Friday, 23 October 2015

Ball Gown Game - The Answers

Here are the answers:

1. Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady

2. Scarlet O'Hara in Gone With The Wind

3. Emma Swan in Once Upon A Time

4. Ella in Cinderella

5. Christine Daae in Phantom Of The Opera

6. Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria

7. Giselle in Enchanted

8. Anne Shirley in Anne Of Green Gables


And the scores are:

Olivia.................160 points

Naomi Bennet....120 points

Miss March........120 points

Littlemissberlin....60 points

Thank you so much for playing!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

On The Town (1949)

I recently watched the movie "On The Town", and boy, was I positvely surprised. 
To be honest I had expected it to be rather boring, with a lot of dancing unrelated to the plot (there was a bit of that, but not as much as I expected).
So imagine my delight when I discovered how brilliant it all was. 

The plot is pretty simple: 3 sailors have a 24 hour leave in New York, and besides seeing the sights they also want to find some girls. When one of them gets infatuated with a girl he sees on a poster in the subway, his friends help him look for her all over the city, meeting a couple of girls themselves, on the way.
Throw in a few misunderstandings, a night on the town, a police chase and then you've got the gist of it.

Now the plot was really good but there is always more to a movie than the plot - as for instance the COSTUMES! 
They are brilliant and filled with 40's prettiness. Just look at that dress below: the cut, the colour, the contrasted pattern in the colour. I continuously found myself swooning and sighing over the dresses and the hair through the entire movie. It's like ever since I decided to adapt the 40's style for my own use, I watch movies from that time in a completely different way.


But back to the movie and what I liked about it. Another important thing in a musical is naturally the songs. 
And the songs in this one did not disappoint. They were very catchy and most of them were just hilarious.

Like the opening song that really spoke to me on a personal level, when a harbour worker sings: "I feel like I'm not out of bed yet/ Oh, the sun's warm but my blanket's warmer." That is one relatable song :-).

Then of course there is "New York, New York, it's a wonderful town", which I sang for two days straight after watching this. 

"Main Street" is a very sweet song and accompanied by a little dancing sequence, it is just perfection.

Another sweet and humorous song is "You're Awful". From the title alone you wouldn't figure it's a love song, but just go and listen to it and you will understand.

The funniest song of them all is "You Can Count On Me". It is filled with puns and is really laugh out loud funny. 


As I mentioned earlier, this movie also has its fair share of dancing, but with Gene Kelly in the lead that can't really surprise anyone.
Most of the dancing scenes I quite liked, because they were funny and it gave me more oppurtunities to admire the dresses in action ;-)


All in all I thought it a really funny and sweet movie, with gorgeous costumes and a better plot than I expected.
So it is definitely recommendable if you like musicals or movies from the 40's (or both). 

Now all there is there is left for me to do is watch the other 2 movies Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra made together: "Anchors Aweigh" and "High Society". 
That should be quite an enjoyable task, I think.

Have you seen "On The Town"?
How did you like it?

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Ball Gown Game

It's been ages since I last had a game, so I thought it high time to remedy that!

The theme of this game is ball gowns!

The rules as always are simple: guess who wears this ball gown and which movie/series it appears in.

10 points for each correct answer









Have fun :-)

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Movie Wardrobes: State Fair

State Fair is one of my new favourite movies for many reasons: the plot, the setting, the music and not to forget; the costumes! It is an enjoyable collection of 40's outfits from the beginning to the end!

I personally think the main character, Margy Frake, has one of the most enviable movie wardrobes of all time, so let's take a closer look on each of her outfits.

When we first meet her she wears this lovely outfit that's practically screaming farm girl and femininity. Just look at the details on her skirt - it has pockets! Who doesn't love a skirt with pockets? It combines the pretty with the practical, and must be very handy when going about your daily work.
And don't get me started on that lovely peasant blouse - the ruffles, the ribbons...I don't even have words.

When they arrive at the State Fair we see her wearing this gorgeous pinafore dress/apron (I am not entirely sure what it was called). Again; practical and pretty at the same time.

