Saturday, March 27, 2010

Swimwear, Vintage Photo Contest

I have sent you some pics of my Dad who simply embodies the essence of Southern California style. Being a 5th generation Californian, I have always been in entranced the beautiful beach boy and girl myth and I love this picture. The West Coast really does have the sunshine and a certain style of it’s own, No?

To me, my grandmother, Fran


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  1. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    To thin this was shot in the fifties, she was ahead of her time. She shows so much confidence, quite lovely!

  2. Moorea Seal

    March 27, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I love this. She seems like both a graceful and sassy lady. Just the sort of woman I aspire to be.

  3. sam

    March 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    your grandmother is officially my role model <3

  4. Rachel

    March 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Your grandmother is gorgeous-and smart! Thank you for sharing these photos.

  5. Jason laucht

    March 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    that is one hot dad and grandmom!
    I find people back then were more fashionable no?

  6. SV

    March 27, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Such an amazing post. The story seems to be taken from a movie haha. They both look great, I love the pictures!
    Love this site,

  7. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    seriously, your grandmother was beautiful! and your pops wasn't too shabby either!! such a lucky gene pool..

  8. Natasha

    March 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I absolutely love it! I have this obsession myself with vintage swim-wear. I'm all for the high waists and nautical look.

  9. AppleTree

    March 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Helllloooo Daddy!

  10. Louise

    March 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    All of these vintage photos are just knocking me out and the stories add so much!

  11. Amy Bennett

    March 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm


  12. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm


  13. Tao

    March 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    My vote goes to gran Gerondeau. I think a man would be crazy not to go back to a woman like her, bold, beautiful and strong headed…

  14. Nedda Ebo

    March 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I love the first photo. He really DOES embody the beach boy look. Wow!


    March 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    This is my favorite yet.

  16. HOO

    March 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Fantastic stories and photos!

  17. Jana

    March 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Those are really beautiful photos there! And the stories behind them make them even more special :)

  18. enrique

    March 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Stories are meant to be shared. Thank you!

  19. sofiasophie

    March 27, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    this woman was very very stylish and elegant!
    her pose qnd the gesture of looking herself in the mirror…. the picture is gorgeous, and digne d'ĂȘtre scotchĂ©e sur un mood board….

  20. Linda

    March 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Beautiful picture. Love the story! I also had a stylish grandmother, she sew all her dresses, and was an important role model for me. Style never goes out of date!

  21. Whit Mack

    March 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Scott! Talk about amazing genes! You have such beautiful family members!

  22. Erin Wallace

    March 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    That photo of your grandmother is amazing!

  23. Livie

    March 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    what a romantic story – and such a beautiful picture. i love the vintage style of old southern california but i think modern day cali conjures up too many images of plasticity

  24. a.fam

    March 27, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Your grandmother lools such a gorgeous lady. The centuries gone by definately knew how to pull of effortless style.

  25. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    What a gorgeous family! Great genes and STYLE.

  26. domesticated_desk

    March 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    thank you for such a wonderful blog post concept. brilliant! i love hearing the stories of these family members.

  27. Chris

    March 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    This is really cool Scott. I'm loving this

  28. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I love old California, small modest houses, overgrown shrubbery, classic cars with black license plate, and trim, tan men with short shorts!! Let's bring it back!

  29. battlingthedinosaurs

    March 27, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    I admire the persistence of your grandmother. I really can't imagine any young man doing this. lol

  30. Emom

    March 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I am loving these vintage photos….smiles.

  31. Anonymous

    March 27, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    loved both pic, btw R O C K I N G bod at the first one tho.

  32. Alexis

    March 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Great story and photos!


    March 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    All these photos are great, and the accompanying stories are so endearing.

  34. Heidi

    March 27, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    The story to the second photo added so much to it. I loved it!

  35. SyntheticElegance

    March 28, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Such a beautiful story. *sigh*

  36. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 1:59 am

    These people have amazing bodies. what great role models

  37. Criteriamour

    March 28, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Wow, gorgeous–the both of them. They make elegance seem effortless; theirs probably was.

  38. WANI!

    March 28, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Love the story behind the photo!

    and and and ! your dad has a hot bod!


  39. Dustyflint

    March 28, 2010 at 3:32 am

    What a delight this contest is! Lucky you to see ALL the photos. All you have posted are simply wonderful!

  40. T H E F A T T A C K

    March 28, 2010 at 4:28 am

    I love vintage photos. They're magic.



  41. Sophiemei

    March 28, 2010 at 4:37 am

    i really love vintage photos!
    she is totally a elegant and beautfiul woman!!
    nice sharing!

  42. alackofcolour

    March 28, 2010 at 5:16 am

    i absolutely love this idea of vintage photos with a story behind it.
    keep em coming, this is wonderful :)

  43. Tathyana

    March 28, 2010 at 7:15 am

    Ok, that story blew my mind.

    Your grandmother is a hero for persevering and staying true to her gut and risking it on a man who didn't love her. No wonder he married her. If I had gone to war and been through terror and violence, I would want to spend the rest of my life with someone strong and loving and brave by my side.

  44. Carly

    March 28, 2010 at 7:23 am

    This contest was such a great idea Scott, the photos that you've shown us so far are so inspiring.

  45. Lore.

    March 28, 2010 at 7:25 am

    amazing pictures!!
    check out my blog:

  46. @nnoushka

    March 28, 2010 at 7:27 am

    real Californain style! Love those pics!

  47. the park

    March 28, 2010 at 7:34 am


    All these amazing vintage photographs and their respective stories need to be produced & immortalised in a book.

