My birthday milestone culminated in a bash last Saturday at the Parlour Room, a 1920s style bar/lounge in Hollywood that perfectly complemented my Roaring Twenties party theme. I’m not going to lie. I had been dreading this birthday for quite some time because now, when the clock strikes midnight on December 3, I’m not longer growing up. Rather, I’m getting older. What a morbid thought! But as Oprah Winfrey so eloquently pronounced in her Life class “Aging” episode (which I coincidentally watched a day after my birthday), aging is fabulous! Because with age comes a new found sense of freedom and ability to let go of the superficial things in life that quite frankly do not matter very much so that we can embrace, strengthen and cultivate our inner selves and find truth and meaning in everything we do. And as we age, hopefully we get to know ourselves better, learn what matters in life so that we can live happily and truthfully.
I’m not quite ready to let go of the ties that bind me to my present reality just yet, but I hope this upcoming year will bring me closer to finding my truth!
In fact, visiting this store and re-watching The Joy Luck Club has inspired me to dress like a 1920s high society Shanghai girl from now on.
Source: Jenny Wu from www.GoodBadandFab.com wearing Unique Vintage
This past weekend I had the honor and pleasure of attending a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary. It was gorgeously decorated, with poster-sized pictures of the happy couple on their wedding day many years ago, mums as floral arrangements to give it that fall, rustic feel, personalized 1961 CDs party favors, and just enough gold to pay homage to this special anniversary. Why am I shamelessly promoting this fabulous event you might ask? It’s not just because it was my mother who decorated or the fact that I helped. No, no, it is definitely because the happy couple is my grandparents!
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the party and rocking out to some Elvis Presley, I found myself looking at this gorgeous picture of my grandmother in her wedding dress. It was 1961 and she was dressed in a gorgeous tea length sleeved dress which was so classically sixties I could barely stand it. She saw me admiring it and came over and said, “Honey, that dress couldn’t have cost me more than $50!” I just loved the classic, Audrey Hepburn influence to her wedding dress, with its elegance and simplicity. Swoon. I almost wished I could get married back then, just to wear that sort of gown.
(My grandmother, affectionately called Nannie.)
While wedding dresses today can cost up to the thousands upon thousands of dollars, Unique Vintage has some amazing options if you are going for a nod to the sixties, or a more modern look to make a bride’s special day one she will look back on at her own 50th wedding anniversary!
Hair. It’s one of the first things you notice about a person. It’s just so incredibly versatile. You can wear it in a sleek pony one day, strut some big bombshell waves the next, and then follow it up with a super straight style. Having a bad hair day? Just throw on a hat or fun hair accessory and problem solved! Here are some of my favorites from UV:
If you are anything like me, you have waited till the last minute to figure out what to be for Halloween. I am currently bouncing back and forth between one of the Kardashian sisters (probably Kourtney), a “Pan Am” stewardess, or a flapper. You can see the major trouble I am in, since I have picked some ahh-mazing choices. But it is not just about the costume, you also have tons of other things to consider: Shoes? Where am I going so I won’t kill my feet? Accessories? Are more better? And one that I always have the most trouble with…make-up!
Halloween is a night where you can really take a risk and try something you wouldn’t normally do! Therefore make-up research is something that is very important to enhance your perfect Halloween costume. My hairdresser told me about this Youtube channel by a girl named Kandee Johnson. I have to tell you, she is the definition of fabulous. She teaches step by step instructions on how to achieve the perfect winged eyeliner (which actually works!!), as well as specific looks like Barbie and Marilyn Monroe. The second I watched the Marilyn Monroe one, my first thought was to blog about it!! It is just too good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyv05hmcbU0
Well, whatever you decide to be for Halloween this year, just remember to have FUN! And check out Unique Vintage’s awesome selection of costumes to go along with the fab make-up for a look that will put you on the best-dressed list of any spooky party!
Do you have a friend who seems to have absolutely everything, so when their birthday approaches, you have absolutely no clue what to get them? And do they make it even worse when you ask them what they want and they say, “I don’t know? I’m sure you will figure out something!” UGH. Don’t you just hate that girl? Well, unfortunately, I have been told I am that girl However, I have figured out the solution to this agonizing gift giving process. Start collecting something! I began collecting books, fashion coffee table books to be exact. I LOVE fashion and they are always coming out with new ones, so I figured this is a fool-proof gift that I will actually enjoy! My coffee table is going to be quite crowded once I add these beauties to my collection: