Monday, December 28, 2009

Tonight on PBS: Louisa May Alcott Was Cool

Louisa May Alcott led a scandalous life for a young woman in 19th-century Massachusetts. It's all in the movie based on the book about her life Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind 'Little Women". She was a great rag to riches story and wrote a bunch of pulp fiction novels under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard! And you thought it was all tea parties and geography lessons. I absolutely loved her books. I read Little Women, Little Men, and Jo's Boys back to back, then went digging in the library for Eight Cousins but didn't like that one as much. Tomboyish Jo was my favorite character, as I was still climbing trees and catching frogs when I started reading her books.

I won't be home tonight to watch it at 9pm, but hopefully I'll catch it another time. Here's a great clip:

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Elvis Was A Perv

Jezebel has a great article today about the book "Baby, Let's Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him" by Alanna Nash. We knew Elvis was a character, but in Nash's book, it just gets weirder:

"To hear the author's theory, Elvis was both fueled by the loss of his twin at birth (the need to find the missing piece, you see), an obsession with his mother (and yes, he did have a definite physical type), and a need to play Pygmalion and father to very young girls, whom he delighted in making over. A late-blooming "Mama's boy," young Elvis was a flop with girls and super-religious. Later, his qualms about pre-marital sex were assuaged, and he developed a reputation as a ladies' man, boasting hundreds of one-night stands with small-town girls and Hollywood stars. Some say he made them feel special, others that he was a lousy lover. Nash, meanwhile, states that he was just a bundle of hang-ups, who because of a fear of STDs wouldn't actually go "inside" women, never undressed, and was more into watching elaborate tableaux, often involving feet."

The author is supposedly a crackpot, but it certainly is entertaining.

photo via Barnes and Noble

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Great Jackson 5 Video

A video of the Jackson 5 performing Never Can Say Goodbye on the Flip Wilson Show. The quality isn't great but they do interesting things with the song, their dance moves are great, and that just tugs at the heart strings. [Video after the jump]

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Repeat (1): Can You Feel It by The Jacksons

The Boy and I were watching videos of the Jackson 5 and we came across this video which is so completely ridiculous. And people wonder why Michael had grandiose plans. great video after the jump:

Cheesy graphic insanity. Love it.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Very Not Retro Look Back

My good friend Jon over at You Must Learn found this great video about what 9 year-olds thinks about the last 10 years of culture and current events [video after the jump].

The decade according to 9-year-olds from allison louie-garcia on Vimeo.

These kids are adorable, smart, and damn lucky they never had to deal with dial up [using the house phone and the Internet at the same time because your family's cool enough to have 2 phone lines? I remember never wanting to leave the computer room]
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Thirteen: 13 Classic Christmas Songs

I've been under exams and papers. I'm nowhere near done but I did want to post, seeing as how I've put up next to nothing this month.

I stumbled across Thursday 13 a meme where every Thursday you make a list. Sounds simple enough.

Even finals aren't enough to kill my spirit, and for my first Thursday 13, I'd celebrating 13 classic Christmas songs.

1. Christmas Time All Over the World, Sammy Davis, Jr.

2. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt, 1954

3. Christmas Island, The Andrews Sisters, 1946

4. Christmas in Hollis, Run DMC

5. Santa Claus is Coming Town, Jackson 5

6. Greensleeves, Vince Guaraldi

7. Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night, Jimi Hendrix

8. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Thurl Ravenscroft

9. Jingle Bells, Count Basie

10. Merry Christmas, Baby, Chuck Berry

11. Silent Night, The Temptations

12. Baby, It's Cold Outside, Dean Martin

[not exactly Christmas, but a snuggly winter feel anyway]

13. Domenick the Donkey, Lou Monte

Enjoy the season! I have to write a paper on early 20th century American novels...

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Barbie's Mod Makeover

I was never a fan of Barbie, but this guy's take on the doll just might make me a fan.
Flickr user Bouffant Headbutt has a legion of dolls in the grooviest vintage outfits and hairstyles. Love them!
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Marilyn Monroe Smoking "Reefer"

Today, a collector put up $275,000 for a reel gem: a silent video of Marilyn Monroe smoking marijuana. Read the full story here.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Repeat (1): Together Again by Janet Jackson

Repeat (1) is a "feature" in the vein of my old 99 cents column. These are the songs that are stuck in my head and worth the 99 cents from iTunes

I watched Janet Jackson's performance at the American Music Awards and I have to say, I wasn't terribly impressed. I love, love, love Janet Jackson, but she seems a little tired. I'd like to believe it was just a bad night; Janet's still got it. Here's the video:

She got through a lot of her big hits [though Rhythm Nation was conspicuously absent]. When she got to the end, though, I remembered how much I loved "Together Again" from The Velvet Rope album. It's very 90s, very gay club, a la Crystal Waters. I think she ended with that song as a tribute to her brother. Since then, I've had that song stuck in my head.

