Thursday, December 3, 2009
My family has struggled in the past where the gifts were not as bountiful as they are now... I think I was around age 10, and our own community gathered a couple of gifts for us. That had a huge impact on my mind set. Ever since then, I have had a strong connection with the community and my neighbors. In high school and college, I was all about helping the needy, even starting a chapter of Food Not Bombs at the Community College (It didn't last very long, be we tried...).
The last couple of years I have been so occupied with frivolous crap that I forgot where my roots stem. This year, I pledge to be more involved with the community and those less fortunate. And not just during Christmas, but all year round. We all need to step outside the box for a minute and be thankful for what we have and to think about those who are honest people and hardworking that struggle to make ends meet.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
...I've got to tell you about my day trip to San Onofre (the surfer's paradise)....
...I'm still daydreaming like no other...and I can't contain myself...
...my heart is at a standstill this morning...
....and I can bet the stars won't be shining so bright tonight.
(I'm going to make an honest attempt at blogging more often, I've got so many ideas I want to share, I lose track of time so easily.)
*Edit* I have been unable to detox myself from my coffee addiction. It's in full swing now and no one can stop me.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Things To Do and in preparation for the Ball, this weekend:
~Get my formal dress altered, the previous owner was a tad bit bustier than myself
~Purchase the correct undergarments (once you see the dress, you'll know why)
~Nails done- because I feel like being the ultimate girly girl
~Clean truck inside and out-Remove excess sweaters and boots and coffee mugs (I'll be driving it, you know...)
~Pack for two nights away
And same old same old what to do:
~Buy dry cat food
~Typical housecleaning stuff on Saturday
~Slowly take my vintage inventory out of my car's trunk to clean and sell..
~Sell car, hmm...heck, my '94 t-bird will be considered vintage in 4 years according to Etsy...that's a thought....
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Kaela and I spent the evening (before the early sundown) taking photos. As always, she was the perfect model!
The following dresses are a part of Kaela's fashion pieces, 1940s-1950s reproduction dresses. They can be found at Lipstick Vogue on Etsy.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Spending a day creating these great images was a lot of fun. Definitely a learning experience, too...in more ways than one...observing the photographer, the model and the added duties I had of being Ms. Michelle, assistant for holding reflectors!
Photography by Josh Montelius : Razor Images
Styled by Yours Truly
More images here
The 1950s green crinoline is available in my shop, here.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
He hinted that he wanted me to wear either Scarlett or Gold, for the colors of the Marine Corps....as much as I'd like to make that happen...gold will look horrible on my skin tone, and a Scarlett dress is proving difficult. I love to do the matchy match thing...and I have a few weeks leeway to find the perfect dress.
After browsing through Stop Staring, My Baby Jo, PinupGirl Clothing, Bettie Page, and countless other online retailers...nothing compares to the beauty and craftmanship of a vintage dress. I have a ton of options with a vintage dress...brocade, acetate, lace, rhinestones, sparkle, chiffon, long, short...but my favorite is that darn metal zipper. And you can't forget, NO ONE will be wearing the same thing! ;-)
I'm levitating towards a 1960s frock with chiffon. It might be the easiest to dance in one of those, we know I like to boogie down. All of these dresses were found on poshgirlvintage.com.
How do I become the best dressed gal there? This will be a fun contest to compete in! ;-)
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Psshhh I think it's a conspiracy. This video is rigged. Notice most of the video is of the damage on the '59??? No, I don't believe it, it's paraphernalia the automakers are releasing to redeem themselves in this current economy. False assurance to the consumers!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I come back to work and my boss gives me the chance to work full time for the next two months, (I've been working 30 hrs/week) so I take it. I always feel more fulfilled when I have a lot going on and I am a busy body. So this is good, I like this change in my schedule. I'll have to get up earlier and stay later. I'll have less time to worry about boys!
About the reckless part- have you ever felt like giving in to a self-destructive mode? Just to remind yourself you are still alive? Let's just say I am so greatful today to be in good health and have awesome friends and family around me. I'm really blaming Lady Gaga's video for Just Dance and Sienna Miller's portrayal of Edie Sedgwick in Factory Girl for my recent actions. Why? Because I can and this segways into an awesome you tube video I found recently.
