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!



  1. Hello Amanda,

    Fabulous pics as always, love the one with you and your hubby on the locomotive. Your hubby looks so agreeable.

  2. Sorry I missed it. You guys look adorable. Oh you too Pat! :-)

  3. Waow!!! I really love your outfit... you are so perfect! I would love to have such events here in France but a lot of you vintage cars show seems to be more about 70's and 80's cars lately... My '54 Bel Air is usually one of the older cars in these show....

  4. Thank you for the nice comments!

    Big Mama--you've described my Sweetie's personality well, he's a very easygoing kind of guy :-)

    Laurence--a lot of the weekly shows around here have the same issue, with quite a few 70s-80s cars (and newer too) showing up. Just not the same, in my opinion!