Wednesday, February 29, 2012

RIP Davy Jones

OMG I loved The Monkees....Every Saturday morning there I sat glued to the television. And yes like every other girl in the USA I had a crush on Davy Jones.

Davy Jones, the orange-shirted piano player in the first video, passed away today at the age of 66.

Rest in peace Davy...with him goes a little of my childhood too.








Qi en Pace,


Elise

Bridal Gowns and Glamour

When I went to get married almost 30 year ago,  I joined in what was euphemistically called the Filene's Running of the Brides. There were hundreds of bridal gowns at huge discounted prices. The store opened at 9 AM and by 9:15 AM there was not a dress up on the racks. Whatever you see about today's post Thanksgiving holiday dashes, well Filene's and wanna-be-brides invented it.



I actually arrived at the bridal run at 9:15. I walked in and there was not a dress to be had. As I walked past a rack, someone put a dress back because there was a small stain on it. It was an empire waisted, white duchess satin gown with an huge flowing organza train which started at the empire line in the back and flowed in layers to the floor. There was Irish lace all down the front, and on the sleeves. It was the most elegant dress I had ever seen.

I took it, threw it over my clothes, nope not a dressing room in sight,  and every grandmother there told me that that was my dress. And I bought it, little stain and all. Figured a dry cleaner could get it out, the stain was the size of a pinhead and we could do the little mending that it needed. Unfortunately it was not stored as well as it could have been, turned yellow and was thrown out when my parents moved. Honestly, I dearly loved my wedding dress.

My SIL got married a year after we did and during a rather heated argument with her father over the cost of her dress, she turned to me and asked me how much my dress cost.

"40 dollars," I replied.

"Oh my God, " she exclaimed," why couldn't you be a JAP (Jewish American Princess)."

That's right my dress cost $40 at the time, and would have sold for $400 retail. Not sure how that would translate into today's bridal prices, probably several thousand dollars if not more.

Now as a confession, yes,  most definitely, I am a hopeless romantic....

Some of the shows I like to watch the most are Say Yes to the Dress and Amsale Girls. In the midsts of personal trials and tribulations, in walk the brides-to-be and you get to view the most amazing wedding gowns. I don't know if its because the average bride is older, more accomplished and more self-assured, but they walk into these salons and happily spend over five thousand sometimes upwards of 10 thousand dollars on a dress. There are even the odd occasion where someone spends well over 10 thousand too.

Amsale
I have to say though..it is tremendous fun watching these unreal foraies into haute couture and one of the most important times in people's lives. (Yes it's a little voyeuristic but what the heck.) Truly these are also very happy programs with human dreams of a future and the hopes for a wonderful life. I think that is the part I like the best...the joy and hope and all that these ideals encompass.

Amsale




                                                            
                                                        








Not to worry....you can rest assured my SIL bought the dress she wanted.


Qi en Pace,



Elise



Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscar Fashion Glamour 2012

My pick for best dressed on the red carpet...Milla Jovovich in Elie Saab








Stacey Keibler came in a very close second in Marchesa







           Then there were those two awesome breast cancer survivors at the ready..you go ladies...

                           Robin Roberts  of Good Morning America and Guliana Rancic of E!




For more Oscar fashion picks and pans go to:
ABC
MailOnLine
Telegraph
E!
SFGate
NY Daily News
Harper's Bazaar
The Insider
Hollywood Reporter
Forbes
Wall Street Journal


Qi en Pace,


Elise


Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Oscars, The Help, A Childhood Memory


Don't care about the movies..care about the clothes.....



Tomorrow with my likes and dislikes....

Honestly the only one of the movies I saw was The Help and that just reminded me of my childhood and all the ignorant people I had to deal with.

We moved to the deep south when I was 7 years old. Now it wasn't that the north was such a great place either, but I don't think my family was truly ready for what happened. My father ran a Jewish Community Center in a small town near an army base. This was during the Vietnam War. On Sunday the community would invite all the Jewish soldiers to the center for a day away to relax and have a bit of "home." One Sunday the group of soldiers consisted of some young men from Chicago who were Jewish and African-American. The only people that went into the pool that day were the soldiers and my family. No native resident went into the pool with the us that day. I learned later in life, that in fact some of the Jewish Center's "leaders" were even members of the White Citizens Council. I kid you not.

After the soldiers returned to their base the president of the Center told the custodian, who was an African-American, to drain and scrub the pool. When my father tried to stop the man, he told my father if he didn't do as he was told he would lose his job and he had a family to feed. Needlesstosay my father let the man proceed. But my father sent a note back to the main headquarters in New York, that it was his opinion to never send anyone to that center again with a detailed description of why. No my father did not just up and quit in protest. He too had a family to feed.

I do not know what happened and how long it took until things changed there. All I know is that the United States is an infinitely better place today than it ever was before. The United States of my childhood was a terribly mean place at times.  I don't understand the nostalgia some people give it.

My family left that particular southern town a few months after the pool incident when my father was able to finally find a new job. We moved to Memphis, Tennessee, one month after the murder of the  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. And those are memories for another post.

This movie will not win the Oscar for best film. I hope the actresses nominated win their categories. Either way, it is a film worth watching.





The only thing I can say for today is that my children look back at this ignorance and hate and don't understand these people at all. I can honestly say neither did I at the time that it was happening. Thank God.


Qi en Pace,


Elise

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The American President

No, nothing political here. It's about the movie with Michael Douglas and Annette Benning from 1995. It was on television this morning and I just love this movie. Very romantic. Very fun. Very handsome Michael Douglas and beautiful Annette Benning. Its fantasy through and through...It's worth the almost two hours of your time...truly





Qi en Pace,


Elise

Friday, February 24, 2012

Some Handbag Picks



Fun blog to read is Seraphic Secret. The blogger is a Hollywood Emmy award winning screenwriter, lover of clothes, shoes, old Hollywood and politics.  He has his picks for the best of spring 2012 handbags....


Incidentally, this was a different Friday as Friday is usually saved for  his shoe picks from all different eras....




This is the handbag I liked the best from his choices. Love the shape of it. I know blue is impractical, but hey, if you can afford the real cost of this bag, something tells me its not the only handbag in your closet.

Honestly, I'm also not a big fan of crocodile. Truthfully, it creeps me out. Don't know why, but just like any kind of snake skin (all reptile skins most probably), crocodile gives me the creepy-crawlies. Would take it in pebbled leather though if anyone wants to send me a present.

See the rest of the spring picks  HERE.


Qi en Pace,


Elise