Monday, February 23, 2015

Valentine Date Part 2 - The Ebell

As I shared in my last post, we were able to actually celebrate Valentine’s Day together for the first time in forever. While dinner was a delightful affair at Musso and Frank, the pièce de résistance was the event that took place at The Ebell – In the Mood, Love in the 30s Dinner Dance, cohosted with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

The Ebell of Los Angeles is a sprawling, gorgeous women’s club that includes, among its salons and ballrooms, the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, site of Amelia Earhart’s last public appearance and where Judy Garland was discovered. 

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

The evening was a stunning gathering, featuring dinner (which we didn't go to) and dancing to Dean Mora.  Of course, we had to pose on the moon again. My guy holds my heart (blech, I don't usually do that kind of sickly-sweet sentiment.)

Paper Moon Vintage @ Lady by Choice
Photo courtesy of Paper Moon Vintage

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice
A full-length view of my dress I made.

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice
The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

Part of the gorgeous display of period garments from the Ebell's collection.

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice

The Ebell @ Lady by Choice


It was a wonderful and romantic evening spent with friends and my handsome Valentine. I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day with all of your loved ones, romantic or otherwise.

'Bye for now, 





Sunday, February 22, 2015

Valentine Date Part 1 – Musso and Frank

My husband and I have never been much to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’ve usually been busy, or it will fall on a weeknight, so a romantic night out has been out of the question. However, this year the stars aligned and not only did Valentine’s Day fall on a Saturday, but there also happened to be a fabulous event that evening as well. While I’ll tell you about the event at the Ebell in the next post, this one will feature where we went to dinner – Musso and Frank.

Musso and Frank @ Lady by Choice

 Musso and Frank @ Lady by Choice

Musso and Frank @ Lady by Choice

The Ebell event had a dinner component to it, but I went last year and wanted to do something a little different this year. Therefore, we chose Musso and Frank, which is just a few miles away from the Ebell.  Musso and Frank, established in 1919, is the oldest restaurant in Hollywood and is well known for its celebrity and literary roots.  Want to dine in Charlie Chaplin’s booth? That can happen.  Want to dine on Greta Garbo breakfast favorites? That is do-able as well. Originally known as Frank’s Café, the restaurant has been a staple in Hollywood, serving many of the same classics today that were served when it was created.  Back when I chatted about Musso and Frank in this post, I had the Welsh rarebit.  This time, I had a Caesar salad (you could taste the anchovies, but not overwhelmingly so), classic filet mignon, with Lyonnaise potatoes.  Paul had the pumpkin ravioli.  For dessert, I had the crème brulee (hey it was Valentine’s Day!) and Paul had the key lime pie.  Truly, we could have gotten one dessert as they are definitely built for two.  And of course, dinner couldn’t be complete without a delicious Sidecar cocktail. 

Musso and Frank @ Lady by Choice

Musso and Frank @ Lady by Choice

Musso and Frank @ Lady by Choice


Musso and Frank
6667 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA

The evening was lovely and romantic.  We were just a little overdressed, compared to the other patrons.  A made-by-me 30s gown, which I may chat about in another post.

1930s dress @ Lady by Choice

Next on the evening’s agenda? The Ebell!

'Bye for Now,





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