Party Like it’s 1929

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Here are some shots of Angel and me at Party Like it’s 1929. This is a fantastic period party thrown by the wonderful Datri Bean. We danced through the night and sipped apricot liquor. I made my necklace out of a chandilier from work! It made such music as I moved. It is double-sided so the strands hang down the back just as they do the front.

My headband is from the ever-so-fantastic Louise Black (of Project Runway season 6!) I have been buying headbands from her for years and I love the accent they give each outfit. This one is a delicate green ribbon with glass pieces and a deco brooch. So lovely!

I finally got my makeup right tonight when I turned on the “sepia” setting of Photo

booth and just did my makeup in the computer camera as if I was in a sepia picture! I think I am always too timid to really darken my eyes but having the sepia setting let me know where to put the dark shadows and highlights. Guilherme looked very handsome dressed up in a vest and proper suspenders. He shaved his moustache into a Clark Gable shape and I think it fits him very well.

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Daily Outfit, May 23rd, 2009

  • Yellow Poppy headband – made by me
  • Yellow American Apparel shirt – I wish they still made this style
  • Black beaded necklace
  • Black overalls – Buffalo Exchange (originally from Urban Outfitters)
  • Black Tstraps – Buffalo Exchange
  • Cat playing a violin on the Moon Shopping bag – Japanese Import

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It’s hot and there’s lots of bees around, so while sweeping some off my window sills, I thought, “Why not dress as a bee today?” I’m going to a flapper party tonight so I’m working on my chorus girl poses. I love the cartoonish proportions of this headband and it always makes people smile and remark when I wear it, which is always a very good reason to keep on wearing it! This headband inspiration is totally nicked from Chantel aka November West from some of the cutie poppy headbands that she wears. She looks just like the cover of some 1920s songbooks I have!

Kissing Film Stills

When I watch movies at home, I always take a photo of the kissing scenes:
IMG_8805Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
IMG_8806Wild Boys of the Road (1933)
This was a PreCode, can you tell by the sensuous kissing?
I loved this movie, it was very sweet and heartbreaking at the end. It was all about two boys who leave their mid-American town in search of work in NYC during the Great Depression. There were many scenes of train hopping and grisly moments of life on the road.
In true PreCode form, there were undertones of rape, murder, cross dressing, poverty, and injustice.
IMG_8800Heroes for Sale (1933)

IMG_8832Union Pacific (1939)

This is Barbara Stanwyck and Joel McCrea kissing on a railroad car AS Indians are attacking them.
See the items flying off the shelf in the background? That’s the attack!

Daily Outfit, May 5th, 2009

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This outfit made it to Wardrobe Remixers o’ The Week on Bitsandbobbins.com!

  • Black Victorian esque dangly earrings
  • Pearl necklace – Oregon Coast
  • Necklace with blue tile – made by my sister
  • Crochet lace collar – a boy who came into my store yesterday sold it to me out of a suitcase!
  • Black slinky dress – thrifted in San Francisco, 2000
  • Patterned stockings
  • White t-strap shoes – Dollhouse
  • God’s Ear – Embroidery by me