Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Bad Love Advice from the Soap Lady

A while back, I told you guys I listen to old radio programs like The Jack Benny Show because I am a dork. It sounds corny but it's great entertainment. And sometimes, the ads are even more entertaining than the shows themselves.

The Lux Radio Theater mainly brought Broadway shows and movies to the radio. Lux was a big soap brand said to be used by all the biggest stars, like, say, the stars that were on the programs, of course.

I can't remember which radio-movie show it was, but I heard a bit of relationship advice that absolutely floored me. I had to share. It came from Helen Rowland, the journalist behind the syndicated column "The Marry Go Round". Ms. Rowland had a lot to say about what it takes to be a good wife but she was pretty famous for her writings on being a "bachelor girl". That's pretty groundbreaking stuff for a woman born in the late 1890s.

Here's what she had to say on one Lux program:

"You know, at heart I’m really an incurable romanticist. Believe it or not, I believe real love comes only once in a lifetime; all your other little loves are just false alarms. Life, after all, is like a poem. The most important thing about it is not that it should be long; it should be beautiful and interesting and that’s what love makes it. I don’t believe that a man’s heart or a woman’s either should curl up like a cat and go fast asleep after 40. There’s no reason you shouldn’t have love, companionship and romance as long as you live. But seek it with somebody of your own generation. Someone who speaks your own language and sings your own songs and doesn’t expect you to dance the big apple when you’re only gaited to a waltz. You know the real problem nowadays is not how to get a husband but how to hold on to him after you’ve got him. To find your mate, that is luck. To know him when you find him, that’s inspiration. To win when you know him, that is art. To hold him when you love him, that is a life work.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Man Candy: Gregory Peck

It's once again time for me to make your Monday a little less crappy with Monday Man Candy, a salute to gorgeous men of the past.

Gregory Peck is up this week. My, oh my, what a tall drink of water Mr. Peck is. Literally, tall; he was 6'3".

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Retrofit: My Leather Skirt, plus All About Bullet Bras

Saturday night, I went to a fabulous Wasabassco burlesque show and the company's newest home, Verboten in Brooklyn. It was a little chilly so I took the chance to get all tarted up in my favorite leather pencil skirt I got a fabulous vintage store in Martha's Vineyard.

Talbots cashmere sweater - eBay, for just under $10!
80s leather skirt
BCBGirls wingtip mary janes. I've had these forever

Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Man Candy: Rock Hudson

This Monday, I'm feeling lazy, so I'm doing Rock Hudson. Rock Hudson is a no-brainer when we're talking about men from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Why does he look like that? Why were we mere mortals blessed with such gorgeousness?

Born Roy Harold Scherer, Rock Hudson served in World War II. When he first tried to break into Hollywood, he wasn't much of an actor. But with a bunch of acting, fencing, dancing, singing, and horseback riding class (whew! tired even listening that), he was leading man material.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Trailer for the James Brown Biopic is Here!

I didn't even know a James Brown biopic was in the works, but I can tell you I saw the trailer and I'm really excited. Great costuming, and it seems like the director and actor Chadwick Boseman really captured the essence of Brown's electrifying showmanship. Great cast--I see Jill Scott, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis--and the music will of course be incredible. Do you think you'll see it when it hits theaters August 1?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Monday Man Candy: Cary Grant and a Few Words about Hitchcock

Cary Grant is hands down one of the hottest leading men of the studio era. He was really talented and made a lot of movies (no one did screwball comedy like Cary) but I feel safe saying he wouldn't have been quite so successful if he hadn't been so damn hot.


Here, he's perfectly Brylcreemed and cufflinked, pen held just so. I'm a grammar nerd; this photo simply makes my heart stop. I believe this is a promotional image for "His Girl Friday", which is maybe my favorite Cary Grant movie.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

So I'm Selling This Dress

A few years ago, I bought this dress thinking it would fit like a dream. Not so. It's much too big and I held onto it, thinking I would shell out just as much as I paid for it in the first place to have it altered. But that doesn't seem right. I think she should go to a home where she can be worn, cared for, and loved bunches. So I'm selling this one for $75 plus shipping. Measurements taken flat: 19-16.5-20. Asking what I paid, $75, plus shipping.