Beautiful Janet in a beautiful video, during her all around the world phase. Enjoy!
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you're all having a wonderful holiday! A little gem from the LIFE magazine photo archive

From the 1941 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a fish out of water:

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Beyonce and Bettie: Video Phone featuring Lady Gaga

This has to be one of the more ridiculous songs I've heard in recent memory. The lyrics are, unsurprisingly, terrible, and I refuse to believe that Beyonce is actually down with peddling amateur porn. Luckily, the video is quite a visual feast. I'm posting mostly because it looks like Beyonce loves retro things, too: note the Bettie Page wig, the 20s-inspired hat, and the classic Bond babe get up on the motorcycle.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another Great Ad

From the blog Advertising is Good For You, a vintage ad.

If only it were that simple. And if this ad were for furs or jewelry, not kitchen appliances.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

New Meaning to the Term 'Bullet Bra'

If you aren't already, follow Frank Adman on Twitter. Frank and his creators have made a big splash on the Internets. That's right, Frank is a Twitter personality, an adman stuck in 1963 made up by the heads of a San Francisco ad agency obsessed with advertising and culture from the 50s and 60s and Mad Men. He tweets about what's on his Hi-Fi, his favorite Sinatra quotes, and how many "Twitterinis" he's had at lunch. Quite a character!

About a month ago, he posted this great vintage Maidenform ad on his blog:

That classic shape! I wish I still buy a bra for $2.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Retrofit: Undergarments

I know some of my readers are die-hard vintage girls, digging through bins and thrift shops and Grandma's attic for the best piece. I've loved old-fashioned clothing for a long time, but I have to say, I don't really own many myself. Part of the trouble is sizing. I'm a busty girl, even though I'm not very wide. So many times I've had to leave great dresses on the rack because it was just too tight across the chest. That's why I get excited when I find vintage garments on Etsy or other sites that look like they'd fit my bust well. But then there's the other problem: the waist. I don't know that my waist will ever be 25 inches. As with my hunt for spectator pumps [still looking, by the way], I'm asking advice from shoppers: do you find that you also need Shapewear or vintage-inspired undergarments to go with your dresses?

[photo via Etsy. I'm crushing on this suit so hard but it would never fit my waist without help!]
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Mad Men Season Finale *sad face*

Dear friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I confess I was not able to watch Mad Men tonight. I was stuck in traffic on my way back to New York and missed both the original show and the encore. I'll be watching soon, though, so check back and we can discuss. Have a good night. I won't. I have kind of a big paper to write.


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Gearing Up for Mad Men Finale: Bryan Batt

Salvatore Romano, played by Bryan Batt, has been through a lot this season on Mad Men. While he's been on the fringes of the show, his coming out, or being outed, has become to be an important subplot, especially in a time when, I think, homosexuality is still on the government's list of psychological disorders. Sal is one character I absolutely don't want to see gone after this season. And with AMC having renewed the contract for its biggest cash cow, Matthew Weiner might still have time to write an episode or so about the Stonewall Riots in '69 with Sal at the center it.

Not only is Sal great, Bryan Batt is great. Jezebel tells us 10 reasons we should love him, and frankly, I agree with them all.

And by the way, how much do you love this photo of Sal?
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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gearing Up for the Mad Men Season Finale

Season 3 of Mad Men ends this Sunday, and it kills me that I'll have to wait to next August for new episodes. Tell me, what are your predictions for the big event? Even if you can't get to a TV, I'll be live blogging the last episode. Pray for Betty, guys.

I started a discussion over at 20-something Bloggers, too.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Remembering Rita Hayworth

I was clicking through New York Magazine's website when I came across their Party Line section. Last week was the Alzheimer's Association's Rita Hayworth Gala to fundraise for Alzheimer's research and support. Stars like Brooke Shields, The Pointer Sisters, and Regis Philbin were there. You can see the photos from the event here

The celebrities at events like this always answer questions for the Party Line column, but it struck me as odd that none of the questions had anything to do with Rita Hayworth. She's one of my favorite Old Hollywood actresses, and she unfortunately died of Alzheimer's disease. Her daughter started holding the benefit galas in 1985 and has since raised something like $53 million. I read a lot about Hayworth when I was working on this long, intense paper about 'Gilda' and everyone that knew her talked about how sad and lost she seemed toward the end of her life. I like to remember her when she was young and beautiful. A few photos from the LIFE Magazine archive:

By the pool in 1945

A dress she wore in 'Gilda'. Columbia Pictures spent $60,000 on her wardrobe. This little number cost $750 [I'd hate to do the math to think what that'd cost today]. I really only remember this dress from one scene.

