July 29, 2009

Sometimes going Mad is a good thing

Yesterday evening I discovered perhaps the coolest online version of paper dolls ever created, over at my good friend Sher’s fantastic blog. I immediately sprinted (if only in my mind) over to the AMC website, my Lucite purse trailing in the wind, my perfectly coiffed hair teetering dangerously close to falling out of place, in order to turn myself into a Mad Men character as quickly as possible!

Yes, dearest readers, that’s right, just days after their announcement of a contest for a walk-on role on the show, Mad Men has found a way to turn every one of their adoring fans into cast members: a Mad Men character generator.

As someone who never grew out of playing with dolls, loves fashion and is a huge fan of MM, I found it positively exhilarating (not to mention ridiculously fun!) to turn myself into a new Sterling Cooper office gal. I like to think I’d give Joan a good run for her money in the vixen department, yet veer on the sweeter, good girl side alla Peggy. Perhaps in my younger days I might have even been a model like Betty Draper.

If you too want to morph yourself into a MM character, it’s as easy as humming the tune to Mad Men theme song. Pop over to the AMC site and suit (or dress) up in your favourite quintessential early sixties look, add an extra prop or two, and pick a setting where you think your character would most feel at home.

Since discovering this awesome MM generator on Sher’s blog, I’ve subsequently spotted at least three of my gorgeous blogging friends who’ve transformed into wildly chic Mad Men ladies, too. Gina from For the Modern Pin-Up, Andi from Andi B. Goode, and Amy from I Love Retro Things. You all look sensational, gals!

If you’re curious as to what my MM alter-ego looks like, here she is.

Oddly they did not have an exact match to my hair colour, which I thought was funny, as it’s quite similar to Joan’s and thus would have made a lot of sense to include (also, for some strange reason my character is missing one of her shoes). Nevertheless I think this is a fairly decent virtual representation of myself, which was worlds of fun to create! If you’re a fan of this show, be sure to swing on by the AMC site and go Mad, Men that is! :)


  1. Hey Jessica. I had seen this myself. I think that's cool. I really love it. You look very awesome as a MM character. I'll definitely have to give this a look. Hope you're doing well today. Take care. Cheers!

  2. Oooo what fun, you look great in the MM office!

  3. I think your character is missing a shoe because she just had a tryst with the copywriter and it is wedged under the couch. Obviously Joan found you two asleep on said couch and sent you home to go change, though she was kind enough to make you some coffee to perk you up.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  4. I've never seen MM I must admit but that MM character generator so you can make yourself is really cute. I too have never grown out of playing with dolls, particularly paperdolls :)
    Have a lovely Wednesday!!!

  5. that is so neat!

  6. I love your blog!
    thanx for passing by...
    greetz greetz x

  7. Dear Jessica,
    You look terrific in the MM office!!

    xxxLOL LOLA:)

  8. You look so much more stylish than mine! How did I end up in a bar??? I mean I only like martinis, mojitos, mimosas..... ;D

  9. Hello there...just letting you know you've been tagged! http://trishiekoh.blogspot.com/2009/07/tagged.html

  10. Maybe your character is a Cinderella, hence the missing shoe? Hehe.
    I still think it's neat we picked the same dress and hairstyle!!
    -Andi x

  11. @ Keith, thank you very much! You should definitely morph yourself into a MM character and/or create a Dean Martin looking character, and post it on your blog. Love to see it!

    @ Dustjacket Attic, thank you so much, precious dear!

    @ The Glamorous Housewife, you're too funny, sweetie! I think your scenario nailed things to a tee ;D

    @ Lizzy, I'm sure you'd love MM, the first two seasons are out on DVD now and the third one is kicking off in August, so it's easy to jump into the show anytime. I love dolls and paper dolls too, they are such a fun way to celebrate my (our) love of dolls and fashion.

    @ Kathie, thank you, hon!

    @ Greetz, you're so sweet, thank you very much. I love your awesome blog, too!

    @ Nora & Lola, hi darling dears, thank you very much!

    @ Sher, awww, you're very sweet, I thought your character looked terrific!

    @ trishiekoh, many thanks for the tag, darling, I'll pass along the award very soon in a future post.

    @ Andi, what a lovely idea, I think she might just be, looking for her knight in shinning armour amongst the gents on offer from Sterling Cooper ;D

    Thank you all very much, my wonderful dears, if you make your own MM characters be sure to drop me a comment to know so I can go see your MM alter-egos :)

    Big hugs!
    ♥ Jessica

  12. Drats! Not a single photo showed up on your blog so have no clue what a MM is nor looks like. Sounds like you had a ton of fun though so that's a good thing -smile-.

  13. this is great! i'm try this :)

    hey, there's an award for you on my blog. come on over n pick it up :D

  14. Such a great post! I love Mad Men and this looks like so much fun. I will have to give it a whirl. I can't wait for the new season to start!

    Syd Divine

  15. @ Thistle Cove Farm, it is oodles of fun! "MM" stands for "MadMen", a television program that's about to kick off its third season this August, that's centred around the (fictitious) lives of employees (and their families) of an early 1960s ad agency. Highly worth watching!

    @ Poke Salad Annie, you're so sweet, thank you very much for the award. I'm honoured that bestowed it upon me and my blog, honey.

    @ Syd, thank you very much, darling gal! I'm super excited for season three to start, too.

    Thank you very much for your wonderful comments, lovely ladies! I always adore hearing from each of you!

    Tons of hugs!
    ♥ Jessica

  16. Super cute! Lovin' your character!

    I hope your feeling much better, as well as your hubby, and I hope your weekend is fabulous!

    <3 Gina

  17. Hi Gina sweetie, thank you very much! Hubby is doing considerably better, thank you so much for your caring words. It's amazing how fast his body heals - a trait, sadly, my DNA does not seem to posses ;P

    Thank you again, honey, I hope you're having a stellar, beautiful weekend, too!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  18. Am I the only one who can't download the avatar?! I'm trying since last week...I can create my character but I can't save it :-(

  19. Hi Alice, thank you for your comment, dear. I'm very sorry to hear that the ability to download isn't working for you. What I did was to create my character, then hit the download (to desktop) button, then once it was downloaded, I right clicked on the image and changed the file name (and technically file type) to end in "jpeg" (without the quotes). Hope this helps you, honey.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica