Spotlight: Supermodels

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vintage_models_1960s_poster-p228780376762932899t5ta_400I’m back! Don’t worry, to make up for my long absence I brought presents. My gifts of choice are these gorgeous ladies, one from every decade. These are the women who inspired ad campaigns, infused creativity into fashion, and created a new way of looking at the world all through their beauty. I’m no feminist (please open that door for me), but these ladies make me happy to be a woman and happy to have access to a plethora of vintage fashion to mimic their looks. Get inspired here, lovelies! xo

jinxf454Jinx Falkenburg // 1940′s

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Dovima // 1950′s

twiggyTwiggy // 1960′s

1969-cheryl-tiegs-by-j--ro-copia-2869146_0x420Cheryl Tiegs // 1970′s

Grace-Jones6Grace Jones // 1980′s

kate-mossKate Moss // 1990′s

B-ndchen-gisele-bundchen-27935273-1024-768Gisele Bundchen // 2000′s

Spotlight: Goldie Hawn

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Most Famous Role: Cactus Flower, 1969url

Most Fashionable Role: Cactus Flower, 1969

Memorable Movie Quote: “He was charming, good looking, sophisticated, no sweatshirts.”

The Look: As a young spurned lover going through her first heartbreak, Toni Sullivan is spunky, feisty and adorable. Her fitting habiliment is colorful and exciting in all of it’s mod ’60s glory. Pink ruffled nightgowns, yellow turtlenecks, large jewelry and psychedelically printed shift dresses help Toni stand out as a young but effervescent character as she comes to terms with the type of man she’s supposed to be with.

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Playlist: Vintage Romance

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Of all the months of the year, February is definitely my favorite. It may or may not be because it’s my birthday month (hint: it is), but it’s also a month for romance. I’m a complete sucker for classic love stories; the swelling song at the end of the movie, the violescent hearts on a homemade valentine, even Claire kissing Bender in a utility closet. So, here, in honor of this month of love, are my favorite vintage romantic songs, from first seductions to lasting love – some evoke emotions of lust and longing, while others bring up the feelings of first love (even if it was just for your guitar):

  1. “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison (Vintage Double Pearl Necklace)
  2. “Till The Next Goodbye” by The Rolling Stones (1960′s Black Velvet Dress)
  3. “Darling Nikki” by Prince (1950′s Demi Lace Bra)
  4. “Long Ago (And Far Away)” by Jo Stafford (Long Brown Leather Gloves)
  5. “Blue in Green” by Miles Davis (1950′s New Look Fox Fur + Wool Suit)
  6. “Faithfully” by Journey (1980′s Cartier Envelope Clutch)
  7. “Summer of ’42″ by Peter Nero (1970′s Indian Feather Silk Ensemble)
  8. “Juke Box Hero” by Foreigner (Vintage Printed Handkerchief Dress)
  9. “Try A Little Tenderness” by Aretha Franklin (1970′s Boyfriend Cardigan)
  10. “‘Til You Love Somebody” by Michael Henderson (1970′s Missoni Necklace)

What to Wear: Holiday Party

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It’s here, it’s here – the holidays are here! Eggnog, songs, lights and my favorite movies all make this a magical time of year. One of the best parts of the holiday season is that it brings you together with your friends and family – and any party with mistletoe, champagne and the potential for presents is my kind of shindig. Here are some of my favorite red, white, silver and gold pieces to add a bit of vintage glam to your next holiday party – shop away!

Monthly Mood Ring: December

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vintage christmas shoppingAre you there readers? It’s me, Dana! I’m so sorry for the length between posts, but time (and by that, I mean work and American Horror Story) has gotten away from me. But…Happy December! Despite the cold, and the snow, and the slush, a part of me really does love winter, especially that magical time right before Christmas when everything is still white and sparkling. So, in honor of this majestic month, I thought I’d put together a vintage shopping guide in lieu of a traditional Monthly Mood Ring. These are all pieces that would be perfect for the vintage-lover in your life or, you know, me.

  1. This bag is perfect for traveling to a warm (i.e. not Chicago) climate.
  2. But really, is there anyone who wouldn’t be psyched to get a vintage tee?
  3. Well this 1950′s opera coat is just amazing, isn’t it.
  4. As a purse addict, I can attest to the 100% necessity of a little black bag.
  5. Remember what I said about purses? Well, shoes are just as important.
  6. The only time I think labels are truly acceptable are on vintage wallets.
  7. I firmly believe that scarves are for decoration, not warmth.

