Patrick Nagel is one of my favorite artists of all time and was/is famous for his beautiful and colorful Art Deco stylized illustrations of women. Growing up in the 80’s I saw his works of art all over NYC in nearly every single nail salon in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and even Queens. Not a place I would like to see my art at but it became such a phenomenon for women who paid attention. You might also recognize his work if you are a Duran Duran fan as he designed their album cover for Rio. He also did work for Playboy Magazine. As an artist myself, his work always spoke to me, it was simple but so striking. I loved the contrasts of his colors and how edgy his characters looked. They remind me so much of my mother at the time. I think that’s one of the main reasons I love his work so much. My mother was a very edgy woman in the 80s. She had short hair, half of her head shaved, and had such a versatile style. Every time I see his characters I can’t help but think of her. I currently have a few Patrick Nagel portraits on my wall, one that is a print and another that is one of his original pieces with his signature. I have come across a few large portraits in random thrift stores across the country that I wish I would have bought but these things happen haha. To my surprise, Joyrich recently released a collaboration collection with Nagel and I am itching to get my hands on a few of these pieces. I have selected some of my favorite pieces that really stood out to me from the collection below. The rest was just eh. Anyway, they just launched on the site so go blow a hole through your wallets! Continue reading “JOYRICH X PATRICK NAGEL”
I wanted to do a fun little shoot that really embodies who I am and what my blog is about and who better to bring out my vision than my talented friend and pro-tographer Daniel from DMR Depictions. My friend Kenley Collins is an amazing fashion designer who continues to break the mold of traditional rockabilly style and I recently got my hands on one of her pieces which was a romper with a cassette tape print. It was love at first sight and a really great piece that speaks to me on so many levels because it’s like a combination of my two favorite eras which is why I had to wear it for this shoot. It would be very limiting of me to categorize myself as JUST “rockabilly” or “pinup” when there are so many over layers to who I am. My personality and style is so versatile I like to channel different parts of myself every day. Some days I am goth, some days I am urban, some days I am pinup but If I had to really narrow down my style It would be a marriage of the classic style of the 50s and the nitty-gritty rawness of 1980s culture and fashion. I love the classic cars, architecture, fashion, glamour, and elegance of the 1950s but I also love the graffiti, music, dancing, fashion, and culture that was very much a part of my life in the 1980s growing up in New York City. I like that I can mix them up to create a style all my own, one that embodies who I really am. I never pay attention to all of those stupid rules in fashion magazines that dictate what’s in or out of fashion. Fashion is what we see models sport on runways but STYLE is personal; it’s what we want to wear that makes us feel great despite the season, critics, magazines, and trends. I’ve been blogging for 10+ years and wearing what I want since I was a kid. My mother taught me to embrace who I am at a very young age and encouraged me to stay creative and she is very much a great part of who I am today and why I continue to dance to the beat of my own boom box ;). Who needs rules when it comes to self-expression anyway? My message to all of you is to embrace your creativity and dress however you like. You don’t have to stick to one particular style. Have fun, mix it up, and create a style all your own because nothing is more liberating than being yourself. I hope these photos inspire you to dance to beat of YOUR own boom box. Now lets dance! Continue reading “Boom Box Bombshell.”
A few weeks ago there was an open house in the neighborhood for this infamous house called the Caddy Shack designed by Palmer & Krisel in 1962. This is the same duo who designed the house I now live in with my best friend. This particular home is more Avant Garde than the other models they built and the owners have done a great job making sure it has stayed in its original condition all of these years without some mumbo jumbo coming in to modernize it. I was excited to see it as my best friend and I would always marvel at the cool structured neon lime green retro home whenever we drove by. It exceeded my already awesome expectations when I walked in, it was absolutely gorgeous. The rooms were huge and each one had a different retro theme and color scheme, the pool was amazing, the kitchen was a neon orange, the fireplace was gorgeous, and the closets were ginormous! It was a dream home I hope to buy one day. I wish I could show you more photos but we were too busy marveling at the interior that we didn’t get to take too many. I did, however, get some cool shots of my outfit around my neighborhood earlier that day. I wore a vintage jumpsuit I found for $5 at a cute little vintage shop in Pasadena, California a few months ago. I was a cool cat in my linen jumpsuit, It was so comfy and so light that the Vegas heat was easy to deal with haha. It’s nice to look and feel cute but it isn’t cute to be uncomfortable. I could wear this outfit all day! Continue reading “The Cat & The Caddy Shack!”
You heard right! Kweenz Destroy does it again with a whole new line of tees and accessories fit for all of you Kweenz out there and I got to model them for you at my new home here in Vegas shot by the oh-so-talented Daniel Rodriguez (@hey_there_Daniel). Indie184 is the powerhouse behind KD and is a jack of all trades..So when she isn’t traveling the world showcasing her artwork in the hottest galleries and making her mark on concrete walls; she’s home designing clothes and being the best mother to her itty bitty vandals. I love being able to work with her and Cope2, they are my favorite couple and I adore the good times and great work we have been able to produce over the past 6-7 years (WOW!). I am definitely a fan of her paintings and cannot wait to hang them up on my walls. I practically designed my whole bedroom around her work! Anyway, the “Crown’d” tee you see above is a collaboration between Indie and Ewokone who is also an extremely talented artist so it only makes sense that the design came out amazing. It is one of my favorite shirts to date! Some of my other favorites include her colorful beanies and graffiti STOCKINGS, yup, Indie has created the most awesome stockings and panty hose adorned with her colorful bubble letters. I seriously want to wear them every day so expect to see them on my blog frequently haha. Check out the photos of me modeling the new Kweenz Destroy gear inside!
As a comic lover, collector, and once illustrator..I love anything with a comic print. I am completely biased when it comes to this sort of thing. Just recently, Forever21 released a Marvel collection that I fell absolutely in love with and I nearly bought everything. My favorite pieces is the Spiderman Crop top and comic legend leggings. I wore them both together just the other day for a fun evening visiting downtown with friends. It was a coincidence that my mother gifted me an awesome comic stripped bow while I was in NY last week that looked perfect with my ensemble even though it was Batman. Back to Forever21, I also bought the Marvel body suit but this outfit is a little easier to wear out haha. Anyway, even though I wore a Batman Bow, Spiderman top, and comic leggings, everything matched together seamlessly. I even got to wear my new Love Cortnie “POW” Clutch from the NYLON Magazine shop (they have the cutest stuff!) I have been dying to wear since I received it last week! Cortnie creates fabulous clutches that appeal to all types of fashionistas regardless of their style preference. This bright yellow leather comic themed clutch literally screamed my name and tied my outfit together effortlessly. I am so in love with it so you can expect to see it on my blog at least 100 times this year. The inside lining is even a comic strip! Wearing this many prints can easily be overkill without the right accessories but I am pretty brave and pretty good at adding subtle elements to my outfits to avoid looking crazy haha. The only subtleties of this outfit was my black Maryl Christian Louboutin pumps, and my purple Karen Millen Leather jacket. Don’t know how I made this work but I did and my awesome/talented photographer friend, Daniel Rodriguez, was able to capture it all! Who knew an evening to the arts district would turn into a full on photo shoot?! Glad it did because you get to see all of the vibrant colors of my outfit! See more photos inside. Continue reading “Marvel-ous!”