Monday, September 30, 2013

Retrofit: Borrowed from the Boys

Good news! Not only am I blogging here, I'm now contributing to the Vintage Bulleting blog. The blog is run by Carol of Dandelion Vintage (I bought these amazing lace gloves from her last year).

For my first blog post, I scanned some images from this March 1943 issue of "Life" magazine I bought last year. Women were snapping up bow ties while the men were away. Check out my first post here.

And here's the look I put together last week using that feature as inspiration:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Retrofit: Late Blooms

Last Friday, I went to Rebel Night, a monthly rockabilly night in Manhattan. I was so excited to put on the outfit I got in ModCloth's Last Chance sale in August. I figured it would be the last time I could wear something like this before it got cold. And to be honest, I was a little bit nervous about showing my tummy.

Top and skirt - Hell Bunny
Shoes - Chelsea Crew

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kim Novak, Love Goddess of 1957

Kim Novak is Turner Classic Movie's Star of the Month. They've been showing her films with extras on her career, and I believe this week they'll be interviewing her.

I think Novak is stunning. So it's no surprise she was voted Love Goddess of 1957 by the girlie magazine Escapade. Escapade was one of a slew of men's magazines that cropped up in the 1950s and 1960s that tried to fit the mold of Playboy. Men were always able to get a hold of naked women, but rarely were they shown next to thoughtful essays or gripping short fiction. And instead of a Playmate of the Year, Escapade picked a Love Goddess to worship.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Music Monday: Tweedle Dee by Lavern Baker

I love LaVern Baker and I'm so sad I spent so much time not listening to her. She's got a powerhouse voice and isn't bad looking, either. This song is cute. No other way to describe it, really. How can you not feel cheerful when you hear it?

What song is cheering you up today?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ladies Who Brunch

The weekend before last, I had a chance to eat with some like-minded vintage-loving ladies at Schiller's Liquor Bar on the Lower East Side. I found these women, or they found me, through Meetup. I signed up a few years ago because I was looking for people to dance salsa with and later go on photography tours with, but every once in a while something way better comes through. This invitation was one of them.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Music Monday: A Selection from the Queen, Aretha Franklin

I woke up this morning with this song stuck in my head. I'm not sure why, but it was and I had to play it a couple times. How amazing is this slow, sad, defiant number?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

SoHo's About to Get Sexy This Saturday

I'm so excited about this Saturday's show by BrownGirls Burlesque. The Dirty Honey Shake promises to be a raunchy good time, with live blues, jazz and soul.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Arcana Lace, a show from Wild Cherryz Burlesque

A little over a month ago I was picked (har, har) to see Wild Cherryz Burlesque perform their show "Arcana Lace" at the Cutting Room on 32nd Street in Manhattan. The show follows the story of a young woman who has a drunk, abusive husband. She gets her fortune told by a kind magician and then, with the help of the magician and her mother, she realizes she's really hot and lives happily ever after. There was also some lovely singing between sets. At least, that's what I figured when I saw the show. Here's what I should've seen:

“Arcana Lace,” created by Elizabeth DeGennaro and choreographed by Dylan Smith, infuses the themes and music from the 1930’s Carnival, combining a live burlesque dance performance with a heartfelt theatrical storyline. The 45-minute show, inspired by DeGennaro’s showgirl role on “Boardwalk Empire,” tells the story of a lone, lost girl, titled “The Fool”, seeking guidance of a fortune-teller, who reveals her fate through a series of tarot card readings and her journey to changing her future.

Here's the trailer for the show:

Monday, September 9, 2013

Music Monday: A Brief Introduction to Tittyshakers

Virginia bell, burlesque performer

For this Music Monday, I give you a brief introduction to the tittyshaker. But Desiree, you say, clutching your pearls, you're so demure! Ah, but that doesn't mean I can't get little low down, and the same goes for the music of the 50s and 60s.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Retrofit: The Lazy Pinup

I don't always set my hair. I certainly don't always pile it into a 40s-inspired updo. Sometimes I throw on a scarf and call it a day.

(stole the scarf from my mom, bought the sunglasses for $5 in the Times Square train station, got the vintage bracelet on Etsy)

I've been experimenting with suicide rolls (an upside down victory roll or really big standing pin curl), and I quite like how this one came out. Pretty lucky, since this was my first time doing it. Hope it's this nice the next time!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Music Monday on a Tuesday: Since I Fell For You

There's just something about Dinah. The first time I heard this song, I'd was in another room while my ex-boyfriend's father had it on the radio and her voice completely captured me. I pulled the song up using Shazaam and it was over; I was completely in love with miss Dinah Washington.