CoCo Chanel

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Her name was Gabrielle, her nickname was Mademoiselle but she will always be known as CoCo. By transforming practically into an aesthetic, she set women free and invented a style that both utterly personal and universally recognized.

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Elegance means being beautiful both on the inside and outside.

Mademoiselle Chanel was first inspired to create a shoulder bag, thus freeing women’s hands and radically changing their allure. (That idea works perfect on me with my hand bag collection.)

 Like I said above, I love handbags, not just Chanel but many brands and styles. You’ve seen my purse collection.

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With it’s quilted effect which was inspired by stable boy jackets, ely lids through the bag so the chain strap can pass and move., golden turn lock closer, the logo, double CC, top-stitched  in to the lining, and perfect proportions, the CHANEL BAG WAS DESTINED TO BECOME A LEGEND.

I thought this was so amazing Coco’s inspiration for creating her very first Chanel bag. I’ve always grown up and loved fashion no matter what style or fashion I was wearing and I always admired the fashion.

 Also besides my Chanel bags, I have other Coco Chanel art work that I treasure.

The first piece I want to show is my Vinyl Black Lips Surfer Girl. Black shiny lips and Kate Moss’s lips.

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I also have original early sketches and art work done by CoCo and Chanel.

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Hope you enjoy and definitely research into her, her fashion life, and her real life.

xoxo

 

$50 or less, Fashion and Style

  Ok so I know it’s been a few weeks since I posted my last 50 dollars or less fashion, with full outfits, etc., but there is a reason why. Last week I tried to do this article at TJ MAXX, since Crossroads was my last post, and it was a disaster. I usually go there for home goods instead of clothes and even though I went right when they opened on a week day first thing in the morning and it was already jam packed. I couldn’t even look through the clothes cause it was chaos. And in the home goods department, people were knocking down and breaking plates. It got so bad I started sweating with a panic attack and had to leave. 

A few days later, I stopped at Kohl’s which I love but last time I didn’t find anything I liked but I decided to give that same location another shot and I’m so glad I did cause I scored this time!!!!!

I love jumpsuits and pantsuits as a lot of you know and the moment I walked into the shop, I spotted a gorgeous navy blue pantsuit with vibrant flowers on it. It was originally 40 dollars but it was on sale for 25 dollars which was amazing. The next thing I saw were supported bralettes which were adorable. They were marked down to 9 dollars and then got an extra discount to bring it to 5 dollars. I bought this bright yellow mustard one to go with my pantsuit which you’ll see in the closeup. By the way, I plan on going back to get more bralettes in every color. You can wear them as crop tops also.

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The last thing I fell in love with was from my favorite brand there, Rock Rebel. It’s a soft black top  with criss cross sleeves, which I always love a peek a boo moment, with red roses on it. It’s so cute. The top was originally 25 dollars but was marked down to 15 dollars. I couldn’t believe my scores. My total purchase for three things was $45.00 including tax.  I love it!

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As far as big variety stores are concerned, definitely are Kohl’s and Target are my favorite. 

Hope you enjoyed this third edition of 50 dollar fashion or less. Stay tuned to the next one AND if YOU have suggestions of shops you want me to check out, please definitely leave you SUGGESTIONS in my COMMENTS section. 

XOXO CARLIE 

New Irridescent Classic Hollywood Flapper Dress

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0F6306F8-9E5B-41C2-82E6-E534195D454E      CFA1D4D5-8E1D-4820-B67E-57970293777CThis is my latest stunning dress that was gifted to me by someone close, from Sonja Morgan of New York. I’ve already worn this dress in several shoots and can’t wait to wear it out on s night on the town. It is so elegant and is perfect for every occasion, even grocery shopping for me, hehe seriously. 

Here are some of my fabulous photos in this fabulous dress! Please enjoy and leave your comments. 

My summer Barbie Mermaid hat fascinator

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   This is my latest creation from my girlfriend Debra Shirley and will be using this fascinator for many pinup photoshoots and magazines so stay tuned.  My Pinup theme for my summer issues will be queen of the mermaids. Make sure to subscribe to me if you haven’t already and leave your likes and comments. Thank you everyone and stay tuned for some amazing summer shoots. 

50 Dollar Fashion and Style

For my second shop to go to to find 50 dollar, or under 50 fashion, I ventured into CrossRoads Training. I’m sure most of you have heard of this place because it is a very big chain. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a consignment store where you can purchase clothes for cheaper prices, including some famous designer as well as you can bring your own clothes in to sell for money or store credit.

