Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday: Vintage Mani

I really looked forward to today's Twinsie Tuesday post.  I'm a huge history buff and when asked to post a recreation of a vintage manicure, I spent the better part of a night reading the history of nail lacquer.  The background is fascinating and goes all the way back to China circa 3000 BC.  I've actually embedded a cute little video about it.  It's only a minute and a half so I recommend you take a gander.


Fascinating, right?

So what vintage mani did I choose for today's post?  I went to my go-to era for all things fashionable: the 1950s.

In 1953, Revlon hired one of the world's first supermodels to pose in what became the classic Revlon ad.  In her pictorial, Dorian Leigh embodied opulence and luxury, enticing the average housewife that with Cherries in the Snow (the nail polish and the lipstick), she too could taste a piece of that pie.


I read somewhere that the costume and makeup team on Mad Men actually apply Cherries in the Snow on the nails and lips on its actresses to get the real 1960s color palette.  If it's good enough for Joan Holloway, it's good enough for me!




This is truly one of my all-time favorite polishes.  Simple and classic and applies like a dream in two coats.  Instant love.

For more vintage manis, make sure to check out my Twinsies!



Amanda at Amandalandish
Ashley at Art Evolve
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jamie at Polish, Please!
Katherine at Haul of Fame

33 comments :

  1. I need to own this simply for the the history behind the color. It is such a fabulous red on you! PS I had so much fun reading ads from this era- "Does any man really understand you?"....hahahahaha!

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  2. Wow. Just wow! I mean, I have the same polish in my fingers right now, but it doesn't look anywhere near as lush as it does on you. You are totally rocking this colour, Amanda!

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  3. So cool! I have Cherries in the Snow (on my toes!) and had no idea about the history behind it! :)

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  4. How interesting! And it's such a beautiful color!!

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  5. Oh, I so love this color on you! Really classic.

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  6. Cherries In The Snow has been in my stash for such a long time that I don't even remember wearing it, but it is a beautiful red and very classic. Nice choice!

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  7. I love that this polish has been around so long! It's gorgeous!

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  8. This looks awesome on you!! :D I bought it because of the vintageness of it :D Unfortunately the formula on mine was a bum! >.<

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  9. It's so beautiful! Can this polish still be found??

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  10. So beautiful and classic! Love it!

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  11. Wow, that's awesome you actually have Cherries in the snow. looks great on you!

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  12. I know, right? So backwards but that's what our grandmothers grew up with. And I'd have to say this is more pink to my eye than red, which for a red phobic like you should be more appealing ;)

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  13. You're so wrong! It looks AMAZING on you! You have a great skin tone for such rich colors.

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  14. Doesn't the history just make you love it that much more? :)

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  15. Amazing the staying power, right?

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  16. I love Cherries In The Snow so much! Looks fab on you, beautiful swatches

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  17. That happens with older Revlons :(

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  18. Yup! It's part of their core line. Has been since 1953 ;)

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  19. Thanks, but they still sell it!

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  20. Wow how interesting! We're like royalty! lol :)
    Love that you chose a classy red!

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  21. Now *this* is a classic! I can't think of any other polish out there with the longevity that Cherries In The Snow has--great pick!

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  22. Thanks! I knew you'd appreciate it ;)

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  23. Cherries in the Snow is gorgeous!!!

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  24. Thank you! It's a real classic :)

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