Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Well HELLO, Stranger!

My, my, my....

The CRAZY level has spiked for this lady! The last few weeks have been filled with chaos, and stress, and nervousness. But fortunately, GOOD things account for at least half of it. 

I'm in a play, I'm trying to make a good impression on a new writing gig, (awesome) on the hunt for a new horse drawn chariot to replace my worn out one, work, life. Madness, I tell you. 

I will soon continue my musings. Just sit tight, and enjoy Ms. Marianne. Cheers!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Egyptian Influence In The West

GORGEOUS Egyptian inspired headpiece

Americans were walking like Egyptians long before The Bangles told us too. Well, maybe not walking, but Egyptian architecture, interior design, and fashion has sparked our inspiration for over 100 years.

1920's Egyptian Revival Broach (

 Americans became enchanted and inspired by the mysterious east around the late 1800's. Already obsessed with opulence, victorians at The 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair got their first look at belly dancing in the form of "Little Egypt" and her dancers. How exotic! How sensual and powerful! A little risque for it's time, no doubt. Those sheer flowing fabrics, those dark eyes, that sparkling jewelry! Who could resist? Between that, and the recent Orientalist movement in fashion and art, a trend was born.
1920's dress made from assuit, an Egyptian fabric composed of a thin mesh and tiny pieces of metal "pinched" into the fabric forming elaborate designs. (

Vintage "winged pharaoh" celluloid purse frame (

Theda Bara portrays Cleopatra in 1917 (

In 1922, King Tut's tomb was discovered, the worlds attention turned to Egypt, and the country quickly came down with a serious case of Egyptian fever! One cannot deny the heavy Egyptian influence on the look of the flapper with her elaborately beaded dresses, decorated headpieces, Cleopatra style bob haircut and dark makeup. Even magazine product ads used illustrated images of exotic eastern beauties to sell everything from cigarettes to beauty soap.