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Dressing like Jackie O
June 21st, 2016 in Fashion

Dressing like Jackie O

It’s hard to believe that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the First Lady more than 50 years ago, because she’s still well known and loved today — that’s what’s happens when you reach icon status. Even today, the mention of her name conjures images of her perfectly tailored wardrobe, pillbox hats and well-coifed hair. Shows like Mad Men have only made it more desirable to bring...

Men’s Jewellery Boxes
April 2nd, 2014 in Fashion

Men’s Jewellery Boxes

These days most young men are not into men’s accessories but I’m here to tell you that the truly swank man has plenty of accessories and that accessories truly make the man. A well kitted out man will have a collection of tie bars, cuff links, watches and other manly accessories. But where should he place them? Should they be left on a bowl with...

The Cocktail Nation Podcast

The Cocktail Nation

Audrey Hepburn – Mid-Century Icon

As a child of the 60s, I spent hours next to our little portable record player listening to show tunes my mother and father had provided for our entertainment. The Sound of Music (1965) and My Fair Lady (1964) were some of my all time favorites and it was through those vinyl recordings that I fell in love with Audrey Hepburn. Her talent, class and...

Last Night I Dreamed About Maidenform

As Harry Trenner told the story, he and his wife Florence were just sitting around the kitchen table after dinner when they hit upon the idea. Harry took it to Weintrob Advertising, where he worked in New York. They showed it to Maidenform and the “I dreamed…” advertising campaign was born. It would run from World War II thru to the early 1960s, featuring images...

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’

Before the advent of go-go boots, which arrived in America from Europe in the early 1960s, boot wearing for women was limited to outdoor activities and inclement weather. The go-go boot became a symbol for female empowerment and independence at a time when social equality movements were harbingers for styles and fashions. I suppose my love affair with boots began one evening in 1966 when...

Farrah Fawcett – An Uncommon Angel

I’ll never forget that summer day in 1976 when I walked into my boyfriend’s pad and saw the poster of a blond in a red bathing suit pinned up on the wood paneling. “Really?” I asked. “Are you kidding me?” He grinned at me rather sheepishly and replied, “She’s really hot.” “Oh brother.” Rolling my eyes, I continued “I thought you were more mature than...

A Visit to Swinging London in 1968

From Flickr user Arbyreed comes these wonderful photographs that captures the everyday life and style of “Swinging London” in the late 1960s. From Carnaby Street, to Picadilly Circus to a stylish Heathrow airport. Arbyreed explains: I lived in Oxford, England in the late 1960s and this collection contains some of the sights I took time to photograph. I wish I had taken more and more...

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