Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mary Linn's Bridal

When you've been snorting and coughing for five days--when you've barely managed to get dressed each of those days and (you're not sure, but) you might not have managed a shower every 24 hours--when you begin to fear you're going to be a mouth-breather for the rest of your life--that's when you need a pick-me-up.

Food will not do. I've been lying around for five days getting no exercise. And for those who've been following my alcohol- and caffeine-deprivation saga, I've got nine days left to go to make it to six months. I'm not giving up after making it this far.

My cold clings to me in a much less attractive fashion than this dress clings to the mannequin, and the mannequin's not even real.

I just need something pretty.

I don't have the energy to go out and take a photo, so I dug through my archives and found this one. It practically satisfies my sweet tooth. We're peeking into the window at Mary Linn's Bridal shop at the corner of Green Street and Fair Oaks. We might even be drooling a bit, which is partly why this is perhaps not a perfect photo. But does it matter, when it's such a perfect dress?

I've never been inside Mary Linn's, but it would be fun to wander through their collection and daydream a little. I think I'll plan for such an excursion as soon as I've beaten my cold and started drinking coffee again. I promise to take a shower and get dressed before I go.

22 comments:

Indie.Tea said...

That is a very nice pick-me-up...what a pretty, pretty dress.

Shell Sherree said...

Oh, very pretty ...

I'm sorry to hear your pesky cold is hanging on, poor Petrea. Pooh! Take care and I hope you're showered and coiffed and out and about again very soon.

Irina said...

My life style and this dress are from different planets.
Very sorry you are still in bed.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Oh this is a pick-me-up for sure -- just luscious! I hope that you will soon leave the land of "mouth breathers" and be out and about with your camera in hand! You definitely have not lost your sense of humor!

Virginia said...

Poor baby!! I'm glad you're on the road to recovery P.
Sometimes fresh air is just what you need.

Lovely shot. Reminds me that I have some gowns up my Paris sleeve I'll share soon.
Hugs,
V

Katie said...

Darn that cold of yours; tell it to take a hike. I can see how this gorgeous gown would lift your spirits though. It actually looks reasonably comfortable too. Not sure where I'd wear it, but that's the beside the point when drooling on shop windows.

Margaret said...

"and the mannequin's not even real." I love that line. (Hope you feel better.)

Petrea said...

Ha ha, Irina, my sentiments exactly!

Thanks, everyone. I think I've turned the corner on this thing, but it's tenacious. I never thought it would last past the weekend.

Welcome, Indie.Tea. Maybe what I need is some of the Skillet Apple Cake from the recipe on your absolutely beautiful blog.

Latino Heritage said...

Hoping you feel better really soon.
I love those dresses. The seem to be the perfect combination structure and twinkle factor.
Had to know what is was it was like inside. Went in, folks were gracious, friendly, and proud when I shared that I was there because of their window displays.

Bellis said...

This was the original location of Caltech, would you believe? Throop College,1891. It educated both men and women, but later on, when it taught "serious" science and technology, Caltech was only for the boys. Were they worried the girls would distract the boys (and professors) by wearing gorgeous pink gowns?

Sorry your cold laid you low for so long - you sure it wasn't flu?

Grace said...

Beautiful Fashion Window Display!
Greetings from Berlin:-)

Petrea said...

Nice to know they're gracious and not haughty, LH. Such pretty windows.

There's a commemorative Throop sign on the north (I think) side of the building, Bellis. I don't think it's flu. Never had a fever.

Hello, Grace! Thanks for visiting.

pasadenapio said...

Where's Jean Harlow when you need her? This looks like it could have come out of her closet! It's dramatically retro.

Ms M said...

The dress is lovely! Good photo.

I hope you feel better soon....

Petrea said...

It does look like she could wear it, PIO. And I did say the photo's from my archives.

Thanks, Ms. M. I think I turned a corner today. Not going to blog about being sick any more. Pah! I banish it!

Jean Spitzer said...

I'm happy I scrolled to the end of the comments. Glad you're doing better. It's probably the promise of a shower that helped.

Petrea said...

Ha! Jean, you made me laugh. That helps, too.

Susan Campisi said...

That's definitely Hollywood glamour in that Pasadena window.

What's this about your caffeine-deprivation saga? Why did you quit for 6 months? I'm a caffeine addict with a love-hate relationship with it so I'm fascinated by this topic.

I'm glad to hear you've turned a corner. Sounds like this was a nasty, nasty cold.

TheChieftess said...

I was thinking Marilyn...

Hope you're feeling better soon Petrea!!!

Petrea said...

Thanks, Chieftess.

It would have looked good on Marilyn. The Hollywood connection makes sense, as Mary Linn's has a branch in Beverly Hills.

Dina said...

I really hope you are better by now.

Gunn said...

STYLE !
( photo-dress and place!)