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This Retro Life is dedicated to telling the stories of people who are bringing the lifestyle, fashion, collections and music back from a bygone era. Meet some of the best modern day pinups, burlesque dancers and vintage collectors and hear the stories behind why they are make this modern life a little more retro.

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This Retro Life is dedicated to telling the stories of people who are bringing the lifestyle, fashion, collections and music back from a bygone era. Meet some of the best modern day pinups, burlesque dancers and vintage collectors and hear the stories behind why they are make this modern life a little more retro.

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A little slice of home

By Camkitty13 - May 08 2019
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As an Australian living in the US and a vintage-wearing gal, listening to this podcast warms my heart and inspires me to swipe on that lipstick. Thank you, Kia! I love the range of guests and events you cover. Fingers crossed for a Dita von Teese episode ūüĖ§

This Retro Life

By cocekdude - Mar 17 2017
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This podcast focuses on vintage fashion, culture, music and lifestyle. The host is Kia Handley. She is such a warm, friendly interviewer. I look forward to each episode.

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7 Ratings
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7
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A little slice of home

By Camkitty13 - May 08 2019
Read more
As an Australian living in the US and a vintage-wearing gal, listening to this podcast warms my heart and inspires me to swipe on that lipstick. Thank you, Kia! I love the range of guests and events you cover. Fingers crossed for a Dita von Teese episode ūüĖ§

This Retro Life

By cocekdude - Mar 17 2017
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This podcast focuses on vintage fashion, culture, music and lifestyle. The host is Kia Handley. She is such a warm, friendly interviewer. I look forward to each episode.
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This Retro Life is dedicated to telling the stories of people who are bringing the lifestyle, fashion, collections and music back from a bygone era. Meet some of the best modern day pinups, burlesque dancers and vintage collectors and hear the stories behind why they are make this modern life a little more retro.

Rank #1: Episode Forty: Sophie Caligari

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Say cheese! This week is all about vintage photography. But we aren't looking at magazine spreads of the 1980's. Glamour shots of the 1950's. We are going all the way back to the 1800's. When carnivals had a tent with a man, a trunk and an odd looking machine that would capture your image for ever. Today we're looking at wet plate photography and how Melbourne based photographer Sophie Caligari is keeping this old technique alive all these centuries later.

Aug 21 2017

22mins

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Rank #2: Episode Forty Eight: Pinup Doll Australia

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We went behind the scenes of the Pinup Doll Australia finals held at Chromefest in NSW, Australia. The winner gets a golden ticket to the Miss Pinup International contest in London. So come inside the backstage tent and meet the wonderful finalists and men and women behind an event that grows each and every year.

Oct 30 2017

39mins

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Rank #3: Episode Sixty Four: Nicholas Arnold

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They were the superstars of their time. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were a comedy duo that took the world by storm n the 1940's and 1950's. And in 2018 they are still finding new fans just like Nicholas Arnold. Who found a calling in life thanks to his ability to sound, look and act just like Jerry Lewis.

Aug 27 2018

22mins

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Rank #4: Episode Sixty Seven: The Homemade Pinup

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A big part of living a modern vintage life is DIY. We do it ourselves when it comes to fashion, repairs, research, starting events, creating community - the list goes on. So meet someone who has not one, but two homemade vintage passions, Lauren De Marti, aka The Homemade Pinup.

Oct 01 2018

18mins

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Rank #5: Episode Sixty Five: Killer Kitsch

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Using your vintage passion for good not evil. It's something we should all aim for and Lizzie from Killer Kitsch is putting her collection of vintage sewing and knitting patterns out there for others to learn from, study and magic modern vintage magic. We learnt more about her vintage passion!

Sep 03 2018

21mins

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Rank #6: Episode Forty Nine: Retro Betty

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It's our first birthday! We have been telling modern vintage stories for a year now and to celebrate we sit down with one of the incredible minds behind the online magazine Retro Betty. So get comfy, maybe in the backseat of a classic car, because this week we're going cruising with Kirsty Wallett aka Francie Flathead.

