Have Yourself A Very Merry Vintage Christmas

A very merry vintage Christmas to one and all.

I wanted to take this time to share some wonderful vintage shots ranging from the 1920s through the 1960s, as well as some vintage holiday traditions from days gone by. I hope you all enjoy and find these as fun to look at as it was as fun to find.

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A common Christmas tree you would find back in the 1950s was decked with hand-blown glass ornaments and beaded chains. My Mom also told me about how when she was growing up that her brother and her would put individual strands of foil tinsel on the tree every year. It would take forever, but she recalls the look was absolutely stunning and well worth the effort. Soon after, foil tinsel was labelled as a “fire hazard”, and then they came out with the crappy plastic type that never looked quite as good.

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This was the London Underground around World War II. If they would only do this in NYC!

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Someone’s always gotta take it literally ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I’d take Cary Grant for Christmas too!

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Whomever came up with this as a tree, I want to marry you.

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How’s that for a retro ‘do, huh?!

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Christmas Parade in L.A. during the late 1930s.

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Miss Louise Brooks.

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Loretta Young in quite the Christmas classic! I finally saw all of “The Bishop’s Wife”. I can’t believe Cary Grant was originally cast as being the Bishop – he definitely had great foresight enough to request the change with David Niven!

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Another shot of an L.A. Christmas parade.

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The lovely Jayne Mansfield.

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I’m sure a lot of men would a prefer a Santa of this nature.

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Another cute 1940s town decoration.

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To be a tree or not to be a tree?

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Imagine being a starlet back then and being forced to do these types of chintzy shoots? I’m sure most of them hated it, but they are pretty cute LOL.

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That cutie Shirley Temple.

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The perpetually glamorous Elizabeth Taylor.

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That cute Brit Diana Dors.

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Might that be a feather tree? Those were rather popular from the 1920s through the 1960s, and they were the first real alternative tree. They were initially made of feathers, but were soon made of other materials because the feathers proved to be very expensive.

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What a better way to end the post than with Marilyn!

I hope each and every one of you has an amazing holiday filled with laughter, love, and lingering memories. What will you be doing for the holidays?

Vintage Adverts

I wanted to make a nice fun post for all of you, and with now being crunch time for me with finals this week, this is the perfect time to do it.

You can learn a lot about a particular era’s culture and influences of the time just by looking at vintage ads. You can also gleam a lot about what looks were popular and what was “important” to women at the time. Plus some of these ads are just works of art in their own right. The Guerlain ad you are about to see is something I want to frame and put up on my wall! And of course some are just ludicrous – like giving your infant cola as early as possible for their best health and development. No matter how inane any vintage ad may seem, each offers their own glimpse into the eras we love!

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Movie Mania: The Thin Man Series – Part One

One of my favourite movie series of all time (and dare I say more than the Dark Knight trilogy?!) is the Thin Man series. It is a series of six movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy in what would be one of the most perfect and iconic movie couples of the 20th century.

I have only gotten to see the first three movies of the series so far, so this post will be part one of two: three movies for now, three for in a month or so. Lets get started on part one!

The first movie was what started it all, and introduced us to the ever so love able Nick and Nora. Nick was a detective previously, and it is a constant joke that he always tries to “retire” but can never seem to since he is always called in on tough cases. His new wife Nora is always in on his antics and wanting to get involved in his work. The antics and repartee between both Loy and Powell will make these two go down in film history as one of the greatest duos of all time.

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The first film, The Thin Man was released in 1934 and instantly became a hit after moviegoers fell in love with the duo of Loy & Powell the previous year when they were together in Manhattan Melodrama. The Charles’ have recently married and Nick decides to retire from his sleuthing days and dedicate himself to managing his wealthy wife’s business assets. Before long a friend pops up asking Nick for help in finding her missing inventor father Ellis, who had gone into seclusion to work on a project but promised to return for his daughter’s wedding. When he doesn’t turn up, Nick digs in. Then, her father’s secretary is murdered and Ellis is a prime suspect due to a chain of his being found at the scene. But that is shot when Nick and his dog Asta discover Ellis decomposing body. Soon enough Nick and Nora invite all of the suspects to dinner and prod them all with questions until one finally confesses!

