Sunday, September 23, 2012

Classy and Fabulous II

A girl and her pearls: Grace on a Thoughtful Thursday

Classy and Fabulous

Jackie with pearls, of course.

Jacqueline Kennedy & President John F. Kennedy, Life Magazine, 1961.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Why I love so much vintage jewelry?

Vintage jewelry pieces are generally made of heavier materials that last. I love the quality, because, in general, they are extremely well-made, especially designer pieces, like Trifari, Coro (my favorites!). However, there are great vintage jewelry pieces unmarked or unsigned with a fabulous design.

Vintage jewelry pieces are rare, unique or exist in small quantities. And I like to be unique, to stand up from the crowd. That´s how I am and who I am. I hate to bump with a girl using the same necklace! It happened once and I felt very uncomfortable, although I thought: "Nice taste!" 

Authenticity is also important. I rarely use reproductions. I like items that carry a small piece of History and a part of someone else's history. I feel so special when I wear something from my mum or my grandmother!

And, of course, I choose items that fit my character. I love the late Fifhties, and the Sixties! In 3 words: Mad Men Style! 

I love the idea that anything old can be new. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The 3 R´s in fashion means to have an EcoChic attitude!

So, wearing vintage jewelry is definitely to make daily a  fashion statement and a pleasure!

The small pictures were are part of 1964´s Trifari Ads

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Marilyn Monroe fashion tips

Marilyn Monroe

Even 50 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe continues to inspire women all over the world and celebrities like Madonna and Scarlett Johansson. 

Here are a some tips:

1 - Embrace Your Curves
Marilyn Monroe had wide hips, big breasts and many, many curves. But she did not try to hide them. We should all be so kind to ourselves, wearing clothes that fit and flatter rather than hiding our bodies under oversized T-shirts or baggy sweatpants. As Marilyn said: “To all the girls that think you’re fat because you’re not a size zero, you’re the beautiful one, its society who’s ugly.”

2 - Seduce
In a positive way, seduction is the ability to charm the others. 

3 - Invest in accessories
Accessories valorize the look and Marilyn loved pearl necklaces and shiny jewels. Even with affordable jewelry you can feel like like Marilyn, as she said: "We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle".

4 - Be Bold
No one can deny that this was the main characteristic of Marilyn Monroe. The dress of the classic episode where she sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy was sewn into her  body. I believe this was part of her provocative personality because, is her own words: "I love to do the things the censors won't pass"; "If I'd observed all the rules, I'd never have got anywhere"; "Well behaved women rarely make history".

5 - Identify your signature style
Pencil skirts, marked waist, daring necklines and blond hair. It is difficult not to recognize the style Marilyn. Become known for your style.  It's all about knowing what you like and what you feel and look best in -- and then sticking to it. You also could consider planning your wardrobe around three key colors, such as pink, gray and black. Like Monroe, who gravitated toward muted tones, you'll be well on your way to having your own signature style.

6 - Striking make-up
Red lipstick was a classic in the lips of Marilyn. The color does not need to be red, but a striking eye shadow or lipstick can make your look more interesting.  

Be aware that red lip color is always in fashion, and contrary to popular belief, it can look good on any woman -- whether she's a blonde, brunette, redhead or somewhere in between. The vibrant color draws attention while sending a clear message that you're confident in the statement you're making. The key is being careful not to overdo it. 

7 - Make a difference become a quality
Many women do not like a different detail of her body. A mole, for example, may not be the object of desire of women, but can became a distinguishing feature of a diva.

8 -  High heels
Orthopaedic surgeons can not be moved by the argument, but the high heels empowers women and makes them sexy. Marilyn knew this and invested in stilettos. After finding the shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo,  she only wore the pieces created by him.

If the continued use of high heels is dangerous, ballerinas are also not a good option. The superfine soles do not absorb the impact of the foot on the ground, and can lead to excessive stretching of the ligaments and tendons of the leg to the knee. Try, at least, to use a height of not more than 4 cm. However, when there are no complaints about the column or discomfort associated with the use of heels, there is no reason to contraindicate its use.

