Monday, August 26, 2013

Secrets In Lace Now Carrying Full Line Of Rago Products!


Hello Darlings! Today I am bringing some fabulous news to all of my fellow vintage pin ups. 

For those of you who dress vintage, you know or should know just how important undergarments are to one's everyday wear. There are a few companies out there that sell reproductions of the styles of foundation wear of yesteryear that can help supply your needs without having to scour thrift stores or deal with fabric that may be on the verge of retirement.

There is one company, however, in my opinion, that ranks at the top of providing pieces that are period accurate and have the up most quality when it comes to durability and purpose and that company is Secrets In Lace.


 Okay so here is the wonderful news. Most of you probably already know about the company itself but what a lot of you probably don't know is that as of the this month, they have made available the FULL LINE of the hard to find brand that's best in the business when it comes to top notch undergarment foundations and that is RAGO!


Now SIL has been carrying a very limited selection of Rago products for some time. I myself have acquired some of their pieces and just absolutely love how durable and controlling they are when it comes to shaping and contouring my figure.

What is exciting about this news is that I had recently been on a quest to obtain more garments from them since the majority of my foundation pieces are actually vintage and starting to show wear. When I tried to look for places that carried Rago, I noticed that either they didnt carry the pieces I was looking for or just had a very limited amount of different styles and levels of form control. Now unfortunately, you can not order directly from the Rago site so this is why they originally teamed up with SIL, which is the exciting part, in order to provide women an all around non stop shop for lingerie, foundation wear, etc so you could purchase your foundation pieces along with bras and other items Rago doesn't make.

After trolling the SIL site two months ago for several days, I noticed when I clicked on the "Shape Salon" tab that under the "Rago Collection" tab they had a ton of new pictures of products that would be available soon and now they are stocked up and ready for purchase on the site!
 
RAGO Collection via the SIL site!

Now SIL provides any and all options for open bottom girdles, waist cinchers, panty girdles and much more items that are essential to your everyday wear. If you are new to wearing vintage and are not sure what you may need to start you off, let me suggest the following based on the average women's areas in need of shape control:


Panty Girdle -
Provides the ultimate tummy, hips, butt, and thigh support















Open Bottom Girdle - Provides tummy, hips, butt support with the convenience of having open access underneath

















Garter Belt - Now if you are lucky enough to have smooth hips and a nice bum, then you can do with a garter belt which is made to hold up your stockings and provide some tummy support as well.








Now I could go on and on all day about the purpose of foundation wear or what pieces you could get for different types of outfits but I'll leave you to peruse the Secrets In Lace site which has tons of pictures and descriptions on what each piece for you figure and how it looks on the body.  

SIL also sells a ton of other lingerie items as well so be sure you check out the entire site to see what other goodies you may need to grab.  As a SIL customer, I am thrilled to pass the word on about the new availability of these items because now you have the option of having a complete lingerie boutique at your fingertips!

If you are not sure about sizing and fit but still want to purchase online, SIL does have a return policy but, as always, be sure you use their sizing chart to help you determine what your fitting needs are so you dont have to deal with the hassle of making a return.

Hope you enjoy the endless hours of drooling you'll have over these beautiful pieces of shape wear!

'Til next time!

XOXO
-M

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Daily Rant - The Ugly Truth Of Just How Ridiculous Hollywood Continues To Be

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 Welcome to the first addition of my new series called "The Daily Rant" where I will address insanely, hideous issues like the topic we will be discussing today.

Sooooooooo if you haven't heard the depressing news by now, here goes.....are you ready for it....officially as of yesterday I believe, Ben Affleck has been deemed as the next Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel.......let me know when you've gotten up from passing out on the floor....don't worry I'll wait......


My reaction to the news......

Now...let me start by saying that as an independent filmmaker, I am by no means, ignorant to how things work in Hollywood in terms of how roles get cast whether its via an audition or the couch. However, this is one of those decisions that I do in fact have to question, as well as everyone else within earshot of this hideous news has been trying to do for the last 48 hours.

Here is the official press release from Variety just so you can see I am not pulling your leg:

http://variety.com/2013/film/news/ben-affleck-is-the-new-batman-1200586881/

So, for those of you who know I can go on and on about the woes that pain me everyday with Hollywood practices as of the last decade, you know I could write a dissertation on it but I promise I will only mention the highlights here.

In talking with many friends and coworkers today, every single person has had the same statement: WTF is Warner Bros thinking? Well this is in fact just another example of how upsetting it is to see unintelligent people making decisions with miscasting roles, which happens all the time with these big budget movies (like Amy Adams being cast as Lois Lane, again WTF?). 

