Thursday, December 23, 2010

Manufactured Snow


If you were paying close attention to Monday's post, you might have noticed the mention of a 'holiday party at your realtor's house' as a possible San Francisco event that one might have to dress up for. Well, Mark and I attended just such an event the weekend before last, and knowing that our realtor has a gorgeous, 4-level Victorian house and is also one of the top realtors in the city, I figured the party would be a swanky one and therefore decided to wear one of my most formal dresses. I was not mistaken in my choice; the party was definitely a high class event, with a sumptuous array of food, 2 bands, and even a machine that blew snow from the second floor window down onto the front porch. Yes, it's true -- if we want snow here in San Francisco we have to manufacture it ourselves. Not being a big fan of snow myself, I really prefer this approach.

The dress I wore is from the 1930's and is one I found in a vintage store many years ago. I'm assuming it was handmade, since it has no tags of any kind. And actually it seems like it was handmade specifically for ME, so perfect is the fit.

Speaking of perfectly-fitted dresses, back in 2000 when I bought this one I was also fortunate enough to try on an amazing 1930's gown that had been worn by Myrna Loy. Myrna Loy! One of my all-time favorite actresses! It was a black, long-sleeved gown with a cascade of huge silver stars that ran across the fitted bodice and trailed diagonally all the way to the bottom of the flared, floor length skirt. It was magnificent, truly magnificent, and in a tragic case of non-buyer's remorse, I passed it up because it was fancier than I imagined I would ever need, and it cost $1200. But I have to tell you, if I had it to do over again I'd spend double or even triple that amount to own that amazing dress, even if it meant eating nothing but ramen noodles for several months. It fit me so perfectly, and the fact that it had been owned by the great Myrna Loy made it so very special, that I'll forever regret the decision to let it go. Needless to say, if I ever come across an item that special again, I'll do whatever it takes to make it mine.

I figured this was a good outfit to end my regular posting for the year with; tomorrow my company begins its holiday shutdown, and I won't return to work until January 3. There may be a post or two thrown in over the break if I get around to it, but I'm planning on mostly taking a rest from blogging as well as work. Mark and I are staying in town this year rather than the usual escape to Mexico, but we have some exciting things planned that I'll tell you about later. In the meantime, here's wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday!

I'll leave you with some images of the stunning Myrna Loy. Who, apparently, wore the same dress size as me. It's not as good as owning the actual dress, but hey, it's something!


21 comments:

tinyjunco said...

"...Who, apparently, wore the same dress size as me. It's not as good as owning the actual dress, ..."

yeah, it's not as good as, it's BETTER!!! how incredible you got to wear a dress that Ms. Loy wore herself - a treasured memory always, i'm certain.

& you in that red dress - it's just too much.

have a great vacation!!! steph

notSupermum said...

You, and the red dress, are gorgeous!

Btw, we have lots of snow here in England and the country has practically ground to a halt in some places. I also prefer a machine blowing snow out of the window, because at least I could turn that off.

notSupermum said...

You, and the red dress, are gorgeous!

Btw, we have lots of snow here in England and the country has practically ground to a halt in some places. I also prefer a machine blowing snow out of the window, because at least I could turn that off.

Peacock's Hat said...

That dress is incredible.

Diana said...

Fantastic gown! You look beautiful.

LPC said...

You look the way we should all get to look at least once in our lives.

Louise said...

The necklace is gorgeous, too. Can you tell us more about it?

Miss B said...

Wow, classy is one word. but the one I thought of is swanky (but in a good way, you understand?).

How lucky you got to wear something like that!

Kylara7 said...

That dress is gorgeous and you looking striking in it :) I adore 20s and 30s fashion and the sleek "modern" lines of the clothes and hats from that period (not to mention the great music!). Sounds likea lovely party and a wonderful holiday event...

If you haven't seen it already, the BBC series "House of Eliott" is available on NetFlix (or maybe a public library collection). It's a pitch perfect period series set in Jazz Age London with beautiful clothes, accessories, decor, etc, about two sisters started a fashion design company...great story and amazing fashions!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101123/

gina said...

What a gorgeous dress! You look stunning!

WendyB said...

Non-buyer's remorse hurts, man.

This dress is gorgeous. Makes me feel like you should wear red all the time!

Krista said...

That is one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen!!
You look fantastic! Happy holidays!

Cynthia said...

That's an amazing dress. Especially since it fits you so perfectly.

The 1930s were a great fashion decade -- I've got some old pictures of my grandmother and her friends dressed up for summer in swishy romper-type garments with long wide legs, probably repurposed dresses. and totally fabulous hair, of course.

ReaderRita said...

That dress is stunning, and you look incredible!

Yay for Myrna Loy!
She had the unsurpassed ability to convey so much with a strategically raised eyebrow...

But now, if you'll excuse me, I feel the need to go watch some Thin Man movies ( and have a Manhattan cocktail) for some odd reason...
Have a swell holiday...

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Shame you didn't get that other dress but this red one is amazing. It certainly fits you beautifully. Merry Christmas.

Audi said...

Louise: The necklace was actually a gift with purchase that I got at Bloomingdale's many years ago. It's a single strand of gray pearls that closes with a heart-shaped, crystal studded clasp. When I got it I actually never thought I'd wear it, but it has proven to be just the thing for more formal outfits. I'm glad I kept it!

Mrs_L said...

I do agree with you: this dress is worth several months on bread and water alone! It looks amazing, and so are you!

A-C said...

wow Audi! You look amazing and elegant and just wow.

Fawn said...

That red dress is gorgeous!

I weep with you for the loss of Myrna Loy's dress. I love dresses from the '30s -- so slinky, so drapey, yet so forgiving of various figures -- swoon. If it ever appears in your life again, JUMP.

laura said...

You look gorgeous!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Oh, the one that got away.... At least you have that gorgeous red frock to console you somewhat.

Have a wonderful break and a happy new year!