Dancing with Fred Astaire

LIFE Magazine is holding out on us; I don't see the photo of Rita Hayworth that was used to decorate the first bomb [yes, the bomb] detonated during peacetime, giving rise to the term "bombshell". But enjoy. She looked great.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Repeat (1): Jungle Love by Morris Day & The Time

For some time I had a weekly "feature" called My 99 cents, where I spotlit the songs I loved and downloaded from iTunes. I put an end to it when someone pointed out it didn't make sense to do that without giving the song away for free. I haven't figured out how to give away music, nor do I feel comfortable doing it, but I think it's worth bringing it back. This time, it's the tunes that make my old soul sing, the songs you forget you had but once you find them, you can't stop playing them. This week: Jungle Love.

Morris Day and the Time were the "opposing" band in Purple Rain, drawing bigger crowds and more money than The Kid. Funnily enough, The Time was a Prince project, with His Royal Badness writing and producing most of their music (just like Apollonia/Vanity 6, also featured in Purple Rain).

Jungle Love is one of the big songs from the movie, complete with dance moves and shiny suits. Of course, there's no movie clip on YouTube but here's the group riding the wave of their comeback performing in Germany. Sweet dance moves, right?:

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Mad Men on 20-Something Bloggers

I've you've passed through my blog any time over the past three months, you've noticed that I'm a big fan of Mad Men on AMC. Now, I'm sharing the love with everyone on 20SB!
20 Something Bloggers is a great community, definitely worth checking out. I've started a group called Maddicts: Mad Men Fans. Pass it along! It's important for Maddicts to stick together.

You can see my 20SB page here. Don't be a stranger!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mad Hat-her

Yesterday, my school hosted a street fair. I found a woman who works restoring and selling vintage hats. A beautiful fedora caught my eye and it fit me perfectly. A Stetson Playboy. I felt just like a missing member of the Rat Pack. This is what it looked like, with a red feather instead.

The woman was charging $55, a bit much I thought, for a hat that had been worn. I had to leave it there and it broke my heart. I'm now on a quest to find this hat, the same way I'm looking for the perfect spectator shoes. If you, savvy shoppers, see this hat or have it in your Etsy shop, let me know! And tell me, what great vintage finds have you guys dug up in flea markets, shops, and your grandma's attic?
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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Beefcake: Burt Reynolds

I found this great photo and I just had to share:

Hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!

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Friday, October 9, 2009

There's still time!

You can still win a fabulous Julie Hewett lipstick fgrom the Noir collection. Just send your answer to the trivia question to me at for your chance to win!
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

First Pop-o-matic Deluxe Giveaway!

It's been a lovely 15 months here at Pop-o-matic Deluxe. Frustrating at times, but I've found people that are friendly, stylish and just as old-fashioned as I am. In short, you guys are the bee's knees. The cat's meow, if you will. So I present to you my first giveaway. Hope you like trivia...

The Question:
Don Draper said, "All men love Joan Crawford", but let's not forget her female fans. She was great as a noir heroine, but she started much earlier. Before she was calling the shots wearing smart suits in Mildred Pierce, what was Joan Crawford's big movie?

We like to think of her as a femme fatale, so I'm giving the first two people to email me the right answer a Julie Hewett lipstick from her noir collection.

The colors are rich and glide on beautifully. I'm wearing sin noir here [ignore how terrible my hair looks]:

Send your answer to me at to win! Enjoy!

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Swingin' Betty Boop

Sorry for disappearing. Shit School has hit the fan and there was a family death, etc. A nightmare. But here I am! And stay tuned...something big is coming. The beauty of being an American Studies student is that I can do things like watch cartoons and call it academic work. That's what our professor had us do in my jazz studies class a few weeks ago. We watched cartoons featuring that hot little lady, Betty Boop.

