August 31, 2009

Pretty Link Roundup {August 31, 2009}

Good morning, my wonderful vintage dears, how was your weekend? Mine was well in general, but I’m afraid I’m a tad under the weather at the moment (nothing dire, just one of my conditions is flaring up for some inexplicable reason), so the Pretty Link Roundup is a tad late in getting out. Normally it appears on Saturday or Sunday, but this week it’s going to fill in for the Monday Muses segment.

For the above mentioned reason I’m going to jump right into the marvelous array of links that have been entertaining and inspiring me this past week. I hope you’ll all enjoy them as much as I did!

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* 1940s fashion – Women’s Dress Code: Glamour Daze highlights some of the wardrobe pieces and styles that were standard wear for women of the forties. A great list for anyone who loves to replicate WW2 and post-war era looks.

* 1950s hair – “The Roll”: The beautiful gal behind the blog You Were Never Lovelier takes us through a step-by-step tutorial on how she achieves an absolutely wonderful hairstyle featuring a bangs (fringe) roll and a hair doughnut (the type that can be used either as a straight “log” or curved into a doughnut shape). This seals it for me; I simply must get one of these handy-dandy hairstyling devices and then give “The Roll” a try myself.

* Top 5 vintage Hispanic silver screen stars: Queens of vintage shines the spotlight on five of vintage Hollywood’s loveliest Hispanic actresses, such as Rita Moreno and Carmen Miranda.

* Vintage inspiration - Scottie dogs: Last week I posted an entry devoted to all manner of vintage items featuring dogs, which inspired my dear friend Amanda (from Time Machine to the Twenties) to create a post of her own featuring one of the most loved mid-twentieth century dog breads: the adorable Scottie. She’s rounded up a slew of precious Scottie themed items that are not to be missed!

* Countdown: Vintage Clocks: Daisy Fairbanks Vintage corrals a fantastic handful of diverse vintage wall clocks in this post which I’m sure everyone can squeeze in the time to visit ;D (Sorry, couldn’t resist a clock/time pun.)

* Done and Dusted – A Quick Look At Duster Coats: Over at the Fashion Preserve, duster coats – which Christina informs us came about with the advent of automobiles and later morphed into more general wear, lightweight garments – and the history behind them are in the spotlight.

* Fancy cocktail hat: From the online pages of Craft magazine comes a wonderful step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own beautiful vintage looking “fancy cocktail hat”, complete with airy netting and a spry feather. The steps strike me as being easy to follow regardless of your millinery skill level.

* Suggestions and ideas from 1949 on how to wear your hair based on your face shape: Over at beauty is a thing of the past, Ricki has been posting some absolutely wonderful entries lately featuring images from a the 1949 book by the name of “A Girl and Her Hair”, that show suggestions on how to wear your hair based on your face shape. The illustrations – and the names given to faces shapes (such as “cherub” and “pixie”) are absolutely adorable.

* Looking into the past: Via the lovely pages of the blog Behind the Curtain, I recently discovered a fantastic Flickr stream devoted to a very neat way of celebrating vintage photos. This stream is bustling with shots that depict someone holding up a vintage photo in front of the same location where it was originally taken. Clever and beautiful these endearing photographss of photos are not to be missed.

* Lilyan Tashman: Allure blog routinely features wonderful, detailed, photo-filled posts about glamorous and talented silver screen starlets of yesteryear, and a recent entry about 1920s and early 30s actress platinum blonde haired actress Lilyan Tashman is a great example of why I’m hooked on this site!

* Andi B. Goode’s Debut Giveaway: Vintage fashionista and all-around truly lovely person, Andi (of her eponymous blog) is holding a delightful giveaway (her first ever!) in honour of reaching 100+ Google followers. If you’d like the chance to win a beautiful pair of flower shaped, screw-on earrings and an adorable wooden brooch in the shape of a surfboard, be sure to zip on over to Andi’s and enter her contest (plus, if you blog about it on your site and then return to comment about your post, you’ll receive a second entry!).

This week’s Blog Inspiration award goes to none other than Greetz from Tiz, the site of a beautiful and creative (she recently launched her own etsy store specializing in vintage inspired knitwear) Italian gal with a deeply rooted passion for all things vintage. With my husband hailing from Italy I feel like I have a special connection to this marvelous and historical country, and love when I find vintage themed blogs written in English by Italian ladies.

GFT, I am continually inspired by your posts (your journey through the Summer Jamboree with a joy to behold!), and adore everything about your style! Please accept this award with my heartfelt thanks for your superb contribution to the vintage blogging world.

On the video front, the clip of the week features lovely Youtube make-up/hair/beauty fan Carly (Glitterdollz7) as she takes us through the quick, easy to follow steps she uses to achieve a Dita Von Teese inspired hairstyle. A must-watch for anyone who wants to get wonderful, wavy, bouncy Dita inspired locks! I normally post (embed) the video of the week into my posts, but Carly has disabled this feature for her videos, so please follow this link to view her hairstyling tutorial.

How are things going with each of you? Did you have a lovely last weekend of August? I absolutely hope so! I certainly had a blast composing the second edition of Saturday Snapshots, and already looking forward to compiling the images for next week’s photo bedecked post.

{As the seasons teeter on the fence between the sultry heat of summer and the nippy golden light of autumn, one’s wardrobe calls for pieces that can carry you through from August into September. Take this this stunning brown dress with matching bolero dress that a stylish woman could have purchased in 1951, for example. Image from MyVintageVogue’s Flickr stream.}

Wishing everyone a splendid Monday and start of September! Here’s to the beginning of the last month of the summer and the beauteous onset of autumn it ushers in.


  1. Hey, that's the muff that got away! Or very similar to one I saw at a yard sale not long ago...Anyway, thanks for the links, I will be checking out several of them!

    Take care!


  2. Thanks for all the great links, dear Jessica, & I hope you're feeling better now!


    PS Thanks for stopping by - so with you about those poor animals!

  3. Oh, Jessica, hope you'll get well soon!
    Thanks again for all these great links :-)

  4. I'm sorry you're not feeling well :-( I know how you feel, I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and today I'm feeling worse!

    congrats on your award! much deserved :-)

    I love that dress!

  5. that was a great post!!!!i loved the links!!!

  6. Love those links and I hope you feel better soon!

  7. I love the last photo! Oh to have such a tiny waist! Her outfit is lovely.

    Pullips are so pretty! I'd love to see photos of yours. I have one Blythe, which was a Christmas gift after I started getting into them, and have wanted another since. Hopefully I'll be able to find one cheap sans shipping in Japan! They are such delightful, quirky dolls.
    I do hope you are feeling better soon!

    with love,

  8. I love these posts because I always find a new blogger that I had not heard of before.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  9. My sweet Jessica , I don'T know how to thank you for all your beautiful words!YOur are great , I adore your blog and love all the things that you share with us!
    I send you a big big hug and 'Un bacio grande'!!
    Grazie my dear!!!With all my heart!

  10. Thanks for the link back to my site - I've gotten a lot of new visitors.

  11. Big hug honey, hope your feelin better real soon. Thank you SO much for your sweet comments at mine, :)

    I just adore that picture, so chic and stylish, love it.

  12. I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling that well. Take care of yourself. Get well soon. I had a wonderful weekend. We had a family cookout on Saturday. Then I spent the night with my cousin. Have a great week. Cheers!

  13. Hope you start feeling better love. Hope you were able to enjoy some of the weekend, even if you were under the weather. Love the vintage clocks. :)


  14. Thanks so much for highlighting my blog! It is so sweet of you. The links today were fabulous. It's always fun to find to see new sites. The clock site and the face shape site were especially fun. Hope you're feeling better soon :)


  15. Great links as always - hope you start feeling better!

  16. Hope you fell 100% soon!
    And thanks ever so for the link, darling. =D
    -Andi x

  17. I hope to hear that you are feeling better soon!

    Awesome links, thank you for sharing!
    And that vintage photo is breathtaking... I love it :D

  18. Oh dear, I hope you are feeling better soon!

    I fell in love with that brown dress from MVV the moment I saw it pop up on flickr. I need to make day. Love. Love. Love.

    I can't wait to find out if I'm a pixie, minx or cherub! Those sound much lovelier than circle, square or oval. :D Thanks for all the fantastic links, and do take care of yourself.

  19. Hello Jessica!
    Can't thank you enough for all the kind words about my blog! Its the first time I've done a 'hair how to' and with this kind of encouragement I will certainly be doing another one in the near future. Best of luck with your beautiful blog and I'll be back here again soon to see whats new!
    All the best honey,

  20. @ Kitten, ohhhhh wow, it sounds like an amazing muff it if looked anything like that one. I'm sorry that it got away from you, sweet dear!

    @ Nora & Lola, thank you, my precious blogging do!

    @ AlicePleasance, thank you so much, honey! So glad you liked the links!

    @ Kathie, I'm very sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling up to snuff this week either. Sending you tons of get well wishes!!!

    @ marb, thank you very much, my dear!!! :)

    @ Maggi, thank you, sweetums!

    @ Cait, she does indeed have such a minuscule waist, not the smallest I've seen in vintage fashion photos, but certainly diminutive in size. Very often these women, thin as they were, were girdled and even corseted very snuggly to help them achieve the desired figure of the times.

    I actually haven't taken that many photos of my Pullips yet, I really need to snap more some time soon! But you can see the ones that I have on my Flickr photo stream (, honey. I hope you're able to get a Blythe while in Japan, that would be such a fantastic souvenir to bring home!

    @ MissMatilda, thank you very much, doll!

    @ The Glamorous Housewife, thank you so much for saying that, honey. I strive to try and link to new blogs (as in new to me or ones that I haven't blogged about here before) as often as I can. I love giving exposure to fellow vintage fans across the blogsphere!

    @ Little Miss B, you're very welcome, my dear, thank you for commenting!

    @ Greetz for Tiz, you're so very welcome, darling girl! It's an honour to feature your site and (hopefully) help expose others who may not have had the joy of finding it yet discover your wonderful blog.

    @ Ricki, you're entirely welcome, my dear! So glad that I could help bring new visitors to your terrific site!

    @ Dustjacket Attic, thank you very much, my sweet friend!

    @ Keith, thank you very much. I'm very happy for you that you had such a nice weekend! I know things have been a bit stressful for you for a while now, and it's really great to hear that you were able to get in a fun-filled weekend your your family.

    @ Simply Colette, thank you very much, sweetie! Aren't the clocks fantastic? They had so much personality and attention to craftsmanship back then.

    @ Amanda, you're very welcome, honey! Thank you so much for listing my vintage puppy post as your source of inspiration!

    @ Pretty Little Pictures, thank you (on both counts!) very much, my dear.

    @ Andi, oodles of thanks, darling girl!

    @ Aya, thank you so much, honey. I adore that photo, too. Brown is one of my favourite hues and I just love how elegant and refined it comes across as in this fantastic dress and jacket.

    @ armablingfancy, thank you very much, my lovely friend. I too fell head-over-heels for that outfit the moment I spied it! You truly should reproduce it, I'm sure your version would be breath-takingly wonderful!

    @ Ella, you're entirely welcome, sweet heart! You did such a fantastic job, I can hardly believe it was your first "how to" hair tutorial. I would sincerely welcome more, if you ever whip some up! Thank you for the wonderfully kind words, they really mean a lot to me!

    My heartfelt thanks to you each for your lovely and caring comments. I hope that you're all having a terrific first week of September!!!

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  21. LOVELY as always, cannot wait to visit those link s(when I get a chance honey!)

  22. @ Gyspy, thank you very much, darling girl! It's wonderful to hear from you again. I've thought of you often and hope that life is veering on a positive track for you, honey.

    Oodles of hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

  23. Your posts are such fun to vinatge style! The women and the fashions were just sooo classy!

    Blessins & Aloha!

  24. @ Personalized Sketches, thank you so much, sweet dear! I absolutely agree, women used to dress with such a different degree of class back then. I wish things had never changed in that regard!

    Big hugs to you!
    ♥ Jessica