Looks like it will be a rainy saturday here in Maryland and further north but Artscape, one of the largest free art festivals in the country will still be going on for the most part. I went last night to look around and see one of my favorite artists in concert, KEM. Unfortunately a storm took over and cut his concert short after a couple of songs and I do mean a couple 😦 He didn’t even get to sing my jam, “Share My Life.” After I escaped the rain and lightening in a parking garage, I walked back over to what remained of the empty stage only to find he wouldn’t be back. As I sulked and pouted on the walk back to my car I saw a sign lit up permitting me to enter Dreamland Vintage.
Dreamland was last spotted in Hamdpen and it had been around for more than 30 years until the then owner, Mr. Tim Potee passed away due to pneumonia. There’s a lot of history that goes with this treasure of a vintage shop, Mr. Potee supplied items for several of the John Waters’ films. The store is now in the hands of a new owner, Maurice Lease, and he has moved it’s residence back to Mt. Vernon. He’s also added costumes and Kryolan professional make-up for those in search of those items. It is still undergoing a transformation but you’re more than welcome to stop in and shop around. The address is 1013 N. Charles St. so if you’re headed down to Artscape this weekend, stop in and take a look!
Below are pictures of my short visit… the shop was closing down about 20 minutes after I got there. See if you can guess what I purchased. With all of those colorful prints, you know I had to leave with something!
Yesterday I went to see Motown the Musical and thoroughly enjoyed myself… if you exclude the people who walked in late when it started and after intermission, blocking my view for seconds that sometimes turned into minutes at a time. There were times where I wished that the Motown artists in the scenes, no longer with us (Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Teena Marie, etc) were able to sit and watch pieces of their lives be re-enacted. I even wished Mr. Steve Wonder could physically see for himself but I sure he enjoyed it in his own way. It felt like I stepped into a time machine and became a fly on the wall at Hitsville U.S.A.
Motown the Musical
The show was full of energy, vibrant, and downright dazzling at times. I was *sings* dancing in the
street seat. A few songs were sung by those you wouldn’t expect but it seemed the musical selections were carefully chosen for the scenes and all of my favorite artists were shown at one point or another even if my favorite tunes weren’t performed. When the young Michael Jackson came to the stage I sat in amazement. Darius Kaleb and Raymond Luke Jr., the actors who play MJ, did a wonderful job. He was spot on and it felt like the entire audience was reliving the magic as soon as that grown soul voice came from his little body.
Waiting in line and what do I find? Two of my faves side by side!
The story did feel a little rushed but when you have, what had to be at least 50 musical numbers I can understand why. At one point a young Stevie Wonder was shown being signed and then you didn’t see him again until Act 2 and by then he was grown. I know there are times restraints so I won’t complain about characters being scooted in and out giving me almost zero time to get to know them. This show wasn’t solely about them anyway. All in all, great show and the actors and actresses did their jobs well. Made me remember how much I loooooove theater and miss being on that stage with the lights bearing down on you. I miss those long and grueling rehearsals with people you grow to love like family because you’re with them for months on end. I might have to make my way back to that but enough about me and my memory lane. If you have free time this summer and love oldies as much as I do then I’d advise you to go see it and buy good seats! To get your tickets click here for the Motown the Musical website. For more pictures and press about the musical, go to their Facebook page here.
What I wore to the show? Eyelet top from Forever 21 and the palazzo pants are from an online vintage shop, Rusty Zipper. Great online shop with vintage clothes but when you order, keep in mind that sizing was different back then. The waist of my pants are a little snug but I had to have them and they get a lot of compliments.
Cloth is a free digital archive of all of those selfie and mirror pictures people take everyday. For those of us that hate repeating the same outfit more than once too soon, this app comes in handy. You simply snap your picture and leave the information you want in the notes with tags that will help you locate what you want to find at a later date. I liked the app because I tend to give away my clothes so with this I could keep track of what items were no longer in my possession. I could tag those items using Cloth that way when I eventually went looking for them again, I knew what happened and I wouldn’t tear my room apart looking for something that was as good as gone. There are other apps that do this though so I can’t say I was sold.
