Songs of the week: Lovely Old Hollywood music flava

August 30, 2014 | Golden oldies | 0 comments

You know those songs that you heard for the first time and are on your repeat button ever since? That list will be growing today. It’s been a while, but finally it’s time for another episode of “Songs of the week”. In previous episodes, I have showed you some of my favorite jazz, soul and funk songs. Today I want to shine some light on some lovely Old Hollywood music masterpieces of the golden era. The songs below are on my Youtube repeat button since the first time I discovered them during my Old Hollywood movie nights.

Why?

Well first of all you will see that some of the songs are mimed and not really sung by the actresses mentioned below. Still I believe that they “own” the song, because of their acting, appearance and charisma. Besides that, these songs are pretty good! The writing of this post was actually delayed because of me, selecting the songs and hitting on the Youtube repeat button again… Well it’s time to think outside the 2014 music box. So forget about your VMA’s favorites of this year and listen to the songs below. Also the movies are definitely worth watching. Enjoy this musical Saturday!

 

Put. The. Blame. On. Mame.
Rita Hayworth as Gilda singing “Put the blame on Mame” (sung by Anita Kert Ellis) | 1946

 

A lovely serenade. By a woman.
Audrey Hepburn as Holly singing “Moonlight”. From the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s | 1964

 

“How I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day…”. Still accurate!
Elvis Presley as Lucky Jackson singing the title song of the movie Viva Las Vegas | 1964

 


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Vintage humor education

August 24, 2014 | A laugh a day, Retro life | 1 comment

If you follow my facebook page closely you know that vintage humor pictures have a special place in my heart. The concept is very easy: take some typical vintage pictures and add a hilarious, yet straight-to-the-point caption which is related to the Here and Now or things that haven’t changed at all. Mix it together with a little photoshop and BAMMM instant entertainment guaranteed.

Vintage hilarity makes the (internet) world go round.

If you are unaware of this hype, don’t worry. This evening I am educating you in the vintage humor department. I bet you can relate to at least three of them. And if you have the same humor as me you will either be chuckling, laughing out loud or trying to keep a poker face while wanting to chuckle, because you are reading this in public.

Enjoy!

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Vintage fashion: The flower power and wide flare 1970s

August 17, 2014 | Vintage Fashion | 3 comments

There we are again with the seventh episode of the retro fashion serie: the flower power 1970s. When you think about the 1970s what comes to mind? I immediately think about freedom, hippies, men with long hair, wide pants, platform boots and ofcourse DISCO.

The 1970s era was once again an era of revolution. It all started in 1969. Remember that I talked about Mods in my retro fashion 1960s article? Well in the 1970s Mods and hippies kind of blended together. The 1970s were once again an era of very bright and vibrant colors and short dresses. The hippie style of the late 1960s inspired the popular boho look. So we went from short skirts, to long loose maxi dresses and tunics made of natural materials. The men version of the boho look included bright colored shirts with flower patterns. It was also time to loosen up. Literally, because flared pants were getting wider and wider. Until it peaked into the bell bottom pants, from the mid-1970s until then end of the 1970s. Men, women…everyone wore them.

Besides the boho dresses, the magic word for the 1970s era, was: suit up. Jumpsuits, leisure suits, pant suits..any suit you like. For men and women. For women also knitted pullovers became popular. And we still like those in the winter… Hats and gloves were so not 1970s, which is a big difference if we compare it to fashion of the 1940s-1960s era.

When  it comes to party outfits the motto was: “More is More”. In this case it couldn’t get too shiny or shimmery when you were dancing the night away at your local discotheque. Another interesting development: hair became long and natural for men and women, especially from the mid-1970s until 1979.

Actually there is an interesting red line here. As you can read above a lot of fashion trends applied to both men and women. Fashion for men and women was kind of equal, which was a huge revolution compared to the previous eras. They both adored the bell bottom pants look. And they both wore platform heels. Yes, that’s correct: men wore heels again…:

Try to buy the platform heels on the left for a man nowadays

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No skinny jeans ahead for the following 30 years | Australian Women’s Weekly, 1975

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D.I.S.C.O…. | late 1970s

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Old Hollywood movie trailers seduction


Movie trailers: where would we be without them.

They seduce you to go the theater (or spend time behind your laptop) and leave you with satisfaction, because you liked the full movie and not just the 3 minutes trailer that you’ve watched before.

Or…

They seduce you to go to the theater while afterwards leave you wondering why you did not spend your money on…oriental spices and some chocolate for example, because the trailer included the best moments of the movie.

One way or another trailers have always been an important promotion channel. Nowadays for the amazing special effects and in the old days for that good old Hollywood glamour. Today I am showing some movie trailers of a few “mustsee” Old Hollywood movies. Keep in mind that ofcourse in those days laptops, tablets and watching movies online were soooo not 20th century. Oh and another thing: don’t let the black and white pixels scare you. The world is not always black and white, but some of the greatest Old Hollywood movies are. Enjoy!

 

Gilda | 1946 (also read my review)

 

Some Like It Hot | 1959

 

Bonnie and Clyde | 1967


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Newsflash: Oriental Spice and some Chocolate is back!

August 12, 2014 | Newsflash | 0 comments

Hi all!

Guess who’s back
Back again
with a restyled website
show your friends

As you can see Oriental Spice and some Chocolate is back in the blog-o-sphere after a short break. A little bit of restyling, but still with the same spicy and chocolate ingredients! My old weblog http://orientalspiceandsomechocolate.blogspot.com will be deleted after a short period. So if you want to follow me: Keep this website in your favorites! Or follow me via social media.

Share and enjoy the (vintage and retro) inspiration!


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