Sunday, December 7, 2014

Avalanche Creek Gorge

A cascade in Avalanche Creek Gorge on the West side of Glacier National
Park.  Avalanche Creek feeds into Mineral Creek which then empties into
Lake McDonald.  The trail to Avalanche Lake is an easy to moderate trail
that winds through old growth cedar and hemlock trees near the trail head
and then follows Avalanche Creek, presenting a number of opportunities for
interesting photographs.  It’s a great warmup hike, especially if you’ve
just had a long day in the car.   The trail is easy, scenic, and close to
the West entrance to the park so it tends to be popular.  Parking and light
for photography are best early and late in the day.  Carrying Bear spray is
a necessary precaution when hiking anywhere in Glacier NP as there are many
bears (including Grizzlies) that make the Park their home.
 
Gill Photography, LLC
Dave@DaveGillphoto.com 

(guest post - Thank you for sharing Dave!)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Trench Play

We've been wanting power in the carriage barn ever since we've been in our house, and finally we're getting to it. A few weeks ago Marty began digging a trench from the house to the carriage barn -- 2 feet deep, and while our property is a small city lot, digging through a century of buried debris -- mostly bricks from the old chimney was not easy. (What are the odds that the line for the electrical cable to be laid in would fall here?) Not to mention digging in a straight line.

To get the straight line, Marty ran a string from the corner of one building to another, anchoring the string to stakes. He then commenced digging. Enter Bob, our outdoor-loving, playful Jack Russell/Rat Terror mix, who may also have some rogue feline heritage in his family tree. He spied the string, and immediately ran over to bat at it, roll over it, tangle with it, anything to get a response. So much for a straight line. On to Plan B. Marty got the can of spray paint out, and with my help, sprayed a straight line directly on the ground instead. On to Bob's Plan B -- roll on back and give himself a backrub on the freshly painted line. Oy vey! He's quite the character. Lots of fun for him, hands in the air and laughter from us. And the trench? After a couple of weeks of backbreaking work, it is finally done, and the electrician was thrilled with the depth. We are pleased with some of our archaeological finds (plenty of bricks and stone for walkways and an outdoor fire pit), including a 1929 Maine license plate, and a horseshoe -- both encrusted with rust, but still keepers.

And we have a new found appreciation for soldiers in the field from now and yesteryear, who hauled heavy equipment on the their backs in the midst of digging trenches, and building barriers under less than ideal conditions. Semper fi!

Monday, October 27, 2014

The October of Baseball, Part 2

Baseball used to be about pitching duels. Gibson vs. Marichal, Drysdale/Carlton, McLain/Palmer, Cuellar/Lonborg, Catfish Hunter/ Stottlemeyer, McDowell/McNally   Seaver/Sutton, Tiant/Lolich. It seemed like every team had at least one ace and even a team's third or fourth starter  often pitched late into a game. Pitch counts were never an issue, as batters were more aggressive. Today? The game's strategy is to wear down the starting pitcher by being selective at the plate.  The idea is to get the star players (starting pitchers) out of the game as quickly as possible so that a team's marginal players can be exploited. At the same time, non-aggressive pitch-taking hitters are in demand - as long as they can hit deep in the count or can feast on a team's bullpen.  Historic statistics - more important in baseball than any other sport, have become almost meaningless due to the steroid era combined with the new trends of the day. Our simple, easy to follow statistics (era, rbi's, batting average, walks, etc.) have been replaced by sabermetrics - complex formulas that are all but replacing those simple stats.
-Marty

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park

This photo of Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park in north western Montana was taken at first light on an early September morning. I had located the spot the day before and was out well before sunrise to set up and wait to see what the new day would look like.  This turned out to be one of the only mornings without high wind during the week I camped there.  Lake McDonald is on the west side of Glacier NP and being ten miles in length and a mile wide is the largest lake in the Park.

