Baltimore Style

So I was in a magazine (!!!!!!!) Life goal #247 complete.

Check it out:

Fresh Era

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I’ve been working on growing out my hair for the last two years- I keep going back to the pixie cut! The middy cut is really ideal for vintage hairstyles- it’s nice and layered and shows off pin curl sets nicely! My middy is getting a bit long but I’m ok with it!

After spending so much time looking at Pinterest and other vintage gal’s Instagrams for hair inspo, I’ve been getting a bit more bolder with trying new styles. So a little look back at the last few months of the hair evolution…


I do a mix of a wet set and hot rollers, depending on how much time I have available. I have notoriously thick Italian hair that is *mostly* straight (and highly damaged).

My hair was still really short, so I was pinning it up in buns and french twists and adding a lot of flowers in along with scarves. I’ve also been growing out my Bettie bangs so I’ve been trying to get them to have a bit more oomph in the front.. I feel like it’s the only thing that works with them!

Here I was trying to get my hair in more of a Pageboy style, as it was sorta getting more in that middy style I was hoping for. Again- flowers and scarves!

These were from last month! My hair was finally a good length and I could pull off a Pageboy/Lana Turner-esque look. Definitely one of my favorites! When I do my sets, I usually only use a setting lotion and hairspray, but last month I picked up Suavacita pomade (after stalking all the best vintage hair gals on Instagram!) and I have to say- it’s so very fantastic! The smell is great and it has a nice hold. I am a convert for sure!

Both of these are from the last few weeks, and were hastily done (neither wet set fully set sadly)


So this is from last week and you can see just how long my hair has gotten.


And now I’m back to my beloved pink!

All my scarves are vintage and my flowers are from Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers.


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Birthday Roadtrip 2016

Years ago, I lived out in California. I was still in the military and received orders to move to Texas. Knowing I was not supposed to make any stops in between, of COURSE I decided to stop over in Las Vegas! Bad idea. My car was broken into, and everything I owned (uniforms, clothing, books, dads, makeup, vintage(!!!) and paperwork was stolen. I ended up with a stolen identity and years of struggling to keep it from ruining my life. It wasn’t the greatest trip, but I don’t regret it- what I DO regret… is that I didn’t stop at the Grand Canyon on that trip.

For the last 10 years I’ve been kicking myself over a missed opportunity. So when I learned that 2016 was the 100th birthday of the US National Park Service, I knew that was what I really wanted to do. Thankfully my birthday lined up with the Park Service’s! I booked a flight out to Las Vegas and booked a car to drive out to the Grand Canyon. My dad, the Elvis-loving man he is, decided last minute to join me on my birthday road trip.


Meet up in the airport! Note my dad’s visibly “wtf is she wearing?” face.


Fun times with my dad’s favorite performer, Big Elvis.


My favorite representation of Art Deco, the Hoover Dam.



I couldn’t get over just how VAST the Canyon is…

After, my dad suggested we drive down to Sedona, Arizona to see the Red Rocks. The landscape was so otherworldly, it was hard to take it all in.

I wish I had better photos but the weather wasn’t the greatest (it stormed the majority of the time) and we all know I’m not the best photographer!

If you ever get the chance to go out to the Southwest- I highly encourage you to do so!


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New Year New Adventures!

I was definitely ready to put 2016 behind me. It was just not my year (and probably not many other’s either!) So I have to say 2017 is shaping up to be much better!

Some fun things to look forward to this year:

Dita Von Teese! Two other lovely vintage gals and myself will be seeing her in 3 weeks! I am so incredibly excited! I’ve been dying to see her for some time.

Scotland! A totally random moment when I bought a ticket to Edinburgh on a whim. Two months to go!

Viva Las Vegas 2017! I’ve been dyyyyyyiiiiiinnnnnng to go for years! Since this is Viva’s 20th year, I felt like there was no reason I should not go. It’s looking like a bunch of Baltimore Vintage Society guys and gals are going!

Australia and Fiji! So my little sister moved down there 3 years ago. She’s been trying to get me visit since… And I don’t like to fly. So.. it’s happening. And I’m sure I’m going to be taking a LOT of Xanax.

