I’ve been watching a lot of Calamity Jane (1953) recently after resurrecting it from my DVD collection, something I like to do every year or so. Retrieving the disc and dusting it off for a re-run excites me every time as it takes me straight back to my childhood, sitting in my grandparents living room performing renditions of “Secret Love” to what was then a VHS. Routinely putting it away again means that a year or so later I can treat myself to the infamous soundtrack and my much awaited sing a long that never ceases to make me smile. (I’m pretty sure my other half must know by now that it’s Harry I’m planning to marry?) Enough of the insiders jokes, I apologise for those who aren’t quite such avid fans, I just cant help myself! Without further ado, of course you guessed it, my Pin up of the Month is…
Goth shops, as I fondly call them, you know the ones with Slip Knot hoodies next to zombie dummies for babies in the window? Well I love these shops because I always end up finding hidden gems or I admit, invariably something I don’t need/wont ever use, like hair paint or a spider ring…however this occasion proved successful! This super cute Wildcat tin is so handy, I use it to keep my bobby pins or “lady things” in on a night out and it fits nicely into your handbag. Why not use it as a business card holder!
These tins come in many different styles all decorated with Vince Ray artwork and are such a steal at £3.50 I just want them all!
You can purchase one of your own from the Wildcat website
I havn’t posted many vintage finds lately and there has been many since I moved, it’s just been bargains galore! I can’t actually remember the last time I went into high street stores, I just begrudge paying full price for clothes and shoes now…is that really stingy? Well my wardrobe has never looked so refreshed so I still maintain my second hand mantra and you just cant beat that good old musty smell of a once loved garment that conjures up images of past times!
I particularly love this outfit I wore to The Obscuritones gig at Bethnal Green Working Mans Club because the whole lot cost me a fiver! (minus shoes but these are Primarni) The red leather belt was an amazing find as it was originally from Rokit Vintage and I have been after a leopard print tee for ages, so good shopping trip all round! The nautical style peep toes have a really nice hessian wedge, so great for the summer and are still in Primark stores now.
I have also been intently practising my hair do techniques as I am so rubbish with hair it’s just a JOKE. (But I am getting better I promise!) I had to get ready really quickly this night so just threw 2 victory rolls in either side and swept my fringe across and finished with a little black H&M scarf in a bow. I thought this worked quite well for a quick and easy hair do with a 50’s twist so I’ll be pulling this one out the bag again for when I’m in a rush!
I’ve been a fan of this band for a while now and when I couldn’t make their gig at The Ritzy in Brixton last friday I nearly pulled a hissy fit…until I saw they were playing again in London the following night! I did actually do a slight *air jump* at that point.
If you havn’t heard of The Obscuritones yet I’m almost certain you will soon because this British Rockabilly band ticks every box from great live performance to 50’s rarities. They refer to their unique style as “the Andrew Sisters singing with the Stray Cats after a night out with the Cramps” – Rockabilly Online so whats not to like!
We saw them at the amazing Bethnal Green Working Mans club, a venue I’ve always “been meaning to go to” and man am I gutted I’ve only just found this place! Talk about time warped, this venue’s plonked right inside an East End residential area and looks exactly like…well, an East End working mans club, I don’t think one thing in that place has been changed since the 1950’s, from the furniture to the bars and I LOVE venue’s like this.
The Obscuritones were short of a singer that night and I’ve heard great things about the girls harmonious vocals but I’ve gotta say folks it didn’t hinder their performance one bit, they played two brilliants sets (granted I was probably slightly worse for wear during the second) that oozed humour, exciting vocals and authentic rockabilly sounds and whatta’ venue for it. These lot will get you shakin’ your hips and tappin’ your toes before you can say rockin’ rhythm and with influences such as Johnny Burnette and The Collins Kids you know you’re in for a party! Until the next time…
I’m sure I’ve mentioned so many times now how amazing the second hand furniture shops are in Westcliff On Sea and they still never cease to amaze me! So onto my next vintage purchase to share with you, another wonderful ‘Made in Britain’ piece in the form of a beautiful 1950’s Beautility wardrobe. Beautility Furniture Ltd was established in 1894 and was based in Edmonton, England.
After having a look online at all the Beautility furniture for sale it appears I have grabbed myself an amazing bargain of £25!
So I have to apologise once again for a rather delayed May Pin Up but I do have an excuse! I have been finishing uni and have just moved house so no internet and local library broadband just couldnt withstand WordPress functions! Forgiven? I hope so because I’m sure you will agree Rockabilly Rubys pin up this month is beautiful and alternative and well worthy of her vintage title.
With the release of her *amaazing* album, Fall to Grace and her way-out-there, era defying ensembles, I think this lady most definitely deserves a feature….