At home with Mad Men

Miss Pixie conducts '50s hair and make-up workshops and also takes vintage photos.
Miss Pixie conducts '50s hair and make-up workshops and also takes vintage photos. Contributed

MISS Pixie is stuck in the 1950s. Lips stained red, hair curled and groomed and Elvis's swivelling hips clear in her mind.

For the past 30-odd years, Miss Pixie has lived the life of a pin-up and paid meticulous attention to her appearance all day, every day.

"In society these days, most women work full time, they cook and clean, they don't spend any time on themselves. We often forget we're all beautiful women," she said.

"I encourage women to spend some time on themselves to look and feel like a girl.

"When you look good, you feel good."

Miss Pixie said spending a little extra time dressing and doing hair and make-up makes you "feel like a million dollars all day".

"We've lost that in this day and age," she said.

"I was brought up on Elvis by my parents. At the ripe old age of seven, my parents took me to see Elvis live. My father paid the busboy an extra tip to sit at the front table. Elvis was literally a couple of metres away.

"Through my teens, I was very lost, until I was introduced in the early '80s to the rockabilly scene."

It wasn't until she attended a 1950s-themed prom and asked the hairdresser to do her hair to match, that she found her calling.

"It took four hours, she had no idea. I came out crying and pulled my hair out. I needed to learn to do it myself," she said.

"There was no internet, so I spent six months at the state library in Sydney looking at old magazine reels to give me a visual of how to achieve these hair styles."

Now Miss Pixie teaches others how to do their hair and make-up.

"You can see your inner beauty that's busting to get out, it's a life-changing experience," she said.

Miss Pixie is heading to the Sunshine Coast on May 26 for workshops and mini photo shoots hosted by PinupSkool Magazine and Miss Pixie's Boogie Bop Dames.

Topics:  beauty fashion make up photography

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Local artist is telling some of our most poignant stories

 Lennox Head artist Kate McDowell performing part of the piece at La Boite HWY Festival 2016.

The Adventures of Wonderbabe the Terrible

EDITORIAL: Spinning the roulette wheel of politics for fun, fame and profit

AMERICAN ROULETTE: What gambling teaches us about politics and life. Illustration by Vincent Van Montage

Donald, Vlad and George teach us a valuable lesson.

Love and mercy on the run

REMEMBERANCE RUN: Paying tribute at the Mini Field of Women held as part of the Byron Lighthouse Run last Sunday are: organiser of Rainbow Dragons Abreast- Marian Van Der Kroon, sister and neice of Barb Pinter- Stephanie and and Bonnie Qin, Paula Moore, Barb Pinter's sister Jenny Woodforde, Coordinator of Byron Breast Cancer Support Group- Sarah Sigley and Charlie Roberts. Paula and Charlie were at the Mini-field of women in support of his daughter Lorraine Brown. Barb Pinter, the founder of BBCSG and Rainbow Dragons Abreast passed away ealier this year.

The Byron Lighthouse Run attracted 1200 runners.

Local Partners

Cultural grant for Spaghetti Circus

MULLUMBIMBY'S Spaghetti Circus has won a $75,000 NSW Government Cultural Grant to continue delivering its projects.

Exterminate! Exterminate! The Daleks are coming

BCC Lismore will be screening a limited-run theatrical special presentation event of Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks animated series from Saturday, November 12.

A much celebrated Doctor Who story is coming to Lismore and ByronBay

Top 5 events at Tropical Fruits 2016

IT'S ON: Tropical Fruits Festival over New Years.

Festival guide hits the streets this weekend

The Living End are coming to Byron Bay

The Living End

The Living End are going on the road in 2017 for a regional tour

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Depp jumps ship from agency of 25 years

Johnny Depp has signed to CAA after 25 years with the United

Orlando Bloom 'buried' Katy Perry in birthday flowers

Orlando Bloom "buried" Katy Perry in flowers for her birthday

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!