Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Very Spector Christmas

The tree is all lit up, and I'm in the midst of a flurry of gift-making. There are markers and brushes and scraps of wrapping paper strewn about my living room. Just to the right of me, my cat is wrestling with a roll of ribbon. I'd say that the Christmas spirit has crept up on me once again. This joyous, childlike excitement has always been at odds with my disdain for most Christmas music, and I typically find myself skipping through almost every Christmas song I come across, sometimes rolling my eyes and dramatically plugging my ears when I hear The Little Drummer Boy or Frosty the Snowman for the 20 thousandth time. That said, my love of 1960s girl groups always outweighs any amount of musical Grinchiness that might be lurking in my little black heart. What's Christmas without a little Phil Spector production? How can anyone get excited for ol' St. Nick without The Crystals, The Ronettes, or Darlene Love?

I hope that all of you are having a marvelous holiday season! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Making It Work: Mary Tyler Moore

There hasn't been a new episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in over 30 years, but online streaming has allowed me to fall absolutely in love with the re-runs. Moore's main character Mary Richards is basically the original Carrie Bradshaw except, well, better. She's bright and spunky, and has an uncanny knack for looking amazing regardless of how bitterly cold the Minnesota climate might be. Go-go boots and jumpsuits? Sure! Four belts with one mini dress? Why not? She makes working in an newsroom as a highly underpaid "Assistant Producer" look like a dream. That's not to say that she's an unrealistic role model. She's the epitome of the single career gal getting out there, and making things happen for herself. If she can do it, so can you or I. Sing it with me, now. Come on, you know you want to.

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it's you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it

You can have a town, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all

Get the look with these awesome Mary-esque pieces over at Etsy!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

From Vintage Pages: Coppertone Quick Tan

It's a blustery two degrees outside, and I've been huddled up in my apartment with the Christmas tree pretending the outside world doesn't exist. It's been the perfect day for lounging which by my definition means my couch, magazines, food, and movies. One big bowl of chocolate pudding and a stack of 1960s LIFE issues later, I came to the conclusion that some of the ads I've seen are just too good not to share. I hope to make this a regular installment on the blog so I hope you guys like it!

LIFE June 11, 1965

Don't be "pale as paste" this winter! Be as orange as Valentino! Just make sure you find a swimming suit awesome enough to distract people from your skin.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Etsy Update: Mod About Navy

The shop has been pretty neutral lately so I'm happy to say that I'll be adding these pretty blue pieces before the week is over!

1. Maggie London Silk Mini Dress with Keyhole Back 2. Navy and Gold Snap Link Necklace 3. 1960s Wool Mini Dress

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Best Costume for the Day: Part I

Two inches of snow and counting here in the Heartland, but I have to say it's quite lovely. It helps that it isn't the icky-slushy-blowing-sideways-into-your-face kind of snow, but more the gently-falling-in-a-glittery-blanket kind that makes a girl want to hang garland and drink white russians. Of course, dressing for said glittery magical blanket of sugar cookie goodness isn't really my forte as I chose to wear the non-treadiest boots ever created to an art show this morning, and nearly broke my neck several times. Oh, the things I risk to look like some sort of Eastern European beatnik...

Vintage Fur Hat: Gift from the guy
Antique Button Necklace: Gift from Aya of Strawberry Koi
Black Turtle Neck: Pitaya
Vintage Alligator Belt: Thrifted
1940's Pencil Skirt: Thrifted
Thick Black Tights: Target
Black Leather Boots: Cynthia Rowley

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Storm Warming: Sweater Girl Style

Today was the first day that that trusty old Midwestern snow showed its shimmery, frosty self, and it's had me pondering the winter months and what they mean for my wardrobe. Every season gets me a little excited to pull out last years favorites, but lately I've found myself more bundled than fabulous by any means. It only took one look at Lana Turner to remember that winter doesn't have to mean bulky. Because of this, I thought it might be a nice time to take a look at that classic 1940's "sweater girl" style. Bullet bras not required.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Etsy Update: The Flash

Another week, another Etsy update! When sorting through the vast items on my to-list list, I couldn't help but want to pair this awesome trench with every sassy slip available. Black lacy slip dress + trench coat = flasher chic? I say yes.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Queen of Quirk: Kate Bush

There are some days when I feel like no matter how much I accomplish, there is always a huge pile left on my plate taunting my efforts. As a grad student and all around multi-tasker, I'm noticing this feeling more and more frequently. The only way I can describe it is by referencing the Running Up That Hill music video. There's Kate Bush, desperately attempting and continuously failing to push her way through never ending sea of grey drones. I feel ya, Kate.

Enough about me, though. Kate Bush is amazing. It's like Stevie Nicks and Glenda the Good Witch had some kind of magnificent red-headed love child with the voice of a bizarre alien songbird. Perpetually gorgeous and perpetually pulling off things at which I would typically roll my eyes. Dramatic interpretive dance? Check. Floaty gowns and spandex? Check. Big, feathery bangs? Check. The first time I saw the video for Wuthering Heights, I spent hours... literally hours searching the internet for the perfect red chiffon maxi dress. It's as if the woman is made of magic. She's a fashion fairytale in and of herself, and I, for one, remain under her spell.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Soft to the Touch

A little look see at what will be coming to the shop this week:

Gorgeous camel colored cape. Adorable button down tweed skirt. Amazing plaid shirt dress.
I have to say, I spent quite some time moving them back and forth from my own closet to my Etsy rack. I've finally decided that it's time to part ways, and hope that they all find new loving arms in which to rest.
Be free, my lovelies!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hair Beautiful Hair

The weather is getting colder, the air is getting drier, and in turn, my hair is looking duller and duller. For some reason, facts like this always seem to dawn on me in fluorescent lit fitting rooms, and I wind up with a spontaneous walk in appointment at whatever hair salon is nearby. "Take off as much as you need! Something has to happen with this! Work your magic!" is what I typically end up telling the stylist. I never really know what will happen, but this time I got what I believe is some really good advice:

Brush your hair before bed.

