puppy. Although, if it makes you feel better, you can order your very own Dress Me Unique pencil skirt. If you would like one custom made for you, the way you want it, simply head on over to Dress Me Gorgeous, email hello@dressmegorgeous.com.au or call 1300 868 137.bl

 Mallory xoxox
HIGH HEELS  & WHITEWALL WHEELS

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Castaway!

Back in the day, when I was learning photography at university, I had an AE1 Program Canon, my very first SLR camera. My AE1 was special because it had extra program features, which set the aperture and exposure automatically. Many other models of the time didn’t offer this benefit. Yet, I was prohibited from using these and made to learn the hard way. Flung in the deep end, I had to work everything out for myself with a volatile analogue light metre. Seriously, that thing had a mind of its own! What was even more challenging, was being coerced to shoot on positive colour slide film.

The film was a completely unforgiving medium. There was no predicting how my shots turned out, until after a long train trip to Richmond, Melbourne and waiting around all day for my rolls to be processed. If my images were over or under exposed, there was no tweaking them. Nor was there any mercy for getting the focus out. Yep, no automatic focus!

Yet, this experience not only taught me the essential foundations of photography, but it also allowed me to have a greater appreciation of the privilege of the digital age that we have today. These days I can hit that button a few thousand times before I have to change cards! Hoorah!

Although I am not completely reckless with the quantity of shots I capture, with digital these days, I can afford to take a few extras, just in case someone blinks or doesn’t point their toes. Any undesirable shots only result in pressing the delete button and a bit of wear and tear on my camera sensor. No big deal.

In addition to extra snaps of the shutter to make sure that photograph is captured to perfection, it is also fun to muck around and take some silly shots just for fun! This is just what we did when we christened the new seamless backdrop after building it in my newly acquired Mornington Peninsula studio, a couple of years back now.

The flyer I made when I first opened my studio.  My talented friend Memphis Black designed the gorgeous banner and swallows.

The flyer I made when I first opened my studio. My talented friend Memphis Black designed the gorgeous banner and swallows.

After getting shots for my flyers and still wearing a beautiful anchor print Vivien of Holloway dress from Christine’s, I decided to drag my better half in front of the camera with me.  If you haven’t guessed already, I love being on either end of the lens. Spontaneously, we came up with an idea for a kitschy couples shoot, with no real intention to do anything with the resulting images.   After all, who cares, it’s digital!

Since my bloke absolutely loves fishing and I love shoes, we tied one of his old boots to his fishing rod. Yes, hiking boots are not quite my cup of tea, but this one was sentimental to him. He had worn it when he walked all the way across the Pilbara Desert, so it deserved to be in a photo shoot too! Plus, I thought it looked more authentic. I’ve never pulled a nice cowboy boot or stiletto up from the pier, that’s for sure!

We had a ball pretending that we caught a stinky old boot off the pier, but I never really did much with the images after that. That was until PinupSkool Magazine sent me an email regarding submissions for a ‘castaway’ themed issue.

This kitschy shot of my better half and I wound up being published in PinupSkool Magazine! (Issue 8, May/June/July 2014, Page 43)

This kitschy shot of my better half and I wound up being published in PinupSkool Magazine! (Issue 8, May/June/July 2014, Page 43)

I had a flick through my archives, but there wasn’t much that I hadn’t published or used before… then I saw those photos we took and that I’d forgotten. Subsequently, I edited one, submitted it to them and thought nothing of it.

To my utter shock, PinupSkool actually decided to include it on page 43 of the 8th (May/June/July) issue of their fabulous quarterly magazine! I was extremely surprised. I didn’t expect that at all. Hence, I ordered a copy from Stars and Swallows to see it for myself. Seeing is believing, right?!

 Mallory xoxox
HIGH HEELS  & WHITEWALL WHEELS

P.S.  The stunning anchor print full circle 1950s reproduction dress that I wore for these photos has just been re-released by Vivien of Holloway! It is available in vintage sizes 10-24 UK, which are equivalent to sizes 6-20 here in Australia! Hence, if you need one like I did, you can adopt it from Christine’s at 362 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne.  Alternatively, you can simply email Christine Bitomsky at christine@vivienofholloway.com or call her on 0417 144 169.

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The day that my little brother wore a pink skirt to school.

It was book day last Thursday at my baby brother’s school.  For months the military-obsessed little man planned to go as a wounded soldier from one of the Gallipoli books that he had been reading.  We had organised an outfit for him and even saved him my plaster cast and sling (from a little incident I had earlier in the year) to authenticate his look.  Yet, the night before book day when my brother arrived home from school, he had changed his mind.  Instead, he had decided that he was dressing as ‘Goldilocks’.

This was brought to my attention when Mum sent a pitiful photo to my mobile phone of him wearing some plaits and a hat raided from one of her sooky dolls with her old netball skirt, which looked more like a red tea-towel in the photo.  Although, I must give Mum credit for her attempt, as when I moved out of home I had taken everything that could possibly be used to play dress-ups with me.  Nevertheless, my brother really looked nothing like Goldilocks at all.

Therefore, I offered to bring something over before school for him to wear.  At 11pm that night I quickly scrounged up an assortment of aprons and tops, a blonde wig, an old petticoat, a skirt and some size 11 kitten heel shoes from my studio.

The next morning, I went over to Mum and Dad’s to deliver the costumes and help get my brother ready for his book parade.  Since he is in grade six, it is his last year for it, so I was going to ensure that he did it in style.  Honestly though, I think I spent more time playing with Dodge, his new German Shepherd puppy.

Dodge, my little brother's German Shepherd puppy sitting by the well.

Dodge, my little brother’s German Shepherd puppy sitting by the well.

Dodge in the driveway.

Dodge in the driveway.

After playing tug-of-war with my leopard print camera strap, I managed to distract Dodge with a stick.

After playing tug-of-war with my leopard print camera strap, I managed to distract Dodge with a stick.

Dodge in Mum's garden bed... because she can!

Dodge in Mum’s garden bed… because she can!

Eventually when I did decide to dress him due to it almost being school time, we settled for one of Mum’s lacey 80’s tops,  a pink circle dress and a blue gingham apron.  Since I didn’t bring my hairdressing kit over and mum had ran out of hairspray, I had to make do with some bobby pins to pin the fringe back on my brother that sat about as still as his new puppy.  I quickly plaited the wig and tried shoving my brother’s feet in the kitten heels, however his feet were too big.  We then had to chase Dodge around for the other shoe as she had ran off with it.  What can I say, she is a girl with good taste in shoes… literally.

Geting ready...

Geting ready…

Thankfully we recovered the kitten heel safely, my brother wore his Nikes and we were able to take some photos at the little well out the front of Mum and Dad’s house before rushing off to take my little brother to school.  When we arrived at school, his best mate who was dressed as ‘Captain Underpants’, wearing just his undies with a red cape tied around his neck, told my brother “You look just like a real girl!”.  I reassured him that it was a compliment.

My brother then joined some of his friends and a teacher who dressed as the three bears for the book parade and was called to the front and was awarded a prize for his outfit.  I was so proud of him!  It was not just a proud sister moment because my little brother won the parade, but also because he is usually super shy.  Last year he wouldn’t even dress up or participate in the book parade.

Hence, to have the confidence to wear a pink swing skirt and piggy tailed wig to school really shows that my brother has come out of his shell.  That kid definitely has a lot of spunk, a great sense of humour and a whole lot to offer the world!

 Mallory xoxox

My little brother dressed as Goldilocks for the book parade!

My little brother dressed as Goldilocks for the book parade!

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Pink Hair, Don’t Care!

Some people may laugh at me because I’m different, but I laugh at them because they are all the same. I have never been one to wear what everyone else is wearing, and I have always been extremely independent. I never have liked being told what to dress in or how to have my hair when I was a kid. Although two decades have since passed, nothing has changed. I am who I am.

A photo that my mother took of me when I was 5 years old with red spray-painted hair, a 1980s puffy pink dress and a nylon strong guitar.

A photo that my mother took of me when I was 5 years old with red spray-painted hair, a 1980s puffy pink dress and a nylon strong guitar.

This is a photo taken by my mother of me 'singing' when I was 5 years old.

This is a photo taken by my mother of me ‘singing’ when I was 5 years old, courtesy of Mum’s archives.

The media commands that we must look a certain way because it’s the latest trend. It seeks to dictate to us how to have our hair, whether to crimp it, have it spiral permed, or straightened. We are told how we should apply our makeup and what shades to wear (with orange bronzer being one of the most preferred at the moment). We are even told what clothes we should dress in, regardless of whether it actually suits our build or taste. Really, all the media is encouraging us to be is sheep! Although I like sheep (and have had one called ‘Wooly’ when I was a child), I don’t want to be a sheep. I want to be me.

My wardrobe is filled with cherry, nautical and leopard print fabrics, high waited trousers, sarong and wiggle dresses, circle skirts, petticoats, embroided blouses, seamed stockings, corsets and cinch belts. So what? I have more high heels than I can fit onto my shoe racks, which I lost count of after three hundred, as the population of shoes occupying my house no-longer seemed to go in my favour. To keep my high heels company, I have a bunch of cowboy boots that survived the 1980’s. I practically live in those. My favourite garment however, would be my vintage fox shrug with glass eyes that we call Garry (and hope to adopt some friends for him soon).   I wear what I like because my fashion is my way of expressing my individuality. It is my way of being me.

This is me, and this is how I dress everyday, unless I am working on cars or painting of course, as this would be one way to wreck some good clothes! Frankly, I don’t give a damn what people think of me anymore, or be something other than myself to please anyone.

Photo taken by Cody Chance Holley at Dodge's first puppy class. If you think that winged eyeliner is challenging, try doing it whilst in the car with a German Shephard puppy jumping all over you!

Photo taken by Cody Chance Holley at Dodge’s first puppy class. If you think that winged eyeliner is challenging, try doing it whilst in the car with a German Shephard puppy jumping all over you!

A couple of months ago, I took to my blonde hair with some ‘Hot Hot Pink’ Manic Panic and I absolutely love the result! Manic Panic is a great vegan hair product that is ‘tested on celebrities and not animals’. Sounds good to me. Apparently the dye will make my hair glow under a black light too, but I haven’t found a black light to try it out…. Yet!

I really love my pink hair, since change is better than a holiday and cheaper too!   Pink is such a bright and happy colour and I do not have to bleach my hair anymore, therefore my hair will be happier and healthier and will hopefully grow quicker too!

I don’t care what the negative people say, or if they treat me differently. When people look at me and proclaim something like “Oh look a carrot!”, it will usually elicit a response from me, such as telling them to get their eyes tested. I’m my own person and I’m not going to let anything hold me back. People can judge me all they like, but I have one life and I am going to enjoy it and do what I like.  I am not hurting anyone else by being different, am I?

 Now that I have pink hair, I can have a bit of fun experimenting with my wardrobe, including with colours that I would usually steer clear of. Recently I got this gorgeous wool blend ‘Ashley’ coat by Collectif, which is perfect for the freezing Melbourne weather this time of year and is a colour that I would have usually not worn but I love it! I loved the design, but they only had one left in my size in the green, so I bought it and I honestly do love it! We need to spoil ourselves sometimes because life is too short! Also, as I am getting older, I am feeling the cold more so need a nice warm coat, especially one with a fluffy leopard print collar and cuffs.

My Ashley coat is prefect to be worn with a wiggle or sarong dress and looks fabulous with a circle dress, especially my polka dot halter neck from Vivien of Holloway Australia. I love the edgy twist of the pink polka dots on the black. It goes well with my pink hair. Some black heels (or cowboy boots) simply add the final touch.

A photo taken by Christine Bitomsky from Vivien of Holloway Australia of me wearing my Collectif coat and VoH dress!

A photo taken by Christine Bitomsky from Vivien of Holloway Australia of me wearing my Collectif coat and VoH dress!

I really love the design of the these 1950’s reproduction halter neck circle dresses by Vivien of Holloway Australia. They are made in the UK and are such beautiful quality. The bodice lined and the poly boning gives the dress a beautiful, flattering fit that compliments my curvy build. I love this particular style of dress so much that so far, I also own it in red and white polka dots, red satin, pirate skulls and anchors as well. Yet with my pink hair, I really love the pink and black polka dot one the most at the moment, especially when paired with something green like my ‘Ashley’ coat.

