The Stunning Art Deco Theatre Hidden Inside Catalina’s Casino

Our main reason for visiting Catalina was to attend Catalinaland, a presentation by Ambassador of Americana, and personal idol, Charles Phoenix. Phoenix was presenting his slideshow celebrating the island in the iconic Avalon Theatre, which is located within the Catalina Casino. When chewing gum king, William Wrigley Jr. opened his “Casino” on May 29, 1929,…

Picture Perfect Day at the Drive-In

In the months following the passing of Patrick’s father, we were very busy dealing the necessary duties, so things such as my birthday understandably fell to the wayside.  But yesterday, Patrick surprised me with a “birthday” trip to the drive-in, complete with ice cream and birthday announcement!  We went with two of my dearest friends,…

“Stop Being Demure. You’re Already on the Bed.”

Last night brought the season finale of Mad Men and a crowd of well dressed people to Portland’s Hollywood Theatre. For the evening I wore a different dress than I intended.  Originally I was going to wear a chartreuse number that I thrifted awhile back, but when I walked into Hollywood Babylon this last week…

“You Don’t Want Most of It. You Want All of It”

Another Sunday…Another Mad Men…Another swingin’ 60s outfit… Last night I really broke out the mod with this geometric navy and cream mini dress.  Look at that hemline!  I came in a very close second in the evening’s best dressed contest.  I lost out to a gal that I’ve chatted with quite a few times over…

“Surprise! There’s an Airplane Here to See You!”

Ah, Sundays.  Sure, the weekend is over, but it also means it’s Mad Men time.  Once again we attended the weekly screening at Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre. Unlike previous nights, this dress isn’t really anything special, just a 60s number I picked up a few years ago and bears an “Alper Schwartz” label in the…