Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Orleans ~ Saturday/Sunday

Before I get to the second part of my New Orleans trip, I need to let you know that I will be doing complimentary vintage hairdo's THIS SATURDAY at the Miss L Fire Boutique in Hollywood!

Cupcakes, beautiful shoes, a glass of bubbly and vintage hair! Hope to see you there. The festivities start at 5pm.

Saturday was the big day! Because we were good girls and went to sleep early, the morning was met by our cheerful dispositions!

We dined on room service while I did the hair and makeup for the bridal party. The groom even sent over fresh Beignets from Café Du Monde, with a hand written note to his soon be Bride.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I (once again) waited last minute to start my bridesmaids dress. My girlfriend Chrystal, was a very thoughtful bride and allowed us to pick our own dresses out, as long as it stayed within her grey color scheme. Chrystal's wedding dress and capelete was by BHLDN.

I found the most AMAZING material at Joann's! This beautiful satin came complete with embroidered fleur de le's on it. This deal was made even more sweet because it was ON SALE for $6 a yard (originally 20$).

I used Butterick pattern 8080. This dress pattern would be PERFECT for the seamstress ready to go from novice to intermediate. I was able to cut, sew and finish, in less than 3 hours. My time was pushed a little further because I was missing the back lining piece AND the instructions. It was my first time "flying blind". I'm not sure I put the bodice wrap overs right, but it fit and no one knew!

I will confess that it was 1am when I finished it the day before I left. I was overlocking my seams, and caught the front left panel in the serger feed.

 For a second I thought I completely ruined my dress. Thankfully I was able to hand sew the cut part down.
To troubleshoot the missing back lining piece, I simply used the front lining pattern piece where it met the back lining, and cut the remaining fabric down where it met the zipper. It worked out really well!

 The reception was held at the BEAUTIFUL (and VERY haunted) Le Pavillon. The vast history of this 107 year old hotel, must be read Here.

I met this group of amazing sisters in 2001, when we were chosen to serve as Grand Bethel Girls for the State of California.
Life achievements, engagements, weddings and babies -- we've become so close over the last 12 years!

After the "after-reception" get together - Patty, Mark, Melissa and I stumbled unto Bourbon Street. The entire area was PACKED to the gills with football fans and tourist (there was a Saint's football game the next day). We were serendipitously invited into the coveted balcony area when wandering into a restaurant for a late night snack! Talk about a front row seat!

See the craziness here!

After a long night, we finished with a tour of Patty and Mark's GORGEOUS art deco hotel, The Roosevelt. This gem has just undergone a 145$ million dollar renovation. It is complete with shops and The Sazerac Bar - where we toasted a night cap. The hotel front doors close around 9/10pm and you cannot get in unless you have a room key. This is a must, must see.
Sunday was our last day in the Big Easy. I walked by Trashy Diva (which was sadly closed). 

I also took Patty and Mark to Jackson Square, which was the favorite part of my last trip to New Orleans. I highly recommend purchasing a horse drawn carriage through the French Quarter, which loads there (across the street from Café Du Monde). Not only will you get to see much of the Quarter, it's an invaluable history lesson!

 Well, Ladies and Gents -- that's my trip to New Orleans! Thank you for being so patient as I spaced the two posts out a little further than I had intended. I'm working on week three of a terrible cold. I'm feeling much better, but I did have a chest x-ray last week so my Dr. could rule out pneumonia! Thankfully I am ok, but I had a lot of fluid in my lungs around my heart, which is why I sounded like a heavy smoker! Everyone kept saying I sounded sexy, but I could barely breathe. I'm not sick but once a year, so usually I get knock on my tush pretty hard.  

Have you been to New Orleans? What do you love most about the city?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Bombshell Sarong Dress

Dear Readers, could it be that Summer is almost over? Next week will usher in September, and on my side of the hemisphere the leaves will begin to fall. Well, let's just be honest. In Southern California we have two seasons, hot and cold. The leaves turn and fall in December!

As I've lamented so many times before, I am really falling in love with Hawaiian prints. Some of it due to the amazing dresses I see at the Record Hops and Vintage Events. And some from all the Tiki parties that the Fella attends.

I sat glued to my Instagram when all of you were at Tiki Oasis. It inspired me to really look deep into the depths of the internet for Hawaiian print items. Let's share some amazing dresses and affordable patterns I've found!

