Friday, February 15, 2013

Shag the Movie

Shag came out in 1989 when I was 11. To say that I was obsessed with this movie would be an understatement! I loved everything about it. The clothes, the music, the dancing, the teenage rebellion. Even their proper southern drawls sucked me in. I watched this movie every chance I got and I knew it from beginning to end.

As I got older and discovered Rockabilly, this movie became a source of reference. My bestie Tara and I would watch it so that we could copy the clothes and, more importantly, the dancing. The dancing in the movie is Carolina Shag and even though I much prefer Collegiate Shag we still tried to copy the moves.

Shag, for me, is summer. Every time I watch this movie I dream of dancing at an overcrowded, too hot bar on the beach. Of wearing sun tops and capri pants. Of drinking too much, dancing too late, and flirting non stop with pretty boys (Obviously the flirting bit is a joke as Tara is now married with kids and I am in a committed relationship. I just had to throw that in because thats what the whole movie is about!). If you haven't seen it I highly recommend you do. Its cheesy in that 80s-does-60s way but it is still a very entertaining movie. The music alone is worth it!

I almost bought Melaina's (Bridget Fonda) gingham cropped top at the Rose Bowl. It was too big though.

In photo left to right:

Goody two shoes turned fiance thief.
"If I'm not engaged by the time I'm twenty, I'm gonna kill myself."

Bad girl turned wannabe Hollywood Starlet.
"Look Luanne! Im not goin to college like some people. And I sure as hell aint marryin a damn Ralston. And I aint gonna die in a parish house in Spartanburg, South Carolina, thank you. Luanne, Im as pretty as any of those girls in Hollywood. This is my chance! Jimmy Valentines gonna discover me today, and it aint gonna be in your mamas hoop skirt!"

Good girl gone rogue.
"Luanne, why don't we just go up there and say "This was our last weekend together, and we didn't feel like going to Fort Sumter and touring goddamn colonial homes. We wanted to go to the beach and meet boys and go to wild parties and dance." I mean why can't we tell them the truth?"

Wall flower turned dance champ.
" It isn't even a bone at all, its a muscle. This cousin of hers dated a Clemson Tiger who sprained his in a game, and she had to massage it every night when it got hard because he was in so
  much pain."

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Blog Award and Vintage Tag

Its been a while since I received a blog award! Jordan over at Jordan's Vintage Kitchen nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. So sweet of her! Make sure you head over to her blog and check it out. Its one of my new faves!

So here are the rules for the award:

Nominate some other bloggers
Let them know you have nominated them
Share 7 random facts about yourself
Thank the blogger who has nominated you
Add the Versatile Blogger Award to your post

The bloggers I would like to nominate:
1-The DC Metro Retro (In an effort to get her blogging again!!)
2-Viva Victoria Vintage (Another blogger that needs to post more often).
3-The Kim Show (So glad she is blogging again after her hiatus!)
4-Miss Molly Doll (She is adorable!)
5-Snoodlebug Vintage (New to me. I adore her hair tutorials!)

Seven little known facts about me:
1-I will be turning 35 in about two weeks. I do not feel my age at all.
2-I LOVE coffee!! Can't go a day without it.
3-I don't know how to whistle or snap my fingers. I can fold my tongue into a loop though.
4-I currently work 3 jobs. My office job, cosmetics at Macy's, and my Etsy shop.
5-Even though I love vintage there are many items I do not like at all. Western, one piece jump suits, and saddle shoes are 3 things you will never see me wear. Ever!
6-The first vintage era I was obsessed with was the 20s. I used to have a bobbed 'do ala Louise Brooks. It was not flattering on me.
7-I do not like Wanda Jackson. I respect her, of course, but I do not like her voice. I much prefer Ruth Brown, Wynona Carr, and Lavern Baker.

Thank you so much Jordan for the award!! I will pass it along to all my nominated bloggers.

Also, there is a vintage tag going around that I thought I would partake in. Feel free to do the same!

1. Who are your style icons?
I don't really have one icon. Some of my favorite though are Rita Hayworth, Carole Landis, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, Diana Dors, and Jayne Mansfield.

2. What is your favorite way to get inspired?

I get inspired by pictures of old Hollywood starlets, candid photos of women from the 40s and 50s, and modern bloggers. Pinterest and Flickr offer up tons of material!

I would wear everything that these gorgeous ladies have on here.

3. What's your most-used hair tool? 
Aside from my hands I use foam rollers, Remington Tight Curls and Hot Sticks.

4. What's your favorite hair tool?
A vintage scarf. When I am in between washes or just don't feel like doing my hair I wrap it up in a pretty scarf and feel glamorous again. 

5. Updo, down, or half-and-half?
I do not look good in an updo. I just do not have the jaw line for it! I prefer it half and half, but when I'm "lazy" I just leave it down.

6. Is vintage something you do every day, on weekends, or for special occasions? 
I wear vintage every day. When I am at work I wear more casual 49er jackets and dungarees. When I go out I get all dolled up. 

