Monday Inspiration | Les Femmes des Édouard Boubat

328d891b40e6e2c9fedeca956718dc1fToday’s Monday inspiration is the incredibly talented french photographer Édouard Boubat, and the ladies in his photographs. It’s easy to get lost in a romantic dreamland of 1940s and 1950s France when scrolling through his work. I can’t help but almost tear up at the touching moments between his subject and the way they’re experiencing the world around them. Boubat was called a “peace correspondent” by french poet Jacques Prévert, because his photographs tended to be uplifting.

Boubat was born in Paris and originally studied typography and graphic design. After going to the war, he made his first photograph in 1946. This photograph ended up winning the Kodak Prize the following year, which started his career as a photographer.

The ladies in his photographs are all so lovely. Feminine and comfortably dressed. Their curls, antique tops, long skirts, flowing dresses, polka dots, textured knits, and turtlenecks are all styles that are will forever influence my fall wardrobe (and well, honestly, just any season applicable). The last photograph is one of my all time favorites. I want that to be my life – foraging flowers in my wool skirt and long blazer with one of my best gal pals. Sigh.

Which lady is your favorite?

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Monday Muse | Evelyn Nesbit

Close your eyes and think of the most beautiful girl from the early 1900s. Chances are, you imagine a girl who looks just like our Monday Muse, Evelyn Nesbit. Nesbit is the most classic of classic beauties.

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Nesbit’s life contains every piece of a good story. There’s hardship, romance, a love triangle, scandal, and *gasp* murder! What else do you need?

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Evelyn Nesbit is believe to have been born on December 25, 1884 in Pennsylvania. Her actual year of birth is unknown, because her mother had added several years to her age to get around child labor laws. Nesbit grew up penniless. Her father passed suddenly when she was only eleven years old and left her, her brother, and her mother unable to support themselves and without a home. They watched their house and possessions get auctioned off to pay debts. Over time, Nesbit’s mother worked at a department store, where Evelyn was first discovered. A stranger asked if he could paint her, and she made a dollar for posing for five hours.

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When Nesbit’s mother moved her and her brother to New York City in June of 1900s, Evelyn’s career was started. She soon became one of the most wanted models of New York City. She was on the cover of Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and many other women’s magazines. She later became known as the “Gibson Girl” and “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing”.

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In 1901, when she was a Broadway girl, Evelyn met Stanford White. At the time he was 47 year old, and Evelyn was 16. One night Evelyn and her friend, Edna Goodrich, joined White to have lunch at his apartment. It is said to have been extremely extravagant. Within this rendezvous Evelyn had one glass of champagne, and the three innocently played a game where White pushed Evelyn on a red velvet swing as Goodrich held a parasol for Evelyn to shred with her foot. Several nights later, Evelyn and White were together in his apartment. Evelyn had many glasses of champagne to drink that night. The same room that had the velvet swing now had a green sofa and walls covered with mirrors. Her last memory of that night was that she changed into a yellow satin kimono. She woke up the next morning fully undressed in bed with White.

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The next year Evelyn met John Barrymore, “Jack” from The Wild Rose. A romance blossomed between the two of them, and Barrymore proposed to Evelyn. She did not accept the proposal. There is suspicion that later Evelyn had two abortions from a baby she would have had with Barrymore.  Barrymore was not the only person Evelyn had a relationship with, she also was seeing Harry Kendall Thaw. Throughout her relationship with these two, White still kept a presence in Evelyn’s life. After some time, Thaw wanted Evelyn to be his wife. Knowing his opinion about chastity, Evelyn told Thaw about the night she had with White. At that time she exposed every detail about her secret relationship with White and of that night.

Evelyn later married Harry Thaw. The scandal between Evelyn and White eventually lead to Thaw murdering Stanford White on stage during the finale of “I Could Love a Million Girls”. It was reported that right before Thaw shot White he proclaimed “You ruined my life!”, but others say he yelled, “You ruined my wife!”. The trial for this case became known as “The Trial of the Century”.