Now this says, "80's does 50's" - but, I think this dress looks more 40's with the kimono style sleeves. I think with the proper hair and bangles -- this dress could rock! And you really can't beat $40.00

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Monday, April 8, 2013

Viva Las Vegas 16 - Friday

Friday was the much anticipated Fashion Show! As a female small business owner for 12+ years, I jump at any chance to support my fellow up-and-coming females! I didn't get much sleep the night before as I believe we had an unwelcomed "ghostly" guest in our hotel room. Now, I am not a true believer of the paranormal in any capacity my Dear Readers. HOWEVER, our hotel room door opened by itself THREE times. The 3rd time I yelled at whatever was opening it, dead bolted the door and the mischief ceased. Having retired at 6am from dancing, it was now 10am - and I knew if I fell back asleep I'd miss the Fashion Show. So, after only 4 hours of sleep I peeled myself out of bed and put on my war paint.

I hope you're ready! Friday was a BIG day!

 Dress: Limited Edition Fleur Swirl Dress from HeyDay!
Shoes: Remix
Purse: Playclothes
Acessories: Vintage Bakelite

There we met the lovely, Elizabeth

Once united, we were off to the 

(Note: some of the models were walking SO fast I could only get action shots. It would be a nice note to the future models to have them pause a few times for us Press.)

Chelsea with the infamous Viva Boot

 MC Jonny B and the Doo Wop Dolls played us into the beginning of the show.

The sponsor, Secrets in Lace was the first to present


Secrets in Lace is the best everyday lingerie I've ever worn. I tend to splurge sometimes and buy Parisian stockings, but for $32.00 you cannot BEAT their fully fashioned stockings. The line is also Dita Von Teese's official stocking sponsor.

Clothe My Naked Villainy was my least favorite line. I did like her prints, but the fit on her dresses was off and some of them looked to have been safety pinned together in the back. I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us as her tailoring and design matures.

Switchblade Stiletto was really impressive. I really loved the fit, style and fabric choices.

La Muerte Apparel was hands down THE BEST styled. For just showing aprons, the owner did an amazing job of picking out her music, models and clothing to match the product. So cute!  The models just looked like they were having a great time!!!

(My favorite)

(I spy HRF)

Next, the lovely Secrets in Lace Ladies treated us to a spectacular burlesque number!

 Vintage Gal was another one of my favorites. The brand's fit was great, no matter the sillouette. I REALLY liked her tropical prints and her short/pant one piece sets. The fit of her pants were great in the tush - which is the most important thing (right ladies?)


My friend, and Miss Viva Las Vegas 2010, Ruby Champagne

Pretty Thoughts Latex offered a selection of latex skirts, playsuits and tops.

Vavavette featured fun and flirty designs! This selection was great because the owner, Cora Vette - sang the girls down the catwalk.

Secrets in Lace Closed the show out.

What a bright collection of new fashion out there! The only thing I really didn't enjoy was the MC. She was a little flat and constantly apologized, stumbled and read from her Iphone. It was very distracting.

The entire collection of photos can be found on my Flickr Page

 After the fashion show we wandered upstairs for more shopping. I couldn't help snapping pictures of the amazing fashion all around me!

Elizabeth and Bayne

Loved this 3 piece vanity set!

These cuties were from Australia!


Elizabeth went back to her hotel while Chelsea and I sat in on the Beginning Jive Lesson!

So cute!

Walking around we ran into Blog/Instagram follower: Dijana! - Dndmarruf

And April and her Husband!

Decided to see what was shakin' in the pool area


Met Julie from Fab Gabs and her Husband (it was his Birthday that day!!). I asked them for a picture and she recognized me from the blog. I just loved how they matched!!!

 Again asking for a picture, it turns out the girl on the right happened to be Instagram Follower: Moiselleamoureux

After getting changed for the evening, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at McMullan's Irish Pub. If you go to Viva and want to get away from the hotel, but don't necessarily want to travel far - McMullan's is walking distance and very tasty!

Dress: Sewn by Me! 
(note: The bodice of this dress was HUGE. I had to take it in so much that I decided against the key hole. I highly recommend the you measure the bodice before you cut. This dress is really comfy and has the perfect jiving skirt) 
Shoes: Remix
Jewerly: Bakelite

Chelsea's beautiful 1940's dress and shoes

The Phat Cat Swingers were GREAT! They really reminded me of Cherry Poppin' Daddys and Royal Crown Revue.

I stalked this girl for a photo. I dubbed her the "Asian Dita" all weekend. LOVED her look. After looking at Instagram, I realized I FOLLOWED her. Her name is winnyqueen, she is from China.

Chelsea and I got to dance with Dollie for a little bit after the Phat Cat Swingers.

Took a picture with Instagram follower: Lindyinthe50s

We called it a night pretty early on Friday. After reading this post you can imagine how exhausted I was on 4 hours of sleep! We wanted to get up early for the car show the next day, so we hit the sack around 1am.

Coming Next - Viva Saturday
Car Show and Si Cranstoun