Thursday, December 23, 2010


Hello, readers! I hope everyone is settling into the holiday season nicely. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, the lights sure are pretty! I've gone on a nice family trip:

I'm visiting my mother's side of the family in Panama, and I highly doubt I'll do any posting until I come back in the New Year. Til then, happy holidays!

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Gem from the JET Magazine Archives

I was doing some research for my job and I came across a great link that had articles and photos from JET magazine from the 1940s and 50s (I swear, I was working!). I love coming across these old magazines because it's so hard to find photos or articles about classic black pinups. A lovely little piece on Jamaican actress and fashion designer Tessa Prendergast:

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So romantic. Like something from the movies. Where aren't the princes fighting over me?

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Monday, December 6, 2010

Retrofit: Fashionable in Midtown

It's not nice to take photos of people when they're not looking (as a matter of fact, I'm fairly sure it's illegal), but I had to snap a picture of this fashionable woman who I spotted near Grand Central a few weeks ago. Love the hat and her coat just reminds me I need a bit more leopard in my life.

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Friday, November 26, 2010


My poor little blog has been sorely neglected and I haven't even been reading my favorite blogs! Things have been tough, indeed, between losing a job and having my laptop go to hell.

This is overdue, but I thought it couldn't hurt to post pictures from Halloween. I was inspired by the fabulous Carmen Miranda. Making my hat was pretty difficult and it didn't come out quite as high as I would've liked but most people knew who I was.

Except for the guy who thought I was Celia Cruz.

The orange things sticking out from the side? Those are hibiscus but they kind of look like fall leaves. The dress is a little something I picked up at Buffalo Exchange in Santa Monica for $9. I was completely serious when I bought it, but so far I've only worn it as a costume. Maybe when it's warm again it will make it's proper debut at night.

More posts coming very soon!
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Homebody Film Series: Gentlemen Prefer Blones

Sorry for the lag in posting, guys. I hope I haven't lost too many of you, but things have been at best, busy, at worst, craptastic. I'm settling into a new temp position while trying (failing?) to get my life in order.

The Homebody Film Series is a place for me to gush (or not) about the fabulous old movies I get to watch when I'm staying at home (my fabulous New York life can get rather expensive, but Netflix is only $9.98)

I finally, finally got to see Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. I love a good musical, on film or on Broadway, and this was a great one.

I have to say, I was disappointed in the choreography of the opening number, "Two Girls from Little Rock". The dance performance is boring and wooden, but luckily things pick up from there.

"Gentlemen" is a major Monroe vehicle, but I preferred Russell's character. The woman has balls (and I happen to prefer brunettes). I read up on the book and it's a much more tawdry affair, where Lorelei Lee is actually an escort, but in the movie, it's Dorothy who gets the chance to frankly express sexual desire in "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love". Odd, seeing as how Marilyn's character was the gold digger and in real life, she was as famous f or her movies as her affairs. It's a fantastic number, but the flesh-colored short shorts are kind of ugly.

The movie goes on to a classic Hollywood ending, even after the cynical "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (such decadence; I wish that's how my life was)

but I was left wondering why it was called "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"?

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Retrofit: My Favorite Shirtwaist at Fela!

I can't believe I went all summer without posting about this dress. It was a great find at a great shop in Brooklyn. The dress cost far too much money, but luckily, I didn't have to pay for it. It's made of linen and a lovely color for spring and summer.

It's not the best photo, but you get a sense of the dress. It's so lovely, in fact, that a palm reader chased me for half a block in Times Square, told me she liked it, and gave me a discount on a palm reading. I have a very strong aura, she said.

I made my poor, poor boyfriend snap this photo of me near Times Square after we got out of seeing Fela! It's a fantastic musical, and it definitely earned all three Tonys it won this year. Run, don't walk, to see it. Fela! tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the creator of Afrobeat and a huge political and cultural figure in his native Nigeria and all of Africa. The show itself is an incredible experience because the audience becomes part of the show, transformed into guests of Fela's legendary Shrine club. I first got introduced to Afrobeat in high school and always wanted to hear more; Fela! was a perfect chance.

The play sugarcoats a few things, of course. Most troubling is the omission of Fela's death due to complications from AIDS. I also have it on good authority that some of pidgin English has been translated incorrectly for American audiences. But the set, choreography and music are worth it. And in case you're not convinced:

P.S. Here are my fabulous shoes, from Poetic License.

