Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Audrey Hepburn | Little Black Dress | Old Hollywood Blog Post

I have not blogged in the last few days as I was thinking of new ideas and realised I have not blogged a lot about Audrey Hepburn and thought it was the perfect opporunity to do a new blog post on a particular dress she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Did you know Audrey Hepburn was a close friend of the French designer Givenchy, referring to the designer as her 'best friend' while he considered her as his 'sister'. 

Here is Audrey and Givenchy together.

In 1961, Givenchy designed a little black dress for the opening scene of Blake Edwards romantic comedy, Breakfast at Tiffany's. Audrey took two copies of the black dress back to Paramount, but the dresses, which revealed a considerable amount of Audrey's leg that was not suitable for the money and the lower half of the dress was redesigned by Edith Head. The dress was cited as one of the most iconic items of clothing in the history of the twentieth century and perhaps the most famous 'little black dress' of all time. It also became an integral part of a woman's wardrobe. Givenchy also chose the accessories that she worn with the dress. They consisted of a pearl choker, a foot long cigarette holder, a large black hat and opera gloves. The dark oversized sunglasses completed the ensemble of the little black dress. The dress, which outlined her lean shoulder blades, became the Hepburn style.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post of the famous 'little black dress' that Audrey Hepburn worn. 

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Britain Does Vintage, The Big Weekend

Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire

Before I begin this vintage post can I just say how beautiful this country house is. It is a grade two listed building situated in the east of Malton in the village of Scampston. It was built in the 1600's and it was such a pleasure to be able to go and see it!

Last Saturday, June 13th I went to my first vintage fair at Scampston Hall with my vintage friend Megan. I got invited to go which was so lovely of her! When we arrived I could not believe we were walking up to this magnificent country house, the front of the house was quite something; it was spectacular but also had a sinister feel about it. There was also an old fashion yellow vintage Capri car (that my dad pointed out when I was showing him my photos when I got home). 

The Yellow Capri! I have a think for retro cars!
Megan and I stood at the front of the house.

The grounds were huge and there was a huge marquee and instead there was a small dance floor where lots of couples were dancing to the Charleston and many more dances. At the far end there was a bar where you could go and get a drink and a two tables full of delicious cakes and afternoon tea! There were also a few tables where you could sit down and enjoy the dancing and your cake.

Here are a few photos of the cake I had, the table cloth which was white covered with pretty flowers. 

The grounds were spectacular, there was so much space great for a Vintage fair. There was a photo booth where you could go and have your photos taken which we never managed to get done but would have been good. We spent a couple of hours just sat on the grass chatting which was lovely, we did go and sit on the deck chairs.. definitely an experience that's for sure! There was a two hours of just music, unfortunately it was due to rain and it did in the morning so we thought a few things might have been cancelled. One thing that we were looking forward to the most was the fashion show. There were a lot of different ladies, all different ages, different bodies and sizes but all looked amazing in their dresses. It started from the 1930's and finished at the 1960's. 

Unfortunately the day that we went there was not many stalls however we still ha such a good day and loved the fashion show and the dancing. It also meant we could have a chat and it was so nice to have been invited, thank you so much Megan! She is such a sweetheart. 

Lottie x


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Bettie May Page | Old Hollywood Star

Before I start blogging on Scampston Hall's Big Vintage Weekend yesterday I thought I'd do an Old Hollywood Star Blog Post about Bettie May Page.
Pinup model Bettie has inspired clothing lines, influenced celebrities from Dita von Teese and Katy Perry.

Known as the 'Queen of Pinups' Bettie black bangs and risque photo's came to represent a popular look of the 1950's.

Bettie retired from modelling in the late 50's and went on to become evangelical Christian. She studied at Bible colleges in  Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon with the intent of becoming a missionary. The latter part of Page's life was marked by depression, violent mood swings, and serveral years in a state psychiatric hospital suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. 

Bettie May Page died from a heartache on December 11th in 2008.

This blog post is more of a tribute to her extraordinary modelling career. So many generations are inspired to look like her. The jet black hair and her 'Bettie Bangs'.

Lottie x

Monday, 8 June 2015

Monday with Marilyn I Old Hollywood Star

Since Marilyn's birthday I have noticed a lot of posts on the internet about 'Why is Marilyn Monroe so inspirational or still so famous'. At the beginning of June we celebrated what would have been her 89th birthday and thought I'd share with you my reasons why I think she is still as famous as she was when she was alive. I did a tribute to Marilyn last week and I don't often do two blog posts to do with the same iconic star in a week but since this seems to be something that people are wanting to know I came with having a 'Monday with Marilyn' every other week. I know how so many people love this lady so I thought it would be great to share something new with you all every other week. On instagram they are so many people who have fan pages of Marilyn Monroe. I believe the reason's behind this are very simple; she was a beautiful woman, an amazing actress and even though she was a complicated person people can relate to her problems that she went through.

Marilyn is more than a pretty face.

My sub heading to this blog post I feel is something that I lot of Marilyn fan's like myself will understand. I find it upsetting how some people can say this and it is hurtful. Towards the end of her career Marilyn didn't want to be known for having the body that everyone wanted and being a blonde bombshell anymore. Marilyn Monroe is celebrated for many things - her looks, her physique, her breathy voice. She's praised for her "size 14 frame and idolised as the epitome of beauty.

And she is gorgeous but she's so much more than that.

Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, and also known as Norma Jeane Baker – who is pretty inspiring. Despite her carefully-constructed Hollywood appearance , Marilyn was anything but a stupid blonde. She was smart, funny and deep. Oh and a very much brunette. (Not that it matters, as hair colour has literally no impact on someone’s intellect.)

Here are some reasons I admire Marilyn Monroe.
  1. Soon after she married, Marilyn was “discovered” by a photographer while her husband was away working; she immediately knew she wanted to seek out more opportunities—particularly in acting. She did what she needed to in order to make that happen: in the same year, she had filed for divorce, changed her name, dyed her hair blond, and starred in a film. She’d been reborn.
  2. Marilyn didn't just want fame; she wanted to be taken seriously as an actress. She studied with some of the biggest acting coaches of the time and even went to the actors studio to strengthen what she had learnt.
  3. This is one of the things I admire about her. She fought for what she believed in. She was still being given the dumb blonde, cutesy roles even after she had won awards for. Marilyn could have given up but instead she fought hard with a studio to hire her for the roles she wanted.
  4. Marilyn suffered severe performance anxiety, the highest form of stage fright that would make her feel physically ill and unable to work sometimes. She dealt with a number of insecurities, involving not only her craft but also her body. Marilyn wanted children badly and she suffered miscarriages which greatly affected her depression. She coped with her depression through regular visits with a psychologist (despite the fact that going to a therapist in those times was looked down on).
  5. Marilyn Monroe was a forward thinking, smart, loving, sexy and talented lady. She was all of these things not just a beautiful person.

 If Marilyn had been born later on in life and was still around now she would have been looked after better. She would have been given the right medication she needed, the help she cried out for and most importantly might have lived a longer life that she did do. There was a documentary on Marilyn a few weeks ago and the doctors were saying she suffered with a type of depression that affects your mood swings which can swing from one extreme to another which today it is know as Bipolar disorder. They also said when the last few hours when Marilyn was alive she tried to get in touch with someone but unfortunately she had taken too many drugs which meant her speech wasn't very good and her cry of help that she wanted was too late and she died of an overdose.

I hope you have enjoyed my first Monday with Marilyn blog post which I have spent the last few days working on. By the end of June I will be hoping to do at least 3/4 blog posts and won't upload them the week I'll be going abroad so you'll be able to read some new blog post's whilst I will be away. I will keep you up to date nearer the time when that will happen. It won't be until the middle of July which is quite away yet (well It seems to me anyway). 

Lottie x


Friday, 5 June 2015

A Tribute To Marilyn Monroe

This is a late tribute to Marilyn Monroe who's birthday was on 1st June and would have been 89 years. She rose to fame in the 50's and 60's becoming one of America's most famous actresses and most beloved blondes.

Here are some of the most iconic photos of Marilyn that I wanted to share with you. Despite her troubles she was an amazing actress and took beautiful photos! 

Marilyn is loved by so many people like myself sharing the positive side and by keeping her soul alive. When I started posting vintage photos on my instagram I came across so many fans of hers its amazing! 

Thank you for reading this short tribute of Marilyn Monroe!

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