Thursday, February 25, 2016

Baby Blue Blonde

Tara wears Cara, a fifties frock with a stunning, starlet, silhouette made of an icy powder blue hue, from our lovely sponsor, The Pretty Dress Company. There's something about powder blue and gold, that evokes the opulence and sophistication of Marie Antoinette, and her boudoir, as well as the blonde bombshells of the 1950s. As you've seen by our post about the Max Factor Room, these two shades were meant to be together! 

The marriage of these colors is a favorite of mine, as I styled different shades of my favorite hue into a 1950's bombshell ensemble... 

Jayne Mansfield in baby blue
I'm careful about over accessorizing, but a few delicate statement pieces came together in harmony for this classic, baby blue look. This dress checks all my boxes, with its perfect shade, below knee cut, as well as its bust detail and neckline. The fabric is a soft stretchy crepe, which is prefect, and breathable, for a nice Sunday in Spring. To complete the look, I styled the Cara with our Betty's Boa in Blonde, and our Cinema Celluloid in Midnight, which brought out the deep shades in my 1950's wool netted hat.

Diana Dors

Max Factor Blondes Only Room

Marilyn Monroe in Niagara 

Stay tuned as I bring in my pink counterpart for a double trouble, Dolly Sisters date, filled with our signature powder pink & powder blue!

<3 Tara

Monday, February 22, 2016

Winter Wonderland

As we come to a close in our winter season and welcome spring, some snow days are a nice way to relish in remembrance of the past year's magical season and winter wonderland, along with some majestic mountain views and pretty pines. California changes from palms to pines in just a short drive, and everything is not too far apart, if you're looking for a change of scenery. It was nice to get to throw on a gabardine suit, fur trimmed galoshes, and a heavy fur coat and gloves!

Idyllwild c. 1940's

Today, we ventured into the beautiful city of Idllywild, which is nestled in the San Jacinto mountains, set among tall pines, sweet smelling cedars, and legendary rocks. In the Golden Age, Idyllwild became a weekend tourist attraction for people in Southern California. It was also used for filming location, as Elvis filmed scenes for the 1961 film “Kid Galahad" in Idlywild. The town presented itself as an alpine village, and hotels and businesses had German names, but this practice ended during World War II.
Elvis during filming in Idyllwild
From the 1930's to the 1950's, Idyllwild was a center for the production of  a furniture style called "knotty pine furniture," which was a type of fine log furniture. The furniture is now collectible, and can be found in many Idyllwild houses and cabins. After some hot cocoa, and walking through the charming and nostalgic neighborhood, I was able to spot numerous cabins with unique original architecture, many with hearts carved into doors and fences.

Photos by Tom Stratton

My favorite, Marilyn in the Mountains

My outfit consisted of a vintage 1940's suit jacket, and a 1940's wool fishtail skirt. My jacket is a vintage 1950's black swing coat by Marshall Field's (an old department store) and my shoes are 1940's galoshes (rain boots) that you slip over your high heels!  

Iconic Marilyn earrings from our sponsor Bow & Crossbones

Marilyn arriving to entertain the troops in Korea, 1954, dressed for the cold in some boots, still glamorous with her hoops

<3 Ashlyn

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pink Shores & Millie Moore

It's getting to be shorts season again here in California, and we couldn't be more excited to have paired up with Millie Moore of California to show off the gams with some added glamour, in some seriously glorious weather. A Sunday funday filled with sunnies, and shorts, was just what we needed for a pretty pink collar day of road-tripping, and relaxation in between.

Millie Moore of California has certainly won our hearts, with their nostalgic and novelty infused designs, keeping in mind true vintage, which is evident in their use of patterns, prints and fabrics. With similar ethos as us girls at The Pink Collar Life, Millie Moore also strives to capture the golden age glamour of bygone eras, and does so with great attention to detail, using actual vintage trends, and keeps true to bombshell sizing!

Designer Heather Moore is a true Pink Collar gal at heart, and we resonate with her on so many levels. This platinum pinup has a degree in fashion, and has worked for the best in the industry, including Betsey Johnson herself. Also a California native, Heather embraces the California lifestyle and the history that it holds, and especially enjoys the art of historic costume. A true dreamer, living the Pink Collar Life, Heather followed her artistic dreams, creating her own line of vintage inspired clothing, leaving the corporate world behind. What a gal!

Pink Collar house, built in 1902

Whether we're by the Coast of Catalina or pink porches of country cottages, we are always viewing the world through rose colored lenses. Today, we were inspired by our particular favorite decade - 1940s. Thanks to Millie Moore, we were able to feel like our lady, Lana Turner with a fun, yet fancy look, perfect for some sparkling pink shores, or Catalina cruising. 

The perfect combo when paired with some 1940s platforms (and a very vintage record box!)

Millie Moore's signature high waisted shorts are available in Coral, Navy, and Creamy White, perfect for any 1940s nautical look! of course, we stepped out in our signature shade, wearing Millie's beautifully colored coral.

Some fabulous forties summer shades

Just like a pair of playful pink shorts from the 40s, the cut is covered, yet extra cute and comfy in cotton! With all the right pleats in all the right places, these shorts are perfect as pie, accentuating the waist, and show just enough skin.

Millie's Bow Halter Top is a soft and supple buttery shade of silk, and sure to be our Spring and Summer staple. Bows are the most delicate and feminine design element, and the delicate bow on the bosom has us swooning for more! Luckily, Millie Moore has this beautiful blouse in Navy, and a flirty forties, floral print.

The wonderful thing about Millie's designs is the endless styling possibilities. With her staple pieces, you can create anything from a pretty Polynesian aesthetic, to a sweet sweater girl, or senorita summer look. 

Millie Moore's inspiration for the shorts - Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) <3 

We're always on the go, endlessly looking for inspiration & nostalgia, so stay tuned when we head out in our blue 50' Ford, and hit the road in some more Millie Moore! <3

x T & A x