We were lucky enough to get over to Memphis for Elvis Week this month. What fun we had!!! I'll make a better post later but for now... Here is a fantastic video of Victor Trevino Jr. performing "One Night With You". This was his performance in the Finals of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist competition. This earned him 3rd place which is quite an accomplishment being that this is a worldwide competition.. We all think he's going to take home the big win next year. (Video courtesy of Betty Rosenblatt.)
Not only is Victor an amazing performer, but he is a great guy too. He will be appearing at our 3rd Annual Rockabilly Prom fundraiser in February and we couldn't be more excited!
I may be a little picky but this is one of my favorite topics. We are regularly improperly classified as a Vintage boutique. While we do carry a small amount of Vintage, we are primarily a Retro boutique. Here's why...
"Vintage" refers to anything made between 20 and 100 years ago. Yes, that means the Bongo jeans and Limited top you wore in 9th grade is Vintage. I know, I know. It's kind of hard for me to swallow too. Here's something to take your mind off of that:
“Retro” refers to clothing that is created in the style of a time period that occurred 20 or more years ago. Retro is short for retrospective.The definition of retrospective is “looking back on or dealing with past events or situations.”
This is what we most commonly see these days. Retro clothing may be cut exactly like your favorite dress from your favorite episode of “I Love Lucy” but it is made of modern fabrics and notions and sometimes in prints that would not have been applicable to the original period. Retro clothing is also sized per current sizing standards. These are all reasons why Retro is so popular. You can look like you stepped out of the 1940’s without worrying about the fabric being compromised by age or wondering what size you might need. Here is a lovely example of a Retro style dress by the charming Bernie Dexter.
REPRO: “Repro” is not as common of a term due to the stringent guidelines that keep most clothing from being classified as a true reproduction but I thought it deserved a mention. Repro clothing should be close enough to the original vintage construction that it will take a seasoned eye to identify the garment as reproduction at arms length. Retro is most commonly seen in film and theatre production.
So what’s the big deal? Well, there are advantages and disadvantages to each category. If you’re wearing vintage, you can be reasonably certain nobody else will be wearing the same thing at that big party next Saturday night. Unfortunately, if you are above a size 8 or have larger arms or a larger ribcage, you may have a difficult time finding something that fits you properly. Also, due to the age of the items, the fabric may be in a compromised state and not be as durable as a contemporary garment.
Retro is readily available (if you know where to look). It is constructed to fit a broad size range, and is usually easy to maintain.
Repro is the best of both worlds but is generally difficult to find and costly.
Even though there are ups and downs to each category, one thing is for sure... You will look great and get lots of compliments when you wear these styles!!!
The day after we went to Graceland we were headed down to Nashville for the much anticipated Nashville Boogie. But first, Sun Recording Studios! This was by far one of the coolest places I've ever been. No doubt due to the link with Elvis Presley.
When you first enter, you are in a little diner/coffee shop. You can buy t-shirts and records and the tickets for the tour. It's a neat little shop. The place is not large and the tour is not grand but it's definitely worth experiencing if you care anything about the origin and history of American music.
Once the tour starts, you go upstairs to the memorabilia room. Everything is behind glass and in chronologic order. The tour guide explains that the upstairs once served as a rooming house for musicians who were in from out of town. Thinking about all of the people who slept there is really crazy. I'm pretty tired so here are some pics of the memorabilia room.
Finally heading downstairs, where the recording took place, was a bit surreal. This is where history was REALLY made. The guide explained that the X taped on the floor was in the exact spot where Elvis stood to record "That's Alright Mama". I would be lying if I said that didn't hit me right in the feels. It was magical. Of course, they played a clip from the recording. Mr. Grease Rags grabbed my hand and we danced right there where Elvis recorded our favorite song.
After the guide is finished with the presentation, he brought out what is said to be the actual microphone Elvis recorded on. I'm on the fence as to whether I believe this. Not sure if anyone in the Sun camp knew how important that piece of equipment would become one day. Nonetheless, we were allowed a photo op and of course I took full advantage of it. Carefully placing one foot on THE x... I had to lean into it quite a bit because I'm not real tall but it turned out to be one of the best pics of my life.
Ever since I was a teeny tiny girl I was in love with Elvis Presley. I mean TOTALLY in love with him. (Of course, I guess most everyone was.) 1956 Elvis, 1968 Elvis, even 1970's jumpsuit Elvis. I love the music, the movies... everything. So Mr. Grease Rags decided we would leave a couple days early for our Nashville trip so I could finally visit Graceland and Sun Studio. I was definitely not opposed to the idea so off we went!
We stayed one night at Heartbreak Hotel. Even though it's a bit run down we really wanted to stay there before it gets demolished later this year. The staff was pretty amazing and it is conveniently located just a short walk from the depot where you get on the bus to Graceland.
I have mixed feelings about the visit. On one hand, I was very excited to walk through the same space he occupied. On the other hand, I was terribly sad that so many complete strangers (myself included) were corralled through his private space. At least the upstairs is totally off limits. Maybe I will feel less overwhelmed when I take my mom in a few weeks. I don't know. (I know, I sound like a hypocrite but my mother has got to go.)
Here's a slideshow of some of the pics I took:
We've all done it. Getting ready to go somewhere important. Wanting to look spectacular. Everything is perfect. Your dress, your shoes, your hair, nails, makeup... Well almost. Except for that damn winged eyeliner! One looks droopy or is too thick or you blinked and have double-decker eyeliner now. Ugh... Such a pain!
But here's the deal. If you've tried and tried and no practice or technique is making it any better, guess what? You can just skip it! You will be no less legit with regular eyeliner that's closer to the the lash line. The "pinup style" winged liner that we know today didn't even become popular until the 1950's. And even then, not EVERYONE wore it. If you don't have steady hands or if you have hooded lids (or in my case, I was in a car wreck that destroyed my left eyelid with scar tissue) then maybe it's not worth the heartache of feeling less put together just because you have a shaky smudgy line. If you do a good job with the rest of your hair and makeup why cause yourself the stress and aggravation if it just doesn't work?
I can tell you not once has anyone ever come up to me and said "You know, you would look really great if you had just put on some winged eyeliner." If they did, they would probably get a swift kick in the shin. I may even push them down. And then I'd say "You know, you would look really great without that bruise on your shin and all that dust all over your clothes." ;)
For more on the history of eyeliner check out this blog.
We all know that garments have those little "care instructions" tags inside. Usually too small to read or they get faded in the wash OR they uses those dreaded universal symbols that I still don't understand. When customers come in and ask about the care required for a garment I do instruct them on the manufacturers recommended care. However, I also share with them that I never ever ever machine dry my clothing. I've always felt that the colors stay true longer and the body of the fabric holds up much longer as well. Also, no more shrinking!
Skipping machine drying is just one way to improve the lifespan of your clothing. I ran across this post with LOTS AND LOTS of tips. You should check it out! TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR CLOTHES LAST LONGER. Do you have any tips to add?
Well, I finally made it to my first Dapper Day! And it was a special day indeed. I had only been to Walt Disney World in Orlando two times in my life. I really never understood why people were so crazy for the House of Mouse. I mean, it was cute but once every 30 years was ok.
Until Orlando picked up the ever popular Dapper Day event that had been going on in Disneyland for several years. Now they were on to something! So I made bowties for my husband, packed up a few dresses, and hit the road. Fortunately, we only live a little under 3 hours away so it's a pretty pleasant trip. We arrived at the Pop Century resort, checked in and hit the park.
There was definitely a different feel during this trip than my previous visit. At first I thought it was how complimentary everyone was (including the staff). Then I thought it was the perfect weather that evening. Or maybe even the magical accidental private boat ride during the fireworks. Then I realized it was more than all of these things put together. What I realized is this was the first vacation I had in 15 years where I allowed myself to not worry about anything. Not one single thing! It was liberating! We enjoyed a full 3 days of worry free happiness. I'm a total Disney convert now. We will be going back to Dapper Day in the Fall for sure. And maybe a couple times before then.
Part of the reason for our trip was to help facilitate a marriage proposal. It went off without a hitch and the bride-to-be was completely surprised. Luckily, the lovely Mr. and Mrs. Royer of the "Meet The Royers" vlog captured the entire thing beautifully. Watch the gorgeous video here!