Friday, June 15, 2012


My best friend Amy is producing a nice looking collection of photographs for her current folio, and asked me to come in to create a classic hollywood, 1940's-ish style of shoot.
I think they turned out okay if I don't say so myself! And I'm extremely proud of her skills in the photography area! (One more thing she can add to that growing list of amazing things she's amazing at!)

Hope you enjoy a few little sneak peaks; have a look at her Flickr if you are interested in taking a look at her other stuff, and if you're in Victoria, Australia, and interested in getting your picture taken, email me and I'll let her know!

Miss K.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Money, Money, Money!

Hello Ladies and Gents!

I'm fearing that my current blog posts aren't all that lovely lately, I've been so busy with university that I haven't had time to take some new photos of my new pin curls & hot sticks adventures. Hope you are all well!

Today I thought I'd write a blog post about my current situation as a university student. I'm currently out of a part-time job, (still looking people!) and I'm finding my funds for new things for myself have been rather scarce in the past year. The biggest thing I've bought lately was my fiance's birthday present, and a lovely jacket that keeps me warm through Australia's new found winter!

So I'm saving money, and I'm rather strict with it; beauty supplies are extremely cheap - I get given quite a bit of makeup from my best friends mother, whom I adore and gives me her samples. The only makeup I lash out and purchase is my Elizabeth Arden foundation; I do my own hair colour and only get a haircut occasionally, my clothes are usually from op-shops (thrift stores) or the occasional greedy purchase from somewhere cheap like Le Bomb Shop (which is still quite amazing!). I buy new shoes from Rivers , because they always have sales and always have a sort of vintagey vibe to them, and are EXTREMELY comfortable to my pigeon-toed feet.

So currently I'm ignoring any kind of purchases to do with clothing, and I'm feeling like I need some new clothes for a refreshing change! I'm unable to buy vintage online; the prices are just EXTREMELY high as they have been for the last few years, and reproductions are about the same. Now when I say expensive, I mean, I take expensive to a whole new land. My most expensive and guilt free purchase would be $50 (AUD) - and even then I ask myself whether it was worth it.

At the moment I'm in need of some 1930's-1940's repro trousers, and I've been looking at places like Heyday and Vivien of Holloway, however both are a bit out of my price range! I've tried places for wide legged pants but the hips are always a bit too low to my liking, considering I always tuck in my shirt.

So here I am searching for winter warmies, whilst also
looking for price!

Getting onto it, I'd like to talk about the price of vintage and vintage reproduction clothing. I'm aware that these guys need to make money, and some people who sell vintage make a living out of it, or the sellers of repro take the time to actually make the clothing themselves, and it all adds up to certain costs, and they do need to eventually make a profit at the end of the day. However, how is one supposed to enjoy themselves, and save money when they want to look a certain way?
I'm not about to sacrifice a few meals for clothes.

I always get told that it must cost a lot of money to look this way, and it IS; I could never understand people telling me that vintage is a very inexpensive thing to come across. I used to always use op-shops as a way of saving money for clothes, but now, it seems that the stores are trying to make as much money as possible to help people, rather than selling them affordable clothes and other things they might need.

With the rise in popularity in vintage clothes, vintage style clothes, and generally looking unique (nothing wrong with that!) I was hoping for some of the big chain stores like Target or K-Mart to catch onto the trend, and maybe make affordable options for us. But alas, it hasn't happened and I'm still sitting around waiting for some (very fussy) options for the stylish BUT poor girl.

Maybe I am not looking the right places, maybe I'm always looking for something specific so I'm not getting anywhere, but to me it feels like I'm cut right out of the vintage and vintage style market, I can't afford it so I'll never have it kind of thing.

I hope this post was slightly thought-provoking, and not too complainey!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Vintage vs. Work

Hi all! I'm sorry I have not written a blog post in some time, I'm currently very poor, and haven't really purchased new clothes and therefore haven't really had much motivation for blogging. I've had a lot of icky personal things going on in my life, and I've been rather depressed. But onto the blog post!

If you know me at all, you know that I am studying to teach media in high schools, and whilst I'm at university, I get plenty of practice in schools and must act like a qualified teacher should. Ever since I started my course, I'd been worrying about not being able to look like 'myself' in schools because I wanted to be taken seriously by my supervising teachers. Looking and feeling good is important to me in a teaching environment, and believe it or not, what you wear does reflect on the kind of attitude the students give you.

