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Quote of the Week - Bette Davis

Old age is no place for sissies.

How to Wear a Hat

Hats and suits that fit with those little added touches to make it all that much better.

A few posts back I mentioned my dislike of the undersized fedora.
The undersized fedora is the one you see those - 'dudes' let's call them - wearing in Hollywood. Personally, I think they look like Fozzie Bear.

The other night I saw a gentleman standing in the rain in a long black overcoat and a perfectly fit hat. Boy, did he look sharp. I pointed him out to my husband and he asked me why I thought he looked so sharp. Well, both his hat and his overcoat fit him properly and were very flattering for his figure type. Henceforth, this post on hats.

The first step to wearing a hat is to measure your head. Take a measuring tape and wrap it around your head just above your ears. Take a look at the chart below. The average man's hat size is 7 1/4 US.

Deciding which hat style suits you:

Don't worry I'm not going to post any pictures of Johnny Depp.
First you have to know what shape your f…

Her A-Z of Personal Style

Style isn't just about what you wear.

A - Attaché case - sounds so much more elegant than briefcase. There are some great vintage attachés to be found. They're usually quite old and well worn hence the leather is perfect. This is an ordinary accessory I'd like to see more of but used and dressed in a not so ordinary way.
acrylic - No sweater, or any other piece of clothing mind you, should be made from this. It pills, stretches and actually stinks.

B - breakfast - If you don't have time for a sit down breakfast you better reexamine your life - enough said.
black - There have been many great quotes about the color black. Which is a color and it's my favourite. Christian Dior in his book, The Little Dictionary of Fashion simply says under the heading of B, 'I could write a book about black.' I recommend that you have one in black of everything in your closet. I recently lost about 95% of my wardrobe (long story) and because most of it was black I was still able …

Vintage Herbert Levine

cheetah print boots

Quote of the Week - Joseph Addison

There is nothing that touches our imagination so much as a beautiful woman in a plain dress.

Mood Lighting - Take it Personally

Eaton's catalog 1973

One of the most important and personal things in your home is the lighting. For example, we have dimmer switches on every light switch - even the kitchen. However, we went to a dinner party last week and the hosts had installed fluorescent tube lighting aka office lighting throughout their entire apartment. We dined under the hum of excited mercury vapor.

Rothschild & Bickers

You've probably gotten a good sense of my style by now and would've guessed I'd be a fan of 1970s swag lighting. The colored glass throws off a beautiful muted light that some refer to as either 'comfy' or 'sexy'. Both adjectives sound good to me. The lights are still quite easy to find when I go out thrifting however its day will come, and like the West German pottery, it will be impossible to find. When that day does arrive Rothschild & Bickers will be there to console me with their bespoke services (via Styleture).

You wouldn't believe me if I told…

Yes, I want to drive your car

Those of you who are regular readers of Bijou Living may remember that I grew up in a body shop. My Dad rebuilt many a classic car. Those that I remember are a 1957 Chevy (aka The '57 - it was always a trophy winner), a 1967 Camaro SS Big Block (another trophy winner), and a 1966 Corvette (rebuilt and sold right away). Needless to say, I like vintage cars.

On a road trip down to Palm Springs last January, which wasn't in the 1975 Porsche 911 I dream about, we made a three day pit stop in Napa Valley, California. One of the touristy things I wanted to do was to check out this roadside attraction known as Litto's Hubcap Ranch. We were greeted by Bosco, who also substituted as our tour guide. I'm not sure if we were actually supposed to be on the property but Bosco liked us and let us in. Apparently, there are over 5000 hubcaps on display at Litto's.

image stacy reynaud

Litto's Hubcap Ranch in Pope Valley, CA (eastern Napa Valley)

1958 T-bird and '67-71 Camaro at

Fur in the Bedroom - Not just for John Holmes

Faux real.

Years ago I would've thought faux fur in the bedroom was reserved strictly for my Speedo wearing friends and porn stars. Oh, how times change. Not only have I grown to appreciate those updated little bathing trunks the guys are wearing but I've also developed a fondness for the furry stuff in the bedroom. *purrrrr*
Pierre Frey has been doing beautiful faux fur home accessories for some time now. It's available online and in France.

