Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Quick Tutorial: Do you do the moon? (Half moon manicure)

Half moon manicures are super easy (if a bit time consuming) and they definitely get easier with practice.

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I've seen a lot of tutorials posted online using sticky tape, or those ring binder things to make the shape - but I promise, you only need two special tools to do a half moon manicure:

 Acetone nailpolish remover, and a soft flat brush (I use a spare eye shadow brush).

I prefer Gel Nailpolish as it's long wearing and my nails are really brittle, and the polish is easier to maneuver (it levels itself). Tasha has a really good Gel Nail series on her blog here, so I won't go over how the nailpolish works or how to apply it. If you've never tried it before, give it a go, but for now I'll assume you've cleaned your nails and set your base coat under the lamp.

Step 1: Apply a thin coat of colour polish starting about 5mm (1/5 of an inch) from the base of your nail - you want to leave the lower part completely blank

Step 2: Make sure your brush isnt too loaded with polish, and carefully do the sides at an angle

If it doesn't look neat, don't worry you can fix it later (i.e. like my index finger here)

Step 3: Get your soft brush and dip it in the acetone. Blot off the excess onto a tissue, and carefully 'push' the ragged edges of the nailpolish with the brush until you get a curved shape you like

Do this for every finger, and set the colour coat under the lamp. (I finish one hand completely before starting the other one).

Step 4: Apply a second colour coat, keeping within the nice curved lines you made. I normally get close to the edge, but not right up to them

Step 5: Set the second coat, do your top coat and cleanse with your alcohol cleanser as per normal. Finished!

I admit it does take a bit longer than applying gel nailpolish the plain way, but it's not very hard either.

Do you do a half moon? What are your tips?

Gel nailpolish - High Roller from Couture Gel
1940s repro jumper - Sweater Girl at My Baby Jo
Diamond ring - Safari Lee
Jewellery and scarf - various
Lipstick - Nars velvet matte pencil in Red Square

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: Round She Goes Fashion Market, 17 May

Last weekend my pal Christine convinced me to go to Round She Goes, an indie/vintage/flea market that (suprisingly) we'd both never been to before.

I love vintage markets, even if you don't plan on buying anything it's a great place to wear a special outfit and have people 'get' it.

The weather was a bit iffy so I opted for a vintage cotton dress and slip,  instead of a rayon. There's just something about 1940's prints - I really love the random check pattern, and the fabric drapes beautifully.
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1940's cotton gauze dress - Crush Vintage
Shoes - Miss L Fire 'Betty'
Cardigan - Dangerfield
Red wicker bag - Chicago?
1940's ice tongs brooch and bakelite bangles - Etsy
Repro glasses - somewhere on 4th Street, Long Beach

If we thought this was going to be a small affair, we were very mistaken!

The queue just before the door opened was down the road, and you could barely move inside.

The stalls themselves were a mix of indie designs, true vintage (i.e. 40s-60s), retro (60s-90s) and current high-end designer stuff.
'Round She Goes' describes itself as a 'indoor market catering to pre-loved women's fashion', sorry guys - no menswear here!

It seems a few other people felt like putting on their favourite outfits too...

I loved this woman's beaded bag

That dress on the left was cute - biscuits and cakes!
There were a lot of familiar faces from other vintage shops here - it turns out a major Sydney institution, the Sydney Antique Centre, is closing and lot of sellers were down-sizing their collections.

I believe there were 60 stalls, and it sure felt like it!

And did I indulge too?

Unfortunately, there's some serious belt-tightening taking place here at Casa Del Homo which means cutting back on my clothing allowance (not that I had much of one to begin with). One nice 1940's rayon dress is all I'm afraid.

Vintage Review:
The prices for the 'good stuff' (40s-60) were quite resonable, ranging from $20-100 for a dress - although, to be honest, most of the good stuff was from sellers clearing out their stock/wardrobes. I'm not sure if it's a consistent range based on one visit.
Handbags were very pricey for some reason, $70-100 for a Glomesh Bag? Yowza.

For $2 entry, I will definitely go again - my only tip is get there at least 20 minutes before the doors open and bring some water as it gets quite hot.

Has anyone else been? What did you think?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Holiday Round Up - All the rest!

After leaving Vegas, our next stop was New York - one of favourite places!

The High Line, SoHo

This time we learnt our lesson and stayed in much cheaper Brooklyn in an artist's loft we rented through AirBnB.

Compared to Vegas, the weather was pretty cold and I was really glad to have found a 1940's trench coat at Viva to keep the wind out.

We even did a day trip to Philadelphia - the Mutter Museum of Medical History has been on my bucket list for ages, and I had no idea it was so close to New York (just over an hour on the train).

Jakk went to the Art Institute while I looked at things in jars.
No photos allowed unfortunately, but we also visited Eastern State Penitentiary, one of most famous prisons ever built and another bucket list item.

After a week in New York, it was on to Chicago and dinner with Tasha (of ByGumByGolly) and her lovely partner Mel.

