1930's · Blog Post

Let’s Talk About Men in 1930’s

Men are the sexiest when dressing to kill – you know, lady killers (a charming man who is very attractive to women).  I don’t mean dressed in blue jeans, sneakers, and tight t-shirts.  I’m talking about three-piece suits, hats, and the fashions of the 1930’s.  To round off the look, add the cleanly shaved face, except perhaps for thin mustache. Hair is neatly trimmed, parted, and full.  (Guys, these looks nowadays where you walk around with a perpetual five-o’clock shadow doesn’t cut it.)  You’ve lost the attraction of the earlier eras – clean cut and handsome.

Gals, take a look at these 1930’s hotties.  I imagine Reginald Spencer, the hero in Lady Isabella (soon to be released), to look like the handsome Erroll Flynn in the first photo.  Below are some of the 1930’s male stars – Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, and Tyrone Power with their leading ladies to illustrate the fashionable men of the era. (Click on the pictures to enlarge)

I have always liked the look of the double breasted suits with vests. Like women, they often wore hats when out in public, which is another hallmark of the bygone days of fashions. I even have a fun picture of my own father, taken in the 1930’s below.  He wasn’t a bad looking guy either, with my mother off to the left.  His hair has the same almost center part, and he’s wearing a double-breasted suit. What’s interesting is that men’s trousers were worn high above the waist.  (The style is a far cry from now where some young men wear them falling off their rears. Oh, have times changed.)

In any event, this picture also shows a 1930’s wedding and bridesmaid dress.  My dad was definitely a looker and so was my mother.

So gents, looking to catch a lady’s eye?  Try dressing up once in a while.


Blog Post · Fashions · Victorian Era

Shades of Victorian Fashion: Crimson, Claret, Scarlet, and Red – Mimi Matthews

From the blog of Mimi Matthews, a wonderful author who writes everything Victorian.  Enjoy her recent post on 19th century red, which of course one of my fallen Victorian ladies will eventually wear in an upcoming book.

During the nineteenth century, red was considered a vibrant, powerful color, suitable for warm winter cloaks, richly patterned shawls, and dramatic evening dresses.

Source: Shades of Victorian Fashion: Crimson, Claret, Scarlet, and Red – Mimi Matthews

Blog Post · Fashions · Progress Updates

The Dress of 1930’s

Lady Isabella is in editing!  Release is scheduled for February 1, 2017. As I wade through the placement of commas, rewrite sentences, check my grammar, and then send it off to an editor who knows better, I’ve been preparing for book two. Since all of my ladies of disgrace will be in red dresses, I thought I would do some research on fashions for the 1930’s.  Here is an interesting look at the modest fashions of the day.

From RetroWaste website (picture fair use) is an advertisement of Holiday Frocks.  Since the print is so small, here is a short description of each dress.  As far as the value, can’t beat the price! As you can see, much of a lady’s sexual qualities were hidden under fabric. The enticing descriptions of the dresses are entertaining.

  • A Halo of Lace…Frames Your Face! – Tea time…or night time, you’ll look like an angel of loveliness…
  • Two-Tone Colors — Fashion’s Newest Flattery for You!
  • Lovely Transparent Velvet Capelets – Under evening lights…you’ll make a stunning picture…
  • “The Mandarin” Vivid with Chinese Embroidery!
  • Exciting Sleeves, Latest High Neck – Glances of admiration will follow…
  • Well Bred…Up to Its Rich Moire Ascot Tie – Parisian chic…expensive simplicity!
  • “The Mermaid” A Peplum Waistline with Ruffled Bottom – Respond elegantly to an invitation for the dance…

Here are your holiday frocks!  What dress would you choose?


Have a wonderful holiday!  Dress retro – dress in red — and enjoy family and friends.


Blog Post · Progress Updates

Writing Toward the Finish Line

Here is a list of the final chapter titles.  I have two more chapters to write.  Currently, I’m at 35,000 words and should be reaching my goal of 40,000.  It’s coming together nicely!


  • Scandalous Behavior
  • Punishment Well Deserved
  • Preparations for Change
  • Hidden in France
  • Goodbyes and Hellos
  • Polished and Finished
  • Dinner for Two
  • No Room at the Inn
  • Homeward Bound
  • A Secret Rendezvous
  • Hats and Horses
  • Lines are Drawn
  • Desperate Measures
  • The Out-of-Tune Aria
  • Winners and Losers
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • I Do – I Don’t
  • Sugar and Spice
Blog Post · Makeup

Eyebrows & Lips – 1930s Makeup Style

Thebette-davis-pixabay-cc0-public-domain two strongest characteristics of the 1930’s look focused around eyebrows and lips, both of which were accentuated beyond their normal boundaries.

Eyebrows, for example, were often plucked away and replaced with thin pencil lines far above their natural growth.  They arched high and extended in length. Bette Davis (left), whose stunning eyes were her hallmark characteristic, is a good example.

The second enhancement is the lips, which were also enlarged beyond their natural boundaries. Before the days of cosmetic surgery and receiving lip injections, skilled ladies with brushes enhanced the shape and size.  Their beautiful and expressive cupid-bow lips were often painted red.

For more information on the 1930’s look, visit the fantastic website below, which I will definitely be referring to in the different eras of my fallen ladies.

Lavishly illustrated and concise history of Women’s Makeup styles and cosmetics from the 1930s golden age of Hollywood glamour.

Source: The History of 1930s Makeup | Glamourdaze

Blog Post · Horse Racing

Betting on Horses

I’m back at it again, doing more fun research.  Let’s face it, as an author sometimes you write about things you know absolutely nothing about. Betting on horses in the UK is another area I’ve had to research because I have Isabella at the Glorious Goodwood.  Her escort has used his bookmaker to place a bet on Irongrey, who is favored to win (and yes, he did win the Chesterfield Cup on the fourth day of the event). However, her father gave Isabella’s escort a hundred pounds to place a bet for him.

Okay, so here I am in 1930’s. From what I’ve read, betting shops were not legalized until 1960’s. Apparently, you placed a bet at the racing venue betting offices. I found this picture with fans lined up to place their wagers at the ticket windows (England, early 1930s).  CLICK HERE

Anyway, I’ve learned that horse racing in the United Kingdom is the second largest spectator sport. It almost makes me want to go to the races next time I’m in England.

Here’s everything you need to know about UK horse racing and betting.  Your guide is below.

Source: About UK Racing Guide | UK Racing Guide