9 - Do not hide your arms
Find a photo of Marilyn wearing long sleeves. Few, very few. Marilyn Monroe often bared her arms - and shoulders and cleavage 

10 - The hair is fundamental (and may be short)
To say that the hair is the face frame is an old cliche. But, it is true. In addition to finding the ideal color, you need to find the right cut for you, whether long or short.

11. Structure Your Look
A structured look on the outside starts with structure underneath. The structure and shape provided by a well-fitting foundation is nothing short of miraculous. Invest in a good bra and stay-up stockings.

12.  Cleavage
Vampy, not trampy. As Marilyn herself once said, "The trouble with censors is that they worry if a girl has cleavage. They ought to worry if she hasn't any."

Friday, July 27, 2012

Let the Games begin!

Vintage Olympic Poster

1948 Olympic Games - London

Friday, July 20, 2012

Chanel Jewelry

I absolutely love Coco Chanel. I admire her personality and work, her style, her elegance.

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel revolutionized the '20s, releasing women from the uncomfortable and rigid clothes of the 19th century. She reproduced her own image, the woman of the 20th century, independent, successful, with personality and style.

History of many sources credit Coco Chanel  as being the first to introduce costume jewelry as an acceptable accessory. She brought the world Chanel No. 5 in 1922 (still the world's best selling perfume), the Chanel style suit in 1924, the cardigan jacket in 1925 and the "little black dress" in 1926, and introduced a line of costume jewelry in 1932.

Originally inspired by the opulent, costly jewels and pearls gifted to her by her aristocratic lovers, Chanel raided her own jewel vault and partnered with Duke Fulco di Verdura to launch a House of Chanel jewelry line.

Coco made “chic” to wear fake jewelry. Also she wore jewelry that was meant for the evening, with her daytime outfits, like her long string of pearls.  In her own words:

To ask a woman to wear real jewelry only
is like asking her to cover herself with real
flowers instead of flowery silk prints.
She’d look faded in a few hours.
I love fakes because I find such jewelry provocative,
and I find it disgraceful to walk around with millions
around your neck just because you’re rich.
The point of jewelry isn’t to make a woman look rich
but to adorn her; not the same thing. “

Source: via Fer on Pinterest
        Coco Chanel, 1938


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pearls always look great!

Girls in the Window by Ormond Gigli, 1960

Girls in the Window by Ormond Gigli, 1960.

The day before this brownstone on East 58th was razed, Gigli posed 43 women in formal dress in the windows, some daring to step out onto the crumbling sills while Gigli directed with a bullhorn. Read more here

ORMOND GIGLI was born in New York City in 1925. He became famous early on during the 1950s for his photographs of theatre, celebrities, dance, exotic persons & places. His work appeared prominently on covers & editorial pages of LIFE, TIME, PARIS MATCH, SATURDAY EVENING POST, COLLIERS, and other major international publications. Gigli's groundbreaking portraits include Sophia Loren (at age 21), Anita Ekberg, Marcel Duchamp, John F. Kennedy, Halston, Gina Lollobrigida, Diana Vreeland, Giancarlo Giannini, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Sir Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Richard Burton, & many more. Most of these images have not been widely seen since they first appeared over four decades ago. 

Gigli worked more like a film director than a photojournalist. His ability to earn his subjects' trust in his vision - - often during complicated, uncomfortable, even dangerous setups - - was as important to the photos as his technical finesse with the camera. His disarming way with his subjects is evident in the revealing anecdotes of the people and times he so vividly recalls. He was welcomed backstage on Broadway as readily as he was in the private lives of celebrities. Some of Gigli's favorite photographs were self-assigned, international award-winners, such as "Girls in the Windows" photographed in 1960.

During the 70s and 80s Gigli turned to advertising photography, while continuing his editorial work. His assignments took him around the world many times.  Today, his photographs appear in prominent Galleries throughout the world.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Daphne Guinness, a fashion icon

"Fashion is not just about trends. It’s about political history. You can trace it from the ancient Romans to probably until the ’80s, and you can see defining moments that were due either to revolutions or changes in politics. At the end of the Roman era, there was this whole move against togas, because that was the signifier of the Roman Empire. In the same way, the ’60s were a reaction against the ’50s and so on. But now we’ve been feeding on a sort of cadaver. At the moment, we’re just endlessly recycling the past."

Maybe Daphne Guinness  has an eccentric style, maybe she seems Lady Gaga most of the times.  But I think she´s fabulous! Bold, crazy, amazing, funny...  And she is always wearing something vintage!

Fantastic video where Daphne talks about herself and the reason she wears what she wears.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

So cool!

I love this idea!
So classy, so elegant!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Coco Chanel truths

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
As quoted in The Gospel According to Coco Chanel : Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman (2009) by Karen Karbo

The best colour in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.
As quoted in Beauty in Bloom : A Collection of Beautiful Inspirations‎ (2009) by Natalie Bloom, p. 23

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
As quoted in Chanel : A Woman of Her Own (1991) by Axel Madsen, p. 124

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I'm too pretty to work...

Yeah, yeah, yeah...
We all have thoughts and days like this!

Spring Fever at

The DaWanda 'Spring Fever' discount special will take place from Monday, 26.03.2012 (10am CEST) until Thursday, 05.04.2012 (Midnight CEST).
The sale takes place in a maximum of 2 DaWanda main categories per day (Fashion, Accessories, Bags, Jewellery, Men, Baby, Children, Home + Living, Paper + Stationery, Art, Supplies, Vintage, Occasions + Celebrations). During the sale period you will receive a 12% discount off all participating products in the categories of the day (marked out with a little butterfly icon, excluding the SALE category). The reduced price will be displayed during the order process, and in your shopping basket.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dawanda Spring: Today 12% discount on ALL products!

A Primavera acordou! Hoje 12% de desconto em TODOS os produtos!

Der Frühling ist erwacht! Heute 12% Rabatt auf ALLE Artikel!

Spring has awakened! Today 12% discount on ALL products!

Le printemps est réveillé! Aujourd'hui 12% rabais sur TOUS les produits!  

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) trailer Elizabeth Taylor

One of my favorite moovies, a great play!

Love it, love it, love it!

Elizabeth is fantastic, Katherine and Montgomery Clift too.

Fundamental to watch and to read!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Print Out Vulture’s Downton Abbey Paper Dolls

Print Out Vulture’s Downton Abbey Paper Dolls

So cool!

Downton Abbey wraps up its second season this weekend, when the stellar Christmas special airs on PBS on Sunday night. (Seriously, this Christmas Special. It may even make you forget the stranger-from-the-past double-reverse-amnesia plotline.) To help get you through these next many months without Downton(season three! With Shirley MacLaine! Can't come soon enough!), here are four sets ofDownton Abbey paper dolls created by Kyle Hilton. You may not be able to watch new episodes for a while, but you sure can cut these dolls out and make up your own story lines. (Imagine all the things you can make Matthew and Mary do...) Below, please find printable paper doll sets — click on them to see a bigger version—of the Dowager Countess (complete with multiple facial expression), Matthew and Mary, Thomas and O'Brien and their villainous accessories, and Sybil in a contemporary T-shirt.

Illustrations by Kyle Hilton

Personally I miss Bates and Anna...

Dame Vivienne Westwood: People Look Ugly Wearing “Disposable Crap”

by Jasmin Malik Chua, 02/20/12

Sunday, February 5, 2012

1950's Womens Beauty Salon

Blue jeans are a must-have

"I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes". - Yves Saint Laurent

Marilyn in jeans for the movie "Clash by Night"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What people want from technology is usually pretty clear...

To be a bit more concrete, we're asking:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Vintage Condition Grading System - II

Condition Ratings
*** Source: Price Guide to Costume Jewelry, Third Edition by Harrice Simons Miller

Mint: New, never worn.

Near Mint: No apparent wear.

Excellent: No chipping or fading of finish or enamel; no missing, yellowed, or darkened rhinestones; no worn prongs or edges. If stones have been replaced, it should not be obvious.

Very Good: No missing or dead stones, no peeling pearls, minor chips in the enamel or slight wear on the prongs or edges.

Good: Any flaws do not affect wearability. Under a loupe there may be spotting in the foil, minor darkening or graying rhinestones, minor yellowing and signs of wear. Professional repairs.

Fair: Visible damage, missing or darkened stones, broken closures, severe wear. Old repairs with solder evident on reverse.

Poor: Stones chipped, scratched or missing; dents and holes in metal; some missing prongs.