VINTAGE VANDALIZM

PUG NYFW Day 1!

IMG_5451It has been almost a month of traveling all over the country and I couldn’t be happier with my experiences. Traveling really does help you grow, I have learned so much in the past month about myself and others and have made new friends along the way. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to head to my hometown, New York, with Pinup Girl Clothing (the company I work for).   Laura Byrnes (@Laurabyrnes), Micheline Pitt (@Michelinepitt), and I took over NYFW with a powerful message “Beauty is not a dress size” and brought together all of our East Coast Pugsters for a weekend to remember. As someone who is an advocate of body positivity, I was so happy to contribute to such an event. I met so many beautiful and sweet women of all shapes, sizes, and colors and they ALL looked gorgeous in their PUG pieces. It is really amazing to see how clothes can make us feel, especially Pinup Girl Clothing. Everyone looked radiant and confident as they posed for street style photographers at Lincoln center. They all wore their gifted PUG buttons that said “Couture for Every Body” and “All women are beautiful”. It brought be great joy to see how great they felt getting their photos taken and published all over social media outlets in their pug pieces whilst spreading a positive message.

The icing on the cake was that I got to see my family and friends. I miss them ALL the time and I cannot tell you how happy I was to be able to see them and have them have so much fun attending the events PUG planned for NYFW.

On the first day of PUG NYFW we had our first meet and greet at Lincoln center where we got to meet so many glamorous pugsters who were excited to meet Laura, Micheline, and I. We all definitely created a buzz because photographers kept snapping away at our outfits! Micheline, Laura, and I looked like we were going to a funeral glamorously drenched in black PUG pieces. I wore the Glamour Ghoul dress in black and white stripes because..well..its PRETTY AMAZING. And I complimented the outfit with some vintage accessories like my black gloves, black purse, and hat. For shoes I wore my Christian Louboutin Maryl pumps. We stood at the Mark Hotel and I happened to match their gorgeous floors. If I ever go back to NY and book a hotel, it would be the Mark. Not just because the service was amazing but because it looked like Tim Burton designed it lol. It was cool that we got to head back there with the pugsters after Lincoln center for drinks at the Mark Bar. We all had a blast with our awesome cocktails in hand and I can promise we all made some long-term friendships! Read More

The wonderful work of Lars Kommienezuspadt

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Where do I begin…I have taken many many pictures in my lifetime, none of which captured the emotion and sensuality I possess until I worked with Lars kommienezuspadt. I have waited so long to work with photographers who “understand me” and he is one of very few I feel fortunate to work with time and time again. His work is memorable, noticeable, and he has magazines and models all over the world begging to work with him. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him twice and every time he sends me another image I am amazed and blessed to have finally found someone who can capture a side of myself many people (including myself) don’t see. Though I am an advocate of confidence, I am aware I am not the most pretty girl in the world. But damn when I see his images of me, I find myself saying “I didn’t know I could look this beautiful”. His images are like mirrors for me when I am feeling down. They are like boosts of confidence! This is why his work is so great. He takes the time to get to know his models. There is nothing better than working with someone who understands you, makes you feel comfortable, and knows how to direct you so he captures you in your best light. Speaking of light, with minimal equipment, he is able to create stunning images which prove that you don’t need quantity to create quality images. All you need is talent, an imagination, an awesome personality, and an understanding of the female form. Looks like Lars has covered all bases. Check out the photos he has sent me so far by clicking below. Read More

AmberJoy’s Las Vegas Pinup Pageant!

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If you live in Las Vegas you do not want to miss the Pinup Pageant by Amberjoys Vintage Closet and The Las Vegas Burlesque Studio! It will be an event to remember featuring a Pinup Pageant, Live Music, DJ Lucky La Rue, Raffles, Celebrity Judges including Tom Ingram, Cha Cha Velour, Dusty Summers, Vintage Vandalizm (Me! haha), Cleen Rock One and much more!

Details:

October 1st 7:00pm-1:00am.

This event is open to the public to support local downtown businesses and to just have fun! This will be a great kick-off to Tom Ingram’s Rockabilly Rockout! And yes, oh yes… there will be prizes!

Pinup Pageant submission and rules: To submit you must email the following to info@amberjoys.com by September 24th (tomorrow! Oops!).

1. Name ( include pinup name )
2. Age
3. pinup photo
4. Location
5. Short bio and paragraph on why you should be chosen for the top 20

Rules
– There is a non-refundable $5 entry fee for each submission. Entry fee can be sent via Paypal to info@amberjoys.com
– From the email submissions 20 final contestants will be selected and contacted by email September 24th to take part in the event.
– 1940s-1960s vintage style attire, hair and makeup ONLY. Evening, cocktail or formal wear ONLY,
– No outfit changes
– Must be 18 years of age or older
– NO LINGERIE
– NO VULGARITY
– NO NUDITY
– NO DRAMA (cause DUH!)

Judging Criteria
– Personality
– Style & Presence
– Crowd Interaction ( your interaction )
– Q&A ( Top 10 only )

Surprise contests! Don’t ask cuz we’re not going to tell. Come prepared and looking your best!

For all general information, press and sponsorship opportunities contact: info@amberjoys.com

XOXO

Ravishing in red by DMR Photography.

2A few weeks ago I wore one of my favorite vintage skirts gifted to me by my friend Cigdem. I was so happy to find it in one of my clothing bins I had stashed in my storage and wasted no time to wear it. Finding it inspired me to do a traditional 1950s look. I had plans to hang out with my good friend Daniel that day and he happened to bring his camera so we decided to have some fun shooting some photos. I just didn’t know where to shoot lol. Suddenly it came to me that my skirt kind of reminded me of my friend Yocelin’s living room wall so I called her up and she was awesome enough to let me shoot at her house! I have the best friends ever and I am so pleased with how the photos came out. Daniel always does such an amazing job and all of our last-minute/surprise shoots always come out so great! Can you imagine these images in black and white?! They’d look straight out of a 1950s fashion magazine! This #OOTD post is on another level thanks to my friend Daniel of DMR Photography! Read More

50 Shades of Bettie Page..

IMG_2592bp009a1With all of the hype surrounding 50 Shades of Grey, I can’t think of a more perfect time to get in touch with your naughty side. Inspired by Bettie Page and other various pinups, I have been a lover of lingerie for quite sometime now. Bettie was/is the ultimate sex symbol and immortal as her image lives on. I was incredibly inspired by her growing up as many people were. She has a huge following of women all over the world who sport short bangs just as I do whilst also embracing their own sexuality. I remember working at Agent Provocateur where I got to channel my inner Bettie Page every day in a tight pink dress, fishnet stockings, high heels, short bangs, and my red lips. I sold lingerie and pleasure products every day and the more I learned, the more intrigued I became, the more my collection of lingerie increased. My first leather gloves were opera gloves from Agent Provocateur, it was also where I got my first bedazzled riding crop. Since then I have hopped from one lingerie store to another adding to my collection of lingerie and products that fulfill my inner fantasies that all started with Bettie Page.

Mark Mori, the director of the “Bettie Page Reveals all” documentary had me work for him when they had events to promote the film. This went on for a few years and It was a dream to wear my pieces and model as homage to the late great pinup. It is such a wonderful film and I was glad to contribute.  Her story and her life was inspiring to say the least, and to hear her speak was a dream! Amazingly, If you look at the film, you will see my name in the credits!

Recently, I came across a website called Lovehoney.com that had a line of Bettie Page pleasure products that were just too irresistible to pass up. I mean really? A BETTIE PAGE PLEASURE PRODUCT COLLECTION? Come on. You know I had to share this with all of you. Thrilled over the idea of adding some of these products to my collection felt like Christmas morning. Receiving my satin and leather restraints, blindfold, and spanking paddle made me want to thank Santa a.k,a the mail man haha. I had high expectations and this line still exceeded them. The packaging and presentation were amazing. Every box had a surprise. They all had Bettie Page key chains and tiny collectible photographs presented beautifully in a Bettie Page themed box. I have to say who ever designed these products understand luxury, history, and Bettie Page. The satin restraints were bound by a soft faux leather quilted fabric that is so soft and comfortable on the wrists and ankles, the blind fold is silk bound by the same leatherish material with Bettie Page’s name embroidered nicely on the tips, and the paddle is awesome and printed with Bettie’s image, soft as well, and just the right structural design for a little spanking haha. Now I’m curious about getting more products from the line as there are so many to choose from!

I am hooked and I have been naughty so I wonder what I will have Santa bring me next? Read More

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