alivemagdolene: (Green Faery)
This is one of those moments that has me tearing up for no goddamn good reason. Early film tends to do that to me.

alivemagdolene: (Happy Days)
Play this song all the way through and I dare you to be unhappy. Actually... no, but it's still a fabulous version of a fabulous song.

The fan video is clever, too.
alivemagdolene: (Legs)

From here:

Shrimpton Couture- Lulu’s #1 Pick

Shrimpton Couture won my #1 spot this year as well as last because of the quality of their website and photos, the beauty, quality and range of eras of their merchandise.

Shrimpton couture12
1920’s dress with pink sequins, pink and silver beads.
34” Chest, 36” Waist and 40” Hips
You can purchase this dress for $2,200- over at Shrimpton CoutureMore Gorgeous Things-- Come On, You Know You Wanna See... )

alivemagdolene: (The It Girl)
Being on something of a glamor bender (as opposed to a glamour-bender, which is something I'm always on), due in no small part to [ profile] meaculpa_g's influence and super fucking rad birthday package (!), I've been wandering through YouTube and have found some fabulous instructional videos, or rather, they found me. I was cruising through some of my favorite '2os links and these popped up alongside.

Notes: Back in the day, when I aped via make-up the style of Miss Bow, I never soaped or otherwise plastered down my eyebrows, partially why I ended up looking like Marilyn Monroe (with a dark wig) trapped in a Silent movie. I'm not sure if it would've helped, given how... resilient my eyebrows are (thick and dark), but this (an easier, cheaper version of Kevyn Aucoin's clever "tape" suggestion) makes me want to try it. Well, if I still did things that way.
Maybe it's better now since I realize make-up doesn't have to look the same all the time? I still can't believe I actually went to work at Marshall's (for those that don't know, Marshall's is a bargain basement department store that I somehow thought it was a good idea to work for) in my disgusting ghetta redneck urban sprawl nightmare suburb in make-up like this whilst my clothing looked like a punk hippie flapper explosion. I marvel at both my ingenuity and audacity to wear that stuff. Of course, the particularly cruel comments I received (in fairness, I did get some nice ones: a woman told me "You belong in an art opening New York City, not in this crummy lil' town.")in this kinda ended that, but still.

And rawr, our instructor is quite the looker, y/y? Of course, the accent is a big factor.

• Good historical background (relevant for doing period make-up)
• She may not use shapes as a reference, but she does give movement as to how to blend
• She does mention brand name products, but it can't really be called shilling since the items are fairly specific.
• She gives colors rather than just brand names, ALWAYS handy.
• Her advice works for both make-up artists as well as "self-appliers".
• Proper respect goes to La Bow.

• She doesn't have her hair pulled back, a must for make-up
• She doesn't mention cleansing or moisturizing, another must for make-up, particularly in heavy jobs like this one
• She rushes through several segments (the eyebrows especially need more tutorial)
• In doing foundation and concealer, you should always set it with the powder BEFORE you add anything else. Also, it's just easier to rid any "imperfections" like under eye circles BEFORE you start the fancy stuff.
• Finishing with powdering is a great way to fuck up the eye make-up you just worked so carefully on constructing.
• Since, as she notes, the '20s lip shape is as important as the eye, you should "erase" the lines of your lips FIRST (concealer) to give you a blank slate to work with.
• It's much smarter to apply lip liner under the lipstick rather than the other way around. Not only does it last longer (and is harder to smudge), it gives you a better control over the shape, something vital to this look. You can go back after you've done your lipstick to retouch and "clean up" with the lip liner and the concealer respectively.
• She doesn't mention anything about maintenance of this look. Even if you're wearing it just for a photoshoot, you need to know what to have on hand, what's especially smudgeable, et cetera.
• Anyone else not see "flapper" so much as "Courtney Love", particularly with the floppy hair?

Notes: Seeing as how I manage to have those rolling fingerwaves by my face (for the most part) even when my hair is long and my hair is naturally curly, I will never really need this video. However, the presentation is so charming and creative it's worth paying attention to.

• Come on, the fakey Silent film jump is adorable!
• As are the title cards, which are actually more than just creative, they make it easier to follow.
• She offers both tight and loose curls
• She emphasizes "DO NOT"s, save for that t-shirt (see below)
• She is working an opposite style into her hair (she has longish straight hair and is doing a short hairstyle with curls) with really nothing more than bobby pins

• We don't see any close-ups of her doing the pin curls-- typical for this type of video, but very necessary.
• Speaking of close-ups, we could've used one for the back.
• In a hair tutorial for style, never put "style as desired".
• Ack, can you imagine getting that t-shirt off to change into the '2os garb we see her in at the end? It's pretty safe to say the hairstyle would be significantly damaged.
• She could've been a little more specific about what kind of decorative clip works and what doesn't-- how heavy or how light, for example.

And in case you were wondering, yes I am going to have a ginormous braggy post soon of all the gorgeous, generous, and fabulous gifts I received for my birthday. Hopefully I'll have pictures of one of [ profile] frozendoll's gift, a muchly needed haircut!
alivemagdolene: (Legs)
Possibly my most beloved Cole Porter song (well, the most beloved Cole Porter song that doesn't have any dirty lyrics) has posed me a pleasant conundrum on a recent YouTube surf.

I have a special spot in my heart for the Irving Aaronson and his Commanders version (see at the end of Woody Allen's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)):

But then I hear the Irène Bordoni version...

Which version do you think is better, any fellow Jazz age geeks?

This is one of those songs I actually know by heart and think I can sing* and generally do if asked. I'm tellin' ya, my dream job is a Jazz age torch singer/cabaret parasite.

* "Sing" meaning "imitate version I've heard like a myna bird imitates a car alarm".
alivemagdolene: (Alice Fall Mirror)

EXQUISITE. Do not adjust your volume; it has no sound. Perhaps one of our talented vid makers can score it?
alivemagdolene: (Clara)
Singer Helen Kane, "The Boop-Oop-A-Doop Girl" girl of the '2os and '3os:

Betty Boop, whom creator Max Fleischer was taken to court by Kane over, whom Kane insisted was a "deliberate caricature" that produced "unfair competition" that exploited her personality and image. Max Fleischer and Paramount won the lawsuit.

Sheer balls, fellas, sheer balls.

And yes, I'm OF COURSE aware that Betty Boop was also based on another Paramount star, she who needs only be called "The IT Girl". But of the two, it's clear who bears the stronger resemblance.

ADDENDUM: Despite hearing Clara Bow both sing and speak, I've still wedded Helen Kane's and Mae Questel(the voice of the original Betty Boop)'s voice to her.
alivemagdolene: (Clara)

In one of the more amusing moments of late, my friend and former colleague Bri exclaimed "Did you catch Megan Fox on Conan? She's stolen your look! Pencil skirt and long dark curly hair!"

In my defense, I did not and do not wear my beloved pencil skirt with stilettos (don't own 'em). Also, my hair is not a weave.
I recommend not watching/listening to the video for very long. Megan Fox is... almost blisteringly obnoxious.

Eh, I've been "compared" to worse celebrities.

NOT SO FUN FACT: In The Sun's recent list of female sex symbols through the years, they had the utter audacity to list this twat alongside the original IT Girl, La Bow. WHAT THE FUCK. Fox wishes she was that talented and witty, not to mention genuine.
alivemagdolene: (The It Girl)
As part of the Fifty Books Challenge I'm reading a bio of Charles Addams, one of the geniuses of illustration (you didn't need me to tell you that). It's reminding me of all my favorites from The New Yorker that aren't Addams, some of which I've scanned. Essential book? The New Yorker Album of Drawings: 1925 to 1975. I'm thinking of trying one panel illustration, something I've never done before with my cartoons. It's easy to commit to, right?

I think my favorite of the pre-Addams period John Held Jr. This cartoon wasn't in The New Yorker, it was actually from The Cinema Primer book, some pages of which are in one of my movie books from the 'fifties that chronicled the history of film.


More... )


My own mother did not find the cartoon amusing when I printed it out and showed it to her. Everyone's a critic.
alivemagdolene: (Lulu)
Gorgeous video.

alivemagdolene: (Books are Magic)
More of the Fifty Books Challenge! Library request for the story of a legendary, bisexual (hep hep!), fascinating, and forgotten Silent star.

Navimova Cover

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alivemagdolene: (The It Girl)
I'm not usually a fan of fanvids (they're generally poorly edited, in no way in sync with the music, and I'm jealous I don't have the software), but this one was quite cute:

E.T.A: If I'm not mistaken, that car chase in from one of the most epic car chases in film history, from the great Girl Shy.
alivemagdolene: (Three Musicians)
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Da Rulez
1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.FREE MUSIC FTW )
alivemagdolene: (Artwork)
I found one of my old sketchbooks (OLD old) and for fun scanned the beejeezus out of it (omitting, of course, the requisite godawful teenage poetry, brimming with the lugubrious lucidity only such a medium has). After being reassured by my love [Bad username or site: @] that they weren't all godawful (she actually said they were wonderful but she's biased) I've opened them to the public via my art page or should you choose, my art MySpace.
A sneak preview, you ask? Cleverly assembled? WHY SURE!


That's right, if it existed in my brooding, 15/16-year-old mind and I felt the need to commit it to this particular sketchbook, it's (mostly) here!

Comments are love because I have an ongoing need for acceptance from anyone and everyone and I love you all.

And a note about my moods section: Yes, all my moods are Clara Bow. Yes, the current mood, "artistic", is actually Betty Boop. Why, you ask? Betty Boop was inspired by both Helen Kane and Clara Bow, among other Jazz Age personalities. Therefore, it can be argued that Betty Boop is an artistic rendering of Clara Bow. Also, she's damn cute.

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