History Dressed With Style and Class

I had an unusual childhood.  While many of my childhood friends were watching Saturday morning cartoons, and the latest Disney movie, I was watching classic movies with my Dad.  Movies staring Cary Grant, Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Leslie Caron, and more were common in my home, and I remember watching these films fascinated by the way these men and women dressed.

I always wanted to dress with the same kind of style as the actors I saw on screen, and I have been disappointed that society seems to be falling further and further away from such style and class.

This morning, as I slowly woke up from a full night of sleep, I was scanning Tumblr and Pinterest for old photos of style and class.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Carry Grant is the definition of sophistication and class. (1950’s)


I wish we wore more hats and suites in daily life. (1937)


Dean Martin & Angie Dickinson on set. (1959)


Diana Rigg (1967)


Dating in the 1950’s was a lot different then today.


5 Things

It’s been a hard year.  My life has changed significantly, & as we come to the close of 2015 I am disappointed at how little I accomplished this year.  My 2015 goals were abandoned along the road side early in the year out of a sheer need to survive.

But despite this being a hard year, I am grateful for some many things.  So here are 5 things that are going right in my life right now 🙂

  1. I am listening to Christmas music.  I know this may not seem like a big deal, but I assure you it is.  Last year I didn’t celebrate Christmas.  No tree, lights, decorations, or music.  This year I was so excited to begin the Christmas holiday that I had music playing on Thanksgiving.  As I listen to some of my favorite Christmas melodies I cant help but smile, and look forward to the Christmas season.
  2. I am picking up pictures today.  Now this may not seem like a big deal to you, but this is the first set of pictures I have actually had printed in years.  When I moved to CA, and started decorating my room, I hung several cork boards. However all the photos I have are close to 10 years old.  So I went through all my phones photos, and my online cloud storage, and selected a wide assortment of photos to be printed, and eventually hung on the wall.
  3. Star Wars is coming out in less then a month.  Need I say more?
  4. Yesterday Kiri, Sydney, Ken, and myself went to Disneyland for a family day at the park, and to enjoy Seasons of the Force.  While we were there we may or may not have taken this amazing picture.12307346_10205535694657551_7140249013968207326_o
  5. But perhaps the most important thing that is going right in my life is my decision to be happy, and move forward with my life.  It’s been a hard year yes, but I am not going to let those hardships define who I am or how I behave.  I have wonderful people in my life, and great opportunities.  So I am choosing to focus on the good instead of the past.