School Fundraiser : 80s Flashback!




Every year, Boyo’s school holds a fundraiser.  Every year, it has a costume theme.  Every year I swear I’m not going to go.  But … every year one of my besties is the lead singer in the most amazing band, Parental as Anything, and I just have to go!  Fabulous name, don’t you think?  Yes, all my own work, thanks very much.

This year, the theme was 80s Flashback.  I loathe costume parties and I particularly loathe the 80s.  I started high school in 1987 so I’m more of a woman of the 90s.  Remember that phrase? Just me then? I have vague memories of a mint polkadotted rara skirt with matching crop top, wearing one neon pink sock and one neon blue sock, plastic parrot dangly earrings, bubble gum jeans, white hole punched leather ankle boots, stonewash denim, oversized floral shirts worn over tube skirts.  Vague, because I’ve buried them very deep!

Last year’s theme was the Oscars and the year before was Halloween.



The outfit preparation

I was kinda horrified that I was able to pull this makeup look together from the contents of my own makeup drawers.  The earrings were a last minute find from the Rozelle Markets, and the dress and jacket were also opshopped.  Do you love the shoes?  I luff them so hard.  I’m so wearing them again.  They were brand new, thrifted and worth every cent of the $12 I paid for them!



The final look

Good gods, the hairspray!  The eyeliner!  The hair teasing!  The lack of natural fibres!  I already worship at the altar of Original Mineral hair products, but I am in particular awe of Original Queenie hairspray.  That quiff got half a glass of wine accidentally chucked over it (not by myself, I hasten to add), and survived hours of dancing in an incredibly hot and sweaty room.  The next morning, it was still in place, yet brushed out in seconds.



Flashdance Flashback

Did you recognise all the fabulous stars who attended the 80s flashback fundraiser?  Toni Basil, Hulk Hogan, Andre Agassi, Adam Ant, Animal, Cher (the male and female version), Devo, and various fabulous 80s girls and boys.

I was lucky enough to win the silent auction for a bespoke cocktail hat by Embellish Atelier, featuring the gorgeous design work of couture milliner Catherine Kelly.  Catherine also conducts workshops, which I would absolutely love to do one day.  Just found out I apparently also won a bracelet and a photography session. Oops. I wasn’t even drinking!

Are you an aficionado of costume parties?  Do you love getting dressed up as a character?  Are you a fan of the 80s?


  • Cathy - 2 April 2013 - 11.44 am

    Thanks for linking up! This looks like an AWESOME fundraising night – sooooo much fun! I hate receiving invites to dress up parties but once there, they are lots of fun. You rock the 80s look – great finds, particularly the shoes and earrings! I’m secretly hoping I can dress up 80s style again one day (just for a laugh!). Thanks for linking up xxReplyCancel

  • Sonia@ LIfe Love and Hiccups - 2 April 2013 - 11.19 am

    LMAO what a classic. You looked fabulous hun xxReplyCancel

  • Robomum - 30 March 2013 - 6.10 pm

    Love the outfits! Particularly love Cher. Can’t go past a drunk Cher!
    I’d love a good dress up party – especially if I knew it was going to get messy 😉ReplyCancel

  • Grace - 29 March 2013 - 9.12 pm

    Awesome! You looked fabulous! They played Toni Basil’s “Mickey” at the DPCON13 Gala dinner and I went nuts! Love that song! 80’s rule foreva! 🙂 xReplyCancel

  • MinsMash - 29 March 2013 - 7.47 pm

    Your outfit looks fantastic and it looks like you all had a great time! I cringe when I look back at photo’s of me in the 80’s – so many shoulder pads and such boofy hair. I remember spending ages blow drying my hair to get the Farrah Fawcett affect 🙂 I love 80’s music but despair at 80’s fashion! I loved the Devo’s – ‘whip it, whip it good’ 😉ReplyCancel

  • mumabulous - 29 March 2013 - 6.15 pm

    Your 80s Madonna look completely rocks! That party looks like a total blast. I would have been in heaven sucking back a barcardi breezer and rocking to DEVO. Unreal!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Connor - 29 March 2013 - 4.05 pm

    Great costume. You look amazing. Glad the party and fundraiser went well.ReplyCancel

  • Janet from Redland City Living - 29 March 2013 - 3.54 pm

    Hubster and I went to an 80s party a couple of years ago. I wore roller skates – v. 80s! My outfit also included white pants, a big mint tshirt with a big belt slung around the hips – and of course, big hair! Hubster wore jeans and a white button up shirt with the collar up and sleeves rolled up – reminded me exactly why I fell in love with him back in 87!ReplyCancel

  • Ai Sakura - 29 March 2013 - 12.47 pm

    ahhh how fun that everyone dressed and got into it! $12 for Puma pumps is such a score!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka ReplyCancel

  • Lydia Lee - 29 March 2013 - 8.06 am

    I love the Animal! That’s so cool! What huge effort everyone went to!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Thompson - 29 March 2013 - 7.35 am

    I am not a fan of dressing up for parties, but this one looks like so much fun. I love 80’s music and personally would have loved to have been in the running for the things you won 🙂
    Where does this band usually play?
    Becc @ Take Charge BeccReplyCancel

  • Bec | Mumma Tells - 29 March 2013 - 7.34 am

    This looks like SO much fun! I loved following these pics on Instagram… you, party animal, you! 80s music, 80s style… what’s NOT to love!?! ReplyCancel

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