Last week I was very proud to host a Vintage High Tea for the McGrath Foundation. High Teas have been a tradition for the Foundation since its creation 10 years ago and was in fact the very first fundraising initiative organised by Jane McGrath and her best friend Tracy Bevan (Director of the McGrath Foundation). [...]
There is currently a photo of me in a exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. It is a photographic exploration of descendants of Australia’s early convicts. I worked with the wonderful photographer Mine Konacki a few years ago whilst I was doing [...]
From the moment I was approached to work on the Australian launch of ‘The Balm’ I felt an incredible synergy between the balm’s personality and the vintage world I have created based on mine. Vintage Allsorts provides me with a business that is fun , nostalgic , feminine, quirky and creative , a world [...]
In 2011 the wonderful Louise Whelan entered a portrait of me in the SMH Shoot the Chef competition. The image was chosen as one of the finalists , unfortunately we didn’t win but we sure had lots of fun attending all of the Crave Food festival events were we met lots of inspiring chefs and [...]
I have been having the most wonderful time singing at Palmer & Co. It is truly a pleasure to be a little jazz bird in such a decadent and inspiring space. A few months ago the wonderful Dusk Devi and the amazing Louise Whelan stopped by to check out the space. On separate nights with [...]
On the June long weekend I was invited to perform at Wintersun. Australia’s oldest running nostalgia festival. It was the first time I had played at the festival since it has moved from it’s original home at Coolangatta. With the Cooly Rocks festival still being held there over the same weekend I was curious to [...]
I’m very excited to tell you that I have been singing at Merivales’s fabulous new speakeasy bar Palmer & Co. Located in the heart of the city , hidden in a narrow alleyway is the place this little torch singer has been dreaming about. Dimly lit with exposed architecture and brilliant attention to detail, [...]
Sing, Sing, Sing……. A tribute to Louis Prima – The King of Swing Polish your brass, get your spats whitened and join Miss Pia Andersen in conjunction with the Vanguard in presenting â€˜Sing, Sing, Sing’ a night dedicated to the music of one of big bands most rockin’ daddys, Louis Prima. Louis Prima helped [...]
Chess Records At last, Chess Record night has come along! Join Miss Pia Andersen and the Vanguard in celebrating some of the most important and influential acts to come out of Chicago in the 50′s and early 60′s. Leonard Chess’ Chess Records label was instrumental in bringing early blues, soulful jazz and rock n’ [...]
The last Marie Claire Shoot I worked on was a decadent and stylish soiree. A French Finishing school showcasing sophisticated lady like luxury. The location for the shoot was the historical house Mahratta’ one of Sydney’s finest examples of an Art Deco home. The 1.6 hectare gardens are filled with rare and exotic native Australian [...]
Another fun night at The Vanguard and what a night it was! It was great to see so many people come out once more on a Sunday night, all in the name of great music and having a good time. And maybe (just a little bit) Johnny Depp. When I heard that The Vanguard were [...]
ROCKAFILLIES A TRIBUTE TO THE FEMALE PIONEERS OF ROCK’N’ROLL It’s time to iron your wiggle frock, pull on your peep-toes and shimmy on down as Miss Pia Andersen in conjunction with The Vanguard presents Rockafillies, a night filled with good girls gone rocking, good girls gone bad and rock n’roll mamas de luxe. Featuring [...]
Elvis’ 77th Birthday Bash Preen your quiffs, starch your jumpsuits and dust off your blue suede shoes as The Vanguard invites you to a very special night celebrating Elvis’ 77th birthday in a manner fit for a king! From Sun Studios to Soundtracks to the ’68 Comeback Special, let Miss Pia Andersen and her Lonesome [...]
Held in Brisbane Australia , Greazefest is a ‘must do’ kustom kulture festival for devotees in the Southern Hemisphere. A weekend filled with cool cars, rockabilly tunes, tattoos, pinstripers , lowriders, and vintage fashion. This year I was lucky enough to be asked to perform with my favourite rockabilly partner in crime the one and [...]
