Monday, March 5, 2012

And the winner is.....

I'm glad to announce the lucky winner of my giveaway!
It's comment number 5 ...Miss CherryMakeUp!

Swell  Dame

Monday, February 27, 2012

LIFE Magazine's Best Oscar Photos.

Television actress Sandra White laughs while arriving late at the 1953 Academy Awards.

Presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly wait backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre during the 1956 Academy Awards.

At the 1942 Academy Awards, Joan Fontaine gazes at the Best Actress Oscar she won for her role in Suspicion — an achievement that made her, incredibly, the only actor or actress to ever win an Oscar for a performance in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

The one and only Audrey Hepburn cradles the Oscar she won for her role in Roman Holiday

Producer Buddy Adler's Academy Award for From Here to Eternity stands amid hats in the coat check room at Romanoff's restaurant in Beverly Hills during an Oscars after-party in 1954.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hooray For Giveaway!

At last i found some time (precious thing these days!) to organize my first giveaway as promised!I reached 100 followers,106 to be exact and im very excited!
Thank you so much for supporting my blog.I must admit i met some very interesting gals since i started this and i feel very lucky that i share my love for the vintage with you all!

But lets get back to the giveaway....

One of you will be chosen at random to win one lovely handmade headpiece made from felt,like the ones in the pics!The lucky winner will choose between 13 available colors (red,burgundy,black,powder blue,mint,chocolat,dark brown,off white,forest green, green,candy pink,midnight blue & navy blue)!

To enter the giveaway you can do any or all of the following, just leave a comment for each entry to get your name in the hat!
1.Become a follower of this blog!

2. Be my friend at  Facebook & leave a comment here telling me what your absolute favorite "Swell Dame" accessorie from my photo albums.

3. "Like" my Etsy  shop or follow me on Twitter .

4. Mention the giveaway on your blog,or share on  facebook or Twitter.

I'll announce the winner on Tuesday the 6th .
Good luck everybody!

Swell Dame

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love Is Blind

Ok, since is Valentines day today, i remembered this documentary i  have seen some years ago, that tells the astonishing story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of  32 year-old New York City attorney Burt Pugach and his considerably younger mistress Linda Riss,which shocked America back in 1959.
Linda was blinded and permanently scarred when thugs hired by Pugach threw lye in her face after she threaten to leave him..The crime and trial were tabloid sensations. But the Pugaches were merely at the end of Act 1. During 14 years in prison, Mr. Pugach nursed a fanatical ardor for Miss Riss, writing her love letters in a florid hand. Eight months after he was paroled in 1974, the couple renewed their courtship, and they were soon married.
She even defending him at court when he was accused of threatening his mistress in the late 1990's.

The documentary is called "Crazy Love" and crazy it certainly was....Watch the trailer and  the 1977 interview with the couple and you'll see what i mean!!!


Swell Dame

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Here And There...

Just a quick post to saw you some of my recent finds from the flea market!!!

An amazing 1950's eau de nill candy jar.It was love at first sight ,i tell you this...

 1960's straw bags.Perfect with summer capri pants!!!!

 1950's-1960's barware
This lovely teapot is not vintage.It's brand new,it even had the tags on it!But it's gorgeous,isn't it?

Swell Dame

Saturday, February 4, 2012

"Lost In The 50's" First Giveaway!

Lost In The 50's blog reached 100 followers this week celebrates with this lovely giveway:

Dont miss your chance to eneter and win this fabulous prizes!

Friday, January 27, 2012

It's the time of the season!!!

The new poster for "Past Tense" bazaar by Les Broderies Anglaises!

For all of you near we will be glad to see you stoping by and say hi!

Swell Dame will be there as usual with brand new headpieces,accessories and  fine reproduction clothes to keep the last days of winter "warm" and glamorous!!!

Hope to see ya there!!!

Swell Dame


My First Giveaway Is Coming Soon!

Today i got my 70th follower!!!That is so great!!!
Thank you all for supporting "Swell Dame's Parlour" and letting me know you like my blog!

I only need 30 more followers to reach 100 and have my first giveaway!

I'm gonna give a headpiece like this one.It's one of my bestsellers!
I can make it in many colors so the winner can choose the color of choice! 
Do you like it?
Comment me and tell me what you think!

Help me reach 100 followers and maybe this lovely headpiece will be yours!!!

You can see more of my accessories @ my FB page here:
Some new headpieces comin'up soon so stay tuned...

Swell Dame

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sunday's Treasures,Monday's Pleasures!!!

Yesterday i made a quick stop to Sunday's Flea Market.I didn't have much money or time but i manage to buy these things with only 30euros.
This piece of furniture cost me only 25euros and it couldn't arrive in a better time.I was in desperate need for something like this, since i was looking for ways to storage all the jewellery i'm making !

I'm guessing it's from the mid 60's and with good make over it's gonna be great and it will fit perfectly in my new showroom which is gonna be ready in a few days!

I'm thinking "dusty pink" velvet  inside the drawers!!!

I love the print in my new 45's case!
...and this egg holders are soooo cute!!!!
Swell Dame

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Goodbye Etta!

Goodbye Miss Etta & may you rest in peace...
Thank you for enrich & inspire our lives with your voice & your attitude on life!

Swell Dame

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A song and a fish tale...

Today i would like to blog about a favourite greek song of mine and it's story which i read just a a few days ago and i  wasn't aware of it,allthough i know and loved this song since i was a little girl!
The song is duet by Sophia Loren  & Tony Maroudas in the 1957  film "Boy On A Dolphin" that was shot almost entirely in the Greek islands and established both Loren as a great actress , and the Greek islands as incredibly romantic holiday destination for foreigners.

Sophia Loren posing with co-star Alan Ladd in front of the Erechteum.

The song is called "Ti Ine Afto Pou To Lene Agapi ?" in Greek or translated in English "What Is This Called Love ?" (no relevance to the Cole Porter song) whose music was composed by Takis Morakis.
The beautiful and poetic Greek lyrics have absolutely no relevance to the English lyrics.
A little known fact is that the original lyrics which were in Greek and not English were actually written by a famous (and a personal favourite of mine!) Greek singer named Danai Stratigopoulou or simply known as 'Danai'.

Danai gave the lyrics to her good friend Takis Morakis back then as a gesture of their friendship.
The simple giving of so called intellectual property among artists was done a lot in those days and nothing was considered of it. Morakis then sold the rights to his composition basically for egg shells to some foreign entity who must have foreseen something in his melody.

The "selling off " was not a wise move by Takis Morakis since his composition became known the world over through the song in the film
"Boy On A Dolphin" sung by Sophia Loren (gorgeous!) both in English and also in Greek somewhere in the film.

Danai unfortunately has never been compensated for her contribution.

Takis Morakis composition was adapted by Hugo Friedhofer who in turn used the melody quite extensively throughout his beautiful and ethereal classic film score
"Boy On A Dolphin"

Today the song " Ti Ine Afto Pou To Lene Agapi " is considered a classic of contemporary Greek music and of course all over the world over as "Boy On A Dolphin".

Swell Dame

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Better late than never!

Better late than never as my grandma always says!
I just found some time to upload some pics from the 5 Day Special "Past Tense" Bazaar that took place few days before Christmas.
Me and my friend Viveta ,we are "Les Broderies Anglaises"and we organize this bazaar for allmost a year (give or take!)This last one was by far the best and we had so much fun!
Here are some photos only from the "Swell Dame" corner ,but i promise to upload more really soon from the whole 5 days!!!

Swell Dame