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Valentine's Day is here. Whether you look forward to this annual holiday of love with giddiness or dread, it's hard to deny the allure of a vintage romance on film. There's just a certain je ne sais quoi about watching two iconic actors of yesteryear engage in a (often doomed) romance on screen.
Looking back at classic films from the 40's, 50's and 60's, it's clear that many of those on-screen trysts are simply not going to work out. The unpredictability of the endings, in comparison to the by-the-book story lines of rom-com's nowadays, is refreshing and adds dimension to these vintage love stories. Not a fan of the whole love-story aspect? Ditch the romance and watch these films for the drool-worthy fashions.
Of course I would start with this classic film—one of the greatest of all time. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are former lovers who reconnect in the exotic locale of Morocco. They plan to run off together again, but, well, you know the rest. One of the most iconic lines of all time makes this a romantic film with a twist. You simply need to see it at least once. Besides, Ingrid Bergman's casual yet chic style is enough to keep us coming back for more.
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My Grandma still refers to my Grandpa as “my sweet man.” There is something so sweet about enduring love- the kind that lasts through the hard years, poor years, good years, rich years, kids, grandkids, great grandkids and wrinkles.
My Grandpa still looks at my Grandma like she's the only girl in the room (I'm not joking. It's adorable). They still hold hands and kiss, they still argue about how a story should be told, they sing in a choir together and say things like, “I love you, you old foagie.” Isn't it perfectly sweet to see older couples that have still got it?
Can you tell I'm thinking a lot about love? My anniversary and Valentine's Day are in the same week- so I can't help it. I'm especially thinking about lasting love. So in honor of my Grandparents and true love birds everywhere, I'm thinking of making my Valentine's Day a vintage one. A Valentine's Day that says, “We have the kind of love that will last through the years; a classic love, an enduring love. You'll always be my sweet man.”
So if you're a little bit tired of the regular ways to celebrate Love Day, like overpriced flowers and crowded restaurants, here are a couple of ways to create a romantic and classic Vintage Valentine's Day:
♥ Do something old-fashioned together. I think it sounds kind of amazing to do something other than go to dinner and a movie. No? Here are a few of my thoughts:
Walk around downtown together
Slow dance together in your living room
Go on a boat or bike ride
Have a candle-lit picnic
Recreate a classic vintage photo (My favorite is the one of the sailor kissing the nurse.)
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I still remember the first time I saw Gone With the Wind. I was mesmerized by Vivien Leigh. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. And her dresses?! They were dreamy. It's thanks to her that I've always been in love with a long, full skirt. It was a childhood fantasy to wear one of those dresses. Tell me I'm not alone?!
That's why when I first saw the Waltzing Matilda Ball Skirt, my heart jumped out of my chest. It immediately reminded me of Scarlett O’Hara and her skirts that I've always dreamed of wearing.
The Waltzing Matilda Ball Skirt is a floor length ball skirt that is constructed to be feminine and flattering. It sits at the natural waistline and is fitted through the hip. It elegantly flares out at the low hip and inverted pleats create flow and movement.
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When I first saw Shabby Apple's new outfits in the "Winter Wonderland" collection, it instantly reminded me of 1950's movie... Sabrina! Full of classic characters, romance and wit- everything about the film screams fifties, and the costumes are no exception. From a summer boating outfit, to a cocktail gown, Audrey Hepburn looks sophisticated in every moment of the film.
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You may not have snow yet (or perhaps your neck of the woods doesn't get snow at all), but one fact is undeniable - the holiday season is upon us. That means you will have parties to attend frequently, whether it's your office party, a family get-together or even the ugly sweater party. The latter has become a staple of the holiday season, but I say you should wear your "ugly" sweater with pride and non-ironically all through the season! Here, use 1940's film actress Deanna Durbin as your spirit guide:
Not wearing a winter coat outside is ill-advised at best /mom
Holiday outfits are so much more than toques (I'm Canadian - I don't know what they are called elsewhere. A beanie?), a knit sweater and some thin gloves. Let's look at some classic holiday films that prove you can still be flawless while dodging patches of ice on the sidewalk.
It's a Wonderful Life
Released in 1946, It's A Wonderful Life is a little dark and a lot hopeful. Donna Reed's outfits range from comfortable (like the cozy dress above) to impeccably tailored and form fitting.Read the full post >
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