Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Radio City Rockettes! Hurray!

At the end of October, I saw a tourist doubledecker bus go by advertising the 85th anniversary of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and I knew I had to do everything I could to get tickets. I saw the Rockettes two or three times as a little girl, twice at the Christmas Spectacular and once at the Easter shower, and I remember thinking how cool it would be to be a Rockette. Then again, I also wanted to be Clara in The Nutcracker, a cartoonist, and Harriet the Spy. The shows themselves are a blur but I definitely remember it being a bright, beautiful, amazing show, and I figured as an adult I would appreciate it more.

I knew the Rockettes had been around for a long time but I had no idea they got their start in 1925  in Missouri (the 85-year celebration refers to their time at Radio City).

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Mr. T

Ah, Christmas Eve. I'm working from home for the next few hours, but that doesn't mean my heart isn't absolutely bursting with holiday cheer.

Merry Christmas from Nancy Reagan, Mr. T, and me. See more great photos of famous people like Jackie O, Buster Keaton and Jayne Mansfield with their Christmas tree on Flavorwire.

Monday, December 17, 2012

(Dancing) Strangers on a Train

Yesterday, I went to the Vintage Peacock Train Ride and it was an incredible good time. I wore my 1950s Jantzen set from Jill at the Vintage Baroness with a 1980s tie neck blouse I bought on a thrifting trip over Thanksgiving. No 30s pieces, but the effect was pretty authentic:

From Masterfile

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Getting Ready for the Train Ride

I'm really, really excited for the Vintage Peacock Train ride this summer. Swing dancing on an old train in my vintage finery? It's going to be fantastic.

I have friends that want to go but don't know what to wear and I get it. When I go to a 30s-themed event, I always end up having to Google some stuff. But what I've learned is that when recreating different eras the two keys are silhouette and accessories. Which basically means you can probably find something in your closet. Think of this as your quick and dirty guide to 1930s fashion.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peacock Party on the Trains

via Levy's Unique New York
God bless the MTA! New York's train system is still putting itself back together after Hurricane Sandy, but they were able to bring back an event I'm jealous I've never been to: the Vintage Train Peacock Party. Quirky tour company Levy's Unique New York teams up with the MTA, NYC Balboa Club and NYC Swing Dancing Club to bring out a subway train from the early 20th century and stuff it with stylish people and swing ensembles. Best of all? All it costs is subway fare. This, friends, is the real reason I'm not doing Santacon.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holidays in my Instagram

For this installment in the horribly inconsistent "This Week in Instagram feature", I bring you holiday joy, a new sweater, and a typewriter. Tis the season! I'm bursting with seasonal cheer.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Retrofit: Gimme Gingham

I wear my gingham button down all through spring and summer, and sometime into fall with a cardigan. As for the sweater, I usually wear it alone. I don't know if it was the Ivy Style exhibit or what but I was like, duh, wear the two together?!

Gingham button down - Buffalo Exchange
Cashmere sweater - Christmas present from my auntie
Pencil skirt  - H&M
Calvin Klein tights
Vans saddle shoes

I love brightening up black and white with surprising colors. And I got to wear these great ceramic almost-damask studs I thrifted last fall.