This is Bernadette. She is doing a final check in the mirror before going out for the evening with a group of friends. Once a week they go to a sophisticated night club that plays the very best jazz and rag time music. Here they dance into the small hours and have a thoroughly good time, as you can imagine.
Cecil Beaton, photographer, painter, set designer, writer, illustrator, couturier etc, had a long and productive life that spanned six decades from the art deco '20s to the swinging sixties and beyond! I have been meaning to do a post on his delicate watercolours for a while, but I'm also very partial to his portraits from the 20s and 30s of society beauties in fancy dress. Above is a his sister Barbara Beaton in a sic-fi costume, below is his sister Nancy Beaton as a shooting star and below that is a society beauty in a medieval gown.
Barbara Beaton from here, Nancy Beaton from here and society beauty from here.
Aida first met Alphonse at a garden party her aunt was having to celebrate the start of spring. Aida didn't know that her aunt had a black and white cat friend called Alphonse, but as soon as they met they became the best of friends. They found out that they both share a love of fish, sunny afternoons and falling asleep in favourite chairs.
Some iPhone snaps I've taken recently on my travels. The architectural photos are from Darlinghurst. I took these photos as I was interested in the different ages/ styles of building design ranging from early Victorian to art deco and beyond. The flowers and pelican are from Centennial Park.