Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Greenwich Thrillage

One of the last photo shoots I got to do while in New York was at La Lanterna Caffe, a gorgeous Italian restaurant located at 129 MacDougal Street, the same spot as one of the most well-known lesbian bars of the 1920s: Eve's Hangout.

Check out the shoot after the jump--

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Working Wardrobe: A Marthe Callot Evening Cape

Well it's been all quiet on the blogging front since my last post--it's been nearly two weeks, and that's nearly two weeks too long.  I've got some exciting stuff to talk about, so let's catch up!

Last week, I went to the wedding of a friend of ours in Baton Rouge.  I'd love to say I got a good shoot in, but the weather wasn't particularly cooperative-- it rained off and on throughout our visit, and when it wasn't raining, it was really humid.  I grew up in Texas, so I can hang with humidity, but seriously, it was so humid the crease fell out of my skirt.  I did, though, get one photo while Kate and I walked around the day after the wedding.  I'm wearing a circle skirt I made from a pattern of the Amalfi coast, which is as random as it is colorful.

The day after we left Baton Rouge, we settled into our home for the summer: a wonderful summer theater in the woods of Pennsylvania.  Kate's been working here for over a decade of summers, and this is the first year I'll be joining the staff, working wardrobe.  It's a really exciting opportunity-- I'll be able to sharpen my sewing skills, learn a ton about what goes on from the other side of the proscenium arch, and hopefully laying some groundwork for the future.

Now, I'm super jazzed for what this means for my blog.  Access to what's essentially a vault of vintage clothing? Um, sign me up.  But it's going to be a definite, temporary shift away from the more outfit-oriented posts I like to create.  Between the (really) long hours I'll be pulling and the move back to Mondays-only off days, I won't have much time to shoot outfits.  And with the realities of working wardrobe in a forest, I'll be wearing less than Outfit of the Day-worthy getups.  

But don't jump ship yet!  This job means I'll be encountering gorgeous garments to which I'd never, ever have access otherwise, and I'll be photographing and sharing them with you right here.  My hair won't be done, I'll be sans makeup, and I'll be wearing pretty unremarkable clothes-- but I bet you won't even notice, and to prove my point--this is my first Find of the Week.

Photos after the jump!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

An Almost-Perfect 1950s Spring Suit + Summer Plans!

It's spring!  Finally!  The weather's great, I can put away my tired winter coat, and my sandals are rar-in' to go.  I took the opportunity the great weather afforded and shot this 1950s suit Kate gave me for Christmas.  I'd had my eye on it for a while on Etsy, so I was really excited when she told me what she'd be giving me.  When it arrived, though, the fit was a little wonky, so I had to put it aside until I could get it tailored.  Four months later, it's altered and ready to wear in time for what promises to be an all-too-brief spring.

More after the jump!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Have a Vintage Drink: The Mint Julep

Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, a vintage ad for Four Roses Bourbon!  This ad, from the July 1944 issue of Cosmo I shared last week, includes a simple recipe for a classic summer bourbon drink: a mint julep.

Four Roses is a really terrific bourbon that's been around for over 125 years.  What's cool about this ad, though, is that Four Roses Straight Bourbon stopped being offered in the U.S. not long after it ran in this magazine.  In 1943, Seagrams had purchased the brand, and despite its popularity, the company pulled its straight bourbon from the U.S. from the 1950s to the early 2000s, shifting their marketing efforts to Europe and Asia.  During those years, the brand's reputation sank, and it languished as a rail whiskey.  Thankfully, in 2002 the Kirin Brewery Company bought Four Roses, and made an honest whiskey of it.

Check out the recipe after the jump!