I apologise for missing the monthly instalments I so much enjoy writing, however a month long holiday and various other commitments took over…as is life!
This months Pin Up was inspired by a print I bought last week for my “future home” and reminded me just how much I love this lady. As we all know I use the word Pin Up as a portrayal of strong, independent and beautiful women in their own right, therefore I have picked this actress not because of her most infamous Hollywood roles, but for her quirky, honest and simple charm. We all love her, the lady that is as famous today as she ever was…
Miss Audrey Hepburn!
I was first introduced to Audrey Hepburn at a young age, not through Breakfast at Tiffany’s but through her not so well known films The Nuns Story and Funny Face. These two films, both made in the 1950’s, show how diverse Audrey’s capabilities as an actress are and what a wonderful talent she had. Seen as a style icon, I quite simply see her most beautiful in images such as below, in a jumper without a scrap of make up on.
Of course I do love Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and all in between, who doesn’t! I think this print will go rather well in my bedroom…
Any woman in her right mind knows how flattering the clothes of the 40’s and 50’s are and one woman who knows this more than most is behind one of the most sought after vintage remade brands this year. Tara Starlet is the ultimate pin up of the pageant, offering not only beautifully made, vintage style clothes that flatter all shapes and sizes but its ethical too….*hurrah!*
I popped down to London to give Tara a hand at the sample sale in her quirky east end studio, naturally what 50’s fanatic like myself wouldn’t think they had died and gone to graceland being surrounded by all those amazing clothes! I got to meet the lovely Hollie over at The War Bride too, as someone who doesn’t have many friends who are into vintage the way I am it’s always so nice to meet other people who get so excited about the same things! Tara’s studio is just the sweetest vintage haven and with the Puppini sisters setting the sound track for the day, a few soldiers in uniform wouldn’t have gone a miss…
The wonderful Tara and I
The lovely War Bride, Hollie, check her out she does the funnest of things!
I’ve been watching a lot of Calamity Jane (1953) recently after resurrecting it from my DVD collection, something I like to do every year or so. Retrieving the disc and dusting it off for a re-run excites me every time as it takes me straight back to my childhood, sitting in my grandparents living room performing renditions of “Secret Love” to what was then a VHS. Routinely putting it away again means that a year or so later I can treat myself to the infamous soundtrack and my much awaited sing a long that never ceases to make me smile. (I’m pretty sure my other half must know by now that it’s Harry I’m planning to marry?) Enough of the insiders jokes, I apologise for those who aren’t quite such avid fans, I just cant help myself! Without further ado, of course you guessed it, my Pin up of the Month is…
Source: The Independent
So I have to apologise once again for a rather delayed May Pin Up but I do have an excuse! I have been finishing uni and have just moved house so no internet and local library broadband just couldnt withstand WordPress functions! Forgiven? I hope so because I’m sure you will agree Rockabilly Rubys pin up this month is beautiful and alternative and well worthy of her vintage title.
With the release of her *amaazing* album, Fall to Grace and her way-out-there, era defying ensembles, I think this lady most definitely deserves a feature….
I feel awful that I have neglected my blog for so long and after burying my head in books for my dissertation, I hadn’t realised March had past! I know it’s terrible of me but I’m going to skip March and do an extra special April instead – so here is my Pin up of the month who I’m sure you will all enjoy – Bettie Page.
I decided to celebrate Bettie as not only is she the most iconic pin up of all time but the new groundbreaking documentary “Bettie Page reveals all” premieres at the film festival Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender this week! (I have racked my brains for ways to escape the UK and all this work to jet off but alas with no success!)
After being totally obsessed with finding any biographical information I can on Miss Page after watching “The notorious Bettie Page” years ago I am very excited to see this film. I love everything about this woman, from her innocence to the controversy that surrounded her which eventually lead to her to the Lord. No other pin up had quite so much mystery about them and her iconic image still influences so many women today, from rockabilly rockers to burlesque beauties.
God Bless Bettie Page!
Kim Lenz and her Jaguars
So here’s my Pin up of the month for february – Kim Lenz. I have fallen a little in love with this vixen and am slightly appauled with myself that I hadnt been aware of her vivacious vocals much sooner. I love the Rolling Stone quote ” If Elvis had been a woman, he probably would have sounded just like Kim Lenz”
Her most recent album released in 2009 titled “It’s all true”, was entirely self produced and boasts contemporary rockabilly with a hint of girl power for the ladies and sassines for the guys. Gorgeous and talented with sounds that make my feet move without prompt has definetely secured Kim a place as my Pin up of the Month.
One of my favourite songs off the album “Shined up and Ready to Shout”