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