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At the moment, I’m really into monogrammed jewelry. I recently saw this advertised by Lee Michaels jewelers and thought it was a good deal starting at $18. I’m adding it to my wish list. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save Advertisements

Vintage video – Nicholson, Lange, Turner, Fonda, Irons

A while back, bored with modern movies, I decided to watch some of the more popular films of a few great actors. I started with young Jack Nicholson, who stars in one of my favorites, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Heeding the suggestion of a co-worker, I watched “Chinatown” and wasn’t hooked because the plot lacked realism. But what I did find on my young Jack journey was “Five Easy Pieces.” Described as a character study about a promising concert pianist who leaves to work on a California oil rig, Nicholson returns home to “confront the cultured and dysfunctional family he left behind” after learning his father is ill. What struck me most about this film, aside from Nicholson’s charisma, is it’s one of those rare films written for the thinker that relies on the viewer’s intelligence to psychoanalyze the characters. It’s an emotional piece about clashing cultures and the way people perceive themselves that I found stunning. That led me to “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” a Nicholson/Jessica Lange movie with an interesting …

Things you can find for $1

I have been a thrift shopper all of my life. I love finding discarded treasures, saving things with a story and upcycling because it’s a good way to be economically conservative and green. I was tickled to find a few things this weekend for a cool dollar. That’s right 1 buck. My first score was this pair of black Moda boots. At this point, I have become a boot collector, so I was excited to find this pair in my size that look as well or better than some I recently thought of ordering at full price, which would have cost at least 99 more bucks than I paid. I also collect vintage aprons and spotted this one with a pretty little umbrella design. It needs a little love, but lucky for me, I sew, so stitching a tie sash at the waist won’t take long to repair. I keep wishing that someone would discover a trendy way to wear vintage aprons. I have about 10 of them so far, and some are so beautiful, …

My $3 Mad Men Dress

I recently became addicted to the AMC show “Mad Men,” partially because I love the retrospective of ’50s and ’60s fashion. A couple of weeks ago, I found this “Mad Men” dress. Luckily, I recently purchased a tulle slip that makes dresses stand out when worn underneath, and it was a perfect match for my dress. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Granny boots latest fashion find

Granny boots were popular this fall, and I’m hoping they stick around for a while. I picked up this pair of leather Steve Madden boots called “Graanie.” They remind me of Little House on the Prairie, so I refer to them as my “Laura Ingalls” boots. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Vintage fashion on the rise

At 16, Libby Story McRight began working at a ladies boutique in Greenville called Gail’s. It was her job through high school and college at Mississippi State University. She later transferred to Delta State in Cleveland to complete her marketing degree so she could manage and be a buyer for the store. “I knew, by this time, that I would own my own store one day, so I planned to learn as much as I possibly could about how to make it work,” she said. When Gail’s closed in 2004, the 26-year-old new mom opened her own business in the same location a few months later. “I carried clothing geared to a slightly younger crowd, as well as my own jewelry line and vintage goods,” she said. “It all just seemed to work. ” McRight now owns LibbyStory stores in Greenville, Starkville and Ridgeland that sell both new and vintage clothing. The store outgrew its original location in Ridgeland on Jackson Street and is now part of the city’s Renaissance shopping center. “I got to …

Repurpose driven life, continued.

I recently wrote an article for The Clarion-Ledger about the repurpose trend that is being fueled by Here’s a couple of additional shots I took at a local flea market in a booth owned by Nicole Nelson, who is featured in the story. I love the colors of her weathered door. She’s the one who had transformed a claw-foot bathtub into a love seat, reminiscent of the one Audrey Hepburn had in her New York apartment in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I just bought an old door myself that I want to transform like this, if I can ever find enough time to strip off its paint. Mine, I discovered, has glass window panes underneath the paint. And check out this chandelier. It’s old mattress springs with Christmas lights weaved in them. This is the view I had lying underneath it looking up. Very creative. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Repurpose driven life

Fueled by the economy, environmental awareness, and a creative desire to be innovative, repurposing is gaining popularity. The décor style, which appears to be a modern day take on California designer Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic brand (trademarked in 1989) has been updated and propelled by the popularity of Log on, and you’ll see pin after pin that are leading Mississippians to flea markets and thrift stores to salvage remnants of the past that they can transform and incorporate into their décor. It’s about turning trash into treasure, finding new appreciation for obsolete items that some would send to the landfill. If your antique dresser is worn and weathered, don’t stress — distress. Paint it a bright color and embrace it’s wear and tear. Some think the trend represents a generational shift sparked by the desire to save fading 20th century items — a sharp contrast with the recent mod décor revival that began in the new millennium. Mary Katherine McKelroy is trying to capitalize on the repurposing trend. She is taking over The Green …

Modern vintage

Found these two-tone NaturalSoul by Naturalizer Vakle Mary Janes for $27.99 at Kohl’s. They were originally $70. I like their vintage leather look, and they have padding that’s great if you have foot problems like I do. The heel is also under 3 inches, something I always have to look for to avoid foot pain. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Thriller Night?

As a lifelong fan of the thriller/horror genre, I am always on the lookout for new films that offer surprises. If you are too, here are a few I’ve seen over the past year or so that you might find interesting. Otis (2008) – Let me preface this description by saying this is a dark comedy. After a teenage cheerleader is captured and tortured by a psychopath named Otis, she escapes and tells her parents about the ordeal, and they vengefully decide to take matters into their own hands. Illeana Douglas was a perfect choice for the mom, and many will remember star Ashley Johnson, now grown, as the kid (Chrissy) inserted into Growing Pains to boost ratings during the show’s final years. I wonder if she’s still friends with Leonardo DiCaprio, also formerly of Growing Pains. Right at Your Door (2007) – This apocalyptic, indie tale is about chaos that ensues after a dirty bomb goes off in Los Angeles spreading toxins. Closure (2007) – X-Files fans may see Gillian Anderson in a new …

National Geographic reviews Oxford’s Taylor Grocery

National Geographic Traveler published a favorable review about Taylor Grocery today. The building constructed in 1889 was once a general store, but in 1977, the owners began cooking catfish, its signature dish. Today, it’s known as “The Catfish Place” with the motto “Eat or We Both Starve.” Read the National Geographic review here. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

Orla Kiley for Target

I recently found this apron at Target and couldn’t resist it. I was surprised to learn that designer Orla Kiley had created a product line for the store with table cloths, place mats and cups featuring Kiley’s fun, vintage-inspired designs. To learn more about Kiley, visit her site. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

I don’t think your ready for this jelly

I guess I spoke too soon when I said jelly shoes had tried and failed at making a comeback this season. (Now I have the Destiny’s Child song stuck in my mind in which Beyonce sings “I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.”) I just noticed these jelly sandals by Kate Spade. The Maui style retails for around $60. With a big name behind them, perhaps they’ll come back again afterall. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.

The moment of the mini

The minidress has returned for a second time around, and it’s not possible to discuss it retrospectively without mentioning English designer Mary Quant, whose miniskirts, minidresses, micro-minis and hot pants helped color the ’60s. Check out our story in today’s Clarion-Ledger about the mini that takes a nostalgic look back at the style. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Video game nostalgia

In an era when Nikes were new, skating rinks were popular weekend hangouts and Matthew Broderick was a teen idol, Pac-Man ate his way into the hearts of America and became an entertainment sensation at malls and department stores around the nation that welcomed something new called “the arcade.” “Steven Powell began working as an electronics technician in the early ’80s repairing coin-operated video games like Pac-Man, Defender and Donkey Kong encased in large cabinets. Drop some change in one, and you could play until Pac-Man was eaten by a ghost or Defender’s humanoids were killed by aliens. <br/? “I got to play all the games for free,” said Powell, who now owns the Brandon company Arcade Repairs & Restoration. “I never thought it would get to the point where home games would put arcade games out of business.” Fast forward almost 30 years, and there’s a renewed interest in arcade games. Many dragged from location to location bear scars that reveal their age. Powell often buys them at auctions, where a battered game can …

The iPhone?. . . Not so much

Apparently back in the 1970s, people weren’t really envisioning the iPhone. Instead, this was someone’s vision of the future, and you were cutting edge if you had one of these portable phone/bags that you could take with you and hook into any phone jack at your convenience. I’m not exactly sure how this was supposed to work, because didn’t most phone jacks generally have phones already plugged into them? So were you supposed to unplug an already existing phone so you could plug in your own phone/bag/purse? That just seems a little unnecessary. A company called La Pochette that sells vintage purses is offering these retro bags for $295 each, and they actually work . . . if you can still find a phone jack. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Flashdance flashback

For a while, we’ve seen 1980s trends like bangles and neon colors make a fashionable return. Trends from the 1960s and 1970s are big now, as well as styles that first emerged in the 1920s and 1940s. Go retro, and it seems you can’t go wrong. I recently ran across these leg warmers while looking at one of my favorite Web sites, Stylehive, and they seem to be a blend of several decades. Don’t they remind you a little of a cross between leg warmers and long gloves that were popular from the 1940s-1960s? Maybe it’s the vintage-style shoe that makes the concept a little less “Flashdance?” They cost $30 on Etsy. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

‘Transformers’ hits theaters

If you were a boy who grew up in the 1980s, chances are you watched and owned “Transformers.” The Saturday morning cartoon popular with Gen X kids was released on the big screen this week. Check out my “Transformers” story today in The Clarion-Ledger. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save

Trends: "Suspiria" wallpaper in; country ducks out

Remember how back in the 1980s, every house had wallpaper and border that ran around the top with apples or country ducks or hunting dogs or bunny rabbits or drunk roller-skating clowns or something cheesy printed on it? It may be news to some that wallpaper and borders met their demise sometime in the 1990s when most modern decorators began painting walls instead. But depending on how out-of-style you are, you may actually be in-style when it comes to wallpaper, because a retro wallpaper revival is occurring. If you put expensive wallpaper in your home in the 1960s and 1970s and never bothered to change it, you just went from lame to hip, because it’s back and bold. Most of the trend Web sites I visit show that the latest in modern home decor is graphic wallpaper. I call it “Suspiria” wallpaper, because the decor in that 1977 film classic aptly captures what I am trying to describe. Wallpaper From the 70s offers a number of vibrant unusual designs and colors that will make an …

Would Gloria Steinem approve of this apron?

I really want this apron because it’s adorable, but here’s the dilemma: If I buy the apron and wear it for the sole purpose of being cute, will I be setting the women’s movement back 50 years? I haven’t seen these on anyone since June Cleaver, who we all know is frequently regarded negatively as a fictional symbol of womanhood. So I must explain that if I do decide to purchase this adorable apron and wear it, 50 percent of my doing so is an ironic gesture poking fun at the sexist days of yon when a woman’s society-mandated place was in the repressive American kitchen, and the other 50 percent is that I suspect I have an undeveloped Martha Stewart gene that causes me to innately find this apron positively precious. Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker. Save