The Blue Gardenia

Channeling Catherine: The simple, square neckline June 24, 2014 00:30

That hair! That neckline!
That hair! That neckline!

That face: God-given.

The simple, country look: Misleading.

Square neckline: Flattering.

Simplicity Designer's 8250: Precisely.

You can always ditch the pockets if they aren't your style.
You can always ditch the pockets if they aren't your style.

Channeling Catherine: Be imprisoned by her sequin stripes. December 16, 2013 00:15 1 Comment


Nancy_gonzales_croc_bag Hoop_earring

Exquisite face:

Sleek clutch by Nancy Gonzales at Neiman Marcus: Pricey.

Big C C Skye hoop earrings at Bluefly: Bargain.

Vogue Basic Design 1961 at The Blue Gardenia, on sale: Copy. Vogue_basic_design_1961

Channeling Catherine: Black and sleeveless and oh-so-chic. December 5, 2013 03:25 2 Comments


Black boatneck:

Firm upper arms: Dreamy.

Dior hat at Poppycock Vintage: Delightful.

McCall's 6813, Copyright 1961, at The Blue Gardenia: Exact.


Channelling Catherine: How to highlight those hips in plaid. December 6, 2012 16:29

Marc_jacobs_plaidPants that fit perfectly:


Spider mums: Spikey.

Marc Jacobs plaid at Mood: Yummy.

Vogue's Basic Design 2172 at The Blue Gardenia: Classic.

VBD 2172

You choose: Channel Carole, Katherine or Catherine. And more. October 8, 2012 17:04

And here we go again — another mahvelous update. Just for you. So many patterns. So many fantastic styles. A few you may especially like (I know I do):

I'm a total pushover for blouses. Especially those with unusual lines and attitude from the 1940s. And Vogue 5658 is just that sort of blouse. Great shoulders. Elegant gathers. This top will definitely make your ensemble. Kate_hepburn_desk_set
A fan of Katherine Hepburn? Then you'll want Spadea N-1149. Charles LecMaire designed it just for her to wear in Desk Set.

Feeling more Russian princess? More Carole Lombard in To Have and Have Not? Then don't even try to resist Butterick 5410 from the 1930s. You can wear it out. Or you can wear it at home for his or her eyes only.

And for a perfectly bee-yoo-tee-ful day dress, I suggest Simplicity 2326. Two views, both ladylike and sexy. That's one gorgeous bodice!

And one of my favorite YSL's — so Deneuve — whip up Vogue Paris Original 1690 from the 1960s. I love it. Don't you? Say yes. That is the correct answer.

These beauties are just a fraction of the newest additions at The Blue Gardenia. You'll want to check out each and every one. And the newest patterns are always at the beginning of each category. Because we want to make it easier for you to find them, natch.

And, of course, any — or all — of these lovelies can be yours. Just drop by The Blue Gardenia, where the patterns are counted, the jewelry is sparkling, and domestic shipping is free. But you knew all that, didn't you? Of course you did. (And, yes, we do ship abroad. Absolutely. With enthusiasm. Shipping fees do apply.) 

Channeling Catherine: Don an apron for kitchen protection. June 6, 2012 03:22


Simplicity_4868_apronRose to brighten the tablescape: Necessity.

Spouse in specs at the breakfast table: Optional.

Jogging suit with racing stripes (Even goddesses make mistakes): Don't!

SImplicity 4868, the cuter vintage version of her cobbler apron, available at The Blue Gardenia: Adorable.


Channeling Catherine: An elegant interpretation of '20s style. May 7, 2012 01:42

Deneuve20a Earrings

Incredible beauty: God-given.

Majorica pearl earrings, $115 at Neiman Marcus: Elegant.

Piercing and hurt look: Practiced.

Butterick 2591, $75 at The Blue Gardenia: Basis.



Channeling Catherine: Timeless face. Timeless coat. February 9, 2012 02:28 2 Comments

Mesmerizing beauty:

Creamy double-breasted coat: Timeless.

Pour La Victoire Bre Black flat, $190 at Elegant.

Vogue Paris Original 1675 Designed by Yves Saint Laurent, $57 at The Blue Gardenia: Time-saver.


Channeling Catherine: Taking the Peter Pan collar up a notch. February 4, 2012 12:13



Influential director to protect you from the riffraff: Handy.

Stretch cotton sateen, $7.50 per yard at Michael's Fabrics: Luscious.

Pleated blouse: Staple.

McCall 5553, copyright 1944, $35 at The Blue Gardenia: Helpful.



Channeling Catherine: Bare one shoulder but not the other. August 10, 2011 15:53 2 Comments




Looking gorgeous even when peeved: Beneficial.

Simple evening gown with one shoulder revealed: Sexy.

Zoya "Sasha" Nail Polish: Noir.

McCall's 8500, the Mad Men version of the look, available at The Blue Gardenia: Sleek.


