Every closet needs a little black sweater dress. Easy to wear, and limitless possibilities when it comes to accessorizing.
When I look back at 2014, I realized I had some fabulous ensembles I threw together. I also had some awesome photographers capture my photo. Although these photos weren’t taken for the purposes of posting them to my blog, I wanted to post some of my favorite outfits, looks and photos from my 2014.
I don’t just “get dressed…” I create ART!
When I was in high school, I was soooooo punk rock. Also known as “a poser.” LOL. That’s just the way it goes. Along with going to local punk shows, being rebellious, wearing plaid and Doc Martens, came calling everyone else a poser. It’s quite funny actually.
Really I just enjoyed some classic & more modern punk music, and going to shows to let out some energy in a mosh-pit… I very much enjoyed the punk style of plaids, leather, spikes, chains, patches, etc. I expressed myself through punk style during my last few years of school and then let it fade away. However I still love the style and I still love those same punk bands I loved years ago. Although I never got into the politics of the punk scene, it didn’t stop me from enjoying bands like the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks, Dead Kennedys, Vice Squad, the Adicts, Rancid, Operation Ivy, and the Dropkick Murphys.
I was recently selling some clothes at Wasteland when I spotted what appeared to be a sweet ass vintage band t-shirt. I dropped everything I was doing to take a peek at this shirt that had just hit the sales floor…… A vintage Dead Kennedy’s t-shirt, AND it smelled good. SCORE! Not only do I adore the dark, eerie and rambunctious sound of the Dead Kennedy’s, but here I found a perfectly softened, old school vintage t-shirt with their political propaganda inked all over it.
Completing my grungy punk style is the same leather bondage belt I rocked about a decade ago, a subtle plaid print on my jeans and of course a flannel knotted around the waist. As you all know, I almost always have to add in some glamour to whatever style I’m rockin, so in comes the teased hair, the shiny accessories and my fringed bag. The diamond shaped bangle is by Vinca, an awesome jewelry company based here in the USA. It is such a cool bracelet, made of laser cut wood!
Even though I have grown out of wearing the every day “punk rock” style, there will always be a little punk rock edge to me, I’ve just added in some glamour.
Boots: Dolce Vita
Bag: Lost and Found
Wooden bangle: VINCA
Remember I went to a pinup shoot a while back? (In case you missed it, you can read about it HERE.) I helped style some of the girls, and I got a few sessions of my own in. Of the four different looks we shot, I’ve received the sets from two of the photographers that day. They came out so great and I am one lucky girl getting to participate in the day’s festivities.
This set was shot by professional photographer, Isaac Suttell. Please see Isaac’s website for more of his phenomenal work!
Isaac’s photos came out absolutely stunning and I couldn’t be more honored to have had him shoot me. On a personal note, I’m not one for being tan, however this particular set of photos inspires me to get a little more sun this summer! Hehehee. Although I must say, Isaac captured me as a porcelain doll. Thank you Isaac!
Who doesn’t love flea markets?! If you don’t, you’re crazy… unless it’s the “flea market” in San Bernardino… then I get it. The San B flea market is more like a giant outdoor grocery store selling Dial soap and expired bags of Funyuns. If you’re lucky you might be able to get a new garden hose at a decent price, but other than that, chances of finding vintage or unique items are better at other flea markets outside the Inland Empire.
Luckily the fabulous city of Long Beach has a rather large antique market held once a month a few miles from where I live, so my girlfriend and I had to check it out. I was feeling gold hardware on this day, so I had to bust out my JC spiked Litas!
I was really impressed with the Long Beach market. I was in heaven with all the vintage booths selling arrays of vintage jewelry, hats, furs and clothes. I even came across a beautiful Christian Dior fascinator style hat from the 60’s! I got a bunch of cool photos of unique items, but I accidentally deleted them all off my phone. Booooo.
I did manage to save one photo that you may have already seen posted on Instagram. As I was combing the aisles, this necklace came into vision and my eyes focused in on it while everything else just blurred around it. Perfection!
This necklace oozes glamour all over! I loved it! It reminds me of the necklace that Caroline wears on the hilarious television show: Two Broke Girls.
I did end up finding a black mourning hat made of wool and with a netted veil for $5. I will most likely alter the hat so it’s not so depressing looking. Perhaps I’ll remove the veil and add some colored feathers into the band. I also scored this vintage, chunky, gold link necklace from a seller for a negotiated $8.
A fun and successful day at the Long Beach flea market!
Shirt: Glam Dollz
Pants: Denizen from Levi’s (for Target)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (Spiked 2 Litas)
Bag: Big Buddha
Last Saturday I went to an all day pin up shoot at Nick Boswell photography in Pasadena. It was a grand time. About 20-25 girls, 6 or so photographers and a whole lotta costuming going on. Some of the time I couldn’t tell if I was actually in a photography studio or a major studio costume department.
I knew in advance that some of the girls wanted help with hair, makeup and overall styling so I took the opportunity to lend a helping hand and packed up my beautifying arsenal of weapons.
As soon as I arrived I went to work on a few of the girls hair and makeup. I am not very experienced at making up other women, because I normally just do me. This was good practice for me, but also there was no room for messing up, because they were going to be photographed. I did my best and the girls appreciated it. Although they were thankful for my help, it truly was my pleasure and even beneficial for me to get practice.
Luckily, I was able to get behind the camera a few times myself in a few different looks. Because the day was so fast and overwhelming, taking my own pictures (with my cam) was not on my mind. And as I sit here and type this up, I am regretful I didn’t get more photos of all the action.
Hopefully sometime in the future, the professionally taken photos will start to pop up. One of my favorite looks of the day:
Overall, an awesome experience and I can’t wait to do it again! Practice makes perfect! Thanks for reading lovelies!
What better place to GLAM IT UP than a wedding?! Not all of us get to float over red carpets or enjoy the races, so why not get dolled to the nines for a wedding?
I was recently lucky enough to acquire an insanely gorgeous Arturo Rios masterpiece of a hat.
Arturo Rios is a Los Angeles based couture hat designer, specializing in avant garde fascinators and high fashion head wear. You can find these and many other styles on his Etsy shop (as well as specialty boutiques and his website.)
Naturally I had to wear this amazing hat to a December wedding I was to attend. I had the perfect little red dress to pair it with.
My shoes are the lovely Corleone’s by Jeffrey Campbell and my beaded clutch is from Big Buddha. Luckily I had my gorgeous vintage fox fur to drape over my shoulders, and my sweet little black hand gloves for the perfect touch. What I find amusing, is the dress I’m wearing was the least expensive item of everything I have on! I got this dress for $8 at a small overstock/ sample shop in downtown LA’s garment district.
This look is certainly not for the shy personality, but it was a lot of fun to pull off and I felt like a glamorous princess all day! The wedding was fabulous, and despite no heel on my shoe, I danced all night long! 😉