Drink Like A 1940’s Socialite

Ah, the Margarita, one of the most bastardized drinks on the planet. When you can find pre-mixed cocktails in plastic bottles, you know the drink is ruined. I am personally not a lover (or even liker) of tequila, honestly. My father used to call it "Ta-Kill-Ya," and for me, he was almost right. We all... Continue Reading →

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I Love Bourbon

So I thought it would be nice to carve out a little cottage in a dark, dusty corner of the internet; a place for me to stack my recipes, throw down my cocktail concoctions, hang my photos, display some of my beloved vintage items from my vast collection, and pin notes about my favorite re-purposing... Continue Reading →

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VICKY’S HAWAIIAN SHIN DIG!

Vicky’s Hawaiian Shindig! It’s 7:00 a.m. How in the heck did this happen? Vicky jumps from her bed and races into the bathroom. She slaps her Pond’s cream on her face and brushes her teeth with lightning speed, rinses, spits, and dives for the curlers from her vanity cabinet, racing to get each and every... Continue Reading →

Oh Devil!

Oh, Devil! The deviled egg, in my opinion, is another one of those bastard dishes that gets a bad rap. The poor guy used to be so attractive, sexy, even. Often he was exotic and ladies just couldn’t live without him. And now, he’s the pot-bellied, balding uncle who drives an old, rusty Corvette, listening... Continue Reading →

Ho Jo’s: A Love Story

In the early to mid 1970’s, if you looked in the glove compartment of my grandmother’s car, you would find one of these: an official Howard Johnson’s Road Map. Howard Johnson’s was the "Landmark For Hungry Americans" and my favorite motel chain. My family traveled several times a year by car from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida... Continue Reading →

What to Wear Wednesday, Fashion Icons

This week's style icon is Louise Brooks. She was an American dancer and actress, noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut. Louise starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films before retiring in 1935. Louise Brooks laughed when she was called an icon, refused to smile in photographs, claimed to hate Hollywood. It was even... Continue Reading →

What To Wear Wednesday, Hair Styles

What To Wear Wednesday: Hair Styles What hair to wear? Well, that can be complicated. Grab a cocktail and let's begin this journey. This can be a complicated topic as each decade, from the early to the later periods, varied widely. Also, in some of these decades were wars that brought much difference in fashion for... Continue Reading →

What To Wear, Pencil Skirts

Pencil Me In For One Of Those Nifty Skirts Love 'em or hate 'em, the Pencil Skirt holds a very special place in history. In my opinion, the Pencil Skirt is one of the most flattering skirts for any shape and figure, other than the circle skirt. As I always talk about in the Retrocentric... Continue Reading →

What To Wear, Lipstick

What is the most important accessory for a retro gal? It’s not her adorable basket purse or her fascinator, nor is it her cat-eye jeweled sunglasses. It's her red lipstick! My grandmother never left the house without her lipstick on. Oftentimes, when we had talked her into going and getting ice cream late at night,... Continue Reading →

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