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Jean Harlow-How To Get Her 30s Hollywood Bombshell Look

By | 2016-05-25T19:36:36-04:00 March 4th, 2013|Celebrities, Fashion|

Since  Jean Harlow’s birthday just passed by (March 3rd)  I thought I’d do a post on her iconic 1930s style and how you can put together a similar look for a vintage themed wedding.   Known as the  “Blond Bombshell” , this sex symbol of the silver screen was known for her  slinky,  curve hugging bias cut gowns designed by famous costumer, Adrian.  She claimed to not wear undergarments, so as not to ruin the […]

Vintage Couture at Upcoming Kerry Taylor Auction

By | 2013-11-15T19:30:28-04:00 December 3rd, 2012|Fashion|

OOOOO! It’s time for another fantastic Kerry Taylor Auction.  Always offering the cream of the crop in vintage couture, this December 4th there will be dresses  by Chanel, Dior, Vionnet,  Poiret, Balenciaga, Yves St Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood,  Ossie Clark, Jean Muir,  Zandra Rhondes,  and many other designers. Also antique textiles, jewelry and Hermes and Gucci handbags.  And if  you can’t get to  London for the sale, you can bid online via […]

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Gilbert Adrian-Hollywood Costumer Extraordinaire

By | 2013-11-15T19:31:36-04:00 October 5th, 2012|Fashion|

A while back I did a post about desginer Gilbert Adrian, and his  fabulous fashions from the 1940s.  And it’s not surprising women were drawn to his creations.  Because  from 1928-1941 he  was the couturier for some of the most famous stars in Hollywood.   His unforgettable costumes epitomized the glamour of the Golden Era of films.  Known  just as “Adrian” this man certainly had the talent  for making a woman look sensational and beautiful!

He […]

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1940’s Shoe Styles- Peep Toes, Ankle Straps and Platforms, Oh My!

By | 2014-01-22T10:01:49-04:00 March 30th, 2012|Fashion|

One of my favorite eras for shoes is the 1940s.  And out of all the shoe styles in the 40’s I really love  peep toe platform heels, a style that is,  fortunately,  still popular  till this day.  Though that sexy  peep toe,  slingback platform sandal that one thinks of as an  iconic 40’s look   really started in the  1930s.  Back in the late 30s because stockings had reinforced toes and heels, many thought this […]

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Favorite 2012 Oscar Fashions

By | 2014-01-22T10:01:56-04:00 February 27th, 2012|Fashion|

It’s no surprise that my favorite Oscar fashions are the ones that embody retro glamour, styles that  have the  look of elegance and sophistication reminiscent of gowns worn during the “golden era”  of Hollywood films.  Since  I hardly ever see lots of dresses I like at one awards ceremony,  I was  pleasantly surprised  to see so many actresses hit the red carpet this year dressed in this  classic style.   Below are my top favorite fashions […]

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Jacqueline Cochran Stackable Makeup-1947

By | 2014-02-17T09:07:32-04:00 March 12th, 2011|Beauty, Memorable people|

This ad caught my eye while browsing through a Vogue Magazine from 1947.  It’s for a stackable makeup kit by Jacqueline Cochran Cosmetics called the “Perk Up Stick.”   I was fascinated by the product because I love the idea of a portable little beauty kit that can fit right in your overnight bag or purse.  It includes just enough cleansing cream, foundation, night cream, cream rouge and face powder to last the weekend!    It’s […]

Pre-WWII Fall/Winter Fashions of 1940

By | 2014-02-17T09:08:02-04:00 September 4th, 2010|Fashion|

In 1940, American designers were still following the dictates of Paris who were  under restrictions for fabric rationing because of  World War II.   So US fashions that year were inspired by the Paris collections that were showing a narrower silhouette, shorter, less full  skirts, shoulder pads and generous use of rayons and other synthetics, since natural fibers were saved for military use only.

The Paris collections in spring of 1940 would be the last for […]

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1931 Dress Styles

By | 2014-02-17T09:08:28-04:00 April 22nd, 2010|Fashion|

Here are some lovely illustrations by Jean Des Vignes for McCall’s 1931 dress patterns.  After the straighter, shorter chemise type dresses of the early to mid 1920s, hemlines started to drop and 1930’s fashions evolved into a more body conscious silhouette. The waist came out of hiding and  bias cut fabrics, many  in silk, lace, crepe and satin,  resulted in  beautiful  flowing skirts that  closely followed the curves of a woman’s hips.  The bias cut […]

Vintage Style Shoes from

By | 2014-02-17T09:08:54-04:00 February 22nd, 2010|Fashion, Gift Ideas|

Just got my latest newsletter from and they’ve got some fab new styles of  Aris Allen dance shoes.  I already own several pairs in some of their other styles, so I can attest to their quality.

I’m totally smitten with these 1930s inspired T straps.  They also come in white and black, with a choice of either a synthetic or suede sole. Very reasonably priced at $74.95.

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For a Polished Look-The Vintage Moon Manicure

By | 2014-02-17T09:09:28-04:00 September 13th, 2009|Beauty|

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!

In the 1930s women  often painted just the center of the nail, leaving the moon and tip bare.  Filling in the […]

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