Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Jean Simmons

31st January 1929 -  22nd January 2010

A favourite of mine - the beautiful Jean Simmons was born in London this day in 1929.
She starred in films such as Guys and Dolls (1955), Spartacus (1960) and Great Expectations (1989).

Jean was married to first husband, Stewart Granger, from 1950 to 1960.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Stray Cat 1957 Cadillac for Sale

Brian Setzer, frontman of early 1980s rockabilly band Stray Cats, is selling this great looking 1957 Cadillac Biarritz.    It has a Buy Now offer of $119,000.00.

"Easy Driver"

Love this ad from Mercedes

Jeez - got to drop the Son off to work early this morning!!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Carmen Dell'Orefice Steals Paris Fashion Show

Can you believe this woman is 85 years old.  Last Wednesday, the truly amazing Carmen closed Guo Pei's Paris Fashion Show in a red dress covered with red crystals and lace.  Simply breath-taking.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Afternoon Stroll - Upton Country House

A lovely afternoon spent walking around the grounds of Upton House catching up with a dear friend which was finished off nicely with a hot chocolate sat in the walled garden.  Perfect :)

Friday, 27 January 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Burns Night

In celebration of Scotland's most famous poet, Robert Burns.


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Sharon Tate

American actress and model, Sharon Tate, was born in Dallas, Texas on the 24th January 1943.  Sharon made her film debut in 1966 starring in the occult-themed film Eye of the Devil as well as appearing in Valley of the Dolls which earnt her a Golden Globe nomination.

Sharon married film director, Roman Polanski in 1967.  Tragically, on August 9th 1969, she was murdered along with 4 others by members of the Manson Family - she was 8.5 months pregnant at the time.


Sunday, 22 January 2017

First Ladies of the United States

According to the White House, there has been 47 First Ladies.  Here are just a few:

Former model, Slovene-American, Melania Trump has become the 47th First Lady.   She is the second foreign-born First Lady, the other being Louisa Adams in 1825.

Lawyer and writer, Michelle Obama, was the first African-American to become First Lady.  She became a fashion icon, a role model and an advocate for the awareness of poverty.

American politician and former First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, fought for gender equality and healthcare reform.   Her marriage survived the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998.

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford was First Lady from 1974 to 1977.  She was the First Lady to announce that she had a long running battle with alcoholism and substance abuse and went on to establish the Betty Ford Centres.

Jackie Kennedy stated that her priority of First Lady was to take care of the President and their children but she also worked on promoting American art and preserving it's history as well as restoring the White House.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a politician, activist and diplomat and was the longest serving First Lady (March 1933 - April 1945).   Eleanor caused controversy being the first presidential wife to hold press conferences, write a daily newspaper column, a monthly magazine column, host a weekly radio show and speak at a national party convention.

Frances Folsom Cleveland-Preston was First Lady from 1886 to 1889 and again from 1893 to 1897.  She became First Lady at the age of 21 and remains the youngest wife of a sitting president.  She was  popular and regarded as a trendsetter.

Lucy Hayes was the first First Lady to hold a college degree.  A staunch opponent of slavery, she invited the first African-American professional musicians to appear at the White House.

London born Louisa Adams was First Lady from February 1775 to May 1852.  She met her husband, John Quincy Adams, at her father's house in Cooper's Row, near Tower Hill in London.

Martha Washington is considered to be the first First Lady.  She burned all correspondence written between herself and George before her death.