Music American jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt contacted me a while back having seen one of my compilations which features songs by legendary musician and composer Russell Garcia. It turns out that she is not only a fellow fan of his but also worked with him on her latest album entitled Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt Sings Russell Garcia. Russell, now 92 years old have been living on New Zealand with his wife since 1971 where Shaynee traced him and not only convinced him to arrange and conduct her album but also add his Four Trombone Band to the recording session. The result is a elegant, sexy and dreamy 16-track album with laid back jazz rhythms, swingin’ melodies ( continue reading... )

The Cocktail Nation

The Cocktail Nation: Stolen Idols

Episode 325    Aug 31st 2014

Drew farmer from the Stolen Idols joins me on the show this week, got some stories on sixties decorating and some of the things we have forgotten from the past that are probably worth re igniting. I’ll also share a blog I wrote recently about modern life and how to live better, plus the best exotica and lounge music across the globe.

The World’s Creamiest Lipstick

Jun 15th 2009 by Christopher via Flickr | Thanks to Fhardyfan

Advertising For all you ladies out there, here are a few scans of retro Revlon advertisements for lipstick and makeup. Revlon was started back in 1932 and are most famous for their Dorian Leigh and Suzy Parker advertisements in the 1950s. ” Not a prissy pink… not a sissy pink” and “Fire and ice” are two of many memorable ads. ( continue reading... )


Design Whether you are redecorating your living room, planing on buying a mid-century modern flavored house or want to make your kitchen look more groovy, Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpaper has what you need. Their series of Atomic Age and Mod Generation wallpaper range from 1950s styled Googie patterns to exotic tropical Tiki to the revolutionary and psychedelic flower power look – perfect for any bachelor ( read more... )

Inspiration Here are a few samples of famed photographer Mark Shaw’s photographs of the lovely Audrey Hepburn. The photos were taken circa 1953 in miss Hepburn’s house in Los Angeles and on the back lot of Sabrina. This entire collection have lingered forgotten for more than fifty years in a box at the home of Mark’s first wife and were rediscovered again in 2008. For more ( read more... )

Travel Seeing it’s Friday – why not embark on a delicious weekend trip to Europe. Our friends at Pan Am will take us on a 6½ hours long transatlantic flight from New York to London on their new Boeing 707 – the biggest jet plane of the late 1950s – holding up to 150 passengers. With a wingspan that is longer than the entire distance of ( read more... )

Architecture Located in Los Feliz, in the East Hollywood district of Los Angeles, this stylish 1953 house going under the name “The Chew House” was built by architect Eugene Kinn Choy and is now up for sale if you got a cool $1,850,000 to spend. What fascinates me about this property is that there are so many original elements still intact, from the the tiles to ( read more... )