twelve month and a day, the dead began to speak

 I always felt protective toward her. I liked her. While I had no reason to feel sorry for her—she was beautiful and rich and loved—I did: I just knew that she was a magnet for shit, and I saw a lot of people unload on her. She was a child—a sweet, needy child, and I’m very Irish and very Catholic and basically a decent person, and I think you take care of children and needy people. I think you reach out to the sad people and the sick people, and I always felt that Marilyn was an inch and a half from deep sadness. If I made her comfortable—and she told me I did—it was because I wasn’t after her for anything but friendship, and I had a house full of noise and kids and open doors. She could let it hang with me, and I wish—like a lot of other people—that I had kept the doors open more often. She was a good person. She was not treated well.

-Maureen Stapleton in an interview with James Grissom, 1991[x]

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#marilyn monroe
Anonymous: You're always so well put together and look like someone who'd be at home with all those beautiful women you post. I want to get into pin-up but I don't know where to start looking for clothes. Do you have any faves?

There are so many amazing resources these days depending on the look you want to achieve, something that I sadly did not have when I first started putting on red lipstick and curling my hair 17 years ago. Generally, I’m not running to Pinup Girl Clothing terribly often because it doesn’t fit my aesthetic as well as other retailers/designers, but if you’re going for a fun 1950’s style look, definitely check them out because they have a huge variety of styles. I can’t personally speak for quality since I seriously own one dress from there and I wasn’t super impressed with it, but that was the nature of the fabric which was a heavy satin and bit too costume-y for my taste. I do know that a lot of vintage styled ladies do shop there frequently, so I’m going to chalk this up as a rare disappointment that’s hardly the norm.

Tatyana Boutique would be my go-to vintage shop if their selection was a little broader. There was a recent rebranding, so I expect them to expand. Also, they carry the entire Dita Von Teese line, which while pricier I can vouch for as being absolutely amazing in style, quality, and fit. Their house lable tends to run true to size or perhaps a bit smaller.

Stop Staring! Clothing was a recent find & I’m completely in love with so many of their designs, which generally fit my aesthetic better than most shops. I’m much more of a late 1930s & early to mid 1940s kind of girl. So understated designs with beautiful details, smartly tailored suits, dresses that fall a little longer, three quarter length leather gloves, stylish felt hats, fitted trenchcoats. My preferred look is much more film noir femme fatale than bombshell comedienne.

Bernie Dexter has really lovely designs for the 1950’s pinup, and I do own several of her dresses. More summer weather fare, but all really gorgeous. Fun, sometimes outlandish prints, but no one’s doing pin-up to be subtle. The fit is kind of hit or miss though. I have one dress in an XS that’s still too loose, and another in a S that fits but fits like Marilyn Monroe sewed into it.

Wheels & Dollbaby is a higher end designer of kind of late 1950s to early 1960s bombshell styled attire. I own a few dresses and am always pleased with them, but they really only work for very specific cocktail attire. Too revealing for more formal occassions, too dressy for a random night on the town, so yeah. If you’re going to glitzy cocktail party that might be serving champagne like it’s water and all the men want to be Don Draper, this is the store for you.

Also, check out Etsy. I don’t really recommend it for finding true vintage because sellers do tend to mark up their merchandise because of the demand/interest, however they do have vintage reproductions, many of which can be made to order. Also, accessories from places like Luxulite, which are adorable. If you have an instagram account, definitely go follow them so you can see new inventory when it’s listed, their stuff goes super quickly.

I know that a lot of people use ModCloth for ‘vintage’ clothing, but I personally find the aesthetic lacking something. It’s like so many of their dresses have a general vintage look about them, and then one aspect that absolutely ruins it. You can get far better items for less money at other retailers.

So yeah, that’s the general gist of where to find some vintage styled clothing. Let me know if you have any questions. Always happy to help a lady getting into the look.

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#pinup #vintage #klytea replies #pinup girl #fashion

This delightful thing arrived today. The designer did fascinators for ladies of the Capitol in the Hunger Games. It’s just the right blend of classic elegance & absurdity. Which is generally my favourite aesthetic. 

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#vintage #fascinator #birdcage veil #red lips

Marilyn Monroe photographed by John Florea, 1951

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#marilyn monroe
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#vintage #pinup #red lips #luxulite


Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt, 1876

Georges Jules Victor Clairin

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#sarah bernhardt
Trying to pay $50 for a $300+ costume commission is like trying to get French champagne on a Sprite budget.
MaryAnne Vivandiere, seamstress and owner of Vivandiere Designs, on cosplayers asking for ‘reasonable prices’ for custom made costumes, without taking into account the hours spent patterning & fabricating said costume, as well as the cost of materials. (via msjayjustice)
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#costuming #cosplay #why i no longer accept commissions
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Anonymous: How old are you if you don't mind answering?

I’ll be 30 in February. So, practically the Crypt Keeper as far as Tumblr goes.

#klytae replies
Anonymous: you look so much like nicole kidman it's kinda creepy

I’ve been told that since I was 14. More so when I had my natural hair colour. So thank you. I always consider it a compliment.

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#klytae replies

'As a straight guy I find girls writing slash fanfic gross.' Well, as a bisexual girl I find the portrayal of women in popular media gross.

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#fanfic #fanfiction
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#death becomes her
women in history - cleopatra vii [69 bc - 30 bc]

cleopatra vii philopator, now known simply as cleopatra, was the last active pharaoh of ancient egypt and the last of a long-ruling family line: the ptolemy dynasty. what separated cleopatra from prior ptolemaic rulers was where they refused to embrace the egyptian language—as they were of greek origin—she not only learnt to speak egyptian, she also represented herself as the reincarnation of the egyptian goddess, isis. before ruling egypt alone, she first ruled alongside her father, ptolemy xii. after his death and following ancient egyptian custom, she wed and ruled alongside her ten year-old brother, ptolemy xiii. but relations completely broke down between the egyptian queen and her brother-king, resulting in cleopatra removing ptolemy’s names from official documents and having only her face on their coins. unrest ensued and cleopatra went into exile. while cleopatra was in exile, ptolemy xiii—now only thirteen years of age—angered julius caesar by beheading someone whom he thought was a great enemy of caesar’s. taking full advantage of caesar’s anger at ptolemy’s mistake, cleopatra had herself smuggled back into the palace by being rolled up in a carpet. although caesar was 52 years-old and cleopatra 21 years, she delivered caesar’s baby—nicknamed caesarion— just nine months later, ensuring his loyalty to back her bid for the throne. caesar beat ptolemy xiii’s army at the battle of the nile and the young king drowned, putting cleopatra securely back on the throne. but as ancient egyptian tradition decreed, she married her next younger brother, ptolemy xiv. just three short years later, julius caesar was assassinated by a group of conspirators and shortly after his death, cleopatra’s co-ruler and brother-king, ptolemy xiv, was allegedly poisoned to death by cleopatra herself. her and caesar’s son, caesarion, was, in time, announced as her new co-ruler. though cleopatra met mark antony when she was 14 years of age, she didn’t become more acquainted with him until the roman civil war and in 41 bc, she charmed him so thoroughly he stayed with her in alexandria for the winter season. cleopatra and antony had twins, married—though he was still married to another woman—, and had one more child together. upon the invasion of egypt by octavian and believing cleopatra to be dead, mark antony attempted to commit suicide by stabbing himself in the stomach. learning she was actually alive, he was taken to her where she was in hiding and died in her arms. cleopatra, grieving and  desperate not to be caught and paraded about by octavian, had a posionous asp snake bite her breast and died from the venom.

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#cleopatra #history

Eartha Kitt in Amsterdam, 1962

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#eartha kitt
behind the scenes of campari 2015
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#eva green
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