I’m moving! Yup, I will be leaving New York in just 8 days to embark on a new journey and I am going to miss all of my east coast family & friends so much <3. I am also going to miss all of my New York readers and that’s why I am having a farewell party next week at Nurse Bettie’s and you are ALL invited!
The party is next Friday, December 6th, at 8:00pm and will be held at:
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 →
Last Wednesday I was off to one of my favorite vintage shops, Screaming Mimi’s, to celebrate the launch of Bob Mackie’s new collection of notebooks hosted by my girl Sammy Davis of Sammydavisvintage.com. I was so excited to see the new line of Bob Mackie notebooks and try my luck in winning one of his vintage runway dresses that was displayed at the Screaming Mimi’s window! When I arrived I was bombarded by the smell of delicious cupcakes and the best scenery of the most beautiful vintage pieces. I was in pure heaven! Sammy did her thing spreading vintage love as we all munched on cupcakes over champagne. The Bob Mackie notebooks were gorg and reminded me so much of the Great Gatsby. They were displayed next to Bob’s sketches that I wanted to take home so bad lolol. I actually wanted to take everything home. Screaming Mimi’s is trouble for a vintage lover like myself. I had just visited the day before the event and bought a pair of springolators from them that were on major sale. I planned to have the sole restored but couldn’t wait and wore them for the event! I also wore my vintage Bob Mackie poodle brooch that was gifted to me at the showroom just a few days before. It was so perfect that I got to support both brands at once for this event. I went drenched in vintage in a 1950s brocade shirt dress, vintage hat and purse set, my leucite springolators, and vintage gems. It was the perfect outfit for the perfect event. I met so many wonderful people (one of them being Lynn Yaeger!) and got to see so many of my friends. Even better, I got to enjoy the whole event with my favorite person in the world, my mom! Continue reading →
It was the grand opening party for my friend Mariann Marlowe at her new Enz shop in Park Slope and I was stoked to attend and see her new store. Mariann still has her original Enz store in the city; that is where I met her a few years ago and I have adored her ever since. I used to scour the internet for vintage reproduction apparel until I discovered Enz. It was the first store in New York that offered apparel and accessories from rockabilly designers all over the world so it became my go-to spot for the best threads. Now we are fortunate to have more than one shop here in NY spreading awareness of this beautiful rockabilly culture I love so much. NY needed this growth spurt of rockabilly businesses because the culture is growing at a rapid pace. We need more events, more shops, more Rebel Nights, more classic cars, and more pinups here in NYC. The more this happens, the less people ask me if I am going to a costume party lol. But it seems as days go by, I see more and more people reflecting the 1950s in their personal style so hopefully us veterans won’t be rockabilly unicorns forever. Anyway, I had a blast at the Enz opening party and met some really cool unicorns. Everyone mingled and danced to DJ Sei’s 1950s tunes while munching on pretzels, zombie lollipops, nachos, and cake with pina coladas in hand (mine was virgin:) ). We also got the best party favors, Lux De Ville coin purses! It was certainly a tiki party and I was coincidentally dressed for the occasion in a vintage tiki skirt, sun top, and wooden jewelry. It was a lot of fun and I am glad I came to show this bombshell some Brooklyn love! Continue reading →
It was a CRAZY sunday full of way too many awesome festivities and I am so happy I made it to each and every one of them. My first stop was my dad’s car show where I spent the morning and the remainder of the evening taking cool photos with the classic cars. I love to be able to come support my dad so I come out to his show every year. There weren’t too many 50s and 60s models but I was still happy I got to take pictures with a few before running off to the Mode Merr Fashion & Burlesque Brunch Spectacular at the Highline Ballroom. I was set to model in the show that day and thank god I hitched a cab because I missed my bus and nearly missed modeling in the show! However, all was good and the show was just that…SPECTACULAR. It was a very entertaining and romantic evening for the couples who sat front row enjoying the delicious food while watching the amazing burlesque performers. World Famous Bob was hosting and did a wonderful job in doing so; she had the entire room dying of laughter. After the incredible burlesque show featuring the best of the best of our NY Burly queens like the Pontani sisters, Gal Friday, Main Attraction, Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Little Brooklyn, Peekaboo Pointe, and Queen Bee Jo Boobs Weldon the crowd got to see Labretta Suede & the Motel 6 Live! While Labretta shook her