Retro Recommendation: The English Patient

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the english patient posterDoes it get more wonderful than the beauty and elegance of the 1930′s? I’m clearly having an era crush right now. Throw in a torrid, doomed-from-the-start love affair and a stunning cast and I’m sold! That’s what makes The English Patient so wonderful (and, in the flashback scenes, so disturbing) – everything is too beautiful and too damned that it can’t possibly last forever, giving the whole film a painful and lovely glow. The Best Picture winner is definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking to escape into a passionate world for a few hours – and shed some tears, I definitely recommend it!

the english patient danceThe film centers around Count Laszlo de Almásy (the eternally gorgeous Ralph Fiennes) and his affair with the beautiful Katherine Clifton (one of my favorites, Kristin Scott Thomas). She is married, he is a tortured soul ennobled by her love – you know the story. Watching their love and heat play out amidst the smoky and elegant world of 1930′s Egypt is an unsettling experience, made all the more intense by the intermittent flash-forwards to WWII and the destruction it inevitably brings to everything in its path.

the english patient fashionI won’t ruin the whole movie, except to say that it made me cry, sob and immediately go searching for a bias-cut silk gown and ivory hair clip. The fashion is absolutely incredible, mainly courtesy of Katherine, with her breezy blouses, slinky dresses and perfectly curled hair. The Egyptian backdrop causes everyone to be overtaken by the heat at some point or another, so shirts are rarely fully buttoned – which, upon seeing this cast, is fine by me.

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Exceptional Era: 1930′s

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1930sWhen I think of the 1930′s, my mind tends to float to the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the blissful 10 years between the Roaring ’20s and WWII. But, deep down, I know that the era was so much more than that. It was a decade characterized by The Great Depression, by great poverty and despair, by the power of the American spirit. The cultural progresses of the decade continued well into the rest of the 20th century, and I’d like to think that this one decade proved that we can overcome a great deal when we put our minds to it. Here were some of the most lasting creations:

The Movies

1930s moviesIt is no surprise that, with the economy the way it was, people only went to the movies in order to escape their situations. Similar to the way that current pop culture tends to be big, loud and supernatural, the entertainment of the 1930′s skewed towards monsters. King KongDracula and Frankenstein were all big hits during the first few years of the decade but it is 1939 that is considered by many to be the greatest year ever in film, rolling out such classics as The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind.

The Music

Many people lump the Twenties and Thirties together because of jazz music, but the genre actually took a major turn during the middle of the decade. The classic beats and rhythms gradually became bigger, more danceable, and more eurhythmic which gave us what we now know as ‘Swing’ music. Big band musicians filled banquets and dance halls as kids flipped, flitted and flew around the floor.

The Stars

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The Fashion

1930s fashionThe 1920′s had revolutionized the way men and women dressed, bringing up hemlines and bringing down fringe. This same frivolous attitude lasted through the 1930′s, but the Depression slowly began to affect fashion and create a more somber and conservative style. For movie stars, however, things only became more glittering and glamorous. Film costumes were bold and stylish, and women in the real world attempted to recreate the look with sparkly accessories and ladylike gloves.

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Spotlight: Joni Mitchell

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1246472498-joni-mitchellHappy Birthday (tomorrow) Mom!

Quintessential Songs: WoodstockRiverCalifornia

Musical Style: One of the original folk rock musicians, Joni brought her West Coast free-love vibe to the mainstream, penning the anthem for the greatest music festival of all time, despite not even being there. Unlike many singers then and now, Joni had both the looks and the talent to make it big, and she was (and still is) widely respected by her peers and fans. Whether she wanted all of the attention, however, is another story.

Quoted: “My individual, psychological descent coincided, ironically, with my ascent into the public eye.”

Fashion Style: Joni’s look easily made her the poster child of the ’60s hippie movement, with her long straight hair, face free of makeup in favor of natural beauty, and a penchant for loose and gauzy pieces of clothing. More often than not, Joni performed sans shoes with only her guitar and her beautiful voice.

Legacy: Joni Mitchell is noted as one of the strongest influences in popular music and may very well be remembered as the most important female recording artist of the late 20th century. Until then, she will continue to write poetic and socially responsible songs for us to enjoy.

Spotlight: Leonardo DiCaprio

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leonardo dicaptio the great gatsbyMost Famous Role: Titanic, 1997

Most Fashionable Role: The Great Gatsby, 2013

Memorable Movie Quote: “I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love…”

The Look: As one of the most tortured and hotly contested characters in literary history, Jay Gatsby is an enigma. Upon first glance, he appears to epitomize everything that is vain and shallow about the 1920′s upper crust. Yet as the character develops, we realize that his innocence and ambition come from a place of deep goodness rather than selfish desires like everyone else in the novel. Leo (we’re clearly on a first-name basis) is the perfect actor to play this conflicted character, himself an innocent boy trapped in a burgeoning man’s body. To me, Leo will always be the young kid with the gorgeous face and swooping hair that I can never have. My solatium, however, is that he revisits that old boyish charm in this role with his pastel suits, slicked-back locks and a self-effacing charm that both the actor and the character often wear as a mask.

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Beyond Beauty: Twiggy

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twiggyWhile I have always admired the idea of a supermodel, I can honestly say that I’ve never wanted to be one. Yes, the free clothes and close personal relationships with fashion designers would be incredible, but I have never desired to look like any of the trussed up models I stare at on the pages of my favorite mags – except Twiggy. I admit I am a bit too young to have admired Lesley Lawson in her prime, but from as early as I could understand what a model was, I have loved Twiggy. Between her signature slicked back pixie cut and her wide-eyed, wide-lashed stare, Twiggy was a ubiquitous figure of the Sixties – epitomizing everything that was swinging about the decade. So today, on this sunny Sunday, let’s take a look back at the gorgeous Twiggy:

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