Friday, July 25, 2014

summertime and the livin' is easy

Here are some of my latest scores and some random shots from my yard and garden. Actually the livin' aint been easy since my brand new HP computer died, what a big waste of money, a total piece of garbage. Plus I had a heck of a time getting these photos to load and I cant get them any larger, I need to go thrift shopping to calm down, that's for sure.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

New summer finds at the flea and thrifts

I am back in the blogging saddle again. The horrors of a new computer/old computer dying, plus alot of other crap have gotten in my way of touting my vintage finds. So, here is what's new from the thrifts and fleas:
Big green Pyrex mixing bowl, which I am using all of the time, plus medium size orange Pyrex bowl.

Aqua snowflake Pyrex casserole dish, it doesn't have a lid but that's the least of my problems, plus silver aluminum coffee canister with pink lid, HOLY COW!!!! Its filled with Chock Full O Nuts if you must know.

Beaded bag with bamboo handles and cool floral wooden and fabric bag, I am the Doc Severenson of handbags (Google him.). I used to work with an older guy who called me that, so I placed it into my repertoire.

At the thrift in Florida over Xmas I scored this new with tags (NWT as they say) Bermuda bag with an aqua cover embroidered with hot pink lobsters, how could I resist? I love obnoxious preppy stuff esp. since no one wears it, at least around here they don't. Most people I see are in sloppy sweatpants, sports jerseys and skin tight leggings regardless of thigh circumference.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Susan Slade starring Connie Stevens-- Now With Photos

The other nite I watched SUSAN SLADE, a 1961 soap opera type movie, I thought it was excellent. While not high art or a masterpiece of cinema, this movie has great style and reflects a more innocent era, although one that involves a lot of judgmental behavior and social stigmas.   In some ways maybe that's not such a bad thing, if you have even read a newspaper lately or looked out of your window and seen the chaos that is going on out there. We could use some social stigmas, if we had them no one would be wearing sweatpants to the restaurant or to the store or the office. Yes, sadly I said the office, which is now full of flip flops, obscene cleavage and short shorts. I carry a briefcase and a barf bag each day.  Anyhow,  Connie Stevens is Susan, a young woman who's adventurer boyfriend is killed in a mountain climbing accident.  He dies before Susan can tell him that she's pregnant. She is about 18 or so, and now she is going to be an unwed mother. So, many dilemmas come to the surface.  Did adventurer boyfriend, played by Grant Williams (who starred in The Incredible Shrinking Man) really love Susan? Would he have made things right if he survived?  How will Susan cope? Luckily her wealthy parents can shield her from dishonor and they do so at their incredible seaside estate. Will she ever be able to date Troy Donahue, the hot stable boy at the ranch, or smarmy Bert Convey, who wears ascots and jodhpurs? I loved the style of this movie, great dresses and great houses on the California coast. Cute boys too. I also liked the story, you really like Susan and feel for her, what with all this tragedy all over the place.  What a nightmare it was to get these photos to load.  
Here we have Connie caught in a clinch with lover boy. Uh oh, this wont be good in the long run.

TROY DONAHUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Connie in stylish outfits.

Below is the world's most beautiful dress, a light blue sensation on Connie.

TROY lookin a little weird but trust me he is HOT.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Susan Slept Here starring Debbie Reynolds

Last nite I watched the mid-1950s movie  "Susan Slept Here," starring Debbie Reynolds and Dick Powell. The plot was really stupid but the film had so much style!  Basically we have a 50 year old Powell playing a 35 year old (not believable, he looks 50), and a 22 year old Debbie playing a 17 year old (totally believable, she is adorable), and they fall in love. Talk about gross, ew, yuck. The film is innocent fun but this May-December romance is really taking things into the realm of the ridiculous, even for a fluff 50s movie.  Debbie's romantic rival for Powell is Anne Francis, who plays a spoiled wealthy starlet, She looks about 19 to be honest so even she is looking ridiculous chasing after Powell.  Anyhow, Powell lives in the most killer bachelor pad and Debbie wears the greatest dresses, her outfits are terrific. The colors in this movie really pop. Here are some scenes:

Awesome sports car!

 Femme Fatale in super dress!

In the 50s when you bought Xmas presents they wrapped them at the store in the most gorgeous paper, evidently. behold.

Swingin' Lair ala Bachelor. Complete with flocked Christmas tree.

Glamour gal!

Fab 50s kitchen in eye-popping lime green, wow! Note she is cooking with Revereware.

Diggeth the fridge and oven with a porthole!

great dresses

THE BEST CATEYE GLASSES EVER!!!!! To say I want these desperately is an understatement!

cute wool dress on Debbie and an adorable shirt

fab strapless dress in the 50s kitchen, just look at that radio.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Retro Christmas!

