Monday, May 31, 2010

Va Bien 1503 Bustier

 So, what is a bustier? In the world of lingerie, a bustier is like a combination push-up strapless underwire bra and a waist cincher. The big advantage over that combination is the smooth, integrated design that is more easily hidden under more form-fitting outfits. The Va Bien 1503 includes their patented up-Lift  cups; boning and support panels to trim the tummy and waist, helping to create an ”hour-glass” look; detachable shoulder straps for added flexibility; and detachable/adjustable garters for your nylon stockings. A matching thong is available. It comes in black, white or nude. The 1503 retails for $75.00. We sell it for $65.00, which includes free US Priority Mail shipping.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

No, not that one. Which actually wasn't too bad. The one Carole Lombard talked Hitchcock into doing. Which was better than the 2005 release.

A rare Hitchcock comedy starring Lombard and Robert Montgomery as her lawyer husband. I have become a huge Carole Lombard fan,  it's fun to watch her as this bickering couple discovers their marriage is not legal.  We found Mr. and Mrs. Smith to be the perfect light entertainment for when the old brain isn't functioning too sharply, and we needed to wind down gently.

**Image from This Distracted Globe

Friday, May 28, 2010

How the Cookie Crumbles

 I think by now I've done a few foodie posts so you have probably figured out that I love to bake. I love butter, milk, eggs and all that goodness, but it can get expensive when you bake as much as I do. So, I also enjoy playing around with recipes, tweaking here and there by substituting "healthier" ingredients (inspired by one of my favorite foodies).

This past winter I had fun experimenting with vegan recipes. It's super easy to adapt cookie recipes for vegan baking (Post Punk Kitchen is one of my favorite vegan resources -- they're straightforward and you don't necessarily need to make a special trip to the grocery store with their recipes).

An easy egg substitute is 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with three tablespoons of water (and please don't ask me why this works as I am no kitchen chemist).  Flax seed is more versatile (and probably more readily available) than the egg substitute you can buy. For dairy, there are plenty of alternatives including soy, almond, hemp, coconut and almond milks and creamers.

As far as butter substitute, there's margarine (Earth Balance is a good one), or if you're a bit more adventurous, oils such as canola, or my favorites -- coconut, olive and tahini (tahini's awesome in peanut butter, chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies). I find I use much less of these butter substitutes (with the exception of the margarine) than what the butter measure calls for.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Jazzin' Al

We've been catching up with old movies again now that our Maddiction has to wait until Mad Men Season Four commences. The Jazz Singer with Al Jolson was the first talkie, made in 1927, and it revolutionized movies.

According to May McAvoy, Al's costar, sound made movies come alive and theater audiences were mesmerized. The movie was a huge hit.

Black-face/minstrel shows are considered racial stereotyping nowadays, but back then were part of stagecraft, and Al's work helped to open doors for African-American performers. The Jazz Singer introduced and celebrated America's musical roots in African tradition, and served as a counterbalance to Birth of a Nation's glorification of white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan. I find watching old movies is one fun way for us to learn about history in the context of our American culture. I enjoy seeing how far we've come and realizing how far we still need to go.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Weekend in May

    Another beautiful weekend here on Cape Cod. There was plenty of downtime activity to do - bicycling on the rail trail (this weekend the Eastham/Wellfleet stretch);

 running into some friends at the first outdoor Farmer's Market of the year in Orleans; 

 and stopping by  Sundae School for some ice cream - the original location in Dennisport has a genuine vintage ice cream parlor interior, complete with player piano, and an old ice cream truck parked out front. They also have, without a doubt, absolutely the best homemade ice cream on the cape, with the old-fashioned flavors we love, like grapenut and frozen pudding, the usual classics, and some pop culture favorites (like the oreo varieties and so on).
  Later on, it's out to dinner. This is just a simple, non-vintage back-zip sheath. It's too sheer to wear anywhere on the Cape outside of Provincetown so I paired it with a vintage side-zip slip from our Little Pink Dress site. And of course, sheer Berkshire stockings finish it off.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Race Point

Marty here. I had to see a client out in Provincetown this morning so I figured it would be a good time to visit Race Point. Beautiful day today. Sunny and 70. Race Point is the very tip of Cape Cod, where the Cape ends. I took a few pictures, although they hardly do any justice. You can click to enlarge.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Who You Gonna Call?

