Thursday, July 28, 2016

PHRYNE FISHER CONQUERS AMERICA

It's no secret, I don't watch much television shows on the ole boob tube. And when I do,there are only a handful...8 or less American shows, most shows I watch happen to be on my BBC channel or public tv station. One of the gems I have fallen in love with is an Australian show that airs here twice a week, and is in it's third season. I was curious if any of you watch this show? It's called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
If you have, then you will know why I love this show....it's stunning!!!!! With its sumptuous interiors, beautiful clothes and badass feminist heroine who is neither an ingรฉnue nor matron, the Australian show has won a huge cult following here. First and fore most the talented Essie Davis is delicious in this role and lets just say I am in love with her wardrobe!!!!!  Based on a popular book series by Kerry Greenwood, the show follows Phryne Fisher, an heiress in 1920s Melbourne, as she fights crime and the status quo, who is an independent, glamorous private detective, who is determined to solve any crime,all while impeccably dressed in flapper chic kimonos, beaded dresses, jeweled brooches, furs, and cloche hats. No wonder I love her so much....reminds me of myself!!!!!!!
Whether on a boat......
Flying a plane......
or driving a car......
 
SHE IS FABULOUS!!!
Beyond the sumptuous interiors and beautiful clothes, though, there are major feminist messages. One of Phryne’s close friends, Mac, is an out lesbian doctor, and episodes have touched on everything from women getting clandestine abortions to unsafe labor practices in a factory staffed by female employees. The series, like its heroine, mixes playfulness and resourcefulness: for example, there’s an episode where Phryne traps a poisonous spider – under her diaphragm. The Holmes to Fisher’s Watson is her housekeeper and travelling companion, Dot, who goes from being a soft-spoken religious girl with no life goals outside of making tea to a fine detective in her own right – with her own burgeoning collection of cloches to match. The storylines are always drawing you in. But the cast of characters is also a enjoyable one...along with some very nice eye candy...... 
 
The handsome Nathan Page who plays the head detective Jack Robinson, and who also has some serious chemistry with Phryne, even though she never stops meddling in his cases and who works reluctantly with Miss Fisher
Then there is the adorable young constable, Hugh Collins portrayed by Hugo Johnstone Burt......those eyes and smile....
I was very relived when he finally popped the question to Dot
 
And we can't forget the always looked forward to appearance of the talents of Miriam Margolyes, Miss Fisher's aunt,Prudence Stanley  and a reputation-conscious society matron.
 
Have any of you seen this show. I highly recommend it. Make's Jessica Fletcher look like a house froe. While there has been talk of an American remake of the series, for now the show’s Australian producers are concentrating their efforts on a feature film about Phryne flying around the world in her plane while generally looking and being fabulous. Besides could an American network do this show justice? This actors are so charming. One network is doing a remake of Doc Martian, but I'm sorry...no one will own that role more that Martin Clunes. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

SUMMER HEAT PSA

With the summer sun beating down on all of us, and making us hotter, please remember to wear a summer hat to protect  your head and face from the harmful sun rays, as seen here by faithful reader and blogger Anne-Marie.
 
Lovely leopard hat, and nice to see she chose to accessorize. This has been a summer PSA from the Casa du Borghese.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

DONKEYS ON THE TOWN

 With the Democratic National Convention under way, as seen from Hillary's first appearance below with Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney at our beautiful City Hall....
 
they aren't the only donkeys in town. The donkey has long been the mascot of the Democratic Party. I myself like elephants better, they are my favorite animal, but they are unfortunately not the chosen animal for the democrat's. All around town colorful fiberglass versions of the animal are greeting convention visitors, delegates, and politicians... just about everywhere you go in Philadelphia. Fifty-seven hand-painted donkeys, each representing a state, have been place all around town. In fact, the initiative, launched by the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, is dubbed "Donkeys Around Town. This project is a fun way to engage the delegates... and will enable them to connect with Philadelphians, all our wonderful history, and the local arts community, and also get people interested in signing up to vote, and to get visitors to tour the city and all the fabulous we have to offer. As luck would have it, I was in King Of Prussia working one day at another of our locations and met a friend for dinner in the city last week, so it gave me an excuse to get some pictures to share. This week though, I hear the city is down right crazy!!!! Pennsylvania's donkey is located in front of the delegation's hotel -- the Double Tree Hotel on South Broad Street.  
 
Are you  visiting and want to find any of the other 55 donkeys? Well, there's an app for that! Just search for "scavify" in the App Store or Google Play. Or click Art Jawn to see all the state donkeys.
 
