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.
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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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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I Do Not Support Beyonce Wearing a Bettie Page Wig

I am not a Beyonce fan, or at least I haven't been since she threw the other ladies of Destiny's Child under the bus and went solo. The cinematography in "Why Don't You Love Me?" is insane, and it has the lovely fuzzy quality of home movies from the 50s. Thgat being said, I do not like Beyonce playing dress up in a Bettie Page somehow seems wrong. (Plus, can you imagine her dusting her own anything? That woman has more money than God).

"Why Don't You Love Me" - Beyoncé from Beyoncé on Vimeo.



Let's play a fun game: how many icons does she reference? Bettie Page doing the cheesecake schtick, Bettie doing her kink schtick, Jayne Mansfield...who else do you see in here?
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