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The second movie, After The Thin Man, was released in 1936. The movie starts off fast with Nick being asked by his cousin Selma to check into her missing husband, who is being unfaithful with a nightclub singer named McNulty. Soon, three bodies turn up, including Selma’s husband. Nick finds out that McNulty’s ex boyfriend (played by a young and suave Jimmy Stewart!) has agreed to pay Landi’s philandering husband a sweet sum of $25,000 to stay away from her, as he still carries a flame for her and wants things to go his way. Nick and Nora do their usual roundup and ask their guests/suspects questions until one confesses. I am sure most of you will be surprised at the ending!

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Another Thin Man is the last part of my initial coverage of this series, and was released in 1939. When Nick and Nora journey to New York with their new young son in tow, soon the munitions mogul Colonel Burr MacFay invites them to spend the weekend at his gorgeous Long Island estate to investigate the rather odd behaviors of his family and friends recently. Soon enough however, the prophecy comes true and the Colonel is killed as predicted. With Nora controlling the keys to the liquor cabinet to keep Nick from drinking, two more people are killed. In typical Charles fashion, all of the suspected killers are brought into one room for a question and answer session with Nick and Nora at the helms. Soon, the real murder confesses and admits it was for the inheritance money.

This is a classic film noir series that will absolutely enthrall any Old Hollywood movie fan. Perhaps the best part of all of these films is the dialogue between Nick and Nora. I remember one quip from the first movie, where Nora says to Nick, “I heard you were shot five times in the tabloids”, to which Nick wittingly replies, “They never got anywhere near my tabloids.” My jaw nearly dropped! I was laughing so hard and shaking my head, that such a risquรฉ thing to say back then with the unmistakeable innuendo, was in the film! But that is what makes it so fun most of all. And you will love all the little twists and turns in the cases as well. Modern day sleuthing movies are nice and all, but I much prefer black and white charming whodunits like this anyday!

Stay tuned for part two in about a month!

My Vintage Christmas Wish List

Hello lovelies!

I am normally not a Christmas person, as this time of year has bad memories attached to it, but I figured I would make a nice little list of what yours truly would like if Santa were to make a pit stop at my house (or I became rich!). This will be a no-holds-barred list, including some of the most expensive vintage items I have gushed over as well as things that are a little more reasonable.

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Freddie’s of Pinewood 1940’s Work Jeans

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A Fabulous 1940’s Suit

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1950’s Novelty Print Dress

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1940’s WWII V for Victory Brooch

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A Drool-Worthy Mexican Circle Skirt

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1940’s or 1950’s Evening Dress

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1940’s Sweater Dress Set

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More Kitsch! I can never have enough ๐Ÿ™‚

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1950’s Atomic Eames Era Starburst Clock

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A Pair of Remix Vintage Shoes

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A Dress from Whirling Turban (preferably the Peek-A-Boo Dress, above)

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Subscription to Reminisce Magazine

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The B Word Engagement Calendar 2013

So what do you all think? Are any of the items on my wish list on yours as well? What else is on your wish list? Every vintage gal has her own wish list, and it never goes away – it likely gets longer! I have managed to luckily get a few items on my wish list this year, but of course there’s always more!

Second Photoshoot with Jodie King Photography

After we finished up with Rebecca Danielle’s shoot, we got to work on mine. That weekend I wasn’t feeling 100%, but I think Jodie worked around that wonderfully. I had such a great time that part of the time I wasn’t paying attention to the shoot sometimes! LOL.

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I seriously don’t think Jodie King can do anything wrong with that camera! Go check out some of her other work and find out how to contact her here.

Makeup, hair, and styling by yours truly.

Dutch-in’ It Up: City Scape

I had the great pleasure of working with Miss Jodie King of Jodie King Photography again, and this time the lovely model was Miss Rebecca Danielle. She is here from Holland doing journalistic work, and we bonded over the fact we are both Dutch. I told her my family originates from the Frisian Islands, to which she replied with the “ohhh” icky face I was expecting – the Frisian Dutch are known to be kind of conservative assholes. Luckily for me, the rest of my heritage – Swiss, English, & Scottish – repeals that trait I’d like to think ๐Ÿ™‚ I was never proud of being Dutch until a few years ago when I found out that I was related to FDR.

Anyways, Jodie, Rebecca, and I had a great time together, and it took at least two hours before we were ready to shoot because we were having so much fun! But the images that we captured of Rebecca – WOW! Just stunning. Have a look see and find out for yourself!

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Amazing, am I right?! An amazing shoot with amazing ladies that yielded amazing shots – can’t lose with that combo!

Check out Jodie King Photography here.

Check out Rebecca Danielle’s Model Mayhem profile here.

And stay tuned for my own photoshoot shots tomorrow!