Thursday, December 29, 2011

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

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What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? by Ella Fitzgerald on Grooveshark

I've had this song stuck in my head all week. I keep playing it and hope it'll get out, but it won't. Ella's singing is so plaintive and so full of yearning. I know who I'll be kissing at midnight but she still manages to stir a certain longing in me.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas, Indeed

I had a lovely Christmas with family with the usual eating, drinking, and napping. Christmas Eve, we went to my Aunty Carolyn's house. We gather around the tree to sing carols as she honors her husband's Danish traditions and lights real candles on her real tree.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

And Now, a Series of Cats Wishing You Merry Christmas


The cat in this vintage Christmas card is kind of terrifying, but he reminds me of my cat with his red bow.


I hate to be that person, but here's a picture of my cat Shaka wearing a bow I crocheted for him.




Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To: Christmas Albums

I love, love, love Christmas. And the music of the season is a big part of what I enjoy; so much so that I recently wrote an essay for The Frisky about it. I'm well aware that people cover lots of the same songs--I have seven versions of "Jingle Bells" on my iPod, for God's sake--but I always love seeing what creative approaches to the standards people come up with.

And while it seems like every pop sensation does a Christmas album, I love the more classic sounds of the season. New-ish artists like Harry Connick, Jr. (swoon!) and Michael Buble tap into holiday nostalgia but I like to dig into the stacks, so to speak.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My Christmas Party Will Probably Look Like This

I'm having a holiday housewarming this weekend (never mind that I moved a while ago). The guest list has gotten a little out of hand, so I have a feeling this is what my apartment will look like, complete with terrified cat perched above the fray:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Photo Friday: The Holidays with Etsy

I had every intention of getting this up on Friday (see: Photo Friday above) but I've been both sick and slow so here it is, Photo Friday on Monday.

Anywho, The Boy and I headed to the Making Smiles Bright event, hosted in the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn. The good people at Etsy partnered with Magnolia Photobooth and let people come take photo booth photos with holiday backgrounds. For $5! We dressed up for the Twin Peaks set, thinking we were only allowed to do one. I paired my 1960s plaid skirt with a festive red cashmere sweater and my saddle shoes. Audrey Horne would approve.

Feeding him one of those donuts Dale Cooper likes so much
Kissing this adorable deer cancels out the creep factor of Laura Palmer's portrait in the background

Thanks, Etsy! What do your holiday cards look like?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Cure for What Ails You

It's only early December and already I've been beset by a couple colds. This cold is particularly nasty, complete with chills, body aches, coughing, sneezing, nausea, a low-grade fever and a sore throat. I'm toughing it out, though, and entertaining myself by looking at old medicine ads (like this Vicks one!) when I'm not knitting and watching Marilyn Monroe movies.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Best Way to Get Naked

Tips from former stripteaser June St. Clair.


"Clumsy house frau!"

"Elegant and sexy, like so. If you don't know how to undress properly, your husband will leave you!"
More tips and photos from the Allen Gilbert School of Undressing, courtesy of How to Be a Retronaut and LIFE magazine.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Paris is Burning

Just before Thanksgiving, The Boy and I spent a quiet night at home. It was my turn to pick a movie and I settled on a documentary I'd wanted to see for a long time, called Paris is Burning. A classic documentary about the birth of voguing, I expected amazing dancing and flashy costumes. I got plenty of that plus more; it brought me close to tears.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A Very Vintage Thanksgiving

I ate an ungodly amount of food yesterday, as is the custom. I swear I'm still stuffed from yesterday, both with food and nostalgia. There's no time like the holidays to look back and feel cozy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving at the White House, 1887

Just in case you were wondering what presidents of old ate for Thanksgiving, the White House Cookbook, first published in 1887, lays it out very clearly. Including instructions for removing the guts and feathers from a turkey.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Photo Friday: Holmes, I Presume

My friend and I have a little transatlantic book club (she's in Nigeria, I'm in New York), and we're reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I went to the lovely Unnameable Books bookstore in Park Slope (a book lover's paradise, I swear) and found that the only way I could get The Adventures would be to buy The Complete Sherlock Holmes.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Retrofit: Just Jeans

I love how elegant and dainty my vintage clothes can make me feel, but I have to be honest with myself and say I don't have the time or energy to be so put together each day. Luckily, I work in a really lax environment, so I can wear jeans, and more and more, that's exactly what I do. I don't know if I'm in a rut or what, but there you go.

Still, I try to add touches that give my very modern jeans a vintage feel.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Photo Friday (on Saturday): Pan Am Bag

A couple weeks ago, when we were experiencing some kind of crazy fall heatwave, I snapped a photo of a handsome stranger with a Pan Am bag.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Now Playing: Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne @ Terminal 5, NYC 11/4'
Bowtie? Tambourine? Suit? Will you marry me?
 
Last week, The Boy got tickets to see Chromeo as a sort of pick-me-up, since I'd been feeling pretty crummy. I was so excited to see this dance-y electro-pop group that I completely forgot to see who else was on the Night Falls Tour with them. I'd been seeing ads for some clown in wayfarers called Mayer Hawthorne on Spotify but I didn't realize til I got to Terminal 5 that he was playing, too. I'd never heard of him, making me tragically unhip in a very hip crowd, but he started to play and I fell in love. No joke. I've hardly listened to anything else in the last week.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Black Americana on Tumblr

via Vogue Italia

I'm bubbling with crazy excitement after seeing (and drooling over) Brandon Littlejohn's Black Americana photo essay project. He and photographer Rod Gailes OBC got together to show the other side of black life in the 1950s. Plenty of people left the race problem at home and had a good time. Littlejohn is frustrated by the same things that frustrate me; black people weren't a monolithic poor, marching mass in the 50s and 60s and it's not fair to portray them as such. There were a fair number of professionals and people with summer homes. In fact, I look at these photos and remember my own summers on Martha's Vineyard, a place that has long been a vacation spot for blacks.

(Did I mention that dude is 24? And while researching this project, he only listened to music from the 50s and dressed the part, too? Brandon, if you're reading this, will you be my friend?)

I dare you to look at the photos from the Island in the Sun series and not want to join that party. Check out his Tumblr, too. Bravo, Mr. Littlejohn, bravo.

Update: Brandon has asked me to ask you guys to help him out with his project. Make a donation on Indie Gogo
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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Um, Price Check?

I love things that are old and rare, and I love books. But I most certainly would not pay $2,175 for a mere handful of books.

Monday, October 31, 2011

#halloweenFAIL

Happy Halloween!

Eat lots of candy and enjoy this campy Halloween classic:



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Friday, October 28, 2011

Falling for Autumn Treats

A couple weeks ago, I jumped on a Daily Candy deal, something I generally don't take advantage of. Even discounted shopping is still shopping and I shouldn't really do that right now. But when they offered great deals on tea things from Classic Coffee and Tea, I figured it'd be a great opportunity to get an affordable thank-you present for my very special cousins. Then I checked the items--and the prices--and decided to get something for myself, too.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Creepy Dior Commercial Ft. Princess Grace, Marlene, and Marilyn

It goes without saying that Charlize Theron is stunning. You could cut your finger on those cheekbones. So, duh, Dior wants her as the face of Dior J'adore . But the use of CGI to add other legendary faces? Well. I'll let you be the judge.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Retrofit: Last of Indian Summer

It's actually cold now. As in, I might be wearing a wool dress this week. But a few weeks ago, we were having a real, live Indian summer. It was 80 degrees in October and even though I was getting over a nasty cold, I was determined to get the hell out of my house and not waste the sunshine.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ugh




This is a weird iPhone photo of a beautiful 1960s dress I wore to a wedding tonight. It ripped in the seam under the arm when I reached for something. I am not amused.




Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This Tickles Me

I used to wake up in the middle night and hear my dad watching ABC World News Now. That's probably why this particular bit of foolishness has a special place in my heart. Enjoy!





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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This Week on Pandora: I Ain't Gonna Sin No More

I love the dirtier side of early 20th century music, especially when it's tongue and cheek. Here's a video of Ethel Waters singing "I Ain't Gonna Sin No More".


This, of course, is the abridged and cleaned-up version. The real version, after the jump.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Photo Friday (on Sunday): Stockings, pt. 2

I've been feeling icky and sick since about Thursday which is why there hasn't been a whole lot happening around here. Friday, I really wanted to get this photo up:


This is the photo Cristina of Peek Brooklyn uses for her profile on Facebook. What I love about this photo is that it really reminds me of this one, which I posted a while back, when I first started Photo Friday



Not quite sure where the first photo is from, but I know I want every pair of tights and every pair of shoes pictured.

