Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hanes Silk Reflections Pantyhose

Okay, so it’s not the most exciting topic to end the year with. But for many, sheer pantyhose are a necessity for work or eveningwear. They certainly provide that finishing touch. Hanes Silk Reflections have been around for years and are the most popular pantyhose in America. You can pay less for pantyhose at your local discount department store, but you can’t beat the Hanes value and durability. If you’re a novice to pantyhose, the selections can be very confusing. Control top vs. non-control top is pretty straightforward. Once that decision is made, you decide whether you want a reinforced toe (RT) for closed footwear, or the sandalfoot (sheer, SF), for open toes There is also an open toe Silk Reflection style, but lets not confuse things here! The Silk Reflections style shown here (715) has a slight sheen. It also comes in many different shades. Barely There and Barely Black are the most popular. These Hanes list at $8.00, but we sell them for $6.50, so that’s quite a savings if you are purchasing several or more, which is what we usually see. Our US shipping is $3.85 up to $30.00 in purchases, then it’s free.

Stay safe tonight and have a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Changing Styles?

This is a photograph from a Life Magizine story,  circa 1960 and shows two quite similar gowns from two distinct eras. The gold lame gown on the left is a Chanel of Paris, 1936 while the one on the right is a Bill Blass "knockoff" from their fall 1960 collection. It's just one more example of how the past continually  comes alive again when it comes to fashion and style. It holds true today. One quote was telling: "Some fashions were hardly out of date before they were in again."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday Movie Recap and Review

I forgot to include The Santa Clause and Planes, Trains and Automobiles in my holiday movie list a few days ago.  How could I forget Planes, Trains and Automobiles? That one was hilarious and is one of my all-time favorites. We watched some new ones (to us) from our list and here's the recap:

Holiday Affair with Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum, delightful.

A Christmas Tale (French) with Catherine Deneuve, dreary, so didn't watch it all.

I'll Be Seeing You with Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple, melancholy, ditto above.

The Shop Around the Corner, with James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, another charmer, it stays on our holiday list.

And finally, last night we watched Balalaika, made in 1939, with Frank Morgan (Wizard of Oz), Ilona Massey  from Hungary (often compared to Garbo and Dietrich), and Nelson Eddy. It's a musical set in 1914, at the brink on WWI and the Bolshevik revolution and is a love story between a Cossack prince and a pro-Bolshevik singer. "Made in 1939, the film reflects Hollywood's interest in non-czarist Russia, our soon-to-be ally against Nazi Germany. But ultimately, Balalaika is pure entertainment...full of tender and funny moments*."  We agree and it, too makes our holiday list.

*(quote from the video cover)

Monday, December 28, 2009

Persian Terrace - Hotel Syracuse

Marty here. The Hotel Syracuse was one of three upscale hotels in downtown Syracuse, N.Y. during downtown's time of prosperity, from the 20's through the 50's and on into the 60's. The other two hotels were torn down during the "Urban Renewal" (now known as urban destruction) of the later 60's. The Hotel Onondaga was replaced by a monolith-type offfice building, and the Yates Hotel was supposed to be replaced by the same, except it never happened and it remains a parking lot to this day. The Persian Terrace was, and surprisingly still is a formal dining hall. The only reason I remember it is that my father used to go there with buddies occasionally after a union meeting (Steamfitters Local 818) for a nightcap. This is a menu from there. Unfortunately, I have no idea when this is from. Given that you could have a steak dinner for the price of what would get you a McDonald's Happy Meal today, I would guess that it might be from the late 40's?
Here's a link to the present day PERSIAN TERRACE

Sunday, December 27, 2009

More Thanks

Marty here. We wanted to recognize several people who make our life much easier. At our local West Hyannisport Post Office there's Joe and Tony. I'm the delivery person, so they have to put up with me bringing in tubs of packages everyday, many times clogging up the line. Joe never minds how many I bring in and always has a great sense of humor; Tony moans when he sees me coming, but in a humorous kind of way (most of the time).  Thanks Tony and Joe!
       Also on a daily basis is a trip to the West Yarmouth UPS to pick up shipments from our vendors. Patty and Chris are always on top of things and always greet me with a smile. I felt sorry for Patty this past week as she was inundated with customers looking for last minute packages. She still remained calm and courteous. Thank-you Patty and Chris!



Saturday, December 26, 2009

Silhouette Cascade Balconette Bra

This lovely bra is brought to you by Silhouette England. Besides the high quality and beautiful styling, it comes in many hard-to-find sizes -from 30D up to 40F.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Movie Favorites

It's been a while since I've posted any movie suggestions and I thought it's a good time to make a list of memorable holiday movies that have made it into our collection (or library circulation).

Besides, the classics from TV -- Rudolph, Charlie Brown, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The House Without a Christmas Tree, One Christmas and so on, there are several oldies we've come to love. If you do the holiday movie marathon, a favorite to start or end with is Raymond Briggs,' "The Snowman," narrated by David Bowie, with an ethereal soundtrack that takes you with it.

Some I'm listing are new to us this year, discovered from other blogs and the book, "The Great American Christmas Almanac." Not all are Christmas-centric, but rather have references to the season in them. We haven't seen them all, so if you have, please do share (or share some of your favorites). Without further ado, here's the list:

A Christmas Story (of course! can't leave out Ralphie) and Home Alone

White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Going My Way and Bells of St. Mary's (this list would have a huge hole in it without Bing!)

