These past two weekends have been a big batch of fun.
This past Saturday was the opening of a new vintage themed club, The ChitChat Club. Apparently they had a previous location but had to close down. It was a buzz all over the vintage 'scene' about this place opening, so I decided to check it out.
I decided to wear my brick wool crepe dress. It's 40s, and not too flashy for public transit. I used to live in the neighborhood of the new location, so I took the subway there.
*This is the post cubby wall from the old reception desk.*
Apparently the old building is being restored and this club is located in one of their three ballrooms. The space was beautiful and the club was located on the lower floor. What I couldn't quite tell was if this space was permanent or not, because the bar was just a tiny corner in the back.
Oh the bar...Not only was the line a mile long, there were only 2 bartenders AND NONE OF THEM KNEW THE DRINK MENU!!! I mean the menu was filled with special concoctions, and they didn't know any of the recipes. I mean there were owner created recipes and the bartenders were reading off sheets.
How tacky is that?
The night did have some fun parts even though it opened an hour late. I almost wanted some of my cover charge back for that. There was a projectionist who played some vintage jazz shorts from the 20s and 30s. Those were great. Also, the band Stompy Jones was a hit. Honestly if it were not for the band, I think the night would have sucked. As far as openings goes, it was so much fun, but I wish it had been planned better.
The night did have an added bonus for me. A friend of a friend gave me a ticket to the Vintage Clothing and Textile show happening in Burbank the next day. Cool!
The event was being held in a big complex that housed a dining hall, an ice rink, a bowling alley and a few other things. And it was busy. Our event was in a few rooms in the back of the complex and we managed to find it not from the lamely posted sign on the outside wall, but by a side door. A poorly guarded side door after walking nearly completely around the complex....in the rain.
It was nice just walking around and looking a much of the stuff that ws overpriced. One booth had these lovely fabric sample cards and one card had nearly 30 3x5" sample swatches on it. It was cool, but their price was $50 and I was not gonna pay that. Plus the lady looked at me like I didn't have any money, or didn't know what I was looking at. I hate when vendors try and size me up like that.
I didn't buy anything, just looked. I had never been to that textiles show and frankly I thought there would have been more textiles. It was mainly vintage clothing and quite a few sellers that I know were there from the other big vintage show in Santa Monica. I'm just glad I didn't pay to get in.
A friend called me and picked me up and we went to a local vintage clothing store called Playclothes. My friend had wanted to take me there for a while. It is indeed a wonderland. There are a lot of real good things there, fairly priced. I looked through their patterns, mostly 60s and their fabric, which was quite nice. I bought a couple of pattern and some flowered seersucker. Its already cleaned and ready to become a dress soon.
From there we went to a local vegan bar and I had beer and a 'sausage'. We both like that place.
This weekend was our monthly visit to church.
Well, Church of Sinatra. Its a monthly vintage cocktail party that around here is hosted by a friend of mine. Sometimes they are fun, often depending on the mood of the host. You know how drama can be. This time was more fin than usual because not only was the host in a good mood, it was also the 4 year anniversary of the LA branch, and he pulled out some great spirits.
I wore my newly finished 30's sport blouse and a RTW black linen skirt. I looked lovely :)
A real nice rum, and two types of absinthe. We ended up calling that 'bottle study'. It was great. There was just a good mood of all those gathered, so we all just went with it.
Today was the Santa Monica Vintage Expo, but I'm opting out of this go round.
I'm broke and because I went to the textile show last week, I feel like I've already seen most of what's there.
I'm just gonna chill the rest of the weekend and sew. Yeah, that sounds nice.