An absolute stunner: Victorian house circa 1898 in Terrell, Texas has original working transom windows, hardwood floors and — thanks to the owner — vintage furnishings all throughout. This is the view from the staircase down onto the waiting room.
Posted on Friday, November 29th 2013
Be a beta tester for Chiffon & Champagne and get a chance to win this sweet Dionite travel bar!
The Mad Men-worthy case measures 13 inches x 8.5 inches x 5.25 inches, and comes with two aluminum glasses, a bottle opener, a can opener, a swizzle fork and ice tong. There’s even a key.
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Posted on Friday, November 29th 2013
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
8 ounces very cold butter, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
1 cup cold water with ice cubes
3 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Posted on Wednesday, November 27th 2013
Reblogged from What Would Betty Bake?
Schoolgirl charm in unmatched knee-high socks paired with pilgrim flats by Corfam. Roger Vivier of course made the iconic pilgrim shoe worn in Belle du Jour which was released in 1967. Photo from Vogue, July 1966.
Posted on Friday, October 25th 2013
An undated photo of Vogue editor Anna Wintour by Mario Testino makes her look almost playful, far from the terrorizing boss she supposedly inspired in the roman a clef The Devil Wears Prada.
The Diana Vreeland of our time took no prisoners in her turnaround of American Vogue, including her predecessor Grace Mirabella. One of the best anecdotes about Wintour is how she told Mirabella, while still Vogue’s editor, that she wanted her job. Wintour got her wish in 1987.
Photo from American Fashion Accessories by Candy Pratts Price.
Posted on Thursday, October 24th 2013
A rather self-conscious Halston relaxing in Andy Warhol’s Montauk, Long Island house. He appears to be absorbed in a coffee table book about Isamu Noguchi, an influential Japanese-American artist and landscape architect.
The most striking detail about this picture is the book shelf behind Halston: Almost all the books have been turned around. Presumably their spines did not fit the deliberately neutral color range which echoes the subtle shades of the seashells beneath.
Whether this was an affectation of Warhol, the photographer, or Halston himself is an interesting thought to ponder. It certainly emphasizes that although the essence of chic is its apparent lack of effort, ironically a lot of preparation and study goes into making it seem so. Photo from Halston: An American Original by Elaine Gross & Fred Rottman.
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd 2013
A closeup shot of a 1950 afternoon dress by Madame Grés shows painstaking gathers at the hip that flare into perfect, flattering pleats. They bring to mind the panniers of Marie Antoinette’s time, albeit less dramatic. Photo from Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now by Valerie Steele.
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd 2013
A beautifully cut coat of purple rayon with a saffron collar, paired with a matching blouse by Turkish-born designer Rifat Ozbek. Ozbek shot to fame in the late 80s and early 90s, showing his collections in London and Paris.
Most recently, he started a new brand called Yastik by Rifat Ozbek, a line of limited edition cushions (yastik means cushion in Turkish). Photo from Mirabella, August 1992.
Posted on Monday, October 21st 2013
A 1968 ad for Noymer wallets’ LaMini features amusingly (for today) tongue-in-cheek copy: ‘The skinny French purse that holds all that lovely American money’.
Even more interesting is the description of the leather being of ‘Coach hide’, in obvious deference to the quality of the American brand.
Posted on Sunday, October 20th 2013
A 1964 Cole of California ad shows an intrepid girl-about-town taking a cruise to Aruba and enjoying the onboard diversions. The running theme is the question asked by one goodlooking male: ‘Are you a career woman?’ If she is, we want her career. Going on a cruise to Aruba for work would be damn nice.
Posted on Friday, October 18th 2013