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Victorian tea cups for men??! Who knew?

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Many Victorian men where known for their mustaches.¬† As a mater of fact they were judged by the size of their mustaches, so obviously this caused for embarrassing moments during tea time. ūüėČ So, the teacup for men was invented!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moustache_cup

“The moustache cup is a drinking cup with a semicircular ledge inside. The ledge has a half moon-shaped opening to allow the passage of liquids and serves as a guard to keep moustaches dry. It is generally acknowledged to have been invented in the 1860s by British potter Harvey Adams (born 1835).

Moustaches flourished throughout the Victorian era. Often, moustache wax was applied to the moustache to keep it nice and stiff, with every hair in place. And therein lay a problem that cropped up when steaming hot cups of tea or coffee were carried up to the mouth for sipping: the steam melted the wax and sent it right into the cup. Another problem soon became apparent. Sipping hot tea or coffee, moustaches also often became stained. Finally, Harvey Adams, an innovative Englishman, in 1860 came up with an unusual invention, “the moustache cup”. The latter had a ledge, called a moustache guard, across the cup. The ledge had one semicircular opening against the side of the cup. The pampered moustache then rested safe and dry on the guard while sipping a hot beverage through the opening. The new invention spread all over the European continent and soon, every famous potter was making the new cups. A multiplicity of moustache cups were made by famous manufactories such as Meissen, Royal Crown Derby, Imari, Royal Bayreuth, Limoges and others. Each potter created his own version of this masculine tableware and the news of that invention soon spread to America.”

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Art Deco Society of California presents – Gatsby Summer Afternoon

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for guests/non-members if purchased before Friday Sept 6. $70 for all at the door. Go to the ADSC website http://www.artdecosociety.org/ and buy with paypal OR download an order form and mail  it in.

What to expect at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon:

On the second Sunday in September the Art Deco Society of California hosts its annual Gatsby Summer Afternoon at the historic Dunsmuir Helman House in Oakland California.

The Gatsby Summer Afternoon lets several hundred aficionados of the 1920s and 30s step back to a time when elegance was a way of life and the Charleston and Fox Trot were all the rage. This is not a spectator event; every guest is part of the scene in their vintage best. From 1-6 p.m. the panoramic Dunsmuir front lawn becomes the stage on which all participants play, picnic, dance, and sip champagne; reminiscent of a scene from The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel of 1925.

Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra With Carla Normand
Dance to RSJO’S Authentic Jazz Era Arrangements

The Great Gatsby Bathing Beauty Revue With
The DecoBelles

Toast the Crowning of This Year’s Miss Art Deco

Grand Motor Car Exhibit
Enjoy Dozens of Art Deco Era Autos on Display

Wine Tasting
Wine provided by LeVin Winery‚ÄĒCommemorative Wine Glass $5

Dunsmuir House Tours
Complimentary House Tours 2pm to 3pm

Prizes will be awarded:
Best Auto, Best Costumes for Ladies, Gents and Children, Best Picnics, Petite to Grand, Best Charleston

A Fashion Parade at which you can show off your vintage style in a promenade before our stage!


Vintage beauty tips, tricks, and tragedies.

Since the beginning of time women have done things to make themselves more attractive.  Even as simple as brushing and styling their hair, to dramatic disfigurations to get the right look.

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic 'ice' cubes which could be filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic ‘ice’ cubes which could be¬† filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was¬† popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars
EEEEK!

This scares me deeply!

Glamour Bonnet‚Äô … it lowers air pressure to aid circulation and complexion

The infamous corset, which can be fun for certain events…once in a blue moon, but not daily! No thank you!!

Absurd!

Throughout the ages, women have experimented with beauty treatments to enhance natural features, slow the aging process, and care for the outer body. Beginning in the Ancient era, the Biblical account of Queen Esther’s life mentions the elaborate spa-type treatments that young women underwent for an entire 12-month period to prepare themselves for a reception with the King. The first six months involved treatments with oil and myrrh, and the second with perfumes and cosmetics!

With modern day waxing, working out, plucking, puckering, pouting, pinching, and fidgeting, most women will always be slaves to the latest and greatest to stay young a beautiful forever.  Good luck gals!!


The ultimate Victorian experience! Stay at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA

The ultimate Victorian experience! Stay at the Upham Hotel in Santa Barbara, CA

I had the most wonderful experience last year to stay at this divine Victorian hotel The Upham Hotel, opened for business in 1871, blocks from State Street, the main street in down town Santa Barbara.  We did not use our car the entire weekend and was able to walk to anything we needed, including a .50 trolley that will take you straight to the beach during the day.

This site is just jaw dropping and I couldn’t sleep here either, I¬†found myself exploring the grounds at 3am and the on site¬†gardens is a great place to sit and enjoy the complementary wine and crackers every¬†evening.¬† There is also complementary cookies and milk before bed in the main house. The rooms are simple but beautiful and¬†my husband and I were spoiled with our own private¬†side patio which gave us our own space outside of just our room.¬† I recommend¬†staying here if you ever go to Santa Barbara and just want to explore the local downtown scene.

Then:

The Upham Hotel, at 1404 De la Vina Street

Now:

Here is a link to a wonderful BIO of the Upham:

http://www.independent.com/news/2012/jul/23/upham-hotel/

1404 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara CA 93101


Classic Movie review- Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Classic Movie review- Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

I was excited to watch for the first time the original Bride of Frankenstein last night during my usual battle of insomnia.  This movie was great, full of humor and depth as I enjoyed the deeper moral value of accepting someone regardless of physical or mental disability.  When Frankenstein made friends with the man in the forest, it warmed my heart, and then broke it when he was discovered for forced to continue his search to fit in and live in peace.  Then, just what every man needs(chuckle), the insane doctor makes him a mate! Elsa Lanchester is excellent and beautiful and loved her for this part!  This is on my list of favorite Cult Classics!


Check out your local artwalk!

Ok, so I am a little late on this but in time I will be on top of things! This past weekend was the Pomona Artwalk in downtown Pomona where the art culture is rich in the Inland Empire.

If you are in the IE and want something to do, every second Saturday of the month Pomona has an art walk that is full of galleries having shows, providing snacks and sometimes wine, local bars, and lots of restaurants to grab something to eat during your journey.  It is several blocks of all of the above and a guaranteed good night for all.  There is also local events all month long in the downtown art district  like the weekend Farmers Market and every last Saturday of the month is the Pomona Night Out Classic Car show.  Several times a year there is the Antique Rows collectors Street Faire (Next one is on May 25, 2013 8am-3pm). (This is so dangerous for me not to spend every last time on the treasures found here!

http://pomonaartscolony.com/pages/blast.html

http://www.downtownpomona.org/