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Presenting Mitzi TV July 12, 2009

If there’s one blog I like to read consistently, it’s the saucy author Mitzi Szereto’s. Here, Mitzi steps in to the third dimension with her new Mitzi TV and ventures into Central London to meet up with the Westminster Morris Men, a team of Morris Dancers who do a lot more than shake their booty. This London expat lass is bawdy funny. Visit her blog here or view on YouTube below. Join Mitzi’s Facebook fan page here.

 

The Model as Muse exhibit at the Met July 11, 2009

model_as_muse_bigHurry on over to the Met before this show closes. I went with my FIT gal pals last night, and if you have an interest in either magazine or fashion history, this is a wonderful eye candy walk through the mid-20th century to now. What’s most wonderful about the show is that they have brought in the real designer garments (Balenciaga, Dior and more) that were featured in spreads, along with a pictorial history of fashion shooting through the decades. Plus, you have the music of each era in each section, so it literally is a walk down memory lane. See is through August 9. Learn more …

Cheap tip: Go on Friday night. The museum is open until 9 and it’s perfectly kosher to pay $1 admission, even though the usual fee is $20.

 

A Shaded View on Fashion June 29, 2009

shadedviewHere’s a new find: an edgy, insider’s fashion blog with goth-look leanings. Read “A Shaded View on Fashion.”

 

A moment for the fabulous Dina Merrill June 24, 2009

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250px-Dina_MerrillMerrill was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton in New York City, the only child of Post Cereals heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and her second husband, Wall Street stockbroker Edward Francis Hutton.[1] She was educated at The George Washington University.

Merrill acted in twenty-two motion pictures, including Desk Set with Katharine Hepburn and Spencer TracyThe SundownersDon’t Give Up the ShipCaddyshack III’ll Take Sweden with Bob HopeThe Young Savages with Burt LancasterA Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed with Mickey RooneyCatch Me If You CanOperation Petticoat with Cary Grant (who had previously been married to her cousin, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton) and Tony CurtisThe Courtship of Eddie’s Father with Glenn Ford and Ron HowardButterfield 8 with Elizabeth TaylorA Wedding with Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Carol BurnettTrue Colors with John Cusack andThe Player with Tim Robbins and Whoopi Goldberg. Read more.

 

Glam Girl Hair Clips June 15, 2009

retroglamourgirlJust discovered on these adorable pin-up girl hair clips at retroglamourgirl.com, created by a glam girl model (shown modeling her clips here). The clips are big and floral and absolutely adorable. Plus, you can find other glam girl products for your pin-up personna. See it here.

 

Ya gotta love a gal with an accordian June 14, 2009

pezDiscover the amazing music of Milwaukee-based Pezzettino, singer-songwriter, Margaret Stutt.  Trained in classical piano at the local convent and self-taught on her father’s accordion, she began writing her own material in 2008.  That year she self-released her debut album, “Because I Have No Control …” and launched herself into the touring circuit.  Just six months later, Pezzettino released her sophomore album, “Lion.” Listen to Pezzettino’s music here.

 

Passementeries June 10, 2009

passTonight in my embellishment class, we learned passementerie, and I thought I might try to find a nice passementerie video to post, but instead stumbled across Athena’s Parisian twin: an academic girl living in Paris thinking about style, interiors and culture. If that doesn’t just sum Athena up in a nutshell. And wouldn’t you know she named her blog Passementerie. Read more about this new fab Athena friend here.

 

litter sf: Saucy body jewelry June 9, 2009

yhst-38159722918324_2058_2744928For bedecking and bedazzling yourself, there’s nothing more glittery than the jewelry from litter sf. These gals have jewelry for the shoes, body, head and ears. It’s downright saucy. See littersf jewelry here (but beware, they’ve been so popular, they’re selling out).

 

Gem Junkie June 1, 2009

jadeI love beads and have ever since I wandered into a Santa Fe bead store run by a woman named Gloria of unknowable age with a glorious head of laquered white hair and a bad attitude. While I have collected them through my life (my favorites are from Prague), I’ve never gone so far as to string them. I just like to look at them, run my fingers through glassy piles. Although lately, with my haute couture embellishments class, I’m learning how to apply beads to garments, a task I took to with unforeseen and surprising love and tenderness.

skullWell, I’ve landed on a wonderful etsy beading store, Gem Junkie, which has “gemstones and jewelry supplies for all your beading needs.” Just think, I don’t have to put up with Gloria’s bad attitude or trek to Czechoslovakia. And with the supplies available as well, I may even string a few together. Discover Gem Junkie here.


 

Yoga Union: Iyengar Yoga and Scoliosis May 31, 2009

deborahI’ve had scoliosis since I was 14 years old—an aggressive S-curve that was discovered when I showed my mother an odd convexity in my stomach area. First I wore a Milwaukee brace for 3 years:  I joined the swim team just to be able to discard the metal and leather armor gleefully for a couple of hours at a time. Eventually, I turned to chiropractic and lost the brace entirely, but swimming put me on a path of fitness to manage my curve: mostly dance, Pilates and yoga. It was the last that has yielded the most benefits, and in my early 40s I discovered Iyengar yoga and a wonderful teacher, Deborah Wolk, who focuses specifically on using yoga to manage scoliosis. The day that she ran her hand down my spine as I bent forward touching my toes, and she identified my curves without my ever mentioning it, was a day when I found what I had been searching for my whole life. Most people can’t notice my scoliosis, due the to evenness of the curves, but it was my secret shame. Since then my chiropractor has said that my curve always lessens when I’m practicing Iyengar. It’s just a gem that I want to pass on to others who may be on a similar quest. Namaste.  

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