Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Warm regards,

Martha B.


StyleFile #26: The Hat Scene Of 1968

In the late 1960’s teen-age idols like Francoise Hardy, Mia Farrow, and Geraldine Chaplin were shaking up the fashion world by wearing hats- not just any hats, but men’s hats- derbies, caps and ten gallons. These photographs from a 1968 Look Magazine claim that “like the popular mini-skirts, hats are making their way up the fashion ladder.”


A wide-brimmed felt hat by Halston is worn by Penelope Tree. Her white linen sashed dress designed by Stan Herman sold for $45.


Reading the current “Police Gazette”was Prue Hooper looking rather Chaplinesque in her straw derby hat by Halston, Mister Pants suit, and a polka-dot tie from Tie City.


The model Murphy Damron talked with artist Peter Max while wearing her bright yellow felt derby from Mary Quant.


Designer Diana Dew showed off a pair of striped pants of reflecting orange and gray that sold for $25. Check out her felt cowboy hat and jacket that have a light-up star. The motorcycle was a Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH.


Wearing an outfit of her own design- matching checked pants and cap, Suzi Murphy relaxes with her dog named “Broadway at 46th Street.” Behind her is co-owner of the Elaine restaurant, Donald Ward.


Under a Bergdorf purple wool crepe cap worn to one side is Penelope Tree.

Snazzy Suits For Men-1967

In the summer of 1967, fashion designer John Weitz encouraged men to buy suits- not navy blue or gray- that wouldn’t do! He promoted suits in high visibility colors and patterns using his pitch- “Brother, look at the peacock! Men will love them.” American men, or at least their wives!, listened to this German-born designer. They bought not only suits, but his newly licensed socks, ties, and cologne.


Cocktail time at the Weitz home. John is on the right wearing the blue suit with red dots.  In the foreground and at left are Worsham Rudd wearing red and white checked suit with his reclining wife, actress Julia Meade. In the background Jerry Allen wears another Weitz suit in stripes.

(Photo- Look Magazine)

Wedding Flower Power

Flowers represent Spring. The fashion runways had plenty of them, but not just on clothing. Flowers, whether real or silk, adorned model’s heads. As you plan your wedding, consider wearing flowers in your hair.


I love the look of dahlias, english Ivy, and curly willow on this bride’s head. Notice her eyeshadow picks up the flower color.


This bride wears hydrangea and fiddle heads.


Here is a floral headpiece of fresh white roses and hydrangeas- created by milliner Steven Jones.


Hair is swept up in a loose bun with some beautiful oversized silk roses. Very striking!


Roses tucked in by the ear and the neck line-from Organic Bouquet.


Here’s a cluster of large roses with a traditional bridal veil.


I thought this was a pretty idea- matching the flowers to the dress.


Crimping adds texture to hair and shows off the velvet texture of pink roses.


These two white peonies look stunning against dark hair.


Three real orchids are placed near the hair line while the model’s hair is left long and natural.

Related Nibs post-

I Love The Flower Girl

(Photos- Weddings UK, The Knot, Vogue, J.Crew, Free People, Allure)

StyleFile #25: Trunks And Suitcases

I absolutely love vintage trunks and suitcases. I find they are not only terrific for storage, but are great complements to any decor.


Trunks like this one can fit in a tight space and display an assortment of personal collectibles.


Although nothing new, a trunk still makes a great coffee table.


A leather trunk can take the place of a side table and…


…so can a stack of vintage suitcases!


A decoupaged trunk continues the romantic feel of this girl’s bedroom.


This decidedly more masculine bedroom has a great antique leather trunk at the foot of the bed.


Built-in closets leave an exposed area on top where the owner has stored numerous trunks and suitcases.


This bedroom uses a niche for a fun collection of trunks and suitcases.

(Photos-  British Easy Living, House Beautiful, American Homestyle, Better Homes and Gardens, House and Garden, Elle Decor, Inside Out)

A Different Kind Of List

I make lists for all kinds of things- groceries, library books to borrow or return before a fee is incurred, phone calls to make, cards to send, or gifts to buy. Then I came across a very different kind of list. This one was written by a woman dying of cancer. When I first read it, I couldn’t help but see myself and all the fuss I make over trivialities. This woman’s cancer gave her clarity of mind for what really matters. Here’s her list.


“If I had my life to live over…

...I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for a day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten popcorn in the ‘good’ living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire there.

...I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

…I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

…I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been done.

…I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.

…I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.”

(From: British Easy Living Magazine, February 2008. Photo of rose petals- Curtis B.)