Thursday, March 22, 2012

Louise Whelan Shoot

Last week we did an amazing shoot with the very talented Louise Whelan.
When Lou first spoke to me about doing the shoot I was thrilled, having been a huge fan of Shooting Starlets I was bowled over that she would want to come to Adelaide and shoot Hot Couture. Lou is putting together a coffee table book and wanted Hot Couture and a couple of our models to take part. We shot at Jen Rossiter's house which is full to the brim of fabulous iconic fifties stuff, least of all her stunning cactus garden and hills hoist, how much more Adelaide can you get.
Jen kindly offered to do the models hair and make up, assisted by Molly Harrison they started early while Lou took photo's of me at my studio. Luckily I didn't need hair and make up as I attended The Lindy Charm School work shop just the day before, I was pretty darn pleased with myself I have to say. It was great fun shooting with Lou, she made me feel so comfortable. I'm usually the one running around after the models, not the one in front of the camera. Ginger Taylor and Sarah Easter looked incredibly beautiful in the frocks and play-suits we had chosen. All up it was a pretty pleasant day and we were thrilled when Lou sent the photo's a few days later. Louise is a true genius and we feel very lucky to have been a part of it. Thanks to all the girls involved I love your work. Also thanks to The Queen Street Cafe and Ben for feeding us.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Lindy Charm School

I can't remember ever having such a wonderful girly day and so much fun. Never have I seen so many bobby pins, lipstick, hairspray and rollers all in one room. We arrived at the workshop to be greeted by the very fabulous Chrissy and Sammy who run the course you couldn't meet two nicer or welcoming gals, we had no idea what to expect but I can honestly say we never expected to be able to do 6 hairstyles with setting lotion and that was all before lunch. Chrissy gave us the lowdown on undergarments and I thought I knew everything about vintage underwear it seems not. They both talked about posture and confidence and how important it is to take a compliment ( that's never been one of MY problems, I almost jump the person who compliments me. ) Just before lunch we were served champagne while our do's set. Lunch was quite wonderful at Queenie's in Largs Bay I can highly recommend it. Then we dropped in on Rene Mussared who owns a fab shop called In Love Again Vintage, another shop you must visit. Lovely Rene had a bucket full of clip ons for us to pick a pair each, too much fun. After lunch we learnt all about make up and how little we actually need. The girls make their own Russian Red lippy and let me tell you I haven't smelt or tried a lipstick like that since I borrowed my Grannies when I was 6. Not only did we learn so many new things but we made friends with a lot of the girls. Elly and I left with new do's, setting lotion and new lippy. It all came in handy the next day when  I had my photo taken with Louise Whelan. More about that later. The next day at lunch my daughter Ginger said and I quote " I actually think your more charming today Mum." Hilarious.

Two Bit Villian opening party.

We're very excited at Hot Couture about Two Bit's new shop. Willy, Sarah and I attended the party on Friday night and what a night it was. As we walked up the stairs of the Adelaide Arcade we were already tapping our feet to the music of local band Lucky Seven. The Arcade was alive with all the cool kids swing dancing and just hanging outside the shop. Sass greeted us in her Hot Couture one off sparkly gold number. Gorgeous Annie in H.C playsuit was giving out shots of rum and soda. The bar is fantastic and runs along one wall where we got a peek of Liam through the glass window making his famous soda's, if your in the city you have to stop by it's just a great place to sit have some fries and soda, listen to great music and look around at all the cool stuff to buy. Chrissy and Sammy from The Lindy Charm School dropped by as well as the very fabulous Ruby Chew and Rose. So if your in the city or even visiting from Interstate I recommend it. Kustom Kulture is on this weekend and it is just the place to buy your outfit. Say Hi to the owners Sass and Liam from us. <3<3<3