Interview Vintage

Featured On The Huffington Post, again!

8:00 AMDollie Simpson


A while ago I was interviewed by a UCLA student over the phone and I kinda forgot about it. Then today the article was posted on Huffington Post entitled The Magic of The Vintage Woman. It's not the best "vintage lifestyle" article ever written, and the quotes are not 100% accurate, but it was better than the last time I was featured on Huff Post. So, yay for improvements! Either way, I thought you may want to check it out. The best part is that two people I am lucky to call friends, Melissa Amato and Doris Mayday, were also featured! 

I would love you hear what you think about the article. What parts do you think were accurate and inaccurate about the vintage lifestyle?


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  1. I thought it was a pretty good article, as far as write-ups on the vintage enthusiast community go - much more sympathetic than the usual "look at these retro fundamentalist freaks!" stuff.

    I think the most common misconception about people like us is *why* we are drawn to the past. I liked what you said about there being a lot of hope in the 50s. Despite the rough spots in the decade (and there were many) there was definitely a lot of joy which was badly needed after the austerity and fear of wartime. I also think it was a decade of contradictions, which is probably why we feel an irrational love for it!

    Another good point - in fact, I read this in a comment about Wives With Beehives, though I can't remember where - is that we aren't advocating a return to pre-feminism, racism, institutional prejudice, etc. It's kind of like the people who enjoy Medieval Times: Nobody is a serf, nobody gets turned into a newt. It's all about taking the good parts and bringing them into today, right? I thought the article, and the quotations, really showed that.

    PS, I thought the part about bullet bras poking you in the arms and leaving scars was a scream! :)

    1. First of all I'll say that I'm glad someone is writing a feature about my favorite rockabilly socialite and her friends, but I'm a little disappointed in the tone that the writer took. IMHO the problem these blogosphereists seem to have is that they get irked by anything that might have the slightest connection to anything conservative then take a negative political slant on it (This was the Huffington Post after all). What they don't seem to get it is that those moms and women of the 50's they like to knock were tough - they survived the depression, made heavy sacrifices during WW2 and came out of it with a freedom of want and an explosion of color and style. That's what I see when I think of the 50's - I don't pretend the era was perfect for everyone, but look around - the world today looks pretty bleak. Dollie your site always puts a smile on my face, so keep up the great work - you rock!

    2. Laura- Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I always say the same thing, that just like today, there is good and bad things about the world, and I just choose to take what I like about the 50s and bring it into today. Which is mostly "things" like clothing, housewares, crafts, etc. Personality wise, I am very much a gal of 2014!

    3. Kellen- Ah, you are too kind! You put it perfectly, I have nothing more to add, except that YOU ROCK! :)


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