Friday, September 7, 2007

Gussy


There is positively no indication around these parts that we are now well into September, as the temperature continues to hover in the 90s. However, I know that The Most Fabulous Day of The Year, Halloween, is on the way when I start seeing little ones wearing their costumes at the grocery store. I just love that. I remember being a child and being so excited about my get-up, aching to wear it every day, sad that it was the annual version of a wedding dress: much ado about a few hours.

I remain a huge fan of playing dress-up. I bought some fantastic clothes this week for an upcoming trip and spent the entire evening trying them on with nearly everything else in my closet, bugging Pete every 15 minutes to Look At Me!!! How cute am I??


My sister Suzanne and I grew up in a small town in WV and we were kinda obsessed with New York City (where, sure enough, we would both end up living). When Suzanne was in high school she scored a copy of Kevin Aucoin's Making Faces and we would spend hour upon hour at our matching vanities, trying to replicate his magic. We have a great-aunt who used to live in NYC in the forties because she was married to a war-correspondent from the NY Times. They never had children, he died ages ago, and when she moved out of her home into assisted-care (she's in her 90s), her belongings were divvied up between family members. Suzanne and I nearly lost our minds as we were given carte blanche access to swanky vintage gowns, bags, scarves and gloves - which we both still wear.

my pretty sister

I don't think this love of "gettin' gussied" has ever left either one of us. To this day, when Suzanne walks in a room you notice. Sadly, these days What I Wear is simply What Isn't Very Dirty. But on those rare occasions when I dress-up, I feel her inside of me...that 6-yr-old who never wanted to take off her Wonder Woman costume, the armor of power and beauty.

6 comments:

ahna said...

I love to dress up, too. That's probably why I made a career in the theater - so I'd never have to take my costumes off.
I say "more power to Wonder Woman!"

domesticgoddess said...

I have a sister Suzanne, too. Gone are the days when we used to get dressed up together though. I'd love to hear (and see)more about your vintage scores...you lucky girl!

Galadriel Thompson said...

I once went through a minimalist phase and got rid of sixteen Hefty bags of 1940's and 50's dresses and slacks! I wore those clothes everyday for years. Oh how I wish I still had them. I wear the same old jeans and t-shirt so much that when I do get dressed up I feel like a sham.

I would love to see your vintage goods! Also, lady, from what I've seen even your "what's not dirty" is fantastic.

by Johanna Brandvik said...

There's nothing like a good "gussy" once in a while - hair tucked back, a little extra sparkle here, a little peek of something sexy there! I spent one summer living in NYC, working on my porfolio at Parsons, and so appreciated the varying degrees of "gussying" that surrounded me in Manhattan. Southern California doesn't seem to bring that out in people, as the standard attire here is jeans and...flip flops. I'm beginning to loathe flip flops. You and your sis are gorgeous and look like you could pull off anything!

Rose said...

You two are beautiful! I've never been much for dressing up; more of a tomboy but it is fun to see the reactions when I do!
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