“Well lawdy, lawdy, lawdy miss clawdy” I have not updated this blog much this year, demerits on me for being negligent! Anyway, this years ElvisFest 15, my 4th ‘fest in Lake George, NY was the best one yet! This years ElvisFest blog title is a lyric from the song Rubberneckin’, it has been a running joke between my Mom and I ever since we heard someone on SiriusXM ElvisRadio declare that it was the “best Elvis song ever” we do not agree and laugh at their taste in song but not the artist.
When in Philli, you must run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and pose like Rocky! If you don’t do it and photograph the moment, how will anyone else know you were there?! Continue reading for more fun things from my Birthday trip to Philli..
Since I was a teenager I have been fascinated by photography of the abandoned and paranormal stories and television shows. The place I had most wanted to visit was the first penitentiary in the world, the historical landmark, Eastern State Penitentiary! So naturally I decided to plan a trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a few friends to see it for my 29th birthday, because that’s a very fun, normal thing to do! ;p For us that majestic, stone castle structure was a sight for sore eyes after a long walk with snow hitting us in the face on that February day. But for the hundreds of inmates that were brought there from 1829-1971 it was shackles and for some, the last place they’d ever go.
This 2015 marked my 4th Santacon! For those that don’t know, Santacon is a celebratory day in New York, New York where thousands of young people don Santa suits, donate to charity and spread merriment while traveling along an epic bar crawl at Santacon approved locations! The media and scrooges like to put down the event and call out the couple of bad Santas in the mix but I have always had nothing but a great experience and it always manages to get me in the Christmas spirit. Last year my Mom sewed together this blue velvet Santa dress to which I put on letters spelling out “Blue Christmas” in honor of my favorite Elvis Christmas song of course! I couldn’t get enough of it last year, so I donned it again this year. Click more to see more photos from this years Santacon!
Brimfield is like the holy land for those that buy and sell antiques with thousands of dealers offering up their antique wares. This September 2015 marked my first trip to Massachusetts for the sale. I had been wanting to go for years and since I was finally done with college classes, I was actually able to attend this year! I read articles online to prepare for the trip which was very helpful mostly with the variable weather. My first day at Brimfield it was blazing hot, I was so glad I did my due diligence and came armed with water bottles. I brought rainboots but my cat rain hat and ponchos were needed on the last day when it was 20 degrees colder and rained all day. Another thing I had read was to come armed with cash, I did find that cash was certainly king as few sellers accepted credit cards. Overall it was a fun couple days in September with a much needed vacation spent at a beautiful hotel at night and scoping out vintage during the day! At one point I had to stop looking at vintage jewelry because I had already bought several pairs of my current obsession, clip ons. I also walked away with bags of vintage clothing so I would say it was a very fruitful trip!
My family has always teased me for my wardrobe and appearance while traveling, my response back was always “you never know who you’ll meet!” I don’t understand why its such a weird thing, I wear dresses all the time why would I change who I am to sit in a car. I’ve done the jeans and t-shirt while traveling thing and believe me its not as comfortable to curl up for a nap in the backseat with womens denim jeans cutting off circulation haha.
Whenever we are traveling home from upstate New York back to Long Island we always make it a habit to stop at this particular diner for lunch and there is a woman there that remembers me for my dresses despite being many miles from home. As usual I had a dress on last month while passin’ through…
Wardrobe: Tropical Floral Dress – 1980’s vintage ♥ Hair Flower – made by me ♥ Cardigan – Forever 21 ♥ Sandals – Repro vintage I bought on Ebay
Summer may kick off for most on Memorial Day but for me the past couple years it has been at the end of May during ElvisFest in Lake George, NY. This year was certainly no different than years past and my summer got kicked off in a dream filled land of Elvis’, sunshine and fun! Unlike years past, this was the first time I wasn’t in college and could get upstate earlier and see more of the festival, tribute artist contests, the nightly professional performances and after parties 😀
Few television shows have had quite as much visual impact as Mad Men since its premiere in 2007. I surprisingly got on the Mad Men boat only 4 or 5 seasons into it and watched it live while going back and watching older episodes. I immediately was taken by the show visually and by the intelligent, strong and beautiful character of Joan Holloway. I mean name a girl that doesn’t have a crush on her, she doesn’t exist! The show never failed to deliver on outstanding storyline brought to life with incredible sets and wardrobe that helped transform the characters from the pilot all the way to part 2 of the final 7th season. When I found out that there would be an exhibit titled Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men at the Museum of Modern Image with costumes and sets from the show I knew I HAD to make the trip out to Astoria as a fan of the show and costume design in general!
Something crazy awesome happened recently! Want to know what it was? Well come closer ;)…I was on the way driving upstate for a few days with my mother and she asked me if I wanted to stop at a thrift store we used to go to a lot in the past, but hadn’t been to in awhile. But if I went there I wouldn’t be able to go to a antique store, because the thrift store was kinda out of the way. I was feeling the thrift so off we went. Before I got in the store I was thinking about how it would be great if I could just find the suit I needed for my Halloween costume and told my Mom to keep an eye out whenever we were out shopping in the coming weeks for it.
When we got to the store it was completely renovated and immediately I wasn’t feeling like my trip would be to prosperous, usually cleaner thrift stores suck in my opinion. In years past I’d come out of there with several bags but unfortunately I just wasn’t finding anything. But as I was making my way to the front of the store to leave I began looking through the womens suits and my Mom told me she looked through them already. But, right in front of me there was a suit set eerily similar to the one I was looking for, it even had an olive green blouse underneath the plaid suit jacket. My Mom said “that wasn’t there a minute ago” and so I grabbed it, tried the jacket on and it fit!!! I couldn’t believe it, I found pretty much exactly what I was looking for! How often does that happen when thrifting for a vintage suit and minutes after putting it into the universe?! I then walked over to the shoe section and picked up a brown pair of heels that looked as though them may fit, and those fit too! I happily trotted to the register to discover the suit set was half-off, BAM! Halloween costume under $20! I put it out there on that trip that I was looking for a matching pink 1950’s lady lamp, the board-game Seance and other random things, but sadly those wishes have yet to be answered 😉 😀
Ps. I don’t usually reveal anything of my Halloween costume before the big day, but I just had to share this story behind it! Stay tuned for the full fledged Halloween costume post after the big day.
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of checking out the Charles James Beyond Fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. It was such an honor to see his work in the flesh especially after seeing and reading about him in college fashion textbooks for years. I actually got a little starstruck and squealed when I entered the room with the famous Butterfly dress(photographed above)!! I managed to snap a few photos for myself, sorry these aren’t great, but I figure they are worth sharing with fellow vintage lovers!