VIVA! Part One

Hi dolls! I apologize for the lack of posting recently, but my health has been at the forefront or things and I am now slated to have another shoulder surgery this Friday – this time on the opposite shoulder. I have a torn labrum and a fracture of the humeral head (the part of your upper arm bone that goes into your shoulder). So, I am going in for my sixth time getting cut open. Hence the radio silence! But I wanted to make a few posts whilst I still had both my arms and hands available to do so ;-)

Although it has been several months, I have quite a stockpile of great photos and videos from Viva that I am sure no one will mind seeing or re-visiting if you had the wonderful opportunity to attend. This was the last Viva held on Easter weekend – hereafter, Viva will be held near Easter weekend, but not directly during it. I am sure that means numbers of those attending will skyrocket!


One of my first stops was the Charles Phoenix show. Ever since I randomly decided to attend his show last year, I loved it and had to go back. It’s always pretty packed in the showroom because many others think so too! He was his usual zany self, in his crazy wardrobe, with his awesome shots.





Check out a little video I took below of his show:

Next up was the Burlesque Showcase, one of my favorites to attend at Viva.



First was Audrey Deluxe, the organizer of all of the burlesque events at Viva. She always has such cute routines!



Tara MiSioux was next up, and she is one of my favorites. She always has classy, vintage-styled routines set to jazz-y music.



Kitten & Lou were next, and they had such a cute and kitschy routine!




One of my absolute favorites, Roxi D’Lite, was up next. She has such amazing dancing and acrobatic skills, and she is gorgeous!


The fabulous Ms. Perle Noire followed Roxi. She is known for her energy and spunk and did not disappoint in that!

One of the last acts was one that I had anticipated the most, as I am an avid follower of Lou Lou D’Vil on Instagram and Facebook and I think she is super talented (not to mention beyond beautiful!). She is from Finland and her acts are always fierce and on point!

Warning: NSFW Content (pastie falls off)

“But what did you wear?!” You ask? Well…

During the day I wore an amazingly detailed vintage Mexican-style dress from the 1950s, complete with beautiful embroidery and gorgeous lace inlays. Very light and flowy! At night I wore the Tatyana Gold Digger dress, one of my favourite “night out” dresses for sure. Just look at it – it screams “vintage glam”!
Stay tuned for the next Viva post, along with my excursion to California for some Old Hollywood quality time!

A Visit to Sagamore Hill

I am lucky enough to live barely over a half hour away from Teddy Roosevelt’s home, Sagamore Hill. He was the 26th President of the United States, and a Colonel of the famous Rough Riders. As I am having shoulder surgery this Friday, I have been making the most of this week and cramming as much summer into it as possible! Visiting TR’s house was the highlight of the week, and as a huge history nerd, I had to visit since it was so close!

As you can see, the main image is the front of TR’s home. Sagamore Hill is located in Oyster Bay on the north shore of Long Island. His home was built in 1884 by the architect Charles A. Rich in the popular Queen Anne style. This was the headquarters of the Oyster Bay Roosevelts, as Springwood was for the Hyde Park Roosevelts (of which FDR was a part). TR called Sagamore Hill his home from 1885 until his death in 1919.


Left side


Right side

Unfortunately, my husband and I were not able to take the tour of the home, as tickets were sold out since noon, as they usually are from what I gathered. You know what this means – a trip back! 😉


There are a plethora of nature trails, and anyone who knows some tidbits about TR knows this is certainly appropriate, as he was a proponent of National Parks, nature and the environment.

We made our way to Old Orchard, TR’s son’s estate just a few hundred feet away. This houses the museum on the property.



Fun little fact: TR Jr. received the Medal of Honor for his part in the D-Day invasion


We entered the museum, which is free to enter, and they had such amazing historical artifacts- I was in history nerd heaven! One of the first things that greets you upon entering is the flag that greeted TR upon his return from the Spanish-American War.



Did any of you know that TR was the Police Commissioner of the NYPD in the late 1890s? I knew from when my husband was in the academy, so of course I had to take a picture! He introduced formal training and updated equipment to the NYPD.



One of the most amazing items I got to see was TR’s actual Rough Riders uniform! He was a legend from his exploits at San Juan Hill, and I have seen numerous photographs of him in this uniform. To see it live and in person was incredible and awe-inspiring!



This is “Speaker Cannon”, that was captured during the war in Cuba. As you can see, TR jokingly named it after Speaker of the House Joseph G. Cannon, who was renowned for his forceful speaking style. Quite a funny play on words!


I found this quite interesting as well: the top hat and mourning pin TR wore to President McKinley’s funeral. McKinley was assassinated in 1901, and since TR was Vice President at that time, that made him President. And the youngest one at the time at that, at age 42.


If you couldn’t be there live to hear a speech from TR, you could buy a record of it!


Many of TR’s sons (5!) served in the military in WWI and WWII. His youngest son Quentin was awarded the French Croix de Guerre posthumously after he was KIA when his aircraft was shot down by German dog fighters. His eldest son TR Jr. served in the Army as a Major in WWI, and as a Brigadier General in WWII.

It was truly a wonderful experience to visit Sagamore Hill – even my husband enjoyed it! I really do hope to go back soon to take the tour, even if that means going back in a sling a few weeks post-op! If you are ever in the area, please do yourself a great service and visit this amazing historic site!

Learn more:

National Parks Service – Sagamore Hill
Almanac of Theodore Roosevelt

The Watch TCM App


Recently, in my household we have had a change in cable providers. I was excited, because that meant I could finally actually get to use the Watch TCM app on my phone! I have had it downloaded for months but never got around to using it because of forgetting what the username and password was for our old provider.

I was able to check it out before, but without watching. It has a whole list of showtimes, who stars in each movie, as well as trivia and images. It also includes blogs and the Shop TCM store for when you just gotta have that movie! The app layout is very nice, and works very well. I have yet to have it crash or freeze on me, which is always a plus!

Absolutely the best feature of this app is that you can watch On Demand movies (I note that only movies that have been recently shown are On Demand), and you can also watch live, from anywhere. That means when you are waiting that hour in the doctor’s office or for that late train, you can watch the beloved TCM! I love that. I know I will be utilizing this on my LIRR train rides to the city to keep me occupied for 40-ish minutes.

The resolution is fab, and the audio works great. I love being able to watch whenever the mood hits me, especially when the husband has a day off and he is playing his video games and I have no TV access. That’s what I wanted it for in the first place! ;-)

Here’s a visual peek into what the app offers:

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All in all, I would definitely recommend this app to anyone who loves TCM or old movie buffs. Go check it out in your App Store or click the image below to be taken to TCM’s website!

All images courtesy TCM

All images courtesy TCM

Major Makeup Haul!


Hi dolls! Today I just had to share about my huge makeup haul over the past week – I am just too excited, I can’t contain it anymore :-P I’ve been to Sephora, MAC, bought makeup online, had a friend send me some makeup – and I can’t wait to try it all. I have been thinking about YouTube videos to show the makeup is, how I apply it, an tips and tricks – what do you all think? Let me know in the comments or by liking this post!

Let’s get started!


This is a good chunk of my haul from Sephora and MAC. I had gone in looking for the new Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (I have the original and LOVE it to death!), and I ended up walking out with $300 in damage. I bought the Kat Von D Ink! Liner, more of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, and more of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I swear by for an eyeshadow base. I also got a few more things, including an old favorite Armani Code perfume, which I have not had in years but love dearly – one of my favorite scents! I also went to MAC and got some more of my Studio Sculpt foundation, as well as a limited edition lip liner in this gorgeous rose color, as well as some $10 lipglass and white pigment. The Better Than Sex Mascara from Too Faced looks very promising, as I have been looking for a good mascara, and most just don’t cut it. I like to have LASHES, not just meh lashes. I love drama, but only in my lashes ;-) I tried the Benefit They’re Real Mascara, but it didn’t seem so great to me, despite people raving about it. I hope this Better Than Sex stuff satisfies me (see what I did there?).


I absolutely adore Anastasia of Beverly Hills. I love everything they put out. If they make it, I will buy it. I have her contour palette and Dipbrow Pomade, and I am in love. So, it figures I would acquire more. I bought a different shade of the Dipbrow, since I’ve been thinking the Ebony may be a little too harsh for me, so I went with Ash Brown. I also bought her Brow Wiz in Dark Brown, and I intend to use the both to make a perfectly balanced and perfectly matching look. I want normal eyebrows, not Joan Crawford brows. AVOID! I also got the new (and glorious!) liquid lipsticks in Pure Hollywood and Sad Girl – I am currently waiting on Retro Coral to arrive :-) I have gotten more into darker colors and unique colors, so I had to get the Sad Girl, which is a gorgeous red-plum shade with shimmer! Shimmer is so hard to find in liquid lipsticks, and this one looks amazing.


