4.06.2015

RESIZING A HAT – JEAN HARLOW-STYLE 1930s HAT

Awhile back I fell in love with a hat that Jill from Adeline’s Attic Vintage was selling. We discussed the hat, a lovely early 1930s felt very reminiscent of something Jean Harlow would wear, in detail, including sizing.  Unfortunately, I underestimated the size of my head and my great desire to have the hat.  I bought it, but, like many others, it was too small.  I’ve mentioned before about what a big head I have.  My noggin is 24”. With most vintage hats in the 21-22” range, you can see my usual dilemma.  I couldn’t bear to resell it, so was left to figure out what to do.  I came to the conclusion that the only thing to do was to risk it and try to resize it. 

1930s hat by Lady by Choice

4.05.2015

MAX RAABE & PALAST ORCHESTER

Last night we had the pleasure of venturing to the Westside of Los Angeles to my alma mater, UCLA.  There we were able to see one of the great orchestras playing vintage music today - Max Raabe & Palast Orchester.  Hailing from Germany, they make occasional annual West Coast forays so we may have the pleasure of hearing their unique and authentic version of 1920s and 1930s music.  My husband had never heard them before and was skeptical at first, but Max's droll, urbane and witty stage presence won him over.

3.16.2015

BRINGING BACK BROADWAY - A DOWNTOWN L.A. CELEBRATION

At one time, Broadway, one of the oldest streets in Los Angeles, was the center of action and hub of business for decades. On this once magnificent street, theaters were built up and down the thoroughfare, housing vaudeville acts and later movie theaters. After awhile this once grand street fell into disrepair, another victim of the blight that struck downtown Los Angeles. However, things are changing.  There is a move to restore the street and its businesses, including its grand theaters, back to their former glory and revitalize the area.  Thanks to Bringing Back Broadway progress is being made in the Broadway Theater District and Night on Broadway is an opportunity to tour these theaters and appreciate them in their (to be)restored glory. 

Million Dollar Theater Night on Broadway at Lady by Choice


3.08.2015

CASINO MODERNE 2015

Another year has passed and another lovely evening at Casino Moderne has been had. For those who haven't read this post (or this one), Casino Moderne is an annual fundraiser put on by the Los Angeles Art Deco Society (ADSLA to you and me.) With a flair for the 20s and seedy, Boardwalk Empire-style shenanigans, we gather every year to "gamble", eat, drink and be merry. This year, lucky old me won a gift certificate to Art du Vin, a divine wine bar in Long Beach, and tickets to the Art Theatre.

Casino Moderne at Lady by Choice
Dan'a and I