The service was delightful and perfectly reflected the character of the couple involved. (I have to confess to a bit of window shopping here.) It was also great to catch up with colleagues from work both old and new. And even though Miss Goody Two Shoes and I got a parking ticket it was a lovely evening.
I followed this up by several days of migraine spent lying in the dark with the cats. I must have been pretty sick because I didn't think of work once! I ran out of things to read so I finally picked up the biography of Gypsy Rose Lee that's been kicking around our place for ages now. It was actually quite a good read - more because of Gypsy herself than the writing which was a bit ordinary. The author somehow managed to write an entire book about a strip tease artiste and only described one routine. Bewildering! I think there's a more recent bio out that I may track down - because I've fallen in love with the lady.
I'd recently watched The notorious Bettie Page which was amazingly dull (though I did rather like Gretchen Moll!) so I thought I'd raise my spirits with a bit of a burlesque movie festival. I started out with the ghastly Gypsy (and it wasn't even the Natalie Wood version not that I like that one either). I hated it. I hate Stephen Sondheim so I fast forwarded through the songs. I can't believe I did that - I LOVE musicals. Bette Middler shouted a lot. The girl who played Gypsy had swell gams but the burlesque scenes were magnificently unalluring. The worst thing was knowing how much of a misrepresentation it was. Gypsy's mum was a monster. Absolute. Monster. Made me angry to watch her being rehabilitated.
I followed it up with some of my favorite Betty Grable movies: Pin up girl and The Dolly sisters. Lots of feathers and furs, sequins and sparkly bits. I've never wanted a corset so much in my life. Betty is my fashion icon. I then gave Rita Hayworth a go in Covergirl. There are more silly little picture hats per reel than in any other film and you know I'm simply crazy about a flibberty hat! And because I was in the neighbourhood I rounded off the day with Gilda. What a fashion festival! Now my young man is home and it's time to peel off the long black satin gloves (slowly) and start cooking dinner.