Up next are some little random lovelies I can’t wait to try. I have heard wonderful things about the Orgasm blush from Nars, so I had to go for it. I went with a cream blush, since I much prefer that over powder (way more natural). As much as I absolutely adore my Besame Crimson Cream Rouge, it’s all I have used for three years (and still on the same pan!) and I feel like branching out a bit. The Orgasm blush looks amazing on all skin types an offers the perfect red-pink color, so I went for it. I have also gotten super into MAC pigments, as well as more red and copper shades for my eyes, so I bought the Heritage Rouge and Copper pigments. For highlighting the inside of my eyes near my tear ducts, I bought the white pigment at MAC for $10, as it’s in a small size. But with these pigments, a little goes a LONG way! Definitely don’t treat them as normal shadows, or you will look like Tammy Faye Baker. Again, AVOID! And in my search for different lip colors, I found Lime Crime’s Chinchilla lipstick, which I picked up for $10 on a clearance from Pin Up Girl Clothing when I was finally able to pick up their black stretch capri pants when they returned back in stock (Whee!). This color is a grey lilac, which I love. I can’t wait to try it!


Next up are some products from Le Keux cosmetics, along with an accompanying lip brush. A friend bought and sent me these straight from London, as I have always wanted to try them. Peachy Keen lip paint is a gorgeous peach shade that is perfect for day, and especially for the upcoming spring and summer months (hurry up!). Whistle Bait is a highly pigmented sexy red shade that is perfect for nights out, or when you just want some extra zazz in your look. Black Cadillac is a gel eyeliner that I have been wanting to try – I am just waiting on the damn liner brush to arrive! :-P I love Le Keux’s brushes – double ended for awesome convenience!

Also, have you noticed my pictures have gone up in quality? Well, the husband treated me to a new Canon Rebel T5 camera! It takes amazing shots, ad I cannot wait to take more to share with you. I know the camera phone shots were just not cutting it and did not look professional, and I am wanting to really make this blog the best it can be – I decided to start with the pictures, thanks to my awesome hubby :-)

What do you all think of my giant makeup haul? I can’t wait to try it all and work it into my everyday (and even not-so-everyday) looks! Would you like to see YouTube videos? Let me know below!

The Great Blizzard of 1947


As many of you may know, we are in the midst of a whopper of a storm here in NYC, one that can drop potentially up to three feet of snow. As the years have gone by and my age has gone up, I loathe snowstorms more and more. We have blizzard warnings for r the entire area, and can have wind gusts of up to 65 miles an hour. Oh fun!

This storm was called by the mayor as being potentially “historic”. They then showed a top ten list, as they usually do, of the storms that dumped the most snow. The big Christmas storm from 1947 was in the top three. I have seen several images from this storm, and it got me curious enough to dig into this further. In Central Park, 26.4 inches of snow fell from December 25-26 from this unexpected storm.

I have been seeing a lot of images from the storm today, and seeing as how we all love vintage, I decided to share some of the amazing photographs from the Great Blizzard of 1947. They are remarkable, beautiful, and bring me to a time I’d absolutely prefer living in 😊















He’s Official!


I know I have put blogging on the back burner lately, but I have a valid excuse – the LEOW (law enforcement officer wife) life has begun! His official journey started at his graduation on 29 December, at Madison Square Garden. There were 880 graduates out of the 974 that initially started the academy. It was a long, hard road, but one that was well worth it to see my husband succeed at his lifelong dream. Of course I took tons of pictures!



As most of you know, Detectives Ramos and Liu were executed on Saturday, December 20th – my birthday 😢 As a touching and poignant tribute to these fallen officers, they saluted them on the big screen above them rather than the traditional throwing of the white gloves.


My husband is standing at attention for Air Force service in the following shot:


DeBlasio spoke of course, but not without heckling and jeering. These best was when he said, “…you will face all kinds of problems, problems you did not create…” To which one person shouted back, “NO, YOU DID!” Everyone laughed and clapped. Well done, dude 😉

After the graduation, we met for a photo-op with the new PO in Penn Station. Decked out in his dress blues, we all took pictures.



Father & son PO’s 😊


And the after party!


And a shameless kitty shot for good measure 😉


Outfit details:
-Dress: Pin Up Girl Clothing Film Noir in black
-Shoes: Aerosoles
-Coat: 1950s vintage
-Hat: 1940s vintage
-Bag: 1950s vintage
-Top (after party): Pin Up Girl Clothing Sean Top