Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Random Tip Tuesday 1

My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and 8 month old niece are coming to stay for the 4th. They'll be staying with me since they are coming to MN from NY. To prep, I've been cleaning like a madwoman and trying to menu plan. Meal-planning is so hard! I can never think of what to feed my hubby and I, let alone 3 others. This reminded me of a quote from the September 1923 issue of Fruit, Garden and Home:

"The regularity of three meals a day, year in and year out, is sufficiently
appalling to give one case of good, old-fashioned nerves. Meal planning
becomes such a great, big, mountain high task that it is no small wonder our
average housewife gets sick and tired of it" Apparently this is a timeless worry of housewives.

Their solution - Make something new. I'm not sure if that really helps in this particular instance, but maybe on a regular day. The last thing I need to do is try something and have a disaster like the last new meal I tried to make (per Disaster Meal http://flapperdays.blogspot.com/2009/06/disaster-homes.html

Talkie Tuesday 1

I watched The Divorcee (1930) on TCM this morning. It is such a wonderful film, that really does stand the test of time. Marriage is rocky and Norma Shearer's character, Jerry Martin, sure has one. Friendship, love, and infidelity are all timeless topics.

Norma won a well deserved Oscar for this film. Her portrayal was strong, intelligent, and subtle.

Vintage Inspiration June 30th

Cute little sweater from the 1940s. Adorable!

Monday, June 29, 2009

LaPetiteMort: Slang of the 1920's

LaPetiteMort had a fabulous link today to some fun 1920s slang.

LaPetiteMort: Slang of the 1920's

Beauty Bonanza 1

Priscilla Lane is one of my favorite actresses. She was brilliant as Elaine Harper in one of my favorite films, Arsenic and Old Lace and as Patricia Martin in Saboteur.

I'm not sure who thought up this gimmick, but they had the lovely Priscilla working in a department store at the makeup counter. I'm sure she did a fabulous job.

Some Priscilla Lane trivia
  • She was one of the Lane sisters singing group
  • She was only 5'2"
  • Her first marriage was annulled. She left him after the first night - perhaps a little second guessing?
  • She was up for the part of Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind (Obviously she didn't get the part)

Monograph Monday 1

Needless to say I love books since I work in a library and I find vintage library shots very cool. It's neat to see how those before me did so much with so little. Also, the people in the pics never look upset. You would be surprised how many crabby and upset people come into a library every day.
Anyway, this shot is from a small lending library in MN from the 1940s (courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society)

Vintage Inspiration June 29th

Classic flapper style from the ever intelligent Norma Shearer

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Vintage Inspiration June 28

I'm watching The Women right now on TCM. It's one of my favorite Films.

It is so deliciously catty, and an interesting insight into marriage and women's friendship.

The ensemble is fantastic! I couldn't imagine anyone else in the roles. The cast is just perfect. Norma Shearer as the devoted wife Mary Haines, sweet Joan Fontaine, deliciously catty Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland as the lovestruck Countess, Virginia Weidler as little Mary Haines, and of course Joan Crawford as the delicious Crystal Allen.

And the beauty and exercise scenes are fabulous!

The Women Trailer

The Fabulous Adrian Fashion Show. Every dress is stunning. I want them all!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Vintage Inspiration June 27th

TCM is celebrating directors this month, and today was an all day Alfred Hitchcock fest. Unfortunately I had to work, so I missed by favorite Hitchcock film Rebecca. I did catch North by Northwest. Can you beat this iconic scene?

I absolutely love this film. Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint simply sizzle. And it's an intriguing story too. Who wouldn't love to be a secret agent seducing a gorgeous man?

North by Northwest also has some fabulous fashion. I love the gray little beanie style hat Eve wears in the scene where she "shoots" Cary Grant.

But my favorite outfit is this black and red dress. Total 1950s glamour.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hollywood Dish and Diets

I have never been a huge health food fan. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of girl, so I was a little surprised how much I loved Hollywood Dish by Akasha Richmond.

Not only were there a lot of great recipes in the book, but there was a lot of great Hollywood history.

I was not aware how far back Americans were following the diets of their favorite stars. It was also neat to learn about nutrition luminaries like Gayelord Hauser, C. W. Post, and of course Jack LaLanne.

Richmond also brought up some cool Brown Derby Restaurant history.

Apparently a lot of their produce came from celebrities such as: Trout from Noah Berry, Potatoes from Wally Ford

Corn from Clark Gable and Carole Lombard

Broccoli from Robert Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck

For a depressing post about how the site of The Brown Derby looks now check out: http://dearoldhollywood.blogspot.com/2009/04/hollywood-brown-derby.html

Vintage Inspiration June 26

Going super old school here. I love old paintings and this is one of my faves. I can't remember who she is, but this is just gorgeous. The colors, especially the red is stunning.

Vintage Inspiration June 25

Toasty Here in Minnesota. Super cold winters always lead to super hot summers, so I should have been ready for 93 degrees and humidity. My inspiration for today were the fabulous Fireman of Minneapolis in the 1920s and 1930s. I found a bunch of pics through MNHS of Fireman opening up the fire hydrants for a hot summer day. A nicer time in history.

I also want to know how this innovative family created their own wading pool in their backyard. And here I just sit and roast all day! Hmmm . . . how could I rig my tiny deck to hold enough water for a swimming pool. :)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Vintage Inspiration June 24

Happy Birthday to Wonga Philip Harris (aka Phil Harris 1904-1995). As you all know, I am a huge fan of Alice Faye and Phil Harris, so it is only proper he is the inspiration today.

Phil Harris was a fabulously fun guy. He was a bandleader, singer, actor, radio star, businessman, I could go on and on. One of his most famous gigs includes bandleader at the Ambassador hotel. I have a record of it, but no player unfortunately. The cover is great though

Even though he did fabulous as Baloo in Disney's the Jungle Book, I love him mostly from the radio. He was on the Jack Benny show and his own show, The Phil Harris and Alice Faye show.

He also did some fabulous bits on the Dean Martin Variety hour. I could watch them a million times. They're hilarious.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My first Pin Curls

I made my first attempt at pin curls. It took a really long time to get them in because of all of the hair I've got. It took me almost an hour to get them in. I've heard horror stories about what it is like to sleep in pin curls, but it wasn't that bad. I just wrapped my hair up and Voila!

When I took the pin curls out, I wasn't really able to style it in a retro way, but I got massive volume that lasted all day which was really cool. my hair doesn't usually hold a curl because it's so thick.

I have never had this much luck curling my hair, so it's was really cool. I would definitely do it again.

Vintage Inspiration June 23

June Allyson. Such a sweetie. Very cute and the quintessential girl next door. She was a great actress and could sing and dance. One of my favorites. In the fifties, she was it.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Beauty Routine

Since I've been reading a lot of vintage mags lately,

I've started to try to retrofy my beauty routine.

My Morning Routine is:

1. Take a shower. I can't seem to function without one. I should buy stock in the Water Department

2. Let my hair air dry. I've heard this is better than using a hairdryer. Since my hair is so thick, it takes about 20 minutes to blow dry it, so it's just easier not to. I oversleep too much :)

3. Moisturize. Oil of Olay with SPF on face and decolletage

4. Petro Carbo Salve any skin abnormalities like pimples or scratches. This works REALLY well. There is something to say for Old Time products. This one has been make for over 100 years and you can get it from Watkins (The best!) at http://www.watkinsonline.com/default.cfm?gCatalogLocale=USA

5. Vanilla Shea Butter from Watkins for the legs

6. Some kind of lip stuff - Lip gloss or lipstick depending on my mood

7. Liniment from Watkins if sore

8. Brush teeth

9. Put in contacts

10. Do hair. Usually a pony tail or bun. I just don't have a lot of time in the morning usually, or I would curl my hair. It just takes too long because it's so thick

Goll, that feels like a lot, but it doesn't usually take more than 1/2 hour.

Evening Beauty Routine

1. Take out contacts

2. Brush and Floss Teeth

3. Wash face

4. Vaseline the lips

5. Rub Ponds Cold Cream on Face or Nivea. I alternate so my skin does not get used to one product

6. Petro Carbo Salve any face issues

7. Comb and braid hair

8. Ponds my hands and put on gloves every few nights.

Doesn't take much time either, and I have really noticed how much softer my skin is.

Vintage Inspiration June 22

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy for today, Paul Frees!. Paul Frees was a master voiceover artist. He did a lot of radio on such classics as Gunsmoke and Escape (I am totally addicted to Old-time radio XM 164) and cartoon work. Frees was born in 1920 and passed away in 1986.

Paul Frees was also the voice of some of the all-time greats of advertising icons including the Pillsbury Doughboy and Toucan Sam.

Rankin/Bass, the wonderful Christmas special company who created such classics as Frosty the Snowman and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer employed Paul Frees in a lot of its specials including Nester, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and Rudolf's Shiny New Year.


Burgermeister Meisterburger

He also was the voice of Boris Badenov, one of my absolute favorite characters. I love Rocky and Bullwinkle. It was my favorite Cartoon as a child and I love it on a whole different level as an adult.

Sunday, June 21, 2009


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