Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Circle Skirt Sew Along

Ever since I posted the original Circle Skirt Tutorial two years ago, Instagram has been FLOODED with pictures of people and their amazing creations! I have spoken to many of you in person, asked your input - heard your woes and took it all in.

The result is a new and improved Circle skirt tutorial! I will be including both a blog AND Youtube tutorial segments to help those that are having problems with the measuring.

To get into the festive spirit we will be doing a sew-along! We will all have beautiful skirts to wear for all of our Holiday special events!

I will be teaching the above two skirts! The one on the left will be the easy option, while the one on the right will be the more advanced skirt for those of you ready to move on with your sewing skills. 

If the above skirts aren't to your liking, fear not! The main part of the tutorial is for the skirt itself -- the appliques and adornments are completely up to you! Feel free to break free and do whatever your holiday inspiration is taking you.

 Shopping List

What girl doesn't LOVE to shop? We are early enough in December that it shouldn't be too crazy at the local fabric store. If you can't afford much, make sure you check for discount ads, and online coupons. Also, if you live in an area that has a Joann's Fabrics -- there is a coupon for 40% and 60% till Sunday the 6th (hurry!!!). You can access these online and on the Joann's Fabric App on your smart phone.

Even though I'm not a huge Walmart fan, they do have fabric. So if you are in an area that only has a Walmart -- check there! PLEASE comment below if you live in a rural area as to where you bought your fabric and notions to help others!

This skirt is meant to be at a low price point. 20$ at the most with fabric and a few felt squares!

 Beginners Skirt

Never be afraid to create. Ever. Even if it means you have no idea what you are doing. Some of my best achievements have happened accidentally. This skirt is pretty much fool proof, and I promise that if you have a grasp on basic math, you can whip it up anywhere from an hour to a few days.  For this skirt you won't need a sewing machine (but you are more than welcome to use one). You will need

  •  Three yards of CRAFT felt
  • Tailors chalk, sewing pencil or regular chalk that will be visible when marking
  • Measuring tape
  • Very sharp scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread that matches your material
  •  Masking tape
  • 2 Hook and Eyes
  • 9 inch zipper (optional, but I do recommend it)
  • 2 yards of silver sequins
The above skirt has green sparkle felt. I've seen this at Joann's, but the color of the sequins and the felt is completely up to you. Be as creative as you want. I am trying to give a base that everyone can afford. If sequins is out of your price range, do cord. Or, you can always buy a .35 felt square and make a few snowflakes.

Advanced Skirt
So, when I say advanced - I really mean someone who has been sewing for a while. If you have a grasp on construction and aren't afraid of it -- then this skirt will be the next step! If you want to do the applique, this skirt will cost more than 20$. You can really make it as plain or as decorated as you want. Sequins, charms, small ornaments or even try to purpose items in your house. I know I seem like a broken record, but you should never be limited by what you can afford. Bang rocks open and paint them if you need to!

This skirt can still be hand sewn, or on a machine.

What you will need for the skirt
  • Three yards of CRAFT felt
  • Tailors chalk, sewing pencil or regular chalk that will be visible when marking
  • Measuring tape
  • Very sharp scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread that matches your material
  •  Masking tape
  • 2 Hook and Eyes
  • 9 inch zipper
  • Hole punch (or any decorative punches)
Christmas Tree
 A small tree can be done with a regular felt square. If you want a large tree purchase a 1/2 a yard of green felt (or pastel color if you want to go that colorway). The size of the tree will depend on your height, so measure to your discretion. A tree stump and base square will need to be purchased as well (if you want the above photo - but you can do a simple tree if you prefer). 

Gather your bobbles, sequins for the the garland and other decorations you wish for your tree!

Alright ladies and gents. That's it! You have a week (or until Sunday the 6th if you want to take advantage of the Joann's coupon) to gather your fabric and notions. 

I will be posting a video tutorial on Thursday with the skirt construction!

Happy Shopping!!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rose Bowl Flea Marketing

What do vintage soul sisters do? Go to the flea marketing of course!!!

 Many of you follow my very good friend, Jessica on her noaccountingfortaste Blog and Instagram. Jessica has an amazing eye for color and research. If you don't follow her and love the history of labels and their makers, you will adore her blog.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Great Los Angeles Air Raid

A few months ago I attended the marvelous event that is, The Great Los Angeles Air Raid!

The Wedding of the Year ~ Maxwell DeMille & Nicoletta

I know, I know. It's been SO long! I have a peace offering though, A TON of updates! I have three blogs posts waiting in the wings, a circle skirt youtube, plus a ton of events that I will be blogging/instagramming. I have missed you my Dear Readers.

A few months ago I had the up most privilege of doing hair and makeup for the biggest wedding of the year! Maxwell DeMille has been show running the famous Cicada Club for seven years. I personally have been attending (and made numerous blog posts about) for six. When Maxwell reached out to me, I was beyond thrilled!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Lifestyle Interview

Hello my Dear Readers! 

Scarlett Koswara, a Journalism Grad Student from Singapore recently reached out for an interview. I thought the questions were super fun, so I decided to share them with you. 

Hope you enjoy them!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Los Angeles Tweed Pub Crawl

About a month ago I attended the 5th Annual Tweed Pub Crawl held in Downtown Los Angeles. This amazing adventure was organized by Marc Chevalier. Marc is well known for Executive Producing the documentary "The Oviatt Building". This film tells the history of the gorgeous building that houses my beloved Cicada Club.

Our first meet-up was Perch. My companions and I traveled 15 floors up to the relatively new, vintage inspired french bistro restaurant. 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pinup Girl Clothing Prom

OK! It's time to wake-up from my Tiki hangover and get back to business! A few weeks ago I attended Pinup Girl Clothing - Pinup Prom. This corasge, tulle filled party - marked two wonderful years since the opening of the boutique!
Without futher ado, here are the photos!

