Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Leopard, Mink, and Red Lipstick, Oh My!

 The New Year is rapidly approaching, and as I will be celebrating the holiday in Vienna, Austria, I decided that I need something on the toasty warm side to brave the chilly winter weather...while still trying to maintain a little touch of glamour! This is the dress I have chosen, I am thinking I may pair it with a thick pair of leopard print tights and wear a bright red lip :) Now to find a pair of suitable heels...

Leopard tights can look sophisticated! Who knew?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Puss and Tights!

 Since I cannot make it back to California for the holidays, the Bear and I decided to book a trip to Vienna for New Year's! It will definitely be challenging for this California girl to put together stylish yet warm outfits, but I found a pair of snuggly cream cable knit tights for a start! I am thinking I should pull out my Max Mara wool skirt too...I just need to find the perfect booties to brave the snow in. Do any of you have any suggestions on what to see, eat, visit in Vienna? I have some MAC empties too, does anyone know if Vienna does B2MAC? Here are a few photographs of my fuzzy friend, Samson, to close...enjoy!

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