“Gone With the Wind” in Theatres & Imelda May at The Paramount

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September 28th was the big night out for the husband and I – we went to see Gone With The Wind in theatres for its 75th anniversary, followed by seeing Imelda May. It was a jam packed day, but a lot of fun!

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Gone With the Wind is one of my favourite movies of all time – anyone who has even a vague knowledge of yours truly knows that much. And seeing it in theaters was amazing! When the title came rolling across the screen in its big, bold letters, it made me well up a bit thinking of my grandmother, who loved this movie like me and was the one who introduced me to it when I was younger. At first I didn’t like it (like most kids, I suppose), but then as time wore on and I became a teenager, my mom bought the double cassette tape version and I just became enamoured. When I heard TCM was doing a 75th anniversary theatre screening, I had to go! Good old Robert Osborne introduced the movie, and an interesting little factoid that I thought I would share is the price to attend the premiere in Atlanta to sit in the same room with the likes of Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, and more: $10. It may not seem like much today, but bear in mind this was 1939, and the Depression was still going on. Not to mention that inflation has made that sum equal $169.49 today – and $10 in today’s currency would be equal to 59 cents in 1939. A little depressing, I’ll say ūüėí

Well then let’s move on to Imelda May at the Paramount! Gone With the Wind ended at 6 PM, and the show started at 8 PM. It took us a half hour to get to the venue, so we stopped for some food first ūüėä Then we headed off into the sunset and arrived after dark, and made our way into the theatre in Huntington.

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We talked into the theatre and were about to hand over our tickets when I got stopped by an older woman who couldn’t have been over 5 feet tall even on a particularly confident day. She said she was from Newsday, and was taking pictures of people attending the concert and what they wore, and that she would love to photograph me. I said sure and we found a spot with nice lighting, and took a few shots before she asked me questions about where my dress, shoes, and bag were from, and why I dress the way I do. I happily answered her questions and gave her my info before she told me the piece would run in a week or so.

We made our way in and found our seats, which were the furthest row back but we could still see pretty damn well. The Paramount is one of those venues where you can see great from any seat, which is great and definitely something which would make me want to come back ūüėä

Imelda started with her latest single off of her new album, “Tribal” – I had been on a huge kick with that song so I was happy!

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She played about every song of hers that I love, and her voice sounds exactly the way it does live as it does on her records, which is rare to find anymore!

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It was a fabulous show, one where I couldn’t stop bopping my feet and singing along. She knows how to get the crowd going and keep them engaged! I’ve been lucky to see her live twice this year, and I hope to see her perform again soon!

Here’s a mashup of video clips I obtained from the show. I apologize in advance for the crappy resolution!

About a week and a half later, I received a call from the woman who took my picture, and she told me my shot was chosen to go in Tuesday’s Newsday! When it came around, I grabbed four copies – I dug into the first issue, and finally found it:

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Imelda May – “Tribal”

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As some of you may (or may not) know, Imelda May’s new album¬†Tribal dropped today in the US. ¬†I haven’t been so excited for an album release in a long time – I had been checking the iTunes page for the album nearly every week, making sure the release date didn’t get pushed back¬†again (it got pushed back twice from what I recall – and both times I was rather upset!). ¬†I waited for September 23rd with baited breath – and it has finally come! ¬†I literally waited up to midnight for the release, but was pleasantly surprised when I checked iTunes at 11:40 P.M. at it was live!

I immediately began listening to the album beyond the already released tracks that I had, which were “It’s Good To Be Alive” and “Wild Woman”. ¬†I have to say, this is one of if not¬†the best album she has put out yet. ¬†Every song has a little something special that fits all moods and will be sure to strike your fancy anytime.

A few of my favourite songs? Here are my top choices off of the record (deluxe version):

  • 1 – Tribal
  • 3 – It’s Good To Be Alive
  • 6 – Hellfire Club
  • 7 – Five Good Men
  • 8 – Ghost of Love
  • 9 – Wicked Way
  • 13 – Zombie Girl
  • 15 – Dreaming (Ukulele Track)

As you can see, I have a lot of top faves here! ¬†There is nothing on this album I don’t like. ¬†If you enjoy rockabilly, rock & roll, or just plain good music, do yourself and your ears a favour and grab this album!

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I am also planning on going to see Imelda on Sunday, September 28th nearby me in Huntington on Long Island. ¬†There is SO much going on this weekend, it makes my mind boggled and a little sad because I can’t do it all :-( The New York Burlesque Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, Imelda May is playing Sunday night, I am going to see the TCM showing in theatres of¬†Gone With The Wind on Sunday, and my tattoo artist is having a flash tattoo sale Sunday also! ¬†That and Saturday night the hubby and I are going out with his dad and other LEOs for his birthday. ¬†I am definitely a little sad I can’t do it all, but I am glad we are having an active weekend. ¬†We have been having car troubles plaguing us as of recently, so we have been a tad bit of recluses lately. ¬†But¬†hopefully the car issues are taken care of, and now we can enjoy ourselves a little bit! :-)

Recent Acquisitions

Over the past few weeks, this girl has been acquiring some new goodies! Sometimes to the husband’s dismay, but you know – for work, fall, posterity :-P

I wanted to share some of the greatness I have gotten, because I have just been too excited about everything. ¬†I got some basic needs like a black pencil skirt and basic tops, but I wanted to share some of the stars I have acquired because the girl just can’t help it! :-)

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1940s Rust Colour Lace Detail Dress

As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to have it. ¬†Isn’t it just perfect for fall with that colouring? It is the most divine rust colour, with slightly lighter lace detail at the bust pockets. ¬†Authentic vintage in my size for $45? Yes ma’am!

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Vintage 1950s Dead Stock Blouses

When I saw these, I envisioned them with jeans, a nice circle skirt – anything! ¬†I love the subtle-yet-intricate details that both blouses have, as well as the soft colours that know no bounds of season. ¬†Perfect basics that aren’t-so-basic that can take me from work to anywhere else without too much effort. ¬†And who doesn’t love that?

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Vintage 1940s Lucite Bracelet

I saw this and had to nab it.  The colours are utterly fall and will match with a lot of my wardrobe.  The rich yellow, orange, brown, and green complement each other so well and make me instantly think of fall when the leaves are at their most vibrant and spectacular colouring. And for $10, too ;-)

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1950s Kitsch Kitten Bookends

Anyone who knows me knows I love some good midcentury kitsch – I’m already amassing quite a collection, and always itching for more! ¬†As soon as I saw these cuties, I had to have them – and now I do! ¬†They are lovingly hugging some vintage pulp fiction novels I have on my vintage shelf in our bedroom. ¬†And they are just bloody adorable. ¬†The one thing that wasn’t adorable? ¬†The seller I received them from using the name on the return address portion as “Mr. Big”. ¬†Ehhhh…

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Lux de Ville Blue Anchor Bag

I could not resist the colour of this bag. ¬†I absolutely adore Lux and all of Yvette’s designs – I have about 5 or 6 of their bags now, and I’m always lusting for more :-) ¬†Oh, and something else pretty cool? ¬†I accidentally got my nails done the same colour as my bag last week:

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Tee hee hee :-P

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Naturalizer Vintage Inspired Pumps

I’ve been on a shoe binge lately, I will be the first to admit. ¬†I feel like I am perpetually lacking in the show department, even in basics. ¬†So, when I saw these beauties, I had to nab them. ¬†They are a good brand, and the leather is as soft as a baby’s behind. ¬†They are basic but yet not-so-basic – which is perfect and ever so versatile.