How to Propose a Toast

As a kid, did you ever have that uncle, grandfather, or the eccentric relative that you had no idea how you were related to them, give amazing toasts? Toasting is an art and, like your kiss, you will be remembered for this. Toasts can be to love, friendship, health, wealth, or happiness.
They need not be long. Something as brief as "To Dave, a great friend and an amazing musician," will suffice.When toasting you rise, lift your glass and look the person you are toasting in the eyes. Make the toast and take a sip all while keeping eye contact. To break eye contact is disrespectful. You need not rise when there are only two of you.
Add a reminiscence, praise, relevant story or joke to appear more poised and eloquent.
The toast should always be in keeping with the occasion.
At a dinner party a host or hostess offers the first toast. A guest may propose a toast to the host if a toast is not offered by the host. A guest may also propose a second toast after the host.At less forma…

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

model Francois Hardy

Quote of the Week - Oscar Wilde

If in doubt, overdress.

Life after the drapey cardigan

Okay, so you've put away the drapey cardigan - now what?

The same woman in a
drapey jacketand a tailored jacket.
Double or single breasted- they both work. If you're bustier up top go for a single breasted jacket as the double breasted adds girth.
What's that? You're going to miss all those bulky folds up front on your draping cardigan sweater? How about a draping light weight jersey top with a long chainor five with your jacket? I wear a cashmere sweater under mine.

A well tailored jacket is never too dressy.
Yes, you can move around in it as easy as the drapey cardigan.
You'll be surprised how differently people respond to you.
Why not try it and find out for yourself?

6 Womenswear Trends to Put Away Now

top: monogrammed trophy bags, cosmetic enhancements, red soles
bottom: indigo skinny jeans and tan/brown boots, overdyed sprayed on denim with gold designer detailing on the pockets (Jordache 1970s), the draped cardigan (ladies, it looks like a housecoat)

Quote of the Week - Bill Blass

When in doubt, wear red.

Vintage Jaeger


West German Pottery

my stuff

I'm not sure which piece was my first. I've bought, sold and traded West German Pottery off and on for about ten years now. Within the past three years I've noticed it's becoming more and more difficult to find when I'm out thrifting. Apparently, West German Pottery is a hot commodity now - don't call it Fat Lava because that's a glaze and not all West German Pottery has this type of glaze.

How choked was I when I popped into the local Aritzia store to burn all the Ugg boots (joking obviously) and counted 14 pieces of West German Pottery in various sizes on shelving throughout the store? I thought perhaps Mr. Hill had stashed his personal collection in the store, however, when I went in to another Aritzia - surprise another 14 pieces on display! If only the shoplifters knew that the pottery would retain its value longer than the pair of Nudies they just shoved down their pants.

So now when I'm out thrifting not only do I have to know each of th…

The Family Elan -They're a Musical Group

There's just something in Monumental that reminds me of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart. Could be the sparse recording, bass-baritone I don't know. Who cares really, it's good.

Check them out. While you're at it go discover The Incredible String Band if you haven't already.
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The Best Mens Style - An A-Z

A - attitude
Cheesy but memorable: The world is like a mirror reflecting what you do and if your face is smiling it smiles back at you.

B - breath
Remember that teacher in school? Well, you don't want to be them - even when you're married. Carry some breath mints, floss, go to the dentist, eat parsley but heavens to betsy don't spray that Binaca in public.

C - colour coordination
...cause every girl's crazy bout a sharp dressed man. You can look like a million bucks if you match. Matching, matching, matching. Someone told me once, 'Blue and green should never be seen except for the sky and the grass.'.

D - dress shoes
Like colour coordination, a good pair of dress shoes can work wonders. Don't go cheap in this department. Go for the simplest, most classic pair you can afford. Don't leave the shop without polish, a shoe horn and forms. Nothing looks sexier than a man's closet with neatly lined rows of shoes displayed on forms. Yes, men's shoes are …