Friday, April 8, 2011

we'll be back real soon

the non-blogging life has gotten in the way but any day now, we'll start posting several times a week with collectors and their collections, hip places to hunt for stuff, fab products retro and not, design ideas and the rest of it.

Friday, March 4, 2011

It's Dog Feet Friday. Meet Spanky

Spanky is an LA-born, 11 1/2 year old miniature long-haired dachshund currently living in Brooklyn. He's pictured here with his front legs hanging over the back of the sofa, where he can stare out the window and bark at the wind.
Spanky loves napping with his paws under the radiator, staring at the floor under the dining room table in case someone drops food while eating, and riding in the car sitting on a lap.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Flippin' For The Flip
Last month, while awaiting my delayed flight from West Palm Beach, Florida, back home into snowy NYC, I spotted this woman a few seats away from me. She was wearing an animal-print cardigan, slim black cigarette pants and little black cropped boots; she looked sleek and mysterious, like she'd stepped out of an episode of "Mission Impossible."

I was overcome by a desire to color my hair platinum, let some roots show, set my hair in foam rollers with apple green, chemically-scented Dippity-Do, and go about my day with a style that would hold in 95 mph winds. Instead, I'll just share some examples of that classic 60's hairstyle, The Flip.

Colleen Corby was a teen who graced the pages of magazines like Seventeen, Ingenue and Mademoiselle from the mid-60's through the 70's. In 2000, she appeared on Oprah, where the host told Corby that she'd been her favorite model when she was a young girl.

A pensive Lesley Gore, famous for singing "It's My Party (and I'll Cry If I Want To)." There was actually a follow-up to that song, "It's Judy's Turn To Cry (Now That Johnny's Come Back, To Me.)" With titles that gave away the entire point of the song, why did they even bother with lyrics?

Despite the recent attempt by a few designers to convince women to stuff themselves into jumpsuits, no one is ever going to be able to top the Flip-wearing Diana Rigg, here portraying Emma Peel from "The Avengers." Sans Spanx.

Marlo Thomas as Anne-Marie of "That Girl." She lived alone in Manhattan and had a boyfriend. That's all you needed to know.

A very young and lovely Mary Tyler Moore at the start of her stint as Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Perfectly fitting Capri pants, a completely flat stomach and a comedy-writer husband who loved her and thought she was funny. Something that still sounds good today.

Perhaps the most influential Flip-wearer of all; rumor had it Ken thought it was too trendy and wanted Barbie to change it to a Pageboy.

West Palm Wednesday is a weekly feature very remotely influenced by Florida style. Or something I thought about when I was in Florida.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


I've always assumed that most other young Jewish girls growing up in Queens in the 60's and 70's had the same professional goal as I did: to be a back-up singer for the Supremes. While other teenagers stood at the mirror, singing into their hairbrush, I stood before mine, practicing the all-important move of stretching my arm straight out in front of me, then twisting my hand at the wrist so that it eventually wound up held in the "stop" position. So imagine how thrilled I was when I visited the Music Experience Project in Seattle ( last summer, and found an exhibit of costumes the Supremes wore when performing.

In honor of the Grammy Awards, enjoy.

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's Dog Feet Friday

This will be a weekly feature because I love dogs, and I love their feet.

Today's photo was contributed by Allison Fishman, of the Wooden Spoon.
Kayla is a 13 year old German Shepherd mix. She lives in NJ and is engaged to Blue. They were set-up by Allison's future step-daughter. So, you older gals, don't lose hope; it's never too late to find love!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Blog For Digs-"My Childhood Bedroom Was..."

This post is all about my childhood bedroom and is written in honor of Blog For Digs, a blogging fundraiser started by Claudia Clobes of Stonehouse Love and Beth Doloto from Hello Splendor. It benefits Dwell With Dignity, a non-profit founded by Lisa Robison that brings inspiring design to families in need. So please, after reading, consider donating something and sharing your love of design with those less fortunate. We all know how the right environment can lift your spirits and give you the strength to go out and face the day.

Reality TV to the contrary, I don’t think the words “surprise” and “redecorate” belong in the same sentence together, but the Saturday before my 8th birthday, they did. My mother sent me out into the cold February weather, and over to play with the three girls who lived next door to us. Their doctor parents allowed us to magic-marker up their Patty PlayPal doll for fake surgery, while unbeknownst to me, back home, movers were installing an entire new room of furniture for me.
                                 Miss Patty Playpal

My mother made me close my eyes, and told me that my birthday gift was in my room. And was it ever. What had been a simple room with a flowery bedspread and white walls was now a riot of color. Olive green shag carpeting. The body of the furniture suite was turquoise-marbled Formica; the drawers were white Formica with a gold boomerang pattern, and V-shaped gold hardware. On the ceiling, a disc of white frosted glass with glittery stars. And then there was the wallpaper, which would eventually show up in my nightmares. Covered with huge turquoise poodles drawn in the popular sketchy “Parisian” style of the moment, there were also tiny butterflies and bugs cavorting among breezy, oversized flowers. For the next 5 years, until I was allowed to move upstairs to a bedroom vacated by my older brother, I stared down those enormous dogs with creepy snouts that made me think of dinosaurs.

   HGTV Home Heist-the color scheme was similar

  This was the pattern on the furniture drawer fronts, in gold!

 This was the color story Mom was going for and I think that the Jonathan Adler version rocks.

My mother doesn’t remember the where she got her decorating scheme, but I think that the Jetsons, Vogue Magazine, and some weird friend from the country club were involved.   Of course, today I’d die to have that retro turquoise desk, custom built to fit into a corner, and would probably frame that vintage poodle wallpaper if I could only find a sample.
 This sort of looks like the wallpaper that was in my bedroom, but not as creepy.

                               Dwell With Dignity

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mom, My Style Icon

My first vintage obsession was the 1941 issue of Life Magazine kept in our Queens, NY den. It featured a photo of my mom when she was 23. She'd won "Most Beautiful Body," in a contest held in the Catskill Mountains; Life was doing a story on the hotel singles scene. At the time, mom was the "girl singer" in her own band "Marsha King and The Three Bad Habits." (Her last name was Kaiser but she wanted something a little more stage-worthy.) When she married my dad, Mom gave up singing in East Village nightclubs and with famous Big Band leaders (she lost her biggest job to a then-unknown Dinah Shore.) My father didn't like having to wait (in the car) for his wife to finish her gigs. It's amazing I ever got married, after hearing that story.

Mom's the one on the left. The woman in the middle won "Most Beautiful Face" and the one on the right grabbed Most Beautiful Costume, if you can imagine.