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Last week I was invited to the a Levi’s x Lookbook party at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn so I invited my friends Queena and Ingrid to come and have fun. It was the perfect girls night and exactly what I needed after a few hectic months of more work than play. I also wanted to take my new haircut out for a spin. It’s a LOB (long bob) and I am so in love with it! I can tell you that my head definitely weighs a thousand pounds less because this mop is so heavy! Anyway, Queena and I got to the event first and played around at the photo booth till my Inimac arrived. Bosco always has the best photo booths and I love that I always get to leave with photos of some of my best nights with my best gal pals. It was also fun that we got to decorate them with cool Levi’s stamps. There were other activities we could have participated in if we would have brought our 501′s but we were all coming from work so we admired everyone else’s designs while dancing to tunes the Dj played. After an awesome night of crafts and dancing we went to the Meatball shop where we enjoyed some great italian dishes. It has become one of my favorite places to wine and dine in Brooklyn and their snicker doodle cookie & ice cream dessert is the bomb.com! Continue reading
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!
If you are a rockabilly mama who loves retro threads and always wished you could find cute vintage reproduction clothes for your children, fret no more! Bettie Page Clothing has released an oh-so-adorable kids line that features mother-daughter matching dresses! They also created a collection for boys that features retro shirts but it hasn’t been released on the website yet. I nearly died when I visited the store on Bowery and saw the collection in person. These dresses are so adorable they make me want to have children (EEEEk). Ok, so I wouldn’t go that far but damn they are so cute. This colorful, comfortable, and wonderful collection is a great and innovative way to introduce the wonderful world of vintage to your children because we all know It isn’t easy to find good vintage clothes for kids that have been preserved and cared for. I can’t wait to start seeing a bunch of little nuggets running around in Bettie Page sun dresses and retro shirts. I mean, just take a look at these photos of the girls collection! So cute I can’t take it! Continue reading
BAIT footwear (But another Innocent tale) has landed at the Bettie Page Clothing store here in NYC and I am IN LOVE! The great part about the 50s is that women didn’t have to wear sky-high heels, and somehow they still made a kitten heel look sexy. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my sky-high heels. However, it is nice to find comfortable 2 to 3 inch heels that look just as sexy. BAIT shoes embody the best of 50s and 60s style with a versatile collection of comfortable pumps and I am so glad I can find them at the Bettie Page Store. Now that BPC has BAIT shoes, I can dress myself head-to-toe at the shop without ever having to scour through the rest of the city for great accessories to match my beautiful dresses. Love BAIT shoes but don’t know which Bettie Page dress to wear them with? Don’t fret! I am going to show you some of my favorite BAIT shoes I recently came across at the shop along with the great BPC dresses you can pair them with!
These Ida P.Blue spectator kitten heels are one of my favorites. These are also made in the signature black and white colorway but these are more fun and would look amazing with the Agate Blue Lace Dress. __________________________________I LOVE these BAIT Demi Mint wedges! They would look awesome with BPC’s Ahoy Playsuit! They also come in pink!__________________________________I bought these Dani Gold wedges last week at the Bettie Page shop and I love them! I can’t wait to wear them with the BPC Yellow Poppy seed Jumper!__________________________________If you want to look pretty in pink, you have to go with these BAIT Ione Rose Pink kitten heels and the BPC Joy Peach Dress!
__________________________________These Selena Black flats are so cute and I love the cute red bow detail in the front. They would look so adorbs with the red BPC Cardigan Button Down & The Cat Walk Black Skirt!__________________________________These Dennise Celery wedges are so retro and would look so cute with the BPC Margarita dress! They also come in Blue and Red!__________________________________These Heather B.Orange spectator pumps would look PERFECT with the Rita Rust dress below! What an amazing color!
__________________________________These Tessa Latte nude wedges would look good with practically anything, However, it would look pretty sweeeeeet with the Cassandra Dress.__________________________________The Barelle Black BAIT shoes are super comfortable and would look perfect with the Bettie Page Black Magic dress below!__________________________________
If you want to be comfortable in that evening outfit, go with the Brook Silver heels and the BPC Venom dress!__________________________________
These Pretty Celery pumps are sooo MAD MEN and would look perfect with the BPC Beverly dress! They come in a variety of colors!__________________________________
Now head on over to your nearest Bettie Page Clothing store and get your Spring/Summer wardrobe started!
It was day 5 of my trip to Vegas, the last day of Viva, and I was so excited to explore the strip, see the women’s swimsuit contest at the Orleans pool, visit the vendors for last-minute deals, and spend the night watching bands and the awesome jivers. I was also stoked to finally wear my vintage nautical suit my mother bought me last year at the Manhattan Vintage show. It has been sitting in my closet forever just waiting for the perfect opportunity and today was certainly that day. What I like about it is that it isn’t your signature red, white, and blue nautical color scheme. Instead of a hint of red, it was a neon orange, blue, and white color way with two contrasting prints of stars and anchors. I have never seen anything like it and love to own clothes that have that pop-art-istic appeal. I was definitely a character walking around town in my little sailor hat and DIY pearl cat eye glasses. I just wish my hair behaved but the wind did not help one bit. Thank god we were inside for most festivities or I would have lost my hat! Anyway, Caesars palace was lovely as per usual and we enjoyed walking around and visiting a few of my favorite shops like Antiquities and the Bettie Page Clothing store. A new favorite of mine is the Breitling store that featured vintage-esque civil war inspired paintings and a statue of a pinup girl sitting on an atomic bomb. I was so enamored with the layout of the shop, it made me want to sport a watch! After some fun sight-seeing we were off to the Orleans to see the swimsuit contest unfold and good grief, I was gaging over all of the amazing swimsuits I saw! I really was in awe of everyone’s pool attire and took some great shots of all of the inspiring style I saw there. Next year, I plan to come prepared in my very own vintage suit (didn’t own one till after Viva ). We roasted under the sun meeting, greeting, and chatting with everyone and quickly ran off to the hotel to change for the nights festivities. That’s when I felt frisky and threw on my neon yellow Karen Millen dress and leopard accessories for a sassy evening look. I actually danced this time thanks to my good friend Paul who taught me how to jive in 2008! I just shook off my shyness and danced the night away! Continue reading
Day 4 of my trip to Vegas for Viva Las Vegas was a very important one because my best friend Santiago had his very own booth at the car show. This was his first booth and we were soooo excited and nervous to see how thousands of the rockabilly community would embrace his beautiful works of art. The nervousness comes from the fact that Santiago’s work isn’t always exclusive to one culture/era, his work is a marriage of every thing that inspires him about history, fashion, art, and beauty. So a purist of rockabilly culture may not relate to the unconventional yet absolutely amazing art Santiago brings into existence. Alas, my mom and I were there to show our full support (although he didn’t need it!). This is the reason why we relate to each other so well as best friends. Though I may be absolutely in love with the rockabilly culture and be a purist in some ways or another, my style isn’t always conventionally rockabilly but a marriage of everything else that inspires me as well. Being able to mash and clash opposites, cultures, eras is an art within itself and with that said..I am so happy to say that Santiago’s art was well received (duh) and he was nearly cleared out of all his portraits. Lets not forget that this was also his FIRST debut of his new project “Hottie Rodz” where he transforms pinups into hot rods! I feel SO fortunate to be #1 of his soon to be collection and I was completely FLOORED when I saw this piece. He even gave me the Prada shoes I always wanted! People were going nuts asking if he had prints of the Hottie Rod as he debuted it on a giant canvas and there was a waiting list till now! Here is where you can buy the Hottie Rod #1 print of me. Santiago has such a huge fan base so it really was amazing to see how many people came just to meet him and have his work signed to them. It was even crazier that some of those people even came to see me and have his previous portraits signed by me as well! My mom and I were so happy for him. It was even more awesome that we were neighbored by the beautiful Lisa Love who also had a debut of her own with her gorgeous paper dolls by Nathalie Rattner and her husband Julian Mendoza who is an incredible artist. It is always nice to be surrounded by good people. Speaking of…Mom and I took a stroll around the awesome vendors and in the mix I ended up bumping into so many familiar faces! And there were also soooo many amazing cars. I swear, we didn’t see a car we didn’t like. It was an all-around great day full of so much love and awesomeness. See more inside! Continue reading
