Wednesday, August 31, 2011
(Model Dorian Leigh, photographed by Genevieve Naylor, 1952.)
(Dorian Leigh in a breath taking Formal wear, photographed by Genevieve Naylor for Harper's Bazaar, 1952, at the Coliseum, Rome, Italy)
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(Dorian Leigh photographed by Genevieve Naylor- 1952.)
Having "A.D.D." makes it difficult to sit and read, this is why I opt to watch movies based on books rather than reading the actual book. I love Stephen King, but I have to admit I have never read any of his novels. I do love the movies though, from what I have been told most of the movies follow the books pretty accurately. My mom and others constantly nag me, they are always telling me "you should get into reading more" or "you should read the Twilight series". Easier said than done. I cannot read a Mystery or Sci-Fi novel to save my life. I've tried and I can't even get past the first sentence.
I'm more of a picture person. I love magazines, but I rarely ever read the articles. It is the photos, the bling, the clothes and the colors and prints that attract me to them. There is an exception though, I love reading non-fiction books and biographies. I enjoy studying history and all things historical and one of my favorite things to read about is the history of fashion and Hollywood. This is the one thing that always seems to catch and keep my attention.
Fashion has always inspired me, for the past 22 years I've been studying the photos from my favorite magazines and have gotten a lot of my knowledge from fashion history books and biographies. If you were to show me a picture of a model from past eras I would most likely be able to tell you who they were. However, if you asked me who the photographer was, I would probably have no clue. I think if you are someone who is serious about getting into the fashion business, it is important to know the history. It is good to have your own point of view, but knowledge is also a powerful tool. It's never too late to start educating yourself, I still don't know everything there is to know about fashion. I try to keep up on all the latest trends as much as possible and I am discovering knew information and people I have never heard of every day.
One of my most recent discoveries is the woman behind these fabulous photos, 1940's -1950's photojournalist, Genevieve Naylor. I've seen them plenty of times, but I never knew who the photographer was. After reading her story, I realized that this was someone I should have read about years ago. She was a phenomenal individual whose career spanned forty years. She was also one of the first women to be hired by the Associated press. This was when women were struggling to be equals and she was obviously a "Firecracker". It didn't stop at fashion, Naylor also covered assignments on Hollywood film sets and the Korean War for Look magazine.
She has become a new inspiration for me. Not just because photography is another interest of mine that I hope to venture into someday, but because I am inspired to educate myself even more about the history of fashion and the people who come from it. I'm more motivated to actually sit and read and not just look at the pictures. This is an example of why the history of fashion is not meaningless. She is not just a historical figure of art and fashion, she is a historical figure.
Dorian Leigh- 1952.
Evelyn Tripp- 1950.
Suzy Parker- 1950.
Mary Jane Russell in Harpers Bazaar, 1950.
*Visit the following links to read more about Genevieve Naylor and to see more of her photographs.*
...Today is all about fashion and style...
1. A guest post from Helen of Golf Blog- I was a little hesitant at first because I couldn't imagine how a blogger whose blog is about golf, could contribute to a blog that covers the subjects this one does. It's not that I have anything against Golf lovers, it just didn't seem like it would be the proper fit.
Skylar has pretty much everything but the kitchen sink, and I do enjoy sports and sports stars. Many of them have become a big part of the "Hollywood" and "Fashion" scene. Maria Sharapova, Danika Patrick...GORGEOUS!!! With a body like Miss Sharapova's you can pretty much wear anything and look fabulous. Ohh, and I do love me some Football studs. Eli or Peyton Manning, AJ Hawk, there are plenty of hotties and girl crushes in sports to pay tribute to. I would say though, that most of the subjects pretty much mesh together. Well, I guess you could say I underestimated the blogger, the post turned out to be very fitting.
Helen has her own ideas that maybe not everyone will consider "in" style, but I always love a different point of view. Having a golf blogger write about fashion makes it interesting I think. I don't know that I could guest post on her blog, because I don't know a thing about the sport and it's not my fave to watch either. It's kind of like watching paint dry, if you ask me. "A.D.D." and Golf don't really mix. I do enjoy a little "Adventure Golf" occasionally.