And of course, speaking of tights, the Peek Brooklyn giveaway ends tomorrow, Monday, at 11:59 p.m. EST. You have a chance to win a pair of Pretty Polly tights. You want these, promise. I have my eye on these lovelies:

See the rest of the collection here
Enter one of three ways:
1) Like PEEK Brooklyn on Facebook and leave a comment in this blog post saying you liked them.
2) Tweet "I entered the sexy #PEEKBrooklyn giveaway and you should too: http://tinyurl.com/3munpwk @d_funkt" and then leave a link to your tweet in the comments.
3) Follow me on Blogger and leave a comment saying something along the lines of "hey, I'm following, and I really want these stockings!" If you're already a follower, leave a comment anyways.



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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Friendly's Files for Bankruptcy

Sad news, kids. Friendly's Ice Cream laid off almost 1,300 employees suddenly on Tuesday night, closed 63 stores and filed for bankruptcy. Thirty locations were closed in Massachusetts, my and Friendly's home state.

I used to live a five-minute drive from a Friend;y's. Of course, there aren't any here in the five boroughs, so I can't pop over for a quick milkshake and grilled cheese sandwich--I swear, Friendly's had the best grilled cheeses--so I'm going to mourn, ice cream-less
via boston.com


What are your favorite Friendly's memories?


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Famous Photos Recreated in Legos

Last week, Flavorwire blogged about artist Mike Stimpson, who just created a series of Lego models of famous photographs. This, of course, was one of my favorites:


See the rest of Mike Stimpson's clever takes on iconic photos here.

And P.S.: You have until Friday at midnight to enter the super sexy stocking giveaway!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Peek Brooklyn Launch Party

My life has been pretty crazy as of late so I've been a bad blogger, indeed. So bad, in fact, that I didn't give the giveaway the push it deserved. So let's try this again. Call it a do-over, but first, photos.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ridiculous 80s Underwear Commercial

Watch this, laugh, and then enter the PEEK Brooklyn giveaway





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Friday, September 23, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Stockings from PEEK Brooklyn!

Last week, I said to stay tuned because something really special was coming. Well, here it is: one lucky reader will win a fabulous pair of Pretty Polly nylons from PEEK Brooklyn, a new high-end online hosiery boutique that brings you beautiful stockings, tights, and hold-ups by brands from around the world.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Desk Top Tiki Party

It's a "meh" day. Gray and wet, construction going on outside: I don't want to be at my desk but don't really know where else to go. To lighten my mood, I'm plugged into my Exotica station on Pandora.

Exotica is a genre of music enjoyed in the late 50s through the 60s by those who wished Pan-Am could whisk them away on magical flights to faraway lands but were stuck at home.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Pack Up Your Troubles...

My apartment basically looks like this now...via quoteagentleman.wordpress.com

I wanted to be really diligent about posting this week, but I'm moving, and all the packing, etc. has gotten in the way. Fear not! I'll be back in a few days with some exciting stuff (hint: freebies for a lucky lady). Have a great weekend!


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fan-tastic Find

Every once in a while a participate in the Digital Photography School's forum assignments. Your asked to post a photo in a certain category. A couple weeks ago, we were asked to photograph found objects and I snapped a picture of this beautiful fan I found on the sidewalk one day while walking in the rain. Didn't submit it in time, but I like the photos just the same. If I had to guess, I would say it's from the 1960s (If anyone is better at dating these things, please let me know)?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Retrofit: Perfect Dress for a Picnic, No. 2

About a month ago, my boyfriend got me a lovely present, a yellow gingham dress by Ark & Co. from a boutique near his home in Brooklyn. I'm so in love. I though this was the perfect dress for a picnic, but actually this is. Doris Day wears a dress similar to this in The Man Who Knew Too Much, but hers is blue and therefore not quite so cheery and delicious. Best of all, my dress has pockets!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Photo Friday: More Bluestockings

I desperately don't want to believe fall is coming. I'm ignoring the leaves on the sidewalk, I'm ignoring the lower nighttime temperatures, I'm ignoring the triumphant return of the pumpkin spice latte to Starbucks. Hence, the yellow gingham dress I"m wearing today (more on that later). Still, you can't escape the back to school commercials, which get me thinking about back to school clothes.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Freddie Mercury's Google Doodle

Freddie Mercury would have been 65 today. Instead of rocking the hell out of the AARP, he is *sniff* no longer with us. Luckily for us, Google paid tribute to him as only Google can:



So instead of wondering what he'd be like at 65, let's just listen to Queen and don a sweet 'stache.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

China Machado, the Original Glamazon

Richard Avedon  - China Machado (1958)Two weeks ago, New York magazine, chose a woman in her 80s for the cover of its fall fashion issue. That's a bold move in and of itself but it's even more amazing because the woman on the cover is the groundbreaking supermodel you've probably never heard of. China (the Spanish pronounciation--Cheena) Machado was Richard Avedon's muse in the 50s and 60s and the first nonwhite model to be shot for major magazine covers.



