VINTAGE VANDALIZM

28 things I promise myself for my 28th Birthday.

28th birthdayWell…I will be 28 on November 9th and wow does time fly. I am not one of those people who are afraid to age. However, every year I look back hoping I have made progress, not just with my goals but progress with who I am as a person so I get a little anxiety every time my birthday comes around. I want to grow and become a stronger, wiser, and more productive version of myself. Year 27 was completely crazy but absolutely rewarding. I mean…I moved cross-country from New York to Las Vegas, said goodbye to everything I know to live a whole new life surrounded by new people and a new job. It’s been great. I mean, I have my ups and downs. Can’t always be peachy. So sometimes, life is a little bit of a roller coaster. I had to adjust to this new life and all of the new people I met and a new job that took me a few months to really master..But I did it. I did it all and I learned so much about myself and others along the way. It’s crazy to think that it has already been almost a year here in Vegas. It feels like I just got on that one way plane just yesterday. Now I live in a beautiful home with my best friend, I have a ton of new friends, I have traveled all over the US, and have had great opportunities. I am so grateful for all that I accomplished and learned by taking this giant leap of faith but I’ve got a long ways to go.

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Kisses!

IMG_2062Since the past few months have been a little hectic, there are a few posts I had pending that I never even published like this one! This outfit is from the 4th of July when I wore this ADORABLE kissable two piece set I bought at Pinkbowcity.com whilst I was ordering one of their magazines. One of my readers emailed me about it which is why I remembered to post this (thank you!). Anyway, I miss posting outfit posts. I have been slacking hard lately, mainly because I have been busy focusing on other things but also because I haven’t really been inspired. I have been blogging since 2008 and though I have had many amazing opportunities, I can’t help but feel like my blog is still underrated. I have put so much work into this blog and though I am happy for the success of other bloggers, all I see is the same trends being repeated and a lack of honesty when representing brands. There is a lack of authenticity which is why blogging became so popular in the first place. Blogging was a platform for the nonconformist fashionistas with unfiltered opinions. My blog continues to stay true to who I am and what I really think about life, love, and fashion. I really wanted to turn this into a movement but what felt like a bright flame of inspiration turned into smoke. Not sure if I am going to continue and If I do, it looks like it’s going to be kind of like this where I only publish one post a week if I am lucky enough to have an inch of inspiration and motivation. For those of you who have been following me and rooting for me from a distance..Thank you. Your messages and comments really do motivate me and inspire me to keep going. Ive got to get out of this rut.

Anyway, here are a few photos of that cute outfit I wore for the 4th of July<3 Read More

PUG NYFW Day 2 & 3!

IMG_2704I had to cram 2 days into one post because I barely got the chance to take photos on day two because it was a crazy day! When I say crazy, I mean in the best way. Our Pinup Girl Clothing Yard Sale at Slapback NYC was a HUGE success! We had a line that wrapped around the block! Anyway, before I get to that let me start off with how the day panned out. Our first stop was Lincoln center where we met up with all of the pugsters again to promote our awesome message that beauty is not a size and that we create couture for everyone. It was such an empowering meet up and again, girls were shot by street style photographers which made them all feel as special as they actually are<3. Then we wer off to Dos Camino’s for some grub where we got to talk fashion and everything else with our new friends. Lincoln center was packed with fashionistas but the pugsters stood out like sore thumbs. We had a blast meeting one another and had such a lovely lunch before the craziness of the PUG Yard Sale at one of my favorite Rockabilly shops, SlapBack. We arrived at the Yard Sale by cab with our jaws down to the floor as we passed a long line of gorgeous girls patiently waiting for the sale to begin. I was especially excited that I was going to see my girl Renee (the owner of Slapback) as I haven’t seen her in months since I moved to Vegas. My family met us there too so I was so happy I got to spend time with them even though the sale was nuts haha. As soon as we opened the doors it was every man for himself as girls piled dresses and separates over their shoulders. We had to give them a limit to how many pieces they could buy because we were running out so fast. Within the first hour we were already sold out of 95% of our merchandise so to be fair, we gave gift cards to anyone who was still waiting outside because we knew by the time they came in, there would be nothing left. After things simmered down Micheline gave her awesome eyebrow tutorial and Laura mingled with the pugsters and gave tips on how to wear her pieces. It was a HUGE success and Renee did such a great job hosting such a memorable event for NYC. It was our first east coast yard sale and I hope we can continue to do it again every year.

After the craziness of the PUG Yard sale we all headed over to the Cobra club where they were serving signature PUG cocktails, Micheline and Laura sang Karaoke, and I got to mingle with my friends who stopped by. It was so much fun but by the end of the day, I was brain-dead haha.

The next day of PUGNYFW was just as awesome. The plan was to meet my girl Elizabeth Taylor for a vintage crawl downtown. It was so much fun going from one vintage/thrift store to the next. We even took a detour and went to a wig shop where we all bought half wigs and more haha! We literally shopped till we dropped and just before heading home we all watched the sun set at the High Line. It was one of the highlights of my trip and made me miss New York even more than I have been the past few months. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to have been given the opportunity to travel with PUG to NY where I met so many great people, had such amazing experiences, and got to see my friends and family. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and glad I work for such an amazing company who aims to inspire and empower and we took over NYFW by doing just that! Read More

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

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