You can categorize your outfit as Everyday, Event, Evening, Vacation, Work, and Favorite. The Cloth app upgrade automatically tags your picture with the current temperature outside. In the future when you pick and outfit, you’ll be able to select the weather tab and it will show you the best outfits to wear under that day’s weather conditions.
WARDROBE: Shows the categories, the last entry and how many outfits are under that category. The top left (not seen) has a button for the weather and the right has a button for tags.
STATUS: You can collect points the more you share your outfits and those points unlock new features. Snap tells you what level you are on and status also shows you how consistent you are at keeping up with the app.
If you’d like, you can set the app up to share your outfit with other social networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. There are addition in-app features available for purchase also like a photo editor complete with rotate, crop, filters and stickers.
Search outfits by tags
Do you have the Cloth App? Have you found it to be useful or a waste of time? Have you discovered any other helpful fashion apps other than Stylebook & I Wear? Netrobe could be a good one with a couple changes.
I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July. The radio djs were definitely on their job. I know WKYS 93.9 (DC, DMV) had it going on with the back to back hits. They played almost everything on my summertime playlist! Anywho, today is Friday so I wanted to share a few things that I thought you all might like. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend 🙂
Park & Cube
1. The Art of Packing
A Beautiful Mess
2. Peach Margarita
I love the 3 P’s. Peach, pineapple, pomegranate. You can believe any drink that has one or all of those flavors is sitting right in front of me especially if it’s a lemonade. Ooooh and mango too. Let’s just say I love my initials. Here’s something to cool you down today…
If you’re soon-to-be married and on a budget then maybe Target’s new wedding collection that includes bridal and bridesmaid dresses might interest you.
4. Vintage Tape Player
I think the only cassette tape that I might still have is TLC’s “Crazy Sexy Cool” but I wish I had more to replay my memories. I spent time taping over my Sesame Street cassettes with Baltimore club mixes and all of my favorite songs from the radio with nothing to show for it now hahaha Now I miss my Sesame Street songs and haven’t quite figured out how to replace them. Believe me, I’ve looked everywhere but I think my mother must have purchased some limited edition 12 cassette set or something. I still know those songs tho!
5. Carol’s Daughter Monoi Oil
I haven’t worn my hair out in a few weeks now but that’s neither here nor there because I purchased this oil months ago. If you have thin hair and hate those heavy oils weighing your hair down then you’ll want to try this. It adds shine, weighs nothing, and smells divine! The cost is a whole other story ($30). I’m not completely sure if it’s worth it because Design Essentials has Reflections Liquid Shine and while it doesn’t come with the strengthening monoi oil, it does the same thing for less money ($17). Smells good too! I remember that from my relaxed days and my mother used to use it on her wigs. If you’re worried about breakage and split ends then try the monoi but if not then I’d say save your money.
Had to give you all a DIY in time for the holiday and while I saw just the thing while I was browsing the accessories over at BaubleBar.
Navy Bowline Necklace
I loved the navy and white rope tied in what looks like a couple fishermen’s knots. No bling, nothing fancy, nice and simple. It’s not like the people fighting for our continued freedom in the states get to swag out in bling while they’re off at work keeping us safe. Accessories aren’t at their fingertips either so I didn’t want to have a lot going on and the nautical look is a favorite of mine… must have something to do with watching “Popeye” and/or “Pippi Longstocking” when I was younger. Peep the DIY below!
- Rope of any kind. I used a white cording from the trim section in Hobby Lobby
- Jump rings
- Charm of your choosing
- Square cube beads
- Closures (pictured is a cowrie shell but you’ll see later that I switched to toggle that better fit the direction I was headed.)
1. The rope trim I used was 5 yards but regardless you want to knot it however you choose making sure that both the left and right side have loops for your jump ring to go on.
2. Once you’ve got the rope the way you want it you can add your charm to the front center.
3. Take the square cubed beads and place one on each loop to keep them together.
4. Put your jump rings on the loop(s)
5. Add your closure pieces.
What do you think?
Please remember to take time out to be thankful for those who have fought and continue to fight to keep our country safe. Send prayers up for them and their families because they risk a lot for us and they make that sacrifice. Send a care package, add items to someone else’s package or just say thank you when you pass them in their uniform. It doesn’t cost you anything at all and I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated.
Enjoy your 4th of July!