Happy Birthday, Betty White!

One of my favorite acresses, and a truly wonderful lady, she’s turning 92 today! A red letter day, too, because it’s Michelle Obama’s 50th! Another fab lady who’s aging gracefully, and has made quite an impact during her tenure as First Lady! As amazing as our current FLOTUS is, however, she is no Betty White!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

Gorgeous, talented, sweet and funny! This lady has it all!

She started on the radio in the 1930s, and then proceeded to charm television audiences for decades! Her love of animals, and always perky, charming, slightly naughty attitude have endeared her into the hearts of the American public. The first woman to have her own tv show and to win an emmy, plus she’s been awarded (among the many others) the Screen Actors Guild Life Acheivement Award!

So sporty!

So sporty! Betty was rocking the monochrome and contrasting shoe look since the ’50s!

OMG, y'all. Seriously??? She's SO CUTE!

OMG, y’all. Seriously??? She’s SO CUTE!

Pretty sure no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower.

I’m absolutely certain no one else has ever taken a prettier picture with a flower. I also adore her polka dot blouse!

Look at that dimple!!! She's literally the most adorable person ever.

Look at that dimple!!! She’s literally the most adorable person ever.

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

LOVE the dress, the mod sofa, the everything!

Again, the setting is fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

The settings fabulous, and she really was on top of tv.

 

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

Her mildly-psychotic character, Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a true original!

She even did guest appearances on Mama's Family!

She even did guest appearances on Mama’s Family!

Her start was really on the early TV game show circuit, where she met her late husband, Allen Ludden.

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

The Queen of Game Shows! What a woman!

Obvs, I am a huge fan of The Golden Girls, and remain totally obsessed with all four fabulous ladies! Betty, as the last surviving member of this illustrious group, is definitely holding her own! She’s still on tv, was the oldest host of SNL, stars on both Hot in Cleveland, and the hilarious Off Their Rockers.

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

Rose Nylund was so silly, sweet, nutty, and delightful!

AREN'T THEY THE BEST?!?!

AREN’T THEY THE BEST?!?!

I could write about Betty forever, but since I’m going to see Elvis Lives tonight, this will have to do for the moment! Enjoy reading about this amazing lady, and being inspired this weekend by her many accomplishments and gorgeous/fantastic style!

Are you a Betty White fan? What’s your favorite character?? Who’s your favorite Golden Girl?

Random Fun Wednesday – Hats and Art!

Woo for mid-week! Since it’s still cold in places, and I obvs have a particular affinity, the first fab topic is hats! There are SO MANY options if you’re looking for a cute way to keep all that heat in your head this winter!

Bold color combinations aren't for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You'll look even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

Bold color combinations aren’t for the faint of heart, but I adore this bright look! You’ll be even more glam against the grey/white backdrop of a winterized cityscape!

This chick is rockin' the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

This chick is rockin’ the military hat, and making a fab splash with the vintage-inspired sunglasses and bold red lips!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it's super funky!

As the recipient of a similar fur hat this past Christmas, I think this is GREAT! Her dark lips make this an elegant statement, and it’s super funky!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

If you must wear a fedora, try this monochrome look! Pair with fun accessories to girl it up. The other option is totally bright!

I don't do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

I don’t do caps, partically because they usually make my ears look prominent and goofy, but this one is adorbs! Find one with a pompom ASAP!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally put together!

If you need to cover those ears, a beanie is a great option! Coordinate with a classic/modern jacket and look totally bohemian chic!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she's doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn't recommend unless you're a badass, but if that's what you're feelin', by all means, do it!

HAHAH! I have no idea how she’s doing it, but these ears are the cutest. I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re a badass, but if that’s what you’re feelin’, by all means, do it!

Next up, some amazing artists who also happen to be ladies! The first, Hannah Höch, described as “the mother of photomontage,” her work was part of, and was also intentionally marginalized by her male peers, in the Dada movement. Despite the efforts of her critics, a new exhibit opening today at the Whitechapel Gallery in London highlighting her extraordinary work! Even seeing this small sample of her collages, I am intrigued, amused, and deeply impressed by her consistent ability to produce a single piece of art from multiple, totally unrelated images. Each piece conveys movement, unity, and a distinct element of introspective humor.

