Happy Birthday, Audrey! {Glamour Shot of the Day}

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Apparently Audrey Hepburn had the good sense to be born on Star Wars Day.  So, for today’s Glamour Shot of the Day, we get a “twofer.” Although, if we’re going to get technical, nobody knew about The Force back in 1929 when she was born.  Anyway, happy birthday, Audrey!  May the Fourth be with you.

Today’s shot is courtesy of Sophia on Flickr.com who tells us

Audrey Hepburn photographed by Norman Parkinson at “La Vigna” (a charming villa outside Rome, rented by Audrey and her husband Mel Ferrer) for the American Vogue, during a break in the filming of “War and Peace”, in August 1955.

Audrey was wearing:

Cocktail dress: Givenchy (specially for an afternoon cocktail: sleeveless, of grosgrain in a shade of light pink with some white stripes, detail of buttons of resin in the front, skirt with pleats starting from the hip line, length below the knees, liner of light pink silk, of his collection for the Spring/Summer of 1955).

Pearl bracelet: Van Cleef & Arpels.

Gloves: Crescendoe.

Notes: Her hairstyle was done by Grazia De Rossi and her makeup by Alberto De Rossi (Grazia’s husband).

Image and info from Eduardo!

I want to point out that the pleats of the skirt of the dress add some width to her famously waif-like figure but the bell-shape of the skirt and the lines of the panels create clean lines that create a symmetrical look that please the eye.

The Fourth was definitely with this one!

Jonathan Logan {Glamour Shot of the Day}

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Jonathan Logan advertisement courtesy of My Vintage Vogue on Flickr

This Jonathan Logan dress was designed by Jeanne Carr in 1958.  According to the Vintage Fashion Guild, Jonathan Logan fashions were geared for younger women who preferred classic, dressy clothing. The company was founded in 1944 by David Schwartz.  In the late 1950s, Jeanne Carr took over as designer and by 1966, Jonathan Logan was one of the largest ready-to-wear companies in the United States.

Pygmalion {Saturday Night at the Movies}

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Before there was 50 Shades of Grey, there was Pygmalion.  In the original Greek myth (and I’m kind of paraphrasing here), Pygmalion was a sculptor who created a beautiful woman out of ivory and promptly fell in love with the sculpture (if that doesn’t out-kink Christian Grey, I don’t know what will!).  Aphrodite took pity on the dude and brought the ivory sculpture to life and they lived happily ever after. 

Well, of course, the idea of a man creating the perfect woman caught on like hotcakes and there were various versions of it over the years.  The modern era’s most famous version of the story is the musical My Fair Lady, starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.  What a lot of people don’t know, based on comments I’ve read, is that the musical was based on Pygmalion, a play by George Bernard Shaw that was first publicly performed in 1913.

Fortunately for the Glam Pack, the 1938 film of Pygmalion, starring Leslie Howard as the arrogant language professor Henry Higgins and Wendy Hiller as Eliza Doolittle the “guttersnipe” flower girl who is the subject of a bet as to whether he can pass her off as a duchess or not, is in the public domain and free for us to watch during our Saturday Night at the Movies!

 You can watch Pygmalion on YouTube here if the player doesn’t work

 or download Pygmalion from the Internet Archive.

Pygmalion movie poster courtesy of Empire1000 on Photobucket.

May Flowers Then and Now {Friday Find}

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Do you remember the children’s saying, “April showers bring May flowers?”  This seems to be more true this year than in the past few years.  At least when it comes to fashion, that is.  Today is May Day and clothing stores seem to be filled with retro-inspired feminine flowers.

A year ago, I confessed that I don’t wear vintage clothes.  Instead, I prefer vintage inspired clothing.  So, when I saw the Talbots dress (#3, above) in the catalog, it reminded me of the dress from a 1957 Ladies Home Journal (#1, above) and a Florigene dress (#2, above) that had recently been showing up in my Pinterest feed.  But if you like the Talbots dress, you better hurry, they didn’t have my size and then, while I was taking a quick break at work, I saw that my size was in stock again, but by the time I got home, my size was gone again.

I’ve seen this dress in person at my local Talbots and it is an ideal dress for those of us that need to look professional yet captures the essence of the two vintage dresses perfectly.

Chicken Finale {Vintage Recipe}

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I first posted this updated vintage recipe for Chicken Finale in the summer of 2008.  At the time, I had bought four whole chickens because they were on sale for buy one, get one free.  You see, I had the realization that smart mid-century (as well as modern) homemakers would cook a chicken and then use the leftovers in other dishes the rest of the week and I went a little bonkers cooking chickens so I could have the leftovers.

But you don’t have to cook an entire chicken to enjoy this casserole.  Just take advantage of what is on sale to make your favorite chicken dish with enough to have leftovers to use in this very filling and budget stretching dish.

The original recipe is from a 1958 Good Housekeeping cookbook that was only 39¢ when it was new. It called for green pepper, which I didn’t have, and butter or margarine, which The Mister was cutting down on. So, I looked in the fridge for “typical casserole ingredients” and came up with this adaptation.  We liked it so we stuck with it.

If you like tuna casserole, you will like Chicken Finale, too!

Note: This recipe was originally posted on July 11, 2008.  I am reposting it to take advantage of modern blogging and digital recipe card technology.

Chicken Finale
Serves 4
Use up leftover chicken in this tasty and filling vintage recipe for Chicken Finale casserole.
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  1. 2 cups noodles
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 cup frozen peas and onions — thawed
  4. 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  5. 1 can cream of chicken soup — undiluted
  6. 1 cup cooked chicken
  7. 1 cup fried onions (canned)
  8. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.
  3. In oil in skillet, sauté mushrooms, peas, and onions, until mushrooms are tender; add soup, chicken, and noodles.
  4. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Pour into casserole dish.
  6. Mix fried onions and Parmesan cheese together. Sprinkle over casserole.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes until the topping is crispy and the desired shade of brown.
  1. If you can't find peas and onions in one package, substitute 1 cup of peas and 1/2 cup of pearl onions.
Adapted from Good Housekeeping Poultry and Game Cookbook, 1958
Adapted from Good Housekeeping Poultry and Game Cookbook, 1958
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