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: