Hard Headed Woman!
Wanda Jackson shows what a great sense of humour and stage presence she has in this video from 1958 – Rockabilly’s leading lady introdues the song as ‘the greatest love song ever written’ then goes onto sing “Keep your cotton-pickin’ fingers off my curly hair!”
Love this song so much and when I’ve had enough of washing old socks I put this on and scowl at my fella…Grrrr
p.s it’s nearly Friday!
I have been desperate for a visit to Rockalily Cuts Salon after watching the ‘making of’ pics tweeted out by it’s owner and after a long stint of trying to find a truly vintage inspired Salon in London. Being broke seem’s to be common place in my life at the moment so when I received a text at work from Rockalily Cuts saying I had been booked in as a surprise I was overjoyed! I found out the mystery ‘booker’ was my Dad as he had known for quite some time that I was after a Bettie Page style fringe but was too scared to get one (after a traumatic hair disaster 4 years ago) and seen as it was my Birthday he gave me that push I needed!
Owned by ReeRee Rockette the wonderful lady behind Rockalily Lipsticks and the great vintage blog she religiously updates (whatta woman!) , this Salon was everything I expected. I have to be honest, I have a phobia of going to the hairdressers at the best of times and have been know to skip a haircut for almost 2 years along with being a fairly new ‘member’ of the vintage world I was actually slightly nervous for my visit!
As soon as I walked in everyone was so friendly and when I received a finger of fudge with my drink I knew then that it was not your average salon! After a lovely wash I had the pleasure of Emma Rae cutting my hair and she made me feel completely relaxed as she explained the best cut for my type of hair. Although I let out a slight whimper as she cut my Bettie Bangs in I instantly fell in love with my new fringe and she even cut my hair into a slight ‘page boy’ style as I had mentioned I really liked the typical 1950’s look.
Firstly, Rockalily Cuts is in no way pretentious and for anyone thinking they couldn’t just pop along for ‘half a head’ or a trim would be mistaken.
Secondly it is in fact the best hair cut I have ever had (even over a certain place I wont mention beginning with T ending in Guy) and is so reasonably priced that I would happily book myself in all the time now. I have even booked Mr RR in for a haircut as he is yet to find a barber that can give him the classic cut he so desires with such out of control hair, so watch out Rockalily if you gals can tame his thick tresses then you’ve got yourself some seriously loyal custom!
If you’ve walked past the Southbank Centre in London recently then you wouldn’t have missed the huge sky swing that’s towering over a beautiful vintage fun fair! Priceless London Wonderground festival has been showcasing the most marvelous Cabaret, Circus and Sideshow acts London has ever seen this summer, with magical mushroom seating under a fairy lit sky to top it off.
Hibiscus Flower Dress: Collectif
T Bar Dance shoes: Vintage
I booked tickets for Saturday Night at the Spiegeltent as I absolutely loathe that I don’t live in a time of good old variety shows and Saturday nights at the circus! The show was in a circus tent, top marks already, and the night was filled with comedy and burlesque acts. My partner thought the comedians were brilliant which was good because being the prude I am found them rather offensive! However the Nigella Lawson burlesque act was both modern and imaginative with just the right amount of naughtiness to get a laugh from everyone, I must say I’m not sure I will ever watch one of her shows in the same way again though, think cucumbers and cream if you get my drift…
Navy Trousers: Next Shirt: Charity Shop
Seen as my other half was a Pirate in another life (he really was) and we’ve both wanted anchors for a while now we got these cute littl’ns done by Martin Clark at Bluebird Tattoo. This guy tattoo’s people that come far and wide for his ink as he was trained by the best and is a really cool rockabilly to top it off! I would love to get covered in Sailor Jerry inspired tattoos just like my last two have been but with a twist, who know’s I might get covered and join the circus! A girl can dream…
Quite honestly I find 1940’s and 1950’s inspiration in almost anything now, it’s everywhere we look, in new advertising campaigns, cars, clothes, hair adverts and with the amazing Tune In Radio application now, you really can live a truly vintage lifestyle. If you have yet to download this app, do it right now, it plays just like an authentic vintage radio station, no DJ’s and even vintage radio ads! A picnic on Hampstead Heath, with Radio Vintage playing and my fella really is my most happy place. Rock on Tune In!
Anyway, I thought I’d post some snaps from my holiday to the beautiful tiny Island of Skiathos, lord knows I tried to maintain the vintage look in that heat! (P.S ASOS high waist bikini bottoms are just amazing and really do come up as high as you want them)
Bikini Briefs: ASOS
Bikini Top: Calvin Klein
Denim Playsuit: Topshop
Muscle Car Print Skirt: Primark
Black Head Scarf: H&M
I apologise for missing the monthly instalments I so much enjoy writing, however a month long holiday and various other commitments took over…as is life!
This months Pin Up was inspired by a print I bought last week for my “future home” and reminded me just how much I love this lady. As we all know I use the word Pin Up as a portrayal of strong, independent and beautiful women in their own right, therefore I have picked this actress not because of her most infamous Hollywood roles, but for her quirky, honest and simple charm. We all love her, the lady that is as famous today as she ever was…
Miss Audrey Hepburn!
I was first introduced to Audrey Hepburn at a young age, not through Breakfast at Tiffany’s but through her not so well known films The Nuns Story and Funny Face. These two films, both made in the 1950’s, show how diverse Audrey’s capabilities as an actress are and what a wonderful talent she had. Seen as a style icon, I quite simply see her most beautiful in images such as below, in a jumper without a scrap of make up on.
Of course I do love Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and all in between, who doesn’t! I think this print will go rather well in my bedroom…
So I’m a total sucker for a tiki god mask, on anything! Naturally I almost fainted when I saw these unique tiki, tribal rings from Sweedish brand, Gina Tricot, the coffee bean is just to die for…come on, its a coffee bean!! Eeeee!!