Friday, December 15, 2017

IN THREE WORDS

In this weekly feature, I'll share a picture of a weekly guest and you tell me in only three words what come to mind.

In three words.....
Rosemary Clooney


*And this weekend if your bored, head over to Mistress Mj's at the Infomaniac for her Christmas Party. Just stay to the main rooms though...you don't want to get lost in that dump...trust me.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

LOOKING GLASS...SAKS

It goes without question that no one can do Christmas quite like New York City, although, Philadelphia is pretty neck and neck with it. The picturesque windows for Manhattan's flagship department stores will have you stopping in your footsteps—even the most hardened of New Yorkers must pause to gawk, then grumble on about tourists. Window shopping is an amazing experience just after Thanksgiving when Manhattan's biggest department stores reveal their holiday window displays, some having taken months, and in some cases all year to create. In some companies, they have just a visual team for windows alone. Checking out some holiday windows is a must-do during your holiday season visit to New York City. The windows displays are almost always on view shortly before Thanksgiving and remain up until just after the New Year, so they can be experienced by visitors throughout the holiday season.  As is tradition here, I will start sprinkling in the holiday window since they seem to be a holiday favorite with y'all. The first and only one thus far I saw is Saks, and last week's Tiffany & Co on my last trip last week. Ill be in New York City this weekend...so look out next week.
Fans of Mickey Mouse will love Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday window display. In celebration of the 80th anniversary of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the department store partnered with the media brand to transform all fourteen of its Fifth Avenue-facing windows into scenes from the beloved fairytale.  If you go, you'll see incredibly detailed vignettes of Snow White frolicking among adorable woodland creatures, the seven dwarfs singing their famous song in a crystal cave and the Wicked Queen being, y'know, evil! I thought they were very well done.

MEANWHILE AT SAKS......

...you walk in to see Lady Bunny queening!This is what happens when a fabulous queen should go home after a night of drinking.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PORTAIT OF CHRISTMAS QUEENS

Alaska Thunderfuvk

Ginger Minj

Peppermint

Miss Fame

Ivy Winters

Katya

Bob the Drag Queen

Phi Phi O'Hara

Sherry Vine

Manila Luzon

Jackie Beat

Thorgy Thor

Sharon Needles

Jinkx Monsoon
The Christmas Queens Tour...hopefully coming to a city near you!


Dec 17, 2017 - New York, NY - Stage 48 

Dec 19, 2017 - Boston, MA - Royale 

Dec 21, 2017 - Chicago, IL - Metro 
Dec 22, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA - The Ace Theatre 
Dec 23, 2017 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine 

MORE DATES BEING ANNOUNCED SOON!
Check out the website for tickets and additional shows here.

Monday, December 11, 2017

MORE SUSPECTS

This past weekend while having breakfast, I couldn't resist the cute little Junco's that have returned recently.  They returned about two weeks ago, they always seem to know when the winter is coming....and they were right. Yes....that is snow in the background, as we had our first snowfall. At one point I had upwards of 20 Junco's on the sill. And their song is so pretty. I couldn't resist not posting their cute pictures.
Then it got quite....and everyone cleared. A new suspect showed up.
The food chain just got bigger!!!

ILLUSTRATION OF FASHION

I hope everybody had a wonderful weekend. I finally had to time to relax and deck the halls at the Casa, all the while enjoying our first snow fall. But alas...it's Monday again. Lets kick this Monday off with some artwork by one of my favorite illustrators....Rene Gruau, who's art you may recognize from the decoration of my blog sidebar. I love the color and the fun vibrant feel it has and have several greeting cards of his framed in my hallway.
RenĂ© Gruau  was a fashion illustrator whose exaggerated portrayal of fashion design through painting has had a lasting effect on the fashion industry. Because of Gruau's inherent skills and creativity, he contributed to a change in the entire fashion industry through the new pictures that represented the already popular designs created by designers in the industry. The benefits, including economic stimulation and enhancement of advertising are still present in the industry today via a new way of fashion illustration, fashion photography. Gruau became one of the best known and favorite artists of the haute couture world during the 1940s and 50s, and an assortment of “high-style” magazines. Gruau’s artwork is recognized and commended internationally in some of Paris and Italy's most prestigious art museums in Paris and in Italy.
Have a good Monday all! And if that didn't get you started today, I bet the Casa du Borghese dancers can....

Sunday, December 10, 2017

SEEN AROUND TOWN

This week, the Mistress really got around. And NOT in the way your thinking. Between work and meeting friends for dinner, there was no time for sitting and relaxing right after work some evenings. But  with some good chuckles and beautiful scenery who could complain?
Views at the Philadelphia Art Museum.
John Wanamaker's grand organ and tree. As is tradition, the organ and light show still continue, even though sadly, Wanamaker's, a Philadelphia gem is long gone.
My favorite building for architecture in all of Philly...City Hall. Every year it's a festive gathering spot for the tree lighting and watching ice skating in Dilworth Plaza.

You would think at the Betsy Ross House, they'd at least put a wreath of greens on the door.

A beautiful window display for a toy store.
Love Park....where they now moved the annual Christmas Village. The village has all kinds of homemade baked good, and local handy-craft and knits for sale, not to mention hot chocolate and some of the best roasted nuts.

Meanwhile in New Hope, in my hamlet the other night, met my friend Pixie for a nice dinner, and saw the usual odd sights.
Santa...on a stylist Vespa.

Random signs in Love Saves the Day...a quickie boutique. I meant a quirky boutique.
The People's Market. All kinds of  bric-a-brac and jumble. 

Then Friday night it was off to the Raven Resort for Hedda Lettuce's Christmas show Lettuce Rejoices, filled with her holiday filth and hilarity and holiday classics. She is always a hoot and she was even still here for our first snow fall.

Any wonder I had a hang over yesterday?
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