The Wedding Celebration (Afterparty?)

This past Sunday we held a huge shindig at a great restaurant my husband’s brother works at called E.B. Elliot’s. It’s here on Long Island at the Nautical Mile, a great place near the water to go out and have a great time at.

Nearly all of Alex’s family and friends were there, as well as my sister, mom, and my bestest gal Jodie with her son RJ. Of course she gifted me some amazing shots to remember for the rest of our lives.

Here are a few that I wanted to share!

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We had a fabulous time and we are so glad that everyone came. I feel really blessed to be a part of such a great and loving family. After the horrors my mom and I went through with my father’s family, I feel like I could not be part of a better family that is so welcoming and supportive. I can happily say that I look forward and certainly do not dread spending time with my in-laws πŸ™‚

BIG NEWS! – Our wedding was featured in a New York Times article! We had our ceremony recorded and made into a little video that goes along with a blurb about us in the article. It is very surreal to see ourselves on a big name journalistic medium such as the Times – something to keep forever for sure!

Check it out by clicking here!

Hanging at the Monster Hop

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On Saturday my boyfriend and I took a little trip into the city at the suggestion of a friend on a rockabilly swap & sell Facebook group to visit Otto’s Shrunken Head on East 14th Street in Manhattan. It is a total rockabilly tiki bar, and had the Monster Hop going on that night, as is per usual every last Saturday of the month. It is a rockabilly/psychobilly party, and features bands such as the Spastiks, which I have heard of but have not had the chance to see until that night. I was super excited to go to a new rockabilly hangout, since there are entirely too few in this whole tri-state area!

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As soon as we got there, I was in love. The whole atmosphere reminded me of Frankie’s Tiki Bar in Vegas, and I instantly felt at home. Everyone looked great with their suicide and victory rolls, red lipstick, and winged eyeliner! The guys looked just as good in their pompadours and vintage clothes. I literally just had to sit there for a minute and let it all sink in that I was in a totally amazing place that seemed to have been put in the city just for me!

They have a whole laundry list of amazing tiki-inspired drinks for you to try. I got the Stormy Skull, which has dark rum, coconut, and ginger, and was amazing. You tell me coconut is involved, and I am sold! After that I had some rum and cokes, and to my glee they had Sailor Jerry rum! And look at all of that embellishment! How juvenile am I to be excited over little decorations like this?! πŸ˜‰

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The booths were gorgeous – I could imagine them being original to the space since the 1940s when it was a smoking lounge/bar during the war where everyone gathered around the radio to hear the latest on how our GIs were faring in their pursuits. I wish I could have gotten some better shots, but here’s some ones I found to give you a better idea:

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I found my friend in the front about an hour after we had arrived, and we ended up hanging out and drinking until about 1 A.M. I don’t even entirely remember what time we left, but I do I know I wanted to stay all the way until 4. But my boyfriend and I would have had to have waited for a few hours to make another train to head back to Long Island, so we called it a night and hopped on the LIRR back and passed out for the remainder of the night (and morning as well – we didn’t wake up until noon! πŸ˜‰ )

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The 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival: The Teaser Party – Part Two

Here we are, the final installment of my coverage of the Teaser Party of the 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival! I took so many pictures and videos that I did not want to pollute an entire post with it and cause it to take forever for you to see. So let’s get started!

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This next girl had an awesome Theda Bara type costume – it was cool and spooky at the same time.

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Here is the video of her performance…

This next girl had an ode to her home country, France…

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This next girl had a very cool gothic bird type dance. Her performance is below!

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This next girl – she had quite the umm, rare talent for tassels. You’ll see below!

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See! And she made those things twirl in opposite directions, and could make them stop on the drop of a dime and just make one twirl. Now that’s talent! LOL.

This next girl is straight out of Milan, and as a result had a totally Italian-themed performance.

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This next performer is a man – yes, guys can be burlesque performers! They call it “boy-lesque” πŸ™‚ He had quite a funny skit, and definitely was extreme! I think the men have to work a little harder than the women in this area for attention and accolades. He did well, and immediately upon seeing him I saw an Errol Flynn look to him.

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This next performer had a very unique mermaid inspired performance. Towards the end she was wearing a shell-type undergarment, and as you can tell it opened right up to strings of pearls! Definitely a way to end the night!

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All in all, it was a fabulous night. Despite my foot killing me, my back hurting, and being super tired, I just couldn’t leave until it was all over. I left feeling inspired and feeling proud of my body and that – hey – maybe it ain’t that bad. After every burlesque show I feel this way! These ladies are amazing for doing what they do and showing us gals that we need to be proud of what we have, no matter what!

The 10th Annual New York Burlesque Festival: The Teaser Party – Part One

The New York Burlesque Festival is an annual event over several days which celebrates this art in Gotham. Not many people are aware that there is much for burlesque here, but there is! When I first heard about this event a couple of months ago, I just knew I had to go. I wanted to go to every single night, but unfortunately being a student, a lack of funds has limited my ability to do such things. But Time Out magazine must have known my predicament and I was chosen as the winner of two tickets to the Teaser Party at the Bell House in Brooklyn. They must have known I was a desperate blogger! πŸ˜‰

The venue they held the first night of the tenth annual festival in was quite perfect for the event and had great atmosphere – I may have to frequent the Bell House more on my own, it has a great rockabilly vibe!

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The warm up act was a fabulous old school Naw’leans jazz band, complete with a tap dancer. They are called The Hot Sardines, and man were they killer! Check out some of the videos I took below and judge for yourself!

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Amazing, n’est pas? They really fired up the crowd and had a hot jazz sound. Check them out on Facebook!

Before the festival could begin, the Bishop of Burlesque had to bless it πŸ˜‰

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The host for the evening was Albert Cadabra. Now usually I find the host to be quite corny and kind of exhausting, but this one was quite funny, energetic, and entertaining! He swallowed a three foot ballon right at the beginning of the show, like it was nothing at all.

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He was giving out some free PBR to the front row of people, so we snagged some and guzzled up! The go-go dancers came out for a few minutes, then it was on to the performers!

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How’s that for only being part one?! I have so many fabulous pictures from all of these wonderful performers that I couldn’t share all of them in just one post. So stay tuned for the next installment coming in the next day or so!

The 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

Today I had the pleasure of going with Miss Bunny Moreno of The Musings and Adventures of a Pinup Mama to the Seventh Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party, which is themed mostly in the ’20s and ’30s. It was held on Governor’s Island, which was an old Army installment from the turn of the century and gorgeous, might I add!

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They had several posts there of the history of the island, which is undergoing renovations in order to make exhibits more like a large museum due to open in 2013.

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We took a free ferry to the island from Pier 6 in Brooklyn, which Bunny’s husband drove us to, which was super sweet of him because he is an ΓΌber-busy guy!

I did Bunny’s makeup and hair, but skimped a little bit on mine because my shoulder has been acting a hot mess, especially lately since I recently moved and did a bit too much myself 😦 I did a pin curl set on her the night before, and did very natural makeup to coincide with her dust bowl dress straight out of the ’30s.

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This is Bunny with a dress she has had in her Etsy cart for two weeks now, and it just so happens that the seller was at the event! We did some business hob-nobbing with the two ladies, and we are planning to go to their store opening on 15 September of Pin Up Queens on 22-03 Astoria Boulevard, which looks fabulous.

Then we got to the task at hand, and started walking around and investigating. Some people were really dressed to the nines, while others were totally off the mark or didn’t even try at all. But it was fabulous to hear a full orchestra playing classic tunes of the time, and feeling completely immersed in the life of 85 years ago!

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There were some great vendors there selling some b-e-a-utiful things, which Bunny and I drooled over.

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We even got to take a retro type picture by Tsirkus Fotografika, which will posted soon, as it needs to be posted by them. They had a cool vintage looking camera mixing the old with the new of a digital camera.

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We walked around the island further, and took some pictures of us with the beautiful houses all around there.

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After our fun time it was back to the present and we hopped on the ferry and took a gander at the beautiful views it had to offer, and took a picture of us together, of course!

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It was a fabulous time and well worth the trip, and I hope to go next year!

Happy 2012!

Here's to a happy, healthy, and retro 2012!

Hi dolls! Here on the east coast of the U.S., we only have 6 and a half hours before it’s 2012. I’m here surrounded by awesome people and will be happily spending the ringing gin of the new year at home with them. Can’t really go out hard partying with a freshly cut open shoulder…but then again, I was never much of a party person to begin with πŸ™‚

My new years resolutions for 2012 are nothing. I have learned that they are useless, and we are already stressed out enough with all of the technology and everything of modern life. But I have a modelΒ of how I would like 2012 to be for me. Of course, plans change, and life can throw you curveballs. If you can’t do everything, don’t stress! Just enjoy everyday and be as healthy and as happy as can be.

Here is my model for the new year:

  1. Get my makeup business and blog off the ground and more popular.
  2. Go back to school to get my RN or BSN (even though I already have my bachelors, but my goal is medical school, and small steps like that can help much more for that πŸ™‚ )
  3. Eat healthier and try to workout more after my shoulder is fully rehabbed and mister doctor man gives me the okay. I have been on MyFitnessPal for a while now, and I have finally started getting some friends on there that are retro/vintage girls just like me. Having similar goals and similar interests makes it more fun and more motivating!
  4. Expand my wardrobe with more authentic vintage, vintage reproduction, and retro inspired clothing. I just started out with this lifestyle in early October, and although my closet has expanded quite well accordingly, I still have much more I would like to add!
  5. Start performing my songs that I have written, preferably in the Lower East Side.
  6. Try and be more patient.
  7. Be more glamorous everyday (which I have already started doing already!)

What are your models for the new year? I would also like to write more often for the blog, especially now that I am recovering and have more time. I have a whole list of ideas for posts that are two pages long, and counting! And of course, if any of you have any requests, please be sure to let me know!

Here’s to 2012!