In an immense amount of anticipation for the sequel, I have been chomping at the bit to see how MOS 2 would develop and more importantly who would be cast as the evil Lex Luthor and I have to say with this move I am genuinely appalled and disgusted at the decision because, as a fan of the comic books, I know that Affleck just doesn't have the acting chops to take on such an iconic and dark role (you all remember how bad Daredevil was), and sorry girls but he is too much of a goody goody nice guy to be beating up on crazy, evil henchmen.

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Can you really see this face as Gotham's disturbed and distrusting Dark Knight??????

I really don't have anything against Ben personally off screen, but as an actor, he just never really sold me on anything he did. Now I know for those of who you thought he did a bang up job in Argo, I must mention I have not seen it but an accolade for best director doesn't make you a good actor too. They guy just has not exhibited in the past the ability to harness such depths of emotion for such a demented character like my man Christian Bale did so brilliantly.

As an indie director, it just constantly infuriates me when I see people who have the all of the necessary means to create motion pictures only to just squander those resources or abuse them and their power only to see something through for a specific dollar on the back end rather than doing that along with creating beautiful and meaningful films. There wasn't a problem doing this during the 30-
's-50's so what's the problem now??

Honestly, this move has ruined my desire to see the sequel to MOS, even though I personally enjoyed the first one. Who can resist Henry Cavill as the "boy scout" aka new Superman??


Can you really see these two fighting crime and bickering with each other??? Hmmmm...

So my beef is this, out of all of the fresh face, or semi fresh face mid 30-40's men in Hollywood or somewhere near Hollywood right now, why in God's name did the general populace get stuck with some grab bag of bull stank like this! I mean seriously, this is one of the extremely bad business practices of Hollywood, recycling used up or semi used up actors with mediocre skills for high profile roles that studios are afraid to take risks on hiring more appropriate talent. COME ON, lets be real about this here, to these investors who now own all of the major studios its now about the bottom line, not what audiences what or what is of quality but what they think will sell to the easily appeased masses that society/the government has taken a part in dumbing down. I'm now getting on my political soapbox, so let me stop before I digress.

In closing, looks like we will be getting a roundabout style of the Michael Keaton/George Clooney Batman movies where, in essence, everything was a joke and nothing was taken seriously. Now I hope I am wrong and there is a slight and yes I mean slight chance that Affleck can really spend the next three, or however many months before this thing goes into principle photography in 2014, in doing his homework and preparing to do the best that he can with the character and role. He could actually surprise everyone and do a semi decent job, but we all know no one will ever top Bale's spin on the Dark Knight just like there will never be another Joker after Heath Ledger got of hold of that mess and took us for a crazy spin into insanity.

Lets just hope that Hollywood isn't patting its back too soon with the recent success of Man of Steel in thinking that this move will keep them on top. If anything, my honest prediction for turnout for the sequel will be one of two ways, a ton of people will still go out to see it but have their faces twisted up crooked every time Affleck is on the screen or only ten people from the mid west and their dog Skippy will turn out and everyone else will be in protest of this insult to the Caped Crusaders legacy....which side will you be on? I know I'll be with the angry mob protesting outside the WB studio come next Tuesday.....

'Til next time

XOXO
-M

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gearing Up For Palm Springs!


At the end of this month I will be heading out to Palm Springs for a little R&R as well as some much needed location scouting for one of my short films that me and my fabulous production team have been working on this last year.

This will be my first time vacationing in the Mid Century Mecca Land of our "forebearers" ie, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and many other fabulous celebrities of the past.

I have been trying to get to Palm Springs for the last few years to see what all the fuss is about and finally, thanks to my good friend and film sound designer Robbin G., that dream will finally be coming true for the Labor Day weekend as we will be staying at her rental in the city.

I have gone through the city's website for ideas on what we can do there and have some pretty basic touristy ideas of where to go and what to see. Unfortunately we will only have about 3 days there so, seeing as how we are pressed for time, I want to make the most out of our trip.  I definitely want to get some sightseeing in on the amazing mid century architecture, and hopefully some vintage shopping will be thrown in there too, but would definitely love to see the "hidden treasures" the city has to offer as well.

So if you are a frequent PS visitor and have some tips on art deco/vintage places to eat, see, shop, etc please let me know! Any ideas/tips would be greatly appreciated!!


XOXO
-M

Friday, August 16, 2013

CLASSIC COCKTAIL FRIDAY!

Happy Friday Lovelies!

For this weekend's kick off, I will be paying tribute to all of my fellow vintage sweeties who are lucky to be participating in this year's Tiki Oasis down in San Diego!!!

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 This week's classic cocktail will definitely help you get your Tiki Oasis party started. Even if you're not able to make the event this year, at least you can mock it without missing a beat!

This cocktail was purportedly invented at the Trader Vic's restaurant in Oakland, Ca in 1944  even though Trader Vic's rival, Don the Beachcomber, claimed to have created it in 1933 at his then-new bar named for himself (later a famous restaurant) in Hollywood. 

