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.
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.
8 thoughts on “Old Soul, Mad Woman”
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!
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.
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!
I had read a review of that book and was intrigued. I’ll have to give it a spin!
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.
Love the canister set! Remember it so well!
Thanks! I love them too. Sooo sleek!
You don’t think that Frank was singing about all he wants for his birthday is a big booty h**? Really? Hmmm…interesting. 🙂