Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Carpe Diem

One of my favorite bloggers had a tribute post to the man in the photo above (from her site), a latecomer to Improv, something I've been hankering to try for a while now. His name's John Ward, and you can see more links to his work here.

He actually impersonated Anton Chekhov at a Barnes and Noble -- amazingly, he pulled it off, considering Chekhov's been dead for what? About a hundred years? Hats off and a high five to you John. May you enjoy a good laugh with Anton now wherever you are.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Silhouette Little X Open Girdle

      The Silhouette Little X Girdle dates back to mid-1950’s. I guess you can say it has timeless style, quality and function. Silhouette was one of the first UK companies to heavily promote the girdle as the popularity of the traditional corset faded in the 50’s. They adopted American-style  advertising slogans such as “You ought to be hugged, not squeezed” and “you look so naughty feel so nice.”
       Today, the Little X is still going strong.  It is a firm control girdle, but is also very lightweight and very stylish.  It’s great for tummy and hip shaping, as well as for better defining your waist. It also comes in a brief style.
Silhouette Little X Open Girdle
Silhouette Little X Brief Girdle

Monday, March 29, 2010

Advanced Style

Checking out Upper Case Magazine a little more thoroughly today, I discovered a link to Advanced Style and am hooked. It's about time!

Occasionally the Sartorialist has a cool older person who's fashion sense inspires me, but Advanced Style focuses on just that!  I love Street Style much more than anything I see in a fashion magazine, but most fashion sites focus on a younger crowd. Advanced Style introduces a little more diversity to self-expression through fashion. Enjoy!

image from Ari Seth Cohen's blog, Advanced Style

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Vintage Slips

We've been neglecting our Little Pink Dress Vintage site of late, but we're beginning to get back in the swing of things. We added five vintage slips today (there are two pages of slips). There's an assortment from familiar names such as Baronet, Aristocraft, Corliss, Hollywood Vassarette, Sliperfection, Lady Lynne, Barbizon, Kayser, Movie Star, and Van Raalte. Check 'em out here:
Little Pink Dress Vintage Slips

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"Wild Bill" Wellman

The thing I'm loving about the pre-Code Hollywood movie collections we've been watching is all the film history we're learning too. The 3rd volume in the series is a half dozen films by William Wellman, a director I'd never heard of. Crazy, considering he was such a prolific director and probably launched Cagney's career with The Public Enemy. There are a few movies of his -- The Oxbow Incident and A Star is Born, that I didn't realize were his. He was nominated several times for Academy awards, and won at least one. He earned his nickname when he volunteered with the French Lafayette Flying Corps during WWI. Something tells me though, even if he hadn't been a fearless pilot, he still would have been called Wild Bill -- he once dumped a load of manure on a movie mogul's desk to "tell" him what he thought of a particular script. Wellman wasn't afraid to address the social issues plaguing the Depression era, nor the moral issues that seem to prevail in repressive times (Prohibition).

**Image from here

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bake Me Some Cookies, Please

Ah, yes. Cookies. It's on gray days like these that I especially crave cookies with my tea. After sunny skies over the weekend we're back to the grays. Even my pooch is under the weather today.

Me, I've been pulling out cookie recipes -- shortbread, graham crackers, and the World Famous Peace Cookies I've read so much about. Heidi Swanson rekindled my foodie fascination and inspired the improviser in me to start creating my own recipes, using others as a starting point. Which led to my current infatuation with food blogs, in particular, blogs with a big focus on baking. I have now found at least three blogs with references to Korova cookies and one of my latest discoveries, a girl after my own heart, who believes in dessert first, has convinced me that these are the cookies to bake. (Plus Marty doesn't eat chocolate so more for me -- heehee).

** Photo from Dorie's site

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rago Lacette Long Leg Girdle

 I reviewed another Rago Lacette girdle a couple of months ago – the high waist brief. This is a waistline long leg girdle and it's one of my favorite girdles. As with other Lacette styles, it is lightweight and highly detailed. The Rago 6797 has the Lacette floral-jacquard knit fabric, inside sewn contour bands (smooth on the outside), a rigid tummy panel, split convenience crotch and four detachable metal garters. Garters had been discontinued on the Lacette line several years ago, but Rago brought them back early last year – good move by Rago. While this is a firm control girdle, I find it to be very comfortable. It’s great for tummy, hip and thigh shaping .  This Rago comes in black, white or beige. The MSRP is $39.00/$41.00. We sell it for $30.00. Made in the USA

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

IRISH BLONDE (courtesy of one of our exceptional customers, just in time for today!):

An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland arrived at the casino. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty-thousand Euros on a single roll of the dice.

She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude."

With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed..."YES! YES! I WON, I WON!"

She hugged each of the dealers and then picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed.

The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, "What did she roll?"

The other answered, "I don't know - I thought you were watching."


Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb, but all men...are men.

