Going for an Ava Gardner Look

Did you know there’s something called “National Vodka Day?”

Neither did I.

10641303_10100127100900917_597048863166089447_n

This alleged marketing holiday is technically on October 4th, but truthfully, who wouldn’t mind kicking back with a cool vodka cocktail after a long day at the office?

10649955_10100127100965787_6176939897766279607_n

I was invited to attend an event in honor of this day with Wyborowa Wódka, a premier Polish vodka. U.S. President of the Polish Vodka Association Andrzej Szumowski was in attendance to share the pride of Poland with us at Schapiro’s Eatery and & Cocktail Bar on the Lower East Side.

10426114_10100127100925867_995807330865872311_n

There were tons of pierogis to eat and drinks to savor.

For the evening, I wore this thrifted 1980s label-less electric blue silk dress and paired it with a corselet belt.

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Looking back, it reminded me of 1940s glamour goddess Ava Gardner, a sultry Hollywood dame who enjoyed cocktails and was also the love of Frank Sinatra’s wife.

BlueDress

ava00002

290856__24740.1349962765.380.500

It’s been described that her swears were like hearing a truck driver and a sailor have an argument. Now that’s my kind of lady.

84qNJ05

2483882_orig

8217d8cc12756b23541a84e78a29b1e1

For a similar look:

  • 1980s Electric Blue Beaded Silk Dress (size 2) $75, Etsy.com
  • Vintage 1980s Electric Blue Wiggle Dress (size medium) $50, Etsy.com
  • 1980s Cocktail Electric Blue Dress (size medium) $75, Etsy.com
  • 1980s Old Hollywood Glam Beaded Electric Blue Dress (size medium) $112, Etsy.com

Another personal pick you should check out? The super popular Ava dress collection by vintage-inspired retailer Pinup Girl Clothing. Not only are they drop dead gorgeous and super comfortable, but they also come in an array of sizes, ensuring that their brand offers style “for every body.” And who doesn’t love that? I would like to believe Ava would approve.

Pinup Couture Ava Dress in Sky Blue
Pinup Couture Ava Dress in Sky Blue

On sale for $57(!) at PinupGirlClothing.com.

Ava Dress in Teal
Ava Dress in Teal

$114, PinupGirlClothing.com.

I really enjoyed my personal take on this classic look!

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Also, if you’re ever in North Carolina, make sure you check out the Ava Gardner Museum. It’s on my bucket list!

Photo by Alexcia Foster
Photo by Alexcia Foster

Stop Staring: Part Three

Well folks, this is the final installment from my pinup photoshoot session!

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

As I previously mentioned, I worked with lovely boudoir photographer Michelle Wild and makeup artist Nicole Francis to make this dream of mine come to life. Nothing makes you feel as fabulous as transforming into an old Hollywood sexpot.

Like with the other two sessions, I wore vintage-inspired Stop Staring! couture. I adore their dresses and I’m a firm believer that every girl should own at least one piece to feel absolutely amazing for any special moment.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

The outfit I’m wearing is a Vega Dress. When I first saw it, I was in love. You can never have too many little black dresses in your closet. And this one is just sizzling.  It features faux leather paneling for a sleek, yet dangerously enticing look. You can get it here.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

My session with Michelle Wild may be over, but I’m certain this won’t be the last time I’ll rock Stop Staring!

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

I hope you enjoy these looks as much as I enjoyed making them happen with such a supportive team!

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

Missed the other sessions? Check them out here:

READ: Stop Staring Part One

READ: Stop Staring Part Two

Stop Staring: Part Two

In case you missed last week’s post, I am looking back at a pinup photoshoot I did with the lovely boudoir photographer Michelle Wild, along with makeup artist Nicole Francis.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

For the session, I wore vintage-inspired Stop Staring! couture (yes, with the exclamation mark).

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

For these photos, I wore a classic houndstooth wiggle dress, which as expected, hugged me in all the right spots.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

This dress seems to no longer be available at Stop Staring! but I do recommend the Billion Dollar Baby Dress in black.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

It creates a similar effect, and let’s be real, you can never have too many little black dresses.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

Hope you’ll join me for part three next week!

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

Stop Staring: Part One

There are many reasons why I’m obsessed with old Hollywood. But if you need me to narrow it down to just one, I will say this: I absolutely adore how breathtaking those dames were back in the day.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

These titillating bombshells have always fascinated me with their flawless features, never-ending curves, and those head-turning ensembles. Who wouldn’t want to transform into a head-turning pinup today?

I had the chance to do just that.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

I’ve done a few photoshoots for photographer friends, and truthfully, I tend to feel very shy and awkward during them, but it was a real treat to shoot with an all-female team. Working with photographer Michelle Wild and makeup artist Nicole Francis was an absolute pleasure. Somehow I channeled my inner screen siren and it felt completely natural to me.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

I provided my own wardrobe and I relied on Stop Staring! Clothing to make magic happen. If you’re not familiar with the vintage-inspired clothing line, then you must make an investment, like now.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

You’re certain to make temperatures rise with Stop Staring’s form-fitting wiggle dresses. They hug my figure to a point that it proudly flaunted them with ease. Those wiggle dress are dangerous indeed, but they will change your life.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

I wore Stop Staring’s Billion Dollar Baby dress in Red, but they also offer many other sinfully seductive pieces in the same hot shade. The opera gloves and coat are vintage, courtesy of Wild.

Photo by Michelle Wild
Photo by Michelle Wild

Look out for parts two and three on La Vintage Vida!

Bettie Page at Madison Square Park

Unlike my first encounter with Marilyn Monroe, I didn’t discover Bettie Page until I was much older, age 9 to be exact. I clearly remember her never-ending curves, those signature raven waves with a perfect fringe, and her red hot pout. There was also that barely-there leopard swimsuit.

The first image I've ever saw of Bettie Page on a postcard.
The first image I’ve ever saw of Bettie Page on a postcard.

I was previously told growing up that Bettie Page had died and was probably killed off by the mob. However, she was alive and living quietly in Florida at the time. She died in the year 2008 at age 85.

Warning: Some boobage below (for those catching up with me in an office setting).

My autographed photo of Bettie Page, also signed by photographer Bunny Yeager.
My autographed photo of Bettie Page, also signed by photographer Bunny Yeager.

My dear friend, renowned filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Mark Mori, made an amazing film on the life and legacy of Bettie Page. He actually spoke with her candidly and she herself narrates the film. You can score a copy of the documentary, along with some other goodies here.

For a Sunday morning stroll in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park, I decided to pay tribute to Bettie Page with a goth-meets-bohemian twist.

I actually used to be goth, but that’s a story for another day.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

I wore a slinky, loose-fitting, label-less black dress, which I purchased from a thrift store in the West Village. For a similar look: A Liz Claiborne sleeveless sheath dress for $30 at JC Penny, a crisp cotton sleeveless black dress by UNIQLO for $19.90, a linen sleeveless black dress for $50 at L.L. Bean, or the more body-revealing wrap maxi for $34 at ASOS.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

The black floral shawl is also a label-less one that I purchased at a West Village thrift store. For a similar look: A long black lace cardigan for $16.99 at Forever 21, a romantic purple floral kimono for $54.37 at ASOS, a metallic mesh floral kimono for $39 at Forever 21, or the super similar reclaimed vintage maxi kimono dress for $99.67 at ASOS.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

The earrings are long golden chandeliers from H&M. They’re no longer available, but I’m really into these long ones for $7 or these gorgeous Art Deco ones for $9.95, both from H&M.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

The lipstick is Milani’s Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Confident, also known as a bold brick red. Milani has it for $6, but I found mine at CVS.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

The sunglasses are vintage, but you can easily find a pair for a variety of colors and prices on Etsy.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

As for the Bettie Page tribute I spoke of? I wore my Bettie Page cameo necklace, which I purchased from California-based Etsy vendor Gretha of NeverGrowUpTreasures. She specializes in rockabilly and steampunk pieces, but she also offers these amazing cameo necklaces of old Hollywood stars and pinups that I adore. She can also custom-make a Bettie Page necklace just for you, so hop to it!

Kahve's Iced Vanilla Mint Latte in Hell's Kitchen.
Kahve’s Iced Vanilla Mint Latte in Hell’s Kitchen.

To cool off on a sizzling Sunday morning like this one, I highly recommend heading up to Hell’s Kitchen – no, seriously. You’ll find this adorable small coffee shop called Kahve where they offer this thirst-quenching iced vanilla mint latte highlighting real mint leaves to cool off. It’s my absolute favorite treat from this shop and I tend to pick one up after a long day at the office. It’s divine.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

That’s all for now!