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This Retro Life is dedicated to telling the stories of people who are bringing the lifestyle, fashion, collections and music back from a bygone era. Meet some of the best modern day pinups, burlesque dancers and vintage collectors and hear the stories behind why they are make this modern life a little more retro.

This Retro Life is dedicated to telling the stories of people who are bringing the lifestyle, fashion, collections and music back from a bygone era. Meet some of the best modern day pinups, burlesque dancers and vintage collectors and hear the stories behind why they are make this modern life a little more retro.
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This Retro Life is dedicated to telling the stories of people who are bringing the lifestyle, fashion, collections and music back from a bygone era. Meet some of the best modern day pinups, burlesque dancers and vintage collectors and hear the stories behind why they are make this modern life a little more retro.






Episode Fifty: American Duchess

Bustles, stays, rumps and hoops! Get ready to tight lace your corset because we're going back to the 18th century. In this episode meet a woman who brings 1700's fashion to life in 2017, that has created a business around historic and vintage dress and has just released a book to teach you to be 1700's fabulous today! Meet Lauren Stowell from American Duchess.

Duration: 00:35:47

Episode Forty Nine: Retro Betty

It's our first birthday! We have been telling modern vintage stories for a year now and to celebrate we sit down with one of the incredible minds behind the online magazine Retro Betty. So get comfy, maybe in the backseat of a classic car, because this week we're going cruising with Kirsty Wallett aka Francie Flathead.

Duration: 00:34:46

Episode Forty Eight: Pinup Doll Australia

We went behind the scenes of the Pinup Doll Australia finals held at Chromefest in NSW, Australia. The winner gets a golden ticket to the Miss Pinup International contest in London. So come inside the backstage tent and meet the wonderful finalists and men and women behind an event that grows each and every year.

Duration: 00:39:20

Episode Forty Seven: That Retro Piece

How does one man end up with over 1500 pieces of vintage Pyrex? It starts with just one. Then slowly grows and grows and becomes more and more addictive. But for Stan from That Retro Piece his love of Pyrex has turned into a resource for others and a world first book. We go down the dangerously obsessive (in a fun way) road of Pyrex collection in this episode.

Duration: 00:26:52

Episode Forty Six: My Vintage Love

From perm machines that look like they might electrocute you to leave in hair rollers made of metal, beauty through the ages hasn't always been painless. But thanks to those inventions we now have the technology today that makes recreating vintage looks so much easier. Michelle Coursey is the makeup artist and vintage fashionista behind My Vintage Love and our guest this week

Duration: 00:17:01

Episode Forty Five: The Flying Pinup

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are preparing for takeoff so could you please make sure your tray tables and seats are in the upright position, your vintage hat is cocked at the correct angle and that you're ready to take to the skies in a vintage warbird. Your pilot for this adventure is The Flying Pinup. I hope you enjoy your ride.

Duration: 00:24:25

Episode Forty Four: Miss Baltimore Bombshell

What was the first vintage clothing item you owned? For many of us it can be hand me downs that end up int eh dress up box. We might only wear them around the house. But Miss Baltimore Bombshell was different. The second she found herself in the possession of a box of polyester beauties she knew she was onto something that made her happy and she bucked the teenage trend to rock old clothes whenever she could. Now, she's a modern vintage lass with an incredible story to tell.

Duration: 00:33:28

Episode Forty Three: Miss Chan Delier

This week we're travelling to Norway to meet the reigning Miss Pinup International. This week Miss Chan Delier will hand over her crown and title to another fabulous lady. But before she does let's find out more about this passionate vintage lover, what makes her tick and about the vintage scene in Norway.

Duration: 00:27:19

Episode Forty Two: Mid-Century Home

Step inside some of the best mid century modern homes in the world. We are taking a trip into homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Alto, Charles and Ray Eames and so many more. What started as a passion for vases in a flea market has turned into a full blown passion for vintage architecture for Marco Guagliardo. So hit play and meet the man behind Mid-Century Home.

