Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Perfume, 1976


This is a vintage 1976 oh-so-French ad for Yves Saint Laurent’s Rive Gauche perfume. I love how it captures Paris’ Left Bank (Rive Gauche) skyline, with a bottle of perfume floating away on a blue balloon.

I didn’t get into the more sophisticated YSL fragrances until the 1980s, when I was working in corporate banking. My absolute favorite fragrance was (and remains) YSL’s Opium. I dabbled with Rive Gauche, and liked it, but Opium will forever remain true to my heart.

~Marilyn

Knit a Vintage 50s St. Moritz Ski Sweater (Pattern)

The “St. Moritz” Ski Sweater Knitting Pattern, circa 1958

This is a fantastic vintage 1958 knitting pattern for the “St. Moritz” ski sweater! It has a cool geometric design that feels very modern. Plus, I love the sophisticated Grace Kelly-esque model all dolled up for a day on the slopes. Instructions and sizing are below.

Happy knitting (and skiing)! 😀

~Marilyn

Turn Me Loose, Imprevu!

Imprevu Perfume by Coty, 1976

I really love this 1976 ad image for Coty’s Imprevu perfume. “Turn me loose, Imprevu”. The diaphanous flow of the white gown is just exquisite. I love the look of bliss on the model’s face. Imprevu translates to ‘unforeseen’ or ‘an unexpected incident’ in English. Serendipity, if you will!

~Marilyn

Knit a Vintage 50s Nordic Ski Sweater and Cap

Knit a Vintage 1958 Nordic Ski Sweater and Cap

This is a beautiful vintage 1958 ski sweater and cap pattern to knit! It has a gorgeous traditional Nordic/Fair Isle yoke pattern that is always classic and fashionable. Instructions and sizing info below.

Happy knitting! 🙂

~Marilyn

Coty’s Little Originals Pot Shop Makeup, 1972

The Little Originals Pot Shop by Coty, 1972

Here we have another 1970s makeup line that was trying to capture the essence of Yardley of London’s wildly popular Pot o’ Gloss. Coty had their Little Originals makeup line that was based on the idea that color should look like it came from you, not them. “A boy likes a girl who doesn’t look like a plastic toy”.

The Coty Pot Shop – as they called it – had a Blush Pot for your cheeks, Smudge Pots and Color Flicks for your eyes, and Honey Pot and Little Dippers for your your lips. They were packaged in tiny, easy-to-carry pots and pans which were similar to Yardley’s. Cute, but nothing could compare to Pot o’ Gloss in my opinion!

~Marilyn

Jennifer O’Neill for Lanvin My Sin Perfume, 1972

Jennifer O’Neill – Lanvin My Sin Perfume – 1972

Lanvin’s My Sin perfume was created in 1924 by “Madame Zed”, who worked on many more Lanvin fragrances. It remains a classic today, as it did in 1972 when this ad was published. My Sin was discontinued in 1988, but you can score vintage bottles online.

Jennifer O’Neill was the “It” girl in 1972, having received recognition for her role in the 1971 film, Summer of ’42. She was also a model for Cover Girl makeup. This sexy ad shows her spraying My Sin perfume with the caption “Jennifer O’Neill is a Sinner.”

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve always thought it a bit of a contradiction with Lanvin’s “mother and child” logo and the My Sin branding! 😀

~Marilyn