Sunday, 30 October 2016

Glamorous Vintage Halloween Costumes

Along with the excuse to collect free candies and overindulge on our favorites whether they be Hershey's, Kit Kats or Tootsie Rolls, another large part of the fun is in dressing up. On this one day out of the year, we can be anything we want to be! I know my day will be spent watching Classic Hitchcock films and dressing up in something vintage. In this post, I will be sharing with you a list of 4 of my personal favorite costumes to spice up your Halloween a bit (with an ample dose of Old Hollywood Glamour, that is), beyond the usual generic costumes you find at Party City, that is. 

(1.) Holly Golightly - By far one of the post chic Halloween costumes on the list. After all, who can resist the opportunity to channel an imitation of the chic black gown channelled by Audrey Hepburn in the beloved classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's"? Along with a glittery tiara and a neck laced with diamonds and pearls, of course.

Shop The Look: 

Etsy: Pearl Statement Necklace with Brooch Audrey Style - $135.00

Amazon-Audrey Hepburn Black Dress from Breakfast at Tiffany's - $89.99

Easy- Leaf Rhinestone Tiara by ThreeGirlsTwoFlowers - $12.00

Amazon- GYBest Classic Adult Size 21" Long Party Bridal Dance Opera Length Satin Gloves - $7.99

... and for the makeup 


(2.) Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as Lorelei Lee- It doesn't get any more glamorous than this. A satin pink dress, gloves, a bow and an endless dose of glittering white diamonds.

Shop the Look: 

e-Bay- Marilyn Monroe Pink Hollywood Fancy Dress 50's Costume- $42.09

AlieExpress- Luxury Wedding Jewelry - $43.90

Etsy-Marilyn Monroe Wig- $75.00

and for makeup...


(3.) Lucy Ricardo - I Love Lucy- "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" - This costume will always remain timeless and many will applaud this, especially as nearly everyone has seen or at least heard of this classic episode in which Lucy becomes intoxicated while filming a TV commercial advertising a product called "Vitameatavegamin". After all who doesn't want an excuse to emulate this beloved redhead for a day?

Shop the Look...

Etsy-Vitameatavegamin Houndstooth Peplum Dress and Hat - $249.00

Etsy-White Velvet Fascinator Crown with Birdcage Veil- $32.00

Etsy-I Love Lucy Wig- $45.99

And for the Makeup...

(4.) Flapper-With all of the glitz, the glam, the dancing, the jazz, who can resist channeling the glamorous garments donned by the flappers of the 20's era? 

Shop the Look... 

Amazon-Vijiv Women 1920s Gatsby Sequin Art Nouveau- $38.99-$41.99 

Easy-Black Rhinestone Flapper Headpiece- $60.00

Amazon-Lace Embroidered Fingerless Gloves- $4.99

And for the makeup...


I hope that you enjoyed this post and that if you were out of ideas for that perfect costume laced with Vintage Glam, that you've been able to find it! 

~ Erin <3

Saturday, 15 October 2016

65 Years: I Love Lucy

Today marks the date when the first I Love Lucy episode was filmed exactly 65 years ago. In order to celebrate the series that still manages to bring roaring laughter to audiences of all age groups, I would like to list 10 fun facts about the beloved series, all of which are not entirely very well known. 

(1.) The Very First "I Love Lucy" Episode: Although this episode may not be as well known as "Job Switching" or "Lucy Does a TV Commercial", it is still a very well written episode. The name of the episode? "The Girls want to Go to a Nightclub" and along with the clever plot, this episode also has a significance to it, as it was the first ever "I Love Lucy" presented to the audiences of America. This episode depicts a jealous Ethel and Lucy and their humorous attempt at getting back at Ricky and Fred by dressing up as deplorable dates to accompany the two men during an evening out at a nightclub. Their act of revenge eventually grows more and more transparent as the evening wears on and Ricky and Fred start to recognize the two despite their disguises. Needless to say, the Ricky and Fred begin to turn the tables and begin their own quest for revenge. 

(2.) CBS Initially Did not Believe That Americans would Buy into the Idea that Lucy was Married to a "Foreign" Man: When CBS first approached Lucille Ball with the offer of changing her popular radio show "My Favorite Husband" into a television series she was only willing to commit as long as her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz would be able to play the role of her husband. The network laughed at the idea and stated that American viewers simply could not accept that a regular housewife could possibly be married to a "foreign" man. To them it seemly was not feasible. In the end, however, the idea of "Ricky Ricardo" as a husband won out and it's hard to imagine Lucy with anyone else.

(3.) William Frawley Was Far From The First Pick to Portray Fred Mertz: Although Lucille Ball was eager to have Gale Gordon, also the same actor who had portrayed the grouchy neighbor on the radio show in which she starred "My Favorite Husband", due to a steady gig Gordon had on another radio show entitled "Our Miss Brooks" turned down the opportunity. William Frawley, who specialized in character acting scarcely knew Ball and merely met her in passing years previously. After reading about the opportunity, Frawley phoned Ball personally to inquire if there might be a part for him in the show. Both CBS and Philip Morris (The show's sponsor) were wary of Frawley due to his well-known bout with alcohol. Arnaz however, who was no stranger to the bottle himself, that that Frawley was just hot tempered enough to portray the perfect stingy and grumpy landlord that Fred Mertz was designed to become. Arnaz met Frawley for lunch on Melrose Ave. and offered him the role with the warning that if he should miss work for any reason other than being really ill, he would be written out of the show. 

(4.) The "Mertzes" Couldn't Stand Each Other off Camera: Vivian Vance who had in fact been 22 years younger than her television husband was deeply offended and took it as an insult that she had to have such an "old poop" portray her husband. To this statement from Leigh, Frawley was not pleased and made a few remarks of his own towards Vance, both of which I shall not relay. Despite their mutual disdain for one another, Frawley and Vance were wise enough not to jeopardize their jobs on TV, and eventually managed to tie their bitterness towards one another into their own characters, creating the well-known bickering couple we now know as "The Mertzes" 

"The Real Candy Lady": In the popular episode "Job Switching" otherwise known as "The Candy Factory Episode" is without a doubt one of the most favored "I Love Lucy" episodes of all time. The scene that stands out the most in this notable episode is without a doubt, the scene in which both Lucy and Ethel are depicted struggling at the conveyer belt and instead of wrapping the chocolates, stuffing them into their mouths. The scene prior to this, however, is the scene in which "The Real Candy Lady" is shown alongside Lucy, during which Lucy refers to herself as "The Big Dipper" and struggles to dip chocolates while battling with a fly. Stage Manager discovered "The Really Candy Lady" at See's Candies located on Santa Monica Blvd. Her name was Amanda Milligan and she had never seen I Love Lucy, but the Stage Manager still insisted that she would be the perfect person for the role due to her deadpan expression. He felt that she would be all the more humorous for Lucy to react to. During the slapping scene, Milligan hauled off and smacked Lucille so hard that her ears were ringing. Despite the pain that was inflicted with Milligan's slap, Ball did not call for a "cut" as she did not want to film the scene over again. When Lucille later asked Milligan how she liked working in show business, she retorted that she had never been so bored in her life. 

(6.) Under too Much Stress to Appreciate The Shooting of "Lucy Does a TV Commercial": Despite the fact that this episode is one of the most memorable episodes and a fan favorite, Ball was under too much stress to realize the mark in TV history that this episode would make. During shooting, she was far too nervous and feared that she would mess up her lines due to the difficulty of having to say "Vitameatavegamin" so many times. Ball, who was not much of an improvisor when it came to speaking, despite her talents in comedy. Overwhelmed with nervousness, Ball even went so far as to come up with a backup plan, should she forget her lines. She arranged for her script supervisor Maury Thompson to be placed off-side in front of her podium holding up her lines, this seemed to fit in with the concept for a real commercial setting. Needless to say, Ball managed to remember her lines and pulled off the entire episode beautifully, making this episode a favorite of many! Also, despite popular belief (because I'm sure everyone believed this) that the liquid being consumed by Lucille was really "Vitameatavegamin", it was really apple pectin. 

(7.) Panic Behind The Scenes: During the second season, Ball discovered that she was expecting a baby. While both she and Desi were thrilled, especially as Lucille had suffered three miscarriages before giving birth to their daughter Lucie in July of 1951, they also feared that the hit series would be jeopardized as other than the late 40's sitcom Mary Kay and Johnny (also featuring a real-life married couple), a visibly pregnant female was never shown on a TV series. Concealing the pregnancy during filming was out of the question as Desi insisted that Lucille's baby bump would be far too obvious as "she got as big as a house when she was carrying Lucie". Despite the worries they may have had, the network eventually agreed to include Ball's pregnancy as a part of the show. The scene shown in "Lucy is Enceinte" when Arnaz was prompted to sing "We're Having a Baby", was undoubtedly very emotional for both Lucille and Desi and the two started crying. Despite William Asher's initial instinct to reshoot the scene due to the tears, Asher was later moved to go back to the original take due to the raw emotion that both actors displayed. 

(8.) The Trouble with Grape-Stomping: During the filming of "Lucy's Italian Movie",  Lucille Ball suffered immensely. Teresa Tirelli who was the Italian grape-stomper featured alongside Ball, did not speak English and an interpreter had failed to relay to her that the fight between both she and Ball would merely be a fake fight shot-from-the-waist-up. Instead of faking the fight, Tirelli held Lucille's head under the grape mush until she nearly drowned. Despite the fact that the show was filmed in Black & White and no color would be seen, the production staff demanded detail in every aspect and ordered that a purplish/blue dye be properly worked in, in order to dye Lucille's flesh and hair without irritating her skin or affecting the formal used in her hair to create that famous henna color. 

(9.) The 65 Second Laugh: The record breaking laugh was triggered when Lucy hid dozens of eggs and then danced the tango with Ricky (inevitably resulting in a blouse filled with scrambled yolks), the audience roared uncontrollably for such a lengthy time that some of the laughter had to be edited out of the final film. During rehearsals, neither Ball nor Vance had actually used eggs. The two of them did so in order to give off a more genuine reaction when the shells cracked. 

(10.) 40 Before Lucy - As shocking as it may be, Ball had her 40th Birthday prior to "I Love Lucy's" debut. It's remarkable to say the least, that Ball was at the peak of her career in an industry that often tossed the women in Hollywood aside after their 35th Birthday. 

I hope you have enjoyed these fun facts and that you have had a moment in your day to watch an "I Love Lucy" episode or two today to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of this phenomenal series!

Friday, 14 October 2016

Old New York


                     Something about the fantasy of strolling through the vast streets of New York, the glittering city lights beaming all around me, vibrant marigold taxis speeding throughout the streets, boosts my mood. I have decided to share a series of photos to capture this vision of mine. Please enjoy these photos of Old Hollywood stars savoring the brilliant streets of "The Big Apple".

                                              Audrey Hepburn-Keeping it classy at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn- Soaking it all in.

Audrey Hepburn-Climbing into a cab

                                                           James Dean-Taking in the scenery.

                                                    Grace Kelly-Being celebrated by the locals

                                                   Elizabeth Taylor-Strolling the streets in style

Judy Garland-Thoughtly strolling through "The Big Apple"

Marilyn Monroe-On Top of the World

Marilyn Monroe-Grand Central Station

I hope you've enjoyed these priceless photos as much as I have! They seem to immediately transport me to that breathtaking city!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Top 10 Classic Horror Movies

Despite the new and impressive effects that adorn the cinematic Horror films of now, there's always something even more intriguing about what is left to the imagination. That is what I believe still holds these Horror Classics in such high-esteem, despite their lack of realistic and breathtaking effects. 

                                                                     (1.) Nosferatu (1922)

This 1922 classic still remains eerie and frightening enough in nature to be held in high regard, even alongside some of the Horror films of recent. Perhaps the terror lies within the frightening depiction of Bram Stroker's Dracula.

Or perhaps, it's the nightmarish setting that makes this film so unforgettable terrifying. Regardless of what the culprit may be in achieving such a frightful status, one can far from deny the eeriness especially for a film of it's era.

