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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Jessica's hat, and why I love green

Hello world!

Best things in life are green:

  1. Mother nature
  2. My favorite tea
  3. Emeralds
and a special hat featured in my friend Jessica's blog post - here I'm giving a wave to Jessica, saying "Hello, dear - just to give you another thumbs up".
(be so kind and click on the link to see more images of this gorgeous piece of art!)

Here, look at it:

Jessica looking dashing as always - with her pearl stud earring, 
matching pearl necklase (a gift grom her darling husband) and
the subject of this post . the GREEN FLORAL HAT

Close-up on the hat (thank you Jessica)
As I wrote to her earlier this week, I simply adore the green velvet ribbon incorporated - 
it goes perfectly with gentle green roses.

The hat is from Blue Vintage Rose - vintage hat boutique.
Ashley, the lady behind the shop states:
I take pride curating the best quality vintage hats out there and bringing them to my clients' doorstep. New hats are added daily so make sure to favorite the shop to view the latest hats!
Now, to make it a big deal: don't you think it'll suit me just perfect, with my own green velvet tie?

Pardon my 6:00 AM face.

I've had this post ready for quite some time, so THANK YOU Jessica for reminding me of it.

♥♥ The psyhology of color green ♥♥

The color green is the color of balance and harmony. From a color psychology perspective, it is the great balancer of the heart and the emotions, creating equilibrium between the head and the heart.
From a meaning of colors perspective, green is also the color of growth, the color of spring, of renewal and rebirth. It renews and restores depleted energy. It is the sanctuary away from the stresses of modern living, restoring us back to a sense of well being. This is why there is so much of this relaxing color on the earth, and why we need to keep it that way.
Green is an emotionally positive color, giving us the ability to love and nurture ourselves and others unconditionally.
Being a combination of yellow and blue, the color green encompasses the mental clarity and optimism of yellow with the emotional calm and insight of blue, inspiring hope and a generosity of spirit not available from other colors.
This is a color that has a strong sense of right or wrong, inviting good judgment. It sees both sides of the equation, weighs them up, and then usually takes the moral stand in making appropriate decisions. On the negative side, it can be judgmental and over-cautious.
Green promotes a love of nature, and a love of family, friends, pets and the home. It is the color of the garden lover, the home lover and the good host.
It is generous and loves to share, but it also looks for recognition. It is friendly and can keep confidences.
This color relates to stability and endurance, giving us persistence and the strength to cope with adversity.
Green is the color of prosperity and abundance, of finance and material wealth. It relates to the business world, to real estate and property. Prosperity gives a feeling of safety to green.
On the negative, the color green can be possessive and materialistic, with a need to own people and things.

♥♥ Color personality ♥♥

The boy with the green hair (1948) film poster

  • With a personality color green you are a practical, down-to-earth person with a love of nature.
  • You are stable and well balanced or are striving for balance - in seeking this balance, you can at times become unsettled and anxious.
  • Having a personality color green means you are kind, generous and compassionate - good to have around during a crisis as you remain calm and take control of the situation until it is resolved.
  • You are caring and nurturing to others - however you must be careful not to neglect your own needs while giving to others.
  • You are intelligent and love to learn - you are quick to understand new concepts.
  • With a personality color green you have a great need to love and to be loved and you tend to wear your heart on your sleeve- you are an open book who doesn't hide his/her feelings.
  • You have a need to belong - greens are the joiners of social groups - you are at home in any social situation as you are gracious and well-mannered, knowing just the right things to say and do.
  • You are a good citizen and like to be involved in community groups.
  • You have high moral standards and doing the right thing is important to you.
  • You like to be accepted, appreciated and admired for the good you do in the community as well as in your family life.
  • You are a loyal friend and a faithful partner, gentle but not passionate.
  • It is difficult for you to feel great passion as your need is for balance and peace, not action.
  • You can have a tendency to gossip, which is connected to your need to belong.
  • You love food and find it hard to lose weight.
  • With a personality color green you are not a risk-taker and not action orientated, rather more of an observer. You love to sit in a café and watch the world go by.
  • You are business orientated and love to work in your own business. Money is important to you but you are generous.
  • Detail bores you. You process information quickly and prefer to develop an idea, organize a plan and then delegate the rest to someone else. Ideas flow quite easily but you are not good at executing them.
  • You accumulate possessions but they are usually of high quality and high price.
  • You make an excellent counselor, psychologist, social worker as you are a good listener and can view others problems with empathy, clarity and a balanced analysis, seeing both sides while showing respect and caring.
  • The ability to put yourself in the shoes of others is one of your true talents, but you need to be careful you don't become so involved in others lives that you become a martyr.
  • You have to be careful not to become complacent and self-righteous, forgetting about your own dreams and goals.
  • Greens are generally frank, community-minded people, fairly sociable but preferring peace at any price. You can be too self-effacing, modest and patient, and run the risk of being exploited by others. You may appear to be innocent and naïve but you are actually quite streetwise and astute - you read others well, but often keep it to yourself.
  • A negative side to the green personality is a tendency towards envy and jealousy.

