Welcome to Lindy Charm School for Girls


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Quote of the week: Indifference and inattention to dress is a defect of character than a virtue, and often denotes an indolence and slovenliness. – Australian Etiquette, 1886.

From the Desk of Ms Chrissy:

 Do you cut a great shape ladies? Well apparently we do!! That’s what a lovely gentlemen assisting us checking our bags in recently said to Miss Kim and I.. The nicest compliment I think we have ever received. I had not heard that term used before and then not only did I hear it first hand I immediately read in “Edith Head’s Hollywood” Her Biography that I was reading on the plane.. Bizaar! Edith Head was Head Designer & Costumer to all of the stars for nearly 60 years. Her story is filled with Hollywood gossip, great fashion advice, tricks of the trade and an insight into the brilliance of some of the best frocks & gowns of the 20th century. You can source this book on Amazon.

Since I last wrote we have been quite busy with one fabulous event after another. We had the Garterbelts and Gasoline Festival where I live on Tamborine Mountain in QLD. Our humble abode was home to some of the bands and Melbourne friends who had braved the weekend. Boy was it fun!! Amongst other things strong friendships with likeminded people were formed, fabulous frocks were worn, Tiaras were dusted off in honour of the Royal Wedding, A fair share of Pims and plenty of cocktails were consumed… Oh yes, and there was a spot of late night Jamming/Karaoke at 5am in the morning as well…. It’s what happens when our Margaritas run out of Margarita Mix and only leaves Tequila!! A highlight for me this weekend was the Vintage High Tea Tour that I hosted… 25 beautifully frocked ladies & a few dapper gents joined me on the ole Tamborine Trolleys (A bit like the trams in San Francisco but with wheels) and we went started at Felicities on the Mountain for High Tea and then vintage Shopped til we dropped… I picked up this amazing outfit on this trip for only $60!!! (I’m the Blonde on the left!). Maryanne from Esme and the Laneway was our beautiful Young Elizabeth Taylor Model at the Melbourne Love Vintage Fair.

Next was our Virtual Makeover and full workshop at the Mannequin Exhibition at Como House which is still on by the way.. Worth a visit if you are in Melbourne.

On to the First Love Vintage Fair in Melbourne at the Showgrounds. Wow, what a great turn out. Melbourne put on its best weather.. cold and raining which drove everyone inside.. Win win. The Fashion Parades, Best Dressed and of course our very own Vintage Hairstyling Salon were all a hit. Janel and her family have done such a great job so it is with sadness that I learn they have sold the fairs on to another company so they it can grow. We will absolutely miss her,Peter and Mum and Dad and of course sister Erica but understand that if you love something and you want it to grow then sometimes you have to let it go and that is what Janel has done. I know the new company (to be released soon) will take this fair to new heights so hop on board and experience these fairs which will be taking Australia by storm and coming to your town very soon. They are a treasure trove and eye candy for people like you and I….

And then we headed off to Wintersun Port Macquarie and if you have facebook then pop on over and like Wintersun Festival and you will see all the fun we had. All I can say is 7 days 14 outfits, too many bands to take in, average of 4 hours sleep per night and killer dances oh not to mention the shopping, cake bake competition and Fashion Parade and then there was the Pretty Things Peep Show. Surprisingly though, even after Canadian Pancakes for breakfast every day and cocktails every night I did not put on any holiday weight!! Can’t complain about that.

The last two years of Charm School travel did certainly prepare me for packing 14 complete outfits and I’m talking hats, shoes, gloves, jewellery and shoes to all match in some cases and still I had less than Master Keepence who could not seem to decide what to wear so took everything and then only wore a fraction.. Such a girl thing normally ha ha… The trick was this year I carefully folded then rolled each dress quite tightly and packed and managed to put ALL frocks in one small case (I’m talking carry on luggage size) then made one pair of shoes do two outfits so that limited shoes to 7 and had two hats to cover all, one pair of gloves in black did the trick and 4 sets of jewellery.. My 5 pair of sunglasses may have been over the top though. My Hat box took both hats, all sunglasses, gloves and jewellery so there I one carry on case, 1 hat box and a tote bag of shoes.. It was a bit like mary poppins at the other end as 14 frocks came out of one bag and I hung them around the room… Master K could not believe it…

I decided (boldly) that I was going over the top glamorous this year and below is my favourite original 1940’s floor length gown that was just to die for and yes I danced quite successfully in it. Best fun….Ladies, don’t be afraid to go over the top now and then and stand tall and walk proud… scary at first but in the end Glamour wins everytime and no-one can say a bad thing about you or what your wearing as long as it is done right….. Well that’s how I see it… I recommend you all look at joining us next year for the 25th Anniversary of Wintersun in Coffs Harbour where Master K will be celebrating a milestone Birthday and you can bet there will be a Soiree to end all Soiree’s….mmm what to wear???

So now it is on to Melbourne for workshop 16 July with a wonderful Exclusive Shopping Experience at the Vintage Garage then Greazefest will be upon us and then on to Canberra for the “Canberrang” Swing Festival where we will be starting our One on One Private Critique classes… This is indeed exciting news for us as it is something we have wanted to progress to for a long time but have not had the time and now we do…

These one on one private time will be offered these before or after each workshop. This will be a 1 hour one on one with either Miss Kim or myself or both whereby you can bring your own selection of outfits along and we will guide you on what suits and what doesn’t, we will give you hairstyle options suitable for your face & overall look, we will help perfect the right makeup look for you to again suit for face, shape and overall look…. we will guide you to arrive at YOUR own vintage look….

Til then Ladies,

xx Ms Chrissy xx

Charm School Calendar – Email me to book or enquire about booking your own personal Charm School..


Saturday 16th July 12 noon-3 pm (filling fast), then 4pm-6pm

Melbourne – Exclusive Shopping Experience at the Vintage Garage then out dinner & dancing at the Bendigo. A full day of it Ladies. Only 10 places left…

Saturday/Sunday 6/7 August
Brisbane – No work, just all play…. Greazefest – Playing Hostess to Micheline Pitt, Pinup artist and fashion designer from the USA, Micheline Pitt, will be our special guest at GreazeFest in August 2011.
13th August – 11:30 to 2pm
Canberra – Part of the Canberrang Swing Festival. 3.30pm onwards, 1 hour private one on one critique time with us. Very few spaces so if you are interested then please email me to book in.
3rd September 2011 – Saturday 1pm to 4pm
Melbourne – Private Hens Party
4th September 2011 – Sunday 1pm to 4pm
Melbourne – Workshop – Registrations open soon.
10th & 11th September 2011
Christchurch, New Zealand. Yes thats right kids we are heading over to NZ again to hold a CS workshop and taking Master Keepence with us so he and I will be teaching Lindy Hop Dance workshops over there as well.. It will be a big weekend.
1st October 2011/dt>
14-16 October 2011
Love Vintage Fair – Sydney
5-6 November 2011 –
Country Victoria – Daylesford/Tyabb 


If this isn’t a testament to the Lindy Charm School for Girls Essential Setting Lotion then I don’t know what is… The Garterbelts and Gasoline Festival recently held on Mt Tamborine and we played host to 12 wonderful friends at our house..

3 x 10 hour days, 3 x 10 hour nights, 3 x 4 hours sleep = waking up picture perfect.. I’m not kidding, this is literally what Ms Candice looked like as we snapped her as she woke… Hair in Place…Perfection!!


How not to Rest in Public!!

Eula Lee Pratte resting during a swing shift dance for people who worked in defence plants until midnight. 1942 Herald-Examiner Collection…

I have at times felt like this myself but thankfully have a wonderful husband that will generally take me home before I end up like this… It just wouldn’t do to been seen in this state….

