Friday, July 30, 2010
It sure is!
Big congrats to Uncle Atom for reaching 50 followers!! To celebrate he is giving away something from his stash....
Isn't that light nifty? I know we could sure use that as we have no lighting whatsoever for the new house when we get it.
Try your luck at winning by leaving a comment over at his blog
Posted by Patti Darling at 12:49 AM
Monday, July 26, 2010
This film is a feast for the eyes. It also makes one think about life and it's twists, and how things work out differently for everyone.
When I first saw the film Grey Gardens in 2009, I instantly became enamored with Little Edie Beale . I loved her drive and her ambition, her fashion sense and creativity and sympathized with her losses and defeat. She was a dreamer, so am I. She was completely eccentric and didn't care who knew it. I admire that about her.
I also found myself growing more and more angry at her mother, Big Edie Bouvier Beale. I resented her for holding Little Edie back, for keeping her a prisoner of guilt and duty in Grey Gardens. I know now that it wasn't done out of complete spite, but rather out of complete fear. Fear of being alone, of dying alone and losing what little you might have left. I think that those are deep fears that we all have inside of us somewhere.
The whole movie I just found myself rooting for Little Edie, cheering her on and hoping that she will finally have her chance. I have always loved a film that can put me on the characters side right from the beginning, that can make you feel for them, become attached to them. This film does all of that and more.
The story of Grey Gardens has also been immortalized in a Broadway musical and most importantly in a documentary made in the 70's by Albert and David Maysles.
Based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis (both named Edith Bouvier Beale aka "Big and Little Edie") raised as Park Avenue debutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens." As their wealth and contact with the outside world dwindled, so did their grasp on reality. They were reintroduced to the world when international tabloids learned of a health department raid on their home, and Jackie swooped in to save her relatives.
The film stars Drew Barrymore, looking epicly gorgeous in the flashback scenes, as Little Edie and the ever talented and glamorous Jessica Lange as Big Edie.
The costumes in this film are just gorgeous. I would love to own all of Little Edie's clothes and accessories. Since the time line of the film spans from the 40's through the 70's, there is plenty of great fashion to be seen. Even Little Edie's madcap improvised ensembles from her later lifel in squalor at Grey Gardens are wonderful. They are colorful, inventive and theatrical...just like their creator.
Some photos from the film:
Saturday, July 24, 2010
....of hair that is.
I often look back at old pictures to see how my hair has changed over the years. Sometimes it's funny,sometimes it's awesome and sometimes it's scary....lol.
I have decided to share some choice pictures of myself through the years with you, my dear readers. Hopefully some of you will respond by posting "Hairstyle Evolutions"on your own blogs. I know I'd love to see them ;)
Little me, circa 1984. This is my natural hair color in all it's glory.
Senior Prom, 1999. I am the pale one on the end in case you couldn't figure it out,lol. My hair was something along the lines of my natural hair color and twisted up into these little knot thingies. I looked like an Alien, but I liked it.
2003, long and red. I kept it this way for quite a while.
2007. Yes, that is all my real hair. I regret cutting it like no ones business. I'm painfully waiting for it to grow back.
2009. Right after I moved back to NY from Vegas and started my job at the evil salon. This is as much blond that has ever been in my hair.
2009. The dreaded cut. I don't know what I was thinking. It was summer and it was hot and I wanted a change. I never sat and thought about having to wait FOREVER for it to grow back.
2010, Las Vegas. Went red again and loved it....just hated the upkeep.
2010, still red and psyched that my hair was actually long enough to do a front roll.
2010, back in black. This is me letting the little Goth girl who lives inside of me come out and play at the Tim Burton exhibit @ MOMA.
2010, current style and length of my hair. It's finally long enough to do a decent roller set on, but still not nearly as long as I would like it.
Your turn! Show me the do's people.......
Posted by Patti Darling at 2:32 PM
Friday, July 23, 2010
I have been rather fortunate as of late when it comes to winning things. I recently won 2 amazing giveaways from some wonderful Bloggers!
The first one I was lucky enough to win was sponsored by the lovely Gabriella from Sewing is Hard.
Here is the fantastic prize I won:
I have been wearing the items here and there as seen in some of my recent outfit posts. Everything is so cute and best of all the hat, earrings and brooch were all hand made by Gabriella herself!
The next giveaway that Lady Luck steered my way was run by the sassy and adorable Andi B. Goode and graciously sponsored by the always immaculately dressed Vintage Baroness and Adeline's Attic Vintage !
