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Comments on Life Drawings: 13 March 1956 “News, Fashion, Spring, still springing along, and Seeds.”

Updated: 2018-04-18T07:04:07.904-07:00


Hello my dear, I've really been enjoying your ...


Hello my dear, I've really been enjoying your blog! I gave you an award - please check my blog Tuppence Ha'Penny.

xx Charlotte

Michele-welcome. I am glad you found us. You shoul...


Michele-welcome. I am glad you found us. You should check out our forum on the site. maybe we shall see you there. Intelligent women (and men) discussing vintage today and the relevance of old skills in the modern world.
Sarah-I also heard that she will ONLY sing live at her performances and will NOT lipsycnhe which is rare. She also cares nothing for the fame she displays, taking all her earnings and putting it all back into her shows as she views them as 'art pieces' making fun of wanting big houses and cars and the 'pimp' lifestyle of materilasim. It is sad, then, that she feels the need to use the platform of the very thing she mocks as a vehicle for her art. It does get her notices, but most of her fans 'don't get it' and instead are lurid after the sex, drugs etc while I have heard that she, herself, is celibate. I wonder if she is an Apronite unfortunately placed in a modern world that expects such actions in Entertainment. Too bad. What she could have been if it were 1930's-50's. It is sad that actual talent and some intelligence needs to use the very system it mocks to get noticed. It is too bad. I also hate to judge right off the bat on simply what I see, that is why I always end up 'researching' and looking. I know many people might see me 'at home' in a petticoated outfit and think me 'simpleminded' or 'oppressed' even think me foolish. Yet, I don't feel so myslef and have chosen to live my live serverly vintage for the reason of my happiness and to point out its obvious merits. Perhaps, in many ways, her actions are similiar to ours but in a way we feel sad because we see how much more INTENSE her artistic expression could be if she focused on her actual skill as artist and talent as singer and made a statement opposing fame, sex, callous apporach to people as love toys rather than someone to love.

I'm so glad I found your sweet, lovely blog. ...


I'm so glad I found your sweet, lovely blog.

I completely agree on all points. I barely watch TV ever- love the occasional old movie (I love Picnic - is that 50's or is it 60's? I dont know but that is one great film).

Anyway thank goodness someone smart and talented like yourself is writing about fashion and body image- how refreshing!

I try to never judge a person by their weight (or their appearance for that matter).

Who cares about "high fashion" anyhow except certain folks who are too insecure to know that it is we who lend the magic to what we wear- not the designer.

Ps. I happily have no idea who Lady Gaga is and dont care to.

Donna, thanks for pointing out that Lady gaga has ...


Donna, thanks for pointing out that Lady gaga has a good singing voice. I never knew and never considered it assuming she was all about marketing herself without regard to her talent. I still don't like her but have to give her a wee bit of credit for actually having a good voice. So many "stars" are sold as such but really have no talent, except making themselves accessible to the paparazzi.

The picture of the modern "model" looks like a spoof of some sci fi movie while the 50's pic is beautiful. I just don't get it. The first is ridiculously extreme. Like a costume, not clothing.


I really don't like lady gaga at all. once i ...


I really don't like lady gaga at all. once i saw her on the mtv music awards or the ama's or something I was just kind of 'grossed out' by her. My thoughts went straight to what Donna has pointed out 'we already had Madonna!'
things cycle, and not always in a good way.
I actually thought I had already commented on this post...I just wanted to say it was a nice post. For the first time, I am ready for spring and love the crocus pics!
I'm planning my compost bin, rain barrel, and new garden fence this year, so I'm chompin' at the bit!

So many wonderful comments, ladies. Rue-isn't...