Dave

Gill Photography
www.davegillphoto.com

Guest Post from Dave Gill. Thank you Dave!!! Stunning!!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The October of Baseball, Part 1

Marty here. October used to be one of the most exciting times of the year for sports, primarily because of the baseball playoffs and World Series. Today, I can tell you the remaining four teams in the playoffs, but not much else. Twenty years ago I could have named the eight regular starters of those four teams, plus their 4-5 starting pitchers and their closer. Today? I can name maybe a handful of players on each team - at best. Come to think of it, maybe not. Kansas City? I'm happy to see that their back in the playoffs. They were a great rival of my team team of the 70's, the Yankees. They were also good for a period in the 80's, but not much since. Good for them. With cable nowadays I could watch a baseball game every day from April through September. There is more exposure now than there ever has been. Yet I barely watch any of them. If MY generation is losing interest, what hope is there for the current generation of potential fans? So what's the problem?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Janisse Ray


Marty and I have attended an event over the years in New Bedford called Bioneers by the Bay. I usually discover after the fact that I've missed someone I would have loved to catch up with -- Ben Hewitt is one. Haven't checked into his blog for a while but I enjoy his writing and have read one of his books. Plus, he lives in the NEK of VT (also known as God's Country), is from the Rail City (St. Albans), and uses the expression "to be clear" so much that I find it him rather charming.

All this being said, decided to check into another favorite author's site, Janisse Ray (have read all her books that I can find), and -- woot woot! she's a keynote speaker at Bioneers this year! you can be sure I will track her down somehow. My girlfriend and I were talking the other day about our idea of celebrity -- we are nuts about certain writers. I sometimes feel like a groupie, haunting a particular writer's website or books for a fickle bit, but "Janisse"  is one of my perennials. I wonder if she'd like to pop over to the cape for a bit before or after her event?
Janisse Ray

Friday, September 5, 2014

Guest Post - Gill Photography, LLC

As mentioned in an earlier post, we are beginning to branch out beyond business/lingerie posts. Here is a post from  friend and fantastic professional photographer Dave Gill. Be sure to check out his site for much more!


Trail Ridge Road is one of Colorado’s most famous scenic roads, connects
Estes Park with Grand Lake, and reaches an elevation of 12,183 feet above

sea level.  This sunset was photographed from a spot well above timberline,

on June 2nd , the temperature was slightly below freezing, and the wind was

blowing at about 50 mph.  It’s always best always to be prepared for
‘interesting’ weather when you are in the mountains.

My favorite time for sunrise and sunset photography is as storms are either

moving in or breaking up and this sunset was no exception.  The smoke from a

forest fire burning west of Fort Collins contributed to the intensity of the

colors.  My wife, Anne, and I drove through the thunderstorm and got to the
spot where we planned to view the sunset before the colors developed, set up
our cameras and waited to see what it would look like.  Many times a storm
doesn’t cooperate and the sunset is either behind clouds or doesn’t develop
into something spectacular, but this was one of the times that all of the
elements came together.


Dave
 
 Gill Photography, LLC
Dave@DaveGillphoto.com
www.davegillphoto.com 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

In the Garden


I'm going to do a bit of bragging now -- our garden is beautiful this summer. Besides veggies, berries, and flowers I have several herbs growing, too.

A few weeks ago, I chopped up a pile of feverfew, and now have it brewing in vodka to eventually use as a tincture for stress and headache. Tonight, with fresh beans from the garden,  I added some fronds of our dill. We've had basil, oregano, and marjoram on pizza, parsley and dill in a yummy orso salad (from Quick Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin), and gorgeous mint infused into iced tea. The sage I am looking forward to infusing in some local honey. 