"The Green Hornet" (1966 - 1967) - A newspaper publisher and his Asian valet/martial arts expert battle crime as the feared Green Hornet and Kato.

An interesting note:
In Indonesia - green is a forbidden color.

♥♥ Green fashion ♥♥

I'm not saying "eco-friendy" (there is NOTHING wrong with that, and I support it), what I'm talking about here is literally: GREEN fashion:

Amazing hat brightens up a stunning smile 

Winter coat, combined with lovely red gloves, red scarff and a furry muff 

1930s riviera

Sophia Loren.. pure green passion 

Just for the sake of.. Oh, there's no need to pretend there's a reason..'s Rock Hudson! 

No matter if it's on your car, your outfit.. or some simple details like a brooch, bangle or earrings.. - go green!

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Midweek magazines

Hello there, my dear readers!

Is it Wednestay allready? It is here.
It is time for yet another midweek magazines. We are heading back to May 24th 1943.

♥♥ Life calls on a 16 Cover Girls ♥♥
They frolic in rented movie mansion

Like a mother bird hovering over her prized fledlings, Columbia Pictures is taking excellent care of the 16 New York models imported to Hollywood for the movie The cover Girl. The studio even found a superble feathered nest for these starlets, renting the luxorious estete on Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, occupied last winter by Publisher William Randolph Hurst.
This four-acre estate has 20-room Spanish-type hacienda and all the expensive accesoirs which make a Hollywood house a dream come true. It is complete with tennis courts, swimming pool, gardens, bar and private projection room. The furnishings are lush and garnish, with soft satins and glittering gold leaf everywhere. Each bedroom has a fireplace, mirrored bathroom. The master suite, in addition, has a sitting room. This unit, formely occupied by Marion Davies' sister, is now used by model Anita Colby who acts as a combined housemother and major-domo for the bizzare establishment, which cost each girl only $75 a month for room and board.
As soon as cover girls were settled, LIFE visited them to see how they liked being bounced in the lap of luxury. As the pictures on these pages demonstrate, the girls are liking it fine.

The cover girls gather in the mail living room attiren in their frillest formal evening clothes. 
They are about to off as a group to a party given by Cary Grant and his wife, 
the former Barbara Hutton. 
Standing in from of the fireplace are Anita Colby, 
who acts as "housemother" for the girls, and Susan Shaw. 
Over the fireplace is an oil painting of Marion Davies.

I, for one, would not mind spending time with them.. and that Cary Grant's party sounds like a good plan, don't you think?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Summertine Glory, PART 10 - End it with jam

Hello there!

Summer is almost over - well, not according to our calendars, but the weather is telling me different. This morning I've smelled Autumn's mist in the air.
So.. This is the last part of my Summertime Glory series.

Last task of every girl's summer is:

 ♥♥ Joy of Jam making ♥♥

Let me start with few recipes.
All the recipes are tried and tested by four generations of women in my familly.. And this is how mom and I made them all this year.

1. Apricot jam

(my personal favorite - every year's "must make")

1kg of apricot paste in pulp (I use blender to "chop-chop" ours)
500 grams of fine sugar 
(if you want more - just multiply)
Put the sugar into a large pot, with a cup of water, bring it to boil and boil it until the color just starts to change. Take the apricot paste and pour it in; boil it fast till it jellies (it does not need to be thick, since it'll thicken up more as it cooles down); put it into jars. 

2. Apple jam

(this one differes from a type of apples you use - just to let you know)

To every kilogram of fruit weighed after being pared, cored, and sliced 
300 grams of preserving-sugar, 
the juice of 1/2 lemon. 
Peel the apples, core and slice them very thin, and be particular that they are all the same sort. Previously to putting the fruit into the pan, weigh it, to ascertain the proportion of sugar that may be required. Put the apples into a preserving-pan, add the sugar, with the lemon juice, to the apples. 
Simmer these over the fire for 1/2 hour, reckoning from the time the jam begins to simmer properly; remove the scum as it rises, and when the jam is done, put it into pots for use. Place a piece of oiled paper over the jam, and to exclude the air, cover the pots with tissue-paper dipped in the white of an egg, and stretched over the top. This jam will keep good for a long time.

