Monday, January 26, 2015

The Best 2015 Pin-up Calendars (NSFW)

If there's one thing I love, it's pin-up girls. I've, eh-hem, dabbled in some pinup modeling myself and have always dreamed of being a calendar girl. I'm not there yet, but here are a bunch of ladies who are. It's still January, which means it's not too late for you to snap up a calendar for a whole year of hotness.



Nurse Bettie 2015 Burlesque Calendar
The burlesque beauties that perform in Calamity Chang's weekly show "Spanking the Lower East Side" at pin-up themed bar Nurse Bettie come together for a beautiful, gorgeous calendar.

$20.60, buy it here

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Night of "Vintage Black Glamour" at the Schomburg

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Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of going to "Between the Lines: Vintage Black Glamour", a talk about the book "Vintage Black Glamour", at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. "Vintage Black Glamour" is a coffee table book with brains. Journalist Nichelle Gainer started sharing rarely-seen photos of black activists, entertainers and socialites on her Tumblr of the same name and it became so popular, British publisher Rocket 88 approached her about a book. I was one of those people on Twitter asking, "where's your book?" and she definitely delivered last year. It's a stunning volume that I still don't have my hands on yet (Ma, if you're reading this, my birthday's coming up next week, eh hem.)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Vintage Trains, plus Awkward Tourists

I missed the big vintage train ride this year, with all the swing bands playing in cars from the 30s through the 60s and on the platforms. But on the very last Sunday that the MTA trotted out the nostalgia trains, my friend Emily and I squeezed in a visit.




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Are Era-Themed Parties Racist? It's Complicated

My dear friend posted to a comic and essay on his Facebook page originally posted on Empathize This. Here's the original comic:




The anonymous author writes,

"When white people say they are throwing a “1920s themed party,” they’re really saying: “Dress like a white person in the 1920s.” If I showed up the way my ancestors dressed at the time, you would think I missed the memo. 
Which is fine, I guess. But I really don’t think they understand that parties like this can get awkward — specially if I’m the only person who isn’t white."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

7 Best Christmas Albums

Just a week until Christmas, which means my epic Christmas playlist, weighing in a mammoth 7 hours and 50 minutes, is just about all the music I'm playing. So I thought I would share my top 7 Christmas albums, and it's no surprise that most of them are skew toward the old.

Which Christmas albums did I miss?


Christmas with the Puppini Sisters
I downloaded this album three years ago and it makes me so happy to listen to it every year. A close harmony group from the UK, the Puppini Sisters add something fun and expected to holiday classics you thought would never be new again.
Favorite track: This incredible New Orleans jazz rendition of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas".



Friday, December 12, 2014

Retrofit: Cashmere and Mink on the Highline

A couple weeks ago, when it wasn't too brutally cold, I took a nice long walk along the High Line. The High Line, for my readers outside of New York, is a park built on an old section of elevated train tracks on the west side of Manhattan from about 14th Street up to 34th Street. You get gorgeous views of New Jersey and all the neighborhoods below.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Pop-o-matic Deluxe Guide to a Vintage Christmas in New York



Those who know me know that I am nuts about Christmas. Christmas is my Super Bowl and my Olympics. It's a time of baking, cooking, cocktailing, crafting and whatever else and I love it. I just haven't grown out of the magic that makes this a time worth celebrating. And Christmas in New York City is truly special. But after you've seen the department store windows, there are still so many vintage-inspired, kitschy, fun and naked ways to celebrate the season. Here are my picks.