Somewhere in The Carolinas – The secondhand scores keep on rolling through in a slow and steady manner. There are so many neat things I would like to keep. Thing is I have this premonition that in a few years I may find myself living out of an Econoline van or some type of refurbished 70s vintage-boogie down rv and all of these goodies aren’t coming with. Well, except for the 70s vtg. Bare Trap wood base sandals and the crap art ceramic decorative dish [above].
Somewhere in The Carolinas – This never-ending summer continues as we enter the second or third day of autumn. Global warming has never lied. I am still snickering at those who think because Mabon is here, it will automatically drop to a crisp 63 degrees as crunchy leaves in gold, orange and red tickle their blankly optimistic faces with all falsely being calm. Absolutely ridiculous. Reality dictates autumn does not truly grab hold until the day after Halloween. Hello?!
Today’s “look” builds off of a 1950s style tropical print cotton blend sundress I’ve had in the closet for some time. Accessories I have paired with this dress should be familiar to those who follow these outfits I put together. Every thing…every piece of clothing and costume jewelry was scored off of Ali Express minus the 1940s vintage cuff bracelet with scarabs and Egyptian royalty.
My neck and head are sore. Symptoms of my post-stroke life. These joint aches and searing pains are related to nerve damage. I’m going to lay back and work on my late day snack game. Just a nib as there aren’t good things in these “treats”. I’ll mainly drink copious amounts of water and lounge in the sun. Good day, babies.
Somewhere in Southern California – Scum never sleeps and when I am here neither do I.
I am walking, remembering and observing the alleyways and thoroughfares of Hollywood. Strong whiffs of sun dried piss and failed attempts at stardom rise from the streets. Men are caught fist fighting in a ditch. I turn away, absorb the view then ignore the sight. I am swimming and chilling in a pool out in the valley. Summer love.
It is deliriously hot yet I am in a most joyful place. There is nothing else like it.
Somewhere in Southern California – Some thing, some other worldly manifestation grabbed and held my paralyzed hand within the maze of the Hollywood Forever cemetery and again while on foot in Thai Town. I was not scared just startled. It was not a negative experience only jarring. These minor incidents proving that spirits do walk among us, the well intentioned and the ones filled with rage and ill intent.
Today’s look consists of a white 1950s style button-down blouse [Zaful], black belt with gold clasp, black and gold hip scarf, black cotton 1950s replica cigarette pants [Piplotex] and black canvas lace-up espadrilles. The sparkling black catseye sunglasses and stacked bracelets add a touch of pizzazz to this crisp and easy summer outfit.
More sight-seeing and reminiscing to be had on foot as I head back to my old Los Feliz neighborhood. Going to grab a bite to eat later with old friends at Umami Burger.
Somewhere in Southern California – Mother and I are having an early morning baking session before the summer heat turns itself all of the way up. I am very happy to have this shared moment with her. Later today, I plan on gifting one of my siblings with a vintage David Cassidy program/ photo book [*above] I found thrifting last summer. She loves 70s-era David. It’s so damn cute.
Today’s look is comprised of items I felt embodied a cool 1940s-style summer feeling with a fruity cocktail to match later. The tropical print shirtwaist red dress [Wen Grace] worn with a rope belt [Villven] match each other wonderfully. The red, yellow and green carved resin bangles, circular bamboo earrings, cherry red hexagon shaped sunglasses [Shauna] and beige leather low heeled open toe shoes [Shujiin] begged to be paired with this vintage styled thing I have going on. The leopard printed handbag and eggshell colored lace parasol are for walking later the afternoon sun.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – The mannequin needs a re-haul and the cocktail dress needs to be tended to.
Featured is a late 1960s Emilio Pucci cocktail dress I found thrifting many, many moons ago. I ran out of money when I spotted it, begging my sister to buy it for me. I have never worn it and it still has the thrift store tag on it. When found, it was in very good condition but since the multiple moves to various states I hang my head low in shame. Honestly, it needs a good cleaning and some of its’ snap fasteners can be tightened up. Paired with this groovy piece, pink wavy framed sunshades, a grey beaded necklace with oversized crystal, blond wood bracelets, black plastic hard shell lip-shaped clutch [all from various vendors at AliExpress] and a pair of black patent leather, pointed toe slingbacks [Qupid]. This outfit is pure sunshine and just a bit snobby. It’s love.
As for the mannequin, its’ legs [I feel] are ill-fitted. Perhaps there is a trick to get it to stand where the garments do not bunch up or slide off. I have one fully functional arm/hand to work with and no assistant, so I have got to be crafty. Add: After this shoot wrapped up, its’ [the mannequin] glass base shattered into raindrop-sized pieces.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Nothing special is going on. In my personal life, I am trying to find options to manage chronic pain as well as line up medical appointments to make sure everything is in order. The shots above were taken of an outfit I wore last night and roughly two weeks ago. This is today’s feature.
The western-style sundress with Vargas-esque cowgirl print [Queen of Hollowdy] is a comfortable piece as it is made from a cotton blend. I initially ordered this item in red but the vendor ran out so I chose black.
The multi-colored woven tote bag and most of my assorted bangles were found thrifting. The two-tone sunglasses, leopard-print textured belt, red beaded necklace and sheer black scarf I nabbed from AliExpress. The gold and silver Polly of Hollywood-style mules complete The Look [Patricia Field for Payless ].
This outfit is fun, flirty and functional. It is a simple look if I want to go to market or go to a local bar. Hair and makeup can be clean and not so fussy. The same goes with those accessories. Dress it up or dress it down.
Athens, Georgia – Last Friday night in northeast Georgia. It was pouring rain on and off. Spent not enough days with a long-time best friend. Day one of Hot Corner was a wash. Plans were cancelled to meet with Instagram co-horts which I was bummed about but quickly got over. I found something for me to get into: Creature Comforts’ Athena Paradiso and a late-night punk showcase at Go bar. Left the joint well-before closing time [A first!] and was witness to a new favorite band, Rottweiler.
My outfit for the evening went a little something like this: tropical wide-leg jumpsuit [Vadim], gold circular earrings + gold ‘D’ bamboo necklace + assorted wood bangles [AliExpress], black sheer long scarf [worn as a belt] [thrift store find], black circular handbag with silver hardware [AliExpress] and brown leather and wood high heeled sandals [Envy]. Overall, a tribute to the 1940s donning nothing but modernwear. It may not have been fitting for a punk show but it did the job.