Today when I went inside, with my one small bag of clothes to sell, there was a big line for buyers and the store was greatly understaffed. Since I had time to kill, I began my 50 dollar shopping spree and let me tell you, I found some fun stuff.

The first thing that caught my eye were these incredible and iridescent hot pink and purple platforms. I had never seen a pair like that before and for only 28 dollars which in Hollywood would go for maybe 100 minimum. I had to snag those for this.

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The next thing I spotted in the accessory area was a really cool studded black wallet that could also work as a small purse. When I looked at the price I was shocked. It was originally $10.50 but was on sale for half off. That was crazy. Now at a lot of consignment stores will put their items on sale because of scratches or maybe missing threads, etc. but when I looked up close at the wallet, I really didn’t see any flaws or they were really minor.

 

 

 

The last thing I spotted was a beautiful tye dye snake print blouse in different shades of roses and pinks. It only cost $16.50 so it was definitely a steal.

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So here is my total for these items was only $49.99 dollars! Yay!

If you have never been to Crossroads, I definitely recommend it. When I lived in San Fransisco, I was there almost every week to see what goodies they had. Definitely look the locations near you and I almost forgot….. if you buy some thing there and then change your mind, even after wearing it. You can sell it back to them. A little piece of advice. hehe. Thank you everyone for enjoying this post and I wish you a great evening or morning depending where you live. 

xoxo

50 Dollar Fashion and Style

   I’ve decided to start going to shops, mostly local shops in my area to find outfits the are stylish and fashionable for fifty dollars and under. My husband actually came up with this idea which I thought was so cute and even though many others have done similar things, I plan on putting my vintage and rock spin onto it. 

   I haven’t decided yet it I’m going to do this every week or every two weeks but I think this will be fun. My goal is to find full or mostly full outfits for under fifty dollars to show as inspiration to everyone who feels that they have to spend loads of money to be able to showcase their fashion and unique style. Every thing I show off here is something that is my style and/or that I would wear.

   I was going to one of my favorite local vintage shops but they were closed for the day. Instead I started with Target. I know Target isn’t a unique store but I thought it would be cool to include Target in my list of fifty dollar fashion since Target is an extremely popular chain that everyone has access to in their area.

The first thing that my eyes immediately went to was a pair of these cheetah print jeans. Animal print and me? Duh! Haha They cost $28.00.

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   The next thing I spotted was a super cute black and red (my favorite color combo) Game of Thrones “Where are My Dragons” top for $14.00. I love that show and the “Mother of Dragons” is probably my favorite character. The next item I spotted was in the jewelry section which was near where I found both the pants and top. The next item I looked for was a cute pair of shoes to complete this look. To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t see anything that I would wear or that would go with this outfit but they did have a lot of styles that you might like to try in your Target locations so please don’t be discouraged that I didn’t find anything in the store location I went to. A lot of them were on sale as well. Instead I went to the jewelry section which was near where I found the pants and top. There I found this punk rock red “Rocky Horror” style lips necklace. It only was $6.00 so I had to get it.

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After the items I found, my total plus tax was literally $50.00 so it was perfect.

I hope you all liked what I chose and also the start of something new that I’m going to be doing for Bombshell.

 

My Fashion Mood of Today

 I accomplished a lot of things today. Errands, cleaning, organizing, doing my art, starting my first story, etc. and as a fun post, I wanted to share my outside look today and what I did when I got home.

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Sporting my “RedRum” lipstick, I didn’t have time to do my hair how I normally would’ve liked to because I was running late to an appointment, but I sported my cartoon “Beatles” tank that I first showed off in my “10 summer outfit” post last year with my black Peplum blazer, my dark denim jeans cuffed with my red and white bow high heels, and last but not least, my “AbbyNormal” (Young Frankenstein) necklace.

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When I got home, I washed my face, applied my favorite “Fresh” rose mask, and took a nice soak After I changed into one of my beautifully multi-colored kaftan that I had recently got that made me feel regal from the long flowing material. One of my projects today was organizing my closet wear I keep my wigs. I found one of my fun purple wigs that I never wear and decided to slip it in to get my “CREATIVE ORGANIZATIONAL” juices flowing. There was no way I was going to put my makeup back on but I applied my prismatic “Alien Tears” topper from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I completed my fun at home look with one of my many crystal pieces, my adventurine cluster hair comb.

Today wasn’t the day that I thought it would be when I woke up. It was better. I felt more positive about the day when I was out and about than when I first woke up. It was a good day and I encourage you all to something fun and kooky, like running around in a crazy wig, if you want to change your mood. Thank you all for reading about my day. Sending lots of love to you all.

