Tuesday, December 27, 2011

movie inspiration: gentlemen marry brunettes

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) is one where I like the costumes better than the movie, though I do really like Jane Russell in this. Showgirls in Paris in the 50s, plus some 20s flashback scenes. These are some of my all-time favorite pieces. Costumes by Travilla.

The stand-out best for me is this green & white outfit-

Striped jersey off-shoulder column dress with waspie-waist overskirt. Absolutely genius. I need to find/make this . It will happen

Dolce&Gabbana-esque leopard dresses -

I do love dance outfits, especially vintage warm-up rompers.

The straps at the leg cut-outs are brilliant.
And this is the absolute best little striped jersey dress ever. Get in my wardrobe now

Velveteen bow silhouette sticker on the shoulder. Where do I get these?
We also have these slightly more formal audition rompers -

The one on the right is how I want to dress all the time. With a velveteen bow sticker on my shoulder.

There's a shopping spree scene with some real gems from 1955 as well -

There's even a stand-out hat - pink pagoda with pearls-

I left out a lot of really good pieces. It's definitely worth a rainy day watch.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cute dogs being cute - Cornfed & Sacha

Playtime with neighbor dog Sacha. They're in love.

I got a ton of pics of them. Superfans can see all 55 good ones here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Legoland, FL

We had a lot of fun at Legoland today. It opened last week so we had to check it out.
This Lego Grandpa made snoring sounds.

Some local sights

Ybor City

South Beach

I especially liked the fountain in front of 30 Rockefeller Plaza

These giraffes and elephants are life-size

massive Einstein

They have a lot of the Las Vegas strip - the Luxor, Mirage, New York, etc. Out front in the desert part there is this little vulture over a dead body.

see the whole set here on flickr

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

movie inspiration: the fifth cord

Warning - this is not a very good movie. Well, it's only OK.. This is one that I should have included in my fashion week/Italian suspense movie week, but it had so little impact on me I forgot. It's a little sexy and Franco Nero is in it. But the sunglasses (for fall, not summer) are really really good -

The Fifth Cord (1971)

Saturday, October 15, 2011


I went to the beach for the first time in more than a month yesterday. The water is cold finally. It's still not really fall here yet. Cooler in the evenings and mornings, but still near 90F by midday.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Sunrise when we arrived in Venice

works by Giuseppe Veneziano at the Contini Gallery. We were there on a Sunday so I couldn't go inside, but there is a virtual tour here.

Dog at the Doge's Palace. There's a cat too -

I think he's eating a bunny.
You can see all of my vacation photos here. Click slideshow at the upper right.