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Shoe Lover’s Gift Guide

k150_23SZDheel iconAs Christmas draws closer, the rush to get the perfect holiday gift is on – and what could be more perfect than NEW SHOES! I don’t know of any girl who wouldn’t love to unwrap a new way to doll up her tootsies. So I bring you the Shoe Lover’s Gift Guide! From easy-to-wear flats to stilettos to boots and sneakers – I’ve got you covered!

Shop* items similar to those mentioned in this video with the links below:

Ideas for Flats

ModCloth Supper Club Flats: http://bit.ly/1gXaZSm

ModCloth Petal Down the Lane Flats: http://bit.ly/1dn4eqE

Ideas for Low Heels

Anne Klein Kitten Heel Slingback: http://amzn.to/18zUYwj

Ideas for Wedges

ModCloth  Rise and Shiny Wedge: http://bit.ly/1f53wPX

ModCloth Party Hostess Wedge:  http://bit.ly/1bB0sLs

Ideas for High Heels/Stilettos

Forever 21 Classic Black Pumps: http://bit.ly/18ABJG0

Ideas for Ankle Boots

Forever 21 Faux Leather Booties: http://bit.ly/1hL5Qj4

Ideas for Sneakers

Converse Chuck Taylor High Tops: http://amzn.to/1jK7cu1

Reebok Running Shoe: http://amzn.to/1buecU0


It’s a shoe in!


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Pinup Girl’s Gift Guide

k150_23SZDheel iconTrying to shop for that girl on your list  who loves retro looks and vintage clothing? Then this gift guide is for you! Find out what items are easier than others when it comes to finding the perfect vintage or vintage-inspired gift, and what will help your girl out in trying to achieve the look.

From clothes to books, I’ve got you covered!

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Shop* for items mentioned in this video with the links below:

Pinup Girl Clothing
Bettie Page Clothing

Vintage hats on Ebay
Vintage gloves on Ebay
Vintage purses on Ebay

Red lipstick

Foam rollers
Hot Sticks hot rollers

Style Me Vintage Books
Vintage Hairstyling Book
Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup Book (by Besame Cosmetics founder Gabriela Hernandez)

Santa, baby!

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ReVamp Vintage / What Katie Did Burlesque Fashion Show

k150_23SZDheel iconLadies, how many times have you felt your lingerie is so pretty, you just wish everyone could see it?  That’s definitely the case with What Katie Did Lingerie – the retro-inspired lingerie brand that recreates the sexy looks of silver screen starlets of the ‘40s and ‘50s. They recently paired with one of my favorite vintage reproduction designers, ReVamp Vintage, for a fashion show unlike any other.

Click the video below to see the show!

The catwalk took the form of a classic burlesque routine. Models provided a seductive but elegant and playful tease – we’re keeping it PG folks! – showing off ReVamp dresses and pantsuits on the outside, then stripping down to their What Katie Did Lingerie underneath. It was a great way to showcase both designers – and as expected, the crowd went wild!


Annamarie von Firley of ReVamp Vintage &
Katie Thomas of What Katie Did Lingerie


Video filmed and edited by Kastle Waserman

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Pretty on the inside,

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FabCounsel: Connecting with Style

k150_17heel iconAt a recent networking party, I met Mary Vallarta, a petite dynamo in the fashion industry who has a passion for what’s trending in style, a head for business and a special social skill for connecting people. Having a background as a buyer and plenty of experience in the fashion biz, she decided to put her know-how to and connections to good use. She founded the FabCounsel to help people succeed in the fashion industry.

FabCounsel provides a wealth of resouces on how to break into the industry on its online site and Mary (pictured here) hosts events around town to give people interested in the industry the opportunity to meet and learn from each other. I recently attended her event “How To IMG_5811.jpgSell Your Fashion Line to Buyers and Retailers,” which took place downtown at chic boutique Brigade. A roomful of fashionistas filled the room to hear from esteemed panelists that  included: Alicia Allen, Director of Men’s Apparel for HauteLook, who spoke from her work in the corporate retail world, Kuo Yang, owner & founder of Brigade sharing his perspective as a small boutique owner and what he looks for in buying people’s lines to carry in his store, and Vanessa Lee, an experienced sales executive who’s worked with companies including Eight Sixty, Collective Concepts, Creative Commune, Daniel Rainn. She shared her knowledge in the art of selling, how to approach buyers, what to prep for before a sales meeting, what to bring to the meetings, how to follow up.

Some notes:

  • You have 15-20 seconds to make your pitch – know how to sell what you’re offering.
  • Know your target – where you fit in the market and the void that you fill.
  • Build your contacts – people want to do business with people they know.
  • Incentivize – offer something to get you in, a partial commission or something creative.
  • Build great collateral – line sheets and a look book that shows your designs. Get press clippings.
  • This is LA, go after celebrities and gift them items. While New York and Paris have the big fashion shows, we have red carpets. Those are our fashion shows.

Afterwards there was plenty of mingling, shopping and of course, checking out each other’s outfits! Here are the party pix:





Just fab!

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PARTY PIX: Vintage Vortex 5 Opening Party

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I love a good opening party, especially when it involves vintage clothing, memorabilia and some of LA’s coolest retro-lovin’ scenesters. This past weekend I found myself at the opening of Vintage Vortex 5, a new space on Sunset in Los Feliz that features a collection of vintage vendors selling their best stuff. I spotted amazing handbags and shoes, a collection of vintage lunch boxes, a Barbie ballerina bag, a mod checkered shoe bag, ‘60s and ‘70s evening gowns, sweet ‘50s pleated dresses, and Cher-worthy fringed numbers.

But best of all I spotted some great people! Check out the party pix:


The Ladies of Vintage Vortex 5


With Lauren of Domestic Dame Clothing


Vintage Vortex 5


Members of  The Germs/Celebrity Skin and DJ Kari French

  With Dave and Sabino of Clever Vintage Clothing


Pucci-scarved poochie, Terrence

Be sure to stop by Vintage Vortex 5, just down the street from La Luz De Jesus/ WACKO at 4517 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, California 90027

Party on,

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Vintage Summer Style Exhibit at FIDM

Summer has arrived, so what better time to take a look at a vintage summer style exhibit for those hot days ahead? Clever Vintage Clothing recently showed off a little bit of their carefully curated inventory in a special exhibit for the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM).

“Swingin’ Summer Vintage California Resort Wear” opened with a party drawing FIDM students and vintage clothes lovers. Clever’s Dave Temple and Sabino Gutierrez gave a walk through the exhibit explaining the top designers and clothing detailing of the eras of the 1940s-1960s.

See the video of the Vintage Summer Style Exhibit:

The exhibit runs one week through July 14th but if you can’t make it down, you just might catch these amazing pieces FOR SALE at one of Clever’s upcoming vendor events:

  •  July 29: Pickwick Gardens, Burbank
  • August 11: Helm’s Design District, Culver City
  • August 16-19: Tiki Oasis, San Diego

Stay cool,

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Bellejar Vintage: Going Out with Belles On

The New Year is upon us and what better time to shop for a new frock? I recently walked my stilettos over to Bellejar Vintage for their holiday party and it was a little piece of shopping heaven. Great pieces, great prices – even a $5 rack where my friend Fabby found the most fabulous tangerine-colored mod shift dress – which will put her right in fashion since tangerine tango was voted Pantone’s color of 2012. Bellejar frequently has little shopping parties with bands and we couldn’t help but the notice the good-looking crowd of shaggy-haired, alt-rock boys and gorgeous pin-up beauty queens that turned up. Owner Katie Stratton is one stylish dame herself and didn’t disappoint in a festive red-trimmed frock, pout and ruby sparkle shoes. Check the place out! See photos from the party by clicking the link below:

Bellejar Vintage Party

And this just in – Bellejar Vintage is offering Stiletto City readers 10% off all online orders by using the code STILETTOCITY. Whoohoo! 

Dress like you mean it,

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Love of Vintage

There are times I feel I was born in the wrong era. I simply love the fashions of past decades, namely the 1920s-1960s. There is something about how the clothes are so feminine, the cuts so divine, the materials so exquisite and the silhouettes that make a statement. I have a hard time walking into a vintage clothing store without leaving with SOMETHING – a dress, a handbag, a hat, some jewelry. Vintage shopping is the ultimate treasure hunt, because these items are rare survivors of the past, they don’t come in a rack-ful of sizes, they aren’t all in perfect condition. So when you find that one piece that happens to fit, isn’t damaged and is at a good price, you just CAN’T leave it there in the store!

Which is why I went home with two new dresses from The Loved One last week. I’d heard about this little Pasadena store from a friend and when they posted on Facebook that they were having a “cocktails ‘n’ shopping” party, well, I just can’t pass up that combo! Turned out to be the cutest little shop, all the clothes are in great condition and the setting is nicely art directed, which makes the shopping experience all the better. Can’t wait to wear my new treasures!

Click the link below to check out a slideshow of the store:

Photos of The Love One Vintage Boutique

Love it!

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