I Dream of Vespa

There's one fellow in my apartment building who has parks a Vespa in our parking lot (which, incidentally, is the same color as my ModCloth dress). It makes me wish I had a Vespa, and a perfect Vespa outfit. Unfortunately, you can't rent a Vespa in New York because it's just too dangerous; the insurance companies won't have it. I'll just have to dream and wait until I get to Italy, hopefully before the end of this year but that's no reason not to brush up on my Vespa history.

Towards the end of World War II, Enrico Piaggio made a noisy little scooter nicked named Paperino, Italian for Donald Duck. He was frustrated and passed the project on to another engineer, Corradino D'Ascanio. The look and sound of D'Ascanio's novel design reminded Piaggio of a wasp, which where Vespa got its name. Piaggio achieved his goal of creating a low-cost product "for the masses" that had the benefit of keeping riders safe and clean; his new motorbike first went into production in 1946. By the 50s, "riding a Vespa was synonymous with freedom, with agile exploitation of space and with easier social relationships (from the Vespa website)."

But I know Vespa through the mods. According to the Wikipedia article on Vespa, the mods loved Vespas because it protected their clothing and didn't require them wear leather. Their speedy rides gave birth to scooter rides and scooter culture, with people modifying their Vespas with lights and the like.

Hopefully, this will be me in a few months

Scooting by the Coloseum in 1952, via the LIFE photo archive

I found this great vintage ad on the Vespa website

And of course, no scooter-riding mod can go for a ride without a fabulous outfit

(How anyone rode a Vespa in a scooter dress or mini skirt, I'll never know)

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Monday, September 13, 2010

More Retro Barbie

Barbie is a class act indeed and has had a ton of looks. I caught sight of these when wandering around Union Square and wanted to share them. Please excuse the terrible iPhone photo quality.
Love 80s Barbie, especially the white cowboy boots. I once had a pair of those, complete with fringe and sparkly stars. The zebra bathing suit is darling!

Barbie's red bathing suit and and short hair remind me of Sophia Loren.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blog Award, Pt. 2

After receiving the Versatile Blogger Award, I now have to pass it on to ten other fabulous blogs but I'm unfortunately coming up short and only have 8. It's only because I tried to pick blogs that weren't super popular and I sort of failed but here it is:

1. b. vikki vintage: After being featured on Jezebel, I'm sure this isn't that exciting, but b. vikki vintage is a great site for vintage fashion featuring black models and normal people.

2. Beauty is a Thing of the Past: A fantastic site that posts full of useful pages from old hair magazines. But there are also great videos and offensive ads that are always good for a laugh.

3. An American Bluestocking in London: Miss Bluestocking has a very obvious interest in vintage fashion and advertising, but her main duty is documenting her new life in London. Originally from the States, she's working at a publishing house and writes lots of really thoughtful essays on her new life abroad. She doesn't always post that often, but when she does, it's a delight.

4. Millie Deel: A beautiful blog about beautiful things, most of them vintage.

5. Lemondrop Vintage: I'm sure many of you are familiar with Lemondrop Vintage but I'm passing this on to Marie because her blog is lovely and because once upon a time, she sent me a link to a vintage Stetson that I couldn't afford but loved anyway.

6. La Tenoli: I know "La Tenoli" in my real life and I also like her blog. She's a cool girl (who owes me a trip to Little Italy for canolis) Take a look!

7. Midnight Maniac: Rebecca is a charming blogger with great style. Even better: she bakes!

8. Fashionable Academics: My inner nerd is dying to be back in college. The transition to freshman year of life is hard but with Fashionable Academics I don't have to feel bad.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Blog Award!

This summer, I was very slow about blogging, indeed. Summers are usually pretty productive, but life got in the way. Anywho, Pam of Go Retro, a consistent reader and charming blogger herself, passed on The Versatile Blogger Award to me. Congrats to Pam, and big thanks. Now, I have to reveal ten things about myself before passing it on. I don't think I'm terribly interesting, but here it goes:

1. I love to dance. This goes for both social dancing and formal dance. I took ballet, tap and jazz for several years but stopped because the girls in my class started to suck. As for social dancing, when I was little, I was terrified of dancing in public. But with the guidance of some rather precocious friends, I found that I was actually a better dancer than I thought and started to enjoy doing it. I love Latin dance (merengue, salsa, bachata, cha-cha) and secretly hope to perform again. Til then, I'll stick to leading the Electric Slide.

2. I love to cook. And eat. I asked my mom for a Magic Bullet and a tagine for graduation. I got neither, but that hasn't kept me from trying lots of new recipes and making a huge mess in my kitchen.

3. I never played with dolls when I was little. I was a tomboy who would rather climb trees, chase frogs, and play video games than play with stupid dolls. Many Barbies loss their heads in the process.

4. I've never finished a Jane Austen novel. I was supposed to read Pride and Prejudice for a class but didn't have enough time to read it and I just couldn't get into it. Yawn. Louisa May Alcott, please.

5. My favorite movie is The Godfather Part II. I don't know how I never posted about it, since I'm essentially obsessed. Those were the days: Al Pacino was a little less crazy and Marlon Brando was still alive. It's such a rich story and visually so appealing. The story and visuals make in Part II make Part III that much more disappointing.

6. Seeing Prince live in concert changed my life.
a. Also seen live: Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Tina Turner, Tito Puente, Jeffrey Osbourne

7. I love R&B, hip-hop, rock, and dance music, but classical music is my first love. I played piano for ten years and clarinet for 13. I competed and played in orchestras and ensembles all over the state and auditioned for conservatories. The joint conservatory-bachelors programs I wanted to do didn't work out, but that doesn't change the fact that I cried hearingwhen the New York Philharmonic performed the last movement of Saint-Saens' Organ Symphony (which, ironically, became the song the mice sing in Babe).

8. I'm a trivia junkie. I watch Jeopardy every day like it's my job and don't answer my phone when it's on. Bar trivia isn't about the free bar tab; it's about the glory.

9. I'm what's called a "grammar Nazi", but there was a point in time where I consistently failed grammar quizzes. It was my first year at my new, super rigorous high school and it was terrible. I cried every time I had to write a paper.

10. If/when I get married, I'm thinking about reusing my parents' wedding song, Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder. It's a great song.

I have to think really hard about who to pass The Versatile Blogger award onto, because I've found so many great blogs that have probably gotten it already! Stay tuned.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cee-Lo Video for "Fuck You"

Cee-Lo's new song "fuck You" has gotetn a lot of buzz over the last week, especially at the lame attempt to clean it up and make it "Forget You". Is the change necessary for radio play? Yes. But be honest; most of us listen to music on YouTube, and we all know that YouTube doesn't care too much about foul language.

Now, that charming song gets a video treatment that's retro and sweet. Who doesn't love a revenge of the nerds track?

I love the titles that remind us of a cheap theatre, and the diner is always a great place for drama to play out (one of his last videos was set in a dinner, but wasn't nearly as palatable; a girl dumps a guy over breakfast and his heart leaves his chest and sings a sad song. It was really gross.) How I wish I had three identically-dressed singers to back me up wherever I went. Auditions will be held next week.

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The March of Time Comes to MoMA

This whole having a job thing is putting more of a damper on my blogging than I would have thought. But during my bits of downtime, I do get to read, which is what I did yesterday, and I found out that MoMA will be paying a tribute to the historic newreel series "The March of Time".

Ah, yes, those were the days. The dime you paid to go to the movies got you news, one crap movie and one good movie. "The March of Time", which ran from 1931 to 1951, stood out as a series because there was a strong narrative (which some would argue bordered on propoganda, especially during WWII). In one of my classes, we watched a March of Time feature that told us World War II was about fighting so towheaded boys could play football and freckled girls could play with dolls.

Here is a clip of a documentary that discusses a (in)famous March of Time reel "Inside Nazi Germany".

Newsreels are so interesting because they tell us so many things that, under the Code, you weren't supposed to talk about, at least not in movies. It's too bad they're so hard to track down.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Christina Hendricks Posing for London Fog Ads

Christina Hendricks is the face of London Fog's Fall 2010 line, which is brilliant marketing on their part because London Fog was one of Sterling Cooper's big clients. That episode was wonderfully informative. We learned there was no London fog, it was dust from the mines, that Sal gets his kicks when he's not with his wife, and that Don is willing to look past certain faults (God knows he ignores enough of his own).

Bravo, London Fog, and congratulations, Christina Hendricks, to whom I say: I want your life. You have dramatic, natural curves that apparently you maintain by eating cheese poppers. You get to wear beautiful vintage clothes and play dress-up in your real life at the Emmys. When you're not on set you get to wear (and keep!) fantastic trenches. You're in the early stages of what seems like a great marriage, learning to really enjoy each other's company, which is great, because your TV husband sucks. You've done all manner of sexy scenes with John Slattery, my favorite silver fox since Richard Gere's last movie tanked. Some girls have all the luck.

Click here for great behind the scenes footage of the ads.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Retrofit: Snoods!

The weather has taken a turn from the sunny and sticky to the rainy and awful. Sunday night, I managed to get a neat pin curl set and by the time I got to the office, my hair had completely fallen. I wasn't going to go through that again. I left my pin curls in and put on a snood.
This is not a good angle for me, but you get the idea

It's nothing special, of course, just something I bought for $2 at the local beauty supply store but it does kind of make me feel like a lady. It's a shame I don't really have any hair to fill it with, though. I'm thinking about buying a smaller snood that will create the illusion of longer hair. Any suggestions? As for my pin curl set, it stood up a bit better, but not as well as I'd hoped.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Marilyn Monroe Photos

The most photogenic of ladies shows us you don't have to be all tarted up to look radiant. A UK museum is showcasing candid photos of Marilyn Monroe, taken by American photographer Eve Arnold who is now 98 (!). Of the photos posted on The Daily Mail's website, this is my favorite:

I'm still trying to figure out what on Earth is holding her breasts up. And I love her plaid pants (I immediately started searching for plaid trousers after I saw this. If you find anything, let me know!) What I really like, though, is that the saccharine innocence you see in Marilyn in movies like "The Seven Year Itch" is toned-down and genuine here.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Life Kiss Photo Reenactment *Smooch*

This link is not dead! I'm settling into a lovely new job (it's temporary but it pays my bills with a little left over to shop on Etsy). I have quite a backlog of things I've been meaning to post.

First things first: Last week, a statue was unveiled in Times Square that shows the famous couple--a sailor and a nurse--kissing after the Japanese surrendered, ending World War II. To celebrate, there was a kiss-in where hundreds of couples gathered to reenact the kiss on Saturday. Saturday marked the 65th anniversary of the end of the war and is celebrated as the Spirit of '45 day. I can't tell you how badly I wanted to go! Cuteness and love abounded, although the real couples in the photo weren't an item and never saw one another again.

[photo via The Daily News]

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Monday, August 2, 2010

You Don't Know Hef

Friday, the documentary Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel was reveal and Flavorwire posted a great list of 57 things you don't know about Hugh Hefner (since Playboy is 57 years old). On the list are things such as "Hugh Hefner has personally interviewed every “Girl of the Month” in Playboy’s history" and "Hugh Hefner was once a on staff at Child Life Magazine" (ha!). Click here for the rest of the list.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Retrofit: Seeing Spots

I've been a bad blogger indeed. I'm going to be trying very hard to keep up with Retrofit and Repeat (1), posting in these categories once a week.

I've been dying for a navy blue polka dot dress. Polka dots are a great, fun pattern and they feel so summery. I prefer a medium-sized polka dot pattern; nothing so small that you have to get really close to see that, hey, there really are lots of little dots covering this thing! Polka dots were named after the popular dance in the late 19th century. It seems designers wanted to attach the pattern to the dance's popularity but the two aren't really related.

Polka dots were huge in the 50s and 60s. Who can forget Lucy's classic look
Or the most famous of all swimwear, the Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini?

(Click here for the hilariously entertaining 90s dance cover.)

Here are some lovely polka dots.

Hopefully I'll find something similar when I go thrifting this weekend!
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Thursday, July 22, 2010

I Swear This Is the Last 'Mad Men' Post Before the Season Starts

This is old news, but I'm only just now getting wind of it (thanks, Wikipedia): Vulture reported in January that Sal, played by Bryan Batt, isn't going to be in season 4! Matthew Weiner said it would be "anachronistic" to have him stick around since Don fired him for his icky backward gayness. Sal was such an interesting character because he was hiding in plain sight. It's fascinating to imagine the emotional turmoil. My heart hurts when I think about him having to cruise and not be in actual relationship.

