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Tough Enough

Photo by the amazing Keith J. Carson. This is one of the photos from my vintage pin-up shoot a few months ago.  Want to see the painted version of this picture?  Come to my show at Coffee & Crema here in Greenville tomorrow night.  The reception is from 6-9pm, and music will be provided by the wonderful Stephanie Fagan.  Coffee & Crema is located in the Fresh Market shopping center on Atrium Blvd., between Laurens Rd. and Pleasantburg Dr.

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Even the best laid plans…

So, last night I got all dressed up to go to a New Years Eve party downtown where a friend’s band was playing.  I went out to my car only to discover that I had a flat tire.  It was pretty late by that point, and I wasn’t able to get a hold of anyone to come pick me up for the party, so I ended up spending the evening sitting on the couch, in my fancy outfit and hair, eating chocolate and watching a marathon of The Thin Man movies on TCM. (not a bad evening, but just not what I had planned.)

I was finally able to get my hair in to some form of victory rolls, thanks to this tutorial:

I don’t think her method is completely authentic, but it gives you the look and is really easy to do!  Here is what the final product looked like, even though I am the only one who saw it last night

And, I have to say after watching a lot of Thin Man last night, I adore Myrna Loy!  She always looked so beautiful and sophisticated, but she was also really funny.  I was reading a bio of her recently and was interested to learn that early in her career, she was typically cast as an “exotic”, made to look like she was of Asian decent.  The Thin Man movies helped break her out of that stereotype and into comedic roles.

photo courtesy avanzaza.com

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Merry Christmas Everybody!

I am headed home to Atlanta tomorrow, but wanted to leave you with a couple of Christmas images and a great website to check out while I am gone for the holiday!

I just love Christmas lights.  They make everything seem so magical this time of year.  Although, I could never be one of those people who completely cover their house and yard in lights.  That is mainly because these people pay huge electric bills, not to mention the cost of updating their electrical systems to handle all that extra power.  But also because I am one of those people who gets really annoyed when I see Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving, and to put that many lights on your house you have to start sometime in October!

But, I stumbled upon a great site recently that has everything I love about Christmas lights.  It is http://oldchristmaslights.com and it tells the history of electric Christmas lights in America from 1900 through 1950.  Lots of great information and pictures for you collectors.

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At the coin laundry

I don’t know what it is, but I love laundromats.  I think I have a really romantic notion of them, as I have never lived anywhere where I had to use one.  Most likely, if you do use one regularly, you may think I am crazy.  These photos just serve to feed my obsession, though.  Maybe my next series of vintage paintings should be at the laundromat…

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Hyena in Petticoats assembled this collage for her blog post, Laundromat Love!

Hyena in Petticoats assembled this collage for her blog post, Laundromat Love!

And, click on over to the Art & Light Gallery blog, where my good friend Teresa has written about the Oil and Rouge event, happening in one week!

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Greetings from Texas!

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My complete absence this past week was because I was visiting my baby sister in East Texas.  This was my first trip to Texas, plus I was really excited to see my sister!  We took a day trip to Jefferson, TX, a great little town with lots of antique stores.  It would have been a really quiet, lazy day, except that it was also a biker weekend, so there were thousands of motorcycles motoring up and down the street.  I did pick up a couple of vintage linen postcards, though.

In the spirit of my trip out west, I hope everyone will head over to the Golden Girl of the West blog and check out her gorgeous photos.

And, Friday night I will be participating in the Recycle Fashion show at the Arts Center in Clemson, SC.  I finished my newspaper dress last night, and it turned out really cool.  I will post photos after the event!

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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.

http://www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows/army-wives/blog

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The Frame for your face

I met my friend Sara for lunch today, and she came bearing gifts- a card of vintage Sta Rite hair pins and some Lady Elaine hair nets she had found when her family had a garage sale this past weekend.  I am perpetually thinking about making changes to my hair, from changing its color, length, style, everything.  I would have a new hairstyle every month if I could afford it!

So, I decided today would be a hair day, with some tutorials from some of my favorite vintage ladies on the web!

Most days of the week, I wear my hair in some variation of Casey‘s style in this tutorial:

Although, today, my hair looks like this:

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She had a tutorial of this style on her blog, but it is no longer there, and as I can’t read Dutch, I don’t know why…

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Click on the photo for Piksi's Photostream

I discovered this girl today, and I just love everything about her- her clothes, her glasses, not to mention her flawless hair.  Let’s see if I can figure out how she did this!

And finally, if you have never been over to the Bobby Pin Blog, go check it out.  She posts tons of photos of beautiful styles, and you can get her book, Vintage Hairstyling: Retro Styles with Modern Techniques.  My favorite post recently is when she discussed Lauren Bacall’s hair in the movie The Big Sleep.

Photo courtesy the Bobby Pin Blog

Photo courtesy the Bobby Pin Blog


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