american graffiti

American Graffiti” is a 1973 film set in the Summer of ’62 (although many of the cars and songs were released post-1962) about the last night before leaving for college. My boyfriend and I watched this movie last night to lighten the mood after watching Gus Van Sant’sElephant” (a story based on the Columbine High School massacre), which was incredibly made but hard to watch. George Lucas‘ “American Graffiti” did the trick alright!

Here are some photos and memorable quotes from the film.

“Hey, what do you say, Curt? Last night in town… you guys gonna have a little bash before you leave?”

“Hey… zit makeup.”

“You think I care if you go off? You think I’m gonna crack up or something? Boy, are you conceited!”

“That’s bitchin’ tuck and roll! You know, I really love the feel of tuck and roll upholstery.”

Shhh. Listen, listen! Look at it this way. Now, you got three choices. One, you chicken out and in that case I let Ants tie you to the car and drag you around a little bit and you don’t want that. Right?”
No.”
Two, you foul up and Holstein hears you and, well uh… you don’t want that, right?”
No, I don’t.”
Three, you are successful and you join the Pharaohs with a car coat and a blood initiation and all that, huh?”

What’s your name?”
My name? Mud, if anybody sees you.”

“Girls don’t pay – guys pay!”

“Let’s catch ’em at the light. Jump out and flatten their tires.”

“Hey, you know a guy around here with a piss yellow deuce coupe, supposed to be hot stuff?”

“Man, I can’t keep track of all you punks runnin’ ’round here backwards.”

“You know, what, Terry. I had a pretty good time tonight”

“Get your bugaloos out baby! The Wolfman is everywhere.”

I can’t wait to check out the sequel, “More American Graffiti“.

xoxo

TMV

peter pan collar

One of my favorite styles is the peter pan collar!

vintage <3 blouse

mod striped drop waist twiggy dress

80s satin peter pan collar puff sleeve midi dress

40s/50s brown & tan reversible capelet & shirt

sweetheart dress

mod pink lace mini

80s floral crop top

60s scooter dress

60s long sleeve mini dress

60s mod mini

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Meryl Streep

Let’s talk about Meryl. I think she is lovely. She’s got this classic beauty. She’s soft and tough all at the same time.

“The progression of roles you take strings together a portrait of an actor, but it’s a completely random process.”

“I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.”

“I have a very good life – I’m lucky enough not to be deprived.”

“How you first meet the public is how the industry sees you. You can’t argue with them. That’s their perception.”

“Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.”

“We are who we’re going to be when we’re very old, and when we’re very old we are who we were when we were 8.”

“I didn’t have any confidence in my beauty when I was young. I felt like a character actress, and I still do. “

“Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.”

“Obsession is an attractive thing. People who are really, really interested and good at one thing and smart are attractive, if they’re men.”

“Instant gratification is not soon enough.”

“I want to feel my life while I’m in it.”

“You win an Oscar, it can double the audience that you had before.”

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

“I’m all over the place.”

“My job is usually to express emotion as freely as possible.”

“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world. It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.”

“I think your self emerges more clearly over time.”

“There are improbable things suspended in space, like the earth.”

“I’m never so sure as I was in my mid 20s.”

“I’m curious about other people. That’s the essence of my acting. I’m interested in what it would be like to be you.”

xo

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Flappers

One of my favorite styles of the past is the flapper girl style. Not only the style, but the attitude. It fascinates me that the young women of the 20s changed everything for generations to come. I feel that they, in many ways, created the modern woman.

In a time when women wore their hair long and loose, they cut their hair short and popularized the bob.

In a time when women wore corsets and long skirts and dresses, they said goodbye to the corset and raised their hem lines.

In a time when the Victorian image of womanhood was prominent, they flattened their breasts and lowered their waistlines, creating a boyish look.

In a time when women didn’t wear makeup, they wore rouge, powder, eye-liner, and lipstick.

In a time when courtship was the norm, they reinvented dating.

In a time when women were supposed to be modest, they flaunted their sexuality.

In a time when alcohol was prohibited, they drank.

In a time when only men smoked cigarettes, they smoked cigarettes.

In a time when fast-paced dancing was unheard of, they created the Charleston and the Shimmy.

What brave and beautiful young women they were. As a woman of 2012, I’d like to send the lovely and intriguing flapper girls my sincerest thank you for sticking it to the man!

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Please Don’t Eat The Daisies

Please Don’t Eat The Daisies” is a lovely 1960 movie starring the oh-so-lovable Doris Day. Playing her husband is David Niven. He plays a theatre critic in New York. They decide to move from their Manhattan apartment to the country with their 4 boys. With his success and sudden social demands in the city and her taking care of the kids and renovations in the country, things start to get tense. I won’t tell you any more, you must see it.

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blue & yellow

Blue and yellow treasures found via Etsy.

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Vintage 50’s Circle Skirt, Rockabilly, Mod Atomic Geometric Pattern

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Vintage Fabric Cotton Decorator Yellow Blue Stars Stripes Geometric

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 Vintage Metal Canister by NC Colorware – Yellow and Blue Flowers

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French Country yellow and blue light sconce

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Vintage Gerber Baby Cup

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50s inspired yellow blue plaid tie waist shirt dress

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Vintage Floral Pillowcase

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French Yellow Blue Green Floral Kenzie Scarf 

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Vintage Sports Cap

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Bette Davis

Today I post about the lovely Bette Davis. She played her first role in 1931 and her last in 1989. That’s 58 years of acting. What a brilliant and talented woman. Let’s celebrate her today!

“A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.”

“I will never be below the title.”

“I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.”

“Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it’s not a bit of a jungle in the home, a child cannot possibly be fit to enter the outside world.”

“I am just too much.”

“There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.”

“Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.”

 “I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.”

“I’ve no time for broads who want to rule the world alone. Without men, who’d do up the zipper on the back of your dress?”

“I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.”

“Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.”

“The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”

“I’d marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he’d be dead within a year.”

“It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.”

She’s a feisty one.

x o x

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Cynthia – Gaba Girl

In 1932, artist Lester Gaba created a mannequin known as Cynthia for Saks Fifth Avenue. Cynthia was a 100-pound model and had life-like imperfections like freckles, pigeon toes, and even different sized feet.


Thanks to a spread in LIFE Magazine, she became almost instantly famous.


Cartier and Tiffany sent her jewelry, Lilly Daché designed hats for her, and couturiers sent her their latest fashions, furrieries sent minks.


She was even given a credit card from Saks Fifth Avenue, a box seat subscription to the Metropolitan Opera House and made the cover of Life Magazine.


Cynthia had her own newspaper column, and a successful radio show(Lester’s voice). She went to Hollywood to appear in Artist And Models Abroad with Jack Benny, in 1938 and was photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

She was invited to the royal wedding of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson in 1937.

After reaching a certain level of fame, gossip columnists actually began to write about Cynthia as if she were a real socialite making the rounds at parties around New York.

When people tried to talk with Cynthia, Baba claimed that she was ‘suffering from a touch of laryngitis’.

She was so realistic looking that in these photos she just looks like a classy little lady.

Cynthia got tons of fan mail.

She became one of the most recognized faces in fashion.

She was absolutely incredibly made.

Lester and Cynthia out for an evening.

I bet she got along with everyone she met ;-)

‘Cynthia met her demise when she slipped from a chair in a beauty salon and shattered. The press reported her death, and Gaba appeared distraught, but eventually reconstructed her. In December 1942, Gaba was inducted into the army. Cynthia retired, and it wasn’t until 1953 that she came back to the public in a TV show, but the magic was over’

What an amazing story of Lester and Cynthia and the world’s reaction to it all. Bizarre but wonderful in its way.

Read more: http://life.time.com/curiosities/cynthia-world-famous-mannequin/#ixzz1qFK1FON9

XOXO

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Every vintage blogger has got to do a post on “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“. It’s an absolute classic and Audrey Hepburn is to die for in this movie as the socialite Holly Golightly.

xo

 “He’s all right! Aren’t you, cat? Poor cat! Poor slob! Poor slob without a name! The way I see it I haven’t got the right to give him one. We don’t belong to each other. We just took up one day by the river. I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I’m not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It’s like Tiffany’s.”

 “Tiffany’s? You mean the jewelry store.”
“That’s right. I’m just CRAZY about Tiffany’s!”

“I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.”

“The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?”

‘Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!”

“Promise me one thing: don’t take me home until I’m drunk – very drunk indeed.”

“I’ll never get used to anything. Anybody that does, they might as well be dead.”

“It’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”

 “He’s all right, I suppose, if you like dark, handsome, rich-looking men with passionate natures and too many teeth.”

“Did I tell you how divinely and utterly happy I am?”

“Do you think she’s talented, deeply and importantly talented?”
“No. Amusingly and superficially talented, yes. But deeply and importantly, no.”

“A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick.”

“It’s useful being top banana in the shock department.”

“I’ll tell you one thing, Fred, darling… I’d marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money?”
“In a minute.”
“I guess it’s pretty lucky neither of us is rich, huh?”
“Yeah.”

“Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end–
waiting ’round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.”

“I love you. ”
“So what.”
“So what? So plenty! I love you, you belong to me!”
“No. People don’t belong to people.”
“Of course they do!”
“I’ll never let ANYBODY put me in a cage.”
“I don’t want to put you in a cage, I want to love you!”

“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.” You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”

Beautiful woman, beautiful film.

x o x

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Nancy Sinatra

Nancy Sinatra, daughter of the amazingly talented Frank Sinatra, had some amazing style. She pulled off the boots (in every color) and jeans look like no other. She made casual wear look HOT!

She’s best known for “These Boots Are Made For Walking“, “Sugar Town” and her cover of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

Here’s some photos and quotes.

“I am the daughter of the Chairman of the Board and thus, was raised with great music.”

“I didn’t just want to be Frank’s daughter who sang Boots. I take my music very seriously and studied very hard. It’s not a joke to me. “

“I think I’ve finally proven something to people who were cynical about me. Because they were cruel. “

“There are a lot of people who would laugh at the idea of me being a good singer.”

“I wasn’t allowed to grow as an artist. My albums were nicer to look at than to listen to.”

“The one hit song that I have tremendous gratitude for is Boots, because it has a life of its own. It’s like being identified with a brand name.”

“Love is a stranger that beckons you on. Don’t think of the danger, or the stranger is gone. This dream is for you, so pay the price. Make one dream come true, you only live twice.”

“Morrissey wrote a really gorgeous song for me. I’m crazy for that man. And he thinks I’m hip!”

“I was successful with mediocre material because of a good recording voice that people really liked at that time. “

“It would be nice to be on the charts again, nice to be recognised.”

“The Columbia years are the most sentimental for me. My parents were together through most of that time and we were a happy, sort of normal family.”

“Frank’s audience doesn’t care if a girl singer, a comic or an organ grinder with a monkey opens the show. They are there to see HIM.”

“Once I had my first hit, Dad started to introduce himself as Nancy Sinatra’s father!”

“You brought the magic back. The heart is there, the humor is there… Everything is there.”

Love her.

xoxo

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