Interesting Fact:Victor da Lavelaye, head of the Belgian Service of the BBC, first devised the idea of “V” for Victory campaign in a broadcast to his countrymen on 14 February 1941. Churchill popularized the symbolism with his upheld fingers in the shape of a “V”, and the “V” and the Morse code letter – three dots followed by a dash – came to be found on everything from patriotic jewellery to food packaging. The tempo of the Morse signal was the same as that of the first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony which also became a symbol of victory. Fully aware of the symbols power, the Germans commandeered it, claiming the V stood for Viktoria and old Germanic word for victory..

Left: Canadian Brown Felt Turban ornamented with a Symbolic “V” – 1942-1945. The Turban had been presented as a high fashion style in 1936 and it grew in popularity until American Vogue declared 1940 the year of the Turban. It was associated as much with exotic holidays to glamorous Carmen Miranda’s Latin America as with hard working Southern Mammies.

Excerpt from Forties Fashion by Jonathan Walford.

Did you know:  In the height of rationing through the war years when cosmetics were becoming scarce, Powered Starch and Beetroot Juice became regular substitutes. The Powered Starch was your face power and the beetroot was your color for cheeks, lips as well as nails…

England was hit hardest with rationing and shampoo became almost non-existent and with only 1 bar of soap per month, the task of washing ones hair became difficult.. One way they use to do this was putting your head over a steaming bowl of hot water while vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel to rid it of built up grease and grime then rinsing in toilet water (watered down parfum) to scent the hair…

Excerpt from Forties Fashion by Jonathan Walford.

Our Products


  • Nude Cuban Heeled (Black Seam) – $25 ea – A girl’s staple
  • Nude Fishnets with Contrasting Back Seam – $25
  • Spotted or Gingham Do Rags – $10 – Style accessories or god send for bad hair days
  • Perfect Pout Lip Liner & Lipstick set – $25 You won’t find cheaper for the quality.
  • The Essential LCSFG Setting Lotion – $20 – The ever famous “Rocket Fuel” (Now also sold at Circa Vintage Clothing in Melbourne!)
  • Set of 3 Dolly Pegs – $5 – Once you know how to use you won’t live without them
  • Cotton/Nylon Snoods – $20 – Red, black and white now in stock.
  • Pin Curl Clips (Double) 10 per pack – $10 – A must have if you want great pin curls


An Article on us by the Fabulous Ms Helen McClean


Just the coolest idea ever… Hello there, check this link out: i want a bus for my clothes now too, mistress bex

erin sutherland and lodekka the vintage dress bus green haus profile

Bell’s Belles Vintage is turning 1 year old and to celebrate Leah sends the following invitation:

I would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the 1st birthday of Bell’s Belles Vintage on the Sat 9th July 10am-5pm. The week of the event l will be blogging at Vintage Bells Belles all the amazing ONE DAY OFFERS we are running to thank our customers. Refreshments will be provided on arrival and we will have a vast selection of new pieces especially for the day. Thank you for your continued support!

Bell’s Belles VINTAGE can be found at: 28 Johnstone st, Castlemiane,3450, Ph: 03 54705842

How many ways can I say the pictures are fabulous?? – https://makeupstore.se/usen/home.php

An Article on us by The Melbourne Age

A Wise Reminder Ladies




enough money within her control to move out

and rent a place of her own,

even if she never wants to or needs to…

something perfect to wear if the employer,

or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…


a youth she’s content to leave behind….

a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to

retelling it in her old age….

a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…


a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,

and a recipe for a meal,

that will make her guests feel honoured…


a feeling of control over her destiny…

how to fall in love without losing herself..


how to quit a job,

break up with a lover,

and confront a friend without;

ruining the friendship….


when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY


that she can’t change the length of her calves,

the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

that her childhood may not have been perfect…but it’s over…


what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…

how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…


whom she can trust,

whom she can’t,

and why she shouldn’t take it personally…


where to go…

be it to her best friend’s kitchen table..

or a charming Inn in the woods…

when her soul needs soothing…


What she can and can’t accomplish in a day…

a month…and a year…

Feedback from our most recent workshop at Wintersun Port Macquarie….Thanks Ladies….