Her creators, brothers Dave and Max Fleischer, loved jazz and always looked for ways to incorporate into it their works. They were big Louis Armstrong fans, as you can tell from this offensive gem from about 1932:

I really liked this one featuring Cab Calloway singing St. James Infirmary. The Fleischer brothers studied Cab Calloway's dancing, following him frame by frame and the result is amazing [and sort of trippy]. The full cartoon is a little more than 7 minutes long, but bear with me. It's really great:

Isn't the song amazing? I downloaded it right after class. I listen to a lot of jazz from the 50s to the 80s [some argue in the 80s it wasn't jazz any more, but for the sake or argument it is] so I forget how great earlier artists were. What do you think about the cartoons? What do you love about Betty Boop?

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Elementary, My Dear Downey, Pt. 2

Back in May, I posted about the Sherlock Holmes movie coming out in December. Guess what? Warner Bros. is already talking about a sequel. Featuring Brad Pitt.

Risky Biz Blog reported that the guys who are working on the upcoming Justice League movie have been brought in to write the screenplay for the second Holmes movie since the trailer from the first one went over so well at Comic-Con. As of now, it looks like the main cast (Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams) is all set
to come back, and Brad Pitt is in with talks with producers to play Holmes' nemesis Professor Moriarty. His role isn't confirmed yet.

It's great that Brad Pitt has managed to stay around a long time and all, but I can't see him as a villain. When you watch him in a movie, you are watching Brad Pitt. You can't really forget
the heartthrob persona that's followed him through his career. And come on: after playing the god-like, swift-footed, golden-haired, seriously ripped, completely hairless and mostly naked Achilles in Troy, how can he ever go back? Hell, are we even supposed to believe he's English? How do you turn Achilles into this skinny, seedy little man that rule's London's underworld?

More importantly, who do you think would be a better villain?

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Yum! It's International Chocolate Day!

Chocoholics, rejoice! We have been heard! I don't know who declared today a holiday, but it's International Chocolate Day. In honor of this glorious day, I'm thinking of skipping down to MarieBelle, the cutest little chocolate shop around.

MarieBelle offers decadent chocolates made from high-quality Colombian cacao but crafted in Brooklyn. She takes most of design her inspiration from the 1930s. The original SoHo location is decorated with photos of grand ladies out to tea, wrapped in minks, sporting adorable caps. For MarieBelle, it's all about details. The adorable little boxes call to mind the wall paper of an old fancy hotel. The art on their delicious dark chocolate "truffles" is so 60s, too.Best of all? The MarieBelle pin-up chocolate bars.

There are ten designs, each as yummy as any other.

MarieBelle is definitely worth the trip to SoHo, but luckily for out-of-towners, you can order online. Bon appetit!

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Mad Men Comes to Oprah

As much as I find Oprah to be self-righteous and irritating, I have to hand it to her: she has to the good sense to capitalize on Mad Men's huge popularity.

Today, she's going to be an all-out Maddict: Jon Hamm and January Jones appear as guests, her Favorite Things will come from the period, the cast of Jersey Boys will perform, and, best of all, the entire audience will be dressed in costumes from the decade. Oprah herself will be wearing a custom-made outfit from the show's costume designer. Apparently, Oprah's more a Joan than a Peggy. Lucky cow. Tune in to catch it. I'll have to settle for watching it online since I have class.

Side note: a friend suggested to me that Oprah might secretly be doing Gayle. Thoughts?
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Stay Gold, Patrick Swayze

Due to a series of unfortunate events (and more than a few screw-ups by the nice people at Dell), I haven't posted in forever. I missed my blog, the little blog that could.

We've all been shocked by the way it seems like celebrities have been passing away left and right over the last few months. Patrick Swayze's passing was especially sad since it really seemed like he was out of the woods. And while we're all remembering him, everyone is looking at Dirty Dancing. Dirty Dancing as one of his best movies but me, I'm remembering The Outsiders.

Released four years before Dirty Dancing and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, The Outsiders was based on the book of the same name that tells the story of two greasers, Johnny and Ponyboy, who take revenge on the kids that beat the crap out of them. Johnny is played by Ralph Macchio, the guy that starred in The Karate Kid, and Swayze plays Ponyboy's older brother, who just wants to keep the kid out of trouble. If I remember correctly, Patrick Swayze is seen, for most of the movie, in the same black muscle shirt he was to wear years later in Dirty Dancing. No one plays trashy characters quite like Swayze [except for John Travolta]. The Outsiders is the kind of movie that shows how teenagers run amok and how the idea of a nice, quiet childhood is, quite frankly, bullshit. I won't spoil the movie if you haven't seen it, but there's some pretty serious violence. YouTube user NoWayItIsHappening posted the whole movie for those of you who don't have Netflix. Rest in peace, Patrick Swayze.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Please Welcome Dormestic Bliss!

