January brought me my first visit to the Hollywood Museum, which showcases artifacts from Hollywood, housed in the old Max Factor Building. The bottom floor is dedicated to the old makeup rooms set up by Max Factor and are drool-worthy if you love vintage makeup.
In February, we put on our ‘20s finest, channeled a guest of Nucky Thompson, and attended Casino Moderne at the Los Angeles Athletic Club with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
While the exhibit Fashioning Fashion at LACMA was beautiful, the highlight, or lowlight if you consider I was sick with the flu, was celebrating my anniversary at the Cicada Club. The night didn’t last nearly as long as it should have. Forgive the sickly complexion.
In April I visited ReMix Vintage Shoes, but saved my favorite post for our Easter at the Langham Hotel.
May was a month of patriotism, as we did a Memorial Day flag placement and attended the Planes of Fame vintage aircraft airshow.
A vacation to my mama along Route 66 was the highlight of June, as we traveled through iconic sights of the Old West, including Monument Valley.
The Coca-Cola Building in Los Angeles, not opened for visitors, was opened for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Between the tour and our visit to Fort MacArthur Days, we had a busy month.
While I didn’t post about my vacation in Hawaii till October, the month of August was spent sewing like a fiend for Art Deco Fest to come, and relaxing in Maui for our vacation.
September was the best month of all as we spent a gorgeous weekend aboard the Queen Mary for the Art Deco Festival with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. Since we also got to play at Ticket to the 20s, do the Hollywood Boulevard Walking Tour, and attended the opening of What Katie Did, it was a busy month for this vintage lover.
October was a dark month for me, but it was lightened a bit by going with friends to the Old Town Music Hall and pumpkin picking in Oak Glen.
While most people think Thanksgiving in the U.S. when November comes around, I also had a blast attending the Besame 1940s Makeup Workshop at What Katie Did and playing at the Sky Room with my buddies Lily and Brian, who first got us into the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles.
With December come all of the Christmas festivities, including the Christmas Tree Lane Tree Lighting, and the Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn in Riverside.
And there is a recap of my year. Lots of fun firsts for us, as well as lots of lows as I dealt with my brother, but overall a wonderful year. Today I began putting away all of my Christmas decorations and, while I was sad to put them all away, I came across something I had stashed away from the beginning of the month, something I meant to enjoy during the holiday. It was a box of the old-fashioned ribbon Christmas candy, one of my nostalgic favorites. And so I get to enjoy the holidays a little bit longer, even if it is only in candy form. And that is what I wish for you in this New Year. Lots of joy with many sweet surprises along the way. Happy 2012!