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Monday, 21 August 2017

Let's ask ourselves: "How good is my writing?"


Hello everybody.

It's pretty late (by my standards), but I have been thinking about this little image for a while, so I better get it out and share the thought with you all.

Here's what the school children 
were asked to fill-in back in time?


I'll be answering it, trying to be as objective as possible:
1. Yes, I have been told my writing is acceptable,
2. I try to make it simple, without any elaborate or curvy details,
3. Actually, my letters ten to stand tall and on't slant,
4. All the loops are closed, that is, I prefer to have a lot of circles in my writing,
5. No, I use an archaic variation to Cyrillic "z",
6. To my knowledge, they are.
7. Yes, there is a tail to every one of them,
8. I have never used a circle above the lettering, unless I'm goofing around,
9. The capital letters are bigger than the smaller ones,
10. Only time there's a "no" is when I accidentally "eat" one out of the word,
11. Yes, they are,
12. Alas, no - especially when I scribble on the sofa,
13. Rarely ever, but sometimes I like to clear out all distractions,
14. It came naturally to me,
15. At most times yes, because it hurts otherwise,
16. The sturdier the surface, the better the work, yes,
17. Just like the typewriter machine I do,
18. I have a natural mad-woman kind of a grip, but trying to loosen up,
19. It took the most time perfecting, only "no" in a really messy situation of ultimate hurry,
and 20. For some of the things - YES, it's a second nature.

This quiz is designed to remind children to keep their writing at their best. I fear that it seems to be a bit obsolete lately. Since we write in two letters - Cyrillic an Latin (latter know to most of you as the "alphabet"), it became "too hard" for a regular 14 year old to automatically separate between those two, so last year we hear our Minister of Education encouraging the kids to do the Standard Test the best they could, and promising them that the Test Checkers would not pay attention if they mix the two lettering in a same sentence.
Sorry, what?!
Not being able to distinguish between your lettering is a matter of  failing the year for a 9 year old, or so it was back in the day when writing include full length words, capitalization, using commas and using words longer than five letters. 
(Can you smell me being in flames, here?)
In 2015, British "Guardian" wrote about this, saying "A poll of 1,000 teens by the stationers Bic found that one in 10 don’t own a pen, a third have never written a letter, and half of 13- to 19-year-olds have never been forced to sit down and write a thank you letter. More than 80% have never written a love letter; 56% don’t have letter paper at home" - read the rest here - and just leave a comment about the title of their post (which I o not believe to be true).

Are we letting this go?
No.
Since there is still those of us who LOVE getting letters written in our Pen Pal's handwriting, there is still hope. Vintage fashion and stationery go hand-in-hand, after all.
Am I right?

...
I'm interested to see your test results.
Marija

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Neue Mode, September 1960


Hello everybody

I took on extra work (just few hours now an then, doing translation) because the winter is coming, the provisions have to be bought, the repairs need to be done.. and let's just take a look at some nice fashion, because I'm tired.

Shall we?

 Everything: the coat, the bag, the hat, the face
everything is so lovely.
(they call it "sporty", because at those days
this was an every-day wear for most people)

 Moving  on, to slightly different shapes.
Purple, much?

 These muted colors
would most certainly fit in every office space, right?

 Evening pieces, in bolder colors and cut.

 Now, now..
this is the POSH side of life.
These are, I'd suppose, made to be worn to what we call a "date night"
or a classy business dinner.

 "One cut, two blouses"
Utilize the pattern, that's the way to save on time.

 Amazing pattern combination.

 Going out and about in the outdoors would not be a trouble
if one had this coat, right?

 For the ladies who have aged graciously 
this page features some contemporary designs
("contemporary" for those days!)  :)

 To the great outdoors!
Never without style.

 Young and trendy
dresses for those dance-nights
(alas, mine were quite different at the time when I was a teen)

 The conservative in me tells me
these are looking so suitable.

 Give your knitting some color-blast!

 Kids in style

 More kids - more style.

These two "new cuts"
are showing the changes in colors and patterns.
We are entering the age of new design.

Any favorites?
Marija

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Neue Mode magazine - August 1960


Hello Everybody

Shoot - it's Thursday!  :)














I had to leave you with no comments under pictures, because it would take me more time than I have to make them.. and it would be some time Friday that I would publish.. so, there we have it: a mute post. :D
Marija

Monday, 7 August 2017

"Your style guide", let us see what we can learn today.


Hello everybody

I am a regular reader of old comics, as all of you must have figured out, by all those Sunday Love Stories I have posted over the years. 
On some rare Sundays, I have given you bits and pieces of articles that came along, in those comics. Mostly, they concern our marriage capacity and the beauty themes (nothing wrong with being married and/or beautiful!). Since our standards tend to change in time, I would like us to give this little article a look. It comes from "Love at first sight" comic book, issue number 035, that came out in June 1955.

Ready?
....set - go:


:)
Right?  


As with every single thing we get from those days that gone by, there are some good things, and some things I find a bit out-dated.
Number One: I absolutely agree on the eyebrow-agenda. Nothing frames face and makes features better than a well-styled pair of brows. Note, I wrote "well styled" - since, I have seen quite a number of non-proportional and out-of-place tattooed brows, done by people who (I'd suppose) do not really bother with achieving overall harmony in their client's faces. Personally, I have been lacking brows both in length and in composition - and I prefer having mine gently filled in with a pencil. (FINE! I'll admit it: there are days when I purposely make my brows RED, to make more impact)
Number Two: our voices make us or break us. I'd like to be able to have a strong argument against it, however I am a witness to the truthfulness of that statement. Toning down, in my case, would only be possible if I was trying to achieve "monster voice" or better say "deep throat"- but that is the case when I'm speaking my natural language (I have much softer voice in English, you know?)  :)

I would like you to join the discussion.
What do you think?
Something to add? Something to subtract? Are you following some age-old rule?

Do write all about it.
Marija

Friday, 4 August 2017

Hair aspirations.


Hello everybody.

 Hair.
(great musical, but that is not what I would like to "talk" to you about today - that said, we might get to "let the sunshine" some day in the future, when I learn to stop tearing up at the end scene every single time I watch it).
The HAIR we are discussing today is the one on our heads, the same I've wrote about, and more and then some more. As it seems, the story of hair is a never-ending one - mostly because it grows all the time. 
But... what if it doesn't? (or: what if it's growth is weak, what if the quality is poor, what if you're pulling it out with every wash?!) I am personally quite familiar with all of the stages just described, and I was not ashamed to let you know about it in the links above. You have seen me lose it all, you have seen my "Nancy" (that's how I named the wig I wore), you seen the orange phase, and you've seen me getting it bobbed - alongside dear Bernice.
Then, for me, a new circle started, meaning I had to cut it all off (almost all!) in the pixie - thus making myself the expert in living with in-between phases of hair growth. Not a praised title to flaunt around, I must admit; at least I have a title, right?  :)

This following article has been lying around for some time
now, it looks like a good time to post it
since, amazingly, it has some good ideas about the forever-issue of 
hair:


Oh, and remember: 
"..tight waves were never pretty and they are as out of date now as above-the-knee skirts". 
Enough said.  :)

Currently, I'm growing a mullet and a weird bush on top of my head - not by my own personal choice, it just happens to be the part growing faster and stronger than others (also, it get curled up on it's own, I have no say in it).

No, really.
Just take a look at it:


So, what am I to end this with?
There are no vise words from me, I'm afraid. It is, indeed, an ever-lasting learning-curve, and it takes a bit inventiveness to avoid the handful of it during the wash, and try my best not to get myself bold in the process. (if I do lose the hair, there is always Nancy, right?)
..
How's your hair?

Many hugs!
Marija

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wait a minute... it's Wednesday, right?!


Hello everybody.

In this day and age, we seem to witness subtle changes in this sphere of ours, the world wide web spins around, and we're letting some things go - form the beginning of this year I have seen some blogging-ships off, as they sailed into the sunset.
I have given this a thought myself, too - but, it's a fine little place where I feel rather well, so I am not giving up being "old school" (ah, and once blogging was a hip new thing, remember those days?).

Now, now.. 
as the title states: it is Wednesday
I have no more Burda magazines for you
BUT...
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.
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I have Neue Mode magazine
...and we're starting at July 1960.

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Starting off with a white ensemble, quite tight fitting,
for those who prefer more motion, there is a light blue stripped choice
(as stripes and pale colors were the hit of the season!)

"Bright Summer "
or, as I call it: stipes, dots and puff sleeves!

More sophisticated look can be accomlished by going for floral designs and 
having a less impact of the cut.

Look at these  
they are perfect for the afternoon stoll.

I will guess here, but these are more
designed for the younger population, as it features some
in-between style: still a bit girly, but getting serious.

You can be Seventeen only once, indeed.

Knitting for summer?
Some find it plain nuts,
but here you can see how great it looks when properly styled.

Remember "Tosca"?
One of Germany's preferred brand of the time.

Going for whole lot of sixties style here!
Seeing this, I'm feeling the surge of 
"summer party" movies.
How about you?

You day-to-day style, quite suitable for today's offices
(actually, over here - you'd be over-dressed)  :)

A bit more lay-back look,
for most of age groups.
These are the most versatile dresses in this issue,
since you can "upgrade" them into looking quite elaborate
by adding details, putting on a netting-hat,
wearing gloves.. oh, it's all about detailing!

For those less slender,
here are some models that show 
how you don0t need to wear a sack-dress to "hide the curves"

I'm happy to say that Neue Mode magazine
features really and honestly curvier models,
and their age is not ending in "teen". :)

A true calling of the era is the image in upper left corner:
all mother of short-shorts.

For your days on sea-side 

..or your country-side outings.

Let's end today's issue with "the new pattern" of the time
introducing: checkers! :)

This issue is short in pages, I do feel sorry about that - but, we should try to keep this "alive" and again: I fully support you sharing this around.
And if you happen to get some ideas and end up making something from it, do feel free to let me know.
Marija