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7 Unsolved Vintage Mysteries and Disappearances

7 Unsolved Vintage Mysteries and Disappearances

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)

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

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(…)

50 Gorgeous Vintage Hats

50 Gorgeous Vintage Hats

Wearing a hat versus not wearing a hat is the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. (Martha Sliter) Nothing can make you feel your best like a great hat, it makes me sad to think that so few people wear hats today. In the 40s and 50s most people wore hats everyday, but(…)

Vintage Style Icons: The Ice-Cold Blonde

Vintage Style Icons: The Ice-Cold Blonde

Hitchcock’s fair-haired heroines are perhaps those that spring to mind when you think of an ice-cold blonde. They was certainly the type of woman Hitch fixated on: beautiful women who were cold and distant on the exterior but full of passion underneath. However the ice-cold blonde has been around for a lot longer than that,(…)

1950s Style Icons: Jayne Mansfield

1950s Style Icons: Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield was an iconic bombshell of the 50s and 60s and was known as the ‘Working Man’s Monroe‘. She was a master of self-publicity and pioneered the use of the wardrobe malfunction to raise her profile. “A forty-one inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee-a(…)

1940s Style Icons: Veronica Lake

1940s Style Icons: Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake was one of the most popular movie stars in the early 1940s. She made her name paired with Alan Ladd and was known for playing sexy femme fatale roles.  The image of her looking out from beneath her trademark hairstyle – the peek-a-boo fringe (said to be the inspiration for Jessica Rabbit’s hair)(…)

Beauty and the Blitz: How to Wear 1940s Makeup

Beauty and the Blitz: How to Wear 1940s Makeup

Beauty in the 1940s was a strange mixture of glamour and practicality. Despite harsh rationing and shortages of makeup and soap women were encouraged to look their best to help keep up morale. Here’s my guide to getting your 1940s makeup right. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything out! Foundation / Base(…)

1950s Supermodels: Jean Patchett: The Girl with the Beauty Spot

1950s Supermodels: Jean Patchett: The Girl with the Beauty Spot

Jean Patchett was one of the best known models of the 1950s. Today, February 16th, was her birthday and she would have been 88 so here’s a look back at the girl that fashion photographer Irving Penn described as A young American goddess in Paris couture. Patchett started modelling in April 1948 and scored her(…)

Radioactive Cosmetics: Makeup of the Atomic Era

Radioactive Cosmetics: Makeup of the Atomic Era

From the 1920s through to the 1950s Atomic energy was terrifically fashionable. Radium was used in everything from beauty and cosmetics, to household cleaning products (see the photo below of the Radium hand cleaner which ‘takes off everything but the skin’ – yikes!). So, why were people so keen to use radioactive products in every(…)

Rock the Fifties Look: 5 Must-Have Vintage Jewellery Pieces

Rock the Fifties Look: 5 Must-Have Vintage Jewellery Pieces

As the world of fashion’s love affair with all things retro continues, we are once again turning to the Fifties for old Hollywood-inspired glamour. With the world slowly recovering from the traumas of the Second World War, the 1950s heralded an age of social change, economic growth and rock and roll. Inspired by Christian Dior’s(…)

Mods and Mad Men: 1960s Makeup Tips

Mods and Mad Men: 1960s Makeup Tips

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(…)