Monday, June 21, 2010

She said, she said ...

I don't know why, but this image tickles me.

Photographer unknown.

Walde Huth: A study in elegance.

A selection of 1950's images from female fashion photographer Walde Huth.

This post was inspired by a visit to Adore Vintage, a blog chock full of vintage images ... lots of old ads (love the old ads -- don't you?)

A visual feast.

Sourced via The EnglishMuse:


Delicious images from Francesca Body's


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Givenchy, McCalls and Audrey Hepburn.

Just came across this gem ...

... I had no idea that Givenchy patterns were available through McCalls.  So Audrey Hepburn!  Of course, Givenchy became synonymous with Audrey's style.  I don't think it's a coincidence that the model on the pattern packet is an "Audrey type".

This dress reminds me of Audrey's wedding attire in the final scene of Funny Face (1955).

Very young, fresh and simple.

I want a capelet!

Look at that darling red capelet on the left side illustration!  It has a softly scalloped hem and a flower closure at the neck.  Because I was born in '66 I can't say that I technically "miss the days" when clothes like this were the norm, but I do.  I do!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Jacques Fath Gown: Vogue 1951

photographer:  Norman Parkinson

A Saturday with Audrey ...

Everything about Audrey Hepburn captivates me. 

Today I am "indulging in my Audrey" and flinging all sensibleness to the wind.  The romantic in me has for too long been quiet, while the do-er, the "reliable me" has held on tightly to the reins.  But it's time to dream and sigh and and luxuriate in the loveliness and escape.

It's time I had a break from reality!

Just cried buckets at the final "cat scene" in Breakfast at Tiffany's where she and darling Fred (can't bring myself to call him anything else) finally come together for keeps ... in the rain, with that (apparently very smelly) cat between them, cradled in their trenchcoats.

Ahhh, love. 


Friday, June 4, 2010

C'est tres jolie!

Goin' to the chapel ...

Nobody does weddings like Martha Stewart's people ...

... nobody.

This delightful image, sourced via Wedding Obsession, is from a recent issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.  I love the pale duck egg blue of the chairs and the soft, 20's style waves of the bride's 'do, the soothing symmetry of the photo.

Every once in a while I get into a "wedding groove".  I'm not getting married anytime soon, I've been there once and -- depending upon the appearance (or not) of Mr. Right-This-Time-Around -- I may or may not do it again.

But a wedding -- oooh, a wedding -- what a glorious occasion for CREATIVITY, for creating so many beautiful THINGS to share with other people!  A wedding is a glorious opportunity to pull out all the stops on the feminine, the fun, the fancy  (or the not-so-fancy if that's your fancy). 

I had great fun planning mine long-distance, with a Valentine's Day/Carousel theme back in '97.  Everything turned out quite nicely.  Wish I could say the same for the marriage, but que sera, non?

Life moves on.

I bought the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings today, and page for page, it is one of the most gorgeous editions of this -- or any other -- magazine I've seen in the longest time.  Even the ads are fabulous!  How many different incarnations of the perfect wedding dress can there be?  There's a riot of options, nearly every one of them perfect in their own way.

I'm so tempted to scan and post all my favorite images right this very moment, but as I've already spent most of the day slogging through the back log of e-mails for my other blog, for sanity's sake (and my vision) I'm calling it a day on the computer. 

Unless I watch something interesting (like an episode of Mary Tyler Moore) on Netflix. 

For now I'm going to go and rest my eyes on the snoozing form of my cat, taking in the last of the day's sunlight on the balcony.  Is there anything more peaceful than a dozing cat?

So lovely.  I just love that girl to little tiny pieces.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

art happy: Vincent Desjardins

Wonderful, art nouveaux style images from Vincent Desjardins


blog happy: The Sartorialist

From The Sartorialist, one of my favorite blogs.

So many great things going on here:

The marcelled hair, the polka dot dress, the ankle-tied peep toe Mary Janes, that ladylike framed purse ...

... the only thing I'd lose is that jacket. It just doesn't seem to go with anything else!

This girl looks like she knows what she's doing, and enjoys making a statement.