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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