Most people know me to be a bit of a coffee addict, however I managed to become quite the connaisseur of tea while living in New Orleans many years ago. Instead of engaging in our usual afternoon cocktail hour, my friends and I would occasionally organize fabulous tea parties. Inspired by the fine English tradition of afternoon tea, these little get-togethers were a way to relax with the simple pleasures of a fine beverage and good conversation.
The “Tea Time” style group is dedicated to the diverse personalities that made up my little tea parties. The top and skirt embrace the tradition of English plaid contrasted with London 1970’s punk style. The matching pillbox hat has classic vintage allure with the spooky twist of a Kustom Voodoo skull flower. The “Tea Time” necklace is a captivating piece comprised of a skeleton key pendant accentuated by a ruby red rosary style chain.
From my tea party to yours, wishing you all the best in 2014!
Unlike much of today’s fashion, vintage wardrobe maintained a delightful balance between sex appeal and class. I fell in love with retro fashion many years ago upon realizing that the perfect dress resembles a magic potion. The right outfit can instill confidence in the lucky lady who wears it as well as mesmerize those who lay their eyes upon her. The appeal of retro style for me has always been the flirtatious, feminine nature. Fashion has gone through some treacherous phases, but mid-century chic still holds true as the era of celebrating classic curves and seductive silhouettes.
Our new “Tease” dress was designed to put the wiggle in your walk and ensure that you will be the belle of the ball. This sassy little number is a triple threat complete with a sweetheart neckline, bold contrast belt, and stretch twill pencil skirt. You can’t go wrong with the winning combination of vibrant colors, polka-dots, and spooky prints! Our “Vegas Vixen Flower” hair clip is a delightful accessory and looks smashing when paired with the “Movie Monsters” colorway.
While on the subject of being a tease, be sure to check out our awesome interview with burlesque bad girl, Little Miss Risk. We had a blast discussing her role in the horror hit “American Mary”, antique erotica, and why she should be on a hidden camera show.
In closing, just remember what someone wise once said, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it”!
Several years ago I had the pleasure of visiting the enchanting country of Finland. My intention was to eventually travel to Denmark and Sweden, yet that plan was derailed as I found myself inexplicably drawn to the city of Helsinki.
I had such an incredible time discovering all of the Helsinki’s nuances and was grateful for my dear friend Judi as she was an excellent tour guide! Whether I was wandering the cobblestone streets or hiking through countryside, I was spellbound by everything Helsinki had to offer.
The “Helsinki Honey” dress is my tribute to the city that stole my heart. I brought quite a few outfits with me to Finland, but there was one particular silhouette that transitioned best from daytime exploring to nighttime trouble making. Offered in three vibrant colorways, “Helsinki Honey” makes a great accomplice on your next adventure!
I recently had the honor of appearing on the Hollywood Noir makeup website! I have been a fan of Ashley’s work for quite some time and had a blast talking shop with her. If you haven’t checked out the Hollywood Noir YouTube channel I highly recommend it as she posts some of the most articulate and creative tutorials I have stumbled upon!
As a designer, I depend greatly upon many talented people to help make my creations come to life. The photographers I work with capture timeless imagery. The makeup and hair artists I have the pleasure of knowing can take a beautiful girl and find unique ways to bring out her best assets. Last but not least, I am forever indebted to my incredible models. When I compose a look, I always imagine that the model is a living doll. One could even say that the model is the vehicle by which everything comes together.
I have worked with many amazing women over the years. Sometimes I fall so head over heels that I name dresses after them! The latest darling to steal my heart goes by the name of Moxie Macabre.
Painting by Moxie Macabre
Moxie is one of the most interesting creatures I have ever encountered. Besides being drop dead gorgeous, she is a seamstress, comic book junkie, and accomplished artist. She is an avid antique hunter and lives to play dress up. Moxie is also incredibly sweet and funny, which makes our photo shoot adventures even more fabulous. Our most recent shoot took place at Atomic Liquors here in Las Vegas and we had a blast! The dynamic photography team Square Shooting was there to snap some awesome images in one of Sin City’s coolest historical hotspots.
When I first came across the multi-colored argyle fabric, I knew that I had to design something adorable and vibrant. I immediately imagined how cute the colors would look on lovely Moxie and it was all downhill from there! Before I knew it, the“Foxy Moxie” dress was stitched up and ready for playtime. The a-line silhouette is perfect for summer and I couldn’t pass up adding a chic retro kitty cameo. I discovered some beautifully detailed sugar skull beads and made the new“Sugar Skull” flower hair clips. These spooky little flowers add a generous splash of pigment to any outfit and look especially gorgeous when both colors are worn together.
I hope you’ve fallen desperately in love with “Foxy Moxie”. Next stop is the “Casino Queen” dress which will be available in a couple of weeks! As always, thanks for the support!
Introducing “Storyville”, the first one of a kind piece to ever appear on our official website! Inspired by the years I spent living in New Orleans, this curve hugging black and white ensemble is a guaranteed show stopper.
When one is strolling down the weathered streets of the Big Easy, it’s hard not to imagine the decadent lifestyle of the notorious district formerly known as “Storyville”. One of the first things that struck me upon visiting New Orleans for the first time was the beautiful architecture and history that seemed to live inside of every structure, lamp post, and weeping willow. My first New Orleans apartment was located at the far end of Bourbon Street and I used to spend hours on my balcony watching the people milling about below. I would often imagine that I was somehow transported back in time, existing among the jazz enthusiasts, rowdy bar hoppers, and all others who were up to no good in the French Quarter.
I was somewhat obsessed with Victorian clothing while I was growing up and had this idea that everyone from that era was stuffy, refined, and unnaturally elegant. It has become delightfully apparent to me that this was not always the case and Storyville successfully shatters the pervasive myth. An area designed to contain illegal and debaucherous activity, this hot bed of bump and grind thrived for almost half a century before finally being shut down in 1917.
I believe that although the times may change, people really don’t. Regardless of the rules, there are always those who live to break them. We are the misfits, the instigators, the tricksters with contagious laughter who dance in the rain and have bourbon for breakfast. A non-conformist by nature, I can’t imagine what else to do with my time except design sinister and seductive dresses for ridiculously beautiful women. So let’s turn off the television, slip into something devious, and have a cocktail or two in the city that care forgot.