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    Love on Screen: Vintage Romance and Fashion

    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.

    Casablanca

    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.

    Giant

    Jumping ahead to the mid-1950's, Giant is a film that features the incomparable Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson. Need I say more? This film is rife with incredible fashion, featuring this amazing look from Ms. Taylor that is so flawless I can't even really deal right now.

    Sabrina

    Who can resist the charms of Audrey Hepburn? As Sabrina proves, no one. This film stands the test of time and even spawned a remake (but please don't watch that). Audrey, as usual, looks beyond adorable in her fitted shorts and flouncy shirts. This look just screams spring and is something I would love to wear now.

    Some Like It Hot

    Finally, my favorite Marilyn Monroe film of all time. It pairs her up with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis (who wear some pretty fab outfits themselves). In true Marilyn style, she dons a number of form-fitting outfits that show off her celebrated figure.

    No matter which style icon you admire from these vintage films, you can find an outfit from Shabby Apple to match your mood. Pieces from the brand new Aussie Afternoon Collection can help you capture that Audrey carefree style, especially this versatile Evening Chambray Top. If you're feeling a little more mysterious, à la Ingrid, the stunning Fire and Ice Dress can help you channel a romantic film noir feeling. 

    Notes:

    Ingrid Photo: Wikipedia (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Ingrid_Bergman_1940_publicity.jpg)

    Elizabeth photo: American Digest (http://americandigest.org/elizabeth-taylor-giant.jpg)

    Audrey photo: Pleasure Photo Room (http://pleasurephotoroom.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/audrey-hepburn-in-sabrina-1954.jpg)

    Marilyn photo: Noir Whale (http://noirwhale.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/film-noir-some-like-it-hot-marilyn-monroe-via-grady-uga-edu.jpg)

    Vintage Valentines Day

    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 [...]

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    Vintage Film Fashion: Holiday Edition

    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 [...]

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    Vintage Film Fashion: Rear Window

    “Rear Window”(1954) It's October! Time for an entire month full of ghosts, witches, and jack-o- lanterns! So, as you’re putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume, why not celebrate the month by watching a classic, suspenseful murder mystery? If you’re looking for a real thriller, you will love “Rear Window”! You’ll suddenly find yourself [...]

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    Vintage Film Style – Tippi Hedren

    If you’re like me and feel you were born in the wrong era, you will often find yourself gravitating toward actresses of yore for style and beauty inspiration. When it comes to film fashion, you can’t get much better than the ten years spanning 1955-1965. We’re talking Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, Tura [...]

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