Going back to my youth?

It does seem to me that most decades have had some great fashion moments, but equally, some shocking ones too. There would however be a reasonable case for saying that the 70’s only had the shocking ones. There probably were some nice fashion styles in that era, I just cant remember any!

Oh fine, I’m not proud to say I remember the whole Bay City Rollers tartan look thing, and I certainly remember the, err, spectacular looks of glam rock, for both women, and men! Some were worse than others, but most werent good! No, punk rock was never terribly my scene, so fine, lets ignore that, shall we?

But fine, the tight, revealing outfits, and the platform boots, so beloved of that era, oh fine, I remember those! Thankfully, or otherwise, as I was at school during the height of the glam rock era, I missed out on most of that. Not entirely, but thankfully, cover bands werent filmed back then, unlike today in these You Tube days! So, no, you cant see me strutting my stuff lol! 😛

But fine, put Middle Of The Road in a You Tube search, and just maybe…? Oh fine, the Abba look wasnt a lot better! Mind, I suspect many people found the flapper look shocking in the 1920’s, even many younger people lol!

OK, all the same, when I look back on that era, even now, it was fun to live through though!

Right, talking of shocking 70’s looks, brings us to tonight’s video! Yes, this is 70’s kitsch at its worst, in all truth. But if you take it as a look back on fashion history, and put a few fingers over your eyes, its quite funny to watch. And yes, people really did wear clothing like this back then!

What they’re forgetting is, this is 1922

I know, I know, its actually nearly 100 years on from that landmark, but you’ve guessed this blog is going back to the Flapper era, havent you? And if you havent, why not? Yes, this event appeared in my mail box this morning.

http://www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/lates-roaring-20s/

I know, and free too! Unfortunately for this poor, broke flapper girl, it costs a bit too much to get there, and back, especially as I would get back to Huddersfield after the buses had stopped for the night. And no, at the end of April, I am not walking up from town, wearing a flapper dress, and heels, at my age! I could get a taxi, but that all adds to the cost, and its all money I havent got! About £40 ($60) at a rough guess, there, or thereabouts, even being a good girl at the party, and not spending too much. Add in that I’d probably want to get my hair done 20’s style, and fine, its not going to happen. But yes, it would be fun. Only blessing is, because its free, I can keep it on my list, as a maybe, until its too late anyway!

Unless some “Mr Hearst” (or indeed Ms Hearst) wants to take, or treat this poor little “Marion Davies” to the party, and then…

Funnily enough, this time last year, I was getting ready to party in the past, too. An era slightly more recent, and somewhere a lot warmer than here! Yes, a year ago tomorrow, I first went to Hollywood for 10 days, in a hotel. Of course, I’ve since had 4 weeks in an apartment, but back then, a hopelessly excited lady was getting ready for her dream trip. And on that first Saturday, I headed to the Egyptian Theatre, for the most amazing 40’s night. It was a wonderful present, from 2 dear American friends, and I had a wonderful time. The only less wonderful thing? I ended up walking back to my hotel afterwards, in high heels, nearly a mile! I had never done that before, and hopefully never again. I can do it, but my knees truly hate it, so…

Of course, if you’d told me back then that finding a job, after getting back, would be nearly as hard as during the Depression, for a Flapper, I might not have been so excited about it all. But back in those glorious days…

Oh, one last thing, given the last post here was about LA, and the last post on the other blog was about special friends…One dear friend, who I met through Facebook, and who was responsible for one of my real delights of the October trip, the visit to The Magic Castle, posted this on my timeline, when she saw my praise for Mr Scully

I miss you, beautiful.

Ignoring all comments about me, and being beautiful, and needing glasses, you have no idea how wonderful that remark was, Eden. Yes, believe me, I’d rather be there too, at the moment.

Fine, the video. You can guess the song, surely? Not Julie Andrews, though, but Sutton Foster, who played the role on Broadway, I gather. PS, the music only lasts 4 minutes, not as long as it looks!

