13 Days Until Christmas: Shopping for the rockabilly/psychobilly male and rockabilly/pin-up female

Several People in my family adopt the rockabilly/psychobilly/greaser lifestyle and way of dress. If you have a friend or family member that does as well, here are some gift ideas for that rockabilly or psychobilly person in your life!

Common elements:
Hot rods
Card suits

More lady elements:

Leopard print
Polka dot

The following are items are things that I have bought or have been on mine or someone else’s wishlist:


Gift Ideas for Guys (scroll down for gift ideas for the girls)

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Grown-up Halloween Playlist

A little creepy, but not too campy; I will be listening to this playlist to get into the Halloween spirit (and continue to listen to it because I love the songs!).

It’s easy to find ghoulish tunes if you listen to psychobilly or rockabilly music, but I was feeling something a bit more easy listening as well, so I mixed it up a bit.

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Quick and easy retro hairstyle

The internet can be a wonderful thing. Whenever you want to learn how to do something all you have to do is open up your computer and type in your search. One day I was browsing rockabilly and vintage hairstyles on YouTube and came across a great tutorial for how to do faux victory rolls. This hairstyle is often my go-to do and works great for next-day hair. Unfortunately, I went to look for it and I can not find it! I couldn’t find anything like it on YouTube, so perhaps it doesn’t exist, or I am just not looking for it correctly.

I know it’s not as fantastic as a video, but here is how to do a fake victory-roll inspired hair-do via pictures and instructions: (please forgive the awkward photos and facial expressions)

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Tiger Army Never Die

One of my favorite bands has to be Tiger Army. My cousins, brother and I always go see them in concert whenever they are remotely around. They put on a fantastic show and it’s always fun. Our favorite spot to see them is in Santa Cruz.

This is the first songĀ  I heard of theirs:

One of my favorite songs, an essential one to play in Santa Cruz:

Now the lead singer, Nick 13 has a solo album that is back to country roots and we can’t wait to finally see him live as well.


How to Make a Hair Flower or Brooch Clip

Here I use two small flowers

I wear a lot of hair flowers. I also see a lot of them on sale for outrageous amounts; that’s why I make my own. You can too! Never buy a hair flower again – make your own hair flowers that can double as a brooch! It’s easy, inexpensive, and has endless varieties.


Silk or fabric flowers (a flat flower works best, such as daisies or orchids)
Alligator Brooch Clips
Hot glue gun
Fabric or felt scraps
Pliers or metal cutters (to trim flowers)

Find flowers that are fairly flat and the size you want


Remove flower from stems and cut as close to flower as possible – you want the flower to have as flat of a back as possible. You may have to glue some flower layers back together.

Depending on how flat the flower is, you may or may not need to use a pad under the clip. If needed, glue a piece of fabric or felt the same size or slightly bigger than the clip where you will glue the clip onto.

If you use fabric, the cloth may fray with use. Felt is a better option if you have any.

Glue the clip to the back of flower

Or you can glue the clip straight to the flower

And after it dries – congrats! You have your own hair flower/brooch! Wear in your hair, pin to your sweater or bag!

Add feathers under the petals, use vintage flowers, add or remove different petal layers from different flowers, or put a cab into the center of the flower for more variety.

How to wear hair flowers:

I like to wear the flowers either with my hair half up and the flower to the side (as pictured above), behind the ear when my hair is down (like my avatar photo), or to the side of my “poof” as shown below. If you are wearing a low pony tail, you can also clip the flower on the side of the ponytail (wearing a low side ponytail looks cute this way). If you want more ideas for flower and how to wear them, you can just do a search on Etsy, and see how other people are making and wearing them.

Fabric flower with feathers, worn to the side of a "poof" (and not a very good poof on that day)


Today’s Rockabilly Playlist

House cleaning is made so much better with good music. I might even dance and enjoy cleaning when I have rockin music to listen to.

Today’s line-up:

(I wanna Know) What’s Going On – The Detroit Cobras
Dusty Boxcar Wall – Eileen Jewell
Get Rhythm – The Reverend Horton Heat
Reanimated – Spook
Brown-eyed Handsome Man – The Mother Truckers
Not Invited – Madsin
Love Tattoo – Imelda May
Dead Man’s Party – Hillbilly Hellcats
Wreckin’ Crew – the Meteors
Incorporeal – Tiger Army

One of the Best Movies Ever: Crybaby

Picture from IMDb

This week I’ve watched Crybaby twice. When I was little, I actually wore out the VHS we had. I hadn’t seen the movie in a while, so I decided to put it on while I was cooking (I can see the TV from the kitchen). It made dinner prep so much more enjoyable!

Great Music, awesome clothing, and a young, hunky Johnny Depp; What’s not to love?

If you haven’t seen this movie, GO. WATCH. IT. NOW. Seriously. It’s absolutely ridiculous but hilarious too.

This is my favorite part:

Because my brother and I watched this movie so often, I wonder if it had influence over our style, since we both dress a bit rockabilly (that and listening to 50’s music tapes all the time).