Check out the swag:
This just arrived in the mail today and boy is all lovely! I cant wait to tie that scarf up into my hair.....I cant bring myself to use the pins, they will just decorate my vanity when I finally get everything all set up.
If you do not already follow these lovely and generous ladies then what are you waiting for?? Thanks again girls!
We went looking at houses on Wednesday. We looked at 3 and each one made me want to cry after I viewed it. ::Sigh::
Am I being too picky? Am I asking for too much when I just want a house that hasn't been modernized by it's owner? Sometimes I secretly wish that I was a girl who didn't have such high vintage expectations and would gladly accept a home that looks like it fell out of the latest Ikea/Pottery Barn catalog. I just need to be patient and it will come.
Here was my house hunting attire for the day:
Not one of my best or favorite outfits. This was my first time wearing this dress and I promptly gave it away when I returned home,lol. The whole thing made me feel a bit dumpy, but whatever, you live and learn and then go shopping.
Dress: Old Navy
Belt: Old Navy
Posted by Patti Darling at 5:16 PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Every Sunday the boyfriend and I head over to the local flea market for a few hours to see what we can find. I pretty much always come home with something, although the degree of awesome-ness varies from time to time.
It's been disgustingly hot and humid here lately, so we took a break from going for a couple of weeks. This Sunday was our first day back.
This is what I came home with:
A vintage luggage set in pristine never used condition. No, it's not Samsonite =( It's a knock off brand that's a bit lighter in weight. I love it though and it's bright color, it will be perfect for our trip to Florida in October.
I also got 3 shot glasses from the same seller. I just had to have the glasses for their kitsch factor seeing as 2 of them are covered with stereotypical images of "natives". They match a set of frosted Federal tumblers I stole from my Grandmother. I wish the seller had the full set. Th third glass has screeching black cats on it, so that was another must due to my love of all things spooky.
A close up of the glasses:
I also remembered to have Derek take a picture of my outfit that day:
This is another example of how I don't wear vintage on a daily basis,lol.
Tank top: Mandees
Glasses: Betsey Johnson
Sneakers: KISS by Vans
Necklace: The Sex Pistols Shop, UK. It's actually a copy of the gun necklace that Sid's GF Nancy Spungen used to wear all the time.
In totally un-related news.....we have been working with a new real estate agent for a few weeks. So far she's worlds better then the old agent we had. We are going to look at a few houses today, so I will keep you all posted.
Monday, July 19, 2010
This week I bring you a film from 2004 spanning through time and fashion from 1918 to 1964.
De-Lovely is a biopic about the late great composer, Cole Porter. If you think you have never heard a Cole Porter tune then think again. He is responsible for writing some of the most beloved and used songs in the world. His work is constantly being re-used and slipped back into popular culture (i.e. the big musical number in the movie "Tank Girl" features the Porter classic "Let's Do It").
I had been meaning to see the film for a while and I finally sat down and gave it the time it deserved, boy am I glad I did. I have always been a huge musical theater nerd, having been in shows since I was 7. One of my favorite shows to be in is actually "Anything Goes" which is indeed a Porter creation. The film itself is completely lavish. The sets, the costumes, the actors.....it is one of those modern films that transports you back to the golden age of Hollywood royalty. I found myself instantly captivated as soon as the film began, eventually singing along to all the songs and crying my eyes out during the weepy bits.
Not only does the film show you the private lives of Cole and his wife Linda, it also gives you glimpses of Hollywood, Broadway, chorus girls and society life throughout the years.
The plot of the film:
In the final moments of Porter's life, it flashes before him in the form of a musical production staged by the archangel Gabriel in the Indiana theater where the composer first performed on stage. From the start, Linda is aware of Cole's gay feelings, but her love for and devotion to him are strong enough for her to overlook his romantic flings outside their marriage. After a while, she can no longer ignore the innuendos in his songs and their relationship grows strained. Cole is photographed in an amorous embrace with another man in the rest room of a gay nightclub, and both he and Linda are blackmailed into paying a heavy settlement to suppress publication of the pictures. When he shrugs off the blackmail, she finally goes to Paris, leaving him bereft. Not until he is injured in a horseback riding accident that seriously cripples him does she return to his side, willing to forgive but still finding it difficult to cope with his extramarital affairs. Eventually she is diagnosed with emphysema, and as she prepares herself and her husband for her impending death, she attempts to forge a relationship between him and her interior decorator so he'll have a companion following her death, which deeply affects him. The eventual amputation of his right leg adds to his deep depression, affecting his creative output.Porter becomes increasingly reclusive, as well as becoming more dependent on alcohol.