A different line of thought

One line of thought that seems to be gaining momentum over my look, isnt the Harlow one! Oh, dont get me wrong, its still very popular with me, and with many others, but one other name seems to keep getting mentions, and ironically kidney failure played a part in her death too, but at least she lived to 50! Her name, Veronica Lake. A picture, for those who dont know

veronica lake1

And yes, I can definitely see the resemblance in many ways, apart from the hair length! No, I’m not sending that picture to my hairdresser if I ever want it trimmed again! Also looks like it takes a lot of maintenance, something I really dont have the time for.

The thing that picture doesnt give away, is how tiny she was, just under 5 ft! Yes, she would have looked up to Jean Harlow, and that is saying something! And no, I dont know how she put up with that peek a boo look, it would annoy the hell out of me! But other than that…

Oh, and she could sing, ‘of sorts’, as shown in this wartime effort

But being compared to all these glamorous ladies, I’m not complaining!

And lastly, to complete my early movies foursome, the other lady I havent mentioned before, and another one, like Brooks, I definitely dont resemble, Clara Bow!

Clara, like Louise made most of her films in the silent movies days. Thankfully, more of her movies have survived the test of time, though an awful lot are still described by that awful term, lost film. Clara, like Louise, was never a fan of the talkies, mainly because she hated working to a mic, rather than to the audience. Like so many stars, her Brooklyn accent is used as an excuse, but if you hear her talk, like Brooks, it wasnt true. Just that Bow didnt enjoy talkies, and Brooks hated the whole Hollywood thing, but both soon stopped making movies, Bow’s last was in 1933.

The thing that made me write about her tonight, an interesting find that suggests she auditioned for the part of Scarlett O’Hara! But all in all, what Clara deserves to be remembered for, is her bubbliness in films like this one

Last interesting point, in 1933 Jean Harlow made a film called Bombshell, a pastiche on Clara Bow, made by one of her former loves.

Very last interesting point, both Bow, and Brooks worked for Paramount.

There, all 4 in 1 blog, how’s that?

Diary of a hypno model

A brief (well, relatively brief) look at what happened yesterday, the build up, and after. Some of it serious, some of it, slightly more light hearted, you decide which!

Thursday

Well, thats it all settled now, losing control of my mind for a few hours tomorrow. I know whats been agreed on, and hypnosis can only make you do what you want to do, but…Given my robot fantasies in the past, would it really be that hard to keep me in that mechanised state? Bit late to worry about that now, girl, and I never back out of things, so…
Pack bag with a few outfits, one silver set, a couple of 20’s look things too, as that is something else to greatly look forward to. Oh, and a pair of heels, darlings, an absolute must!

Friday morning, first thing

Breakfast. Nothing out of the ordinary, its not like a condemned persons final meal, I will be becoming myself again at the end of the session, after all. And unless Lex has developed the first robotisation chamber, or a time travel machine (flapper in 1920’s), I should be fine. He hasnt told me of either, but he wouldnt, would he? 😉

Train journeys, pretty much straightforward, quite a surprise with Trans Pennine to be honest, that was my main concern of the day, getting to Manchester in time for the connection. We were a couple of minutes late arriving, but nothing to worry about. Train to Chester also arrives a few minutes late, nice to see Arriva Wales are that way inclined too.

Meet up with Lex, get taken to his place, and plied with coffee. Seriously, he thinks he can put me to sleep after 2 cups of coffee, he must be good. Oh fine, in time we get down to business, and what do you know, he could put me to sleep (strictly in trance) very easily, despite said caffeine. I know, I didnt want to resist, but…

I would say its fascinating being a mindless robot, but given that in that state, you cant really think, I’m not sure how strictly true that conclusion is? Kind of blissful, I guess, though some might see it strange as just obeying commands, and not able to do anything about it. oh, I’m pretty sure he made me forget my human name, but a robot wouldnt want to remember that anyway! No robot designation given, but I think thats because we both know nowadays, there’s someone else I’d rather be long term, the sweet, but sassy flapper!

So, my mind gets introduced to my new ‘temporary’ self, Mary Lou, said flapper, aged 22! She’s great fun! Saucy, sexy, and out to have a good time, while she’s allowed to. I know there was a condition put in, so she wouldnt panic at all the modern surroundings, but I cant remember the details (or I’m not allowed to, one or the other). Talk about turning me into a sex kitten, I was amazed myself! She’s not good at alcohol though (coloured water, actually), and gets a bit giggly when she starts drinking wine.

