Monday, November 7, 2011

1951 Chevy Deluxe - 2 Door Hardtop - For Sale !!

As many of you may already know, I have a gorgeous 1951 Chevy Deluxe just sitting in TX waiting for my return. Her name is Nancy, and she is QUITE the looker... ;)

Here is the Ad on eBay:
eBay - 1951 Chevy Deluxe - 2 Door Hardtop

Unfortunately- for Nancy at least, I don't have any plans to return to Austin ...

And as much as I would love to bring her out to San Francisco, the poor girl simply can't be parked on the street and driven up some of the steepest hills in the city to my house in the Twin Peaks area.

She's just too fancy / too valuable to be treated like that. So I've decided to find her a new home. If any of you know of anyone looking for a gorgeous classic car, feel free to have them shoot me a quick email!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Some Say Disney World is the Most Magical Place on Earth ... I say Coney Island.

Circa 1950-something...

I'm not kidding. You may have been out there a time or two in the last 10 years or so, but what you see now is definitely not what used to be.

What used to be was one of the most entertaining spots on earth! People flocked from all over the world to experience the thrilling rides, intriguing freak shows and all too famous hot dogs.

Yes. I would give my right arm to insert myself into one of the photographs below. I think this looks like a rockin' good time. Know what I mean, jelly bean?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Angie Pontani. Too Cute For Words.

Rather than write a bunch of dribble about how fantastic a burlesque performer Angie really is ... how about we just watch a little footage, eh?

I will say, I think she's the cutest thing since mini-cupcakes.
Enjoy! I think this could stand to make any man a Mets fan. ;)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Diane Naegel Loses Her Battle With Breast Cancer

This evening I was looking online for video coverage from the New York Burlesque Festival this past weekend, and came to learn that Diane Naegel lost her battle with breast cancer on September 25th.

Diane was 31 years old, yet already the publisher and designer of "Zelda - The Magazine of Vintage Nouveau." She was an incredible fashionista, and vintage aficionado who moved to New York City, met the love of her life - photographer and fiance Don Spiro - and ultimately made a name for herself in the community with the creation of Zelda and the Wit's End art deco / jazz soirees about town once a month.

She was known for "Always looking like a diva, but never acting like one." Now, that's a lesson for all the ladies. ;)
Jo Weldon, with the New York School of Burlesque will be hosting
burlesque classes for breast cancer patients and survivors starting December 4th, 2011, at the Wild Project in Diane's honor.

My heart goes out to Diane's family and friends. New York lost a very special gem this past week, and this crazy modern world lost a soul who truly appreciated the beauty and class of the past in a way that so often falls on deaf ears. So incredibly sad to lose someone so young, so talented and so beautiful.

Friday, September 30, 2011

I Haven't Even Read it Yet ... And I've Already "Liked" it on Facebook.

The End of Everything - Megan Abbott.
Like it Here.
Buy it Now. 

Megan Abbott, who I have definitely blogged about before, is an incredible author introduced to me by my dear friend Betsy. The majority of her books take place in the "Golden Age of Hollywood" ... but this book is set in the 80's, following the disappearance of a young girl in a suburban neighborhood, and her best friend who sets off in pursuit of answers to the mystery.

Her books are ALWAYS thrilling, and never lead you down the path you anticipate. I, for one, am super stoked to get this book in the mail.

More to come when I've finished it! ... ;)

Other favorites include ...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rare Bettie Page Photos

 I watched the Notorious Bettie Page the other night ... again ... and decided to do some good old fashioned "Google Research" on rare photos of the my favorite Pin-Up model. I think these are pretty incredible. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Brooklyn Legend - Patricia Hardy Dies at 80

One gorgeous woman, and one gorgeous woman alone has held the title of not only "Miss Coney Island" but also "Miss Brooklyn, "Miss Lowes" and "Miss Press Photographer of NY." Talk about a Brooklyn icon. And one incredible Irish-American beauty!

The unforgettable Miss Patricia Hardy has passed on, leaving us memories of Coney Island from days gone by, and the Brooklyn of the 1950's.

Her husband, veteran actor Richard Egan, was yet another Hollywood icon whom she met on set in 1956 and married in 1958. Not a bad lookin' fella' if I do say so myself.

Her Big Screen appearances included "Girls in the Night (1953) and Don’t Knock the Rock (1956) and TV gigs included Schlitz Playhouse (in an installment opposite James Dean), The Loretta Young Show, Lassie, Mike Hammer, State Trooper and Perry Mason."

Hardy also performed with famous NY comedians such as Jimmy Durante and
Danny Thomas at the famed Copacabana nightclub in New York City.

