A Family Wedding

  
About two weeks ago, my husband and I went to his cousin’s wedding, and the reception was held at a gorgeous country club on Long Island. I wanted to look the part, so I found my dress first, and then built my outfit around that. 

My dress is the Gia dress from Pin Up Girl Clothing. It’s such a decadent and sexy dress, I had to have it! With a 1930s look, I decided to build my whole look around it. I wanted to go for a 1930s Art Deco vamp. It has a good amount of stretch but also is sturdy enough to hold and shape everything. I felt like a goddess for sure!

My clutch and earrings are gloriously glamorous – both from Pink Collar Life’s shop. Full disclosure though: if you visit their shop, you will want to buy everything they have! I have purchased about five separate occasions, and I have everything from clutches, hair barrettes, combs, headbands, jewelry, turbans and much more from them. All of their products are high quality and fabulous! For the wedding, I bought their Stardust clutch and Art Deco Fan earrings, shown below. 
 

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Aren’t they stunning?! I received so many compliments on them that I honestly couldn’t keep track. They will be coming to Viva with me in a few weeks as well!

What makeup did I wear, you say? Well, I wore Velour Lashes mink falsies in Winging It, shown below. I wore several ColourPop shadows, and I used the Kat Von D Shade + Light contour kit as well as NARS blush in Orgasm. My brows are using Brow Definer in Dark Brown from Anastasia of Beverly Hills. My lippie is OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia. 

  
I loved my look for the night! I achieved curl in my hair via a wet set using Rockin’ Rollers (the same exact thing using a different name can be found in CVS) and Lottabody. I did not get to brush out as much as I wanted because after just having major wrist surgery, my wrist was not up to the task!

During the reception, a photographer was on standby taking pictures of guests and putting them into frames. Of course I dragged my husband to take a snap, and well…

  

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

“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 😒

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 😊 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 😊

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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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 😛

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 😛

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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 😀

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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 – I 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? 😛

Vintage Family Photos

Recently I have gotten more into viewing old family photos from the 1920s through the 1960s since buying Charles Phoenix’s Americana the Beautiful (I highly recommend!). I recently did a web search lately to see what was out there, and boy oh boy – did I find some real gems!

Some are cute, others are fashionable, and some are just downright scary. But all have that great vintage flair!

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How cute is this family? So typically “perfect”. Except for the daughter maybe – she’s perhaps a little demonic looking. But still cute!

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I love the maternity wear from the midcentury. I know I would certainly have that be the majority of my wardrobe if and when I am pregnant! And the guy looks like such a badass rockabilly dude – just look at the tee with the rolled sleeves!

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I would like each one of those women’s dresses, kthxbye.

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I love how “every family” this is. This looks like it would be used as an advert for cereal or oatmeal of some sort. So cute!

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Is that kid a hybrid of an Elizabeth Taylor look-alike and a stormtrooper knockoff?

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This is such a sweet picture. You don’t really see too many like this anymore, do you? I love the happiness just radiating from their faces whilst they enjoy the event that they are attending. And I will take that dress as well. And that waist too while we’re at it.

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DAMN IT FEELS GOOD TO BE A GANGSTA.

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I apologize for the small size of this. I thought it was too cute/funny not to share. Cute because of the new parents beaming from ear to ear with their new bundle of joy; funny because that kid legit looks like he saw something completely horrifying.

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Cute photo of a family enjoying their new-fangled television set. I wonder if they had to get glasses from sitting that close all the time?

Oh and I’ll take that skirt too. Add it to my tab.

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This girl just oozes style in how she wears her essentially basic but well put together ensemble. And those gams!

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This photo is awesome. I want this framed. The kid is legit peeing, the father has his hand to his head in a “WTF” type manner, and the mother and other child are just like, “Who cares, we are taking this bloody picture!” So much win in one shot.

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This is quite the dapper group, huh? Why don’t people dress like this anymore?

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“Excuse me, I mustache you a question…”

I’m sorry. I had to.

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Just a typical day on Main Street. I’m sure this was a scene you would see played out most weekends in towns all across America.

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I loved this canned trailer! I wanted one for years now 🙂 This was taken in Iowa in 1958.

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This is another trailer shot from the 1940s. Imagine going camping and having a road trip in that?! I would love every single second of it 🙂

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Am I the only one who thinks this dude has an Errol Flynn vibe going on? Anyone else?

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Is this the same kid as before? What does he keep seeing that terrifies him? Does he see demons or something? Seriously, I want to know why these kids are freaked the hell out.

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This woman’s style is rad. This woman has to be from NJ, because that hair has such a huge pouf to it! And that skirt – I will take one of those. What’s my total? Charge it? 😉

The Joy of “Masters of Sex”

Recently my husband and I discovered the on demand section of FiOs. And my my my, were we happy! I managed to find the Showtime section, and found “Masters of Sex”, a show based in the late 1950s about Virginia Johnson and William Masters, pioneers in the science of sex when even talking about it was considered “smut”, let alone watching people in the act!

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So far, I have made it through approximately eight episodes – it is fantastic! I think it is the new Mad Men for me. I can’t wait to get home from work and put on the next episode. I love how they weave everyone’s personal lives into the study, particularly that of Masters & Johnson. How their relationship goes through ups and downs at any moment. I won’t spoil it for anyone who has not seen it yet. If you have yet to watch – what are you waiting for?!

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The infamous “Ulysses”

Masters and Johnson helped to pioneer research into human sexual response and the identification and diagnosis of disorders in this area. The initial phase of their study lasted from 1957 until 1965, with direct study of 382 women and 312 men. Their findings debunked numerous myths of the era, such as women being unable to orgasm as not just being “frigid”, lubrication was vaginal, not from the cervix, and clitoral and vaginal orgasms were identical and therefore women were capable of multiple orgasms.

This study took place through Washington University in St. Louis, and initially used prostitutes as the subjects. Prostitutes were thought to be isolated, outcast, and were more willing to participate and were good because of their expertise in sex. This however proved problematic due to the numerous cases of STDs they had found, and soon they were recruiting numerous outside couples. Most were married, upper class, white couples. Some were single and arbitrarily “paired” with someone as well.

They wrote two texts from their studies: Human Sexual Response (1966) and Human Sexual Inadequacy (1970). The described sex in the following four phases:

-Excitement phase (initial arousal)
-Plateau phase (full arousal, not yet at orgasm)
-Orgasm
-Resolution phase (after orgasm)

They also discovered that men undergo a refractory period where they are unable to orgasm for a period of time, while women do not experience this; as a result, they are able to achieve multiple orgasms.

Pretty interesting stuff, huh?! The show makes no qualms about delving deep into these findings and showing/going through how they got there. As some of you may know, Masters & Johnson even become study participants themselves!

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Portrait Of Masters & Johnson, 1970

I highly suggest this show to anyone who is interested in this field, science, sexuality, and of course vintage lovers! The décor and style of this show is to die for – I keep telling my husband “I want that! I want that too! OMG I need those!” 😉

I bought the book a few months back at Penn Station when I was still working in Manhattan, and have yet to read it. I am going to have to right that ship starting this weekend and let you all know how it is!

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There’s a book? Yes!

Stay Tuned: The flood of Viva Las Vegas 17 posts are on their way! 🙂

Viva Las Vegas 17: Pre-Game Tips & Tricks

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As some of you may know via my Facebook page, I will be making the pilgrimage to Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend for the first time since 2012. I am beyond excited, and I will get to spend some good QT with my main gal and maid of honour Nicole! I am sure I will have a much better time having her with me and we can totally enjoy ourselves 🙂

Seeing as Viva is only a little over a month away (!), I wanted to give everyone a good pre-game list to refer to regardless of whether it is your first time or you are a seasoned VLV vet.

Let’s get started!

