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: