Friday, February 15, 2013

She's baaaaack!

The lovely Rita Hayworth
That's right folks. After a very long hiatus, I'm dusting off this little space and giving her the TLC she's been needing. I was swept up in a whirlwind of adventure the last year...and a half. (Ooops!) Just imagine it's like Lennon's lost weekend, only a lot longer and full of glitter and rhinestones, and I promise I will actually share what I've been up to with you!
Stay tuned for lots of changes, new posts ranging from vintage shopping tips, to burlesque 101, retro hair styling tips, the 411 on how to be a successful pinup model, plus oodles more. Aka inspiration overload! In the mean time, here are a few places we can keep in touch while I'm sprucing things up around here:

                                                              I'd love to hear from you! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

20th century family photo time!

Thanks to my cousin, some beloved family photos resurfaced! Perfect for vintage wedding inspiration, and general retro eye candy, these are some of my most treasured photographs from my father's side of the family!

My Grandma and Grandpa on their wedding day in 1956!

I LOVE these two photos of my father (the 2nd one in, he was an identical twin!) and the whole bunch! SO very Partridge family! 

Seeing this snap brings back incredibly fond memories of my Grandpa's booming voice as he'd sing Sinatra, another reason good ol' blue eyes is so dear to my heart! 

How about you? Have you come across any fabulous family photos? I'd love to see! I'm heading back east to visit my Grams on my mom's side this month, here's to hoping I discover more treasures then! 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Guest spot with Burlesque Bingo!

Have you heard? The latest and greatest way to get your kicks combines the art of the tease and every granny's favorite game....Though, goodluck on keeping your eyes on your card!
Burlesque Bingo is the zany and fabulous master plan in burly-q domination hatched by g-string slingin' icon Audrey Deluxe and Tom Ingram.

Needless to say I was jumping for joy when I was asked to do a guest spot in their "Sweet and sticky summer" show, being only my second performance ever, the pressure was on! With a quick run to the garment district I gave my little costume the quickest makeover possible, about 40 hours and 1,000 crystals later, my lil' lollipop number was ready to hit the stage.

It was most definitely an evening to remember, with a rowdy bachelor party commencing, and a random fella jumping on stage calling out for everyone to go streaking, there was never a dull moment!

 I had the MOST amazing group of ladies there to cheer me on, it was truly tummy twirling, so glad Fernando of Psyko Boys caught the moment above when they started screaming for me, I was tickled pink and couldn't stop giggling!

The most incredible thing that I have been given through my very brief adventure into burlesque has to be the solid reminder of the amazing people surrounding me in my life. A mega thank you is necessary to: the two women who have always been my biggest cheerleaders, My wifey Tracy, and my Ama (who drove down from Las Vegas just for one night to catch my show!!!), to Fernando and James from Psyko Boys, I am SO thrilled to have you in my life, you're like family to me! Further danke shanes to Tiffany for rounding up the most fabulous group of ladies and storming the bar with hoots, hollers, and tatas ahoy!

And, of course to Audrey and Tom for giving this chikadee the chance to shimmy and shake in such a fantastically creative show!

More on the road to burlesque coming soon, I promise!
In the mean time, if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, then read on my lovelies:

This lucky lil' lady is doing a guest spot w/ The Pretty Things Peep Show at their only Los Angeles appearance! Prepare to be tantalized by this world famous troupe of traveling vaudevillians. Sword swallowing, witty banter, mustaches ahoy, & of course burlesque!
Sunday, August 28th @ Dragonfly Hollywood, presented by Miss Kitty's. Stay for the eXXXotica 2011 after party! Doors open at 8pm
! Click here for more info!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

One Year Wed!

My Fella and I celebrated our one year married, (ten years together!!!) anniversary this past weekend! For his special treat I took him to the fair for an evening filled with deadly fried fixin's, frolicking with farm animals, and cruising the midway, topping it off with a surprise concert featuring a band that's nearest and dearest to our hearts...

Funnel Cake the size of a flying saucer, I could barely snap a pic before it disappeared! Mmmm.

Petting a little goatie friend.

My favorite funhouse for obvious reasons...

We topped the night off with....The Doors! (Well, Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek) Dave Brock filled in for the beloved Morrison. He was spot on, closing my eyes it felt as if I was swept back into time, to the summer of 1967. Adrian Young from NoDoubt even popped up on stage to play the drums for a set!

Needless to say, the night was electric, the crowd in a collective trance, a chilling ocean breeze stirring the palm trees, stars faintly twinkling above, everyone dancing, singing and celebrating love and music... We've seen them several times over the years (and met Robby once, eeek!), it's always an incredible experience that words just can't quite describe.

I couldn't think of a more perfect way to celebrate our ten years together, I gave Carlos his first Doors album when we started dating,  so their melodic tunes have been a constant in this quirky little world we share on a path called love.

