Friday, July 24, 2009


Hi Folks.
I've been spending a lot of time on You Tube looking at tap routines from the 20's 30's and 40's, there is so much incredible stuff.
I was always most attracted to the tap numbers in old movies: the music, costumes, sets and style were just so magical it makes me nostalgic for an era I never new! (ah, if only I had a time machine)
I've been learning tap for a bit over a year now and it is so much fun. Anyone that knows me, knows I'm not a big fan of exercise (seriously what's the point of running....can someone explain it to me?) but when it comes to tap dance I just can't get enough!
It doesn't really feel like exercise anyway, it's more like moving (hopefully gracefully!) around to great music, dreaming of being transported back into the past in some super hot costume and dancing like crazy on stage to a sold out theater of adoring fans (that's where my vivid imagination takes me anyway)
However....I realise my dream of being a star of the stage is not a realistic one:
a- I think I would die of stage fright before I could even do a shuffle ball-change!
b- Loving something doesn't magically give you talent!
So I'm living vicariously through the amazing work of the talented ladies leading the way in the golden era of tap

Eleanor Powell. How amazing is that outfit! and yes those tap shorts appear to be covered entirely in fringing. Me wanty!

A young Ann Miller

The Holst Sisters doing a novelty routine. I love everything about this one. The costumes are awesome, they are chained together at the feet and they are sisters, what more could you ask for. My sister started learning tap with me last year, it was such a fun sister bonding activity. But then she up and left to go live in Paris, how rude I say!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Hey Folks, just a quick note to tell you I've extended the sale until this Sunday (26th)
Come on in and pick up a bargain :)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Glamour Shots!

The other week, I went to the greatest costume party that the world has ever seen.
The theme was glamour shots!
and as the invite said: think Sunday best, think Vaseline on the lens, think
People really went to town with the theme and it was amazing to see so many great costumes in the one place. There was plenty of 80's style and more denim than you could poke a stick at.
It wouldn't be a glamour shots party with out having the glamour shots! So the hosts set up a photo studio with lights and garish backdrops and two amazingly talented photographers to snap away the success of the night.

That's me! I went prom style by pinching a lovely yellow chiffon dress from the shop and making a giant bow for my hair.

Greg and Amy looking rather dashing. The suit and dress are both from Poppet
(this would make a great promo shot for the shop, dont ya think?)

Amy adorable :)

Ashleigh looking studious (check out the amazing hair braid!)

Michaela looking dreamy...and yes that is sprigs of baby's breath in her hair...too perfect for words

Tara and Shannon. Wow that's a lot of denim

Pete reading about it!

Katie being a little of her six costume changes throughout the night, each more hilarious than the last :)

It was such a fun night, and even more fun when all the photos stared showing up on the facebook. It's great going to a party that is so well documented, because you can go back and re-live all the hilarity (and show the pictures to people that weren't there and make them jealous that they missed all the fun....haha)

All images courtesy of the amazing Tara and James.
Good work folks, you did a brilliant job!

Friday, July 10, 2009


The Poppet sale is under way, and there are bargains left right and possibly centre.
Stop by and pick up some great vintage deals.

Two big racks jam packed with $10 and $20 goodness.

$5 Treasure Chest

20% off the rest of the clothes in the shop....yes all!

Bargains for Boys.
Come on into Poppet and get some excellent $10 and $20 shirts,
and there is heaps of great winter gear at 20% off.

The sale ends on Sunday the 19, so don't miss out :)

Here is a picture for your entertainment.
Its a Michael Jackson tribute mannequin....styled by amy

yay...hope to see you all in the shop soon :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Window Display

I've been hard at work this week putting together a new window display for the shop.
Because it is so very cold here in Melbourne-town, I went for a winter wonderland theme with icy blues and whites as the main colours. I thought this would also be a nice backdrop for the brightly coloured handmade toys that love being shown-off in the window!

I stenciled some white snowflakes on the window, and hung strands of blue and white pom-poms.

I made some new display boxes out of old dresser drawers. I spray-painted them white and glued some lovely vintage wallpaper in the back.

these little guys love hiding in their new boxes :)

With all the blue and white used, I thought some yellow flowers would be just the ticket to brighten things up. I made these pom-pom flowers on wire and put them in vintage glass bottles (these are really cute and easy to make, but if anyone wants a tutorial I can put one up)

So thats the window display, I hope you like it as much as I do.
If you're in the area come by and have a look....and don't forget to pop in and say hello :)