Review: 42nd Street: Still Tapping into Our Hearts

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2014 by chifferobeevents

By Serena Pyle, Educator by Day, Vintage Maven by Night

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Lucky for me I have had a rather vintage loving week so far. I will be the first to admit that I am kind of a theater addict. I just love live theater in all shapes and sizes, from Broadway show stoppers to local high school performances. Unlucky for me, when I check my e-mail these days it just results in a list of at least ten shows that I now NEED to see. So, when I received an e-mail that the Ocean State Theater in Warwick, RI was playing 42nd Street this May I knew I just had to make a little trip.

This was my first time attending an Ocean State Theater production. They opened the theater in an old garage that has been renovated. Although it is not the prettiest, most ornate theater that I have been to it was a delightful experience. The seats were comfortable and the venue was intimate so there wasn’t a bad seat in the house. The performance was just lovely. The actors were talented, I wanted to take the entire wardrobe of costumes home with me, and the tap dancing, as always, just wowed me.

42nd Street is still enjoyable 81 years later. The play was adapted from the 1933 black and white Busby Berkeley film and paid homage quite well. I thought the live performance showcased more tap dancing, which, let’s be honest, is always a plus. The play also included the songs made famous by the picture: “Forty-Second Street”, “Shuffle off to Buffalo”, and “You’re Gettin’ to be a Habit with Me”. “We’re in the Money” is a number done in the stage performance even though it comes from the 1933 movie Gold Diggers.

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I thoroughly adored each portrayal but have some favorite aspects to share. In the movie version I thought the characters were more likeable. At least, I didn’t find myself despising Dorothy Brock. In fact, I thought the ending between Dorothy and Peggy was really very sweet. I did find myself wonder what the play inside a play Pretty Lady was all about. In the movie there was so much happening that it became quite comical. In the stage performance the musical numbers were bigger and flashier, and there was certainly more dancing.

I enjoyed the film and the play whole-heartedly and encourage you not to forget this classic gem. I found the movie OnDemand so it is accessible and could make for a lovely girls’ night with maybe a cocktail or two. In the words of Peggy Sawyer, I’m sure she would agree with me in saying, “Why (insert your name here), they didn’t tell me you were here. It was grand of you to come!”

 

A Slip on the Lip

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1, 2014 by chifferobeevents

By Kristen Minsky, Director of Chifferobe & Flapper, Tapper, Gal About Town

Have you ever felt a smidge awkward about the state of your pout? Whether a vintage girl or a contemporary gal-on-the-go…having fabulous red OR fabulous any shade lips actually takes some work!

Personally, I am a dry girl. My hair is curly (dry). My skin is fair and I sunburn like it’s my job (dry). AND my lips seem to be perpetually irritated by the weather or product (ew and dry). None of these things are great, but with the help of my friends, my lips have transformed into a constantly plush pout as opposed to one that is just, meh.

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Photograph of Facing Thayer by Corey Grayhorse.

To start, Providence’s Facing Thayer is and has been my go-to spot for a facial since I moved to Little Rhody in 2009. Conveniently located on on the East Side, whether you are looking for the whole shebang at 60 minutes or an express version, these ladies know what they are doing! (Personally, I like to think of my express visits like brief rewinds before pressing play for a week of shows or important dates.) On my last visit, I finally decided to invest in Sara Happ’s Lip Slip as well as its exfoliating counterpart. At the time, I felt a bit silly investing in another potentially too-sticky lip smother, but as soon as I twisted off it’s top, I was amazed at the difference in my typically parched lips. In addition to the Lip Slip, owner Abby Buckland also recommended that I use Happ’s lip scrub up to three times weekly. So far, SO smooth.