The Art of the Cocktail Hour blog is Cointreau’s modern, entertaining and thoroughly useful guide to recreating the golden age of the cocktail hour, today. “With our cocktail connoisseur and chic contributors we’ll usher you through cocktail basics, early evening etiquette, fanciful food, sophisticated styling and all things necessary when gathering with friends for a cocktail party [...]
On Saturday the 21st of May Black Cherry Club took over the Factory Theatre for Sydney’s favourite Rock ‘n’ Roll Party.Advertised as 7 hours of pure dynamite, offering three rooms of non stop action including bands, burlesque and dj’s, the diverse line up of top shelf talent means there is something for everyone. The ever [...]
MID- WINTER WARMER Replace your Carbon footprint with Some Dancing shoes….. Come get Warm with us! Vintage Allsorts and Function Entertainment Present a glamorous Mid Winter Warmer to chase those chills away, For One Night Only Deco Dance Palace Balmain Town Hall will host a celebration of the music that defined cocktail cool. The Mid [...]
Last Friday Night an intimate selection of Sydney’s Cocktail Enthusiasts were treated to a wonderful night of drinking and decadence. The Ivy’s Den hosted the event as part of the World Cocktail Week Celebrations and with Head mixologist Mikey Enright and Tim Phillips (2009 UK Bartender of the Year ) creating unique twists on early evening cocktails there was plenty to celebrate.
During the Art of the Cocktail Hour guests were taken on a short stroll through the history of the fashion and etiquette inspired by a social phenomenon that has sparked new forms of expression and to this day continues to evolve.
I had such an amazing time sharing the social history and lavish style of the cocktail hour. Throughout the decades Cocktail Clothing and Culture has provided rich and varied ways for individuals to present themselves and the models looked truly sensational as they displayed the special attire that provides a charming insight into a daily ritual, a passage of time between work and leisure that is filled with glamour and elegance when having a drink wasn’t just about the beverage but the environment , atmosphere and the sophisticated conversation that followed.
The official event photos showcased in this blog are Courtesy of the amazing and very talented Louise Whelan.
They are sure to make you want to adorn a fur and head to your nearest cocktail den for a Cointreau Blush, and for those of you wanting to know more about Cocktail Culture be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Cointreau’s new ‘ Art Of The Cocktail Hour Blog’ which will be a modern and useful guide to cocktails, early evening etiquette, fanciful food, sophisticated styling and all things necessary when gathering with friends for a cocktail party at home. http://artofthecocktailhour.com.au/
It’s due to launch Mid July!
Remember the 1950s glamorous golden age of the “cocktail hour” when appetites were stimulated with a few stiff cocktails and lots of relaxed conversation? Head mixologist Mikey Enright and Tim Phillips (2009 UK Bartender of the Year) will put their own twist on early evening cocktails such as the Breakfast Martini and the White Lady. [...]
Sydney’s favourite Rock’n’Roll party, BLACK CHERRY, returns to the massive Factory Theatre complex on Saturday 21st May! So Roll up! For the wildest Band, Burlesque & DJ Variety Show in town… Event: Black Cherry Genre: Rock’n’Roll (50′s to now – including Punk, Rockabilly, Garage, Soul, Ska, Alt-Country, Blues, Swamp, Roots, Glam & Alternative!) Date: Saturday [...]
The Heavyweight showdown of the Century comes to your town! It’s ‘Winner takes all’ as 8 of the Countries finest Swing & Rockabilly bands go head to head over 2 stages. In the Blue corner we have the undisputed Heavy Weight champions of Swing – The Velvet Set, taking on the number 1 Rockabilly contenders [...]
Atomic Fun was the theme for last years 50′s Fair and fun it certainly was. A beautiful Sunny Winter’s Day spent at one of my favourite Mid- century Modern Sydney Properties. The Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga was Architect Harry Seidler’s first Australian commission an open plan minimal design with all of the mod-cons of [...]