My name is Jasmin Rodriguez also known as Vintage Vandalizm. I am an avid collector of vintage dresses and most people know me for my style. I am also an artist and I try to incorporate all aspects of art in everything that I do. I am an aspiring Designer and I plan to take over the fashion world with my limitless imagination. My whole philosophy on fashion has always been to think outside of the box. My style has no boundaries but I have commonly taken inspiration from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. I love the pinup culture and style however I love being versatile so most of the time I like to clash opposites, different genres of history and fashion and somehow, someway, I make it work. I think the world is too fixated on trends that people tend to forget who they are and what they like..I’m here to help you break free, to help you stand out, to help you create your own style, be your own person, and most importantly see fashion in a whole different light.
It was my first Valentine’s day in Vegas and I was asked to host an awesome annual event called The Broken Hearts Show. I was pretty nervous as I had never hosted a show before but I did awesome and the show was a huge success! Everyone enjoyed a burlesque show by La Rosa Muerta and rocked out to the Black Mambas, Will and the Hi-rollers, and the amazing tunes played on the 1s and 2s by DJ Lucky, Gallo Negro, Omar the Kid, and favorite pinup girl DJ Maybelline. I couldn’t believe how incredible this event ended up turning out and Beauty Bar was the perfect venue for it. Everyone danced till the sun came up, the ladies looked lovely, and the gents were howling like wolves. I wanted to break some hearts myself that night so I wore my new silver lurex top and pants by Bernie Dexter, my new lips purse I purchased at Buffalo Exchange a few days earlier, my leather jacket, and candy apple Maryl Christian Louboutin pumps. I was definitely in the spirit (I always am, even if I don’t have a valentine) and can’t help my adoration for this red and pink themed holiday. Who says V-day has to be about celebrating your relationship with someone else? Hell, you can celebrate the relationship you have with yourself! So in honor of one of my favorite holiday’s and one of my favorite artists, I decided to incorporate Curtis Kulig’s “Love me” tags in my photos to celebrate self-love <3. So here’s a toast to being your own Valentine and treating yourself on this special day!
I have been following this pretty lady named Jocie a.k.a @Trashtini for a while now since I am always amazed by her artistic makeup skills and killer lolita style. She looks like a living, breathing, gorgeous doll and the girl’s got talent for days, so I was happy to see that she started her very own pretty-in-pink shop called “Shopdollys” full of cute handmade accessories, stickers she designed, vintage pieces, and more which is perfect for any girly girl like myself. I recently got my hands on a few of her bone clips and I absolutely love them. I wear them all the time and they complement my outfits well. Last Friday, It was Valentine’s day and I was feeling super girly and wore one of her pink bone clips with this cute “sweetheart” sweater I recently bought at Buffalo Exchange and it looked perfect! I am absolutely obsessed with these little gems that make such a huge statement with my lolita-like outfits and I can’t wait to see what else she creates for her shop in the near future!
Hello my loves! I know I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do but I am still adjusting to my move to Vegas and my new job. The good news is that I am transitioning a lot better than I thought. I don’t think I have EVER been this happy in my life. I know everything happens when the time is right but gosh do I wish I could have moved a lot sooner. Everything I ever dreamed of while I was in New York, I have achieved in the 2 months of living in Vegas. I have a great job, I have been modeling with great photographers, I am surrounded by like-minded people, and I now share a BEAUTIFUL 1960′s home with my best friend Santiago. Dude, I have so much closet space and my own home office! I would have had to work 1000 times harder in NY to have that. I promise you that they lied when they said NY is practically the only place for opportunities. They lied when they said it was the only place you could follow your dreams. I am living proof of that. You don’t have to struggle to achieve greatness, you just have to be BRAVE. You have to be willing to unnattach yourselves from your comfort zones and complacency. I was so scared to run back to New York and can’t believe that I am now saying I will never go back unless its to visit my friends and family I miss very much. I have literally been having the time of my life here in Vegas and when I am not working, traveling, partying with my friends, enjoying my new home, or visiting cool towns, I am indulging in the beautiful scenery of Vegas’ vast desert and mountains. I love seeing the mountains here and a few weeks ago when Santiago and I were cruising around our new neighborhood, we decided to visit Red Rock Canyon to celebrate moving into our new home. Sure we could have had dinner and drinks but Santiago and I like to live a very unconventional life so Red Rock Canyon seemed like a rad idea and a great way to absorb the beauty and essence of Vegas. I was floored by the scenery as I had never been there. The entire dessert looked like a beautiful painting. You almost question if it’s real or some movie setting haha. God, the world is such a beautiful place and there is nothing better than being surrounded by nature, land, and mountains that hasn’t been destroyed by buildings, money, and greed. I wasn’t necessarily dressed for the occasion as it wasn’t the initial plan of the day but I was prepared for a little mountain hopping thanks to my H&M flats I always bring with me. Hell, I was in my new Miss Bana Loubies! Check out the scenery, my new home, and my fun ensemble inside! Continue reading →
Valentine’s day is one of my FAVORITE holidays of the year and I am sure it’s the same for many lingerie brands all over the world. The entire theme fills a gals romantic heart with joy and nothing is more exciting than spending that special day with that special someone. Hell, I even enjoy Valentine’s day when I am single as I make it a tradition to go to my local Agent Provocateur to gift myself something sexy because in the end the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself right? Exactly. As a lingerie addict, I understand the importance of under garments and the effect it can have on one’s self esteem. The same way a man feels in a suit is the same way women feel in lingerie and a suit to a woman is what lingerie is to a man. Make sense? Ok, cool. Moving along.. My point is, lingerie is the sh*t and you should wear it often if not for your partner then for yourself.