Last season's episode when Don caught Sal with the bellhop was probably one of my favorites, especially when Don cleverly coded his "you're gross but I'll accept you if I don't have to see your gayness" warning. It seems especially cruel not to bring back Batt after his recurring role on the final season of Ugly Betty. Sigh. You'll be missed, Sal. It may be too late, but perhaps I'll still join the Facebook group.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Juicy Mad Men Season 4 Tidbits

One great thing about being unemployed is having the leisure to search the Internet for hints about what's in store for season 4 of Mad Men. An article from clues us in perfectly for Sunday's premiere.

Love Peggy's new haircut. I hope to have that same cut in a few months (if my hair will ever grow)

The year is 1964, one year past where the stomach-tightening season finale left us. Business isn't so good at the old Sterling Cooper. Don is living alone in an apartment in Greenwich Village and the ladies just aren't biting like the used to. He really seems to be starting with the clean slate the season 4 posters allude to (click here for more fun guesses about what this poster really means).

Betty's new mother-in-law is supposed to be terrible (but it's better, perhaps, than having no mother-in-law at all). As we could've guessed, the clean breaks that were supposed to make everything easier aren't. That's good for us; trouble makes great TV.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Countdown to Mad Men: Because We Watch it for the Clothes

The season 4 premiere of Mad Men is upon us and there are a lot of big questions to be answered. But juicy plot aside, we know one of Mad Men's biggest charms is the clothes the characters wear. AMC takes us inside the costume closet.

I'm glad costume designer Janie Bryant is letting the characters get into mod fashions a bit (it seems only fitting after "My name is Peggy, and I would like to smoke some marijuana.") And Don's palette is getting "darker". Let the speculation begin!

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Welcome to Good Burger

Any child of the 90s remembers All That, the sketch comedy show that split the sides of kids for years. The show eventually died off (kids these days wouldn't know entertainment if it bit them in their Playstations) but a popular sketch gave the world a delightfully campy 1997 movie, Good Burger. On the show, Kel Mitchell played Ed, an empty-headed cashier at the burger joint, annoying strings of customers. The movie amped Kel's idiocy way up and pitted Good Burger against the evil Mondo Burger, serving up a kid-friendly plot story and commentary on the evils of the fast food industry at once. Man, thinking about going to the Good Burger premiere with my cousins makes me feel so old.

Imagine my surprise, then, when childhood memories were stirred up as I walked past goodburger on 8th Avenue between 57th and 58th. Gee willikers, dreams really do come true!

Sorry for the crappy iPhone photo

Research didn't turn up anything about goodburger, which is a chain, having to do with the movie, but their logo includes the words "home of the goodburger", as in Ed's, "welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?" I didn't get a chance to stop in, but I'll report back as soon as I do. Until then, watch all of Good Burger on YouTube!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Introducing Vintage Network Worldwide

I came across this lovely gem while clicking through blogs (the links are endless). The Vintage Network Worldwide is a social networking site, powered by Ning, for those of us who love really cool, old things. It's nice to know we're not alone! There are tons of great groups and discussion, and it seems everyone sells something on Etsy. Like my badge?

Visit Vintage Network Worldwide

It's a great site, but as far as I'm concerned,they need more bloggers. Join up, ladies (and be sure to head over to my Maddicts group)

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Wonder Woman's New Look Isn't So Wonderful

First The Karate Kid gets the Hollywood re-treatment and now this; Wonder Woman gets a new outfit. Last Wednesday, DC Comics revealed that they'd tossed out her iconic look for leggings and *shudder* a cropped jacket. The DC Comics press release says, "What woman only wears one outfit for 70 years? What woman doesn’t accessorize?" but the real question is, what woman accessorizes a bustier with a friggin cropped jacket and choker?! True, the toned-down flag motif fits better with today's aesthetics but this Wonder Woman is almost unrecognizable. She looks just a bit too average. Plus, Gloria Steinem makes an additional point. This new costume sends the message that only pants are powerful.

There's a great piece on Politics Daily about why the new Wonder Woman may not be what we need. William Moulton Marston created her in 1941 after his wife urged for an alternative to the testosterone-fueled comics available at the time. She filled a void of physical beauty and physical power. Wonder Woman was steeped in mythology; she was an Amazon, daughter of Hippolyta, and made her wristbands were made from pieces of Athena's shield. Her alter ego was Diana, the goddess of the hunt. In short, she was everything, combining uberfemininity (as Diana was also a fertility goddess covered in breasts) and the balls that makes a woman cut off her breast so she can shoot her bow and arrow (luckily for us, Wonder Woman has both her boobs).

