I met a gentleman named John Fondrisi at the Long Island City Flea when I visited his booth 1926 that had incredible antiques and apparel and we have been good friends ever since. Inspired by his grandfathers fashion illustrations in the 1920s, Fondrisi decided he would carry on his grandfathers legacy by utilizing his great works of art onto his apparel. Anyone who purchases his T-shirts, scarves, and hoodies become works of art and share a moment in history. Some of Fondrisi’s apparel even showcase vintage photos from the roaring era that fit the aesthetic of his brand. I have never met someone who has combined their antique business with an apparel line so perfectly. John and I connected right away and within just a few weeks, I was out in Connecticut modeling his designs for his new website. It was such a fun shoot and I got to meet so many great people, model with some RAD classic cars, and shot at some pretty cool locations. The photographer, Christopher Quinn, did such an amazing job and made me feel so comfortable. John and Chris make a great team and I adore them beyond words. Here are some of my favorite shots wearing 1926 apparel from our shoot together! Continue reading
Hey yawl! Coming back from my long hiatus to bring you this new post about how I spent the last day of fashion week. Two weeks ago I was invited by my friends Indie184 and Cope2 to the Cheim & Read gallery for the opening of the Barry McGee’s exhibit. I wasn’t familiar with Barry’s work but was intrigued by the art I saw on the flyer that was sent to me so I decided to go. After getting caught in the rain, I have to say, this exhibition totally brightened my day. I fell in love with Barry’s work. The awesome typography, photography, fun characters, and hyper-realistic use of colors in diamond shapes and stripes felt like I was stuck in a colorful kaleidoscope of this artists life. Heard from the grapevine, Barry is actually an OG in the graffiti game. He is also known as “Twist”. I got to take a glimpse at some of his photographs of the walls he bombed in his installations. I always have such a blast when I am with Cope and Indie and was so glad to have been introduced to Barry’s work. The entire gallery was packed full of people so I couldn’t get the best images but you can always head on over to the Cheim & Read gallery to see it in a more calm setting. We had a great time but I couldn’t stay as I was off to the Tribeca Grand for my friend Theresa Dapra’s “The White Line” collection of accessories. I invited my aunt Alex because I knew she would love Theresa’s work. Lol, I was right. My aunt was floored by Dapra’s designs. Theresa is a craftsman who has been creating accessories for as long as I have known her (which is I think 8/9 years?). She has taken her talents to the next level by designing for none other than Lady Gaga herself, for some of her “interesting” performances ;). I am so proud of Theresa and how far she has come and will go. Her designs blew everyone away but they are a reflection of who she is; a genuinely amazing, talented, and creative individual with an artistic way of looking at fashion. I absolutely adore her and had a great time at her event. Continue reading
My friend Mary has the cutest shop called Shopglamarous stocked full of fun hand crafted head bands and hair accessories that look great on everyone. What also makes them special is that they don’t give you bad headaches like most headbands do and she makes them adjustable to your comfort. She was the first to create the zipper headband that you see on runways across the board and just recently launched her new collection of hair accessories that took it all to the next level. I got to see it all before it launched as I was the hairstylist of her new campaign. It was so much fun styling the models at the Z hotel in these beautiful headbands with the rest of the team. Everything turned out perfect and the Z hotel was such a great location for a fun and fabulous shoot. The models did a terrific job modeling the headbands and many of the looks were 60′s and 70′s inspired. There were flower crowns, sequined head bands, jeweled headbands, and cute rockabilly bandanna style headbands so I am sure many of you rockabilly girls and flower child’s out there would appreciate her cute stuff. If you are looking for a versatile collection of hair accessories to fit your look; Shopglamarous has got you covered. See her collection inside! Continue reading
As a collector of anything and every vintage, the only thing I am missing is an amazing vintage watch and after visiting the Breitling store in Vegas I have been putting a lot of thought into investing in my own little timeless treasure. However, I have had such a hard time finding a modern watch that really suits my vintage style. Of course I would prefer a vintage watch but it is so hard to find the right one in the right condition that still works. Trust me, I have been searching allllll over for modern watches that have a vintage look but they don’t quite meet my expectations. With no luck I decided to stick to vintage and came across this website called Chrono24 where I discovered a plethora of the most beautiful vintage watches that WORK. Chrono24′s range of vintage watches date back to 1920s and I am blown away by the creativity and elegance of their selection. They carry a wide range of watches both old and new from all over the world and the best part is that they give you the best descriptions and history about every piece. I dabbled into the 1920s-1950s section and most of my favorite designs are by Rolex but I found one or two by Certina and Jaeger-LeCoultre that had me swooning. Sure I could covet myself a brand new Rolex but why would I if I could just invest in a vintage one that is cheaper and more unique in design? Maybe I am just a vintage snob lol. However, can you blame me? Just take a look at these awesome vintage watches I found while browsing through the Chrono24 website: Continue reading
Cupid has shot me because Stella McCartney has stolen my heart with these sunglasses! The tortoise-shell frames, blue faded lenses, and abstract cut-outs make a terrific match for a fashionably fabulous sunny day. I mostly go for a sharp cat eye but I also love these retro bold oval cat eye shapes for the days I channel my inner 60s diva on the streets of NYC. I found these at the Sunglasses Shop as I always run to their website to find the latest designer cat eye sunglasses. I also love that the prices are really reasonable and they have a roundabout of promotions for frugal fashionistas like myself. These are little less than $150 and they deliver for free! Not too shabby if you ask me! Prepare to see these sunglasses on my blog again soon! I plan to wear them all summer!
