Rockabilly Essentials-Accessories

I’ve gotten asked a lot of questions of what are some essentials to creating your own rockabilly look if you are just starting out or if you want to incorporate a little vintage flair into your everyday look and style, and I’ve decided to list 10 essential accessories that can start you off creating your own rockabilly look. Here’s a video of me showing different accessories but I also provided more close-up photos to give you an idea.

** This blog post and video are just ideas to inspire you. Make your own style your own and most importantly, have fun with your look!

1. High Waisted Shorts/Pants/Capries

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2. Cardigans- Pick out at any cardigan that shoots you, for example, animal print, flowers, cupcakes, etc. Button the top button and you definitely have a rockabilly, vintage, pinup look.

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3. Everyday purse- For a rockabilly purse for running errands, have a big purse so you can keep all your purse items in them such as your makeup bag, glasses, big wallets, pens, etc.

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4. Wow Purses- This means for cocktail parties, fancy dinners and more.

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5. Everyday Shoes- For me, everyday shoes means wedges, flats, and espadrilles for running errands.

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6. Wow Shoes- Like the wow purses above, you need a sexy pair of heels/shoes for cocktails, parties, and more.

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7. Red Cotton Scarves and silk scarves- It’s great to have a collections of different scarves you like because you can wear them in a variety of ways; tied around your neck, in your back pocket, in you hair in different ways, and more.

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8. Hair Flowers and Accessories- Many ways to wear flowers and cute rockabilly/vintage hair clips.

9. Jewelry- If you love or want some vintage/pinup/rockabilly jewelry, some ideas can be mermaids, anchors, compasses, and more. Whatever your taste is.

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10. Sunglasses- There are so many cute rockabilly and pinup sunglasses on the market. Just a pair of sunglasses can change an ordinary outfit into a vintage look.

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All photos except mermaid “EVERYDAY PURSE” I didn’t shoot!

 

 

Pretty Ghouls

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Any of you that have known me more than a minute, know that I love jewelry, especially unique, one of a kind, handmade jewelry. With that said, I have a new piece to show off and a new shop to introduce called, “Pretty Ghouls.” I came across them and Sandy, the owner of Pretty Ghouls on their i.g link and contacted them immediately complimenting all the items that were posted. As I started looking more and more, I asked Sandy if she did special requests and told her what my idea was. I love the 1985 fantastical movie, “Legend,” starring Tom Cruise, Tim Curry, and Mia Sara. My favorite part of the film is when Tim Curry, who plays “Darkness,” tries to woo and seduce Mia Sara’s character, “Princess Lily.” By doing this, he transforms her into this dark beautiful princess. The dark princess is the the image I wanted to have made into a ring. When I told Sandy what I wanted, she was more than happy to make it for me.

From that point, we started communicating back and forth about the details and size of the ring and became friends. She is so cool and we actually don’t live that far from each other and plan on going out and tearing up the town sometime soon.

I was so excited to get my new jewelry and I love wearing it. If you are looking for some cool new jewelry or accessories that you can’t find anywhere, I definitely recommend Pretty Ghouls and all the treasures that come from them. Besides jewelry, she also makes and sells shirts, pillows, and more. Below is a little bio from Sandy on how she started Pretty Ghouls and what inspired her and how she partnered with her sister. Also below are all the links to Pretty Ghouls pages and an absolutely beautiful dedication to the girl’s mom. I also put a photo of Sandy and her sister below and just an example of some of the items Pretty Ghouls make.

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**”Hi my name is Sandy and I am the creator of Pretty Ghouls. It is a unique brand of jewelry, apparel and accessories for the strange and unusual like me. My jewelry includes earrings, rings and necklaces with various settings.  All jewelry is handmade, unique and some feature horror inspired images. They can also be customized to fit any style. My apparel features sarcastic dark humor that will add some creepiness to your life.

The inspiration for my designs include Halloween, fantasy, 80’s genre and basically anything nerdy or creepy. My fascination for creepy things definitely came from my Mom. She loved to decorate our house with deadly decor and scare me and my sister. The best memories I have are watching scary movies like Halloween, Gremlins and Lost Boys together. I like the Eighties because it’s the era I grew up in and the movies are timeless. Some of the movies from that decade I love are “Sixteen Candles,” “The Neverending Story,” and “Back to the Future.” My products reflect my interests and when you visit my online store you can see for yourself.

My passion for crafting and designing has led me to turn what I love to do into a business.  I decided to partner with my sister because when we were younger we used to make jewelry together and had so much fun. She loved the idea and Pretty Ghouls came alive! I am excited to bring my macabre and fantasy inspired brand to others. I’m sure we have what every “ghoul“ wants!”

Stay Creepy,

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“I would like to thank my mom for always encouraging me and my sister to believe in ourselves and never give up on our dreams. She is the reason for our love of all things weird and nerd.

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We love you mom! You’ll always be our Halloween Queen💚

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Springtime Style on a Budget

I recently had another guest blogger spot on my girlfriend Sarah’s blog, https://lifewithlilred.com/. You all remember the fun style swap her and I did, her as a pinup rockabilly chick and me as a preppy princess and I always love collaborating with her. 

This morning she posted the blog I wrote for her spring edition on her site and it had such a nice look and turn out that I wanted to put up my post here as well.  The topic of course was Spring and I decided to write a blog post entitled, “Springtime Style on a Budget.” Here it is. Hope you all enjoy and make sure to follow my blog if you aren’t already and to check out my fabulous girl Sarah’s blog as well.

