20 Vintage Fur Adverts You Wouldn’t See Today

Vintage fur advert

You don’t see fur adverts much these days (or at least I haven’t come across many) but basically fur advertising hasn’t changed much since this type of ad (above) from the 1960s. Why she’s holding a lit cigarette lighter that close to her flammable fur coat I have no idea… Anyway, by now you probably […]

 

I Love Lucy, but Not This Much

I Love Lucy Merchandise 1950s

Never underestimate the marketing power of Lucille Ball! I grew up watching re-runs of I Love Lucy on the telly, and there is a special corner of my heart reserved for it, but even my love of the 1950s sitcom wouldn’t make me buy these hideous spin offs! Even the gorgeous Lucy looks unconvinced about […]

 

1930s Movie Icons: Lupe Vélez

1930s movie icons: Lupe Velez

Lupe Vélez was one of the very first Mexican actresses to have a successful Hollywood career in the 1920s and 30s. She was extremely popular but died tragically young at the height of her career aged just 36. Above: Photo of Jimmy Durante, Lupe Vélez and the Mills Brothers from the 1934 film Strictly Dynamite. […]

 

Movie Monday: Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much

If you follow my blog you might have noticed that I’m going through a bit of a Hitchcock phase at the moment. I very much enjoyed The 39 Steps last week (much to my surprise and delight) but sadly I can’t say the same about this movie. Up until this point I’ve pretty much enjoyed […]

 

10 Supermodels of the 1950s

Mary Jane Russell in Vogue 1957

Did you know that Uma Thurman’s mum was one of the most popular models in the 1950s? The Fifties was a great time for models. For the first time they became superstars in their own right. Apart from ‘the big three’ (Suzy Parker, Dovima and Jean Patchett), there were lots of other models who really […]

 

7 Classic Hollywood Stars Who Had Plastic Surgery

Marilyn Monroe 1950s

Stars were having nips, tucks and predominantly nose-jobs from as early as the 1930s. It’s not well-documented as the stars who had succesful surgery rarely owned up to it, and those who had less successful surgery (like Mary Pickford who was rumoured to have damaged facial muscles after an early facelift) just faded from public […]

 

Painting 101: Can You Tell What It Is Yet?

Painting of Audrey Hepburn

As you might have seen in my post last week, I’ve started painting again. I’s hard to find the time, and I’m still very new to it all but I’ve had great fun having a go and painting some of my favourite Hollywood stars. I’d be intrigued to know whether you can tell who the […]

 

1960s Style Icons: Nichelle Nichols

1960s Style Icons: Nichelle Nichols

Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols is best known as the fabulous Lieutenant Uhura in the 1960s Star Trek series. Her role was groundbreaking at the time as she was one of the first black women featured in a prominent role in a major TV series. When she considered leaving the series to pursue a career […]

 

23 Impossibly Stylish 1930s Photos

1930s photo

If you were of the right class and in the right circumstances the 1930s was an incredibly stylish place to be. Even if you weren’t one of the privileged few the fashions helped you be stylish anyway. A few of these photos are of Hollywood stars or models, but the majority of them of the […]

 

First 3 People Get A Free Advert!

whvblog

Happy April everyone! I know I’m a bit late to the party on this, but wow it’s been a busy month so far! I’m looking for new advertisers on my blog this month so I thought I’d offer a fantastic deal for the first 3 advertisers to sign up. Buy 1 month, get one free! […]

 

Movie Monday: Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Robert Donat

I think I’d be right in saying that The 39 Steps is the earliest Hitchcock movie I’ve seen. Released in 1935 the movie starred the dashing Robert Donat (below) and the feisty but beautiful Madeleine Carroll, both of whom were chosen because they were already well known in Hollywood and would help boost sales in […]

 

Quotes: Bette Davis on Sissies

Quotes: Bette Davis on Sissies

Old age ain’t no place for sissies: Bette Davis And on that note, I’ll just say Happy Sunday everyone! The original photo (above) is from a Jim Beam advert from 1974.

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Taylor was married 8 times. Her shortest marriage was with her first husband Conrad Nicky Hilton which lasted just 9 months, and her longest marriage was with Richard Burton which lasted 10 years (plus an extra year when they re-married in 1975). Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred together in 11 movies.

 

16 Iconic Vintage Hairstyles

Farrah Fawcett

Looking for some hair-style inspiration? I’ve collected some of the most iconic hairstyles here from the 1920s to the 1970s, which one do you fancy trying? I’m taking style inspiration from Faye Dunaway from Bonnie and Clyde today… 1. Veronica Lake: The Peekaboo Fringe 1940s movie star Veronica Lake was famous for her long finger […]

 

16 Stunning Photos of 1920s Ziegfeld Girls

Ziegfeld Girl 1920s Ziegfeld Follies

Ziegfeld girls were the cheesecake pinups of the 1920s. Beautiful and talented they were the chorus girls of the spectacular Ziegfeld Follies which ran from 1907 to 1931. Many Ziegfeld girls went on to fame and fortune in the cinema and stars including Barabara Stanwyck (below), Louise Brooks and Joan Blondell all launched their careers […]

 

Win This Beautiful 1940s Sweetheart Locket

Vintage Sweetheart Locket c.1940s

I have the prettiest prize to give away on my blog today thanks to the lovely Sarah at LUXXOR Vintage. She specialises in selling the most lovely antique lockets and rings as well as Art Deco, Victorian, Mid-Century, and Sweetheart jewelry. Her store is an absolute treasure trove!

 

Vintage Style Icons: Elsa Schiaparelli

Helen Twelvetrees wearing a dress designed by Elsa Schiaparelli

Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the most influential designers of the early 20th Century. Along with her great rival Coco Chanel, she transformed womens fashions during the 1920s and 30s and is famous for her ‘fashion-as-art’ dresses. She collaborated with artists and surrealists including Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali to create amazing […]

 

My Secret Dreams of Lion Tamers, Artists and Showgirls

Hepburn

Perhaps I’m experiencing a slight mid-life crisis. I’ve certainly struggled with the idea of turning 40 and I’ve been feeling pretty fed-up for the last week, so I’ve been re-assessing my life a little and I’ve realised I’m not doing a many of the things I really enjoy. It’s so easy to be busy all […]

 
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