Chrissy (kittens) Blake Feature from Passion Pinups

   Here’s my girl who created and runs Passion Pinup Magazine. Chrissy and I have developed a wonderful friendship and make sure to look for both of us in the upcoming Spring Issue that comes out March 21st so stay tuned. I’ve written a few articles on Passion Pinups Magazine on here several times but I wanted to do a feature on the lady who created this fabulous magazine.

 Here’s her bio where she talks about her relationship with her guy Brett, how they started dating, her art background, (which by the way I think that’s magical because you all know I went to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco) how they started Passion Pinups, and a lot more.

…ok, here we go!

” I think much like what you see on the instagram posts and facebook page this whole thing was a collaboration between myself and Brett.
We’ve been together for 14 years and I met him when I, I guess you would say, looked a lot different than I do now.
When we started dating he was very into photography and was doing a lot of action sports stuff for BMX. He’d always want to take pictures of me as well but when I would look at the photos, I was not happy with what I was seeing.
So we never really pursued anything with it. I guess what I mean is I felt constantly sick and was not comfortable with the way my body looked. One day while getting ready to go to work, I took a spill on our deck and severely sprained my knee and I resolved after that happened to try to figure out exactly why I was having issues with the way I felt physically and to figure out why I was unable to control my weight even though I worked out daily and watched my calories. I had a friend who told me all of the problems they used to have and how they were able to fix them by going on an elimination diet. Taking out all the known food allergens and they had discovered they were gluten intolerant. I used to always have (and still have to an extent) lots of issues with my gut. I decided that I needed to try to figure out what was causing these issues and this seemed like a good place to start. So I cut out all these possible allergens and started to feel so much better. This also had the side effect of it helping me to lose weight and I started to feel a bit better about the way I looked. One evening I came into the bedroom and Brett said “gee you look…different”. (Guys are quick on the uptake sometimes, lol). At that point I had lost about 35 pounds and was feeling so much better physically. I used to always joke with him that “if I ever got to “x” weight, WATCH OUT, because I am going there. Well, I got pretty close to where I wanted to be and we started talking. Brett likes to do fairy and pinup type art in 3D and I told him, I would so rock crazy outfits like what those girls you render wear, what do you think? Since he was into photography as well, like I mentioned, we discussed doing photos and started to try some different stuff.
It was very nice to finally be able to feel comfortable and not physically ill anymore so we started experimenting. Even though Brett was good at photoing action sports, taking pinup photos was a whole different realm for him. LOL. After some trial and error and lots of photoshoots and outfit buying I said to him, put some of these out there and see what response we get.
So we did. I was a little trepidatious at first because I started doing this in my early 40’s and wasn’t sure how I’d be taken but I figured it’s now or never so I came up with the name Chrissy “Kittens” and posted some photos on Facebook pinup pages. At one point the magazine Delicious Dolls shared out one of my photos and to my surprise it got thousands of likes! I was overwhelmed! It was very cool that others could see what the end result of my hard work was. So we kept taking photos and I would post on pinup pages and the like but never really pursued it because, like for so many of us, it’s just a hobby that I enjoy doing. Brett would send out photos to some of the magazines but we only really got one or two hits back for photos. I was having fun but felt like Brett and I were doing a lot of pretty good stuff and it was hard to get recognition! 
I have a background in pen and ink art and told Brett we should just do our own pinup magazine, because, well, we’re artists and we realize how hard it is to get in these magazines!  LOL. He loved the idea but then said, I only have you and a friend of ours as models, that’s not a lot to do a magazine! Well, I said, we gotta start somewhere. Put us in it and do some issues and we’ll keep putting it out there. I got on twitter and instagram and started to follow and like different pinups and artists and just said, “love to have you in our magazine”. It took some time but eventually a very nice burlesque promoter from the UK, Lady May J, got back to me and asked how she could help. I said, do you have anyone who would like to be in my magazine. “Sure thing hun” and that basically started it rolling forward. From there it began to snowball and now it’s becoming much easier to get people into the magazine and I finally have people asking me to be in there as opposed to going all over trying to find contributors.
It’s been awesome having the magazine evolve and I love seeing all the different contributors! I’m hoping that other women seeing this magazine being run by a pinup and also having a wonderful partner who supports them in whatever they love (Brett does a lot of supporting…I am also an avid animal lover and have…chickens, turtles, tortoises, spiders, dogs, cats, fish, snakes…) (CHRISSY GIRL, YOU’D LOVE MY THREE SNAKE TATTOOS I HAVE, HEHE. MY MOM USED TO RAISE SNAKES WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG AND I LOVE THEM. HEHE) will inspire them to take charge and make happen any dreams or ideas they may have.
I know personally how hard it is sometimes to work up the courage to say, I’m gonna do this and see where it leads, so I hope that by getting new people involved in the magazine and getting them recognized we help others being to pursue their dreams whatever they may be!

