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


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!

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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: