Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Bettie Mae Page

Bettie Mae Page
would have turned 87 years old today

Bettie was the quintessential pin-up, tacked up on walls in military barracks and garages; five decades later, some feminists still hail her as a pioneer of women's liberation. It has been estimated that over 20,000 photographs of Bettie were taken, and new generations of fans still buy copies by the thousands.
On a walk along the beach at Coney Island, an amateur photographer admired the 27-year-old's curvy body and asked her to pose. Nudity didn't bother her, she said, likening it to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Her modeling career took off, and she was the centerfold in the January 1955 issue of then-fledgling Playboy magazine.
In 1951, Bettie fell under the influence of Irving Klaw, a photographer who specialized in S&M. He cut her hair into the dark bangs that became her trademark, and posed her in spiked heels and little else. Bettie began to attain renown as the "Queen of Bondage," known for her bangs, saucy come-hither looks, and controversial sadomasochistic poses. At the time, most of these photos were sold on a lucrative subscription basis, where the customers made specific requests as to the scenes and layouts. She also appeared as a performer in over 50 burlesque films. The photos and films were publicly denounced as perversion. Klaw was later arrested for "conspiracy to distribute obscene material" though the U.S. Mail, and Bettie was called to testify in a private session.

 Believing that her days as a pin-up were over, Bettie retreated from public view, later saying she was hounded by federal agents.  A move to Southern California in 1979 brought more troubles. She was arrested after an altercation with her landlady. Doctors diagnosed her with acute schizophrenia, and she spent 20 months in a state mental hospital in San Bernardino, following by being placed under state supervision for eight years.

Her mysterious disappearance from the public eye only fueled the public's fascination. In fact, for two decades no one was sure where she was, or if she was still alive. She resurfaced in the 1990s after being tracked down for a documentary. She occasionally granted interviews and sold autographs, but refused to allow her picture to be taken in her old age. In a 1993 telephone interview, she told a reporter that she was "penniless and infamous." She later hired a law firm to help her recoup some of the profits being made with her likeness. She spent her final years living in Los Angeles with her brother. After a three-week battle with pneumonia, she suffered a fatal heart attack in December 2008 at the age of 85.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Peek a Boo!

Peek a boo! I know, I know I'm such a bad blogger these days! I've disappeared from the blogsphere realm in the last couple of days. It was a busy weekend, starting with a sushi dinner date with the mister on Friday night,  an all day outing to a theme park with the family on Saturday, my sweet mother's birthday on Sunday, and an attempt to write a mid-term paper in between, which I'm not even done with by the way!...I've writer's block! so I thought I'd take a break, and peek in to say hello to my dear readers, and to wish you a fantastic day, and a wonderful week.

Fondly yours,

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Vintage Pic of the Day

Since it's Tax Day 2010, I thought I'd take you back to Tax Day April 15, 1958! Even back then, dear Uncle Sam was causing tax woes! just look at this lady...she slaps her face after filing what looks like an extremely 'long form' Jiminy Cricket!
"Happy" Tax Day Dahlings!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

This Night Has Opened My Eyes

"This Night Has Opened My Eyes" -The Smiths
Hateful of Hollow (1984)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Quoteable for a Tuesday

"I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true."-Audrey Hepburn

Friday, April 9, 2010

Audrey Friday

If you've watched Breakfast at Tiffany's, you know that Tiffany's is Miss Go Lightly's favorite place to visit when she's got those mean ol' reds or blues, and well, she's just 'crazy' about Tiffany's because it transports her to another place, and she's utterly happy when she's there.

I know there's tons of blog awards out there, but I wanted to hop on the award bandwagon, and create my own; one that represents the feeling that Miss Go Lightly gets when she visits Tiffany' without further ado, I present to you the following award....

There aren't any 'real' rules to this award. Simply bestow it upon as many blog writers who make YOU feel like you are at Tiffany's! and if you would like to take it a step further, briefly state why these particular blogs make you feel like you are at Tiffany's. If not, then simply list them. Oh, and of course don't forget to copy and save the award :)

I have chosen six darlings...and they are:

Thank you all for transporting me to Tiffany's when I read your  lovely, inspiring, witty, educational, humorous, and wonderful blogs. You are all absolutely fantastic!

Ooodles of Love to you, 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

All is Full of Love and Luck!

Oh my!  For a week which I thought was going to turn out blah, it turned out to be a fantastic week in blog land. Earlier this week, my lovely friend Jessica at Chronically Vintage awarded me with the Circle of Friends Award, and then a day later, I get notified by this gorgeous gal; Brittany from Va-Voom Vintage that I was the lucky winner of the fun giveaway she had hosted. Look at all the vintage goodies I won! Yippeee! Thanks again Brittany!

and last but certainly not least, I have received another award; The Beautiful Blogger Award by one of my new lovely friends, Sea Doll at I've got an Island.  
Thank you doll! I will proudly display it on my 'wall' of awards ;) The rules of this award are to post 7 things about yourself, but don't worry, I'll spare you the grief since I had previously posted a meme with some things about moi ;) However, I will share the love, and pass the award on to the following lovely gals:

Emma at Emma Aime
Meredith at L.A. La Land
The Recessionista at Nouveau Cheap

So remember gals take your award, repost with 7 things about yourself, and keep passing the love around!

I am Eternally Gratefully yours,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Lady Day

 Happy Birthday Lady Day
Billie Holiday
April 7,1915-July 17, 1959

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Thank You For Being a Friend

This morning I was bestowed with what I think is one of the best blog awards ever; The Circle of Friend's Award, given to me by my darling sweet friend Jessica at Chronically Vintage !

After reading her post, I started reflecting on my blogging days and to my surprise,  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that I've already reached 200+ posts!. I don't think I've ever written that much lol.

It's a wonderful feeling to know that on the days when I am attacked by the mean reds or the blues, and feel disconnected with the outside world,  or just any day, I can seek solace in the fantastic blogosphere which I became part of a little over year ago. I am extremely thankful and lucky to have found such creative, insightful, sweet, and caring individuals in the blog realm.  Blogging has become a much needed outlet for me.  It has allowed me to write about the things I love; the things that pull at my heart strings, and the things that push my rusty old buttons ;)

So anyway, back to this wonderful award... I am told that this award is to be shared, and since all of you have become a part of my circle of friends, I pass this on to you with a humongous thank you, and would like to invite you to continue passing this award along.  The rule is to pass it along to a certain number of readers, so without further ado, I have chosen the following 8 darlings!

The rules are simple:
  • Copy and save the award graphic above for use in your post,
  • Blog about receiving the award and share five things that you love to do with your readers
  • Keep passing along the Circle of Friends award with however many of your own readers you’d like to
and finally...(ah, I think this is my longest post, thanks for hanging in there!) here are my five of the things I love to do...



Watching movies on TCM
Playing with Goobie
Playing with Make-up
Once again, thank you darling Jessica for this lovely award, and for being such a great source of inspiration to me and for always bringing a smile to my face.

And for the rest of you, again thank you so very much for being a friend oh..and don't forget to take this award with you on your way out :)

Fondly yours,

Monday, April 5, 2010

Shall we play a Game?

It's been a while since I've posted a meme of these sorts (which I snagged from Love Audrey's page), so today three is the magic number for the answers.  The idea behind this is for you to get to know me a wee bit more, and for me to get to know you too! goes!

Three names I go by: 

1. Mommy
2. E (shortened version of my name)

3. Patty (which annoys me, but is my middle name, and the mister is the only one who calls me by this name)

Three jobs I have had:
1. Tech Support Rep
2. Nanny
3. Make-Up Artist

Three places I have lived:
1. Los Angeles (born and still live here)
2. The San Fernando Valley (eww, never again!)
3. Chicago, IL

Three favourite drinks:
1. Coca Coca Cola! (ugh, a vice I'm trying to kick still)

2. Riesling (I'm not an alcoholic, Girl Scout honor!)

3. Arnold Palmers (I love drinking these in the Summer!)

Three TV shows I watch:
1. Mad Men (Can't wait for Season 4! Woop!)

2. Jeopardy (Shh, don't tell anyone!)

3.Ni Hao Kai Lan (technically, it's  a cartoon! but it's become regular programming with Goobie, it's her favorite!)

Three places I have been:

1. Hawaii - (Where I plan to retire at when I'm a little old lady)
2. New York- (If I were younger I would live there for a year or two!)
3. El Salvador (My parents native land; and the smallest country in Central America!)

Three places I would like to visit:
1. Paris

2. Japan

3. Rome (where I shall ride a Vespa like Audrey did in Roman Holiday!)

Three people who text me regularly:
1. The Mister ♥
2. My friend Kim♥
3. The Mister's little sister ♥

Three Favourite Old TV Shows:
1. The Golden Girls

2. Twin Peaks (I don't know why they stopped producing this show, love David Lynch!)
3. The Wonder Years (Hands down, one of my very favorite older shows)

Three Favorite Dishes:
1. Chicken Pesto with Penne Pasta
2. Roast with Potatoes
3. Chinese Chicken Salad (not really a dish, but it's one of my favorite)

Three makeup/toiletries I cannot live without:
1. Mascara
2. Lipstick- Ruby Woo by MAC
3. Eyeliner

Three Things I'm Looking Forward to:

1. Goobie's 2nd Birthday (coming up next month!)
2. Vacation (haven't taken one in a millenium!)
3. My Thirty-Something Birthday in August ;)

Now, it's your turn! Copy and paste and post it on your blog (and leave me a comment letting me know you posted this meme) or copy and paste your answers into my comments box :) I look forward to getting to you know more tidbits about you dahlings!

Vintage Pic of the Day

"Lunch Break"
Rockerfeller Building Construction
Photographed by  Charles C. Ebbets
Notice that the worker on the far right is holding what looks like a liquor flask(click on the actual picture to view in larger size)  Guess it got chilly up there!