I'm having fun figuring out all the different ways I can make use of the herbs from our garden, and am already considering additions for next year's garden!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Swimwear Line



For a number of years we've considered adding swimsuits to our offerings at Brabarella Lingerie. For a small business like ours, it's quite a commitment, one that we've been reluctant to make. If our lingerie vendors also offered swimsuits, then it would be easy to add swimwear, but oddly enough, it's very rare for a lingerie manufacturer to have a swimwear line. Grenier toyed with the idea a couple of years ago, but then decided against it. Of course Playtex offered a swimwear line back in the late 60's/early 70's (you can see a few examples on our Little Pink Dress Vintage site), but it was short lived, probably because wearing rubber out on the beach wasn't all that comfortable. If we were going to sell swimwear, we would want retro/classic styling, not short-lived/trendy styles. We were recently surprised and pleased to see that Gossard, one of our lingerie vendors, offers a somewhat retro-styled swimsuit shown here. The bottom is straight out of the 60's, while that bra is a full cup underwire that has a classic touch to it. There is also an alternative top and bottom in this line (mix and match), as well as a one piece. The pink shown here is seasonal. Black is the ongoing color. Gossard also offers several other swimsuit styles, but this one caught our eye, as it ties in with what we sell on Brabarella and LPD. Gossard's quality is exceptional. Neither their photos nor ours can capture the quality and workmanship that goes into their products.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vintage Jantzen Skirted Swimsuit

This is a classic style of swimsuit from one of the best known swimsuit names in the business back in the 50's through 70's. The lipstick red belt is just the right finishing touch on this beauty. Great for a unique look at the beach, poolside, or for a retro/pinup photo shoot.
Little Pink Dress Vintage

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ideas Needed

Contemplating acquiring blogging help (or guest bloggers) for our various social platforms. Not sure what form it might take. Right now our efforts are rather haphazard (to say the least!).  Topics might extend beyond lingerie to perhaps include fashion, vintage wear, mua, cosplay, fine art, performance art, photography, modeling, etc. If anyone out there has ideas, direction, proposals, etc., email us at brabarella@gmail.com

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Disappointing News from Mary Green


It was with much sadness that we learned last week that Mary Green was closing up shop after 30 some years. If you are a lover of silk, you love Mary Green lingerie. Shown here is one of her kimonos from the last shipment we received. Mary sent us a very thoughtful gift package this week along with a quote attributed to Cat Stevens "I always knew that when I looked back on the times I cried I would smile. But I never knew that when I looked back on the times I smiled I would cry." How true and fitting.
Mary Green Lingerie via Brabarella

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Slow Living


We don't own a clothes dryer, haven't since our New Bedford move. We got used to line drying our clothes in the loft bathroom when we lived there, and decided to skip the dryer when we moved in here. I love hanging laundry on the line. During wet and colder weather I dry the clothes on the lines in the basement, but as soon as it hits the 40's or 50's, and it's a sunny day (breezy's good, too), I hang the clothes outside to dry. It's an excuse to be outside, it's meditative, there's method to it for me (I hang lingerie out of sight), and it connects me to a slower pace of life I miss more and more -- these hyped up-plugged in-tuned in- but- oh so out-days. Plus, our clothes will last longer drying in a breeze gentler (usually) than a dryer' shot air could ever be.
Some of the clothes pins -- actually all of them -- I've had for decades, from when I used cloth diapers on my kids and didn't have a dryer then either. And some of them are clothes pegs from Mrs. Ross, our 80-something neighbor of the time, who also used to enjoy hanging her clothes out. It was one of those twirly clothes lines, and she would go out with her basket, and her cane, and being short, use her cane to move the lines around and to where she could reach them. I never helped her, thinking it was good exercise for her, to keep her moving and strong. It didn't occur to me that maybe I could have asked if she wanted help at least, rather than assuming she didn't. Tough love, huh?
No, more like selfish love because I used to also get irritated if she got her clothes on the line before I did. But love Mrs. Ross I did. We did. My pre-K son and I would visit her in her two room apartment with her soaps on the television on an occasional afternoon. I'd have tea, and she'd give Anthony his favorite Little Debbie Nutty Bars. She'd tell stories of how she cried when she was 10 and couldn't go to school anymore because she was the oldest and had to help support the family by going to work in the mills (she was French-Canadian). She had a daughter who had a stroke, whose husband would drop her off every Wednesday to visit her mother. I thought he was a jerk as rumor had it that he had a girlfriend, too.
I snagged some of Mrs. Ross's clothes pegs that fell behind when she hung her laundry. When I hang my laundry, and I use her pegs I remember her, I remember her story, intertwined with my story, my son's, LaFountain Street, and Little Debbie's.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th and Happy Birthday


