Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Play with toys!

Carsten D.



Vsevolod Vlasenko

Yan Xd

Jens Jacob

Shanghai Sounbites *My fave detail about this is that it's a Door's album!*

Jen Jacob

Stumbled upon a truly addicting Tumblr today, it features oodles of medium format visual delights! A lovely way to get inspired to take your favorite little toy camera for a spin this summer! Toy cameras are the perfect way to capture your adventures with a dreamy, other worldly twist. J'adore! 

Medium Format Tumblr


Monday, June 20, 2011

Closet Confections: Stitches for Britches

These fun little 80's striped shorts were a great score at the GoodWill for only $1.99, but for years they've lingered in my closet because the length was just a bit "eh" and they're quite voluminous, more baggy bermuda than I'm into. So before heading out for a day of running errands, I brought out little Betty...

Meet Betty, my gorgeous, all steel 1950's sewing machine named after the most classic of all vintage cars, "The Belair". Stitching in style, she runs like a dream, and had never been used until I laid my mits on her! She was my birthday present from my fella last year, an amazing bargain at only $40! I actually cried when he gave it to me, I had always dreamed of finding the perfect vintage sewing machine...
So, out came the scissors, and a few inches off later...

 Not quite satisfied yet, I'm thinking of using the extra fabric to add a cuff, some bows, or perhaps take them in a bit more so they'll fit like a true hot pant. Have you had any fun revamps on thrift store finds? Please share below, be sure to link photos, I always love seeing how my fellow vintage lovers put their own twist on ill fitting, wonky finds.

Idol: Barbie, 1959 
Mantra: "Never love anybody who treats you like you're ordinary" -Oscar Wilde


"If You Were Mineby Otis Rush

The Wardrobe:

What a Doll Cardi: Gift from my besty Tracy
Burton-esque Bermudas: Thrifted at GoodWill
Sparkles n' Studs Belt: Forever21
Tickled Pink Purse: Vintage
Soda Pop Scarf: vintage (doubled twice and tied into hair)
Basic Black Bracelets: Tarina Tarantino 
Flatter-me Dhaaaling shoes: Target

Friday, June 17, 2011

Linkie Love: The Big Bad Burlesque Edition.

Rev up your wolf whistle, this is a post sure to tantalize your peepers,  featuring my favorite peelers, shakers, movers, and quakers in the beautiful world of burlesque.

By Ted D'Ottavio

by Amy Touchette

The World Famous Bob undoubtedly is one of the most inspirational women in burlesque. A modern bombshell with a twist, part Mae West with a touch of Divine, Bob has been at the forefront of the burlesque revival since the 90's. Advocate for eliminating sizeism in all of it's forms, (Yes, bashing thin girls is just as destructive and abusive in her book as discriminating against plus size gals. L-O-V-E.), mentored by drag queens in the early 90's, original siren of The Velvet Hammer Burlesque, avant garde performance artist, dream maker, tassel shaker, and body confidence coach, Bob embodies the pure creativity and empowered spirit of this beautiful art form at it's best. "The Dream Come True Girl" is a fascinating and motivating femme, one of the original radical self love warriors!

"It's our own fears that limit what's possible for us, and we never know what's on the other side of fear until we walk through it. I think it's good for people to hear that somebody who's established was scared once too." -Bob excerpt from Tassel Time Interview on fear and auditions. 

"The most political and powerful act that a woman can do is fully enjoy her life." -Bob on body confidence, and taking to the stage to share her joy in what she does.

Want to know more about this wonder woman of tease? I suggest starting with her Tassel Time interview, a free podcast you can download on itunes! *See more details below under "Listen"

There are SO many amazing burlesque related documentaries popping up, I can't wait to share them all with you! Here is one that recently found it's way onto my radar!

Mark Winmill Boylesque Darling
I really enjoyed The Art of Male Burlesque article on Filament Magazine's website. (Warning this is a NSFW site) I definitely love the movement. I personally have respect for anyone who has the guts to get up on stage and perform. 

The Decadent Gent takes you on a magical journey behind the velvet ropes and into the belly of the swarovski beast. A wonderful U.K. based *FREE* podcast chock full of wisdom from the finest crimson covered lips in the biz, featuring Kitten Deville, Dirty Martini, and Princess Farhana to name a few! Tassel Time is available on itunes or through the official website!

Lilly Christine

Tempest Storm

Lilly Christine

The Rockettes

A little bit of eye candy for you in the form of my fave burly-q photos! Want a further peek into the burlesque's glittering past and present? Take a looksie at a few fantabulous resources: 

Tempest Storm
Interested in taking a pair of tassels for a spin in your own boudoir or on stage? Here's a fun little tutorial that will have you twirling at home in no time! DIY pasties via MookyChick

Yours truly doing a candy strip tease! *Big* thanks to my dear friend Fernando for snapping pics!

Stay tuned this week for a special post about my road to burlesque, overcoming fear, costume disasters, the bumps, the grinds, and all the in between! 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I left my heart in....

 We recently took a spur of the moment road trip up to my favorite city by the sea, San Francisco. It was a quickie, but super inspiring as always! With only a few hours to zip through the city, we braced the blustery wind and enjoyed a stroll across the Golden Gate bridge, wandered through the markets and winding avenues by the piers, and chow-ed our way back to the car stopping off for coffee and treats along the way. I *somehow* managed to gravitate towards anything slightly cirque, and much to my delight, found this city is still bubbling over with vaudevillian delights. I cannot wait to return and spend proper time running amuck and having full fledged adventures in this city that's settled comfortably into a permanent nook in my heart.


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