So many wonderful comments, ladies.
Rue-isn't it funny how when you make your own food and don't have 'store bought' to snack on, it is actually healthier?
regarding Lady Gaga, I feel bad, in a sense, because she is the perfect example of a product of her TIMES. She actually has a wonderful soulful 'old school' voice. Someone showed me a video of her singing one of her songs, but acapella in a very jazzy standard sounding voice. I just wish she could take her talent and her NEED to shock and realize what she is doind was already done. We already had Madonna 'break' all the sexual stereo types. What would be really 'against the grain' would be to overglam herself in 1930's fashions, over produce her videos like old movies, go everywhere with her 'entourage' very 'old Hollywood' and actually SING with her beautiful voice. The gimmicks, the overt sexuality, even her bizarre fashion could take more of the oddity of Poiret designs, those were bizarre' and amazing. But, really, I feel we are so many generations INTO the 'shock and awe' of society that people honestly don't know any better. Somehow art had to become so aware of ITSELF that it can't stop looking in the mirror at itself long enough to actually have depth.
And regarding Lagerfeld again, I noticed he didn't make his comments until he suddenly lost all this weight. The power such people have and yet they feel NO responsibility with it. The responsibility of the artist seems to be gone. When one has a gift and voice and the ear of the public, one should use their brain to realize they have the power and should fee the responsibility to make statements that ultimately help society. Once, breaking the boundaries and norms of society may have meant helping the masses, today it is done simply for itself. Art for arts sake. Shock for shock sake and sadly enough, it all seems to be done in the name of the ultimate goal-wealth. And wealth and power without responsibility is a very frightening thing.
Maybe I will try to find that video of GaGa singing true and jazzy and show, in the talent of today there is that glimmer of hope that one wants to have a pure joyous moment of talent and art. I wonder, shall it ever change? Shall the empty shallow popular world of money/shock/using people ever stop? Has production and the world of industrialization of people and the mass consumerism of the mind gone too far? I do feel so bad for the future. I want so bad to just unplug, crawl away and hide in the past, and yet...Yet, I feel a duty. That as long as there are those of us who do see a chance for a difference. A means to an ends to at least make some change in the minds of some young people, I think I shall not hide away forever. What say you? Have we a chance to make a difference?

I was just ranting about Lady Gaga last night. Us...


I was just ranting about Lady Gaga last night. Usually I can find some redeeming quality in people but not her. If she magically disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow I think the world would be a better place. Her outfits are slutty (she wore red leather or PVC, not sure which, when she met Queen Elizabeth for goodness sake!) and her stage get-ups are downright tacky. She's just fame hungry and will do anything to get it.

When I was little there were only 3 channels on the TV. No, I'm not that old, just British. A fourth was introduced when I was school age and that was fine. I could find something I wanted to watch every evening, usually a good documentary or sometimes a movie and I watched a couple of TV series like X Files but not much. Now we have about 80 channels on so-called basic cable and there are times I can't find a single thing to watch. I don't tend to sit around watching TV but I like watching it while I iron or if I'm sitting doing a little easy sewing in the evening. Now it's all reality TV and whichever movies they can show cheaply.

Thankfully my 12 year old daughter thinks Lady gag...


Thankfully my 12 year old daughter thinks Lady gaga is scarey! I'm so proud. :)

Nice post, Donna. The garden is going to be delicious!

sarah h

Donna: You will get a laugh out of this. My youn...



You will get a laugh out of this. My young friend (24) posted a link on her facebook to the new Lady GaGa video. Being nosy, I had to watch it (though as you all know , I LOATHE modern music).

EEEE GADS!!!! I couldn't even watch more that the first 2 minutes of it, and the things was nearly 10 minutes long. The first things I thought were "nasty, shameful, disgusting". Now I would include repugnant, offensive, and horrid.

I said so to my friend and told her she needed to go shopping and purchase some Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra. THAT is talent and quality entertainment.

Still, I have a point besides the 'humor' of this. What appalled me more that the actual video (and it was atrociously appalling) was the fact that this nasty piece of work is being viewed by millions of young people who think that that is the way they should look and behave. Being vulgar is some sort of badge of honor now.

And along with the "too skinny" talk. There is a dance scene in the video with GaGa and her "friends" all in thongs and bikini tops. Every one is horrifically thin. My hubby peeked at that time and said "EEWW, how nasty can you get." Thankfully, for me, he finds curvy women attractive and cannot stand stick thin women.