Marty here. Happy Birthday to my dad, who would have been 92 today.  Unfortunately this is the only picture I have of him on my laptop - at a union meeting in the 70's. He's the third from the left. This week back in 1988 our family rented a couple of cottages on Cape Cod Bay ( I was already living here on the Cape) and we all spent the 4th of July week here. It was seen as the start of a new tradition. We had vacationed on Cape Cod back in the 60's and it was a coming home of sorts. It was a great week - bonfires and fireworks on the beach, beachcombing, golf, food, beer and great weather. Little did we know that it would be the last time we would all be together. My dad died suddenly and unexpectedly that October. We carried on with this new tradition for a couple more years, but it wasn't the same and just fizzled out. Still miss him but have great memories.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Neighborhood "Progress"



This is what "progress" in Hyannis looks like today, especially if it involves the state aka The Steamship Authority aka tourism aka mucho dinero. We live in a block in a historic district of Hyannis, the old east end, near the harbor.

It sits between downtown and the hospital, with the harbor and the ferries a block south of us. When the hospital doesn't raze sweet vintage cottages, gobbling up more and more land for parking lots, you can count on the Steamship to pick up the slack. It's not that the houses they  demolished today on School Street were anything special, but they were someone's homes until recently. I knew the people enough to say "hi" to.

There used to be a school here on School Street where Champ House is now.  Dr. Tratt's office  is reputed to be Captain Bearse's historic home, and doctors and other folk lived on this street at one time, back in the day when a doctor made house calls. Priscilla, a regular library patron for decades and a huge Thornton Burgess fan, lived in the house across the street.

I read a book last summer by Alvah Bearse, who grew up over on Ocean Street across from the harbor, and spent the first decades of the last century, caddying for the rich summer folk at the golf course in Hyannis Port, and playing golf and baseball in makeshift fields in their own neighborhood. The fields doubled as cow pastures and blueberry patches. There was fishing in Snow's Creek.

Pleasant Street was known as Sea Captain's Row, and you could smell the candle factory back in the 60's and 70's when they still made candles; the air was pleasantly scented. Now, it's mostly parking "lawns" run by a local who bought up as many of the homes in the area as he could. The beautiful homes have been allowed to slowly crumble, holes in the roof, broken windows and the like. 

The ferry is a 10 minute walk from the transportation center; there are daily busses from Boston and now weekend train service (summer only for now). With the shuttle service the ferry offers, surely people can find other ways of getting to Hyannis if they're going to the islands anyway.

The world was slower once upon a time, less driven by money, who gets the best view and who can afford to take a boat to the islands. Yes, there was tourism creeping in back then, but nowadays it seems to be crashing in.

When is it enough? When will we have enough parking? Where will local people live their daily lives? I suppose when the parking lots are done, we can always live in our cars like so many already do.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Garden Update


I've been searching for tools for the two garden chores that are the hardest for me - weeding and watering. Weeding, because I have a hard time pulling up weeds with just my hands, and my dandelion digger isn't effective enough for me. The hose I thought I'd found was one of those neon green pocket hoses, but it sprang a leak after a couple of months (so on my wish list is a water-wise hose, a pricier one, but in the end a better value than those pocket hoses. I trust Margaret Roach's recommendation there).
     The weeder was one I bought after reading Gayla Trail's glowing report on it -- it's basically the one tool that has stood the test of time for her, and about the only one she'd want if she had to pick just one tool. It's a CobraHead and Gayla was right. It does not disappoint. Crazy as it sounds, once I get started weeding with this tool, I don't want to stop; it's actually almost fun! I said almost - but this little baby is worth the investment. Also comes in a long handled model.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rago Lacette 6797 Long Leg Panty Girdle


This is another girdle in Rago's Lacette line of shapewear. As with other items in this line, it features the floral jacquard fabric along with the inner-sewn shaping bands (so they won't show through).  It also has a rigid tummy panel. The result is a very firm garment but also very lightweight. This is style 6797, their waist-line (as opposed to high waist) long leg panty girdle. It also features detachable garters for use with nylon stockings.
Rago Lacette Long Leg Panty Girdle
Nylon Garter Stockings

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day Car Show in Hyannis

Blocks and blocks of vintage cars on a beautiful Sunday here on the Cape.





