Monday, October 18, 2010

Mad Men Finale...WOW!

So, I DOUBT I'm the only one out there who dropped jaw when Don proposed to that naive secretary of his! I literally squealed with shock at the sudden seemingly impulsive decision. However...on to other, more important matters (in my eyes)...the clothes!!!

We all knew that Joan kept Roger's baby, though she fibbed about it, BUT you could really start to see it in this episode. She's a voluptuous woman, there's no doubt about that, but the best thing about her figure is she can pull off those '60s dresses with the form-fitting waist lines, and high necked collars without any unflattering areas showing. EXCEPT...if you notice her in this same style dress she always can see a tiny bump below. Which, I feel is somewhat interesting that she'd wear that (her character, not what Janie Bryant chose) because obviously Roger would know it's his, and notice it instantly.

Next, Betty, whom I've developed a strong dislike for, looked fabulous as always though. I loved how her classic red lipstick didn't make an appearance in this past episode; it was more of a spring pink color, which is a color that evolved after the '50s housewife motif. Props to Betty for keeping up with the times!

Then last, but certainly not least...though I dislike the secretary...who's alleged name is said to be Megan...she did have quite the flair of outfits in this episode as well. I loved the play of the floppy hat in the swimming pool, the hot pink dress with cinched waist line, and the black evening gown with an embellishing neckline. She moved up half a centimeter on my "like" list for her...ha. That's all!

Hope you enjoyed my analysis on tv's best show!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Zanna Roberts Rassi is a '60s Girl!

Ms. Zanna, Fashion Editor at Marie Claire has a video posted of her going through her wardrobe of what she packs on her Fashion Week trips; New York, Paris, London, and Milan. Such a cute sense of style on that girl!

Throughout a lot of her styles, there is a little bit of influence from the '60s, which I love. The Tommy Hilfiger trench that she first shows is very London style in the '60s. Many women, and even men wore long trench coats, and long button up dresses, but Zanna knows the proper way to style hers by adding embellishments to flare it up a bit. My absolute favorite would have to be her Adam's press which is STUNNING! Betty Draper from the hit series Mad Men wore something similar in the Rome episode. Very '60s, and perhaps a little Roman influence, actually.

Enjoy the video!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Camilla Belle So Vintage

I know I've already posted about this, but Camilla Belle's appearance in Marie Claire when she did the vintage Dior shoot is still breathtaking. She looks absolutely stunning.

The stylist pinned the '40s look so well with her dark curled hairstyle, small-frame hats, and perfect-fitting jackets and skirt. This was such a good article. Katy Perry's music video for "Thinking of You" has her looking very similar to this. Her makeup, hair, and everything from her clothes to her saddle shoes looks straight from the 1940s. I think it is one of the best eras.

The Rat Pack is Back!

Last September for my birthday I saw The Rat Pack is Back is Las Vegas, and they were AMAZING! They pinned the original Rat Pack image to a tee! I encourage anyone to see them perform. You won't be disappointed. Each character really nailed that look and demeanor of the real guys, which made the show all the more worth while.

Be sure to check them out!

Monday, August 30, 2010

January Jones Emmy Dress!

How we love that ice queen, Mrs. Betty Draper, but we sure did love her even MORE at the Emmy's last night! Her Versace gown was absolutely stuuuun-ning! Thought I'd include a pic so you all can vouch for yourselves!

Across the Universe Clothing!!!

I just LOVE the movie Across the Universe, ESPECIALLY because of the clothes!! They're so retro. Here's a picture of one of my favorite actresses, Evan Rachel Woods from the hippie. Gosh I love this girl!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Audrey is Our Lady!

Now,I know we all love Miss Hepburn, but what made her so great? Why do we consistently obsess over her beauty and grace? You just don't see it anymore! I feel we need to bring this elegance and poise back into the world through attitude, rhetoric, and of course, clothing. Audrey was universally considered to be one of the most lovely, gracious people, and she maintained that reputation until she died. We all love Audrey...why not bring her back?

Show the world your own sense of grace!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Vintage Long Beach Flea Market!

Yesterday I went to the Long Beach Antique Flea Market and saw SOO many neat things! I told my friend, what some people might classify as "junk" I see as buried treasure! I was thrilled to see all of these great antiques out and about. Though I didn't buy much, I did make my rounds and see so many great things. These pictures aren't of fashion items BUT they are of very cool items that I found just lovely, and so interesting. My favorite is the gorgeous trunk! Enjoy!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Camilla Belle Looking More Stunning Than Ever!

Miss Camilla Belle appeared in an issue of Marie Claire back in October of 2009 and is completely dipped from head-to-toe in '40s attire. She has her gorgeous pinned hat, and a Dior twill jacket in one photo, and another Dior fur-collared jacket in another with the classic '40s look. Camilla is so lucky to be one of those girls who just captured that old-fashioned look to the tee; not only does she have that slender body type, but she also has that vintage girly look about her.

This hairstyle is very easy to achieve with a little KMS smoothing wax, Bumble "Does it All" hairspray, and a few hot rollers to really set that look. City Salon in Huntington Beach has every product one could ever ask for! Stop by and inquire about this look!