Buying a House! Seriously! I’m adulting! House porn. I’ve been looking at it. I think I have like 30 houses saved on my phone right now.. one in particular I’ve been dreaming about… le sigh.

Those are just a few of the things I’m super excited about this year. What are yours?


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Meowy Christmas!


From my crazy family to yours! Happy Holidays!

xo Jaye, Snacks, Waffles and Cranberries the Fish

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Happy November! I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. I am a huge holiday lover and try to go all out decorating. I got an early start- September 3rd! Blame Target for their awesome Halloween decor. As excited as I was to decorate as soon as possible, I wasn’t really feeling getting dressed up in the days leading up to it. So much that I ended up reviving last year’s costume.

What was I last year? A black and white movie. 

I went for an earlier 30s vibe with my clothing. This year I couldn’t fit in anything (thanks pizza ass!) so I went more 50s to accommodate my… assets.

This year’s black and white movie:

This one was a bit more hastily done- you can see my makeup is quite streaky.

For comparison (my coworkers):

I’m rather pleased how this year’s came out seeing that I wasn’t really in the Halloween spirit by the time it rolled around. I think exhaustion from the previous few weeks (weddings, non stop work and the flu) really weighed down on me so I’m glad something came together in time.

And well.. because I’m a dirty ole broad…



Your Boo, Jaye

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Baltimore Historical Crime Tour

Last night I teamed up with Jeff Bejma, a loca historian who just published a book on Fells Point history, for a Historical Crime Tour of Baltimore focusing on the 1850-1860s era and how essentially Baltimore earned the nickname “Mobtown.”

We had several members of the Baltimore Historical Society join us, as well as several of my coworkers and clients from the barbershop I work at. 

I tried to document the evening but instead I was too engrossed in Jeff’s talk! I’m going to post info about his book soon so that anyone who is interested can check it out!

I was able to remember to take two photos- the first from the beginning of the evening at QG. Jeff is behind the bar (he’s BMore’s finest bartender!) and the second is him talking about the area where Edgar Allen Poe was kidnapped. We are standing in the Inner Harbor, and Poe had been abducted a few blocks north. 

This tour really got me interested in Maryland history and Baltimore history in particular. I really want to check out the rest of the tours in the city! It being October, there’s several haunted ones here, so I think they should be the first on my list!

Any suggestions? 🙂



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Waffles needs your vote!

I adopted Waffles this past March as you guys know. He came from a local shelter, BARCS, who does such awesome things in Baltimore. They are doing a fundraiser called Whiskers and Wine- the winning cat or dog gets their photo on a wine label and the wines are sold to the public! 

He needs your votes! You have til midnight to vote for him:) he’s currently in 3rd.

You need a Facebook account, and all you have to do is like the photo!

Click here to vote for Waffles!

Share! Vote! Waffles!



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Outfit updates!

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you probably should! I post my outfits on there and it’s generally the only social media platform I partake in. There should be small icons to the right that will take you right to my page!

But, since you’re here to see outfits- here you go!

The first few are from my birthday trip to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Sedona at the end of August, and the last few are some outfits for the Baltimore Vintage Society and work. Hope you enjoyed!

I know I keep saying I will blog more often, but the truth is that at the end of a log day, the last thing I want to do is open my laptop and do more WORK. And since I’m fairly technology-adverse, it’s taken me a while to actually get around to downloading the WordPress app… But I did! So this will make t much easier for me (and you!) to stay updated. (Also I have a bunch of coworkers and friends who are trying to keep me accountable!)

Also a lovely welcome to all my recent followers! Hi Rico! Hi Angela! Hi Jim! Hi Steve! Hi Krista! And all the others! Big hellos and welcomes to you all! I appreciate it:)



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BMore Vintage

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally created a group on Facebook for Vintage and Retro lovers of the Baltimore City area. One of my clients had talked me into doing it, so we could organize a Tweed Ride and various other activities. Check it out!

Baltimore Vintage Society



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