Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday Man Candy: Errol Flynn

About a month ago, I watched a sort of weird movie called The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). It starred Bette Davis playing a very fidgety, very pale Queen Elizabeth and Errol Flynn playing the queen's real-life love interest, Earl of Essex. The movie was meh, but it thankfully offered all kinds of gorgeous closeups of Flynn. One look and I was in love.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

5 More Vintage Styles that Need to Come Back

Recently, HuffPo style ran a list of 10 Vintage Styles that Really Need to Come Back. It listed petticoats, gloves, seamed stockings, and a lot of things that are par for the course for a lot of us midcentury-loving ladies. I think, though, there are a few other fashions they missed. Here are five I'd like to add to the list.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Some Christmas Tunes for You

My love for Christmas and Christmas music borders on the insane. I tell myself I just don't need more music but the truth is, I keep discovering new (old) and interesting songs.

Monday Man Candy: Merry Christmas from Gorgeous Men

This week's Monday Man Candy is the incredibly talented and handsome Marvin Gaye. He's very festive on this cover of JET from 1974.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What Kind of Man Makes Lipstick? Interview with Adam Coutts of RED Burlesque

A couple weeks ago, I raved about how much I love RED Burlesque lipstick. But I had to interview the creator. This lipstick, you see, was created by a man. Adam Coutts is a man with a marketing background who doesn't wear makeup in his regular life. He doesn't have the hands-on, up close and personal experience with lipstick; he hasn't had the satisfaction of lipcolor changing his whole face, so why this line? I asked Adam a few questions about the kind of man it takes to make a fabulous cosmetic product.

You're a man. How did you find yourself creating lipstick?
My background is advertising and marketing and I've spent decades successfully growing other people's brands. Subsequently, I've always held a desire to one day launch my own product. But it was a series of slightly bizarre circumstances that led to the creation of RED Burlesque.

The strangest was, not having had any exposure to the burlesque world, I found myself partnered with an Australian burlesque producer for about 18 months, which somehow ended up in me financing and co-producing a number of high profile burlesque shows in Australia.

Then came a couple of conversations at different times with women (my partner being one of them) who had discovered their favourite red lipstick had been discontinued. I honestly couldn't believe the reaction from them. as though life as they knew it had suddenly come to a grisly end (Ed: same goes for when they discontinue your favorite red nail polish. It hurts). My immediate reaction in both cases was pretty much "suck it up princess, just go out and find another one!" I then discovered how hard it was for women to find the perfect red and even more strange, that in all the time lipstick has been gracing the lips of women, not one cosmetics company had created a comprehensive range of reds!

To cut a slightly longer story short, my advertising & marketing persona kicked in and (despite a 'false start' in tagging RED with the name of my now ex) the result was the creation of RED Burlesque.

What's the philosophy behind RED Burlesque?

Simply to be the largest range of long-lasting, premium red lipsticks on the planet and ensure that every woman can find at least three shades of RED Burlesque they adore.

Where did the idea to associate each shade with a burlesque performer come from?

It all goes back to the 18 months with my burlesque producer. Red lipstick is almost a staple diet of burlesque performers, so the association was almost a fait accompli after being exposed to the world of Burlesque and meeting so many amazing performers from all over the world. The chance to promote a number of them, the brand and Burlesque in general by having them hand pick and name their own shade appealed to my the marketing and ad guy in me. It also meant the brand wasn't tied to a single personality and instead was created around multiple personalities.

What do you love about burlesque?

The people. The shows. The creativity. The enormous sense of family, especially at major events such as Burlesque Hall of Fame and New York Burlesque Festival. It's an incredibly diverse but singular community that looks after its own like no other industry.

Do you participate in other "vintage culture" events? I know there's a big vintage and rockabilly scene in Australia.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The MTA Made Me Miss the Vintage Train Ride

This Sunday, swing dancers and vintage enthusiasts spent a wonderful afternoon in the subway, of all places. Not especially glamorous most days, but for the Vintage Train Ride, but we made it work. The Vintage Train Ride happens every year; subway cars from the 30s through the 60s are connected, filled with fun swing bangs and ride through Manhattan and Queens. Except due to the normal trains, I missed the train part of the event.
Didn't want to risk my big camera in the crowds, so please pardon the iPhone photography

I was so mad. I'd gotten all dressed up, left my grandfather's birthday brunch a little early and then waited about 20 minutes for a transfer...when I just needed to go two stops. I was heartbroken to miss the crowded but fun ride. My modern train was so late I missed the rickety, old nostalgia train? Trust me, the irony of this is not lost on me. Too bad; I loved it so much last year! It wasn't a complete loss; I got to dance to Jessy Carolina and the Hot Mess and a few other fun bands.

Friday, December 6, 2013

RED Burlesque Lipstick Review: I'm in Love

I'm such a big fan of burlesque that I stalk my favorite performers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. But about a month ago, that turned into something very good for me; I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I saw that the lovely Calamity Chang had a lipstick created and named for her. That's incredible, I thought, and I had to know more. That's how I learned about (and fell in love with) RED Burlesque lipstick.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday Man Candy: Clark Gable

After a week off for The Diviners giveaway (which I've extended til Friday, so go enter) I'm back with more sweetness for Monday Man Candy. I asked you guys who you wanted to see and a couple of you said Gable. I say, good choice.

Clark Gable is the ultimate Hollywood Golden Age icon, a matinee idol with serious acting chops and a scandalous life off screen to boot. The man made over 60 pictures in his life and still found time to get married five times and have a whole bunch of affairs.