Atticus! Atticus!

TCM Event Series Presents To Kill a Mockingbird

TCM has been bringing the classics back to the big screen in special one day anniversary presentations.  I was lucky enough to catch Casablanca when it came to theaters a few months back.  There really is something special about seeing these films as they were intended to be seen and experiencing it with a group of other classic movie fans. 

Whether you’ve seen this movie hundreds of times or this will be your first time I highly recommend checking if this is coming to a city near you. 

More details from Fathom Events:

“In honor of the film’s 50th Anniversary, join TCM Weekend Daytime Host Ben Mankiewicz and step behind the scenes to hear stories about what it took to turn Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize Winning novel into a movie and why Gregory Peck felt it was a role he couldn’t pass up. Ben will also share select interviews from the TCM Archives featuring key people involved in the production.
 
Immediately following these exclusive behind the scenes extras become absorbed in Harper Lee’s famous story of lawyer Atticus Finch as he challenges the social norm and decides to defend a black man who is accused of raping a white woman and the effects that it has on his family.”

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Trailer

Vintage Home: Blues and Greens

Some colors have such a vivid history they seem to have a return address stamped on them. Neon pink: If found, please return to 1987. Avocado green and goldenrod: If found, please return to 1974. Nowhere is this more true than in the home. As much as I can respect the standard modern palette of cream, beige, and taupe (not exciting, but not offending), I long for the quaint, nostalgic look of colors that we do not see anymore. Watch Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and you’ll see what I mean. Myrna Loy requests a soft, light yellow in her new kitchen. Now, I don’t really like yellow, but if I imagine those old ads for kitchen appliances featuring sparkling “modern” kitchen… soft-yellow walls, crisp-white, appliances, touches of cherry red and mint green – I get it! So, this post is dedicated to the recent lot of fabulously vintage home accessories. And, blue and green are definitely striking the chord for 30s, 40s, and 50s style.

The alarm clock that Myrna Loy woke up to… maybe
 
How could you not be inspired to live a life with vintage flair when you wake up to this alarm clock from L.L.Bean? It’s a real, honest-to-original-manufacturer reproduction of the Big Ben alarm clocks that were available in 1931. Big Ben alarm clocks are an icon unto themselves. These clocks have been produced for many decades with periodic, but slight, changes to the design or colors offered. The streamlined feel for the one offered in 1931 is particularly outstanding. Even the numerals have an understated Art Deco look. And, the entire palette of colors, including a soft blue and vintage green is spot on for the 1930s and 1940s.


As Carole Lombard reached for her morning toilette…

Yes, it’s functional. It’s not frilly. But, it exudes loads of bygone charm. I think the key to this lovely bathroom storage piece from PotteryBarn is that it has a matte paint. The look is not unlike the painted iron beds and accessories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, one of the best parts has to be its size. At only a foot square (28 inches high), it can fit almost anywhere


Speaking of vintage kitchens…
 
I’m going to say it. Turquoise. It’s not just for jewelry or nail polish. What 50s kitchen would be complete without a healthy dose of turquoise? Aside from the beautiful color, this cart from IKEA has rounded corners and rotating casters like we haven’t seen since industrial designers stopped trying to balance form and function and simply outsourced their entire craft to China. 

For the timeless kitchen goddess…


A digital timer will tell you when the pie is done, but it just doesn’t have any charm. This lovely timer (sold through Amazon.com) has enough old-school functionality to help you get the pie just right and inspire you to wax the floors like a diligent Claudette Colbert in The Egg and I. Thankfully, it also has a magnet on the back side to stick to our ugly, modern refrigerators. (Unless you happen to own a restored, modernized appliance or a vintage look alike, in which case – ENVY!)
So, that’s what I’ve been inspired by lately. There’s definitely more out there. If you find something divine and vintage-ly inspiring please leave a comment on our blog. We love a good discussion.
In the meantime, go forth. Let’s buy these adorable and vintage-inspired items. Let’s vote with our dollar and tell companies that some of us still do care about style.

P.S. If the idea of decorating your home with a “color-by-decade” motif intrigues you, check out Sherwin-Williams historic color collections for interior and exterior paints.

Shopping Alert: Vintage Style Accessories

The fabulous and stylish team over at Piperlime.com have curated a collection of vintage style accessories.  Prices range from $10 – $500 so there is something for all budgets.

Personally I would take anything from Kate Spade but here is a little preview of some of the fun vintage style options they have for sale.

 Echo Touch-Screen Cheetah Bow Gloves
Elizabeth and James Fairfax Sunglasses
Kate Spade New York Cooper Quilted Strap

Judy Garland’s Dorothy Dress and Other Classic Movie Costumes

In the news today it was announced that Judy Garland’s iconic blue and white gingham dress from the Wizard of Oz would be going up for auction.  How amazing would it be to own a piece of Hollywood history like that? 

That article got me thinking about my other favorite classic movie costumes.  It’s tough to narrow down but here are some of the ensembles I admire the most (in no particular order).

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina

Working on the costumes for Sabrina started a professional and personal relationship that would span decades and countless films between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy.  When Audrey’s character Sabrina Fairchild comes home from Paris she brings with her this stunning gown that she then wears to the Larrabee’s party giving her the chance to live out a lifelong dream. 

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy, 1954

Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas

I absolutely adore the dress Rosemary Clooney wears in the Minstrel scene of 1954s White Christmas.  It’s a black sequin trumpet style gown with a red tulle train.  It looks amazing as she sings and dances with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.

Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story

Statuesque and classically beautiful Katharine Hepburn plays socialite Tracy Lord with a cool and charming grace in this distinguished 1930s gown.

Katharine Hepburn in a full-length Adrian gown in “The Philadelphia Story,” 1940

Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind

Scarlett O’Hara was an extremely stylish southern belle but to me the most memorable outfit was the slinky and scandalous red dress she wears to Ashley Wilkes birthday party.

Ginger Rogers in Top Hat

This iconic feather dress from the 1935 film Top Hat looked stunning as Fred and Ginger twirled around the dance floor.

Ginger Rodger in “Top Hat”, 1935

Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face
The entire fashion shoot featuring gowns by Givenchy is amazing but these two outfits top my list.  For years the finale wedding dress, that Audrey dances in with Frank Sinatra, was what I wanted to wear to my wedding.

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy in Funny Face, 1957

Anne Hathaway’s Vintage Wedding Look

Congratulations to the new Mrs. Shulman! 

I adore Anne Hathaway.  She is a wonderful actress and truly seems to be a down to earth celebrity which in this world is refreshing.  She also has a great sense of style and often tops my best dressed list. 

Naturally when it came to her big day she did not disappoint with her bridal look.  Decked out in a strapless ivory silk point d’esprit tulle dress from Valentino, which included a pink hand-painted shaded train embroidered with satin flowers, she dazzled. 

The icing on the cake though was her 1920s-inspired veil and head piece.  It consists of a lace ribbon with a large flower and is adorned with small crystal beads.  With her pixie hair cut it was the perfect vintage touch to her ensemble.

Anne Hathaway’s wedding dress sketch from designer Valentino
 

What did you think of Anne Hathaway’s wedding look?  Would you wear a head piece like hers?

Match Made in Heaven

In addition to being vintage enthusiasts we are both huge Disney fans so when we come across things that marry the two together we get really excited.

Enter Leslie Kay at DisneyBound.  She puts together the cutest outfits inspired by Disney movies, characters and parks.  Even the man himself Walt Disney and his lovely wife Lily.  I am in love with everything in this vintagey look.  I’ll admit I scooped up that dress in grey the same day I came across this. See where you can buy here.