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Decked Out-Nautical Fashion through the Ages

By | 2015-06-09T21:42:36-04:00 June 9th, 2015|Fashion|

The nautical inspiration in fashion has endured over many, many decades.  People in general have always had a fascination with the sea and with those who make their living sailing the ocean waves. But did you know that the influence of sailors on landlubbers’ wardrobe choices was originally attributed to Queen Victoria?

That’s right. Back in 1846 Queen Victoria had a sailor suit made for her son, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, to wear aboard the […]

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50’s Inspired Hawaiian Dresses Perfect for Summer Parties

By | 2015-04-27T10:28:59-04:00 April 27th, 2015|Fashion|

I’ve always been a huge fan of vintage Aloha wear and pretty much anything Hawaiian or tiki related. I even had a Hawaiian themed wedding at my home and my Dad built me a very cool tiki bar for the event. It goes great with my 50s rattan furniture!

I also have my own collection of Hawaiian dresses from the 50s that I absolutely love and wear every chance I get! Hawaiian fashion actually started to […]

Hello Easter Bonnet, Goodbye Winter!

By | 2015-03-30T15:20:29-04:00 March 30th, 2015|Fashion|

Easter hats and Joanne Woodward-Family Circle Magazine Easter hats and Joanne Woodward-Family Circle Magazine-1958

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Spring is springing and Easter is almost here! Many Easter traditions have their roots in pre-christian, ancient times, including the Easter bonnet.

During ancient times women wove crowns of fresh flowers to wear at Spring gatherings to celebrate the renewal of the earth and the end of winter. By the 16th century it had […]

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The Grecian Formula-How to dress like a goddess

By | 2015-01-04T12:04:37-04:00 December 4th, 2014|Fashion|

The mystery and allure of ancient culture has been the inspiration for countless 20th century designers. Consider the Paisley motif that originated over 2000 years ago out of Persia, once a Victorian favorite and still being reinterpreted today. In 1922 the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb sparked a frenzy for Egyptian inspired fashion. The aesthetics of the ancients provide rich design inspiration and none more so than the styles of Classical Greece where typical costume consisted of a sheath […]

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Fabulous Old Hollywood Fashion at Museum of Fine Arts- Boston- Part 1

By | 2014-09-20T08:13:47-04:00 September 20th, 2014|Fashion|

Hollywood Glamour exhibit at MOFA Boston Hollywood Glamour exhibit at MOFA Boston

Back from a recent trip to New England where I was  very fortunate to catch the Hollywood Glamour  exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  On display were gowns designed by some of the early movie industry’s most famous costumers.  I can’t begin to describe how excited I was to be […]

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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate National Girlfriends Day

By | 2014-07-31T14:09:51-04:00 July 31st, 2014|Entertaining|

August 1st is National Girlfriends Day, a day to honor that special relationship we can only have with close women friends. Not sure who is responsible for creating this holiday,but I think it’s a great idea.  It gives  us the opportunity to reflect on how important our women friends are and to let them know how much they mean to us.  And, I don’t know about you, but I”m always up for a reason celebrate […]

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Navy and White Dresses- Classic Nautical Look for Summer

By | 2014-05-16T11:05:11-04:00 May 16th, 2014|Fashion|

Though navy blue is a classic year round color and a lovely alternative to basic black dresses, combine it with white and you’ve got yourself a nice nautical inspired look for summer.  Ever timeless, navy and white dresses, especially vintage or retro ones,  are a chic,  polished way to step out in style when the  warm weather hits. And adding red accents in the form of scarves, jewelry, shoes or bags is the classic way […]

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A Birthday Tribute to Mary Astor

By | 2014-05-03T14:43:37-04:00 May 3rd, 2014|Celebrities, Memorable people|

American actress, Mary Astor was born 106 years years ago today, May 4, 1906.  And though I’ve seen several  movies she has starred in, I never really knew much about this beautiful and talented woman.  So being as it is her birthday, I decided to do some research.

And here’s what I found out! Mary Astor had a very successful film career starting when she was only 15 , that spanned several decades. She had an […]

Birthday Tribute to Silent Film Star Dorothy Gish

By | 2014-03-11T09:55:09-04:00 March 11th, 2014|Celebrities|

Today marks the birthday of Dorothy Gish,  silent film star of the 1920s.   Born on March 11, 1898, many people are familiar with her famous sister, Lillian Gish.  But Dorothy was also a talented actress in her own right, known for her skill at pantomime and her comedic roles.   She had the more outgoing, vivacious personality of the two.  In 1927 her sister wrote of her-

“She is laughter, even on the cloudy days of life. […]

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