Friday, December 30, 2011

Lounging On Pillows


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Moody Shades Of Purple

A pleasing pair for purple lovers: a handbag of cotton velvet and soft nappa leather and a ruffled hand-knitted scarf.

Ruth Taylor Lounges As Lorelei Lee

A photo of Ruth Taylor, as Lorelei in the 1928 silent film version of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, sitting like a sophisticated genie atop a lavish orientalist pillow.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dare To Dream

Pouffe -- vintage, 1956, ad for Princeton Mills bedding.

Do The Fandango

Vintage Van Raalte Fandango gloves ad. Love how the manicure shows!

I'm Looking For A Snake

A metallic snake charm to put on a chain and fix to the empire waist of a little black dress, a la Liz. Via.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mary Brian Lounges


Going Places With (Vintage) Van Raalte Gloves

Van Raalte gloves ad, 1954.

The Classic Not-So-Little Black Gloves

Every woman needs a pair of these.

Patriotic Flapper

A vintage George Hurrell photo of of Mary Doran -- note the stars and stripes of her dress!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Susan Hayward Lounges

A classic Hollywood glamour photo that's for sale.

Take Your Money To The Maxi Post Holiday

You know I love my Sale Mail Alerts from Shop It To Me (you can sign up for your personalized shopping alerts here) and there's no better way to make the most of the cash and gift cards you received for the holiday! Like this reminiscent of a bustle skirt tweed maxi skirt by Burning Torch, on sale for 50% off at Shopbob.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Punk Goes Glam

Sophisticated safety pin fashions by Norma Kamali. Sizzle!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Bride Wore White (And What About Invites?)

Wasn't sure how to unwind last night, so I watched Liz Taylor in Father Of The Bride again... And fell so madly in love with her dress, again, I began to fantasize about renewing my vows -- or, more truthfully, of having a "real" wedding.

The fanciest thing about my wedding was the simple and elegant white wedding invitations.We had so little money, I had to make a choice about where to spend it and the invitations seemed the best choice... Not only for "appearances," but as a keepsake.

The crisp white of freshly printed invitations is an unusual and fitting announcement: pristine blank slates you write your future on and present to people you care about. To me, that means lots of white space on the invites, surrounding your names, your parents' names -- it's the preservation of the moment you begin, a family growing, of commitments and promises...

That's what weddings mark, really; the beginning of your lives joining your families -- with plenty of white space for your journey.

I saved a few of our invitations, and I (try to neatly) write little notes about our landmarks on the borders and backs of them. Little and big milestones penned in ink surround the fancy professional printing... A few goals, now and then too. That way, our wedding invites are literally the slates I write our family history on.

Ah, but the white dress...

Now that's just a lovely impractical thing. A way to mark the moment with beauty.

Promises of the future are beautiful things.

I personally prefer white for weddings -- the bride's dress, the invitations, the flowers, everything. So, yes, whether or not this non-virgin "should" wear white I'd wear it. Silly rules about virginity are irrelevant to me; I'd wear white and have everything white. White, white, white!

That's the color for weddings, no matter what the trends may be, in my opinion. It's not really about the tradition so much as about the opportunity... When else can you really wear white, dance in a world of white?

Cat's Eye

Visual "how to" for eye liner. Via.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Retro-Styled Black Cat Earrings

Skimming through my Sale Mail Alert today I found the Cat Stud Earrings by Betsey Johnson are on sale for just $19.99! Four pairs to stuff in stockings!

(You know I love my Shop It To Me Sale Mail Alerts -- you can sign up for your alerts here.)

You're Either Marvellous Or You're Boring

 The epic Steven Morrissey said, "Age shouldn't affect you. It's just like the size of your shoes -- they don't determine how you live your life! You're either marvellous or you're boring, regardless of your age."

This is something I just had to remind my children of when they came home from school today and found me dancing in the living room to what they call "old people music." Funny how the 80s are retro and "old skool" in fashion and music when they wear it and dance or sing along to it -- but it's all "old" junk when associated with me.

It's like the shoe is on the other foot! lol ...And I size too small, at that, because boy, it hurts!

I don't think there's anything the kids are into now, from music to fashion, which isn't something that once belonged to me in my heyday. They're wearing classic Converse Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars High Top Sneakers, just like Dad did back in the day. And he still does. Oh, the eyeball rolls... The girls are all into classic pumps and kitten heels -- they raid my closet, even. Not that they'll admit it. (According to them, all I have is comfortable shoes for women. Not.)

But find me dancing in the living room? Oh, I'm no longer marvelous; I'm old. Embarrassing.

But I'm not.  ...Well, maybe a little embarrassing. But not because of my age! I've always been this way. *wink*

So kids, try this on for size:
Tired of being harassed by your stupid parents? Act Now!! Move out, get a job. Pay your bills while you still know everything.

The "Because You Care" Link Round-Up

Twiggy, the Girlie Girl Army mascot and rescue pit had cancer and needed surgery. You find a widget on the site to donate, or you can shop here to help!

Hey, which cat is your wife?

Enter to win a vegan-approved Neon Hostess Handbag by GUNAS. (That's the large bag featured in the photo, worth $275.)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Tangee Tango (Vintage Lipstick Post)

In case you haven't already heard, Pantone has selected Tangerine Tango as the color of the year for fashion in 2012.

When I heard about it, I instantly thought of the old Tangee lipsticks. Not just because of the name. ...Well, Tangee's "Natural" shade was a very tangerine color, so I can't say for certain which came first, the shade, the tangerine-sounding name, or what. You can see the Tangee lipstick colors in this vintage 1940s Tangee die-cut counter-top store display sign -- with a pretty redhead pinup girl.


Image of vintage lipstick inspection via Sissy Dude.

DIY Mata Hari Headdress

How to make a Mata Hari Headdress from Catherine, the sexy lingerie designer behind Kiss Me Deadly. (See some of my favorite Kiss Me Deadly lingerie pieces here.)

You Can Leave Your Hat On

Baby, take off your coat, real slow. Baby, take off your shoes. I'll help you take off your shoes. Baby, take off your dress. Yes, yes, yes. You can leave your hat on...
I can hear Tom Jones singing when I see this vintage yellow coat and hat combo.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Dreaming Of An Alice White Christmas

Vintage photo of Alice White:

ALICE WHITE First National star, First National-Vitaphone star, all dolled up in what the well-dressed Christmas card is wearing. Miss White will be seen this season in "Playing Around" and "Show Girl in Hollywood.

Holiday Liz

Via Here's Looking Like You, Kid.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

How To Accessorize This Holiday's Hottest Dress Trends For Under $10 (And A Contest!)

Rupee Lota, creator and designer of, offers her best tips on how to best accessorize today's best dress color trends to make your own statement this holiday -- and one lucky reader will win all five of the sets featured here from Bombay Fashions!

Don't worry, if you don't win -- these fashion-forward jewelry options are under $10!

How do you win?
There are 5 ways to enter:
(And you can enter each way daily!)

Email your answer to along with the name/id you'd like used should I mention your entry here at A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe.


Post your entry as a comment -- if you do this, please make sure I've got your email address, because if you're the winner I'll need your email address to contact you regarding your shipping information.


Post your entry at your blog -- if you do this you must include in your post both a link to this post and to Bombay Fashions and either post your link as a comment or email your link to me so that I do not miss your post.


Tweet your entry -- to do this, you must include a link to this post -- here's a cut and paste tweet you can use:
I entered @SlipOfAGirl's contest because I want to WIN accessories from BombayFashions
And remember to follow me on Twitter, so that I can contact you should you win!

You are allowed to enter one of each way daily -- that's up to 5 entries a day!
What a way to increase your odds!

This contest is open to those in the US who follow the rules!

Entries must be received before December 10 (that would be midnight, central time, on December 9, 2011). Only entries as described above, with means to contact, will be included in the random draw. Winners have 48 hours to respond to claim prize or another name will be drawn.

Good luck!