Beautiful, talented AND funny?? What a dame!
Brooklyn misses you already Patricia. RIP.
Here's to riding that big "Cyclone" in the sky!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Words of Wisdom From the Queen of Class

Isn't she just a doll?? 
How can a woman be so sexy and yet so classy at the same time? 
I strive each and every day to master what Miss Dita Von Teese has achieved. :)


Friday, June 24, 2011

The Million Dollar Dress

It's official folks.

Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from 1955 (which she struggled so gracefully to hold down over an NYC subway vent in "The Seven Year Itch") has sold in an auction for ..... WAIT for it ....  
5.6 MILLION dollars.

Incredible, yes?
I can't imagine an article of clothing being worth so much money, but then again, she was one in a million.

I hope they take proper care of it!
As far as I'm concerned, that dress belongs in a museum! :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tu Vuò Fà L'Americano - It Started in Naples

Last weekend we sat down with a bottle of Nebbiolo and a plate of salty Italian cheese to watch Sophia Loren in
"It Started in Naples" ... I mean, what could be better on a lazy Sunday afternoon, yes?

And let me tell you, Sophia was a knock out. She still is, in fact ... but her beauty was downright ethereal in the 60's.

I must say, the movie was absolutely adorable.

Yes, it can be a tad cheesy at times, but it's a classic... and most classics tend to be a tad cheesy, agreed?

But I absolutely love the burlesque scenes where Sophia works the nightclubs on the island of Capri.

And if I ever had a son, I would hope and pray that he was as cool and little Nando, seen on the right.

Definitely worth watching.
But if you don't foresee yourself sitting down with Italian wine and cheese for a Sunday matinee any time soon, I highly recommend you watch this scene below. Talk about smokin' !!

Ciao bella! ... ;)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

You Can Never Go Wrong with Bettie Page

The new job has me so swamped that I don't have any free time!! That is, any free time besides my occasional "Bettie Page Break."

Isn't she just the cutest darn thing you ever laid eyes on?

More writing to come soon, I promise ;)

In the meantime, a little more shakey-shakey for you Rockabilly lovin' fools ... 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Vintage Strip Tease for Your Lazy Sunday

All I have to say is, this came WAY before anyone ever coined the term "Pop Lock n' Drop it" or "Shake it Like a Salt Shaker" :) Enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Looking for Something to do Tonight??

Interested in going to prom ... again?

Then head over to the Milk Bar in SF!!

You can actually bust out your favorite bedazzled gown, and/or tuxedo and head to the Haight Street Hop for some ROCKIN' prom action. ;)

My favorite SF DJ, OkieOran, will be spinning "All 50's - All Night" ... and Wak Shack Salon will be there creating fabulous updo's for the ladies.

I mean, why not ... right??
You might just meet your Prom King/Queen! ;) 

Hope to see all you hot little Rockabilly ladies out tonight!

Monday, May 30, 2011

For the Love of Burlesque: Part 7

And today, I was feeling a bit Brooklyn... so I thought I would share with you some "Little Brooklyn" humor. ;)

This particular burlesque act had me falling out of my chair the first time I saw it in Manhattan.

Little Brooklyn, hands down, has the BEST facial expressions I've ever seen from a burlesque performer on stage.

No. Seriously.

This video doesn't do it justice, but if you ever have the honor of seeing her live ...

Please, for the love of God ... get a front row seat. 

Her eyebrows move in ways you didn't think possible. And she is absolutely sexy to boot!

This particular "Kong" act is by far one of my favorite burlesque performances.
Pure genius I tell you!!
I mean, she made her own "half-Kong-body suit" ...
Who thinks this stuff up???

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Beauty Mark

If I could ask "God" for 3 body modifications, here's what they would be.

1. A bigger booty. 

2. A couple of extra inches ...  vertically speaking. 

3. A beauty mark like Marilyn Monroe's.

Many people speculate that Marilyn's beauty mark was a fake.
But I must say, if it was, she was nothing if not consistent!

 Many years ago, I actually "purchased" said mole in the form of a piercing ... aptly named for Marilyn herself.

(Quite honestly, I got tired of the smeared black pencil that would inevitably make its way across my face by the end of the night. And a tattoo - I decided - would have just looked like a gigantic clogged pore) ...

So today, I went to a tattoo shop on Haight Street to get a black stone for my Marilyn piercing. This way, I can mimic the classic beauty's placement AND color with a smear free, sterling silver option. ;)

But it got me to thinking ... why do we call facial moles, "beauty marks" ??

What is it about this slight facial "abnormality" that causes such a stir?

Woman for generations have actually been penciling in "skin lesions" to make themselves more desirable.

Marilyn, Jean Harlow and even Cindy Crawford have been the talk of the town, with girls as far as Siberia stenciling moles to mimic these classic beauties.

But it seems that, as all things "beautiful" do ... beauty marks have their limits.

Location is key ... and Size is everything.  ;) ;)