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On top of how smooth my smooch is, favorite lipsticks like Besame “Red Hot Red” slick right over the Lip Slip without spotting, skipping areas, or looking glossy (when they are supposed to register as matte). Suite Tart, our West Side Bombshell locale and Chifferobe TropiGal Glam Sponsor, is my local spot for retro-fabulous updos and Besame products. While the entire line speaks to my vintage heart, it is the lipsticks that make me swoon. Owner, Lulu Locks, is a fan of them all…and they really do make such a lovely collection! There are several in particular (some of which are pictured below) that I have grown to love:

Late 1920s-30s: Darkest Reds: Merlot or Noir Red

1920 – Late 1950s: Classic “True” Red: Besame Red or Red Hot Red

1931: Coral/Orange: Carmine

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Footnotes…But For Faces

Back to the East Side: as Facing Thayer’s boutique continues to expand, fantastic items such as the Clarisonic keep popping up. The Clarisonic skin brush removes makeup and has been proven to get skin up to six times cleaner than washing alone. So perhaps between facials or in lieu of abrasive apricot scrubs, this could be a great splurge item to soften and smooth your complexion to perfection. Ask Abby to show you how it works on your next visit!

Of course, once fresh-faced I have a couple of Besame products in my arsenal. I am a tremendous fan of the Crimson Cream for cheeks. This lovely cream rouge is incredibly pretty, works well for most skin tones and doubles as a lip tint, if you just want a touch of color. Polish things off with the Brightening Violet Powder, a translucent powder that brightens any skin tone (and does not in any fashion wear as being purple). While smelling subtly of violets, your makeup will be beautifully set . Wear it alone, over foundation, or around eyes to instantly lighten dark circles. And again, both of these products can be found at Suite Tart.

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Signing Off

Here’s hoping something above spoke to you, and that your next beauty perk-me-up might include one of the tried and true products mentioned. Giving good face doesn’t have to require a lot of work, but a swell pout is sure to make an impression. A swipe of great gloss or lipstick always gives me a boost!

 

These are the Babes of Your Lives – The Vintage Ones, Anyhow

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2014 by chifferobeevents

- By Kristen Minsky, Director of Chifferobe & Flapper, Tapper, Gal About Town

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What a vintage-fabulous start to spring it has been! At Chifferobe, we have been busy with everything from Wonderland at Providence Public Library to celebrating the Jazz Age with the Greater Boston Vintage Society. One significant moment that has been in the (editing) vault is our in-house dance company’s spring photo shoot!

While perusing vintage photographs of grande dames in gloves, primarily from the 1950s, I came across one cheeky image that inspired what turned into a day of makeup, updos, furs, veils, and pearls, complete with Champagne and Parisian pastries. Sounds awful, right? 

After collaborating with Lulu Locks of Suite Tart on a number of events over these past few years, our projects have finally merged in a most glamorous fashion so that we can generate semi-annual images such as those you are about to see. The TropiGals have a glam sponsor!!!! What does that mean? Well, in the case of this shoot, it included Lulu coiffing our locks, makeup artist Brandon Ward making our faces up to perfection, and Harper Della-Piana of Seams Couture allowing us to borrow some of her magnificent bows, bands, and veils to polish off our vintage Vouge-tacular looks. We hope you enjoy, and that you may consider a shoot with Suite Tart, home of Providence PinUp soon. In the mean-time perhaps we will see you at an upcoming event such as:

May 3rd – Cinco de Mayo Block Party in Down City, Providence, RI

May 11 & 18 – 1930s Murder Mystery at Vanity, Providence, RI

June 14 – BBBS An Evening in Paris, Newport, RI

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What to Wear: Accessory-Making for Wonderland

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 2, 2014 by chifferobeevents

-By Melissa Freitas, Chifferobe TropiGal

In just a few weeks, Chifferobe will work their collective magic and welcome guests as they tumble down the rabbit hole and into this year’s annual gala at the Providence Public Library: Wonderland – Through the Looking Glass. With just a few weeks to go before this very important date, there’s no time to waste in planning your ensemble! To help you along, TropiGal Melissa Freitas has teamed up with the Tweedle Dee to her Tweedle Dum, Joelle Burdette of SparkleJ Designs, and whipped up a few craft tutorials for items that will add some Wonderland flair to your look.