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Black Remix Vintage Inspired Wedges

Anyone who is anyone in the vintage, pinup, or rockabilly scene knows of Remix. ¬†I’ve lusted after them for quite a while now (along with Miss L Fire!), so when I found not one, but TWO pairs of Remix shoes for under $30 each (when they retail for well over $100 each), I was nearing peeing myself. ¬†I had to, I just had to. ¬†I got these little lovely black wedges along with this gorgeous chartreuse pair as well:

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I love them!  Unfortunately, one of the back straps broke on the black pair, but I can reconfigure them to take out the back straps and just make them a slip-in sandal.  Problem solved! :-)

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1950s NOS Flamingo Sweater Clip

I have always wanted a sweater clip/holder, but have never really found one that “spoke” to me, so I never indulged. ¬†I happened to randomly search for sweater clips on eBay, and I came across this beauty! ¬†I love flamingos, they have such a broad appeal across the vintage and rockabilly scenes alike. ¬†And this being NOS sealed the deal for me. ¬†I love pre-loved vintage dresses, but for some reason little items like this I get excited about being new and I can’t believe how it made it this long without being loved by¬†someone! ¬†I had to give it a loving home…so I did :-D

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Vintage Reproduction 1950s Tie Shoulder Swing Dress

I bought this off of a Facebook group that specifically caters to vintage for ladies over a size US 14.  This was hand made by a member of the group who makes FABULOUS dresses by the name of Tatted Tina Lopez.  The quality of her work is simply amazing, I must say!  I instantly fell in love with this dress from the tie shoulder straps to the way the print just screams mid century modern РI had to have it in my life! Can you honestly blame me? ;-)

What goodies have you recently purchased?  Anything you want to share?  Do you get as excited as I do, or am I alone here? :-P

“Summer” Reading

¬†Since my husband is at the academy in the evenings, I find myself with a lot of personal time after work. ¬†But I fret not, for I can read! ¬†I have really become quite the book hoarder lately, and I seem to order more books even when I haven’t finished the initial ones I ordered yet. ¬†But I have another 5 months of weekdays of solitude, so I can certainly make some headway into my accumulation of books, no? ;-)

¬†I have really found some gems that I am supremely excited about and/or have enjoyed very much. ¬†Since you are here, I am assuming you are all as much of vintage lovers as I, and should therefore know of such pressing matters. ¬†I’ve never really been a believer in “summer reads” or “winter novels” and what have you; I tend to just leap in to whatever strikes my fancy. ¬†If I am on to something that I am interested in and/or am supremely enjoying, who is it to say that it is “out of season”? Not I!

¬†And so, I present to you: “summer” reading :-)

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Cary Grant: A Biography – Marc Eliot

This is a very comprehensive biography on Cary. ¬†I have always loved Mr. Grant, and I find that they just don’t make men as¬†debonair, witty, and handsome as he was anymore (minus¬†my husband, of course of course ;-) ). ¬†I have always been interested in his life and what happened within that time, and I had actually been ruminating over buying this biography each and every time I had gone into a bookstore for the past six months. ¬†During a Saturday out doing errands for my husband’s needs for the academy, I just had to stop at the Barnes & Noble along the way for fear that my air supply would be terminated. ¬†I saw this book, and figured, “I need to – I have to!” ¬†I am very excited to make my way through it and become an ever-so-learned person on the life and times of Mr. Cary Grant.

 

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Icon: The Life, Times, and Films of Marilyn Monroe (Volume I: 1926-1956) РGary Vitacco-Robles

Anyone who knows me knows I simply adore Marilyn Monroe. ¬†I have a tattoo of her. ¬†I have inhaled every biography I have ever known that was decent (qualifier!) that has ever come out. ¬†I have over 5,000 pictures of her. ¬†I can tell you an exact filmography of all her movies, the years they came out, her character in them, the general story line, and what she thought of said movie and what was going on in her life at the time. ¬†So when I happened to stumble upon a new Marilyn biography that had recently come out this year, I¬†needed it. ¬†It comes in at 788 pages, and it is only volume¬†one. ¬†That excites me more than most human beings should be excited over a book. ¬†I have a feeling that this biography is going to be¬†the biography of Marilyn, usurping even Donald Spoto’s benchmark biography of her. ¬†When volume two comes out later this summer, I do not care how much or how little of the book I have gotten through, I will be throwing my money at Amazon!