SPRINGTIME STYLE ON A BUDGET:

If you are yearning for some new spring style items to add to your wardrobe but can’t afford or don’t want to buy new clothes or accessories, here are some ways to celebrate springtime without hurting your bank account:
1. Affordable Shops – If you are wanting some new floral clothes or just a new item in spring colors, check out shops like Ross or TJMaxx. They get new cute tops, bottoms, and even shoes for each season plus have designer items with prices that are a steal. Sometimes you have to scour the clothing racks for the perfect thing but you are guaranteed to always find something that you’ll love.
2. Accessorize – You can celebrate and update your spring fashion with cute little accessories such as hair flowers, floral head bands, scarves, jewelry, and more. Stores like Claire’s or similar places carry an enormous array of cute seasonal accessories for great deals.
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3. Makeup – If you don’t want to go crazy with a new wardrobe just for spring, you can celebrate the season with your makeup. This time of the year, you can find pastel and springy colored makeup like eye shadows and lipsticks in pinks, greens, and pretty shimmery colors. You don’t need to go to department stores or even Sephora if you don’t want to or are on a budget. CVS and Walgreens drugstores always have a huge selection of great quality makeup in every color that you can imagine for amazing prices.
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4. Hair – If you’re interested in trying more of a punk or rocker look for spring, you can buy clip in extensions in an array of different colors almost anywhere, including online. Or you can get hair chalk, which is temporary and can be found in drugstores and beauty supply shops. You’ll definitely have your own original look for the spring, while utilizing the “it” colors like jewel floral tones and pastels.
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5. DIY- If you’re an artistic or creative person, then your spring style ideas are pretty much endless. You can use your talent to make your own items and accessories with affordable supplies from places like Jo-Ann’s or other craft and fabric shops. Some examples include chokers made with silk ribbons in floral colors with cute charms or your own flower hair pieces, brooches, and corsages.
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These are just a few ideas to help you create your own original look and style for the upcoming season. Let these ideas and tips inspire you. Have fun with them and have a most wonderful spring.
*all pictures shot by me except photo of hair extensions.

My Gothic Mystery Bag

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This evening when I came home from work I found a special treat in my mail box. I was so excited. It was my Gothic Mystery Bag that I ordered last week. The bag was from Dysfunctional Doll and it’s a called a ” Gothic Mystery Bag,” because when you open it, you don’t know what surprises you’ll see inside. Each box is different and contains at least $50 (usually more) of apparel, jewelry, purses, and more. When I saw that the mystery box was available now, I thought it was such a fun and cool concept. It’s also perfect for a Halloween present or other occasions Because every box is different, it gives a nice personal and special feel to it.

Here are the items I received tonight which I absolutely love. I can’t wait to rock them out work tomorrow. There’s not one thing I don’t like or wouldn’t wear or use. 

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To get your Gothic Mystery Box, go to http://www.dysfunctionaldoll.com and make sure to out all their other goodies.

Horror Fashion

Anyone who knows me know that I’m a horror whore and absolutely love wearing horror fashion especially when I have handmade and one of a kind pieces just for me. I love mixing my spooky items with my other wardrobe pieces and here are just a very few of my horror and scary spooky things I own and love wearing.

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HERE’S JUST A TINY BIT OF MY HORROR AND SPOOKY STYLE COLLECTION! I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT!

20151229_184129 Skeleton brooch made by Flora Ronzone, costume and jewelry designer.  Spider garter made by CherryDarling. You can find her on etsy. Spider earrings and skull ring made by Betsey Johnson. White skull earrings are handmade.

20151229_184230 TOLD YOU I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT ROB ZOMBIE!!!!!!! Also is my Sherri Moon Zombie necklance and Ouija necklace, both custom made for me by “White Trash Jewelry,” on Etsy. They are awesome.

20151229_184402 My authentic “Lords of Salem,” sweater I made from me from a friend of mind from England mixed with my Living Dead Zombie Porno Queen Killer handbag made by Sourpuss I got as a gift years ago at the Philly tattoo convention for being one of the models.

20151229_184950 All 5 of these necklaces were created and designed by LunaMoonsVintage. I’ve become good friends with her and buy her items on instagram and etsy. From left to right; “Haunted Mansion Trapeze Girl”, “Handbook for the Recently Deceased”, “Hocus Pocus Spell Book”, “Frankenstein with his sexy Bride”, and “Igor’s Abby Normal” from Young Frankenstein. I plan on buying more from her soon.

Developing and Showing your Personal Style

  • I’m taking this line from Lana del Rey’s song, “Cola,” “I wear my diamonds on skid row.”  This is perfect for how I accessorize a lot of the time. I wear my expensive jewelry with casual outfits and mix and match. Why wait for a special occasion to bring out your diamonds, gold, and pearls? Enjoy what you have and wear them whenever you get the urge. Don’t let your jewelry go to waste!                                                                                                                           . Wear belts over long dresses, large shirts, and other large clothing items to show off your figure. If you don’t have a belt you like, use a fun scarf and tie it around your waist to give the same effect.                                                                                                                     . I love wearing high heels! Anyone who knows me knows I live in heels. I literally have one pair of sneakers and they are an old pair of Ed Hardys. To make your legs look longer, wear heels with no across ankle straps or if you don’t like wearing heels, wear flats with no straps. I own many shoes with straps but my already long legs look 10 times longer without straps.                                                                                              . Most important thing, don’t be afraid to stand out! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve gotten looks at the market or a store, which I take as a compliment. Especially when the people looking at me are wearing slippers, pajama pants, and a highschool hoodie.  I laugh at it. Don’t let anyone put you down for how you look ever!!!!!!