Archive for the ‘Vintage’ Category

Counting the DAYS…

August 11, 2009



It is only Tuesday but I am counting down the days for our trip to the desert.  To the Integratron for the meteor shower + sound bath, Joshua Tree, and Palm Springs.  Here are some photos of ACE Hotel, where we’ll be staying.

I’m looking forward to the stars, sweating, and laying by the pool in 104 degree heat.



August 10, 2009



images via Paper Mode

Sigh.  What to say when you see images that can be interpreted as culturally insensitive but still absolutely love the beauty found in them.  I came across these while looking for some stimuli.

I am currently working on my inspiration board for Fashion Intel while simultaneously re-designing the site with some friends.  Wanted: more images of Indian jewelry, the occult, gold, s+m, Dia de los Muertos, Santa Muerte, Anger stills, geodes, Gorgoroth, zodiac symbols, on and on.  These are interests of mine that I have seen pop up all over the place as trends and quite frankly I am baffled. OK, I exaggerated, we all know that some things on that list will never be trends, hopefully.

I read a lot of fashion blogs. I mean A LOT.  And I love them.  But who knew everyone would be dressed like they had a closet full of black metal records or that they wanted to be chocked with a rubber ball gag.  Who knew?


July 17, 2009





I loathe it when people ask “are you a shoe or bag person?”  Not just because the question has been asked 1 zillion times, but because the questioner always fails to throw jewelry into that cliched ultimatum.  My answer would be jewelry in case you were asking.

These are two necklaces that I acquired these past two weeks.  One is vintage and from Reno, the other from Forever 21.  I’ll let you guess which is which.  Upon spotting them I was whisked away to Dries Van Noten land and there was no turning back.  They reminded me of that amazing gold cluster necklace I recently saw on the runway that turned my knees into butter.  Nowhere near identical but definitely in the same family.

I promised lots of people that I’d start posting some more of my style on Fashion Intel.  Maybe it will help you get better acquainted with who I am?  You’ll definitely be seeing lots of

1  jewelry 2 black 3 gold 4 s+m shoes 5 vintage

You won’t be seeing the following

1 80s fashion 2 “it items” 3 frowns 4 bad model poses 5 cliches/platitudes

Thanks for reading.  Have a lovely weekend.

Made in Alaska

January 9, 2009


This is one of the most amazing pieces of vintage jewelry I have ever acquired.  I had mentioned this brooch earlier this week when describing my adventures in San Francisco.  It is made of a hand-carved piece of wood and what I am guessing is fox fur.  On the back, there is an carved emblem which represents the indigenous Alaskan people who created this masterpiece.

The craftsmanship is nothing short of impressive and I wish we could develop more fair-trade organizations that could  support indigenous communities who made  beautiful authentic jewelry as I was so lucky to come across.

From Burlesque to Couture

November 17, 2008


If you don’t have plans tonight, here are two options:

  1. Meet Liz Goldwyn, Dita Von Teese & Ava Garter over at LACMA.  If you have $50 [$30 for members] you can indulge yourself in the world of burlesque.  Description as follows: “Based on her HBO documentary and book, Pretty Things, the fabulous Liz Goldwyn will take us into the world of burlesque, where satire meets glamour, providing us with an in-depth look at the women, designers, and costumes of the last generation of American burlesque queens. Following the discussion Liz and Dita will introduce one of the rising stars in neo-burlesque,  their  protégé, Ava Garter, who will cap the night off with an exciting performance full of grace and glamour.  Cocktail reception and book signings to follow on the Los Angeles Times Central Court. To purchase tickets, call the LACMA Box Office at 323-857-6010 or purchase tickets online
  2. sunshineSee my fabulous friend Sunshine play bass for Nikki Obscure tonight.  They’re playing a free show at The Echo, 9pm.  I might be there, I might not.  But don’t miss Sunshine because she’s one of the most stylish girls in L.A., maybe the world.

Greetings from the Desert

October 20, 2008

photo: The Integratron

I am back after a delightful vacation to the desert.  Growing up, my family and I would go to Palm Springs every summer and lounge at the condo.  I remember fondly the lightning storms, bbqs and non-stop swimming.  Now when I visit, I look forward to the food, hotels, and best vintage shopping I’ve ever come across!  Though I did not leave with a new wardrobe, I did stumble upon some fabulous stores and bought enough housewares to fill up the back seat of our rental car.

This was our Villa at The Viceroy.  When you realize how badly you must go to the desert, please chose The Viceroy, as they have lovely rooms matched by an ever accommodating staff.   Their spa Estrella was absolutely magnificent, and if you love great design, do not miss this gem designed by Kelly Wearstler.

We always spend a lot of time at The Parker, because they have my favorite breakfast/brunch/lunch in all of Palm Springs – Norma’s.  I can attest that I drank the best glass of fresh squeezed orange juice in my life here, and for $8 I guess it should be.  This hotel is a favorite of mine as it was designed by the uber talented Jonathan Adler.  I was so tempted to walk away with just about everything on display – even the salt shakers at the restaurant, but they’re green and they don’t match our scheme at home.

We crashed a wedding in the Gene Autry Villa at The Parker, and there was a lovely photo of Jackie O. in the bathroom.  Not to mention some Hermes soap I snagged on my way out.

Thanks to Vintage L.A. – a must own book for any Californian – I stopped by a great vintage shop called Dazzles.  This jewelry case is just a glimpse of the glory of this shop.  We left with a mid-century modern drinking glass set, but there were so many baubles that I was drooling over. Sigh.

There is no shortage of thrift stores in Palm Springs.  Angel Views are all over the desert, and I have never walked away without finding something terrific.  Though most items in these stores are marked way under $10, I came across some vintage St. John knit dresses going for $150.  What?  This is a thrift store, not a vintage store, run soley on donations – not cool.  I snapped this shot with my blackberry so I could remember this remarkable neckline.

In Thrift I Trust

September 25, 2008

In case you had not heard, the United States has fallen into an economic apocalypse.  It would inappropriate for me to not address those circumstances considering many of the high priced items featured on this blog.  Nonetheless, one cannot throw their love for fashion out the window simply because of hard times, but maybe they could throw their shrinking wallet towards a thrift store.

I have been thrifting since the age of 2.  For twenty one years I always had the same thrifting partner – my grandma.  As much as I’d love to write about her, I cannot as it is too difficult considering she hasn’t been well lately and I’ll simply cry.  In fact, I haven’t thrifted much lately because it reminds me too much of her.  I know she would hate that, so I have been trying to get out and do what she taught me best – thrift!  She and I were crazed, and I have never met anyone else who could go all day thrift store to thrift store like my grandma Tillie.  Too be honest, I sometimes tire my boyfriend out and he is also an experienced thrifter.

If money is tight or your dying for some one of a kind pieces, I advise you to support your local thrift store.  Make a donation while your at it.  I recently gave away a couple of Marc Jacobs pieces and I am so excited for the person who finds them.  Keep your eye out for my Fashion Big Sisters program!

Here is what I’ve got this past month: Chloé mustard cropped jacket with gold buttons, St. John by Marie Gray striped gold and black skirt, and a Christian Dior purple jungle print scarf.  All VINTAGE.

Can someone tell me what year the Chloé is from?  Lagerfeld?