For Retro Mother's Day Inspiration I thought I would gather together photos of Elvis and his mother Gladys.
Elvis had a close relationship with his mother. While touring, Elvis would dutifully call Gladys every night. The two had an extremely close connection.
A record from 1953 was recently discovered of Elvis. It is said the eighteen year old walked into a Memphis recording studio and recorded the record to give to his mom as a gift. The song he sang, "My Happiness".
"I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. I used to get very angry at her when I was growing up-it's a natural thing." -Elvis
"My mother, she never really wanted anything. She stayed the same through it all. There are a lot of things that's happened since she passed away. I wish she could have been around to see them. It would have made her very happy and proud, but that's life, and I can't help it" - Elvis
"We were an affectionate family. My mother was the most wonderful person in the world. I always felt a little bit lonely, maybe a better word would be 'incomplete', when I was little. But I could tell my mother about it, how I felt and then the feeling would go away. I suppose it might have been different if my brother had lived... But he didn't live, and I grew up alone. I guess my mother - and my father, too, of course - were trying to make up for that by giving me enough love for both." - Elvis
Upon her death in 1958, Elvis is quoted as saying, "Mother, I would give every dime I have and even dig ditches just to have you back." Elvis sent flowers to her grave site every week until his own death 19 years later.
Found written on a insurance company notepad, this Thanksgiving feast from Marilyn Monroe showcases a sourdough bread based stuffing which was an unusual ingredient at the time for most household in the 1950s.
Audrey Hepburn Chocolate Cake
A favorite cake often made for family birthdays, Audrey Hepburn's son shared her handwritten recipe in the book "Audrey at Home".
Maureen O' Hara Tuna Crunch Salad
Maureen O' Hara's acting career spanned seventy years. Known for her piercing green eyes ,red hair and Irish heritage. This recipe was part of a celebrity promotion for Starkist tuna.
Another recipe from the 1939 cookbook "What Actors Eat When They Eat" Tori Avey's blog brought these long forgotten recipes to the forefront.
Betty White Banana Bread
Betty White is a Guinness record holder for having the longest running TV career. Through the years she endorsed many products. This recipe is from her promotion with Fisher's Flour.
Elvis Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich
A late night favorite snack of the king. Elvis regularly requested this unique combination fried up by his longtime cook and friend Pauline Nicolson. You can find more Elvis recipes from the Graceland Book"From Elvis' Kitchen To Yours"
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Recently I was reminiscing about the Easter's I spent as a child. It got me wondering about Easter traditions from the past.
Here are seven old fashioned Easter celebrations from the years gone by.
I remember at Easter time, children and adults alike put on their Sunday best and headed to church. One year, my Aunt sewed my sister and I special Easter outfits. Matching Easter dresses complete with the traditional Easter bonnet. I was thrilled, I never wore one before and was so excited to try it on and wear it on Easter Sunday.
Easter bonnets were a staple back in the day. In the 1940's and 1950's all sorts of unique bonnets and hats were worn to mass on Easter Sunday.
Mine however, being the 1970's, was more reminiscent of Holly Hobbie or Laura Ingalls.
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Chocolate Easter Bunny
Of course another Easter Tradition is the chocolate Easter bunny. It is rumored that the hollow chocolate Easter bunny gained popularity for dental reasons. According to a popular confectioner the solid version was likely to break a tooth biting into it.
Another long lost Easter tradition is the Easter corsage. Men would purchase them for the lady in their life. Pining them on their mother or wife's fancy Easter dress or wrist. How sweet is that? Who wouldn't love to wear a beautiful corsage from the one they love.
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The Easter Feast
The Easter meal is a long honored tradition that still continues today. Families gather 'round the table and celebrate a variety of dishes. Ham being the most popular part of the Easter feast.
Catholics would usually give up certain sweets and treats for Lent and Easter would culminate in finally splurging on the things they had done without for 40 days.
Seeing these recipes reminded me of one of my Birthday's as a child. One year it fell on Easter and my Mum made me a specialEaster Bunny Cake. He was so cute with his fluffy coconut fur, licorice whiskers and gumdrop nose.
The recipe was featured in a cookbook distributed by Baker's Coconut.
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The Easter Egg Hunt
No Easter celebration would be complete without the traditional Easter egg hunt. Every family has their own rules.
In our house there was one special decorated egg that was declared the grand prize if found. This was usually a five dollar bill and my parent's delighted in taking great care and ingenuity in hiding it. Often resorting to the "Your getting cold, warm or hot" clues to help us to find it.
One year I recall it was buried in a potted plant. It took us hours to find...clever.
These days most people use chocolate or plastic eggs for the hunt, which is a good idea for families that own pets. Hungry dogs, an endless supply of hard boiled eggs and a family get together aren't a good mix, trust me.
Sugar Easter Eggs
One of my favorite items inside my Easter basket, besides the jelly belly jelly beans, was the sugar egg. I was fascinated by it's intricate design and detailed scene hiding inside. It sparked my imagination with it's playful dioramas.
And that wraps up my little walk down memory lane reminiscing about Easter back in the "good old days".
Hollywood Celebrities Dressed As Easter Bunnies
I will close this post out with a tradition that you wouldn't dare see politically correct Hollywood participating in nowadays. Back in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's Hollywood actresses posed as the Easter bunny and did many promotional photos celebrating Easter.
Feel free to share your Easter memories in the comment section below. We'd love to go down memory lane with you.
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This swimsuit reminds me of Esther Williams. A icon of the 40s and 50s known for her amazing choreographed synchronized swimming routines in old Hollywood movie classics. What a beauty, love the ruching on this retro bathing suit.
This is a serious flashback to my youth with these Retro Roller Skates from the 70s , 80s. As was the fad, these skates were made from a popular sneaker at the time, the Nike jogger. Collectible to both roller skaters and Nike shoe enthusiasts alike. I can almost hear the disco music playing and see the mirror ball spinning.
Besame features makeup inspired by the past and honors the traditions of vintage cosmetic companies. They offer a range of products. Compacts, cream mascara, make up tools, fragrances and my favorite, classic shades of red lipstick in hard to find warm undertones. The ingredients and packaging are high quality. A great company for modern reproductions of classic luxury makeup from the 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s.
These cute Retro Shoes are reminiscent of the 1940s style. They come in red, yellow, blue and black. They look really comfortable with a rubber wedge and keyhole cutouts. They are made by Fly London, a shoe company that mixes traditional techniques with classic fashion styles in an unexpected way.
The 50s housewife took pride in the numerous daily home tasks. Often seen scurrying about doing chores in a shirt dress, apron and heels. Her home was her domain and she ran it like a well oiled machine.
She did each task with master skill and care. She was thrifty, practical and the most gracious host, allways making visitors feel comfortable and welcomed in her immaculate home.
Her role was vital to the family. She was glue that held it all together. Often times sacrificing much to keep her husband and children happy and healthy.
This Retro Eye Candy Series is dedicated to all the old fashioned housewives out there. The grandmas, the mothers past and present. Thank you for all your care and love.
Looking for 50s Housewife Dresses? Discover our favorites here.
Sputnik, atomic energy and the space age had a big influence on the Retro Atomic style of the 1950s , early 1960s. Starbursts. boomerangs, round shapes, modern lines were inspired from the excitement of space travel, prosperity, endless possibilities and the future.
Personally, I'm enamored with this retro style. It seems as though the designs of the 1950s were more cutting edge and futuristic looking then they are today. Strange really.
I remember as a child, watching The Jetson's and imagining all the flying cars and robot's in the not so distant future. The year 2000 would surely be different, I thought. Alas, I am still waiting for Rosie to do my housework.
One promising area of futuristic design is in the home decorating sector. Mid Century Modern and Retrofuturism have made a huge comeback in popularity and with it some spectacular new products are being developed.
Here are 12 Retro Home Decor Products Inspired by the Space Age Era and Futurism:
1. Fred Humidifier- Although technically speaking this is not a home decor item this space age retro style is a work of modern art. Using only a gallon of water a day on low setting, it will keep the dry air at bay and sooth cold, allergy and asthma symptoms. Humidifiers also help extend the life furniture from the damaging effects of a dry environment.
2. Nomad Tablet Table- With a special slot to keep your tablet upright, this circular table is small enough to be able to used as a desk while relaxing on the couch or in bed.
3. The Pill- This round wall cabinet opens up to a space saving desk or bar. Available in white, yellow blue or black.
4. Pitch Pendant Lamp- The outer shade of this pendant lamp can be guided in any direction and looks even better clustered in a group.
5. Cloud Cabinet Shelves- Made of powder coated steel, these overlapping rectangular shelves are perfect for storing books or knick knacks.
6. Q Fan- Are you a Q fan? Then you'll love this retro style fan. Made from stainless steel and aluminum it will create a nice breeze and keep you cool.
7. The Pure Foosball Table- Often considered lots of fun but a decorating eyesore. Not anymore. This futuristic foosball table looks a treat.
8. Aqua Mid Mod Credenza- Great for use as a TV stand, armoire, bar cart, office cabinet or the perfect complement to your bedroom set. Available in natural birch or a walnut finish.
9. JALG TV Stand- Turns your flat screen TV into a Mid Century Modern Decor Piece. With choice of Black, Red or Yellow hair pin legs.
10. Gonzalo Floor Lamp- This spherical floor lamp has a real atomic vibe to it. Gold finish on the shade and black leg tripod base.
11. Sunburst Pendant Light- Pure Sputnik style . This pendant light is certain to be the focal point in what ever room you hang it. Comes with a gold color finish.
On my latest search for retro treasures I stumbled upon an article from the 1950s featuring designers of unique retro style cats eye glasses.
The married duo, the Schneider's, sold exclusively in Australia and created their masterpieces in a small workroom outside Stuttgart. Their inspiration behind the bejeweled creations began after the war. An optician by trade, Mr. Schneider was approached by soldiers asking him to create frames that would conceal their facial scars.
Feeling the 1950's woman who wore glasses were just as self conscious, they began designing unique retro style cats eye glasses. Together the husband and his 50s housewife set about studying facial types and experimenting which frames would best accentuate the good points of the face and minimize the less attractive ones.
They designed scrolls of semi precious jewels for evening wear and motifs of gold and silver for daytime. These creations were one of a kind. Each were made to order and suited to compliment the wearers hair and skin coloring, cosmetics and 50's clothing style.
Today they are works of art and pieces of 50s retro style history.
You can find similar cats eye glasses being made today. Below is from one of our favorite retailers.
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If your struggling to find her a gift, delight that special lady in your life with something retro. She'll appreciate the timeless style or nostalgic feeling that a retro gift can give. Watch a smile light up her face as she relives cherished memories and gets sentimental from receiving such a thoughtful gift.
Here are 12 retro gifts Ideas to consider for her: