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Lounging With Hedy Lamarr In Two-Piece Sets

By , 8 December, 2008, No Comment

I can’t be the only one who sees these vintage floral lounging pajamas from the 1940’s and thinks of Hedy Lamarr…

Vintage Two-Piece Floral Lounging Pajamas

Vintage Two-Piece Floral Lounging Pajamas

I imagine it’s because of her 2-piece costumes in such films as White Cargo and Samson and Delilah, where her sensual and sinuous body was modestly covered but nevertheless created lust, that I think of her in such lounge attire… And then I want to do that myself *wink*

Hedy Lamarr in White Cargo

Hedy Lamarr in White Cargo

Certainly such lounging attire would suit Hedy to perfection. And certainly these sets are far more practical to wear than say a harem-esque outfit, right?

Hedy Lamarr Lounging and Seducing In Samson and Delilah

Hedy Lamarr Lounging and Seducing In Samson and Delilah

Also at Dorothea’s Closet, the same shop as the floral pajamas, this a-lure-ing two-piece vintage lounging set with a skirt.

Vintage Loung Set With Fishing Lures Has Me Hooked

Vintage Lounge Set With Fishing Lure Pattern Has Me Hooked

It drives me crazy with desire; but it’s not in my size. Poo. Such is the heartbreak of buying — or trying to buy — vintage fashions.

Hooray For 5 Minute Victory Rolls!

By , 4 December, 2008, No Comment

Love the pretty curves of hair worn by Rita Hayworth in this vintage ad?

Rita Hayworth In Imerial Cultured Pearls Ad

Rita Hayworth In Imperial Cultured Pearls Ad

They are called “victory rolls”.

While “victory rolls” were originally the name for a fighter plane maneuver, women adopted the term for the rolls of hair to celebrate victory in WWII.

Linda Darnell Wearing Victory Rolls Seated In US War Plane

Linda Darnell Wearing Victory Rolls

The victory roll hairstyle was wildly popular in the 1940’s — and not just for the name, but for their ease in creation. Any hairstyle in the 40’s had to be created without modern styling products — including blow dryers. If you don’t know the secret to 1940’s hair, it’s the hair spongesalso called ‘rats’. Much easier than just using bobby pins & setting lotion, I swear!

In this video you’ll learn how to make victory rolls in 5 minutes — and you’ll be hooked, wanting to wear them everyday just for the ease of creating such pretty hair.

Come for the Victory Rolls — but stay for the Bettie Page Bangs “how to” in this video too!

(Hair sponges and rats can be difficult to search for online; start with the links I gave you above and then click about for related options — and remember, you’ll be cutting the sponges in half for victory rolls!)

Ride Bacall’s Shirttails

By , 24 November, 2008, No Comment

More of Lauren Bacall in To Have And Have Not; this time in vertical stripes.

Lauren Bacall In Striped Shirtdress

Lauren Bacall In Striped Shirtdress

Lauren Bacall In Stripes

Lauren Bacall In Stripes

While Lauren is wearing a shirtwaist dress, you can see how lovely a simple blouse with vertical stripes can be.

Simple Vertical Striped Blouse

Simple Vertical Striped Blouse

Pair it with pants or a pencil skirt, tucked in and belted properly is a must. You might also like to insert a pair of shoulder pads to help with the silhouette. Keep it simply elegant, crisp and classic by keeping the accessories to a minimum.

If you adore the shirtwaist look (and who doesn’t?) but not the stripes (it could happen!), here’s a vintage dress from the 1940’s in that style.

1940s Shirtwaist

1940s Shirtwaist

To Have (And Not Have?) Bacall’s Look

By , 19 November, 2008, No Comment
Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart In To Have And Have Not

Lauren Bacall & Humphrey Bogart In To Have And Have Not

One of my favorite films is To Have And Have Not (1944), starring Bogie and Bacall. The film was (loosely) based on Ernest Hemingway’s 1937 novel of the same name, and William Faulkner himself helped write the screen play (with Jules Furthman) in order to keep Hemingway’s sharp dialog.

This was Lauren Bacall’s film debut, at the age of 19. She stunned everyone with her sizzling sexuality and her ability to deliver the stinging dialog. It’s also the film where she and a married Humphrey Bogart met & fell in love. After his divorce from wife number three, the two were married in 1945. She was his forth and last wife.

The film’s plot & construction are much like Casablanca. It’s set in an exotic locale during WWII, with Bogie as an unmarried ex-patriate American (named Captain Morgan — insert giggle over the booze here) who is politically apathetic amidst resistance fighters and the Vichy/Gestapo police captain — until his romantic love (Bacall, of course) interest walks into his regular cafe/bar — complete with resident a piano player (Hoagy Carmichael).

Some say To Have And Have Not is too much like Casablanca — but I adore it for the charming characters (watch it and you can’t forget the ‘being bit by dead bees’ running gag), the clever witty and biting dialog — and for the feisty, sexy Bacall.

This film is most known for two stand-out Bacall moments. The first being the scene where Bacall, with downcast face, using her eyes to sizzling look at him, lights Bogie’s cigarette — earning her the name The Look. The second is the famous, “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together – and blow.”

My favorite scene, however, takes place just before that scene. In it, Bogie as Captain Steve Morgan and Bacall as Marie, nicknamed Slim by Morgan, are in Morgan’s room. Slim puts herself in his lap and kisses him…

Steve: What’d you do that for?
Slim: Been wondering whether I’d like it.
Steve: What’s the decision?
Slim: I don’t know yet.
After a brief pause, she kisses him again. Then she stands & says, “It’s even better when you help.”

She proceeds to exit his room, delivering the classic whistle & blow line.

Hot!

See for yourself!

No wonder she ends up with Bogie in this film (and real life!), while Ingrid Bergman, in Casablanca, does not.

I much prefer the biting, feisty, sizzling chemistry of this couple to the weepy ‘romantic’ couple in Casablanca. In fact, this is why I love To Have And Have Not; and don’t care much for Casablanca. (No, it’s not the ‘happy ending’; it’s the sizzle, I tell you!)

You might not be able to pull off all of Bacall’s moves, but you can emulate her look in fabulous checked suits from the 40s’.

A Scene From To Have And Have Not

A Scene From To Have And Have Not

While from the 1950’s, this black & white checked suit would be worthy of Bacall.

Vintage Black And White Checked Suit

Vintage Black And White Checked Suit

This vintage Jaeger worsted check suit is from the 50’s too, but it still has the look.

Vintage Jaeger Checked Suit

Vintage Jaeger Checked Suit

Finding a suit with a peplum, a collar and in checks won’t be easy… Maybe you can sew one, or hire a seamstress to make you one? If you love the silhouette, it’s worth buying a pattern.

Hollywood Pattern Number 172, Two Piece Suit

Hollywood Pattern Number 172, Two Piece Suit

Veronica Lake Peek A Boo Waves

By , 14 November, 2008, No Comment

To celebrate Veronica Lake‘s birthday today, how to make those glorious peek-a-boo waves of hair that were Veronica’s trademark.

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake