Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mary Green "Breakfast at Tiffany's" Sleep Mask

Remember the sleep mask worn by Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's?" Mary Green does, and now you can have one of your very own. Here's a link to Holly in her mask. Besides wearing it as a sleep mask, it's quite stylish as a headband.
MARY GREEN "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S" SLEEP MASK

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Just When He Thought It Was Safe to be Famous

Just when he thought it was safe to be famous...along comes an early photo from the archives. So when you're feeling geeky, like a nerd, a dork, misfit, unpopular, uncool, a little clueless maybe, take heart from George and his Ringo "do."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Marlene

Tonight we'll start watching the last of the Glamour Collection with Marlene Dietrich. The series begins with her American debut film, Morocco from 1930. Because she knew very little English at the time, Marlene spoke her lines phonetically. Her co-star and romantic interest was Gary Cooper playing a soldier in the French Foreign Legion.
The movies have all been good escape, somewhat far-fetched but still fun, and lasting only about and hour and a half each. Other cameos from future stars include Cary Grant in Blonde Venus, Cesar Romero, aka the original Batman joker in The Devil is a Woman, and Ray Milland in the last one we're watching tonight, Golden Earrings. Watching all these vintage movies has made me realize just how vast the archives of early movie history is. As I research more actors and actresses from 20's and 30's Hollywood, I find endless titles of movies I'd never heard of. And even though it feels like there's a deluge of new movies out of Hollywood now,  I realize that before television,  there was the novelty of moving pictures shown weekly at the local picture house. And of course, that would mean a new one every week, too.

**photo from here

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rago Lacette High Waist Brief

 
I'm always impressed with the detail that goes into Rago products, particularly the Lacette line. This particular girdle features the Lacette jacquard knit fabric, inside sewn contour bands, a rigid tummy panel, side boning in the waist to prevent roll-over, and four detachable metal (not plastic) garters. The MSRP is $39.00/$42.00 (larger sizes are higher priced) which is truly impressive given what goes into these. Of course we are always under MSRP, so we are selling this high-waist Lacette for $32.00. It comes in black, white or beige. 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Exploring

I have never been to Nantasket Beach, Hull, Massachusetts on the South Shore of Boston, and that was our destination today. As a history, nostalgia buff, I find once-popular-in-a-bygone-era-now-forgotten places fascinating. Hull is such a place, as was Revere Beach to the north of Boston. They were popular resort areas in the first half of the last century, with boardwalks, arcades and exciting rides -- the Ferris wheel, carousels and the like. Much of the area is rundown now, but it's still charming in the way that forgotten dreams are. Sadly, there's a hint of "upscale" development beginning, destined to wipe out what little charm is left of the beach's once glorious past.

**image from here

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fat Tuesday



I wanted to find something fun on YouTube to share for Fat Tuesday in New Orleans but it's sometimes challenging finding appropriate videos -- and it's worse to find a decent video only to have to refrain from using it because of tasteless comments. This one is short and sweet, and appears to be a slide show with clips from last year's event. I can only imagine what a celebration it will be for the city of New Orleans this year. Hooray for Who Dat Nation and congratulations on the Super Bowl win!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Besides being the patron saint of lovers, St. Valentine was also the patron of beekeepers and plague victims. Growing up Catholic, every day was always some saint's feast day and they were always the patron of something -- actually pretty cool I think. I wish I remembered more of them. Every February shortly after the 3rd has passed I remember that it was St. Blaise's feast day, the day we'd go to Mass to have our throats blessed (to protect us from choking) with two sacramental candles crossed under our chin as the priest said a prayer. It's funny how simple rituals can make an ordinary day in an ordinary life feel sacred. And so today, our ritual involves cards, flowers, chocolates and expressing our love for each other. Happy V day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Nostalgia

Our love for history, nostalgia, bygone days, romance and all those good things is what got us started in this business, beginning with the vintage clothing and lingerie. I found the quote below on a blog sidebar today and thought it was so apropos for us, especially since it's from a current television hit based on the past -- Mad Men. Specifically Episode 13, "The Wheel."

"Nostalgia - it's delicate, but potent. Teddy told me that in Greek, 'nostalgia' literally means 'the pain from an old wound.' It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards... it takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It let's us travel the way a child travels - around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved."

Got me to thinking of other wheels that capture this time travel opportunity for us -- from the Ferris wheel to  carousels, only the carousel I first thought of isn't the one the character was referring to in the quote. Click here to find out what that carousel was.

**carousel image from Heritage Museum and Gardens

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Third Man

 
Image from Amazon.com

 Many critics have called this one of the greatest movies of the 20th century. After viewing this film, I would definitely agree. It features Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles in a film noir /mystery set in post war Vienna. The acting and scenery/filming is superb. It won an Oscar (1949) for Best Cinematography. It’s a very thoughtful film, perhaps a drawback for those used to in-your-face action flicks. A must-see classic.  

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Super Bowl

Marty here. As countless others have done -probably millions, I have adopted the Saints as my team for today. Now I’m trying to convince myself that they’re going to win –it’s not easy. The Colts have had it pretty easy the last several weeks and did not have to run through the gauntlet of the Steelers, Chargers or my Patriots in order to arrive at the Super Bowl. The Jets and Ravens are good teams, but they’re young and their best years are ahead of them. Turnovers.....the Saints must make turnovers and not turn the ball over themselves. They must speed up Peyton without shooting the house and leaving themselves exposed. The Saints’ special teams must outperform the Colts’. Reggie Bush needs to show up. My prediction? My brain says the Colts, my heart tells me the Saints….I’ll always go with my heart – Saints 37, Colts 31. Go New Orleans!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Busy Week

We've been kind of neglecting the blog here lately. When you don't have a defined work schedule it can be hard knowing when enough is enough. At least we have been watching our old movies most every night, once we're too tired to work anymore. That's what I'm off to do soon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ground Hog Day



There's a great movie Bill Murray did years ago called Ground Hog Day about a schmuck of a guy who has to relive the same day (Ground Hog Day) over and over until he learns to act decent. If your teenager's acting up, not being particularly sweet shall we say, it's a fun movie to watch with them.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Who owns Who Dat?


"Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints? Who dat? Who dat?" ~ New Orleans Saints' Fans

I'm gonna shoot my mouth off here for a little bit. The NFL is claiming ownership of the "who dat?" chant and the fleur-de-lis logo of the New Orleans Saints? I first saw this on Facebook today and find it so ridiculous. I just don't understand how anyone can claim "ownership" of an expression or a symbol that's been around for longer than anyone alive can probably remember. It's as foreign to me as the concept of land ownership was to the American Indian. And then I have to ask, "Does the NFL own New Orleans? I mean, did they single-handedly invest in the rebuilding of that city after Katrina?" I know individual players have contributed tremendously to the city but the NFL entity itself?  Somehow I don't think so.


** I didn't dare upload the "official" fleur de lis of the "NFL's" Saints but plenty of organizations use the symbol including many scouting organizations. Um, including France, I believe.