Sorry about the long title for this post. But I wanted to give you a taste of what this will be about. So, first things first. I knew that I was going to have three days and nights completely to myself this past weekend. I dress vintage or repro vintage as much as humanly possible. I love my Pin Up Girl Clothing so much. It is so flattering. It makes me feel so wonderful when I wear it. So I decided that I would wear nothing but PUG during my adventures.
I made my weekend a three day affair by taking Friday off from work. I had some ideas in mind about what I might do. But then it came to me. I had purchased a deal from Amazon Local Deals for a photoshoot. So I decided to book that for early Friday afternoon. I will save my discussion about that experience until after I receive my photos. But I will say that I wore three outfits and each of them was a PUG outfit.
After the photoshoot I asked the Makeup Artist which of the dresses I wore for the shoot would she recommend that I wear while out and about. There was not doubt in her mind. She recommended that I wear the Michelline Dress in Tiffany Blue. This was a dress that I bought off of eBay. It cost me only $46 plus $7 in shipping. It was lightly used when I got it. But when I tried it on, I had only one thought which was "OMFG"! I could not believe how good it looked on me. The proofs of the photos that were taken of me wearing that dress during the shoot look amazing. But you will just have to wait to see those.
My photoshoot was in the city of West Covina, in the San Gabriel Valley part of L.A. There was one place that I was determined to go after that. It was to the What Katie Did store in Hollywood. It had been quite a few months since I had been there. I was so looking forward to seeing my friends, Michelle and Carrie, who work there. When I walked in I was surprised to see that it was none other than Katie of WKD. She brought out the corsolette that I had ordered, also one bullet bra and some bra pads. I asked her where "the girls" were. She told me that they had phoned her earlier in the week at her home in London and told her they were quitting. I was disappointed to hear they quit. They were so wonderful to me. But hopefully I will see them in the future. Hmm, maybe I will see them at the Cicada Club.
My next stop was the LA County Museum of Art. On Friday afternoons during the summer they have live jazz music. I did hear some music. But mostly I visited the galleries and checked out lots of early Twentieth Century art. I spent a few hours at the museum and had a very nice time.
So I guess you may be wanting to see some pictures of me wearing the Michelline Dress. Well here you go. They were both taken outside the museum beside a little amphitheater.
On Saturday the 17th I had arranged to have a Tea Party Meet Up of local PUGsters. A number of dolls were interested in attending and I got a good amount of positive RSVPs. But it ended up that only three of us were able to attend. Despite that, I think we all had a marvelous time. Besides myself the two other attendees were Dorthy Treasure and Nilay Engin. Dorthy and I met in my previous attempt to arrange a tea party. And Nilay and I have gotten together a few time before. I met each of them through this PUG Style site. And I have to tell you, they are both equally wonderful and both totally unique.
We met once again at the Chado Tea Room in Pasadena. They serve a traditional afternoon tea in a very nice environment. And to top it off they are quite reasonable. Afternoon tea is only about $20 per person. We spent a glorious two hours sipping our tea, eating our tea goodies and talking up a storm. Nilay talked about her belly dancing adventures and her recent return to visit her homeland of Turkey. Dorthy was happy to talk about her new job which is involved with the import and export of fine art. We talked about everything from the ballet to psychobilly and burlesque clubs. And me, well I always have plenty to say. In fact I talked a lot about my recent trips to music festivals in Seattle and Portland. And when it comes to PUGsters there is always talk about clothing, makeup and looking our best.
So once again, I am wearing another PUG outfit. It is the Havana Nights Dress in Warm Tone Cabana Stripes. I bought it online during one of PUG's online 20% off sales. I am wearing a vintage hat I'd just found that week at an antique store in Long Beach. The store is called Magnolia and Willow. I have bought quite a few of my PUg Pal gifts there. They have some incredibly low prices on some items. The hat cost only about $25. And the shoes I bought on sale at Nordstroms. I think they match the dress almost perfectly. Nilay is wearing the Heidi Dress in Red Rose Print. Dorthy is wearing a dress she ordered from a company called eShakti, a clothing manufacturer in India.
Here is a photo taken by our waiter of us just after we were served our tea goodies. The sandwiches are on the top plates, the scones on the middle plates and the sweets on the bottom plates. YUMMY!
And here are some pics of us in the doorway of a historic building just down the street from the tea room.
Nilay had to leave us after our round of picture taking. So Dorthy and I did a bit of shopping. We went to a really great store full of cards and nick nacks. And if you are one of the PUG Pals you may be getting one of the cards I purchased there. By the way the store is called Lula Mae and is located in Old Pasadena. I highly recommend it! Then we tried to visit some of the antique stores of Pasadena. But it was past 6 PM and all the stores were closed. So we ended up in South Pasadena at a cute boutique called Koi. I bought a vintage purse which I think totally matched the hat I was wearing.
Dorthy and I decided to stretch out the day into the night. We agreed to make a visit to my favorite hotel bar, the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. We had more great times just sharing stories while we sipped our cocktails. OK, the drinks are not cheap. But we are women who deserve to be treated well, even if we are treating ourselves. The Langham is just a wonderful place. And it is such a great place to take photographs. Here are just a few. We had so many kind people who volunteered to take our pictures. What a blessing! And I am only posting about a third of the best photos. I don't want to post too many. But I will be sending pics to both Dorthy and Nilay. Maybe they may post some that I have not posted. This was taken in the inner courtyard of the hotel.
I must give special thanks to Dorthy and Nilay for making our tea day such a great experience. And I will most certainly try to arrange another tea meet up sometime in the not too distant future.
So then I come to Sunday. I wore another dress that I bought off of eBay. That was the Neti Swing Dress. And that only cost me $37! I was on my own on Sunday. I made a shopping excursion to Nordstroms but did not buy anything. Then I decided to go to the Pasadena City Hall to take photos. If you look at some of the recent catalog photos of PUG clothing you will find some photos that were also taken there. While I was there, at least three other groups of people were taking pics including at least one marriage party. Here are a couple that I took using my trusty tripod and timer.
And finally a photo taken by my waiter at the El Cholo Restaurant in Paseo Pasadena. Yes, and if you must know, I am indeed drinking a margarita.