I just bet Deb from She Who Seeks, will love the bee
The donkeys will be on display through Labor Day. After that, the delegations can accept their respective donkeys or allow them to be auctioned off to the public, with proceeds split evenly among the artists who painted them.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

LATE NIGHT WITH TINA COUSINS

Tina Cousins was huge in the late 90's here in the States, and she is an English singer, songwriter and former model. She has had five singles in the Top 20 of the UK Singles Chart, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with others, but her song Pray has and is always a favorite on the dance floor at Tea Dance....and perhaps politicians on both sides should take a listen......

Friday, July 22, 2016

IT'S THE WEEKEND, SWEETIE DARLINGS

I can't think of a better way to end this hot and humid three day work week, then with,  none other than  Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, form Absolutely Fabulous as they embark on a new tale in the premier of their new movie here in The States today!!!! While I won't be seeing it this weekend, I do have plans to go see it...along with my boofont and cock-a-tail๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ
 
I'll be scarce this weekend, with time being spent at my home away from home, the Raven. I can't think of a better way to stay cool in this heat...so I say I'm letting it all hang loose in square cuts and sitting poolside with some frozen libations.....suppose to be in the high 90"s! There will be a late night swim. I also have a pool party to attend on Sunday...so you will begin to see my condition already.
Hope you all have a great weekend...Sweet Darlings!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

GRANDE DAME.......

Who is this sunny delight? It's Magnolia Applebottom!!! And she has a habit .....
And it's a hard one to break!
 
If you live in or visit Rehoboth Beach , and attend the night scene, then you have probably seen this very talented and funny queen. Magnolia Applebottom is quite a rising star on the drag circuit, and I just adore her style....and those glasses!!! I 'd only wished I had seen her Celine Dion at the Blue Moon's Legends show. Magnolia is also a welcome addition to such a small drag scene, bringing her fresh perspective to Rehoboth with her usual antics and humor. She can be seen at Blue Moon and Purple Parrot, but I have the feeling this long legged queen, who has stated she didn’t make the Season 7 cut for RuPaul’s Drag Race..... but I'm sure she’ll be on a season to come. Mark my words.
Yep, she showed us a peek of her fierce colorful balls!!!

CALLING FOR A FREINDLY REMINDER

 
Hello? Why yes, this is your friendly neighborhood Mistress with a quick call to remind you, if you haven't, and would like to enter my lovely Summer Fun Give-a-way, you have till the end of Sunday at 12:00pm to enter! Simply click here darlings for the quick tip on the give-a-way and to see what it is! Good Luck to all!!! And if you did comment, and specially specified you didn't want to be entered, your entered! 
 
Tootles
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

FIRE ISLAND POLAROIDS

You will be able to tell I'm still in vacation mode darlings.!!! How else can I get through a three day work week?!?!? Thank you for the lovely comments about Fire Island. Should I ever win the lottery, y'all pack your bags cause I'm taking all of us to the Island!!! While up in Fire Island we got invited to a little house party one night, where low and behold we had the pleasure to meet photographer Tom Bianchi. It was only for a couple minutes, but he was  one hot daddy, I'm here to tell you!!!! My friend had asked if I ever seen his series of polaroid's he did capturing the Fire Island of yester year, and I hadn't. A little search and voila.....I absolutely loved them!
 
 And you thought these were going to be my polaroid's of  my sexual antics I bet didn't you?!?!?
 
“Fire Island Pines: Polaroids 1975-1983″, photographer Tom Bianchi captures the beauty of the gay utopia, both its environemnt and its occupants, before and during the onslaught of the terrible AIDS epidemic. Growing up in the 1950s, Tom Bianchi would head into downtown Chicago and pick up 25-cent “physique” magazines at newsstands. In one such magazine, he found a photograph of bodybuilder Glenn Bishop on Fire Island.  He thought Fire Island sounded exotic, perhaps a name made up by the photographer, but would later call it home. In 1970, fresh out of law school, Bianchi began traveling to New York, and was invited to spend a weekend at Fire Island Pines, where he encountered a community of gay men. Using an SX-70 Polaroid camera, Bianchi documented his friends’ lives in the Pines, amassing an image archive of people, parties and private moments. These images are just a few,  and record the birth and development of a new culture. Soaked in sun, sex, camaraderie and reverie, Fire Island Pines conjures a magical bygone era. While it still has the same feel, I'm sure it has changed also.
 
If Jon from over at Lone Wolf Concerto were on Fire Island this reminds me of him and his style....
 
 We can hardly view men and Fire Island without a favorite Tea Dance Anthem can we???? So here's a Casa favorite for your evening pleasure. The minx is BACK!!!! Grab a cock-a-tail and get dancing in those undies!!!!!! And why not throws around some glitter too and go the whole nine yards........๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹


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