Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My first vintage styled piece

This is my first vintage "like"
Outfit, yayyyyyyyyyyyy. Although as a hairstylist I where too much black I decided my first piece should be something I can dress up to look a few different ways. So black it is I guess

My "go to" silhouette is the hour glass; slimming pencil skirt right below my knees, cinched waist and shoulder pads. So this mermaid like dress was so perfect. It's the Monica Dress from Stop Staring and I got it on, paired it with fishnets, a super waist cinching rhinestone belt from Zara's and a headband bow veil I picked up on my recent vacation to Europe, (accessories were about the only fashion items that excited me in Europe.)...kk I'm rambling, here it is...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Je ne sais quoi

Out for a night on the town, The inspiration for this look was the beatnik genre...interesting I know, I'll revisit that topic later. :) I guess its kinda beatnik meets burlesque greaser? Lol who knows, I'm whimsical...

 Top lace tank from fill in the blank for your local cheapy spot, leopard print miraculous bra from Victoria's Secret (my non negotiable,) pencil skirt and fishnets both from Target, they make the best quality fishnets for us curvy girls in a pinch and sequin beret forever 21 and peep toe ankle booties.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Smash, hmmmmm

So I checked out Smash on NBC Starring Debra Messing, Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee. I wanted to go to bed soooo extra early but couldn't pass it up. It's an entire series built around an international icon, may be an opportunity to gain some insight to the person behind "Marilyn Monroe," get a glimpse at Norma Jeane Mortenson (I hope) AND I get jazz hands!?! Oh yes I had to partake, and so far I love it! Yes its a bit cheesy but I love all that extra-ness.

 Of course at first glance I was totally rooting for the voluptuous blonde of the series as they auditioned for the coveted Marilyn Role, but then we hear Karen (McPhee) sing, her lack of sex appeal, inexperience and dark hair definitely makes her the underdog, but her voice, and later her resilience and morals instantly makes you change teams, keep an eye out for the a bad girl brewing...

“I've never fooled anyone. I've let people fool themselves. They didn't bother to find out who and what I was. Instead they would invent a character for me. I wouldn't argue with them. They were obviously loving somebody I wasn't.” -Marilyn Monroe

Stiletto Nails

Pedicure Area at Fierce Spa

So I decided I could no longer take the filthiness of my car and finally took it in for a detail hand wash at my favorite spot, Finishline Detail and right next door there's an ├╝ber cute nail spot...I guess its time to stop with my awful nails hiding behind the excuse of, crafting hair for a living and just be a full on "girl" instead of the rebellious "A girl can still be cute with hideous nails facade." So I got the ” virtual nail” which is basically a modern day Lee Press On since I hate what acrylic, and other miscellaneous burning chemicals do to my nails.

I like to pull my inspiration from the past but exaggerate/modernize it. In the 40-50's the manicure was all about the pointed, rounded shape. Of course there was no other color to choose but red, with half moon left unpainted, and if you were really posh even left the tip unpainted, like an unpainted French. It was considered a wealthy look to have the tips and base unpainted. I decided on the half moon look with a point, now known as the "stiletto."

Well I loved the experience, and feel of the immaculately well kept Fierce Spa. Guadaloupe was sweet and its clear she loves nails, by her attention to detail and the decor of her salon, not to mention she did everything free hand!

It's definitely me although a bit much for most people. I even scared a little girl into a crying fit into the closet, sorry Charli, I didn't realize she was really afraid when she was running :/

But here they are....

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Rock A Chola Style

Rock A Chola I think was the first pin up style that appealed to me, it incorporated all the things I loved. Tattoos, especially sleeves which I think are so dope on pretty girls, heavy make-up, don't judge me I love it, and a rebellious attitude. In my opinion it IS the rebirth of the greaser. In the 50's when America as a whole was searching and striving for the American dream of picket white fences, there was also the "outsiders" the blue collar, hard working greasers who seemed to want no part of American dream or look. Rock a Chola embodies that same feel. Here you have a look derived from Cholas, a predominantly gang affiliated look for Latina females mixed with a rockabilly feel of bandanas, dark denim, wedges. Come on, women with full on tattooed sleeves??? If that's not a true modern day rebel what is? But it doesn't stop there it's more than a look it's a culture, the music, the tats, the cars, it's a world onto itself.

Rock A Love bus reality star Brittanya O' Campo
There isn't a lot of media coverage on the subject especially with the coined term but it's hard to miss the look, especially on "reality" shows like rock of love, and bad girls club.

Famous chicks who evoke Rock a Chola, Amy Winehouse RIP, Gwen Stephanie, Lady gaga, Rihanna although more in attitude and swag, and surely there are others I'm missing. Now you can't even mention Rock a Chola without mentioning the woman who damn near birthed the term and put a spotlight on the culture. Founder and CEO of Pink Mink Mafia Latina Vamp (LV) her style is dope and her story is inspiring. /

Late Great Amy Winehouse

Gwen Stefani, luxurious video, I call it her chola tribute...
Me and my homie MUA Iisis, glam crew owwww