Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Winter in New York

If you follow the vintage scene online, you have surely found one of the vintage pinup queens Winny. I was really excited for her when I found out that she had started her own line of vintage inspired fashion Le Palais Vintage. Of course when I was approached by her, I was more than happy to share her lovely designs. It is so great to see brands emerging from girls like us, bloggers, models and artists. Her dresses have that ultra feminine flair of full skirts and volume, tempered with sexy wiggle skirts and playful boy shorts. I was delighted to be gifted this set of a green 1950s inspired wiggle dress with bodice details including fabulous darts, embroidery cutout and cross front button, complete with a metal back zip, and paired with a silk full swing coat lined in a contrasting pretty pink. From a girl who sews, I can say that this dress really received carefully crafted details. 

My friend Maura from Halcyon Fair was visiting me for the week. I had so much fun taking these pictures with her, even though it was only 30 degrees! 

It is winter, as all of us are by this time fully and painfully aware, except for our sunning beach friends in Australia, who must be enjoying flip flops and iced teas. We in New York, however, are sipping hot cocoa by the fire, preparing to brave the snow as we deliberate upon what we are willing to sacrifice in the name of fashion to Jack Frost and the possibility of running for dear life from an abdominal snow man lurking down 5th Avenue. This winter I have found a little help from Khombu boots. They are water proof and super soft inside, warm enough that you can wear your nylons without extra socks and the best part, they are so light that when I change into my heels, carrying them does not become a burden. I do not walk through the slushy iced streets of New York in my heels. From being a model for over 10 years in the city, Ive just learned its more practical to wear good shoes. These boots are black and chic and I think a fun winter addition to a vintage wardrobe.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gallery Representation in New York City at the Lilac Gallery

I am so thrilled and honored to be included in an all female artist exhibit, "Stepping Out in New York City" at the Lilac Gallery in New York City. My vintage inspired photography self portraits and other photography work will be showing from January 28th to February 25th. It has been such an exciting process to see my images come to life and I hope to see you at the opening to share this celebration with me. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Paper Doll

I loved playing with paper dolls growing up. I remember cutting them out and putting the outfits together. These memories inspired me to create my own version of a paper doll. I drew a few fashion design illustrations and combined them with backdrops made from some of my film photography in both 35mm and 120mm film. Just a fun little project in illustration and film to beat the winter freeze! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Waiting for My Love

There is a special brasserie just across the river, where cozy corners lit with candles shelter out the howling wind and biting cold. Aromas from the kitchen invite you in with the promise of a hunger to be well satiated. You may find adventurous escargot and fancy treats of tartare delight, while savory dishes remind of home and warm the heart. It is there, between the old brick walls that I meet my love. His eyes sparkle from the dancing flicker of the lights, his smile outshining them all with love mirrored in my own reflection of momentary bliss. 

I had the opportunity to take a few photos at our favorite restaurant, Le Barricou, in Brooklyn. I love French food. It has such a rich complexity, yet can showcase simple fresh ingredients, which is precisely what they do at this neighborhood brasserie. It is something about the presentation in French dining, or the atmosphere, centuries of dining culture refined into one evening that cannot be resisted. I love French food, and Le Barricou is my favorite place to enjoy it. Everything is perfect from the menu to the atmosphere. It feels lavish, but not pretentious, and of course has that little touch of vintage. 

I always dine there with my husband, who was there to assist me with taking pictures this time. I hadnt known for sure when I would post the pictures with a busy holiday schedule on the horizon. I somehow subconsciously evoked a feeling of waiting while posing in the pictures. It is strangely fitting that I now post the pictures while my husband is traveling for work. I am waiting for him to return. 

I found this vintage 1940s dress set at ShopKLAD. Just like the details that go into great cuisine, there is nothing like a well sewn garment. This fun novelty printed peplum jacket and dress are made to perfection, complete with hand made shoulder pads and fabric covered buttons, quality and uniqueness quite typical of items found at ShopKLAD. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful 2014 and will enjoy an even better year in 2015. 
 For my first post of the year, Im sharing my last set from Texas. I was inspired by my Brother-in-law's amazing 1973 Dodge Charger to try out a 70s look. This year I hope to bring a new variety of work, photography, travel and events to my blog, starting with this retro dress I found the last time I was in Japan. 

Photography Laura Okita

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Im off on my way home to Colorado for Christmas. I wanted to share my favorite holiday look from last year with you. Lets take a break, relax and enjoy our friends, families and loved ones.

I will be back in the new year with more vintage, videos and photos. I love all your comments and inspirations. Thank you for sharing a wonderful 2014 with me!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

6th Annual Winter Ball II

This past Saturday, December 13th was the 6th Annual Winter Ball hosted by Michael Arenella and the Jazz Age Lawn Party. After attending the summer lawn party, the perfect relaxing afternoon for jazz, tea and gin, I knew that this night would be an evening filled with glamour, and the excitement of cocktails fashioned by Julie Reiner and dancing fit for the prohibition. 

A ball with no dress, I was feeling distressed... but was really excited to get to wear this stunning art deco inspired dress from Bariano and am all too sad that it shall disappear at the stroke of midnight. Flower headpiece gifted by Fairytale Flower with pearls gifted from Halcyon Fair.

Not to be alone at the ball, especially on my birthday, my charming husband joined to collaborate taking pictures with me. You will spot him as the handsome guy later in the photos ;)

If you were not able to join us this past weekend, pencil in February 14th on your calendar for ththe 6th Annual Sweetheart Soirée at Norwood.

Photography by Yusuke Okita
Color correct and retouch editing by Laura Okita

The Winter Ball

Swinging jazz got the party going by The Michael Arenella Band, joined by Gregory Moore and The Dreamland Follies, The Minsky Sisters and Nicole Renaud. 

What would the holiday party of the season be without Kris Kringle? I got my very own dance! I guess I have been good this year.

A fantastic evening, sure to put you in the holiday mood. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.