 

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The Girls of Atomic City – Denise Kiernan

This is an enthralling and encompassing story of how one “town” (if you can call it that) was built purely for the purpose of ending the war. ¬†How exactly, they did not know. ¬†What they did know, however, was that what they were doing was making a very real difference. ¬†They weren’t aware that they were aiding in making the atomic bomb that would end the war in Japan in August of 1945. ¬†Most of this quickly-built town was occupied by women, many of whom were from any place but this small slice of Appalachia in Tennessee. ¬†They were single and trying to better their lives or married and hoping whatever work they were doing was helping their man fighting for them overseas. ¬†What I love about this book is how it is non-fiction, based on real events and actual history, but reads and plays out exactly like a fictional novel. ¬†It is very interesting, highly entertaining, and certainly a crash course in history that we should all have!

 

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The Garden of Allah Series – Martin Turnbull

I absolutely¬†adore these books. ¬†I can’t even tell you. ¬†I don’t even remember how I found these books on Amazon, but I am ever so grateful I did. ¬†I am only just finishing the first book, but I already bought and received the other two in the series, already knowing I will probably love them just as much as the first (especially from what I see from the reviews, they only get better!). ¬†This novel is historical fiction (which I have found to be my most beloved genre, right beside biography) and deals with the lives of three up-and-comers trying to make it in Hollywood starting in 1927.

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                                                          The real Garden of Allah hotel

Kathryn Massey, Gwendolyn Brick, and Marcus Adler have all made it to Los Angeles for various reasons, but the Garden of Allah brought them together as friends. ¬†A famous and actual hotel owned by the actress Alla Nazimova, it was renowned for fabulous and crazy parties, and had famous stars visit and stay such as Tallulah Bankhead, Ramon Novarro, Ginger Rogers, Tyrone Power, Greta Garbo, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Maureen O’Hara, Errol Flynn – I could go on and on! ¬†The interactions the characters have with the stars makes them seem human and real, rather than “above” anyone and untouchable. ¬†I love the situations the characters get in, the stars they meet, the troubles they encounter, and what they do to get past them. ¬†It’s a great read so far, and certainly a series I would recommend to any vintage lover out there…hell, I would recommend it to anyone!

 

What books do you recommend for “summer” reading?¬†

So It Begins

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Well, here I am. I really didn’t expect to be here. I am on the cusp of a life change. My husband “got the call” for the NYPD academy on Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at 9:54 AM. Tomorrow it starts. Granted, it’s only orientation, but I know what is coming. The early mornings or the late nights (depending on his tour), the six months of stress, worry, support, and heartache. I’ve been in the military before, and so has he, so this isn’t entirely new to us. I’m well aware of what comes with the job. I’m accruing for that. But that doesn’t mean it won’t still be difficult.

We were both single when we were in the military. But now, we have been married for 5 months. It’s fresh.

I pknow the NYPD will be taking my husband away a lot. The military taught us both that. I would just like to be able to enjoy the time that we do have in our own shelter from the world.

Of course I worry. I know he worries. He mostly worries that I will leave him because of the erratic schedule and “not being around all of the time” – which I think is absolute rubbish. I could not be more proud of him. He has literally waited ten years to get into the NYPD. He has waited so long, and has finally got where he wanted. But I of course worry about his safety – any wife would. But I know he has a leg up on others being prior service as a cop. I am so proud of him I just wanted to tell everyone he got in!

He’s already getting nervous – that’s normal. I’d think it was abnormal if he weren’t nervous. But I’m right here, being his cheerleader, supporting him through all of this.

Let’s do this.

I’m a Vintage Girl, in a Corporate World

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This week I started a new job as an executive assistant at a rather large and successful healthcare management company. I am one of two executive assistants for the president and vice president of the company. I am enjoying it so far, and I get along with my coworker swimmingly. I hope to keep it that way! :-)

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Because of this new position, I have to dress much more conservatively than any other job I have held previously. This means covering up my tattoos on my chest and arms, wearing “appropriate” makeup, having proper hair (no hair flowers!), and nothing too crazy or flashy.

