Friday, October 30, 2009

The Negligee

Google has quite an archive of Life magazine images. Of particular interest to us are classic movie star and negligee pictures Here are some:

Jayne Mansfield from 1956

Rita Hayworth in a "Gilda" negligee from 1945
Actress Carole Landis
Rita Hayworth – low cut chiffon negligee

Joan Fontaine at home in a sheer negligee

Long Flowing Nightgown

From 1945, a strobe image of a model dressed in a bra, girdle, stockings and negligee leaving her dressing table to pick up her slippers. Not having YouTube back then, this was perhaps the next best thing?

Multiple exposure of a model in a negligee

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Farmer's Markets

Farmer's markets are winding down around now in southeastern Massachusetts, but I was thrilled when I got an email from SEMAP this morning letting me know Plymouth's is still going on until Halloween. I checked out Hingham's farmer's market site -- from the photos it looks like it could be a good one also. All I know is that when we've gone to the Great Cape Bakery the past couple of Saturdays, most of their donuts are at the Hingham market, but we've been lucky enough to score a handful of what's left. I particularly like their cranberry and cider donuts , but any of them will do. They are the perfect yummy, old-fashioned donut, hand rolled and cut.

This week the Plymouth market is definitely on the agenda as I wasn't able to get back to one a couple of weeks ago -- I wanted to catch up with Dylan, the little boy selling magic rocks at his grandmother's booth (thought she was his mom -- you go, Gran!), and I have to stock up on more of Phil's goods. As far as the doughnuts go, we're lucky enough to be able to scoot over to the bakery in Marstons Mills anytime. They were working out of their home for a few years but have recently moved the bakery to the back of an old market in the village. It's a sweet little scenic ride for us on a brilliant fall morning.

** photo from Hingham Market site -- I couldn't resist that little guy and his pumpkin!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rago Shapette 9051 Body Briefer

The Rago Shapette 9051 corselette is one of the more popular firm-control body briefers on the market today. Why? Well besides what it does for your figure, it’s also very lightweight, has some style (unlike much of the shapewear you see out there today), and it’s comfortable for most wearers. An added bonus are the detachable garters, allowing you to wear this as regular shapewear during the day, then dressing up in the evening by adding the garters and some nylon stockings – back seam perhaps. To top it off, they're made in America and priced at only $40.00! When you see the detail that goes into Rago girdles, and the hardware - metal, not plastic, I'm always amazed at the value.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Tween Season

October's the time of year when we get hit with some beautiful Indian Summer days in between days like last Sunday -- the Patriots played in the snow. After the last few balmy days, today is again brisk. Which brings me to warmth and fashion. It can be a challenge to be fashionable while staying warm and sometimes comfort wins out. Fortunately, in the case of two of my favorite boot brands, you can have both warmth and fashion. After many winters in northern Vermont, I have tried all brands and kinds of boots claiming warmth, comfort and water resistance. Not all claims have born out, but in the instances of Steger Moosehide Mukluks and Canadian Sorels, I've always come out a winner -- and a warm one at that. I particularly love Sorel's Joan of Arctic, Mukluks, well I tend to want one of each. Sadly, Sorels are no longer made in Canada as Columbia bought the company and moved the manufacturing to China. But, mukluks per Patti Steger continue to be made right in Ely, Minnesota.

** Kodiak Mukluks image from Patti's site

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Book Recommendations

Okay, so now for a mention of a couple favorite non-fiction writers. Bill Bryson's Walk in the Woods and I'm a Stranger Here Myself are clever and hilariously good reads. Easy to get into if you're new to nonfiction. He's a great storyteller. Whether fiction or nonfiction it's all about the story. A Walk in the Woods is about his hike along the Appalachian Trail, I'm a Stranger Here Myself about his repatriation to the USA after several years in England.

Then there's Diane Ackerman. Her work is more serious than Bill's but no less fascinating. I particularly enjoyed A Natural History of the Senses and The Zookeeper's Wife. A Natural History of the Senses is just that and The Zookeeper's Wife is about a Polish zookeeper and his wife sheltering Jews during the Holocaust. Diane Ackerman's site describes it best.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Arianne Ginger Chemise

It's never too early to start your Christmas wish list, so here's a stylish, high quality little chemise from Arianne. As we've said on many occasions, selling Arianne products online can be difficult because a picture can't capture the quality, detail, color and feel of their selections.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Grenier and Real Corsets

Before you go out and spend big bucks on a corset from a maker you know little about, remember Grenier. This is a picture of a corset from their 1887 collection – Yes, 1887! And they were well established by then! Here are two from their current collection, both under $100.00.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book Report

Time for another book report -- more fiction. Writing about books has reminded me of how much great fiction is out there. I'm going to have to mix it up more in my own reading life -- I've been overdosing on nonfiction for a while now and some fiction will just keep it real for me -- odd, huh?

So, two more of my favorite books: Children of Men by PD James and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, both about the future, both very now, both very real. Cards replacing cash (from Handmaid's Tale) became more of a reality within a few years after Atwood wrote that book. PD James? I'd always read her mysteries -- Adam Dalgliesh and so on, watched the shows on PBS, and I loved her work. She's Brilliant, with a capital "B." Children of Men was completely different from her detective novels, but excellent as always. So there you have the book report for this week. Enjoy!

** cover image from CLAMS

Monday, October 12, 2009

Little Pink Dress Vintage Clothing Update

Little Pink Dress is partially up and running. It's still a work in progress, but it is functional. The link is to the right.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Beckoning of Lovely

I'm not sure if I've written about Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books and projects here or not. I enjoy her books and I love her projects. Here's a follow-up to her original Beckoning of Lovely project. There are always skeptics out there about this sort of thing, but I am not one of them. Have a lovely day.