Friday, December 16, 2011

My Top 5 Christmas Movies of the 1940's



HOLIDAY INN: Starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, centers around a night club duo. One half of the night club duo decides to open an Inn in the country that's only open on holidays after he loses the girl. While opening the Inn he discovers a beautiful woman. When his friend joins him in the country, they begin to fight over the new ingenue.



CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT: Starring Barbara Stanwyck, centers around Elizabeth Lane who is the country's most famous food writer. But the food, farm, and home in connecticut are all lies. She now must figure out a way to keep her job after her boss invited himself and a war hero to her home for christmas.



IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Starring James Stewart, canters around George Bailey who misplaces $8,000. He feels it's the end and contemplates ending his life. When his gaudian angel, Clarence shows him what the town and his family would be like with out him, he reconsiders.



REMEMBER THE NIGHT: Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurry, centers around a young woman who is arrested for shoplifting during the christmas holidays, and the assistant district attorney who falls in love with her.



THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER: Starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, set in Budapest during the holiday season. Two co-workers who strongly dislike each other maintain a secret letter writing relationship and fall in love, unaware they are penpals.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Finding Matilda's Vintage Closet

Last month I had a chance to do some running around and check out some local antique shops and vintage clothing stores. I had decided to head out to the Glendale area, as I had passed a couple of stores that peaked my interest one day while driving by. I parked my car and started walking to the first place I had seen. Inside they had alot of glassware including kitchen and vanity items. Sadly there was only one thing that caught my eye, and that was a hand vase. It reminded me of the one my great grandmother had during the 1950s. As to where that one is now, I have no idea.


I continued on down the street, and turned the next corner. I was taken a back. To me, in what seemed to be shinning in big bright letters was Matilda's Vintage Closet. I took a deep breath and walked in happily. I was suprised by all the clothing they had in the store, but went through finding myself two very sweet treasures.

30s 40s navy blue dress
These show the actual color better
The detailing in the pleats

30s 40s white satin robe
The lace detailing

And here is a fun video by Douglas Mounce starring Amanda Lee about Matilda's Vintage Closet!

xoxo Lola*

Friday, December 2, 2011

In the Spirits of the Holiday


Every year people are dazzled by the flashing lights, snow, and holiday cheer. But with moving somewhere tropical that never calls for snow, I've been dazzled by the creative cocktails the local resorts have put together for everyone to enjoy. Also, since I am a rather big drinker, this appealed to me greatly. :)

Godiva carmel liqueur
Stoli vanilla vodka
salt and cream

Rum Reindeer
Captin Morgan spiced rum
orange juice
ginger beer

White Christmas Martini
Godiva dark chocolate liqueur
vanilla vodka
cherry brandy
mint leaves
graham cracker
cinnamon rim for garnish

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E Princess Drive, Scottsdale

Holiday Cider
Captin Morgan spiced rum
Disaronno almond liqueur
apple and cranberry juice
orange zest and spices

Pumpkin Pie Martini
pumpkin pie vodka
Captin Morgan spiced rum
Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
cream and nutmeg
graham cracker rim

The Phoenician
6000 E Camelback Road, Phoenix

Holly Berry
Midori melon liqueur
creme de menthe liqueur
creme de cacao liqueur
half and half
mint leaves and pomegranate seed for garnish

Season of Spice
cinnamon infused vodka
half and half
cinnamon sticks for garnish

The Wigwam
300 E Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park

Vanilla Chai Martini
Stoli vanilla vodka
Godiva white chocolate liqueur
chai syrup
half and half

Four Seasons Resort
10600 E Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale

Santa's Dirty Little Secret
Don Julio tequila
Navan vanilla liqueur
Kahlua and carmel

Santa's Cider
Maker's Mark bourbon
butterscotch schnapps
hot apple cider

Hyatt Regency
7500 E Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale

The Christmas Dream
half and half
vodka over ice
topped with nutmeg

Sanat's Little Helper
cranberry juice and sugar

The Sheraton
340 N Third Street, Phoenix

xoxo Lola

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Book Review- "The Paris wife"


Several months ago, I came across this book in a book store. It seemed like an interesting read so I bought it having just finished my last book. The strikingly attractive cover of “The Paris Wife” depicts a glamorous, poised-looking woman perched in a Paris cafe. She wears a belted, tailored dress reminiscent of the late 1940s or early 1950s. Her face cannot be seen, but her posture radiates confidence and freedom. The picture is interesting because it has absolutely nothing to do with the book it is selling.

The heroine of “The Paris Wife” is Hadley Richardson, the athletic, sturdily built, admittedly unfashionable homebody who married Ernest Hemingway in 1921. They were divorced in 1927.

