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Old Soul, Mad Woman

There are many times I think I may have been born in the wrong time. Or perhaps I’m an old soul come again to live in this day and age. (I can hear my dad’s voice not buying that claim with a simple: “bullsh*t.”) It’s TRUE dad! I love all things 50’s and 60’s….the modern furniture, the music, the fashion of the time. Maybe I’m the soul of one of Lucille Ball’s goofy relatives.

Exhibit A: I am never happier than when in an 50’s apron with my house filled with people who I get to serve. Add old-fashioned Christmas music, lovely food, some wine and voila – the perfect recipe.  Heavenly.

Yes. I use the bag. Mmmmm...so tender.

Yes. I use the bag. Mmmmm…so tender.

Think about it: The music was arguably better then. I can’t turn on the radio now without hearing about booty dropping or drunken club hopping. Perhaps it’s a sign that I’m getting older? I’m disgusted more often than not and opt for oldies or classic rock.  Should there have been drunken club hopping back then, as I’m sure there was, nobody was blatantly singing it’s praises. You kept your freak flag rolled up in the closet.

So my latest “mid-century obsession” that I’d like to share with readers is the book Mad Women by Jane Maas.  You can read about said wild happenings and experience life in the 60’s vicariously through the books’ author who actually lived it.  It’s “The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the 60’s and Beyond.” It’s a read I highly recommend if you’re any way interested in what life was like at that time. In addition, it explores what the field of advertising and marketing were like  – from a woman’s point of view. It gave me solace to know that I wasn’t born in a time where women were routinely subject to sexual harassment and sexism at every turn in the workplace. Bonus: I learned a little about advertising in the process.

Mad Women - Jane Maas

Quick and Juicy read. I couldn’t put it down. For those of you who are thrift-savvy, there are used copies available on Amazon.com starting at 9.99. Happy Reading!

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About midcenturyobsession

My love for midcentury surfaced after inheriting a couple pieces of my very fashionable grandmother's MCM furniture. I'd always loved clean lines...and became obsessed. I'm currently in the process of redoing our entire home in Mid Century style. My husband would tell you "She's off her head." (Irish-speak for NUTS.) I am the wife of a Dubliner, a mother to an adorable little boy and two clownish french bulldogs Pig and Pearl. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. If there is anything I learned earning my degree, it was that I didn't want to pursue criminal justice. My heart just wasn't in it. I played 2 years of volleyball on a full scholarship and graduated a 4 year college in 3 years. I lived in Dallas for a very long time and left friends behind to be closer to family for my son. A native Californian, I have to say it's great to be back home.

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8 thoughts on “Old Soul, Mad Woman

  1. Brooke, in this lovely picture of you in ur kitchen proudly displaying your cooked turkey, were you wearing heels?? I think Lucille Balls’ crazy relative might not ?!? Thanks for the update MCM Goddess!

    Posted by Senta-letter | January 8, 2013, 9:08 pm
    • Truthfully I say to you, I did make it through a few hours in fabulous high-heeled booties but later remembered I was with family…..and that it would be okay to change into my red and white Christmas slippers. Still festive…and still sexy-perhaps only to elves.

      Posted by midcenturyobsession | January 8, 2013, 10:51 pm
  2. You rocked those bad booties too…the Christmas slippers…not so much – but everyone had a pretty good Reisling Buzz by then…and the Hors d’ ovres were DE-VINE so no one much cared about footwear…your MCM Christmas Bash was MCMaaaavelous!

    Posted by Robin | January 9, 2013, 5:37 am
  3. I had read a review of that book and was intrigued. I’ll have to give it a spin!

    Posted by Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel | January 10, 2013, 5:49 am
  4. Oh by the way, did you recognize the vase I am giving away for the masthead drawing? I do believe I got it on your etsy store. haha. Good you didn’t win it.

    Posted by Rebecca@MidcenturyModernRemodel | January 10, 2013, 5:54 am
  5. Love the canister set! Remember it so well!

    Posted by Aunt Marlene | January 14, 2013, 8:34 am
  6. You don’t think that Frank was singing about all he wants for his birthday is a big booty h**? Really? Hmmm…interesting. 🙂

    Posted by Lola Martinez | January 15, 2013, 3:47 pm

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