I did bring Scarlett for a few minutes. I had every intnetion of having here there for an hour or two. However, it was so busy - and SO hot, she only lasted 15 minutes.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tiki Oasis Week ~ New Videos!

Aloha everyone! The blog has been a little quiet because I've been uploading youtube videos!

A full blog update will be coming on Tiki Oasis, but until then -- here are a few videos to fill your time!

I'm going to try to get a video up once a week. Please let me know in the comments what you'd like to see!! I really love making them! It reminds me of when I was little and I would tape record a Jay Leno style show with my across the street neighbor, Angelina. We would have guests, I would play the piano for the openings and we'd even do commericals!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wig Wam Pow Wow

Back in late June I helped out Clever Vintage at Charles Phenoix's Wig Wam Pow Wow.

If you don't know who the amazing Charles Phenoix is -- prepared to be educated

I knooooooow

  The Wig Wam Motel  no. 7 is located in the middle of San Bernadino, California, on famous Route 66. Built in 1949, this historical landmark has been a nights, or weekend home to many a traveler. Each tee pee is a cozy room with attached bathroom and a parking stall outside for your ride. On the grounds is an abundant grass area and pool for socializing.

Clever Vintage put together a great fashion show, inspired by this vintage marvel

Staying cool is gorgeous bathing suits and gingham

Photo Credit Tim Hunter 

Patio Dress Bonanza!

Ana and her amazing circle skirt she made from my tutorial! I LOVE the wig wams!

Cyndi with her fun LED trailer headband

With Jazzy1955 - this girl has amazing hair and clothing

Clever Vintage was set-up in one of the wig wams as a pop-up vintage store. I spent most of my day helping wigwammer's try-on and purchase lovely vintage pieces!

Here am I perched outside of my wig wam with Neva, in pastel Patsy Cline realness!

The day was SO much fun! There was a hot dog roast and S'mores

Charles ended the eventful day with his famous slide show.

Paula with her Route 66 skirt made with my circle skirt tutorial!

 I am praying to all the Astro-Wenie and Churpumple Gods that this event will be annual. It was TOO much fun for it to only happen once!!! Thank-you to the Wig Wam Motel and Charles Phoenix for such a fun and well organized event!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Five Minute Retro Updo

Hello my Dear Readers! The new video is up and ready for your viewing!
This is my LAST video on my iPhone. My handsome Fella ordered me a proper light box! Coupled with our great camera means HD quality videos from now on.
Hope you like it! I actually filmed this video last week and proceeded to delete it on accident (d'oh)
Please subscribe, leave comments and give a thumbs up.
Event blogging will resume. We had a death in our family last week and I missed two vintage events because of it. Hang tight!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

TC now served on You Tube ~ June Favorites

I am now offically a vlogger! Please check out my new video. Subscribe and give a thumbs up!!!

Also, let me know what other videos you'd like to see! I'm really excited to expand my love of vintage to YouTube!

P.S. The more subscribers the more time I get ~ so that means LONGER and more in-depth hair, sewing and makeup tutorials!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Viva Las Vegas 17 ~ Sunday

 Sunday was my favorite day of Viva this year. The Fella and I got to hang out all day together and did whatever we wanted. I only had one client that day -- which was my Chelsea girl.

She was a contestant in the Ladie's Swimsuit Competition! I did her hair and makeup. I felt very inspired by Micheline's "Flower Shop Head" when I saw this perfect orchid piece at Michaels.
I simply pinned it into her hair.

Earrings and bamboo bracelets by Bow and Crossbones
I look forward to the swimsuit compeition EVERY year. It's one of the highlights of Viva for me. To see so many gorgeous, confident women - in near deadstock vintage fashion is amazing! I feel like a fan girl fawning over all the gorgeous suits.


The finalist

And the 1st place winner is Angelique! Her suit was the most beautiful! 
And it looked so amazing against her skin.

With my Clever Guy - Dave!

Sunday is also the Tiki Pool Party! Which is the most packed the pool is all weekend. If you want to go, make sure you get there EARLY -- and allot up to an hour of waiting time to get in.

The Fella and I in matching Alfred Shaheen!

Kari, myself and Wendi!

Pip and friend

Dijana and Danny

Chelsea, Melanie and I
We went back to take a rest and go dressed for the evening!

I bought this dress for 35$ It is a 80's does 50's number (note the paisley in the print). I wasn't going to wear it to Viva because I didn't think it was vintage enough, but after much thought (and encouragement from Dollie) - I decided it would be a nice comfy dress to end the weekend with.

That evening, the fella and I headed out to Burlesque Bingo!! It was beyond fun!

Mr. Viva Las Vegas himself, Tom Ingram. He was there to pay a debt and did the splits! He actually is a black belt in Ti Chi! We got to chat with him at Starbucks on Monday. Such a nice guy.

Burlesque beauties come out and strip their gorgeous costume pieces off on numbers. The first 4 people to get a BINGO each round win prizes! I loved it! And the girls were so talented. Some of the biggest name in burlesque were present.


Audrey, our hostess was right on point. Such a clever beauty! I was so impressed with her quick wit and timely manner she dealt with VERY drunk winners. I can't recommend this event more! So much fun!

We headed to the main ballroom to see my friend Marlene's band - The Rhythm Shakers! Such a great preformance.

Melanie and I outside the record hop at 4am. 

This Viva was so much fun! I was SO glad we stayed at The Orleans! It really made it easy to do more things, stay out later (or earlier). Thanks to everyone who came up and said hi to me! I really enjoy meeting you all in person!! Hope to see you next year in Vegas!