Shortly after creating her, Marston wrote, "Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world." Now, D.C. wants her to be born in the land of the Amazons but taken away as an infant just as her mother and most of the other Amazons are killed. She grows up in our world and becomes "street-wise" (their word) and tough, trying to rescue the rest of the Amazons. To be honest, this sounds suspiciously like Dune: one race with superior powers but few resources fighting to regain control of what's theirs. We'll see how fans react to the new storyline, but DC will have to work hard to make sure they complicate a feminist symbol without destroying it.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Vintage Fashion at the Met

A few weeks ago I got to see the American Woman: Fashioning an Identity exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York. While most of us gals love mid-century style, the exhibit begins in the last decade of the 19th century, and ends with the 1930s. It's meticulously curated. Even the wigs on the mannequins are to die for. My favorite was the room dedicated the 1930s, where the screen siren was the reigning archetype. It showed movie clips from great movies like "The Women" and "Gilda" (one of my favorites). They even had a dress Anna May Wong wore in one of her famous films (the one with the dragon on it).

The beauty of the exhibit is it ties the fashions of the decades to statements about women's political, sexual and social realities. I just wish it stretched across class lines a bit more. Of course every woman in the 30s wanted to be draped in silks like a movie star, but so few could afford it, what with it being the Depression and all. What was the middle-class housewife wearing when she snuck off to see Joan Crawford after washing her last load of laundry?

The Met was kind enough to make a YouTube video of the collection.

And if that's not enough, here's the exhibit's Flickr page with behind the scenes photos. Fit a trip to the Met into your summer plans. The exhibit's up until August 15. While you're hear, hop on the train to The Brooklyn Museum's American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, on view through August 1.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Kid N Play on Lopez Tonight

My site is more or less done being revamped. I've been so busy fiddling with it and fiddling with my own life, I haven't had time to post! But I'm back, and things should be pretty consistent from now on.

I've always loved Kid N Play and the silly fun of the House Party movies. So I was so excited to see they were on Lopez Tonight! They're touring the U.S. to celebrate the 20th anniversary of House Party. Twenty years already? That makes me feel old.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Under Construction

I've been looking a lot of the other blogs and I'm starting to feel embarrassed about my layout, plus I'm over the purple. So I'm going to fiddling with the look and feel but not posting much. But for your viewing pleasure, here's this lovely comment from the people over at ModCloth about my dress! I'm so proud of myself and I had to share!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Wax on, F*ck Off, Starring Ralph Macchio of The Karate Kid

Hilarious Funny or Die video I found on Trapped in the 80s Mom. You gotta love an actor who can make fun of himself and the sometimes sickening culture of celebrities behaving badly.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Retrofit: Perfect Dress for a Picnic

I've long lusted after the lovely clothes on ModCloth and now I've finally picked up a dress of my very own. Behold, the Soda Fountain Dress in ginger.

Belt, Rainbow
Shoes, Anne Klein

It's a basic shirtwaist dress, made of light cotton and the color is great (I was a little worried about that when I ordered it).The dress comes with its own cotton belt in the same color of the dress, but I though a cinch belt would be smarter. It's a great dress for during the day. I'd recommend thinking about your boobs when your order this; I'm admittedly a bit top-heavy (I'm not very wide but I'm a 34DD), and even with a minimizing bra on, I had some pulling in the chest. Commenters on ModCloth complained about the same thing. I'll either look into a different bra or get it altered a bit. Remember, when it arrives in the mail, it will be horribly wrinkled, so use some starch when you iron it. I didn't, and it was wrinkled again within minutes. Still, it's a great buy! I might even get the same dress in black.

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Monday, May 31, 2010

How To Wear a Vintage Hat

Next weekend, I'm going to the Belmont Races for the first time with The Boy. He's gone a few times before and he says it'll be a low-key affair, complete with tailgating in the parking lot, but I want to look at least a bit like a lady. It's a day at the races, after all. I have a vintage purple linen shirtwaist dress that's so cute, and I'm thinking about dressing it up with a hat, maybe something small with a veil. Except I don't usually wear hats. When in doubt, take to the Internet. I found great advice on Squidoo but I haven't gone shopping yet. What do you think I should wear?

