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Kim Novak’s Spiraled French Twist

By , 25 September, 2009, No Comment

I don’t suppose any discussion of Kim Novak’s glamour in Vertigo is complete without mentioning her spectacularly spiraled hair — a unique kink in the classic coif!

Kim Novak's Spiral Coil French Twist

Kim Novak's Spiral Coil French Twist

If that spiraled sophistication gets to you as it did Jimmy Stewart, here’s how to do it. Begin with a simple French twist — only leave the the front section of hair, at the crown, out. Once you’ve made your French twist, take the still-loose section at the crown, and gently pull it back back, gathering the ends.  Coil the ends just off of center above the main twist and pin in place.

Circle Skirt Sale

By , 16 September, 2009, No Comment

Thanks to my Shop It To Me Sale Mail, I discovered Ralph Lauren has the Carmen Twill Circle Skirt on sale for just $29.99! I thought I should let you know — just in case you wanted to get a few of these circle skirts and spend the winter adorning them with appliques *wink*

Ralph Lauren Twill Circle Skirt

Ralph Lauren Twill Circle Skirt

Modern Boots With Vintage Style

By , 10 September, 2009, 3 Comments

You might not appreciate everything about the “return of 1980’s fashions,” but I’m getting a huge kick out of the number of fabulous vintage inspired boots & booties available this Fall!

The Hannah ankle boot from Annie’s Shoes is about as practical as a classic vintage inspired bootie can be — quite a few color options too.

Hannah Ankle Boot

Hannah Ankle Boot

Fioni’s Mason Button Boot is a fab modern re-do of the classic side-button bootie (often called the “granny boot”) — love the feminine scalloped edge that’s mirrored in the button placement too.

Mason Button Boot

Mason Button Boot

Love, love, love the grand patent leather button on these grey suede Aerosoles Rolette boots with ruching.

Aerosoles Rolette Boot

Aerosoles Rolette Boot

The Corso Como Gianna Ankle Boot in black suede has an elegant close-to-the-ankle cuff accented with a dramatic bow.

Corso Como Gianna

Corso Como Gianna

If you really love cuffs and bows, check out Fioni’s Whitney Cuff Boot with layers of soft (faux) suede, a very over-sized cuff, and one unmistakable bow.

Whitney Cuff Boot

Whitney Cuff Boot

All of these are lovely, but I think my current favorite is this Chie Mihara boot by Nysataupe suede boots with flowers?! *swoon*

Chie Mihara Boot

Chie Mihara Boot

I Got An Award, So It’s Here’s Linking To You, Kid Time!

By , 9 September, 2009, No Comment
Kreative Blogger Award

Kreative Blogger Award

Fuzzylizzie of Fuzzylizzie Vintage Clothing just gave me an award!

I believe I’m now supposed to select Seven Exceptional Blogs & tell you Seven Things I Love… But what I think I’ll do (and I don’t think it’s cheating!), is select the seven blogs and, for the “things I love” part, show you a specific post that illustrates why I love the blog I’ve named.

(You’ll likely also notice that there is some overlap between my list and Fuzzylizzy’s… I do believe that blog award rules, like fashion rules were meant to be broken — or at least altered to fit one’s needs *wink*)

Lulu’s Vintage: A great vintage fashion blog you probably already know about — and have been wondering why it’s been absent from my sidebar. All I can say in my defense is that sometimes my intentions are thwarted by my own actions; in this case, too busy reading & shopping to get myself over here and make a link. Shame on me? Yes, but it’s kind of Lulu’s fault for showing me such grand stuff! Like Lulu’s Vintage Awards.

Speaking of Lulu’s awards, this next blog/blogger continually wins them: Couture Allure. Sure her finds are stunning, but no matter what your life style, how little is in your piggy bank, you can dream and learn with lovely long posts that show you pretty photos and fill you with fashion facts.

Bobbins and Bombshells is a blog that found me — well, the blogger found this blog and posted a comment (Yup, that really works!) and ever since, I’ve been smitten with this vintage inspired creative kitten. It’s one part vintage fashion adoration, one part DIY, and one part newsy dish. (The blog is now on the sidebar.)

Tales From A Vintage Wardrobe (you might know it as The Red Velvet Shoe, but that’s really the owner’s vintage shop’s name) is another new discovery for me that’s so good, I’m adding it to my sidebar. The Romper Room post typifies what I’m lovin’ about this blog: lots of photos, things to think about — and she’s brave enough to model for photos she uses at the blog!