I must be some kind of masochist, because recently, I started a new blog called Dormestic Bliss. Dormestic Bliss is a site for decorating, entertaining, food, budgeting, and just plain living while still in college. Whether you're a college student or just living like one, there might be something for you. This blog has barely gotten started and I'm always looking for ideas, so feel free to send them to me at or just leave me a comment.Take a look!

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Disney Buys Marvel

I've been away for so long! Another one bites the dust, friends. I have Dell to thank for that.

If you haven't yet heard, Disney has bought Marvel Comics [home to the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man] for $4 billion. Marvel has 5,000 characters by itself, and Disney's CEO and President says Disney will be adding its "creative skills" to Marvel. What will become of this unholy union? Here are some Disney characters that could would be better if Marvel took them over:

Mulan, Ninja:Mulan gets bitten by a radioactive panda and transformed to a super ninja. Fangirls have been complaining for years that no comics publishers have come out with an interesting female character that isn't just a fluffy, sexed-up spinoff of a male character. You kind of get the sense that once Mulan gets the guy at the end of her movie, she goes on to be a normal wife. That's fine and all but duh, she's a warrior! She should be out rescuing people and stuff.

Toy Story Crime Force: Instead of ordinary toys, Woody and friends are actually super-spies whose helps them easily infiltrate enemy organizations.

Snow White, Iron Maiden: As she stands, Snow White is kind of boring as she stands. She would be great as a knight with super cool swords. Her woodland friends could lend a helping hand, too, but her right-hand man would obviously be her horse. The Dwarves would train her in hand-to-hand combat, etc., then set her free in the woods with only a flask of water and a little dagger. Once she got home, they would make her the Iron Maiden and fashion her armor from the finest materials.

What other Disney stories need a Marvel makeover? I'll compile them and make them into a new post.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Pandora's Fox: Heard It Through the Grapevine

I was going to start a new blog that would've been dedicated to my exploration of the "music genome project" but I canned that idea. Instead, I'll make this kind of weekly feature.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard Creedence Clearwater Revival perform "Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1970) on my Led Zeppelin station. I had no idea there was another version of this song. The most popular is the Marvin Gaye rendition (1967), but my favorite is the one by Gladys Knight in the Pips (1966). I propose a poll because I want to hear your thoughts: who sang it best? Understand that there a bajillion versions of this song floating around, but for the sake of this exercise, let's look at the four most well-known. To refresh your memory the Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, and CCR tracks are on the mixpod but I can't find the Smokey Robinson (1966) version anywhere but YouTube and of course, I can't embed it.


Random: In second grade, we used HITTG (the Marvin Gaye version) for our dance recital finale. We put on trash bags and oversized sunglasses so we could look like California sun raisins. God, I wish I had that video. I'd get a good laugh out of it.

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Lauren Bacall on the Internets

Remember Lauren Bacall heyday? Well apparently, so does she. And she tweets about it. This is probably a gag account, but I love that a die-hard fan has decided to tweet in the name of love for Bacall. I'm not the only one that loves it because Ms. Bacall has 1,301 followers. Catch her updates here. And by the way, the unstoppable Ms. Bacall is turning 85 in a few weeks!
[photo via Out in Hollywood]
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Barbie for Big Girls

This year marks Barbie's 50th anniversary. Little Barbie's all grown up now, thanks to Stila. Stila carries these gorgeous tins with all the makeup that will make you look just like Barbie. Here are your choices with descriptions from the site:

1959 Barbie:
The original Barbie® doll wore the famous black and white striped bathing suit. Striking red lips and black-rimmed cat eyes made this doll the epitome of 1950s glamour!

1971 Malibu Barbie: Malibu Barbie® doll debuted in an aqua bathing suit, groovy sunglasses, and an L.A. tan! A sunny beach look featuring aqua shadow and pink lips made this doll the epitome of 1970s fresh, natural beauty!

1980 Foxy Barbie: Foxy Barbie® doll made the scene in a hot red outfit with golden accents and big earrings. A warm, sultry look featuring red lipstick and earth-toned shadow made this doll the epitome of bold 1980s glamour!

I don't know that the Foxy Doll embodies the 80s all that well. We think of this look as very 70s. Where's the big hair, the blue eyeshadow, the orangey-red lips? I'll give the good people at Mattel and Stila the benefit of the doubt; maybe this isn't just a way to stick in the token black Barbie (although why not make all the doll tins in different shades?). Besides, makeup styles from the 80s don't translate all that well to the present unless you want to look like a drag queen. Still, I think these tins, at $40 each, are adorable and a fun little collector's item. I never liked Barbies, but I may need to pick up this goodie.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Retro-cool Posters

I'm not really sure how I found this, but today I came across Cruiser Blvd, a site that sells car, truck, etc. posters. The best stuff, though? Their pin-up posters. Some of them are the super-slutty ones you'd find in a frat house, but they have a good selection of cheesecake. I love this one:

Great for decorating a kitchen. To buy posters, click here. Enjoy!
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Monday, August 17, 2009

What I Would've Worn to the Mad Men Premiere

Last week, New York went Mad for Mad Men. Everyone was gearing up for the season premiere, some more seriously than others. AMC hosted a costume contest in Time Square and showed the first episode on the ginormous screen. Guess who didn't get to go? Me. No one wanted to go or was available to go, so I settled for seeing District 9 with my boyfriend, which was much, much better than expected. Still, here's an idea of the outfit I had all planned and ready to go:

Obviously, I wouldn't have worn these exact items (the skirt alone is over $1,600) but I did recently get the cutest high-waisted pencil skirt with four pairs of buttons going down the front. If anyone has pictures from last night or knows where I can find them, let me know!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Woodstock, 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, swarms of hippies descended upon upstate New York for Woodstock. It's probably safe to say that no one realized that it would become as huge as it was but here we are, four decades later and we're still talking about it. There's a photo exhibit here in New York at the Morris Hotel Gallery with pieces from the "official" photographer of Woodstock. LIFE put up a bunch of great photos, too. One of my favorite galleries is "Woodstock Rockers: Then and Now". It tickles me to see how fat Santana is but it also makes you sad to think about Jimi Hendrix and other musicians who are no longer with us. It's a shame there wasn't enough funding for a 40th anniversary celebration concert.

How are you and your city remembering Woodstock?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mad Men Playboy Archive

In the past couple of weeks, I've become something of a "Maddict". I Mad Men-ed myself, but I didn't start watching Mad Men until very recently, even though I fully meant to start watching it last summer (I got sidetracked by The Tudors). Apparently, Hef and/or his daughter have caught the fever too, because they've put up an archive of their issues from the 1960s and tied it to Mad Men. The archive won't raise newsstand sales, but it'll certainly raise other things. I love vintage Playboys, and reading them makes me sad about how far it's fallen. Either way, look at these girls. Bet the boys at Sterling Cooper love this.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"College Student" Is a Nice Way of Saying "Poor"

I have one year left in school, and things aren't getting any cheaper. In what is probably a silly attempt to make more money, I've started writing for Associated Content. The problem with this is that I get paid based on how many people. So click on over to my Cosby Show piece while I find other ways to support my Starbucks habit.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Purple Rain was amazing

Due to a series of unfortunate events I arrived a) late and b) alone to the Purple Rain screening last night in Prospect Park. Nevertheless, I had a great time. Suffice it to say, Prince fans are nuts but a lot of fun. Everyone knew all the words and not a single empty seat was left at the Bandshell. Everyone was chatting and bonding over how campy and raunchy the movie was. And let me just say, VH1 edits the hell out of Purple Rain when they show it on TV. It was almost as good as seeing Prince on the Musicology Tour. The tingle I got was almost as good as the one I got when when I saw him perform Purple Rain live. *Sigh* I may watch the DVD at home this weekend just for good measure. Photos in my Twitpics.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Prince Comes to Brooklyn

If you're going to be anywhere in the five boroughs tomorrow, get yourself to Prospect Park Band Shell at 7:30 to witness something beautiful. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Purple Rain, Celebrate Brooklyn is having a screening of the iconic movie that rocketed Prince to superstardom. Without knowing it, I've been waiting for this all my life. Best part? It's a sing-along led by live disco orchestra Escort. The words will be on the screen, but as long as you know the chorus to "When Doves Cry" and can do a little shimmy, you're fine. This is going to be amazing, the perfect way to celebrate one of the crowning achievements of the Artist. Excuse me; I have to go buy purple hotshorts. In the meantime, get more event information here.

[photo from event website]

Friday, July 31, 2009

Tiny Tim, Ukulele Hero

Last weekend and the week before, everyone was all excited because Spongebob had his 10th anniversary. I absolutely love Spongebob, always have. As we were watching an the episode where the anchovies attack the Krusty Krab last Saturday, The Boy told me about how he researched the song they used. That's how I fell in love with Tiny Tim.[Videos in the full post]

Tiny Tim is just my kind of delightfully weird. This is a man with a huge schnoz that plays a ukulele. Need I say more?

