Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
I am recommending a ten minute "flick" from the Quickflicks page, called:
"What is it about Hats?: A documentary about life under the brim" by film maker and hat lover Andee Kinsey.
Andee filmed the documentary a few years back, in 2001, just before I "hooked up" with the Houston Hat Net and the Dallas Hat Band. The entire documentary is thirty minutes long and available from Amazon.com. I think the ten minute version is just wonderful, and the music is terrific!
Some of it is filmed in Houston, during a massive flooding tropical storm. New York and Dallas locations filled up the rest of the film.
I am proud to admit I know most of the Houston and Dallas folk.
The woman after the opening who talks is Nicole La Blanc, the millinery whose hat creations got me hooked on hats. She's the one who says "There is a hat for you."
The lady standing next to the woman in the gold and black hat, is Kate Pernia, my instructor. She's wearing a red hat.
Then there's the irrepressible Suzanne Silverman in the lavender hat, talking about her "chicken butt" hat. Suzanne is non-stop fun to be with.
The lady in a white hat with a black veil is Suzanne Larson. She is also a milliner. Her cousin, Bonita, the one I had lunch with at Victorian Elegance, is seen walking in a strapless sundress.
I know a few of the other ladies, but my poor feeble brain is wimping out on me in terms of matching a face with a name. I hope if they read this, they will understand.
To see the flick, just click on the icon that matches the hat at the beginning of this post on the Quickflicks site.
PS: The flick "Angel's Day Off" is adorable too.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Rodeo Houston starts Friday, which means the Trail Riders are arriving today from all over the southwest. (Love the picture in that link of downtown Houston skyline!)
People yearly ride the old cattle drive trails throughout Texas, in covered wagons or horse back, RIGHT DOWN THE FREEWAY when needed.
The first time I was zooming along, late as usual to work, and was blocked by a bunch of horses and wagons, I thought I had lost my mind. Now I just know it's Rodeo season. All the trail riders wind up at Memorial Park, where they camp with their horses, and all attend Cowboy Church on Sunday, seated on bales of hay as they all sing "Shall we Gather at the River."
Time to dust off my pink cowgirl princess hat.
Last year I promised myself I would shop for pink cowgirl boot to go with my hat. Guess I'll have to get going on that, if I mean to keep my promise. Friday everyone in every office building downtown will be clad in western wear.
"Go Texas Day" is an official edict to wear western wear the first Friday of Rodeo season.
And let me tell you, some folks are not adverse to dropping a bundle on their attire.
And the menfolk in their boots, hats, western cut suits and black ribbon ties look mighty smart too.
Oh come on...every little girl had a crush on some cowboy at some time, right? My first crush was on Michael Landon, playing Little Joe Cartwright on the television series "Bonanza."
I was five years old, and was devastated when the program was moved to a time slot past my bedtime. It was on Sunday night, and I had to go to bed because I was now in Kindergarten.
(You know, Michael Landon still made my eyes twinkle when I was a great big grown up married lady. He was just cute, cute, cute, even playing "Pa" Engels, and a blooming Angel, for crying out loud!)
My mom never bought me a Princess outfit as a child. All my dress up play clothes were the clothes my great Aunt had worn to society event. Auntie Lorraine went to Columbia and USC, and later got a Master's degree. She was born in the late 1800's, and the clothes that I played in were her best velvet gowns from the 1930's. Explains a lot, don't you think?
I did receive one child size dress up outfit: A red cowgirl vest and skirt, complete with white fringe. Boy howdy, now there was fun! Packing a six shooter and running around La Jolla blowing bad guys away with a loud pop from the cap, creating realistic smoke and that tantalizing firecracker smell. The cap roll always ran out before the fun.
I might just have to go see if I can buy me a cap gun and caps today too. A little shot 'em up around the neighborhood might be fun. I could probably even enlist the "Our Gang Comedy" neighborhood boys, and Sunny the Dog to join in a little cowboy gun play.
Yee Haw! Post bail for me, would ya, if I get arrested?
Now all of you out there need to head on over to visit with another good cowgirl at heart. Drop by her place and say "howdy" tomorrow. Lovella's done gone and had herself another year, and she's fixin' to have her birthday on Friday. Y'all be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday when you stop on by her blogplace for a visit, ya hear?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Too hot to wear felt. Too soon to wear straw.
A felt hat, or a straw hat that is.
My mom had brought me a stunning black felt large upturned brim hat by millinery designer Eric Javits.
The brim is accented with velvet scroll work. Yummy...and sadly, oh so too hot to wear to work today.
It looked really wonderful with my new charcoal pantsuit. I decided to take it along anyway, as I had called in to work, and was informed that, as usual, that since it was hot outside, it was colder than a witch's er, um, mitt, in the library building.
I walked out of house, on time for once, to drive to the library. A forty five minute drive. The car was in the driveway, and baking hot inside. My husband had driven my car to the airport, as it was filthy, and I was using his nice clean sedan for squiring the ladies about during their visit.
I tossed my jacket and Eric Javits hat onto the passenger seat, turned the key in the ignition, and surprise, nothing happened.
Normally Bernie is home, but of course not this time. Our Triple A renew form was sitting on my desk. Our auto repair shop could assist me in about an hour.
Next door there was some construction work being done. English language radio blaring from the driveway gave me hope that I would find men who I could communicate with, who would help rescue me, the damsel in distress.
They would, but they didn't have a jumper cable. Just then the neighbor at the end of the street drove by, giving me a friendly wave. I flagged her down, and she graciously drove back to her home to retrieve some jumper cables from her garage.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
"The Ribbon Gardner"
The drive took us seven hours, so we were tuckered out and went to bed shortly afterward, in order to be up and ready for the Victorian Elegance 1930's era Style Show the next morning.
Just click HERE
As I said earlier: It was fabulous!
Go there if ever and whenever you can.
Sunday morning we slept in, then returned to the show. With a stamped card, we were able to attend the second day for free. June was smitten by the crazy quilt, while I succumbed to a book and an apron.
Sunday in order to attend the Tasha Tudor presentation. Tasha Tudor has illustrated over seventy books, and is now 93 years old. She has released her collection of 1830 era dresses for auction this upcoming fall, and selected pieces of the collection was on display. Additionally there was a DVD presentation of her life.
Christobal Balenciaga designs, and other designers who were inspired by him. Be sure to click on each of the fours groupings when the link opens to see a representative collection of his works, as there were fifty dresses in the show, and at least that way you will get to see sixteen of them.
Monday, February 19, 2007
My mom's friend June is a retired hairdresser to the most elegant people in La Jolla Society.
So of course, Tiggie of Kingwood requested her services.
June was willing to come out of retirement to meet this urgent request.
I don't believe I've ever seen Tiggie look so good.