** The YouTube video of the Dublin parade is a bit scratchy but you can catch more here.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


On the eve of St.Patrick's Day this Irish-American English major is reading up on limericks. According to one source, they are not really Irish but English, made popular by an Edward Lear in the 19th century, but dating back to 14th century England, hence a reputation for bawdiness (English humor has not changed much and as we are big fans of the BBC, this is meant as a compliment). Each source had something a bit different, and since my grandmother was from Doon in County Limerick, I'm still holding with my belief that Limerick has something to do with limericks. They're a fun and simple form of poetry and I like to think of them as an Irish version of haiku. Whether or not that's accurate, I simply don't care because tomorrow's St. Patrick's Day and I'm sticking with my story. I believe that's hurling (or is it hurley? Irish customers help me out here, please, as I forget) they're playing in the photo above -- Limerick vs. Waterford. My Limerick grandmother married a Cork man by the name of Hurley. I can always find a connection somewhere.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Et tu, Brute?

Beware the Ides of March.I don't consider the 15th of March a doomsday. To me it's my half year mark. But I suppose if you're greedy for power like Caesar was, then you should heed the warning. Otherwise, it just means only a month left to get your taxes done if you haven't already. A week left until spring and so on. But the expression, "Beware the ides of March," does have that spooky story, prophetic sort of thrill to it, doesn't it?

Photo from one of my favorite resources.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cathedral of Learning

The Cathedral of Learning was mentioned in a book I'm currently reading and it sounded so fabulous I had to check it out. It is as awe-inspiring as I imagined. I love the era of the 1920's and 1930's, the time it was built and dedicated.

Marty and I are historical architecture fans, and are dismayed that tearing down these structures continues even after all we've learned (about the urban renewal that wasn't, displacing entire neighborhoods, the national highway system, and so on). Unfortunately, when these buildings are torn down, they are replaced with bland, unimaginative work that is as poor in execution as it is in its design. Enjoy the video of a beautiful masterpiece of what modern architecture and its craftsmanship can be. Hats off to Pittsburgh for caring for their remarkable heritage.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Crown Skirted Garter Panty

There are always endless debates about whether to wear your panties over or under your garter belt. With this cute little skirted panty, you don't even have to contemplate that. This is an all-in-one panty, mini skirt and garter belt. The garters are removable in case you prefer to go bare legged or wear thigh highs (the garters are for nylon stockings). This particular Crown item is not shapewear, even though we include it in our Crown Shapewear section.
Crown Skirted Garter Panty

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Humor Medicine

Humor is good medicine or so I've heard. Actually, I've experienced it, too. When I worked in health care for a number of years, humor was the only way to survive some of the tension and trauma of the field. A dose of humor is sometimes the only medicine available for what ails you.

I prefer comedy to drama, especially British comedy. But today's post isn't about that, it's about actual sentences found in patient's hospital charts -- the further down the list you read, the funnier it gets (or so I think). From here via

1. She has no rigors or shaking chills , but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

2. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

3. On the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.

4. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

5. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

6. Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.

7. Healthy appearing decrepit 69 year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.

8. The patient refused autopsy.

9. The patient has no previous history of suicides.

10. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.

11. Patient's medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

12. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

13. Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

14. Since she can't get pregnant with her husband, I thought you might like to work her up.

15. She is numb from her toes down.

16. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.

17. The skin was moist and dry.

18. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

19. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

20. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

21. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life, until she got a divorce.

22. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for physical therapy.

23. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

24. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

25. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

26. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.

27. Skin: somewhat pale but present.

28. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

29. Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Blank, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

30. Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

31. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

** Image from here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Aviana Bras

 A problem with full figured bras is that many times they are either based on an average-figure style; or they’re lacking in much style. Aviana bras are designed from the start as full figure (generally 34D to 46H) bras and they are designed for comfort and style. They fall in the moderate price range, but in terms of value, they're a great buy. They come in both underwire and softcup styles   If you’re full-figured and always end up compromising on comfort, support or style,  there is no need to. I would never hesitate to recommend Aviana.
Aviana Bras

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Countdown to St. Paddy's Day

Well now that we're entering the week before St. Patrick's Day, it's time to dig out my soda bread recipe and share it with you. It's super easy and I don't use caraway seeds.

Dump 4 cups flour in a bowl, add a tablespoon or two of sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, a pinch or two of salt, and a couple handfuls of raisins. Mix in about 2 cups buttermilk, just until moistened, then pat out in greased round cake pan. Bake at 400 for approximately 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
Sometimes I add a tablespoon or two of butter to the dough also, but it's not necessary. I've noticed lately that I'm having to tweak the baking time a bit, and am considering upping the initial oven temp to 425 for the first 15 minutes and then turning it down to 400 for 1/2 hour to see how that works.

However you bake your bread, enjoy it with some good strong tea (it also goes well with stout). We're considering the Newport parade again this year -- we went last year and it was a ball (freezing and breezy, but fun).

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Annual Cape Cod St. Patrick's Day Parade

We were lucky again this year. The day was sunny, a bit breezy and not as warm as last year's, but it beats the Nor'easter of the year before. Naturally, we made it to the parade by the skin of our teeth, figuring we had plenty of time for errands before catching our favorite peeps in the parade. My dad carried the USA flag this year and my niece was Grace O'Malley, the legendary pirate queen. I literally shot pictures on the run and I am no photographer, but fortunately they turned out okay. Here are a few that Marty's edited.
Molly Malone is a favorite character and song of mine. There is a statue of her in Dublin. You can find the song lyrics here. Each year the parade seems to get bigger and better.
Don't let this beautiful pirate queen's smile fool you -- she's fierce, and she wields a mighty sword.

Like they say, everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Arianne Penelope Gown

We added two new Arianne styles today – the Paris Chemise and the Desiree Cami/Thongboy set. I’ll have more to say about them in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, one of our favorite (and a customer favorite) Arianne styles has been the Penelope Gown. It has a simple, classy elegance to it, yet it’s also very sexy, especially in its sheerness. In white it’s ideal for wedding-night wear. It also comes in black and red.  The Penelope comes in a lovely chemise style as well.
Arianne Penelope Gown
Arianne Penelope Chemise

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Irish Soda Bread Lore

It's that time of year again. Yep, when all the soda breads and stories start. This is a particularly good one from the quick scan I did of it -- it's pretty thorough. Found it when I googled the question about why I put a cross in the soda bread before baking it (it's not just because my father told me to).

Here's another one interviewing the chef Rory O'Connell of the famed Ballymaloe Cookery School.

So, about that cross? Could be a number of reasons, all depending on what you'd like to fancy I suppose and as individual as each family's recipe. Perhaps it's to let the devil out (or the fairies). Could be for better rising and air circulation. Or maybe it's to cut the pieces evenly. And of course, Ireland being a Christian nation, it's also a symbol of the Cross. I like to think that the proximity of St. Patrick's Day to Easter may also have something to do with it. (That and the fairy theory are the two I'm going with).

** photo from Mother Linda's

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Males and Girdle Sales

 We have hundreds of loyal male customers the world over. Their most popular garment to purchase is the girdle and they purchase for many different reasons. Some are cross dressers. Others have a girdle/nylon/rubber/or bondage-related fetish. Many purchase because of back/posture problems and aren’t satisfied with the male alternatives on the market; and still others are buying because they like the look and feel of a girdle on a female body and hope that they can get their reluctant wife/significant-other to try one. There are probably other reasons that we’re not aware of. When male customers phone in orders, some speak with utmost confidence and are very comfortable talking to us. Others may call, sounding like they expect that it’s the first call we’ve ever received from a male.
      It really doesn’t matter who’s ordering and what’s being ordered. In the end, we’re just talking about a garment here. For a male looking for a girdle for himself, the difficult part is fitting a garment designed for a female to a male body.  A male may have a waist many inches larger than their hips; a female just the opposite. We sometimes joke about wearing the girdle upside down. What’s nice is that many male wearers are forthcoming with information about what garments work best for them and why.  This is information we’re able to pass on to others who would like to wear one but don’t know where to start.
       One of our newer customers was nice enough to send along a picture of a recent purchase (a Flexees 6855 Long Leg Girdle). Bob (modeling above) falls under the category of wearing a girdle for back/posture needs. Girdles are great for sucking in your tummy and throwing your shoulders back. Good posture means less back issues. Many men are catching on to this fact. We would like to thank Bob for providing this picture. He’s very photogenic, don’t you agree?
    If you’re a male purchasing a girdle for your wife or girlfriend, you could be entering dangerous territory. It’s not the same as buying your wife a baby doll or thong. A girdle is a body-altering garment, and while you may think she’ll look and feel wicked sexy in one, she may take it as an insult. Not a good “surprise” present. We can help you with the selection and sizing, and even give suggestions on broaching the girdle topic with your significant other, but you’re on your own if you spring it on her as a “gift.”
    So, all males out there, now you know. You’re always welcome and we’re here to help.

Monday, March 1, 2010

French Fantasies

It's no secret that I love to travel. My dream job would most likely involve traveling at least every couple of months to distant places and writing. This morning I've found two dream spots, both in France. I totally adore Leslie Caron, and would love to stay in her bed and breakfast which is surprisingly affordable. (Had to look her up this morning because we watched her and the divine Mr. Grant, as in Cary, in a romantic adventure comedy set in the South Pacific during WWII. The story of course was totally outlandish but it was brilliant escape for a Sunday evening -- and we'd already finished the second season of Clatterford, or Jam and Jerusalem as it's called in England. I like the English title better). Back to my French fantasies though -- I'd love to meet Ms. Caron at her lovely accommodations in Burgundy for tea and conversation, and I would love to take a workshop at that amazing Les Soeurs Anglaises in the heart of the Dordogne countryside someday. But for now I'll make a cup of tea and clean up in the kitchen on this blustery Monday here near the end of the southeastern shore of  Massachusetts.