I have never been one for green, but my green leopard Sourpuss cardigan has never been worn so much now that I have my hair this new colour. I even recently bought a green tiki handbag from Stars and Swallows which is fabulous because it has bamboo handles. I also managed to resurrect from my wardrobe, this Kermit the frog green-coloured thing that is crossed between a cardigan and capalette with pink pompoms. It was something that I bought donkeys years ago because it looked unique, yet never really dug it out after it got buried in my wardrobe… until now! My new pink hair has definitely opened up new opportunities to experiment with my wardrobe.

If people don’t like what’s in my wardrobe or the colour of my hair, I don’t care, I love it and I’m pretty sure that Monty my friend’s snake loves it too!

Having my hair re-styled by Monty the Snake.  He is very cheeky!  I'm wearing my pink polkadot VoH halter neck circle dress with matching bolero.  Photo by Kelvin Bitomsky from Vivien of Holloway Australia.

Having my hair re-styled by Monty the Snake. He is very cheeky! I’m wearing my pink polkadot VoH halter neck circle dress with matching bolero. Photo by Kelvin Bitomsky from Vivien of Holloway Australia.

We are born original, so why live like a copy?

 Mallory xoxox

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My very first bathroom selfie in my latest Vivien of Holloway dress and Collectif coat, which you can't really see but you can see my cool bathroom tiles.

My very first bathroom selfie in my latest Vivien of Holloway dress and Collectif coat, which you can’t really see but you can see my cool bathroom tiles.

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Life is Precious.

From my recent experiences, I have come to learn how precious life truly is.  Life is a beautiful gift that should never be taken for granted.  As my best friend Denise Moretti once told me, ‘life is all about sharing’.  We need to share special moments together, help one another to stand strong, care for each other, but also take care of ourselves so that we can be there to live life with the ones that we love.  One mistake that I often make is that I think I am tougher than I really am, yet and it takes something as silly as a little cat bite to give me a harsh reality check whilst I am held captive to a IV drip in a hospital bed.

I lost my best friend on the third day of May this year.  Since that day, I have endured a painful mixture of feelings that words cannot possibly describe.  I felt extremely overwhelmed and unable to think clearly when I went to her house for the first time since her death. I wanted to bring Denise’s cat, Enzo, home with me so that I could take care of him for Denise, as she loved him so.

A photo that Denise took of herself and her cat, Enzo.

A photo that Denise took of herself and her cat, Enzo.

A 'selfie' that Denise took whilst cuddling Enzo.

A ‘selfie’ that Denise took whilst cuddling Enzo.

I tried to pick Enzo up from under a bush where he was hiding, but it was dark and I could not see properly nor squeeze under the bush to hold him firmly.   In doing so, I frightened him and consequently he scratched and bit me.  I didn’t want him running off across the road or getting hurt, therefore I just held him until he calmed down.  He soon realised that I was no threat and I easily put him safely inside cat carrier to take him home with me.

There was a lot of blood pouring out of the tiny, painless puncture wound on my hand.  I just wanted to stop the bleeding quickly because it was making a mess, dripping all over the floor.  I really didn’t want blood all through the interior of the ute either, yet wanted to get home as soon as possible, to relieve little Enzo from the stress of being confined in the cat carrier.

What I should have done was ran my hand under the tap for some time, cleaned it with a mild salt solution and seen a doctor as soon as possible to have the bite properly treated.  However, foolishly did not know at the time and therefore neglected to do so.  I had no idea that when a cat or any other animal bites you, that it can trap nasty bacteria under your skin.  This bacteria can infect the tissue surrounding the wound, as well as travel into your blood and cause blood poisoning.  Of course, as per usual, I found this information out the hard way.

The next day, my hand where I was bitten became very red and swollen.  It felt as though it was burning.  It didn’t feel right, but I thought that it would come good in a day or so.   I called my partner to tell him that I was a little bit concerned about my hand, and laughing at me, he said ‘suck it up princess, it is just a cat bite’.  I dismissed it and thought I was being a sook.  I thought if I just ignored it that it would just go away.

By that night the inside of my elbow started hurting, but I simply thought it was a previous injury being aggravated in the cold weather.  By the next morning I was concerned and went to the doctors.  She gave me a prescription for two different types of antibiotics and told me that if they don’t kick in, that I would have to go to the hospital.   I bought the antibiotics from the local pharmacy and took them as per her instructions as I didn’t like the idea of going to hospital.  However, eventually it became clear that the antibiotics were not effective and that the infection had travelled up my arm, because the inside of the top of my arm started hurting.  It felt as though I had been repeatedly punched in the arm.  I went back to the doctors and was told to go straight to hospital.

My lovely partner drove me into the hospital.  I thought that they would just give me an antibiotic needle in my arm and send me back home. Instead, I had to have x-rays and was put on a drip.  I was then anesthetised so that my hand could be operated on to have the infected flesh cut out and the surrounding tissue cleaned before it was stitched together.  The doctors also whacked a clumsy plaster splint on me so that I couldn’t use my hand or get it wet.  I had to endure three days of being tethered to a hospital bed via a drip that fed antibiotics into my arm at regular intervals.  I was also made to have my arm elevated in a sling to reduce the swelling from the operation.  After I was finally released from my hospital imprisonment, I was sent home with another two types of oral antibiotics, painkillers and my arm still in the plaster splint was put into a sling.  Yes, all of this over a little cat bite.

Obviously, this incident was entirely my own fault.  Enzo, alike myself was overwhelmed with the circumstances that we faced through the loss of our best friend.  Like us, cats also feel emotions, such as grief and confusion when they loose someone they love, or experience stress when their environment suddenly changes.

Like all things, pets may take some work, cost money and accidents may happen.  However, just like other animals, cats can make fabulous companions and make life incredibly fulfilling. Even just having Enzo cuddle into me as I write this is comforting, as I listen to him purring as I am tapping away at keyboard of my laptop.  I know that we share a special connection through our love for Denise, although we miss her with all our hearts.  Nevertheless, we will comfort each other to the best of our abilities.

