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Jan282011

Push-Up Bra Reduces Planet Size

Oh my. Oh my, my, my.

You know how sometimes there are things in the world that are so good you just can't stand it? There are some key elements in my life that I feel that way about. The Candyman is first on the list. He's truly a keeper. I caught him eyeing me seductively the other day and when I asked what was "up" he responded with, "I am so fucking lucky. My WIFE is so fucking hot." While this particular string of statements might be lacking a bit of the finesse of his usual romantic, sweet nothings, I've got to admit it's cool to hear my husband wax less than poetic on my particular level of hotness. Yeah, I'll take that all day long.

There are others things too, that totally blow my skirt. I'm sure I'm not the only one to cry when someone wins an Olympic event/American Idol, sees a father cry during a father/daughter dance or at those really sentimental coffee commercials from the 1980's. At least I hope I'm not the only one who cries at that crap. 

I felt much the same when I was introduced to Lina G's in Morro Bay, California. Just looking in the window, I felt my heart race and I got that weird, tight feeling in my sinuses when my eyes start to well right before I cry. Seriously. I couldn't wait to get in the place.

I was out and about with my aunt, who we call Sister (don't ask, it's a Southern thing). She took me by Lina G's. Sadly, Lina's was closed but we made plans to come back a few days later. From the onslaught of my emotional overload, I knew one day in there would simply NOT be enough. The following morning, I dragged my MOH (we call each other Cousin because that's what we are) there and spent over 2 hours simply looking and trying to decide what I would buy and how much I would allow myself to spend. I started talking with Lina and I quickly realized, as she dragged me into her back room to show me additional goodies, that she is insane. NOBODY keeps this kind of inventory of stuff unless they are insane. I quickly told her so and she whole-heartedly agreed! Insane to the core. But you know what? That crazy lady (and I am kidding) has got some kick-ass stuff. Stuff that just makes my little heart sing with joy.

 

 

Appliques, trims and lace....OH MY!

Beaded vintage ribbons and endless drawers of embroidery pieces and buttons.

Vintage French silk ribbon, bridal laces - all tucked in the most amazing little boxes and crates and drawers. It's like a vintage Style Me Pretty photo shoot vomited all over the place. I kid you not.

See that roll there on the left? That's vintage gold. Yes, that's right. Vintage woven gold mesh. Um ,yes please.

So I went back the next day with Sister armed with a wad of cash (a 20% discount if you paid that way) and TruLu Couture ideas rushing through my brain. I proceeded to spend the better part of three hours picking and choosing, pulling out my hair and gnashing my teeth in frustration over the fact that I am indeed, not a millionaire. As I started to wrap up my purchases, I noticed another woman going to town on her purchases. She was scooping up laces and trim like nobody's business. And trust me folks, this stuff  is not cheap. No sir. So me and the crazy purchasing lady started talking. She knows Cousin from their Mommy & Me classes from nearly 8 years ago. And guess what? I already knew her and her talent. She's an Etsy goddess. Her name is Kat and she makes these ridiculously insane headpieces, most notably worn by Courtney Love.

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So we were all chatting it up, Sister talking with Kat about Cousin and their respective kids. Kat and I talking shop. Then it comes up that I worked at Frederick's of Hollywood back in the 90's. Lina worked directly for Mr. Mellinger (Frederick Mellinger, inventor of the push-up bra and owner of the company until he died in 1990) in the early 1980's. And suddenly the planet becomes teeny tiny as I stand there with total strangers who are all kind of connected in a strange, remote and interesting collision of worlds. Sister says to me, "Aren't you glad you did The Really Cool Thing?" And I swear, my eyes well up, my sinuses get that stuffy, strange feeling and I take a breath before I answer, "Yes. Yes, I am."  

Lina G. does not have a website, but she does sell a minute portion of her incredible collection on eBay. Her shop is located at 468 Morro Bay Blvd, Morro Bay, CA 93441. Phone 805.772.7759

Check out Kat's Esty shop Liaison for super cool stuff.

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Reader Comments (7)

Ooooh! I have to get Sister to take me there when I go. And let me know if there's something I can pick up for you.
BTW, those connections? Your dad calls thems "strings", and they can be mind-blowing! and tear-jerking. :)

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom

@Mom - Yeah, they have GORGEOUS yarns too, but of course, I didn't even glance at those. The distraction was already too much. And yes, I might get you to shop some more for me!

January 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterLouise

Oooh, I am getting the flutters in the pit of my stomach just looking at these pictures! Actually entering that store would probably be physically painful in the very best possible way (is it weird to get a physical reaction to that kind of delicious abundance?). I don't know how you were able to practice restraint - you must be a strong woman!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda May

Your photos look great, Cousin! And you can always let me know if you want me to do some Lina G's leg work. And perhaps we've found a new source of gifts for you. Or I can give Lina G cash as gifts.

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGEW

that sounds like an incredible day...i love days like that...that make you feel a piece of that big, tiny world keeps connecting and taking notice of you...

the shop has some awesome finds!

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlizzie

It was an incredible day! Loved every minute of it. Imagine my joy upon stumbling into Lina G's the first time - about seven years ago. I love to "share" it.

Sister

January 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterflo

Just wanted to let you know that as a fan of the store, I had permission from Lina to start a fan page. Please visit it and tell your friends!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lina-G-All-the-Trimmings/102227606518181

I also added this post to the wall, since I felt the same way when I first went into the store.

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice Go

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