Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween from Betty Boop

I love old cartoons. So my Halloween present to you is this charming, spooky cartoon starring Betty Boop and Cab Calloway's "St. James Infirmary." Betty Boop's creators, the Fleischer brothers, studied Cab Calloway's dancing, and recreated his moves frame by frame. Pretty impressive stuff for the time, I'd say. The video is 7 minutes long, but definitely worth it.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

5 Lessons from Edith Head

On Monday, Edith Head won the Internet after she was honored with an incredible Google doodle. I've long been a fan of Ms. Head and reading about her work and her eight Oscars this week really showed me what an incredible woman she is.There's something about an Edith Head costume that's distinct even though I can't quite put my finger on it.

Edith, you see, was the queen of fake it til you make it. She didn't really have a background in fashion but she used some sketches from the students she taught plus her own to land her first job at the studio. To quote Tim Gunn, she made it work. So much so she did more than 400 movies. Four hundred, guys. Even in a career that lasted more than half a century, that's still a ton of movies. She worked with the biggest stars on some of the biggest movies--Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, Bette Davis in All About Eve, all the gorgeous on Grace Kelly in Rear Window--the list is endless. Edith was a lady with balls who worked until the end, and that's really admirable.

So I thought to honor Edith, I would take a look at the lessons we can learn from her, both in her own words and in the magic of her costumes.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Queen for a Day

First thing this morning, I saw I'd been crowned Vintage Queen no. 131 at Queens of Vintage. If that doesn't make a Monday better than usual, I don't know what does!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Vintage Hosiery

This post was first published on The Vintage Bulletin

It's finally starting to feel like fall here in New York, which means I can no longer stand the cold wind on my bare legs. That means I'm digging into my big collection of tights, thigh highs and stockings to stay warm under my clothes. Most of my hosiery is modern but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot to choose from or get inspired by when it comes to the vintage stuff. But first, a breakdown of the different types of hosiery:

Lili St. Cyr lets you pick all kinds of sexy pieces via

Friday, October 18, 2013

Let the Women of Brown Girls Burlesque Amaze You

 In September, I got the chance to see Brown Girls Burlesque at Joe's Pub in SoHo and the show was amazing.

Brown Girls Burlesque is a troupe of fabulous performers of color. Their purpose--giving shine to black and brown women--is important and their show was really wonderful. And it's always such a joy to see burlesque with good, live music. Ricky Gordon and his band played great blues and rhythm and blues.

Monday, October 14, 2013

King Kong, This Time with Pasties

I've been gone for a bit but I'm back with a super exciting event for this Friday. Doc Wassabasco, the dirty mind behind some wonderfully raunchy shows starring big-name burlesque performers, is presenting a naked-ish version of the 1933 classic "King Kong."

Friday, October 4, 2013

Show Me Your True Colors #retroplaidurday

Today's the big day! I actually haven't left the house yet, but when I do, trust that I will be stepping out in some fabulous plaid. Show me your looks below.

UPDATE: I wasn't able to get outfit photos until late in the evening, but I got them! I know I just showed this dress on the blog, but it's the only plaid I own that's not wool. Yesterday was 80 degrees so there was no way I was going to wear wool. Here's how I restyled it:

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Let's Get Ready for Plaidurday!

This Friday is Plaidurday, a cute little celebration of all things plaid. I heard about the idea a few years ago and I like that it's still going strong. But when I check out the Facebook page, I'm seeing a lot of plaid shirts on hunters and hipsters. That's cool and everything, but I'd like to bring the class black to plaid.