I am very fortunate to have all my pets in my life as well as my family and good friends to love and support me, unconditionally.  They help me to stand strong, even when at times they need to hold me up, because lets face it, I am not as tough as I think I am.  Sharing our lives with others fulfills us.  Even those who are sadly no longer with us will live on in our hearts through the memories we made and times we shared together.

Lastly, with regards to my health, I have been told that I am extremely lucky, because the infection had travelled up my left arm and the doctors were concerned that if it went to my heart that it would have killed me.  Hence, I write this post to inform you about the dangers of being bitten by an animal, and that if it ever happens to you, that you don’t have to learn the hard way, as I did.  After all, life is precious.

 Mallory xoxox

I am now looking after Enzo for my best friend, Denise.

A not-so professional photo of Enzo and I, taken with my mobile phone.  I am now looking after Enzo for my best friend, Denise, who will be with us, in our hearts, forever.

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Confessions of a Vintage Junkie

Once again, I attempted to promise my better half that I would cease entering op shops and antique stores, after I just HAD to adopt my 1906 singer treadle sewing machine and table.  My partner was concerned, as this little pastime of mine was becoming a rather expensive addiction.  I think that particular attempt, actually lasted about a week until I found myself succumbing to the overwhelming temptation to see what was inside every vintage goods store that I passed.

In the very short time that has since elapsed, I have adopted; another singer sewing machine and table, a variety of depression glassware, a hundred year old piano, an assortment of 40s and 50s hats, many shoes and a Hanimex slide photo viewer. I have also brought home numerous suitcases, a Bakelite handled iron, a circa 1930s musical jewelry box, a 1940s one, another 40s dressing table and a laminex kitchen table complete with six matching chairs. This is just a few of my little vintage acquisitions.  Well, maybe big in the case of the piano!

Yes, I confess, I am a vintage junkie. I am also an op shop addict.  Luckily for me, there are no op shop anonymous therapy groups, otherwise I may be coerced to attend.

Now if there happens to be therapy groups for op shop addicts like myself, I simply do not want to know.  Be warned, that if you attempt to tell me, I will immaturely cover my ears with my hands and scream ‘La la LAAA!’ Put simply, ignorance is bliss.

The longest I have gone without entering the opportunity shop was apparently three months… Well, that was only one particular store. Minor details.  Then one day, there was a vacant car park out the front when I had to get some groceries.  I just couldn’t resist having a sneaky peak. Instead of going into the grocers, I went into the op shop.  And boy I am glad that I did!  I managed to score a pair of high-waist shorts (that I pretty much haven’t taken off since) and a beautiful Huon pine Art Deco dressing table too!  Although it is the third mirrored dressing table that I own, I am looking forward to using it in a photo shoot in my studio with its stunning yellowish burl timber.  Don’t you think it is such a glamorous prop?

Sometimes, the fact that the proceeds from my op shop purchases are ‘going to charity’ and therefore ‘I’m being charitable’ isn’t always a good enough excuse to convince my better half that I NEED to adopt this precious vintage find.  Of course, usually he has to be somewhat involved in either buying it for me or transporting some large bulky antique furniture in his truck, or sometimes trailer too!

Since I can’t fit very much in my modern HSV Clubsport sedan, I have realised that I really must hurry up and get my classic 1979 HZ ute restored and back onto the road, pronto!  Therefore I will be self-sufficient at smuggling large bulky items into the household and studio.  Plus, I will have a tow-bar in case I need the trailer, which I probably will.

Conveniently, events such as Christmases and birthdays have been invented to excuse the introduction of vintage furniture into the household via forming ‘reasons’ for purchasing.  However, I might need to work on inventing a few more of these little gift-giving events.  Any tips Coca-Cola?

As a general rule of thumb, op shops are usually safer to visit than antique dealers for two reasons.  The first being that in theory, prices shouldn’t be as high.  However, that isn’t always the case.  At some op shops, my budget definitely doesn’t go very far on ‘vintage’ items.  Some have a rather strange pricing system.  For example, for the non-vintage stuff, once I saw a particular op shop selling a used Kmart cheese grater for triple the amount that Kmart actually charges for a brand new one.  But then again, maybe they were including that moldy bit of cheese still smooshed in the side.  The older the cheese, the more expensive right?

I also saw an op shop offering scuffed knock-off Louis Vuitton shoes for $400.  Hence, you can imagine the price tag on anything ‘vintage’ at some op shops, even if it is a broken Wembly Ware ash tray, a very shabby side table or a split Nelly Ware canister with a shattered lid.  Usually, these items are so ridiculously beyond retail price of an antique dealer, that I can let them go and walk out the store laughing.

However, other times you can pick up very good scores.  Usually the local church opportunity shops can produce depression glassware, Ranleigh stainless steel trays, bullet bras, old cameras, telephones, shoes old suitcases and other glorious items (and delightful props for my photography studio) for only a couple of dollars.  Occasionally I do score vintage patterns for 20 cents each, although most of the patterns are baggy 1980s styles with oversized shoulder pads and puffy sleeves.  Eeek!

There are still the occasional bargains at the larger charity op shops, so I make time to visit them regularly.  With the exception of a couple of op shops that have rather odd pricing systems (like adding a couple of zeros on what would be reasonable kinda pricing), usually op shops are less hazardous for me to browse in than antique stores.

The other reason why op shops are safer for me to visit, of course, is that usually there is a whole heap of new or newish stuff in an op shop that does not interest me.  On the other hand, when I go to the antique dealers, there is old stuff everywhere and I am in heaven.

I live less than ten minutes away from the majority of the antique stores in my state.  I pass them, almost every day and I am interested in and want almost everything that I see.  When I do lose all self control and end up in one, it’s like letting a magpie loose in a room of shiny things.  The only problem is that everything I see I cannot afford or shouldn’t buy because I need that money for things such as boring bills, fuel for my thirsty cars and food.  I am often faced with the dilemma that if I don’t purchase a newfound vintage item then and there, it may end up being sold to the next person that walks in.  Other times there is this wonderful thing called ‘lay buy’, but I usually prefer to prioritise my needs of vintage things over things I don’t need as much, such as food or saving for the future.

