Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Original "It" Girl

I love old movies but I tend to stick towards the 1940s - 1970s. Silent movies have never really appealed to me-- until the other night when I watched It, the movie whose story is the reason
we have the overused term, "It Girl." I just finished a book about Clara Bow and wanted to see what her appeal was, so I rented her most famous movie that made her a gigantic star.

Amazingly, I was completely engaged in the story and didn't miss hearing dialogue at all. The acting was phenomenal and so was the ragtime jazz soundtrack that played along with the movie.

This term was coined by Madam Elinor Glyn, a British author known for her romantic novellas and who wrote the short story "It", which was made into the silent film in 1927.

"He had that nameless charm, with a strong magnetism which can only be called "It", and cats-- as well as women -- always knew when he came into the room."
---from "It" by Elinor Glyn

Bow is so lovely on- screen, she sparkles and shines and you can easily see, all these years later, what made her so appealing. She's definitely got "It".

Raised in poverty in Brooklyn, at 15 or 16 she landed a role in a Hollywood film. It was a bit part and her role was eventually cut, but through this exposure, Clara Bow was noticed by producers and on her way to fame as America's #1 flapper.

She was known as being kind, genuine and down to earth. The spotlight never went to her head (unfortunately it did go to her thighs though, in the 1930s, but she still looked beautiful).

She reminds me a lot of the French actress, Juliette Binoche, don't you think? Especially in this picture.

Bow was so charismatic and un-selfconscious that men and women alike fell for her natural charm. She was a sexpot and a girl's best pal, all-in-one.

With the adoption of "The Code" in the movie industry, Bow was pushed out of Hollywood. Producers used the excuse that her voice didn't record well for the new talking pictures, but the reality was that a sneaky clause had been written into her contract. It had to do with "decency" -- apparently Clara (in her personal life), did not live up to the "morality" part of her contract.

Well it was Hollywood's loss. New stars came into the picture-- maybe more exotic-- Dietrich, Harlow, but there was something Clara had that you just couldn't put your finger on-- see the movie It and you'll know what I mean.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Straight to the Source

One of my favorite drives in the world is right here on the coast line of Highway 1 going South towards Santa Cruz. I grew up in this area so I've probably driven on this road thousands of times.

One place I have always passed, but have never stopped into until the other day, is Montara Military Surplus (about 20 minutes south of the City). It's only open Friday through Sunday and only if it's not raining as a lot of the merchandise sits out front. So last Sunday I decided to get my military trend fix at the authentic purveyor instead of paying more for a designer version or one of inferior quality. Why not just go straight the source, I say.

This tiny little shop is chock full of all things military-- field jackets, hats, navy sailor tops, canteens, aviator sunglasses. If you're ever in the area it's well worth a visit. I'm still deciding on what to wear my new wool gabardine sailor pullover with, but I'll be sure to show you when I think up an outfit. ♥

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Samantha Stevens

Thanks to syndicated television, one of my favorite shows growing up was Bewitched starring the gorgeous, Elizabeth Montgomery (a.k.a, Samantha Stevens). She literally lead a charmed life married to advertising executive Darren and mother of the cutest little girl in the world, Tabitha Stevens. One wiggle of Samantha's nose and "presto!" her every wish was granted!

The show ran from 1964 to 1972 starting out in black and white and later blooming into vivid technicolor. Samantha's clothes always reflected what was currently happening in fashion, from her prim early 1960s frocks to ther thigh-grazing mini shifts in the late 60s/early 1970s. Tabitha was a pint size knock-out too in her shortie sailor smocks and mary janes. (She was actually played by identical twin girls, just like the Olsen twins, but soooo much cuter).

This pair are one of the most fashionable mom and daughters in television history.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Garden Isle

Cotton Lace Dress by Mango

Vintage Bag

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Island Interlude

This week I'll be in the Sandwich Islands, specifically, Kauai. Be back with lots of Polynesian pics and Island style reporting. The shop will remain open and if you're a blog reader please enjoy an extra 15% off on items purchased during my absence. Just type the code SANDWICH in the buyer's notes when you check out. Discount will be refunded via Paypal on September 12th.
Aloha! ♥

Friday, September 3, 2010

Style on Film: Eva, 1962

A film by Joseph Losey... Just saw it the other night... starring two of my favorites, Jeanne Moreau and Virna Lisi... shot in Venice and Rome in 1962... black and white...stunning... see it!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Outfit du Jour

Oufit for a chilly San Francsico evening in August:

1. jacket: decade old BCBG
2. jeans: Gap (on super-sale last Spring!)
3. t-shirt: H & M
4. boots: Aldo (spanking new!)

Just got the boots. I had been covetting these since they came out in Spring, but I really didn't feel like dropping half the rent on footwear and I just couldn't bring myself to buying the total knock-offs either, so I went with these boots from Aldo which retain the feeling of the Chloe boots, but are obviously not trying to be them entirely. They're super comfy and I can pat myself on the back for saving $600.00 ♥
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