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26x17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Aus der Sammlung: Aus einem ethnographischen Museum (From the Collection: From an Ethnographic Museum), 1929, Collage and gouache on paper, 26×17.5cm, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh Bequeathed by Gabrielle Keiller, 1995

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Ohne Titel (Aus einem ethnographischen Museum) (Untitled [From an Ethnographic Museum]), 1930, Collage, 48.3 x 32.1 cm, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Photo: courtesy of Maria Thrun

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23x18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Flucht (Flight), 1931, Collage, 23×18.4cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36x19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Für ein Fest gemacht (Made for a Party), 1936, Collage, 36×19.8cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund ( Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Um einen roten Mund (Around a Red Mouth) c. 1967, Collage, 20.5 x 16.5 cm, Collection of IFA, Stuttgart

Wrapping up the general “ladies being awesome” theme today, is artist/photographer Carrie Mae Weems. I recently stumbled upon an article about her latest photography project: The Museum Series. Along with a Three Decade Retrospective of her work on view at the Guggenheim, this series will be up in Harlem at the Studio Museum later this month. The idea behind The Museum Series is the creation of a visual/photographic display of the disconnect between minority artists (in Weems’ case, specifically female and African-American) and the traditional artworks highlighted in large, established museums around the world (almost exclusively white male).  “Weems invites viewers to contemplate instances of inequality, whether they be minor incidents in the home or a prejudiced construction of art history. In this series in particular, the artist asks viewers to meditate on museums not as pre-existing temples but man-made creations, in which some are included and others are not.” (via HuffPo’s Priscilla Frank)

Guggenheim Bilbao (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Guggenheim Bilbao (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Louvre (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Zwinger Palace (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Pergamon Museum (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (from "The Museum Series"), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Project Row Houses (Houston, TX) (from “The Museum Series”), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

I recently had a mini-moment at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth when I realized that literally two of the pieces on display (in both the special exhibit and general collection) were artworks created by women. While I understand the cultural limitations and social pressures placed on females, and other minorities, over the course of history, clearly they were creating. Their exclusion from “premier” institutions and artistic societies is well documented, however, the continued effort to discredit/ignore/separate those works not only maintains outdated biases, but is inherently limiting for everyone. The massive loss of varied perspectives, techniques, and ideas cannot be condoned, especially in a culture aching to explore the “new” and “different.” Look no further than the traditionally disenfranchised, and get ready to escape your comfort zone!

Do you have a favorite winter hat and/or look? Have you tried pairing bold colors or monochrome? Are you interested in collage and/or photomontage? Are you interested in photography? Do you have a favorite artist who happens to be female? Do you have thoughts regarding the male-monopoly in traditional museums?

Golden Globes Frocks that Rocked!

Those of you who did not catch the 71st Annual HFP Golden Globes last night are likely being inundated with the results, flubs, and fashion today. While I do have intense opinions about some actors, hair and makeup, and the majesty that is Tina Fey and Amy Poehler together on stage being amazing, I’ll keep most of those to myself, and comment purely on the fashion-y aspects of last night’s alcohol-soaked celebrations.

They are so fabulous in all the ways.

As much fun as it would’ve been to hang out with Amy and Tina all night, there were other stars to see, and each and every one of them looked gorgeous. Yes, there were definitely some ensembles I would not have chosen (for them or myself), however, these people are confident enough to appear on live, internationally-broadcast television wearing whatever they chose, so everyone deserves an A+ for bravery! That being said, there were some absolutely breathtaking gowns this year, so enjoy:

Our outrageously gorgeous hostesses! They both looked incredible, stylish, and uniquely gorgeous!

Our outrageously gorgeous hostesses: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler! They both looked incredible, stylish, and totally unique in their elegance!

There were lots of black dresses, which is appropriate for a winter event, and each of them was lovely in a different way!

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Emma Roberts, wearing a vintage-inspired Rosemary Clooney throwback. LOVE this neckline!

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Jessica Chastain’s dress is gloriously beaded, with a corset-inspired bodice, and elegant sweetheart neckline.