When I saw a circa 1910 leopard print couch at the local antique dealers, the world would have ended if I didn’t ‘adopt’ it.  And trust me, it almost did.  And I almost had to sell my kidneys.  You see, anyone who knows me will know that I am completely obsessed with leopard print and therefore this piece of elaborately hand carved Victorian masterpiece that an interior designer allegedly spent five thousand dollars reupholstering in LEOPARD PRINT of all fabrics, was an omen.   It is also a fabulous prop and super comfortable too!  Fabulous does however come at a price and henceforth reiterates my point that my visits to antique dealers can be dangerous, although very well worth it.  No regrets there!

Again, I can make great use of my vintage acquisitions in my photography studio. In a recent shoot, our beautiful pin-up model for the day, Samantha, simply could not resist posing on this lovely leopard lounge in a luxurious lace overly spider print satin dress from Vivien of Holloway Australia and Bordello shoes from Shoe Me Gorgeous.  Could you really blame her?

Mallory Holley Photography victorian leipard lounge pinup

Samantha also did a 1920s inspired flapper photo shoot with the enchanting Victorian style piano that I had to have to compliment my leopard lounge.  Since the shoot was the day after my birthday, I managed to accessorise the photo set with two of my lovely birthday presents from Denise Moretti, a stunning brass dial telephone and a bright bunch of beautiful blooms.   Denise, of course did our model’s flawless makeup.  Check out how gorgeous Samantha looks in the shots!

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Mallory Holley Photography 1920s flapper inspired vintage telephone victorian piano pinup photo

Since the idea to do a flapper inspired shoot was a rather spontaneous one, I quickly whipped up a not-so-vintage headpiece for the beautiful Samantha to wear out of a few feathers, and a sparkly headband and scores of bobby pins. I matched her headpiece to a pair of my retro style Pin-Up Couture ‘Bombshell -03’ heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous, which I have in the studio because red pointed toe heels is a staple item to any pinup wardrobe, whether vintage or reproduction. I find that these red satin shoes photograph beautifully and are a great asset to have handy in the studio, as well as a fabulous antique piano.

I already have plans to use this century old piano for another shoot.  This time, an engagement one, with the lady draped over the beautiful chestnut burl timber and the gentlemen playing a merry tune on the ivory keys.  Of course, the image would not be complete without the romantic light cast from a tall tasseled lampshade (another vintage acquisition) with a lush velvety curtain draped behind.  Oh my Victorian piano really is a majestic prop for my photography studio. In order to compliment this antique beauty, I will have to keep an eye out for a matching Victorian style piano stool, so this little vintage junkie has another excuse to go op shopping!  Yay!

I might be an op shop addict, but at least all the fabulous finds that I bring home make the perfect props for my photography studio.  My excuse is flawless!  What’s yours?

 Mallory xoxox

P.S. If you just have to have the gorgeous gown that Samantha is wearing, you can order your own from Vivien of Holloway Australia, for only $225!  This 1950s reproduction dress is fashioned from high quality satin with an overlay of delicate lace featuring spiders, and is available in sizes 10-24 UK (which are equivalent to sizes 6-20 here in Australia).  You also have the choice of either red, (like Samantha wore in her shoot with me) or purple.  To order, you can simply email Christine Bitomsky on christine@vivienofholloway.com or call her on 0417 144 169.  This dress is another limited edition, therefore once Christine has sold out, it will no longer be available.

I believe that the spakly ‘Bordello Teeze -27’ mini gold glitter and red rhinestone heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous really compliment the elegant evening style of this dress, especially worn with seamed stockings (available from our studio).

P.P.S. Here is a close up of my not-so-vintgage but just as adorable flowers that the beautiful Denise gave me for my birthday. Aren’t I a lucky girl?!

Birthday flowers from Denise captured by Mallory Holley Photography

flowers from Denise captured by Mallory Holley Photography

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Peacock Royale

Peacocks are the epitome of beauty and grace. With their extravagant eye-spotted tail feathers, boasting beautiful blue and green hues, I have great admiration for these truly majestic creatures. Hence, when I first laid eyes on Heart of Haute‘s ‘Monique dress’ in the ‘Peacock Royale’ fabric, I knew that I had to have it in my wardrobe.  Mesmorised by the peacock print and shimmering gold details, I fell in love with this irresistible dress at first sight. I was very excited to see that one of my favourite online stores, Dress Me Gorgeous, was stocking this classy little number.  And yes, I simply could not resist.

Yet I found it even more exciting when my frock arrived from Dress Me Gorgeous, presented perfectly in pastel pink tissue paper.  When I first tried it on, I felt incredibly graceful, and have had the same feeling every single time I have worn it since.  Of course, I wanted to show off this delightful dress and review it for y’all, so I put on my ‘Anaconda’ high heels from Betts, and posed with a whitewall wheeled Corvette for some snaps.

This dress was constructed in the U.S.A. from good quality fabric that is adorned by the limited edition ‘Peacock Royale’ print.  It is even more spectacular in person.  Being one hundred per cent cotton, this frock is a pleasure to wear on hot days, such as the afternoon we chose to capture these photographs.  Conversely, paired with a nice cardigan, open or fastened up, and some seamed stockings, it is perfect for cooler days too!  The matching tie belt provided, adds a lovely embellishment to the dress.  Nevertheless, it looks stunning with or without the tie belt.  Personally, I prefer to wear it with the belt.  I must say, I was very impressed with this cheerfully coloured dress.

The bateau neckline makes this garment extremely comfortable to wear.  I have great difficulties with many designs that are low-cut as I have to constantly keep an eye out for escaping bosoms.  Thankfully, I don’t have this issue with the design of this dress.

Although this neckline is very flattering and elegant, the cut can be a little tricky to fit over voluptuous hair.  This however, can easily be avoided via changing into the dress before styling your hair.  Albeit, being a rather slow learner, it has in fact taken me four times to finally remember to actually put my dress on prior to forcing my hair into victory rolls.  I have now overcome this dilemma, since resorting to affixing sticky note reminders to the coat hanger.  Alas, my victory rolls don’t resemble a bird’s nest whenever I wear this fabulous frock, which I really do love to wear.

