Vintage

Pin Up Pioneers: Miss Fernande (NSFW)

Pin Up Pioneers: Miss Fernande (NSFW)

Miss Fernande was arguably the very first photographic pin up star. Born during the 1890s in Paris, the lovely Fernande was a model and prostitute who posed for nude and semi-nude photographs for photographer Jean Agelou during the 1910s and 20s. Her exact identity remains a mystery. Only ever known by the moniker ‘Miss Fernande’(…)

Vintage Curiosities: What Says Happy Christmas Better Than Dead Snakes?

Vintage Curiosities: What Says Happy Christmas Better Than Dead Snakes?

Frankly, an artistic arrangement of dead snakes doesn’t really say Happy Christmas to me, but clearly it did to somebody. This photos if from a Christmas card back in 1910. I don’t have much information about it except that it was Harry Dewey’s Christmas card and the photo was taken in Big Cypress Swamp, Florida.(…)

Still Making Money from Marilyn

Still Making Money from Marilyn

I’ve just read that Max Factor have announced Marilyn Monroe as their new ‘global glamour ambassador’. They’ve done this based on the fact that Marilyn was a client of Max Factor back when they ran a beauty salon in the 1940s and they claim to have been responsible for her trademark starlet makeover. I’m not(…)

New Beginnings and All That Jazz

New Beginnings and All That Jazz

What could be a better way of staring 2015 than by quoting Chicago? Actually I guess that depends on your opinion of that movie but I love it (back when Renée Zellweger had her original face and all) so I think it’s a great start to the year! This year I have numerous New Years(…)

Hollywood Heart Throbs of the Silent Era: John Gilbert

Hollywood Heart Throbs of the Silent Era: John Gilbert

John Gilbert ‘The Great Lover’ was one of the few stars of the silent movie era who could rival Rudolph Valentino, and you can see why, handsome devil wasn’t he? Like Valentino his life ended tragically young (although not quite as young as Valentino) aged just 38. During this time he made in excess of(…)

Snow Glorious Snow!

Snow Glorious Snow!

So, it’s Boxing Day and I’m sitting here (eating chocolates) waiting for it to snow. Apparently we are due to get snow tonight, but I fully expect to wake up in the morning and see cold grey drizzle rather than a beautiful white blanket covering everything. We didn’t have any snow last winter at all,(…)

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

These couture designs seem to mostly be by French fashion designer Lucien Lelong, who ran a French fashion house from the 1920s-1940s. Hubert de Givenchy trailed as a designer for Lelong, and Garbo and Gloria Swanson were amongst the celebrities who wore his fashions. Aren’t these designs glorious? Way better than the modernized versions of(…)

Movie Friday: The Thing from Another World (1951)

Movie Friday: The Thing from Another World (1951)

Oh, I love a good comfy horror / sci-fi movie. Nothing gruesome or truly frightening, just something really enjoyable and this movie definitely fits that bill.  It’s nothing like the 1982 Kurt Russell remake of The Thing, which was bleak and gruesome, it’s a delight from start to finish. From it’s swashbuckling army hero (Kenneth(…)

Iconic Jewellery from Classic Movies

Iconic Jewellery from Classic Movies

At this time of year it’s only natural my mind should turn to sparkly jewellery and classic movies (the perfect Christmas combination!). So here are some of the famous items jewellery from my favourite movies. Have I missed any good ones? Marilyn’s Diamonds from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes When Marilyn sang that ‘Diamonds are a girls(…)

Vintage Performers: Ruth St. Denis

Vintage Performers: Ruth St. Denis

Ruth St. Denis was one of the pioneering dancers of the early 20th Century who brought exotic Eastern dance to the West in the 1910s and 1920s. Born on a farm in New Jersey, she was a vaudeville dancer when her fascination with Egypt began in 1904 after she saw an advert for Egyptian Deities(…)

Vintage Fever: The Return of Retro Fashion

Vintage Fever: The Return of Retro Fashion

I love this vintage fashion infographic. Not only is it championing classic vintage styles which have been revived over and over again, but I love the illustrations too. I keep meaning to practice my sketching, but life always seems to get in the way. It’s definitely something which will be a new year’s resolution for(…)

Win a Glamorous Necklace & Earrings Set

Win a Glamorous Necklace & Earrings Set

There’ time for one last lovely giveaway before Christmas! I’ve got a super-glamorous set of jewelry to giveaway this week,  thanks to VintagEvolution, a unique fashion boutique and the perfect place to find fabulous vintage inspired fashion, retro swimwear and beautiful prom gowns. About the prize: This lovely necklace and earring set (below). Necklace measures(…)

1920s Screen Stars: Ina Claire

1920s Screen Stars: Ina Claire

Ina Claire was best known as a Broadway actress, but she also made movies between 1915 and 1943. She was born Ina Fagan in 1893, and first made her name on stage by doing impersonations of other people – something for which she had a great talent. Apparently a young F. Scott Fitzgerald fell madly(…)

Dinosaurs with Syphilis: Bizarre Public Heath Notices from the Past

Dinosaurs with Syphilis: Bizarre Public Heath Notices from the Past

Did you realize Dinosaurs had syphilis? Not only that but you mustn’t kiss your baby because it’s unhygienic and whatever you do DON’T mix whiskey with gas (I’m assuming they mean as a cocktail). I’m being facetious of course, but public health notices certainly told very different messages in the past compared to now. We(…)

Gift Guide: Fabulous Retro Christmas Gifts for Her

Gift Guide: Fabulous Retro Christmas Gifts for Her

I’m feeling totally in the Christmas spirit right now (and it is December, so it’s OK be overexcited like a small child, right?).  Here are my pick of retro Christmas gifts for women. The question is, which would you find more useful as a life coach for all those tricky decisions: Jane Austen, Nancy Drew(…)

Win Your Choice of Vintage Jewellery

Win Your Choice of Vintage Jewellery

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. I’M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER IS: Penelope Hannibal. SOLOVESVINTAGE WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE DELIVERY OF YOUR PRIZE! Wow, this really is a fabulous giveaway this week. The lovely Sofia at SoLovesVintage is offering one We Heart Vintage reader the chance to win their choice of vintage jewellery(…)

1930s French Paper Dolls: Les Robes De Suzy (Printable)

1930s French Paper Dolls: Les Robes De Suzy (Printable)

Doesn’t every girl love paper dolls? I always loved them as a child and these are delightful! They were published in a French magazine and I’m guessing by the fashions that they’re from the 1930s. Suzy has a truly amazing wardrobe which I’m very jealous of – I particularly adore the dress with all the(…)

Vintage Shopping: The Best Black Friday Discount Codes and Sales

Vintage Shopping: The Best Black Friday Discount Codes and Sales

There are some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales going on out there today and I’ve gathered up the best vintage sales and discounts around for you to enjoy!  I’ve ordered them by discount, starting with highest first, but make sure you don’t miss out on the special offers and sale section at the(…)