That 70′s Post

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Slimmer, Paler, Slim Paley

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Me at 14 or 15 yrs. old

I was working in an art gallery/tea house on Sundays and I’m going to say this was taken at the end of a really long day.

(btw, why were all our photos so badly cropped in the 70′s? just wondering…)

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Today I’m taking a stroll, or rather a drive, back to the 70′s

to celebrate the release of my dear friend Rita Wilson’s brand new CD

Rita Wilson AM/FM

The album is a fab collection of Rita covering some of her favourite songs from the 60′s & 70′s.

You must get it- it’s fantastic!

and I’m SO not saying that because she’s my friend!

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Now we all know Rita as a super talented actor and producer, but I bet it might surprise you to learn she is also a really great singer.

 I know, right? (but I’ll let you in on a little secret- she bites her thumbnails. Quite a lot.)

  Don’t we all feel a little better now?!

 

Just check her version of “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues” out here;

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Rita WilsonPhoto Steven Sebring

..Rita’s song choices will resonate with anyone who grew up, or shall we say ‘passed through’ this era and I can guarantee you’ll be singing along with every song.

This is a definite ‘Embarrass Yourself in the Car’ CD.

Bring it on. Hell, hang some Pukka shells from your dashboard.

Will you ever see those people driving beside you again?  Chances are slim.

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I love the premise of the album;

The 60′s “AM” songs are the ones you listened to from the back of the car while your parents were driving;

songs filled with an innocence about what the future held in store for you.

As the 70′s arrived, you’ve shifted to the front seat. You’re driving and controlling the FM station now-and did we work those dials, ladies, or what??!

The  songs become more poignant, the message that love doesn’t always work out begins to resonate because, damn it, HE still hasn’t called…

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Slim Paley & friends

Me and my friends in the 70′s. Names will be omitted to spare the not-so-innocent :)

I’m on the far left. I always stuck my tongue out to cover my big bottom lip & overbite.

Man, I loved that long denim jeans skirt.

While we’re on the subject of the 70′s and driving …

I”ll share the story of my mom picking my friends and I up from school and us begging, as usual, to be driven past the house where several of the Cute Older Boys we  swooned over all lived together. The regular drill of course, for any of the ‘Normal’ parents was to drive slowly BY the house, usually throbbing with the bass of Led Zepplin or Pink Floyd, in hopes we might catch a glimpse of a truck being worked on in the drive, perhaps some corkscrew curls haloed in the blue glow of a TV through a open window…

No ‘Normal’ for my mom.

 She pulled INTO the driveway and started honking the horn.

Honestly, we were so traumatised that to this day I don’t remember exactly what happened after that.

Funny Mom.

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Watch Rita talking about her first album

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and then we’ll drive a little farther, shall we?

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Did you steal splashes from your Mom’s “Jean Nate’”?

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Did you cry because you were too puny to wear “Big Boy Lees” with the leather patch & have to suffer the humiliation of VINYL patch “Little Boy Lees” like me?

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Did you imagine you would look just like Christie Brinkley after a summer weekend of using

“Lemon Go Lightly”

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Lemon Go Lightly

only to go back to school on Monday with hair the actual COLOUR of a lemon??

Snap.

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Yardley Pot o' gloss

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Did you swoon over your first pot of Yardley’s “Pot O’ Gloss” and can’t you recall that delicious scent even now?

How many pots did you leave in your cut-offs and find melted to the pockets

and how in the hell did we forget so many incriminating things in our cut-offs when the actual pockets hung down longer than the shorts?!)

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Love's Baby Soft

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Remember what appears now (at least to me) the wildly inappropriate  “Love’s Baby Soft” ad.

Was that girl 9 or 19??  But we LOVED our “Love’s Baby Soft”!

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And may we have just a moment

Robert Plant

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Robert Plant

or two,

or three, for our Robert Plant posters??

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Robert Plant

Gosh..

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My favourite models were Lena Kansbod

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And Lisa Taylor

How iconic this photo became.  She just looked so…wonderfully American.

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Just like Rita!

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I think this song might be my favourite.

Seriously, how can lyrics about a telephone repair man be this romantic and beautiful??!

“And I need you more than want you…and I want you for all time…”  sigh.

Jimmy Webb, the composer of the song is playing the piano on this track-just gorgeous.

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Well, I certainly had fun putting this post together. I could have gone on and on.

Do you remember the 70′s as fondly as I do?

I might have to go for a ‘Part II’ in the near future…I mean we didn’t even touch on Disco!

Find “Rita Wilson AM/FM” on Amazon,  Barnes & Noble, and lots of other places.

It would make a great little Mother’s Day gift- have I ever steered you wrong?

and please, don’t forget I’m still in the damn contest so VOTE people! It’s ONE click HERE 


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Peace Out

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Indebted To Denim

Slim Paley Photo ………………Denim Skies over Austin Texas at SXSW10

Photo by jewelry designer Erin Balint

What, pray tell, would we ever have done without our jeans??  Ever since that first pair of “Little Boy” Lees with the mortifying vinyl instead of leather patch (Leather patches started at 27″ waist and had only a single instead of double  orange thread inseam. Forever burned on my psyche; the important stuff  the “Mean Girls” took note of in high school), never has one single item of clothing in my closet been reached for so often.  From the days of sneaking jeans to school in a brown paper bag, to wearing them with sky high heels in nightclubs (finally a leather patch- take that Mean Girls ) to my more demure phase of slitting seams and adding antique lace panels- I’ve always loved my jeans!

   I’ve cut them, rolled them, painted them, patched them…made so many slashes in one pair it was like trying to get my legs through a slinky… Oh those were the days!  From Lees to Levis, Calvins to Gucci (but never, God forbid Jordache), Seven for Mankind, Earnest Sewn, Citizens For Humanity, True Religion, A.P.S., Paper, Denim & Cloth, Bishop…how many pairs of jeans have we bought over the years?! 

Don’t we all have our “Fat” jeans and “Skinny” jeans, “Weekend” jeans and “Look Good But Can Only Hold my Stomach Like This For a Few Hours” jeans? Let’s get real-who needs a scale if you have just the right pair of jeans to keep you honest?! 

And how many times have we answered the eternal question “What are you wearing?” with “Just jeans“??  

I rest my case!

Herewith, some cool dungarees;

.The Tell Tale Leather Patch

Chloe

Didn’t  we all do this, much to our parent’s horror? (and of course, much shorter in the back :)

Our tanning regimen was pure baby oil, iodine and album covers wrapped in foil, held up to our faces to bake like so many frozen french fries propped against the hot brick of the school wall (No, it was lunch time…really!) 

The intense scent memory of melting Yardley lip gloss, clove and violet gum, and broken Pixi sticks leaking sticky powder into the minute rolled up “pockets” of cut-offs floats back to me like the notes of a song (“Brandy” perhaps?!)

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Elle May 2010

Yardley Pot O’Gloss

Dolce & Gabanna Spring 2010

Caeser Stone

Ralph Lauren Spring 2010

Jean Paul Gaultier

Antique denim blue dhurrie

Ralph Lauren

My favourite piece from the collection

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Ralph Lauren

Diane Von Furstenberg bag.

Ralph Lauren Paint.

Photo Dawnofannewera

Roco Rockin’ his denim jumpsuit on Davies St in Vancouver (he’s even got pooper picker upper pockets on his jumpsuit).

Cassi Laceless Wingtips from Free People

so cute!.

Blue Marlin Table Mercury Originals.

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Prps Jeans made in Japan.

.Marc Jacobs Spring 2010.

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Gaultier.

Denim blue & salmon Dhurrie

Joe’s Jeans $90 at Piperlime.gap.com.

Netaporter.com.

Gap Babies

Alda Denim Necklace.

 Love my Ralph- always in his jeans!.

.Pierre Hardy for the Gap.

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PS.  Pinky swear  you’ll never let your friends wear Mom jeans.

In fact, don’t let your Mom wear Mom jeans. (please watch- not new but still so funny!)

Prps jeans

I miss my vinyl Lee patch now :-(

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