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Julianna Margulies looking fabulous in her black and gold, with a plunging neckline for edgy-ness, and IT HAS POCKETS!

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Ok, some people are McHatin’ on Julia Roberts’ dress, and even though she has literally every choice in the world, this gown fits her nicely, and looks fabulous with her bouffant hair and makeup! Also, let’s face it, sometimes you don’t want to show off your arms, no matter who you are!

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LOVE THIS DRESS! Melissa McCarthy looks so simultaneously edgy and elegant! The collar is amazing, and I adore the beading! Fabulous dress on a fabulous lady!

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Sophia Vergara, always amazing, opted for black, with an serious bustier and statement necklace. It shows off her magnificent shape, while looking completely elegant.

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The incomperable Emma Thompson (while her shoes were still on) looks AMAZING! I love the lines of this dress; they are both slimming and elongating, and the material is so beautiful!

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It’s wonderful to see Elisabeth Moss looking so gorgeous! Her sheer, beaded gown is a piece of art, and her shoes are fabulous!

Cate Blanchett wore maybe the most beautiful black lace dress ever! The back was also completely stunning. Her hair and makeup completed the classic, old Hollywood glamour look, and it was perfect.

Cate Blanchett wore maybe the most beautiful black lace dress EVER! The back was also completely stunning. Her hair and makeup completed the classic, old Hollywood glamorous look, and it was perfect.

There were also lots of reds!

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Amy Adams was clearly recreating her American Hustle look, and accomplished it with absolute perfection. I love the contrasting reds, the fabric and the fit! Her hair and makeup are elegant and simple. She looks so lovely!

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Lupita Nyong’o chose this ravishing gown that is off the shoulder, and fitted, but not too tight, and the cape-y sleeves are WONDERFUL! She looks fantastic!

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Emma Watson is the coolest!!! She looks fantastic, and totally modern, but also chic and completely elegant! No idea how she does this, but I’m so glad we get to appreciate her!

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is SMOKIN’ hot! She looks glorious, and her hair is pulled back in a beautiful ponytail, which makes the ensemble more playful.

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Modern Family‘s favorite “nerd” sister, Ariel Winter looks incredible!!! The color and draping of this gown is insanely flattering! It’s amazing/totally terrifying that she’s only 15!

A gaggle of silver and winter whites!

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Jennifer Lawrence looked elegant and edgy in her gathered gown, and completely badass hair!

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Kerry Washington glowed in her custom dress, and was totally adorable as always.

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Although we didn’t see much of her during the show, Michelle Dockery looked glorious! Her beaded gown is classic, and fits her like an elbow-length glove!

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Another “Downton” player, Laura Carmichael is rockin’ it! Lady Edith is, let’s face it, the worst, but this starlet looks fantastic!

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Robin Wright looks phenomenal! Her hair is completely awesome, her dress is gorgeous, and she looks super toned and confident!

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Naomi Watts wore a dress almost identical to Robin Wright’s, but her silvery sheath included some strategic cut-out patterning on the bodice!

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Rashida Jones managed to look completely incredible! I LOVE this dress, the beading and pattern are completely Hollywood-propriate, and her hair is perfect! Fun, flirty, West Coast elegance!

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Full disclosure: I have not seen (nor will see) Wolf of Wall Street, however, this emerging starlet, Margot Robbie looks gorgeous! Her dress is beautiful, with emerald and diamond beading, and her green shoes are icing on this delicious lady cake!

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One of my favorites from Game of Thrones, the dragon princess herself, Emilia Clarke looked gorgeous, as usual! Her dress is lovely, and looks like some kind of white dragon scales! Love the fit!

Also featured, bright colors, sequins and even more beads!

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I adore Sandra Bullock’s dress! The fabric, fit and colors are gorgeous! I love the contrasting lining!!! Also one with sneaky side pockets! She looks so elegant in this fun mix of classic and modern!

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Well hello, Reese Witherspoon, you look FANTASTIC!!! This is a simple gown that is unbelievably flattering, the color is gorgeous, and her hair makes it a fabulous look all around!