You’re Such a Card! Fascinator

Supplies:

  • Playing cards
  • Single hole punch
  • Paper fasteners
  • Hot glue
  • Pipecleaners
  • 1inch of ribbon that is about ½ inch wide
  • Rhinestones, feathers, and additional ribbon

 

Step 1:Select three cards from the deck. Choose two to form the front of the fascinator. Line them up so the outside corners overlap. (They should line up in a way that forms a heart shape.) Punch a hole in the cards, about ¼ of the way in from the pointed part of the heart.

 

Step 2:Add some glue to the back of the card that will form the top layer of the heart. Carefully line up the cards and glue them together so they’re still making that heart shape. Allow to dry.

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Step 3:Take one of the paper fasteners and pass the tabs through the hole. (The tabs should be on the back side of your work.) Arrange the tabs into a V-shape and glue them down.

 

Step 4:Take the third card and center it behind the cards you’ve already glued together. Rather than perfectly lining up all the points of the cards, let the center card come up a bit higher than the others. Glue this card into position and let dry.

 

Step 5: Grab one of the pipecleaners and twist the ends together. Pinch the loop together in the middle and squish along the length so they’re fairly close together. Place the pipecleaners so that they run horizontally across the back of your cards. (They shouldn’t be visible, so you may have to untwist them and trim them down.)  Once you have the right size, secure them with some glue, and then glue down the short piece of ribbon over them for extra stability.

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Step 6:In a recent conversation Chifferobe director Kristen Minsky said to me, “sometimes it’s the bling that makes the thing.” Wiser words have never been spoken. Grab your rhinestones, ribbon, and whatever else you have on hand and go to town! I kept things pretty simple here, but feel free to let your imagination run wild! Just be sure to keep in mind the weight of whatever embellishments you decide to add on.

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To wear: Bend the pipe cleaners so they work like a mini-headband. Secure the pipecleaners with bobby pins.

 

Painting the Roses Red Fascinator

Supplies:

  • White silk flowers (The number and size are up to you!)
  • Scissors or wire cutters
  •  A pen
  • Red acrylic paint
  • 1 paintbrush
  • Clear-drying adhesive
  • Red glitter
  • Spray sealant
  • Hot glue

 

Step 1: If your flowers have long stems, cut them down so they’re only two or three inches long. Leaving on a bit of the stem makes it easier to handle the flowers, and some gals like to use the stem to help anchor flowers in their hair. If you’re not keen on keeping the stem, you can always trim it off after you’re done.

 

Step 2:Carefully remove the plastic base from your flowers, set it aside and take the flower apart, layer by layer. As I went along, I put a teeny number in the center of each piece so I would know how to reassemble it.

 

Step 3: Get your red paint and let out your inner Jackson Pollock! Remember, the cards were stopped in the middle of their attempt to paint the roses red, so don’t aim for perfection; leaving some parts of the petals unpainted as well as a few streaks or splotches will add to the overall look of the piece.  Once you’re done painting, set all of the pieces aside to dry. (See manufacturer’s instructions for drying time).

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Step 4: If there’s one thing that consistently makes the list of the TropiGals’ favorite things, it’s glitter, so  grab some and get your sparkle on! Mix some glue and glitter until you achieve a density that you like. Use a clean paintbrush to add glitter over the areas you painted red. Keep in mind that you might need more than one coat of glitter to achieve the desired level of sparkleosity. Set aside to dry.

 

Step 5:Fire up your glue gun and get ready to put everything together. Place the plastic base on the stem, add a bit of glue to the center, and add the first layer of petals. Continue to stack the pieces in order and  secure each round with a bit of glue. Once the glue is dry, trim down the stem if you like. Give the flowers a quick coat of spray sealant to help set the glitter. Let it dry and you’re done!

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To wear: Secure by bobby pinning the bottom layer of petals to your hair.