Now let’s get to talking about comfort. You do not have to do the whole shebang. You do not have to do the stockings, the garters, and the pasties. I personally love everything and anything but for you it may be different. You may prefer a sheer baby doll slip over a set, a high-waisted brief over a thong, or a corset over a bra. The great thing about lingerie is that it caters to every body type and comfort offering a variety of shapes and styles that suit you best. You just have to do a little shopping research to find pieces that suit your taste and price range. I like browsing through shops like Journelle and Faire Frou Frou because they introduce me to different brands from all over the world but I also have my specific favorite brands like Agent Provocateur, What Katie Did, Secrets in Lace, Playful Promises, and more that are my go-to’s. Anyway, so whilst browsing for some things to gift myself this Valentine’s day, I came across some great valentines pieces I wanted to share with some of you ladies out there who are looking for something HOT this Valentine’s day. Check it out inside! Continue reading →
There is so much to love about Vegas. My best friend told me about this place called The Container park that was made from recycled truck containers and I didn’t know what to expect. Finally I had to chance to see it for myself with my friends a few weeks ago and was blown away. When I got there I was so impressed with their concept of creating a shopping attraction out of such random materials. The place is practically a work of eco-friendly art and an exciting shopping attraction in downtown Las Vegas that I enjoyed very much. There is an assortment of small boutiques, galleries, bars, eateries and outdoor spaces as well as entertainment and education programming and located in the epicenter of the park is a playground where children can play.
Situated on the southeast corner of Fremont and Seventh streets, Downtown Container Park spans approximately 19,000 square feet with a mix of 30 shipping containers and 41 multifunctional modular cubes forming its perimeter. Each cube is a steel-framed structure that measures 250 square feet and can easily form a variety of portable configurations. If Downtown Container Park were ever dismantled, the cubes could be used for other things – such as a construction office or concession stand – and would never wind up in a landfill. How brilliant is that?
The sign that stretches above the front entrance is made out of a gray and orange shipping container, and also functions as a bridge — guests can walk through and view all the action on Fremont Street from large window-like cutouts of the letters that spell “C-O-N-T-A-I-N-E-R P-A-R-K.” Even the three-story elevator boasts a shaft that has been fashioned from a shipping container. And how could I forget the amazing praying mantis that blows fire from its head that looks like it came from a burning man convention.
I enjoyed browsing through the shops but some stood out more than most. Allow me to give you a virtual tour of the Container Park and the amazing time I had with my friends before we were off to the Neon Museum. Continue reading →
It was Christmas Eve and I wasn’t really in the Christmas spirit because it was my first one away from my family. I was bummed but I told myself that I could either stay home being all emo about it or make the best of it. Plus, I had the most beautiful Bernie Dexter dress and Niccococo Starburst hair flower sitting in my closet just waiting for the perfect moment to be worn and this was that day. So I chose to go out and have a grand time with my newly extended family here in Vegas and it was the best decision I made. My friends Derek and Yocelin really made my Christmas special and we had such a BLAST. Our first stop was our friend Ralph’s house. He always throws the best little parties at his amazing retro pad and keeps it full of the most interesting people. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to be a part of such a tight-knit community of people who love the 50s and 60s just as much as I do. Every time we go to Ralph’s, we always know their will be great tunes, boos (for those who drink), dancing, and good conversations. He kept my Christmas spirit going when I saw his beautiful tree and it surely wasn’t the last I would see that night. We went off to the Bellagio’s atrium to see the amazing Christmas set up they have in their garden. It was beautifully decorated to the nine’s with reindeer, giant nutcracker, gingerbread houses, snowmen, and the biggest Christmas trees! It was so beautiful and made me wish my mom was there to see it. I am hoping I can bring her this year. Christmas could have been tough but I spent the day with my wonderful friends and got to visit some wonderful places. I felt blessed and it was all I could ask for. Continue reading →
The new year is finally here and this is the time where many of us women start getting that New Years itch to improve, enhance, or change-up our look and I’ve noticed that many of you have a resolution to achieve the retro look or add aspects of it to your own personal style for 2014. I receive a high volume of emails on a daily basis with questions on how to acquire/master the retro look, questions I wish I could answer all at once as it seems that many of you have a hard time with it. Finally I have figured out how I can help.
