Tuesday, July 28, 2015

La Vie En Swing

I love so many different vintage eras that its always difficult to choose one. Many of my friends see the 20s as my favorite, but there is something about the transition of the late 30s into the 40s fashion that really inspires me. Its the sleeves, the prints and the waistlines, not to mention the hair was also the best. There is one vintage inspired clothing company that is really doing the 40s well, La Vie En Swing. That's not all, they also have a selection of 20s - 30s dresses, tops and bottoms. I also love that the quality of the garments is really nice, beautiful buttons and lux fabrics. I was pleasantly surprised with this adorable set that I was given from La Vie En Swing. I do not do reviews often, but I really am glad to be able to share these designs with you. P.S. They have a men's line coming soon! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Otha's Coffee Brooklyn

Otha's Coffee in Brooklyn is one of my favorite new local spots. Not only is it the quintessential New York experience, nestled right under the J,M,Z Subway at Marcy Avenue, its also a got the coolest vintage diner vibe and menu. Ive completely fallen head over heels for walking under the above ground subway, the sun shining through the tracks, casting stripes of sunshine over the busy bustling street below.... and the doughnuts and coffee are amazing. It really makes me feel like a New Yorker. The owner was so kind to allow me to photograph my friend @noboringdays at the shop @Othasbrooklyn.

Model Danielle Gherman
Styling Paper Mothball Vintage
HMUA Danielle Gherman

Photography Laura Okita 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

I was so honored to photograph the gorgeous Gia Genevieve, who's career began with a true love for vintage fashion and has recently been featured on the cover of Playboy, March 2015. She does her own vintage inspired hair and makeup, and for this shoot, was inspired by the 60s and 70s. 

Taken on Polaroid and digital

Styling Paper Mothball Vintage
HMUA Gia Genevieve

Photography Laura Okita 


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Japan in August

I am really excited that we were able to book tickets to Japan once again for August. Every year we go back to Yokohama to see my husband's family. I cant wait to see everyone and to take lots of pictures! Im sharing a few of my favorites from the past few visits. 

If there are any vintage girls currently living in Japan Id love to hear from you. Also, I know a lot of you have been before, what do you recommend for site seeing that may be different from the tourist sites you might see on first trip visits? Id love to go somewhere more scenic outside of the city. xo

Tuesday, June 30, 2015



I had the opportunity to photograph my beautiful younger cousin while I was in Colorado last weekend. I had a go at doing her makeup and she always does the best job at her hair, I should get a lesson on how to curl with an iron from her. 
Long Vintage 1930s dress is from Cheshire Vintage.

Taken on Polaroid and digital

Model Madison Quinlan
Styling and Makeup Paper Mothball Vintage

Photography Laura Okita 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

What I wore to the Jazz Age Lawn Party

This is the last post in the series The Jazz Age Lawn Party 10th Year Anniversary, What I Wore. I have had so much fun meeting you all at the party, through social media and reading your comments online. Thank you to everyone who said, hi, read my posts, took my picture and allowed me to take yours.

The Jazz Age Lawn Party is a really special event and I enjoy taking the time to create a dress for it. I found the under romper at the Manhattan Vintage Show earlier this Spring. Its all one piece, with bust darts and adjustable straps, but no closure or buttons. You kind of have to shimmy into it. I love the vintage 1920s peachy color that seems to dominate lingerie at the time and had to wear it for the party. I decided to design the dress around the romper, allowing a bit of it to show through. The dress is 95% sewn by hand, made of beaded lace, silk organza and ribbon. There is a row of glass looped buttons down each side at the waist and beaded lace detailing the back of the yoke.

My hair is now about bust length and I was actually kind of nervous about getting it into a finger wave. I decided that the smaller the curl, the better it would wave. My usual hot roller set wasnt going to cut it. I do like to use pin curls from time to time, but with a lot of hair, they can also be difficult to get to stay in over night. I chose the small 5/8 inch foam rollers. I used 3 packs, about 30 rollers because you want to make sure each roller isnt too full. You also want to use a dryer on them to set before you go to sleep. If they do not completely dry all the way, you will end up with really sad limpy curls. I also hair spray and blow dry again right before I take them out. After that, I just follow the same steps as I do in my YouTube tutorial. Since I have such a nice strong curl going from the foam rollers, I just pin up the rest of the curls along the bottom of the finger wave. Sometimes I go in with a second set of duck curls (the long clips) and spray just to make sure the shape is exactly how I want it.

For makeup this year, I wanted something light and more natural than last year. What a perfect occasion to use my Besame Lipstick!

A few Polaroids

I just love the color and texture of instant film. It is totally different from digital or 35mm and 120mm film. I also find that the color is a little different each time, depending on the setting and surrounding colors. 

A little Press

I had the amazing opportunity to meet Lynn Yeager, an Editor at Vogue.com, which I mentioned before in the first post of this set. I was so excited to be featured on Vogue.com's Lessons in Eclectic Street Style and the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Thank you Lynn Yeager <3

You can also read my Recap  - Jazz Age Lawn Party, guest blogged on Lookbook.nu