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Beauty & Hair Tips From The 60s and 70s

By , 19 November, 2011, No Comment

Hair and makeup artist Lexi DeRock has a book helping you get the looks: Decades of Style: A Step-by-Step Hair & Makeup Guide – 60s & 70s. Plus, now through Thanksgiving, she’s giving away one copy a day! She’s also giving 50% off and free shipping to the first 50 people who ask for it!

Decades of Style

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!

Blue Suede Coffee?

By , 12 March, 2010, No Comment

Foxy, brown Coffy Pam Grier in blue suede is a shopping inspiration.

Pam Grier Wearing Blue Suede

Pam Grier Wearing Blue Suede

Get the look with this blue sueded velour dress by Malouf of Dallas from the 70’s.

REtro Faux Suede Velour Dress By Malouf Of Dallas

REtro Faux Suede Velour Dress By Malouf Of Dallas

Stunning 1970’s blue suede jacket with shearling collar and cuffs.

Vintage Blue Suede Jacket With Shearling Trim

Vintage Blue Suede Jacket With Shearling Trim

Retro riviteded blue suede go-go boots with star power!

Vintage Blue Suede Go-Go Boots With Riveted Stars

Vintage Blue Suede Go-Go Boots With Riveted Stars

Vintage Black Velvet For Sex Kittens

By , 16 December, 2009, No Comment

If you love black velvet, but you consider yourself more of a sex kitten, a la Pam Grier or Raquel Welch, how about jumpsuits in black velvet?

Pam Grier In Blacula

Pam Grier In Blacula

Foxy mommas, check out this retro black velvet jumpsuit with sexy fishnet insets and a rockin’ mod buckle at the waist.

Sexy Retro Black Velvet Jumpsuit With Illusion Fishnet Insets

Sexy Retro Black Velvet Jumpsuit With Illusion Fishnet Insets

Or play the coquette in this vintage Edith Phillips of Hollywood black velvet jumpsuit with black satin trim.

1940s Edith Phillips of Hollywood Jumpsuit In Black Velvet

1940s Edith Phillips of Hollywood Jumpsuit In Black Velvet

9 Lingerie Reasons To Get Thee A Little Black Dress

By , 22 October, 2009, 2 Comments

If these nine black vintage lingerie pieces don’t convince you that you really do need that quintessential little black cocktail dress, what on earth will?

1) A vintage black lace pinup bra — complete with centered red rosette.

Vintage Black Lace Pinup Bra

Vintage Black Lace Pinup Bra

2) Vintage vixens will love this black Lily Of France bustier with illusion lace and an incredibly deep plunging neckline.

1950's Lily Of France Black Illusion Lace Bustier

1950's Lily Of France Black Illusion Lace Bustier

3) This vintage French corset, from Star de Paris, is fully boned, has four adjustable garters, an elasticized back with hidden hook & eye closures, and is made of cashmere and nylon.

Vintage French Black Corset/Waist Cincher

Vintage French Black Corset/Waist Cincher

But don’t overlook the silk satin accents and the Chantilly lace. (I’m in love with the frilly hip lace!)

Close-Up Of Black Lace

Close-Up Of Black Lace

4) This sultry vintage nylon Movie Star full slip with a lush lace bodice and wide lace hem surely seduces — before you even put it on!

Vintage Black Movie Star Slip With Lace Bodice

Vintage Black Movie Star Slip With Lace Bodice

5) Slink around in this vintage black nylon Charmode full slip with a crystal pleated bust, lace details — and an very generous 4 1/2 inch crystal pleated hem.

Vintage Charmode Slip With Crystal Pleating

Vintage Charmode Slip With Crystal Pleating

6) This sheer 1950’s black panty girdle with garters has a lace covered control panel — but I think it may drive your partner out of control!

1950s Girdle Panties With Lace Panel & Garters

1950s Girdle Panties With Lace Panel & Garters

7) For sex kittens, a very sexy pair of sheer black vintage Movie Star panties with garters, accented with lace.

Sheer Black Vintage Moive Star Panties With Garters

Sheer Black Vintage Moive Star Panties With Garters

8) These beautiful vintage tap pants of black lace, likely from the 1980’s tap pant resurrection, feature a silky false fly front.

