Ava Gardner: Before Hollywood

This is the beautiful Ava Gardner before she arrived in Hollywood.


Hairstyle of the month: Rolled Bangs

So one of my new year's resolutions is to try a new hairstyle every month and post about it. This will help me practice more and also try new styles I've never done.
Yesterday I tried the rolled bangs. I try to keep my bangs short and trimmed because I have very thin and limp hair, so my bangs never look full. But I love bangs so I wear them anyway. Usually I'll curl them with a hot roller and it's passable. I can't do big foward rolled bangs like in the Vintage Styling book (which was what I really wanted to do) because I don't have enough hair.

foward rolled bangs

I've also been thinking about using a hair rat roll. I've never used one before so I have to experiment with that also. Have any of you ladies used it before?
Anyway, here are some pics I took of my small rolled bangs. Any tips and advice are welcome!


More Awards!

I've been given 2 more of the "Stylish Blogger Award"! These 2 were given to me by my friend La Dama at Vintage Passions just like mine and the sweet Fraulein Lin at Vintage Rose. Thank you ladies! I appreciate it very much. I don't want to bore anyone with 7 more things about myself so you can skip to the post from 1/11/11 to read it.


Lucille Ball before "I love Lucy"

Before being known as the crazy red head from "I Love Lucy", Lucille Ball first started out as a model and then began her performing career on Broadway. In the 1930's-40's she moved on to radio and then lots of B movies. In 1948 Lucy was cast on a radio comedy show called "My favorite Husband" (a radio program for CBS Radio). She played a wacky house wife. The show was really successful and CBS asked her to develop it for television. She agreed, but only if they let Desi Arnaz (her husband) play the part of her husband. CBS wasn't too crazy about the idea because they thought the public wouldn't accept an all American red head and a Cuban as a couple. Little did they know! LOL!


Dita Thursdays!

Some lovely Dita dresses

Fergie & Dr. Pepper

I love Fergie's hair and makeup in this Dr. Pepper commercial.


A lovely Blog Award

I was given this lovely award by Kate at Vintage in a Modern World. I feel honored and thrilled to receive this lovely award by a fellow blogger and vintage lover as myself. Thanks so much Kate!
Now, the conditions of this award are:
1)Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.
2)Share 7 things about yourself
3)Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers
4)Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award

Here are the 7 things about myself:
1)As a teen I discovered Jerry Lewis movies through my father who was a huge fan. I developed a crush on him when I saw "The Nutty Professor"!

2)I love the ocean! Give me the beach any day and you will see me smile. I wish I could live in a tropical place (see the title of my blog? LOL!) and be near the ocean. There is just something about it that gives me peace and tranquility. And what about the sunsets? *SIGH*

3)I'm not a photographer or model but I love taking pictures and editing them for fun!
I get kind of shy though of posting my pics on my blog! (go figure!)

4)I've always been interested in aliens and the world of the paranormal.
Currently I love to watch "Ancient Aliens" on the History Channel, "The Haunted" on the Animal Planet, and "I Survived, Beyond and Back" on the Biography Channel.
I'm also fascinated with the shows on Investigation Discovery!

5)My first vintage inspiration was Marilyn Monroe when I was a teen. She's the reason I still wear red lipstick til this day!

6)I'm still practicing knitting. One day I'll knit a sweater from a 1940's pattern.
7)I love to collect vintage purses and have a few. I would love to get more (much to DH's horror) but right now I have no more room. I still have yet to get a lucite purse!

Well, that's enough about me! Here are the 10 recently discovered great bloggers that I chose (in no particular order):

Vintage Passions Just like mine
The Adventures of Lucy-Mae
Piroska and the Wolf
!Viva Victoria Vintage!
Poppy Lane
Vintage Rose
Miss Rosina Lee
Penny Lane
Jemma Rose
Through the looking glass

All lovely & stylish bloggers and I hope they accept the award and pass it on.


Happy Birthday Elvis!!!!

Elvis Presley would've 76 years old today. Today some people celebrated his birthday at Graceland in Memphis. Even Chilean miner, Edison Pena, sang "The Wonder of You" to the assembled crowd. Pena is a big fan of Elvis and he sang to his friends while trapped in an underground mine. Elvis lives on!!!!


Vintage Photobooth

I love vintage photobooth pics. You can look at one and just imagine what kind of story that person has. Here are some from flickr: