I was cutting it close when I left for Vegas and spent a week there before New York Comicon. The day I got back was the day the convention started! However, I managed to make it and was so excited to bring my mom this time around! My mother is my best friend so I take her to a lot of events with me. She is very adventurous so it makes me happy when I see her having a great time at these events. We had a blast and enjoyed seeing all of the artwork, artists, people in costumes, and more. As a comic lover, I went a little crazy with my wallet but it was all worth it. I bought a bunch of vintage romance comics and movie posters from the 1950s and also bought some art for my future office in Vegas. My mom also loves purchasing art so she got herself a few things as well. I think I might have her cover the show next year as she has become a pro at taking photos. Without her I wouldn’t have any at all to post here on my blog! My friend Nubia was also covering Comicon so it was awesome to see her and hang out for a bit. She looked ADORBS dresses as a My Little Pony and I wore some stuff from the Forever 21 Bats & Cats collection. I have been waiting for Comicon just so I could sport my Forever 21 cat woman cropped sweater and leather cat ears so I paired it with my favorite vintage leather shorts, some back seamed stockings, and my Jeffrey Campbell Tardy boots. It wasn’t a costume but as jet lagged as I felt, it was comfortable and it worked. I was blown away by the people who dressed up and have to hand it to them for being so creative. It was very inspiring so of course I took photos of some of my favorites. Check it out inside! Continue reading
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
It was my last day in Vegas and I wasn’t ready to head back to NY away from my new home and my best friend Santiago. We woke up bright and early to do whatever we could before my 4pm flight so our first stop was the Hash House where we enjoyed two colossal breakfast plates. Santiago had snickers pancakes and I had chicken and waffles and we were in heaven as these plates were ginormous! After that we ran off to the beautiful Caesars Palace to visit the Bettie Page Clothing store and the Martin Lawrence gallery. This gallery was incredible and housed some of the best artwork from world-renowned artists like Basquiat, Takashi Murakami, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and more. We were blown away by the artwork and the curators were really friendly as well. After that we headed back downtown to visit a cool comic shop called Super Nova that’s located right across from a just-as-cool toy store like toy shack where I felt like a 5-year-old girl again swooning over comics and Barbie dolls. Supernova Comics was awesome and I found a bunch of cool Vampirella comics I was drooling over as well. It is good to know that I have so many options to find comics in Vegas as I will soon be leaving my beloved Forbidden Planet here in NY. We spent so much time at both shops that I almost missed my flight! But I may have done that on purpose haha ;). Continue reading
Sorry for the delay my loves, I have been overbooked for the past 3 weeks so I haven’t had much time to publish any posts. Anyway, here is the 5th day of my awesome trip in Vegas. I woke up feeling very 60s so I threw on my new Laurel & Hector Jailhouse Rock Elvis dress and channeled my inner Priscilla Presley for the amazing day ahead. My best friend Derek & I didn’t have much of a plan and kind of wandered around the outskirts of Las Vegas where we discovered many incredible places and landmarks. I love how Vegas preserves its history and takes art and attention to detail so seriously. Everything about this place is a work of art with a story attached to it. Our first stop was Red Rock Casino for a delicious brunch at the buffet. I swear I am going to have to join the gym when I head over to Nevada because their buffets are so amazing and cheap! After a delicious meal we were off to the Smith Center to marvel at the modern but Art Deco design of this incredible performing arts center. I swear if I ever get married, I hope that I can elope there in Great Gatsby fashion. It is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever SEEN and of course I took photos for you all to see. The security was kind enough to allow us to take a small tour of the building. After my breath was taken away by the Smith Center we explored the rest of Red Rock Canyon until we found ourselves at an adorable and quant resort called Bonnie Springs. This small western resort had its history in tact and had an adorable petting zoo, cool and cozy restaurant, an old mini-train that traveled around the resort, and more. It really was a sight for sore eyes for a girl like myself who has never been to a western resort. The restaurant had chairs lined in cow print, a fireplace to roast marshmallows, a dining area, and a sweet wooden bar. Old photos of visitors stemming as far as the 1920s adorned the walls and located just outside of the restaurant was a duck pond where peacocks roamed freely. We had such a good time exploring the vicinity until it started to pour lol. That’s when we drove back towards downtown so I could check out some of the vintage shops, outlets, and old chapels. Didn’t find much shopping around but was happy to visit some of the chapels and a cool bar called the Thunderbird lounge which had some pretty rad photographs on their walls. It was a long day so we hurried back home for a nap before we were back at it like jack rabbits and were off to explore the Wynn and a cool barcade called Insert Coins where we played Pacman and Marvel vs. Capcom. Yup, just another day in Vegas! Continue reading
It was my 4th day in Vegas, exploring what will soon be my new home and I didn’t want to leave. I only had 2 days left and was savoring every minute of every moment in sin city. I am so fortunate that best friend Santiago had a plan for every day that I was in town. Every day was an adventure and this day was no different. We are like little explorers always wondering the unknown to meet fascinating people, visit fascinating places, and in my case..shop for fascinating things lol. We did all of that and more on day 4!
Dressed to the nines in my Kenley Collins frenchy catsuit from her Pink Lady collection, I was ready to channel my inner vintage Barbie. It was one of my favorite outfits of my trip and god was I happy that I got to wear my new vintage Barbie purse with it! It was the perfect outfit for everything we were set to do. I got to visit some of my favorite folks over at the Bettie Page Clothing and Beach Bash Beach wear showrooms. My best friend and I got to tour the warehouse and meet the fabulous corporate team followed by a delicious lunch over good conversation. It was so nice to see Jan, Tatyana, and Artem and spend some time with them before I was back off to New York. After that my bestie surprised me by taking me to the Stitch Factory, a fashion incubator, co-working studio, and creative education center located in Downtown Las Vegas. I plan to register for their courses when I touch down in Vegas so I can create my own clothing line. That’s right. I plan to create my very own line soon and I am pretty sure I can gain the knowledge I need by attending the Stitch Factory. I met a lovely lady named Jennifer who was super sweet and informative about the studio and the courses they offer. I was sold right away and suddenly my dream to be a designer seemed possible. I had to celebrate so we were off to the Glam Factory to find some vintage goodies! Stephanie, the owner, is such a sweetie pie and we fell in love with her dog lol. I was hoping to find a lot of pieces at her store but only found a cute vintage crop top. She usually has so much stuff but sells out so quickly! I guess when you snooze you lose and I must have been asleep haha! On our way home for a quick cat nap we made a pit-stop to Alternate Reality Comics where I found a cool team Veronica T-shirt lol. They always have such cool comics there. The rest of the day ended well with a chola inspired outfit change in Viva Bandida for an awesome classic car meet-up at Mr.D’s and a visit to the Parisian! Crazy little explorers, I know! Continue reading
When I was about 9 years old and my grandfather passed away, I was in shambles. However, that same night, I had this dream that I was riding a horse down a desert road at night enamored by the light and clarity of the stars constellations. The stars formed pictures, some I can’t even remember, but in the dream I felt loved and that he would always be with me. The dream ended with my horse and I jumping off of a mountain cliff onto a bed of stars that smiled before we landed. Ever since then, I have had this weird fascination with the desert and the enchantment of the open road. I had a list of things I wanted to do in Vegas while I was there. One of them was to visit the dessert and thanks to my best friend Santiago, we did. It was so beautiful and the air was so clean, I could have fallen to my knees at the beauty of the mountains and acres of land untouched and glorious. It was breathtaking and so nostalgic of the dream I had. It was also significant of my life at this very moment, an open road with so much to explore. This day sealed the deal for me. I was sold that this would be my new home. Not only because of the nature I experienced but because of the culture I experienced this day as well.
Just driving around downtown Vegas we saw so many cool vintage neon signs. So many of which aren’t even a part of businesses anymore but still stand in their original homes. So much of Vegas is respected and preserved and it is so refreshing that I will be living in such a visually appealing and inspiring place full of history that is protected. After driving around, I got to visit the Gold Spike where I will soon be blogging my little heart away. The CEO of Zappos created this space for people to come together, work, and network and I love him for that. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, just a block away from the Gold Spike is the Burlesque Hall of Fame. We had a blast visiting this awesome little exhibit and learned so much from burly queen Haute Couture and Dustin Wax. They were so friendly and so knowledgable. There was so much to see and read about burlesque stars from the 1900s-1960s. They exhibited Patti Starr’s springolators, Tempest storms bedazzled G-string, Rita Ravells dress and more. There was also autographed photos from incredible burlesque performers like Lili St.Cyr, Josephine Baker, Dixie Evans, Noel Toy, and more. I was blown away by this exhibit and learned so much about burlesque performers I didn’t even know about. It is definitely a must-see if any of you venture out into Vegas. After exploring the exhibit we were off to our friends Rudy and Urma’s beautiful home were we enjoyed a delicious meal, mambo music from the 50s, and got to see photos of them from back in the 50s and 60s. There home was incredible and I was so in love with all of their vintage artwork and decor. Rudy and Urma made us feel so at home and made me realize that I had an additional family in Vegas. I adore them. Now I know, If I ever want to be around good people and my beautiful Puerto Rican culture I will miss from NY, all I have to do is visit them. See photos inside. Continue reading
Forever 21 just released a new collection called “Bats and Cats” just in time for NY Comicon and Halloween and I am In LOVE. I have been a fan of Cat Woman since I was a kid and still have all of my old comics. I wasn’t too big of a fan of Batman but Cat Woman’s run-in romances with him made me swoon. I went a little bonkers when I visited the shop and found myself in the Bats and Cats section. I couldn’t resist some of the pieces I saw and ended up going on a guilt-free shopping spree. Because..you know..how could you feel guilty indulging in your teen fashionista comic fantasies! I was like a kid at a candy store as you can see in the photo above lol. I wish this collection was out when I was a teen but I will take it even now. I can’t wait to wear my Cat Woman sweaters and cat ears! I plan to get a few more pieces from the Batman collection as well. I want it all but here are some of my favorite pieces from the Bats and Cats Collection. 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
The Blonds had yet another killer kick-ass runway show last week and though I am sad I wasn’t able to make it this time around, I was at least glad I got to attend the after party at No.8! My instagram was flooded with images of the Spring 2014 runway show and I was gagging over every single outfit. This power couple never ceases to amaze me with their creations and I love that they never limit themselves to just one inspiration or look. This time around, David and Phillip were inspired by many characters like Barbarella and Tweety Bird but I swore these runway models were all channeling their inner Judy Jetson! The collection was fun and sexy, everything a runway show should be. I truly believe The Blonds are the most innovative designers of NYC. I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite from this collection as I loved them all! Trust me, I will have one of their amazing corsets hanging in my closet within the next few years! I have added that to my bucket list! I may have missed the show but got lucky that my favorite red hot fox, Valissa Yoe, was Djing their after party! Thanks to Valissa, my friend Queena and I had a blast and danced the night away dressed to kill. We had such a fun girls night and it really made my fashion week. There’s nothing like great company, good music, and fabulous fashion! Continue reading
I am always stoked to discover new and emerging brands that specialize in mid-century designs so you can only imagine how I felt when I discovered Tara Starlet. This British starlet’s designs are fun, flirty, and retro..everything I love in a retro-modern brand. Her textiles and prints are sweet and her playsuits are certainly a treat so I got my hands on a few of her pieces and have to say I am in love! I decided to wear her Striped Lucia Bralet and skirt on this fine summer day while spending time with my pup and gal pal Ingrid at the park. Experimenting with the bralet straps, I decided to cross the straps over my bust to add a little sex appeal to my look. I have actually been doing this a lot lately with my dresses and tops that have straps that are adjustable. However, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Anyway, I love outfits that are easy, comfortable, and fabulous. All I had to do was accessorize around it with some simple vintage gems and I was all set to go! Continue reading