It’s All About Women

This is our first post and since majority of the bloggers/creators are female, we’ve decided to write about women.

Surfing through the pages, we bumped into the women’s biological symbol which is planet Venus with a stylized representation of the goddess Venus’s hand-mirror or an abstract symbol for the goddess: a circle with a small equilateral cross underneath (Unicode: ♀). The Venus symbol also represented femininity, and in ancient alchemy stood for copper. Alchemists constructed the symbol from a circle (representing spirit) above an equilateral cross (representing matter). —- Wikipedia

And because we would like to adhere on being classical and at the same time minimalist, we will further tackle women from the Jazz Age/Roaring Twenties to The Sixties on clothes, fashion, music, movies and pieces of trivia.

Fashion

photos from the internet

1. The tan and black is probably the most nostalgic from the 1930s Parisian style. The shape-keeping dress will probably make women, whose waists are envious enough for everyone to notice, look more elegant as they grace to this kind of outfit.

2. The black and white dotted dress called Samantha (from the internet)  is perfect for a reminiscent type of dinner with a group of colleagues, friends and a lover. Just match it with pearls and a cute, light-colored shoes, the whole night will be dazzling.

3. Here is Jackie, flawless for a workingwoman. This two-piece quarter-sleeve is intended for women who work long hours yet even done will still look beautiful and sexy.

4. Yes, even for the winter season, women should look classy as they can be with this gray-colored dress coat. Not only this will serve as a protection from the cold season but also for fashion. Remember the movie Public Enemies?

Music

We have five classical songs listed that when you hear will make you reminisce those black and white, world war II, and the hairstyle.

1. Marilyn Monroe – June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962

2. Etta James (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012)

3. Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996)

4. Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959)

5. Vaughn de Leath (September 26, 1894 – May 28, 1943)

Movies

Some are not in black and white mode and main characters are women of course, take note. 🙂

1. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d’Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodore Dreyer

Stars:  Maria Falconettic, Eugene Silvain  Andre Berley

See full information here

2. The Wizard of Oz (1925)

A Toymaker tells a bizarre story about how the Land of Oz was ruled by Prince Kynd, but he was overthrown by Prime Minister Kruel. Dorothy learns from Aunt Em that fat, cruel Uncle Henry is not her uncle, and gives her a note due on her eighteenth birthday, which reveals she is actually Princess Dorothea of Oz, and is supposed to marry Prince Kynd. She, Uncle Henry , and two farmhands are swept to Oz by a tornado…

Director: Larry Semon

Stars: Dorothy Dwan, Charles Murray

See full information here

3. Spellbound (1945)

A female psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck

See full information here

4. Some Like It Hot (1959)

When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder

Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

See full information here

5. The Sound of Music (1965)

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director: Robert Wise

Stars: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

See full information here

Remarkable Women (Top 5)

1. Audrey Hepburn

photo from Wikipedia

A British actress born May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993. Aside from her acting career she was also a humanitarian, recognized in both film and fashion.

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.” — Audrey Hepburn

2. Mother Teresa/Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu

photo from the internet

She was commonly known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and was known for her strong Catholic faith and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.

“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”  — Mother Teresa

3. Benazir Bhutto

photo from the internet

She was a politician and was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan in two non-consecutive terms. She was the founder of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

“Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.” — Benazir Bhutto

4. Marilyn Monroe

photo from the internet

She was an American actress, model, singer and a sex symbol during the 1950s and 1960s.

“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” —- Marilyn Monroe

5. Corazon Aquino

photo from the internet

The 11th president of the Philippines. The first woman to hold that office in the country and the first in Asia. She was named as “Women of the Year” by TIME Magazine in 1986.

“I don’t have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It’s always the people who make things happen.” — Corazon Aquino

Facts

In 1921, the first Miss America Pageant took place with a total of eight contestants in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner, a 16-year old girl from Washington, D.C., was Margaret Gorman. In the beginning the competitors stood not as delegates of their home states, but for their cities.

(http://library.thinkquest.org/C005846/categories/worldnews/worldn.htm)

1927- Emily Carr was known as a painter of first rank

(http://historyclass.tripod.com/id12.html)

The 1930s were years of fierce class struggle and great advances for the working class. Probably no decade before or since has witnessed such an expansion of labor’s influence and strength in the U.S.

(http://www.workers.org/2008/us/womens_history_month_0403/)

In 1942, Anne Frank goes into hiding.

(http://voices.yahoo.com/15-fascinating-facts-1940s-10440453.html)

In 1948, High jumper Alice Coachman becomes the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

(http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/womenofthecentury/decadebydecade/1940s.html)

The All – American Girls Professional Baseball League is founded.

(http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schooladventures/womenofthecentury/decadebydecade/1940s.html)

This was the period when Francis Crick, Rosalind Franklin and James D. Watson discovered the helical structure of DNA in 1953. This discovery was noted at the Cavendish Laboratory, which was at the University of Cambridge.

(http://www.buzzle.com/articles/interesting-facts-about-the-1950s.html)

The year 1951 also introduced a beauty competition such as Miss World.

(http://www.buzzle.com/articles/interesting-facts-about-the-1950s.html)

In the 1960s, Brigitte Bardot embodied the ultimate sex kitten and pin-up girl; she popularized the Bardot neckline (a wide open neck, exposing your shoulders), the bikini, gingham print and thechoucroute, a beehive-inspired hairstyle.

(http://womens-fashion.lovetoknow.com/1960s_Women_Fashion)

In 1960s, Twiggy was the most popular fashion model of the era, she was known for her “pixie look”, which included shift dresses, ballet flats, cigarette pants and an extremely cropped haircut.

(http://womens-fashion.lovetoknow.com/1960s_Women_Fashion)

Beauty

Since women would really love to beautify themselves, here are some videos from professional make-up artists on two vintage looks.

From AVON UK

From Lisa Eldridge

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Watch out for next week’s post!

This entry was published on November 22, 2012 at 2:46 pm. It’s filed under Beauty, Clothes, Fashion, Movies, Music, Women and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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