Good Old Fashioned Love

Happy Hump Day Lovers!! Considering it’s Valentine’s Day- week, I hope you all have an “extra special” (wink, wink) Hump Day! Lol!

Today’s Valentine’s Day inspired look is dedicated to my love for one of a kind vintage finds! There’s nothing like the feeling of stepping into a vintage boutique; the smell, the stories, the possibilities… Ohhhhh! I get goosebumps just thinking about it! I scored this gorgeous, drop waist, pleated dress at Hubba Hubba Vintage Apparel in Burbank, California last summer. Burbank, California is home to all the major film production studios in the United States including, Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, Paramount and Sony to name a few. As a result, Burbank is one of the absolute most amazing places to score vintage and thrift finds due to the large intake of items received from the studios upon completion of films and projects. Essentially, any item from a vintage or thrift shop in Burbank was more than likely used on a film set and/or probably worn by a major movie star, actor or extra. Pretty cool huh?

Although I don’t know exactly if and when this romantic, pleated dress was used on a film set, I imagine it being part of the wardrobe to a 1940- 1960 “Good Old Fashioned Love Story”! Something along the lines of “Casablanca” or “Thrill of a Romance” (two of my favorite “oldie, but goodie” films). In a more current film set, this dress would be a shoe in for the “Mad Men” wardrobe! Don’t you think?

What’s your favorite time period in fashion?

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Vintage Dress: Hubba Hubba Vintage Apparel (located at 3220 W. Magnolia, Burbank, California); Shoes: Badgley Mischka; Clutch: Louis Vuitton; Necklace: TJ Maxx; Gold Link Pave Bracelet: ILY Couture; Sunglasses: Rayban- Clubmaster 3507 Aluminum.

Venice Beach

While in California my boyfriend and I ventured to the very creative and artistic area known as Venice Beach.  The main attraction of this area is the boardwalk where you can find hundreds of street vendors and performers. You can see everything from  break-dancing to broken glass walking, mimes, musicians, jugglers and tons of artists displaying their artwork.  Venice Beach is also the home to the famous Muscle Beach where former California Govenor and well known  action star, Arnold Schwarzenegger worked out in the 1980’s.

Walking the nearly 2 mile stretch down the boardwalk can build up quite an appetite.  For dining, shopping and bar-hopping I suggest heading over to Abbot Kinney Blvd.  We had brunch at 26 Beach Restaurant where my boyfriend, Daniel claims he had the “best pork-chop” he’s ever had!  When it comes to food, if Daniel says it’s the best, I promise you it is (boy knows his food)!

I gotta say my favorite part about Venice Beach was the street art, as evidenced by my pictures below.  I strutted around in a LeBron James, Miami Heat Jersey turned dress and boy did I cause a stir over on the west coast!  For those of you who have asked, this “Jersey Dress” was a mens, size small jersey purcased at Marshalls for $29.99, which I then took to my amazing tailor to have fitted to my curves for about $20.00.  Total cost of the dress came to about $50.00!! I LOVE MARSHALLS and MY TAILOR!

Fringe Booties: Betsey Johnson available (here) 

Cat Eye/ Mirrored Sunglasses: Tom Ford- Nastasya 56mm; available (here)

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Wild Wild West

Hey everyone!  Hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I am so way behind on my blogging I feel like I am going to explode from the overload of posts I have planned for the near future!  As you all know I was recently in California on vacation and saying that I fell in love with the Golden State is an understatement-(blog post coming soon).

What I find most rewarding about traveling is the learning, influence and enrichment of different cultures and styles.  California is abundant with a variety of different races, cultures and customs, but when I think of California (not sure why) the first thing that always comes to mind is the Wild, Wild, West.  With this theme in mind, my outfit choices for California were pretty heavy on western influenced trends such as tribal prints, suede, denim and fringe…..lots of fringe!  Fringe is my new black, I am obsessed!

I wore this outfit in California but didn’t take the time to memorialize it with pictures (I must have been having too much fun) so I decided to wear it again this past Saturday in Miami for a little shopping in Midtown and a birthday celebration! More looks from my trip to California coming soon. What do you think of this one?

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Denim Tribal Print Mini Skirt: Free People – purchased on Clearance at Marshalls

White Deep V T-shirt: ZARA

Fringed Vest: Bought on Clearance at ROSS in San Francisco

Multi-Color Bead and Rope Necklace: H &M USA -purchased at H & M in San Francisco

Wedges: Bobbi Wedge from Shoedazzle (here)

Purse: Louis Vuitton, Eva Clutch (here)