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
It was day 3 of my trip to Vegas and another day full of countless adventures with my best friend Santiago. On this day we visited the incredible Hoover Dam, the adorable Boulder City, the breathtaking Lake Mead, and ended the day with a nice delicious dinner with friends. On our drive to the Hoover Dam I just sat back and gazed at the scenery of endless mountains that looked like paintings. Nevada really is such a beautiful place engulfed in nature. Our first stop was initially Lake Mead but thanks to the government shutdown, we weren’t able to get too close to the lake. We were also afraid it might affect our trip to the Hoover Dam but luckily it was still in business. This was my first time to the Hoover Dam and I was very excited to visit and when I arrived, this 1930′s art deco masterpiece took my breath away. It was so enchanting, it didn’t even seem real. Santiago and I are such nerds and so easily pleased that we were geeking over the deco gold angels that were now an emerald-green due to oxidation, the typography of the bathroom signage, and even the terrazzo floors! For a touristy place it sure was relaxing and I was so thankful that my bestie took me there. After that we headed over to an adorable town called Boulder City where the houses looked like gingerbread and I wanted to eat them all. The entire city was adorned with flowers and the cutest houses I have ever seen! Wondering around we found ourselves at a fun antique shop called Goat Feathers Emporium. I have been to a few antique shops similar to this one, engulfed in antiques and vintage things, so much that you immediately get A.D.D as soon as you walk in. I didn’t know where to begin as I loved everything but I kept myself on a leash and left with just an awesome vintage spanish earrings and brooch set and a bag full of candy :). After that we were off to another antique shop just around the corner called Back in Thyme where we met Hundred-Dollar-Bill, a really nice gentleman who works at the shop and had many great stories to tell. I love meeting people like that, those who have lived such interesting and inspiring lives. The shop had the best collection of vintage petal cars I had ever seen and had hundreds of authentic antique Tiffany utensils. I found a vintage Barbie hat box/purse that I have been lusting over for ages on one of his shelves and just had to have it. It was so meant to be because I had come across a few in my time but none in such pristine condition and at a great reasonable price. I was smitten over the damn thing! And just when I thought it couldn’t get better…Mr. Hundred-Dollar-Bill was so sweet and gifted me 3 photos of The Three Stooges, one featuring Lucille Ball in the beginning of her career as an actress. I thought my day couldn’t get any better but it did when we met up with our friends Daniel, Riannon, and their adorable daughter Mila for a nice seafood dinner.
Cannery Casino is an adorable hotel and casino located in Las Vegas we wish we had visited while I was there just a week ago. This classic casino couldn’t be more perfect for a pin-up gal like myself because they embrace the best eras in history, the 40s-60s. They even have a bar called Pin-ups that pays tribute to post World War II pin-up girls! The Cannery and Eastside Cannery Casinos proudly salute the united spirit and classic style of the golden era by associating the classic pin-up girl into its brand. You can just tell this is an awesome place to visit just by the neon sign located at the entrance. In addition to its historical significance, the classic sexy image reflects their commitment to providing a fun and entertaining experience for all of their guests. I can’t wait to be a guest come December so I can experience it for myself. Until then..I decided to check out their blog, The Reporter, where I discovered a pretty interesting post about the top ten pin-up’s of all time. I fell in love with it and just had to share it with you all. The Cannery Casino pays tribute to the late greats like Betty Grable, Bettie Page, Jane Russell, Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth, and more. I had no idea that Betty Grable insured her legs for $1,000,000 or that early pinup artist, Zoe Mozert, painted herself while posing in the mirror. I also had no idea that Veronica lake was only 4 feet tall! I was blown away and learned so much from this post and hope you all can enjoy it as much as I did. <3
“While the origin of the “pin up” girl dates to the 19th century, this quintessential American icon flourished during the 1940’s.
Specifically, the pin-up became omnipresent during World War II when photos of leggy Betty Grable, seductive Rita Hayworth, “sweater girl” Lana Turner and many other stunning movie stars graced the footlocker of many GI’s, sailors and marines to lift spirits and remind the servicemen “what they were fighting for.”
Very quickly, the image evolved into an illustrated form and was used as provocative and morale-boosting art on B-17’s and other aircraft in Europe and the Pacific. The pin-up was also ubiquitous in calendars and many forms of advertising – all depicting young shapely women in relatively innocent but captivating poses.
Meanwhile, on the home front, various new seafood-processing plants called canneries were gaining in popularity. Mothers brought their families to these new operations for economical dining and to socialize with others waiting for their men to return.
And this is how the name Cannery Casino came about..”
Check out their post about the top ten pin-up’s of all time below!
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
Hello world! I’ve been a busy bee but I have so many adventures to share with you. I haven’t fully announced it but I will be moving to Las Vegas sometime in December so everything has been a little hectic with preparing for my move cross-country, work, and my own personal blog. Now you all know, officially, why I have been slacking with my posts as of late but great things are set to come.
To make sure I am making the right decision, I decided to take a random flight to Las Vegas where my best friend now lives. It was the best spontaneous decision I have ever made because when I arrived and got to experience the best of Vegas, It started to feel like “home”. My best friend is incredible and made sure we made the best of this 7 day trip and brought me EVERYWHERE. We explored potential neighborhoods I may want to live in that were lined up with vintage homes, the Stitch Factory (A school I may be attending), the Hoover Dam, the best of downtown Freemont, Boulder City, Bonnie Springs, and the beautiful scenery of the Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead. I was blown away by everything I saw and experienced. Honestly, without my best friend Santiago, I wouldn’t have known much about Vegas aside from the famous strip. We barely even touched the strip aside from visiting the Wynn and the Parisian hotels. Vegas is such an animated place full of character that I felt like I was totally in my element. I met so many great people and saw so many fabulous neighborhoods I’d want to live in. This trip was perfect and I don’t have one bad thing to say about it.
My dream is to have a vintage home, classic car, my own business, and a life full of adventure. Sadly, I can’t have any of those things here in New York without working a thousand times harder than I already do, but I can’t say I haven’t tried. I have a love/hate relationship with New York, mainly because it is so chaotic and I have spent more time working here than actually living my life. However, growing up here and my experiences have broken me in to the woman I am today so I have no regrets. That’s why I will always love NY, this place will always be such a huge part of who I am. New York is like a mother who gave me tough love and made me strong. Now I am strong enough to let go and see what other adventures await me somewhere else. I am about to be 27 and I’ve paid my dues here. It’s time to conquer a new city.
On the first day of my adventure we did quite a lot so I dressed the part in my new Pinup Girl Clothing harlequin top and matching cigarette pants. It was the perfect outfit for a day full of adventure! We did a vintage home tour where we got to meet people who love the rockabilly lifestyle and got to take a tour of their rad homes that were built in the 50s and 60s. After that, we were off to In and Out Burger because I had been craving that place for months lol. Then we were off to a cute social at another vintage home before we were off to the Cosmopolitan to see the beautiful Jennifer Keith serenade the crowd with her beautiful voice. After a long day, we weren’t quite done yet because we ended the night at Frankies Tiki Room.
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