Friday, April 24, 2015

Rosie the Riveter model has died

Mary Doyle Keefe, the model who posed for Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting, died this week, aged 92.

Keefe posed for the painting when he was 19 and working as a telephone operator.

She was never a riveter but the image was symbolic of the American women who worked in the home front in World War II.

This image was made by another artist (J. Howard Miller) and would be used as a poster to sell war bonds.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Buluuy Mirrii goes international

A few years ago, I wrote about a fashion designer, Colleen Tighe-Johnson, and her label Buluuy Mirrii.

It has been an exciting time for Colleen, as her label is now being shown internationally.

Just this month, Buluuy Mirrii, was showcased at the Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Photo by Timothy Treasure Photography

Photo by Timothy Treasure Photography

Colleen is a proud Gomeroi woman from Moree NSW.

The Gomeroi (Gamilaroi) dreaming stories are her inspiration for her fabric designs. 

The patterns are soft and shimmery with beautiful background colours of purple, pinks and blues on georgette fabric - colours of the dragonfly.  

The label will be showcased in New Plymouth in New Zealand in July 2015.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy 91st birthday Doris Day

Doris Day is 91 years old today.

She prefers to be out of the limelight these days. Her time is now dedicated to caring for dogs.

You can send Doris a birthday message through her webpage -

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Woman Crush Wednesday - Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani is a modern day fashion icon.

However, I loved her look in the 90s when the No Doubt music video for Just A Girl was released.

It was when she wore saddle shoes and put her hair up in a ponytail, with her hair rolled at the front.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day.

It is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

For this IWD, I thought I would ask celebrities about the women they admire most. 

I am so grateful that these wonderful women took the time out of their incredibly busy schedules to participate.

Jacqueline McKenzie 

"Nicole Kidman is a great actress and philanthropist with an extraordinary career. She's a great role model for young women around the world.

My mum. Her fight and grace under blight of big C is humbling, inspiring, moving and all kinds of fierce! An honour to walk with her.

Kiersten Warren is a great and loyal friend, a superb actress, an inspiration as a mom. Her love is unconditional. And she is FUN!!!"

Shanna Moakler 

"I admire Jessica Lange. I think she in an incredible talent as well as being one of the most beautiful actresses of our time".

Martina Navratilova 

"My mother, my grandmother, Katharine Hepburn and Madeleine Albright".

Jackie Gillies

"Oprah Winfrey. She is one hundred percent honest. She has a generous heart and is an inspiration to so many people around the world!"

Ros Reines

"Former Governor-General, Quentin Bryce is a woman to admire because of her humanitarianism, her poise and superb manners.

The first ever Australian female head of state is a fashion icon and has demonstrated her stoic nature by putting up with the machinations of dealing with Buckingham Palace for so long.

Jana Wendt who has shown women in media how to age gracefully and with her acute intellect, how to remain relevant."

Mrs Woog

"I admire the funny ladies, those who make us laugh. Think Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler. And the Australian talent we have here is huge. Wendy Harmer, Julia Morris, Judith Lucy to name just a few.

There have been many opinion pieces and articles (written by men of course) insisting that women cannot be, or are not funny. And it is a complete crock of bull.

So hats of to my favourite funny ladies and thanks for the laughter lines!"

(Just quietly, Mrs Woog is my favourite Aussie blogger. Check out her blog Woogsworld because she is hilarious).

Wynonna Judd

"My Mama. She raised two girls on welfare."

Johanna Griggs

"I admire my mum, Leigh and my two sisters Emma and Sarah. 

They are strong, smart, loving, caring, considerate people who combine family and their working lives incredibly well."

Melissa Tkautz

"Angelina Jolie is real, approachable and stands up for what she believes in. Oh and always the most glam woman in the room."

Gretel Killeen

I admire many fab women - but the top of my head local lady is Marie Bashir - bright, big-hearted, moral, grounded and kind

Lily Brett

I admire so many, many women, I couldn't possibly narrow my choice down to a handful of women. 

The world is full of the most remarkable, wonderful women.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Care for some jellied tongues or would you prefer aspic-glazed lamb loaf?

What pops into your mind when you think of vintage food and recipes?

I think of meat in aspic. 

I have never eaten it (I'm vegetarian). In fact, the very sight of meat in aspic makes me gag.

It seems that vintage recipe books feature plenty of jellied foods.

It's not just standard meat that goes into these grotesque creations, nothing is off limits.

Apparently, food that was jellied showed that you had a bit of money.

You see, gelatin needs refrigeration to set. So you needed a refrigerator.

In the 1950s, to own a refrigerator, you needed $$$. Interesting.

Here are some tasty treats that may have you feeling sick.

Friday, February 20, 2015

I won!

You know what is nice? Winning stuff.

Last week, I got a lovely surge of adrenalin when I read - you are the winner!

Desert Lily Vintage held the giveaway and I won a set of vintage canisters. Yay me!

Thanks for the prize. They are loved.