 I know my classes used to judge my English teacher because she wore almost the same thing every day, and were put off by her "old" clothing. So my dilemma lately, is trying to work out how to combine my love of vintage, without looking "old" and (I know, sounds stupid) being "uncool" to the kids; because believe it or not, it makes a difference, and I put an emphasis on being able to communicate with my students at a slightly the same level as them. Unfortunately, I've not had much inspiration of ways of combining my clothing
 I have almost never worn vintage out on placements because I pretty much raided target one day because I remember that's what a lot of my teachers in high school wore; I came out with a couple of pairs of tailored pants, and several blouses, my future-mother in law bought me several adorable cardigans, and a tailored pencil-dress. Unfortunately, as I wear a lot of vintage and vintage inspired dresses, pants make me very uncomfortable, and I shall roll over and die before I wear jeans in public. I also wear my hair up in a french twist or a pony-tail (which is so mind-numbingly horrible I feel so sluggish doing it), which looks nice but doesn't frame my face nicely, but I find is quite nice for all the leaning over I have to do.

My question to my little bloggy readers, is this: How do I look lovely, (and feel lovely and therefore will be happier at work) whilst being comfortable, easy to move around in, and be acceptable for work all whilst using my love of vintage and vintage inspired clothing? I'd appreciate some feedback! And don't tell me I should be focusing on the teaching, I think I've got that covered ;)

Friday, March 23, 2012

My Itty Bitty Middy! fact, it's a Middy plus.

I'm sure most of you know what the Middy haircut is; THE haircut worn in the 1940's, perfect for styling and the most versatile cut for the huge amount of different styles worn then. So thanks to the most knowledgeable of vintage gals who have the haircut, I discovered it and decided I wanted it.

Unfortunately, living in the heart of Melbourne has it's issues. I wasn't able to find a hairstylist who was able to understand my "look", knew what a Middy was, OR was able to translate this (very dated and slightly complicated for modern stylists) diagram.

I actually went into one hairstylist who told me that it was "okay" for me to have the look I had, and that he wasn't going to give me the middy, he was just going to give me an easy care cut for $30. I almost stormed out of there with the comments he was making to me, I was incredibly offended.

However, trawling through blogs I decided to look up any alternative hairdressers that Melbourne might have, thinking someone ANYONE in Melbourne must have been looking for a Middy. I mean, we aren't a small city.
Thank goodness for my new heroes, Wildilocks.

Wildilocks are an alternative hair salon that actually KNEW what a Middy was, and honestly, were the BEST experience getting my haircut I've ever had. Not only did the girl (I'm sorry sweetie I've forgotten your name) save my dead bleached hair (my ends were so beyond repair), she made sure that I knew exactly what she was going to do, how short it was going to be when it was curled, and she was genuinely concerned about how comfortable I was getting the cut. Not only was it an amazing experience, but she knew all about the Middy, and kept telling me all about it throughout the cutting.

So here is the middy straight; she styled it all lovely without curling it, because I told her I was going to pin curl it when I got home anyway, but then I left the salon in the wind and the rain and it kind of fell flat, so it looks rather messy:

Also messy, was my bad pin curl set, but you will get the idea of what it looks like when it's curled!

And here's the fantastic "U" shape, and how awesome it's going to look when I do a pageboy.

So if anybody is in Melbourne, I say head on over to Wildilocks, you will not be unhappy! Don't be dissapointed if your stylist won't do the Middy for you, I have hope you'll find someone who will. Just like I did (after months).

Miss Kay.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Hello readers!

I'm just letting you know that I haven't been able to update and do things because I've been busy with uni starting and that my sweetie and I have just gotten engaged!!!

So I hope I am not seeming lazy, but if you would like to catch up with me at all, you can grab me on my twitter which is linked on the left.

I am a very happy and spoilt girl!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Later Days

Hello all!
Recently I've been searching for something cheap and easy to use as a curl activator, and I'm telling you, I think I've found something for you budget vintage girls!

I've been looking for expensive things lately, and to be honest, it's only because I've been one of those ignorant hair product buyers, where the most expensive thing is very much the best. So I picked this up yesterday and tried a pin curl set by chucking a load of it in my spray-bottled wet hair:

THESE are the curl results, and pretty much, I think it's the best pin-curl set that I've ever brushed out. I hardly needed to brush to get rid of my frizz!
So I just had to get the camera out and take a few pictures.

Sometimes I wish my grandmother and my nana (whom is suffering through Alzheimers) were around to help me out. I'm not sure my nana would remember how she did her hair in the 40's now. But my grandmother, whom passed away a few years ago, probably would have talked my ears off about pin-curling. So you girls who have your elders around, use them as resources! I wish I had when mine could of helped me, but I was a goth (ha ha!). And my grandmother and nana were pretty good-looking ladies in their day!

These pictures are so precious to me, especially since I have lost my grandmother and grandfather (the groom). Aren't they the sweetest?

In other news, I'll be blogging about the Oscars fashion later, because as a film student, the Oscars are pretty much the biggest night of the year for me!


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Snappies and Dita.

