This 1971 advertisement for Swank jewelry is straight out the the Age of Aquarius! Featuring ’70s-hipster models, the necklaces were in in the shapes of New Age signs and symbols. They included Revolving Universe, Marina d’Italia, Root of Life, Grecian Sun Wheel, Fertility Symbol, Oriental Luck Charm, Ancient Ankh, Neptune’s Trident, Ancient Scarab, and Genuine Jade Buddha. You could share a sign language all your own when you’re both wearing an eye-catching golden neck chain.
I really like them; they are actually quite striking! I would love to have the Ancient Scarab one because I have a thing for scarabs. But all of them are pretty cool.
“Kiss him in his favorite flavor.”
This is a really hip and groovy 1971 Yardley of London ad for Slicker Lip Polish. More specifically – Lip Licks: Give him a lick. A sip of your lips. Be free with your flavors.
Lip Licks came in all sorts of fruity flavors; Raspberry, Orange, Strawberry, Peach, Mint and Lemonade. Designed mainly for your boyfriend to ‘eat them up’.
The ad shows six different couples kissing each other. Of course, most of them are beachy California blondes. But there is an African-American couple in the upper left hand corner – most likely a first in Yardley’s advertising.
Once again, I went through my personal stash of vintage magazines from the late ’60s/early ’70s looking for any Yardley of London ads that I may have overlooked. Voila! I found one featuring a rather fresh and romantic-looking couple.
From the the October 1972 issue of Ingenue magazine, this ad is for Yardley’s Pot o’ Gloss Nail Polish. Wait, what? NAIL POLISH?! Either I’d forgotten about it, or had overlooked it in the first place. I just don’t remember it. Being such an obsessive Pot o’ Gloss lip gloss fan at the time, maybe my obsession didn’t run to my fingernails?
Anyway, this nail polish sounds rather delightful: “Shiny, glossy nails with a touch of scent…they could bring back the kiss on the hand.” It promised that everything Pot o’ Gloss gave to your lips, you could have for your nails too. The shine, the gloss, the nice light scent were all there in the sweet little baby pots. The scent of Pot o’ Gloss is the kicker – it is one of my most favorite scents ever!
I found these fab vintage Marimekko towels at a thrift store today. I had seen them there before and though that they were cool, but today I actually looked at the label – Marimekko for Fieldcrest, 1972 – SCORE. Of course, being the huge Marimekko fan that I am, I snapped them up with delight!
Doing a bit of research I found that Marimekko entered into licensing agreements with several manufacturers in 1972, Fieldcrest being one of them. So the recent 2016 Marimekko collaboration with Target is not a new thing.
I just love the bold yellow and orange wavy graphics, and the towels are amazingly plush and soft. I am looking forward to using them this autumn – they have the perfect Halloween colors!
This 1985 Prell shampoo ad featuring one of my favorite models, Christie Brinkley, is pretty awesome. First of all, THAT 80s HAIR! Thick, full and natural-colored; she was in possession of quite the mane. In the ad, Christie gives the credit for her bouncy tresses to Prell Shampoo and Prell Conditioner: Because Prell shampoos body in, instead of out. It works with your hair to bring out fullness and make the most of what you have.
I can’t use Prell shampoo anymore because I color my hair. I have to use all manner of “color preserving” shampoos and conditioners now. But back in the day when I did use Prell, it was pretty amazing stuff – my hair was super clean and full of body. So I agree with Christie, vintage 1980s speaking!