Monday, August 31, 2009

Walter’s Specialty Foods

His name’s not really Walter – it’s Phil, and he makes the meanest spice rubs, sauces and other condiments north of the Caribbean. You want authentic Barbecue? Real Piccalilli in quart size Mason Jars? Hop on over to his site for a taste of his wares, or look for him at Farmer’s Markets in the greater Plymouth area. You will not be disappointed.

Phil is as mellow as his goods are...well, spicy. He has a whisper of a Caribbean accent left, soft as a breeze from Aruba,where he's from. I told him I've never been to the Caribbean and would love to go someday. In the meantime, when I want a taste of it, I can count on Walter's Specialty Foods.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vintage Dresses and Girdles

Vintage dress is ever so popular now. It was popular before the television series “Mad Men” came out, but this series has just made vintage wear even more popular. One problem with vintage dresses, especially from the 40’s and 50’s into the early 60’s is the cut, as they tended to be more hour-glass shaped. If you’ve ever tried to get into a side-zip vintage dress, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Of course back then it was expected that you’d wear a girdle (and a slip) under one of these dresses. If you’re planning on wearing one of these dresses today, it’s no different. Fortunately, you have a lot of options, just as we had back then. All-in-one girdles, high waist girdles, etc. One style of girdle that has been very popular of late is the open bottom girdle. Black has been an especially popular color, especially with the under 25. Venus of Cortland has recently introduced a black version of style 6003, a classic open bottom girdle. This girdle has six metal garters. Newbie girdle wearers don’t seem to care how many garters are on a girdle, but many long time wearers feel that 6 are a must for keeping their stockings (and girdle) in place. We sell this girdle for $22.00. One thing that I can’t emphasize enough here is that you cannot garter “thigh high” or stay-up stockings. You must wear regular nylon stockings!



Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rest in Peace Ted

Marty here. Ted Kennedy is laid to rest today. It has been a sad week, not only because of the passing of a great statesman, but because it also brings to a close a whole era here in Massachusetts and the country. I grew up in the 60’s and my mother, being Irish Catholic adored the Kennedys. Much of the country did back then. JFK gave us hope, excitement and empowerment. It was taken away very quickly. RFK attempted to carry the torch but was taken down as well. Ted was not prepared to carry on but eventually grew to become a power in the Senate. He also knew his role well. He was for the people -he represented us. He was very visible here in Hyannis. The last few days we’ve heard testaments from many common people who contacted Ted for help. Ted came through for them. He was flawed, yes. Conservative talk radio is continually reminding us of his flaws this week. Instead, they should be admiring him as a dominant opponent, a more than worthy adversary -the likes of which their party has never had in the Senate.
In the end, the hope and idealism of the 60’s has faded to the distant past. This brings a closure to that time in America.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Heat Wave

The heat wave continues here on the cape. Marty finally broke down last week and installed the air conditioners. Watching reruns of Northern Exposure just was not doing the trick.

** video from youtube

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Lingerie Care and a Playtex Update

Your bras, briefs and girdles can be a big investment. With proper care, you can greatly extend their life. Ideally, you'd be hand washing, but at a minimum you should be using laundry bags. Laundry bags are a great investment. You can pick some up at any discount store. These bags prevent your underwear from getting tangled up with other clothes or caught in the washer agitator. As far as drying - line dry only. We have retractable lines in our laundry room and on our front porch. Again, you can buy these at a discount store and you can unhook and retract them when not needed (ours have ended up being out at all times). I don't recommend old-fashioned outdoor clothes lines due to birds and those things birds like to do.
Playtex has come out with a couple of new shapewear styles - a long leg shaper and a control brief. They replace several styles that were discontinued in May, including the "I Can't Believe it's a Girdle" Brief. We'll be listing them once we get stock and photos.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Carnival Provincetown

Carnival Week is wrapping up in Provincetown. Thursday was the parade. The theme was "Summer of Love, Peace Love and Go Go Boots." Here are a few pictures. Eventually there will be more in the photo album.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Neighborhood News

A few weeks ago the local buzz was that the priest had gone to the compound for Last Rites. Everyone thought "Ted." I kept quiet -- when you get a scoop, it's hard not to tell the world sometimes, but at what expense? I realize when you live in the public eye, nothing is sacred, and yet when my father called me with the news of last rites, it made me stop and think how very sacred and necessary our rituals can be -- whether to mark beginnings, transformations or endings. The following week we realized it was most likely Eunice receiving Last Rites. Marty and I were sitting in the yard, wondering why a news helicopter was hovering overhead. As I wondered, my dad called to say Eunice was in the hospital. A few days later -- last Tuesday to be exact -- when I left the house at 7:30 that morning, there was the helicopter overhead yet again. I don't want to see any helicopters overhead again for a while, please.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Photo Album

Marty here. For a while now we've wondered what to do with the 1000's of photos we've taken over the past several years. It's never been high on our priority list, but still, we wanted to do something with them. Thus the photo album link you see over there in the right column. It's a work in progress and will be for some time. A spare time project. The pictures will all be labeled too. There will be photos from our old "Little Pink Dress" vintage site, Brabarella, and everything else we've photographed over the years. It's in chronological order. We have photos for some months already, but even with those months, there will be more to add.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Marty, Joe and Bacon

Marty and Joe love bacon, wherever they find it. You've seen plenty of pictures of me over the years on our site, here's a photo I took of Marty on one of our walks recently. He's the one who usually answers the phone here at Brabarella.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Art in its Many Forms

They don't have a fancy truck and they don't have fancy equipment but the guys who are doing the landscaping at the diner next door do have imagination. To me art and creativity takes many forms and these guys follow my own creed of use what you have -- the barrier they created was from standard hardware supplies and materials (metal pole, lattice, parking barriers, etc.)they found on the property. Pretty clever, don't you think?

Friday, August 7, 2009


So, what have we been doing lately? We've driven a few places, only to realize that we're better off staying closer to home in the summer -- too much time in traffic. It's fine when you know the area and the back roads...but when you don't...let's just say, I always bring a good book just in case.

Besides biking, picking blueberries and hanging out in the yard, we've been watching Twin Peaks. I'd never seen it, Marty had but couldn't remember any of it. I had started watching Six Feet Under a while back but gave up on it -- I have no patience with television series that drag a story line on forever. When we started watching Twin Peaks, I told Marty it better have some sort of satisfying resolution to the whodunit of the first season, or I'd be really irritated having wasted my time watching it. So what did he do? He googled it. All I can say is if you don't want to find out how stories end -- from Harry Potter to Twin Peaks -- don't google it. But, Marty did find out that I should be satisfied with the ending.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


Marty here. Patricia and I have been on a semi-vacation, or as Patricia calls it - a "staycation." We've been taking time off here and there, just enjoying what Cape Cod has to offer. Of late we've been doing a lot of bicycling on the many trails here. We were on the rail trail yesterday (Brewster, Orleans and Eastham) while today we rode along the Cape Cod Canal. The last few weeks we were doing 20-24 miles per outing, but cut back to 12-14 this week. We found that it's better to do less and do it more often. Anyway, that's the reason this blog hasn't been very active lately. When we're short on time we end up not keeping this up.
Here are a few pictures -
-Patricia at a farmer's market in Rhode Island on Saturday
-Patricia getting her hair cut by Christine
-Patricia's nephew/nieces along with her dad.