Vintage Lookbook: Princess Leia’s Vintage Makeover!

Princess Leia outfit

When I found this fabulous vintage 1940s Princess-Leia-style feather hat I couldn’t resist doing something I’ve wanted to do for ages: add a little colour to her outfits! Sure, she always looks  great in the movies and I can’t knock the style of Star Wars which has stayed looking futuristic for the last 35 years […]

 

Movie Tuesday: Red Dust (1932)

Red Dust 1932 movie

I’ve never really ‘got’ the Clark Gable thing. I’ve watched Gone With The Wind without him leaving any particular impression on me but after watching Red Dust I get it. Maybe there’s something about a rough-and-ready Gable and the sultry heat of the jungle, both women in this movie certainly seem to think so! It’s […]

 

Oooh, Look What I’ve Got!

1940s handbag and gloves

I saw a very dear old friend of mine yesterday (well, not so *old* actually – she’d just love being called that, ha! but we have known each other since we were 7!) and she gave me these fabulous vintage gifts as a belated birthday present. I just wanted to share how gorgeous they are […]

 

Top 10 Leading Men of the 1940s

Gregory Peck getting steamy with Ann Todd

There were some great movie actors around in the 1940s, it truly was the golden age of cinema! Here are my top 10 leading men of that decade – have I missed anyone crucial out? 1. Humphrey Bogart Bogart was ranked the greatest male movie star in history by the American Film Institute, and he […]

 

Jackie Kennedy Aged 6

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A little Jackie Kennedy looking very grown up! This photo was taken in 1935 which I think would make her 6 years old. What a little lady eh? No wonder she became a style icon later in life!

 

30 Gorgeous Pieces of Vintage Knitwear

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It’s the perfect time for knitwear at the moment: not quite cold enough for a coat, but not yet hot enough to go without some kind of extra layer. Here are some of my vintage knitwear favourites around at the moment. They range from chunky 1970s sweaters to delicate 1930s knitted dresses to cute 60s […]

 

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

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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!

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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.

 
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