Everyone is raving about the new Great Gatsby film and I CANNOT wait to see it! I haven’t had much time to do so with such a hectic schedule the past two weeks but plan to indulge as soon as I get the chance because I absolutely loved the book! The 1920s is one of my favorite eras because I feel it is just as glamorous as the 1950s. I feel it was the darkest elegant era of our time. The shapeless dresses, the beautiful jewelry, the pearls, the turbans and headdresses, the skinny brows and dark lips, and the beautiful fingerwaves and sleek short bobs are all a staple of the 20s that inspires me greatly. I am excited to see how this film inspires fashion lovers all over the world to incorporate these stables into their modern looks! With that said, I teamed up with Bettie Page Clothing to talk about some of their pieces that have that 1920s flair you can sport in Great Gatsby fashion. Though they are mostly known for their mid-century inspired threads, they have quite a few gems whose style dates even farther back in time.
In the 1920s swimwear wasn’t what it is today. Women were more covered and their swimwear looked like regular clothing you would wear on a casual day. Their were no itty bitty teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikinis. Their were just loose-fitting tops and bottoms and even stockings for the beach. Women even wore shoes to the beach! Crazy right? Well, don’t fret, you don’t have to go the extra mile by wearing stockings and shoes to the beach but you can wear the Bettie Page Beach Bash Sheek pullover blouse with a cute hat that resembles this beautiful 1920s photo above! How cute is this 1920s inspired ensemble!? The BPC Beach sheek pull-over top can be the perfect addition to your Great Gatsby beach outfit. The red, white, and blue stripes make this a classic piece! There weren’t any open toe or sky-high heels in the 1920s. Most shoes had a rounded toe and bejeweled accents and the highest heels were about 3 inches high. The 20s were all about glamour so everything was adorned with gems, jewels, sequins, beads, and etc. The creativity of our yester-years is astounding. The craftsmanship and the time they put into creating works of art is something rarely done today. This is why Bettie Page Clothing is putting their first foot forward in bringing you all a collection of Ellie shoes that are inspired by the past with a modern twist like these 1920s inspired bejeweled Lourdes heels. You can find any of the BPC shoes at their shops worldwide.I have these and I absolutely love them. I would definitely rock this with a beaded dress and headdress for a Great Gatsby inspired look! As you can see above. These 1920s metallic heels are still very sexy with that curved heel. That’s what I loved about the 20s, 50s, and 60s. The shoes were not as high as they are today but still looked so sexy. For a modern take on these classic pumps you can go with the Bettie Page Barnett shoe (below) that is not just inspired by the 20s but the 50s too! The most important part of your 20s inspired outfit are the gems you wear it with. I feel the 20s were the leaders in fine, creative, and glamorous jewelry. The old photo above shows a beautiful woman wearing the prettiest long dangled earrings that remind me so much of the Bettie Page Notorious earrings shown below. I also think you can pull of a Great Gatsby look with the Bettie Page Model of the Century earrings and bracelet. That forest green is lovely!And how could we forget the PEARLS? Pearls were the most important staple of 1920s fashion. Women wore them long and short, doubled and tippled, draped over their fabulous shapeless dresses. If you are obsessed pearls like I am, you have to check out the Bettie Page Royal Highness choker. There are five strands of pearls adorned with a blue sapphire crystal pendant. That’s all for now Great Gatsby lovers! Head on over to Bettie Page Clothing right now to get your 1920s inspired pieces!
I never get tired of the surprises Nathalie Rattner leaves in my inbox. She has painted 3 portraits of me thus far that all leave me speechless. This one is inspired by an awesome photoshoot I did with my girl Revecka of Delicious Dames last winter. I feel so fortunate to have collaborated with such incredibly talented women who inspire me as much as I inspire them and I am so happy I get to add this new piece to my collection of portraits that I will treasure forever! Thank you SO much Nathalie and Revecka for including me in your wonderful works of art!
Fox News asked me to show you all how to add retro flair to your wardrobe for work, evening, and for everyday! So I brought them to the Bettie Page Clothing store where you could find a complete look all in one place! If you want to look like a star that just walked off of a Mad Men stage, look no further! I have got you covered!
Click here to see the video and examples of each look modeled by Vanessa Cruz, Delysia LaChatte, Yelaine Rodriguez, Sunny Moon, and Kerry Garvin!
