Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Bookish Sort of Dame

I love to read. A rather bold and boring statement but nonetheless, I do. Ever since I was a little girl I have always loved trips to the bookstore and library....the stacks of books, the smell of the paper, the thrill of walking out with a pile of new worlds to explore and lose yourself in....sigh. I can drop a load of cash in a bookstore just as easily as I could drop a load of cash in a clothing/shoe store.
When I gather books to read I always have at least 4 books on deck so that I can easily go from one to the other without stopping. Sometimes my night stand looks like the Tower of Babel made entirely of books precariously perched one on top of the other, piling up in cue for months. So here is what I am reading these days....

(beware, I am a sucker for historical books. I love a good biography , especially ones about the Tudors and 17th Century France. I have also read every single book ever written about Marie Antoinette and that is no lie...I'm sort of obsessed)

Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution

Marie Tussaud, she of the wax museum, lived a long and colorful life, but the focus here is on 1788-94, when she was a young woman in Paris. Under the tutelage of a Swiss doctor whom she calls her uncle, she has become an accomplished artist as well as an astute businesswoman, helping to run the family firm, the Salon de Cire, with its changing array of exhibits of historical and contemporary figures in wax. Hired as a wax tutor by the kings sister, Madame Elisabeth, she gains an entrance into Versailles. Her uncles home, meanwhile, serves as a regular meeting place for Robespierre and other revolutionaries. First and foremost a survivor, during the Revolution Marie makes models of its heroes and its victims alike. Moran takes liberties with the facts, as any historical novelist has a right to do; but some of her inventions tend to clutter up a story that is already fascinating on its own. Still, readers will be intrigued by Madame Tussaud, and by witnessing a tumultuous era through her eyes. --Mary Ellen Quinn

I couldn't resist this book when I saw it. It was filled with all the things I love. A few years ago I actually had a job working at Madame Tussauds in NYC as a tour guide. I loved that job even though it wasn't the greatest. Part of the training for said job was to learn all about the history of the woman and the company that bears her name so reading this book was sort of like having a delightfully personal fleshed out version of all those facts. I was sad to finish it.

American Rose: A Nation Laid Bare: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee

As soon as this book was released it was mine. I have always been a long time fan of both Burlesque and of the one and only Gypsy Rose Lee. The first time I ever saw the movie musical "Gypsy" was when I was around 6 or 7. I remember loving the glitz and the songs...and makig my Grandmother very nervous when I would sing "Let me Entertain You" whilst stripping off my clothing in the middle of the living room.

I am only a few chapters in but so far it has not let me down. I have a rather soft spot for outrageous scandalous broads through history.

Madame de Pompadour by Nancy Mitford

When Madame de Pompadour became the mistress of Louis XV, no one expected her to retain his affections for long. A member of the bourgeoisie rather than an aristocrat, she was physically too cold for the carnal Bourbon king, and had so many enemies that she could not travel publicly without risking a pelting of mud and stones. History has loved her little better.Nancy Mitford's delightfully candid biography re-creates the spirit of eighteenth-century Versailles with its love of pleasure and treachery. We learn that the Queen was a "bore," the Dauphin a "prig," and see France increasingly overcome with class conflict. With a fiction writer's felicity, Mitford restores the royal mistress and celebrates her as a survivor, unsurpassed in "the art of living," who reigned as the most powerful woman in France for nearly twenty years.

This book is up next. I'm very excited to start it because once again it about one of my favorite time periods in history.

Madame du Barry: The Wages of Beauty

Du Barry was the last in a long series of royal favorites doted on by the sexually voracious Louis XV. Her humble origins--she was the illegitimate child of a seamstress from Lorraine--made her unusual. Contemporaries often dismissed her as a mere whore, and most historians have treated her little better, calling her naive, frivolous, and vain. Haslip, author of previous biographies of Catherine the Great and Marie Antoinette, concludes that, except for her rare beauty, du Barry was a quite ordinary person who happened to be thrust into extraordinary circumstances. Despite occasional minor slips, the author's grasp of the Old Regime is generally reliable. Her book provides no surprises for specialists, but offers the general reader a clear, sure guide to life at the royal court of 18th-century France.
- T.J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., N.Y.

I felt it only necessary and appropriate to follow one book about one of Louis XV's mistresses with another....and in the order in which they....::ahem:: came.

The following book was bought purely for fun, and I'm glad I went ahead and bought it.

Retro Makeup: Techniques for Applying the Vintage Look

Retro Makeup: Techniques for applying the Vintage Look is a history and application guide for vintage cosmetic styles. It is a companion book to Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Step-by-Step Techniques. It starts with a brief history on the acceptance of makeup at the beginning of the 20th century and continues to explain in detail the styles, colors and techniques for applying makeup to look like the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Included in each decade are step-by-step directions on full makeup styles inspired by famous women such as Josephine Baker in the 1920s, Jean Harlow in the 1930s, Rita Hayworth in the 1940s, Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, and Twiggy in the 1960s. The book also includes factual information about what defined the makeup looks of the decades based on popular culture of the time.

