Brace yourself. Halloween pictures will rule your social media timeline the coming week. And in this case you can blame me. However, you may just blame me for some good old vintage entertainment or for that cool, original Halloween look. October is ending, the nights are getting colder and everyone who celebrates Halloween is looking for some fabulous and scary Halloween outfits. If you’re looking for some inspiration, look back. And I mean look way back in history. Get inspired by these vintage Halloween pictures. Oh and pay attention. We go back and forth from nice vintage Halloween pictures, to pictures that are 10 times scarier than nowadays Halloween fashion. Happy (vintage) Halloween!
Spying on me?
via Allison Marchant – flickr.com
Shadow gone wild
via Jhayne – flickr.com
I believe I can fly… I believe I can touch the sky
Homemade spices are always the best right? Same goes for homemade spicy food for thought. If you’ve read some articles from this category, you know that between the “chocolate” fashion, lifestyle and vintage humor items I regularly like a “deeper thoughts” meal.
Every now and then I get an inspirational brain flash that I like to share with you. You may have seen some of my own inspiration quotes on my facebook page. Here is a compilation of my brain flashes from the last few months. Feel free to apply them in your own life.
After the flower power and wide flare 1970s, it’s time for the second-last episode of the retro fashion series: back to the 1980s!
The red line of the 1980s was: “More is More”, but please No More DISCO. Big hair, more make-up, more color, more color with more make-up and even bigger hair. Anything was possible! It didn’t start out like that though. We started the 1980s quite neutral with colors like brown and tan. Probably because everyone had to catch their breath from the previous dazzling and headspinning Disco years.
There was a little revival of the 1940s in the beginning of the 1980s. You saw slightly high waistlines featuring blousons and padded shoulders. Velvet material was also extremely popular. Lace got a more robust look and feel, because it was often combined with for example leather. And then there was MTV. Remember the good old days when MTV was actually only about music? This channel had its influence in more than one way. When it comes to fashion, the youth suddenly saw their role models in the most trendy outfits. As you can understand, when “video killed the radiostar”, dressing like the popstar was born. Especially during the mid-1980s when stars like Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson had a huge influence on teenagers. White gloves, sunglasses, leather jacket and BAM…get ready for a (moon)walk in the streets.
More than ever, accessories were important to finish your look. Remember hoops? No not hula hoops. I mean those large, round earrings that were a musthave to “dress” your ears. Same goes for bangles and other large and eyecatching jewelry. When I talk about eyecatching, over-the-top hairstyles need to be included. Especially in the second half of the era. Colouring your hair in every color of the rainbow and “go wild” was pretty common back then. Hairstyles of women AND men were bigger than any other decade. Rock and punk music of the late 1980s also had its influence on hairstyles: the new age style was born. For those spikes on top of your head, you needed a lot of hair glue… When it comes to beauty, the motto was: the heavier the make-up, the better the look. So women wore heavy eyeliner, heavier blush and to finish the look: intense lipstick. That popular “pure” nude look of nowadays was not even seen at the horizon of the late 1980s.
Today is my official growing-older day! But as you know: old is gold, so I am becoming vintage by the year (and so are you). When you are thinking about your birthday some random thoughts may arise. From: “My birth month was probably the greatest month to be born in” to the obvious: “Greatest day of the year”. A step further is thinking a bit more serious about the actual events that happened the day you were born. For example: What song was on the #1 position in the hit charts.
I did some research and these were the songs that were on the #1 position on my birthday:
1) US (via Billboard):
Huey Lewis and the News – Stuck with you
2) UK ( via UK Single charts):
The Communards – Don’t leave me this way
3) Dutch Charts (via Michajans.nl):
Bruce Hornsby & the Range – The way it is
So the first one is definitely not my favorite song in history. As much as I love cheese, I don’t like cheesy songs. On the other hand everyone (in my family) was ofcourse happy to be stuck with me since September 25th, so we can take that one literally. And well…I can live with number 2 and 3. These are classics that I hear on the radio, especially at the end of the year when all the lovely Best-Songs-Of-All-Time charts come along. So, that was a piece of my official music chart history.
Snapshot before the show
Yesterday it was time to go crazy while kicking off the weekend. Forever Crazy at Crazy Horse Paris to be precise. “Crazy Horse, is that a horse show?” Oh no, far from that…So wipe those War Horse images away.
Time for some Crazy Horse Paris history in a nutshell. In 1951, the original concept Le Crazy Horse was established by Alain Bernardin. He was an artist and great admirer of women. Stimulated by his admiration, he created an innovative concept: an artistic cabaret around women and design. And so it occurred. Alain developed an artistic cabaret: An ode to femininity with the body of female performers in the picture, mostly dressed in digital lightning projections and accompanied by the latest fashion and music influences. Et voilà…Le Crazy Horse was born. Since 2006 this concept has been taken to a higher level by inviting popular guests to perfom in the show. For example the Queen of Burlesque, Dita von Teese, appeared in the show. Since design plays an important role, popular designers have also been invited to design for the show. Just think about heels and Christian Louboutin and you’ll get the picture!
Back to 2014 and The Netherlands. Yesterday was the first Crazy Horse Paris cabaret ever at Luxor Theater, Rotterdam in The Netherlands. I was very curious about this Parisian cabaret, so together with a friend I decided to have a taste of Crazy Horse Paris. While we were entering the showroom of the Crazy Horse show, I immediately got luxurious Paris nightclub vibes. There was a decor of red chairs with little black tables, golden decoration, nightblue darkness, sparkling attributes and ofcourse: champagne!