We were really lucky to catch them before they flew to Dublin the next day.
They're such a sweet couple, I hope one day they'll make it down under so we can return the hospitality.

If we thought New York was cold, Chicago was freeeeeeezzzing.

This time we did a few of the walking tours around Chicago run by the Architecture Foundation - highly recommended, and don't forget comfortable shoes and warm gloves.

Donut store, near Damen Station

After bidding Chicago a fond farewell, we had a few days resting (and shopping) in Los Angeles - specifically the Queen Mary in Long Beach!

Did you know you can stay on it? Jakk loves ships, and we both love Art Deco, so it seemed the logical choice instead of staying in a boring old hotel.

A word on the Queen Mary.
It's historic, it's art deco - but don't expect it to be pristine or look like the photos online. I was a bit suprised at the 'shabby' feel to some parts, but acknowledge that it must cost a fortune to look after.

The staff were very amusing - some were extremely helpful and lovely, and others were so surly it made me think of Fawlty Towers.

We would stay there again, but forwarned is forearmed.

Our main reason for being in LA was for shopping, and I finally got to visit the Miss L Fire Hollywood store. As you can tell, I was pretty excited!

And yes, we did have to buy an extra suitcase to get everything home!

As always, the vintage shopping in the USA is generally plentiful and cheap, so here's my Vintage Stores Round Up (in order of amazing) of stores we liked:

New York
Bop Kat Vintage, 117 Union St Brooklyn. The best in NY for affordable vintage, and my pick if I could only visit one store.
Union Max, 110 Union St Brooklyn. Jewellery, bakelite, clothing.
Cobblestones, 314 E9th St, East Village
No Relation Vintage, 204 1st Ave East Village. You need to search through everything, but pre-1960s treasures are hiding here.
Williamsburg Flea, 50 Kent Ave, Brooklyn.
Junk, 197 N 9th St Brooklyn. Mainly junk (literally) but I did find a 1940's leopard trimmed coat here for cheap.

Chicago - all of Chicago is awesome!
Vintage Underground, 1834 W North Ave (Wicker Park). My pick for range and price, mainly clothing and accessories.
Store B, 1472 N Milwaukee Ave (Wicker Park)
Lazy Dog Antique Store, 1903 W Belmont Ave
Belmont Army Vintage, 844 W Belmont Ave. Hipster paradise, but there are some gems if you look hard.
Knee Deep Vintage, 1425 W 18th St (Pilsen). Go straight to the back room for the good stuff.
Comet Vintage, 1320 W 18th St (Pilsen)
Market Supply Company, 1747 S Halstead St (Pilsen), Dethrose Vintage's brick and mortar store

LA/Long Beach
SLOW, 7474 Melrose Ave, Fairfax
4th St, Long Beach. Everything is fabulous!
Long Beach Antique Market, 4901 E Contant St

Well, sadly that's our last big holiday for a couple of years.
I hope you enjoyed sharing our travels, and I'll be back to my normal posts very soon.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Holiday round up - Viva Las Vegas

How much do we love Viva Las Vegas?

We had such a great time this year, so much that we are planning on coming back in 2016. As always, the music and dancing was out of control...

Aussie bands - Scotty Baker, with Pat Capocci

Don't forget to pop down to the pool party at least once! (Pink hair was very popular this year)

Service Pug! He even had little ear muffs to protect his ears from the noise.
Try not to get sunburnt at the car show...

Or crushed in the crowds waiting for the vendor rooms to open...
Make sure you get a good seat for the Charles Pheonix Retro Slideshow...

And you may need an extra bag to get everything you bought home!

This year, we ticked another item off the bucket list - a vist to the Neon Boneyard, where old neon signs retire to be admired.

I admit I was initially surprised how small the boneyard was - but they have it laid out really well to pack as much in as they can.

One of the highlights of Viva is getting to meet people from all over the world, and I was lucky enough to finally meet two of my favourite bloggers in real life:
Desiree, from Pop-o-matic Deluxe (who has some great photos from Viva). She had the best shoes on every time I saw her.

Excuse my tired face, it was 12am and I had been dancing for 6 hours!
and Laurence, from Lost in the 1950s. Every time I bumped into Laurence (and her husband Sylvain) they were so beautifully dressed, it was amazing. I can confirm, she looks impeccable on her blog AND in real life too. 
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And of course, we would be the first customers at the Miss L Fire stall early Saturday morning (with dark sunglasses to hide our sleepy eyes from the night before).
I think I forgot to list a tip for Vegas - their tap water is horrible! Ugh!
We ended up taking the free shuttle to the The Strip, and walking to the Miracle Mile Shops (when you see Sephora, that's the place). There's an ABC Store (like a 7Eleven) inside that sells water in gallon bottles for a few dollars.
Well, that's Viva over for another year and I hope you were able to get a taste of what it's like from my photos. Stay tuned for some more holiday snaps coming soon, included meeting up with Tasha from By Gum By Golly and staying on the Queen Mary!

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