February 17, 2012

Miss February Unique Vintage Pinup Girl; Missy Cae



Name: Melissa Cae Cornell aka (Missy Cae)    

From: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Bio: On a stormy, wintery evening I was born in Sparta, Wisconsin November 15th, 1989. For the past 20 years of my life I was living with my parents in Long Prairie, MN. My interest in modeling didn’t start until I was in 9th grade. At first, I wanted to be in Playboy. When I did my first photo shoot for my senior pictures I thought it was a blast and I even said to myself ” I could see myself doing this all day!” Then after I graduated, I started to get tattoos and piercings, well Playboy is very clean cut, so my idea of that went down the drain. Then it wasn’t until last year I decided to relocate myself to the Twin Cities to better my chances at modeling. I have met some wonderful people who have basically took me under their wing and taught me a lot of things about modeling. Over the past year of knowing them and being apart of something so amazing, my life has changed for the better, and I can’t wait for the future!. Along with modeling, my other interests consist of going to metal and rock shows, hanging out with loved ones, sipping on a cup of coffee, fishing, and watching scary movies.


Ambitions: Eventually going to school to become a personal trainer and owning my own gym. But ever since I have branched out into the modeling world, that is really what I want my career to be. It wouldn’t be because of the fame or the money.  I truly enjoy the art of modeling and being in front of that camera and creating beautiful images.


Favorite Vintage Accessory: My Favorite Vintage Accessory would have to be my black clutch purse. It’s a perfect going out purse because it fits my ID and my lip gloss.


Favorite Pinup Icon: Marilyn Monroe

February 16, 2012

Behind the Seams of Fashion Stylist Elizabeth Martucci


Elizabeth Martucci, fashion stylist

When she’s not running around 80 hours a week styling actors and actresses on hit shows like “Suburgatory”, “Glee” and “True Blood”, fashion stylist and costume designer Elizabeth Martucci is power shopping for clothes…for her clients, of course. Sound like fun? Lucky for us, one of Elizabeth’s favorite places to shop is Unique Vintage (she’s gotten Unique Vintage designs on the air many times!) and we were lucky enough to pin her down recently for an interview. According to this LA-based fashionista, the only downside to this fast-paced gig is a messy closet at home!


UV: How did you get started in fashion styling?

EM: I went to school to study fashion design/merchandising and we did an internship as part of the program. The company that I did my internship with, introduced me to a costume designer who was starting a film. I worked as an intern for that film. After my first film, I just kept getting work. I moved my way up through the lo/no pay jobs into a career in the field. It was a long road, but worth it in the end.


UV: Do you work on photo shoots, music video shoots, television shows, movies?

EM: I have worked on all of them, but I have mostly been working in television the last 6 years. I worked on “Nip Tuck”, “Glee”, “Suburgatory”, and am currently on “True Blood”. The work is always very fast paced, but exciting. We shot the Season 2 Finale of “Glee” in New York. We had only a day and a half to shop, fit, alter, and ship everything we could bring with us. We hit the ground shopping to fill in everything we that we hadn’t been able to ship.  I was running around SoHo to get the last few pieces for the next day.


UV: What is your style?

EM: I think I have an eclectic style. I take what I love from different times and places and combine them into my own thing.


UV: How has Unique Vintage helped you with your styling needs?

EM: Unique Vintage has been a wonderful resource for me on many jobs. Everyone there is helpful, incredibly knowledgeable about their vendors, and willing to go the extra mile to source multiples and size ranges.


UV: What has been the most rewarding job you’ve been on?

EM: I don’t have one job that was the most rewarding. The rewarding parts are the moments when you help someone find something they feel confident in and are excited about wearing.


UV: Where do you like to shop?

EM: I shop in all types of stores from Rodeo Drive to Goodwill.  Vintage and vintage reproduction stores, like Unique Vintage are always good staples. In film and television we dress characters.  Part of my job is to really get a sense of who these people are and where they would shop. I try to create the feel of realism to bring these characters to life. That is the fun part of the job. From show to show, there is always an exciting new character to dress.