It's a make up tutorial to imitate Edie. Because we know I love the 60s.
Here are some of my favorite photos of Edie, found through Flickr, because I have the attention span of a 3 year old:
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Good times were had, my friends. I have a smile on my face just thinking about it!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
I've been stressed out at home, too. It really doesn't help to be stressed at work then come home to more stressfulness. I am trying to recuperate but my head still hurts. I'm looking for a 4 wheel drive truck, so I don't have to borrow my dad's anymore...I really dislike new car shopping...they all look the same and remind me of sheep...baahhh.... But a late '60s, early '70s truck would be nice. Finding one that is already fixed up is a battle. Oh yeah and the 4 wheel drive ratio is like 1 in 500 non 4wd's. (If you are wondering, the 4wd is a necessity for me to get to work in the Winter snow.) Here comes the herd of white Silverado's...
I am so busy yet feel so freaking bored. I feel so unfulfilled. I am missing something and this time I can not put my finger on it. Maybe it's craving the open road again. I am going to Lake Tahoe next month...and driving (7 hrs) ...I've never been, so it'll be a new adventure. Oh, but the more I think about it, that's not what I need... I feel another phase of "discovering my inner self" again. Here's to being a future recluse...
I've been running rampant, with the truck thing, whether or not to go back to school, what to take if I go back, catching up on household things, figuring out the time for my business and social life (in which I pretty much don't have a social life anymore, I miss the days of being gone all weekend and going to rock shows and dressing up cute...).
Here I am being a little crybaby, please play that violin for me...
I have a feeling I will be okay and things will figure themselves out. I am just venting...
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I bought this dress a few summer's ago at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. I think I wore jeans that day and it was just too hotttt, so I found this number and changed into it right away. This 1960s dress is made of tapestry fabric, so it has an awesome structure with seaming and pleats...
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I fell in love with one of the photo shoots, modeled by Georgina Carolina Verbaan. Named Happy Rehab (March/April 2009), this shoot dons early 60s high hair and bleached blonde fun, reminiscent of a disheveled Marilyn Monroe and a pinned up Bridgette Bardot. These photographs are why I bought the mag:
These are taken directly from the company of the photographer, Fotofloor (Click for more photos from the shoot). This is wonderful that they post these on the web! I just had to share because I love love this layout.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Even watching those early '60s tv shows where the hubby comes home in one of these slim fit suits, makes me think, why don't men dress this well anymore? I guess the same goes for women...but that's a whole other story...
It's amazing what running into acquaintances will do. I ran into the designer's wife this last weekend. We were catching up and she mentioned he's been designing this line for about two years now. So, of course, I went home checked out this amazing site. I haven't seen anything like this until now... Thick As Thieves.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I am sure you have seen glimpses of my '59 Chevy Biscayne. This is my dream car. Almost, not quite done though. There are a few things that I'd like to do: Replace some body panels and obviously paint and re-upholster the interior. It's in ok shape considering and it does run fine on its original engine.
A glimpse of the green interior:
And this is the "what did I do moment": I bought this 2nd 1959 Bel Air as a parts car on Saturday. I figure I will take what I need from it, then resell it. Passin' it on down the line! It's got most of what I need to make mine more complete.
I am patiently waiting for my father to retire from work so we can do this project together.
*edit* Oh yeah- I forgot to mention the funniest part of the delivery of the Bel Air:
Strange, I was watching my father and the seller undo the straps on the car and trailer. They undo the rear ones first, and as I am watching them, I am getting the funniest feeling. Something's not right kind of feeling. They continue to undo the front straps and what do you know-- the car was not in gear and starts to roll!!!!! They obviously don't realize it and I am running to catch up with it...if you can imagine this....stick my arm through the open window, turning the wheel (why? I am not sure at this point) I open the door and jump in, slam on the brakes and still turning the wheel. By this time the guys ran to the other side of the car attempting to stop it.
If I hadn't turned that darned steering wheel, it would have crashed point blank into my beloved El Camino.