Hugh Cadillac with wings

40's Orleans, Massachusetts police car with an officer dressed in 40's garb (just ignore the wrist watch). He  posed with his automatic out of sight, since a 40's officer would have had a revolver. He also put his Dunkin Donuts coffee in the car in our attempt to make it as retro-looking as possible.

Dodge Monaco


Packard hood ornament

Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thigh High Stockings

Here at Brabarella Lingerie we sell many styles of thigh high stockings, also known as "stay ups". Here's a link below. For more, go to the individual hosiery brand links:
Thigh High Stockings from Brabarella Lingerie

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Rago Lacette Open Bottom Girdle


The Rago Lacette girdles are the firmest of the pull-on, non-zip girdles that Rago sells. The jacquard fabric is slightly firmer than the powernet of the Shapette line. How do these girdles compare to the hosiery-style shapers so prevalent today? The latter work well for smoothing out and firming up a bit. These Rago girdles sculpt the body and can take inches off your waistline, hips and thighs. They will not enable you to fit into a dress that you can't get into otherwise. But they can turn an ill-fitting dress into a stunner. Shown here is the Lacette Open Bottom Girdle, Style 1357. It is one of many girdles in the Lacette line.
Rago Lacette Open Bottom Girdle

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Versatility of Slips



Slips used to be a must-wear undergarment for use under those vintage dresses of yesteryear. A good slip is hard to find nowadays. When you can find them (and we have plenty here at Little Pink Dress Vintage, as well as Arianne and Mary Green chemises at Brabarella Lingerie), they also make great summer outerwear - around the house of course, either as a house dress or a nighty. We have many of the old familiar names - Vanity Fair, Van Raalte, Gossard Artemis, Baronet, Aristocrat, etc. Check 'em out here:
Vintage Slips at Little Pink Dress Vintage

Friday, May 30, 2014

Queen Size Sheer Lace Caftan


This is a gorgeous queen size caftan, although our model here isn't queen size and it still looks pretty good. Sheer embroidered lace.
Queen Size Sheer Lace Caftan

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Vintage House, Vintage Dress


When we moved into our little old vintage house last year, we found this little old vintage 60's mini shift dress left by Leona, the previous owner. She had moved out and left the house vacant about a dozen years ago. She's now in her 90's and living in a nursing home. We're sure that she would be pleased that her little old house has sprung back to life, and that some of her discarded items are being re-used.  
Little Pink Dress Vintage

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Little Pink Dress Update


Little Pink Dress is back! We hope you like the simplified format.  Most of the "new" vintage stuff isn't up yet, but much has been photographed and we're doing a lot more this month and next. We were going to wait until we had more listings, but it's easier to do it this way. Expect new items to show up on a daily or near daily basis.
Little Pink Dress Vintage Clothing

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Open Bottom Girdles

Brabarella Lingerie has a large selection of open bottom girdles - perhaps as large a selection as anyone online. Shown here is the Grenier High-Waist, Side-Zip Open Bottom Girdle. Check out our full selection here:
BRABARELLA OPEN BOTTOM GIRDLES

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Little Pink Dress Vintage Update

We recently took down our long neglected "Little Pink Dress Vintage" site, which predated Brabarella Lingerie. We're rebuilding it and expect to relaunch it by Memorial Day weekend. Here's a photo from yesterday's shoot.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Aristoc Lace Top Stockings

These are Aristoc Lace Top Stockings - long made in the UK. 10 denier, nylon/spandex. BTW, the girdle is a discontinued Stockings and Romance open bottom.
ARISTOC LACE TOP STOCKINGS

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Dose of Hitchcock

We've been on a Hitchcock kick lately, and have watched some of his earliest films, including silent ones, from the 20's. It's interesting to follow the arc of his learning a brand new art form, and his growth as an artist and master of suspense.
Many of his early movies from the 20's and 30's we have found a bit boring, perhaps because they tend to drag in the beginning before culminating in a rapid climax and conclusion, which sometimes falls flat. Even so, it's enjoyable to watch him in the early days of learning camera work, technique, effects, pace, dialogue and foreshadowing. It had to have been an enormous undertaking, but also exciting -- navigating new territory and figuring things out as he went along. Still, I find that when there are limitations in the materials we have to work with, the result of these restraints can yield powerful results, those demonstrating the greatest imagination, creativity, resourcefulness and ultimately impact. To me, working within such parameters as those the early film makers encountered, demonstrates a mastery unequaled by many today who rely on special effects extraordinaire, nudity, gross violence and gore, excessive swearing, etc.

Sadly, Hitchcock succumbed to this growing trend in filmmaking towards the end of his career, sacrificing artistic integrity, as well as the quality of his work, which at its best, towards the middle of his career, was brilliant, and at the end, less than mediocre. His last movie was a so-so romp in the "Family Plot," while his next to the last one, Frenzy, was a huge disappointment. I was embarrassed for him as I watched it, with it's gratuitous nudity and explicit violence. Watching Frenzy was like watching a once brilliant man make a fool of himself, an alien Hitchcock -- the artist who has lost his vision or perhaps sold his soul to the mass market. How much more thrilling, alluring, engaging and ultimately terrifying it could have been, had he stayed true to himself, leaving us with our own imaginations to create the scene he could execute in our minds with the power of suggestion.

I understand an artist taking a creative chance, but to compromise decades of mastering his ability to terrify with suggestion, only to sacrifice that accomplishment to the altar of popular culture at the end of his career, is just plain sad.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Another Blizzard

Marty here. Another Wednesday, another blizzard here on Cape Cod. The good new is that I made it downtown to the office without getting blown away and had the post office all to myself - got everything mailed out. The bad news is that our front storm door succumbed to the storm, a bunch of roof shingles blew off the house, and there is over a foot of snow in the driveway - YET almost no snow at all on the front lawn.....my aching back.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Long overdue

My writing mojo's been a bit rusty for months now, must have something to do with not having a
working oven from about July 2013 to February 2014! Had a gorgeous 1945 Hotpoint  that we wanted to recondition but after enough consults, realized it wasn't feasible. Fortunately, our pals at the Old Homestead in West Barnstable, were converting to gas, so we're now living with a 21st century Kenmore. Yahoo! and I have been making up for lost time. Lots of granola, no knead bread, graham crackers, roast chicken and Alice's cream scones. How I lasted so long without an oven and survived -- well, it shows what you can get used to if you have to. Baking really does ground me though, and inspires me to pursue other creative endeavors (including writing). It also inspires me to amp up my walking regimen!

Alice's Scones (hers are truly the best and the simplest. Anytime I see a scone recipe calling for eggs, I cringe a bit. The only other recipe for scones I continue to love as much as Alice's is an old one of mine for oatmeal scones made with buttermilk. Thank you, Alice! your Art of Simple Food is one of my primary cookbooks, and I have your ASF II on order from the library, may have to buy that one too!)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Measure and mix together:
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or unbleached, a mix of buckwheat, etc.)
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar (sometimes I use brown)
This is where if I feel like it, I'll add some dried organic cranberries, or my favorite, candied ginger, really whatever you like, about 1/2 a cup. Then add:
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream (or light if you're stuck)
Mix only until dough comes together, then keep it together like a big  soda bread and plop it directly onto a parchment-paper lined cookie sheet. I finish patting it into a circle shape about 8" and I skip the melted butter step, substituting a sprinkle of cream instead. Then I sprinkle a couple of big pinches of Demerara sugar, cut the pie into wedges, separate them on the sheet so they have room to spread  and bake for 17 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Clearance

