Saturday, September 6, 2014

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 2014

Hello all.  I know, it has been a millennium.  Truth is, I had a rather quiet summer, vintage-speaking. We went to Disney World, but those photos are a bit more modern.  And with Hubby Dearest working six days a week, well we just like to rest at home when he has time off.  But Labor Day approached and we of course had to bring 14 pieces of luggage and containers so we could enjoy our annual jaunt to the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival. What a lovely getaway that we look forward to each year.

If you don't know about the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, you can read about my coverage from 2010, three posts from 2011 and 2012, and one lonely post from 2013.  This was my fifth year attending, and was the 10th anniversary of the Festival, so it is nice to think I've been to half of them. As it was the 10th anniversary, they spread the programming out a bit so guests could spend more time on the ship.  We arrived bright and early on Friday morning so we could attend the first lecture.  Well, we tried to at least.  We failed on that attempt and, after getting our festival packet, arrived for the end of the first lecture.  Boo.  Friday I dressed in my attempt at a 1930s tourist, with a 1930s Hungarian peasant blouse made of a rayon chiffon.  I matched it with a blue skirt made by me from a 30s pattern and a large 30s picture hat purchased in a vintage shop in Old Town Orange.  I combined them all with mother of pearl jewelry from Jerusalem and my charm bracelet showing many of my actual travels, and I felt quite the worldly traveler.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s dress by Lady by Choice

After another lecture, we were still waiting on our room to be ready, so we trotted off to tea and, wouldn't you know it, got the message the room was finally ready.  By the time we got our key to our disappointingly small room on M deck and were unpacked, it was time to dress for the Cocktails in Historic Places at the Verandah Grill. No time to tweak my hair or makeup, just time to throw on a dress and bolt.  Dress was from eBay.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s dress by Lady by Choice

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s dress by Lady by Choice
 Dan'a and I

After Cocktails it was time for the third costume change for the day for the Deco Derby and Pajama Jam.  This year was a combo format from year's prior, with the guests being able to race the horses and sell the tickets as they had in earlier years, and the live band from last year for those who enjoy dancing. I know there were many who wanted the complimentary desserts that used to be part of the old format, but the live band was nice and I could have all the coffee or tea I wanted to try and stay awake. Hubby Dearest raced one of the horses, but betting on him proved a loss for me.  The second race, though, I won and unlike in a prior year when I won, everyone with the winning number got a prize, instead of drawing from all of the winning tickets for that race for the ultimate winner.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Deco Derby Pajama Jam by Lady by Choice

My ensemble for this party consisted of 1920s silk pajamas with embroidery from eBay and a tissue silk 1920s robe from Alice Blue Gown Vintage Clothing.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1920s pajamas by lady by Choice

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1920s pajamas by Lady by Choice 
Me, Dan'a and Sharlene

The next day's series of lectures found me in an early 1930s brown and ivory floral print silk dress from Concetta's Closet that was supposedly owned by a Nashua, New Hampshire woman from a very prominent family in town.  It certainly was lovely to wear. Hat was straw from FabGabs. Vintage-style glasses are completely modern from Urban Outfitters.
 
Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s dress by Lady by Choice

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s dress by Lady by Choice

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s dress by Lady by Choice

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival by Lady by Choice
Hubby in his new Optimo

After the lectures it was time for a new event to the deco roundup - Gatsby Daze.  This was a "lawn party" on the deck of the Queen Mary with Ginger Pauley entertaining the guests with music, which was wonderful as she is a very talented performer.  It was agreed by all that more shade and more seating was needed, but I think much was learned from this attempt and if it happens again next year, I'm sure it will be improved upon.  I didn't change, but many ladies changed ensembles.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1920s dress by Lady by Choice
The always immaculately dressed Karie and Dan'a

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1920s dress by Lady by Choice

The lovely Sara Klotz de Aguilar, who also performed on the ship, had a fabulous 20s silk ensemble that matched the Queen Mary colors, with a parasol from the 1933 Chicago "Century of Progress" world's fair.  Doesn't she look fabulous!

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1920s dress by Lady by Choice

After the lawn party it was time to prepare for the ball.  I actually attempted to take a nap before the ball, but it takes quite a lot of hair pins to make my hair look short and carefully laying my head on my pillow after fixing it feels like sleeping on a porcupine. No rest for me.

