As some of you may know by now, I have put together a few meet up events here in the LA area over the last year and a half or so. It is just part of my nature to try to be an organizer. And in fact it is part of my professional training. But I digress. But I must admit that it is partly due to one very selfish reason that I put these things together. And that is that I want to meet and connect as friends with other pinup women. None of the things I've put together have had big turn outs. But I would say that they have all been successful in their own way. So I guess I will keep on doing them.
So now we get to the most recent event. On Friday, April 11th the Jive Aces group was playing at the "oh so elegant" Cicada Club in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. I knew that I wanted to be there. So I asked if other people were interested in joining me. More about that in a few lines. I also knew that I wanted to look my best. So I asked for some advice from PUG's Natasha Estrada about finding a makeup artist. She recommended Stephanie who does work at the Boutique. I made my appointment. I told Stephanie what I would be wearing and she went to work on me. She recommended that I go for a smokey and sultry makeup look. And, wow was she right. I must say that she is as interesting and as talented as she is beautiful! Here is a pic with me and Stephanie after she had finished:
It turns out that the first person I ever met through PUG Style was my (now) friend Nilay. She joined me at the Boutique for some shopping. And she bought the dress that she wore that night while I was having my makeover. We had contemplated going out for an early dinner before going to the Cicada. But due to traffic and other tiny snafus we just decided to get some snacks at the Club. And with our snacks we tried out some really tasty cocktails. I won't say that nothing says elegance like a woman holding a cocktail, but I will say that it feels that way. Here we are sitting at our little table with drinks at the ready.
It was so wonderful to be able to chat with Nilay. We had not seen each other in 5 or 6 months. So we had so much to catch up on. But we were not just there to talk. We could have done that anywhere. We were also there to listen to and to dance to the band, The Jive Aces. These Brits are one happy bunch. And each time they perform at The Cicada they are joined by the daughter of the great singer, Louis Prima. Her name is Toni Elizabeth Prima. She has a powerful voice and it is so great to hear her sing some of her father's songs. I am sorry to say that I did not really get a good pic of her. But I did get a great pic of one of the Satin Dollz dancing up a storm. I also have a pic of the promoter of the Club, Mr Maxwell DeMille.
I think that I may as well post a few more pics of myself and Nilay. Hey, if you take them, then you might as well post them! And I think that both of us were looking quite good! First here are two close ups.
Now here is a pic taken of us with another PUG fun. She was so beautiful and so friendly. But I did not get her name. Does anyone know who she is?
Let me end showing you two full length shots taken outside the Cicada Club in front of some of the marvelous metal work. Yes, somehow during all of the dancing, the strap to my dress became loosened. But somehow with the geometrical metal patterns it all seems to go together.
It was a great evening. I am already trying to figure out the next time that I can make it to the Cicada. I know that we here in LA are so very lucky to have a supper club that is so evocative of those nightclubs from the Forties and Fifties. It is such a great place to dress up. It makes me so happy to be there. I am not sure if I will try to organize another such event there. But... if you are interested, let me know. Oh, most Cicada events are on Sunday nights. Once in awhile, they have Friday nights dances such as this one was. I do guarantee that if you go, and if you wear PUG, you will see sister PUG wearers there.