Brains and Beauty : the life and style of Hedy Lamarr

Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9th 1914, Hedy Lamar was best known for being “The World’s Most Beautiful Woman” and Hollywood Actress, but she also was an inventor whose pioneering technology would form the basis for today’s WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth systems. She’s proof that one can have brains and beauty so I’ve naturally become fascinated with her. Growing Up Born in Vienna, Austria to a well-to-do Jewish family Lamarr had plenty of attention from her father inspiring her to look at the world with curiosity. He would discuss with her machinery like printing presses and street cars …

Get the look: Rita Farr Style Inspiration

Hello kittens, I’ve not posted for a while. What with the site redesign, work and travelling I’ve not felt very inspired. But that doesn’t mean I’ve not been paying attention to learn about things I think you’ll find helpful when getting a vintage style into your everyday. We’ve been watching Doom Patrol recently, and I fell in love with Rita Farr. Rita is a silver screen movie goddess who has a mishap that changes her life forever. She still looks fabulous even when facing death which is why I love her so. So without further ado, here’s how you can …

Jackie – America’s style icon of the early 1960’s

At 31, she was the youngest First Lady since Frances Cleveland; and she was known for her love of arts and culture and as an international style icon. And with good reason. Today, we explore the life of Jackie Kennedy, and take some style tips from the stylish first lady that we all love. Jackie as a child Born in 1929 in New York, Jackie Bouvier attended George Washington University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and French after studying abroad for a year at the University of Grenoble and at the Sorobonne in Paris. A creative writer and …

Spring Style Inspiration

Hello lovelies, All of a sudden it seems that the world has awoken from its winter slumber and spring is here. And I love it! It’s always difficult for me to decide what to wear in Springtime, mainly because the threat of rain is always on the horizon here in the UK. I thought I would share some style inspiration for you all, to get everyone ready for a chic and stylish Spring. First up, I’m tackling the rain issue. I love the fact that these plastic raincoats are see through, so my wonderful outfit wouldn’t be covered. I’m not …

Key 1950’s style: Casual Chic

hello my lovelies, As summer is coming up, I decided to cover a casual chic look for my next Key 1950’s style. Think about Audrey Hepburn, who managed to look classy and stylish even when casually dressed for strolling around Europe. Many people think that 1950s style is being dressed up everyday, and always being preened to within an inch of your life. But that really isn’t the case. A casual chic look is easy to obtain and is perfect for everyday wear. Flat shoes, especially in a ballet slipper style would feature heavily and add to the simple look …

Learn Key Looks: The 1950’s Housewife

The 1950s housewife style With their sweet as candy day dresses, and perfectly coiffured hair these babes certainly knew how to welcome their husbands back home. Now, I know that these days many households have a different dynamic, with both partners working, but you can still channel the 1950’s housewife style into your daily look. I am not advocating that the repression of women comes back into style, but the choice to stay at home or go out to work is important these days. The style is what I am focusing on today. Clothing The most popular style of dress …

Bettie Page: Queen of Pin-Ups

Hello my beauties, Exciting times in the ohsodelightful universe. I have decided to focus this blog purely on Vintage and Tutorials. Do not fear if you come here for the recipes and food they will have their own space on the web pver at www.carnieandtheherb.com Now that the big announcement has been made, today’s post is up next. The focus will be on Bettie Page today, she is a great source of inspiration for many people, and is one of my big loves in the pin-up world. Bettie Page With her jet black hair, pale skin, blue eyes and trademark …

My first photoshoot experience, with pin-up photo shoot tips

Hello my beauties, If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know that back in November 2017 I finally had my first pin up photoshoot experience with Firefly Photography. I thought I would share my experience, and some of my top pin up photoshoot tips. I have always wanted to do this, and I thought I would share my whole experience with you all. I was lucky enough to be treated by a very good friend of mine, who also came along with me for moral support. This is a good idea, especially if it’s your first time. …

Key 1950s Style : Teddy Girls

Hello kittens, Last time we focused on Preppy Girls as my style focus. And this week I am taking a look at the other teenage subculture Teddy Girls. A cross between a flamboyant Edwardian Gent and the American Rock and Roll culture, they style on paper doesn’t work, but in reality it does. Considered to be the first female subculture for style and fashion, the Teddy Girls or Judies. Wearing the same drape jackets, rolled up jeans and flat shoes as their male counterparts, they inevitably added their own feminine flair with straw boaters, brooches and clutch bags and more …

Key 1950’s styles: Preppy

Hello my beauties, As I may have mentioned, I am starting to post a little more about vintage style, and where I get my inspiration from. Today we are going to touch on the Preppy style of clothing in the 1950’s and how you can get the look too. Think about the film Grease. Now I know that it was made in the 1980’s but it is set in the 1950’s so it counts. Sandy at the start embodies the Preppy style perfectly. Neat tidy hair, with pastel colours and full skirts she is sweet and innocent. These fresh faced …