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Easy Moon Manicure Nails a la Dita Von Teese


A while back I did a blog post on how to recreate the half moon manicure that was so popular in the 30s and 40s.  But recently Dita Von Teese  partnered with the Kiss cosmetic company and introduced a set of ready to go moon manicure nails. Just glue on and go!  A  fabulous touch of vintage glamour at your fingertips in bright ruby red with a pearly white half moon shape.  A great look for the holidays.


You can find these at Dita’s site for only 9.99!

Dita Von Teese Moon Manicure Nails

Dita Von Teese Moon Manicure Glue On Nails

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Dita’s Divine Deco Diggs-In Style Magazine Feb. 2011


Now I know why I’ll never be able to move into my dream house. Because Dita Von Teese is living in it!

This month’s In Style Magazine has a whole spread dedicated to the  burlesque beauty’s swanky retro home .  And just like her, it oozes gorgeous, girly, vintage glamour.   Am totally loving the whole luxurious “Old Hollywood” deco look she’s got going on, and the pink 50s kitchen.  TDF!

Couldn’t you picture Jean Harlow lounging around in a boudoir like this? And how about the exquisite Jenny Packham gown Dita is wearing?  That blush pink shade  is super flattering and looks perfect against all the silver and gray in the background. A stunning shot.

Dita in front of her mirrored 1940s vanity

Dita's glamorous silver boudoir

Dita's silver screen glamour boudoir

Ok,what red blooded female wouldn’t give her right arm for these shoes and a closet like this to store them in? Note the beautiful chinese lantern light fixture.

Shoe closet of my dreams!The living room and library have art deco furntiure done in  gorgeous teal and deep plum velvets.  Dita says she likes to decorate in colors that she looks good in. Makes perfect sense to me!

Dita living room

Dita's living room and study

Of course ,  after a strenuous night of splashing around in a giant champagne glass, it’s nice to be able to relax  in a fab pink 1950s kitchen, whipping up cookies and coq au vin for your boyfriend.

Pretty pink kitchen

1950s pretty pink kitchen

Dita loves to shop flea markets in search of  vintage finds and, of course, has a tons of authentic vintage dresses. Some of her favorite collectibles are head vases, 1940s tilt hats and vintage brooches.   And she says her best finds in clothing came from the Midwest when she travelled through there working strip clubs in the early 90s.

She sure has come a long way since then!

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For a Polished Look-The Vintage Moon Manicure


My latest issue of InStyle magazine is touting the “moon” manicure as a hot fashion trend for fall.  Also, referred to as a “reverse French” manicure, it originally became popular with movie actresses in the 1920s.

Black and white half moon manicure is very polished look!

Black and white half moon manicure is a very polished look!

In the 1930s women  often painted just the center of the nail, leaving the moon and tip bare.  Filling in the whole nail with color was considered an extreme look. Nice girls didn’t do it!  A whitening pencil was used on the back of the nail tip as well, like this one  from Sally’s Beauty Supply.

1930s manicure.

1930s manicure.

Of course, Dita Von Teese, the queen of vintage glamour, has been sporting these pretty retro nails for quite some time.

Dita and her signature vintage nails.

Dita and her signature vintage nails.

And here’s a photo of Joan Blondell someone posted at the Fedora Lounge. Those classy dames at the Lounge have a whole thread dedicated to vintage manicures!

Joan Blondell and her marvelous manicure.

Joan Blondell and her marvelous manicure.

According to this very informative site on vintage makeup, common nail polish colors in the 30’s included red, pink, deep coral, lilac, emerald green, cornflower blue,  gray, gold silver and even black!

There are two ways to re-create this vintage moon manicure.  Leave the half moon,  or moon and  tip,  completely bare, or paint a lighter shade on the whole nail, let it dry, then apply the darker shade over it.

According to what I’ve read on several blogs, the easiest and cheapest way to get the perfect moon shape is to mask the area with those little round reinforcement circles for notebook paper that you can buy at the office supply store.  Just cut them in half , stick on the bottom of your nail, then apply the top color. When almost dry, peel off and voila, perfect moon manicure.

I think the look is very chic and the possibilities are endless for yummy color combinations.  What do you think? Would you do your nails like this?

red, deep corals, lilac, emerald green, mother of pearl gray, pale pink, cornflower blue, mauve, gold or silver

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The Playsuit-A hot retro look for summer


Playsuits, onesies, rompers, no matter what you choose to call them,  they are a hot retro look for summer.  So release your inner pinup and get yourself into one of these  sassy little outfits. They’re a more feminine and glamorous alternative to shorts and a tank top.

Below are photos of Dita Von Teese rocking this look. The nautical print is a vintage inspired style by Dolce and Gabbana. The red one looks like authentic vintage.  Of course, she looks absolutely fabulous in both.

dita-von-teese nautical playsuit

Check out the cherry necklace. That and the hat really pull the look together. Love  the sunglasses and shoes too!


Below are some vintage playsuits available on line.

For sale at Black Swan Vintage on Etsy-$60.00


60s vintage playsuit-size small

60s vintage playsuit-size small

The next two are for sale at Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing and Retro Fashion

The full shorts on this 40S/50s vintage playsuit gives the illusion of a skirt.

vintage pinup playsuit

Hot pink and white vintage playsuit-size large

50’s vintage playsuit in an unusual ethnic floral print.


1950s vintage playsuit-size small

1950s vintage playsuit-size small

To shop  vintage inspired and authentic vintage  playsuits click here!




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1940’s Pinup Styles


In case you haven’t noticed,  the 40’s pinup look is now a hot fashion trend.  Here’s some interesting information on the evolution of the WW2 era pinup,  with links to other related sites.

It’s a always been a style  beloved by those of us who collect and wear vintage fashion because it’s so cute, flattering, feminine and sexy.  Sort of a  mischievous girl next door look.

But the style is now experiencing a revival, thanks to celebrities like DIta Von Teese and Christine Aguilera. Even designers showed interpretations of of those cute 40s style high waisted shorts in their 2008 summer collections.  But if you really want to channel your inner Vargas girl next season,  you could go for the authentic look by buying the genuine article, made in the 1940s,  or buy from a company who specializes in reproducing the actual styles.  Don’t forget the high heeled platform shoes and red lipstick!

Adorable Mexican novelty print 1940s rayon shorts from Wear it Again Sam Vintage. You’ll never see another pair like them!


Hawaiian print halter and shorts from the  Ulta Bettie Clothing Signature Line 


Sailor style shorts set from Revamp Clothing


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