My heart was racing, as was everyone elses. That situation could have been bad. But, luckily I reacted pretty well for my old age.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Unfortunately my bookcase is overflowing and I have a credit of a gazillion dollars at the used bookstore, I am turning to borrowing books at the County Library. Super great, but I can't mark 'em up. Hence the long awaited review of Memoirs of a Beatnik by Diane De Prima. I had to go back and scan the book for items of interest to comment about. I'm not the quickest about things like that.
I was SHOCKED when I read this book. Maybe I didn't pay attention to the reviews close enough, but wow, something I was not expecting. I have never read a romance novel and now I wonder about those middle aged women who do. Memoirs was very graphic about the sexual exploitations encountered in the early '50s. A complete 180 from the stereotyped, young prudish women of the era. The book begins with some nitty gritty details that I hoped would end in the second chapter. They didn't, really. Then, I start questioning my own sexuality. Now, I'm strangely drawn to completing the book.
I feel Di Prima did an interesting take on describing the social class she was partaking in... Her group was coined as the "new bohemians" in which the other classes looked down upon. She wrote about poverty, about the lengths she contrived to live. A bit unorthodox, but much more interesting. Answering ads for "sexy girl models" and also abandoning her cool flat to live in the country for months. I am wondering if these new bohemians were under estimated? Making references to Brahms Requim, lots of jazz music, Chanel's Russian Leather perfume, and many classic writings. Were people back in the day just more educated and intellectual around??? Nowadays those who scrimp to live have never had the chance to experience such cultural references.
I was a little dissapointed with the name dropping near the end. I felt it was a bit shameless. But, it did give an opportunity to recognize other writers in the era.
I took this reading out to the streets, as I do like to shock my friends. :-) The first fella I tried to talk about this with, did not get the point. As someone who has never read a beatnik book, he missed the whole romanticized idea of this generation. I mentioned the sexual exploitations and he just wanted to talk about the sex part. He didn't want to hear my thoughts about the sociology of the book. Thumbs down on this.
A couple days later, went to the bar and chatted with the bartender who loves to read and has read every book under the sun. I mentioned the same things as I did guy #1, right away, he suggested another book that was similar in content. Thumbs up. No sex talk occured. LOL.
This was an easy read, and was okay, in my opinon. I may check out another one of Di Prima's books. But later on down the line.
Sheharazad from The White Mole emailed me to chat about this book, recommending Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir by Joyce Johnson. A little toned down with the love affair she had with Kerouac. (Thanks, sweetie, this book is next on my list!)
Friday, July 3, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
*These last photos courtesy of life.com, which has an abundance of classic photographs.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
This circulating award has absolutely no rules- feel free to pass this along to folks you think deserve it.
*Thank you to everyone who reads my blog and all the great emails and comments you write! *
I would like to pass this on to someone in particular, Johanna, from Metal, Cloth & Wood. I came across her shop through the promotional tool, Little Black Boxes. I purchased the box one month and she was one of the contributors. She enclosed a sweet hairpin from her shop that was packaged with great care and love. She by far surpassed all of the other contributors with her wonderful presentation.
She is a very talented artisan. I love her musings about her dog, Dexter, her posts concerning environmentally friendly topics, and cruelty-free products. I look forward to many more of your writings. Congratulations!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Rhiannon at Liebemarlene Vintage featured the 1950s Sleeveless Blouse from my shop:
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Oh boy did I savor the time off. I came back so relaxed and, again, with a new viewpoint on life. I would love to own 30 acres of land and have my own ranch, with a creek running through my front yard. Things were so simplistic I wonder why people would rather live in an area with a million people in one square foot. The town we were in was clean, the sky was blue and herds of deer, elk and wild turkeys gobbled on through without worrying about any hunters. I also saw my first wild red fox on the way home, through the high elevation mountains in Idaho.
I come home, drive to work and realize nothing has changed. There has been a red balloon stuck in a tree since Valentine's Day. I pass it everyday, and I can't believe it's still there. It's just a reminder as to how life can be so mundane and routine. People work their lives away and it's time to take a step back and enjoy the fruits of your accomplishments. Whether it's to sit on your porch for an hour listening to the birds or to go exploring in your hometown- you are bound to find something you never knew existed.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I made another purchase this morning...By Dear Creatures and....
By Wow and Flutter.
Both purchased from Gomatta Girls.