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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vintage Romper Inspiration

I got a twinkle in my eye yesterday when I was listing some vintage clothing patterns on our Glamourstich site. I was just about to list this cute McCalls pattern and then thought , no, I'm going to keep this one for myself. I haven't pulled out the trusty sewing machine in awhile and this would be a fun project. Not to mention that I think the romper is just super cute and the pattern looks fairly easy. The knee length jumpsuit isn't bad either, that would be fun to make in a nice light weight gauzy material.

Vintage 80s McCalls 7599 Pattern

For some fabric inspiration I went looking through my images and came up with these. Both of these rompers are available over at Glamoursurf, Aren't they cute? One is pink the other is turquoise. I love the way the top is solid and the bottom is an ethnic print. And there is something wonderfully forgiving about the 'bubble bottom'.


Kate Moss in a romper. The stripes are a nice effect to lengthen the torso but I don't think I'm that advanced of a seamstress that I would be able to line up the pattern of the stripes if I went that direction.

This is an image of Emily Wilkens from 1946. While its a two piece suit and jacket, it has a similar effect with the bubble bottom, but it's in stripes. I either want to do a print or a solid.

This piece is nice from the Salt Swimwear Collection at Sirene. I like black, always have, but I think I may go for a lighter color. Hmmm, maybe I'll make two if the first one comes out and fits well, black may be a nice option for an evening romper. Now off to look through my fabric stash to see what I have that may work for this.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1920s Swimwear Bathing Beauties Fashion Video

1920s swimwear Fahions

Monday, June 28, 2010

Vintage Swimwear Stills

A wonderful small video featuring vintage swimwear. Enjoy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Photographer Lisette Model

Today we look at Lisette Model (1901-1983), Austrian-born American photographer. A pioneer of her time, her photographs reflect an era when photographers used the world as their stage. She had an enthusiasm for her surroundings and human behavior, whether it was the mundane world or the rich and fashionable, she found them to be worthy of attention. "Shoot from the gut!" were the famous words that Model lived by and would repeat to her students time and again.

I became enthralled with some of her work, especially the Leg Series taken in New York.




1940-41 - Running Legs , 42nd Street, New York

She also has quite a few images of people in swimwear, this is just one.

1934 - Promenade des Anglais, Nice

1956 - Man with umbrella Belmont Race Track


You can find a book of her work available here. Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Are You Man Enough?

The Emporio Armani Spring Collection for 2011 features men's one piece swimwear. I gotta say I like it. I'm glad to see a designer going back to the archives and reinventing men's one piece swimwear. I'm sure the inspiration came from men's swimwear of the 20s & 30s with a bit of 80's racer back turned front ways. But that's just my impression.

And then there are those who choose to use the reinvention of the mankini that BORAT helped to reintroduce. Somehow the top hats in this image help to offset well, the bulges. Dudes, these weren't meant for you! Dress age appropriate! Maybe they were doing a polar bear swim, idk.

We've got one original 1920 wool one piece for men left over at Glamoursurf, sorry guys this is modeled on our female manni as we don't have male one to fit. These go quickly when we get them.


And finally, just for a little levity, we give you this.




This video reminds me of Spring Break anywhere, but I give this dude kudos for, yeah well....

So what say you, are you man enough to sport this ?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Beached Blonde - Fiction Illustration Artist Robert Patterson

This is such a fun illustration by Robert Patterson from Colliers magazine, 1950. The title of the fiction story is "Bleached Blond." He couldn't really see her without his glasses, but he got the distinct impression that his girl was a honey.

The tag on the image itself reads" She sat down glumly and poked a pretty toe in the sand. "It just happened last week, so I'm not used to the idea yet."

I'll be reading this today when I take a break from the computer. It's just too campy not to ignore.


After studying art at the Chicago Art Institute and in Paris, Robert Patterson began his career as a cartoonist for Judge and Life, and on the staff of French Vogue. He has done illustrations for dozens of magazines, for advertising and other media and for numerous books, and is a portrait painter as well.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Surfing History

Hubba Hubba. I must say I'm very impressed with this site I just found about the history of surfing in Australia. My hat, ok swim cap, is off to you Geoff, you've compiled quite a bit of history on Surfing on your fabulous site. If you have any interest at all in surfing history, surfers, music, pictures etc. I urge you to go visit surfresearch, you'll be glad you did!

Friday, June 18, 2010

With Love for all the Fathers in my Life

Let's start at the beginning, well sort of, at least from a photographic perspective. The young man on the right holding the ball was my Grandfather, William King. This picture is from 1913 where he played basketball for the Ashburn High School basketball team.


He and my grandmother, Hallie King, had two daughters, Barbara and Nancy. Nancy LaBonnie King. This is my grandpa and my mom when she was a toddler.

And here she is with him in Michigan about 1942 as a young girl. I have many fond memories on my grandfather.


As a young man my dad was in the air force. This image is of him from 1951, just around the time he met my mom. Pretty dapper wouldn't you say?


My maternal grandmother met my father and introduced him to my mom. They were married soon after a brief courtship.

My parents went on to have 5 girls. My dad traveled a lot when we were children, he was a shoe salesman so we moved quite often. He's had many hobbies over the years; fish, motorcycles, golfing, photography and sailing to name a few. He had his own boat and sailed quite extensively when we lived in Santa Barbara. This picture of him is one from those years on his boat.

This is dad and me in 1979.

And here is my mom and dad in 1988.


Another picture of dad, mom, sister Jody and her family and my baby Paige in the early 1980's.


Dad is a wonderful dancer. This is him with Paige and my niece Sophie at my sister Brenda's wedding in San Francisco.

And here we are all 5 sisters with my mom and dad at my fathers 80th birthday party last December. Left to right: Brenda, Barb (R.I.P), dad, mom, Becky, myself and Jody.

This was my husbands dad as a young man. He was 'tata' to me.

And one of the last photo's I have of him before he passed. Tata was a farmer and worked hard all of his life to support his family of 5 kids. Without him I wouldn't have the love of my life, my husband.

I recognize my husband Trent as a father who brought me the most beautiful gift of all, my daughter Paige. She is now 18 and just graduated high school.

So to all the fathers who have been part of my life, I love you one and all. Thank you for always being there to support me in thick and thin, for your love and lessons learned and for the many memories I have to hold on to when you are not here. Happy Fathers Day!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Weekie Wachee Mermaid

Weekie Wachee Mermaid in Florida's underwater show. Pretty stunning right, and check out that hair!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Jantzen Advertising Beach Towels

Imagine my surprise when I came across this wonderful set of beach towels by Jantzen this morning. I had no idea Jantzen was re-issuing some of their older advertising images on towels. This is their newer logo though so these must be quite recent.




Jantzen This is The Life Beach Towel portrays a picture of days gone by when people really did say, "This is The Life"! This is exactly the feeling you'll have when your body has Jantzen Beach Towels or any Jantzen Towels wrapped around it. Jantzen Towels are not only made of soft and smooth 100% terry cotton, but they also have the Jantzen logo on the bottom to let the world know you care about quality and fashion.

So, if you're like me and you like this sort of thing, you can order them here.


This is one my dear sister gave me as a birthday gift a few years ago and I treasure it. I just may have to ask for one of the above for my birthday this year.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mahalo nui loa Maui Jim


Aloha kakahiaka (good morning to you my friends),

Today I have to tell you about my uber fabulous experience with Maui Jim. They, hands down, make the BEST sunglasses on the Planet! I replaced my Ray Bans about a year ago with some Maui Jims. I had got them as a present, but still, I wore them religiously every day. You know you should wear sunglasses when you go outside right? Those UV rays will do some major damage to your peeps, so if you go out, wear sunglasses!



Anyway, one of the lens' broke, so I looked on line to send them in for a replacement lens. Send in $10 plus my glasses to get fixed and the customer reviews were awesome. Customer service, in my mind, rates more than the whole brand experience. If a company can fix my problem and make me feel good in the process, I'm a customer for life. Maui Jim just did that and more for me.

