Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dear Santa...

What Katie Did Padded Bullet Bra in Peach
What Katie Did Morticia Underbust Corset

What Katie Did Glamour Zip Underbust Girdle in Peach

M.A.C. Ruby Woo
Jeffrey Campbell "Midler" Platform Pump in Pink Suede
So pretty!
Jeffrey Campbell "El Carmen" in American Flag
Or maybe in Pink Polka Dot?
Or Gingham? Oh, so many choices so little time!

To Tightlace or Not To Tightlace?

 Tightlacing. Mention the word "corset" and many people will start preaching to you about feminism, the beauty of living in this modern age, and how ugly and oppressive the practice of tightlacing is. What few people fail to mention, however, is that some of the most celebrated Hollywood stars were avid tightlacers. As a vintage enthusiast, I often envy the seemingly impossible to achieve hourglass figures of the time. How were these measurements naturally possible? Elizabeth Taylor has the same measurements that I do, except for that incredibly tiny waist! And Brigitte Bardot! How is that waist humanly possible? Then I discovered waist training. Suddenly everything became crystal clear...

 Debra Paget
Gina Lollobrigida tightlacing
Gina Lollobrigida shows the effects of tightlacing
A long-time tightlacer, such as Elizabeth Taylor, will see the effects of wearing a corset even when bare.

Marilyn Monroe tightlacing!

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese nude, after tightlacing

The unaltered state of the female body vs. the altered (tight-laced) form.
"Etiquette for Ladies" -  Bow Bells; 1866

I will leave it at that. To tightlace or not to tightlace? That is the question...

Comrade Von Pussycat

Monday, November 26, 2012

Ava Gardner Talks Stardom!

Maybe I just didn`t have the temperament for stardom. I`ll never forget seeing Bette Davis at the Hilton in Madrid. I went up to her and said, “Miss Davis, I`m Ava Gardner and I`m a great fan of yours.” And do you know, she behaved exactly as I wanted her to behave. “Of course you are, my dear,” she said. “Of course you are.” And she swept on. Now that`s a star.
Ava Gardner

Hollywoodland: The Peasant Blouse

Linda Darnell
Ava Gardner

Linda Darnell
Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner
Gina Lollobrigida

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Dorothy Dandridge

Rita Hayworth

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Jane Russell

Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Pledge

If you would like to take the pledge to shop secondhand too...

Jungle Fever

How adorable is this Sue Brett Junior dress with leopards all over it? Makes me want to go on a safari, or go to the zoo! Wishlist!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Summer Lovin'

I realize that this is not exactly a season appropriate post, but can I just say that I LOVE this swimsuit! How smoking hot is that one piece? I must possess it...

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know it is a little late, but I just came out of a turkey and stuffing coma! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, for those celebrating! There is nothing quite like Thanksgiving, all the family around one table eating, discussing, and making merry. I love the holidays! Here are a few holiday snaps of my humble Thanksgiving dinner in Macedonia (I was deeply homesick, but I still managed to have a wonderful holiday with my Love, the Bear, my in-laws, and my fellow American woman who is also married to a Macedonian!).
 Sir Hump-a-Lot's 1st turkey dinner! Here we are taking a break from all of the kitchen prep!
Later on that evening, Samson decided  that he would be the guardian of the libations...what a handsome pussycat, I must say!
 The guest of honor, Mr. Turkey! It was only my second turkey, so I was watching a lot of videos online to watch the pro's before I attempted roasting the thing. I ended up making a butter and dark brown sugar glaze, which made it finger lickin- good! No really, everyone was licking their fingers! I am pretty proud of myself for achieving such a result!
 The Bear's first time carving a turkey, which he mastered at once! Thank you youtube ;)
 Speaks for itself, methinks!
 I also whipped up a batch of red wine cranberry sauce with orange peel and Muscovado sugar. They don't have fresh cranberries here, but it turned out nicely with dried.
 Proud Papas!
 Turkey time?!!!!
Another glamour shot
Feasting time!
I also made a leek, toasted walnut, and giblet stuffing which was absolutely divine!
Pretty little pumpkin tartlets!
Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Comrade Von Pussycat