 

 

Tea Time Alice Band

Supplies:

 

  • One or more craft flowers, the flatter the better
  • Tea time miniatures – tea cup and spoon, tiny cakes (!), tray
  • Tea themed fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue

 

Prepare the flower:

If the flower won’t sit flat on the headband, take apart its layers and hot glue them back together, omitting the bits that were making it stick up. You can even discard the center of the flower because you’re just going to cover it up anyway.

 

Prepare tea tray:

Hot glue your miniatures together in any arrangement you like. Note: if the tray you’re using is actual metal and not painted plastic, heat will transfer through. Be ye forewarned.

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Prepare band:

If you don’t have time to fiddle with fabric covering, you can hot glue the flower directly to the headband and call it a day. But if you want to get a bit fancier, you can cover it with whimsical tea time fabric.

 

Measure the headband and cut a rectangle of fabric according to the following forumla: The length of the fabric should be equal to the length of the headband (tip to tip) plus one inch. The width of the fabric should be twice the width of the headband at its widest point plus one inch. 

 

Fold the fabric right sides together and stitch lengthwise, giving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance. You can either use a machine or hand stitch, whichever you prefer. Turn the fabric tube right side out. Insert fabric to the underside of the headband and stitch flat. Make sure to fold up and stitch the ends of the tube as well.

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Try on the headbandand play around with the position of the flower before you hot glue it into place.

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Children in Wonderland: Crafting Through the Looking Glass

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 28, 2014 by chifferobeevents

- by Serena Pyle, Early Childhood Educator and Chifferobe Team Member

Lucky for all of you Chifferobe is teaming up with Providence Public Library this year.  We will be bringing all the curious characters and the curiouser land to life on multiple occasions, beginning with the library’s spring gala on April 11th!  Shortly thereafter, Chifferobe is doing its first ever kids’ event with our Story Time Tea Party Saturday, April 26th at Bravo Brasserie.  This all may appear to be just around the corner to us busy adults, however, it can seem like an entire lifetime to a child waiting.  Don’t sweat your little mad hatted head; we’ve got just the answer for you!  We have compiled a list of easy Alice themed crafts you can make with your child or children in the mean-time.  Use them wittily around your house or bring them to the tea party.  Either way your child is happily entertained.

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1. Playing Card Bows

Items Needed:

-A deck of cards, or better yet an incomplete deck of cards.  Pull out any cards your child is drawn to; for the Alice theme we have chosen some from the suit of hearts.

-Red ribbon, if you can obtain red glittered ribbon even better!

-Barrettes, elastics, or headbands; basically whatever you want to attach the bows to.

-Scissors

-Hot glue gun

Procedure:

-Choose the playing cards you would like to make bows out of.  Hold the cards horizontally.

-Help you child scrunch in the middle of the card.  Folding in the ends accordion style tends to help.

-Have your child hold the scrunched card while you tie the red ribbon around the center.  Going around the center two or three times with ribbon makes the bows much sturdier.

-Decide what the bow is being attached to and hot glue to your heart’s content.

-Voila!  Be a member of the Red Queen’s court and play some flamingo croquet, or dare to have a tart.

                                                                                                                                                                       

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2. Cheshire Cat Smiles

Items Needed:

-Either a couple wooden craft dowels, some leftover chopsticks, or sturdy drinking straws

-White paper

-Scissors

-Coloring utensils: crayons, markers, colored pencils

-Clear packing tape

Procedure:

- Click here to see some Cheshire Cat coloring pages.

-Help your child draw just the cat’s mouth.  This can be done in four pieces: the outline of the mouth, the teeth, the nose, and the whiskers.

-Have your child color in the grin.  Make multiple grins if so desired, do a classic purple one and a mixed up rainbow one and one of your child’s favorite colors- the more the merrier!

-Cut out the grins.

-Use the clear packing tape to “laminate” the grins.  Put a piece of tape over the back side and the front side.  Cut off the extra tape.

-Tape the grins to whatever you chose to use as your handle.

-Laugh and smile and grin all around your Wonderland house.