We're still clearing out stock (we just have too much and want to add new items but lack space) over on Ebay. So if you want to pay at or below wholesale price, head on over:
Little Pink Dress on Ebay

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Subtract Shapewear and Girdles

Many lingerie and foundation companies have faded away during the past decade or so - Strouse Adler (Smoothie), Crown Foundations and more recently Custom Maid come to mind. True Form Foundations, makers of Subtract girdles and shapewear is another once popular brand that silently faded away a while back. Fortunately, many of those old Subtract styles are still made available by Cortland Foundations, under their Venus of Cortland label. These include many of the "memory stretch" styles. Included is the waistline control brief, the cuff-top control brief and the long torso control brief (all with tabs for optional garters); the waistline pantliner as well as thew high waist pantliner; and the long leg girdle and high-waist long leg girdle (both with tabs for garters). All of these garment feature the memory stretch fabric (kind of a double-layer fabric) and tummy panel. Here are a few photos:


Venus of Cortland Shapewear

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Berkshire Follow-Up

      Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong' o wears Berkshire Ultra Sheer Pantyhose, Style 4419. She posted on Instagram: “Winter Tip: My go-to panty hose for that nude look. Every Chocolate Lady’s must-have. Wore a pair on the #abc live with kelly and michael show. To keep your legs warm and picture-perfect, consider swapping your usual black tights for a pair of these."
      We couldn't agree with her more. There are many Berkshire styles to suit almost any need - control top, sheer to waist, silky sheer leg, ultra sheer leg, reinforced toe, sandal toe, toe-less, thigh highs, garter stockings, girdle-top, opaque tights, fishnets, and of course fashion hosiery of all types. Not sure of what you need? We're just an email away.
Berkshire 4419 Control Top Pantyhose


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Berkshire Hosiery

Berkshire hosiery actually dates back to the turn of the century in Berks County, Pennsylvania. By the early 1940's they had produced over a billion stockings. Today, the company (Mayer Berkshire Corporation) still manufacturers fine quality hosiery here in the USA , North Carolina to be exact. Berkshire carries a full range of hosiery, including  knee highs,  thigh highs, traditional nylon stockings, sheer pantyhose, control top pantyhose, opaque tights, and much more. Many other hosiery companies have chosen to move manufacturing outside of the US in order to cut costs. The result is often an inconsistent product. Berkshire has chosen to maintain their high quality standards by staying put and taking advantage of an experienced work force.
Berkshire Stockings, Tights and Pantyhose






Sunday, February 16, 2014

Long Leg Body Briefers

  These garments are referred to by a number of names - long leg body briefers, long leg bodysuits, all-in-one long leg girdles, long leg corselettes, and on and on. While the names may differ, they all do about the same thing. They provide shaping from the chest down through the thighs, all in one garment. When they work (i.e. fit) correctly, they provide the best of what shapewear has to offer, giving a smooth shape without spillage, bulges or  muffin tops. Of course the downside is obtaining the right fit. It is hard enough trying to find the "perfect" bra fit or the best thigh shaper. These items tend to work best if you're between 5'3" and 5'9" tall and have fairly proportionate measurements (e.g. bra band size similar or slightly smaller than your hip measurement; and your waist measurement several inches less than your hip measurement).
      We sell several different styles, including a strapless one - the Va Bien 1294 Strapless Long Leg Bodysuit. Two styles - the Rago Shapette All-in-One Long leg Girdle and the Rago Lacette All-in-One Long Leg Girdle come with detachable garters for use with nylon stockings. The Va Bien 1292 has tabs for garters. The Venus 8607 Long Leg Body Briefer has underwire support.
     If you don't fall within the before-mentioned attributes, it may be best to look at a two-piece combination in order to get the proper fitting and shaping. We  sell long line bras, 3/4 length bras, high-waist shapewear and waistline garments to accommodate almost any needs.
Long Leg Body Briefers