Actually, yes, I do. There's a lot to Tiny Tim. Born to a Lebanese father and Jewish mother in 1932, his real name was Herbert Khaury. He loved popular music from the 1890s through the 1930s from a really young age, adapting tunes for his trademark ukulele. He didn't start performing until the early 50s. By the 60s, things really took off for Tiny Tim: he had a cult following in Greenwich Village, was a guest on The Laugh-In plenty of times, and even went on Johnny Carson. And now, the videos!

One of his biggest songs, Tiptoe Through the Tulips:

The most famous "Living in the Sunlight" performance:

Spongebob and Tiny Tim, together at last:

It's hard to tell if Tiny Tim was born too late or at just the right time. His singing style is definitely old, even in the context of the 60s. It references Tin Pan Alley. When he sings in his high voice, he reminds me of this old, crackling recording I heard of one of the last castrati. At the sane time, his hair is long and his clothes are weird: right at home in the 60s. Most importantly, I think, there's no way around the fact that there's something queer about Tiny Tim. Queer in the sense of the nose, the hideous jackets, the bouncing eyebrows but also in the sexual sense. His hair and his high, high voice are very feminine (he didn't always sing that way, but that's what he's most famous for). He used all the gestures of a dandy, though in interviews he wasn't nearly as flamboyant. Small wonder that he reportedly got his start in a lesbian bar. I'd venture to say that his queerness, though, was a sign of the times as well. With gay bars being raided with startling regularity, people had to think about homosexuality. It's interesting to think about Tiny Tim making his way into the mainstream of 1960s American culture. Sadly, Tiny Tim died of a heart attack in 1996 at a ukulele festival.

Honestly, you have to be a little queer--weird, not gay--to do this kind of performance. And he was just the guy to pull it off.

[photo from]

Seinfeld Returns!

I can't believe it: the cast of 'Seinfeld[ is reuniting after 11 years! They'll be doing a five-episode series with Larry David on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' (I didn't even know 'Curb' was still on TV, but there you have it). The episodes will be about the cast reuniting, and apparently, there's a real-life Seinfeld reunion in the works!

I watch the original episode almost every day when I get home from work, and I love them. Admittedly, I jumped on the Seinfeld bandwagon really late, mostly because my parents never allowed me to watch TV during the school week, fearing I wouldn't focus on my homework. Plus, what 9-year old fully understands the shenanigans of Jerry, Kramer, Elaine, and especially George?

Now is a great time to look back on the best the cast had to offer. Tell me, what's your favorite episode of 'Seinfeld'?

Read the full story here.

Monday, July 27, 2009

All a Twitter + Mad Men Yourself

Busy day at work, so I don't have a real post for you. In the mean time, leave me your Twitter URL so I can see what you're up to, in 140 characters or less.

On another note, I got turned on to this nifty little time waster, thanks to Tabitha of The PairaBirds. Her Twitter had a link to Mad Men Yourself, where you can create your very own Mad Men-style avatar. Here's mine:

Cute, right? I've never seen Mad Men because it just never occurs to me to direct my remote over to AMC, but I may cave and get the past seasons on DVD from Blockbuster. Make your own Madison Avenue mini-me. Cheers!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Very First Award!

Great news...Pop-o-matic Deluxe just got its first blog award! Many thanks to GoRetroGirl over at GoRetro, a lovely site in its own right. Here it is, my badge of honor:

This award means a lot to me because lately I've been really discouraged. I don't get many readers and I was beginning to think no one was listening or cared. But she thinks my blog is a good read. That's a great thing to hear when you're trying to be a writer in your grown-up life. Thanks again!

The Classics on YouTube

I may be late on this, but it warrants a post anyway. YouTube has a special section of Classic TV channels!

All the old favorites, from The Three Stooges to Bewitched. This channel even has some of the less obvious shows, some of which I've never seen. I can't believe it took me so long to find it! Now, when I'm in my wee little dorm room with no cable, I can still catch some of Lucy's shenanigans. Take a look for yourself!

[photo via tmg strategies]

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Retrofit: I Need Your Help!!

Mama needs a new pair of shoes!

Ladies, this is a cry for help. I'm looking for a pair of black and white spectator pumps. Kind of like the ones on the right. But not actually like those. [More after the jump]

I want spectator pumps without any sort of strap and either an almond toe or a round toe. No stilettos, please; as sexy as they are, you can only really walk in them for an hour. On a good day. I don't want to pay too much more than $50 for them. Being a college student is an expensive way of being broke. I know these shoes are out there, in the far corners of the Interweb. I just need the help of people who are better and sniffing out the best vintage and vintage-inspired finds for good prices.