Nov 06 2017

34mins

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Rank #7: Episode Forty Six: My Vintage Love

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From perm machines that look like they might electrocute you to leave in hair rollers made of metal, beauty through the ages hasn't always been painless. But thanks to those inventions we now have the technology today that makes recreating vintage looks so much easier. Michelle Coursey is the makeup artist and vintage fashionista behind My Vintage Love and our guest this week

Oct 16 2017

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Rank #8: BONUS! Back in Time for Dinner

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Because we're talking about vintage food this week I wanted to share a little something extra with you. There's a TV show that started in Britain and has gone around the world that's all about vintage food. It's called Back in Time for Dinner and in Australia it was the Ferrone family who voluntered to spend a week in a different era and cook only with the recipes, technology and social norms of the time. Carol Feronne reflected on the experience.

Oct 19 2018

11mins

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Rank #9: Episode Forty Five: The Flying Pinup

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Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are preparing for takeoff so could you please make sure your tray tables and seats are in the upright position, your vintage hat is cocked at the correct angle and that you're ready to take to the skies in a vintage warbird. Your pilot for this adventure is The Flying Pinup. I hope you enjoy your ride.

Oct 09 2017

24mins

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Rank #10: Episode Forty Four: Miss Baltimore Bombshell

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What was the first vintage clothing item you owned? For many of us it can be hand me downs that end up int eh dress up box. We might only wear them around the house. But Miss Baltimore Bombshell was different. The second she found herself in the possession of a box of polyester beauties she knew she was onto something that made her happy and she bucked the teenage trend to rock old clothes whenever she could. Now, she's a modern vintage lass with an incredible story to tell.

Sep 25 2017

33mins

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Rank #11: Episode Sixty Nine: Jon Morris

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It's vintage comic researcher, collector and lover Jon Morris talking about the weird, the wonderful, the kitsch and quirky vintage comic characters that have graced our newspapers and graphic novels since the 1930's.

Oct 22 2018

36mins

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Rank #12: Episode Forty Two: Mid-Century Home

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Step inside some of the best mid century modern homes in the world. We are taking a trip into homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Alto, Charles and Ray Eames and so many more. What started as a passion for vases in a flea market has turned into a full blown passion for vintage architecture for Marco  Guagliardo. So hit play and meet the man behind Mid-Century Home.

Sep 04 2017

24mins

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Rank #13: Episode Forty One: Emileigh Rogers

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This episode needs to be consumed with a delicious, piping hot cup of tea. Because it's one of the things guest Emileigh Rogers loves to do. Paired with a love for vintage, a passion for blogging and a love of connecting with people Emileigh is one of the most interesting and lovely people you can meet. So pop the kettle on, brew the pot and as you sip enjoy this weeks episode.

Aug 28 2017

26mins

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Rank #14: Episode Forty Three: Miss Chan Delier

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This week we're travelling to Norway to meet the reigning Miss Pinup International. This week Miss Chan Delier will hand over her crown and title to another fabulous lady. But before she does let's find out more about this passionate vintage lover, what makes her tick and about the vintage scene in Norway.

Sep 18 2017

27mins

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Rank #15: Episode Sixty Eight: Cup of Zest

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Hands up if you love food! Ok, now that one hand is raised keep it up if you've ever experimented with recipes from an earlier era. I'm talking 60's dinner parties, aspic salads, tiered potato salads (yeah really)! Michelle Ferrand is the brains behind Cup of Zest and she is all about bringing vintage recipes back to life!

Oct 15 2018

17mins

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Rank #16: Episode Fifty: American Duchess

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Bustles, stays, rumps and hoops! Get ready to tight lace your corset because we're going back to the 18th century. In this episode meet a woman who brings 1700's fashion to life in 2017, that has created a business around historic and vintage dress and has just released a book to teach you to be 1700's fabulous today! Meet Lauren Stowell from American Duchess.

Nov 13 2017

35mins

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Rank #17: Episode Sixty Six: Stephanie Lanora

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What does your vintage passion mean for you? For Stephanie Lanora it's helped her find love, strength, community and even a second home. She's a 1940 loving history buff with an incredible story to tell. Hit play to hear it.

Sep 17 2018

21mins

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Rank #18: Episode Forty Seven: That Retro Piece

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How does one man end up with over 1500 pieces of vintage Pyrex? It starts with just one. Then slowly grows and grows and becomes more and more addictive. But for Stan from That Retro Piece his love of Pyrex has turned into a resource for others and a world first book. We go down the dangerously obsessive (in a fun way) road of Pyrex collection in this episode.

