Saturday, September 27, 2014

Janisse Ray

Marty and I have attended an event over the years in New Bedford called Bioneers by the Bay. I usually discover after the fact that I've missed someone I would have loved to catch up with -- Ben Hewitt is one. Haven't checked into his blog for a while but I enjoy his writing and have read one of his books. Plus, he lives in the NEK of VT (also known as God's Country), is from the Rail City (St. Albans), and uses the expression "to be clear" so much that I find it him rather charming.

All this being said, decided to check into another favorite author's site, Janisse Ray (have read all her books that I can find), and -- woot woot! she's a keynote speaker at Bioneers this year! you can be sure I will track her down somehow. My girlfriend and I were talking the other day about our idea of celebrity -- we are nuts about certain writers. I sometimes feel like a groupie, haunting a particular writer's website or books for a fickle bit, but "Janisse"  is one of my perennials. I wonder if she'd like to pop over to the cape for a bit before or after her event?
Janisse Ray

Friday, September 5, 2014

Guest Post - Gill Photography, LLC

As mentioned in an earlier post, we are beginning to branch out beyond business/lingerie posts. Here is a post from  friend and fantastic professional photographer Dave Gill. Be sure to check out his site for much more!

Trail Ridge Road is one of Colorado’s most famous scenic roads, connects
Estes Park with Grand Lake, and reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet above

sea level.  This sunset was photographed from a spot well above timberline,

on June 2nd , the temperature was slightly below freezing, and the wind was

blowing at about 50 mph.  It’s always best always to be prepared for
‘interesting’ weather when you are in the mountains.

My favorite time for sunrise and sunset photography is as storms are either

moving in or breaking up and this sunset was no exception.  The smoke from a

forest fire burning west of Fort Collins contributed to the intensity of the

colors.  My wife, Anne, and I drove through the thunderstorm and got to the
spot where we planned to view the sunset before the colors developed, set up
our cameras and waited to see what it would look like.  Many times a storm
doesn’t cooperate and the sunset is either behind clouds or doesn’t develop
into something spectacular, but this was one of the times that all of the
elements came together.

 Gill Photography, LLC 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the Garden

I'm going to do a bit of bragging now -- our garden is beautiful this summer. Besides veggies, berries, and flowers I have several herbs growing, too.

A few weeks ago, I chopped up a pile of feverfew, and now have it brewing in vodka to eventually use as a tincture for stress and headache. Tonight, with fresh beans from the garden,  I added some fronds of our dill. We've had basil, oregano, and marjoram on pizza, parsley and dill in a yummy orso salad (from Quick Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin), and gorgeous mint infused into iced tea. The sage I am looking forward to infusing in some local honey. 

I'm having fun figuring out all the different ways I can make use of the herbs from our garden, and am already considering additions for next year's garden!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Swimwear Line

For a number of years we've considered adding swimsuits to our offerings at Brabarella Lingerie. For a small business like ours, it's quite a commitment, one that we've been reluctant to make. If our lingerie vendors also offered swimsuits, then it would be easy to add swimwear, but oddly enough, it's very rare for a lingerie manufacturer to have a swimwear line. Grenier toyed with the idea a couple of years ago, but then decided against it. Of course Playtex offered a swimwear line back in the late 60's/early 70's (you can see a few examples on our Little Pink Dress Vintage site), but it was short lived, probably because wearing rubber out on the beach wasn't all that comfortable. If we were going to sell swimwear, we would want retro/classic styling, not short-lived/trendy styles. We were recently surprised and pleased to see that Gossard, one of our lingerie vendors, offers a somewhat retro-styled swimsuit shown here. The bottom is straight out of the 60's, while that bra is a full cup underwire that has a classic touch to it. There is also an alternative top and bottom in this line (mix and match), as well as a one piece. The pink shown here is seasonal. Black is the ongoing color. Gossard also offers several other swimsuit styles, but this one caught our eye, as it ties in with what we sell on Brabarella and LPD. Gossard's quality is exceptional. Neither their photos nor ours can capture the quality and workmanship that goes into their products.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vintage Jantzen Skirted Swimsuit

This is a classic style of swimsuit from one of the best known swimsuit names in the business back in the 50's through 70's. The lipstick red belt is just the right finishing touch on this beauty. Great for a unique look at the beach, poolside, or for a retro/pinup photo shoot.
Little Pink Dress Vintage

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ideas Needed

Contemplating acquiring blogging help (or guest bloggers) for our various social platforms. Not sure what form it might take. Right now our efforts are rather haphazard (to say the least!).  Topics might extend beyond lingerie to perhaps include fashion, vintage wear, mua, cosplay, fine art, performance art, photography, modeling, etc. If anyone out there has ideas, direction, proposals, etc., email us at

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Disappointing News from Mary Green

It was with much sadness that we learned last week that Mary Green was closing up shop after 30 some years. If you are a lover of silk, you love Mary Green lingerie. Shown here is one of her kimonos from the last shipment we received. Mary sent us a very thoughtful gift package this week along with a quote attributed to Cat Stevens "I always knew that when I looked back on the times I cried I would smile. But I never knew that when I looked back on the times I smiled I would cry." How true and fitting.
Mary Green Lingerie via Brabarella