I love this book. Now being a make up artist myself, I really don't need a book to put on make up BUT it sure is a swell read. It's chock full of fun facts and gorgeous gals...perfect for both the professional and the novice. I love the author, Lauren Rennells, as well as her awesome blog and her other book. I highly reccomend both books for anyone who wants to learn more about achieving the vintage look or really for anyone who just adores vintage as much as I do.

I sure hope you all liked the peek at whats on my nightstand (well plus about 30 different fashion magazines from all over the world,lol). I will do an update when new books line up in the cue, till then........

Thursday, June 30, 2011

If the shoe fits........thank your lucky stars!

Because I am clearly awesome and full of good luck, I of course somehow managed to fracture a bone in my right foot. See? FULL OF AWESOME. I am in huge amounts of pain, the foot is swollen and I can only walk with a limp. It really sucks because I have missed close to a week of work because I need to keep it iced and elevated as much as possible. But that my friends is not even close to being the worst part.......ready for it? My foot is so swollen and due to the location of the fracture it can not fit into any of my shoes!!!! This is heartbreaking for me, seeing as I am obsessed with shoes. I literally buy at least one pair of shoes a joke. Most of the shoes I buy are indeed heels so they would be out of the question to wear right now anyway...but I can't even get into my flats =( From everything I have been told/read about my issue, shoe wearing is most likely not going to continue for a month or so. DEVASTATED.

To of course twist the knife into my heart, many of my latest shoe purchases have decided to arrive this week taunting me with their beauty. My right foot looks on in envious longing as my left foot sinks gently into the new acquisitions. My left foot can be such a bitch sometimes.....

I present for you, some of my latest shoe purchases along with where to buy info and my thoughts....enjoy <3


I decided to buy these in the peach/black heart combo because to me they are very neutral. I own this style in all yellow with a bow and love them to bits. Seriously they are so very comfortable.


Another insanely wearable shoe. The amazing comfort aside, I just thought these were adorable basic flats.

White Matte Leather Round Toe Pumps

These were chosen purely after watching "Sex and the City 2" one night. There is a scene where Carrie is sitting reading something wearing an oversize white slub t shirt,gray mini skirt and shoes exactly like these (except hers were amazing Brian Atwoods). I just fell in love with the outfit, so I bought the entire thing. These also look great with skinny jeans and dresses so it's a win win situation.

Jessica Simpson Women's Dany2

After much
After much debate and admiration I finally decided to get these shoes. In my opinion they really go well with almost anything and can be worn all year round (weather permitting).

Harajuku Lovers Women's Yipee Ankle-Strap Sandal

These are my favorite new buys. I loved them so much I bought them in both red and black. I wear a lot of vintage and vintage inspired fashion and these are the perfect complement to that aesthetic. They look like vintage shoes, they feel amazing on and they were very inexpensive.

Steve Madden WESTII
These were sort of a must have for me. I have an insane love of leopard and wedges are the most comfortable shoes ever so it was the perfect marriage. I plan on getting tons of wear out of these when the foot feels better, even in fall and winter. I also have a fabulous bright blue pleated skirt that I need to wear these with.

Steve Madden WESTII-L
When I saw these shoes it was love at first sight. I mean come on!! They are sequin-tastic, platform, wedges......LOVE!!! I knew for sure that they had to be mine when I started having dreams about me wearing them....yes,I am crazy....especially when it comes to fashion. These are definitely coming to Disney World with me in October.

Those are all the shoes for now....eventually I will do a closet post about some of my all time favorite pairs. I hoped you enjoyed the shoe porn =)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dia De los Daddy's

Today is Fathers Day! If you are not familiar with the above image then shame on you!! It is from one of my all time favorite horror movies, "Creepshow". The segment the image comes from is actually titled "Fathers Day" and posting the clip of the scene or the image has become sort of an online tradition for me. Totally worth watching, trust me.

I am of course spending the day with my Dad. Growing up as the child of divorced parents and living with my Father, he has become one of the most important people in my life. I never tell him that but I know he knows it. I decided to get him some cologne this year (I know, how old school is that) but I have rather swell taste in fragrance if I do say so myself. The one I went with was Vintage by John Varvatos. It has a great manly smell, not unlike Eternity by Calvin Kline which is my all time favorite mens fragrance. I'm sure he will love it.

So Happy Fathers Day Daddy-o!! I love you <3

Saturday, June 18, 2011


After a rather long and unexpected hiatus from the world of Blogging, I have returned....from the dead. Dramatic sounding isn't it? Well, it's not really all that exciting at all. I have just had a crazy couple of months, what with getting a new job and moving into a new (temporary) residence....just hectic crazy craziness I tell ya.

Since deciding to return to my blog I have also thought about things to put here that people would actually want to see, so expect a small change in some of the content but rest assured I shall remain true to myself in all ways.

Stay tuned kids.....