UV: Who are some of your fashion icons?

EM: I love characters!  I like to find my fashion icons on the street in my travels. I am inspired when I see what different types of people, from all walks of life, put on when they wake up in the morning. I also love rock and roll and take a lot of inspiration from that bohemian, free spirited approach to clothing.


UV: What’s YOUR closet look like?

EM: I work about 80 hours a week…my closet looks messy! Ha ha!


UV: What advice do you have for aspiring fashion stylists?

EM: It is rewarding to work at something you enjoy.  It requires working long hours with many different personalities, but it is also fun to see exciting clothing come to life.


UV: What fashion magazines and fashion blogs do you read?

EM: One blog that I really enjoy is the Satorialist. I don’t tend to read many fashion magazines. I find more inspiration through art and photography books.


UV: What kinds of emerging trends in fashion do you see coming up in the next few months?

EM: Fashion is cyclical. Everything comes back around eventually. It has been fun watching all the 90s grunge and goth things circling back around.


UV: What are some styling tips you can give to our readers looking for help with their wardrobes?

EM: Learn your body and what looks good on you. Wear clothes that flatter your shape, not just whatever happens to be popular at the moment. Most importantly, let your personality shine through your choices. The confidence and beauty of being true to yourself brings clothes to life.

February 14, 2012

Maria’s “Unique Story”

  I got engaged in April of 2011 and decided to get married in July of that same year—which meant that I only had four months to plan my wedding!  Since I used to compete in pageants, I didn’t think that finding a dress would be very difficult for me, even if I was strapped for time.  After all, I’d worn lots of gowns before, and I had a pretty solid idea of what I was looking for.
But when I actually went dress shopping, I ran into a problem that I hadn’t anticipated.  For my ceremony, I wanted a traditional, full-length gown with a long train.  But my reception was going to be full of oldies rock and swing dancing.  My fiancé and I love old music, even though we’re both in our early twenties, and we designed our ceremony to be relatively short (we didn’t even have bridesmaids, groomsmen or a flower girl!) so that we could get right to the best part of the wedding—the party!  However, in order to party properly I needed a shorter dress—one that I could move around in.
                Now I’d heard of “convertible” dresses—long gowns that can be zipped off at the bottom.   At first I assumed that this would be an easy solution to my problem; until I realized that not only were convertible dresses much more expensive than normal gowns, but they were almost always cut in a mermaid or trumpet style.  I have never been a big fan of the tight-fitted, modern look.  When I pictured my perfect short dress, I pictured a fancier version of a white, cotton swing dress—something tea-length and reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe’s wedding dress in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Only when I thought of Marilyn, walking down the aisle in that beautiful short dress, did the real answer to my problem pop into my head:  Unique-Vintage.com!  The same store that had provided me with the gorgeous retro bathing suit I was using to tan for my wedding!
                One look at the Unique-Vintage “short wedding dress” section and I knew; if I couldn’t find my ideal dress at Unique-Vintage, it didn’t exist.  Luckily for me, I found my dress with just a few quick clicks:  a gorgeous, tea-length, rose lace dress with a matching bolero.  Not only was it a perfect 1950s style dress (ideal for swing dancing!) it could be worn in so many different ways!  The dress had a snap-in modesty panel in front and another in back behind the corset strings.  The bolero allowed for a put-together look that included some shoulder coverage.  And, best of all, the price was incredibly reasonable!  For a bride on a budget, it was such a great feeling to not have to compromise on the perfect dress.
                My mom (who had gone shopping with me to find my long, ceremony dress) was apprehensive, at first, about ordering my reception dress online.  But the moment my dress arrived and I slipped it on, she was ecstatic.  “It looks like I dress that I would have worn when I was young,” she mused.  It was a wonderful thing to hear her say.
                Once my July 16th wedding day finally arrived, I was nervous and excited to see how my dress stood up to some actual dancing.  My husband and I (not being huge fans of really slow songs) chose to swing to “You’re the One” by the Vogues for our first dance.  The dress was perfect, flaring and moving with me as my new husband spun me around the floor.  For our Father Daughter Dance, my dad and I swung to “Poetry In Motion” by Bobby Vee.  I felt like I had gone back in time to an era full of music that I loved and dresses that were to die for.
                At the beginning of my reception, I wore a huge, sparkly necklace and had my hair down.  However, as the dancing continued, I got very hot and soon had to shed the necklace and pull my hair back.  The dress’s beauty stood up to all of my wardrobe changes.  It was a classic ivory backdrop that I could do almost anything with.
                It was in that rose lace dress that my husband carried me through the doorway of our apartment later that night.  The dress now hangs in my closet, a beautiful reminder of not only of the day I married the man of my dreams, but of the classic 1950s style that I sought to embody and succeeded in embodying that day, thanks to Unique-Vintage.
xo, Maria Cook
Maria is a 23-year-old graduate student in Butler University’s creative writing program. She loves swing dancing to rock and roll from the 1950s and is in love with all things vintage; especially Unique-Vintage.com.
February 13, 2012

