Monday, 22 November 2010
Saturday, 20 November 2010
Thanksgiving is almost upon us, less than a week to go! Having married an American means that this tradition has been adopted on our little Isle by my family. We have had Thanksgiving for the last 2 years since Adam and I got married, and each year the invite list seems to get bigger. I find Thanksgiving very different to Christmas. Despite being a Turkey based meal, the flavours are very distinct. Not only that, but it's also a much more relaxed affair in our household, with considerably less formality than Christmas.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Back in May El Nino (of Black Cotton Club and Lady Luck) organised a night at Charlotte Street Blues in London featuring the Australian songwriter C.W. Stoneking. Adam and I were very excited, and perhaps rather naively booked tickets despite knowing he was playing the night before we were due to fly out to America. Needless to say, we didn't make it. Packing took priority and the stress of getting ready to go out did not bode well amongst the stress of getting ready to fly to another continent. Although excited to leave for America we were disappointed to be missing C.W. as being from Australia the visits aren't terribly frequent.
Fastforward to August 30th and hurrah! El Nino has come up trumps again and organised for C.W to play at Charlotte Street on Bank Holiday Monday. This time Adam and I had no excuse, and it being the day after Adams birthday we decided to go as part of the celebrations. C.W. is great live, far exceeding the recordings. He's a great storyteller in the spirit of 30s blues, although he has the strangest Australian accent I've ever heard. I understood about 50% of what he said when he was talking! Anyway, here are some photos from the night. He has a couple of tracks on spotify you can check out too.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Definitely tempted to go back to having short hair.
Monday, 12 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
And a fantastic clip of Lauren Bacall singing it in The Big Sleep. The interaction between Bacall and Bogart is great.
Now for the final part of my Michigan trip post. It's been a while coming, but there's a good reason for that! Over the last year, I've had a little bit of a vintage 'drought'. I haven't bought very much as I haven't really had the spare cash, and some the things I have bought have ended up being a little bit of a disappointment (or too small, in the case of my favourite pair of shoes :( ) However, when Adam and I went over to America we set aside a small amount of cash each in case we found something we liked. Adam has been having a great time this year with vintage, finding some amazing shirts, suits and jackets, so the expectation was that he would be the one to find all the goodies.
But no! Instead I had a hard time choosing what to buy and what to pass up. But I hope you'll agree that what I did end up with is rather lovely...
This beautiful purse I found in a little vintage store in Holland, MI. We wandered into a jewelery store after admiring their front (very 50s brickwork) and got chatting to the owners about vintage. They thought we were bonkers, but sent us down the road to another shop they said had a vintage clothing section at the back. We walked down, only to be informed by the shop assistant that they no longer stocked vintage, and to try another store on the other side of town. So Adam and I, with my very blistered feet (oww), walked over to the other side of the town in the 30degree heat. But was it worth it! I found this purse with all its original accessories still intact, and beautifully lined in deep blue. I love the shape and the lucite handle.
This skirt I found in a vintage store in Royal Oak, MI. I looked at it and assumed it would be too big (I can never find vintage in shops in my size), but was so in love with the pattern I thought I might as well try it on. And it fit! Perfectly! And it matches the pink sweater I bought a few months back too. My favourite part is the glitter on the stems of the flowers, particularly as it's all in such good condition and hasn't worn off over time.
I found two (5 actually, but only 2 I really liked) vintage 50s hats in a warehouse Adam and I used to go to when we were dating. I had a good rummage around the place (it's HUGE) and found the two hats and a Lisner 50s necklace. When we got outside when we were done and spoke to the old lady who runs the place and asked how much she wanted, she said nothing! She let me have them all as a gift. Amazing. It was the first place we visited on our trip and what an amazing start. I really wish we'd had time to go back but alas, no such thing.
And last but not least the chalkware lamp Adam and I found at the same place we found my purse. Adam saw it and without even looking at the price said 'I want it. Can we have it'. Good thing it was only $49 really! Our favourite part is how they pressed real feathers into the lamp shade and base. The little china man is a bit beat up, but I kinda love him all the more for it.
There is one more thing... but I want to get a decent photo of it, as the photos Adam took didn't do it any justice. But I shall be wearing it on Friday most likely, so hopefully I'll get some better photos then!
Monday, 5 July 2010
It's a fun night simply because it's so unpretentious. You can go and watch a movie in the entrance hall, grab a bite to eat at their diner and then dance a little before bowling a game. There's a lot to do for one venue. I have to say, I sucked at the bowling part. However I did have some input from Keith and Nino on how to improve my game, and it definitely worked! I still managed only half the number of points of Adam and Keith though. Pretty shocking but at least I'm a good loser.
The only part that isn't so much fun is attempting to dance on their dance floor. Which is made with old carpeting squares and is covered in gum. You have to wrench your foot of the floor to do a spin! And I'm not sure my Aris Allen's enjoyed it very much. But I have been informed that this is going to be replaced in due time with wood panelling. Hurrah!