3. Cherry jam

(great for cakes, and as a addition to your tea&scone time)

To every kilogram of fruit, weighed before stoning,  
350 grams of sugar; 
Weigh the fruit after taking the seeds out, and then calculate the sugar needed for your jam. Blend the cherries (if you prefer - you may leave 1/3 of them whole, so that your jam can have texture), and boil them in a preserving-pan until nearly all the juice is dried up; then add the sugar, which should be crushed to powder. 
Boil all together until it jellies, which will be in from 20 minutes to 1/2 hour; skim the jam well, keep it well stirred, and, a few minutes before it is done, if you want to flawour it up a bit - add 50 grams of rich dark chocolate: this impart a very delicious flavour to the jam. 

♥♥ Sweet labels
Now, that you have made jam with me, let us give it the final wrap.

These would be perfect for the lids.

It does not go more vintage than this - I remeber some old jars from my grandma's time still had the remaining labels

This one is extra-large, so click freely.

I hope you'll try out my recipes.
If you do.. let me know, I'd appreciate it.
Will there be any home-made jam in your family?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Love story: Love was the Navigator

Hey all!

What a week!
To end it, let me "read" you another love story from Heart Throbs magazine. This time, we are getting lost..


Susan Leeds was wealthy and willful, did exactly as she pleased, and lived solely for her own pleasure. Than, shipwrecked on an island, her whim for romance changed her entire life and she could no longer have her own way... for her heart have been shipwrecked with her and it has become her ruler.

Love changes everything!
I wish you a happy week!

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Dresses, suits and glamour of 1932!


Being fashion-aware person, I found these images amazing, so sharing them with the world is my holy fashion obligation!. The decade of 1930's is among my favourites: the style, the materials used and Oh, that glamour!
Women's 1930s fashion was characteristically long and sleek. The flapper look of the '20s was now out, and a more sophisticated look — influenced by Hollywood movies — was in. More muted colors were popular, as were deep colors. Fabrics with prints in abstract or geometric patterns were also widely used.

Good Housekeeping tells us the latest Fashions:

The bare-back-beauties show off their evening best

 Slender arms, strapy dresses

It's all about wrapping yourselves in FUR, ladies!

Shirred ribbons, sleeves, sequins and flowers were all highlighted as potentially able to make a 1932 fashion statement for the woman of elegance - the distinguished woman.

 These dresses above have an oriental influence

 Shirts, bows and tilted hats

 Becoming necklines, becoming sleeves

 Silk undergarmnets for a perfect fit!

 Hand-made lingerie, ladies favorite!

 Gorgeous day-wear garments

Many 30's hats were worn tilted to one side. As brims became flatter and wider so crowns lowered and by 1933 there was the hat style that was almost like a pancake panama.

 My personal favorite style 

 As the title writes: "Wider shoulders, higher waistlines and slender skirts"

"New shapes, new colors, new materials 
make hats of supreme importance!"

Some more gorgeous lady's outfits:

 "Smart new two-piece jacket frock for the first warm days" and
""One plain silk, one printed to wear now or later"

 "Ride, play golf or bask in the sun"

 "The time! The place! The fashion!"

 Yet another set of perfect day-wear.. all of them I'd gladly wear

Smart, semi-made clothes with all difficult sewing completed
Brilliant idea!

1930's, I adore you.
Do you like the sleek-style that followed the "Flapper"?

♥♥ Pinky Honey

Thursday, 22 August 2013

How To Get On In Society

Well, well.. hello there!

I'm feeling a bit spicy today, so here's something not yet seen on these pages. I haven't told you I very much like poetry, didn't I?
I'm telling you now.
And this is how I'm doing it:

John Betjeman - the Man behind the Poem

Do you like poetry?
How about poetry about society?!

Phone for the fish knives, Norman
As cook is a little unnerved;
You kiddies have crumpled the serviettes
And I must have things daintily served.

Are the requisites all in the toilet?
The frills round the cutlets can wait
Till the girl has replenished the cruets
And switched on the logs in the grate.

It's ever so close in the lounge dear,
But the vestibule's comfy for tea
And Howard is riding on horseback
So do come and take some with me

Now here is a fork for your pastries
And do use the couch for your feet;
I know that I wanted to ask you-
Is trifle sufficient for sweet?

Milk and then just as it comes dear?
I'm afraid the preserve's full of stones;
Beg pardon, I'm soiling the doileys
With afternoon tea-cakes and scones. 

Any thoughts?

♥♥ Pinky Honey