Vintage

Painting 101: Can You Tell What It Is Yet?

Painting 101: Can You Tell What It Is Yet?

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

23 Impossibly Stylish 1930s Photos

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(…)

Movie Monday: Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

Movie Monday: Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

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

10 Things You Didn’t Know About 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

16 Iconic Vintage Hairstyles

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

16 Stunning Photos of 1920s Ziegfeld Girls

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

Win This Beautiful 1940s Sweetheart Locket

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS Jolice McGee, CONGRATULATIONS JOLICE LUXXOR VINTAGE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! 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(…)

Vintage Style Icons: Elsa Schiaparelli

Vintage Style Icons: 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(…)

Who is Googling This Stuff?!

Who is Googling This Stuff?!

The internet can be a pretty unforgiving place, but when the top search for Marilyn Monroe is ‘Marilyn Monroe is a hoe‘ I really have to wonder who is Googling this stuff?! I frequently search for the height of various celebrities, which admittedly is a bit of an obsession of mine (so much so that(…)

22 Portraits of Female Criminals from the 1920s

22 Portraits of Female Criminals from the 1920s

They are an interesting collection of women who were all photographed in the custody of New South Wales police between 1916 and 1929. They range from notorious brothel madams, to bigamists, murderers, drug dealers, prostitutes and simply the unfortunate, like Kate Ellick who was sentenced to prison because her family were dead and she was(…)

The Sheik (1921): The Movie that Shot Rudolph Valentino To Stardom

The Sheik (1921): The Movie that Shot Rudolph Valentino To Stardom

A tale of savagery, seduction and Stockholm Syndrome amongst the sand dunes… The Sheik, a silent-movie from 1921, is widely-regarded as the movie that really established Rudolph Valentino to stardom, so I thought I should give it a watch and boy was it a revelation! Watching silent movies is a funny old business, and I(…)

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(…)

1920s Style Icons: The Ever-Dramatic Pola Negri

1920s Style Icons: The Ever-Dramatic Pola Negri

Pola Negri was a Polish silent movie star of the 1920s. She was famous for both her roles as a femme fatale and her tragic roles and, ever the drama queen, she never hesitated to use her personal life to boost her career having high-profile relationships with some of the biggest movie stars of the(…)

Come On, Let’s Start A Trend! #HeartMyVintage

Come On, Let’s Start A Trend! #HeartMyVintage

I thought I’d share some of my vintage treasures today and I’d love you to do the same! TAG A PHOTO OF YOUR VINTAGE FOR A CHANCE TO BE FEATURED IN MY #HEARTMYVINTAGE GALLERY (see instructions below:) How to share your photos You can share your photos with me in any of the following ways:(…)

Vintage Baking: A Delicate & Delicious Coconut Cake

Vintage Baking: A Delicate & Delicious Coconut Cake

Am I making you feel hungry? I’m making it my mission this afternoon to try to photograph this cake in a way that shows just how delicious it is – how does it look? It’s not an overtly coconutty cake, more a classic sponge with a delicate coconut flavour, then smothered in strawberry jam 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(…)