Find out more about Cole Porter HERE
The film also boasts vocal cameos from many of todays current talents including Elvis Costello, Alanis Morissette, Robbie Williams and Sheryl Crow just to name a few.
Some film stills:
Posted by Patti Darling at 12:44 PM
Friday, July 16, 2010
I collect things.
What a gross understatement that is. I collect EVERYTHING is more like it. It's really not my fault that I have so many interests. My Dad has always collected things since before I was born and I guess growing up around old things and learning to love and appreciate them gave me the collecting bug as well.
My first collection ever was vintage Barbie dolls, which I of course still have but rarely add to these days. The Barbie collectors market has in my humble opinion gotten pretty shitty and boring over the years. The bargains are gone, the collectors are more cutthroat, the prices astronomical. I love my collection as is and probably will not add to it in the future unless there is a ridiculous deal staring me in the face. Actually the last vintage Barbies I aquired belonged to Dereks Mom and I am currently restoring them slowly but surely. The Barbies live in my childhood bedroom in my Dads house so there probably will not be any pics of them all until Derek and I find a house. I still collect dolls though. All kinds of dolls and action figures as long as they strike my fancy.
When I was 10 I started to collect vintage clothing. I loved scouring the garage sales and flea markets looking for the kind of things I saw people in old movies wearing. Back then there was so much of it and it was cheap! No one wanted it, it wasn't trendy like it is now. If I only had a time machine......
The next things I started to collect were vintage housewares. I always knew that I wanted a house filled with old things. I wanted a living room that looked like the set of an old TV show. Vintage housewares are something I still collect to this day as well, except now I am actually a lot closer to having an actual house to put it all in.
There is also:
Halloween decor, spooky toys, Universal Monsters stuff, books, costumes, wigs, Star Wars stuff, old sheet music, shoes,handbags and of course last but not least my enormous Snow White collection.
I'm sure there is more that I missed. Thank goodness Derek is the kind of guy who can understand a crazy dame like me,lol. This is a few months ago when I still had red hair.
Here is a small sampling of some of my more recent finds, I will try and post them as I find them from now on :
They were red and turquoise and had cherries on them which means I obviously had to buy them,lol.
I recently added this TV cabinet to my collection....this is the pic from the add, so that's not my house or my stuff....
Hey Wake vanity.....has the original stool as well
That's it for now, I don't want to assault you with a million pictures. I think you get the idea =)
Posted by Patti Darling at 1:13 PM
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I love reading. When I was working full time it used to always bother me that I just never had time to read anything larger then a magazine. I always felt so rushed and I hated that. I missed the comfort and release that reading an excellent book will give you. Becoming immersed in the book, not wanting to put it down even for just a moment because you are afraid you are going to miss something. Bliss.
Since I am rather unemployed right now, I have decided to make the most of it by reading old books and new. One of my favorite things to read and collect are the old young adult horror/suspense novels from the 80's and 90's by authors such as R.L. Stein, Diane Hoh and Christopher Pike. I love them and reading them instantly takes me back to being in grade school. Whenever we go to Goodwill or thrift shops I always scour the book sections for them and 9 times out of 10 I will find at least one for no more then $1. They are great reads because you can get through one book in 2 hours and move on to the next one if you wanted to.
Yesterday it was rainy and humid here in NY. I love rainy weather and always have. We ventured out to do some errands and on the way home I stopped at the book store to get a magazine....and walked out with 2 new books and a magazine,lol. This is what I bought:
When I saw this on the shelf I got really excited. Ripper books and the case itself have always been of great interest to me ever since I was a kid. I am a big fan of the time period the murders were committed in and the idea of unsolved crimes, especially ones of this magnitude fascinate me. Plus the theories of conspiracy and Royal involvement don't hurt either.
More info on this book here
Then I saw this book:
The Black Dahlia. If you have never heard of this case, well....get to Google-ing. You might be familiar with the movie from a few years ago but I would never recommend that as an accurate source of information on the case AT ALL. The movie is based on a book by James Ellroy and mixes facts (very little facts) with quite a lot of fiction.
Elizabeth Short was a pretty young girl with big dreams of Hollywood and an unrelenting desire to be loved. Sadly Elizabeth never lived to have that movie career or love. Her murder has been described as one of the most terrifying and shocking of our time. It rocked the late 40's and its tremors are still felt to this day. The murderer has never been caught. There is mass speculation of cover-ups, Mafia involvement, false claims and accusations.....and in the middle of it all is Elizabeth.
