Tuesday, December 30, 2008


We've added a simple feedback section to our site. We encourage you to make comments about products, navigating the site, good things, bad things, anything (appropriate, of course). Here's the link:

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Cette Pantyhose, Tights and Stockings

We've added a couple of new styles to our Cette (pronounced "set") Hosiery collection. Cette, based in Belgium, makes stylish, high quality hosiery that you're sure to love. You can check them out here:


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Morning

Good morning out there. It's been a winter wonderland on Cape Cod the last couple of days. However, rain is expected today and it's looking like another green, or rather gray Christmas here. We'll see.
On the site, we've added a few things here and there the last couple of weeks - a couple of dresses in the vintage dress category; some peignoirs/negligees in the vintage sleepwear section; a couple of new pantyhose styles in the hosiery section; and some new girdle selections from Cortland and Rago in the shapewear section. We've also been going through our thumbnail pages and adding our prices (and MSRP prices when available) to those pages, to make it easier for you to comparison shop. We are a small, hard to find Internet store, so we rely on customers who do a lot of searching and comparison shopping. If you do, you'll love our prices.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Garters are Back

Rago has announced that all shapers and girdles in the Lacette line will once again come with garters, beginning January 1, 2009. Rago had discontinued garters on all Lacette styles (except for the 9357) in 2006. They are back due to popular demand. We will have some mixed inventory for a while, but if you have a preference for garters, let us know when you order and we'll take care of it. The Shapette girdle line continues to have garters, while most of the Diet-Minded line has garter tabs (we can provide the garters on these at no extra charge).
Meanwhile, the Va Bien 1292 is back to having garter tabs. Again, we have some without the tabs, but if you need the tabs and the garters, let us know.



Monday, December 8, 2008

Treo Vintage 50's Advertisement

Unfortunately we do not have any of these beautiful corselettes for sale on our site - Treo is no more, and this style of upscale all-in-one girdle has faded into history. Women in the 50's and well into the 60's had a large selection from which to choose, from manufacturers such as Treo, Lily of France, Poirette and many more..
Treo had headquarters in New York (200 Madison Ave.)and Montreal....

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


Smog. Wet snow. Icy rain. Pike Traffic. Route 20 unsalted, more of a suicide alley than ever. Moonstruck Cafe still nestled in a gravelly slope in Charlton. White headlights and red taillights snaking in the distant dark hills blur into a hallucination of what looks to me like construction cranes decorated for the holidays. Our usual five hour round trip bringing my girl back to school turned into ten tired hours on the road during the busiest travel weekend of the year, Thanksgiving. I'm thankful to be home.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Grenier Corsets

Madonna re-introduced the corset into mainstream fashion in the 80's. Today, there are many companies big and small that manufacture corsets, but it's highly unlikely that any have been doing it as long as Grenier. They began making corsets in 1860. Nobody makes them any better. In the photo, Lydia is modeling style 6122 in poinsettia with black trim. This corset also comes in solid black and bridal white. It has a lace up back and adjustable garters. You can check it out here:


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Miscellaneous Ramblings

Marty here. Patricia and I just finished watching the Syracuse / Notre Dame football game. Syracuse, a 20 point underdog, pulled off the upset! They fired their coach last week, but he chose to stay with his kids until the end of the season. You have to give him credit for that. Maybe this will be the beginning of a turnaround for the Orange……went shopping for the Thanksgiving turkey yesterday. I rarely do the grocery shopping, but I always like to get the turkey. Patricia and I hate large grocery stores and shopping malls, but I had to go to the Super Stop & Shop in order to make sure I could find a large enough turkey. I swear that these stores have no more in terms of groceries than normal-size grocery stores of yesteryear. They just add many useless non-grocery aisles in the center, stick a bank and/or pharmacy in the front, and specialty or prepared foods along the sides. On top of that, periodically they just rearrange the aisles, to make it even more difficult to find things….I did finally find a bird and a few other things and got out of there in time to catch the UPS guy at 3:00, but it was really aggravating....... last week we had temperatures in the mid-60’s here, right now the wind chill temperature is 15........Patriots have a must-win game tomorrow against Miami…

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Rainy day. Foggy too – ring around the full moon the last couple of nights. I’m back to reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s The Flower and the Nettle. She inspires me to write, or at least enjoy the everyday of my life as if it could be a lovely story.

