Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Train Ride

Towards the end of October, Cori and I took another ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. This time it was wine tasting with a Halloween theme!

We left the Lake Placid station about 5:30pm and headed to Saranac Lake for a brief layover. Along the way we sampled wines from the Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Wineries. I think there were about 50 or 60 people on the train, most were in costumes of some sort. There were the usual witches, vampires, zombies, and an awesome gypsy. A group who dressed as M&Ms and a few other great costumes. My personal favorite was the couple dressed as William and Kate on their wedding day. "Kate" appeared to be enjoying her wine a bit too much. ;)

Cori was a big hit. He worn his newest set of WWII Navy dress blues with a modern navy pea coat and surplus dixi cup hat. This set of blues came with an original Navy issued pea coat, all owned by the same person (Cori was super excited!) but the lining is in need of some repair.  So he wore the modern coat instead. I should note it wasn't as cold as Cori makes it appear in the pictures, we just liked the look of the "popped" collar. Sadly he forgot to bring his sea bag this trip. Oh, well, next time.

I finally got to wear my 1940s suit! Hooray! I purchased it over a year ago from Morning Glorious Vintage. It was this suit that really got me started buying vintage I could wear. I've been collecting vintage and antique odds and ends for what seems like forever, but most pieces are what collectors would call "study pieces." i.e. not wearable or displayable because of condition issues. That's not to say I didn't have wearable items in my size in my collection before, but really, how many opportunities does a person have to wear a 1930s wedding gown or a 1950s prom dress? A suit is practical as well as versatile. When I tried this suit on I knew I couldn't leave the shop without it!

It's made from a light weight brown check wool. The jacket has those classic '40s shoulder pads and great pocket details. The skirt zips up the side and has a little kick pleat in back. I love the skirt so much a drafted a pattern from it and made a skirt for my birthday this spring.

It was a bit cool that day so I paired the suit with a 1940s mink wrap. I also wore a vintage hat with matching green gloves and a maple leaf rhinestone pin. The purse is alligator (I don't think its real but certainly looks it) that I picked up this spring.

While rummaging around for my gloves I found a this little treasure - a beautiful Art Deco enamel and silver compact complete with original powder puff and a bit of face powder. Don't worry, I didn't actually use the make-up! I picked it up years ago but had completely forgotten about it. I know, how could I?

Art Deco compact
Cori was excited for the wine .... but was sad he had to wait. We had a great time and plan to do this again next year!

One of our souvenir wine glasses!
The train station was all decked out for Halloween but it was really too dark inside to take pictures. This was the only one that came out.

Train station in Saranac Lake, NY

1 comment:

  1. What fun! Your outfit looks terrific. I particularly love how you've styled the mink with it.


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