Ugh, there’s so much little nuances here and there that I could go into but that is the gist of it, lol. Essentially this whole thing from me doing pinup to starting the magazine was a collaboration of love between two people who believe in each other and try to lift each other up every day to wherever their passions may bring them.”

I loved reading Chrissy and her journey and like I said earlier, I’m so glad her any I have become good friends. I’ll post her social media info at the bottom. Enjoy these lovely photos of her in her everyday life. She is so beautiful and such a kind lady.

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the neighbors antique car

me and lily

midge on my head and lily in my arm

meds for milly!

crazy boots!

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Chrissy is so amazing and I know I’ve said this before but I’m very glad I met her. We have so much in common and just always seem to click. Here are her social media site info and stay tuned for the Spring Issue of Passion Pinups on March 21st!

INSTAGRAM: @chrissykittens, @passionpinups, @brettmiddaugh

WEBSITE: PASSIONPINUPS.COM/

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/passionpinupsmagazine/

TWITTER: @passionpinupmag 

 

 

 

 

Interview and Feature with Debra Shirley

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FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY, I got to interview and write a feature on the extremely talented hat and fascinator designer, Debra Shirley. You all know who she is from my Victorian photoshoot I did last year, my Burlesque shoot I did last year, my recent article on her with my latest hat from her in the, “BLACK VEILED BEAUTY” article, and more. If you haven’t seen all those posts, click on her tag here or type her name into SEARCH here to see all the posts I’ve done on her. 

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Here is my interview that I did with her. I absolutely am in love with Debra and her talent!!

1. How did you get into making these gorgeous hats, fascinators, and head pieces?
1).  Princess Diana inspired my love of hats at the age of 10, when I borrowed a book on her from the library. She was so stunningly beautiful in all of the hats that she wore that I’m certain she seared my 10 year old brain into linking beauty with hat wearing.  It did not occur to me that I could design hats until I was studying fashion design in my 20’s. Whatever class that I wanted to take during the summer was full and I did not want to remain idle so I ended up taking a Millinery class to keep busy.  I quickly became enamored with the art, and the skills involved in creating came oddly natural to me.
2. How long have you been designing your art?
2).  I first studied millinery in the 1990’s, and soon after was able to start a full time job as a Milliner in a high-end Bridal Salon in Chicago, designing wedding veils and headpieces. As can sometimes happen with trying to earn a living, I lost focus on my true passion for hats and playful headwear. It wasn’t until 2014 that I decided to devote time and energy into creating hats and fascinators and getting them out into the world.
3. Did you teach yourself or take a class when you were starting out?
3).  Veronica Chin, a very talented Milliner at Burning Bush Millinery was my millinery teacher when I first started out.  I took millinery 1, and 2 which is all that the school offered. The school ended up adding a 3rd level class to its curriculum, because of the interest of myself and a few other students at the time.  I learned classic techniques such as blocking, pattern making, wiring and embellishing.  I took what I learned and expanded as much as I could. Each time you make a new piece you can learn from it.
4. What are your favorite events to create your fascinators and hats for?
4).  I love to create hats and fascinators for any event that a woman wants to dress up for and feel fabulous. That could be a day at the horse races, a polo match, a ladies luncheon or even a special photo shoot!
5. What’s your main source of inspiration?
5).  Inspiration can strike in various ways. One of my favorite ways to be inspired is to work off of the colors or details in a dress or favorite outfit. I like to pull the concepts out of the print of a garment and bring them to “life” in headwear, as if the hat is an extension of the outfit.  Sometimes I am inspired by a separate component or embellishment such as a flower or feather.  One piece can get me excited and I start looking for other pieces to go along with it, until the next thing you know, its a finished hat!
6. What’s the best compliment that you have received from a client?
6).  The best compliment that I have ever received from a hat client?  It doesn’t get any better than  “I felt so beautiful wearing your creation” the key word is “felt”. I love when women “feel” beautiful  in addition to looking beautiful.
Debra and I have developed a great relationship and I’ve probably said this before but I’m so extremely happy that I met her and have become friends with her. I hope to see her soon. I hope you enjoy her beautiful photos to give you an idea of what she can create and make sure to check out all her sites.
P.S: Thank you Debra, my talented fellow artist friend!