Something New :Lupita Nyong’o for New York Magazine February 2014 By A Stairway To Fashion

Stunning natural beauty!

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The “It Girl” of the moment is definitely the stunning 30 years old kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o. And here she is in another spread for the New York Magazine, the February 2014 issue, where she opens up about how she is settling into her new life in the spotlight and how she’s adjusting to the newfound fame.

The beautiful Lupita, since her Oscar-winning with “12 Years A Slave” she became the face of Miu Miu, graced editorials in Vogue, filmed the upcoming action-thriller “Non Stop” with Liam Nelson, met most of her idols – among them Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Oprah. See the entire interview here.

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Lupita Nyong'o for New York Magazine February 2014 Lupita Nyong’o for New York Magazine February 2014

Lupita Nyong'o for New York Magazine February 2014 Lupita Nyong’o for New York Magazine February 2014

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Poet Writer : Langston Hughes And I~Hold Fast To Dreams

Simple yet strong!

Simple Pleasures

“Hold fast to dreams
for when dreams go
life is a barren field
frozen with snow.”

Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes, 29 February 1936 Langston Hughes, 29 February 1936 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mad For Jazz: Hey, Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney

As promised, thanks to the Italian Terror Youtube handle here is the lovely Rosemary Clooney singing the original “Hey, Mambo Italiano”. All I can say is that dress is to die for! Not a bad performance either. Sadly, she looks like she wants to mambo and sway to the music, but can’t. For reason, it was so forbidden in those days. That is the reason, why you only see the top part of Elvis Presley’s body on American TV. Shall I say, the bottom half was SCANDALOUS!! Lol!

Mad For Jazz : Hey Mambo Italiano – Dean Martin

Ok, so I cheated, but this is an interesting entry in wikipedia, “Mambo Italiano” is a popular song written by Bob Merrill in 1954 and recorded by Rosemary Clooney. Merrill actually wrote it on deadline, scribbled hastily on a paper napkin in an Italian restaurant in New York, United States using the wall pay-phone to dictate the melody, rhythm and lyrics to the recording studio pianist, under the aegis of conductor Mitch Miller. The song became a hit for Rosemary, reaching #10 on the charts in the United States and number one in the UK Singles Chart early in 1955.” Up until today, when I think of this song, I think of only Dean Martin. Apparently, his version was recorded in the same year 1954 and only in the Uk as well. Hmm, stay tune for Rosemary Clooney’s version. btw, she is wearing a gorgeous vintage dress!

The original record was produced by Mitch Miller.[1]

Vintage Music: The Beau Brummels 1965

Aww,thanks to raloydz post on youtube, I am remembering the days when we used to come home from school and watch the Flintstones. This episode “Shimrock Go Go” was one of my favorites! Could it be it reminds me of one of my favorite vintage songs??

Vintage Music: Sugar Honey Honey Song 1969

Heard this song today and was immediately thrown back to my childhood. One of those corny good feeling songs that you never forget.

Happy New Year

Well,I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and wish you all a Happy New Year! As usual we all have plans and new strategies for the New Year and ours was to close the shop for the winter and continue with our on-line website, while traveling to various vintage markets. We are excited! Snowbirds are heading for warmer climates and since tourist season is not until July, it seems like a great time for a few road trips! It has been a blast, because we love what we do and when you love what you do, you just continue to find better ways to do it. Simple!

Needless to say, life happens when you are not planning, or in the mist of tweeking the plans in our case! Let’s just take a look at what was not planned. A month before Christmas I dropped the nook and the glass cracked, but thank god it still works, otherwise I would have nothing to update this blog, but a cell! Why? Right before the New Year my laptop went into a coma with a blue screen that stays on constant re-boot, while the Mac went out of commission months ago due to a fried cord and dead battery and now the printer is kaput! A sure sign of wear and tear, but really wow! Never did we planned for everything to die in 60 days in this order! Is that it for electronics?! 4 years life span and done?

GOODBYE 2013, YOU COST US TOO MUCH FOR THE START OF 2014, but as the song goes “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now We’re On The Move!”, so stay tune for the perils of Leaf and Bark! Lol!


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