tail feathers all of us models got ready to strut our stuff in the new & FABULOUS Mode Merr collection on stage! When I saw the dress I was set to wear, I was absolutely IN LOVE. It fit me like a glove and went perfectly with my hair and shoes. The other models looked fabulous as well and did such a great job modeling the new collection on stage. I am always nervous but did my best as well as giving the crowd a little dance haha. It really was the perfect show followed by some great shopping, and though I didn’t indulge, I can’t say I didn’t want to! I love to see Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb vintage treasures, Laura Rebel Angel’s cute hats, and those $20 Mode Merr sale bins which are a total tease! I was also happy to see some familiar faces as well as meeting new ones back stage. Their was such good energy amongst all of us ladies and the crowd that came to the show and I can’t wait to attend again next year! See it all inside! Continue reading →
Making its home at New York’s legendary South Street Seaport, The Village Voice’s 4Knots Music Festival was back for its third year on June 29, 2013. Continuing the Voice’s 13-year history with live music showcases, 4Knots showcased renowned and emerging artists on today’s breaking music scene. Bettie Page Clothing was a sponsor at this years festival and I was so sad I couldn’t attend! However, some of my friends and favorite models came out in nautical fashion to show 4knots what retro greatness is all about at the BPC booth! The special BPC NY sirens included Bettina May, Jade Vixen, Hayley Griffin, Tina Tassles, Dariell Leak, Mary Adams, Justine Sanborn, and Camille Marae and they had people swooning like sailors in their BPC outfits. Everyone got a chance to pose with their favorite pinup BPC models, partake in their own pinup shoots, and got to see the new BPC collection. 4knots provides an ideal platform for companies to interact with a young and influential audience so this was a great way to show NY’s finest what BPC is all about! I haven’t been to the seaport in years but it is designated at the New York City historic district and features some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan. SWOOON. The entire Seaport neighborhood is meant to transport its visitors back in time to the mid-19th century, to demonstrate what life in the commercial maritime trade was like. The name of the festival “4Knots” comes from this rich nautical history at the Seaport meaning “the speed of the waves as they meet at the Seaport in New York’s East River”. I am so glad BPC was a part of this great event and hope to attend next year! Live vicariously through their fun photos inside! Continue reading →
Indulge in an afternoon delight with this burlesque brunch spectacular! Enjoy an all-star burlesque show featuring NYC’s finest purveyors of the strip tease, including ANGIE PONTANI, DIRTY MARTINI, HELEN PONTANI, JO “BOOBS” WELDON, JULIE ATLAS MUZ, LITTLE BROOKLYN, PEEKABOO POINTE, plus appearances from LAURA REBEL ANGEL and more, hosted by THE WORLD FAMOUS *BOB*! Plus take in a live fashion show featuring their latest designs on some of your favorite pin-up models from glamour gal designer Mode Merr! Outfitting every stylish siren from XXS – XXXL, you can even peruse Mode Merr’s on-site pop up boutique, where you can try on and purchase looks straight off the runway!
I will be modeling at this show and would love to see all of you there!
The amazing and talented graffiti artist/designer Indie 184 just recently had a solo exhibit called “Fantasy” at the TT-Underground gallery. As you all already know, I have been friends with Indie for a few years now (I have also modeled for her clothing line Kweenz Destroy) so I was stoked to see her and show my support. I almost didn’t make it because I was working late but thanks to my friend Lacuna, I made it just in time to see the exhibit. I would have felt terrible If I missed it, I have been anticipating this show since I saw the flyer! When I arrived I was blown away and so happy I made it. Indie has created a plethora of beautiful collaged art work inspired by her emotions, thoughts, and the powerful and glamorous golden girls of the 20th century. Many of the golden girls include a few of my favorites like Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget. Hedy Lamarr, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth, and even Katy Keene! As a powerful influence of our era and a golden girl herself, it makes sense that Indie would incorporate these women into her work. They all share something in common, they are all FIERCE! Indie used many mediums to create these paintings such as spraypaint, acrylic, enamel, plaster, glitter, stencil and paper on canvas proving that she is artisically versatile. This show was totally up my ally and I definitely enjoyed every second of it. If you didn’t make it to Indie’s solo show “Fantasy” at the TT-underground gallery, don’t fret, I’ve taken photos of her pieces here!
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 →