1. Don’t Overpack
I know this seems like a pretty basic tenet, but any gal who has been to Viva previously knows this is impossible. You need a day dress for each day, an evening dress for each nightly event, accessories for each outfit, shoes, undergarments, and more. One can simply not afford to look less than fab! But this also means you’re risking having a veritable army of suitcases to lug with you. This may not be so bad if you are driving for a couple of hours, but for someone like yours truly who is flying from NYC to Las Vegas, it’s a logistical nightmare. Luckily, the military taught this girl how to pack and be efficient with space. I know how to roll clothing to make the most use if my space and to not get many wrinkles. It may be painful to have to leave those vintage 1940s wedges that match perfectly with your vintage New Look wrap dress for a pair that is more comfortable and can go with two or three dresses (albeit not perfectly), but you will be glad you did. Which leads me to…

2. Be prepared to leave some suitcase wiggle room

The main lesson I learned at Viva my first go? You’ll be shopping. If you’re not shopping, you’re not living the full Viva experience! And seeing as such, you’re going to be bringing those goodies home, n’est-ce pas? You’ll be needing room for those, darlings! I have heard numerous occurrences of girls having to go and buy another suitcase just to get their spoils home. And you know what another suitcase usually means – checked bag fees! Why deal with that crap? Even better, have a flattened/expandable bag tucked inside your main one for such an issue. Then take it as a carry on. Voilà – problem solved!

3. Heels may look nice…but OW!

Some of you may know I have chronic pain in my left foot from nerve damage in a condition called RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy). Because of this, I rarely wear heels. My husband couldn’t care less (he’s about an inch shorter than me), but sometimes a woman just wants to feel sexy and gorgeous in her heels! Well, Viva may not be that place. You will be doing a LOT of walking (and dancing!). If you slap those 4″ on at 8 AM for a day lasting until 3 AM, you won’t make it that far without being in horrendous pain. Nearly everything at Viva requires walking or movement of some sort. You don’t want to spoil your awesome trip because of some stupid foot pain and only remember the grief those blisters gave you, right? Go with those flats or a sturdy pair of wedges and rock what the man above gave you, girl!

4. Looking to see some pastie-adorned ladies? Be prepared for lines

I remember my very first day at VLV 15 – my first 45 minutes at the Orleans was spent waiting in line…one that ran and wove nearly the whole length of the casino. Why? I had to see the burlesque showcase! But that line though 😦 I am a New Yorker, we notoriously despise lines. I grumped my way to the front and got my tickets, but I know it would have been a little easier to prepare for that line mentally prior to actually being in it. I never even tried to get tickets for the burlesque competition. It would have given me agita.

6. The “main” days of Viva are always Friday and Saturday

I always prefer to arrive on Thursday, rather than Wednesday sometime. If you look at the schedule here, you can see there aren’t really many big deal events going on Thursday or Sunday (well, I see Kim Lenz on Thursday night, sooo…there can be an exception or two 😉 ). So take the time to dance, meet up with friends you aren’t hanging with the whole time, or go see what the rest of Vegas has to offer (it’s amazing – trust me, I lived there for over two years!). Maximize your time to however you please!

7. Did you notice I left out 5?

Just seeing if y’all are paying attention 😛

8. Wear as much authentic vintage as possible if you want to look unique

I can’t stress this enough. My first go at Viva I brought a lot of Bettie Page dresses. And for each dress I saw at least three other girls nearby wearing the same one. That’s a shitty feeling, honestly. I now know much better than to do that again. And luckily my vintage dress collection has grown so much since then, so I have a lot of unique pieces I can wear when I go. As much as I absolutely love Pinup Girl Clothing and Bettie Page, I would never dream of bringing dresses or clothing there unless they were basics. There is just way too much of a chance of running in to other girls with the same exact outfit. Try and bring your most fabulous and most original pieces to Viva – it will be worth it! You’ll be the only fab girl wearing that one of a kind fab outfit 🙂

9. Be sure to have FUN!

A lot of women seem to think of Viva as some sort of huge competition with everyone else. I HATE that. I go to enjoy it, not to compare myself with everyone else. I am there to shop, enjoy my friends, listen to music, check out awesome cars, and just generally rock out and have a good time. Why stress yourself out trying to compete? You will only remember that and not the awesome show that Imelda May gave at the car show! And what kind of fun is that?

 

What tips and tricks do any of you all have out there for fellow Viva goers?