VINTAGE VANDALIZM

Black Mamba.

photo copy 8This outfit never made it into my instagram because it was during a time I took a detox from social media. I realize that I need to do this every now and then to regain my sanity and faith in humanity. There is so much terrible shit going on in the world that It’s hard to keep up and to be honest, it really depresses me. Doing a social media detox is not me ignoring world issues, it’s me helping myself deal. I’m really sensitive to negativity sometimes and it affects everything, even my personal style.You can usually tell my mood based on how I dress. It’s usually the inspiration behind the outfit and lately, I have just been in a weird dark place. I visit that dark place often so this is not my first rodeo, I usually come out of it like a champion. Anyway, just because you are feeling like shit doesn’t mean you have to look like shit. I’m always dressed best when I feel down. It’s a little piece of therapy for me. It lifts me up. On this day I went street-lux in an H&M two piece top and skirt set made of this cool thick mesh material. I fell in love with the quality and structure of these pieces that I couldn’t resist buying it and waiting for Fall. I accessorized the 2 piece with some killer jewelry, black sunglasses, my Nike sneaker wedges, and my Christian Louboutin studded purse. My outfit was black and my accessories were mainly silver, even my nails were metallic. What better way to top it off than to wear Limecrime’s black velvet lipstick? For just shooting my outfit these photos came out pretty dope thanks to my friends Jade & Santiago. Check em out inside! Read More

Dressed to kill by Susana Vestige

13 Here is another awesome look from my last shoot with Susana Vestige. This was my favorite set from all the outfits we shot because I have been dying to wear this rainbow knit two piece vintage suit (1950s). Ironically, I had no blouse to go with it and had to run to my local thrift shop and BOOM, I found the perfect button down. I then paired the outfit with some rad vintage accessories like this ivory pill-box hat and lion head belt. Of course I couldn’t leave out some awesome vintage cat eye sunglasses and my lucite springolators. It is always such a pleasure working with Susana who isn’t just a talented photographer but a wonderful humanist I adore. Thanks to her, one of the images she shot made it into Pink Bow City Magazines #13 issue but I loved them all so here are some you haven’t seen. Read More

Jazz of the jungle by Susana Vestige

avi Last month I was stoked to be featured in Pink Bow City Magazine for their July issue #13 wearing my first vintage swimsuit I ever purchased from What Was Is Vintage, shot by the talented Susana Vestige. It is always such a pleasure to shoot with her. It was awesome because I got to wear really awesome outfits from my collection and we got to  shoot at my house and in my neighborhood. I’m sure many of you remember this outfit as this was actually taken shortly before Viva Las Vegas (when I actually wore this outfit out with a much different hairstyle). I still wore the outfit the same and with my NicCoco hairflower <3. These shots are actually the images that never made it into the magazine. However, I still love them so much I decided to share them with you here. These images are ethereal, take a look at inside and tell me what you think ;). Read More

Be brave, black sheep.

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I’ve spent most of my life as the black sheep and though I own my black coat 100% of the time, it doesn’t mean its easy. I often feel misunderstood, not relatable, alone, and frustrated when people are not open-minded enough to embrace who I am or even try to understand me. We all don’t have to be alike and the world would be such a better place if we embraced what made us all different instead of allowing our differences to set us apart. Sadly, the world doesn’t work that way. As a child all the way into adulthood, being the black sheep never ends. I am 27 years old and I still feel like a fish out of water no matter where I go.
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NOIR By Lars Kommienezuspadt

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If you follow me on instagram (@vintagevandal), then you have seen the amazing images Lars Kommienezuspadt has taken of me. I recently shot with him at my friend’s place and it was probably one of the best shoots I have ever had. He was really great to work with and I felt super comfortable with him. He just knows all of the right angles, gives great direction, and just knows how to capture the best of you. I have only seen a few images thus far and they have all been absolutely incredible which doesn’t surprise me as he has shot some of my friends as well and their photos were just as amazing. I mean, how pretty does Doris Mayday look in the photo above? There is a romanticism to his work; a sensuality to every single photo that goes unparalleled. Since his work has been widely recognized all over the globe Lars may be traveling to a city near you. Next month, he is hosting a photo session event called NOIR at the downtown Millennium Biltmore Hotel on August 1st & 2nd where he will be collaborating with great talent so he could give you the best photos you have ever seen. The event did so well last year that he had to do one again this year. After LA he will be in Minneapolis for another NOIR event that will be held September 13th & 14th at Hotel 340 in downtown St. Paul. Both events are all-inclusive and offer hair by the amazing Tony Medina of His Vintage Touch and makeup and wardrobe styling by Lars’ partner in crime, Yuli Xenexai of Teaser By Yuli. Lars will be shooting classic black and white Old Hollywood style photos in three separate packages called “Hepburn”, “Harlow” and “Monroe”. To secure your spot before these events are completely sold out, please visit www.noirsessions.com. They are now accepting deposits to secure spots. To learn more about the last NOIR event, visit Lars’ website Madeineighty.  To see photos he shot at the last NOIR event, click below. Read More

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