It´s here !! ( and more Lulu bags)

My package has arrived !

Exciting ! Can you tell who its from ?

Everything looks so sweet !

Those of you familiar with this shoe know who it´s from :)

Yes ! Its my little birdies ! My fascinator from the exquisitely talented hands of Frollein von Sofa is finally here !! I immediately rushed to he mirror to place "Bo" & "Beep" into my masses of curls to see if they would nest there :) And they looked awesome !

And wouldn't you know it she threw in a festive little pompom too !
Ah, the many talents of Frollein von Sofa ! Look at this is a collection she did for Lulu Guiness.

Dita von Teeses favourite! ( no, for real ! )

Delicious !
Tea for two?

Elle etait une petite mademoiselle ...

I´m so happy - this is coming with me to Ghana ! :) And I promise I will post a picture of me wearing it. That´s for "Revelation #3"... ;)

The fabulous bags of Lulu Guiness

I have only recently taken an interest in bags. These are from the fabulous Lulu Guiness.

This would go great with a vintage black dress.

And this bag I think would be really smart with a dark blue fitted suit.

This is with out a doubt your classical pinup bag !

This is just sexy :)

How cute is this little purse !

This is a great purse for makeup, as is

this one.

And this necklace ( also in gold ) would give an instant "oomph" to a black turtleneck with black slacks.



I´ve been writing on the script that I´m going to use for my next project ( in Ghana), as well as meeting the really nice couple who is going to rent my apartment while I´m gone. The weather here in Sweden is pretty bleak, so it will be great to leave for Africa soon !

Poor Neo has not been doing so well ... He has some kind of allergic reaction (probably to meat). We´ve been to the vet. and I´ve put him on a new diet. One that he is not happy about. Suddenly I have a whole new understanding of mothers who implore their 3-year olds to "Eat! Please, eat my darling!"

Lemondropvintage had a comment about my Give Away that made sense. About how its been this crazy holiday and all. She also had a suggestion that I prolong a few days longer.

So I´m extending My Give Away until Monday 30th ! Hope some more of you gals will be interessted. :) XXX Diva


I´m a bit curious as to the fact that not one single person was interested in my give-away... Hm, perhaps the earrings were not attractive enough ?? Tomorrows the last day.

Anyways, wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving !


The beauty of Asia - Anna May Wong

I saw this lovely "Asian inspired" blouse at Dandelion vintage and suddenly remembered one of my favorites movie stars - Anna May Wong.

Anna May Wong, the first Chinese-American movie star, was born Wong Liu Tsong on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles, California, to laundryman Wong Sam Sing and his wife, Lee Gon Toy. She was born in Flower Street in Los Angeles in an integrated neighborhood dominated by Irish and Germans, one block from Chinatown, where her father ran the Sam Kee Laundry.

Educated at a Chinese-language school in Chinatown, she would skip school to watch movie shoots in her neighborhood. She made tip money from delivering laundry for her father, which she spent on going to the movies. Her father, if he discovered she had gone to the movies during school hours, would spank her with a bamboo stick. Around the time she was nine years old, she began begging filmmakers for parts, behavior that got her dubbed "C.C.C." for "curious Chinese child."

The 170-cm-tall (5'7") beauty was known as the world's best-dressed woman and widely considered to have the loveliest hands in the cinema. Her big breakthrough after her auspicious start with "The Toll of the Sea" finally came when Douglas Fairbanks cast her in a supporting role as a treacherous Mongol slave in his Middle Eastern/Arabian Nights extravaganza "The Thief of Bagdad" (1924). The $2 million blockbuster production made her known to critics and the movie going public. For better or worse, a star, albeit of the stereotypical "Dragon Lady" type, was born.

Despite her waxing fame, she was limited to supporting roles, as Caucasian actresses, including most improbably Myrna Loy, continued to be cast as Asian women in lead roles in the 1920s through the 1940s, despite the ready availability of Anna May Wong. She was unable to attract lead parts despite her beauty and proven acting talent, even in films featuring Asian women, but she did carve out a career as a supporting player in everything from A-list movies to two-reel comedies and serials. The characters she played typically were duplicitous or murderous vamps who often reaped the wages of their sin by being raped. It was a demeaning apprenticeship that most Caucasian actresses did not have to go through.

A third-generation American, she managed to have a substantial acting career during a deeply racist time when the taboo against miscegenation meant that Caucasian actresses were cast as "Oriental" women in lead parts opposite Caucasian leading men. The discrimination she faced in the domestic industry caused her to go to Europe for work in English and German films.
Anna May Wong wanted was to play modern American women all through her career but was thwarted because of racism. Later, when she removed herself to Europe to escape the typecasting of Hollywood, she told journalist Doris Mackie, "I was so tired of the parts I had to play. Why is it that the screen Chinese is aways the villain? And so crude a villain--murderous, treacherous, a snake in the grass."

MGM screen-tested her for the lead role of O-Lan, the sympathetic wife of Chinese farmer Wang Lung (to be played by Paul Muni, personally cast in the part by Irving Thalberg) in Pearl Bucks "The Good Earth". She also was considered for the supporting role of Lotus, Wang Lung's concubine. Anna May Wong, an ethnic Chinese, lost out on both roles to two Austrian women, Luise Rainer and Tilly Losch, as Albert Lewin, the Thalberg assistant who was casting the film, vetoed Wong and other ethnic Chinese because their looks didn't fit his conception of what Chinese people should look like.

Paul Muni & Luise Rainer

Ironically, the year "The Good Earth" came out, Wong appeared on the cover of Look Magazine's second issue, which labeled her "The World's Most Beautiful Chinese Girl." Stereotyped in America as a dragon lady, the cover photo had her holding a dagger.

Luise Rainer would win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance of O-Lan in 1937.

Ann May Wong appeared in over 50 American, English and German films in her career, making her the first global Chinese-American movie star. She was forced to fight against racism and stereotyping all her professional life, while simultaneously being criticized by Chinese at home and abroad for perpetuating stereotypes in the media. Despite this tremendous burden, the beautiful woman assayed an elegance and sophistication on-screen that made her the paradigm of Asian women for a generation of movie audiences. Anna May Wong died on February 3, 1961, in Santa Monica, California. She was 56 years old.

Text from imbd.com. Read more about her here.


Tip of the day !

Today I found this great blog that I just had to share with you. For those of you who haven´t already been dazzled by her work please be sure to visit Girlwhimsey ! :)

You can never have to many flowers to spice up a jacket or hair-do ! Also, it usually puts a smile on the faces of those around you too. I love all my flowers and am constantly looking for new

Also, don´t forget about my little Give Away ending on 28th of this month !


My burlesque night out

I was actually planning to have some pictures from my first burlesque event, but... my camera ran out of battery... :(

So I decided i would post some more outrageously beautiful Maya Hansen corsets ( I am now now a BIG fan !) That means that the three corset companies that truly"tickle my fancy" are Fairy Gothmother, Maya Hansen and the adorable What Katie did. And speaking of the latter read this great information I found on their website on how to find the perfect corset for your body.

It was great watching my first Burlesque performance ! We were a large and mixed crowd. Some gals had dressed up in their best vintage outfits. I wore my Stop Staring dress, drank champagne and hollered as loudly as all the rest ! :)

I must say it was a sensuous, funny and truly ( dare I say it ? ) feminist experience, as each lady unveiled only as much as she wanted to, as well as there were all kinds of bodies. It just reinforces my desire to eventually try myself ! :)

Also if you ever pass by Stockholm be sure to visit Pompom Parlour

Everything in the shop is exquisite and cheek-in-tongue fun ;)

There´s everything from retro make-up products from Paul & Joe to great corsets and lingerie

To more adventurous pieces... This is a kind of chair for two ( and no, I will not explain further ;)

They have so many beautiful objects like this dazzling Swarowski little burlesque ... whip. I end this post with a picture of Burlesque Queen Dita von Teese ( and as you admire and envy her tiny waist, remember what you have just read... )

XXX Diva


The talented Maya Hansen !!

The corsets of Maya Hansen are nothing but pure haute couture ! This amazing corset is from here ! And now... check out THE CAKE COLLECTION...

All pictures are from here.

Photo: www.iberianblackarts.com

Photo by Chema Anton

Photo by Marcelo Aquilio.

Photo by Marcelo Aquilio

Photo by Chema Anton.

I WANT... ALL OF THEM ! :) Also, take a look at this video of her Spring/summer Cllection 2010.


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