Groovy – what is?

My on-line Etsy store is dedicated to bringing you groovy, glam &  glitz. I thought it would be fun to focus on what’s groovy. Here’s the wikipedia definition….

Groovy is a slang term that gained popular currency during the 1960s and 1970s and which is often associated with the counterculture of that era. It is roughly synonymous with words such as excellent, fashionable, or amazing, depending on context. Groovy originated in the jazz culture of the 1930s, in which it referred to the groove of a piece of music.

Here are some groovy vintage pieces that are fun and available right now for you to enjoy. Click on the pictures to learn more about them or to purchase.

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Going to get the tree

Every year for the past 8 or so, our family has gone up to the NC mountains to get our Christmas tree. We always go the day after Thanksgiving. It’s about 1 1/2 hours to get there but the drive is beautiful and we stop for lunch along the way. The kids are bigger now so we don’t often get the opportunity to get squished together for a long drive like that. It’s fun to sing songs, tell jokes, listen to the radio (if we’re lucky, Car Talk is on).

We go to Sam’s Place to buy our tree. It’s in Avery County, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They offer hay rides up the mountain where you can wander around till you find just the right tree. They are all beautiful, so it’s hard to choose. We usually come back to one of the first ones we found. After they cut it down, they haul you back down on the tractor and you get treated to hot chocolate and you can browse in the quaint country store. My kids are now in their 20s but they still look forward to this trip each year. It’s a little corny, but if you can’t get a little corny during the holidays, when can you?

Are you ready?

I am not ready for Thanksgiving yet! Feeling very stressed. One big thing is accomplished though – I got my mom packed, medicine refilled, makeup purchased, and suitcase in the car for her trip to Fla. She has dementia so it’s always very stressful getting things ready for a trip. My darling two older children offered to take her to the airport – SO HAPPY! It’s almost 2 hours to the Greensboro airport. Plus, you need to go in and check her in, get a gate pass and wait with her till they board. It’s a major time commitment at a very bust time. I was so grateful when they offered to go!

Now, I need to go pick up her dog and take him to a kennel, go grocery shopping and pick up the house. Tomorrow I will cook and bake – but only half of the food because my sister-in-law makes the other half and also hosts at her house – yeah!

I think a nice glass of wine is in order this evening (maybe two). Also, some nice music and the company of my family. But, for right now, gotta go!!!….

Purple Power

Did you know that the color purple has a fascinating history?

Purple is defined as “any of a group of colors with a hue between that of violet and red” and as a “symbol of royalty or high office.” Historically, the color purple has been associated with royalty and power. Why? Because it was so hard to make.  It took some 12,000 shellfish to extract 1.5 grams of the pure dye. The earliest evidence of purple dates back to 1600B.C. in the ancient land of Canaan (or Phoenicia if you were Greek).

Rome, Egypt, and Persia all used purple as the imperial standard. Purple dyes were rare and expensive; only the rich had access to them.

The beginnings of the  synthetic dye industry can be traced to the discovery of an aniline-based purple dye, mauveine, by William H. Perkin in 1856. He discovered it while searching for a cure for malaria. Perkin was an English chemist who changed the world of his time by making this purple color available to the masses. It became quite fashionable to wear clothing dyed with “mauve,” and Mr. Perkin became a very wealthy man.

Purple is enjoying another surge in popularity today. I think it’s interesting to look back at fashion history to see ways that the color purple has been enjoyed by women throughout the ages. Here are some great examples. You may click on the pictures to be taken to the shop to learn more about the garments or to purchase.

Designer Focus – Bergdorf Goodman

BERGDORF GOODMAN

One of New York’s most exclusive department stores, Bergdorf Goodman was established in 1899. It was started by Herman Bergdorf who employeed Edwin Goodman as the house designer and tailor. In the 1920s the store expanded to include ready-to-wear and their famous fur salon. It employed famous designers to create its own house range of quality clothing. Bergdorf Goodman is still in business.

Here’s some examples of vintage Bergdorf-Goodman designs. To see more pictures of the items or learn more about them, click on the image and you will be taken to the Etsy store where they are listed.

Bergdorf-Goodman beaded hat