Boys Town, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol (and it's many incarnations, including Scrooged)

Love Actually (watched it for the first time this year -- a keeper!) and Home for the Holidays

The Shop Around the Corner and It's a Wonderful Life with James Stewart

I'll Be Seeing You, The Shop on 5th Avenue, Holiday Affair and Balalaika

A Christmas Wish

Christmas in Connecticut (Barbara Stanwyck) and The Bishop's Wife (Cary Grant), both hilarious!

The Grinch and Prancer

...and who can forget that other made for TV heartwarmer that launched a series, The Homecoming Christmas?

Happy Happy Joy Joy Have a Merry Peaceful and Safe Holiday Season
~from Marty and Patricia

Monday, December 21, 2009

Year End Recognition - our Models

Marty here. The end of the year is a good time to recognize those who have helped us here during the past year. First up are our models – the faces of the business. Some apparel manufacturers provide great images, so we seldom need to model their products. Others, especially those that may cater more to brick/mortar stores may be lacking in good pictures. That’s where our models step in. They do a great job, especially given that many of the lingerie garments modeled are far from “pinup” in nature.
Here they are:





Sunday, December 20, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Marty here. Blizzard conditions here on Cape Cod this morning. We've had about a foot of snow so far. I'm not sure how strong the wind has been but the weather service was forecasting gusts up to 60 mph. I love snow in December right before Christmas. It reminds me of growing up in Syracuse, N.Y. Maybe we'll have a White Christmas here, although a true White Christmas is when it's actually snowing on Christmas day, not just snow on the ground.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Carnival Merry Widow

Carnival has been in the lingerie business since the 1940’s. Their specialty is bridal wear and this has been one of their more popular items –a front zip bustier with garters. It is very similar to Warner’s Merry Widow, first seen in the 1950’s. We have a “later” version from the ‘60’s on Little Pink Dress. Since there is such a bridal wear focus with Carnival, it’s easy to overlook other possibilities. It looks very alluring in black, one of Carnival’s optional colors.
Carnival 386 "The Silhouette Maker" Strapless Braselette

Sunday, December 13, 2009

1965 Sears Christmas Catalog

Marty here. As a kid, one of the most exciting parts of the Christmas season was when the Sears and Montgomery Wards Christmas catalogs arrived. This is a Sears catalog from 1965. Looking it over, a few things stand out. Televisions were really expensive back then - over $800.00 for a 25 inch?!! How about a kid's oven that heats up to 400 degrees? Many of the toys would probably be banned today. Somehow we survived unscathed.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


I'm a bit hungry at the minute -- it's just about time for my afternoon cookie and tea. One of my favorite bagged chai teas was on sale recently (today's the last day), so I went for broke (literally), and bought a box of 100 that arrived yesterday. I couldn't resist, I mean, 55% off and free shipping??! All I could think of was how much money I'm actually saving making my own tea lattes rather than buying them out. So easy with this tea, some raw sugar and heated milk whipped to a froth with this little gadget.

** image from Mighty Leaf tea website

Monday, December 7, 2009

Holiday Book

Another post for Kesley. One of my favorite holiday books is actually The Hundred Dollar Holiday by Bill McKibben. It covers the simple joys of the season that I aspire to return to. Last year was the first Christmas in a long time that I kept to a low budget and even made many of my gifts. I make gifts every year but last year I made more.

The book isn't necessarily about making all of your gifts but rather focusing on what makes this season of light memorable in the course of our lives. I mean, think about it, how many gifts do you really remember from your childhood holidays? It's the experiences I remember -- going to school plays, playing and singing Christmas carols (I love caroling through the neighborhood -- one of the best times I had with my kids), driving around looking at lights, going to midnight Mass, decorating the tree with cheerios or homemade paper chains, baking cookies, going ice skating or sledding, exchanging cards (does anyone do that anymore?), trips to see Santa and so on. It's the people, the events, not the crazed shopping that we remember. This book is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the truth of this season's beauty -- togetherness, family, friendship, light, song, joy, color, taking a breather from the everyday.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Seamed Stockings

Seamed stockings were commonplace everyday wear until the later 50’s. A lady was probably making a fashion statement if she wore anything but back-seam stockings when wearing a dress or skirt. Today, they are fashionable, fun and out of the ordinary. Brabarella carries Cette (pronounced "set") Berlin stockings in black, and recently added "tendresse", which is a nude/beige shade. We sell these for $12.00/pair, real value for these Belgium-made stockings. If that’s a little too pricey for you, we also carry Berkshire back-seam style stockings at $7.00 per pair, made in the USA and another real value. Now these are traditional nylon stockings, so they won’t stay up on their own. You’ll need garters, a garter belt or a girdle. If you don’t want to go that route, we also carry Berkshire Back Seam Pantyhose.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I forget what the name means -- I think Natalie may have mentioned it years ago and she is one of my favorite jewelry designers. She is fearless in how she combines beads in all kinds of wild explorations that somehow work. I have two of her necklaces and have yet to tire of wearing them. It's only a matter of time before her work skyrockets into collector's status and lands on a runway or some fashion magazine's pages somewhere.

I wondered why she had dropped off the radar after what seemed like a long lapse -- well, now she's back to her bead wrangling and her work is as gorgeous and unexpected as ever. The reason for her absence is now two years old and naps are the perfect time for Natalie to indulge her passion for beads. Check her work out here.

But don't say I didn't warn you.