                                                                     (2.) Dracula (1931)

The mysterious Count Dracula portrayed by Bela Lugosi, hypnotizes a British soldier in order to morph him into his mindless slave, travels to London where he resides in an old abandoned castle. Before long, Dracula begins wreaking havoc amid the city of London when he starts sucking the blood of young woman and then transforms them into vampires. Although the effects are not up to par in today's standards, one can far from deny that both the storyline and acting is sufficient enough to send chills down one's spine.


(3.) The Haunting (1963)

A scientist hosts a research project within the realms of a chill-inducing haunted house with a tragic backstory. During his quest, the scientist invites two women and a man to the house. One of the participants starts to lose her mind. Filled with endless twists along with a shocking ending, this film is without a doubt still one of the most frightening films even in comparison to the films of today. Definitely a must see! 

(4.) Night of the Living Dead (1968)

A group of frightened individuals take refuge amid an abandoned house when corpses are spotting leaving the graveyard in search of human flesh to feast on. Ben (Duane Jones) places his best efforts to control the situation however, when the risen corpses begin to surround the house, the other survivors begin to become more and more distraught. As the order and participation in the group begins to dissipate, the zombies begin to find their ways inside. One by one, the living humans become the prey of the deceased. 

(5.) Freaks (1932)

A captivatingly beautiful young trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of the side-show performers. His deformed friends, however soon discover that she is only marrying him for his inheritance and as soon as she takes it further in trying to arrange his death in order to obtain this inheritance sooner, his deformed friends start to plot a frightening revenge.

(6.) House of Wax (1953)

One of my personal favorites, this tale tells the story of wax sculptor Henry (Vincent Price) who after learning of his business partner's plans to destroy their wax museum in hopes to collect their insurance policy, endeavors to try and save the wax museum despite his partner's efforts to burn it down. Despite having been caught in the fire, Henry miraculously survives and reopens a new wax museum of his own. The locals begin concerned however, when corpses from the city morgue begin to vanish during the grand opening of Henry's wax museum. After further investigating, an astoundingly eerie discovery emerges. 

(7.) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Dr. Miles Bennell (Kevin McCarthy) is bewildered when numerous patients of his come to him with the same complaint in which they claim that their loved ones appear to be replaced by emotionless impostors. Despite the dismissive denials of others, Dr. Bennell and his former love interest Becky (Dana Wynter) and his friend Jack (King Donovan) soon discover that there is far more to Dr. Bennell's complaints than what meets the eye.

(8.) Psycho (1960)

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is on the run after having stolen $40,000 from her employer and after hours of driving, overwhelmed with exhaustion, she decides to take a detour and soon finds herself at "Bates Motel" hopeful to find rest at last. There she meets the seemingly friendly but high strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a man who's interests reside in both his strangely close relationship with his mother and taxidermy. As peculiar as Norman can seem in some lights, it seems far from Marion's mind, the terror that she'll soon be faced with.

(9.) The Bad Seed (1956)

          A pampered and doted on child who's charm is beyond her years and her curtsies and pig tails at the highest level of perfection possible, there seems far from anything wrong with young Rhoda (Patty McCormack). However, despite the image of perfection perceived by both her parents and their lonely land lady, there lies a far darker person within young Rhoda. Self-centered Rhoda has a tendency to allow this darker inner person to come out whenever she desires gifts and prizes. Her mother Christine (Nancy Kelly) has always been aware of this more selfish side of Rhoda but, when a classmate of Rhoda's dies mysterious, her self-deception starts to unravel into something blatantly disturbing. 

(10.) The Birds (1963)

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets and becomes enchanted by Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco Pet Store and opts to follow him home. She brings a gift of two love birds along with her. The couple soon strikes up a romance. One odd day, however, a swarm of terrifyingly violent birds start brutally attacking children at Mitch's sister's Birthday Party. Before everyone knows it, a huge war begins between man and bird as countless other attacks occur within the town.

I hope you have found this list to have provided you with that perfect dose of Autumn fright. Please let me know what movies stood out to you the most!