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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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!

The Great Blizzard of 1947

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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 😊

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He’s Official!

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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Father & son PO’s 😊

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And the after party!

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And a shameless kitty shot for good measure 😉

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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

A Very Kitschy Christmas

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As christmas has been drawing near, I have become more and more interested in vintage Christmas kitsch. Some may call it chintzy and tacky, but I call it cute and charming!

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I am quite fond of vintage ornaments, mostly from the ’40s through ’60s. I bought the vintage Jewel Brite ornaments that you see above, and have plans to do a little something different with it than hang them on a tree. We have three cats, and anyone who has cats knows that they will attack any and every dangly bauble that hangs from its branches.

Here’s a couple ideas:

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I love these ideas – untraditional but unique and fun. And who doesn’t love that?

Speaking of things I love, I am absolutely enamoured with vintage aluminum Christmas trees! I tried to bid on a few on eBay, but even the 2′ ones seem to be going for ridiculous sums! I may have to wait it out for after Christmas and save it for next year.

Check out some of these fabulous trees!

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The one thing I happen to love about Christmastime is that all of the vintage Christmas movies, music, and décor come out to show. I am waiting for the right time to watch my copy of “It’s A Wonderful Life” and to catch “White Christmas” on TCM. It’s the one time of year where I feel I can actually watch these movies without seeming crazy!

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What vintage things do you enjoy most around the holidays?

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! 🙂

“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) – Gary 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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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.