“But my style demands showing off my tattoos and being flashy! Whatever shall I do?” I asked myself. I really wasn’t sure what to do about my new and sudden requirement for a change in wardrobe. I understood it, and honestly with a coworker I actually like being around so far and makes work bearable I’m willing to deal with it. I also want to keep my vintage style, however. I still want to be the vintage/pinup girl in the office if I have to not be the rockabilly side of me, at least.

I checked my wardrobe – nothing seemed to fit the bill. Too low cut (I have to practically wear turtlenecks to cover my chest tattoos!), needs longer sleeves, the print is too crazy, the skirt is too short. Whatever was I to do?

GO SHOPPING!

Yes, that was it. I need to go shopping. I need to find elements of my style that fit in with my new need for a conservative corporate wardrobe. And if any of you know me, you know I turn to the interwebs first for shopping. I rarely shop for clothes “outside” anymore, as I can never seem to find my style or anything that’s my size if I do.

My first stop? ModCloth!

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On the very first page I saw this little number – the Coach Tour Dress! It has a high cowl neck collar so I can hide my tattoos, and despite it being sleeveless that can easily be remedied by wearing a cardi :-) And only $50? Yes, please!

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Next is the Greeting Postcard Dress for $95. I kept scrolling in dresses because that’s what I mostly intend to wear (a vintage girl’s staple ensemble!), and I thought this was beyond adorable. I know the neckline is a little low (yes my tattoos are that high), but I can easily remedy that with buying some Cami Secrets to attach underneath and voil√† – good to go! I never thought I would ever need Cami Secrets in my life though! LOL.

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This California Sunset Dress hits all the right notes for me – nice bright print, cute collar, high neckline – and an affordable $90! And as you can tell, I think florals will be a big part of my attire ;-)

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Yes. Yes yes yes yes. I will certainly be adding this Dance Floor Date Dress to my wardrobe! I love the 40s/50s flair of it and y’all know I love me some red. And only $60? You don’t have to ask me twice!

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This Beach Home Office Top had me at hello. It just screams 1950s, right? And that collar will cover up my chest tattoos perfectly :-) Only $45! Worth every penny!

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This Modern Madeline Top is just entirely too cute. I love the blue colour and it should cover my tattoos. $40, you say? Sure!

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This is the Partake in Peppermint Skirt for $70. I love the stripes, and I absolutely adore the now accent at the waist. Perfection!

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This Binnacle of Excellence Skirt has red and blue anchors on it! I need this! It’s entirely too perfect for me. There will be $60 gone from my paycheck for this.

Okay, I think ModCloth consumed too much of my time. But they seem to have such lovely work appropriate and vintage inspired pieces!

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The Erika Dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is necessary, I think. So cute and it should cover most everything if I wear the Cami Secret :-) $120.

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I absolutely adore the colouring of the Birdie Dress from PUG with its rich mustard and gorgeous purple pairing. And very affordable at $118!

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This Monique Dress for $92 is amazing. To me it keeps the style I love but looks completely professional at the same time. I would just need to throw a black cardigan over it to cover my arm tattoos and I would be ready to go!

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OMG this Summertime Polo Top is just so freaking cute – I need this in my life! I’m going to have to have PUG take my $72 ASAP. I can’t not have this and be okay with it.

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These 1940s Style Swing Trousers from Heyday are based on actual vintage patterns and come as close to the real thing as possible. They have so many colours, too! Of course I will need the basics like grey, black, et cetera – but you know I am getting them in red, pea green, blue, and more as well! Gotta still retain some personality at work, oui? ;-)

I am just embracing the reason to shop and buy new clothes for the job. I figure it’s worth it if I have a decent work environment and I make good money to find my vintage tendencies and go on trips and get more tattoos and more and more!

Do any of you have conservative corporate jobs? How do you retain your style at work?