The dress is super comfortable and I find the a-line skirt to be an extremely flattering cut, skipping smoothly over the stomach area.  It is perfect to wear on those days when I’m feeling as bloated as a puffer fish.  Hence, this garment is an excellent choice to wear out to dinner.  Especially after over-indulging on red wine!

Finally, when it comes time to washing this classy little number, the process is simple! Just a cold machine wash, hang dry (the good old fashioned way) and a quick iron inside-out.  No hand-washing or dry-cleaning!  Hoorah!  This dress is therefore great for the girl on the go, and I couldn’t recommend it more.

Of course, being a limited edition, the ‘Peacock Royale’ print will only be available for a short time.  Once it is gone, it will be gone.  If you just have to have this dress, it is best that you be quick to avoid being heartbroken.  If you do wish to purchase one for yourself, I would highly recommend that you do so from Melbourne’s own Dress Me Gorgeous. Email hello@dressmegorgeous.com.au to pre-order yours, before it is too late.

 ♥ Mallory xoxox

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Plants, Parcels & Published Pics

I found these spiky little aloe vera plants behind a sign saying “free to good home”, on the side of the road. I thought that I could provide them with a “good home” in my new garden, situated in front of our currently being renovated 1950s house.  Apparently they are good for relieving sunburn.  So, with my pale skin and summer starting to heat up, they are very welcome to my little garden.

I had just finished planting my new adoptees when the postie pulled into our driveway and handed me a parcel.  It was  from Stars and Swallows, an awesome online store that sells rockabilly and vintage style clothing, accessories and homewares.

I very excitedly clutched my little parcel and hurried off to the studio (which is behind my 1950s house) and plonked myself on the comfy leopard print couch.  Without delay, I tore off the post satchel to reveal a lovely Christmas card and two sweetly wrapped packages; one in elegant black tissue paper and the other in bright Christmas wrapping paper.  I thought it was such a pleasant personal touch and really nice of Tracey from Stars and Swallows to go to all that extra effort. It made me feel special.

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After reading the Christmas card (and taking a quick photo), I carefully unwrapped the packages to reveal a bunch of grouse goodies… Check them out!

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I had to have the “Hades Hands” skeleton hair clip duo from Stars and Swallows because I fell in love with my friend’s clips.  Therefore, I desperately needed some of my own.  So look out! With these babies I will be having spectacular, spooky hair!

If I am not wearing my new “Hades Hands” clips, I will most likely be wearing my latest edition to my flower clip collection.  That is, my “Heavy Metal Red” flower hair clip from Stars and Swallows. I love it how the skull in the centre of the flowers adds a quirky, edgy twist to the flower and the feathers make it look very elegant.  I also like the way it sits flat -perfect to decorate the back of updos! You see, I often use red flowers to style pinup shoots and also like to embellish my own hair with them. Hence, this one adds a nice alternative rockabilly twist on your classic red flower adorned by a pinup model.

Aside from some new additions to my hair piece collection, I also got a charming “classic anchor” tea towel to add to my collection of other beautiful nautical tea towels that I have ordered from Stars and Swallows in the past.  I have an obsession with nautical things and these fabulous tea towels surely brighten up the kitchen in the studio.  It’s a win-win!

Tracey also threw in a beautiful Stars and Swallows sticker.  I’m not sure whether I should beautify my guitar case or the cover of sketchbook with this one.  Maybe it should go on my pelican case (for storing camera lenses; not pelicans).  Decisions, decisions.  Anyway, I will worry about that later.

Last but not least, I also received a copy of Issue 6 of PinupSkool Magazine from Stars and Swallows.  This was a very exciting issue in particular, because a photograph that I had taken of a gorgeous client of mine, Kim Day, was featured on page number forty.

Kim Day -Copyright Mallory Holley Photography. Dressed by Vivien of Holloway. Hair: Little Red. Makeup: Denise Moretti.

Kim, a volunteer firefighter for many years, started her modeling career at the age of 37, and this very multi-talented lady enjoys co-driving in rally car race competitions.  I therefore wanted to capture a little bit of her personality in her pin-up shoot, as I like to do with every shoot.

After chatting about our options, we decided that some oil cans, number plates, tools and my toolbox seemed to do the trick to create a little car-themed workshop scene on the seamless backdrop in the studio.

Of course, as with any image I capture, it just wouldn’t look the same without professional makeup, pin-up perfect hair and a great outfit! Therefore, Denise Moretti applied Kim’s makeup and Little Red styled Kim’s lovely blonde hair. Then, to complete her look as a gorgeous garage gal, Kim chose from our studio wardrobe some fabulous 1950s denim jeans and a red gypsy top from Vivien of Holloway Australia. She looked absolutely stunning, like a goddess!  I really enjoyed photographing her and I am very lucky to have such a great team, working hard behind the scenes in the studio.

After receiving the edited images from her shoot, Kim told me that she was interested in submitting her images to some publications.  I couldn’t have agreed more! Knowing that this gorgeous lady should definitely be in a magazine, I suggested that I submit her photographs to the lovely PinupSkool Magazine.  Kim concurred. I therefore sent the shots to them and received an email stating that they would love to use one of the images in their “Domestic Goddess” Issue. Congratulations Kim!

Obviously, having my image of the beautiful Kim published, I just had to order a copy from Stars and Swallows for myself and add it to my archive of published artworks.  And now, whilst wearing my new hair clips; I think its time to sit in my garden, sip an iced coffee and read this magnificent magazine.

♥ Mallory xoxox

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In the News

Recently, we met with Cameron McCullough from the Southern Peninsula News at  Dromana 3 Drive-In.   Cameron was writing an article to help promote the film ‘Penny’ which was published in the Southern Peninsula News on the cover and continuing on page fourteen of the 25th of July to 7th of August edition.

The film ‘Penny’  is currently being created as a ‘proof of concept’ for a feature film.  The feature film has been written and investors have been attached, however in order to secure funding from the investors, a proof of concept film is required to act kind of like a prototype to demonstrate the feasibility of making the full length feature film.  Both the feature film and ‘Penny’ will be set in the fabulous era of the 1950s!