 

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3. Mad Hatter Hats

Items Needed:

-Large paper grocery bags

-Washable tempera paint

-Paintbrushes

-Playing cards and feathers if desired

-Hot glue gun

Procedure:

-Open the bag and stand it up on your table.  Help your child roll down the edges three or four times.  This is the hardest step to do I promise.

-Try the hat on your child’s head to be sure it fits before you paint.

-Have your child paint all four sides and the top of the hat.  Remind them to only do one coat otherwise the paint will become too heavy.

-Let the hat dry for a couple hours.

-Hot glue some feathers or playing cards or anything else your child dreamt up.

-Join us at the tea party!

 

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What to Wear: Wonderland Edition

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by chifferobeevents

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- By Kim Hobby, Providence-based Owner of Etsy Shop, Archetype Vintage

***Items that are displayed below against a white or grey backdrop are available for purchase in Kim’s store, among many others! Visit Archetype Vintage today! 

 

On Friday April 11th, Chifferobe will transform the Providence Public Library into a fanciful recreation of Lewis Carroll’s literary classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the library’s 2014 Gala, WONDERLAND  – Through the Looking Glass.  What should you wear to such a fantastical occasion? Perhaps you have a favorite character that you’ve loved since childhood. Wonderland is a place of color and curiosity, so now is the chance to put on a stunning dress fit for a queen or to don your best madly colored suit. Just make sure you’re not late for this very important date. 

Adventures in Wonderland was written in 1865 and it’s heroine Alice is a seven year old English girl who is wildly curious about the world. She is polite and very ladylike in her demeanor, yet longs for something beyond the stifling boredom and routine of Victorian society.  While most of us remember the classic blue cotton dress and white pinafore that Alice has worn in many movies over the years, she actually wears a yellow dress in the book. Any knee length blue or yellow short sleeved dress would work well. Add a white pinafore or plain white apron and a white petticoat. Wear a  black, white, or blue satin headband or ribbon in your hair and a pair of black mary jane shoes to complete the look. If you can’t find mary janes, a pair of black ballet flats with a black elastic sewn across the top would work just as well.  In the Tim Burton film version, Alice wears a lovely array of blue hued dresses, most notably the long blue tiered dress with Victorian touches like a button up bodice and ribbon trimmed lace. Image

Perhaps you’d like to be Queen for a night? The Queen of Hearts’s signature colors are red and black with hints of gold. A statement making red or black gown with a full skirt would certainly command attention.  A crinoline would add extra fullness and can easily be found at bridal shops or second hand stores. A slinky red floor length dress with hints of golden heart-shaped jewelry would be subtle yet still convey regality. If you have a shorter length dress, shoes or tights with a heart motif would work well. If you want to go all out, you could wear a diamond tiara or crown and make a small scepter with a quick trip to the craft store. 

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For men or women, the Hatter, often referred to as the Mad Hatter, is a very fun choice indeed. The term “mad as a hatter” pre-dates the book but refers to the dementia and madness suffered by 18th and 19th century milliners who inhaled mercury vapors used in the curing of felt.  He is a slightly disheveled dandy and a boldly patterned three piece suit or waistcoat with trousers would work well. Think sharp tailoring with lots of color and pattern. Anything worthy of an eccentric English gentleman would work, such as a brightly colored ascot tie or velvet suit jacket. A top hat would finish the look and you could even add a small card that reads “In this style: 10/6” to the side of the hat, as described in the book. This is the hat’s price of ten shillings and sixpence, which at the time was a hefty sum for a top hat.

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Another fine choice for both ladies and gents would be the White Rabbit, who wears a waistcoat and walks upright carrying a pocket watch. A white or light colored three piece suit would work well with some small accessories, such as a small white or black bowler hat, a pocket watch or a cane. He is a time checker and schedule keeper and presents himself with an air of polished respectability. I can’t help but think of author Tom Wolfe in his crisp white suit and bowtie when I think of the White Rabbit.  For women, Marlene Deitrich in her stunning white tuxedo comes to mind. 

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There are other characters to choose from such as the Cheshire Cat, whose striped colors of purple and pink could easily be found in a suit tie or patterned tights.  A basic black or pink dress with striped accessories, such as stockings or gloves, would work well. If you have a date that is game to dress up with you, matching outfits like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum would work well. Think matching patterned suits or trousers with striped shirts and suspenders. 

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Whatever you choose to wear, have fun with it because it’s Wonderland, a place of curious madness and absurd wonder. Get your tickets today!

A Few of My Favorite Things

Posted in Uncategorized on March 5, 2014 by chifferobeevents

- by Nicole Purcell, TropiGal

I’m not Oprah, famous for her “favorite things” episode, and I cannot present you with an actual physical sampling of my favorite things – including a brand new car – but I’ve got some doo-dads (both simple and extravagant) that I think are pretty amazing and I thought I’d share the greatness with y’all! 

Retro Greeting Cards 

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I sent this one to my dad, an avid golfer and pretty much as a cute as a button as Lucy in her caddy-attire.  You can find this one, and dozens of others (including Dorothy and Toto, TV Dinner, Elvis, and cocktail images) at www.retroplanet.com.  I’ve also at times taken images I love – or that I know a friend or family member loves, tacked them to card stock paper with Modge Podge (http://www.plaidonline.com/mod-podge/brand/home.htm), given them one top-coat of modge podge and then written a (usually too long, too sappy) message inside of my homemade kitschy greeting card

Hats

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Though I own only a few vintage hats, I found a great Etsy dealer in Carolina Vintage, here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolinaVintageCo?section_id=7647330&ref=shopsection_leftnav_4.  The owner is fantastic about sending measurement/condition details, so you know what you’re doing to get and so that you can feel some comfort in terms of sizing.  What I love about this etsy dealer is that she’s always got a decent selection and the items I’ve purchased have been in great condition.  I have been eyeing this one lately.  Yes?

Hue Fishnet Tights

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I wear a lot of fishnet tights.  A lot.  In the summer, they are pretty standard leg wear for me.  Hue Brand fishnets have honestly never let me now.  They fit like a dream (no bunching at the ankles or knees, not too much fabric in the hips/crotch area, they last through dozens of wears (even if you’re really moving/dancing), they come in a variety of colors dependent on season (black and nude are made all year, with winter colors in the past including navy and gray and summer colors including white and soft pink), for folks who use them for costumes – they are net all the way to the waist, and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.  Generally, at any retailer online www.amazon.com (keywords: Hue fishnets) or www.hue.com or at your local Macy’s store, they’re $13.50 per pair or 2/$22.00, though you can often find coupon codes for online purchases or in-store coupons at Macys.  They’re worth every penny! 

These Two Dresses  

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Like many other Chifferobe guys and dolls, I have lot of vintage pieces in my wardrobe.  Dresses, hats, pins, scarves, skirts, coats.  These dresses are my two favorites. 

This green tulle beauty, a vintage late 40s-early 50s handmade, was purchased from Alexis Grace consignment http://www.alexisgraceconsignment.com/.  This cute little store on Green Street in Worcester is part of the Crompton Collective http://cromptoncollective.com/ – a gathering of vintage, retro, kitsch of all kinds.  The price was a STEAL for this dress, which called to me from the store window and fit like a dream.  The ladies of Alexis Grace are very sweet, they have a decent selection of vintage items (most of it focused in the 60s-80s with occasional 20s-50s gems like this one). 

 This plaid piece came from Circa Vintage in New Bedford http://www.yelp.com/biz/circa-vintage-wear-new-bedford.  If you haven’t been there – Go!  Now!  The selection is ENORMOUS, Chris – the owner knows his vintage and is extremely helpful in selecting items that will fit your style, the event you’re attending and your body shape, and like the Crompton Collective it’s housed in a cool old mill filled with vintage furniture, lamps, jewelry and other goodies.  This dress, says Chris, is an early fifties day dress, tea length.  It is in excellent condition, with just some slight fading through the lower part of the bodice and lower part of the skirt (not noticeable when worn) I also purchased a very pretty, adjustable waist crinoline to wear beneath it.  I’ve got two or three other dresses from Circa, but this one is my favorite.  Their selection is pretty much unmatched in this area, with lots of pieces from the 20s-90s – and a particular focus on the 40s-80 and their items are usually of wearable – or better – quality.  Expect to pay a bit more than at other area vintage locations, but it’s worth it.

Car Shows

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I love me a car show!  Put me around a souped up hotrod or a vintage BMW or a GTO or an old 50s pick up and you’ve got one happy girl.  I like to monkey around in the shop too, turning wrenches and learning how old cars work/worked.  They look pretty cool, but they were also built to last and are completely different than today’s.  There are often vintage and retro aficionados at these shows, who know lots about the history of the automotive industry and the evolution of automobiles and have lines on lots of other vintage products, retailers, and the like.  In other words, if you visit a car show, you’ll see some cool rides, have some fun, and you might learn a thing or two.  Two of my favorite Car Shows in the late spring and summer months, days of the week not yet released for this year, are the dusk shows at A&W Drive-In on Putnam Pike in Greenville and in the BJ’s Lot on Route Six in Seekonk, MA.  I leave you with photos from shows in 2013 and 2012. 

 On to Hair and Makeup

Lush Ayesha Mask

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I’m a fan of Lush products.  They’ve got great smelling soaps and perfumes, excellent shaving products for men and women, fantastic lip balms and lip smoothers.  But probably my most favorite product?  Their Ayesha mask.  If I want my skin to feel smooth, firm, but also touchable and soft for a date or special occasion, I put this mask on the afternoon before.  Its effect is noticeable and lasts through events, dancing, sweating, etc.  You can get Lush products through their website at http://www.lushusa.com, but I would strongly recommend visiting a Lush location near you.  The staff is generally very helpful, they’ll often make you samples of things you haven’t tried, their prices are reasonable and all of their products are all natural and environmentally friendly. 

Bumble & Bumble

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I hear they make lots of amazing products, but this line (Quenching) is my favorite.  It makes hair shiny and soft and beautiful and for a girl like me, who can tend toward dry locks, the moisture it provides is great.  Pricey, but worth the cost with ingredients that are (once again) mostly natural and environmentally friendly.  My hair just isn’t the same without these…  They ship for free and if you spend more than $50, they’ll send you a ton of samples with your order…  http://www.bumbleandbumble.com/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT51&PRODUCT_ID=9232

Besame Lipsticks

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I was introduced to Besame products by Lulu Locks at Suite Tart www.suitetart.com, and I’ve been in love since.  The lipsticks are wonderful.  They go on smooth, they last for ages, and they come in wide selection of classic and vintage colors.  Want to look like a movie star?  Grab the Red Hot Red…  Going for the ingénue look?  I recommend the Debutante Pink.  They are gorgeously packaged too, coming in a tiny velvet sack.  I was also pretty thrilled to find that Besame makes a violet powder that helps with brightening skin and smells beautiful.  

Diorshow Mascara

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I swear by this mascara.  My lashes are on the thin side and this makes them look really full and lush, without lumping up and creating spider eyes.  It also STAYS ON.  Through dance rehearsal, through runs at the gym, through hot yoga class – no raccoon eyes, no Tammy Fay Baker!  Fair warning, the brush is HUGE and a little difficult to get used to, but it really makes a difference in volumizing lashes.  It’s reasonably priced for a high-end cosmetic product at around $22-25, at http://www.Sephora .com or www.dior.com.   

So, those are a few of my favorite things.  There are, of course, dozens of others – including beets, really nice men’s shoes, stars and a full moon over the beach at Point Judith in front of a fire surrounded by friends, dance, yoga, bananas, and Gray’s Ice Cream on East Road in Tiverton.  I hope you’ll check out some – or all – of the vendors or products.  If you’ve got specific questions about any of them, please reach out! 

Oh, how I wish I was Oprah and able to send you all home with one of each.  

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