  48. Aziza

    March 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for this wonderful story, it really touched me :'(
    Your grandmother is beautiful, mine is my model too ! :)

  49. Crooky

    March 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Love the provenance and how the youth is captured in time. The mens shorts are well cool, they are so now. Check out Franks Australia shorts, which are 1950s inspired…

  50. Laguna Beach Trad

    March 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    What a beautiful story, and what a beautiful woman! Like a mermaid. I agree with the poster on Southern California style.

  51. ~Ali

    March 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

    The image of your father absolutely personifies the California mystique of yesteryear. The muscle cars with lots of chrome. Surfer boys and girls. Endless summer. Nostalgia at its finest.

  52. Diane

    March 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Beautiful pictures!!

  53. MN SL&E

    March 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Geez your dad was in shape. Whoooo….!!!!!!!

  54. laura marie

    March 28, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    wow i absolutely love this… and such a wonderful story!

  55. Posie

    March 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    The photo of your father is fantastic. Of all the photos I have ever seen this has to be one of my favourite. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing these photos and ideas from your family!

    The story of your grandmother's stick-to-it-ive-ness and patience is a wonderful notion.

    In today's world of disposable fashion and fast-pace living, these posts are grounding and refreshing.

    What a way to start my Sunday!

  57. Ljubica

    March 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    i am absolutely loving this contest!
    i love seeing the beautiful photos and reading the stories that go with them.
    what a great idea this contest is!


    March 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Wow, the guy on top is such a great example of Cali style. The woman on the bottom has a wonderful story attached to her. Her beauty certainly shows through in these photos and I am glad he married her. xo

  59. Blanchine.

    March 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    this photo is unbelievable! what a charming woman.
    Besides she looks so modern and her hair is perfect!
    Wonderful DNA sir! :)

  60. alastair

    March 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Scott, I love the idea of this competition! It must be a win-win for you too, you get a whole load of free content and we all get to be amazed by these fantastic photos and stories!

    Both photos show of some slamming bods! I can imagine a photo like the second causing quite a stir in the barracks!

  61. Anne

    March 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Scott, I love your site, but I have never commented before. (My daughter gave me your book as a Christmas gift). I feel I must comment now, because I am so enjoying your vintage photo contest – each photo is so much fun for me to see. Thank you!

  62. Anonymous

    March 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    wowsa! cali dad got bangin' bod!

  63. sherene

    March 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    What a fabulous series, I think it's worthy of a blog of its own for all the wonderful stories and images it brings forth from people =) Thanks for putting these up!

  64. brittany barney

    March 29, 2010 at 12:22 am

    ha your dad looks like jfk in that pic, not thAT IVE ever seen him in a swimsuit…
    great shots…

  65. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 12:24 am

    oh she is so gorgeous and stylish !

  66. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Beautiful family…great gene pool you inherited……..lucky bastard. LOL

  67. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Fashion Aesthetics Composition Form Fabulous Hugs Clare

  68. Petra, Finland

    March 29, 2010 at 5:10 am

    What a wonderful story about grandmother, Françoise Gerondeau! I loved the pictured and I loved the story behind it even more…

  69. thebeautyphilosopher

    March 29, 2010 at 6:21 am

    This image is sublime and so timeless. I adore old photos.

  70. thebeautyphilosopher

    March 29, 2010 at 6:22 am

    this is such an amazing, sublime image. What a beauty.

  71. Magicottage

    March 29, 2010 at 6:45 am

    You obviously have a goodlooking lineage! How fabulous!

  72. Bi.

    March 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I love all those pictures.
    I've been searching for vintage photos in my own house and I did also found out my greatparents had an amazing sense of style.!
    I love listening to their stories about how much they had to save for a ring, or how they copied haute coutoure designs at home!

    BTW, your relatives are so elegant, and cosmpolitan! :)
    I'm proud you have a lil bit of Spanish in your genes as well ;)


  73. David

    March 29, 2010 at 11:58 am

    You got my vote. It's that simple! :)

  74. Daphne

    March 29, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Beautiful picture, beautiful story. My grandmother's name is also Françoise, and I was lucky enough to be named after her. Thank you for sharing this.

  75. { f }

    March 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    lovely! and what a perfect name. why do i feel that everyone in old photos had so much more style and elegance?

  76. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    If I were a guy in a foxhole I'd determine to marry her too.

    I'm not sure what's more American classic about the first pic, your dad or that car.

  77. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Love your gran's look and story, but I must say that your pops' the one who's giving me hot flashes! I mean, talk about HOTNESS! It's quite clear now from where you've inherited your good looks. rs

  78. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    WOW~Great picture, great lookin' woman, love the peeled down pants – the whole thing is incredible. Style IS genetic!

  79. Anonymous

    March 29, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    She is gorgeous!

  80. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 2:18 am

    it runs from genes isn't it?
    a hot grandma and a hot dad.

  81. Anonymous

    March 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Please show more pictures of this wonderful grandmother over the decades following this lovely scene by the water.

  82. Li Ma

    March 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Wow, Both are great in its own way. I still think vintage wins compared to many of the modern trash.

  83. "L"

    March 31, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    What a great photo! Your grandmother is too funny, too!

  84. Fashion Retailer

    April 12, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    you're grand mother is very beautiful!

    the story of this photo is interesting!

    and the courage and love of your grand mother to your grand father is amazing!

    I bet,they became a wonderful couple! :)

  85. Anonymous

    April 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Johny Bravo on the 1st photo! :)

  86. Anonymous

    February 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    my parents looked nothing like that!–lol. great pictures.

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  88. Sihem

    August 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures , and your father has a good body , he is awesome :) and your grandmother too

  89. Eric

    August 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Great 1959 Chevy!

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