After that, I remember a session as a fembot sales girl, where I started off thinking I was a human, selling them, but am then led to believe that I might be one too! Dont think I sold myself anyway, lol! Then a purring, sexy Domme, with her hypnotic pendant, now that was fun! Clearly out of order, couldnt get Lex under my control! Beyond getting him to leave me as Mary Lou, I’m not sure what orders I would have given him though!

Then back to the sassy, Mary Lou for a while, until my tummy rumbled too loudly at least, and ‘she’ was asked if she was getting hungry. She was! So soon after that, things were brought to a climax, and I was returned back to normal, though only after a trigger to leave Mary Lou in charge for the rest of the day (with the same no freaking out about modern day things) was set up. To be honest, I’m only sorry to see her go after last night, she was such fun to be!

It made the train journey back quite interesting, a whole new perspective on things to be honest, looking at it through ‘her’ eyes at least. TPE finished the day off, by sitting outside Huddersfield station for about 15 minutes, before finally going into the station, not everything could be perfect after all.

I was torn last night. Whether it was the time in trance that did it, or the travelling, or both, but I felt tired. I didnt want to lose her, but about 11.00 I gave up the battle, and went to bed.

Saturday

Whatever it was, I slept like a log, a rare event for me. Sadly, when I did wake up, Mary Lou was gone, back to the old me again, ah well…Somehow I suspect that at some point, I’m going to have to get Lex to put her back in my mind as a trigger, even if as a controllable one, with me in charge! Shame, as she might feel quite at home dressed 20’s style tonight when I go out for dinner, for Nicole’s birthday. May, or may not wear the flapper dress, as I call it, its a bit short anyway, even more so for mid January! We will see.

So, in review

It was a wonderful, and fun day, and I’m really, really glad I did it, so many thanks to Lex, for letting me fulfil 2 big time fantasies, both robot, and flapper girl. For the future, I’d pick the flapper girl every time. I’m very glad I discovered what life as a robot is like, but the flapper thing is so much more fun, and far more me, nowadays too.

In case anyone was wondering, yes, it was filmed, and yes, I will be getting a copy, might have more idea of everything that went on when I watch it! He does normally sell his films, but those models are younger, and remove a few more clothes than I was ever going to! He has got permission to use it if he wants to, but I suspect the market for someone like me is a lot more limited. If however, you want to see me hypnotised, and obedient, then maybe you should let us know!

The video, something else entirely. I didnt mention, Lex has got a cute puppy called Honey, who even a cat person like me could adore. So given I’ve used up a good number of 20’s videos already, lets go with this

Life in a different decade

Going back 7 months or so ago, I mentioned the idea of being hypnotised to think I was in/from the 1920’s, here https://robotunit8.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/if-i-could-turn-back-time/ and this week I again tossed the idea forward to Lex, for Friday as an idea, and seemingly, he quite liked it.

I certainly would find it interesting if it happened, got mentioned as an idea of a 20’s girl trying to get by in current times, rather than sending me back to then (easier to do, I suspect), and see how she coped. I have no idea whether he actually plans to do it or not, I suspect most things are remaining a secret from me until they happen on Friday, somehow?

I also mentioned the idea of said ‘flapper girl’ having to get herself home, but I suspect the main snag with that, is bringing me back to the current day, if we did that? But as I say, I suspect I will only find out when it happens! Slightly more practical than a mindless robot getting herself home, thats for sure! But a 20’s girl, coping with now, hmm, wonder what she’d make of all those people using mobile phones!

As things stand, in truth, I really dont know what it would be like. As crazy for her now, as it would be for me trying to live in the 20’s, I guess? If I find out, I’ll let you know, thats for sure.

Saturday night, I’ll be going out, Nicole’s birthday dinner. What I’ll wear, not quite sure? I would love to wear the flapper dress, but it is January, it is cold (though not as cold as some parts of the US were!), and the dress is short, above the knees, so not sure I fancy that. And unfortunately £3 leggings arent designed to be used very often! They are wearable, just, but…I suspect it will end up being one of the longer length dresses somehow, given the temperature…and my age! Mind, I think I have a pair of hose, that almost match, so… 😉

One thing is for sure, I’ll never truly know what life in the 1920’s was like, time travel isnt for real, only happens in fiction. And maybe in the mind too?

Every so often, by pure chance, I find a gem of a video, and song. This could well be one of them. I have no idea who Pennan Brae is, but I love his taste

Its that time of year

Yes, December has arrived yet again, and with it, the great fuss that is Christmas nowadays. Some of us still think about the original event that this grand shopping spree is based upon, but I’m not how many really do nowadays? Thankfully that side of events isnt a big issue for me, dont have too many people to concern myself with buying presents for. It does mean not many get sent my way, but really, I’m not complaining about that, honest I’m not.

Unlike November, my whole social life calms down in December, quite ironic really. But, the one big outing comes early in the month, on Thursday in fact. Alright, its only the works Christmas Dinner, but its my main chance to dress up this year, especially given we arent going out to dinner on Christmas Day this year, eating at home instead. So yes, as may have been noted, I’m in full flapper mode this year. Short dress that they would be proud of, though I will wear leggings underneath, as my surgically repaired knees shouldnt be inflicted on anyone. But I’ve got the wig, got the headband, and hopefully the fun too. No, no cigarette holder, no point. I’m a non smoker, and besides that, smoking rules have changed dramatically in the last 90 years lol!

I wonder if some people will recognise me, in a dark helmet bob wig, given I’ve been blonde for years, but I expect they will recognise me, all the same. And no, I have no plans to dance the night away, or drink myself silly. Two left feet, and a sensible nature will ensure on those! And yes, if and when I get any photos back of the dress, I will post something on here, I promise.

Sunday, my next chance to post anything here, I’ll let you know how it all went.

So, the classic Christmas song, as the video tonight, though not one of the 70’s look. This is as recent a performance as I can find by Slade on You Tube, and thats over 20 years old. Yes, its mimed!

Flapper Girl

So, here we are, one blog away from the Louise Brooks birthday blog on Thursday, when she would be 107, if she had ever lasted that long! No, not many do, and indeed she passed away nearly 30 years ago now.

The funny thing is, she is often seen as the archetypal flapper girl, when in fact, she was nothing of the sort. The look was around to some degree by the end of the 1890’s, as this article at Wikipedia shows

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper

Though of course it didnt become really popular until the 1920’s, when Brooks, along with many others, took up the new fashionable look. Though to some degree, if you asked people in the street to name a famous flapper girl, her name would probably come up countless times.

It came about through emancipation of course, and the slight (by modern standards at least) liberation of women, that was originally created by the need for them to work during WW1. Of course, the biggest irony of it all, they decided on a very boyish look. Well, apart from the short dresses, and the heels, but the haircut, and the flat chested look, oh absolutely.

To say it was a sign of decadence is clear, the way it died off at the time of the Wall Street Crash makes that clear. But all the same, things had started to change, even if it took until the 1960’s before any real liberation movements took hold again. In fact, by the time of Brooks’s last film in 1938, Overland Stage Raiders (also starring a young John Wayne), the bob was gone, and her hair was medium length. I’ve seen it, it looks strange at first, but you get used to it, lol!

In fact, if you think about it, its amazing that despite everything, the bob has lasted through the years, even if the style might have changed slightly in that period. But the change in female looks, and attitude that came out in that post war period, will never be quite repeated, because hopefully it will never need to. Doesnt mean the look still cant be fashionable today though. Anyone would think I was planning to wear a flapper style dress at the work Christmas do, or something!

And lets face it, and I’m one that buys them, the whole Betty Boop thing is still popular today, and her calendar is again on my wall this year, and probably will be next year too.

The video is by a group I know little about, beyond what Wikipedia tells me. But seeing they’ve won a couple of Grammies, had sell out tours, and seem highly popular they must be doing well. This song, well it just fits in so well

Boop, boop a doo!