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Friday, March 29, 2013

Vintage Easter Wishes!

A bit early, but hey, Happy Easter everyone! Don't overload on the sweets too much, but do take time to tell your sweetheart how much they mean to you. We're tossing out a load of hugs to you and wishing you a beautiful spring day, hop to it! On a side not, I need some of those ears!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Swimwear Styles and Smiles circa 1935

The year is 1935 and all of these young women are trying out to be models for Texas 100 year pageant. A short video which shows swimwear styles and smiles from 1935, but more importantly, check how they are 'measured up' by being placed next to or into a female 'cutout' silhouette.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Vintage Swimwear Styles Through the Decades Cardigan

My new find. Those of you who know me, will know why I picked this up. It's a cute little cotton cardigan embroidered with swimwear styles ranging from the early 1900's bathing dresses through the current skimpy two piece bikinis. It's made by Michael Simon.

"About Michael Simon Design Inc.:

For more than 30 years, the Michael Simon Corporation has been designing knitwear with flair. A celebrated CFDA member, Michael is passionate about his knits, enlisting artisans as well as designers to produce the finest quality of women’s wear. Located in the heart of the garment district, the Michael Simon Label now boasts a contemporary line, Smitten. The inspiration for Smitten was born of our designer’s love for retro romance comic books from the 1940’s and 50’s. their design studio is adorned by these classic American romance images which inspire them season after season." 

Apparently Michael Simon started his line in NYC in 1977 as a struggling dancer to make ends meet. He bought his own handloom machine to make tights and then branched out into making sweaters.

A few close ups of the embroidery detail.


Monday, March 25, 2013

United Airlines & Marilyn Monroe

This weekend, on my usual fun treasure hunts, I found a wonderful book on the history of United Airlines. And of course since it's Marilyn Monday, I'm sharing an image of her from the book. Its doesn't give me any detail on this image other than it's from the United archives and that there were always celebrities flying. These public relations photos became icons of the Age of Flight. I haven't ventured too far into the book yet, but I love historical books like this. There's more to come from this for future blog posts I'm sure, but for now I hope you have a Happy Monday.

Friday, March 22, 2013

1960s Vintage Swimwear Styles

The 1960s, what a decade for swimwear. Came in with definite influences from the previous era, and went out with some very mod creative cutouts. These images are in a progressive style, one from each year, to give you a feel for all the decade had to offer. Stripes, cutouts, sleeves, low cut backs and of course the avant guard.
Many of these ads have some great tag lines to go with them, you can click on the images to see them larger.

 1960 Catalina

Catalina is still using Lastex in their swimwear lines. And they encourage you to have more than one suit. 

 1960 Maurice Handler
'If you go HE fishing"

 1960 Deauville

Low cut back openings and buttons on the shoulder straps are part of the swimwear details of the 1960s.

 1961 Roxanne

Roxanne introduces 'bra sized' swimsuits.

1962 Elisabeth Stewart


Jantzen was the one who introduced sleeved swimwear in the late 50s. This one is from 1963, love the low cut back!

1963 Lee

1964 Rudi Gernreich

And then Rudi takes the show and causes an international sensation with his topless swimsuit in 1964. 
1965 DeWeese Designs
1966 DeWeese Designs

Cut outs become a fun design element.

 'Op Art' has a definite influence.

 1966 Cole Escape Suit

Netting and Spandelle from Cole. 


Cut outs and body paint.

1968 Bobbi Brooks

Knits and stripes!

1968 Pandora

1969 Catalina

Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Let this Speedo Make You Smile!

Spring has sprung, and while it's a bit gloomy and rainy over the bay area today this brightened my day and put a smile on my face. Come on and give it a whirl, Spandy Andy wearing a sparkly Speedo dancing at the beach in Australia.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A. Louis Oresman President for Catalina Swimwear

The year is 1956, the president of Catalina is A. Louis Oresman, Not sure how long he was at the helm of Catalina, but I love this image. Check the gal at the front, She looks she's pretty afraid of him. Anyone out there want to supply dates for his reign at Catalina?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Marilyn Monday

Marilyn Monroe, 1951 photographed by Earl Theisen. Happy Monday!