Date Day at the Zoo

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Today was a big day for the husband and I – it was our first official date day as husband and wife! It only took two and a half months, but we did it :-) Since we both love animals so much (and this destination had been on our “gotta go to” list since before we were even engaged – September of last year!), we decided to go to animal central: the zoo! And where is one of the biggest and best places to go to a zoo in the US? The Bronx Zoo, of course :-)

We decided to make a full day of it and brought a little snack and something to drink, and prepared ourselves for some major walking. Since I have the RSD in my left foot, I took my major pain medication beforehand and made sure I had appropriate shoes. But I still wanted to look cute, so I made sure to build my outfit to be vintage style high and pain inducing low. What did I wear, you ask? Well, since you asked…

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Here’s a picture of my husband and me, a close up of my makeup, hair, and dress print:

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I put my hair back into a snood in a nice tan colour that was a minor colour represented in my dress, which is a great 1950s atomic frock I managed to nab up on eBay shortly after I returned from Viva. I accessorized with matching bakelite bracelets in various colours from the dress and butterscotch tan bakelite earrings as well (the ones I purchased at Viva). I also wore a gold feather brooch that had belonged to my grandmother. I wore a tan cardigan with vintage tan penny loafers while I carried a vintage white structured purse with a lucite handle. I certainly got lots of looks but I loved it! I forgot just how confident and enthusiastic I feel wearing a pulled together and more vintage look than something that is more modern or vintage “looking”. I had kind of lost touch over the last few months due to stress as well as all of the wedding stuff going on. Viva brought my passion right back to the surface! :-)

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We arrived at the zoo at 11:30 AM and we found parking relatively quickly, which was rather surprising considering it is such a huge tourist attraction and it is in the city (well, the Bronx) as well.

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So what kind of animals did we see? We saw way too many to go into huge detail about any particular one!

We saw camels first thing…

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…and then Red Pandas…

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…and even antique water fountains from around 1900!

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A sleepy polar bear taking a nap in the most awkward position ever…

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…and the tush of a snow leopard.

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We saw a snake with a really badass pattern on it. We called it the “emo boa” because it looks like it has razor blades running up and down it’s back LOL.

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Check out the neck on this dude!

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See ya later, alligator!

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Itty bitty baby horsies…

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Tony the (tired) tiger…

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Peacocks are absolutely gorgeous!

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Oh deer…

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Elephants are really graceful and sweet animals to me :-)

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Rhino! Just seeing him from this angle reminded me of that scene from Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. If you’ve seen it, you know exactly what I am referring to :-P

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Adorable zebras!

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I love giraffes! I have no idea where it came from, but I just couldn’t wait to see this guy :-)

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African Wild Dogs – they were playing around and rough housing while we were watching. It was sweet!

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Oh just a baboon…

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…and his big blue bubble butt!

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Mackayla Monkey is not impressed.

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This mommy gorilla was breast feeding against the viewing glass. You can see the baby’s head if you look. At one point Alex tried to peek around to see the baby after I pointed him/her out to him, and when he did the mom turned around and looked him point blank in the eye (they were literally only separated by about an inch of plastic) as if to say, “What the hell are you doing?” It was pretty cool LOL.

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FLAMINGOES! I <3 these cuties :-)

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‘MURICA. We took numerous pictures of this dude, and each and every one of them made him look epic.

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See what I mean?!

Even sea lions need mid afternoon naps…

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When we got to where the sea lions were, it had a lot of great old style buildings and wonderful landscaping. What else was a vintage girl to do other than take a few shots? ;-)

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After a full six hours making our way through the zoo, we were tired, sore, hungry, and ready to make our way home. But we had a great time and had a ton of fun. We left there with huge smiles on our faces for sure!

Outfit:
Dress: eBay
Sweater: ModCloth
Bakelite bangles: eBay
Bakelite earrings: vendor at Viva Las Vegas
Snood: eBay
Penny loafers: eBay
Purse: Guess where? eBay :-P