What better place to film a 1950s era movie than in a Drive-In cinema, and Dromana 3 Drive-In, on the Mornington Peninsula provides the perfect location, especially with its spacious fifties style ‘Shell’s Diner’ with the most gorgeous retro style decor and booths. The lovely owners, Shelly and Paul Whitaker are offering immense support toward the project and are kindly donating their drive-in for the course of the five days it is expected to shoot the film ‘Penny’.

Penny’ will be a short film about a young cleaner called ‘Timmy’ (played by Jason Agius) who wants nothing more than to dance with the girl of his dreams… The only problem is that he cannot dance.  Determined to make an impression on his dream girl, Penny, a local dancer, Timmy gets help from friend Donna, a carhop girl at the diner, in order to win Penny’s heart.

The film ‘Penny’ will be produced completely from script to screen by Adam Haywood and Stuart Stanton of Final Focus Australia, which is a company that specialises in cinema advertising and video marketing content.  Peter Cordeaux and Karen Elgar will also be producing the film.  Each of these hard-working producers will be filming and editing the movie for FREE! Now that’s dedication! (See below). 

The Producers of Penny the film at Dromana 3 Drive-In

Vivien of Holloway Australia, a 1940s and 50s reproduction clothing company, will be supplying the clothing for the film so that the actors and actresses will be dressed in authentic 50s style clothing.  You can see Steph Dunbar who plays the lead character Penny, models Siobhan Houlihan, Denise Moretti & myself on the front page of the Southern Peninsula news, wearing some pretty polka dot frocks from Vivien of Holloway Australia. (See below).

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If you would like to support the making of the film ‘Penny’, there are many ways that you can help.  One being that you can pledge as little as $10 to help turn this fabulous fifties dream into a reality! This will help go towards paying for costumes, catering, props, music production, specialised filming equiptment and a film rating for the premiere.  For more information on how you can assist the film check out the Pozible Pledge Page at http://www.pozible.com/project/25346 or email penny@finalfocusaustralia.com

The premiere of ‘Penny’ will be held at the Dromana 3 Drive-In at a yet to be determined date. 

♥ Mallory xoxox

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Shoe Love is True Love

There’s something sexy and empowering about a pair of high heel shoes (preferably in my size of course).  The higher, the better! And obviously, us girls can’t just stop at one pair… or after three-hundred pairs (in my case).  After all, there is no such thing as too many shoes!! I must admit, I do find it hard to go past a nice pair of shoes and I will fall head over heels for a unique design.

One destination to find unique shoes is at the online store called Shoe Me Gorgeous.  It is great to have the convenience of being able to shop for shoes online from the comfort of my own home and have them posted straight to my door.  I can honestly tell you that I have fallen in love with the many unique styles that Shoe Me Gorgeous carries, plus their service is second to none! The hardest thing is choosing which shoes will come and live in my wardrobe!

My inability to decide may have resulted in a teeny splurge recently… I could not resist adopting 15 more pairs of new babies (shoes) from Shoe Me Gorgeous, a few of which I recently shot in a pin-up shoot with Denise Moretti for the online store itself!

It was quite funny, because on the day of our shoot, Denise Moretti and I coincidently happened to wear the same thing! We both wore our leopard jeans and a black cardigan with some studded flats which we soon ditched for some nautical heels.  I guess great minds think alike.  Check this out!

Leopard print jeans and black cardigan

Aside from leopard print  (which I also bought multiple pairs of shoes), I am a sucker for nautical prints.  Hence, I simply could not go past these Funtasma ANCHOR-22 shoes.  The heel is the perfect height for daily wear and compliment everything from a pair of jeans, to a nautical dress.

Photography by Mallory Holley ©; Hair & Makeup by Denise Moretti; Shoes from Shoe Me Gorgeous

Additionally, I had to get the Pinup Courture Teeze-12-3 shoes, because I couldn’t go past the stunning Sailor Jerry style tattoo flash print.  They came with interchangeable ribbons, two red and two black so you can change the colour of the bow to best match your outfit, therefore practically flattering and enhancing anything that you decide to wear.  I prefer the red ribbon because it is great to also compliment red lipstick, which is a crucial element of the classical pin up look.

Tattoo flash pin up shoes

Speaking of red, my newly acquired Pin Up Couture Bombshell-03 shoes would have to be a staple wardrobe item, and a great style and height for daily wear.  These satin covered heels just scream fierce and sexy, with their pointed toes, dedicate four and a half inch heels and feminine satin bow on the back.  Although this particular style comes in many colours, the red ones just HAD to come and live in my wardrobe.

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When I laid my eyes on these Revolver heels, I could not resist the temptation of patent platforms with gun heels! My oh my do they attract some attention when I wear them out! When paired with a stunning outfit from the sister store of Shoe Me Gorgeous called Dress Me Gorgeous (another great online store) and you are set for a splendid night out.

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Another head turner are these Bordello Teeze-27  platforms! It really was love at first sight when I first saw these glittery golden rhinestone covered beauties.  They remind me of a bold candy flamed hot rod with gold metallic paint.  I am in love with these shoes!

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And guess what??! This image that I took of Denise Moretti wearing the Bordello Teeze-27  platforms is currently featured as the background on the home page of the Shoe Me Gorgeous website so make sure you head on over to www.ShoeMeGorgeous.com to check it out!

Shoe Me Gorgeous pin up screen

Of course, there was a number of leopard print, cherry pattern, army print, fetish and some zombie flamingo shoes recently migrated from the heavens of Shoe Me Gorgeous into my studio and hence some pretty wild shoots to come.  For now though, I think I need another shoe rack.

Ciao for now,

♥ Mallory xoxox

P.S. Thanks to the stunning  Denise Moretti who modelled for me ♥ 
All makeup and hair in the photographs accompanying this post are by this talented women!

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The Golden Rules for Washing Vintage Threads:

It can be a rather nail-biting experience when washing your freshly-acquired vintage threads for the first time.  Unlike modern-day garments, most of those made prior to the 1950s do not have washing or care instructions (let alone a size label), so you are often left to fend for yourself when washing it for the first time.  Don’t stress too much, because if care instructions aren’t hiding somewhere inside the garment, if you follow a few golden rules, you should be able to wash your recently obtained vintage clothing with ease.