Just wanted to extend my thanks for the lovely experience on Sunday at Charm School. You were right, we could have done a full day with so much to learn and talk about. I had a lovely time and wanted to thank you both for putting it on. I feel if it was extended for say and extra hour and perhaps tea, coffee and little cupcakes etc were served after that, people wouldnt mind paying $100 -$120 for that, then at the end of the class while your fixing up peoples hair, they can all have a tea party and watch. (just a little thought)I loved the day, and am looking forward to your next one when you bring it to Brisbane, Ill be sure to bring my friends. TAMMY

I’ve spent the weekend here on my own (friends all bailed on me…. AWKWARD!), so I appreciated the friendly mood you created-broke the ice for talking with the people around you. It was a good mix of information & hands on- i’ve done a bit on presentation skills & different learning types, so I know it’s important to vary the content & delivery so everyone has a chance to get things to ‘click’…….I found the workshop a great step in that direction. Unlike self help books or friends patting you on the back (or chocolate), the workshop was empowering in a sense that it gave me tools & focus on me & who I want to be. KATE

I just wanted to thank you on behalf of myself and my friends that came along to the Lindy Charm School Sunday afternoon. We had a ball and learnt so much. The history was just as enthralling as the practical. We will endeavour to practice until we get it right. ANNA

Greetings Miss Chrissy! Angelique & I had an absolute BALL with all of the gorgeous ladies at the Lindy charm school for girls. We have been busy practicing our hair & make up. I’m happy to report we r actually getting somewhere with our hair finally lol all by our selves. TINA

Look Chrissy, I even Charm Schooled Repunzel – LOUISE.

Favorite Links and Blogs:

Our Super Friends

Circa Vintage Clothing

Super reading – Every day…. Super Kawaii Mama

The Face of Wintersun – Miss Bonnie Rose

Moxie Minx

Glamour Daze

Vintage Bulletin

Alice Jeans



Something Else Clothing

Vintage Fairs Around Australia

Love Vintage Fairs – Sydney & now Byron Bay

The Way We Wear Fair

Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fairs

Round She Goes – Melbourne

Hello Sailor – Melbourne (Facebook page)

Vanity Fair Markets – Sydney

Looking for a Hair Salon that understands Vintage styles and cuts or maybe a Barber?? We are starting to compile a list. Good ones are few and far between so if you hear of any then please feel free to pass on…

Heres a couple we’ve heard of:

SYDNEY – Ladies Hair Salon called “The Leopard Lounge.. Vintage Hair Salon” … leopardlounge.com.au – 0401017275 or;

Thanks Maddie for this one: Express Beauty Bar

Thanks Maddie: I found the blog spot for the Sterling Hairdressing Parlour and Barber shop:

https://sterlinghair.blogspot.com/ or https://facebook.com/sterlinghair

BRISBANE – A Barber for the Fellas I’ve heard is good… Found a place in Morningside, the “Bare Bones Barbershop“.

Beehive Hair & Nail Studio – Owned by Leanne Martin – Wife of Pete Martin of Corn Liquor – she wears vintage and knows how to do all eras from 40’s to 60’s from Minimine Street Stafford QLD 4053 – (07) 3356 1933

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Thou Shalt Always Endeavour

To Wear Red Lipstick!

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The Best of Vintage Styling Workshops – Its a Hats On Affair

  Join us for this new workshops as you ready yourself for the Melbourne Cup Races..  It’ll be a Hats On Affair running two different and specific looks that will have you standing out in the crowd and be a real contender for Fashions on The Field. SATURDAY 3/11/18 as part of the Vintage Emporiums…


Develop your Poise and feel like a Princess

Poise: the ability to be ill at ease inconspicuously. Earl Wilson Not everyone was born with poise, but anyone can learn it. With the right mentor and enough dedication, even the most awkward of us can change. What exactly is poise? It is a way of communicating to the world that you’re a lady of…


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Welcome to The Lindy Charm School where we offer a wide range of styling, costuming, workshopping and corporate services. Headed by the ever-vivacious Mistress Chrissy, The Lindy Charm School is a multi-disciplinary creative events and vintage styling business driven by a rich affinity with a time before now.

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