My son was a huge fan of Ghostbusters. I still have his ghostbuster's lap tray as well as the proton pack he made when he was about 5. The link is via Katie's blog. I am becoming a huge fan of improv!

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Perhaps it's the 11 y.o. spelling bee champ in me, the English major using her degree, the language lover giving the gift of language the respect it deserves. Here's a great CNN article about one of my biggest pet peeves - typos. If I am a nitpicking proofreader who is considered to be uptight,  "stodgy, ancient, out of touch," so be it.

I have seen typos on the side of a fish market's truck advertising their clambakes, on menus, in books, newspapers and online in many popular blogs, and it always drives me a little nutty. Kind of like the piece of lettuce stuck in a person's front tooth that nobody mentions, so it stays there until the next time they happen to smile at themselves in a mirror. There are tactful ways of taking the necessary care to point out oversights that I myself would be thankful for. So, please, if you ever see any typos on the website, please -- let Marty know because that's his department.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Va Bien Low Plunge Convertible Bra, Style 1502

 The Va Bien Low Plunge Bra incorporates Va Bien's Ultra-lift technology in a specialty low-plunge bra. It's a convertible bra and comes with a backless band which can be used if you need a completely backless bra for your halter or criss-cross back dress. Of course being a low plunge bra, it is ideal for, well, low plunge dresses or tops. And being an ultra-lift, it enhances the look!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Day and Night

Marty and I took off for western Mass yesterday morning with the intention of stopping at a new-to-us diner for breakfast. We intended to stop at Dave's in Middleboro but it was so packed we detoured off of the big highway and took routes 140 and 20 north and west figuring we'd be bound to find a diner.

Sometimes, the trick is finding one that's still open and still serving breakfast. We ended up a couple towns over from our destination, nearly clear across the state (well, not really, but when you're "stahvin' mahvin'" it sure feels like it). Even though they grind their own beans for coffee, it tasted not so fresh, but the food was spot on. My pancakes were huge and fluffy, Marty's French toast was thick cut, and it was cool seeing the twentysomething hipster girl running the grill right behind the counter. Our waitress had just been saying bye to her kids who'd stopped in for breakfast before she waited on us. We lucked out as we arrived at 11:30 AM and they close at noon on Sundays! This diner had to have been from before the 1920's with what looked like old wooden ice boxes next to the grill. We've passed it on many trips out to Western Mass and now that we've tried it, we'd definitely go again (just sneak your Dunkin' in and if you like real maple syrup, ditto that).

**photo from here and she works in one of my favorite professions, a librarian!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lingerie Escapade - Father Ted

Checking out my Irish cousin's facebook page the other day, I stumbled upon Father Ted. After some quick research, I knew Marty and I had to catch up with it so I was at the library the next day checking out the first three seasons. It is every bit as hilarious as I'd hoped. I thought the lingerie episode (which we haven't seen in its entirety yet) was apropos for sharing. (You'll have to click the link to watch it as the embed feature to share it otherwise was disabled for this particular clip).

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Grenier 8448 Soft Cup Bra

Grenier makes so many fabulous products, and the 8558 Soft Cup Bra is no exception. It is 90% cotton and is latex free. It’s also super comfortable. This is a medium support bra and on the rare occasion when there is a complaint, it’s that it’s not firm enough. A matching panty is also available. The MSRP is $40.00. We have it for $30.00.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Why

Catastrophes like this oil spill are why we need wind farms. It's sad seeing the birds, turtles, fish and other critters struggling for survival. Human or not, it's heartbreaking watching a these creatures struggle because of carelessness and consumption.While I understand that windmills may pose a very small threat to them, the pollution we create seems to do far more damage to them and their habitats. Just sayin.'

**Photos from stories found here