Tuesday, November 20, 2007
welcome to my virtual prom!
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...