Tuesday, 31 March 2015

10 Facts On Elvis Presley

Its about time I did a blogged about 'facts on Elvis'. I think he's an incredible singer and thought it was about time to do a blog post on my favourite interesting facts. Lets begin shall we?

1. Elvis's famous black hair was dyed, his natural colour was born.

2. Elvis purchased his first guitar when he was 11 years old. He wanted a rifle but his mum convinced him to get a guitar instead.

3. In 1947, a local radio show offered a young Elvis (age 12) a chance to sing love on air but he was too shy to go on,

4. At 18, Elvis paid $4 to make his first record. It was a gift for his mum.

5. In 1954, Elvis auditioned for a gospel quartet named The Songfellows. They said no.

6. Elvis recorded more than 600 songs but did not write any of them.

7. His nickname for his manhood was apparently 'Little Elvis'.

8. His breakthrough hit was Heartbreak Hotel, realised in 1956 - a song inspired by a newspaper article about a local suicide.

9. Elvis was 6 foot tall and wore size 11 shoe.

10. Elvis bought his mansion, Graceland in Memphis, TN in 1957 for $100,000. It was named by its previous owner after his daughter Grace.

I hope you learnt a little bit from this post.

Lottie x


Sunday, 29 March 2015

A Short Little Old Update

This is unusual blog post on where I have been this week! I like to do at least two blog posts a week and I only did one. I should of done another as I had the research with me but I never due to a busy week. Since Wednesday, I've been out with friends, family and hadn't had the chance to blog! I love blogging too so hoping I'll have a quiet week coming up so I can get back into it!

I thought I'd share with you some pictures of my week! I don't like blogs like this but felt the need to do one. I believe blogs are to tell the world about what your interests are on a topic of your choice or maybe a few things.

Thought I'd share with you my beautiful Stratton Vintage Compact. Its lovely!

Posh food at The Star Inn, York. Lovely get together and meeting new people with the family! 

My new dress from Zara which I love. 

Chocolate Indulgence Dessert. I actually shared this with my sister. It was delicious but very rich!! 

Lottie x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Top Facts on James Dean

 Blogging this week hasn't been great unfortunately. I've been researching a lot the last 2 days about James Dean and thought I'd write about him. I found out about him on Instagram, I noticed followers posting pictures of him and thought, he's an old Hollywood star and goggled him and here I am finally blogging about him. Like Marilyn Monroe he also died too song and is still well known to the world. Here are 16 facts you might not know about him or I didn't until researching about him.

1. James Dean's two front teeth were fake. He lost them in a trapeze accident in his family's barn and had to wear false ones for the rest of his life.

2. He was extremely near-sighted and could barely see without his glasses.

3. His favourite book was Antoine de Saint Exupery's The Little Prince.

4. James briefly dated Liz Sheridan, who is best known for her role as Helen, Jerry's mother on Seinfield

5. His first professional acting job was in a Pepsi commercial. He was paid $10 for the commercial.

6. He was an insomniac.

7. Billie Holiday's “When Your Lover Has Gone” was his favourite song.

8. Elizabeth Taylor gave him a Siamese kitten, he named it Marcus (after his uncle).

9. Marlon Brando was his idol. The two apparently had a romantic but troubled relationship.

10. One of his favourite hobbies was playing the bongos.

11. James died less than one month before the release of his most well-known and iconic film, Rebel Without a Cause.

12. Two hours before his fatal accident, James was issued a speeding ticket.

13. James was not driving alone when he got into the accident, his mechanic Rolf Wuetherich was in the passenger seat. Rolf suffered serious head injuries and a broken leg, but survived the crash.

14. At the time of his death, James was signed to star in Somebody Up There Likes Me, the role went Paul Newman which helped launch his career.

15. James was the first actor to ever get posthumous acting nomination in Academy Awards history. He was nominated for Best Actor for his role in East of Eden. He didn't win.

16. In 1957, James received his second consecutive posthumous Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his role in Giant.

I hope you enjoyed learning about James Dean a little more! You might already know these facts. If you have anymore I'd love to hear what they are. Please feel free to leave a comment.

This is one of my favourite photos of this old Hollywood star. Like a lot of them, there are so many pictures that I like. I hope you like this one too. Yesterday, I came across a photo of James and Marilyn which I loved and had to instagram!

I hope you enjoyed reading about James Dean.

Lottie x


Friday, 20 March 2015

8 Facts You Didn't Know About Audrey Hepburn

I cannot believe I last blogged since Monday but what a perfect time to research into new ideas to blog. I decided to do a '8 facts you didn't know about Audrey Hepburn' but it really should be what things I don't know about her. Every now and then, Hollywood is graced with a truly standout individual who, for whatever mixture of reasons, stands head and shoulders above the rest. They are the enduring icons, and the ones who remains classics of the silver screen even decades after their departure.
Did you know that Audrey Hepburn wasn't Capote's first choice to play Holly Golightly in
Breakfast at Tiffany's? Hope you like these unusual facts about Audrey. If you're the world's biggest Audrey Hepburn fan you may already know some of these - let me know!

1. Audrey Hepburn's real name was Audrey Kathleen Ruston.

2. She was born in Belgium in 1929 and lived in German-occupied Armhem during the
    Second World War.

3. Her stage name 'Hepburn' was taken from her father's name.

4. Audrey spoke fluent English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Italian.

5. She was trained as a ballerina, and during the war she secretly danced for groups of
   collect money for the Dutch resistance.

6. Before she was signed up by a film studio Hepburn worked as a London chorus girl in the
    late 1940's because it paid more than ballet dancing and she needed the money.

7. She turned down the role of playing Anne Frank in both the Broadway and film
    adaptations of Frank's life. She turned down the role saying she was 'emotionally
    incapable' of the task.

8. Truman Capote had envisioned Marilyn Monroe as the role of Holly Golightly in the film; Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Hope you enjoyed a few facts about Audrey!

Lottie x


Monday, 16 March 2015 / York, UK

Trust No One and Suspect Everyone

Trust no one and suspect everyone? what an unusual blog post title. I know what your thinking this has nothing to do with vintage but when you read further on you should have an idea. Lets being shall we, about 4 years ago maybe even 6 years ago I cannot remember exactly when but I was at my grandparents house and they put a programme on the telly. It was called 'Agatha Christie Poirot' I thought to myself it's going to be a documentary that I do not understand. Well wasn't I wrong.. the opening theme tune began and I was hooked from that day onwards and since that day I have loved every single episode and have watched them so many times and still love them. Agatha Christie was an amazing writer and it fascinates me how clever she was to write books that made you believe that he, Hecule Poirot was a real person when he's not. I have only read a few books, as I said I watched the television series that aired on ITV from 8th January 1989 to 13th November 2013. When I read a couple of the books I imagined David Suchet playing Poirot and hearing his voice. I love when you read the books Captain Hastings tells the story too.
I guess every Agatha Christie fan has his of her mental image of what Hercule Poirot looks like. Actually, Hastings gives us a very good description of him when we first meet him in 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles". Hastings tells us he was -

‘an extraordinary-looking little man. He was hardly more than five feet four inches, but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound.’

David Suchet spent years perfecting his performance as Hercule Poirot. He read all the stories and a character dossier, a copy of which was included in his memoir Poirot and Me (2013). He has repeatedly stated that he aimed to stay true to the character as Christie wrote him. For me, Suchet fully managed to inhabit that character, and I find it impossible to pick up a Poirot story and not envisage his Poirot and hear his voice.

Poirot and Hastings

One has to have respect for Poirot, because he's a genius, his analytic abilities are second to none. Hastings is a completely opposite personality, much more laid back and emotional. He is not the sharpest tool in the box although he will occasionally, by mistake, come up with a connection between events which Poirot will capitalise on. While they irate each other constantly they also have a great bond. In the final episode, Hastings is much older because he's been away and come back to find Poirot not in the best of health and you see a more considered side, he's grown up a lot. He's been to Argentina and had a family and a farm, and had a life away from Poirot. But they slipped back into the old relationship as if there hadn't been a break at all.


Chief Inspector James Harold (Japp)

James Japp, while being a competent detective, is no match for Poirot; he frequently finds himself a step behind the great detective but has developed a grudging respect for the man's abilities over their years together. Japp and Hastings often commiserate on their confusion and inability to keep up with Poirot on cases.

Miss Felicity Lemon

Agatha Christie described Miss Lemon as ‘the perfect machine’ and ‘a woman without imagination’, but ‘she ran Hercule Poirot’s life for him’. Her passion seems to have been filing and organizing, as Christie explains; ‘It was well known that the whole of Miss Lemon’s heart and mind was given, when she was not on duty, to the perfection of a new filing system which was to be patented and bear her name. Miss Lemon's liking for Poirot is perhaps the cleverest addition. The viewer is quite clever about Miss Lemon's status in the series, her aspirations, her liking for Poirot and all the things a great actress brings to the role. Miss Lemon adores Poirot. But of course, this is all unspoken, as it has to be, because there is no sexual tension between the two of them, but I think the audience might pick up that she absolutely adores him.

I have loved writing about this, I loved researching in to it and I really would like to talk about the documentary David Suchet did in 2013 called Poirot and Me. But yes the title of the blog post refers to a life quote but I'm thinking more of a crime novel way. Because not everyone is innocent and this is the case in Agatha Christie Poirot. People deceive Poirot, Hastings and Japp and this is the beauty of a 'Who done it?' This is what captures the audience. 

When I decided to make my blog I didn't think I'd be writing this but as you get into to it your mind thinks of not as obvious vintage related things and then when you start you realise how interesting people might find it. If people like crime novels/ television dramas then it might inspire someone to mention it in there blog or even create a blog.
Your blog does not have to be 'famous' or 'well known' to the world it can just be a hobby something that you are passionate about.

I would love to hear what you think and would be interested to know if you would want to hear more about crime novels such as Sherlock Holmes.

Lottie x


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Hairstyles In The 1940s

 I want to take you back to a time when hairstyles were very elegant, glamorous, classic, romantic and terribly chic. No word can describe how beautiful they were, I loved researching about the hairstyles and wanted to share them with you.

Rolls were a totally flexible element of a hairstyle. Women could shape and position rolls as they wanted. The hair could be brushed smooth or it could have waves. Rolls could be situated on top of the head, at the sides, coming back from the forehead or along the back. Side rolls could be positioned whenever they wanted to be. They could be symmetrical on each side of the face, or not symmetrical at all or there could be just one roll! If needed, the sharp and stability of a roll could be helped with backcombing and by using rats and everything would be held in places with hair pins. A smooth roll going all round the sides and the back of hair that was curled under was a pageboy. This style suited medium or longer hair to be able to achieve the roll.

A turban was a length of a material that was made from things like soft wool. It was tied on the top of the head and the long ends were then either simply tucked under, or rolled up first then tucked under to create a more defined U-shape. The turban could be left as it was or decorated with things such as pompoms or flowers.

Pompadours stand high up from the forehead, the hair going back off the face, and could be either smooth or waved.

 Black women's hair in the 1940's straightened their hair. It was part of being accepted by society and was simply the done thing. It wouldn't be until the 1960's before this really started to change and natural hair was more accepted. Straightening was done with a protective pomade or oils and a heated metal comb, transforming tight curls into glossy straight hair, and it stayed this way until it got wet or was washed. The straightened hair could be dressed into waves, rolls and pinned in typical 1940's hairstyles. Women with straightened hair would avoid swimming such as swimming, washing their hair or the rain. A scarf could always be worn to cover hair until it could be straightened again,

Lottie x


Friday, 13 March 2015

A Sprinkle Of Hollywood

A sprinkle of Hollywood? That sounds a unusual title of a blog post.  I wanted it to be different so when bloggers see it they will be intrigued by the title and would scroll down to read on. Sofia Villani Scicolone, who she is you may wonder? She is an old Hollywood star who I found out about whilst visiting my grandparents a few months ago. My grandfather loved her. He told me her stage name was Sophia Loren and everyone knew her as that name. She was an Italian-French film star and when I researched I knew straight away why my grandfather loved her so much and why he wasn't as fond of Marilyn Monroe. I thought to myself why I have I not heard of here before, I remember looking at a photo of her on the internet at the beginning of the Hollywood stardom in the 1950's and thought wow she was a glamorous women and that's why she became one of the most well known actresses in the world.

Here are a few facts about Sophia

She was born on the 20th September in 1934 in Rome, Italy. Her father refused to marry her mother and left her to bring up her daughter on her own.

Sophia entered a beauty pageant at the age of 14, Miss Italia 1950 and whilst not winning, she was selected as one of the finalists. Later, she enrolled in an acting class and was selected as an extra in Mervyn Leroy's film Quo Vadis in 1951, launching her career as a motion picture actress.

Sophia became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958.

She met a man called Carlo Ponti, Sr in 1950 when she was 15 and he was 37. They married on 17th September in 1957. However, Ponti was still officially married to his first wife and under Italian law because Italy did not recognise divorce at the time. The couple had their marriage unnulled in 1962.

In 1965, Ponti obtained a divorce from Giuliana in France, allowing him to marry Sophia on 9th April 1966.

They became French citizens and had two children aged 46 and 42.

She died in her own home in Switzerland at the age of 80.

Lottie x


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

My All Time Favourite 1950s Hairstyles


I haven't blogged in a few days as my mind went blank thinking of something different that I could write about. I then started researching the term 'Vintage' and what it meant. I noticed a lot of bloggers had already written a blog on what they thought vintage meant and decided it would be interesting to write about hairstyles from the 1950's instead. When I started researching into the hairstyles I came across three types of hairstyles which I loved reading about.

Firstly, there is the curly hairstyle that was achieved by wrapping wet hair into ringlets. The curls are secured once they have been twisted and then hairspray was used to hold it in place.
Next was the wavy hairstyle, women of that era used to wear permanent curls and waves by using a method that was called home perming. The women used home styling kits and 'Toni' was the most popular kit that consisted of chemicals and curlers. The chemicals didn't have a very nice smell to them and didn't always get successful results.

Last but not least were the 1950's hairstyle the up do's. Up do's at that time were full of volume, puffy and had lots of height to them. The beehive and bouffant were very popular and still are today. To create a up do you will need a rat tail comb, hairspray, styling gel, bobby pins, elastic band and headband. To start with, mousse and styling gel is rubbed to the roots of damp hair. The hair is blow dried to add some texture and volume. The top section of the hair is lifted up and backcombed with shirt stokes. It is secured with bobby pins and the rest of the hair is tied into a bun, A headband gives a perfect look of the 1950's.


Monday, 2 March 2015

Marilyn Monroe

Welcome to my first Monday Blog, Old Hollywood Stars. I'm starting it off with the most famous American actress of all time Marilyn Monroe. Before I begin all the photos I'll be posting of Marilyn are all from Instagram accounts that I follow.

Marilyn was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on 1st June 1926 in Los Angeles County Hospital. Norma's surname changed to Baker not that long after she was born. She was the third child to born Gladys Peal Baker nee Monroe. 

Here is a copy of Norma Jeane's birth certificate which I found on Google images. 

After a long story cut short on who her father was (you can read about it on google) Norma Jeane believed her father was always Charles Stanley Gifford and not Mortenson as she was shown a photo of Charles when she was a child. Her mother told her Charles Gifford was her father.

I believe that Norma Jeane had a half sister called Beatrice. Here is a photo of both them together in 1946.

Left : Beatrice Right: Norma Jeane

Gladys was mentally unstable and unable to care for Norma. She was in and out of foster homes until she was seven. In 1933 Gladys bought a house and Norma went live with her. She then got moved back into foster homes during this time she suffered many effects such as hyper-sexuality, sleep disturbances, substance abuse and interpersonal relationships during her childhood.

In 1942 Norma met James 'Jim' Dougherty and they got married in June when she turned 16 which lasted 6 months. Whilst she was married to Jim he encouraged her to apply to a modelling agency which she did and bleached her brown hair to a golden blonde. She then became a successful model and after many decisions her stage name became Marilyn Monroe. Her second marriage was in 1954 to Joe DiMaggio a retired baseball player. Arguments, jealous and fame ended their marriage in the same year.

 In 1956 Marilyn now met Arthur Miller and married him till she died in 1962 on August 5th. She was only 36, she died of an overdose even though lots of people think she was killed due to many reasons.

She died too soon, she was a beautiful talented women and so many people love her. She was mixed up due to having a terrible childhood/up bringing.

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