Friday, June 28, 2013

CLASSIC COCKTAIL FRIDAY!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Since 4th of July is just around the corner and some of you dear readers out there maybe planning some killer BBQ parties, I figured I would go ahead and supply you with a fun and refreshingly light drink recipe to help you get your firework poppin' started!

The history of this drink is a rather interesting one as in 1874, people would start a conversation with "Have you seen Tom Collins?"  After the listener predictably reacts by explaining that they did not know a Tom Collins, the speaker would assert that Tom Collins was talking about the listener to others and that Tom Collins was "just around the corner", as " in a local bar," or somewhere else near by. 
 The conversation about the nonexistent Tom Collins was a proven not only to be a running fad for the time but also a hoax of exposure and became known as The Great Tom Collins hoax of 1874 which is the most plausible source of the name for this particular drink. 

So if you haven't guessed what this week's cocktail is, which also happens to be two of the three colors used to celebrate our independence day, by now then here you go!

Today's Cocktail:

TOM COLLINS
INGREDIENTS

ice cubes
2 oz. dry gin
2 oz. lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar (gomme) syrup
soda water
slice of lemon
1 colored cherry

INSTRUCTIONS

Place ample ice in large glass. Add gin, lemon juice and syrup. Top up with soda water and stir well. Serve with lemon slice, cherry and a straw

*add a dash of blue Hpnotiq for a red, white, and blue twist!

If you are daring enough to try the 1891 version:

INGREDIENTS

The juice of half a lemon in a large glass,
a bar-spoonful of sugar,
a drink of Tom gin; mix this well;
2 lumps of ice,
a bottle of plain soda.

INSTRUCTIONS

 Mix well and serve

ENJOY AND HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

XOXO
-M

Thursday, June 27, 2013

1950's Slang Throwback Thursdays: Word Of The Day

It's time for this week's new slang throwback phrase to liven up your vocab and make you hip and cool! This one always amusing me every time I hear it in old movies.

"Cut The Gas"

Meaning: to be quiet

"Cut the gas will ya? I can't hear the radio for you loudmouths!"

Until next time kids!

XOXO
-M


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Outfits of the Week - Top Picks!

What's a girl to wear??


Since most girls post their entire outfits each week, I'm just going to hit on the highlights since my work weeks can be crazy and certain days are not always conducive to wearing some of my finer threads. So I will just touch on a few from each week that I think are worthy of being posted.

Here are my top picks for outfits last week!

Vintage casual top, scarf, bakelite bracelets, modern jeans and shoes



Vintage coral double collar shirt waisted dress, Remix shoes, vintage accessories 


Vintage skirt and accessories, modern wedges


Until next week kiddies!

XOXO
-M

Friday, June 21, 2013

Vintage Decorating with Max Factor!

For the last few months I have been trying to figure out ways to spruce up what little space I have in my apartment to make it more glamorous and reminiscent of old Hollywood.

Ever since I took a tour of the Max Factor Museum, located in the heart of Hollywood, I became fascinated with the style of advertising Mr. Factor utilized mainly in the 40's and 50's using Hollywood starlets to endorse his numerous products in an attempt to coax young girls in the drug stores into buying his wonderful line of cosmetics.
 

The Max Factor Salon back in its heyday

Upon touring the facility, I noticed how there were four main rooms where Mr. Factor would work on his clients according to which hair color she had. Looking around I noticed dozens of actresses faces framed on the walls and realized that these were not pictures of them but actual magazine advertisements!

I immediately became completely enamored with these beautifully drawn ads that decorated the many rooms where the man himself would cut, color, and make over many of the starlets of that time from Lucille Ball to Elizabeth Taylor and even Judy Garland.

As I loomed around each salon room, adequately named according to the four different types of hair color, that is when it dawned on me. I immediately realized that I too could decorate my house with these fabulous prints so thus started my quest to begin collecting some of these ads to decorate my own dressing room i.e. bathroom walls with!


The Blonde Room where Marylin Monroe got her locks lightened often

 The Brunette Room, Elizabeth Taylor's go to destination

In the Blonde room, pictured above, you can see many of the ads that line the walls displaying the different actresses over the years who actually used not only the line of cosmetics but took advantage of the full salon services as well.


