Donut Dolly

Well it’s rather exciting times at the Rockabilly Ruby household due to my Nans (yes one half of the ultra cool Original Teddy’s) “light bulb” moment.
For quite a while now I’ve been desperately trying to perfect the bettie bang but no amount of tweaking, back combing or pinning was doing the trick! Just as I was about to resort to making a hair piece (or rat as they’re called) out of Nans stockings she had the rather genius idea of cutting a donut in half, a hair donut not a real one, but I recommend treating yourself to the sugary option and a cuppa once you’ve perfected your barnet…hey it’s not easy turning yourself into a Pin up queen!

So I snipped a small hair donut in half, I bought 2 for £1.50 from Primark, then rolled the front section of hair onto the now long length of mesh and pinned my hair onto it. Once rolled up I then spread my hair evenly along the roll to cover the ends and popped a couple of victory rolls in either side. Add a hibiscus flower and viola! Your hair’s pin up perfect for a Rock n Roll night out, Tiki Party or heck just for the fun of it…I hope this might help all those vintage queenies out there that have struggled with this because it’s such an iconic do and once achieved it makes you feel a million dollars!

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P.S Sssshhh….don’t tell anyone else our little secret!


A 1950’s Wedding

Now I know what your thinking, a modern-day, vintage style wedding…but no siree! The Original Teddys make a long awaited appearance and grace us all with this brilliant photo taken on their wedding day, August 1959. (No your eyes do not deceive you, not a scrap of make-up!)

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RR x

Village at War 2012

I have been going further back in time recently and entering the wonderful world of the 1940’s, WW2 soldiers and ration books have been top of the agenda. My Dad invited me up to the Village at War weekend in Stoke Bruerne last weekend and my word what a beautiful little village it is. It really was wonderful how everyone mucked in and placed union jack bunting all over their cottages and even taped the windows in case of a bombing, all little added touches like that made it so much more authentic…people of Stoke Bruerne I applaud you!

Seen as I don’t own many 1940’s style clothes I wore my trusty Tara Starlet shirt and a great pair of Land girl style trousers which cost me £2.50 from the charity shop! I did keep getting called “Lille” with my head scarf on though which sort of made me feel both old and perhaps not dressed quite as appropriately as everyone else, as you all know I like to dress vintage with a modern twist, I’ve not found the flux capacitor yet!

Along with all the old vehicles, tanks and wares on the barges, Lola Lamour and The Blue Light Boys has to be the highlight of my day. Lola Lamour is a brilliant nostalgic entertainer with a beautiful voice, this was the first time I have seen her perform but after checking out her video’s online I do hope it’s not the last. There was an adorable gentleman having a wee tap dance every now and then and some brilliant dancers whom I really wanted to show you but I’m having trouble uploading videos,  if you want to see the good old fashioned knee’s up there are plenty of videos on YouTube now.

The 1940’s fashion show was held in the local church and really was the most idyllic location for it (even if it was a little chilly in there!) there were some beautiful vintage wedding dresses exhibited inside made from parachutes which was just amazing to see and some beautiful old Singer machines.

What can I say my heart still lies with the polka dot and taffeta of the 50’s but it’s been so much fun learning more about this decade and experimenting with clothes, however I think I will leave this era to be perfected by my friend The War Bride and her very own WW2 soldier!

RR x