Today I went off to check out Dita Von Teese's new lingerie line at Target. I am not the hugest fan of her anymore, as when I had black hair I got a tad sick of the comparisons to her and Amy Winehouse (dear lord) but I had high hopes for her lingerie line.

I was thoroughly disappointed with the whole range, especially when I found many other almost identical garments for $10 in Target's discounted racks (ha! Take that!)
I did expect a lot more from her, considering she is an icon for many women out there. The garters were flimsy, the bras were like every other bra I've seen out there, and the panties weren't high waisted enough to be flattering.

I decided not to purchase any, and get something that isn't mass-produced and of better quality. Sorry, Dita, the hype around it wasn't worth it.

I did however try out my new little thrifted knitted sweater, which I paired with my knee length navy pencil skirt and a pair of lovely warm stockings!
My hair is curled using sponge rollers on the sides and back and pin curls on the top.

Please excuse the terrible phone editing! iPhone's are awful for pictures, haha.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wella White Lady Review.

Today I thought I'd post a blog entry about my current obsession with my hair colour.
Recently I've had to resort to my own devices by doing my own hair, as a family problem has led to being unable to get it done for free, and as getting it done by a hairdresser here in Australia is just ridiculously expensive, I've started Youtubing, Googling, and researching like crazy on how to bleach, tone, and dye my own hair properly.

I've bleached my own hair a few times since this post, and I won't be getting into that. If you are looking for answers on how to bleach your own hair at home, I suggest looking into some youtube videos, as I am far from a hair expert!

As many of you looking into doing your own hair white or grey have noticed, a trend amongst us do-it-at-home'ers seems to either be the toners by Manic Panic "Virgin Snow" or Wella's "White Lady" (Or T18, I believe).

I haven't bothered, and do not intend to try the Manic Panic, for personal reasons. However recently I went ahead and bought White Lady on eBay for around $12AUD (including postage), as for some reason you can't get it in shops like Hairhouse Warehouse here.
The packaging looks like this:

Australians, don't be afraid to buy this stuff online, it's definitely worth it!

Okay, so, after bleaching my hair, the instructions read that it is to be mixed with 20 Volume developer on a 1:2 ratio. One part of the Wella, two parts of the developer. I used the whole bottle, and used my mixing bowl as a measurement for the developer. I read online that it's advised to make sure that the mix is a very dark purple before you put it on your head, so I left it until it was around that colour, in fact it did change more when it was on my head, so if you think its purple enough, wait a couple of minutes more and it might change.

Once my hair was towel dried, I used my brush to evenly distribute it through my hair. I would also advise going from the ends of your hair to your roots if you are like me and went from a darker colour when bleaching, as my ends are STILL a slightly different colour to the top of my head. Sigh.
My hair was about the colour of the inside of a banana peel, possibly lighter when I applied this, and only left it in for about five minutes. I repeat, FIVE. MINUTES.
This stuff is POTENT, had I left it on my hair for any longer, I would have some seriously grey hair, or maybe even purple. And even now, my hair has a slight silvery tinge that should wash out to a more bright white.
I washed it out with cold water quickly, washed and conditioned my hair thoroughly. Make sure that the water running from your hair is clear before you finish rinsing.

The result:

My ends are very much a slightly different colour to the rest of my hair, but nothing a little purple shampoo can't take care of. Otherwise, this toner really evened out my hair colour, where I practically had two halves, which isn't nice when you are trying to achieve a classic colour!

And if anybody is interested, my purple shampoo is more a blue shampoo! From DeLorenzo and is called the "De Lorenzo Novafusion Silver Shampoo". I got it at Hairhouse Warehouse and although it is rather expensive, it is SO worth it to get rid of all your icky brassy, yellowy, just not cool tones to your blonde hair!

I really hope this might have encouraged some people to buy the Wella White Lady, as it really is the most fantastic colour, and so easily done.


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Hair Hair Hair!

Hello ladies and gents!

The other day I bleached my hair for the first time by myself. Other than missing a teeny tiny bit at the back of my head (you can't see it, haha) I went significantly lighter than my original colour and made a sucessful part of my hair white. The ends remain a very light yellow - toning is needed! I'm so happy, because I can now cheaply do my hair by myself. Who needs professionals...pffft.

My hair is bleached and over processed, so my pin curls of late are very, shall we say, "poofy" - resulting in not so sleek hair no matter how much product I use, and something that generally resembled some 1930's starlets hair!

Mine is significantly more "poof" as my hair was very much a rush job today!

The photograph isn't all that good quality, and my hair wasn't as frizzy as it shows, but I liked it...

And this was my outfit for today! My lovely and myself went out to buy a new couch for our living room. Very happy with it, we're going to cover it and make it a lovely new colour. Our apartment is slowly getting more character!

Hope my readers enjoyed their christmas and new year!