Vintage

Saturday Morning Baking: Fat-Free Banana Muffins

Saturday Morning Baking: Fat-Free Banana Muffins

I’ve spent the last week tidying-up Theo’s enormous birthday cake (somebody had to eat all that cake), and my arteries are groaning from all that buttercream so I’m baking healthy again today. Instead of making the same No-No Banana Loaf I tried a few weeks ago, I decided to try to make some fat-free banana(…)

10 Moving Crime Scene Photos from the 1940s

10 Moving Crime Scene Photos from the 1940s

I hope you don’t think these photos are too macabre, but there’s something terribly poignant about seeing these ordinary domestic scenes which have been turned upside down by a tragedy or a moment of rage. Somehow the fact that the pictures are in black and white makes them more interesting, perhaps it gives them a(…)

1920s Chanel No.5 Advert

1920s Chanel No.5 Advert

I just wanted to share this delightful 1920s advert for Chanel No.5 perfume today. As I’m sure you know by now (I’ve gone on about it enough) this is the perfume I wear and I so prefer the charm of the flighty flapper in this ad to the modern over-airbrushed perfume ads. It was drawn(…)

9 Classic Movies Where the Actors Died During Filming

9 Classic Movies Where the Actors Died During Filming

An actor or actress dying suddenly during the filming of a movie can either make it a huge success of cause enormous problems (like Oliver Reed dying during the filming of Gladiator). Here are 9 classic Hollywood movies which either the star died suddenly on-set or was murdered/committed suicide during production. Marilyn Monroe: “Something’s Got(…)

Dressing Grace Kelly: A Vintage Fashion Challenge

Dressing Grace Kelly: A Vintage Fashion Challenge

I sent out a challenge to the vintage stores I know this week, asking them to pick their favourite outfit for Grace Kelly, and this is what they sent in. What do you think? Which outfits are spot-on, and which are totally wrong? I think my favourites are the lace cardigan (below) and those amazing(…)

Movie Monday: The Artist (2011)

Movie Monday: The Artist (2011)

I know this isn’t really a classic movie, especially as it’s only 3 years old, but it’s the first silent movie to win an Oscar since 1927 so I thought it had to be worth a watch. And boy am I glad I did, it was fabulous from start to finish! The basic plot revolves(…)

Silent Screen Icons: Alice Brady

Silent Screen Icons: Alice Brady

Alice Brady was a silent movie actress who won an Oscar for best supporting actress in 1937, and successfully made the transition into talkies. She started her career on the stage and made her silent movie debut in 1914 in As Ye Sow. Over the next 10 years she appeared in over 50 movies as(…)

1950s Supermodels: Dovima

1950s Supermodels: Dovima

Of all the top models of the 1950s Dovima is perhaps the most well-known. Her fabulously unique model name came from a combination of all of her names: Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba. She was scouted by the editor of Vogue on a street in New York. One of her most famous fashion photographs is the(…)

Review: The Jewel Box by Ladyfied

Review: The Jewel Box by Ladyfied

Don’t you love it when fabulous things arrive in the mail? That’s partly why I love shopping online so much, it’s like getting presents through the post! I was lucky enough to be offered a trial subscription to Ladyfied’s new ‘The Jewel Box‘ service and I wanted to share my experience with you.

Back When Miss Ellie Was a Hitchcock Blonde…

Back When Miss Ellie Was a Hitchcock Blonde…

You probably know Barbara Bel Geddes best as Miss Ellie (JR’s long-suffering mother) in Dallas, but she actually had a movie career which started in the late 1940s. She started out on Broadway and was the original Maggie ‘The Cat’ in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a role which was most famously played by(…)

An Amazing 17th Century Pantone Colour Book

An Amazing 17th Century Pantone Colour Book

I had to share this with you today. It’s a bit different to my usual posts in that it’s not about 20th century fashion, cinema or cake, but I found this book was fascinating and I thought you might too. Anyone who’s a designer out there will know about Pantone and their colour guides. I(…)

50 Pieces of Dapper Vintage Menswear

50 Pieces of Dapper Vintage Menswear

I know there’s a really female bias to my blog a lot of the time (I am a girl after all), but I’ve had so many requests for some mens fashion that I decided to feature my favourite vintage menswear this week.  I hope you like it boys! And if any of you vintage men(…)

Movie Tuesday: Caught (1949)

Movie Tuesday: Caught (1949)

I took a break from Hitchcock movies and delved into the world of 1940s Film Noir this week. ‘Caught‘ is ‘The Story of a Desperate Girl’ who gets herself trapped in a marriage to a controlling sadistic husband but then ultimately falls for James Mason (who wouldn’t?). It’s the first movie James Mason made in(…)

Screen Idols: Clark Gable, The King of Hollywood

Screen Idols: Clark Gable, The King of Hollywood

Gable started out in Hollywood playing bit-parts in silent movies in the mid 1920s and starred in his first starring role in 1931 in The Painted Desert opposite leading lady Helen Twelvetrees. The movie that really catapulted him to fame was Red Dust (which I reviewed last week)  where his rough and ready sex appeal(…)

7 Classic Hollywood Stars Before They Were Famous

7 Classic Hollywood Stars Before They Were Famous

There’s little more fascinating than looking at stars back when they were ‘normal people’. Even Marilyn Monroe looked like any other girl before she dyed her hair, had plastic surgery and changed her name. The other transformation as equally interesting. Who do you think has changed the most? Marilyn before she was famous (above) and(…)

Inexpensive Promenade Attire

Inexpensive Promenade Attire You’ll be able to retrieve the article in plain text kind, and set the column width to no matter you like mechanically; or you possibly can copy it as HTML, prepared to repeat and paste directly into a web page. Girls begin planning and planning the promenade night time a number of(…)

Saturday Morning Baking: No-No Banana Cake (No Fat, No Sugar)

Saturday Morning Baking: No-No Banana Cake (No Fat, No Sugar)

This should actually be called Yes-Yes Banana Cake as you can eat as much of it as you like totally guilt free! I’ll be honest, the idea of a fat-free sugar-free banana cake sounded a bit grim before I tried it, but I’m on a diet at the moment and frankly, I got a bit(…)

15 Real-Life World War 2 Pin Up Girls

15 Real-Life World War 2 Pin Up Girls

During World War 2, the American Magazine for GI’s (called YANK would you believe?) featured a number of fabulous pin-ups to help boost morale of the troops. Many were big cinema stars like Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable and Ingrid Bergman (waving below) but, however famous, all of them were fabulous.