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A bit of instruction

I have seen this video a number of times, but I still love watching it!  Happy Tuesday!


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I’m Dreaming…

A couple of nights ago I was watching White Christmas.  I have to say that is one of my favorite Christmas movies.  The music, the dancing, the clothes…I just love it all.  I could watch Vera Ellen dance all day, and I am thinking of convincing one of my sisters to put together an act with me so that we can do that “Sisters” song…

But most of all, I am determined to one day have a dress just like the one Rosemary Clooney wears when she sings “Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me.”

If I had loved during this time period I would want to be a singer at a club like this.  To wear beautiful dresses and sing beautiful songs every night would be my idea of the good life.


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Late Night

I took yesterday off after my very busy weekend, and at the end of the day I guess I was just too well rested, because I couldn’t get my brain to turn off to go to sleep.  On top of that, the smoke detector started beeping because it needed a new battery sometime around 1am( and speaking of which, why don’t those things ever start beeping during the day rather than in the middle of the night?)  Luckily, my friend Paul sent me the frame by frame screen shots of the dancers in the 40’s episode of Army Wives the other night and I spent several late night hours sifting through them.  I love the whole atmosphere of the USO dance, and the outfits look great!  I’m sure these shots are not nearly as exciting if you don’t know the people in them, but I had a great time trying to pick out my friends from Tuesday night swing dances here in Greenville!  Here are a few shots for your enjoyment.armywives04684






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Housewives and Army Wives

The reason for my recent lack of posts was that I participated this weekend in the West Greenville Arts Festival.  Although it rained the entire weekend, it was fun and beneficial, and I got to see just how waterproof my tent is.  Needless to say I am exhausted and have spent today lounging on my couch like a true lady of leisure.  So, in a moment of shameless self promotion, I am posting a few of the pieces in my Modern Conveniences series of paintings, currently on display at the Greenville Little Theater during their run of Noises Off.  And, I encourage you to check out my art blog, where I will shortly be posting photos of my rain soaked weekend!

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On a totally different note, did any of you see last night’s episode of Army Wives?  It is not a show I typically watch, but last night they did a 1940’s episode.  I would have watched for the clothes and hairstyles alone, but I was also excited because many of my friends from the swing dance scene here in Greenville were the background dancers in the USO segment at the beginning of the show!  I haven’t been able to locate any screen shots from the episode, but any of you guys who were there, send me your photos and I will post them here.  In the meantime, here is a short video about the styling from the Army Wives blog.


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I’ve got a man whose always late…

Here’s a little Dinah Washington remix to spice up your night.  I love dancing to this song!  Not sure about the video though…

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Dancing the Night Away


I went swing dancing tonight and didn’t have the time to put together a proper post.  And, now I’m too tired to think straight, so you will have to settle for a great pic from the movie Swing Kids (which, if you haven’t seen it, you need to check out).  Good night!


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What they wore

Photo courtesy squareamerica.com

Photo courtesy squareamerica.com

Photo courtesy squareamerica.com

Photo courtesy squareamerica.com

Now that you have been practicing your dance moves, you are probably trying to figure out what to wear to complete your vintage 40’s look.  Because of the war, fabric was limited, so women were encouraged to “mend and make do.”  Dresses were slimmer, fell below the knee, and waistlines hit at the natural waist.  The broad shoulder look was influenced by the military, and by the fact that many women turned their husbands’ old suits into suits for them!  Nylon stockings first appeared in 1940, but when nylon was rationed for the war effort, women used stocking paint and drew lines up the back of their legs to give the look of stocking seams.  Hats were often small and military inspired.  For even more fashion info, check out one of my new favorite blogs, Glamour Daze.

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