The Trader Vic story of its invention is that Trader (Victor J. Bergeron) created it one afternoon for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti. One of those friends tasted it and cried out: "Maita'i roa ae!" meaning "Very good!", figuratively "Out of this world! The Best!" — hence the birth of the drink's name.
 
The cocktail became so popular in the 1950s and '60s that many restaurants and bars, ones that were particularly tiki-themed, started serving them by the gross to keep up with high demand! The drink was even  prominently featured in the Elvis Presley film Blue Hawaii and has become synonymous with Tiki culture both past and present.

So without further adew, I bring you this week's cocktail:

Mai Tai

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So to keep things fair between the two tiki men that started it all, here are both Don and Trader Vic's original recipes!

The Original Trader Vic Formula - 1944

 

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 oz of 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew Rum over shaved ice
  • Add juice from one fresh lime
  • 1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange CuraƧao
  • 1/4 oz Trader Vic's Rock Candy Syrup
  • 1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat Syrup
 INSTRUCTIONS:
Add all ingredients into a shaker, mix vigorously and add a sprig of fresh mint

Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai


INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 oz (or 1/4 cup) water
  • 3/4 oz or 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz or 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz or 2 tablespoons sugar syrup
  • 1 oz or 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1-1/2 oz or 3 tablespoons golden rum
  • 1/2 oz or 1 tablespoon Cointreau or triple Sec
  • 1/4 oz or 1/2 tablespoon Falernum syrup
  • 2 dashes or scant 1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash or scant 1/4 teaspoon Pernod or other anisette-flavored pastis
 INSTRUCTIONS:
 Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a tall highball glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fruits and serve with a straw.


Hope everyone has a safe and super fun Tiki Oasis 2013, enjoy!!

XOXO
-M

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

20th Annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival!



This year I attended the LB Crawfish Festival and did things a little different this time around than from previous years.  Since my friend Robbin had a last minute thing come up and couldn't actually drive out to LB, I decided to take the train and go pick up all of our food and bring it back to her house where we could really get down and eat right!

In past years, I would always eat and stay at the festival, but after the last time I went between the heat and the hoards of people swarming all around I decided that I was not having that this time and would arrive at the festival early to grab what I knew we wanted and bounce!

So the first thing I always do is get my Crawfish since that line usually ends up being the longest one.

The huge copper pots they cook the Crawfish in!

YUM!!!!  Already seasoned and ready to go!

This is a picture of the line after I went through it. This was around noon time, right after the festival started and already the line was getting to be a mile long! In the back where the little puff of smoke are the huge copper pots. Note the guy standing on a latter due to the size of the pots in order to pull the crawfish baskets out!

From there my next stop was for the Number 2 attraction at the festival and also usually the second longest wait....BEIGNETS AND PRALINES!!!!


They give you a little history on the Beignet while you wait in line! If you have never had one before it's basically like a donut only a bit denser and topped with powdered sugar and can also be served with chocolate sauce drizzled on top or as a dip!

Frying up some Beignets!

Now getting them ready for their powder sugar coating!

Pralines waiting to cool.

Once I got my Beignets and pralines, I was off to the Pie Lady to get my sweet potato and peach pies which are the best in the entire festival!!!!

Pick up window for your goodies. I got two pies plus some Crawfish Boudin which I had never tried before.

Yea boy!

This was the line after I placed my order! I arrived just in time because there were only five people in line then as I started to wait for my order to cook, this is what happened! I'm telling you the woman's stuff is that good. I don't know her name so I just call her Moms Mabley because she reminds me of everyone's favorite country time grandma!

After I got my pies and such, I was tapped out and it was starting to get hot. The crowds still hadn't packed in yet but I knew what was coming and didn't want to be stuck in the masses so here are a few shots of the scene as I was on my way out and to Robbin's house.



Once I got to the house, we immediately started reheating everything and setting up our plates. Here are the spoils:

Crawfish!!!!!

Praline - was to DIE FOR!!!!

Baked beans, potato salad, and Boudin - just too good!

Sweet Potato and Peach pies with Beignets!!! -  At this point our stomachs were about to burst!!!

THE AFTERMATH......our stomachs busted!!!

I had so much more relaxed fun being at Robbin's house eating all this messy but delishous Creole goodness rather than being out at the festival in the heat with a bunch of people running around and music blasting in my ears. Dont get me wrong the festival is fun, with everything going on, especially the Zydeco music playing and just the atom sphere in general but sometimes when you eat certain foods you find that you just prefer to be home rather than eating outside on flimsy tables and with the wind blowing.

All in all, I enjoyed everything we had and defintiely dont need any of that calorie rich hot mess anytime soon!


