Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Late Summer Re-cap: The Art Deco Festival at the Queen Mary I

Oops. I didn't mean to fall off the face of the blog-o-sphere, but life happens. And that's good.

We went on vacation last month! This is no mean feat; it's been about six years since we've managed that, and we enjoyed it to the fullest. It did require quite a bit of advance planning and work on my part, as we went to the Art Deco Festival on the Queen Mary (she who now lives in Longbeach, CA as an hotel).

That meant vintage clothes, and vintage clothes mean mending, tweaking, polishing, ironing, matching outfits, trimming hats, finding gloves, and all the rest of that work. Find my 30s stockings, mending lingerie, sending things to the dry cleaner, and doing a lot of laundering myself took a few weeks, but it was worthwhile.

Being driven to Musso & Frank's by Johnny.

There we are: my husband, his best pal, and me, next to the star of the show, the '37 Buick.

It's a great, comfort food menu! Even Welsh Rarebit (Rabbit).

At the reception before the ball, flanked by Aaron and Raul.

My husband, and Alice, during dinner (at the ball).

Left to right: Mr. Joseph DiPietro (President of the Art Deco Society of CA), me, Dean Mora (of Mora's Modern Rhythmists) and designer Theresa LaQuey (yes, she designed and made her gown).

Taking a break from shopping.

There's always time for a conversation about hats.

Three lunatics.

Two lunatics.


SusieQT said...

That looks like a wonderful time! I think that's the best kind of packing- all 1930s vintage- really gives you a sense of what it must have been like back then, too. Good to see you and Joe together again! ;)

Eileen said...


It's a real job, doing all that. And worse, trying to get it into one piece of modern luggage each. No trunks! The fees we paid were ungodly (for overweight bags).

We did have a terrific time; I'm still thinking about it on a daily basis.