Cucalorus inspired photo shoot for Style Girl Vintage
Photos: Melissa Hebert
Today I spent the greater part of my day at the Italian Gourmet Coffee Shop downtown. I don’t usually work in public since I am so easily distracted.
Halfway into my latest Style Girl Vintage listing on Etsy, I hear one of the guys hanging out across the room, “Hey, she looks like a film industry type. Are you going to Cucalorus? What are you going to see? And, do you know how you go about being an extra?”
I am definitely not the authority on extra work in town, but I did track down Cucalorus Director Dan Brawley to get his picks on a few films/happenings not to be missed – including the Blueberry Creative Cucalorus party tonight!
Sadly, I will miss tonight’s “double threat” – the two films Dan promised were a must-see since I will be walking the runway in a look from Linda Lavin’s closet at The Bargain Box’s “Starry Starry Night” fundraiser at the Cameron Art Museum.
Unless you will be at the museum to cheer me on tonight for a good cause (anybody, anybody?), here is your short list of the 207 movies set to screen at the 19th annual Cucalorus Film Festival this weekend: 17 feature films and documentaries, 49 short films, and 10 music videos. And since it’s been so unseasonably cold for our southern bones, I thought I would share my favorite coats for the season that I hope to wear to a film, party and Lumberton and back during this chilly Cucalorus weekend.
#whatimwearing — Chevron swing coat from Anthropologie
7:15pm at Thalian Hall
Breaking up is hard to do. Desperate and lonely, Stan (Michael Stahl-David) learns that his ex, Cathy (Ashley Bell), will be in Austin for the weekend and hops on a flight to the Lone Star State in hopes of “accidentally” running into her. But, another breakup crisis greets him in Austin between his friends Jeff (Zach Cregger) and Kara (Sara Paxton), who are hell-bent on keeping Stan and Cathy apart. Cavorting through Austin’s honkytonks, nightclubs, and a cutthroat air-sex competition, Stan and Cathy find bouncing back from their heartache to be unexpectedly complicated.
#whatimwearing — Vintage fur sweater jacket from Clothes Mentor
The Animal Project
7pm at City Stage Theater
In this partially improvised tale driven by an ensemble cast, Leo, a frustrated theatre director, attempts to push a misfit troupe of eager young performers out of their stagnant motions with an uncomfortable costumed exercise. By putting his actors in costume and sending them out into the real world, Leo hopes to spark the kind of engagement they’ve been lacking. This affecting and inventive indie drama explores the idea of seeking catharsis behind the comfort of a mask, and reinforces that hiding from your problems doesn’t make them go away.
#whatimwearing — Ark & Co. plaid vintage-inspired cape from Island Passage
Saturday November 16
1pm at Thalian Hall
The bar is three customers deep and the bartenders are in the weeds at the greatest cocktail party since before Prohibition. Two bartenders try to achieve their dreams through bartending. An injured Marine turns his goals to becoming a principal bartender at the best cocktail bar in the world. A young man leaves his white collar job to buy the corner bar in his hometown, and years later he struggles to keep it afloat. Featuring the world’s most renowned bartenders and access to the most exclusive bars in New York, this is the story of the comeback of the cocktail and the rebirth of the bartender.
#whatimwearing — Vintage 1970′s mohair plaid coat from Dear Golden
Bus to Lumberton
Saturday November 16
11am-11pm at 108 Market Street
Open your third eye and let your fate be sealed by Frank Booth’s cousin’s brother in this experiential walkthroughinstallation based on Blue Velvet and curated by Joel Fernando. In-house spiritual medium, therapist consultations, peep show,speakeasy, tapas, transcendental meditation – all day. ONE DAY ONLY. FREE.
Lately, I have been getting a lot of wear out of my Nana’s prized mink stole. First, at the 1940′s event on the battleship. And again last weekend as Audrey headed to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (at Aqua Fedora – see photos below). It was the most cherished piece in her extensive wardrobe. She still had the original receipt my grandfather paid for it as a keepsake from this lavish gift presented to his wife. When her house was robbed by the mob during my grandfather’s funeral and all the valuables she depended on to support her three children were long gone, she recalled with a glint in her eye that “at least they did not get my mink!” (Apparently, she was wearing this one at the funeral and they ran off with her fake one!) Even though fur seems to lose its value decade after decade, this one increases in value with each year we go on without my Nana. Really wish I could hear her laugh again at that foolish robber!
(Ordered by Ryan Gosling’s character in Gangster Squad)
• 1 oz Heering Cherry Liqueur
• 5-6 oz ginger ale
• 1 dash grenadine syrup
• 1 Luxardo maraschino cherry
Pour vodka over ice in a highball glass.
Fill the rest of the way with ginger ale.
Add grenadine, garnish with a cherry, and serve.
I will be among the models walking the runway TONIGHT
wearing personal items from Linda Lavin’s closet.
Please come cheer me on and support
The Bargain Box & their contribution to our community
Author Celia Rivenbark’s beautiful daughter Sophie wearing one of Linda Lavin’s
waitress uniforms, which will be auctioned off at The Bargain Box’s
Starry, Starry Night Event November 15th. Photo: Jess James
@ Lula Balou
Lucy Cherry, owner of Lula Balou, gathered several of her favorite local designers,
whose work she features in the store, for a special holiday shopping day to support local artists.
Shoppers were treated with DIY demos and custom designs as well as a chance to win a
complimentary custom gift from each of the talented designers.
Lula Balou owner Lucy Cherry (center) with featured local designers Colby Byrd,
Austin Terrigino, Brandy Bell, Addie Alexandra Wuensch, Brandi and Dana Kin
Brandy Bell’s custom leather studs and fringe earring
Brandi C. doing a t-shirt printing demo
Jess James combed Lula Balou to find her favorite holiday picks.
Come to the shop to take a peek!
Jewelry Designer Addie Alexandra Wuensch showcases her latest original jewelry designs
New work from Jewelry Designer Colby Byrd at Lula Balou’s special Designer Day
Painter Dana King painting out front of Lula Balou
Lula Balou owner Lucy Cherry with manager Christina Walker and Lucy’s mom
2nd Annual Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Audrey attired ladies who lunch of all ages arrived – with pearls on! – at Aqua Fedora’s 2nd Annual Breakfast at Tiffany’s soiree, this time held at their more spacious Lumina Station location. I arrived in my LBD decked out in my Nana’s precious mink stole ready to meet the day’s most fabulously dressed sparkling like a Tiffany’s diamond! Major discounts (30% off everything and special $10, $20, $30 gift tables), decadent gift bags, mimosas and cupcakes were the dish of the day at this Tiffany’s shopping brunch.
L: Another successful Breakfast at Tiffany’s event with
Aqua Fedora’s head Audrey Jenna McKnight
R: The perfect “Audrey” LBD
Davey, the mimosa master!
My pick for “Best Dressed” Audrey Lara Landgraf (right)
even hosted a Breakfast at Tiffany’s sleepover the night prior!
The Eiffel Tower dress (size 14) is for sale
in the Style Girl Collection at Aqua Fedora now!
Elephants, please! #triplets
Kristin Wood, Francesca Holt, Sullivan Anlyan
“Best Dressed” Fred, TJ Dunn