Thursday, March 31, 2011

Liz makes a slip the STAR...

Hollywood has lost one of it’s most shinning stars. I watched the life in review as the world said goodbye to Elizabeth Taylor.

I have always been a Liz Taylor fan and always will be. 

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is one of my all time favorite films. I am a fan of Tennessee Williams plays so when you add Liz Taylor and a stellar cast of actors you have a master piece.

I love how Liz turned an old fashioned full slip into a star!

Liz Taylor in a slip
Liz plays a strong woman, named Maggie the cat, who tries to win back the affections of her aloof  husband.
Set in the steamy climate of the deep south Maggie spends the majority of the movie wearing only a full slip.


But this is no ordinary slip.

Liz Taylor as Maggie the catLiz Taylor looked glamorous while exquisitely undressed in that famous full slip.
This slip not only became the star of the show but also the image or icon of the show itself. It is incredible when a costume portrays the character so completely. It has become just as famous as the actress.

 The costume designer, Helen Rose, created the ultimate slip for Elizabeth during production in 1958. This was a full slip made of pure silk, completely lined in silk to guarantee nothing would show through. The slip was perfectly fitted and skin tight. If you watch the film carefully you can see the invisible hidden zipper on the side seam.  You may also notice she does not wear a bra.

Silk moulds and moves with a body like no other fabric can. This slip  looks like a regular slip but it was created with the magic of movie costuming skill. Yes it is a slip but it has that extra star power.

No one else wears a slip that looks quite as commanding.
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In 1960 Liz does it again! Another outstanding slip for the star of Butterfield 8. Once again Helen Rose created the slip but this time with a splash of contrasting lace in a warm coffee color showing 2 layers at the hem.

The sensual silk, the body hugging fit and fully lined to show Liz at her best.
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Check out this clip to really see the dramatic slip in action (3 1/2 mins). This slip is powerful and sexy yet so little skin is shown by todays standards.

The slip has moved away from popularity. This is a shame because there is something magical about wearing a slip. Your clothing slides and moves easily on top of it. If your clothing shifts and the slip shows, what a wonderful surprise for the onlooker who happens to notice!

If you want to feel like a 1950’s movie start….pull on a slip one morning and walk tall. See  how glamorous you will feel.

There will never be another Liz Taylor. In her honor I vote to bring the slip back into vogue! How about you?

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day turns 100

Woman from Arles by Picasso
Happy 100th International Women's Day

For many reasons I find this day to be a somber one. In my world little attention is paid to this day. I am fortunate to be living in a part of the world where women have rights and privileges.

On this day I always think about my life over the years. I think about my successes, my family, my happiness and the hardships I have overcome. I think about what may have been, the choices I have made and the things I have had no choice in.

I am saddened by the vulnerability of women in so many parts of the world. Over the past 100 years many things have changed for women yet in so many places nothing has changed at all.

International Women"s Day was started by Clara Zetkin in 1910 in Germany. She wanted one day to be recognized world wide to highlight the demands of women. She was a political activist in the European Socialist Movement. Her idea continues and is even an official holiday in some countries.

I like to think I can help in some way. My favorite project is with Kiva. This is a place to lend money to struggling business people in developing countries. I choose women. All it requires is $25.00 to lend and you can start. I love choosing a woman to help and am thrilled as I am paid back pennies at a time. Check out Kiva and I invite you to join my little group.

Meet some fantastic Kiva women.

I am lucky to be surrounded by strong, independent, supportive women.
This is my little hello to everyone on this great day.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Plus Size Bras and Panties Blog has a new look

Changes are happening at Plus Size Bras and Panties blog!!!

My choice for blogging on the go! Vivienne Tam's HP electronic clutch in RED!

I love computers for their ability to give us the most up to date information in our fast changing world. I hate computers for the constant changes they require. 
Blogging along with the old background.

I have enjoyed the look of my blog as it has evolved over the past year, however, the lovely people that designed my background and allowed me to publish it, have scraped it. Could I have been the only one who loved it?

As it is no longer available to me I am left with a blank blog background. Now how dull is that?

This blog may change again but for now let me explain my "new look" choices.

As you have probably noticed, I like bold color and patterns. I like things that jump out at you.

The deep red velvet pattern is strong and regal. It creates a slightly retro, luxurious, old world feel. It could be the wall coverings from a magnificent hotel from the past or a sensational silk velvet smoking jacket. I want to reach out and touch it.

I am captivated by deep rich reds. They really make a statement. I think of royalty, richness, passion, anger, danger, red carpet divas and historic elegance. 

I am a busy person so my eye is drawn to complicated patterns. Is my look too busy?.
What do you think? Give me your thoughts and ideas.

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