Hi Everyone! Today we launch a new series called New Retro Weekender, which will round up some fun activities that celebrate ’70s, ’80s and ’90s style. This weekly feature will also keep you up to date on the latest happenings at Mirror80, in case there’s anything you’ve missed! What are you up to this weekend? We hope you’ll write in and let us know about the New Retro happenings in your neck of the woods…
We start with a simple yet fun weekend filled with good food, interesting drinks, and a little bit of blogging! In addition to a festive family gathering, here’s my to-do list for the next few days:
1. Frame this poster, which I purchased last weekend at the SXSW Flatstock gig poster show. And yes, it has a bit of Factory Records style mixed in with Memphis-Milano flair.
2. Try one of Austin’s newest and “foodiest” restaurants, Josephine House. Austin-based food photographer Aimee Wenske has taken some amazing photos of select Josephine House signature dishes. Click here for the delicious images, one of which you can see at the top left of the montage above. I’m hoping my trip to this restaurant will inspire me in my Retro Foodie endeavors. I’m always looking for new ways to blend modern style with vintage food presentation. Stay tuned for our next Retro Foodie feature in early April!
3. Catch up on The Carrie Diaries. Yes, folks, I fought this Sex and the City prequel for weeks, thinking it was mainly geared towards teens. But what other teen sitcom is set in the 1980s, placing the main character at the book release party for Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero while New Order plays in the background? Above (top row, right) we see AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie in this image courtesy of Digital Spy. The show airs Mondays at 8/7 central on the CW.
4. Begin Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney. This novel from 1984 follows a 24-year-old man through the ups and downs of life in Manhattan. But this isn’t your typical “hero in the big city” story. Throw in some serious angst, darkness and drug addiction (set against the backdrop of the ’80s club and party scene), and you have an amazing literary work that takes a serious look at the yuppie lifestyle.
5. Experiment with some colorful drinks for my Memphis-Milano-inspired Retro Foodie junkfood fest. Check out the mood board for this upcoming event here. The swanky drinks in the montage above come from Favim.com. Now if only I can figure out how to get that kind of saturated color and make my concoctions safe to drink…
6. Track down an ’80s ceramic planter. I’m trying to find the perfect round, shallow planter for a DIY project I’m hoping to start this week: a plantscape with ’80s style. Stay tuned for the results! The planter in the montage above comes from Etsy shop Housing Authority.
HAVE A RETRO-FABULOUS WEEKEND!!!