Kitsch Slapped: Not always about fashion, not always glamorous, not even always vintage — but totally worth a daily visit. If you love vintge & retro stuff, pop culture, and some occasional (feminist) ranting, you’ll love to be kitsch-slapped! I won’t even tell you what this Kitsch Slapped post is about — one should just be surprised with what they discover at Kitsch Slapped. *wink*

Jersey Girl (of Dandelion Vintage) is another blog that’s not always about vintage fashion — it’s more of a vintage lifestyle blog. But that isn’t a slight (it’s on the list, isn’t it?) because sometimes I just go there to get in the mood… The days I do, my pocketbook usually suffers for it, because I’ll be dreaming & twirling in my head & then need to find just the right skirt or accessory… Just like she does. *wink*

Speaking of getting in the mood… If you’re looking for ideas for films (which may put you in the mood for fashions), check out Vintage Meld — Cliff will show you a good time. Mainly ‘the meld’ is all about collecting Hollywood memorabilia, old magazines & other ephemera, but he does offer film reviews and information about films & stars of the past — including the occasional field trip, like to the Ava Gardner Museum!

One last bit of business before you go off & visit all the award winners… Please check your readers, bookmarks & blog sidebars to make sure you are linking to Here’s Looking Like You, Kid correctly. Many of you are still using the old URL and that doesn’t work anymore! Be sure you’ve got the proper one: http://heres-looking-like-you-kid.com/ Thanks!

Back To Fashion School

By , 7 September, 2009, 4 Comments

The trouble with girls & young women today is they just don’t know enough about fashion history.

Overheard at the mall (and no, dear daughter, I wasn’t listening to you & your friends; I heard this while waiting in the food court for you), a group of teens discussing the 80’s fashion comeback. They apparently, if my teen-to-adult translator was working right, were disappointed to find that stores weren’t selling “classic 80’s Madonna, like from her Desperately Seeking Susan days.”

Desperately Seeking 80s Madonna

Desperately Seeking 80s Madonna

“Where,” they snarkily commented, rather than asked, “are the short skirts, the wild boots?” — “That stuff was rad original and iconic!”

Clearly these girls didn’t know that Madonna had ripped-off — or borrowed — from Joan Crawford, so how could I tell them that pretty much everything from Madonna’s “rad original & iconic look” (save for the neon colors – ugh) was the vamp revamping past fashions?

Sure, they might have guessed that the “granny booties” were a version of antique boots or Victorian shoes — daringly paired with short skirts. But clearly they didn’t have a clue that this had been done before too. And with cuffed (decorated, even!), slouch, calf-height boots yet.

Movie Makers: Short Skirts & Boots (1919)

Movie Makers: Short Skirts & Boots (1919)

Even the disheveled hosiery can be traced back to someone else… Now that’s old school!

Marie Prevost with Stockings (One Over The Knee, The Other Rolled Below The Knee) And Cuffed Slouch Boots

Marie Prevost with Stockings (One Over The Knee, The Other Rolled Below The Knee) And Cuffed Slouch Boots (1918)

If those teenagers would have listened to the creepy old lady who rambled to them at the mall — or if they visited here and read this post — and got back to fashion schooled, can you imagine the “No way!”s? *wink*

If you’re in the mood for some boots inspired by 1980s Madonna, 1910s Marie Prevost, et all, check out Jimmy Choo’s ‘Jinx’ Cuff Boot & Jeffrey Campbell’s ‘Us’ Ankle Bootie.

Jimmy Choo's Black Cuffed (With Grommets) Boot

Jimmy Choo's Black Cuffed (With Grommets) Boot

Jeffery Campbell Black Studded Ankle Bootie

Jeffery Campbell Black Studded Ankle Bootie

“Bee” A Deco Flapper Girl

By , 2 September, 2009, 2 Comments

Sure, “bee” is a pun based on the flapper expression “the bee’s knees,” but it’s also an art deco color scheme. Because most of what we see of flapper attire is in black & white, you may not know it, but a pretty warm yellow paired with dramatic black was a rather common color combination (often leaving the yellow looking like “white” or at least ivory in vintage photographs).

Since the straight “tube” flapper style of dress (combined with smaller sizing) can make most actual vintage flapper clothing too small for most of us to wear (or be unflattering when we do!), you can add in touches of the roaring twenties with fabulous flapper art deco touches.