An example of how these gorgeous ads can adorn any wall

I could go on and on about how wonderful this time capsule of a museum is but let me not digress because I want to also show some of the hundreds of beautiful ads developed for Max Factor, any of which can add a bit of glamor to your bathroom or dressing room at home.
The lovely Ms. Lana Turner, one of several I personally own


What is even more fun about these adverts is that some would contain little diagrams or pictures displaying either how to apply the make up or the different varieties the colors would come in and how they would look on women with the four main types of hair color.

They just don't make ads like this anymore!
  
The only tricky thing about these ads is that they appeared in the old LOOK and other magazines of the time which had taller and wider dimensions then magazines of today. So you will definitely have to obtain your prints first before you actually start purchasing frames since some of these ads ran two pages and require a tall and long frame.

Two page advert from LOOK magazine

I think these prints are definitely a great addition for anyone looking to add a nice vintage touch to any room in the home as well as showing appreciation for some serious hand drawn art work which has truly become a thing of the past.

In my search for these adverts, I have been able to find my growing collection on eBay, however, there may be some sellers at any vintage textiles expo in your area that have a few for sale. 

Even though these are just old advertisement pages of the past, I feel like they still have a lot of awe to offer anyone who is privileged to see these amazing works of art in person. I believe these are truly relics of the past that can not only add as great decorative pieces but also help surround yourself is what it is to truly look and feel beautiful!


Besides, what could be more vintage then a Hollywood starlet of yesteryear gracefully poised on your wall reminding you that glamor should be and is the best part of every woman!


Me and the lovely Ms. Claudette Colbert!


Happy Decorating!
XOXO
-M


Max Factor Museum
1660 N Highland Ave
Hollywood, CA 90028 
 http://www.thehollywoodmuseum.com

CLASSIC COCKTAIL FRIDAY!

Happy Friday Everyone!

This week's entry is geared more towards the ladies being a more feminine drink but also this week's vintage cocktail is a more appropriate choice to jump start the beginning of Summer.

This particular cocktail, also known as "Chorus Girl's Milk," dates from the Iron Age of American mixology -- between the unknown date of invention for the cocktail and 1862, when the first cocktail book was published. What's more, this cocktail has come down to us unchanged. If age, authority, and persistence are the signature traits of royalty, it is the King of Cocktails.


Today's Cocktail:

Champagne Cocktail


Ingredients
sugar cube 
3 dashes bitters 
Brut champagne 
twist of lemon(s)

Instructions

Place a sugar cube* in a chilled champagne flute, lash it with 2 or 3 dashes of bitters (Angostura or Peychaud's), fill the glass with champagne and squeeze a lemon twist on top.

* The standard 1/2 teaspoon size. Don't use loose sugar or try to crush the cube -- the whole point isn't so much to sweeten the drink as to create bubbles, which the cube will do as it slowly dissolves.


Enjoy and here's to the start of Summer!

Cheers!

XOXO
-M

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Outta Sites!!!!

I have a wonderful time last night at the latest Outta Sites gig over at Joe's Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank!






Forewarning, yes my phone is absolute crap and I need to just shut up and buy a new battery for my digital camera. So please excuse the pictures as they will be slightly fuzzy and crazy looking for the lack of UFO head lights that I really did need in order to get better pictures.

Since it was so dark inside, I couldn't get any good pictures of the crowd or even my lovely blogger friend Dollie over at The Rockabilly Socialite who's hubby Zack is a member of the band, playing base guitar. 

I was just able to get a few of the band since that is where the most light was concentrated. 

Play it Chris and Zack!

The band's sound is like that of the 60's and I am not really a big fan of most 60's music by default but I got to tell you, these cats can rock some jive music like you wouldn't believe! Their sound is amazing and for a band that hasn't even been together that long, they are so talented, have such intense energy and play off of each other which made the performance that much more fun! It was such a rockin' time in the joint, they played for almost three hours straight!


The lovely Pin Up Girl Clothing Model Doris MayDay gettin' down!
(again please excuse crap cell phone pics)

 

Not only can they play instruments, but they can boogie on the dance floor too!


What I love most about these guys is the way they package their music. They record only on traditional tape that was used during the 60's to achieve that authentic vintage sound. They also have options on what format you can purchase their music, either on cd or actual vinyl and they have other fun goodies such as t-shirts and even a new release 45 with a 3-D cover too!




Dollie watching the boys shake, rattle, and roll!


I had so much fun hanging out with Dollie and her friend Sandra, as well as meeting a lot of other super nice people in the vintage scene. It was actually a much better crowd than most clubs in LA, everyone was very laid back and low key, there just for a good time and the music - my kind of digs.

If you are interested in hearing some groovy tunes from these fabulous cats, check out their website at The Outta Sites  where you can preview as well as purchase their latest album and other little goodies! These guys do everything independently from a label so definitely show your support and let them know how great the new album is!

Can't wait for the next show!

'Til next time!

XOXO
-M



1950's Slang Throwback Thursdays: Word of the Day

SAY WHAT?

Hey Kids! Time for another history lesson in 1950's slang! Here is one of my personal favorites that I use quite often!
 

"Meanwhile, back at the ranch"

Meaning:
 It comes from the old television western shows where someone telling the story would then say this line when they got off track from the storyline.

"Yeah I know I was supposed to go the the store earlier but on the way I saw Gimble's Basement was having a sale so I went there instead and found four dresses, a pair of shoes, you know the ones I told you I been looking for but could never find. Would you believe they actually had them in my size too, so I just had to have them but meanwhile, back at the ranch, by the time I got to the store it was already after three o'clock."
 
 

'Til next time kids!

XOXO
-M

Product Review: Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss

Matte or Glossy? THAT Is The Question!


Coming to you from the wonderful world of a girl who is now obsessed with Mary Kay cosmetics, today I bring you some dish on an all new goodie I recently had the pleasure of getting formally introduced to:

NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss!
Mary Kay® NouriShine Plus® Lip Gloss

I'm telling you I can't stop talking about Mary Kay cosmetics nor can I believe just how many comments on my make up I get every single day! So as usual, I wanted to share another little goodie from them with you.

Upon my last purchase of goods I was stocking up on, my wonderful MK Rep Ashley Reed recently sent me a new product to try and of course, being your Mary Kay correspondent, I just had to try it! I love, love, love how she is always suggesting other products to help replace current brands I may not be satisfied with or just seeing if MK may have a better color or type of product all together.

Ashley knows how much I adore red lip color so she sent me a fab shade called Rock n' Red Rouge, a non shimmer gloss. Now the truth is I have always been by far a lipstick only girl since I have had terrible luck with lip glosses in the past. Different brands I tried would either leave the creases of your mouth a gunky mess, would have some crazy off smelling candy taste, or would make your lips look like you just ate a bucket of greasy chicken because the formula was just too thick! 

So I was a bit on the hesitant side seeing as how my years of experience with various brands left me to no avail in finding something that could work for me. Even though I naturally prefer lipstick, there are times when I would just want to throw on gloss to lightly stain my lips for a more daytime, run around look when I wasn't in the mood for full on lipstick but just gave up on it all together. But none the less, I gave it a go!

ONCE AGAIN MARY KAY HAS CEASED TO AMAZE ME!

I first tried it at home over the weekend and then put it to the real test by wearing it to work on Monday and my oh my the look and feel is unbelievable! It is NOT like any other lip gloss out there. Upon applying the gloss I immediately noticed how smooth and uniform it went on my lips, no clumps or globs to deal with since it utilizes a small brush for application rather than having to squeeze it out of a tube.


The feel was so amazing it was as if I had on chap stick and not a typical greasy gloss formula because it does such a wonderful job at coating your lips to ensure adherence of the color as well as full lip coverage. I also noticed no crazy candy imitation smell which was also a plus seeing as how I'm no longer a twelve year old just starting to experiment with make up!

What also surprised me was how close the color came out on my lips compared to the actual color in the tube. Normally glosses go on so sheer that even if they are tinted with color, the final look is only a fraction of what you had hoped for. With this MK formula, you do indeed get very close to the original color, which told me that the components in the formula will protect and sooth your lips because it has a consistency that is not necessarily thick but goes on and sets very quickly instead of staying very moist. This usually causes most glosses to fade within the first half hour because there really isn't anything there. 

The wear time on this, assuming you aren't eating or drinking anything at the moment, is about a good three hours before the color starts to fade JUST A SHADE, not even anywhere close to how the other glosses tend to fade to the point to where its almost gone as if you didn't apply anything to begin with! After about a slight fade when hitting this three hour mark, I reapplied JUST A LITTLE and voila! took me right back to the intensity of when I first applied the gloss that morning. 

You can also apply on top of your lip color to give it a nice shine or definitely wear alone. It is very easy to mix in with previously applied gloss on your lips and doesn't flake or start to look like absolute deterioration on your lip, why? because this formula is so MOISTURIZING! It doesn't dry you out to where reapplying more formula causes a nasty mess like most glosses and lipsticks.


I was also AMAZED at how over the entire time that I had the gloss on for the day, I never, NOT ONCE, had the dreaded gloss clump gunk form in the crease of my mouth, another reason why I had given up on lip gloss. This formula stays exactly how it sets, it doesn't start to pool in certain parts of your lip. No color bleeding here girls!

When you are ready to remove it, a simple tissue will do. Very easy to come off and no staining either! What was also shocking was upon removal I noticed how moisturized my lips felt rather than the dried out, sticky feeling like some tend to leave you with.

This wonderful little gem only retails for $14 and comes in a range of colors for the matte lovers as well as the shimmery fans and will even fit in Mary Kay's compact and Compact Pro for easy carry!


If you have been thinking of trying a new lip gloss or just Mary Kay in general, my wonderful and ever so adorable representative Ashley will be more than able to help in picking out some fabulous colors to get you ready for the summer!
 
 
Definitely check out her website to get a peak at all of the fun gloss colors as well as other products you might be interested in trying, such as these mentioned in a previous post here.

I know I'm going to be keeping this little gem in my purse from now on! How about you?


Until next time kids!

XOXO
-M

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Outta Sites!!

If you're in the Los Angeles area be sure to stop by Joe's Great American Bar & Grill tomorrow night to check out one of my personal favorite bands:




I will be personally attending this event so I will be bringing you the scoop along with pictures on how the show goes later this week.

Hope to see you there!

XOXO
-M


Friday, June 14, 2013

CLASSIC COCKTAIL FRIDAY!

Happy Friday everyone! 
In honor of Father's day weekend, I figured I'd kick off this week's edition of Classic Cocktail Friday's by bringing you cool cats out there a drink you can surely please Pops with on his special day!

Traditionally, the first use of  this cocktail's name for a Bourbon whiskey cocktail was said to have been, anachronistically, at the Pendennis Club a gentlemen's club founded in 1881 in Louisville, Kentucky. The recipe was said to have been invented by a bartender at that club in honor of Colonel James E. Pepper, a prominent bourbon distiller, who brought it to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel bar in New York City.   
 
Cocktail Historian David Herpin claims the old-fashioned dates between 1855 - 1865 and was possibly named after the cocktail racing mare "fashion". He goes on to claim that this drink's original components were brandy, curacao, maraschino and angostura bitters, brown sugar, and water. So in honor of all Father's out there and of course Mr. Don Draper from AMC's Mad Men I give you

Today's Cocktail:

Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS
2 oz bourbon whiskey
2 dashes Angostura® bitters
1 splash water
1 tsp sugar
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange wedge

INSTRUCTIONS 
Mix sugar, water and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir.
 
Enjoy and Happy Father's Day!
XOXO
-M

Thursday, June 13, 2013

1950's Slang Throwback Thursdays: Word of the Day


It's that time of the week kids! Here's another fun 1950's throwback word to pep up your vocab:


"FROSTED"
Meaning: Angry

"I was only five minutes late, but my boss was already frosted."


Til next time!

XOXO
-M

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Say Good Bye to Google Reader!

 It's time to move!

For those of you who use Google Reader and haven't heard the sad news, Google is dumping the reader component on your email interface so you will have to convert to another feed reader.

I personally use Feedly.com and Bloglovin.com but prefer Bloglovin since the interface is somewhat similar to how Google Reader is set up.

For conversion tips, check out the link below. It's very simple and takes seconds to complete. Hurry while you still have time, Reader's lights go out as of July 1st!!!



XOXO
-M

Monday, June 10, 2013

Outfit of the Day


What's A Girl To Wear??
As a follower of many other vintage/rockabilly blogs, I just love, love, love when girls post their outfits of the day. I use this as another source for inspiration and reference when planning my outfits for any occasion. Two blogs I follow religiously, Dollie from The Rockabilly Socialite and Missy from Technicolor Cutie, are in my opinion the forerunners in this category when it comes to posting some seriously styled out pics of their fabulous outfits!  

They even use special apps in order to customize their Instagram pictures so you can see several angles or shots of their outfit in just one picture. I really like how they can post an entire week's work of outfits in just a few pictures in one post and have their pictures organized very concisely.

Since I have some pretty serious vintage dresses of my own I figured I join in on the "outfit of the day" post bandwagon as well. Now because my schedule during the week tends to be crazy and, even though I wear vintage 24/7, there are some day's where I put together outfits with snazzier pieces and some where its more on the vintage casual side, nothing to really be wowed at. So I'm just more proud of the outfit I chose for some days rather then others. With that said, I will be posting my outfits by certain days instead of the entire week since I tend to be very critical and accurate the look for the period I'm wearing is and would prefer to post those up for others to see. 

So for my initiation post for "Outfit of the Day", here is Moanday's get up (yep you read that right Moan-day):

1940's dress with white ribbon trim


Red Snood from CatsLikeUs, hair flower from MyBabyJo, white Lucite earrings from eBay

 Red & White Bakelite bracelets

Remix wedges


 'Til next time!



XOXO
-M

Sunday, June 9, 2013

New Filmmaker's Screening Event

Tonight, my business partner and sound designer Robbin and I attended the mini film festival event hosted by a meet up group I belong to called the New Filmmakers where a selection of independent shorts would be screened along with networking mixers held in between the programs.




Not knowing what to expect as this was my first time attending one of these type of events I decided to go with a classic ensemble that would mix in well but still stand out just a tad.

I went with a 60's look wearing a slim line dress, kitten heels, and pairing that with a vintage purse and accessories. 


The dark green/brown gingham print dress is vintage and a recent purchase from one of my favorite sellers at the Vintage Expo, the lovely Donna from Donnaland Vintage. 

The purse was a gift from a friend who purchased it at a vintage thrift store. I was told it was most likely from the late 50's made of patented black leather with red lining on the inside.



My shoes were modern day black kitten heels with a bow on the sides.

My hair did not come out like I wanted, as it usually does not when I am trying to do a 60's style, since I didn't have time to curl the ends and really get it straight like I wanted. Even though I love a lot of 60's hair styles, because of the length, weight, and texture of my hair, it can be very tricky trying to do anything other than a straight blow out with a scarf tied around my head.


The event started out quite peculiar as we had to wait to check in and then had to guesstimate according to the program just exactly when screenings, mixers, and Q&A sessions were going on since no one was really announcing anything to any of the guests. 



 
As expected here in LA, everyone started gravitating to the bar and hanging out with people they already knew, which to me defeats the person of trying to network with other people. Robbin and I didn't really know how to approach the need to introduce ourselves to other people as you couldn't tell who was who in terms of whether or not they were an actor, director, producer or what have you and I was only interested in talking to would be producers and crew members.

The masses boozin' it up on the balcony


The high light of the evening was a a group of guys from the Chicago Music Library based here in LA approaching me to ask about my James Dean tattoo and from there they became our buddies for most of the night. These guys had great conversation and were very down to earth making hanging out with them enjoyable in what seemed to be a particular crowd.

Nick, Jason, and some of the CML crew

One of the guys, Nick, would temporarily step away to mingle with other groups while we were out in the lounge area enjoying cocktails and would quickly come back and say that it seemed like there was mostly actors there and unfortunately must not have had enough of a compelling conversation as he never strayed from our little group for long. I have to say this was a total let down for me as the entire purpose of me attending this thing was to meet some movers and shakers, not wanna be's looking for a casting call!

We viewed two drama shorts programs and the films, with the exception of two, were mediocre and not very inspiring - another let down.  Also some of the film makers were not very interesting in terms giving me a real need to track them down and discuss any potential collaboration in the future. There were two or three that really struck us as well done but for the most part, the entry fee for this thing was just a quick four hour lesson in what not to do when making a film, which I guess is just as good as seeing what to do as well.

All in all the only thing we really got out of the night was the connection we made with the guys from CML, especially for Robbin being a composer and sound designer. As for me, I didn't make out with any leads on finding producers or crew members for my projects in the muddle wash of some poorly and offensively dressed people who were over run with booze and ego pulsing through their veins clouding their judgements as to how to properly act at an industry mixer, then again....this is LA, anything seems to go here.

Until the next one kids,
XOXO
-M