AML writes “that living is a more important art than any other one. That writing is only important in that it gives me the balance required to live life as an art.” I think about that line and then I think about survival. About people in far off countries starving, wondering if they’re able to live their lives as an art. Or, if living life as an art is one of the simple luxuries I’m blessed with here in my own quiet life on a rainy November day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Shapewear Review - Va Bien 1500 Low Plunge Body Briefer

The Va Bien 1500 Ultra-Lift Low Plunge Body Briefer is a very versatile body briefer. The most obvious feature is the low plunge front. But it also has three way adjustable/removable straps and a low back, so it will adjust to almost any style of dress. With the holidays coming up, this can be your secret weapon for providing beautiful shaping under your favorite outfits. As for specific features, it has mesh power net panels along the front; the cups are patented ultra-lift cups. It has three magic fingers molded between the layers of foam for super support and comfort where you need it most. It has the V-plunge center, as noted earlier, and a very low V-back. The cups are smooth edge and are invisible under the tightest fashion wear. The front center panel is double-lined to flatten your tummy. And, the detachable straps can be worn straight, criss-cross, or halter/backless. Drawbacks? Well, as we’ve said regarding all body briefers, if you’re on the tall or short size, or if your measurements are disproportionate in terms of chest-to-waist-to-hips ratio, then they can be a more difficult fit. This Va Bien is a bit pricey, but once you see the quality and realize it’s versatility (you can wear it under so many different styles of dresses), you should feel very pleased with your purchase. The Va Bien 1500 has a MSRP of $80.00. You can purchase in from Brabarella for $64.99.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Passing Strange

I took a break from reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diaries and letters – I’m on the fourth book so far and reading chronologically as I find her life and era fascinating. But that doesn’t mean I’m not reading… I’ve switched to local lore and history, specifically New England lore – ghost stories and other paranormal experiences to be exact. Halloween and Samhain prompted me. Well, not just that – my dad also gave me a copy of my cousin’s podcast. Well, not quite a podcast but rather a CD of his podcast. After listening to it, I must say I may have to get an IPOD, or else bug Sean (whom I haven't seen in ages but can always use the "I knew you way back when..." line on since I am 8 years older than him) to give me a CD that has the ENTIRE “Halliburton Hitchhiker” story on it. The CD was a demo that was just a tease! Radio Ghost got the “best New Hampshire podcast for 2007.” Sean also does stories for NH NPR. Other works I've been reading/listening to have included books by Edward Lodi (Witches of Plymouth County and other New England Sorceries) and Joseph Citro (Passing Strange), both authors I have met in the past. In keeping with my theme, I think I’ll watch Misery tonight.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Consignment Shops on Cape Cod

There’s an article in the Boston Globe this morning about the number of consignment shops here on Cape Cod. We’ve noticed the same thing. I think a lot of it has to do with the state of the economy. Designer apparel is still in demand, but it has become less practical for many. At the same time, those who once might have dropped off their designer goods to charity are trying to cash in a little and recover some of their original expense. So it’s a win-win if you’re looking to pick up a little bit of cash or trying to find a bargain. I’m not sure what the growing popularity of consignment shops has had on Goodwill or church thrift shops, although I sense that in this economy consumers are looking for bargains there also. Here’s the article from the BOSTON GLOBE. Two of our favorites are My Fair Lady in Cotuit and Second Time Around right here in Hyannis.

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Marty here. It's been an exciting couple of days, there is renewed hope, but Barack has his work cut out for him. I truly respect John McCain and he handled defeat with class. I've always liked him despite the fact that he's a Republican. As for Barack, I feel that he will ultimately be an historic figure in American history, not because of the color of his skin, but because of what he does for his country. It will take time. We've dug a huge hole for us to try to climb out of. I think we're on the right path though.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Samhain

Today is Samhain, the beginning of the Celtic year and the end of the harvest season. By coincidence, I pulled up the last of our tomato, eggplant and pepper plants. The ocean waters keep things a little warmer here in the fall, but this is it for us. We also updated a few areas on our site (not to change the subject, but I just did). The Bali bra and Wonderbra sections were updated, as was the Rago shapewear section. Flexees is running a buy two, get one for free sale, so check that out too. Remember, the holidays are rapidly approaching. That means family gatherings, office Christmas parties, and New Year's Eve, so don't get caught short and wait 'til the last minute when it comes to purchasing shapewear. Get prepared now. Here are links to our updates:




Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Once Creepiest Spot in America

Marty here. I blogged about Danver's State Hospital a couple of years ago as they were tearing most of it down and converting the rest into luxury condos. Another great American building gone. Pictures cannot capture what it was like when I first drove up to this gigantic abandoned building about 20 years ago. I didn't have my trusty Nikon with me at the time, but immediately went to Hunt's Drug Store (in reality it was a camera shop) to pick up some B/W infrared film with the intent of capturing some of the haunting nature of this castle-like fortress, a man-made hell on earth, high on a hill, surrounded by ancient trees and unnamed graves. I never made it back. This building has a very notorious past, an inhumane past with over-crowding, surgical experimentation and what we might today label "torture". Many lived and died here. Here are some pictures that aren't mine, ones that I used and credited before. I have to go back to see if I can find the photographers.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bioneers By The Bay

Bioneers by the Bay weekend in New Bedford. Note that the band equipment is pedal-powered....also free hand-made and painted T-shirts...too much more to mention here....

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

History Lesson

I have been reading Anne Lindbergh's Diaries and Letters about her life before and after Charles Lindbergh, who flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927 and became an instant celebrity, an adventure hero(unlike celebrities of today - actors & sports figures).
I work part-time in an elders social club of sorts and one of our ladies is 90 today. She actually remembers going out to Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts (home of FDR's Delano grandparents) when she was 8 - she watched with her family as Lindbergh flew overhead across the ocean - I cannot imagine how an historic moment such as that must have felt. What a rush! I had my own historic moment 25 years ago today with the birth of my first child. Perhaps that was my version of experiencing such a powerful historic moment as Dot did back in 1927.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Arianne Leopard Print Cami

Arianne's Fall '08 collection is inspired by old Hollywood, sophisticated yet sexy. And animal prints are hotter than ever. The Arianne Betsy cami is made of an extra soft brushed nylon and is as comfy as it looks. It features a tiger-eye buckle, a slight flair at the hips and a higher neckline. We've just added this to our site and will be adding more stunning Arianne products in the coming weeks. Check out the Betsy Cami here:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vintage Lingerie - Olga French Curve Girdle

From 1954 - "French Curve. Slims tummy amazingly via inner featherstitched panels, leaves both legs free to stride, dance and play, sleeks and lifts hipline. Nylon power net in black or white, small to extra large $10. For store and free figure beauty booklet write Olga, Dept. G117, 7915 Haskell, Van Nuys, Cal. (pat.pend.)"

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Buying Vintage

Given the times, I think we're all looking for ways to save money, or at least get the most out of what we pay for. That's why you should consider going vintage the next time you're looking for a special piece or outfit. We have some vintage outerwear inventory left (see our site), and of course we have a large selection of vintage lingerie, but there are many other great sites out there where you can pick up a very special one of a kind dress, suit or accessory. The key to these sites is to visit them often, as you may not find anything the first try, but they usually update often. When you find something, grab it! We had many customers who would contact us AFTER a particular item sold, expressing disappointment that they hesitated too long. Here are some good sites:
Couture Allure
Dandelion Vintage
Tangerine Boutique
Hooked On Vintage
Vintage Vixen

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Stadium Update - Tiger Stadium, Detroit

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about old stadiums being torn down. There is a last ditch effort in Detroit to save what's left of Tiger (Briggs Stadium to oldtimers) Stadium. I guess most of it has been torn down, but it was granted a temporary reprive. Here's the story in The Detroit News.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Vintage Lingerie - Formfit Bras, 1954

From Life magazine:

"Your bustline is as individual as your fingerprints. That's why bras must be designed in so many styles -for the bra that's right for small, firm contours will be wrong for the full, less firm bustline. And there are dozens of variations through the A and D bust sizes.
" If you are one of the 47 out of every 100 not now satisfied, very likely your present bra does not fit you correctly. Yet you can experience the comfort and flattery of a perfectly fitting bra! For Life bras -available in every style -are designed by stylists who know a bra must fit you -you must not be uncomfortably molded to a bra!
"There's a Life Bra made to your own measurements in Formfit's wide, wide selection...so try a Life Bra next! At all better stores.
Life Hidden Strip No. 515...new-design stitched underbust. Sewn-in strips lift you to youthful beauty. Nylon taffeta and nylon lace. A, B, C. $4.00."
Formfit Company, 400 South Peoria Street, Chicago

Friday, October 3, 2008

First Take - Sarah Palin

I actually watched the debate last night rather than the baseball playoffs (the Redsox were off anyway) just to listen to Sarah Palin for the first time. Reviews have been fairly positive. I’m not really that impressed though, and I don’t believe it’s so much because I’m a Democrat, but for other reasons, including her language. Now I’m one to use slang or butcher up the English language on occasion. If you’ve read this or one of our other blogs, you know that words such as gosh, y’all, etc., are thrown in casually. It’s comfort language. But I’m not running for President (or VP) of the United States either. Sarah’s language is kinda (kind of) Bush-league, as in the Big W. I still think of the President of the United States as one of the most prestigious jobs in the world. I don’t want my President sounding like……me…….ya know? Eight years ago, when W showed up, a lot of us thought, “well, he really butchers up the English language and acts and sounds a little dim at times, but underneath he must be really sharp and calculating since he’s managed to become President.” Since we are now in puzzlement about how he got as far as he did with so little in the penthouse, we’re in our “won’t be fooled again” mode (disclaimer – I DID vote for Gore). And don’t compare W or Sarah to Bill Clinton. Clinton could be very casual, but once he was in front of a podium, he had great command of the language. As for the debate itself, no surprises…. well, maybe Sarah’s line referring to her and McCain as a “team of mavericks”…..huh?…….referring to ANY Republican as a maverick is pretty funny…I guess she does have a sense of humor….what?…she was serious?………

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Vintage Lingerie: Bali in 1958

From Glamour, March, 1958
"Front-zippered Bali-"hi" puts you beautifully in fashion! Lacy embroidered nylon marquisette makes it lovlier, cups softly contoured with foam rubber makes it incredibly comfortable, and pre-shrunk dacron elastic makes it stay in pretty shape for a long, long time. In white or black, B and C cups; odd and even sizes 32 to 38. $18.50. Bali Brassiere Co., Inc. 393 Fifth Avenue, New York 16."