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Looking a bit sad and uncomfortable, Lena Dunham went for a daring dress in an even more daring color, and it is an absolute win!

Another lady who slipped by for the majority of the evening, Lizzy Caplan wore a beautifully beaded gown!

Another lady who slipped by for the majority of the evening, Lizzy Caplan wore a beautifully beaded, Art Deco-inspired gown! It’s unusual, daring and fits her curves so well!

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Olivia Wilde is learning everyone about looking great all the time, no matter what, always.

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This gorgeous lady, Taylor Schilling, looks elegant in a dress that few could pull off at all. The color is great for her, and she looks so glamorous!

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Helen Mirren, my hero, and the woman I want to be when I grow up, also taking ravishing to a new level in a green beaded gown. Seriously, no one else could do this, but she looks amazing!

Not only were the Globes rife with laughs this year (even a magnificent vagina joke!), but these gowns are also fabulous inspiration! They were all so exquisitely made with such gorgeous material, it’s delightful to see the stylistic choices, and imagine even more possibilities. There were so many more dresses to feature, but these are some of my absolute favorites. (Check out some vintage faves, too!) Usually, I don’t go in for award shows, however, the combination of incredible hosts and fabulous fashion was impossible to turn down, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching!

Do you watch award shows? Did you catch the Golden Globes this year? If so, which dress was your favorite, and why?

Vintage Vogue 1940s Scissors Dress!

It has been too long since I sewed a dress! My patchwork Sally dress for Halloween took an enormous amount of effort, and then the holidays happened, so recently I decided to remedy this by making a simple pattern with a fun print!

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Vintage Vogue Pattern #2787! I found this great red/black scissor fabric on sale at Hancock’s and couldn’t pass it up!

So dramatic, Vogue! Obvs, I double checked on Pattern Review to make sure this fancy promo photo wasn't an impossible dream.

So dramatic, Vogue! Obvs, I double checked on Pattern Review to make sure this fancy promo photo wasn’t an impossible dream.

I have an armoire full of fabrics, but most of them are either insanely fancy (dupioni silks, and the like), or inappropriate for the season. So, in an effort to ease back into sewing clothing, I knew I would need a straightforward pattern, but not one I’d sewn before (there’s no adventure in that!), and fabric that’s not difficult to work with. This, to me, usually means cotton, because it tends to be inexpensive and/or on sale, plus the prints are fun and the fabric is super cooperative/non-stretchy.

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This is my final product! Although you can’t see it, there’s a closure in the black I framed with eight black jet buttons! It’s pretty darn cute!

As a general petite-person rule, I shortened the hemline by (an insane) 8 inches! Since this is a 1940s pattern, fashions dictated longer hemlines, however, as you can tell, it still comes to my knees. If you are on any kind of budget, make sure you have a working idea of where you prefer your hemline. (You’ll save enormous amounts of time, money and fabric this way!) If I hadn’t removed the extra length before cutting out my pattern pieces, I would have needed an additional yard of fabric! As it was, I managed to make this dress using only three yards (sans the suggested shoulder pads), and it is completely appropriate for work, or as a vintage-style cocktail dress!

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I opted for knee-high, black suede boots, and victory rolls to really punch up the 40s glam!

This pattern was definitely simple to sew, and although I did need to make some adjustments, they were all completely doable with a minimal amount of seam ripping! For my figure, that included taking larger darts (front and back), amending the curved front seam, as well as taking in the side seams between the sleeves and hips. All of these changes were made due to my “hourglass” shape, which requires making a larger size to accommodate my bust/hips and then making the necessary changes through the waist and shoulders.

So many curves!

So many curves!

Not only did I manage to create this dress with slightly less than the suggested yardage, but I have enough left over to make a matching hat! (When I do, no worries, I will absolutely post the final results/fab ensemble!) During one of my estate sale excursions I found, and immediately purchased, an un-covered hat form. It just so happens to be a lovely 40s-style, wide brim just aching to be covered in scissor fabric, with a contrasting black under-brim and ribbon! Also, I’m officially on the lookout for antique and/or vintage tiny scissors to help create the feathered accent piece! (It will double as a brooch for those rare occasions that aren’t hat-propriate.) If you see some, let me know!

Brimming with possibilities, isn't it??

Just brimming with possibilities, isn’t it?? (Ha!)

The brim is so perfect! It's off-center, so it is supposed to be worn atop an elaborate hairdo!

It is so perfect! It’s set off-center so it can be worn atop an elaborate hairdo!

For those rare occasions not requiring a hat, a fabulous 1940s inspired hairdo will definitely be an acceptable substitute! I know there are lots of tutorials, inspiration, and celebrity throwback styles to choose from! Some of these styles are easy to reproduce at home with some hot rollers and bobby pins, but obviously there are others that require finesse, four arms and extra eyes, so maybe go to a stylist. Here’s some vintage hair inspiration to help you decide!

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Betty Grable looking stunning in victory rolls that are glossy perfection! Don’t be fooled, during the process there’s a lot of teasing. It’s only smooth on the top!

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Rita Hayworth has iconic hair, and you can absolutely recreate that gorgeous wave! Even with shorter hair, just use smaller curlers!

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Veronica Lake created a sly, sexy persona with her deep part and lovely wave curls! Again, grab those curlers and this one’s an instant success!

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Diane Kruger’s modern interpretation, complete with beautiful flower fascinator, proves that a vintage style can be done with fine hair and still look stunning!

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Last, but never least, the fabulously coiffed Dita von Teese in all her 1940s glory! Everything about her is flawless.

See?? You could absolutely do that! If I can pull together a couple of victory rolls before 9:00AM with my unwashed, super fine hair, you too can recreate a glamorous vintage-inspired look! Besides, once you invest in a set of hot rollers (I bought these several years ago for $15 at Walgreens!), you can create almost any 40s-60s hairstyles. It all comes down to effort, brushing, and maybe some teasing. It’ll all be worth it when you look amazing and feel super confident! So, if you’ve got fun plans this weekend, try out a retro outfit and/or hairstyle and enjoy the compliments!

Do you wear vintage and/or vintage-style clothes from the 40s? What about hairstyles? Would you pair a vintage hairstyle with a modern/trendy look? Why or why not?

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

On this day, January 8th, 1935, a poor little baby child was born in the ghetto of Tupelo, Mississippi. That child, Elvis Aaron Presley, grew up influenced by gospel and country songs, and eventually changed rock n’ roll music forever.

Happy birthday, you crazy, hip swingin' rock n' roll vagabond!

Happy birthday, you crazy, gorgeous, sultry, hip swingin’ rock n’ roll vagabond!

As I have mentioned, I super LOVE Elvis. His voice, and animal magnetism made him an incredible performer, and his unique style resonated with millions of people all over the world, not only his generation, but their children and grandchildren! I think it was his bold, totally unapologetic outrageous-ness that made him a mega-star. He was so completely confident in his vocals, costumes and persona, he still draws people in years after his death.

Look at this cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on tv) before Elvis.

Look at this hep cat! NO ONE danced like this (especially not on TV) before Elvis.

During my brief time at Graceland, I was fortunate enough to see some of his amazing jumpsuit/costumes in person! They are masterpieces of craftsmanship, and quite impressive in their own right, with or without an Elvis in them!

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The entire former racquetball court is now filled with awards and jumpsuits! It’s incredible.

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SO MANY SEQUINS! Also awards. You should know, he’s kind of a big deal.

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Up close they’re amazing! (They also weigh like 50 pounds each.) How many dudes can pull off a TIGER JUMPSUIT?!?! He was so great, y’all.

As a seamstress, and a lover of vintage things, it’s completely understandable that I am all about Elvis. He was an incredible showman, and continues to live as an enduring piece of the “classic” rock era. He also sings like a sexy angel, and was kind of a badass. I love a good theme, especially for Christmas time, so a couple of years ago I did an “Elvis Christmas!”

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The whole tree! Simple, but pretty! I did a silver and blue theme to support my awesome EPE-certified ornaments!

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Sexy blue jumpsuit!

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Amazing gold and purple! Look at those ‘burns! You can really feel the heat.

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So jovial with his guitar!

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PRETTY SURE I SAW THIS ONE AT GRACELAND!

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I bought this yard of fabric that was specifically an Elvis tree skirt!!! It also made two round ornaments!

A couple of years later, I was given another AMAZING piece of cross-cultural Elvis paraphernalia!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too!

Of course he got decked out for Christmas, too! I did a gold and white tree that year to match!

As you can probably tell, Elvis Presley continues to fascinate and delight, not only little ol’ me, but folks all over the world! His lasting legacy has endured because he was outlandish, original, sexy, talented, and a dedicated performer. His career included stints as a musician, singer, soldier, and actor. My favorite is Blue Hawaii!

It's so silly, but it's set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury's in it!

It’s so silly, but it’s set in gorgeous 1960s Hawaii, AND Angela Lansbury’s in it!

Although he was not a perfect man, he was an amazing talent, and remains an enduring icon of the 20th century. For his voice, his music, his performances, his sex appeal, and his over-the-top taste, I say: Thank you, sir, and I wish you a very happy birthday!

Are you an Elvis fan? Have you been to Graceland?? Would you like to go someday? Which Elvis hit is your favorite??

Winter Wonderland Wardrobe!

It’s (temporarily) winter time in Houston! It’s a good/ridiculous twenty-odd degrees colder than it ought to be, and Day After Tomorrow kinds of cold all over the Northeast and the Midwest, so let’s talk about flaunting those cold weather clothes that normally hide in the closet like little fabric hermits!

The high today is 34! Winter dun came already!

Ok, so I know there are folks dealing with weather much more intense and disruptive, but they are totally allowed to stay inside, hopefully by a fireplace and/or space heater, all curled up with a quilt while wearing pajim-jams. (Also, it’s gorgeous, apparently.) For those of us forced to continue being exposed to wind chill, we’ve got to wear something, and it might as well be fabulous.

So simple, elegant and timeless! Get the color you want and accessorize!

So simple, elegant and timeless! Get the color you want and accessorize!

There are seriously a million choices and styles. Go retro, super modern, classic, whatever your heart desires!

There are seriously a million choices and styles. Go retro, super modern, or classic! Add fur (or faux fur), belts, buttons, asymmetry, a flared skirt; whatever your heart desires!

One of these poofy jobs is great for rain and/or snow!

One of these poofy jobs is great for rain and/or snow! Plus the necklines are way fun!

If you don’t already have a coat, good grief I’m sorry, but it’s not too late to pick one up! If you’re on a serious budget, hit up the thrift stores near you! (The Salvation Army’s got half price clothing on Wednesdays and Saturdays!) Outerwear trends don’t change drastically, so you can almost certainly find something suitable. I was on the lookout for a trench coat, and found an awesome red one for $6! It has a super soft lining and everything! Originally, I wanted a gray one, and maybe someday that’ll happen, but clearly the universe had brighter plans.

See?? What a fun twist on a classic coat! If it's got a liner you can wear it almost any season, too!

See?? What a fun twist on a classic coat! If it’s got a liner you can wear it almost any season, too!

If you’re anything like me, and have a flare for the dramatic, you could also go with an AMAZING retro option: the cape! Not only is it classic, universally flattering, and excellent for layering, but you’re sure to make a glorious entrance into any building and/or event! My mother recently made a purple, floor-length, reversible, hooded cape for my aunt for Christmas, and there just happened to be enough fabric left over to make a slightly shorter, but equally gorgeous cape for yours truly! (I’ll have to post a picture in the coming days.)

Here are a couple of retro cape patterns I have! They are so incredible! The fabric and accent options are limitless.

Here are a couple of retro cape patterns I have! They are so incredible! The fabric, style, and accent options are limitless.

So, if you’re making a fabulous coat, shopping around, or revamping one you already own with fun scarves, hats and gloves, be sure you’re warm enough out there! Despite what those guys in shorts and t-shirts seem to think, being cold does not make you look like a badass. No one wants to walk around like Randy from A Christmas Story, but being miserable by choice is never a good look. (Btw, fellas, a man in a sweater and/or peacoat is a WIN every time.) Just dress for the season we’re in (or whatever “season” it happens to be outside), and you’ll look great, not ridiculous. Have fun with it! As we know all too well in Texas, it certainly won’t last long!

Do you have a favorite winter ensemble? Do you have a go-to coat? Is it brightly colored?? Do you rotate accessories, or stick to just one scarf/hat/pair of gloves? Which is your favorite winter weather clothing item??

Toothy Jewelry – Beautifully Macabre

Happy New Year!!! So far, my 2014 has involved rad partying, and dental surgery.

My NYE ensemble!

My NYE ensemble! Lookin’ sassy!

Close up of my fab turban and super fun makeup!

Close up of my fabulous turban and super fun makeup!

Isn't she a beauty?? I can't wait to paint it and make it into some fab jewelry!

Here’s my wisdom tooth! Isn’t she a beauty?? I can’t wait to paint it and make some jewelry!

Obviously, I am a classy lady, and a bit of an opportunist, therefore, I fully intend to create a gorgeous necklace out of this, (hopefully) the only tooth I will have forcibly removed from my head. The results of a quick “googling” yield somewhat creepy celebrity jewelry lines and various grillz worn by the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. There are also super cool procedures you can purchase to bedazzle your teeth while they’re still in your mouth! What fun, and so elegant.

Rock that "Deco Dent," you hot chick with cool sunglasses!

Rock that “Deco Dent,” you hot chick with cool sunglasses!

Awkward tooth adornments aside, the wearing of teeth as jewelry dates back a long way, and was highly popular in the Victorian period. The trend was bolstered by the exchange of macabre gifts between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In 2010, an exhibit called “Victoria & Albert: Art and Love” highlighted some of the beautiful baubles exchanged between the two royals, and included the below brooch and necklace.

It's such a gorgeous piece! Apparently this tooth is the first lost by Princess Victoria.

It’s such a gorgeous piece! Apparently this tooth is the first lost by Princess Victoria.

So gorgeous! Not human teeth though, but the teeth of a stag Prince Albert shot at Balmoral.

So gorgeous! Not human teeth though, but the teeth of a stag Prince Albert shot at Balmoral.

While wearing human teeth is still considered a bit odd (even though they fall out completely naturally all the time), people are much more likely to sport animal teeth, especially shark, alligator and other predators. Whether or not you look like more of a badass, these teeth are pretty awesome to behold. If you aren’t at a beachfront store, or on a swamp tour in Louisiana, you can still purchase toothy goodies on Etsy. If you’ve got some teeth lying around that you’ve been holding on to, this is also a great way to get DIY inspiration!

A statement shark tooth necklace!

A statement shark tooth necklace! Going to a party at a museum?? Wear this!

Super fancy, golden shark tooth necklace!

Super fancy, golden shark tooth necklace!

Human tooth rings!!!

Human tooth rings by bonejewelry!!!

Even earrings!

Even earrings!

If you're a way cool surfer dude, this necklace is just for you!

If you’re a way cool surfer dude, this necklace was made just for you!

I do not have any additional stray teeth, unfortunately. Although I’m really into painting stuff gold at the moment, I do have a pair of earrings I made out of doll’s eye charms, and they’re silver. Since I didn’t get all four wisdom teeth removed, these seem like the perfect co-accessory for my tooth necklace, so silver it is!

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They totally blink, btw.

So, given the wide array of style options, and longstanding history of tooth jewelry, it makes a certain amount of sense that people continue to be intrigued/disgusted/delighted by the idea of these intimate body parts being worn as baubles. Western culture, especially in America, does not (usually) encourage “warrior jewelry,” which serves to display killing trophies, and our obsession with sex/youth diminishes our cultural acceptance of death and mortality. Despite this, I often prefer an emphasis of the macabre, and am curious about the more grisly aspects of the human experience, therefore, I embrace the beautiful dichotomy that is toothy jewelry!

Do you have any teeth/tooth jewelry in your collection? Would you wear human teeth? Do you know someone who does?? Are they painted, or simply cleaned? Have you seen any vintage and/or ancient examples that you thought were particularly interesting?