Vintage Muse Modern Views: Red, White, and Blue

vintage independence day

Vintage Harper’s Bazaar cover || How come major mag’s don’t have these fantastic illustrations on their covers anymore? Graphic designers are so much more impressive than a celebrity’s face photo-shopped and professionally coiffed to perfection

1. Amaryllis Crochet Dress || keepin’ the 4th classy

2. Bow to Stern Scarf in Navy || around your neck or on your head

3. Polk Dot Bandeau || bandeaued bosoms: very Independence Day I’d say

4.  Ona: The Chelsea Bag|| you didn’t know that was a fully functional, compartmentalized camera bag did you? Yep. that’s the whole point.

– <3 A.

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Reel Women: Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

please don't eat the daisies

1. wallis white blouse | 2. polka dot scarf | 3. charlotte street yellow kate spade  | 4. alice and olivia 5 pocket skinny jean | 5. darby printed loafers | doris day image via dorisday.net

In the 1960 movie version of the novel, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Doris Day is a rather frustrated housewife whose once family-guy husband is quickly becoming an aloof, career man when his drama-critic job suddenly blossoms. While the now famous James Mckay (David Niven) is being seduced by actresses, celebrated at fancy cocktail parties, and heralded at posh, New York clubs, his wife Kay (Doris Day) charges ahead with their former dream of moving to the country to give their four boys a better life than stuck-in-an-apartment, city-life.

Of course, because it’s a Doris Day movie, though she has four children, a huge fluffy dog, is fixing up a run-down country house with her mother-in-law, trying to win her husband back, volunteering to sing/dance in a country show to raise money for the school…she always looks perfect. Ridiculous? yes. Unrealistic? of course. But do we love it? YES. Seeing reality reflected in films, tv, and magazines is a new phenomenon that I don’t really understand. I see reality 22 hours of the day, everyday, for the two hours I might set aside for a movie, I want somethin’ fantastically unrealistic. No one looks up to reality or strives for reality. Reality just happens. Doris Day? There’s something wonderfully unreal about her and that’s something to dress up for.

– <3 A.