Contest Time

>> Saturday, September 21, 2013

I thought it might be fun to have a little contest series. It's super simple. You name the famous and amazing lady in this old photo, and get a coupon code for an extra 10% off at the shop! She's still around so just focus on the face, and think, think, think!

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Who am I?
Just message me on facebook or email me at kara.fancy.that@gmail.com with your guess, and collect your prize! If you don't know the answer this time, I'm planning on having more of these contests in the future so don't worry. There will be plenty of chances. Oh, and no cheating, you rascals! GOOD LUCK!


Sis Boom Bah Hum Bug

>> Saturday, September 7, 2013

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                Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders taking a break, ca. 1960
 It's officially football season. My boyfriend has been literally counting down the days since the end of last football season. I'm not kidding. I would get updates along the lines of, "Guess what! Only 59 more days until COLLLLLTS!" I, on the other hand, have officially begun counting the days until the end of football season. Don't get me wrong. I'm not totally anti-sports. March Madness? Count me in. I'm there, especially when it comes to college basketball. (Go Hoosiers!) Soccer? Sure! Who could resist those super hunky soccer boys? Football, on the other hand, not so much.

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       The Colts cheerleaders back when they were a Baltimore team, ca. 1954
It's not all bad, though. I do like the things that go along with football. I like going to games in the fall when the weather is basically perfect. I'm thoroughly stupidly entertained by anything happening on a Jumbotron. I like being bribed into spectating with delicious foods like soft pretzels, nachos, and chilli. Honestly, I'll go along to most anything if you promise me snacks. I also like the awesomely kitschy get ups worn by the cheerleaders. Lions hot pants and Bengal Tigers boots and Bears bustiers, oh my! Even better are the less bikini-like vintage versions. These are some of my favorites:

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                      A beautiful Denver Broncos cheerleader, ca. 1960's

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       The renowned Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders in a kick line, ca. 1970's

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                  The Dallas Cowboys gals again in full color, ca. 1981

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            The Packers cheerleaders in perms and track shorts, ca. 1978

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       Miami Dolphins cheerleaders in bedazzled collars and belts, ca. 1980's

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Denver Broncos cheerleaders with Robin Williams | San Diego Chargers girls, ca. 1970


What a Way to Make a Livin: 9 to 5 Style

>> Monday, September 2, 2013

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It's officially Labor Day, folks! If you're feeling overheated from standing in your neighbors' yard all day, grab some of that left over pasta salad, and curl up on the couch with a movie that celebrates the reason for the season! 9 to 5, people! It's on Netflix, and it's probably the best feminist workplace revenge comedy of all time. What better way to pay tribute to working women and the eight hour work day without actually, you know, doing anything?
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Like any good female driven buddy comedy, 9 to 5 features three very human, very distinct personalities. There's Judy (Jane Fonda), the newly divorced housewife who's new to the workplace, Doralee (Dolly Parton), the misunderstood peroxide blonde bombshell, and, last but not least, Violet (Lily Tomlin), the quick witted single mother of four who brings a sense of integrity to the office. They are all lovable in their own unique ways, and when they team up to deal with their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss, not only do hilarious hijinks ensue, some serious style moments occur.

9 to 5 Style: Judy

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First, we'll take a look at Judy. Her go to look throughout the film can only be described as early eighties Regan conservatism wrapped up in a cardigan... and a hat... and a bow... and multiple brooches. If a blouse has a lot going on at the neck such as Purple Rain era Prince neck ruffles, she wears it. Then, she piles on every accessory known to man. She even rocks those quintessential late seventies glasses that my boyfriend hates. I may or may not have a pair of my own. Unlike Judy, I don't have the matching pearl chain to keep them on my person at all times.  

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See. I told you. That right there is a straight up Prince blouse. Now, moving on...

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9 to 5 Style: Violet

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Violet is basically the polar opposite of Judy. She goes for darker, no nonsense clothing, and adds some interest with cool bohemian pieces. Violet is my kind of woman. She's the type who throws on a menswear style work shirt, adds a kimono jacket here, a leather butterfly belt there, slaps on some tomato red lipstick, and she's out the door. She's also the type of woman who may or may not have a joint in her purse. Don't get me wrong. Violet is beyond smart, qualified, and knowledgeable. It's just that when you deal with a nightmare work environment for 12 years straight, your teenage son might give you something to take the edge off.

9 to 5 Style: Doralee

Doralee, on the other hand, dresses as if she's not surrounded by a sea of manilla folder beige and flourescent lighting. Throughout the movie, Doralee is dressed for... well, honestly, I'm not sure what she's dressed for. She basically wears exactly what you'd think Dolly Parton herself would wear in an office setting. She's all about the fifties trends that popped up again in the eighties. The first time she strolls in, she's sporting a low cut, full skirted dress, mules, a big embellished straw handbag, and a green sequin shrug. To work. At 9 AM. I love it.  

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Oh, and I forgot to mention the HAIR. Yes, capital HAIR. It's what I imagine the gals from the B-52's would come up with if they had to get corporate jobs.  

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The bottom line is, 9 to 5 is great. It's great the first time. It's great the second time. It's great the 22nd time. It's great in every way. It's hilarious. It's quirky. It features awesomely crazy eighties fashions on the likes of Dolly, Lily, and Jane. I don't know what else you could want. Do yourself a favor, and watch it immediately.


A Late August Collection

>> Thursday, August 29, 2013

It's still hot as hell outside, but that doesn't mean fall isn't right around the corner. Indiana seasons, especially, seem to switch overnight. In fact, some of the leaves on the trees have already started to change. Even though I'm not a fan of increasingly cold weather, I have to say, I'm a little excited to see some fall colors. Plus, I'm a sucker for big chunky sweaters with bell sleeves.

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Painted Ladies

>> Friday, August 23, 2013

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Once upon a time, way back in the 1920s, hemlines rose to staggering heights. Everyday women were showing those sexy lower calves, and by the mid twenties, more daring women were going for the knee. Don't get overly excited, now. There weren't bare legs Charleston-ing around town. Ladies always had their stockings, normally made of plain colored knit silk acting as a barrier of decency.

In 1940, nylon was introduced as a new, less expensive, more durable silk substitute, and nylon stockings or "nylons" became highly coveted. Unfortunately, come 1941, WWII broke out, and both silk and nylon were needed for military items like parachutes. Clothing became rationed, and women were no longer able to buy a new pair every week as they previously had. Because of this, many saved their sheers for special summer occasions. Some even donated theirs to the war effort.

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This left many ladies bare legged in the warmer months. You would think that naked gams would become stylish, but no. Being stylish, or really doing much of anything as a female can never be easy. Instead, a new trend took hold. Women started painting their legs to obtain the appearance of wearing nylons. This wasn't an easy task. Back then, stockings had seams running up the back which meant women had to attempt to draw symmetrical straight lines up the backs of their legs. This typically required a friend and an eyebrow pencil, although cosmetics companies began putting out contraptions to help with solo seam application.

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For more well off women, there were leg makeup bars where, much like pedicure places today, ladies would sit in chairs, and have professionals hand paint the bottom three quarters of their legs a nice tawny brown followed by application of the seams and thigh trim.

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This was all well and good... actually, no. Let me rephrase that. This was all batshit insane, but it worked in tricking passersby into thinking ladies were wearing nylons, that is, until it rained or until a woman would start to sweat. Leg paint wasn't permanent, after all. There were even jokes about it's transferability, my favorite of which goes:

What's worse than finding lipstick on your man's collar?

Finding leg paint on his back. (Burn!)

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Luckily, after the war ended, this whole invisible stocking phenomena fell by the wayside. Liquid nylons, or my favorite moniker "phantom hose" became a thing of the past. Of course, I have to think it never really left as there is a bottle of L'Oreal Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist sitting in my bathroom as I type this which just goes to show that we are just as crazy as they were, and we don't even have a war to blame.


Happy St. Paddy's Day!

>> Saturday, March 16, 2013

I've been working, working, working, and didn't even notice that it had turned midnight. It's officially St. Patrick's Day. I may not be Irish, but any day when it's acceptable to put food coloring in things and drink before noon is okay by me. Here's a nice little round up of pretty green items from the shop followed by one of my favorite songs by The Pogues. Yeah, yeah, I know they aren't technically Irish, but this is my blog. I do what I want!

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Zou Bisou Bisou

>> Friday, March 15, 2013

Raise your hand if you're excited for the new season of Mad Men to start! *raises hand*

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I know it's not happening until April 7th, but imagine how delighted I was when while pouring over the sneak peek pics that had been released, I saw something a little familiar on none other than Mrs. Megan Draper! I'm pretty sure I said something along the lines of, "Holy shit, that looks just like my dress!" straight to my computer screen.

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Yep, that pink beaded number is in the shop as I type this! I like to imagine the kind of women that once wore the pieces I sell, and seeing those awesome shots of her with the big Barbarella hair and waterfall earrings made me smile. I'm sure the original owner rocked something similar. If only it weren't Megan Draper sized, I could keep it for myself.

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Megan has grown into a favorite character of mine. I was "meh" about her at first, but after the "Zou Bisou Bisou" birthday party serenade, I was hooked. I'm excited that they pushed her into 60's sex kitten territory. I LONG for the black dress she's wearing in that scene. Don't get me wrong. I love the nipped waist, full skirt look of the 50's, but my true fashion decades are the 60's and 70's. Give me some DRAMA. I die for big bell sleeves, winged eyeliner, and crazy caftans. The more a dress says, "I have a pool boy, and drank wine before noon," the more I want it in my closet. 

On a separate, but related note, check out the original version of the song by Gillian Hills. It's part of the yé-yé (Yeah! Yeah!) movement, a pop genre that was big in Europe in the early 60's. I'm kind of obsessed. If you are, too, or you just want to try it out, this is a really great playlist. Zou bisou bisouuuuu... zou bisou bisouuuu... zou bisou bisouuuuu...

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