Retro Black Lace Tap Pants

Retro Black Lace Tap Pants

9) Last, but not least, another pair of sheer black vintage panties — this one stuns with rhinestones as well as lace trim.

Very Sheer Black Vintage Panties With Rhinestones & Lace

Very Sheer Black Vintage Panties With Rhinestones & Lace

Fashion Returns To The Romper Room

By , 25 February, 2009, No Comment

In the March issue of Giant magazine, a feature on rompers & jumpers by Madison Mobley titled Romper Room (which is likely a reference above the heads — and years — of the average Giant reader). But if you do remember Romper Room, you may also remember the one-piece dressing fad of retro rompers.

Romper Room article in Giant

Romper Room article in Giant

From Romper Room: One is the loveliest number:

Fashionistas have adopted jumpers and rompers as this season’s go-to getup. To pinpoint the modern-day onesie’s origin, look no further than the birth of overalls in the 18th century. The rest, as they say, is history. In the ’70s glamour icons such as Bianca Jagger demonstrated in white Grecian splendor that a woman’s figure won’t drown in parachute pants and poet sleeves if you just cinch the waist with a subtle, matching sash. This year, however, brings a bit more spice to the romper’s unassuming beginnings. From the runway to the red carpet, designers such as Proenza Schouler, Giorgio Armani, Roksanda Ilincic and Bruno Pieters have given style mavens attainable examples of the jumper’s versatility. Hollywood has taken note. Attending a black-tie affair and don’t want to wear a gown? Mimic actress Malin Akerman’s glittered, form-fitting suit with a plunging neckline and flared bottoms. If you dare, follow UK singer Estelle’s lead and match a vibrant print with simple accessories. Regardless of what inspires you, shake your rompers, ladies, and bring the heat this spring.

Along with Bianca Jagger, the article shows Pam Grier and Farrah Fawcett in retro one-piece rompers.

Celebrities wearing rompers - then and now

Celebrities wearing rompers - then and now

As a general rule, rompers are for the more flapper-esque among us — not just for the more active fashion style (pants vs. skirts), but jumpsuits often work best on the slim, straight and narrow.

Retro jumpsuit

Retro jumpsuit

Those of us with booming bods like Pam Grier, can’t help but end up looking like we are in an exploitation film. Not that that’s always a bad thing. *wink*

Pam Grier rockin' a retro romper

Pam Grier rockin' a retro romper

Love this authentic 1970’s black jumpsuit and jacket set with feather trim!

Retro black romper set with feathers

Retro black romper set with feathers

Many People Have Annie Hall All Wrong

By , 15 January, 2009, No Comment

Annie Hall (1977) is one of those movies which permeates popular culture. The quotes are famous and Annie’s wardrobe iconic — so much so that you think you’ve seen it when you really haven’t. It doesn’t help either when movie critics paraphrase the movie down to those memorable quotes and simple phrases, like “it’s the story of the relationship between neurotic Alvy (Woody Allen) and insecure & ditzy Annie (Diane Keaton)”. It’s not that it’s completely untrue, but — and remember, I’m a chick & of a certain age too! — I just don’t see it as that simple. The feminist in me sees Annie’s “evolution” as a mirror for the women’s movement, yes; but more upsetting to me is this conversation about “the Annie Hall look”.

Annie Hall

Annie Hall

First of all, when they say it looks “sloppy” they are just wrong; Annie’s clothes were always super pressed & crisp looking.

Often reduced such words as “mannish” & “androgynous” (I’ve even heard the look described as “cross dressing”), people are focusing on the wrong things. Yes, Keaton as Annie wears hats, vests, tweed blazers, and men’s neckties; but that’s not all she wore. In her singing performances, she wears more of that romantic 70’s look, hair up, long skirt, and some puffy shoulders with more billowy sleeves. While playing tennis, she’s the one with her collar turned up in what we’d now call a “preppy” move.