It starts out in Chicago 1920 during a party where Hadley and Ernest first meet. Following a whilwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively group "the Lost Generation" that included Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

Once the Hemingways’ son is born, Hadley’s situation rapidly becomes untenable. Hard-partying bohemian expatriates don’t much like babies. And they don’t like fidelity either. After Hadley makes the dreadful gaffe of losing the valise that held all of Hemingway’s early work, the great man thinks he has an excuse to be angry. His mind and body begin to wander.

At this point Pauline Pfeiffer worms her way into the novel so boldly that even Hadley senses trouble. Pauline, who is as chic as Hadley is frumpy, makes herself an instant fixture in the Hemingway household. She wildly flatters Hemingway about his writing. She gives Hadley the alarming pet name “Dulla,” and then insists on becoming Hadley’s closest chum. She borrows Hadley’s slippers, merrily saying, “You won’t be able to pry them off me.” In a feat of world-class back stabbing she crusades secretly to become Hemingway’s next wife (the second of four).

All in all, even though I really enjoyed reading the book and had trouble putting it down, I really didn't like the book. I felt it was rather sad and depressing. So unless you don't mind getting depressed then I wouldn't recommend reading it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Time Warp Wives (Part 1)

Serveral years ago when I first started dressing more 1940s and less 1950s, I came across this show. I never was able to see it in whole due to it being taken off air rather early. After that I tried to find a link for it serveral more times from someone who might have seen it on the Fodora Lounge. Eventually I had given up in trying to find it...until now. I had decided to give it one more go on Youtube and it was there. Yay! Finally!

So, I hope you all enjoy the first part of the show and let me know what you think!


Friday, July 29, 2011

New Purchase

Ok, so I really don't have much to share with all of you. I haven't done much this summer compared to last. Nor have I really had a chance to explore my new surrounding and score some great vintage. In fact, I don't think there is much vintage to score here in Az. Back home, there was a ton. I was busy almost every week looking for more vintage finds, and bidding my butt off at estate sales. So, since I haven't found anything here, where I am currently living, I've taken sometime to look over some things online. And that's when I came across this puppy! And is now on its way into my loving arms. Can't wait!

Lovely dress with matching belt

Matching jacket


Friday, July 8, 2011

How I Cut My Own Hair...

So, I've been going through a rather low state lately. I haven't felt very vintage lately due to the extremely hot weather we have been having here in Arizona. It's been in the 100's everyday for the last month even at 1:00 in the morning. And dry cleaning being the prices that it is, it hasn't made much sense to actually dress vintage. And for someone that doesn't have much just doesn't work all the time! I do try my best with regular clothes that look vintage-ish and have turned out looking very rockabilly/ pinup.

Anyways, I do do my best to stay glamorous even when I'm not really feeling it or much like myself. I usually try and do my nails or get my toes done. But that doesn't always help. Not even buying a new lippie! So, since my hair grows rather fast, I decided to cut 5inches of it off lastnight. I mean it's hot out, so a nice cut would help with keeping cool, and if I feel better from it, so be it.

So, this is how I cut my own hair because I'm cheap and don't trust hairdressers!

First, you will need scissors, a hair brush, a water bottle with water in it if you haven't washed your hair before hand. (I had just washed mine the night before)


I started out with brushing out my hair since it is naturally curly. Part into 2 sections and place them over each shoulder.

Brush out each section. Starting with one of the sections, wet hair with water bottle from ear down and brush through.


Cut approx. desired length.


Starting the the second section of hair, wet and put both sides together and cut evenly.


(Some of the front pieces may be longer but that's ok because of the layers you will be putting in) Brush out sections.

Now for the layers:

Take a piece of hair and pull away from the head, brush it out, then take fingers along that piece and stop at bottom strands end. You will cut up from there.


Repeat all around the head for layers. Remember to water where needed, and clean out ur sink when finished.


Here is a day after picture with my hair done i.e. taken down from a vintage up do I did.


Hope you all enjoyed!!Sorry for some of the funny faces I was making in the photos, and have a lovely weekend! lol


Sunday, June 19, 2011


So, it has been awhile since I've been on here, and I wanted to take a moment and say sorry for that. I've been a rather busy girl. I've realized most of my recent posts have just been boring fillers from what is really going on in my life. So, I wanted to finally take this oppertunity to share some of the things that have been going on that I'm really excited have been happening to me.

On a more recent note, I had another photoshoot. This one was with Christina of Vintage Edge Photographer right here in Arizona. She's been slightly new to the game, which was perfect for me to be able to have more creative freedom. And since it is the summer, we decided on doing a sailor girl theme. hehe
Not too creative but still very fun.

So, off we went to Lake Pleasant. I did my own hair and make-up there and put on my cutest vintage bathing suit, and we were off shooting.


Oh, and incase you've noticed, yes I am wearing my MissLFire shoes!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Besame Cosmetics

So, even though I have known about the company for many years now, I've never actually had the chance to try any of their products untill recently. Really? Is a question you might be asking your self at this point, but yes it's true. I have only recently had the chance to try it. And I don't think I would've either if it wasn't for a wonderful lady that insisted that I did. It was with a recent purchase from her Esty store, that she sent me a bunch of Besame products to try since we have had many a conversation about me never trying their stuff. Now once I did try their stuff, I must say I fell in love. The lipsticks went on so smoothly and they were just the right shades for my skin tone. They were prefect!

Now I honestly have always been a MAC cosmetics girl, myself. I have always used it on a daily basis and even for my photo shoots. I have never had a problem with it, never a break out, nothing! Most of their products are reasonably priced and they always have whatever you need in stock, and are always very helpful if there is something you're not sure about.

The eyeshadows and the different shades!

The powders and the different shades!

The lipsticks ans the different shades!

So, if you do get the chance, I know some of Besame's prices can get a little bit crazy, but I highly recommend you try their products. You honestly won't be disappointed. And one thing I love the most about their products is that it has a vintage feel and is made with the 1940's/1950's in mind. I know I have chanced to using their products on a daily basis for that vintage look.

P.S. And be sure to let me know if any of you out there have tried it, and what your thoughts are on the products.!


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Summertime fun girl

Yes, I have been a very busy girl lately. I decided with my move to start doing what I really love doing aside from collecting and wearing vintage, and that's vintage modeling. I'm not sure why I love doing it so much. Maybe it's the fun in creating something pretty or just being able to share some of my amazing vintage finds with the rest of the world. I'm really not sure. But I'm very glad that I have had to chance to do it. So, once I moved here a photographer got in touch with me asking to do some photos, and I couldn't pass it up.

I had decided to go with a summer theme since it is summer and all. Well, at least it has been here with all this 100 degree weather we've been having lately. So, I grabbed my vintage swimsuits and accessories and I was ready to have a great old time. And in the end, this is what Alvin Johnson (the photographer) and I came up with.






Hope you all love them as much as I do!
xo Lola*

Friday, April 22, 2011

Outfit Post


Hello all!!!

As you all know by now, I have moved to Arizona and I must say I am very happy with my choice to move here. It has been absolutely wonderful and the sights are beautiful. Actually, the above phone is one I took on my way to the Paradise Valley Mall the other day. But not to waste anymore time...on with my dresses.

Outfit 1

(Not the best photo but I really wanted one of me in my new dress with the Bettie Page bangs I cut for myself. )

30s/40s Blue Dress-Etsy
40's White Shoes-Ebay
Bakelite-local shops in Pa

Outfit 2

(A day of shopping for goodies at Saturdays Farmers Market in Scottsdale.)

40's Blue Deer Novalty Print Dress-Ebay
40's Black Sling-back Shoes-Ebay
30's Peach Sunglasses-Ebay
50s/60's Wicker Fan Purse-Ebay
40's Ladies Wristwatch-Ebay


Friday, April 8, 2011

Oh, Bunny Slipper

Well, I''ve ran across these babies some time ago, but due to my crazy schedule lately with the moving thing I really haven't had much time for anything. But now that I'm in Arizona and have had a chance in between unpacking, I thought I would finally take the moment to share these little babies with all of you. I ran across these on Twitter and just fell in love. I thought they were so cute and even though I haven't had a chance to actually buy a pair yet, I am planning on it.

Well, let me first tell you what they are considering you're all probably waiting for me to spit it out already. lol But  they are the Streetzie's High Heel Bunny Slippers. I believe Streetzie is a mother, daughter duo that created them and they come in three different colors.

Perfect Pink

Classic Black

Powder Blue

P.s. And the best part is, that no bunnies were harmed in the making!! ;)


Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shoes for Spring

I don't know about all of you, but I must say that I've been ready for spring for about 3 months now. It has been rather cold here and seeing what the weather has been where I'm going to be moving, has just made me become very impatient. I just can't wait to break out all of my summer dresses and wonderful vintage inspired sandals and vintage shoes for the summer. So, with that I have been poking around the internet to find some new items that I could wear to VLV and California this year when I go on my mini vacations, and I ran across one of my favorite sites that always has the most amazing vintage style shoes. Now this site is MissLFire, and their shoes are to die for. So, here is a little peek at what your truely has been looking at.

Hello Sailor Wedges (I already have these and love them!)

Cezanne in Green

Tiki in Natural

Vee Eight in Black

Ukulele in Colbalt