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Retro Adverts..are you serious?!

So, after my last post on "Old school pearls of wisdom" a friend of mine sent me these retro adverts. 
Looking at the illustrations and graphics, I would say some go as far back as the Victorian era, and we all know how strange they were - afterall these are the same People that thought food was digested better in the dark, so a dining room in the basement was considered the best spot in which to eat. Really?  Another little thing to remember is that some of the best gothic novels were written during the Victorian era, namely, the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as well as Dracula. Enough said!


Anyway, back to the task at hand....as I was saying, besides some of the ads being from the early part of the 1900's others are very definitely from the 50's and even as late as the 70's.
Here are some of my favourites..make sure you read the fine print - sometimes that's the best part!! Enjoy and have a giggle!!













Unbelievable! Can you imagine printing and reading s…

Photoshoots, pinup girls & hot rods

So last week Wed the Miss Happ girls bundled themselves up and braved the winter chill to join the folks from Garage Magazine - a super cool new hot rod and custom culture magazine that's going to be launched in SA in August.



With our suitcases bursting at their seams with fab brightly colour Miss Happ swing dresses in an array of colours and patterns and hair clips and a whole bunch of other girly goodies we proceeded to style up our super cute and oh so seeexy model, Miss Sarah Jane - yes! in the corner of a (working) garage called  Old Mill! We worked with Mishca from AnonaMiss Beauty emporium who did the awesome pinup hair and make-up for our model. 
Looking at the pics now Miss Samantha Jane really was the one that stood out - her with her blond hair and the rest of us being redheads :-) !!


We can't show you too many pics from the shoot as they haven't been published yet but here are some of the behind-the-scene ones. What I can tell you is that the car looked HOT and th…

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS! Miss Happ Loves you!

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS! Miss Happ Loves you!


Rock, Paper, Scissors is owned by ex-durbanite Jodi Meiring who has a fab little shop dedicated to all things retro. 



Rock, Paper, Scissors is owned by ex-durbanite Jodi Meiring who has a fab little shop dedicated to all things retro. She has awesome taste and manages to source some truly amazing vintage items from old school Mickey Mouse toys for kids to vintage 50's kids books. 


Look out for one of my fav kiddies labels SIX BUNNIES as well as LIQUER BRAND for the adults in accessories and bags. Also beautifully made corsets by TIN..hidden from view but do ask about them!

This cute little shop also happens to be one of my Miss Happ outlets. Go and take a peek and do some retail therapy :-)
120 Bree Street, Cape Town Central
Till next time!


Old school pearl of wisdom

Over the years I have collected so many pretty cool books - all linked to my interest and fascination of times gone by.
Available online from Amazon
 Some of these little treasures have great pearls of wisdom, and often I think it's a pity that in our modern, faster paced lives we forget these old school insights, advice, hints and tips that our grandparents, and their parents before them would have valued.
One of the ones that always make me chuckle is Advice on Courtship & Marriage by Emily Jessop (above in pink). The little book claims to be a reprint of a Victorian self-help book.  'Women too early married always remain small in stature, weak, pale, emaciated, and more or less miserable' Also a word of Caution!! ... 'Don't marry a man with view of reforming him. Thousands have tried and failed. Misery, Sorrow and a very hell on earth have been the consequences of too many such generous undertakings'
Have a read below at some of the more classic (and…

Zombie's can love and interns can go :-(

So yesterday was the last day for my awesome intern Rienke, who has been doing her work experience here with me for the last two weeks. Rienke travelled all the way from Pretoria to spend time with us which was super fantastic and I must say I was very flattered! She did good and we were very sad to see her go.

But...with every down there's an up and Reinke gave me the most awesome little book of classic Zombie Love Songs. The book is entitled "Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime" and is super duper cool! 

With it's classic love songs aimed right at the rotting hearts of zombie romantics everywhere it's perfect for a cozy evening at home with an infected loved one! 

With timeless tunes such as "I Want To Eat Your Hand," "Tears of a Zombie Clown," and "That'll Be The Day (That I Make You Die)," you will certainly want to sing along, and with your blood pumping and the juices flowing even the most decayed zombies will enjoy this one! T…