In the show Mad Men, the writers have their characters displaying the real "unsugar coated" lives that the people lead during the 1960s. They show the methods of abortions, the countless drinks during a regular work day, and the hidden secrets every family had. I find it so interesting how they have this show, without any cheesy, fabricated interpretations. In the current episode I'm watching for Season 2, Don Draper, the main character; "Ad Man" is at a doctor's appointment admitting to how much alcohol he consumes on a regular basis, and how naive the doctors were at this time. During this era, people would drink as many as five drinks a day without a moment's thought, and go through pack(s) of cigarettes a day.

I read in a book about Audrey Hepburn how she would drink scotch on a regular basis and smoke a pack of cigarettes a day, but of course never thought anything of it. I find this so fascinating how much our sciences and studies have improved with time, and how much more aware we are as to what harm these do to the body.

As much as I love this time, I can't even imagine having this many drinks a day, let alone cigarettes, especially given that I've never tried that. It's interesting to think of for a moment, isn't it?

AMAZING Headboard!!

I stayed at the Flamingo Hotel when I last went to Vegas and they redid the rooms to have a retro '50s/'60s look. I loved the look of the hotel room, and wanted to show everyone the awesome vinyl headboards they had on there. They were a white plastic feel, and would be such a neat look if there were vintage records on the walls. Here's our room.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Getting that Vintage Look Comes Down to Hair Also....

I am a huge fan of the '60s hairstyles, but I'm especially fond of the big back-combed, or teased hair that Nancy Sinatra fronts, or Doris Day, lovely Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffanys, Marlo Thomas, and anybody else.

A favorite technique that I love to do that is the easiest and is especially good for those days that your hair won't cooperate or you didn't have time to wash it, is to just playfully pin it up. Here are the steps I used to get my hair how it is in the photos that I'll try to post.

1. If you have bangs pin them down in front and mess with those later, or part your hair on the side if you want hair framing your face.
2. Take a rat-tail or turtle-tail comb and piece the first layer of hair directly behind your hairline with your bangs and pull them over your forehead to go back to later, along with the bangs or as your first layer.
3. Take the next layer that you pieced out behind that, spray the roots with Bumble and Bumble hairspray or Tresemme hairspray at the roots and comb your hair against the direction it grows towards your roots.
4. Begin backcombing either towards the end of the hair your holding up if you want a big tease, or just a little short backcomb at the roots for a smaller backcomb.
5. Do as many layers that you want until you get to about the crown or a little further behind and your hair should all be pushed over your forehead, so spray the back lightly to make it hold.
6. Then flip it back over and take a soft bristle brush and lightly comb over the top to make it perfectly rounded and soft.
7. Whatever you'd like to do with the front hair, pin it up too and spray, put behind your ear, or what have you.
8. Now take a bobby pin and pull your hair back as if to do a half ponytail and twist slightly and put bobbypin up towards the twist, then curl the bottom part if you'd like and randomly pin up the curls and spray. This will work better if it's curled because you can gently pull it up.
9. Do this until all of your hair is somehow twisted up and pulled back then top it off with a big bow on the side or a flower.
10. Voila!!

Little Miss Vixen!

Here's Katy Perry dressed as the sassy woman that she is! She captures that 1950s mantra perfectly with her tucked bangs, cateye liner, and firetruck red lips! This is why we love her!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some Vintage Inspired Looks by Jessica Butler!

Though these looks are pretty different, they all seem to have slight, some more than others, references to retro clothing. Having a belt, or singed waist really began within clothing from the 1950s because people believed women should accentuate their curves in the most complimenting way.

Jessica Butler is a CSULB Alumni and she is a good friend of mine. These designs are stunning, and now she has the world by a string to create more visions that we need so badly!

1950s Swim Look!

Now, I know it's been a while, but one of my favorite websites: features some of the CUTEST garments; all inspired but the vintage/retro look that I'm always aiming for!

Check out this hot swimsuit, perfect for just about any body type!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Can you dig it?

During the '60s there was a specific group of people who were all involved in the same activities, from music, to clothes, to lifestyle; these people were referred to as "hippies". There was a certain style of dress that these people would adhere to, and it has been progressively making its way back into modern day dress. From bangles, to long shear scarves, loose braids, head wraps, and loose, flowing clothing. This is personally some of my favorite styles. Many different kinds of styles were seen throughout the sixties. A lot of the hippie style is being brought back into out society, as rightfully so.

Peace and Love!☮

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mad Men Fashion File

'Mad Men' is a show on today that takes place in the '60s, and the clothing that the characters wear in this show are so fantastic. They capture the look of the '60s so well and it further proves my theory that clothes from this era have always worked best with a woman's figure.

One of the main characters, Joan, is a voluptuous woman and she solely wear wrap dresses or a pencil skirt and matching blouse. She always looks classy, she always has style, and she has never looked better. Another main character, Betty Draper, played by January Jones is primarily seen in the classic A-line dress, an evening gown, or even sometimes her horse riding gear.

Nevertheless, every character in this television show is paired with an amazing ensemble that gracefully fits their body type, even the men! I highly recommend getting as hooked on this show as I am...the clothes aren't the only good thing about this show!

Here is the site to the inside wardrobe scoop!