I was just wondering, could someone tell me when it became "cool" to be what my mother would call a broad??? I wanted to be like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn when I grew up, now they want to be like this "Lady GaGa" (Lady - ha, more like Gag)...

Sorry for my mini rant here...but I know you ladies understand and feel the same....

By the way...I really don't recommend looking for and watching the is foul.....

Donna, I am reading through the Miss Read serie...


I am reading through the Miss Read series. I am reading a 1957 copy of "Village Diary". I was reading the dust jacket and thought of you. It said "One of the pleasantest surprises of the autumn of '56 was a modest English book called 'Village School'.....In her new book, 'Village Diary', Miss Read describes the people of the village of Fairacre."
This series would be true to your year, but the only problem would be that if you wanted to read all of her more than 10 books and stay true to your year you would have to wait another 12 years to read the last ones published!
I find the books a nice relaxing read and hope you may enjoy them too.
Amy F.

Hi Donna, Those commercials are so cute. I wouldn...


Hi Donna,

Those commercials are so cute. I wouldn't mind them, if they were like that still.

K.L. Is an a** (pardon my language). Coco really would not be happy. She designed for women not little girls. Coming from California originally, I know so many friends that suffer from anorexia. It's an awful disease.

I looked anorexic up until I was 18, but I ate like a pig. Then when I became more 'womanly' my mother would tell me that I was heavy. She was a product of the Twiggy generation and thought that your hip bones should stick out. I blame society and the fashion industry for making the 16 year old the standard for real women.

Funny enough, since I started following your advice about taking care of the home and eating everything homemade, I lost 12 lbs. in two weeks. I haven't exercised at all either!

I can not sew to save my life, but I do plan on looking for sundresses this year instead of just shorts. I want to feel feminine, more so than I have for a long time.

Oh and that melon looks interesting! I can't wait to hear what you think of it.


PS I emailed you back about the post ;)

Isn't it funny that when I was growing up watc...


Isn't it funny that when I was growing up watching those "old" movies I never looked at any woman and thought , gee is she a fat one!
I never thought of it at all. People were people, different sizes and shapes. I will admit I had never seen anyone grossly obese.
People did not exercise all the time and we did not snack all day or even every day. We ate at the table not on the couch. Popcorn was even special. I was not raised poor it just was how our diet was every day. Food portions were pleasing not obese in themselves.
I was thinking the other day what happened to milk at the table for children? How many today would kick the chair and scream for soda?
MOTHERS! take back your children from the comercial market that cares nothing for the real health of your family. It begins here girls lets do it! You will only pay in health bills later if you don't. The brains of our children are dieing fast. Mikl them while you can! ( pun intended )

Hi Donna, I just posted pictures of the Autumn cro...


Hi Donna, I just posted pictures of the Autumn crocus that are popping up in my garden and here you have pictures of the spring version - synchronicity.

I think women need to be happy in their own bodies...


I think women need to be happy in their own bodies, I often say "Heck in 30-40 years we'll all look the same anyways."

Aging albeit gracefully all catches up to us sometime, unless your Cher who can barely move her lips when she talks, or cannot even crack a smile.

I am of average weight for my height, and at one time I was way too thin (lost alot of weight due to a bad relationship in my late teens- I was probably borderline anorexic now that I think of it)........

To this day I cannot look at myself fully in the mirror, but I do consider each stretch mark a badge of honour, my body carried two babies, I've earned every stretch mark in that regard :)

Eventually gravity will set in more (than it has done so now), and I will have more character lines on my face, but there is beauty in that too.

I love those Dove commercials by real women for real women, we are not all Barbie dolls and how boring would life be if we all looked like the ladies' on Stepford Wives.

I would rather look within a person to find their true selves, rather than based on the consumeristic packaging on the outside.

Everyday I look presentable, my hair is short so I wash and blow dry it, very low maintenance, I hardly wear makeup now (so my complexion is alot clearer now than in my twenties).....and I have to say for all that I am a much happier person :)

Mom in Canada