The glitz, glamour and sophistication of Old Hollywood has always mesmerized me. I think it began early on when I learned that my Grandmother Mary, lovingly referred to as "Mamie", had a contract as an actress and singer with MGM studios. An old black and white photo of her along with the iconic Harpo Marx is among the many treasured memorabilia of her early performing years. I still remember being a little girl in pigtails staring at her old studio head shots and dreaming of what life would have been like back in her day. An entertainer for the USO, Mamie traveled the world singing and performing for the troops at the close of WWII. The Mamie I knew was the mother of 12 children and the grandmother to myself and nearly 50 others. No exaggeration. Mamie very much encapsulated the Of Beauty and Grace ethos, as she cared for my Grandfather in his 20 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. So inspiring. Though far removed from the young starlet I saw in her photos, Mamie's deep blue-gray eyes would quickly light up when I would ask her about that golden era of film she was so privileged to participate in.
Today's look, while modern with its graphic black and white stripes, leather jacket, and ankle booties still pays homage to my beloved Mamie and the Old Hollywood of her youth with the finishing touches of a vintage structured bag and retro Parisian inspired hair style. Check out my beautiful Grandmother on the far right.
Add a touch of charm to your look this week by curling your hair in soft 40's waves, or by pulling it up in a feminine french roll as I did. Click HERE for instructions on how to get this french roll. A structured bag, kitten heels, or red lip are forever classics that can also be a new school way to incorporate just the right amount of glamour to any look. Hope you have an amazing week!
XOXO - V
Jacket: Old Zara. Similar HERE. Skirt: Zara Striped Pencil Skirt. On Sale for just $16. Tank: Nordstrom "Trouve Mixed Media Split Back Shell". Boots: Old Aldo. Similar HERE. Sunglasses: Nordstrom "Langham 49mm". Photography by Rod Foster. Hair and make up by Mariah Jones for Beauty and the Beach.