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bra Review - Elila 1303 Softcup Bra

Elila is a newer lingerie manufacturer, one that specializes in full figure/full support bras. They also make panties but not shapewear. I was told that the founder of Elila is a member of the family that owned Goddess Bra, before they were acquired by Eveden. You can see some similarities, especially in this particular bra –the 1303, and the Goddess 386. What’s especially similar is the response to both products. The Goddess 386 has been around for years and is a very popular full figure bra, and this Elila soft cup receives positive feedback for comfort, fit and support. It has beautiful lace cups, which are supported with full slings underneath. The straps are a wide 7/8” and feature durable coated metal components. It comes in band sizes 36-50, cup sizes D-H. Three colors are available –Black, White and Nude. It has a MSRP of $31.00, which is a bargain, while we carry it for $26.99 –even more of a bargain.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kallet Theater

It always amazes me what’s out there on the Internet. I wasn’t even looking for this, but I stumbled upon a site with pictures and history of our old neighborhood theater – the Kallet Genesee Theater. I can’t remember the first movie I ever saw there, but I do remember it was a matinee that my sisters brought me to and that the Beach Boys were in it. I saw many movies there over the years. The building has since been torn down. What a shame. It was replaced with an auto parts store that has since closed. Below is a picture of the theater from the mid 60’s, but check out Cinema Sightlines for more pictures inside and out. The building itself brings back many memories, both good and bad. If you look at the picture, the store to the left is Charney’s – a men’s clothing store. That store was memorable for me as it was where I went to borrow their phone so I could call my parents to tell them I just totaled their new car. Immediately above Charney’s was a dentist’s office. I went to that dentist to have a remaining baby tooth pulled prior to getting braces. Unfortunately, the dentist read the x-rays wrong and pulled a permanent tooth instead. He did promise to do the needed bridgework free of charge, then died 6 months later before he could do it. My parents had to foot the bill. On a brighter note, in the back of the building was the slot car center. This was another childhood hangout where we raced our slot cars on two large tracks. As far as the theater itself goes, why these old theaters cannot be preserved, I just don’t understand. In a previous blog, I wrote about the difficulty of re-using an old ballpark. A theater is a different story. It was still a usable building, either for second-run movies, a playhouse, something! At least some pictures were preserved so we can once again see what we had and didn’t appreciate.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dirty Blonde

I’ve finally gotten around to ordering some Mae West movies from our local library. There’s a Mae West play called “Dirty Blonde” playing at the Academy Playhouse on the Lower Cape, and the newspaper had a few of her movies listed so I was able to score a few. Leave it to Provincetown to have plenty of the old movies we like. Thank heavens for drag queens! They’ve got a whole glamour collection DVD set that’ll be fun to see. Mae had the best quotes and a totally interesting life. Her dad was a prize fighter turned cop and later on had his own detective agency. Her mom was a corset and fashion model. How cool is that?

At the other end of the spectrum, I am reading Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diaries and letters – started with Bring Me a Unicorn and am now reading Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead. I read Gift from the Sea years ago. I love that era of American History and see so many parallels from the last turn of the century’s events and this turn of the century’s. Ironic how we don’t ever seem to learn from history’s lessons, aye?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Westcott Reservoir, Syracuse, N.Y.

I always like to keep tabs on happenings in my hometown, Syracuse, New York. There was a story in the online Post Standard last week about the restoration/modification of the Westcott Reservoir. Westcott was a block from home and was a favorite spot, summer or winter. It was basically acres of flat mowed grass and a big two-tiered hill. The field was great for playing ball, Frisbee, what have you. The hill was one of the best sledding spots in Central New York. Around 1970, the fence that was at the top of the hill was moved to the first tier due to kids throwing things into the reservoir, and also because of other less than honorable happenings at the top of the hill. As a result, the water and the large fountain could no longer be viewed. Sledding took a hit as well, since you could no longer go to the top and hit the hump between the hills, which sometimes would send your sled flying, ski jump style. Anyway, the reservoir has been empty for several years, and they’re decided to put two large water tanks in the large basin that once held the water. It’s a shame, but since you couldn’t see the water anymore anyway (for the past 38 years), I guess it’s a more economical solution. They are also putting a solar panel on one of the tanks to help power the pumps. Can’t complain about that. Here are a couple of pix from Syracuse.com. The person in the first picture is the major of Syracuse. These are pix of the basin that once held the water.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Old Ballparks