Me in one of my favorite dresses. 

7. What's your favorite blush and lipstick?
Blush-anything peach colored. Lipstick-Makeup Forever and MAC reds are my favorite.

8. Dress, skirt, or pants? Heels or flats?
All of the above. I am working at having a truly diverse wardrobe, as I used to only buy dresses and skirts. I don't wear heels often unless they are springolators. I prefer wedges or flats. I am also really obsessed with ankle tie flat sandals as well.

9. Off-the-rack or homemade?
Off the rack. I can mend pieces but I can't make them from scratch. I have gotten pretty good at taking things in to fit my tiny body though! Nothing ever fits right! 

10. Do you swing dance?
Absolutely!! I've been dancing Jive and Lindy Hop for 12 years and Collegiate Shag for 4. I can not imagine being a part of this scene and not dancing. 

This is me jiving at Viva last year before the contest. I did not enter. I wish I had footage of the year that me and my friend e won. It was 2002. Sooooo long ago!!!

11. Extreme vintage or subtle touches?
Extreme, though I've gotten lazy with my hair. Its so thick right now that I have no patience to curl it. That will be remedied soon though. 

12. Favorite perfume?
Gucci 'Flora', Chanel 'Chance', Dior 'J'adore'. I like florals that are really feminine.

13. Favorite skincare product?
Dior Hydra Life is my favorite face moisturizer but I also can not live without Bio Oil and my Clarisonic.

14. What does your family think of your style?
By now they are so used to it that they probably don't think much of it. I've always been a little different. When I first started dressing this way my mom said that it was way better than the baggy clothes I wore in high school. At least I was dressing like a girl! 

Only part of my large family.

15. Favorite accessory?
Bakelite. I feel bad for all my other jewelry, gathering dust in my jewelry box.

Part of my collection.

16. Do you find the vintage community welcoming or snobby?
Yes and no. There are snobs everywhere in every scene. Some people will always be snobby no matter what. I really don't care though as I will do as I choose and I don't care what others think of me. 

17. What drew you to vintage style?
The rockabilly scene in my home town of Albuquerque. Most everyone wore vintage and I was really attracted to that. I became obsessive rather fast and it has just gotten worse as I've gotten older. 

My fabulous OG 'burque crew. And me when I had red hair.

18. Favorite places to shop vintage?
Ebay, Etsy, antique and thrift stores and flea markets.

19. What vintage eras are your favorite?
Obviously I like the 50s. I think that it looks the best on me. Specifically late 40s to mid 50s. I love the 40s though and have a soft spot for the 20s and 30s too.

20. Most glamorous film stars?
Rita Hayworth and Carmen Miranda. Gene Kelly and Humphrey Bogart.

21. Favorite vintage object that you own?
Wow. This is a tough one. I have so many things that I can never imagine parting with. I think though, that my favorite item is my 2 piece Shaheen set. It is a bathing suit with a matching sarong and I won it on Ebay for less than $100.

My plan is to wear this to the pool party at Viva this year. That way I can show off the amazing swim suit.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Recent Purchaes for Viva

 I have been quite sick lately and have not been in the proper mental state to write a decent blog post. I figured I would just share with you all some recent purchases I have made. All of them were made very deliberately. Meaning, I bought them because they are pieces that I desperately needed in my wardrobe. I also need them for Viva outfits and since I do not have the money to be buying new fancy dresses, these are pieces that will help complete items I already own.

I bought these gold confetti earrings to go with that Elsie Krassas dress I got at the thrift store. I think they will match well. They also match my confetti lucite purse, which I have mended. This will be a Viva outfit for sure! I figured out a way to take in the dress without actually taking it in. Criss cross straps make all the difference in the world!


I bid randomly on this lot of jewelry and wound up winning. I like the orange bangles (not bakelite) because I need more of that color. I literally have 1 orange Bakelite bangle, which is simply not enough! The green earrings will hopefully match the Bakelite clamper I got, but I am not sure. They may be too green. 


I bought this repro black halter because I have a million things I can wear it with!! Its a really important basic that I did not own. I have to adjust the straps, of course. Nothing ever fits me right! Even though it is repro it is very well made and look like the real deal. I really love it.

Ooh La La

Of course I found an even better option the day after I bought it. This vintage black velvet halter top is perfect!! I already have about 10 outfits I can wear it with! Plus, it fits perfectly, for once. The main thing I bought it for is to go with a pair of amazing vintage pink and black shorts I have owned for a few years. I tried them on together and this will be another great Viva outfit. I even have matching black Bakelite bangles and pink lucite spacers!!


 I felt a little silly buying 2 black tops, but in actuality they are different enough that I will get a lot of use out of them. That has been my main thing lately. Buying items that I really need and will use a lot. I don't have money to be spending on lots of new elaborate things, so if I can complete a multitude of outfits for under $100 then I feel pretty good. 

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