Rouge My Knees

high heeled tap shoes and show music
April 30, 2009, 09:37
Filed under: costumes, féminin

lately I’ve been toying with the idea that I’ll enroll in a tap dance class this summer.   It would be the perfect excuse to tramp around town in high-waisted shorts from Lewis NYC or Rachel Antonoff.  I’ve been trying to reason with myself and my wallet as to why I would need to buy more than one pair of  super high-waist tap shorts.  Enrolling in a class is a sure fire way to relieve my conscience.   Plus the dance skills are going to be priceless.

~How fun does this look!~

~How fun does this look!~

Note, both videos on the former Mooka Kinney gals’ sites are wonderful.  Must watch!!!  The LEWIS vid just makes me want to run around chugging champagne in oxfords and pretty lingerie.


Sartorial Smash!
April 29, 2009, 00:00
Filed under: costumes, femme icons

Watching HBO’s Grey Gardens was such a treat.   The costumes were dead on – reminding us how fashionable the Edies were…and really what better fashion rebel than Little Edith Bouvier Beale.  Whimsical and full of life, her scarf, cape and pin concoctions are still inspriring.  My lovely friends and I just gasped when Drew showed up in the highwaisted shorts with cream piping…and the swimsuits.  I’ve long been wanting to find the perfect vintage suit that could double as a jumper to run around in on a hot, muggy  Saturday in DC.   Recently, my quest to find the perfect jumper seemed like it was answered…that is until I saw the price tag and realized it was a bit out of my price limit.  One of my bestie friends did however manage to snap a photo.  Oh Bestey Johson…could you just give me a 75% discount?  The seersucker jumper was made to be worn with my new summer hat. I suppose I’ll just have to keep trolling Ebay and Etsy for that perfect fitting vintage suit.

~Those shorts...and that blouse.  Looks like something you'd find at Lyell~

~Those shorts...and that blouse. Looks like something you'd find at Lyell~

~perfect white suit. Why aren't bathing suits today as glamorous and demure?~

~perfect white suit. Why aren't bathing suits today as glamorous and demure?~

~how gorgeous was Little Edie!~

~how gorgeous was Little Edie!~

~the jumper fit like a glove, oh and button details along the sides...sigh.~

~the jumper fit like a glove, oh and button details along the sides...sigh.~

Lou Reed Land
April 26, 2009, 00:00
Filed under: music



vuLou & Andy


Rushmore boy
April 26, 2009, 00:00
Filed under: music

I confess.  I have an abysmal thing for Jason Schwartzman.


His first album is great.

chat noir
April 26, 2009, 00:00
Filed under: Kittehs, music


something about a black kitteh and french.  1+1= magic.

I love playing this tune for my white whisker boy


rogue taxidermy
April 1, 2009, 23:02
Filed under: cupcakes, flowers and unicorns, Taxidermy


Rogue Taxidermy

Rogue taxidermy is the creation of stuffed animals which do not have real, live counterparts, such as the jackelope and the skvader. They may have mythical counterparts (e.g. dragons), be of the taxidermist’s imagination, or be endangered or extinct species. They can be made from the supposed parts of mythical animals (e.g.chimeras, griffins, unicorns) or they may be artificially created. Rogue taxidermy is often seen in sideshows and dime museums among genuine freak animals.


That’s a new definition I just discovered while looking up various methods of taxidermy.  I find the it all amazing, albeit a bit horrifying, but at the same time beautiful.  I was able to explore my fascination last year when I came across a Vanity Fair article on Deyrolle, the 170 year old Parisian shop that suffered a near fatal fire in Feb 2008.  It is one of Wes Andersen’s favorite stops when he is in the city of lights.  I’m hoping to eventual end up with a nice collection of peacocks and various curiosities.

Tea anyone?


and I was wearing a 1940’s turban.
April 1, 2009, 22:46
Filed under: burlesque, femme icons


Dita admits to owning over 350 corsets (her faves by Mr. Pearl) and a large collection of taxidermy.

the list of reasons one should move to europe, let alone paris, is in my view endless…though burlesque diva,  miss dita von teese, does make a great argument when she recently was quoted in Inked Magazine:

Paris.  As an eccentric, I feel most comfortable there.  I was having tea in one of my favorite restaurants there recently, and I was wearing a 1040’s turban.  I looked around, and I saw two other women in turbans.  They were like, 90 years old, but I thought, “This is the place for me!”

So lately I’ve been contemplating first, where does one buy said turban and secondly, can I pull it off?  Thirdly…what do I wear a turban with?  So, I was happy to see these photos posted on two of my favorite blogs, garance dore and the sartorialist (published by none other than newly happy couple Garance and Scott Schuman).  The purple one is just divine.  I should hope to find something as special and pull it off so well.  Spring is a time for new beginnings!


I just love how she works the turban and the awesomely large frames.

Always in style, the fashionable jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia: