Trocadero Dance Palace. 'The Troc' was a dance hall that opened in the '30s and was the place to catch the best big bands, or dance with the finest dance partners in Sydney. This year, Sydney Festival re-created the Dance Palace in the Town Hall with an amazing all female big band - Sirens - some incredible dancers and spectacular aerial performers. It was an amazing show. There is a cheesy, but cute video about it here.
EDIT - just found another great video here with some footage of the original Trocadero.
I decided to embrace the Sydney summer vibe and go floral. This dress is not vintage - but the cool cotton was very much appreciated on the dance floor. I pin-curled my hair - in fact, I wore my pin-curls under a scarf to the gym that morning and got a few funny looks! They came out really well! I followed this tutorial and found it helpful.
We had such a good time - even though we could only remember two or three of our swing-steps (we are now REALLY good at those few!). Now I just wish it were a more regular event!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Last night Ian and I wandered along the cliff tops and down to the beach for dinner. I have walked that path a zillion times, but the view is always different. It is really just sea and sky - but the colours change from greens to blues to greys and the sea swirls and calms in to any number of shapes and textures.
Today I am back to work, which is exciting and overwhelming. I have a whole bunch of tasks that have hung over from last year. First on the list is to write up the paper I presented in Wagga Wagga. Rosie has been keeping herself accountable by posting a sentence from her day's work - which I will try out myself today. So expect a sentence later tonight!
blouse - portmans
skirt - glebe markets
cardigan - MNG
belt - vintage fair
shoes - Clarke's originals
bag - girft from Stella
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
This dress was once baby blue. I bought it from the Brooklyn flea a couple of years ago. when I got it home and into my waredrobe I realised I had half a dozen baby blue dresses, of a similar shape. So one day whenn I was dyeing a skirt wine-colour, becuase I had spilt wine on it, I dyed this dress too. I did it over the stove in an old saucepan, stiring it for 30mins and have been pretty pleased with the results! The buttons are covered in fabric, so they dyed in perfectly too.
I have a few dresses that are in a pile to be dyed - would anyone be interested in a tutorial?
dress - Brooklyn flea market
cardigan - SES
belt - vintage
shoes - Clarke's originals
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The picture above is from the SMH, because at night, my poor little camera does this:
...And ate magnificent chocolate cake that Glen had made - to celebrate the world's birthday! Happy New year!