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!
While walking around soho last week, I saw a woman wearing these glamorous Miu Miu sunglasses and fell in love with them. Hers were pink and reminded me of Barbie but I knew that if they came in pink, they had to have made other colors too. To cure my curiosity, I decided to search for them at the Sunglasses Shop. Low and behold, I found them right away and in..RED! If Dorothy was real, she’d be walking around Soho in these sunglasses instead of her ruby-red slippers. Hell, she’d probably even wear them together. I dig them either way. Do you?
Day two of my trip to Puerto Rico was another pleasant and relaxing day at the beach. My beau and I spent most of the day exploring the shore for seashells and ended up finding a lot more than we thought. As someone who used to want to be a Marine Biologist as a child, I am still really fascinated by marine life and the ocean. As a kid, I also truly believed I was Ariel in the flesh so I am sure my fascination with the ocean comes from me believing I was a mermaid. At least, now I can say I really was Ariel in Puerto Rico, with my red locks dressed up in pinup fashion. I was stoked to finally wear my Betsey Johnson romper, Tra la la swimsuit, and Hawiian robe I recently purchased at Reminiscence. I was a true Puerto Rican pinup in this ensemble and complimented my outfit with some nice vintage accessories like my 1940′s sunnies and my flower earrings I recently snagged from D&J Vintage. I was paying homage to all of those beautiful Puerto Rican pinups who were underrated, never discovered, or shunned from the spotlight in the 50′s and 60′s because I am sure they existed. I raise my virgin piña colada to them!
Walking down the coastline of the beach we met a few little critters who really made our day. We saw a crab we named “Fred” who was so adorable, I wanted to take him home (didn’t want to make my beau jealous ). We also met many Sea Urchins, big and small, that felt weird when you picked them up. I kept being afraid I would step on one so I had to be very careful. Ironically, my boyfriend was hoping we would run into baby squid until I stumbled upon an actual Octopus that was VERY MUCH alive as she tried to steal my boyfriends glasses. We didn’t know if she was alive so my beau used the handle of his glasses to gently touch her tentacle and she grasped on to them and wouldn’t let them go lololol. We named her “Octavia” because I swear, she was not thrilled about us wanting to see those beautiful tentacles. She even squirted water at my boyfriend every time he tried to pick her up. She camouflaged so well so I am shocked I even spotted her, but boy was she beautiful. I believe she was about a foot long, not including the length of her tentacles. It really was beautiful to see an animal like this in shallow waters and it really made our day to have found and seen such a beautiful creature up close.
After exploring the beach and finding lots of beautiful sea shells and marine life, we headed back to the villa to enjoy a game of dominoes with the family over piña coladas. We also had sushi for lunch which was the BEST sushi I have EVER had. I cannot believe I am going to have to travel to Puerto Rico any time I am craving Hawaiian sushi, it was DELICIOUS. After that, we relaxed and tanned till almost sunset before an evening swim at the pool. It was another great day at the motherland and I miss it so much already.. Continue reading →
While browsing through the Sunglasses shop, I came across these fiery Prada cat eye sunglasses I would love to wear come Viva. Prada has really grown on me throughout the years with its 50s and 60s inspired collections of apparel and accessories and I love how they take mesh the past and the present to create such amazing pieces like this one. The hazy brown lenses and the fire stone frames make for one hot pair of sunglasses and I am burning up with desire! These come in two color-ways but this one is my favorite. Head on over to the Sunglasses Shop to see more <3
I came across Kustom Voodoo bows when I visited one of my favorite pinup shops here in New York called ENZ a few years ago. Every time I would buy a dress from Mariann’s shop I would end up leaving with one of these bows. I kept buying them like candy and just recently I got my hands on a few more! I am so in love and can’t wait to wear them. I can see I am not the only one digging them, judging by how many of you commented on this photo I posted via instagram. So to share the love with you, Kustom Voodoo is offering you all 25% off by using the promotional code “VINTAGEVANDAL“. Check out her selection of carefully and creatively crafted hair accessories that will make you swoon by visiting her shop!
Boy oh boy am I excited! We now have our very own Bettie Page Clothing store here in NY! Now I don’t have to travel far out to the west coast just to experience this amazing shop of rockabilly greatness. I was so thrilled to hear the news as I am always contemplating moving out west to be closer to the rockabilly culture. But with the Bettie Page store here, NY feels even more like home. The culture is spreading and inspiring women to dig deeper into this mid-century phenomenon and I am loving every minute of it. It is great to see women embracing their femininity in pencil skirts, back seams, sun dresses, cat eyes, and classic Hollywood hair do’s. So how do you channel your inner pin-up girl? The Bettie Page Clothing store has everything you need. They have such a great selection of vintage inspired dresses and separates, children’s clothes, accessories, and books on vintage makeup and hair styling. What more could you ask for?! I was so impressed with their selection of dresses, the fit and feel was great. My friend Priscilla and I had a field day of torture trying on everything in the shop. The staff made it an even better experience as they were incredibly helpful and sweet. I also really love their adorable kids line. I haven’t seen any company recreate mid-century kids clothing. It is really cute that a mother and daughter can wear matching dresses! They even sell cute collars for pups!
You dolls have to pay this shop a visit, but if you can’t here is a tour of what you can expect! Continue reading →
So many of you always ask me where I find my cat eye sunglasses and though I normally find them at thrift stores, many of the modern designer sunglasses I wear are just a click away. I found these Tom Ford Nastasya Sunglasses at the Sunglasses shop and I am in LOVE. Tom Ford creates the most awesome cat eye glasses and I have had my eye on a few he has created throughout the past few years. I don’t mind a mid-century influence with a modern twist and these give me just that. As a collector of old and new cat eye glasses, these would be a good addition to my collection as I don’t have anything like it. It is also really convenient that they are black because that means I can wear them with everything! If you are looking for a great pair of sunglasses that you will wear all the time, these are it!
On day two, I spent less time in Wynwood and more time exploring other parts of Miami with my beau like little Havana and Biscayne Boulevard. I wanted to see cool deco hotels, motels, and thrift stores as well as the culture of Little Havana and thanks to our good friend Frank, we were able to visit the best spots. Our first stop was Little Havana were I was inspired by the culture of the people there. It was so dope to see latin elders play dominos and chess while smoking their cuban cigars. I also fell in love with an art deco theater there that featured some really awesome old films. Then we were off to Versailles Cuban Cuisine to enjoy a VERY YUMMY breakfast that was so good, I miss it terribly. After that we went off to Biscayne Boulevard where I was also completely floored & inspired by the amazing architecture of the hotels. It is heaven for people like me who follow the rockabilly culture. So many of them are still in mint condition despite being built 50-60 years ago. I wish New York would have salvaged great architecture like Miami did, it really is..so amazing. I also fell in love with some of the cute thrift stores on Biscayne like Vintage Revenge and Fly Boutique. They were both super cute and full of goodness at decent prices. I found some very special things at both shops but really hit the jackpot at Vintage Revenge. I have to say VR was my favorite because the owner was so sweet/helpful and she had such amazing vintage pieces from my favorite eras. I found the BEST swimsuit there that may or may not be Versace (as if I care anyway). The tag is missing and she was pondering if it was too. Regardless, this swimsuit was BAD (in a good way). It was so amazing, I was afraid to wear it but had to have it as It fit me like a glove. Ironically I found a vintage Cache top as well that looked great with it, only it was a bit over my price range for that sorta thing. With my luck my friend ended up finding one for me just like it at Red White and Blue in Hialeah for just $5.95 so on day 4 I sported them both (post coming soon). After an eventful day of sight-seeing, we revisited Wynwood and then went off to Fania to support my best friend Santiago at his awesome showcase via the Pax Performing Arts Center. See photos inside! Continue reading →
I recently wrote a post about Polaroid sunglasses and how they recently released a collection of their most popular frames throughout history. As I mentioned before, Polaroid is not just a camera company, they have been creating sunglasses since the late 30′s and recently re-released their most popular styles they have produced throughout history. Of course my favorite era’s were the 50s and 60s so Polaroid tugged on my heart-strings when they re-released their cat-eye glasses and I knew just where to find them too, the Sunglasses shop! I usually go there to find whatever frames I am looking for as they usually have a wide range of styles from lots of different designers and they always have great promotions as well that help keep my pockets happy. I have been dying to get my hands on these cat eye sunglasses since I visited the Polaroid booth a year ago at a fashion show and I am so happy I finally found them. Now I have both of the cat eye glasses Polaroid created! These are a flamingo pink color with a neon shade of yellow on the insides. I love the little metal diamond shapes on the tips and the vintage Polaroid logo on the lens. I am absolutely obsessed with them and recently wore them to Comicon channeling my inner Barbie (and we all know I LOVE Barbie). Everyone loved them and asked me where I had gotten them from. I can’t wait to see what else Polaroid has in store in the future and am so happy that they created this historical collection that mirrors what they created in the past. These bad girls are coming with me to Miami’s Art Basel next week and I can’t wait to sport them some more!
It has been quite a while since I have done an outfit post but I have been way too busy lately, so busy that I haven’t had much time to even post at all. Alas I was off today for Thanksgiving and decided to wear a dress I recently found at a thrift store that my mom ended up taking pics of while we were taking a stroll around my old neighborhood. I have been dying to wear this wool plaid dress. It reminds me of something Vivian Westwood would create but it is actually by Kal Kaur Rai. I couldn’t believe I found such a statement piece here at a local thrift store in the Bronx but I am not complaining. It only cost me $7.50! I probably should have saved it for fashion week but decided every week is fashion week in my life, I am sure I will cook something up when it’s time to cross that bridge. Anyway, it was beautiful outside. The leaves were falling from the trees but it felt like the beginning of spring. I was able to walk around without my jacket for most of the day until the evening when the sun started to set. I wanted to channel the punk rock style of the 70s with a 50s touch. I love to clash eras and create outfits that work. Leather, plaid, and studs are all signature staples of punk rock style and since my dress reminded me of the queen of punk fashion Vivian Westwood, it felt oh-so-right to pair it with my Christian Louboutin spiked pumps, Agent Provocateur gloves, and Betsey Johnson studded purse. I also wore cuban heel hosiery by Leg Avenue. All in all, It was an all around win and if it got too cold, I carried my scape by Theresa Dapra and my buckle boots by Steve Madden. I always like to carry an extra pair of shoes. My friends make fun of me because they say I change from heels to heels lol. I had to bring my boots because my shoes were open toe and we all know those type of shoes are meant for spring/summer but I didn’t care. Cheers to being fashionable and comfortable on a beautiful day like this one. Continue reading →