Born Noelie Dasouza Machado in Shanghai, China and her family escaped to Buenos Aires during World War II.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Homebody Film Series: In the Heat of the Night

While I was waiting for this so-called hurricane was passing through New York, I got a chance to catch up on some movies. The Boy and I rented In the Heat of the Night.



Monday, August 29, 2011

Retrofit: Black, White and Red All Over

I mentioned last week that my boyfriend and I recently started taking swing classes. I didn't buy this skirt because we started swinging, but it's perfect, isn't it? My swing instructor certainly liked my outfit.

Shirt - Guess (Buffalo Exchange)
Suspender skirt - Chic Star
Vans saddle shoes - Zappos

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

This Week on Pandora: Funny Songs

If you're on the East Coast, you're bracing yourself for big bad Hurricane Irene. That means lots of time indoors, lots of time to kill. The Boy and are listening to some CDs while we still have our electricity. We're enjoying Prince's 1999 right now but I came across some really great songs on Pandora this week I wanted to share. Enjoy the music before all our infrastructure goes to hell in a hand basket (or so they tell us).


Thursday, August 25, 2011

One Day, Two Parties

Saturday was a busy day, indeed. I finally made it to the Bi-Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party and it was wonderful. After a dreary, rainy week there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The Dreamland Orchestra played beautifuly and people were dressed to the nines. In fact, some people were a bit too dressed up, wearing 20s and 30s-inspired evening looks to a party *clutches pearls in horror*

Friday, August 19, 2011

This Week on Pandora: Hypnotized by Linda Jones

Linda Jones released this song in 1967 and died five years later at age 27. It's so, so beautiful. I get why she is Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin's favorite artist



Ma, if you're reading this, this song makes me think of riding around in your car when I was little (the first Infiniti, not the Volvo).

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Delightful Dames

Nothing warm my heart like a demure but devilish pin-up. A twinkle in her eye, wind in her skirt: what could be better? So imagine how happy I was when I picked up these five pin-up cards at the Brooklyn Flea a few Saturdays ago:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

20SB Blog Swap: Summer Skies Are Beautiful

20-Something Bloggers paired me up with Liz for their annual blog swap. The topic: Summer Lovin'. Here's what she had to say:

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Long Beach's Retro Row

I've had a busy week settling back into my New York life after a wonderful week-long vacation in L.A. Work and non-work have been nonstop, which is why it's taken me so long to get up my account of my dreamy trip to Retro Row in Long Beach.

Retro Row is a few blocks of shops carrying antique furniture, collectibles, and of course, vintage and repro clothes. The shops are lovely and the salespeople are so friendly. Prices are great (I found that in a lot of places it's true: vintage is cheaper on the West Coast than on the East Coast), and the salespeople were delightful.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Crapshoot: L.A., Days 3 and 4

Last night, I passed out before I could post any photos. Too much fun at the Santa Monica Pier, I suppose. We spent the evening at Pacific Park

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Crapshoot: L.A., Day 2

I spent a couple hours at the Grammy Museum today and it was not nearly enough time. I didn't realize how big the whole thing was! Unfortunately, they didn't allow photography inside, but I had to snap an Instagram photo secretly of Billie Holiday's accessories, including her trademark gardenia.

Billie Holiday's accessories. (!!!)
the incredible Lady Day


Friday, July 29, 2011

Photo Friday: New England Bluestockings

Last month, I went to my high school's five year reunion (that's when I wore my favorite yellow dress). It's kind of crazy to me that it's been five years since graduation, but I suppose time flies when you're having fun?

Spending time away from my high school, a fancy-pants private school in a smallish Massachusetts town, made me appreciate it even more. I loved it while I was there and was so sad to go after graduation but now I really feel connected to a really long and important tradition. Does that sentiment smack of elitism? Probably a little bit, but that's not why we're here! On to the photos:

Thursday, July 28, 2011

This Week on Pandora: High-Heeled Woman

This week, I've been exploring rockabilly music, which I don't know a whole lot about. And what better way to learn about new music than Pandora? I made an Imelda May station (more on that later) and I heard this song for the first time, which I absolutely love.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Weekend Update

I know it's Tuesday, but I'm going to post about my weekend anyway since it was full of fun vintage things. My weekend started on Thursday night, as all good weekends should. I braved the stifling heat and went to Prospect Park with The Boy and his father for the Celebrate Brooklyn West Side Story sing and dance along. I was stuck to my seat with my sweat so I just sang, but some brave souls did dance. The setup was great. They asked everyone to choose a gang and go in separate entrances based on what you wanted. My boyfriend and his dad wanted to be Jets but I said absolutely not! I love Rita Moreno and therefore, we will be Sharks. Win.

Ryan Muir Photography
I had on a great purple outfit because, duh, the Sharks wear purples and reds, but I got too sweaty and gross for it to be worth it to take a picture. It was really too bad because I got to use a new skirt. Photos coming soon.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Girls In Their Summer Dresses

This young lady appreciates a good dress
This week, the New York Times ran a *eh hem* groundbreaking trend piece on the resurgence of the dress as a summer wardrobe staple. Designer Nicole Miller says dresses were "unhip" four or five years ago, which is what makes them cool now.

It's a little weird to me that the times paid someone to write about how great dresses are because they've never not been great. Ms. Miller says dresses are having another moment because vintage-inspired styles are becoming increasingly popular. But for those of us that love vintage, we've never stopped loving dresses. Other than accessory hand-me-downs from my mom, aunt, and grandmother, the first piece of vintage clothing I ever owned was a dress. I'm trying to force myself to stop buying vintage dresses when I buy vintage so I can mix and match things more easily.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Really, It's a Cinch!

As of late, I have seen a number of wonderful ladies in love retro looks around the city. There is just one problem with their ensembles: the damn belt is on backwards.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Photo Friday: Sidewalk Stories

The thing about Brooklyn is you can find almost anything you want or need right there on the sidewalk. Last Saturday I was on my way home from a play. It was about 1 AM but luckily a street light helped me spot a treasure trove of books waiting for trash day.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Retrofit: A Little Sketchy

Wow, guys, thanks so much for all the comments on my last post! I do really love those yellow dresses.

Since summer started I've been looking for 1) a vintage novelty print dress and 2) a white dress. Imagine how happy I was when I found one dress to fit both bills!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Everybody, Everywear: Yellow

I'm delighted by this month's Everybody, Everywear challenge because a) I have the perfect new-ish dress (it came in the mail last month) and b) it's just so easy for me. Remember when I participated in the EBEW floral challenge and I said I don't do small flowers? Well, the same goes for my approach to yellow. I have four--count 'em, four!--yellow dresses and this one is the latest addition to my collection.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

This One's For the Boys Overseas

This 4th of July I was extra patriotic and went to the Liberty Belle Spectacular, hosted in part by Dances of Vice. There was a great band playing classic patriotic songs, burlesque and we could the Macy's Fireworks from the roof of the hotel. When it comes to Dances of Vice, you of course have to dress for the occasion so I came up with an idea for an outfit and got two friends to help:

Friday, July 1, 2011

Photo Friday: Kids at the Johnny Pump

Independence Day is upon us, which means the summer is officially in full swing. For this week's Photo Friday, I wanted to capture summer in New York City with a classic scene.

"Children playing in the spray of an open fire hydrant to escape the ongoing heat wave."


Taken in 1953 by Peter Stackpole, from the LIFE photo archive.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hubba Hubba!

I would love a set of these drinking glasses from the 40s or 50s that reveal a naughty secret as you sip.  (Slightly NSFW)

Retrofit: Swinging At Lincoln Center

This Monday marked the opening night of Midsummer Night Swing, one of the amazing events series that makes summer in New York so great. They roll out a big dance floor and bring live acts and DJs in for a big party, plus dance instructors to help newbies out. I'm no swing dancer, but I definitely dressed the part.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Sequins and Sass

Last week, I asked for help trying to put together an outfit for the 6th Bi-Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. And then I didn't go. It's killing me. Last week was pretty rainy in New York and they predicted rain for almost the entire afternoon on Saturday. I didn't want to be caught in the rain with nothing to sit on but a blanket a ferry ride standing between me and my apartment, so I went to Fort Greene Park and enjoyed a lovely day at the park. Ugh.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Need Your Expert Advice!

I love that my blog has gotten me in touch with a lot of experts and now it's time for me to call on said experts. This weekend is the 6th Bi-Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party and I have no idea what to wear. This always happens to me when I go to 30s themed events, it seems. I have one flutter-sleeved dress, but unfortunately, I'm wearing it right now and besides, it's not made of a good material for picnicking in 80-degree weather.

I have this dress

which I bought in December for my trip to Panama but didn't wear. Amy Jeane did an amazing post on sailor fashion from the 1910s to the early 1940s. I lovelovelove nautical-inspired looks but I'm worried the shape of the dress is too "wiggly" to be associated with the 30s; it's more of a 1940s pin-up look, don't you think?



Here is the dress I wore my high school graduation. This is a terrible grainy iPhone photo I snapped on my way out, but it his at about midcalf and does a cute flounce thing starting about the knee. Can that work, with maybe a nice white knit beret?

So, my lovelies, tell me what you think. Will either of these work or should I try to put something together using basics?

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Homebody Film Series: Auntie Mame

It's been a while since I've done a movie post but I recently watched Auntie Mame (1958) starring Rosalind Russell and it seemed like it was high time for a new one. "Auntie Mame" is based on play based on a book written in 1955 by Patrick Dennis.

Patrick, incidentally, is the name of the nephew Mame takes in once her brother passes away. Patrick leaves his strict upbringing for Mame's crazy bohemian lifestyle in Manhattan just before the Depression. The film spans about fifteen years, while Mame and Patrick go through the Depression, wild cocktail parties, new philosophers, and a marriage to a guy in oil.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Everybody, Everywear: Lace (if you squint)

I'm getting my Everybody, Everywear post up quite late (hell, I've got myself up quite late, but I completely lose track of time in the face of a live salsa band) and with a crappy photo as well, but I wanted to add it anyway. 

Lace | Everybody, Everywear
This month's challenge is lace. I love clothes that make me feel feminine and dainty but sometimes lace makes me feel like a doilie. Unless it's black lace, which runs the risk of making me feel like a whore but that's a risk I'm willing to take. This is one of my very favorite dresses of summer, a Jack by BB Dakota number with a crochet lace trim. It's very peasant-y and has a vintage feel in terms of shape and detail. This yellow is so citrusy and refreshing!
This photo was taken on Mother's Day at the base of the Statue of Liberty. It's blurry because I foolishly  trusted my 7-year-old cousin with my camera. Serves me right.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

Photo Friday: The Puerto Rican Pepperpot

Even in a place like New York, you notice when there are extra Puerto Rican flags around, and just today it hit me that that's because this Sunday, the Puerto Rican Dy Parade will be making its way through Manhattan. I love how festive the city is in summer and a lot of that has to do with people gearing up for big parades (on deck: The Dominican Day Parade, the Brazilian Day Parade, the Pride Parade, and the Caribbean Labor Day).

It's a shame this lovely photo of women at a Puerto Rican Day Parade was my first Photo Friday post because it's so lovely.
 

But I poked around and found this great photo of Puerto Rican actress, dancer and pin-up Olga San Juan.  She got the nickname the Puerto Rican Pepperpot, but in this publicity still from 1944 she looks decidedly sweet, not spicy (for the record, I'm annoyed by how Latinas are always referred to as spicy. For the love of God, women are people, not aji!).

I randomly pulled this clip of her and she has so much personality. I can see why she was always being compared to Carmen Miranda. 

Have any of you seen her movies?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pop-o-matic on the Internetz

My boyfriend really hates it when I say Internetz. Good thing he never reads my blog (?)

Anywho, I got a wonderful compliment today. It makes my heart positively sing, even though I'm really frustrated by not having the time to fix this place up properly.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Retrofit: Why, Yes, I Am Wearing a Petticoat!

I searched high and low for a petticoat for under $50 in the white or tan family and I finally found one! $20! for a vintage petticoat! Obviously, it makes me very happy:

Thursday, June 2, 2011

I Need Your Help!