I first heard about this case when I was really young. I was watching a special about unsolved crimes in L.A. and one of the segments was on the Dahlia. When I saw her picture, her smiling face, her pale skin and dark lips framed by raven hair.....I just felt this kinship with her. I wanted to instantly know her and be her friend, I wanted to protect her. I have always felt that Elizabeth needed a friend. One real true friend that she could turn to when she needed help, advice or support. I also felt very sorry for her and still do and always will. I get pretty angry when she is painted in a bad light, and she often is. People always make Elizabeth out to be a "good time girl", loose with her morals. She is often pictured as a shiftless whore, and I firmly believe that she was not. I can honestly say that I have read every single book on the subject of her life and murder. Naturally when I saw this one in paperback I jumped on it.
More info on the book here
More info about Elizabeth Short, her life and her murder here
Last but not least, for all of you who are curious as to what I wore yesterday:
No, I not wear vintage or strictly vintage styles everyday. I love clothes too much to restrict myself like that.Plus my style is all over the place....Punk, pin up, Goth, girly, nerdy....it goes on.
Purse- Forever 21
Belt- Hot Topic
Headband- Forever 21
Earrings- Won in a giveaway from Gabriella @ Sewing is Hard
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I have been a rather lazy blogger as of late. You are probably wondering what an out of work gal has to be lazy about, but it's complicated. Well actually it's not complicated, it's just boring. I am extremely anemic. I am always tired, always feeling run down and I'm always cold. It can be 108 degrees out and I will wear a cardigan or a shrug. I blast the AC but cover myself in blankets, leaving just my feet out to get cool. Another thing I have against me is that I have a pretty bad Thyroid problem. It really affects every part of my life and I hate it. I have tried some drugs for it but they did nothing. I still need to seek out another Doctor but it hasn't been something that I've gotten around to yet. I always feel tired, I'm moody, no matter what I do the weight I'm carrying never comes off. It's just frustrating all around.
In other news, I did some Bridal make-up this past Sunday which gave me some extra cash.Brides are not my favorite, but this one was really laid back. It took me 45 minutes and that's because she kept stopping to go do stuff.
Last night we were bored and hungry so we decided to take a friend up on their offer of driving into the city for dinner.I really wasnt in the mood at first but when we finally sat down and ate I felt better. The place we went was AMAZING! If you are in or around NYC then I really recommend you stop by and try it.
This is where we went:
The Tuck Shop
It was completely delicious. Afterward we got some ice cream which always makes me feel better, lol.
When we got home from the city I to enjoy a visit from one of my very good friends that moved to Germany. I haven't seen him in forever! It was a nice little reunion and we might meet up again later in the week.
Monday, July 12, 2010
This weeks movie is the 90's mean girls classic, "Jawbreaker". I love this movie, it's such a guilty pleasure! The whole thing is very "Heathers" (more on that movie another time)You want to hate the bad guys but you just can't. Rose McGowan looks stunning in this movie as well. Her clothes are to die for. The costumes as a whole are pretty amazing actually. They are a perfect mix of 90's fashion meets 50's bad girl. LOVE.
If you have yet to see this film, what are you waiting for? It all seems like shallow good time fluff but actually has a bit of a message in the end.
The plot (taken from IMDB):
In what was meant as a harmless birthday prank, three of Reagan High School's most popular girls, Julie, Foxy, and Courtney pretend to kidnap their friend, the latter shoving a jawbreaker into the victim's mouth to keep her from screaming. Their plan goes awry when the girl accidentally swallows the jawbreaker, choking to death. The cool and calculating Courtney tries to cover the crime but is found out by school geek Fern Mayo. In return for her silence, Courtney transforms the gawky Fern into the stylishly beautiful Vylette, leaving the conscience-stricken Julie out in the cold, threatening to set her up for the girl's murder if she breaks her silence.
And now for the eye candy:
Posted by Patti Darling at 12:16 PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Boy oh boy are the vintage blog gods being generous!
The latest blogger to host a fantastic giveaway is the wonderfully adorable Andi B. Goode!!
Look at the swell prize she is offering:
Jive your way over to her blog and leave her a comment to enter!
The latest blogger to host a fantastic giveaway is the wonderfully adorable Andi B. Goode!!
Look at the swell prize she is offering:
Jive your way over to her blog and leave her a comment to enter!
Posted by Patti Darling at 2:17 AM