This!! This is my favourite dress in the movie!
The pale pastels that compliment each other so well, the flattering cut of the skirts, the discreet puff sleeves, the flower details - everything just works together to create perfection.

The dress she wears the first evening has me rather torn; on one hand I think the cut of it a bit strange, but on the other I love the pale purple hues.

Here's another lovely daydress/set. Notice the matching hat in the right corner, how well thought through is that? I wish we could have seen her wearing the hat as well! I really like the colour of the top (red is my favourite after all) and the trimming. The skirt is very simple and therefore works very well to balance out the adorned top.

Margy's second evening dress is very dreamy and billowy. What I love the most is the detail in the fabric - it is hard to see in the photo, but the fabric of the sleeves and collar is transparent and adorned with little bows as part of the pattern (hard to describe precisely, but it's so pretty).

And another pinafore/apron (because one work outfit is just not enough for a three day holiday). I just adore the gingham pattern in this one and the trimming at the front. If I could sow I would make a dress just like this one (and wear it whenever I'm having a stay at home day).

Here's one of Margy's more downplayed outfits - mostly for everyday wear I think. Not my favourite but I like the versatility it has, you can wear any shirt/blouse underneath that dress and get a completely new look out of it.

The dress Margy wears the final evening is really lovely. The placement of the coloured fabric gives a great focus on the waist, and as always I love the cut of the skirt. She just wears so many beautiful dresses. I truly wish I had a wardrobe like that.

That was the final outfit she wore and thus the end of this in depth costume listing. But Margy is not the only one to wear amazing outfits in this movie, so let's end this post with a few honorable mentions: 

This gingham dress worn by Margy's mother is just a plain daydress, but I love the pattern and the details around the collar. Shows that you can look good even if you're dressed for housework.

We actually only see this girl in 2 little scenes, but each time she completely steals the screen with her delightful outfits. Just look at the wonderful hue of pink, the contrast the white buttons make and the little peter pan collar - I want her in more scenes just to see more outfits in that style.

There actually isn't that many hats in this movie (wouldn't want to hide all the curly hairstyles), but this one is certainly a prime specimen. Relatively simple, but the big bow gives it a splash of colour that makes it festive (and you can make the bow match your dress if you like).

So...that's all for this time!
Have you seen State Fair? If so, how did you like it?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Welcome to An Old Fashioned Girl

It is here!!!
The day I have been awaiting for so long is finally here!!


Welcome one and all to my new and improved blog!!

You must have noticed the new name by now (and if you haven't you should read the title again), but you may ask: why An Old Fashioned Girl?

Well, I am so glad you ask. Apart from it being a title of a book by Louisa May Alcott (which I have actually not read yet, but it is on the list), I think it is something that describes me very well as a person. I have always loved old fashioned things, I dream of having that old fashioned life described in The Little House-series and then of course, I love classic books and movies.

Will it affect the content on the blog? you may wonder.

Sure it will, that was the point of the name change. I will definitely still be writing about books and movies as I have done so far, but I will also be writing of a lot of new topics, the biggest one being my new found love for the 40's and 50's. That will almost certainly include some posts about my adventures with vintage hairstyling and trying to get a more 50's style (projects I embarked on this summer).
I will probably also write a bit more of my different hobbies.

Apart from that I am planning on starting several blog series, one of which you will soon hear more about.

And now for the true fun of this post: the give away!!!

Firstly I am giving away "Through The Looking Glass" by Lewis Carrol. It's the sequel to "Alice's Adventures In Wonder Land" and if you haven't read it yet, you are missing out. It is a truly entertaining and really funny read, though it doesn't make a lot of sense (but it is not supposed to; that is the wonder of it).

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Secondly, as the cold season that just makes you want to bundle up in layers of soft and warm fabrics is approaching, I am giving away this lovely flowery scarf.

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Just a few notes: One blog post/comment is enough to enter both give aways and they are both open world wide.

Last but not least; a new blog would not be complete without some new blog buttons!
So here they are!
Grab one if you like!

What do you think if the changes?
Be sure to let me know in a comment.

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