'Til next time

XOXO
-M

Friday, August 2, 2013

CLASSIC COCKTAIL FRIDAY!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Boy has this been a trying week and I'm sure for me there are many more to come but for now I am so glad the weekend is finally here and the 20th annual LB Crawfish Festival is just less than 24 hours away!


Being from Texas, I grew up on crawfish boils and all the creole fixin's that are must haves at these all you can eat feasts! Needless to say I can not wait to get a hold of some beignets and crawdads!

So in honor of the Crawfish Fest and acknowledging its French/Creole roots, I figured this weekend's kick off cocktail should be name fitting as the drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris by barman Harry MacElhone but was actually popularized in America at New York's infamous Stork Club. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also giving it the side "75 Cocktail", or "Soixante Quinze" in French.

So without further adew, I bring you this week's Classic Cocktail:


French 75



INGREDIENTS
1 oz gin
1/2 oz. simple syrup or 2 tsp. superfine sugar
1/2 oz. lemon juice
Brut Champagne or other dry sparkling wine


INSTRUCTIONS
Combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass.
Fill with Champagne and garnish with a twist of lemon.


Enjoy!

XOXO
-M

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Noir Glamour Soiree at FIDM!


This week I attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising's mixed event of the premiere of their newest exhibit for Television Costume Design along with a Besame Cosmetics demo for 1950's makeup hosted by the company's founder Gabriela Hernandez.

Me and Gabriela

The event was small but quaint having the demo right in the front of the museum shop where Gabriela had her table set up.


Look at that AMAZING poster art!!!




Goodies Galore!!!!!!

Stephanie helping out Gabriela with the make overs.


Here Gabriela explained the history of 1950's makeup along with detailed images on how the every day woman applied her makeup by color technique and styles of the time. She even had a sample set of actual eyelashes made from human hair that were commonly used back then.

One of the fabulous dolls I met at the event. Isn't she gorgeous?

While talking to Gabriela, she mentioned that this fall would be a busy time for her as she plans to launch several new products in the line! I just about squeeled for joy and actually hugged her when she told me that she was coming out with...are you ready for this???.....VANISHING CREAM AND A NIGHT CREAM!!!! Eeeee! Anyone who knows the history of makeup and vintage makeup technique knows the importance both of these creams had during their hey days.

A sample of her vanishing cream

Both of these creams were important to the mid century woman's skin care needs by one removing make up and the other providing moisture at night. I really liked Gabriela's formula as it had a light lemongrass type scent, nice consistency - not too thick not too thin, and left my skin clean and smooth when I tested it on removing some of her new Cake Mascara that she is also coming out with this fall!

Cake Mascara
Took this pic with my phone and cant get it to rotate so sorry for the crazy angle!

I also tested her new mascara and OMG did I absolutely love this! She has been testing it for the last year and has taken this a step above the traditional "toothbrush" type applicator and created a more modern brush in order to grab the formula better for easy application.

She took this even another step further by creating an eyeliner end on the other side of the wand so that you can use this as a 2 in 1 and my goodness did this formula go on smooth once a little water was added, just like back in the day! It sets quickly but is not that hard to get off with the vanishing cream if you need to fix a mess up while applying.

She also told me that she is finally debuting her new cream foundations this fall along with two new lipstick colors all of which will be debuted at her boutique later this year.

Yep, you know I had to get a close up of her amazing dress lol!

After her demonstration on technique and some of the girls getting make overs, I decided to see just what this exhibit was all about and boy was I disappointed!  Now granted I was there only in support of Gabriela and Besame but it was some what of a let down as this wasnt as big of an event as I had hoped for but the fact that I was assuming because Gabriela was there that the exhibit would be on mid century clothing but it WAS NOT which was what really threw me off! It showcased costumes from all modern shows like Game of Thrones, SMASH, and some other non irrelevant mess I refuse to watch on Television.

And to top it all off they wouldnt allow you to take pictures so the only pictures I was able to snap were the more importantly ones luckily!

Promo Board - COOL

Emmy Statue - REALLY COOL

Old School TV's - SUPER COOL!!!!!!!!

See how it was so confusing since they had old school stuff in the front and then when you turn around from the TV's you see all of these modern costumes - WHAT??!! Anyway, there were so many TV's I couldn't fit them all in the frame and before I could get individual shots that is when I was told no pictures - BOO ON YOU FIDM!

All in all it was nice to go so I could speak with Gabriela once again as she is super sweet and such a doll to speak to! I am so excited to see her new products coming out and the girl never ceases to amaze me at how passionate and dedicated she is at bringing us vintage girls a cosmetics line as close to what was available back in the day! Besame is definitely THE LINE in attaining that perfect vintage look a girl pines for!

'Til next time!

XOXO
-M