My gown for the evening was a made-by-me rayon gown from 2012 - no time to make something new. The evening was lovely - we fox-trotted the night away.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival by Lady by Choice

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1920s 1930s by Lady by Choice
Me with the ever lovely Dan'a

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s by Lady by Choice

After the ball we ventured off to the recreation of the Starlight Lounge in the Verandah Grill for more socializing. Then off to bed, no room parties for me.  This old lady needs her beauty sleep!

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Starlight Lounge 1930s by Lady by Choice

Sunday I wore a navy made-by-me ensemble from 2012 for the lectures. The afternoon found me in an early 1930s made-by-me silk chiffon dress for the tea dance.  Oh, the stories of frustration I could tell you about this dress.  Maybe another time.  Please tell me why I keep putting my hand on my hip.  I look like I have meat-packer hands. Very inelegant.

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s by Lady by Choice

For dinner with some friends of mine who don't generally come to vintage events (have I won converts?) I wore a 1930s dress purchased from Charlotte Del Rose.  I made a little silk dickie to fill in the neckline and to match the hat with a peacock blue feather I purchased at last year's festival from Vintage Blue Moon. 

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s by Lady by Choice

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 1930s by Lady by Choice

Whew, that was a busy three days!  Are you planning on coming to next year's festival?  I hope to see you there!

'Bye for Now,




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lindy and Luaus - My Trip to Maui

Here it is the cold of winter (well, as cold as it has been in Southern California), and I just realized I didn’t post pics from my summer trip to Hawaii. I guess I have summer on the brain. My last trip to Maui was a vintage disappointment to me as I just couldn’t get my sweaty body, tropically-enhanced frizzy hair, and sunburned skin in the mood to pretend to want to live out my Hawaiian vintage dreams.  This time I just decided to dress like a normal person from the get go and stop trying so hard to look vintage perfect.  Tank tops?  I wore them.  Cargo pants (I don’t do shorts, usually)?  Yep.  Bathing suits? Gulp, sure (no photo evidence, though.) Guess what? The vintage wardrobe police didn’t strike me down with pitchforks made of hair picks and bindings made of last season’s too tight girdle garters. And I had a grand time.  However, I did take an hour to slip on a 20s dress for a vintage-esque photo shoot at our favorite photo spot in Makena. I couldn’t bear making my boys wear suits in that heat, so they just went in shirt sleeves. While the perfectionist in me is tempted to say, look at her hair, where are their jackets, what happened to the shoes, I quietly strive to squash that little monster like a bug and enjoy our photos for what they are – a wonderful snapshot in time of my very blessed family.

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui


Maui is so varied in that you can go from the Mediterranean conditions on one coast, to the lava formations and black sand beaches sheltered by rain forests on another.

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui

Lady by Choice Maui


As hokey as they can be, I love to go to luaus to get a little hula fix. This time around, the photos are, ahem, masculine.

Lady by Choice Maui luau

Lady by Choice Maui luau

Lady by Choice Maui luau

We have a little tradition in Hawaii of trying to capture each sunset of our trip that we can on film.  They are all so beautiful.

Lady by Choice Maui sunset

Lady by Choice Maui sunset

Lady by Choice Maui sunset


My vintage thoughts were not far from me in our ventures from home as we took the long trip on the twisting road to Hana, along the nail-biting one-lane roads of Kipahulu to the Palapala Ho'omau church and graveyard where Charles Lindbergh, the famed aviator, is buried. He spent his last years in Kipahulu. His grave, near the cliffs at Kipahulu, is simple, given his stature. 

Lady by Choice Maui Lindbergh

Lady by Choice Maui Lindbergh

Lady by Choice Maui Lindbergh Kipahulu

When I danced hula many years ago, I danced to a song talking about Kipahulu.  It is interesting, as a mainland dancer, you often don’t get to experience the spirit of the places you dance about. You learn the lyrics, both Hawaiian and English, and try to convey the emotion in your expression as if you know what you are talking about.  However, not having visited the place, the dance is left a little plain.  I now know about Kipahulu.  

E nanea ho`i kau
Ka lehulehu
Hale kipa ho`okipa
E na malihini

Such a delight
For the many visitors,
A house to call at and be welcomed
Along with the many guests.

Lady by Choice Maui



A hui hou,

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