Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Underbelly Razor

Underbelly is an Australian crime drama focusing on true stories from our history. I'd known for a while that the next series was going to be set in the 1920s, and wondered if they would focus on two of the more unusual gang leaders I read about in Crooks Like Us - Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine (see my post on this amazing book here). Lo and behold, the first teaser trailer for the series came out and I was right!

Underbelly Razor will be focusing on the story of the razor gangs, the pawns of the 'Queens of the Underworld' Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine. These two ladies came to power due to a legal loophole that allowed women to run brothels, but not men. Both used their brothels as a front for illegal gambling, sly grog and drugs. At the time, guns were not readily available, so Australian gang wars in the 20s were characterized by the use of razors instead of the tommy guns you asssociate with American figures. The rival gangs would often meet in violent brawls involving up to 50 men at a time! The short video below discusses the history further - warning, it does contain some graphic images.

Now, while Underbelly does stick to the facts of the stories it portrays, it has a tendency to 'sex it up' a little - okay, a lot. I have noticed in the posters, however, that at the very least the ladies wear a manicure with the moons and tips white, so the costume department has done their homework! Regardless of whether or not it ends up being 100% historically accurate, I think we're in for a dramatic ride.

A few reminders: my Eyeko cosmetics giveaway for UK readers is ending very shortly, so make sure to get your entries in - only 3 contestants so far! Additionally, I'm in the process of doing a massive closet clearout and have listed quite a few vintage and rockabilly items on ebay, including a brand new What Katie Did swimsuit, Mexican tourist jacket, fully fashioned stockings and a beautiful 50s full skirted dress. Please check out my auctions here!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Eyeko Giveaway - UK only!

I have a special giveaway for UK based ladies today - a £20 gift voucher for Eyeko cosmetics! This brand is famous for their cute packaging and great value products, including a wide range of nail polishes and their cult 3-in-1 cream for a dewy glow. They have free UK shipping, and if you enter an Eyeko Ambassador Codes at the checkout you'll always be able to get a bonus gift with purchase! (They are very easy to find on google).

I bought this voucher not realizing it was valid in the UK only, so please only enter if you live there! I don't want it to go to waste.

The rules:
  1. You must be a follower of this blog, and post a comment on this entry telling me your favourite cosmetic product of the moment!
  2. If you re-post this giveaway on your own blog, you gain one extra entry. If you do so, link me to your post in another comment.
The winner will be randomly drawn June 30, and the voucher is valid until the 6th of August. Good luck!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Magazine Clutch Purses at ASOS

I've been doing a lot of online browsing on ASOS lately - free international shipping is not something I come across often! I found some vintage-inspired magazine clutch purses in their sale section which I thought may be of interest to you (they go for surprisingly high prices on Etsy). I'm not sure whether this style of purse first became popular in the 60s or 70s, but the idea of carrying your lippie in what appears at first glance to be a rolled up magazine is just inspired!

I particularly adore the first one - crossing my fingers that it won't sell out before payday!

If anyone purchases one, I'd love to see pictures. Hope you enjoy!