Hope you like it!
Thanks to my good friends over at D&J Vintage, I was able to attend the Manhattan Vintage show with my momma. I went almost a year ago and have been hooked ever since! Though the prices are a bit steep, you are always guaranteed to see great vintage pieces. I always leave with something every time I go and I never attend without my favorite shopping partner miss Mama Vandalizm. She enjoys it just as much as I do. I think this time was our best time at the MVS because we met some really great vintage dealers and got to support our friends from D&J Vintage who had their very own booth for the first time ever! I took many pictures and scoured through many different booths but some of them stood out to me more than most. I met some wonderfullllllll people who had such great personalities that matched their great eye for vintage picking. I went to MVS with no intentions of buying anything this time but ended up with some fascinating vintage pieces that are some of my best to date. Some of my best picks came from the “What was is Vintage” booth. My mother and I received such sweet hospitality and really loved Neal and Judy Bergman. They had exactly what I was looking for and I ended up with 4 great pieces from their booth. First I found an AMAZING brocade dress on their sale rack that fit me like a glove. Then, I found..not one, but TWO spectacular vintage bikinis that fit me perfectly at their booth. I have been searching for the perfect vintage bikini for such a long time, I mean YEARS. Finally I have something to bring with me to Viva next year! As if that was it, I also found a vintage 3 piece playsuit that fit me to the T! It was a quadruple whammy that I got 4 great finds at one booth! It really started off my day of with a smile. After that we went over to the D&J Vintage booth to see my favorite vintagers Jan’ell and D. They have a really great eye for vintage and I realized how amazing they were when I modeled for them a few months ago and saw their collection. I nearly died every time I modeled one of their pieces and wanted to take everything home with me. Rummaging through their racks I noticed some of the pieces I modeled, particularly this yellowish a-line neck tie dress. Needless to say, I ended up leaving with it because I remembered how it made me feel when I modeled it for their shop. I just had to have it and I can now add that to my favorite vintage finds which always end up coming from the D&J Etsy shop. I really adore them as much as I adore their vintage and I hope all of you who attended the show got to visit their booth! After that, I thought I was done. I swore I was done. That is until I stumbled upon the Algamated Vintage booth. My mom and I bought some great vintage pieces from them last year and this year I found an AMAZING dress that had a tribal animal print adorned with tiny sequins. I cannot WAIT to wear it. I have to say, the owners from Algamated are also always very sweet. They have vintage that is earlier than the 1940′s and in such great condition. On our way out I bumped into some familiar faces like Antonio and Sonya Abrego over at Dated Vintage who had an AWESOME Vintage varsity jacket. It was green, reversible, and had the name “Viv” on the front. It was perfect but I had already did my shopping for the day. After making my final lap around the pavilion I was done for the day till I fell in love with a fridge. Yup, my next investment . See photos inside of my favorite booths at the show! Continue reading
If you are a rockabilly mama who loves retro threads and always wished you could find cute vintage reproduction clothes for your children, fret no more! Bettie Page Clothing has released an oh-so-adorable kids line that features mother-daughter matching dresses! They also created a collection for boys that features retro shirts but it hasn’t been released on the website yet. I nearly died when I visited the store on Bowery and saw the collection in person. These dresses are so adorable they make me want to have children (EEEEk). Ok, so I wouldn’t go that far but damn they are so cute. This colorful, comfortable, and wonderful collection is a great and innovative way to introduce the wonderful world of vintage to your children because we all know It isn’t easy to find good vintage clothes for kids that have been preserved and cared for. I can’t wait to start seeing a bunch of little nuggets running around in Bettie Page sun dresses and retro shirts. I mean, just take a look at these photos of the girls collection! So cute I can’t take it! Continue reading
It was my last day in Vegas and the Viva Las Vegas convention was over. Normally, I am instantly sad about it but since we were planning to spend our last day at the Neon Museum, I had much to be happy about! I love that all of these priceless Vegas gems of old neon signs have been preserved instead of thrown away. It was a brilliant idea to have them set up in one place for the world to see. They call it the neon graveyard and I have to say, it was a great tour and our guide inspired us with stories about each sign. The typography and creativity of each piece was just breathtaking and it made Vegas that much more special. Never been to the Neon Museum? Allow me to give you a tour of your own with these photos! Continue reading