Lupe Velez

I was watching an episode of Frasier the other morning before work, as you do and it was one of the early ones. Roz mention a little myth about the actress Lupe Velez, i had never heard of her before, it was about how she tried to remain as beautiful as possible when she killed herself, immaculate make-up, flowers, her hair perfect but when she came to take the sleeping pills she neglected to remember the previous nights spicy food and got up to vomit in the toilet and thats where she died, her ass in the air and her head in a toilet, not the perfect ending she wanted. I was really intrigued and wanted to know more about her; turns out she was a really enigmatic character whose finals hours weren’t quite as the legend makes it out to be.

Born in 1908 in Mexico, she caught her big break in the movie Sailors, Beware! with Laurel and Hardy and quickly progressed from short silent films onto all-talking picture Tiger Rose in 1929. She was often named the IT girl of the time, alongside the likes of Clara Bow, she was named The Mexican IT girl.

She soon found her niche in comedy, playing beautiful but volatile characters in such films as The Half-Naked Truth, Palooka, Strictly Dynamite and Laughing Boy.

Vélez, who nearing 30, had not become a major star was disappointed, so she left Hollywood for Broadway, but she soon returned to take part in the comedy Stardust. However it was her personal life that most interested Hollywood.

A five-year marriage to Johnny Weissmuller and a series of romances with figures like Gary Cooper, were highly publicised. However it was her suicide that made it into the urban legends of Hollywood. Like i said above, the legend has it she was found with her head in the toilet after vomiting up the sleeping pills and drowning herself; this story was first heard from Kenneth Anger in his book “Hollywood Babylon” but was later discredited when finally, some 60 years after her death, crime scene photos were found of her death, showing that actually, the legend was a load of crap and Lupe was as beautiful as ever when she died. Sorry Kenneth and Frasier, looks like you were wrong.

 

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-schroeder/mexican-spitfire-mystery-_b_3332978.html

Pattern Drafting

Spent my first sunny day off this year drafting patterns, I usually start with inspiration that will help me with the design I want.

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I determine where the seam lines are in the outfit so that i am able to draw the shapes out, creating the basics for the pattern.

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I then place a piece of fabric on top of my mannequin, pinning it down so it is as crease free as you can get it and draw the basic shape on, following the binding lines on the mannequin.

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I then cut out the shape, leaving extra to the sides of the shape and draw a more detailed shape.

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Downton Abbey – Xmas Special

I FINALLY got to watch the xmas special of Downton Abbey recently after being outnumbered this christmas. I did read a lot of people complaining that it was boring, even though the same people complained it was too much during that infamous rape scene. I however did not find it boring, it wasn’t Game Of Thrones exciting but the costumes were really beautiful.

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Downton Xmas News

So they have released some picture of the Xmas special, thought that might be a bit early, then realised we only have two weeks, still got more present to get yet.. oh :/

The new maid Edna….. don’t like her already.

I DO love Edith’s coat though

Lady Rose’s parents with Lord Grantham

Edith’s newspaper editor, conveniently holidaying down the road.

 

You gotta love a bit of romance.

I ALSO LOVE THIS COAT AS WELL… so many pretty coats.

 

Downton Abbey Season 3 Episode 8 – Finale

There’s going to be a game of cricket, everyone is very excited and the men are all very competitive about it. Downstairs the end is nigh for Thomas, hes rather a broken man at the fought of all hes losing and to add insult to injury, O’Brien convinces Jimmy it would be best if he told the police, god forbid Thomas should attack again! :/.

There’s a new visitor to Downton, lady Rose, or rather the dowager Countess’s house as the young, naive 18 year old will be staying with her auntie.

Anna and Bates meanwhile finally begin to enjoy there marital bliss with there own, rather dingy house, which they soon make up to shape. As a wife, Anna can no longer work at the great house and is replaced by a new maid, yet shes so unimportant we never get to see her. Mr Bates in all his martial bliss doesn’t forget what he has so recently left and can’t help but feel bad for Thomas as he watches him go further down hill, and soon sets himself to task to find out what is really going on.

Edith meanwhile is blossoming in to the perfect journalist and is attracting the attentions of her editor, yet perhaps secretly enjoying these, like the shrewd detective goes on a mission to find out all about his life. Alongside her trampling’s through London, Lady Rose decides she wants to come as well, to create a “surprise” or something along that line for her Mother. Edith isn’t so convinced that she is the sweet and innocent girl she makes herself out to be and is glad when Matthew wishes to come as well on his own business for a bit of support. So they all go happily trotting off to Aunt Rosemond’s and leave Lady Rose to her own devices.

In the meantime Matthew visits a doctor as he is still convinced that he is the reason the they are not conceiving, however, surprising bumps in to Mary there, who admits all her secret excursions to him. Turns out she is the problem and after a small operation should be perfectly fine to conceive, to the great relief of Matthew. However on another, much seedier part of town, Lady Rose is rumbled after leaving her scarf in a cab with a married man in a jazz club by Edith, Matthew and Rosemond. Matthew demands that she return or he will tell all, so Lady Rose leaves as swiftly as she came leaving her lover to his “horrid wife”.

Back at Downton Bates convinces Thomas that they can take down O’Brien together, Thomas stunned that Bates would want to help him discovers help comes from a man who also knows what it is like to be out of control of your life. Thomas tells Bates a secret, and if you have been watching since season One you will instantly remember one particularly terrible thing O’Brien did will her ladyships soap. O’Brien of course horrified, returns and convinces Jimmy that to ring the police would be the wrong thing, however Alfred is listening and decides to take matters into his own hands.

At the all important game of cricket, Robert has convinced Tom to play, only in exchange for agreement in the updating of Downton’s house management and all goes swimmingly on the lovely summers day. Mosley has been boasting all episode of his knowledge of cricket, yet sadly it turns out that that is the end of his experience of cricket as he is a terrible player. Thomas, Matthew and Tom all do very well everything looks to be going perfectly until the police show up. Alfred has rung them and Robert has to save the day, agreeing that Thomas should stay and having a very cavalier attitude to something of a hot topic pre-1960’s. Alfred is convinced in the end, Thomas becomes under butler, Jimmy 1st footman and Bates is back in his position of valet; Tom has confided that he wants to stay at Downton and let his daughter grow up there, to the great delight of the Countess.

It all ended on such a lovely, happy note that i am sure there will be dumps along the Xmas special, i soooooo hope Edith gets it on with the Editor and will get to see little Sybil a bit older. But for the meantime i am just have to content myself with the season three box-set and screen capturing all the lovely costumes.