Saturday, 5 November 2011

The elegance of smoking

When I was a little girl I would hold a pencil between my fingers pretending it was a cigarette. There is something so refined with the image of smoking... That is not to say that I would ever promote smoking. No, smoking is hopefully soon a thing of the past everywhere. Still, these images of yesteryear make me long to hold a long cigarette in one hand and a cocktail glass in the other.

Frances Farmer

Nobody, nobody smokes like Marlene Dietrich!

Rita Hayworth in Gilda.

This feels straight out of Mad Men. And the tag line says it all, no? ;)

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

I love hats!

This is from the blog Modern Vintage Girl.

"With my recent fascination and obsession with hats I’ve been looking at hat etiquette for both men and women. It’s actually quite different with men being expected to follow more rules...

A few sources have suggested that the difference is to due with the construction of the hats and how women’s hats where normally attached with hat pins and had more embellishments which made them harder to carry/take off.

Women are not required to take their hats off when going indoors, as they are a part of their outfits, however they can choose to do so.

Women can wear hats at formal teas, luncheons, and wedding ceremonies/receptions.

Women do not need to remove hats for the national anthem, unless they are men’s style caps, however they can choose to do so.

Women do not need to remove hats when in a restaurant, however they can choose to do so.

After 6pm cocktail/hats with small brims are appropriate. Examples of other appropriate head wear for evening are: fascinators, cocktail hats, Veils, combs, scarves as a headband.

Women are not required to remove hats in churches or other places of worship.

Lucille Ball

Women do NOT wear hats when:

Their hat might block someones view at the theatre.

When at work in an office.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Sweater Clips

Woman on the photo has no sweater clips on.

How to wear Sweater Clip Guards and Pins?

The idea for the sweater clip was to hold a very light weight sweater in place when worn loose on the shoulders. Sweater clips were very popular in the 1950s. You clip the sweater clips to each side of the collar of the sweater or just below. The sweater clips themselves are normally alligator type clips like that of what you find on a tie clip. Some sweater clips have a foldover clip like what was on dress clips from long ago. If you need a clip that holds very tight and secure then you may want a cinch clip as the alligator clips on the sweater clips don't really hold as secure. They are very attractive and come in many designs and lengths. If you need longer faux pearls or chains or shorter just let me know and I can modify one for you. You can also wear sweater clips on your blouse or vest as a decoration. These are so timeless and attractive.

This information came from here.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Gloves makes a woman feel glamorous

There is something about gloves that instantly makes everything so much more elegant!

A simple dress will immediately look opulent with long gloves.

This neat information on how to wear gloves is from the excellent : Couture Allure Vintage Fashion Blog :


1. Slip your hand down the glove and gently ease it on by grasping the cuff.

2. If the gloves are snug, smooth the fingers on gently to avoid splitting the seams.

3. Never pull by the cuff, as this can stretch your glove. Instead smooth the glove with upward strokes from the fingers up the arm.

4. Never push between the fingers. Smooth the fingers with upward strokes until the glove is comfortable.


1. Pull gently at the tip of each finger until you can hold the fingertips of the glove.

2. Grasp all the fingertips of the glove in the opposite hand and pull gently to ease your hand out.

3. Never grasp the cuff to pull your gloves off, as this will turn them inside out.


1. After removing your gloves, ease away any creases and reshape them.

2. Fold the thumb of each glove in and press the two gloves together, palms in, with fingertips and cuffs even.

3. With the cuff end facing out, fold the gloves over the side of your hand between the forefinger and thumb. Hold them in place with your thumb.

4. If the gloves are long, fold them in half lengthwise and place the folded part out, then hold between the forefinger and thumb.

Remember, a lady always wears both gloves, not just one.