The 1960s was a time of Mods, Rockers, Mary Quant and miniskirts. There was a real youth-culture in the swinging sixties, symbolized by iconic models Twiggy and Peggy Moffit. On the more grown-up side of Sixties fashion the ‘Mad Men’ style of dressing was smart, sophisticated and luxurious. Think Jackie Kennedy and her neat suits and sunglasses!

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 […]


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 […]


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.


7 Unsolved Vintage Mysteries and Disappearances

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner

I think the tragic disappearance of Flight MH370 is probably pre-occupying all of us at the moment and it goes without saying that all of our thoughts and prayers go out to those missing and the families of all involved. The seemingly impossibly long wait for news got me thinking about some past mysteries and […]


9 Classic Hollywood Stars Who Didn’t Make it to 40 (and What Happened to Them)

Marilyn Monroe death headlines

I turn 40 next week and this milestone got me thinking about all the Hollywood stars who died tragically young and didn’t even make it this far. Their deaths ranged from suicide, to murder, car and plane crashes and even an allergic reaction to a headache tablet. Did I miss anyone out of this list […]


4 Vintage Horror Movies You Just Wouldn’t See Today

Vintage movie poster: The Brain that wouldn't die

Or perhaps this should be horror movies that they just wouldn’t make today, either because they’re totally inappropriate, incredibly corny or downright bizarre. I especially like the movie which was shot in ‘shocking sexicolor’ – that sounds more exciting than technicolor any day!


10 Surprising Photos of the 1960s

10 surprising photos of the 1960s

When you see photos of the Sixties, they’re often all along similar themes: JFK, mods and rockers, Mary Quant, the Beatles, you  know the kind of thing. These 10 photos offer a refreshingly different perspective. From astronaut Neil Armstrong floating in a pool wearing his space-suit, to the grandeur of the Moscow underground and the […]


1960s Style Icons: Nancy Kwan

Nancy Kwan and William Holden in the 1960 film The World of Suzie Wong.

Nancy Kwan was one of the first EuroAsian-American actresses to play major roles in Hollywood movies. Born in Hong Kong she became a movie actress and sex symbol in the 1960s and was nicknamed the ‘Chinese Bardot’.  Born in 1939 to a Cantonese father and British mother and became the first significant Asian actress in […]


Mods and Mad Men: 1960s Makeup Tips

1960s makeup Twiggy

1960s makeup is perhaps one of the most recognizable of the vintage styles of makeup, whether you choose to go for doll-like makeup of Twiggy (above) or a more sophisticated Mad Men style look, it’s definitely all about the eyes… Base/Foundation For a 1960s look go for a good matte foundation topped powder so that […]


Vintage Perfumes: The Fragrances that Defined Each Decade

Promitif by Max Factor perfume advert 1960s

Nothing can transport you back in time like a fragrance. They say that your sense of smell is the most powerful and evocative sense, and it’s true: Chanel No. 5 will forever remind me of my mum, Armani pour Homme is my husband, and Brut – well that reminds me of staying out late as […]


Movie Monday: Gor Blimey Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins

One of the Christmas traditions in our house is the annual watching of Mary Poppins. We don’t even pay that much attention to it any more, it’s just on in the background and we just join in with our favourite bits. I’m going to have Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious suck in my brains for at least the next […]


A Typical(?) 1960s Bedroom

A 1960s Bedroom

Wow, how things have changed eh? No phone, no iPad, no TV, no computer… Just lots and lots of slightly wooden posters of The Beatles and a rattan lampshade. What was your bedroom like growing up? Mine was nothing like this (although it had no tech in it either) it was covered with Duran Duran […]


Marilyn Monroe with a Sleek Sixties Bob

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn looking very grown up with a sleek platinum blonde bob. I love this photo of her, it’s great to see a picture of her where she isn’t pouting or posturing, perhaps  this is more like Norma Jean than Marilyn.


The Changing Face of Santa


My little boy has seen 3 different Santas this year (or rather he’s seen Santa 3 times this year) and was slightly confused by the fact that Father Christmas wore glasses two of the times and then didn’t the third time. He whispered that he thought the last one *might* have been one of Santa’s […]


Shopping For A Fur Coat, 1960s


A woman shops for a fur coat at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Her Chinese pug, Miss Puffet, sits on a nearby chaise. December 1964. This is a previously unpublished image.


“Marvelously Discotheque” or Prim and Demure?


A Jonathan Logan advert featuring model Helaine Carlin from September Vogue 1964. The ad describes this outfit as ‘marvellously discotheque’ – not what I would have thought of – perhaps discos were a lot more sophisticated back in the Sixties..? After-five strategy… exquisite with a ruffled blouson top and a slim silver of a skirt. Marvellously […]


1960s Fashion Show


Runway model shows off gown made of Como silk in Belagio, Italy, July 1968. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOE SCHERSCHEL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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