Duration: 00:24:48

Episode Forty One: Emileigh Rogers

This episode needs to be consumed with a delicious, piping hot cup of tea. Because it's one of the things guest Emileigh Rogers loves to do. Paired with a love for vintage, a passion for blogging and a love of connecting with people Emileigh is one of the most interesting and lovely people you can meet. So pop the kettle on, brew the pot and as you sip enjoy this weeks episode.

Duration: 00:26:31

Episode Forty: Sophie Caligari

Say cheese! This week is all about vintage photography. But we aren't looking at magazine spreads of the 1980's. Glamour shots of the 1950's. We are going all the way back to the 1800's. When carnivals had a tent with a man, a trunk and an odd looking machine that would capture your image for ever. Today we're looking at wet plate photography and how Melbourne based photographer Sophie Caligari is keeping this old technique alive all these centuries later.

Duration: 00:22:31

Episode Thirty Nine: True Crime Historian

Passion for true crime is everywhere at the moment. Podcasts, books, articles and general conversation. But most true crime lovers tend to focus on modern history. Not Richard Jones from the True Crime Historian podcast. He is all about the vintage scoundrels that caused trouble from the late 1800's until early 1940's. So this week on This Retro Life we are taking a look at vintage and historic crime.

Duration: 00:31:32

Episode Thirty Eight: Miss Emerald Elle

Time to meet another amazing pinup who is off to London in September to compete at Miss Pinup International. Miss Emerald Elle hails from Ireland and is a pinup, burlesque dancer, vintage lover and World War Two reenactor! She started the Irish Pinups Facebook page and is one of the many people behind getting Ireland vintage scene and talent known!

Duration: 00:19:18

Episode Thirty Seven: The Pistolette

Howdy partners this week we are off to find out if things really are bigger in Texas. You need to pack your sequins, big hair and excess energy because we are about to go go dance with The Pistolettes. They might be named after bread but there's nothing crumby about this group of retro dancers! Hit play to be transported directly to the swinging 60's!

Duration: 00:28:17

Episode Thirty Five: Paris Brown

Did you know Marilyn Monroe loved to write poetry? Not only that between takes on a movie set she could often be found with her nose in a book. So do we still have an appreciation for mid century literature today like we do fashion? This is one of the questions vintage lover Paris Brown has been asking as part of her university study. So hit play and find out more about the stories that have inspired our modern vintage loves!

Duration: 00:20:03

Episode Thirty Two: Rollin' Ragdolls

Picture this. You're wearing your favourite summer vintage outfit, the sun is out, you're with friends and it feels like you are flying. This week we are virtually travelling over bridges, past windmills in one of the most picturesque countries in the world. We are going Roller Skating in the Netherlands with the Rollin' Ragdolls. Find out how skating and vintage goes hand in hand and have a bit of fun along the way!

Duration: 00:22:59

Episode Twenty Five: Bells Milk bar

Are you ready to go into the heart of the Australian bush? To a place where it's not uncommon to see Emus walking down the main street, a city that was booming in the 1960's and has held on to a number of vintage gems! Welcome to Broken Hill, now pull up a chair and prepare to enjoy a traditional 1950's milkshake at Bells Milk Bar, the longest running milk bar in Australia.

Duration: 00:20:04

Episode Eighteen: Vintage western wear

What does Johnny Depp's foot, a wardrobe full of vintage western shirts and an Australian academic have in common? Find out in our chat with Chris Gibson.

Duration: 00:32:40

Episode Sixteen: Op Shop Til You Get Enough

Today we are going shopping! Op shopping! We are hitting the thrift stores around Melbourne with tour guide Ellen Hookey. She is the founder of the Op Shop 'Til You Get Enough tours and has a knack of finding the best vintage finds in the most unlikely places! So get your pennies ready because this week we are out to find a bargain!

Duration: 00:23:32

Episode Fourteen: Marc Rondeau

Some might call it an obsession. But here at this Retro Life we call it a healthy passion. Marc Rondeau is the owner of The Rock House and he not only loves music from the 1950's he loves EVERYTHING from that decade. From furniture to fashion. Hear Marc's vintage story.

Duration: 00:26:16

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