P.S. The funny thing is, we had a carnival themed wedding too! Perhaps I should share some photos from that this week?...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Closet Confection: One year Wed!

Since my fella and I were too distracted by all the delightful decadence of the fair, we had to wait for me to take my outfit for another spin so I could snap a few pics. Though, we seemed to get distracted once again, and before we knew it, the sun was kissing us goodnight and we were soon running for cover as the fleet of evil mosquitos descended!

Idol: Carmen Miranda goes casual
Mantra: "I love you much (most beautiful darling) More than anyone on earth and I like you better than everything in the sky" -E.E. Cummings
Strawberry fields top:
Denim Dungarees:
Bow Jellies: Chinese Laundry
Meooow Mama Sunglasses: Roadkill Ranch
Bangles: Vintage Lucite mixed with Tarina Tarantino
Pick me up posie hair clip: Forever21

                                                              Soundtrack: "Indian Summer" - The Doors
                                             One of our favorite Doors songs, it's so incredibly dreamy and hypnotic.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Closet Confection: The birds, the bees, bikes and trees.

This is just a wee little wardrobe entry, with a few photos snapped by my fella while we were goofing around my favorite spot of nature nestled in the city! Things have been so incredibly jam packed (in the most magical way) that blogging fell to the wayside, but, I truly don't want to disappoint my amazing readers, so here's a little something until Wednesday!

Idol: Brigitte Bardot, but of course! 

L'appareil à sous - Brigitte Bardot by GlamourApocalypse

The Wardrobe:
Blimey Limey Top: Vintage 1960's, thrifted for $3
Gammy Glammy Hot Pants: Forever21
Minty Miss Saucer Sized Earrings: Forever21
In the basket:
Sketch pad, oranges, and my constant companion: a book. This happens to be an epic Elizabeth Taylor biography that I've avoided finishing for too long, it's that good! Review coming soon!

With a special appearance by my favorite set of wheels, little "Rusty", a gift from a family friend who bought her shiny and new back in 1963, and passed her on to me about 10 years ago. I cannot express how much I love my bike, she's my little ticket to freedom and fresh air, and gets me around the city every single day. I love my bike so much I seriously wrote a poem about it. OH yeah.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Linkie Lovelies: The Mish Mash of all I adore edition!

The Beatles By Mike Mitchell
Never before seen photos of The Beatles surfaced this week, my ever beating teeny bopper heart was, of course, all a flutter. This little peek into the mayhem that swept through America the moment the fabbies hit the states in 1964 was captured by.....18 year old fan (wowza talent!) Mike Mitchell who managed to finagle his way backstage and into their hearts. The set of snaps is going up for auction at Christie's, let's hope with a catalog for the rest of us! 

Carmen for Vanity Fair Italia by Ruven Afandor
Carmen Modeling in the 1940's, photographer unkown

by Ruven Afandor
"The World's Oldest Working Model" Carmen Dell'Orefice turned 80 last month. I know it's a wee bit late, but I had to throw this magnificent femme on your radar in case she hadn't popped before your peepers previously. Inspirational? Hell yes!

So, wearing a skirt whilst riding a bike in NYC is "apparently illegal" and warrants harassment by law enforcement?......Umm.....Well lock me up and throw away the key, because this is a daily offense I commit. Have a feeling there will be a mass skirted bike riding in homage to the "slut walks" that recently took a stand against this kind of nonsense. 

Everyone's favorite vaudevillians are making an epic film, documenting their 15 year journey from campfire minstrels to world tours featuring the best in tin pan alley worthy tunes, tribal fusion bellydance, and cirque burlesque. The Yard Dogs Road Show Kickstarter campaign has only 14 days left! Help out your fellow captains of the creative and donate today, $5 is a lovely way to support the arts, even if we're all in a pinch. After all, where would we be without music, love, inspiration, and laughter?...They even have sweet little gifties for donors, from home made corn bread, cloche hats, to lifetime YDRS tickets!

Also on the auction front, Christie's has a very special estate on the horizon....That of the one and only Elizabeth Taylor with a portion of proceeds going to her AIDS foundation. The Rockefeller Center Gallery will feature her infamous jewels, wardrobe, memorabilia, and art in a public exhibition beginning December 3rd. 

There will be lamé turbans and high ball worthy baubles a plenty, guaranteed! Alas, this is truly "Lusty the High Rollers Edition" but we can still go gaggle in person and pretend for a moment, right?....Just another reason I need to visit NYC this holiday season...Perhaps for yours truly's big 29th Bday....hmmmm.
Click here for the full press release.

A few of my favorite eye candy explosions that have popped up on my tumblr this week...

Gloria Swanson

Mamie Van Doren

Palais des Congres-Montreal by Ted John Jacobs

Follow your....By Kooky Love

Photographer & hunk unknown =( But never the less smile inducing! 


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