Tuesday, November 20, 2007

welcome to my virtual prom!




Hi all,

As we all know today it is November the 20th; time for the virtual prom Natasha Burns (see the link on the right side of this post) organized. Of course I'm in, and now you are too; let's party! At Natasha's there will be more fun and the opportunity to blog-hop to other virtual prom-bloggers.





Growing up in the early sixties these were my role-models (yep those opponents were right...) I loved all those fairy tales, dreaming of being Cinderella at several balls (yes I'm honest, I was planning to attend quite a few) in the future. I felt sorry that I wasn't a princess and there was no Prince here at that time either, but when I would grow up I would certainly look and act like a princess. I would live just like Barbie, being well dressed all the time. I didn't know what a prom was, because they didn't exist over here, still don't by the way, so I wasn't longing for a prom. So this will could be my first prom actually, thank you Natasha!

I just couldn't wait to be a teenager. One of the most appealing things of the early sixties were the shoes. High heels of course, but those heels were no stilettos but real needle pointed heels, over here we called them needle heels. Oh my, the sound those needles made, metal clicking on stone, ah, there was no bigger goal in life than to achieve that one was wearing them...but I had to wait of course.
When I was about seventeen high slim heels returned to fashion. Ah, I would wear them all the time; at school, in the disco, as a slipper (mmmm yes) in our house. My parents weren't so happy though, we were having wooden floors and all floors were having millions of tiny dents as I was dancing all the time...

I have searched for hours to find the stuff I needed for this blog...yes I never throw things away, but where are those things when I need them??? I finally found the last high needles I bought about 20-25 years ago (gulp). And of course I wanted to put them on:





Oh no, when did Cinderella get out and an ugly stepsister came in?????

These shoes are far too small for me!! O no, now I cannot go to the prom without proper shoes...
Actually I never wear high heels as slippers anymore. I have turned from Barbie into my own mother, or worse. My mother was wearing slippers with a little (rubber) heel in the house and I am wearing crocs (no pictures please).

So no prom for me anymore.

Oooh and I wanted to show you my first ballroom dress made out of Laura Ashley fabric, that my mother made me when I was about 16. Could have well been a prom dress, don't you think? But I cannot find it, instead of blogging the day away, I should be cleaning and sorting out and throwing and giving things away.
That first ball when I was wearing that dress wasn't a big success though. Instead of dancing all night, my friend (girl next door I.) and I were sitting all night. There were about 400 girls and maybe 20 boys with their (steady) girlfriends. Mmmm, that wasn't going to happen to us for a second time. Yes, we were not taking these ballroom lessons to SIT in our ballroom dresses. The balls and so called soirees (that's a smaller ball) we had after that unsuccessful start, we took with us a male companion from our highschool; Eric. Eric had to dance with us all night long and my friend and I just switched him over. Looking back I can still see him sweating while my friend and I were dancing the night away. Mmmmm it never occurred to us that perhaps Eric needed some rest too...

When you look carfefully you can see in the picture I still love beautiful gowns and skirts. I almost never wear pants. The only pants I like are the kind Marlene Dietrich used to wear or those kind of ethnic pants with embroidering and stuff. I don't have jeans because they don't look good on my what the French call derriere.
Another thing I would certainly wear to a prom (or a ball) is nice jewelry:



That little empire state building in the back is my very pink lipstick that I used to wear with those high heels above, but it now turned into a kind of orange. This is only a part of my collection of costume jewelry, but I never wait to wear them at a special occasion, because when you look carefully you can see we are having these special occasions all the time.
You should create your own fairy tale and your own prom and have fun always.

PS. when I find something like the Laura Ashley ball gown I will post it, but I have to publish my post now, before the 20th is over...

30 comments:

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Hello! So nice to meet you! Too bad about your shoes, those things happen as you, eh hem, age!

Good memories of good times, glad you get to have your first real prom, finally!

See you back at the snack table!

rochambeau said...

Nice to meet you Lili M. Yes, not only are we the only Barbie's at the Prom, We didn't wear pink!
I like being unique, what about you?

Lets Dance!

Contance

Elly said...

Wauw, jij bent er klaar voor! Heel veel plezier vanavond op je virtuele prom!

katydiddy said...

I love the purple shoes!

bluemuf said...

Hi Lili, I'm so glad to meet you and enjoyed your post very much.
The shoes are lovely and isn't it nice you still had them. But, your jewellery collection is spectacular. I would love to play in that jewellery box. *very big grin*

Karen

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh wow, what jewels!!

