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 brabarella@gmail.com

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Slow Living


We don't own a clothes dryer, haven't since our New Bedford move. We got used to line drying our clothes in the loft bathroom when we lived there, and decided to skip the dryer when we moved in here. I love hanging laundry on the line. During wet and colder weather I dry the clothes on the lines in the basement, but as soon as it hits the 40's or 50's, and it's a sunny day (breezy's good, too), I hang the clothes outside to dry. It's an excuse to be outside, it's meditative, there's method to it for me (I hang lingerie out of sight), and it connects me to a slower pace of life I miss more and more -- these hyped up-plugged in-tuned in- but- oh so out-days. Plus, our clothes will last longer drying in a breeze gentler (usually) than a dryer' shot air could ever be.
Some of the clothes pins -- actually all of them -- I've had for decades, from when I used cloth diapers on my kids and didn't have a dryer then either. And some of them are clothes pegs from Mrs. Ross, our 80-something neighbor of the time, who also used to enjoy hanging her clothes out. It was one of those twirly clothes lines, and she would go out with her basket, and her cane, and being short, use her cane to move the lines around and to where she could reach them. I never helped her, thinking it was good exercise for her, to keep her moving and strong. It didn't occur to me that maybe I could have asked if she wanted help at least, rather than assuming she didn't. Tough love, huh?
No, more like selfish love because I used to also get irritated if she got her clothes on the line before I did. But love Mrs. Ross I did. We did. My pre-K son and I would visit her in her two room apartment with her soaps on the television on an occasional afternoon. I'd have tea, and she'd give Anthony his favorite Little Debbie Nutty Bars. She'd tell stories of how she cried when she was 10 and couldn't go to school anymore because she was the oldest and had to help support the family by going to work in the mills (she was French-Canadian). She had a daughter who had a stroke, whose husband would drop her off every Wednesday to visit her mother. I thought he was a jerk as rumor had it that he had a girlfriend, too.
I snagged some of Mrs. Ross's clothes pegs that fell behind when she hung her laundry. When I hang my laundry, and I use her pegs I remember her, I remember her story, intertwined with my story, my son's, LaFountain Street, and Little Debbie's.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th and Happy Birthday


Marty here. Happy Birthday to my dad, who would have been 92 today.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of him on my laptop - at a union meeting in the 70's. He's the third from the left. This week back in 1988 our family rented a couple of cottages on Cape Cod Bay ( I was already living here on the Cape) and we all spent the 4th of July week here. It was seen as the start of a new tradition. We had vacationed on Cape Cod back in the 60's and it was a coming home of sorts. It was a great week - bonfires and fireworks on the beach, beachcombing, golf, food, beer and great weather. Little did we know that it would be the last time we would all be together. My dad died suddenly and unexpectedly that October. We carried on with this new tradition for a couple more years, but it wasn't the same and just fizzled out. Still miss him but have great memories.