Month: July 2010

Ooh la la

Pssst, wanna hear a little secret? I like to look at naughty pictures. 

OK, now that I have your full attention, let me clarify. I like to look at what my husband creatively refers to as “40s smut”, to wit: pin-up art. Vintage pin-up art is an improbable combination of sensuality and wholesomeness. Its ladies are suggestively posed, but always discreet (however brief their attire). And, always, gloriously curvaceous. Who can resist the naughty-but-nice charms of the Vargas girl in full bloom? She’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way.

Or perhaps you prefer brunettes:

Back in its heyday, the “pin-up” has its real life counterparts – goddesses perhaps the more appropriate word.

Who hasn’t, from time to time, wanted to be the girl that all the boys wolf-whistle on the street – the girl painted on the side of a plane?
Maybe because pin-up art originated in an era before Playboy and its smuttier progeny, or maybe because of the nostalgia factor, there is something charmingly innocent about its (semi) naked ladies. Its sexiness is devoid of icky connotations – and the (under) garments fabulous.

Nowadays, you can partake in the fun first-hand, and live out any pin-up goddess fantasies through the increasingly popular “boudoir” photography trend. “Boudoir” is not synonymous with pin-up, but if you’re going to pose in your skivvies anyway, you might as well go all out on the retro glam scale. I’m a bit of an old prude when it comes to taking my kit (partially) off in front of people – even for the sake of art – but I’ve been tempted by the idea, for sure. Talk about an ego boost!

For those of you who are more adventurous than me, you can give it a try soon. Daphne Chen Photography is offering boudoir sessions in Edmonton on September 18, 2010. You can check out her previous work on her website. She does a much better job than me of explaining what boudoir is (basically anything you want it to be, risque or not depending on your comfort level). And don’t worry … unlike mine, your secret will be safe.

[Full disclosure: Daphne was one of the photographers at my wedding; she was lovely to work with, and she made me look like a million bucks. For real.]

The big reveal

Yesterday, I invited you to play a game of guess-the-rock. Today, as promised, I’m posting the answers for everyone’s edification. And a big thank you to the lovely ladies who agreed to play along and “lent” their rings to the cause!

A.                                                                          5.

B.                                                                            2.

C. (yes, that’s me)                                                     1.                             

D.                                                                                6.

E.                                                                                 4.

F.                                                                             3.

So, how did you do?

Friday wrap-up

Summer in the city …

Top, Tory Burch; cardigan, Mexx; jeans, Guess;
belt, Gap; shoes, Steve Madden.
I’m pretty proud of this look because I normally would not have thought to tuck in my top. What can I say, I’m not a tuck-er-in-er; I may have some latent prejudice against my hips, I’m not sure. But this proved to be the perfect solution for camouflaging the extra volume in the (size too big) camisole/top. As it turns out, I quite like the blousy look, especially anchored down by the ever-reliable cardi. I’m also pretty proud for employing the belt, which had been gathering dust in a forgotten corner of my closet for ages. I’ve always loved the idea of belts (which is why I keep buying ’em) but I usually forget about them when it comes time to get dressed (which is why I rarely wear ’em). This outfit is groundbreaking in so many ways, it should come with its own parade! 

(Of course, people who are not belt- or hips-averse are, like, ‘hardly’, but you can’t please everyone all the time. So, parade it is.).

Happy Friday!