Thursday, April 17, 2014

I'm here! Viva Las Vegas 17

The blog has been quiet because I've been busy getting ready for Viva. This is my first time and I'm so, so excited to be here. Keep up with me and my friends via my Instagram, @itsdlovely. If you're here, send me a DM and we can try to meet up! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Where Are You Watching Mad Men this Sunday?

At long, long last, "Mad Men" is back for the final season (sob). I predict in this season he will finally try LSD with Roger Sterling (hence this trippy poster), and the season will end with Don Draper dying of a heart attack. But I'm getting ahead of myself! First, where to watch this weekend? Last year, I went to the Roosevelt Hotel's Madison Club and it was gorgeous, if a little hard to get an actual seat. My advice to everyone is to get to these parties early. And good news--they're all free!

The Madison Club at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 E. 45th St, 7pm
Like I said, a gorgeous spot, where you can even order food! Costume contest, too.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Man Candy: James Dean

James Dean is the eternally young sensitive bad boy of your dreams. Those eyes, those pouty lips--he's a teen dream we big girls can get behind (but would ideally love to get under. Sorry, Mom). His untimely death at age 24 in a car crash (I'm 26; that's scary to think about) makes him that much bigger an icon of young, beautiful recklessness. What man hasn't wanted to be James Dean?

Friday, April 4, 2014

It's Official! I'm Going to Vegas, Baby!

It took me a while to make my plans but I've done it. I've booked my trip to Viva Las Vegas. A weekend of bands, of fabulous outfits, beautiful weather, tiki drinks and PBR is exactly what the doctor ordered. I'm taking it as a good omen that on the anniversary of my breakup, I will be dancing til 6 am in my favorite vintage clothes in a gorgeous Vegas hotel.

This will be my first time in Vegas, and my first time taking a trip out of state without my family. So I'm excited, but it's a little daunting. I don't know all the bands that'll be there and I hardly have any Bakelite jewelry at all. My bathing suit won't be won't even be a cool repro brand. Will I stick out as a newbie? Maybe, but I know it's going to be an incredible time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LOL: Fashion in "Fawlty Towers"

A couple weeks ago, I binge-watched all the episodes of "Fawlty Towers" Netflix had to offer. For those of you who don't know the show, get to know it ASAP. It is absolutely hilarious. John Cleese stars as Basil Fawlty, the grumpy busybody owner of an inn. He and his wife Sybil strive to make their establishment posh with the help of the pretty, young Polly and their Spanish butler and waiter Manuel.

The hijinks of the Fawlty staff keep you in stitches, yes, but their fashion is funny, too. It was the 70s, after all.

This is Mrs. Fawlty. She never met a ruffle she didn't like.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bad Love Advice from the Soap Lady

A while back, I told you guys I listen to old radio programs like The Jack Benny Show because I am a dork. It sounds corny but it's great entertainment. And sometimes, the ads are even more entertaining than the shows themselves.

The Lux Radio Theater mainly brought Broadway shows and movies to the radio. Lux was a big soap brand said to be used by all the biggest stars, like, say, the stars that were on the programs, of course.

I can't remember which radio-movie show it was, but I heard a bit of relationship advice that absolutely floored me. I had to share. It came from Helen Rowland, the journalist behind the syndicated column "The Marry Go Round". Ms. Rowland had a lot to say about what it takes to be a good wife but she was pretty famous for her writings on being a "bachelor girl". That's pretty groundbreaking stuff for a woman born in the late 1890s.

Here's what she had to say on one Lux program:

"You know, at heart I’m really an incurable romanticist. Believe it or not, I believe real love comes only once in a lifetime; all your other little loves are just false alarms. Life, after all, is like a poem. The most important thing about it is not that it should be long; it should be beautiful and interesting and that’s what love makes it. I don’t believe that a man’s heart or a woman’s either should curl up like a cat and go fast asleep after 40. There’s no reason you shouldn’t have love, companionship and romance as long as you live. But seek it with somebody of your own generation. Someone who speaks your own language and sings your own songs and doesn’t expect you to dance the big apple when you’re only gaited to a waltz. You know the real problem nowadays is not how to get a husband but how to hold on to him after you’ve got him. To find your mate, that is luck. To know him when you find him, that’s inspiration. To win when you know him, that is art. To hold him when you love him, that is a life work.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Man Candy: Gregory Peck

It's once again time for me to make your Monday a little less crappy with Monday Man Candy, a salute to gorgeous men of the past.

Gregory Peck is up this week. My, oh my, what a tall drink of water Mr. Peck is. Literally, tall; he was 6'3".