I'd like to think that in the nearly three years I've been blogging I've made something of a connection to some of my readers and fellow bloggers. Now, I need to ask you to take that feeling of friendship out of the digital arena and into real life. This weekend, I'm walking in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This cause is so important to me. I'm not going to go into the scary statistics here--that's all on the website--but I will say that mental illness, which about 95% of patients have when they attempt suicide, is a lot more common than we'd like to think, so it's possible your donation could help someone you know. If you'd like to, please make a donation here. I'm not asking for a huge amount, but I am $260 away from my goal of $1,000. I've gotten donations as small as $10 and as big as $70. Thanks for all your help!

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Who You Callin' a Dumb Blonde?

Marilyn made her money playing dumb blondes, gold diggers, and showgirls but she wasn't just a pretty face:

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Emma Pillsbury, Fashion Icon

I love Glee, and when I watch, I'm watching the drama and songs as much as the insane--and insanely fashionable--Emma Pillsbury. So imagine how happy I was when I stumbled across the site, What Would Emma Pillsbury Wear?.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Photo Friday (on Saturday): A Toast!

This is another reason I will never leave Brooklyn:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

This Week On Pandora: Rosemary Clooney

I spend most of my day at work listening to Pandora and pretending I'm in Hawaii or a ballroom during the 60s or a late 20s speakeasy. Pandora is such an incredible resource for discovering amazing music and I figure it's high time I share my finds.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Yuck.

To say I'm feeling under the weather is an understatement. I'm hacking up a goddamn lung and I'm missing my salsa class! It's terrible. Unfortunately, I'm not getting the same relief as this woman:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Photo Friday: A Young Lady's Guide to Romance



This is a real, live comic book cover from 1949. Love comics flourished in the 40s and 50s, geared towards girls to guide them in matters of the heart. Except, it doesn't seem like these comics give much guidance at all (see the full slideshow on Nerve.com); they just tell girls--almost always girls, never women--that love is all about getting your heart broken. I mean, honestly, the first comic in the First Romance Magazine series is about getting cheated on! That's pretty terrible, and a far cry from the fluffy, perfect relationships that were appearing on movie screens everywhere.

Michael Barson's book Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics is new this week and all about romance comics' love-hate relationship with love. Read more about the history of romance comics in Mr. Barson's article for Entertainment Weekly.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Retrofit: Flower Child

I'm submitting my photo to Everybody, Everywear. It's a great website where you can submit yourself wearing a previously-agreed upon trend. This month's theme was florals.

This dress is a 60s tent dress, a lucky $17-ebay find.
My face looks chubby


My face did something weird here but I tried to show that it's low in the back
I picked this dress because other than the purple dress from my last post, it's the only vintage or vintage-inspired thing I own with flowers on it. I don't have a ton of florals in my wardrobe in general, but when I buy florals I go big. No shrinking violets here!

Check out the other entries!
Florals | Everybody, Everywear

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Retrofit: At the Races!

I've been gone awhile but at least I've been fabulous. Saturday was the Kentucky Derby and even in Brooklyn, we got in the swing of things. I had a great time at The Bell House's Derby Day party. I even participated in some square dancing, and that was before the mint juleps, thank you very much. I got to break out a fabulous 1960s dress I snapped up from Huzzah Vintage.

Monday, May 2, 2011

That'll Be All, Miss Secretary

On April 26, Corporate America celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretary's Day. And while plenty of administrative assistants sat down to their desks to find special bundles of candy, it's a sad state of affairs for secretaries. Lynn Peril writes in the New York Times that since the technological advancements of the 50s and 60s, secretaries have been worried about their place in the office. The office of the future was supposed to have floating pods instead of people walking in hallways and computers that did everything.

The office of tomorrow, according to Seagram's

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Retrofit: Easter Sunday Skirt

I've had a week off from blogging to get my analog life together, which is why I'm spending my Saturday night updating my blog.

If you were in the Northeast last weekend, you felt spring and a touch of summer finally, finally coming. It was fantastic. Anywho, this is me wearing my new 1950s circle skirt for the first time:

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Waiting for the Mailman...

Because I just scooped up this adorable 1930s postcard.
"The sweetest chain would be your arms wrapped around mine. I will be your slave."

Saw it and knew I had to have it. Something this sweet (and a little bit creepy?) needs a home. With me.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Photo Friday: Purple Rain vol. 2

Hold your horses, Prince fans. There won't be another Purple Rain (tear) but I had to share this incredible project by artist Christopher Gowanus. He reimagines classic album covers as book covers and this, of course, is my favorite:
Really great work, no? Check out the rest of the book/album covers in his incredible Flickr gallery, The Record Books.


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