Oct 23 2017

26mins

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Rank #19: Episode Sixty Three: Sofonda Blackmen

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We're on the road this week to the tiny Australian town of Taylor's Arm. It's known for the Pub with No Beer and is the new home of Burlesque queen Sofonda Blackmen. She has an incredible vintage clothing collection, loves the 1970's and has just started the first ever Bowraville Burlesque Society.
Bowraville Burlesque Society: https://www.facebook.com/bowraburlesque/
Sofonda Blackmen: https://www.facebook.com/sofonda/

Aug 20 2018

22mins

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Rank #20: Episode Sixty Two: Maggie Wilds

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What do Manatees and mannequins have in common? There's only one woman who can answer this question and that's Maggie Wilds. She's the vintage wonder behind Denise Brain and has developed an impeccable knowledge about vintage brands and clothes. Now she's helping you live your best vintage life. How? Hit play!

May 28 2018

23mins

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Episode Seventy Four: Tiara Clara Vintage

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Think pops of pink, orange, brown, green and all the clashing patterns in the world - that's the colour pallete of Nicole from Tiara Clara's vintage life. Thrifting is in her genes, so it's not surprising she now sells vintage pieces from the 1960's and 1970's.

Dec 11 2018

14mins

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Episode Seventy Three: Tom Ingram

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His mission is to bring Rockabilly culture to the world and he's doing it through the worlds biggest festival, Viva Las Vegas. Meet man behind the event that brings rockabilly, burlesque and vintage fans from around the world together each and every year. This is Tom Ingram's vintage story.

Dec 03 2018

26mins

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Episode Seventy Two: The Vintage Inn

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Loving vintage is about extending life. About taking something old and giving it years more love and life. Like the old photos that Liz Gruening-Hay from The Vintage Inn finds and shares. A family photo taken in the 50's get a new lease on life on Liz's blog - along with the rest of her extensive vintage passion.

Nov 19 2018

25mins

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Episode Seventy One: Retro Radio Farm

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The come in bright blues and greens and yellows, but just how much can a radio from the 1950's tell us about the family who owned it? Alot, according to Allen Chiang from Retro Radio Farm. He has found a passion for restoring and modernising radios of old to keep the old pieces of technology alive and find homes for these old beauties.

Nov 12 2018

20mins

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Episode Seventy: Daria Nelson

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Bonjour! This week we're off to Paris to meet a Ukranian with a passion for vintage fashion, icons and photography. In just a few years she's become a vintage influencer with big dreams. Meet Daria Nelson.

Oct 30 2018

15mins

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Episode Sixty Nine: Jon Morris

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It's vintage comic researcher, collector and lover Jon Morris talking about the weird, the wonderful, the kitsch and quirky vintage comic characters that have graced our newspapers and graphic novels since the 1930's.

Oct 22 2018

36mins

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BONUS! Back in Time for Dinner

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Because we're talking about vintage food this week I wanted to share a little something extra with you. There's a TV show that started in Britain and has gone around the world that's all about vintage food. It's called Back in Time for Dinner and in Australia it was the Ferrone family who voluntered to spend a week in a different era and cook only with the recipes, technology and social norms of the time. Carol Feronne reflected on the experience.

Oct 19 2018

11mins

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Episode Sixty Eight: Cup of Zest

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Hands up if you love food! Ok, now that one hand is raised keep it up if you've ever experimented with recipes from an earlier era. I'm talking 60's dinner parties, aspic salads, tiered potato salads (yeah really)! Michelle Ferrand is the brains behind Cup of Zest and she is all about bringing vintage recipes back to life!

Oct 15 2018

17mins

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Episode Sixty Seven: The Homemade Pinup

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A big part of living a modern vintage life is DIY. We do it ourselves when it comes to fashion, repairs, research, starting events, creating community - the list goes on. So meet someone who has not one, but two homemade vintage passions, Lauren De Marti, aka The Homemade Pinup.

Oct 01 2018

18mins

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Episode Sixty Six: Stephanie Lanora

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What does your vintage passion mean for you? For Stephanie Lanora it's helped her find love, strength, community and even a second home. She's a 1940 loving history buff with an incredible story to tell. Hit play to hear it.

Sep 17 2018

21mins

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Episode Sixty Five: Killer Kitsch

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Using your vintage passion for good not evil. It's something we should all aim for and Lizzie from Killer Kitsch is putting her collection of vintage sewing and knitting patterns out there for others to learn from, study and magic modern vintage magic. We learnt more about her vintage passion!

Sep 03 2018

21mins

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Episode Sixty Four: Nicholas Arnold

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They were the superstars of their time. Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were a comedy duo that took the world by storm n the 1940's and 1950's. And in 2018 they are still finding new fans just like Nicholas Arnold. Who found a calling in life thanks to his ability to sound, look and act just like Jerry Lewis.

Aug 27 2018

22mins

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Episode Sixty Three: Sofonda Blackmen

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We're on the road this week to the tiny Australian town of Taylor's Arm. It's known for the Pub with No Beer and is the new home of Burlesque queen Sofonda Blackmen. She has an incredible vintage clothing collection, loves the 1970's and has just started the first ever Bowraville Burlesque Society.
Bowraville Burlesque Society: https://www.facebook.com/bowraburlesque/
Sofonda Blackmen: https://www.facebook.com/sofonda/

Aug 20 2018

22mins

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Episode Sixty Two: Maggie Wilds

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What do Manatees and mannequins have in common? There's only one woman who can answer this question and that's Maggie Wilds. She's the vintage wonder behind Denise Brain and has developed an impeccable knowledge about vintage brands and clothes. Now she's helping you live your best vintage life. How? Hit play!

May 28 2018

23mins

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Update: Where you been girl?

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A short update on what's been going on behind the scenes at This Retro Life, and what's to come after a short break.

Apr 07 2018

3mins

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Episode Sixty One: Miss Lady Lace

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With auburn hair, beautiful vintage fashion and a very cute sausage dog Miss Lady Lace is hard  to miss. So how did discovering Dita Von Teese as a teenager lead to a vintage pasion that has consumed her entire life (and that of her husband too)? Miss Lady Lace tells her story of being a pretty cool teen in this episode.

Mar 12 2018

14mins

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Episode Sixty: Vintage Space

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How much do you know about space flight? I'm talking pre 1975. Before man walked on the moon, before the space race ended and before a heap of regulation and safety measures we associate with space flight today. Vintage space is Amy Shira Teitel's passion. She digs out historic gems about space flight in the 50's and 60's and shares some of them with us in this episode.

Feb 26 2018

30mins

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Episode Fifty Nine: Andrew Nolte

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Time for you to meet the first Australian musician since the 1950's to release a 78 record. Someone who has over 5,000 gramophone records in his collection. Who started wearing vintage clothes in highschool and now has his own orchestra bringing 1920's jazz to life! Ladies and Gents, meet Andrew Nolte!

Feb 19 2018

26mins

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Episode Fifty Eight: Tammy Twinkletoes

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It was an entire town and it's architecture that led Tammy Twinkletoes (aka Tamsin Smith) to fully embrace her love of vintage. After trips to the same art deco festival in Napier New Zealand she packed up and moved there! Now she designs vintage inspired dresses for others, has started the first swing dancing school in the village and is living a modern vintage life!

Feb 12 2018

18mins

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Episode Fifty Seven: Sugar St Claire

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Some people have a knack for creating community and bringing folks together. Sugar St Claire is one of those people! In the vintage, disability,  online and performing community she rallies the troops and makes everyone feel welcome. So when vintage can equal confidence, what does finding your passion for old things mean when you have a disability? Hit play to find out!

Jan 29 2018

14mins

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iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
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A little slice of home

By Camkitty13 - May 08 2019
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As an Australian living in the US and a vintage-wearing gal, listening to this podcast warms my heart and inspires me to swipe on that lipstick. Thank you, Kia! I love the range of guests and events you cover. Fingers crossed for a Dita von Teese episode ūüĖ§

This Retro Life

By cocekdude - Mar 17 2017
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This podcast focuses on vintage fashion, culture, music and lifestyle. The host is Kia Handley. She is such a warm, friendly interviewer. I look forward to each episode.