Architecture Wednesday inspiration. The Stahl House, also known as Case Study House #22 was finished in 1959 and is most likely the most famous house from the CSH program with help from famed photographer Julius Shulman. ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: RIP Lauren Bacall

Episode 324    Aug 24th 2014

Sad news last week of the passing of Lauren Bacall, so on this edition of the Cocktail Nation we will take a look at her life and times. News on what they call the “Steve McQueen effect”, news on a classic Cadillac dealership in trouble in Los Angeles, and I will take a look at what is happening on the neo lounge music scene from across the globe.

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Inspiration Mad Men’s own January Jones presents a few helpful tips that every housewife should know before throwing the perfect cocktail party back in the 1950s. Funny spoof from the Saturday Night Live team. ( continue reading... )


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Daydreaming The scrumptious Bettie Page performs a varietease to the tunes of a exotica styled track that sounds like something from Martin Denny or Les Baxter. Bettie Page is often referred to as “The Queen of Pin-Ups” as she became one the most famous models and burlesque dancers of the 1950s and still continues to influence style even today. What do you daydream about today? ( read more... )

Inspiration It was most likely much tougher than it seemed – with charm and grace training, evacuation exercises, disgruntled passengers and endless hair and makeup sessions. Guess all the excitement and grandeur is a thing of the past. Does anyone even consider becoming a flight attendant today? Photos taken from the wonderful Life archive at Google. ( read more... )

Film Contributor Klara have been busy time traveling into the golden age of science fiction, on a mission to find three classics that will please and catch the imagination of the readers of Ultra Swank. So, head out to the launchpad and strap your self in, our rocket’s first stop is the moon! Destination Moon (1950) – The next rocket we build is going to the ( read more... )

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Daydreaming From the movie It’s Always Fair Weather made in 1955 starring the always brilliant and talented Gene Kelly, this time singing with roller skates around Broadway in New York City. What do you daydream about today? ( read more... )