Helen's post is about re-purposing fashion which is somewhat necessary in this Economy. If you are struggling and don't have the means to go out and buy all the latest trends, the article will give you ideas on how to make the old trends new again.
2. Genevieve Naylor- the photojournalist responsible for the picture in this post. Naylor was the first women to be hired by the Associated press and was a big deal in fashion in the 1940's.
3. Giovanelli-Sciarra- the designer of the Gown featured in the photo above.
4. More about re-purposing garments- garments that are so 2 or more seasons ago. In this Economy, ya gotta make do with what you got.
5. Getting Layered Up for Fall- chic and affordable ideas for Autumn, that will keep you nice and toasty and lookin' like a million bucks.
6. Fashion Icons- Twiggy, Linda Evangelista, Victoria Beckham and Kate Middleton.
7. Star Style
8. Hottie of The Day
9. Girl Crush
.....and so much more.
Enjoy your Fashion and Style Wednesday!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The season finale was just as suspenseful and exciting as I expected and of course they just had to leave us hanging. I was aware they would not be revealing who "A" was, but there are so many things going on with the whole plot, it has left me very confused. I actually thought I had it all figured out up until the very end, I was so wrong. I have absolutely no clue what the heck is going on. It was really good though and I hate having to wait for the next season.
I'm new to the show so I'm not sure how the seasons run. I don't know if it's just a summer show or if it will be back in the fall or winter. I hope I won't have to wait until next summer, it would be wrong to leave me hanging that long. If this is the case I will wait patiently though, it will be worth it I'm sure.
I really tried to fit all of the hotties and girl crushes into this tribute, but there is just not enough time in the day. So, I have decided to continue the tribute, you can expect to see more "PPL" next Tuesday even though the show is on hiatus. I am saving all the best hotties and girl crushes for last, just in case you were wondering.
Tomorrow is all about Fashion and Style and I will be getting back to the "All My Children" tribute. Thank you all for reading, I had a lot of fun with this one today, I hope you enjoyed it also.
I think all of us Pretty Little Liars fans can agree that the fashion on this show is fabulous. The wardrobe styling is unbelievable, it makes me want to be a school girl again. Of course if I did have the chance to be a teenager again and could go back to high school I would want to do it now because the fashion is so much better and so much more diverse. Aside from their adorable outfits, I have also taken notice of their lovely Manicures. The colors used on their nails are so pretty and I've also seen some vibrant and funky things done to them. Nail Art has become such a big thing lately, I'm quite infatuated with it.
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If you are a Hanna girl go for pretty Reds and bright Pinks.
If you are more like Aria you will want to go for dramatic dark tones or you could try a pretty pastel polish.
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Emily seems to be mostly into the metallics, but I have also seen her in some very pretty blues.
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This is a very pretty cover, don't get me wrong, I like it. Honestly though, I can't say that I love it. It doesn't really look like her. I think she's much prettier than this. Not my favorite picture of the gorgeous Miss Benson.
Whether it is one of my Soaps or a show like "PPL" I am always entertained by the bitchy characters most. Not that I am a violent person or would ever harm a soul, on the show Hanna's friend Mona is so two-faced and bitchy she kind of makes me want to slap her. That may sound harsh and I don't condone it, but I'm sure we can all relate. We have all dealt with a "Mona", at least I would assume I'm not the only one who has. I guess that makes Janel Parrish a good actress, she is very believable.
There seems to be a likeable side to the character though, I think she truly means well. She is adorable, there is no denying that and she would be fun to shop with. I think she's got great taste when it comes to fashion. This is definitely one of my favorite characters and I hope to get to see a lot more of her next season.
Besides "Pretty Little Liars" what else is Janel best known for?
Here is a Hint
What is this picture from?
Comment your answers.
When I first started watching the show I didn't really find Toby Cavanaugh played by Keegan Allen to be all that attractive. He has such odd features and he is so different, but there is this mysterious vibe about him that will draw you in and make you fall in love. It's all about the eyes when it comes to this "PPL" hottie, they are so mesmerizing, they will seriously melt your heart. Once you get to know this character you will find that he is very caring and sweet, especially toward his girl, Spencer Hastings.
More hotties to come...hope you are enjoying the "eye candy".