2012 in review!
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s spent with your loved ones, driven and excited for what’s to come and all of the resolutions you plan to complete. 2012 was a very tough year for many of us but I am hoping 2013 is really the start of a new era of love, peace, and prosperity. This means it is time to get your hands on a new pinup calendar!
I conquered many of the resolutions I set for myself last year. Just to name a few: I traveled as much as I could, opened my heart to love, got myself a wonderful art deco apartment, and redesigned my blog. Not too shabby if you ask me. 😉
It was still definitely a tough year for me and I was so close to giving up on blogging but as always, I couldn’t ever give up something I put my heart and soul into. With that said, I kept going, kept writing, kept sharing, and kept taking photos of my crazy outfits and each and every outfit helped put a smile on my face. Whenever times are tough and I am feeling blue, one of the ways I cope is by being creative whether it be through the mediums of sketching, photography, or dressing up (that’s an art too). I like to say “when you are feeling down, dress up” as it always makes me feel better when I look and feel glamorous. Many people who don’t understand “dressing up” as a cathartic way of feeling good will compare it as some cover up method like makeup. However, I beg to differ as I don’t know one person who doesn’t feel powerful in a well-tailored suit ;). This is why I dress up 95% of the time. I do it for me and not only do I feel good, but it allows me to be creative. In life I feel we should all have 2 outlets to succeed in happiness, an emotional outlet and a creative outlet. Dressing up cures them both for me. Styling your wardrobe is an art, complimenting your outfit with hair and makeup is also an art especially when you do vintage styles. This is art for me.
So In 2012 I did as I always do, I evolved fashionably. I played with different genres and eras of fashion whilst still keeping the aesthetic of mid-century fashion. I even dyed my hair red! As I did in 2011, here are my favorite outfits of 2012 from start to finish!Ahh, I miss my hair when it was black! Here is a picture of me at some mall in Queens with one of my epic hair-dos. I keep trying to make it look as good as it did on this day but it is always a hit or miss. I was feeling very vintage <3. Click here for the extended post.On this day I was off to meet up with my gal pal Maria in Brooklyn for lunch. I styled my outfit around this awesome hat I found at a huge flea market in Jersey. Click here to see the extended post.This is definitely one of my favorite looks of 2012. I was channeling my inner goddess for a night out at the boom boom room in all vintage ;). Click here to see the extended post.I never know how to dress for winter so I like to buy really cool coats to mask the boring outfits I have underneath them haha! I wore this for a casting lol. Click here to see the extended post.This was a thrifting outfit for me. I was not only thrifting but shooting a pilot so you know I had to look my best in a Rosie the Riveter “We Can Do It!” ensemble. Click here to see the extended post!
I wore this amazing Stop Staring dress to the Manhattan Vintage Show! See the extended post by clicking here.I was la capitan at the IFB conference in another Stop Staring dress and my new vintage suitcase! See the extended post here!I wore Stop Staring AGAIN to a fashion week event at the Empire Hotel! See the extended post by clicking here.