[photo from Babygirl Boutique]

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Twilight Zone Returns

This is kind of ironic, since I just watched The Twilight Zone on the Sci-Fi Channel last week. I saw a later episode, but I think the ones from the 50s were supposed to be much better. Either way, Leo "Eternally 12 Years Old" DiCaprio likes the show enough that he's teamed up with Warner Bros. to bring The Twilight Zone to theaters.

The last time anyone made a Twilight Zone movie was in 1983, and from what I understand, it was terrible. We'll just have to wait and see. But The Twilight Zone? That's the last movie I would expect Leo to get involved in.

[via Flavorwire]

Vintage Video Games

Nerds, rejoice! If you happen to be in New York, you'll have a chance to play old-school arcade games to your heart's content. The Museum of the Moving Image has brought back its video games exhibit called Interaction with the Screen.

You can play 14 video games in their original arcade form. One dollar gets you four tokens [just like at Chuck E. Cheese's]. The Museum's hours--10 to 3--are kind of annoying, but I'm going to try to get out there this weekend. My school field trips would've been a lot more interesting if we could play video games. Click here for a full listing on their website.

[photo from Museum of the Moving Image]

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Retrofit: Shabby Apple

I'm spending my summer working at a big magazine company [best not to name them], and my job is basically shopping online all day and putting what I find into spreadsheets. So many spreadsheets! What makes it all worthwhile [other than my *paycheck*] is every once in a while, I find something amazing that I wantwantwant for myself. I present: Shabby Apple

Shabby Apple is chock full of charming that are inspired by the fashions of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. It's vintage without the musty smell and funny sizing. Most of their dresses are named with classic looks or New York streets in mind. While most of their stuff is a little out of the poor-college-student price range, I think it's well worth it to pinch my pennies so I can snag one of their adorable pieces on sale. Click here for more from Shabby Apple.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Next Karate Kid

Hollywood continues to churn out big budget crap it's already done before. Coming summer 2010: The Karate Kid.

But it's kind of different. You see, in this new version is called The Kung Fu Kid and takes place in Beijing. So now, it's like a totally new movie right?

It breaks my heart that Will Smith and his family are involved in this craptastic project. He's executive producing AND starring as the father (artistic stretch, right?), and his son, the one from The Pursuit of Happyness, is reprising Ralph Macchio's role as Daniel-san. Also set to appear are Taraji P. Henson as the kid's mother and Jackie Chan (!) as Mr. Myagi. Obvious choice and...embarrassing. I see this going horribly wrong. Why can't Hollywood leave well enough alone? The original Karate Kid is just the sort of campy fun we love the 80s for. But at least Jackie Chan is working again.


Kung Fu Kid on IMDB

Monday, July 13, 2009

Drew Barrymore on my block, pt. 2

I posted that Drew Barrymore was shooting a movie in my neighborhood, but thanks to MediaBistro, I know more about it.

In Going the Distance,Drew Barrymore plays an older than average newspaper intern. Jason Long plays the love interest and Jason Sudeikis and Christina Appelgate are also in it. They're shooting at the Associated Press all week. Not sure when it's supposed to come out, but I'll keep you guys posted.

Drew Barrymore on my block

I don't do celebrity stalking, but I couldn't help it: this morning, I posted on my Twitter that Drew Barrymore is shooting a movie across the street from my apartment at Pratt Institute.

I came out and there were all these trucks and a craft services table under a tent. I was going to keep going, 'cause, you know, the New York is to not be interested in a film crew on your street, but a man sitting in a chair said it was a Drew Barrymore movie. Just as she said that, she walked through the gates, and I nearly got trampled by 6 paparazzi. The sign that tells residents where they can't park said the movie's called Going the Distance. I haven't really enjoyed anything with Drew Barrymore since Charlie's Angels, but I may watch it just to see the scenery and say, "hey! I know that sculpture."

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hot, Wet, Vintage Summer

Last week, Vanity Fair wrote a cool article. There's a woman in New York that hand-makes bikinis from vintage t-shirts and they're amazing! Take a look:

Of course the Prince one is my favorite but I can't find it anywhere on her site. Doesn't matter. On what I'm getting from my internship, I can't afford a $150-bikini. But still the concept is cool. I wish, I wish, I wish I could get a foxy Purple Rain bikini.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ron Weasley Has Swine Flu

Poor Ron. It's not bad enough that he plays second fiddle to Harry; now he has swine flu! Rupert Grint's doctors say he's recovering nicely from his mild case of the swine and is no longer contagious but still, that really sucks. Feel better, Rupert!