Marty here. The Yankees played their last game at Yankee Stadium this past Sunday. It got me thinking about stadium preservation. I have written many times about how Americans have little regard for their historic architecture - Pennsylvania Station, Danvers State Hospital, and even the little miniature golf course here in downtown Hyannis. Here in America, in the mid 60’s through early 70’s Urban Renewal brought the demolition of thousands of structures, some historically significant, others just integral parts of old neighborhoods. In my hometown of Syracuse New York, I remember the Yates Hotel being torn down (1970). There were great plans for a new building. It never materialized and it is still a vacant lot 38 years later. As a part of urban renewal, many buildings in the northeast were torn down in order to run Interstates through our cities. These Interstates were swords through the hearts of our towns. They cut off neighborhoods, and allowed traffic to bypass town entirely. Many of our towns have never recovered. Not all is lost however. In Syracuse, Armory Square has revitalized a small part of town. We see in many New England towns such as New Bedford, the reuse of old textile and manufacturing factories. They have become artists’ studios, condos and factory outlets. Trying to stay with the lingerie theme of this blog, the Realform Girdle factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is now a trendy mini mall, and the Strouse Adler factory (some of it dating to pre-Civil War) in New Haven Connectecut was converted to apartments. But what do you do about an old ballpark? We have lost some great parks over the past 50 years – Ebbets Field, Forbes Field, the Polo Grounds, and Connie Mack (Shibe Park) Stadium to name a few. Although I grew up a Yankee fan, losing Yankee Stadium isn’t as big a deal as some other parks, only because much of the stadium was gutted in the 70’s. The classic copper lattice-work has been gone for over 30 years. It wasn’t a good renovation in my opinion. But getting back to my original question, what could you turn these old stadiums into? I do understand the need for more modern facilities. But these old stadiums are historically significant because besides being the center of town social activity and pride, significant events took place on these grounds, events that are talked about years latter. I guess that ideally you’d enclose the structural part and turn it into office, condo or retail space and leave the field as open space. Unfortunately, given the cost of urban space, this would never happen. At least we still have Fenway, Wrigley and many great old football stadiums (mostly college) remaining. Maybe someone will come up with something more creative than the wrecking ball.

Monday, September 22, 2008


When we retired Little Pink Dress we needed to clear out our links page since not only did our name change, but we went from selling vintage clothing, to new and vintage intimate apparel. We notified our link partners of the name/product change, but many didn’t respond and just left the Little Pink Dress link. We went ahead and cleared out the outdated links, so we’re starting almost all over again. Before I get to what types of link partners we’re looking for, I want to say what we’re not looking for. We limited our old links page to about 50 links. We do not want a zillion reciprocal links for the sake of web traffic. Nor do we want to be on a site with a zillion other links. No banners. No directories.

What we’re looking for are web sites or blogs related to: intimate apparel, fashion, retro, vintage clothing, vintage lingerie, vintage cars, vintage americana, historic buildings, crafty sites, DIY, travel, social causes, environmental, railroads, photography, wellness, educational resource sites, and just plain fun sites. Upstart sites are very welcome. In the end, we want it to be a useful links page, not a page done up for crawling purposes. If you’re interested, we want to hear from you. You know where to find us.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Someone just celebrated a milestone birthday this past week...Happy Birthday Patricia!!!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Shapewear Review - Venus of Cortland 5041 Long Leg Girdle

The word “girdle” has come to be synonymous with “pain and suffering” for many women, especially women who grew up in the 60’s and 70’s. There seems to be less negativity amongst those over 60 and under 30. Manufacturers have steered away from the g-word, using instead words such as “shaper,” “shapewear,” “controllers,” etc. The product Spanx has become so popular that “spanx” or “spanx-like” is often used when referring to any type of lightweight or hosiery-based shapewear. This being said, the venerable long leg panty girdle still has a loyal following. Venus of Cortland’s 5041 is a favorite amongst many customers. This style has been around for over 30 years, having been manufactured by Subtract prior to Cortland Foundations taking over. It is popular for two reasons: it’s comfortable, and it does it’s job. It’s also very durable. While it’s bulkier than hosiery-style shapewear, that does not mean it’s less comfortable. It’s kind of funny, customers who are new to shapewear many times will try one style, discard it, or suffer through wearing it once, and then that’s the end of that. When purchasing a bra, they would never do this. If it wasn’t comfortable, they would try others until they find the most comfortable and supportive one. It’s no different with girdles. We often recommend this particular girdle because of the positive feedback we’ve received. It is a firm control garment, so besides smoothing out your figure, it will help shape it. Cortland also makes several variations of it – a high waist long leg; a brief version; a long torso brief version; a high waist brief; and a pantliner. They come in three colors – black, white and blush. Most versions include tabs for garters. We will include garters if asked. Before control top pantyhose, garters and stockings were the norm. From an economic point of view, it can still be practical to wear gartered stockings – if you get a run in one, you still have the other one – important especially if you prefer higher quality, more expensive hosiery.
Venus 5041 Long Leg Panty Girdle

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Fishing Hole

In the past year I re-connected with a childhood friend (Michael) from Syracuse. In conversation with him, I found out that he and his father still go fishing on a regular basis to Otisco Lake, the same as we used to as kids in the 60’s. The three of us would pack up our fishing gear in his dad’s Rambler American, usually on a Friday evening in the summer time, and head for the lake. Otisco Lake is the eastern-most of the Finger Lakes, one of the most beautiful regions in all of America. We would always go fishing on the causeway – a series of islands across the center of the lake. Michael’s father would carry us piggyback across the shallow water between the islands. Once there we just fished and hung out, watching the lines and watching the sun set. The fish that we caught were usually small – Blue Gills, Sunfish and an occasional Perch. It didn’t really matter, it was still fun. Michael’s father is pushing 90 and on oxygen now, so the roles have reversed, but it’s still a ritual, 40 plus years later. It’s always a comforting thought when you hear that there are some things in life that have gone on unchanged. I don't have a photo of Otisco Lake, but I found one on Flickr.....

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Vintage Lingerie Update

We’ve been neglecting the vintage lingerie sections of our site lately, mainly due to having a lack of time to put up new (well, vintage) items. It takes a lot of time to do one web page for one item – by the time we scan or photograph, edit the pictures, do up a new page, write a description, add the shopping cart, and add the item to the thumbnail page, it has taken almost half an hour, sometimes more – just to list one item. What usually happens is we pull out some of the vintage items, realize just how much we have, then put it all back and find less overwhelming work to do. This time was a little different. We have actually added some things to the vintage bra and girdle sections and hope to add more by the time the weekend is over. You can check them out at the links below.
Vintage Bras
Vintage Girdles

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Shapewear Review - Va Bien 1294 Strapless Bodysuit

The Va Bien 1294 Strapless Low Back Long Leg Bodysuit is an ideal firm control body briefer for use under tight fitting formal wear. It is a strapless design, but also includes straps that can be worn regular, criss-cross, or halter-style, depending on your needs. It is a long leg bodysuit, so you get a smooth curvy look from chest through thigh. Other features include: lightly contoured underwire cups; side bones and undercup stays for added support; two-ply tummy panel; low V-back; silicone trimmed lace legs to prevent ride-up; and a cotton crotch with hook/eye closure with three adjustments.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about this garment is the quality. It is very well designed and made. We get a lot of positive feedback on this garment, especially in regards to it’s shaping ability and it’s comfort. It is especially popular for weddings and for formal occasions. When we do get returns, it’s usually because of sizing problems, especially with very short or very tall women. Generally speaking, if you tend to have problems getting a good fit with body briefers, you’ll probably have problems with this one too. On the other hand (and not to over-simplify things), if you’re a body briefer person and are looking for a comfortable, high quality firm control strapless for a special occasion, you should be very pleased with this. The MSRP is $70.00. Our price is $59.99

Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to School

This week's a busy week with Molly returning to campus for her sophomore year. It's a lot easier than last year though because at least the dorm basics were bought then. However, there's still odds n' ends to pick up and pack -- she's a Luna Bar fan and suggested I go to BJ's to buy them (that's where her friend went). I figured I'd check it out and check on a few other items while I was there. I don't know why people shop in these wholesale clubs. The membership costs and in my experience, the savings are minimal, if not nil and it's an all-around painful shopping experience (keep in mind that I DO NOT LIKE shopping). There's just too much of everything -- the place is too big, there's usually too many people, there's stock from floor to the rafters, and then there's too much price. Basically, I saved over $10. on the amount of Luna Bars I bought for Molly by going to Trader Joe's where I normally buy them -- plus I could choose her flavors (BJ's only sells the variety packs of 24, 8 of which are a flavor she doesn't like). I also priced Brita water pitchers while I was at BJ's -- the price was comparable to Bed and Bath and Linens n' Things. I went to Bed and Bath and used my 20% off coupon, and since I only needed a pitcher, I was able to save even more.

