About Me

I wear my 1950s inspired dress drinking out of fingerbowl champagne glasses while listening to Perry Como records. I watch Rita Hayworth movies, Fred Astaire makes me want to get up and dance, and think Robert Redford must be the most attractive man to have graced the planet. I love a variety of eras, from the 1920s through the 1960s, even some inspirations from the 1970s and 1980s. I believe in courtship, words like “swell” and “swoon,” privacy over publicity, dressing up each day, mystery, quality over quantity, manners, and sentiment. I still utilize a Polaroid camera at times, type on my 1960s Remington typewriter, wear one piece swimsuits, sit and sort through my vinyls, and peruse antique and vintage shoppes. I read voraciously. Real books. Because I love the feel, the weight, the smell, and the sound of a book. I paint. I take photographs. I bake from scratch.

For more insight check out why I decided to start this blog.

32 thoughts on “About Me

  1. ” I read voraciously. Real books. Because I love the feel, the weight, the smell, and the sound of a book.” – i love this, especially. so many people dont understand.


  2. Love your blog! It feels so nice to meet a kindred spirit. I am, to a certain extent, like you. I love music from the 50’s and 60’s. I would take Earth Angel (Will you be mine) by The Penguins or Misty by Johnny Mathis over the new songs any day.

    I love old movies! I feel happy when I watch Debbie Reynolds singing Tammy in Tammy and the Bachelor. Who knew Leslie Nielsen could be so dreamy?

    I too read ‘real’ books. I love how they smell and feel!

    I’ll be looking around some more around your blog. Keep up the good work! :-)


    • Thank you! I love encountering kindred spirits! Earth Angel is one of my favorite songs as well. And many people don’t know how dreamy Leslie Nelson was. They only know the ridiculous (funny though) work he did later. Thanks for the views and the comment! :)


      • Yeah, most people are completely oblivious to the fact that the dearly departed Leslie Nielsen was a very serious actor. For several decades, he specialized in serious roles until 1980’s Airport, after which, he mostly did comedy. His genius was that he used his ability to act very seriously to turn himself into his own “straight man” for comedic purposes. Apparently In real life, he was like that, acting seriously but always carrying a “fart machine” around with him which could go off at any time.

        Curious side note, his brother Eric was a longtime politician and was once Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. I saw Leslie say something to the effect of “We have the same shtick (straight faced comedy), he just prefers the theatre while I prefer performing on the big screen.”


  3. I agree with all of the above. Some day I hope to own a ’57 Chevrolet or a ’57 T Bird since I was born in 1957. Music and clothing just ain’t what they used to be! And by the way – I am also a voracious reader…….. Cheers!


  4. I’m very curious, in a good sort of way, to know how you became so intrigued and enamored with times gone by. I truly enjoy the same things you mentioned but don’t always have the time to seriously pursue them as devotedly and intentionally as you do. So I will enjoy coming to read your blog regularly to find a creative nudge into the past.


    • I think maybe I’m out of place, er, out of time? I’ve always felt more of a connection to these past things, and I have sort of railed against the “in right now, you should be doing this” things. (If that makes sense.) I look forward to helping nudge you into the past, in the future! :)

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  5. Hi!! I just found your blog and I’m definitely going to be a follower of yours now! :) Lovely blog! I can’t wait to read through all your old posts – and read he new ones too! I love anything vintage! Hope you’re having a great week!

    ps: I noticed your title and post title fonts are different fonts? How are you able to change the fonts? – I’ve been wanting to do that forever!!! Thanks!

    Keep smiling! :)
    -Natalie Brooke


  6. Clearly you’ve struck a note with closet retro devotees. I find it fascinating how some of us simply find the old days resound more deeply than the new. I love looking at my records, can get rid of old clothes but never my old books. There was a time when great care was taken in how we presented ourselves physically as well as socially, things were hand made and I’d say naturally took on a life of their own. My Ipod might be handy but aesthetically it leaves me cold.

    Really nice blog. Recently I watched the silent Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde with one of the Barrymore’s (on screen not next to me) and it was fabulous.


  7. I like all you have to say! (I never understand those people who give away or sell their books!) I’ve never seen that version of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde. I find the 1931 version with Fredric March fascinating. The makeup process and tricks for his transformation are really spectacular, especially considering the era. They used different colored makeup and filters to gradually reveal the full transformation right in front of the camera. A technique far ahead of it’s time.


  8. This blog is such a breath of fresh air. I feel like you say a lot of things I have thought, but wasn’t eloquent enough to put into words. I noticed your latest post on the WordPress homepage. Silent horror movies are one of my favorite things in life, so I had to click on it. Almost any silent film really. I have to say, I think “The Passion Of Joan Of Arc”, and “The Cabinet Of Dr. Calagari” are two of the best, obviously the former not being classified as horror. Although, there isn’t much that can compete with the performance of Max Schreck as Nosferatu. Anyway. Awesome blog. Keep it up. I’ll be back. Do you tweet? I was looking for a handle, so I could throw a bit more publicity your way.


  9. Hello, just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog award. If you haven’t already received one before, see my blog for the requirements (although I certainly won’t hold you to those, especially since I haven’t followed all of the rules myself).


  10. Hi, Lovely Shades,

    I want to say thanks for following me at http://www.oldspouse.wordpress.com.

    I have to throw in here that if you enjoy my “This Old Spouse” column, I think you’re gonna love this:


    It’s a terrifying story called The Oklo Device.

    At the bottom of the smashwords page you’ll see a link labeled “View” and other download options for mobile readers under reading formats. Take a look at the story; see if you get hooked. If you like the story, please share with others. This is the only way good things happen today–agents and publishers are of the dinosaur era. They’re slow; they’re frightened; and they’ll eat you if you’re not careful. We’re on our own. I truly believe in this book. If you do, too, share it with someone. Thank you!

    And thank you so much, again, for being one of the faithful.

    Best regards,

    Roger White
    “This Old Spouse”


  11. So nice to hear you are in the midst of planning a comeback! Once you get settled in please follow me also on lifeattitudes.wordpress.com. The sportsattitudes site is…well…very sports-oriented. The other blog is much more…”nostalgic!” Glad you’ll be back!


  12. Did you get your share buttons figured out? One note…after deciding what buttons to set up you do have to scroll down to a “check box” area of sorts and select/check each area where you want them to appear…like on under your new posts for example. It is not enough to select the buttons you want to see on the site…you also have to select where/in what places you want them to appear. They won’t show up on posts or anywhere else unless you do that also…and of course…save your settings.


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