Grammy’s Gone Bad: What Were They Thinking?


I guess if there’s an award show to make a fashion statement at, it’s the Grammy’s. With all the creative spirit in the air at this music festivity, you never know who’s going to grace down the red carpet in what. Unfortunately, the following group missed the mark big time!

Robyn - Grammy Awards 2012

Robyn, I really don’t even know where to start with this. So I don’t think I even will.

Nicki Minaj - Atelier Versace - Grammys

Despite your Versace gown, you are Nicki Minaj, not Lady Gaga. This shtick has been done. Get some ideas of your own, girl!

Esperanza Spalding - Grammys

Esperanza Spalding may have won the Best New Artist award last year, but that didn’t stop her from wrapping herself in a bed sheet this year.


Oh, Fergie! We love you, but honestly, what were you thinking? A simple nude colored bodysuit would have shown off your lovely tangerine Jean Paul Gaultier gown much better.

Jessie J - Julien Macdonald - Lulu Guinness - Grammys

If Jessie J was going for the human disco ball look, she certainly succeeded!


February 10, 2012

Pug Thugs. Just Because.


Yes, you know we’re dog crazy at Unique Vintage. Personally, I have a two at home that I snuggle on the couch with every night; Mickey and Maggie. Mickey, who celebrates his 2nd birthday next week (or 14th if you count it in dog years), is a Chihuahua/ Jack Russell/ Beagle melange. He might have some Dingo in him, too. We’re not sure. Maggie (bagged out on the couch above) is a full-bred 11-year-old pug. In other words, a licking, shedding, snorting, sausage on pegs. God love her, and yes, I adore her, but she snores so loud, I can hear her through the walls WITH ear plugs crammed deep into my ear drums.

Still, there is nothing like the sweet, smooshed-up punim of a pug. So when I came across this ridiculous collection of pics, I laughed so hard I think I snorted louder than Maggie does. Maybe I’m just punch drunk tired as I write this, but you gotta check out these pics. Happy Friday!

xo, Robin



February 9, 2012

How Do I Love Thee Pinterest!


If you haven’t already heard about the latest social media craze Pinterest, let me introduce it to you: Pinterest is a virtual pin up board that let’s you basically share pics of anything visually stimulating that you want online. Fashion, beauty, decor, recipes, books, travel destinations, you name it, you can pin it.

Why should you care? It’s an awesome way to organize all your ideas, desires, wants, needs and to-do chores in a creatively beautiful board that you can also share with other “pinners”.

According Pinterest.com, their mission is “to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.”

If you haven’t noticed already, every single item on the Unique Vintage website has a Pinterest button Pinterest Logoin the details section, which makes it easy for you to “pin” your favorite UV finds to your boards.

While a Pinterest account is available by invitation only, it’s super easy to apply for and only takes a couple days to receive your invite. Or you can request an invitation through a friend already on Pinterest. So if you’re not already pinning, feel free to send me (robin@unique-vintage.com) your email and I’ll personally send you a Pinterest invitation!

Once you’re on, make sure to check out my Products I Love from Unique Vintage board!