Now, I know I have to factor in time and fuel costs when running around comparison shopping -- these businesses are all near each other and I was able to hit them coming and going. It gave me a chance to once again check out what the big deal is at BJ's, only to learn that it is no deal.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Summer Fading Away

Another summer almost gone. I always have high expectations in the spring (well, what passes for spring here on Cape Cod), but before I know it, summer's gotten away from me. I do like fall though, especially here on the Cape. The ocean waters which give us such cold springs also give us warm autumns. At least I've started exercising more this summer. I took two walks this morning, first with Joe down to the beach, then with Patricia down to the harbor. We also went to a photography exhibit in Falmouth this afternoon. Now it's back to work. Here's a rusty trawler complete with fresh shellfish from this morning.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Bra Review - Bali 3820 Soft Cup Bra

The Bali Double Support Bra has been one of the most popular softcup bras on the market for a long time. Bali introduces new style bras and discontinues many others every year, yet the 3820 has been made for many years, a strong indication of it’s popularity and of customer satisfaction. It’s noted for being very comfortable yet still very supportive. Fabric content for this bra is mostly nylon with some spandex. Features include no wires; unpadded, smooth cups; three to four row hook/eye fasteners with three adjustments; stretch fabric that moves with you, and wide shoulder straps.
The downside of this bra? There really is none. Nowadays a majority of women prefer underwire bras while this one is wire-free. A few women have cited durability issues. However, many times bras have shorter lives because they aren’t laundered properly. A laundry bag is a must, as is fastening the hooks to a set of eyes before putting in the bag. Then they should be lined dried, rather than thrown in the dryer. There have been some rare issues of the plastic hardware (strap buckles and especially the loops) breaking. Many lingerie makers have switched from metal to plastic over the years as a cost-cutting move, even some high- end apparel makers. For the most part, it isn’t noticeable (the plastic is a little thicker, thus the strap may not lay as flat and it’s possible that the plastic buckle could be prone to more slippage) and there haven’t been any major durability issues. One bra maker actually did switch to plastic in one of their popular styles, then switched back to metal. Overall, this is a wonderful bra in the under $30.00 price range.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shapewear Review - Grenier 6505 Briefelette

This firm control corselette (Grenier refers to it as a briefelette) is very well made and is especially made for formal occasions under strapless dresses and gowns. However, some customers have liked it so much that they have worn it as everyday wear (attachable shoulder straps are included). For everyday wear it’s pricey with a MSRP of $92.00 (our price is $72.99) but when you actually see the quality it’s understandable. Features include firm control; sheer lace cups and bodice panel; underwires; four row hook/eye bra section with three adjustments; three row hook/eye crotch with three adjustments; detachable straps; v-cut legs for ease in leg movement; and a back derriere lift panel. It comes in black or white. The bra section is unusual for a body briefer because it has the hook/eye back that floats with your movement and of course allows for a more precise fit – again another one of those quality features. In terms of drawbacks, when we do get returns it’s usually because of improper fit. If you have a very long or very short torso, it may not be a good choice (this can be true of many body briefers). One thing that is occasionally overlooked in body briefers is that while the crotch opening is for convenience, it’s also the torso adjustment, but even those adjustments may not be enough. The other thing to be aware of with this corselette is that it’s strapless but not backless. It wraps around the bottom of the shoulder blades much like a typical strapless bra. However, if you have a low cut back on your dress or gown, you will want to explore other options. Here it is...

Monday, August 18, 2008

New From Rago

Rago has a new addition to their shapewear line, the "Sleek & Chic" Engineered Bike Pant. It's not a hosiery-based shaper, but is very lightweight. It has a special derriere panel to lift and shape the behind, as well as a number of other features. Since it's new, we don't have any feedback on this yet, but it's well-made and it's a Rago, so it should be good. Interestingly, it's made in Japan - rare to not have a Rago garment made in the USA. It has a MSRP of $39.00, but since we are almost always way under MSRP, we have it for $29.99....oh yeah, the link...

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Along the Canal

I threw my bike in the back of my truck this morning and headed for the Cape Cod Canal. There are wide, smooth recreational roads on either side of the canal, ideal for rollerblading and bicycling. I used to rollerblade with my kids several times a week when I lived in Sandwich, but pretty much gave it up when I moved to Hyannis, as there isn’t a good place to do it here. The canal can be kind of short for bicycling, as it’s only a 13 mile round trip, so we used to do our bicycling on the rail trail and blade along the canal. But, if you’re vacationing here on the Cape and have small kids, this is a great place to bring them, as you don’t have to worry about traffic (no motorized vehicles allowed other than a rare maintenance truck). Even if you don’t have bikes or blades, it’s a nice walk (including out to the edge of the jetty), good for fishing, sun bathing and there are plenty of restrooms. I’ve never had a problem finding a parking space and it’s free. Today I figured I would skip the blades as I’m out of shape and the bike would be a better way to get back into a routine. Perfect day…

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Site Update

We've updated our Hanes Hosiery section, including Sheer Toeless Pantyhose, Waist Smoother Pantyhose, Rib Tights, and several other styles which you can see on the Hanes Hosiery page.
We also added a Hanes brief section and currently have four styles available in 2 and 3 packs for under $10.00. You can check 'em out HERE.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Blueberries for Sal

A classic children's book is Blueberries for Sal, set in Maine. My children have it (their great uncle's dad graduated high school with Edna St. Vincent Millay in Camden, Maine), and I always think of it when I pick blueberries. Berrying gets me reminiscing -- about picking at Hickory Hills in Lunenberg, Massachusetts with my grandmother back in the 60's and on the cape in a wild neighborhood field that gave way to development after a few short years. In East Sandwich on 6A, there is still a large patch though -- planted years ago by some lovely soul for anyone to pick at their leisure. And pick we did, this past Saturday.