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Evelyn lived a long life. On top of everything she accomplished in the early 1900s, she had an eventful later life. She had a child, divorced Thaw, remarried, was a proprietor of a tearoom in Manhattan, and inherited a large amount of money from Thaw when he passed. Around World War II she moved to Los Angeles, where she taught ceramics and sculpting at the Grant Beach School of Arts and Crafts. At the age of 82 she died at a nursing home in Santa Monica, California.

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Classic Horror Scream Queens

It’s the month of cuddling up into bed and watching endless amounts of classic horror films. Women in horror films dates back to silent films, such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. In the spirit of October and all its spookiness, here are some of our favorite classic horror Scream Queens! Ladies from films that date from the early 1900s to the 1950s. We can’t get enough of their dreamy vintage glam and hair raising shrieks. ScreamQueenPost_JanetLeigh

Up first is our choice of the number one Classic Horror Scream Queen, Janet Leigh. We picked her because of her role in Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, big green eyes, and being the mother to our modern day Scream Queen, Jaime Lee Curtis.

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Our second choice is Fay Wray, who is known as one of the first Scream Queens. She played the female lead in one the first talking horror films King Kong produced and directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Throughout her career she appeared in many other horror films.

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And last but not least, our third, is Mae Clarke, known for her role as the bride of Dr. Frankenstein in James Whale’s Frankenstein. The scene in the film in which she scares off the Monster, played by Boris Karloff, by her screams has forever won her the title of a Scream Queen. Also, I can’t help but sigh every time I see the wedding gown and veil she wears.

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  1. Julie Adams, 2. Evelyn Ankers, 3. Barbara Steele, 4. Mary Philbin, 5. Jane Randolph

Because there were so many notable classic Queens, we had to include more than just three. Here are five more that won our hearts over.

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Adoring Grace Kelly on her 85th Birthday

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Today would have been vintage style icon Grace Kelly’s 85th birthday. I’ve always admired Grace Kelly’s pulled together collegiate style. I love wearing vintage 1950s shirt dresses but I don’t think I quite embody them the same way Grace Kelly did.

Now, I’ll be honest. I don’t really GET why a lot of women freak out over Grace Kelly (don’t throw tomatoes!) I think she has great style, but what else? There’s not much else known about her. She always appears cold and a bit of an ice queen to me. So distant. Perhaps that has something to do with her affluent Catholic upbringing?

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There are is a biography out there that paints the virginal Grace Kelly in a completely different light. Like she was known to sleep with men on first dates (remember, this is the 50s!), she had affairs with many men in Hollywood all much older than her, apparently because she had Daddy issues.

Now, I don’t know about you, but it just seems a little hard to believe. I mean, she just looks like the perfect image of politeness and properness. Doesn’t she?

And besides, I’d rather believe that she was kind and good but very reserved.

Happy 85th birthday Grace Kelly!

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If you would like to read more about Grace Kelly, the not so pristine side of things, there is an article here Scandalous Women: Grace Kelly – America’s Princess

All these images are from this Grace Kelly pinterest board (which has over 1,000 Grace Kelly photos…)

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I really adore the suit Grace Kelly wore during her 16 minute long civil wedding ceremony. Of course I always admire a woman who wears mostly neutral colors, and Grace Kelly loved her muted hues! But I do have to say, she looked absolutely stunning in red.

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As She Was | The truth is honey…

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It is of no secret how much I love vintage photographs. I think most vintage sellers share my love for old photos. We obviously like old things to begin with. It’s so much more than that though. It’s the story behind the photo. Or rather the mystery as to what the story is. I have a board on Pinterest entitled “As She Was” where I pin found vintage photos of women from the past. Sometimes they’re famous (you’ll definitely see many photos of Audrey Hepburn for example), but most of the time they are photos of women with no names. Just faces and a story that only very select few know or no one knows at all.

A beautiful group of WWII War Brides, 1943.

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“The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time.” – Ava Gardner

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