Friday, May 25, 2012


I really had to go back and look to see who recommended a night of drinks at Adrift, a fabulous tiki bar located in Denver (it was Natalie). Adrift has walls of handcrafted, solid bamboo poles, hand-carved tikis from Indonesia and China, murals that originated from antiquated cruise-ship menu covers, espresso-hued wooden floors reclaimed from wood in tobacco factories, curved chartreuse and brothel red, faux-crocodile channel-back booths and suspended, conversation-piece light fixtures created from blowfish.

So a few weeks ago, my friends, my boyfriend, and I headed to Adrift for some much needed tiki time (read alcohol). I decided this would be a perfect chance to wear my beautiful custom made rayon Hawaiian wiggle dress and bolero made by MorningStar 84. I had worn it to the VLV15 car show but failed at capturing any photos; finally everyone will get to see this beauty.

The beverage menu features many of the rum-based classics suitable for boat drinking. My favorite was The Macadamia Nut Chi Chi.

Now for a drink invented by Don the Beachcomber -- one of the founding fathers of the original tiki movement -- sometime in the late 1904s, the drink is made with clear rum, pineapple, mint and peach liqueur, which are poured over a glassful of crushed ice and garnished with a wedge of pineapple. Refreshing and tropical without becoming cloyingly sweet, it goes down easy. Too easy.

Want to make one yourself? Here's the original Don the Beachcomber recipe, according to Beachbum Berry's Grog Log, by Jeff Berry and Annene Kaye

4 whole fresh sprigs of mint
1/2 slice fresh pineapple
1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce peach brandy
1/4 ounce sugar syrup
1 ounce light Puerto Rican rum

Strip mint leaves from sprigs and discard stems. Place leaves in blender with remaining ingredients and 14 ounces of crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass or tiki mug.

Baci Tutti

Fashion Friday - Bakelite

Happy Fashion Friday everyone!

This week I had a very hard time narrowing down my "purchases" to five items. Each item is one I would die to have in my jewelry collection. In general, I would love to add some Bakelite pieces to my collection but they can get a little pricey. Very quickly for those who don't know what Bakelite is; Bakelite is a phenolic resin - a distillate of coal tar and formaldehyde. Leo Baekeland discovered it when he was looking for a substitute for shellac - using money he made selling the patent for photographic paper to Eastman Kodak. It hit big in the 1920's and 1930's - a thermoset plastic (didn't change when heated). Carved pieces were usually done so by hand. Most of what we call Bakelite is actually Catalin - invented later in a wider variety of colors - still a phenolic resin.

The first item I stumbled upon this week is a Bakelite carved cherry necklace and brooch (demi parure on celluloid chain) priced at $1,225.00.

My second Bakelite item is an absolutely adorable Martha Sleeper Bakelite Zebra pin/brooch priced at $425.00. This little guy has an overdye with painted black body strips, eyes nose, and mouth. His ears are made of leather.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Vintage Swimsuit

Over the weekend I met a lovely lady, Lisa, who runs a store/shop called Retrospect Dry Goods. She informed me that on June 30th they would have a Vintage Swimsuit Contest, dance, and car show.

I absolutely have wanted to enter a vintage anything contest for quite some time. So I am signing up.

I am presently without a suit and on the hunt. Any suggestions?

Baci tutti!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fashion Friday - Mexican Skirts

Happy Fashion Friday everyone! Today we are going to ogle Mexican skirts! Oh man, I love these things. One of these is within my financial reaches; tell me if you love it.

The first skirt is a hand painted 1950's circle skirt ($200). The painted scene is of Mexico City in metallic gold, green, copper, blue and silver. Waist is a 33".

The second skirt is 1950's hand painted black velvet circle skirt (with matching shell dress - $280). The scene on the skirt is of an Aztec warrior virgin sacrifice in metallic jewel tones with gold outlines on both sides of the skit; embellished with sequins on the front and back. Waist is a size 32".

The third skirt is 1950's hand painted circle skirt made in Mexico by Artegreen ($195). The skirt is bold shades of orange, pink, yellow, and blue. The scene depicts a Mexican village with an exploding volcano and villagers dressed in their fiesta finest. The skirt also features a sashes that ties around in the back with a bow. Waist is a size 31.5".

The fourth skirt, the only one within my realistic reach, is a 1950's hand painted white cotton full circle skirt with sequins mad by Kent ($98). The skirt is brilliant shades of red, yellow, green, blue turquoise, and black on a white background, decorated with rows of multi color sequins. There is a two inch waist band that wraps around the back and fastens with a bow.  Waist is a size 30". I'm going to show you were you can buy it but I recommend that you do not because I think I might cry if you do.

The final skirt is a 1950's hand painted and sequined circle skirt made by Ledesma ($295). The features abstract guitars in beautiful, bright colors and is signed by the artist.  Waist is a size 30". 

(Since finding this beauty on Wednesday, it has sold. You cannot purchase it)

Which skirt do you gravitate toward?

Have a wonderful weekend. I am headed out to dance to the wonderful Lucky Few on Saturday and practicing aerials with my dance partner on Sunday.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Liebster Blog Awards

I got a little comment yesterday from Incendiary Blonde that she had nominated for the Liebster Blog Award. If you haven't been to her blog yet, then make it a point to check her out. I love her style and a particularly adore her love of all things dance! Thank you for the nomination Ms. Blonde!

The rules for the bestowing of this award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Link back to the blogger who nominated you
3. Copy and paste the blog award on to your blog
4. Nominate and pass on the award to five other bloggers who have less than 200 followers
5. Let them know the happy tidings by posting on their blog.

So, roll out the red carpet, because here are the nominees....

like johnny and june... - Their tagline is "he wears bow-ties and suspenders. she wears red lipstick and girdles. and they both think it's 1955..." I personally love both Johnny & June's personal style and their outtings make me jealous that I live in America.

Betty2Tone Vintage - She loves old movies and hitting the thrift stores for vintage finds. A girl after my own heart.

Scratchin Circles on the Old Dance Floor  - Micheal is a Denver based dancer. Follow him as he lindy's, swings, and jitterbugs his way around the world.

We'll Meet Again - A gorgeous English gal by the name of Hollie runs this brand new blog. I absolutely love her style and the fact she is also a dancer doesn't hurt!

Stitching Purple Blooms - The Grand Dame is my kindred Australian spirit whether she knows it yet or not; that is if I had any clue how to sew. She makes beautiful dresses, pants, and tops. I love seeing what will be coming out of the sewing room next!

Devil in the Blue Dress

So a few weeks ago while shopping, I discovered this heavenly pale blue 1950's ruched chiffon tea length dress. It has a plunging surplice neckline, ruched waist, and full skirt. The downer is that there are numerous snags and a few pin-holes in the chiffon on bodice (see last picture of the dress).

I'm not one to walk around with holes in my clothing and after last weekend's YSL exhibit I feel inspired to hand bead or sequin the dress; particularly where there are snags and holes.  Here are a few inspiration photos.

So, am I insane or maybe even tacky for wanting to "bedazzle" my classic 1950's dress?


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent, Vance Kirkland, and Clyfford Still

Once every month or two, my mom and I have a mother / daughter day. No one else is allowed to attend and we do things that interest us. Today's outing was all about art! Denver happened to be in the mid 40's (F not C) and raining.

Our first stop was at the Clyfford Still Museum.

Denver managed to beat out NYC and LA for the privilege of hosting Still's art. His art is very abstract and interesting.  I won't get to into his importance but here are a few of his paintings that I took photographs of today.

Our next stop was the Denver Art Museum. They are currently hosting "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection", "Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective", and select works from Vance Kirkland.

Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

Drawn from the personal collection of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, this exhibition features more than 200 pins, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a message or a mood during her diplomatic tenure. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection examines the collection for its historical ties as well as the expressive power of jewelry and its ability to communicate through a language of its own. The collection that Secretary Albright cultivated is distinctive and democratic—sometimes demure and understated, sometimes outlandish and outspoken—spanning more than a century of jewelry design and including fascinating pieces from across the globe. The works on view are chosen for their symbolic value, and while some are fine antiques, many are costume jewelry. Read My Pins will be on view through June 17, 2012.





Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective

A sweeping retrospective of the designer’s 40 years of creativity, Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective features a stunning selection of 200 haute couture garments along with numerous photographs, drawings, and films that illustrate the development of Saint Laurent's style and the historical foundations of his work. Organized thematically, the presentation melds design and art to explore the full arc of Saint Laurent’s career, from his first days at Dior in 1958 through the splendor of his evening dresses from 2002. The DAM will be the only United States venue for the exhibition.

Everything was amazing but my favorite part of this exhibit was "The Dior Years". You are not supposed to take pictures but I was so awestruck I said f' the rules!

(Left to right: 1] Short daytime outfit. 1958. Gray flannel dress and jacket with sewed cotton sprig of lily of the valley. 2] Short evening dress. 1958. Navy blue chiffon lined with white organza. 3] Short evening dress. 1958. White tulle embroidered with silver sequins. 4] Short evening dress. Strawberry pink faille with applique roses.)

The white and pink dresses were absolutely amazing.

Here are some photos of The Scandalous Collection. It was reminiscent of the 1940's though it was designed in the late 1960's - 1970's.

For the rest of our day together we walked around the DAM checking out Vance Kirkland's art and other contemporary art.

Sorry that was probably a little too long in photos.