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.

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