That's right. Brush your hair. No, not 100 times. You don't have to go all Marsha Brady in front of the vanity, but in the frozen winter months, a good brushing goes a long way. Not only does it keep tangles at bay, it also brings the natural oils from your scalp down through your tresses to give those tired, dry ends a little pick-me-up. I may not have the science to back up this claim, but the older woman who had the future of my locks in her hands sounded pretty convincing. I'll leave you with her advice:

"Do what your grandmas and great-grandmas did, honey! Brush it every night before you go to bed. In fact, have your husband or boyfriend or girlfriend do it for you! Nice and shiny! Plus, it feels good, and that ain't bad."

Images via www.doctormacro.com

Can't argue with that.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Steel Magnolias

Here's a little taste of what's to come in the shop this week. It's a much needed, long awaited update, and I'm quite happy to be getting back on the ol' Etsy horse, as they say. These lovelies don't deserve to be stowed away on a rolling rack any longer!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!


Whether you spent the day waiting for the Great Pumpkin or handing out milk duds to tiny Hannah Montanas, I hope you all had a wonderfully spooky Halloween full of screams and sugar!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh, the Horror: Scream Queen Inspiration

Scary movies... well, they scare me. When I find myself curled up in a ball, hands over face, something strange happens. I start focusing on the clothing, uttering things like, "I love that skirt!" between appropriate reactions like "Oh!" and "No! No! Ewww!" Halloween is upon us, my deerlings. Time to hit up the library for some good old fashioned horror flicks. If you're like me, and require a dash of style with your screams, I suggest you start here:

1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

First and foremost, I present to you Ms. Teri McMinn as the lovely Pam in Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Clever enough to beat the awful Texas heat by rocking a backless bathing suit under a pair of hot pants, but not enough to stay away from that creepy old house. That kind of stuff will get you meat hooked, and shoved in a freezer.

2. Psycho (1960)

Next up, Ms. Janet Leigh as scheming secretary Marion Crane in Psycho. Watch your figure, dress to impress, and be sure to leave behind a beautiful corpse. Oh, and if you encounter any weirdos with obvious mommy issues, just stay out of it.

3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Up next, Ms. Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. From white cotton undies to running-makeup-rise-from-the-water-can-can-dancing-sex-machine, dammit, Janet, I love you.

4. King Kong (1933)

I have to mention Ms. Fay Wray as Ann Darrow in the original King Kong. Ms. Wray recorded every one of her screams for the film in just one day, deeming her the original "Scream Queen". The directors chose her because of her ability to pull off a blonde wig. Kong chose her because of her gorgeous attire.

5. Carrie (1976)

Next up, the wonderful Ms. Sissy Spacek as social outcast Carrie White in Carrie. Your mom's a religious nut job, you're the favorite target of just about every popular girl in school, and finally, FINALLY you get asked to the prom. Radiant blond curls and a pretty pink slip gown, all topped off by a bucket a pig's blood. A word to the wise: be kind to the geeky girls in high school because it will be a little too late when you finally realize they're gorgeous... and telekinetic.

6. Repulsion (1965)

Next, we have Catherine Deneuve as Carol in Repulsion. Sure she may be a psychotic paranoid with a severe abhorrence for men. Yeah, she might be suffering from some gruesome hallucinations. She might even slice you with a straight razor, but man, oh, man, she'll look good doing it! Floaty nightgowns and fabulous sixties hairstyles? Killer.

7. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Here we have a bewigged Elsa Lanchester as the Bride of Frankenstein. She's alive! ALIVE! It might be the leftover electrical charge, but she's also smokin' hot. The finger waved bouffant is so amazing, you almost don't notice the fact that her face is sewn on. She makes those bandages look like couture. A high class lady, that one. So high class that she immediately left the monster for the doctor.

8. The Amityville Horror (1979)

Here in the near buff we have Margot Kidder as Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror. Can a lady not do her topless dance exercises without worrying about flies landing on every square inch of space or creepy ghost voices screaming "Get out!"? I mean, seriously. It's like you finally find a cute old farmhouse where you can raise your kids, and there's an evil pig monster in your attic.

9. The Birds (1963)

Next up, we have Ms. Tippi Hedren as super classy Melanie Daniels in The Birds. The woman drives a rented boat across Bodega Bay in what I can only describe as a "smart" wool skirt suit, dress gloves, heels, and what appears to be a mink coat. Of course she arrives perfectly made up and manicured as if she just stepped out of a high class beauty salon. Rough waters, sea spray, and not a hair out of place. Only severe avian attacks are capable of mussing that perfect coif, and even then, it looks better than my own hair on most days.

10. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Last but not least, there's Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary's Baby. If carrying the son of the Antichrist leads to this kind of exquisite grace, sign me up! Delicate features and adorable close-cropped hair, not to mention the ability to make gigantic house mu-mus look gorgeous... yes, please! Now to find a way around that whole date-raped-by-the-devil thing.
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