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Homebody Film Series: Fame

I got bored a couple weeks ago and wanted to watch something old and fun. I'd never watched Fame but I knew I loved the theme song as performed by Irene Cara. The entire show is available on Netflix's Instant Play [hurry; it might not be there forever!]. I didn't get past the first episode but that episode alone was full of surprises.

The biggest surprise was how terrible a lot of the acting is. I can only imagine that the main character of the first episode, Julie, was tapped for the role because she's a great cellist in real life and pretty enough to be on TV. Her delivery was laughably bad...but after about a half hour, it wasn't so funny any more.

Most surprising, though, was the nameless student sitting behind Julie in her English class, the not-yet-famous Jazmine Guy.

And imagine my surprise when I saw a much younger, much less nasal Fran Drescher parade across the screen in tights. (I watch The Nanny almost every night.)
Even with those two little surprises, I couldn't get too into the show, mostly because of one of the show's most iconic characters. I hated the character of Leroy Johnson. From his stereotypical name to his fourth grade reading level and habit of selling gold chains outside the school, Leroy is everything that's embarrassing and wrong about portrayals of black people on TV. It's also kind of confusing how he wants to be a tough guy (he's a dancer but refuses to wear tights) and yet he dances like this:

Is it me or is this the gayest thing you've ever seen? He's making a joke of the audition at first but still, what's going on? And yes, his shorts are this short for the entire first episode and, from what I understand, the whole show. I don't know if I'm going to be able to make it even to the end of season 1, but I'll keep watching. For people who watched Fame when it first came out, what did you love most about the show?
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vintage Redbook Covers

Last semester, when I wasn't doing homework, I was interning at Redbook magazine (hence, the halt in blogging).

Redbook, first published in 1903, was full of new short fiction and interviews with famous actresses, so became the magazine of choice for urbane, sophisticated women at the turn of the century. Even though Redbook has changed a lot since its beginnings, their office still remembers the glamour of the early days. I snuck into one of the copy rooms on my last day and took (admittedly low-quality) photos of blown-up covers with my iPhone. Here are my favorites.

The Mermaid and the Centaur sounds a bit strange, doesn't it? Like a tawdry interspecies romance. Just saying.

The dog is a nice touch, I think.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Pam Grier!

Today, Pam Grier turns 61. She shows us age really isn't anything but a number. Even when reaching an age most people dread, Ms. Grier is still staying busy, working on a new film with Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks called Larry Crowne, set to be released in 2011.

Happy Birthday!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

LIFE's 20 Classic Beauties

LIFE Magazine posted a slideshow of 20 Classic Beauties. On the list are some obvious choices, like Marilyn Monroe, and some that were a little more surprising. Click "read more" to see the slideshow.

I'm surprised Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth didn't make the list. I was also shocked to see Princess Diana...she's certainly a classic beauty in terms of her timeless look and grace, but she's not a classic Hollywood actress.

Who do you think should've appeared on the list?
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Back + Round Up

I've been gone a long time, but rest assured, I was doing something important: graduating. I crossed the finish line. It wasn't always easy, but I did it! I'm jobless, which stinks, but luckily it leaves tons of time for blogging. Here are some links to stuff I wanted to post about but just didn't have the time.

- The beautiful and talented Lena Horne died at 92. The world has lost an icon
(photo via LIFE photo archive)

- Pam Grier released her memoir, called "Foxy: My Life in Three Acts". Dying to read it. Stay tuned...this book might be up for a possible giveaway later in the summer. Buy in here.

- Keds is celebrating their 94th anniversary. The released their first sneaker in 1916 (but didn't start calling it a sneaker until 1917). Keds were the favored shoes of young lindy hoppers in the 30s and 40s. Click over to their Original Sneaker site to see how Keds have changed through the decades. They're also releasing special edition shoes inspired by their different designs over the next several months.

- Yesterday, Pac Man celebrated its 30th anniversary. Head to the Google homepage to play Pac Man (one and two player!). Have fun, kids.

- Nancy Drew Celebrated her 80th anniversary a few weeks ago. Who doesn't love the world's ballsiest teenage girl and her super-sleuthing abilities? Just for fun, here's a Jezebel article on the accidentally inappropriate language in the novels.

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