When I am lucky enough to find vintage holiday decorations at the thrift shop or estate auction they are often damaged, so I do some makeshift repairs and tweaking to save them from the trash heap. Actually at the auction they have a "discard pile" where people put stuff that they won but do not want, usually because they bought a boxed lot containing multiple items and only wanted one or 2 things. At the end of the auction the discard pile goes into the dumpster, so trash-pickers like me, oh wait I mean astute and creative people of vision and foresight, rummage thru the pile and grab useful stuff. I take anything I can use or repair to keep, donate to the thrift or sell on ebay to support my friend's dog rescue group. Below are some vintage holiday items that I repaired and added some flourishes to.
Here are some pink bells with silver holly leaves, I had to flatten out the leaves and reinforce them with cardboard on the  back. I removed some filthy pink ribbon and added vintage pink and grey striped paper curling ribbon and I added a silver cord hanger. This is now floating above the bar in my kitchen. Nuthin' says Xmas like pink and silver!!
 Here are a trio of 1950s era decorations, I found the Santa candle holder (Japan) at the thrift yesterday. The aluminum tree topper, which needed to be flattened out, was embellished with a few light reflectors and a bulb to give the illusion that electricity is involved. This will go on my silver aluminum tree, which I will put up later today, The Santa music box had to have the base fixed then I added tinsel for extra panache. Made in Japan in the 50s it still works!
  Below is a funky wreath made entirely of discarded items. I will be hanging it outside once the temps get above freezing today.

Lastly but not leastly, the new issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine is out, containing my latest masterwork!! Behold, get your copy at

Friday, December 13, 2013

Small Town Girl starring Jane Powell

Last nite I watched Jane Powell starring with Farley Granger in the 1950s musical Small Town Girl. It was just what the doctor ordered after a hellish day of work. Innocent, simpler times, where people hung out at the five and dime lunch counter and went to ice cream socials in the town square. No one wore sweatpants to the store. People dressed up. They drove great cars too.  Farley is a wealthy spoiled man who gets a speeding ticket while driving recklessly through a small town.  Jane's dad is the judge and he puts Farley in jail for 30 days.  Hilarity and many songs and dances ensue.  Will Farley get out of jail? Will he dump his fiancĂ©, played by Ann Miller, and run off with Jane?  The movie has great dresses, the women in the movie wore the best dresses ever, I was flipping out. Plus the colors were bright and vibrant, they don't make em like this anymore.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dita Dita Dita!

I saw Dita Von Teese! Me! I cannot believe this happened! And only had to go about a mile from my lair to do so, which makes it ever better.  The Saint and I went down to the theater the nite of the show, they had tons of tickets left. We got great seats up front in the orchestra section. I'd day the place was one-third full, about 500 people there. The show was fantastic, really entertaining. The master of ceremonies, Murray Hill, who calls himself "the hardest working middle aged man in show business," is actually a woman in a suit. She/he was hilarious. It wasn't a stand-up comedy routine, she/he was just talking about the acts and making fun of people in the audience (good naturedly). Dita does 4 routines and in between other burlesque performers do their acts. There were about 8 or so performers and the show is 2 hours so you get your moneys worth. They even had one boylesque act! It brought the house down, the women were going crazy, me included! Dita's acts are very professional with top notch props and costumes, very Hollywood razzle dazzle. She does a martini glass act, a cowboy routine with a pink glittery mechanical bull, an oriental pagoda set and one more I can't remember. (you know you had a good time when you cant remember any of it) We had a BLAST!!! I highly recommend seeing her stage show if you are a fan of burlesque. With the exception of one performer its pretty clean, not dirty. One performer, some way too skinny woman from the Crazy Horse club in Paris did a sleazy routine, it was nasty and I didn't like it at all, it was like porn, not burlesque. Other than that the show was terrific.

In other news I found a nice vintage hand bag at a thrift store (100 miles from my house). It has painted flowers for a nice touch. I do well at out of town thrifts.  The thrifts near me have the following: thousands of dusty copies of the Frampton Comes Alive LP, country decorations involving geese dressed in colonial outfits, stained cheap clothing from Target and scads of  repulsive used bedsheets. Ye gads, then why do I keep going to them???

Ignore my pale, claw-like hand and focus on my stylish leopard print bathrobe instead.

One more thing, last week these babies were for sale at the estate auction. I planned to win them and immediately get rid of the shades. (I no longer decorate with irony. I used to, but no more. I don't think anyone got the joke, they just thought I was a loser.) Since they weren't coming up on the auction block until late at nite I left a HUGE whopping bid, a large sum, way more than I would even want to pay, almost retail, and went home, confident that I would win them, since the sale was primarily a baseball card auction and hardly anyone was there other than guys who collect baseball cards.  I didn't win, I couldn't believe it. I demand to know who stole these out from under me! I am really curious as to who won them and why. I just hope they appreciate them as much as I would have.