Spending the Afternoon with Frank Sinatra

Nothing puts me in the right mood quite like ol’ blue eyes.

Frank Sinatra: The One and Only
Frank Sinatra: The One and Only

Night and day, summer or winter, I’m all about feeling like a glamour goddess while New Jersey’s finest Frank Sinatra croons of his greatest love, and one of my favorite old Hollywood stars, Ava Gardner.

Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

So when the New York Public Library in Lincoln Center was hosting a special exhibition dedicated to the beloved singer and star, appropriately titled “Sinatra: An American Icon,” you know I was attending.

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It was truly a celebration of Sinatra’s life, featuring his wardrobe, awards, and even personal artwork he created for his grandchildren. It was an exquisite feast for fans and I was incredibly honored to be a part of it.

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There were even other treats on display, like Billie Holiday’s furl shawl and Ella Fitzgerald’s gorgeous emerald dress.

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Artwork created by Frank Sinatra for his grandchildren.
Artwork created by Frank Sinatra for his grandchildren.

For the festivities, I wore a vintage Joni Blair of California red plaid swing dress that I purchased from Etsy vendor TempleKatVintage of Pennsylvania. She’s one of my favorite Etsy vendors and I was excited to receive such a beautiful, seasonal piece for the fall and winter months.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

And while the look and style scream 1950s, would you believe it’s actually from the 1980s? But that’s my little secret.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

For a similar dress I have some recommendations. Vintage-inspired retailer Lindy Bop has a near replica for $46, except it’s so popular that most sizes are sold out. However, you can request for the vendor to notify you when the piece is back in stock, giving you some time to save your coins. Unique Vintage has a 1950s style red tartan swing dress designed by pinup star Bernie Dexter for $154 that’s downright breathtaking. If you’re looking to add some wiggle to your step, Unique Vintage also has this green tartan dress by Stop Staring! for $178 that will hug every single curve you’ve got, making the fellas break a sweat. And finally, Etsy vendor maybel57 has a wiggle red tartan dress from the 1950s available for $115.

Photo by Jordan Race
Photo by Jordan Race

Missed the Frank Sinatra exhibition? You’ll definitely want to try the Interactive Sinatra Walking Tour where you can visit some of his favorite hot spots and performance venues throughout the city he famously sung about. Or, you can even go on a short trip to Hoboken, New Jersey and learn all about Sinatra’s childhood home.

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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!