They followed up with an email and a postcard, asking for more info, I called and talked to Tate (who was filling in for Amber). Amber's hours were to 3:30 11:30 CST. Seriously, when was the last time YOU had a customer service rep available after 5PM? And what a pleasant experience! Tate was an absolute dream to work with. He confirmed my shipping addy, told me my glasses would ship out tomorrow with not one new lens, but two, and that I could expect them in 3-5 days (shipping via USPS priority mail), and if I had any further questions or problems to call him direct. When I asked Tate "what is the best thing about working for Maui Jim?" his answer was "The general Aloha Spirit of the company towards not only customers but employees (ohana)." Tells me a lot about Maui Jim and Tate who has been there for 2 years now.

Maui Jim's 10+ customer service is located in Peoria, Ill. They were bought out by RLI Vision Corporation in 1994 and are still a privately owned International company which began in 1980. You can see pics and read about their history here. Visit Maui Jim on Facebook and Twitter



Friends for life.
This is taken directly from the website:

"With Maui Jim, you’re wearing the best — and we’ll help keep them that way. We offer free replacement on temples, screws and nose pads for the life of your sunglasses, as long as the parts are available. Other repairs are available for a low cost, and all with a speedy turnaround of about a week (not including shipping time)."

What's not to love? Do you need a new pair of sunglasses? Maybe dad needs a new pair for Fathers Day? Head on over to Maui Jim where the selection is great and the customer service is over the top. Or if you prefer you can locate a Maui Jim retail location here.

Wear your sunglasses in style!


Me ka aloha Maui Jim!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Paws for a Cause

Some of you may remember this cute suit we sold last year to Secelia. She wore it to the IBC Galveston Bathing Beauty contest in 2009 and won second place prize. Well this year IBC has created a calendar of all the bathing beauties from last year, complete with autographs.



What's so great about that you say? Well two things, the first is the calendar is up for auction on EBAY right here, and all proceeds go to the Galveston Island Humane Society which is in process of building a new animal shelter after Hurricane IKE destroyed the last one.

They are also having a pretty cool "Paws by the Pool" event. Dress is cool island attire for you and your pet with prizes given to the "Best Dressed Pet." Hmmm, I don't think I've ever seen doggy/cat swimwear, may be a new business opportunity?

But go on over to the auction and place your bid, great snaps, great benefit! Good luck!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Muy Delicioso Apple Pie ala Sarah

I made pie tonight, apple pie with a few black berries thrown on top. The apple pie recipe comes from my beautiful talented niece Sarah. She was here a couple of years ago and whipped us up such a confection out of her finger tips, sans recipe. She called out the ingredients and I have been making it ever since.


First off, make a double pie crust. I use Julia Child's recipe, but I'm sure if you are in a pinch you can use a frozen pie shell, but making crust is really easy! Leave about 1/2 to 1 inch of overhang of pie crust so you can make the fluted edge.


Pare, core and slice up some granny smith apples. The green ones. They are best for making pies. I used about 6 apples for this deep dish pie.


Next, combine all the dry ingredients and toss with the apples.

Roll out the top, fold in quarters and cut/slice vents in the dough. This allows the pie to cook evenly, when you see it bubbling and the crust is browned it's done.

Turn out the apples and all into the lower pie crust and dot liberally with butter.


I took a chance and added some blackberries I had bought for a twist.


Cover the edges with foil. This prevents excess browning of the edges. Remove the foil for the last 10 minutes of baking.

Voila! Let the pie cool. Slice and eat.



Yummy, yummy, in the tummy!

Apple Pie

Make a double pie crust. Roll out bottom dough and place in pie plate. (I use a deep dish pie plate for this recipe). Roll out top layer and cut vents.

Peel, core and slice approx 5-6 large granny smith apples. Place in a large bowl.

Mix in a smaller bowl:
1/4 Cup flour
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
touch of ground cloves
pinch of salt

Toss dry ingredients with apples. Place apples and all dry ingredients in bottom pie dough. Dot with butter. Dip finger in water and run around the edge of pie lip. Place remaining rolled out vented dough on top of apples. Fold dough over and flute the edge. Cover edge with foil to prevent browning. Place in a 425 degree oven for 50-60 minutes, until crust is lightly browned and apples are bubbly. Remove foil last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.