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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(…)

15 Beautiful But Forgotten Silent Movie Stars

15 Beautiful But Forgotten Silent Movie Stars

When we think of silent movie stars we inevitably think of Garbo, Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino as well as perhaps Lillian Gish (not forgetting the quintessential flappers Clara Bow and Louise Brooks).  But for every movie icon there were hundreds of actresses who appeared in silent movies whose names haven’t stood the test of time(…)

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,(…)

10 Vintage Selfies, Including a Naked Selfie from the 1920s – Who Knew?!

10 Vintage Selfies, Including a Naked Selfie from the 1920s – Who Knew?!

So, you thought the selfie was something new? Apparently not! Here is the evidence that people have been taking selfies since the late 1800s  – even naked selfies! It’s not just the celebrities of today who love showing off their bods! These photos range from the 1890s to the 1970s, some are self-portraits done with(…)

3 Astonishing Silent Movie Stunts

3 Astonishing Silent Movie Stunts

Well, I say there are 3, but frankly there are so many stunts packed into these movie clips that I couldn’t reliably count them. Movie-goers in the silent movie era loved slapstick as well as bold and outrageous stunts, all of which were made without the help of CGI and which could have been catastrophic(…)

4 Vintage Horror Movies You Just Wouldn’t See Today

4 Vintage Horror Movies You Just Wouldn’t See Today

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!

Looking for Vintage Events?

Looking for Vintage Events?

I really look forward to the vintage events I go to each year, but I tend to stick to the same events each year (mostly Goodwood Revival and various events at Brooklands Museum). It’s not because I don’t want to go out and do more, but just because they are the only events I really(…)

1940s Movie Icons: Ida Lupino

1940s Movie Icons: Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino was a British actress and director who appeared in over 50 movies as well as becoming a pioniering and prolific director. She started her movie career working out of Teddington Studios in England in the early 1930s and moved to Hollywood in 1933. She continued to work in Hollywood throughout the 30s and(…)

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Spend on the Best Vintage

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Spend on the Best Vintage

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. I’M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER IS: Laura Pritchard, CONGRATULATIONS LAURA THE BEST VINTAGE CLOTHING WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! I’ve got some gift vouchers to give away to 1 lucky reader this week, to spend on some fabulous vintage at one of my favourite vintage(…)

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(…)

15 Moving Photos of the Titanic

15 Moving Photos of the Titanic

We all know the story of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic. At least I assume we do,  I can’t imagine there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know the story, but just in case here’s a brief recap of the tragic tale with a few facts you might not know. The RMS Titanic was(…)

Vintage Look Book: Get Your Bogart On Boys

Vintage Look Book: Get Your Bogart On Boys

I’ve always through Humphrey Bogart was impeccably stylish, and I think he would have looked like dressed in these fabulous two-tone shoes. I’m amazed that they’re genuine vintage 20s, but absolutely pristine! What do you think about this outfit for Bogey? Teamed with a great 40s suit I think it would look great! Come on(…)

My Vintage Take on the Oscars

My Vintage Take on the Oscars

The news this morning is filled with the pictures and winners from last night’s Academy Award ceremony – well, that and the slightly terrifying crisis in Crimea. As always the dresses were gorgeous (at the Oscars that is – I’m woefully under-informed about dresses in the Ukraine) and Jennifer Lawrence continued her Awards tradition of(…)

Win a Betty Boop Messenger Bag

Win a Betty Boop Messenger Bag

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS: Laura Williams CONGRATULATIONS, Laura, Revival Vintage WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU TO ARRANGE DELIVERY OF YOUR PRIZE. I’ve got a truly boop-boop-a-doop prize to give away this week: A cute-as-a-button Betty Boop messenger bag thanks to the lovely Helene at Revival Vintage! About Revival Vintage: Established in(…)

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(…)

Quotes: Jane Russell on Men

Quotes: Jane Russell on Men

I like a man who can run faster than I can – Jane Russell I love Jane Russell‘s attitude. Not that I imagine many men would have been running away from her as she was one of the biggest sex symbols of the 40s and 50s (and not just because of her magnificent assets). My(…)