Palm Springs: A Mecca for Mid-century Modernism and Mad Men

The premiere date for the final episodes of Mad Men has been set (April 5, mark your calendars) and fans of the show are already lamenting the end of what is widely considered to be the greatest series in the history of television. With its nuanced performances, outlandish plot twists and colourful wardrobe, this period […]

Saying Goodbye to the Coffee Mill

The Coffee Mill, located on 99 Yorkville Avenue, is closing on September 7.  The restaurant has been in the area since Yorkville was a prime hippie spot in the 1960s and offers old school European fare like schnitzel, cabbage rolls and strudel.  Until the advent of espresso bars across the city, it was probably one […]

Project Re: Brief – Vintage Ads Re-Imagined Courtesy of Google

Just in time for the season six premiere of Mad Men this Sunday, I came across a link to  Project Re: Brief, a documentary about how four well-known ads from the 1960s and 1970s (Volvo (“Drive it like you hate it”), Avis (“We try harder”), Coke (“Hilltop” (aka “I’d like to buy the world a […]

Mad Men’s Spring/Summer 2013 Collection at Banana Republic

With the sixth season making its debut on AMC in April, it’s time for another Mad Men collection at Banana Republic.  As the show heads deeper into the 1960s, the looks are more inspired by the “mod” look than the early 1960s glam of the Kennedys.  Many of the women’s pieces are a nod to […]

Pretty in Pink Tartan and Rebellious Disco Chic

Kimberly Newport-Mimran’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection featured her signature full skirts and timeless, preppy pieces.  However, there was a twist.  While the show started off with pretty, cotton candy coloured looks in pale pink and mint with a splash of sharp berry with a strong “Mad Men,” lady-like vibe,  it soon turned 1970s disco (to the […]

60s and Preppy Looks for Joe Fresh Fall/Winter 2012

As we wait for season 6 of Mad Men to premiere next year, we can continue to enjoy many 1960s-inspired looks from Joe Fresh’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection.  Presented back in March just a week before the season 5 premiere, many of the women’s pieces, which range from swing coats to faux fur and more, just […]

Mad Men: Getting Lame as the 60s Roll On?

Has the show jumped the shark?  The most recent episode, which aired on Sunday, features Betting going to Weight Watchers (I didn’t even know it existed in 1966), Sally turning into a bratty teen and Pete is sleeping with his commutermate’s wife.  Not to mention that Roger and Don are acting like a-holes and have […]

Five Year Blogiversary Giveaway: Smashbox’s Decades of Style Set

To celebrate Shorty Stories’ half-decade as a blog (Saturday is the official Blogiversary!), we are giving away Smashbox’s Decades of Style set. This palette, which consists of eyeshadows, blushes and lipglosses, includes colours as well as a guide to put together three of the most iconic looks of the 60s, 70s and 80s. The palette […]

Cynthia’s Banana Republic Mad Men Collection Loot!

I walked into the Yorkdale store expecting disappointment, that it was going to be like last time, where there were NO PETITES AVAILABLE.  Turned out I was wrong.  Sort of.  As noted in the earlier post, there were only three dresses – two dresses inspired by Joan and one by Betty – on the racks.  […]

Mad Men for Banana Republic Party at Yorkdale!

On the eve of the line’s launch, Banana Republic held a party celebrating Janie Bryant’s second Mad Men collection at many stores across North America, including Toronto’s Yorkdale location.  With 1960s-inspired appetizers from Daniel et Daniel and as well as cocktails, the event also featured Toronto stylist, Tammy Palmer, presenting styling tips for spring, featuring […]

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