If there are any grotty stains on your garment, these can usually be lifted by soaking it in COLD water.  Always; I stress ALWAYS use cold water when washing vintage fabrics, as the warmer the temperature of the water, the higher the risk of that brightly coloured patterns on the fabric running.  It is not a good thing when the water turns the same colour of the material… or worse, when you are washing a red and white polka dot dress which soon becomes red and pink.  This unpleasant situation can usually be avoided washing in only COLD water.

Some things are just too delicate to wash by machine, though if you feel that it is safe to wash your vintage apparal by machine, make sure you keep that hot tap turned off or disconnected from your machine so you don’t get into too much strife.  I would also strongly suggest the most gentle machine wash as possible.  Putting the garment in a plain pillow slip is always a good idea.  This is especially useful for washing and preserving the life of vintage (and modern) underwear and stockings.  If you want to go a little more high-tech you can buy zip up lingerie bags from many retail stores or if you are handy at sewing, you can soon create your own from cotton.  A knotted pillow case has never let me down though.

Whether washing by hand or machine, lux soap crystals or washing powder is usually fine.  However, instead of commercial fabric softeners, good old white vinegar seems to do the trick.  It also works fantastically at eliminating unwanted odours that may be trapped in the fabric as vinegar is a great odour neutraliser when it evaporates.  I’m sure you would like to look vintage rather than smell vintage!  Vinegar is also especially useful when your cat mistakes your couch for its litter tray, however we won’t digress into that scenario now.

Once you have washed your vintage garment (either by hand or machine) it is time to dry your garment carefully.

I hope that you haven’t contemplated the tumble dryer.  Seriously, don’t go there! Don’t even think about it! My better half learnt the hard way when he tried helping to dry a cotton 50s dress that I had.  Although he meant well, the dress didn’t turn out so well.  Needless to say, he is now is oficially banned from laundry duties and had to cop the wrath of an angry woman.  Not a good idea… You get my drift?

If you live in Australia (like me), where the sun tends to have some bite, I do not recommend that you dry your clothes outside in the sun.  Instead, Invest in a clothes horse and dry your garments safely indoors or alternatively run the risk of your bright prints turning rather dull.

When drying your threads, fold them in half over the clothes horse so you don’t put an overly excessive amount of strain on the top or the bottom of the garment, otherwise it may get a little out of shape.  Also, never hand your clothes over thin wires or metal coat hangers as this could damage the fabric with too much pressure being exerted on a very small area.

As for ironing, always iron at a rather low heat, on the inside of the garment.  If in doubt, put a towel between the garment (still inside out) and your iron.

And there you have it; with some caution and a little bit of common sense, your vintage threads should be clean in no time at all.

Happy washing

♥ Mallory xoxox

A gorgeous vintage dress that I wore for a photo shoot with my car, an equally vintage 1955 FJ Holden.

A gorgeous vintage dress that I wore for a photo shoot with my car, a classic 1955 FJ Holden.

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Miami Cheesecake

Due to popular demand, my  exhibition; Miami Cheesecake has been extended!  Therefore until the 30th January 2013, the colourful canvases, most of them filled with cool cars and gorgeous girls will continue to nobly grace the rich burgundy walls of Bartiste Lounge Bar.

Miami Cheesecake is a blast from the past with a contemporary twist that celebrates the feminine form with an eclectic collection of classic 1940ʼs & ʻ50s pin- up beauties, juxtaposed with stunning showgirls, burlesque bombshells, hot heroines and boss cars.

Although there’s a handful of old favorites in Miami Cheesecake, most of the artwork for Miami Cheesecake are completely unseen photographs of names you know and love such as Memphis Black, Lit’l Red, Melissa Molotov, Miss Eliza Kaye, Samantha Doll, Skye Medusa, Miss Cherry Martini, and Vicky Aisha Blackthorn just to mention a few of the names involved. It also showcases some of the great makeup artistry of  Denise Moretti & Ollie Savage, as well as some body paint too.

I’m really grateful to everyone who came down and supported me for the opening of Miami Cheesecake on the 9th December 2012.  What a fantastic evening it was. It was fabulous to see all the hard work and many hours come together when my artworks were not only all finally printed and stretched onto frames, but hanging on the walls.

Finally I was able to relax and enjoy the afternoon in my stunning 1950s full circle reproduction dress from Vivien of Holloway.  I teamed up my super-comfortable dress with a pink pettycoat (also from Vivien of Holloway), a pair of gold digger zombie-stomper pump heels and wearing “Garry” my pet 1940s vintage fur fox around my neck.  (Thanks Mum & Dad for the special early Christmas present.  I looooove him!!!).

If you like the style of my dress they are available from Vivien of Holloway Australia.  You can contact the Australian representative, Christine on 0417 144 169 or email christine@vivienofholloway.com to get one for yourself in a huge arrage of gorgeous patterns and pretty much every single colour you can think of.  Of course, I HAD to get one in pink since it is my favourite colour, and also matched my hot, hot pink hair.

It was very exciting to sell three of my works in only the first twenty minutes of the opening of my exhibition!  In total there are thirty-two artworks on display for Miami Cheesecake, which include the following titles;

  • Bettie Page Christmas
  • Bring It On
  • Comic Cheesecake
  • Cadillac Dreams
  • Daddy’s New Toy
  • Factory Girl
  • Feline Fatale
  • Fierce Fatale
  • Fins & Feathers
  • Hard Day’s Work
  • Hay Pandora!
  • I’ll Do It Myself
  • Inked
  • Jill Needs Jack
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Lucky Buoy
  • Miami
  • My Girl
  • Nostalgia
  • Paint It Black
  • Poison Ivy Kisses
  • Ready To Strike
  • Rogue Rose
  • Seagulls & Sandy Chips
  • Shoe Me Gorgeous (most certainly titled in honour of the wonderful online store ShoeMeGorgeous.com)
  • Silhouette Sunset
  • Smoko
  • Starstrukk
  • Sunkissed
  • Treat For The Heat
  • True Love
  • Who’s That Cute Guy?

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Miami Cheesecake since the opening on the 9th December 2012, don’t worry because you still have time.  Oh and you absolutely MUST try the special coffee with Baileys Liquor while you’re there.  Just trust me on that one.  Your taste buds will thank you.