I Can’t Believe It’s Not Vintage!

Or, ‘I enjoy dressing this way in an era with wifi and slightly more human rights.’

I get inspiration from a lot of places.

I mean, I’ve written lots of songs about me and the people I know, but I’ve also written songs inspired by popular books, Shakespearian plays, old Marilyn Monroe photographs, and bus drivers.

And just because I like to dress a little more grandma-ish than most people, that does not mean that I can’t find inspiration in more modern places.  In the spirit of positivity and things that make me happy, here are some of my more contemporary loves…

1. Lana Del Ray

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Crazy addictive songs and she’s a total babe.  Need I go on?

In all seriousness, I only discovered her properly when I went back to tafe to study Auslan full time and suddenly had hour-long public transport journeys on my hands and no music on my iPhone.  On a whim I bought Born to Die from iTunes and since it was the only thing on my phone, listened to it every day travelling to and from tafe.  I have more music on my phone now, but am dangerously obsessed with songs such as Off to the Races (I’m a sucker for a good Lolita reference) and am thinking some jazzified covers might be in the works sometime in the near future…

2. Megan Abbott books

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Making you feel like you could go and live in a film noir.  Her writing is so evocative you can practically smell the decadence, the hedonistic parties and seedy underbelly of the 1930s – 50s.  I highly recommend: Queenpin, Die A Little, Bury Me Deep and The Song Is You.  I discovered Ms Abbott completely by chance when I won a book voucher for the top marks in a particular Year 12 subject way back when (yes, complete nerd and proud of it right here!).  I was browsing the book shop and deciding how to spend my voucher when I spotted the phenomenal on-the-money pulp-esque cover art of Die A Little and couldn’t resist.  Let me tell you, judging a book like this by it’s cover is absolutely acceptable.

3. Killers Kill, Dead Men Die by Annie Leibovitz

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I mean, this photoshoot is just RIDICULOUS (click on the photo above for more).  It is my plan to slowly recreate all of them for various album covers and promo shoots (although I may just need to recruit a Ms Sarah Walker for that…).

4. Idda Van Munster

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I neglected to mention her in My Top 5 Vintage Blogs post (!!!) but she is an inspiration to me every day, thanks to the wonder of social media.  I mean, just look at this woman! Breathtaking beauty and everyday glamour.

And last but not least…

5. Dita.

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Dita.

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DITA.

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Did I mention I met Dita Von Teese? As if there was ever any competition for queen of vintage-inspired glamour every single day.   Dita inspires me for a lot of reasons, and it’s not just about her look.  This lady works hard and has built herself a well-deserved empire.

Of course there are many MANY more things that inspire me and I’m sure you’ll hear about them in future posts.  In the meantime…what inspired you today?

Yours & c.,

Ilana

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