Saturday, May 31, 2014

Retrofit: Flowers by the Bridge, Plus a Book

A few weeks ago, I went to the Brooklyn Bridge to have some fun with a lovely photographer I met a few months ago. For some reason, he agreed to take some outfit photos for me! We have a great time.

Calvin Klein cardigan - gift
Hell Bunny skirt - Modcloth
Bakelite hoop earrings - Etsy

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Speedtyping and the Women Who Inspired "Populaire"

I finally watched "Populaire" on Netflix a few weeks ago. It came out in the States in September, so I’m way behind. It's a cute movie set in 1958; it has all the visual delights of Technicolor without actually being in Technicolor.

Star Deborah Francois plays Rose, who looks for all the world like a blonde Audrey Hepburn a la "Funny Face". Audrey's photo is even in the background in certain scenes, and her "Funny Face" dance is referenced, but with Rose in pink instead of Audrey’s severe beatnik black. A girl from a tiny village, she goes to the big city with dreams of being the ultimate modern woman—a secretary. She’s not very good and she doesn’t have a lot of experience but she types really, really fast. So her boss enters her in typing competitions, they fall in love despite being different, yada yada. It’s the kind of romantic comedy we’ve been seeing for the last 70 or so years but it’s still fun.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Viva Las Vegas: The Clothes

As much as Viva is about the music, it's also partly a fashion show. If you have a look around the blogs, women start getting their outfits together months in advance. Some even go as far as to not debut an outfit until Viva. I think it's a little excessive, but I can see why it's fun. Everyone wants to look good because you're being looked at, but you're also doing the looking, which means people are always stopping you to give genuine compliments. It's such a good feeling to be around all these women who get your style and who admire it; no cattiness at all, at least not in my experience. And there's no such thing as overpacking for Viva; you change so much, it's like being on a cruise ship. Oh, and the men! Looking great as well. A feast for the eyes, to see so many men scrubbed, pomaded, shirt sleeves rolled just so. It was magic. I miss it.

The car show is the day people put on their dressiest "casual" outfit. But it's not like that's saying much. For the first time in my life, I was wearing foundation every day because you never know when someone is going to take your photo. I still can't believe I was in lashes at the car show. That's the first time I've put on falsies before 10 at night.

I didn't go too nuts shopping for Viva. Mostly, I focused on shoes:

These great mules for pinup-tastic dressing up. Not great for dancing, though. I'm not even sure why I tried.

Sensible wedges for dancing, walking, and everything else.

Day Outfits
Pardon the terrible hotel lighting
50s circle skirt, Etsy
50s slingbacks, Guvnor's Vintage

Thank goodness for circle skirts! They kept me comfy in the desert heat, which I'm not actually complaining about.
60s hibiscus print dress at Frankie's Tiki Room, the cutest tiki bar ever
The pool is obviously open the whole time--The Orleans doesn't stop being a hotel just because a few thousand rockabilly people are running around--but Sunday is the big pool party, complete with band and a vintage bathing suit contest. But mostly I just drank and chatted with people.
60s hibiscus print tent dress

Night Outfits
Unique Vintage Lydia Dress

Nighttime at Viva is about cocktail dresses. But I found I didn't stay in those dresses very late because they were so hard to dance in.

60s cocktail dress, Etsy
50s rhinestone earrings, Pippin Vintage

I love this shiny blue dress from the 60s. It was a steal, but very sweaty once you start dancing. This is definitely one of the outfits that was on for the length of a a few songs and photos. Yikes. There was another dress I wore but I don't have photos of it. Oops.

I loved people get dressed to the nines but by the last day, I was exhausted with all the outfit changes. Besides, it took away from the bands. At the end of the night, I was either in capris or a comfortable skirt and my Keds.

Check out other great styles

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Viva Las Vegas 17: The Car Show

Phew! It took me about four days to recover from Viva, and I hit the ground running as soon as I got off the plane, so suffice it to say, I haven't had time to get my photos or my thoughts together. I've had time to settle down but the truth is, I'm still sort of missing Viva, especially since the weather here is abysmal. 

For four days, I ran around a hotel listening to amazing bands, wearing my favorite clothes and dancing until the wee (and not so wee) hours. It was so nonstop and I thought I was going to need to stop listening to rockabilly for a while but that's not true at all.

When I got home and dumped all my photos, I realized I'd taken more than 400 photos. Most of those were at the Saturday car show, so I'll start there.