Channeling Catherine: Gliding on the red carpet in a sexy GBS. May 27, 2011 01:42 2 Comments


Deneuve_black_sandal Glamorous black sheath: Staple.

Red carpet: Optional.

Calvin Klein Oliana heels (on sale!) at Elegant.

Vogue American Designer 2470, designed by Donna Karan, at The Blue Gardenia: Necessary.


Channeling Catherine: Classically glamorous, unassailably chic. May 25, 2011 01:59

Deneuve_boatneck Mac_costaFabulous hair: Genetics.

Gold baubles: Au courant.

MAC Costa Chic lipstick: Dazzling.

McCall's 7007, copyright 1963, available at The Blue Gardenia: Quickie.


Channeling Catherine: Supple leather coat + sizzling specs = chic. April 12, 2011 02:30 3 Comments

Denueve_coat_Vogue_Dior Hot coffee or tea on a frosty day: Warming.

Lafont Intrigue sunglasses, $453 at Framesdirect: Mysterious.

Leather wrap coat: Sophisticated.

Vogue Paris Original 1023, designed by Dior, $12 at The Blue Gardenia: Necessity.


Channeling Catherine: Her haute couture version of tuxedo style. March 26, 2011 15:44 2 Comments

Deneuve-ysltux Deneuve-colehaantux Dashing and legendary designer on your arm and on your label: Desirable.

Cole Haan peep-toe heels at Staple.

Girls-will-be-boys sexy tuxedo with satin lapels: Necessary.

Vogue Paris Original 2360, designed by Yves Saint Laurent, copyright 1999: Must.


Channeling Catherine: This is the way to rock a simple blouse. February 22, 2011 17:01 1 Comment


Simple blouse: Classic.

A good book: Necessity.

Antique gray supersoft cotton sateen at Gorgeous Fabrics: Luxurious. 

Butterick 8680, View B, at The Blue Gardenia: Perfecto.


Channeling Catherine: Frost hair. Don shades. Clutch coat. November 2, 2010 15:55


Shades at night: Mysterious.

Attractive male accessory: Wanted.

Rich brown silk taffeta seersucker, available at Gorgeous Fabrics: Luxurious.

Style 1946, available at The Blue Gardenia, made as an evening coat:  Evocative.


Channeling Catherine: You think she's sexy? Then copy this look. October 12, 2010 14:50 1 Comment

Catherine_deneuve_sexbombDeneuve_tightsSmoldering don't-you-wish-you-were-me expression: Seductive.

Come-hither hair: Desirable.

2010 spin on the fishnet, courtesy Cynthia Rowley: Sexy.

Vogue Paris Original 2450, designed by Claude Montana, available at The Blue Gardenia: Unusual.


Channeling Catherine: Deneuve bags the safari look with style. September 30, 2010 09:10 3 Comments

Catherine-deneuve-safari Jose&maria

Beautiful bones: Luck.

Personalizing the safari look: Creative.

Spendy statement necklace by Jose and Maria Barrera: Perfect.

New Look 6124, circa late 1980s: Desirable.


Channeling Catherine: A lively interpretation of the shirtdress. September 5, 2010 11:45 2 Comments

Catherine_deneuve_rosePatience for paparazzi: Wise.

Floral shirtdress: Vibrant.

Your own rose: Compliment.

Simplicity 5822, a Mad Men riff on the shirtdress: Fun.


Channeling Catherine: Be a strong yet gentle dance partner. August 22, 2010 19:18


Care and concern for your dance partner: Desirable.

Pesky paparazzi: Nuisance.

Black silk charmeuse at Gorgeous Fabrics: Beautiful.

Simplicity 5611, copyright 1973: Beneficial.


Channeling Catherine: A bad hair day? I don't think so. August 9, 2010 11:50


Looking this good after a wild party:   Fantasy.

Exceptional cleaning crew: Necessity.

Dior Fuseau Suede Pump: Desirable.

Butterick 5988, with lengthened sleeves:



Channeling Catherine: I'm too beautiful for you. August 2, 2010 18:48 2 Comments


Nars_deneuve_lipstick,jpg Reserved, self-confident gaze: Necessary.

Elegant updo: Cool.

Nars Belle du Jour lipstick: Perfect.

Vogue Paris Original 2248circa '60s: Beneficial.


Channeling Catherine: Airport casual perfected. July 26, 2010 08:16


Arrogant yet patient attitude:

Sassy Stuart Weitzman Acrostix platforms: Dangerous.

McCall 5760, copyright 1944, Ilsa-on-the-tarmac interpretation of the trench: Necessary.

Plane ticket to exotic locale: Desirable.


Channeling Catherine: Peel me some grapes, she commanded. July 20, 2010 11:18

Catherine_deneuve_caftan Tassel_necklace

Serene, commanding, penetrating gaze: Necessary.

Tassel necklace: Facsimile.

Luxurious divan: Comfortable.

Vogue Paris Original 1553, designed by Dior: Evocative.