Monday, February 27, 2012

Season 5 Mad Men Poster

Maddicts! The newest poster for Mad Men has been revealed.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yellow Dress No. 4

A while back, when I first started participating in Everybody, Everywear, I mentioned that I have four yellow dresses. Here is the fourth one, for the first time on the blog.

Dress - H&M
Blazer- Talbot's
Scarf - Mom
Leopard flats - Nine West

Monday, February 20, 2012

Amazing 1950s Jive Video

It's been quiet around here this week. My new job is kicking my ass a bit, so that when I come home, I'm too tired to do anything. But on Friday, I pulled it together and went to my first ever Rebelnight. It's a monthly rockabilly dance party at this great, sort of grimy tiki bar called Otto's Shrunken Head. DJ Seiji taught me some basic jive. Hopefully, I'll be doing this in a few months:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Retrofit: Snazzy at Stardust Serenade

I spent Friday evening with The Champagne Riot at Dominion in SoHo. This was my first time at the Champagne Riot, an incredible monthly party full of jazz, burlesque, and novelty acts. Best of all, I was able to go with my friend Shanis!

I did my best to channel Marlene Dietrich with a retro menswear look.

1970s sweater vest - Etsy
Ralph Lauren shirt - Marshall's
Ralph Lauren tie - my boyfriend's dad
Pants - Gap
Clutch - stolen from mom

New Yorkers, stay tuned for more information about the next Riot!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

OMG Porgy and Bess

Last week's Photo Friday was a still from the original 1935 production on Porgy and Bess. I dug that one out of the Library of Congress website because I'd seen The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess on Broadway the night before and was still riding high. Unfortunately, the Boy couldn't get of work to join me in Astoria for brunch, so he made up for it by taking me to see the show. He more than made up for it.

I got introduced to Porgy and Bess as a seventh grader playing in a summer orchestra program (not band camp). We played "Summertime" and "I Got Plenty O' Nothin'" and our conductor explained to a bunch of really driven and focused young classical musicians how this sort of jazz-inflected piece was supposed to work. A couple years later, I saw the movie starring Dorothy Dandridge and Sammy Davis, Jr. at a film festival in Harlem and loved it.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Birthday Brunch with Dandy Wellington

On my birthday two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of brunching with some friends at the Astor Room in Astoria, Queens. I almost never go to Queens because it's so inconvenient to get to from Brooklyn on the train, but I read up on it and knew it would be worth the trek. I read good things about the food via Yelp, and I already knew I liked Dandy Wellington And His Band.

I love this chandelier by the entrance
Dining at the Astor Room means getting close to film history, which I love. It used to be the dining room of the studio that eventually became Paramount Studios. More than 120 silent movies and talkies were made there. Big names like Rudolph Valentino and the Marx Brothers ate between takes. The restaurant is now a "contemporary interpretation of the American Supper Club", so the 1920s feel is very much there.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Birthday Recap (and a Winner!)

om nom nom birfday caaake
Please excuse the blog's appearance as I fiddle with things to make it pretty and easier to use. 

Gah, it's taken me so long to get to this, but I definitely wanted to recap my vintage birthday celebrations (note the plural. This may take more than one post). My birthday weekend was really quite nice, despite being too sick and congested to do much of anything that Friday night.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Photo Friday: Porgy and Bess, 1935

via Library of Congress
I saw the incredible rival of Porgy and Bess last night (a birthday present from my sweetheart). Here's a photo from the original 1935 production of this exciting, historic show.

P.S. You can still enter my birthday giveaway!

Retrofit: Big Beautiful Barbara Brown

I was poking around the Vintage Network a little while ago when I came across a new online shop I've never heard of, called Big Beautiful Barbara Brown. Emily, the designer behind and seamstress behind the site, makes incredible custom repro dresses styled in the fashions of the 20s through the 70s.

I especially love the 1930s Tea Dress:

When it's time to go to 30s-themed events, I always have a hard time pulling together an outfit, but a dress like this is something I could get a ton of wear out of. Perhaps I've already found my dress for this summer's Jazz Age Lawn Party!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

I was so, so sad when I heard that Soul Train creator and host Don Cornelius had passed away yesterday. I was even more shocked when I read that it was a suicide. The New York Times does an incredible job of eulogizing him and expressing his importance, but what I find most disturbing is that no one has really seemed to say anything about it being a suicide. Don Cornelius was 75 when he died, but most people assume suicide is just about young people. The truth is, a lot of elderly people get depressed, and their young family members who are supposed to be looking out for them don't always notice it. Suicide rates are twice as high in people ages 80 to 85. This isn't to blame Cornelius' family; my heart definitely goes out to them, but the loss is especially painful because there's a very good chance his death might have been prevented if he'd received treatment.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

There's Still Time!

I had to blow out 20 candles, but it felt like 50
I had a wonderful time celebrating my birthday this weekend, but it's not over yet. Since my best friend from high school had to miss my birthday brunch for family reasons, she's taking me out this weekend. So it's a bit like having a second birthday, which means I'm giving you the gift of a second change to win this really big book.