Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong era? Do you ever wonder if we have in fact lived past lives and if they affect us in some way in our current one?
For instance, do you ever listen to music from the 60’s or 70s and it for some reason it just makes you smile, puts you in a really good mood? Or have you read a book like Pride and Prejudice and completely related to the characters in it? Longed for a man like Mr. Darcy? Have you ever watched The Tudors or Rome and wished you could wield a sword, battle in chain mail, or wear a beautiful long velvet corseted dress?
Well, this happens to me with anything to do with the 1940’s/50’s. I hear the music from that era and long to have released an album then. I try on clothes at vintage stores from that time period and they just seem to fit my figure perfectly. I wear a clean face except red lips and bold lashes, pin curl my hair and suddenly I just feel like me. It’s quite a remarkable feeling to be dolled up in another era and feel more like yourself then you do in today’s looks.
So, I’ve decided to embrace it. I have talked about this in the past and have added very small touches to my wardrobe. But, I am going to embrace it fully now. I love the fashion, the interior design and the music from the 40’s/50’s and I am going to allow myself to infuse my life with just that. Oooooh! The rotary phone, the gloves, hats and handbags, the colored appliances, the mirrored pieces of furniture, the ornate china and crystal carafes, and don’t get me started on Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Audrey Hepburn and John Coltrane! I love all of it!
So, I ask you this… Why not wear the clothes and makeup that make you feel the best? Listen to the music that moves you? Or add some more touches of that era to your apartment? Perhaps I could finally allow myself to buy a beautiful old vanity for my bedroom.
A little while ago I had a great conversation with an actress I respect. She told me she was working with a career coach and he was making her “brand” herself. He wanted her to create an image that worked best for her. Whether that meant her sporting a tuxedo and smoking a cigar, or wearing only white clothes with bright pink lipstick, or simply adding a blue streak of color into her hair. He wanted her to brand herself, to create a “look” that was all hers and that made her feel her very best. In doing this, he believed she would glow. She would radiate with a confidence, making her distinct and someone people would remember. Great for her career, her life, and her self-esteem, I would think.
So, why not try? I’m going to infuse my day-to-day life with a little more big band blitz! In my professional life, as an actor, I am going to keep opening myself up to plays and musicals from that time period. As a songwriter, I can work towards “branding” my look and sound with that era’s energy as well. Gosh, it excites me!
Maybe some of you have never experienced this before or think it’s a crazy idea. Well, I say if you are happy living with the style and designs of this era then embrace that fully, radiate in it and keep pushing for new and original looks.
For those of you longing for a corset, a top hat or an eighties zipper jacket… What are you waiting for? Go for it!
As for me, I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places…