Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Vogue Italia

Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia Sept. 2008

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Alexander McQueen Mens F/W 08/09

Alexander McQueen's menswear collection for fall/winter 08/09 is beyond outstanding! It's Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Jack the Ripper and Bill the Butcher all rolled into one. Love it. This is one of many reasons that he is my favorite designer!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Free Knickers

Kitty du Vert at Pinup Tales is partnering with UK lingerie shop Pandora's Choice for a fantastic frilly giveaway! Head on over to Kitty's blog to enter to win a pair of frilly knickers. Contest ends 1/21/09. Thanks KdV!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fine and Dandy

There's a new online store that is making big news: Fine and Dandy Shop. Their mission is to provide "Accessories for dapper guys". Shopkeeper Charles Henry wanted to create a smart and sophisticated shop for dandy-inspired men's accessories. He credits his grandfather as an everlasting inspiration of style. One piece of wisdom he shared was "Don't be afraid to show a little flair". I think we can all benefit from that advice, no? The site is easy to navigate and offers a little history and function for each item.

Make sure to check out the Fine and Dandy Shop blog, a sartorial jaunt of historical and modern day elegance and whimsy. Side note~ I really really want the Tattoo Man Magnet Set!!
*UPDATE I ordered the Tattoo Man Magnet Sets 3 & 4!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

January Winner

The winner for the January giveaway is:

Rachel from Astoria, NY!

Rachel wins a MAC Clear Lipglass, MAC Powerpoint Pencil in Engraved, and a MAC Eyeshadow in Nylon. As always, thank you to all who entered! xo

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January Giveaway

Happy 2009! I am kicking off the New Year with a trio of basics. The winner will receive a MAC Clear Lipglass, MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved (intense black) and MAC Eyeshadow in Nylon (neutral highlight). Perfect for anyone and must haves in your makeup bag!

Please EMAIL me (found in profile) your name and address, and one winner will be drawn~ giveaway ends Mon. Jan. 12th. Thanks! xo

Monday, January 5, 2009

Doppelganger: Jean

Nip/Tuck dancer Starlet and Jean Harlow

Visit Nip/Tuck Timeless Beauties and vote for Starlet!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hollywood Heritage Museum

It's been a little over a year since I moved back to the East Coast from Los Angeles and forgot I had these photos from my last visit to the Hollywood Heritage Museum, so I thought I would share them! If you are ever in the area, make sure you check it out as it's absolutely fascinating. They have the best Old Hollywood events and tours of the city. The museum is located at the foot of the Hollywood Hills above the Walk of Fame in an unassuming barn. The Hollywood Heritage Museum is "Hollywood's First Major Film Company Studio".

I worked on a number of films while living there and I certainly hold the process of film making in high regard; long hours and a lot of hard work. To show respect and recognition of the pioneers in film is not to be missed! This is one of the main reasons why I love Old Hollywood~ the creation of art in motion picture. The behind the scenes are just as interesting as the fantasy born in front of the camera. Make sure you check out the museum website at the end for more information and history! Click the photos for a better view!

I bought 9 books in the gift shop!

Pictures detailing the barn and the movie studio's illustrious history.

Here, Louise Brooks is seen joining in on the fun for the celebration of the barn's second location on Melrose & Vine where the current Paramount studios is located.
This address is for the studio's first location in 1913, at Sunset & Vine. 13 years later, the barn moved 1.5 miles north to it's second location.

Cecil B. DeMille's office

This giant megaphone was often used to bark directions for cast and crew. No need for this now, thanks to walkies and willing production assistants! If DeMille looked out the window hard enough, he could see the bumper of my red car. :)
DeMille took a break from screaming at someone to have his portrait taken.

Anyone working on the lot was usually there sometimes 12, 13, 14 hours a day, so many amenities were provided on the grounds.

This bell was used by the sound department for Foley artists and sound technicians. A Foley artist is a member of the crew who recreates natural sounds using many different objects. A little primitive, but they are still used today.

Part of the prop department. This wire rigged Douglas Fairbanks' flying carpet in 1924's The Thief of Bagdad!

Standard cosmetics of the hair and makeup department. Grease paint and powder.

Beautiful stills from some of Paramount's greatest films. The large photo on the left is from the 1923 epic The Ten Commandments. "The City of the Pharaoh" as it was called, was so large that it was impossible to disassemble, so it was easiest to bury it in the sand. (When the Hollywood & Highland Complex was being remodeled, the inspiration came from this historic set.) For more information, check out DeMille's Lost City.

3-20-09 CORRECTION Reader Missy pointed out my mixup; the large photo below is not of The Ten Commandments, but D.W. Griffith's 1916 Intolerance. This is the set that was used as inspiration for the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

DeMille's The Ten Commandments monstrous set, "The City of the Pharaoh" was buried in the sand outside of Los Angeles and excavation for this priceless treasure still continues today. See link posted above for more details.

Funny, the movie cameras have changed, but the Klieg lights still look the same!

Wall to wall artifacts!

The museum is in a quaint Hollywood neighborhood called Whitley Heights. This is also where Valentino bought his first home, Falcon Lair.

The museum has a large collection of memorabilia from the best restaurants, nightclubs and hotels from Hollywood's Golden Age, including The Brown Derby and The Ambassador.

Silent film star Pola Negri's on set stool.