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Fetch the Rum!

10 Mar

As part of a promise to myself to absorb more ‘culture’ this year, I set myself a challenge this week: to watch a film everyday, one that I had never seen before be it new or old. I’ve got through some crackers this week: Factotum, Rapt, Coco Before Chanel, Public Enemies, We Need to Talk About Kevin and finally The Rum Diary.

The Rum Diary is set is Puerto Rico in the 50’s, it’s colourful, summery and fun but every time Amber Heard walked on screen I was filled with envy and intrigue: how can a woman look so amazing?! With classic fashions and make-up from the period, a faultless Barbie-esque up-do and a glowing tan throughout, I’m frankly mortified that I don’t look like that.

“Come up and see me sometime!”

27 Jan

Somewhere between seeing the Artist (which I can’t recommend highly enough by the way – it’s wonderful), reading The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles and reading a biography of Mae West, I’ve become a bit fascinated with the 1930’s. And with W.E. showcasing all manner of Wallis Simpson’s glorious 30’s clobber, it seems to be the hot retro-reference right now.

Grecian dress by Schiaparelli in 1938, from Fabulous Frocks by Eastoe & Gristwood

The advert for Schiaparelli’s perfume ‘Shocking’, the hourglass-shaped bottle of which was said to be inspired by Mae West

A Christmas window display at HMV on Oxford St in the 1930s, and the in-store listening booths from HMV Flickr

A dress and jacket by Jeanne Lanvin from 1936, from the Met Museum website

The fabulous Mae West