This past Wednesday marked the finale of American Horror Story Hotel. That day I was modeling a batch of vintage clothing and noticed that a couple items on my “to shoot” rack reminded me of the characters from the show. It was a complete happy accident/spur of the moment thing but I got so inspired by the clothes and characters that I completely changed gears and began shooting these new items….
Natacha Dress ☠ all the flare of the 1920s with a daring 1980s mini hemline
Liz Taylor Dress ☠ this 1970s lame number is as glitzy and glamorous as the gal herself
March Dress ☠ you’ll look authoritative and proper yet sweet in this 1960s dress
Last but not least the most important character of them all…*drumroll*…. Hotel Cortez Dress ☠ this 1980s dress is sophisticated and dramatic just like the hotel itself
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!
My Moms Swedish Dad, my Pop Pop worked in computers for the aerospace company, Grumman that was here on Long Island. He was technologically savvy and also loved taking family videos. On Halloween day in 1994 he finally let my big brother Shanon, for what we believe was the first time step behind his camera and film. That film footage was of me dancing around in the Belle costume my Mother made me. Shanon ended up going to film school when he was older, interned for a sound company while at school and ending up becoming a television editor. I guess you can say the love of film and that kind of creativity runs in my family. Ever since I earned my associates degree online in fashion merchandising from The Fashion Institute of Technology and entered the bachelors program, I was excited for the day I could begin the search for credit internships which was necessary for my degree. A few years ago I toured Warner Brothers studios and saw costumes, movie sets and Conan O’Brien’s parking spot up close. Combine that with a deep love of Halloween and dressing up as mostly film characters I had the goal in mind to get my internship in costume for a television show. As a HUGE Conan O’Brien fan I especially longed to spend a semester in California and work in the costumes and props department alongside Bill Tull 😉 I wanted it so badly, I literally had dreams about it. But while I have my brother and his family in CA, putting my degree on hold for a semester and the planning behind that with a slim chance of actually getting the internship, wasn’t going to work itself out. But luckily FIT had a few connections in the TV realm of costume and before I even met my internship counselor I let my intention be known. I wanted an internship in costume, I wanted to learn the process of script to screen and most importantly for me I wanted to learn how they sourced the fashion and hopefully vintage! Luckily I had an incredibly awesome counselor and she rallied for me sending emails to companies. I had to narrow my interests down to 2 companies which for me were two television shows. But I didn’t hear back from either of them and began searching elsewhere. As an aquariums I am a natural born settler, I’ll usually settle for less than I deserve but for once I was confident in telling myself that if I didn’t find something I loved, I would wait because I did not want to waste my one internship opportunity. Not to mention I commute very far from Eastern Long Island just to get to my classes in NYC, so I really have to want to be there! I had a couple interviews set up including one in NYC for a huge sporting company in eCommerce. I had zero interest in going on this interview but my counselor thought I would be a good fit so I gave it a shot. I remember it felt like 10 degrees out that morning and getting on a train with the morning rush for an interview during winter break was torturous. But despite being completely out of my element being a vintage loving gal in a sporting world(lol) and terribly anxious in interviews I felt so great about myself after the interview I had with the people that worked there because for the first time in my whole life, I could dork out about eCommerce and they applauded me for my knowledge! I was actually reconsidering the whole television internship because I was positive they were going to choose me despite having a not as great interview with someone different afterwards, but later I heard back I hadn’t been chosen. But as one door closes, another one opens and I received the phone call from my #1 choice, a costume internship at the television show, The Good Wife. And funny yet luckily enough, I hadn’t even interviewed with them.