As you guys already know, I have a bad addiction to eyewear. Now I usually go for the cat eye look, vintage or non-vintage, but once I realized I can sport other shapes and make them look retro I’ve been venturing out ever since. Whilst looking for something a little different from my collection I came across Wild Soul Sunglasses, a brand that creates quality, edgy, and retro sunglasses that makes a greater statement than fashion. They are humanitarians whose proceeds support charities/a cause of your choice whether it be health, societal, or environmental. Of course I had to jump at the chance to snag myself a pair of sunglasses so I supported the forests and chose the “Owl” style in the sand color and they are absolutely stunning. They came with a tribal knit case and cool necklace. I have never discovered a brand whose main purpose is to create wonderful eyewear but also help those in need. They acknowledge the struggle of people who are living with HIV, cancer, or mental illness’. They acknowledge those who are in need of shelter, education, and food. They acknowledge the earth and the never-ending struggle to save animals and forests..and for that I respect this brand wholeheartedly. If you want to get yourself a cool pair of sunglasses you will feel great about purchasing, you must check out Wild Soul.
Love the case these bad girls came in and the cute necklace too. Love the color, I have nothing like it in my collection. The quality is amazing too.
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It was a beautiful and sunny day in Brooklyn and I was feeling very 60′s with this hairdo despite my 1950′s ensemble. I would have worn a mod 60′s dress to go with my hair but have been dying to wear this new dress I snagged via D&J Vintage so I just went with that. My golden rule of getting dressed is that your hair must always match your outfit and even though my hair and dress are from different eras, this worked out quite nicely. I love to mix, match, and blend eras and culture into my outfits; anything that inspires me really. There is a funny story about this dress. Janell and Danny of D&J Vintage had me model some of their stuff for their Etsy shop and this happened to me one of the pieces. As soon as I put this dress on, I begged them not to sell it lololol! I nearly died when I coveted it and it is one of my most treasured vintage pieces. Many of the pieces I have gotten from D&J Vintage are some of my best! Of course I had to pull this off with some cuban heel stockings from Agent Provocateur and my new vintage shoes, gloves, and cat eye glasses. I was feeling extra vintage and loved every single minute of it. I live and breathe this stuff so being able to walk around in my vintage threads makes me feel good and happy. It was a really good day spent with my beau who is responsible for these outfit photos. Lets travel back in time with some of my detailed photos below! <3
Many Vintage dresses are made with delicate fabrics that tear or age badly. This dress is made out of cotton and has no defects what so ever for its age! I love the neckline and the pockets on the hips.The dress matches my new vintage deco cat eye glasses perfectly. I won them on ebay a few weeks ago. It also works well with my vintage earrings that I also found at D&J Vintage! My ring is from Billy’s Antiques when it was open a few years ago.
Details of my new baby<3 I wear my Bishette purse all the time! One more time doesn’t hurt I found these vintage shoes (1950s) on Etsy. They always have a few lucky deals on vintage springolators!Last but not least! My Cuban Heel stocking by Agent Provocateur. They are the only stockings that match my skin tone other than my favorite brand Secrets in Lace!
Head on over to D&J Vintage for the best vintage threads!
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?