Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hello, Nurse!

Nurse Bettie, LESLast Friday was like a lot of my Fridays--I went to a burlesque show. It was my first time at Nurse Bettie, though, which I can't believe because it's a pin-up themed bar. It's also roughly the size of my living room.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Everybody, Everywear: Does It Count if It's Black?


 I've missed doing the Everybody, Everywear challenges every month, and I really wanted to try this month. Except the challenge is monochromatic and that's really hard. At least it's hard if I don't just put on a solid-colored dress, or all black like I did. Besides, in my day, the "monochromatic trend" was called being matchy-matchy. Eh hem.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Retrofit: Red & Purple

It's taken far too long for this dress to make it to the blog. I bought it last fall from Amy of Wildfell Hall Vintage. It's a 1940s rayon shirtwaist, and best of all the buttons are rhinestones!

Hadn't worn my mahjongg tile bracelet in a while and it felt good to bring it out

Friday, August 3, 2012

My Talk with Alicia Estrada

In May I started writing for Latina.com and it's been great because I've gotten to delve into some of my old-lady interests (like disco). I was so thrilled when I got to have a phone chat with the owner of Stop Staring! Clothing, Alicia Estrada.

Alicia designs gorgeous vintage-inspired dresses (40s and 50s, with some 30s detailing mixed in) and she built the company from the ground up. She's very sweet and about to be a mother for the first time (congratulations!). I absolutely love that she literally sewed every piece that went into the boutiques. An interesting note on Alicia's personal style that didn't make it into the article:

"I was a punk rock girl who was inspired by retro. So if you could imagine I was shopping at thrift stores, I was tearing clothing apart, remaking it. I would take a big 1960s mumu in big psychedelic prints and cut it apart and turn it into little blouses or skirts. And so I was just that girl who wasn’t necessarily attracted to one era. Back then in college, most of the stuff was 1960s and 1970s inspired because that’s what I could find in the thrift stores,"

 Find out more about why Alicia is one of Latina's inspiring Latinas of the week!