This has to be my absolute favorite outfit of the year. I wore all vintage and some YSL pumps to a Gen Art event followed by a party at Lavo. See the extended post by clicking here.I wore this pretty circle skirt from D&J Vintage to a J Brand event. See the extended post by clicking here.I was feeling very 1940s on this night at WIP. See the extended post by clicking here.I wore this outfit when I was invited to the Bob Mackie showroom. I was feeling very dapper and inspired by Coney Island photos of gentlemen of the 1920s! See the extended post by clicking here.I wore this on one of my first days in Vegas for VLV! See the extended post by clicking here.Who knew turquoise and orange went so well together in Vegas? See the extended post by clicking here.Another VLV Vegas classic outfit was this blush colored Betsey Johnson dress. So glam! See the extended post by clicking here.This was one of my favorite outfits of 2012, the Stop Staring playsuit. I love love love love it! See the extended post by clicking here.I was a safari queen in this outfit whilst roaming the Mandalay Bay zoo! Click here to see the extended post.Back in NY I was inspired to wear some of my Vegas vintage finds! See the extended post by clicking here.Rocking my new Prada tail light shades and my new vintage playsuit for a stroll in the city with my mom. See the extended post by clicking here.Fierce and fiery in my new Christian Louboutin booties and Betsey Johnson coat and dress for a meeting in the city. Click here to see the extended post.Here I go again in Betsey at Gantry park in Queens! See the extended post by clicking here.Feeling very 50s for my dad’s car show in Queens I sported a Prada inspired top and skirt with my Christian Louboutin studded heels! See the extended post by clicking here.Stop Staring definitely stole my heart in 2012. This is another one of their playsuits I sported in Brooklyn for fleet week! See the extended post by clicking here.Addicted to playsuits and rompers? I think so! I wore this Betsey romper for a lunch date with one of my friends followed by a Burberry event shortly after! See the extended post by clicking here.It was Betsey Johnson’s Bon Voyage party and even though I was sad, I dressed up in Betsey and felt happy! See the extended post by clicking here.It was the 4th of July so I wore a spectacle of an outfit that left people seeing fireworks! See the extended post by clicking here.
Got the best of the Betsey Babe print before BJ went out of commission and I feel so fortunate to have these two Marilyn pieces! See the extended post by clicking here.Bettie Page made me swoon when they created this playsuit that came with a matching skirt! I wore it to Coney Island and it was perfect! See the extended post by clicking here.I am now obsessed with cake pops and this was one of my favorite posts this year of my visit to Rudy’s Pastry Shop in Ralph Lauren! See the extended post by clicking here. I shocked my readers when I went red! I was feeling very disco with this new hair and sported this ensemble to the Standard hotel! See the extended post by clicking here.
Found this dress for super cheap at a Housing Works buy the bag sale in queens and paired it with my Crave Yard accessories! Click here to see the extended post.It was the day of the Afro Punk festival so I went in this vintage number and had loads of fun! Click here to see the extended post.Working that red hair in a vintage backless jumpsuit for Lucky Fabb! See the extended post by clicking here.It was FNO and I wore a fabulous vintage dress my boyfriend bought me! See the extended post by clicking here.I was on cloud nine at the Ann Yee fashion presentation in my Xileration jumpsuit from Target. Yup, cheap but chic and I am a size 2 wearing a size XL and it doesn’t look like it right? That’s the beauty of being creative with fashion, you can make other sizes work! See the extended post by clicking here.VROOM VROOM! This vintage Cadillac logo print dress was a stunner via NYFW! See the extended post by clicking here.I was feeling phantasmic here at the How Very Dare presentation at Atelier in my new vintage Disney Fantasia button down from Circus Freak Vintage! Check out the extended post by clicking here.
Twas the beginning of Autumn which meant it was time to pull out my vintage plaid threads! See the extended post by clicking here.I just had to sport my How Very Dare 2 pc suit before the weather got too cold! My shoes were so neon you can’t even see the details of the heels! See the extended post by clicking here!I didn’t have a costume for Comicon so I went as none other than Barbie! Or at least that was the inspiration in my Polaroid sunglasses from Sunglasses shop! See the extended post by clicking here. Mom gave me a fresh red color on my locks and I was inspired to wear my new vintage plaid dress that reminded me of Vivienne Westwood! See the extended post by clicking here!
I was in Miami for Art Basel sporting Karen Millen in front of an SP ONE wall in true 60s fashion! See the extended post by clicking here.Day 2 in Miami was for Little Havana and Biscayne Boulevard vintage shopping in this tropical ensemble! Click here to see extended post.
Someone said “You make sneaker wedges look classy!” lolol <3. This was day 3 in Miami when I found out my Club Monaco skirt was actually SP ONE’s work. Look at Brainlington’s adorable smile! See the extended post by clicking here.
Day 4 of my trip to Miami for Art Basel wearing my new thrifted vintage dress I found at a thrift store in Hialeah! If not in Miami than when?! See the extended post by clicking here.
These were my favorite outfits I wore in 2012..
Which one is your absolute favorite?