We've tried picking there for the past two years and have emerged with a meager handful or two of berries. But this year we've been several times and each time we leave triumphant with a good pint or two for the freezer and pie. The trick is to pick fearlessly -- forget the poison ivy, forget about the ticks and the brambles and possible field snakes, bury yourself in the branches and pick with abandon. (Wearing a straw hat, and protective clothing helps with the bravery).

Foraging for our food is a very satisfying pursuit, as is growing some of our food (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cukes, greens, beans and herbs this year). It reminds me of the tremendous effort small farmers put into their livelihood and I appreciate their work by buying as often as possible at our local farmer's markets.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bali Panties

We've added several Bali selections to our site recently, including the comfy "Passion For Comfort" microfiber briefs. You can check 'em out here:

Monday, August 4, 2008

Men in Suits

As I’ve been going through some old family pictures recently – mid sixties – it occurred to me that during the holidays (Christmas, New Years), the men in the family wore suits and ties during family gatherings. Now that may not seem that odd, but we were a blue-collar family and extended family – steamfitters, plumbers, Chrysler auto plant workers, etc. I’m not sure how, or exactly when this trend was broken. At some point one of the men (possibly my father) must have shown up in a sweater for one of the holidays and maybe one of the others went WHOA!!! He’s not wearing a suit; so I’m not gonna the next time!
At the same time, I guess the world was becoming more casual. We were Catholic, and with Vatican II kicking in, the Saturday afternoon Mass was born. Dress at Mass immediately became more casual. Instead of waking up and getting ready for Sunday morning Mass, you might sneak into 5:00 Saturday evening Mass right from mowing the lawn. Women began to bend the rules with wearing hats, to the point where they were pinning doily-like things to their head so that their head was covered in accordance with the rules. For men, in the early 70’s, the “leisure suit” became briefly popular as an alternative to the suit or sport jacket. When men came to their senses and reacted, the result seems to have been that almost anything was acceptable at Mass. Nowadays, suits are still prevalent in the business world, but other than weddings or funerals, there are not the dress-up occasions that there were in the past. We have become casual to the point of being almost sloppy at times. The de facto after-hours uniform that was once the suit and tie (and dress/hosiery/heels for women) has given way to the tee shirt, jeans and a pair of sneakers. We’re certainly much more comfortable now, but I think we’ve lost something in the process. Perhaps there’s a certain romance that’s missing. If everything is casual, then nothing is special.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

At your service

There's a downtown restaurateur and property owner who has a history of rudeness, not only to guests at his restaurant, but other business owners and even potential job applicants. I'm not sure if it's tolerated due to his presence in various town business activities, but when I was in Connecticut, I found a Mahatma Gandhi quote on a salon's brochure that reminded me of him.

If you're ever in the sweet little town of Collinsville in northwestern Connecticut, stop in to Rootz, A Salon.It's as lovely as the folks who work there and have quoted Gandhi. Another inspiring place was a tea room in New Hartford. I can only hope we at Brabarella can aspire to the same hospitality and service as I found at those two places.

"A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us, we are dependent on him, not an interruption on our work, but the purpose of it. He is not an outsider in our business, he is a part of it. We are not doing him a favor by serving him. He is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wonderbra Push In, Push Up

We've added a couple of new Wonderbra styles, the "Shape of Hot Push-In Bra" and the "Shape of Hot Push-Up Bra." These are well suited to your special needs - the Push-In is designed to enhance deep plunging V-necks, blouses and wrap dresses, while the Push-Up is great for square necklines, tanks and scoop neck tops. Here they are:

Wonderbra Shape of Hot Push In Bra

Wonderbra Shape of Hot Push Up Bra

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Cape Cod in '66

Found a few old Cape Cod family pictures while sorting through some stuff. Cape Cod has always been a great family destination. Our family first vacationed on the Cape in 1966. We only vacationed here for three years (66-68) but those are three weeks I’ll always remember. We stopped going after ’68 because my oldest sisters were off to college the following year. It’s funny, but back then I always thought of my oldest sisters as old, kind of like fill-in moms when my mom wasn’t around, but geez, they were only like 15 and 16 back when these pictures were taken….seemed old to me then…