For many of you beginners, let me explain that I was right where you are when I first fell in love with everything retro and though many of you think I have got it all figured out, I actually don’t and am still learning new tips and tricks every day. What helped me figure out how I could sharpen my skills with my retro look was by reading new and old books on the topic. However, two of the books I have found most helpful has been the Vintage Hair Styling book I spoke about a few years ago and this awesome Retro Makeup book by Lauren Rennells. Her books share all of the tips, tricks, and secrets of achieving the retro look and I can’t tell you how much I have learned by reading them. The Retro Makeup Book is the newest addition to my collection. I wanted to polish up my own makeup skills for the new year. What I find fascinating is that you don’t even have to be into the retro look to apply these tips into your normal makeup regime. Classic makeup is versatile and works with any style.
In my opinion, your makeup and your hair really complete your outfit. I find that even when my outfits are not so great, if my hair and makeup looks amazing, my outfit looks so much better. If you want to polish up your makeup skills, acquire the retro look, or apply these makeup tips to your own personal style, I suggest you invest in these Hrst books.
Here is what you can expect to see from both books:
November was a crazy month and I had no idea if I would even celebrate my 27th birthday on the 9th, because I barely had any time to pick out an outfit, send out invitations, or make reservations. However, my family and friends weren’t having it and told me to get some rest, put on an outfit, and get my ass out of the house to celebrate it before my big move to Vegas. They took care of everything and for once I didn’t have to do anything and I certainly couldn’t say no. Hell, I was overwhelmed with gratitude that my friends/family wanted me to truly enjoy my birthday. That night still puts a smile on my face every time I think about it. It was surprise after surprise and I didn’t have just one cake but 3 CAKES. One velvet cake from my dad, one beautiful Day of the Dead cake from the girls at work, and one giant cheesecake from my friend Lourdes so needless to say…I got cake wasted haha. I celebrated with my family at my mother’s house first and spent the rest of the night with my friends and my sister. I was SO happy that my little sis was able to join me and it really was the highlight of my night. Many times I can’t take her with me to places because she isn’t 21 but that doesn’t mean she can’t wine and dine with us!
Since its been a tradition to celebrate my birthday on or close to Halloween, I decided to go with a Dia De Los Muertos theme this time around which went perfectly with the decor of Empellon Cocina, a restaurant my friends and I went to just before heading to The Blind Barber. The dress code was to over-dress and look your best and boy did my friends look GORG. I wore a beautiful Betsey Johnson dress I have been anticipating wearing for the last 3 birthdays and it really was worth the wait. I initially wanted to wear the dress with a black flower crown but didn’t have time so I just created a headpiece out of bobby pins and fake flowers from Michael’s lol. To play off the nude and black colors of my outfit I wore some cool Leg Avenue stockings that had cute lace detail and for makeup I went with a maroon smokey eye and dark maroon lip. To complete the look I accessorized by wearing black jewels, a bronze vintage clutch, and my nude glitter Christian Louboutin Jenny pumps. The outfit turned out quite nicely for something I didn’t really plan out. Everything turned out perfect. I had an incredible and memorable time and I couldn’t be happier with the realization that I have such amazing, genuine, and loving friends. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago was the launch of Kenley Collins new Monroe Collection at Slapback in Brooklyn, one of my favorite rockabilly shops in New York. Of course I had to attend as I absolutely LOVE Kenley Collins and her amazing designs. I also love being able to see my friend and Slapback shop owner, Renee, whom I have adored since the first day we met 6-7 months ago. Renee and Kenley are 2 peas in a pod and I love hanging with both of them. Anyway, I have been anticipating the launch of Kenley’s collection when I saw her a few weeks prior to the event and she told me all about it. Not only is she an incredible designer but also a FIERCE singer/performer. This woman is a RIOT and it was awesome to see her do a live performance at the shop alongside red-hot Laura Rebel Angel. I had a blast and invited my friends Lourdes and Christina to check it out and we all left with something. Christina fell in love with the Kenley Collins pants and left with a pair and I bought the whole outfit and the checkered dress which fits like the cowbell dress I purchased a few months before that. I was so happy to add more Kenley Collins pieces to my collection. Every time I wear her pieces, I always get compliments. Everything she makes is a staple piece every girl should have in her closet. My friend Lourdes bought a cute top after driving my friend Renee crazy. I can’t really bring her anywhere lol, but everyone has that one friend who is a major pain in the butt. Another highlight of the day is that I met and shot with an amazing photographer named Bryan Sansivero just before arriving to the event. I was blown away by his images of me. I wore a vintage suit, belt, hat, shoes, and cat eye glasses and my own outfit shots don’t compare to his so I didn’t even bother including them in this post. Check it out inside. Continue reading →