Vintage Allsorts

The Hollywood Honeys Spring Shake Up

The Hollywood Honeys Spring Shake Up

The 24th of September was a sentimental evening of song as The Hollywood Honeys sung farewell to their beloved red head, cabaret loving songbird Miss Kitty Van Horne. Our lovely Kitty has spread her wings to Melbourne town ( their gain, our loss ) so we wanted to send her off in vintage vocal style. Joined [...]


Great Gatsby Garden Party

Great Gatsby Garden Party

I have just posted a blog on my Vintage Allsorts page about a Great Gatsby garden party event that I worked on last summer and wanted to share some of the beautiful photos captured on the day by wonderful photographer Elliot Toms. My Jazz band featured the talents of Chuck Morgan on guitar, Thomas Wade [...]


Heritage Run – National Trust of NSW – My visit to Retford Park

Heritage Run - National Trust of NSW - My visit to Retford Park

  Last Friday I was invited to take part in a media event for The National Trust of NSW to help promote their upcoming Highway 31 Heritage Run event which is a classic car rally that sees entrants enjoy a leisurely tour of the former Hume Highway, driving from Old Government House, Parramatta to Cooma [...]


Back to the 50′s Festival at St.Ives Showground 2015

Back to the 50's Festival at St.Ives Showground 2015

Last year I was contacted by Ku-Ring-Gai Council to help them with the development of a brand new 50′s inspired festival to be held at St.Ives Showground in August. I was delighted to be involved with the inaugural event. Besides some behind the scenes, planning , programming and promotion, My main role was to produce [...]


Rodeo Queen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

Rodeo Queen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

In January this year I worked on the prop styling for Peter Alexander’s western inspired Rodeo Queen collection.  My dear friend and amazing assistant Brendan Hay worked with me and together we sourced a fun collection of colourful vintage rocking horses, rocking chairs, cowboy hats, boots, barrels and all things rodeo. Here are some of [...]


Abby Earl – Grace Kelly inspired shoot for Women’s Weekly magazine

Abby Earl - Grace Kelly inspired shoot for Women's Weekly magazine

I’m finally finding a moment to share this beautiful collection of images from 2014 of A Place to Call Home Actress Abby Earl for Women’s Weekly magazine. I worked as the prop stylist on this shoot by WW’s lovely style director Mattie Cronan and photographed by the always amazing Corrie Bond. Our location for the [...]


Carmen Miranda for Peter Alexander

Carmen Miranda for Peter Alexander

  Through my work as a prop stylist I have been lucky enough to work for Peter Alexander over the last 5 years. His collections are always great fun and very inspiring, the prop brief colourful and creative and none more so than the Carmen Miranda collection which called me to create larger than life [...]


Working on Love Child

Working on Love Child

One of the many things i do through my business Vintage Allsorts is run a casting agency, through this I have been lucky enough to work on many Australian Television and Film productions over the last 5 years. A Place to Call Home, Carlotta, Love Child, Australia the Story of Us and various other projects. [...]


Dita Von Teese Party for Cointreau

Dita Von Teese Party for Cointreau

In February 2013 I was lucky enough to be one of the invited guests to a sparkling soiree hosted by Cointreau’s global brand ambassador Dita Von Teese. Through my work with Cointreau and Stella concepts I had met Dita a few times previously and this intimate occasion held at Sydney’s The Victoria Room was a [...]


McGrath Foundation – BP ‘Believe in Pink’ High Tea

McGrath Foundation - BP 'Believe in Pink' High Tea

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). [...]


Blackcats & Steamboat Joes

Blackcats & Steamboat Joes

2013 turned into my busiest year yet. In between styling for Marie Claire , Peter Alexander prop making and torching jazz all over town there really wasn’t much time for sitting in front of my computer. This New Year’s resolution was to find more time for blogging , posting and sharing my world. Ahem… easier [...]


Marie Claire Two for the Road Fashion Story

Marie Claire Two for the Road Fashion Story

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The Balm Cosmetics Event Launch

The Balm Cosmetics Event Launch

  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 [...]


Shoot The Chef Competition 2011

Shoot The Chef Competition 2011

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 [...]


Palmer & Co Gig Photos

Palmer & Co Gig Photos

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 [...]


Wintersun Festival 2012

Wintersun Festival 2012

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 [...]


Peter Alexander Mother’s Day Catalogue

Peter Alexander Mother's Day Catalogue

A few months ago I had the great privilege of working with the wonderful Peter Alexander on his mothers day catalogue.  A quirky tribute to the 50′s housewife  ( so the perfect job for me. ) A baking bombshell in beautiful graphic print pyjamas. We shot the images in my kitchen and I also did [...]


Louis Prima Tribute Night

Louis Prima Tribute Night

  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 ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ a night dedicated to the music of one of big bands most rockin’ daddys, Louis Prima. Louis Prima helped [...]


Marie Claire – Finishing School Shoot

Marie Claire - Finishing School Shoot

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 [...]


Cry Baby at the Vanguard

Cry Baby at the Vanguard

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 [...]


Rock-a-fillies

Rock-a-fillies

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

ELVIS 77th BIRTHDAY BASH

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 [...]


Swing V’s Rockabilly Event Wrap Up

Swing V's Rockabilly Event Wrap Up

  On Saturday the 16th July the Factory Theatre played host to another amazing Swing V’s Rockabilly Showdown. Organised and Promoted by Graham Coupland (Manager and guitarist from the Velvet Set ) the night showcased a fine selection of NSW’s Swing and Rockabilly bands, all battling it out for the illustrious crown.   The audience [...]


Art of the Cocktail Hour Behind the Scenes Video Blog

Art of the Cocktail Hour Behind the Scenes Video Blog

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 [...]