I found some lovely yellow & black art deco designed (so that’s vintage style, not actual vintage) silver plated barrettes with black & yellow enameling and Swarovski crystal accents — what a pretty way to manage your bangs while you work on growing out that bob!

Vintage Style Art Deco Hair Barrett in Black and Gold

Vintage Style Art Deco Hair Barrett in Black and Gold

If you’d like something a bit softer, less geometric, in design, how about this lovely actual vintage art deco enamel and Czech yellow necklace with flowers and feminine ovals:

Vintage Art Deco Necklace with Czech Glass & Enameling

Vintage Art Deco Necklace with Czech Glass & Enameling

To add to your flapper look, finish off with some actual vintage shoes. These silver shoes with a top ankle strap match the metal of the barrettes and necklace and go with nearly any modern ensemble too.

Silver Leather Flapper Shoes With Top Strap

Silver Leather Flapper Shoes With Top Strap

Of course, if you’re looking for more of a basic & casual shoe (with more size options too), try these Cortny flats with three ankle straps by Elizabeth & James — a more modern version of the flapper shoe in versatile (and popular this season!) ballet flats.

Cortny Ballet Flats with Three Ankle Straps

Cortny Ballet Flats with Three Ankle Straps

The 47th Anniversary Of Marilyn’s Death

By , 4 August, 2009, No Comment

I know when you see Marilyn Monroe’s 10 Best Fashion Moments you’ll think I’m slacking, that I should have made such a post in honor of the 47th anniversary of her untimely death — but in my defense, I’m working on a very thorough biography of Ruan Lingyu as well as more posts on vintage Lucite purses, so I’m very busy.

Fall 2009 Dolce & Gabbana Ready-to-Wear Featuring Marilyn Monroe

Fall 2009 Dolce & Gabbana Ready-to-Wear Featuring Marilyn Monroe

Oh, and while you’re checking out Dolce & Gabbana Marilyn Monroe fashions for Fall, don’t forget to see this stunner at Dolce & Gabbana — vintage styled little black dress with illusion lace! Yummy!

Dolce & Gabbana Little Black Wiggle Dress With Illusion Lace

Dolce & Gabbana Little Black Wiggle Dress With Illusion Lace

So go check it all out and come back here tomorrow for proof of how hard I’ve been working *wink*

Modern To Mix In – The Michelle Dress In Black

By , 30 July, 2009, No Comment

Via Shop It To Me I found out that this classic little black Michelle Dress is on sale for just $29.99.

classic-little-black-dress-michelle-dress

Now all you need are some Hattie Carnegie gloves!

PS It also comes is pink & coral, if you should love the lines but already have a closet full of black.

Classic Come-Hither

By , 24 July, 2009, No Comment

There are few things as utterly glamorous than leopard print fashions.

Nina Leen Fashion Photo

Nina Leen Fashion Photo

We call such looks “classic” because ever since its debut, leopard print’s been incredibly popular.

Unlike it’s wild relatives (zebra print, faux snake, tiger and other big cats), which are fun, but can be loud, cheap & harsh, leopard has always managed to combine “wild” with a graceful, exotic class that’s both dramatic & seductive — more come-hither, than attention whore.

You might even have a difficult time guessing the year that Nina Leen took this photograph (1957) because leopard print really has never gone out of style; like red lips, it’s as glamorous as it gets.

Vintage Wardrobe Building With Accessories

By , 23 July, 2009, No Comment

When it comes to building a wardrobe — a real, honest-to-goodness working wardrobe — ladies used to insist on a few high quality dresses and then make the most of accessories.

Vintage Photo: Basic Dress & Accessories For Change

Vintage Photo: Basic Dress & Accessories For Change

There were collars (to go over & peep out from under), bows & belts, clips & jewelry, gloves & handbags… Matching & contrasting color combinations… So many styles & combinations, making one dress go from day to night & always seem new (or at least not the same old thing!)

When we made the switch to separates (tops & skirts, as opposed to one-piece dresses), we somehow became more dependent upon more garments rather than accessories. It’s rather a shame, both in terms of our budgets and our devotion to our wardrobes… You have to ask yourself how many times our modern garments actually are worn — or how much they are truly missed and need to be replaced. Having fewer dresses — but those you love — oh, that was not only more economical, but more about finding a dress that fit you well and that you loved.

And playing with the accessories is certainly a lot more fun than the Garanimals dressing we do today.

Photo, Basic Dress & Accessories For Change, by Nina Leen for Life Magazine, 1947.