It was day 3 of my trip to Vegas for the Viva Las Vegas convention and I was excited to fulfill all of our plans! My best friend Derek wanted to show me more of the downtown area of Vegas when we stumbled across some cool vintage/antique shops! I cannot tell you the joy it brings me to discover a vintage/antique shop. I am immediately overwhelmed with happiness like a pirate who has just found buried treasure. The first antique shop we came across was Retro Vegas and boy were we loving the scenery. I mean, this guy had an emporium of antiques and I wanted to take everything with me. There were mid-century tiki bars, Danish Modern tables, dining sets, Patrick Nagel portraits, giant sculptures, and more. I was in Antique heaven and cannot wait to revisit again next year. Our second discovery was Electric Lemonade, an awesome and adorable vintage shop I instantly fell in love with. The two lovely ladies who run the shop are amazing pickers as their selection of vintage apparel was amazing and decently priced. I went into town in there and bought a bunch of cool threads and Derek did pretty well too. After a little shopping we rushed back to the Orleans to go support my friend Tony who was participating in the male swimsuit competition. I mean, come on, I had to come support Tony! And who would want to miss a male swimsuit competition pshhhhh . The competition was actually pretty funny and my mother and I enjoyed seeing a bunch of people dressed to kill in there awesome vintage swimwear. Tony ended up in 3rd place but is still a winner in all of our eyes! He is one of the best hair stylists I have ever met and I was sooo stoked that I had an appointment to get my hair did right after the contest. He did a great job setting my locks and let me tell you, my hair hasn’t had that much bounce in years! After a successful day of shopping, sun bathing, and pampering, we called it a night to prepare for Derek’s booth at the car show. Continue reading
It was day 2 of my trip to Vegas and my morning was so sad as I had to bid my family farewell. They were going back home to California and though I wish they could have stayed longer, I was still glad I got to spend even a day with them. I turned my frown upside down when I realized this day was the beginning of the Viva Las Vegas convention! I was so stoked to finally check-in and see some of my west coast friends, visit the awesome vintage vendors, and watch some bands play! But before all of that, we headed on over to Buffalo Exchange again lol! We were about to pass it on our way to see some friends so we just hadddd to come in. I was definitely glad I stopped by as I found some more goodies someone jusssst donated like this cool vintage leopard fur coat, a faux-leather top, polka dot skinny pants, and a vintage dress that had a fur trim on the skirt! I think I spent less than $75 on the whole load which was not bad at all considering the type of prices the vendors were charging at Viva! After my fun little quick shopping spree, I headed on over to see some of my moms friends who were in town. Our friend Zinny has two really adorable daughters I look at as my own family. They are such little animated characters and I wish we lived closer so we could see them all the time. After we spent a few hours with them we were off to the Rio to change for Viva but on the way we noticed a huge fire. Key Largo Casino was in flames . The irony is that I was telling my best friend Derek how I loved the old signage of Key Largo and ironically, it was the only thing that wasn’t affected by the fire. Everything else burned down to flames and we wondered if any homeless people were actually living there because it has been abandoned since 2007. It was definitely scary and such a sad ending to such a cool structure. Luckily we were able to drive out of that smog and onto blue skies, back to our hotel room where we were able to rest up, recharge, dress up, and head back out for Viva at the Orleans. Continue reading
I look forward to the Viva Las Vegas weekender every single YEAR. It is probably the only time I feel my happiest and in my element because I am surrounded by thousands of people who understand and appreciate my love for the rockabilly lifestyle. The convention just keeps growing with popularity each year as the awareness of the lifestyle progresses and it is always great to see some familiar and fresh faces. I love being able to shop at the vintage vendors, see girls in their glamorous vintage threads, watch people jive to great bands, and see amazing classic cars. It is so surreal to see people exuding the lifestyle so perfectly; I always come back to NY inspired.
I am so happy my Mom was able to come again this time as she wasn’t able to come last year and it just didn’t feel the same without her. She has the same appreciation I have for the culture and it inspires her as well. My bestie Santiago came too and I was so excited to help him with his booth at the car show where he was able to showcase his beautiful artwork to thousands of people. But before I get to all of that, my mom and I arrived in Vegas a little early to spend some time with my West Coast familia. We missed them so much so we savored every second we had with them since we don’t always have the chance to fly out to California. Our first stop was my favorite spot, BUFFALO EXCHANGE. I am absolutely in love with every single Buffalo Exchange I have ever been to. I always find something! Every time I go to Viva I visit BE at least 3-4 times as they have a steady rotation of new stuff on a constant. After my jackpot, we were off to go see the Pawn Stars shop. My mom and I love that show so we wanted to see it all for ourselves. To our surprise it was extremely disappointing. The entire shop was B-O-R-I-N-G and nothing like they portray it in the show. The inventory was wacksauce and the store was more like a gift shop for Pawn Star merchandise with cups and t-shirts that say “I love chum lee”. It was definitely a bummer but we quickly left and were off to Freemont where I fell in love with all of the neon signage and got to see a light show featuring one of my favorite rock bands, Heart. We walked around till sundown and by that time, my bestie Santiago was flying in so we met up with him and enjoyed an awesome late night dinner at In-N-Out Burger. Not bad for my first day in Vegas if ya ask me! Continue reading