Monthly Archives: November 2013

Stephanie St Clair: Queenie of Harlem

At the beginning of the 20th century, to be a woman was hard, to be a black migrant woman even harder. So the story of Stephanie St Clair is interesting. Martinique born St Clair, came to New York and during the turn 20th century, she ran with the 40 Thieves gangs. She ran a numbers […]

Virginia Hill: Living Moll

In the world of the Mafia, women are lucky to aspire to being either the good, matronly wife who stay quiet and make a nice home. Or they are a ‘gooma’, the mistress; an attractive glamour girl who looks good on the arm of whichever gangster, but also keeps her mouth shut. The one woman who […]

Modern Honeys

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, what is enchanting to one is repellent to another. Since this is my realm, my definition of what is gorgeous is Queen! So what are the requirement? Whole these are not written in stone, yet curves are highly coveted. Here are my current pick of the […]

Clara Bow: Cupid Lips and Tear Stains

Though Hollywood has had many sex symbols, it wasn’t until Clara Bow that Hollywood had its first tragic female star. During her life Bow endured poverty, abuse, exploitation and public humiliation. Born into a Brooklyn slum and the turn of the 20th century. Bow was had an absent, feckless father and a mentally unstable mother. […]

Coveted Bag: Chanel Mademoiselle Bag

Where Chanel bags are concerned, the 2.55 bag is the jewel of their crown. Having said that I believe there is another bag that has charm and has been treated a bit like an ugly duckling. The Mademoiselle bag, is another classic style that Chanel is fond of, something that you never tire of nor […]

Moschino: Kitsch Kind

Moschino is one of my favourite designers, they are not only feminine but fun. Sometimes with classical bags, regardless of how beautiful they are; you can get tired of seeing the same kind of style everywhere you go. This is especially bad when there is an ‘It’ bags (typically this means that everyone buys the […]

Coveted Bag: Gucci Stirrup Bag

Gucci has always been one of those designer that frankly, I have found to be boring and uninspiring. Plus the classic monogram has been copied SO many times, I am tired of seeing it. Having said that, I recently came across this gem (not sure how old this is, am not up to date with […]

Immodesty Blaize: V for Venus

If you want to see a truly great Burlesque show, the solution comes in the shapely form of Immodesty Blaize. Stripper extraordinaire, glamour advocate and voluptuous vixen. She has also written two novels (Following in the sequinned foot steps of legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee) plus she was the mentor for the burlesque episode of […]

Carmen Dell’Orefice: Silver Hair Enchantress

There is truth that the fashion industry is youth obsessed. If you browse the fashion magazines, media etc you would be forgiven for thinking the once you hit 30, you are not a desired person worth advertising to. Strange, giving that of people who buy haute couture are older women, not twenty somethings. However there […]

Coveted Bag: Chanel 2.55 Bag

Here it is. THE most conveted in the world (well in my world anyway).  The most timeless, classic bag that will never go out of style. The Chanel 2.55 bag, the name was inspired by the date of the bags released (February 1955). If you are superstitious then the success of this bag can be […]