Friday, March 15, 2013

1917 Bathing Attire for the Beach

These were some of the selections available to you to accessorize your bathing costume in the year 1917. Shoes, stocking and caps. Times have changed just a wee bit right? Happy Friday all.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Non Traditional Materials Used in Vintage Bathing Suits

Lumber was the lifeblood of Hoquiam, Aberdeen, and all of Grays Harbor in Washington. Throughout the first quarter of the twentieth century, Grays Harbor County retained its title as the greatest lumber-producing and lumber-shipping region in the world. The"Spruce Girls' donned bathing suits made entirely of thin spruce veneer to promote the products of the Washington Lumber Industry during "Wood Week" in 1929.

Four "Spruce Girls" wearing spruce veneer bathing suits and two girls at a sewing machine in a lumber yard during "Wood Week", Hoquiam, Washington, 1929.

Two "Spruce Girls" wearing spruce veneer bathing suits kneeling in front of a window, probably near Hoquiam,Washington, 1929  

All above images property of the Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division.
Photographer Vern C. Gorst
circa 1929

I've gotta say, what a brilliant marketing job. I love the Spruce Girls, even though I'd never heard of them before Doug turned me onto them. They all just brought a certain smile to my face. It's whimsical and fun. It's making something out of a product that's not generally geared towards swimwear or bathing suits. Spruce!

Here we have another bathing suit made our of a non-typical product from 1939, cork! This one says that it's "not only attractive in appearance, but gives buoyancy to the swimmer".

Perhaps that's why I love the campaign that just launched at Dolce & Gabbana.


The 60s gave a nod to paper swimsuits and bikini's but we'll save that post for another day.

Monday, March 11, 2013

X-Ray Fashion Images from Nick Veasey

I came across the work of Nick Veasey through the Museum at FIT on Facebook. His work is fascinating and makes one look at an object differently, in many ways. His works are X-Rays, these images are from his 'Fashion' set. Nick uses X-Rays to strip back the layers and show what it's like under the surface. Brilliant. Do yourself a favor and go have a look at his work. I've chosen these as examples, but there are many more, even a Lanvin dress.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Spicy Peanut Chicken Wraps

Lately, DH hasn't been eating a lot of bread or carbs so it's challenged me to work with some new recipes which is always good. Last night I made these and they came out so yummy. Sorry I didn't get a picture, but I know you will enjoy. If you or your guests are allergic to peanuts just leave em out.

Spicy Chicken Peanut Wraps

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
olive oil
3 cups shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded peeled carrot
1/4 cup chopped green onion, white and light green parts only
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted unsalted peanuts
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 1/2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp honey
1 tsp Sriracha hot sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
Wraps - either use tortillas, lettuce, or anything that you like which will act as a wrapper

I usually marinate my chicken in a combo soy sauce lemon (or lime) juice and a pinch of pepper for about an hour before cooking.


One - Heat a grill pan on medium high heat. Add marinated chicken and cook to just opaque in the center, set aside until cool enough to handle.

Two: Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot and green onions.

Three: In a small bowl whisk lime juice, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, Sriracha and sesame oil.

Four: Shred chicken with two forks

Five: Assemble. I used lettuce leaves for this and let my guests make their own. You could easily use tortillas or any other leafy veggie of choice as a wrap.

Choose the 'roll up' add the chicken first, top with carrot/cabbage mixture, and a little of the sauce, sprinkle with peanuts, roll up and eat.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

1995 Video of Designer Swimwear on Supermodels Naomi and Claudia

Have a look at a superb vintage mid 90's designer swimwear video featuring Hermes, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Genny, Vivian Westood, Chantal, Gianfranco Ferre, Lagerfeld, Versace, Chanel and Gucci vintage swimwear with top supermodels Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer modeling. Which is your favorite?

We are loving the accessorizing and the props used on the runway to compliment the looks of these swimsuits, perhaps it will give you an idea of how to 'dress up' your swimsuit.

Vintage cigarette holder anyone? I'd love to see the construction of this swimsuit!

Sexy Gucci cutout maillot.

Chanel - Lovely brooch pin closure on a beach towel as a cape. Fabulous!

Lagerfled makes a statement with this one, I'm wondering if it was a one piece or two piece swimsuit, anyone know?

And what a fabulous idea. Take a vintage scarf and fasten it to your booty with a belt to make a super sexy peplum effect, love this!

Lagerfeld strappy 'boots'

Naomi makes everything look good right? Corset style swimwear from Versace.

And we are digging the small top hat added to this ensemble by Dior, swoon.

So ladies, how do you best accessorize your swimsuits? Let us know!