Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Dillinger Days Adventure
Last weekend was jam-packed; following the Red Tails screening and an appearance at Barrett Jackson on Friday, my Sweetie and I headed to Tucson for Dillinger Days on Saturday. Our good friends invited us to meet them at the Congress Hotel for the festivities—we arrived around noon and enjoyed the nice turnout of vintage cars, which, along with the period music and backdrop of the historic Congress Hotel and train station, lent a lovely atmosphere to the event. Our outfits were a smashing success—I wore a late 1930s gold and black rayon/linen dress accented with looping rickrack trim, paired with 40s platforms and a deco handbag, and my friends wore a 1940s rust print dress and a cream 40s dress with coordinating accessories—and we were immediately asked to pose for pictures by other attendees and car owners.
After a bit, we decided to go on a vintage shopping excursion at our two favorite Tucson shops, Razzle Dazzle and How Sweet It Was. Both shops are treasure troves of well-priced clothing; I always find a few goodies every time we go! This trip was no exception, and I came back with a lovely gold gabardine 40s suit, a pair of burgundy suede 40s platforms, and a couple of pairs of celluloid earrings in colors that were lacking in my collection (pictures to follow soon). My friends came away with a spectacular hooded jacket and matching gold set in black velvet with a red satin lining, a sweet yellow floral cotton 50s dress and matching bolero jacket, and various odds and ends, including a 50s girdle that had been used in a Playboy photo shoot.
Afterwards, we took our friends to our favorite Italian restaurant in Tucson, Caruso’s, which has been there since the 1930s and serves up the most delicious and inexpensive food. After our meal, we wandered around a bit and then headed back to Phoenix, just in time to catch the last few acts at a Pedal Steel convention.
Luckily, on Sunday we got to sleep in and spend the day relaxing!