Annie Hall Playing Tennis

Annie Hall Playing Tennis

And I see her using fashion to express herself, her humor, herself. Like those unpredictable green shoes in this scene:

Shrink Sessions

Shrink Sessions

Her clothing may seem, as it supposedly did to the costume lady on Annie Hall, “crazy,” but is it really? In a time when women were exerting their rights, but unsure how to do so; in a film where Annie is being “educated” by Alvy, so that she’s more in his image; as a young woman from small-town Wisconsin living in big-city New York, trying to keep her roots as well as find her wings; what do you think she would wear? What would you wear?

Her eclectic fashion sense is the composition of all the selves Annie identifies with and is literally trying on.

I saw that most clearly when she’s in California, in the scene at the health food restaurant, refusing to marry Alvy. She may be wearing the California-dreamin’ caftan — but she has one of her vests on over it. She’s exerting herself, her identity, in whatever land she’s in.

That’s the big fashion lesson in this film: Wear what is you.

Most of us cannot copy Annie Hall’s look; Diane Keaton, especially in ’77, was a very thin, straight-built woman.

Cast Of Annie Hall

Cast Of Annie Hall

Wearing such angular, un-constructed, loose clothing on a curvy figure spells disaster.

However, anyone can adopt eclectic fashion accessories like hats (old & new there’s a style suitable for any face), neckties, shoes; anyone can take an otherwise specific or generic look and turn up (or down) a collar or cuffs; anyone can add a splash of I-never-could-have-imagined-that color.

Vintage clothing, shoes, jewelry & other accessories are fabulous in creating your own unique look and style. You need not be tied to the trends being pushed today. You need not ignore your body-type, your individual tastes. You need not present yourself as a cookie-cutter girl in a cookie-cutter world. And for the most part, vintage fashions are less expensive than their modern made counterparts.

I can’t say that Annie Hall was all about the thrift stores and antique shops (that wasn’t expressed in the film); but I believe she would smile at what you dug-up there and how you put it together to express yourself.

Platforms Raquel Welch Could Fathom

By , 13 January, 2009, No Comment

Super platforms that Raquel Welch would have worn as super sexy spy Fatham Harvill in Fathom — especially with that fabulous little red minidress — had she not been out-running bulls and stuff *wink*

Even if you’re not a dental hygienist-turned-skydiver turned spy, you can be super sexy mod in these 1970s red and blue suede platform shoes have a mod floral cut-out.

Red and Blue Suede Platform Shoes

Red and Blue Suede Platform Shoes

Red leather platforms with hand painted flowers on the vamp…

Retro Red Leather Platforms With Flowers

Retro Red Leather Platforms With Flowers

And the back of the heels too!

Retro Red Shoes with Floral Hand Painting On The Heels

Retro Red Shoes with Floral Hand Painting On The Heels

Maybe you’d like something a little more psychedelic? Well, you can’t get more psychedelic than these clear open-toe, studded wooden platform shoes with red patent leather ankle straps!

Retro Psychedelic Platform Shoes

Retro Psychedelic Platform Shoes

Along with the outta-sight space decals, there’s even a neon lips — like a kiss — on the front!

Retro Disco Platforms With Lip-Print Kiss

Retro Disco Platforms With Lip-Print Kiss

Leopard Print For Sex Kittens

By , 8 January, 2009, 3 Comments

Digging ’round for those non-existent photos of Ann-Margret, I found this photo of her with a leopard.

Ann Margret With Leopard

Ann Margret With Leopard

I thought how very much leopard print is so very vintage glam, suitable for all sex kittens — and since she’s just wearing that black catsuit (or, perhaps, a bodysuit and tights?), she’s just begging to be dressed — why not go shopping for leopard print?

First, the foundation garments: vintage Vanity Fair bra and half-slip set in leopard print.

Vintage Vanity Fair Foundation Garments

Vintage Vanity Fair Foundation Garments

An amazing 1930’s crepe suit-styled dress with faux leopard fur trim.

1930s Crepe Dress With Leopard Print Fake Fur Trim

1930s Crepe Dress With Leopard Print Fake Fur Trim

If you can find a place to wear it, how about this incredible 1940’s silk velvet leopard and golden silk chiffon hostess gown by Dorian?

1940's Leopard Print Hostess Gown

Vintage Leopard Print Hostess Gown

More retro than vintage? You’ll love this very mod 1960’s faux leopard fur trench coat!

Retro Mod 1960s Faux Fur Leopard Coat

Retro Mod 1960s Faux Fur Leopard Coat

Of course, when we dress, we must remember to undress… This black vintage Vanity Fair nightgown has a pretty leopard print bodice.

Vintage Vanity Fair Black and Leopard Print Gown

Vintage Vanity Fair Black and Leopard Print Gown

And underneath everything here (and anywhere), how about these Pussycat panties? They’re modern made by Cameo Intimates, but so cute you’ll want to slip them under your vintage fashions — and with those garters you can wear real stockings!

Leopard Print Panties With Garters

Leopard Print Panties With Garters

PS I’d like to express a word of caution regarding this post about selling your unwanted jewelry. While it’s true that gold is seeing record highs, I, like Val Ubell (cute pen name!), worry about the amount of vintage jewelry which will be lost. So please, think twice!

You Can’t Wash Shampoo Out Of Your Mind

By , 2 January, 2009, No Comment

I saw this photo and while I don’t know who the pretty lady wearing the fishnets is, she reminds me of Lee Grant (not Lou Grant lol).  I’d be surprised to find it it wasn’t her.

May Be Lee Grant In Fishnet Hose

May Be Lee Grant Wearing Fishnet Hose

Thinking of Lee Grant got me to thinking about Shampoo

A few weeks ago the movie was playing on television and my husband said, “Ooh, let’s watch Shampoo!” I replied that I didn’t know if I felt like watching a sad movie.

“It’s not a ‘sad movie’, it’s funny! See, Beatty is this hairdresser and all the men think he’s gay — meanwhile, he’s banging all their wives and stuff.”

“Have you seen it?” I asked.

No he hadn’t. Which is precisely why he didn’t know that Shampoo is truly a “sex comedy” — and like Stephan Jenkins said, “Sex is funny and love is serious.”

Simply put, while George (Warren Beatty) & Lester (Jack Warden) run around with women, they each miss out on real love. George isn’t faithful to his girlfriend, Jill (Goldie Hawn), and one of his casual sex partners is the wealthy Felicia (Lee Grant), who is married to Lester; Lester has a mistress, Jackie (Julie Christie), who is a former girlfriend of George’s.

A Scene From The Film Shampoo

A Scene From The Film Shampoo

The fact that they all (sometimes unknowingly) make a sexual daisy chain (George has even done the deed with Felicia & Lester’s daughter, played by Carrie Fisher) is the comedic set-up for situational comedy of errors, eventually culminating in George and Jackie being discovered having sex at a party by both Jill and Lester. The result are both funny and heart breaking.

Jill dumps George…

Goldie Hawn In Shampoo

Goldie Hawn In Shampoo

Lester looks like he’s without both wife & mistress…

Lee Grant Won The Oscar For Shampoo

Lee Grant Won The Oscar For Shampoo

And by the time George realizes he loves Jackie, she’s going off with the newly divorced Lester — but he’s not really the winner either, for it doesn’t look like either Lester or Jackie is in love and those old bad habits die hard, you know… It’s very likely that Jackie will be the new Felicia.

And while the future isn’t clear it’s not hard to see that as everyone ages, those not actually alone will still find themselves lonely.

Warren Beatty At The End Of The Movie Shampoo

Warren Beatty At The End Of The Movie Shampoo

That, my friends, isn’t as simple comedy about hedonistic sex in the 70’s.

As far as the fashion & beauty in this film goes, I sum it up in three words: Bobs, Bangs and Backless.

Lee Grant As Felicia In Shampoo

Lee Grant As Felicia In Shampoo

There are lots of miniskirts and even some risque body paint scenes, but once you see Shampoo, you simply cannot get the image of Juli Christie in this deep-V-backed sequin dress out of your mind.

Julie Christie Backless in Shampoo

Julie Christie Backless in Shampoo

PS If you can identify the woman wearing fishnets in the photo, please let me know!