She'sSewPretty said...

Hi Lili M, Cute shoes!! I loved high heels when I was younger. Now my favorite shoes are my crocs. Do you think they will go good with a ball gown. I have pink crocs! I love jewelry. It's one size fits all!

Sherry said...

Lili, even the step-sisters went to the ball...flip flops and sandals are what a lot of the girls wear now under their fancy dresses!! Loved the memories and I must say, I do like those shoes!! So nice to meet you through Natasha's "ball"!

Adla said...

Hi Lili,

I think we met at the prom, Nice of you to say hello. Love your oh so'chic' shoe, I love metallic stuff..how did Cinderellas' step sister manage to push her way through? :)Very creative post, I shall be back to visit your blog and do visit mine at anytime...

Ta for now, Adla

Gracie said...

Hehe thanks for the comments. I'm sure in years to come I will love those formal photos =)

And I thought your pointy shoes were gorgeous! I loved that Barbie as well. Loved reading your post and looking at your beautiful jewellery!

Twinkle Pink said...

I have plenty of shoes like that LOL.

Check out the bling..... who needs shoes:)

Happy prom day!!

best wishes Ginny

Lori said...

Hi Lili!! love your shoes and baubles...and the memories that you shared...

Adeline's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Lili, so very nice to meet you!! LOVE those shoes. My entire shoe collection is made up of almost ALL heels!! I know one day I will pay I'm sure! Your jewelry collection is beautiful!! Stop in and see me again!! Back to the prom!!
:)Brittany

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Lili~ LOVE those shoes, wow they are so high!!!! THanks for joining in!!!! I'm updating the blog list now with your link!

Shabby Roses Boutique said...

Hi Lili,
So nice to meet you!!
Gorgeous shoes and it's so lovely that you have kept them for so long!
I LOVE your collection of jewellery...what an amazing lot of treasures you have!!
Thanks for sharing your memories with us!
Kathy :)

Kerryanne English said...

Hi Lili,
Thanks for visiting me at the Prom - nice to meet you.
What do you mean George is too old....oh honey, don't you know with age comes experience....LOL
Hugs,
Kerryanne

Girl About Town said...

How wonderful to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog!! I really enjoyed this post and your firsthand recollections of the early 60's (I was born too late, I think!!). That cute little Empire State lipstick is so gorgeous btw - and your jewellery collection is stunning! Glad you enjoyed your 'debut' prom!

PS: love your quote "You should create your own fairy tale and your own prom and have fun always"!

Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hello Lili! I loved hearing about your needle heels!! It is funny how we change over the years. I enjoyed my visit here today. xo Heather

Sugar Bear said...

Hi Lili!
I LOVE the color of your shoes. Sparkly and fun and oh the jewelry! I'm drooling.
Karla

The Rose Room said...

Hi Lili, nice to meet you, what killer shoes. Loved reading your story, that's a mighty fine collection of jewellery you have there:)

Gina said...

those shoes are incredible!

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello,
Thanks for visiting and stopping by
the prom. Its nice to meet you and I love all your beautiful jewlry

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Lili, so nice to meet you! Too bad about the shoes, not too worry! It only kills your feet to dance in heels anyway!!! I'll get us some punch and we can have a chat! Jenn and Jacqui

AnastasiaC said...

so nice to meet you at the Prom...those shoes are FAB! shame they dont fit ...love all your jewels too! stunning!

Jeanne said...

It so much fun to meet new friends at Natasha's Prom. I think this is more fun that my real prom was! Oh a Laura Ashley dress would be devine for prom. Love those flashy shoes!

Bejeweled said...

What fun shoes those needle heels are! Great color too! And oh what jewels. What fabulous jewels!!

Saucy said...

It would certainly be dreamy to have a Laura Ashley prom dress. Like Scarlett O'Hara, I suppose one could be whipped up with Laura Ashley curtains...

Beth Leintz said...

Oh my gosh- your jewelry looks fabulous- will you share more of it with us with close-ups?

Whimsy Pink said...

wow! Look at that jewelry collection! Love it all! :) Laura

Sweet Roses & Vintage Chique said...

Darling, you look fabulous!! Hahaa die pumps zijn trouwens geweldig zeg. Wow wat een kleur!

Ik ben het qua kleur met je eens. Deeg is weer terug naar de winkel en twijfel nu nog tussen schuim en room...pppfff hahha en zo blijft het altijd wat!
Fijn weekend!!!