Success at The Cotton Club

Entering our Harlem speakeasy with the password "Silent as a mouse," 16 Mice, all dressed up in 20s "vintage" clothing played the part in a beautiful antique setting. In between individual photo sessions, the Mice were at Play in a by-gone age. We danced (Charleston), sipped wonderful cocktails (Floridora and Gala Temptress), ate (Crab stuffed mushrooms) and socialized. We all agreed that this night was a mega hit! Next year, let's meet again at the same place, same time with maybe a ... 40s dress up theme?

While waiting for Belathée pictures, catch a sneak peek of the elaborate costumes adorned that day in the video below.

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You may not believe this but, about a week before receiving your invitation, I was in the bathroom primping and admiring myself. My hair was curling just right, the bags under my eyes seemed less visible, and the combination of my outfit and stance hid my belly roll, enhancing my curves. Then I realized that the moment would soon be over and too bad I couldn't just snap a photo and memorialize it. After all, it's nice to have physical reminders of our sexiness and allure (such an aphrodisiac, feeling good about oneself), especially when we run ourselves ragged most of the time. A couple of days later my good friend Miranda was in town from LA where she is a celebrity and fashion photographer. I mentioned this to her, suggesting a boudoir shoot, and even told her about Mice and that maybe it could become an event. She thought it was a great idea. Then I got your invitation! So funny and serendipitous!!"


Cotton Club Dress Up Phototshoot

Mice, Mardi Gras is around the corner—a time to dress-up and role play. We have selected the avant-garde Harlem Renaissance theme (Jazz-era 1920s-1930s) to spark our creativity.

We will travel back in time and up to Harlem to pose in front of Dorothée Brand, one of the talented photographer of Belathée Photography (http://www.belathee.com/). This MaP event is designed to help us reconnect with this youthful past time of dress-up. Our dare: exude the glamour of the era and “work” the camera! ...all the while, sipping delicious cocktails by a premier mixologist, listening to wonderful jazz and lounging in an exquisite apartment once occupied by Josephine Baker!

Arrive on time and our stylists Johanne and Kathy will give a mini-class on make-up and accessorizing. Bring a mirror, your brushes, make-up and vintage accessories.

For those who would like some input with your glamorous look, we would be happy to hook you up to a Mice group shopping adventure.

Important: Some of you have shared with us your desire to have a personal photoshoot sitting. We can accommodate up to 5 Mice. Please contact us for the fee and time slot at miceatplay@gmail.com.

What women were doing in the 20s? Click here.

2010 wishes

Play is the exultation of the possible. --Martin Buber

Dear Mice,

Let PLAY take center stage in 2010!

This year’s Mice at Play program promises novelty, curiosity and high jinks. Together, we’ll explore the limits of our bodies and corners of our minds.

Embrace the new with Mice at Play to discover your multiple talents and passions.

MaP 2010 motto: "Let's play!"

Sara & Nadia

Testimonials from attending daring Mice:

“Sara and Nadia, I just wanted to say thank you for organizing this event. I LOVED it and would never have thought to do it without your inspiration. I am prepared to sign up now for next year. Thank you again. And happy New Year again." Brittan

“I had a great time! Thank you for organizing and working so hard!“ Jane

It was a real thrill, which I was very unsure about to begin with, but am so glad I did it and I ended up having so much fun. Thanks for all the preparation and the enthusiasm. We wouldn't have done it without you! Nor would we have enjoyed it so much. The vodka, hot cocoa, sausage, swim caps and all the other preparation is really appreciated.” Gigi

“Thanks to both of you for organizing us to participate in this euphoric adventure. Anything is possible in 20-10! xoo “ Olga