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Perky In Polka-Dots!

By , 8 October, 2014, No Comment

I can’t decide if this vintage two-piece set is more Audrey Hepburn or Ann-Margret… At first I saw Audrey pedaling on a bike. But then I could also see the sex kitten curves of Ann-Margret. I guess every woman has her multiple identities, right?

Vintage 2-Piece Polka-Dot Set

A Flurry Of Vintage Wedding Posts

By , 4 January, 2014, No Comment

Just in from a dear friend’s wedding, and I am not tired — I am too wired to sleep!

There’s just something so magical about weddings. They are like snowflakes, with no two alike.

Speaking of snowflakes, how fabulous is this vintage white rhinestone choker necklace?! A trio of white lacy layers make this stunning piece of vintage costume jewelry perfect for a winter bride. (Or, if you see flowers more than snowflakes — or just have a summer wedding planned, it will work that way too!)

Anyway, while I have weddings on my mind (and try to make myself sleepy), I’m going to make a “flurry” of vintage wedding themed posts. *wink*

Snowflake-Floral Pattern Vintage Necklace For The Bride

Lessons Of Love In Weddings

By , 15 December, 2011, No Comment

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe was getting married — on screen — a lot. First in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and then in How To Marry a Millionaire. While the films played around with the ideas of gold digging women trying to marry men for money, both films centered on the notion that the best laid schemes of mice and men women are often run asunder by true love.

In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Marilyn delivers the punch about men and women to a disapproving father who doesn’t want his son trapped by a gold digger. As Lorelei Lee, Marilyn says, “Don’t you know that a man being rich is like a girl being pretty? You wouldn’t marry a girl just because she’s pretty, but my goodness, doesn’t it help?”

Jane Russell & Marilyn Monroe At The Alter

But in How To Marry a Millionaire, it’s Lauren Bacall’s character who is taught about love.

As Schatze Page, Bacall and Cameron Mitchell (playing the role of Tom Brookman) share an attraction. But it’s an attraction Schatze doesn’t want. She knows from prior marital experience that marrying a “gas pump jockey” for love isn’t a good investment. By the end of the film, Schatze just can’t go through with her wedding to the older wealthy man — she loves Tom!

Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable & Marilyn Monroe At The Alter

But the trick is on her, as Tom is uber wealthy — wealthier than the older man she left at the alter. This Schatze and her friends discover when they are eating at a diner and Tom pays the bill.

I’m guessing most of you know these films; they are not only classic, but wildly popular and shown on TV quite often. The main reason I write about these films is that a friend of mine is getting married and we’ve been talking wedding preparations. (Rather non-stop, actually; such is the way it goes with an engaged friend lol) During a recent discussion about wedding invitations, the subject of vintage wedding invites came up. When I showed her these invites with the classic cans tied to a car motif…

Vintage Styled Wedding Invites

I swear, she looked just like the cast of How To Marry A Millionaire making their discovery at the dinner!

Shock At The Dinner

In a good way, I assure you! Such instant shock and delight!

(…Though we aren’t sure if they will pass with the Mother of The Groom yet. *sigh*  Weddings are a lot of work!  Neither of these films covered those issues. *wink*)

PS Weren’t sheer floral lace wedding dresses popular in 1953!

Bacall's Sheer Lace Wedding Dress

You Can Leave Your Hat On

By , 29 September, 2011, No Comment

If you really want to wear fascinators or other vintage hats, check out these tips on wearing hats! (For other hat styles and periods, also see my other posts: 1960s hairstyles with hats and, for cloche hats and other flapper looks, this post on bobs and guiches!)

Rita Hayworth: Netted Hat & Animal Print Muff

Take The Asymmetrical Sweetheart Plunge

By , 25 August, 2011, No Comment

If this vintage beauty doesn’t get your heat a-racin’, I wonder just what will…

1950's Mary Louise Early Custom-Couture Cleverland Label

So Princess Grace

By , 20 July, 2011, No Comment

This vintage satin Ceil Chapman dress features metallic gold organza, rhinestones, faux pearls, and enough New Look glamour to make any girl a princess.

Vintage 1950s Ceil Chapman Satin Beaded Dress

What New Look Fashions Shaped

By , 1 May, 2011, No Comment

There’s no doubt that Dior’s New Look fashions changed silhouettes. This not only resulted in crazy exercises, but, according to this 1948 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, mannequins too.

Christian Dior Fashion Dummies

 

Don’t You Wish They Were Still Just $7.98

By , 16 January, 2011, 1 Comment

A 1955 newspaper advertisement for Whiting Davis mesh bags.

Here’s Looking Like You, Kid Is Moving!

By , 5 May, 2010, No Comment

Please, please, please come visit me at the new site: heres-looking-like-you-kid.com!

Footwear Friday

By , 2 April, 2010, 2 Comments

Some fabulous vintage footwear for you.

Turquoise is the color for Spring, so why not look ultra up-to-date with these vintage turquoise mules from the 1950s? The silver details (studs and trim) and grey rhinestones make these classic vintage heels!

Vintage 1950's Turquoise Heels

Vintage 1950's Turquoise Heels

If you’re more delighted by Spring’s traditional pastels, look at these lovely clear Lucite mules with painted pastel flowers!

Vintage Painted Floral Mules

Vintage Painted Floral Mules

Pastel Flowers Painted On Clear Lucite Springolator Heels

Pastel Flowers Painted On Clear Lucite Springolator Heels

I’m often surprised by the magnificent colors in women’s shoes from the 1940s — all that black and white film viewing distorts a reality of colorful shoes!

Like the vibrant green snakeskin of these peep-toe platform heels from the 1940s.

Women's 1940's Green Snakeskin Peep-Toe Shoes

Women's 1940's Green Snakeskin Peep-Toe Shoes

These shoes from the 1930s or 40s era are painted silk — an Art Deco geometric design of olive triangles, green, red and white circles on black silk. But that’s not all!

Geometric Designs Painted On Silk Peeptoe Shoes

Geometric Designs Painted On Silk Peeptoe Shoes

There’s even geometric stitched designs on the gold leather (which matches the ankle straps) at the top center of the vamp, right before the at the peeptoes.

Fabulous Art Deco Vintage Women's Shoes

Fabulous Art Deco Vintage Women's Shoes

Also, don’t forget to check out The History of Ferragamo Shoes. The post covers not just the history, but why vintage fashion lovers covet shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo.