Summer in California can be magical. The sun is so bright it seems to make everything sparkle. On a Saturday afternoon in Santa Monica, the vintage-loving crowd didn’t really need any help looking bright and cheerful in their retro threads as they gathered for a rare daytime event that included a fashion show from Unique Vintage and entertainment from the Satin Dollz, and wild, swingin’ dance moves from the Hollywood Hotshots.
Taking place poolside at the Shangri-La Hotel, with the sweet sounds of the Dean Mora Band and DJ Dr. Nate playing in the background, the acts rotated from singing numbers, the fashion show and dances. It was never a dull moment and I’m not even counting the great people watching in the fine-dressed crowd. The leader of the Satin Dollz took a moment to thank everyone for coming and marking their 10th anniversary by stating Los Angeles has the country’s best vintage scene. Well I can vouch that it certainly is a lot of fun! And it was a good opportunity to wear my new Voodoo Vixen spectacle-print dress with the cross-strap detail I love! Check out the pix:
t’s pretty clear that any girl who wears vintage-inspired fashion is usually a unique personality. For this reason, the store Unique Vintage, which a caters to retro fashion lovers, decided to showcase their customers and employees who live in looks from the 1920s-70s and also lead unique lives.
They kicked off their “I Am Unique” Campaign with a party in their Burbank store. Cocktails, photos ops and deep discounts does a party make! So I went to check out the scene and a say hello to my pal Nicolle of Niccoco Creations who had her own table selling her gorgeous flower hair clips.
Also in attendance were many of the women featured in the Unique Vintage commercial and I have to say Queenie the pitbull stole the show in her pink tutu, pearls and sweet disposition. Queenie, and her owner Michelle Choi, represent Pinups for Pitbulls, an organization whose mission is to to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of pitbulls, who often get a bad rap as being overly-aggressive animals.
I did some shopping from the sale rack (I love a good deal!) and scored a fabulous dress for a steal. Look for it featured in an upcoming blog post!
Great party all around. Look for Unique Vintage to build on the “IAmUnique” Campaign every month and if you have a photo you want to share with your “Unique” look, be sure to tag it #IAmUnique
As fall starts to kick in – the thought of bundling up in big sweaters and coats sounds cozy but don’t forget to have a fabulous dress on underneath! Traditional 1950s-era styles are classic and ever-so-feminine. Full swing and a-line skirts provide an hour-glass silhouette. Add a layer with a crinoline slip underneath for a more extreme spin on the lady-like look.
Check out these pretty dresses from Unique Vintage. Click the image to shop*:
Summer has kicked into high gear and it always makes me think of nautical prints to reflect going out by the sea and cooling off from the hot temperatures. I rounded up a collection for you to say, “Anchors away!” to summer good times! These women’s fashion pieces from Unique Vintage work with a vintage-inspired look or a modern look with a nod to classic style.
Click each image to shop* the items. Note, the bikini top and bottom are sold separately.
While cruising around online, I came across a purse I couldn’t stop thinking about – it looked like a cadillac! Made with glittery vinyl like the kind they used on klassic kar upholstery, with a company logo emblem that looked like a hood ornament, it was the kind of purse that makes even the most boring outfit look cool – that’s not even mentioning the leopard print lining!
I found it in real life when I popped into Unique Vintage in Burbank. I must have driven past that store a million times and I finally went in. They had a great mix of vintage recreation clothing from brands such as Bernie Dexter, Heartbreaker and Lucky 13, shoes, and a whole men’s department, including some amazing Ace Cafe Rocker Jackets I was tempted to pick up for my boyfriend.
But I was truly dazzled by the Lux de Ville purses. They come in glittery vinyl and an array of colors and style. I opted for a classic black and white sparkle Motor Tote. I LOVE this purse! It’s big enough to put all my cameras in (I usually carry two or three) and my can’t-leave-the-house without makeup.
It was prom season when I was there and the gowns section was packed with giggling girls trying things on. They have quite an assortment of dressy dresses if you have a special event coming up. Another super cute rare find is the large selection of retro swimsuits – just in time for summer!