Viva Las Vegas Day 2

Ugh. May was rough. But I’m back with the remainder of my Viva journey!

Day Two: The actual first day! Thursday I woke up nice and early (I can’t tell you how excited I was that I couldn’t sleep!) After a quick cup of coffee and getting ready- I was off! I headed over to The Orleans to meet up with Tara before we picked up Todd where he was staying on the strip. Tara had never been to Vegas and Todd hadn’t spent much time, so we decided to hop over to check it out.

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Lunch at Mon Amie, Gabi in The Paris.

 

Senor Frogs has the best stools! After we finished walking around, we headed back for the afternoon/evening festivities!

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The best thing about Thursday is that the vendors open for business! I wish I could upload the video I took of the vendor areas- but they were too large! I think I posted snippets on IG.

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Re-Mix shoes! Tried as I might, I couldn’t resist a pair! They have some lovely new canvas wedges that I fell for- and I’m so glad I got them! My feet WERE KILLING ME the whole time I was there- note to self- WEAR COMFY FLATS. Don’t even bother wearing cute heels. You’ll wear them for like 2 minutes.

After the vendors, we checked out a few more bands, then I headed back out to Frankie’s- a friend of mine from Baltimore just happened to be in Vegas and he wanted to meet up. He’s long teased me for my vintage-ness, so I wanted to bring him to Frankie’s…. he was pretty shocked to say the least! He was the odd one out:)

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Also. Ricky never smiles in photos. Ever. Even though he’s the biggest goof. Don’t let the grimace fool you- he was thrilled. ha.

Part 3 is on its way!

xo

Jaye

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Viva Day 1

I’m going to break this into a few posts, as I’m currently at work and don’t have access to all my photos!

If you’re in IG and follow any of the guys and gals in the vintage and Rockabilly community, then you know that Viva Las Vegas the 20th year just happened. After 10 years of deciding if I should go, I finally did it. I went on a shoestring budget but it was so so worth it!

At the last moment, my friend, Brandy, had to back out and I ended up solo. I missed you girl! She had been before so I had been relying on her guidance throughout the event- there is so much going on! It’s really overwhelming at just the sheer volume of things to do.

Vegas for one is sensory overload. Viva is moreso! I couldn’t get over it. You’re assaulted on all fronts- sights, sounds, smells, oh my! And it’s a lot to take in for an introvert like me. Yet, as exhausting as it all is, it was the most fun I’ve ever had.

While in the airport during a layover in Chicago, I met Elizabeth and her fiancé Steve and another guy, Todd. Elizabeth and Steve were awesome and were Viva veterans, so we met up with them a few times, and I cannot wait to see them again next year! Todd hadn’t been to Viva before like myself, so we ended up hanging out. I had posted in the VLV FB page that it was my first time and I was riding solo, and another gal, Tara from Atlanta reached out to me. She, Todd and I dubbed ourselves the Viva Virgins and stuck together throughout the trip. 


The Viva Virgins: Tara, Todd and Jaye

We all arrived on Wednesday, the day before the actual event. We got our wristbands that evening at the Orleans (Tara stayed there, Todd was at the Excalibur and I had an Airbnb) and ran into Miss Cherry Bomb and her lovely mom, Jo! Cherry won Best Dressed last year in the Pinup Competion! (Not that it’s hard to see why- she’s fabulous!)


That afternoon before we all met up, I had ventured out to the strip to see Big Elvis (my father’s favorite performer) at Harrah’s and play my lucky slot machine at The Mirage (it didn’t fail me again!)


After we mingled with the other early VLV-goers, Todd, Tara and I ended up grabbing dinner and talking about what got us all into the scene. It’s so awesome to meet other people who into the same things you are from all over the world. There’s not much of a scene in Baltimore, so it was really comforting to know I wasn’t alone!

Afterwards, Todd broke off to see some bands and Tara and I went to Frankie’s Tiki Room for a pre-weekender drink (or two!)


And we got to take our mugs home with us! How saucy is the naked lady?!


An Aussie sandwich! Sweet gals from Perth and Melbourne!


The Stitch Bitches! These lovelies gave me SERIOUS skill envy- they all made their dresses! Isn’t that incredible? I can barely sew on a button. 

We didn’t stay out late, as we both wanted to get sleep before the festivities began! So off to our respective rooms to get some beauty sleep before the actual official start of Viva Las Vegas!!

I’ll be back with Day 2 this week!

XO

Jaye

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MCM Kitchen Love

In a beautiful coincidence, I was reached out to recently by Wayfair about blogging for them about my ideal Mid Century Modern (MCM) Kitchen space. It makes it even more fun since I’m looking at buying my first home and a MCM kitchen is an absolute must! They’ve definitely been rarer to find in recent years, so the possibility of taking an existing kitchen and modifying it to my little heart’s desire is taking up prime real estate (no pun intended!) in my brain as of late.

I grew up in my Great Grandmother’s and Great Uncle’s kitchen. It was AMAZING. Teal metal cabinets, fun Eames barstools, and pops of color and chrome accents. I want to be able to capture this vibe in my own kitchen some day.

I decided to look at this with two different perspectives: Going full on MCM and incorporating MCM elements. There is the risk you run of going absolutely MCM nuts if you don’t plan on it being your forever home. The resell is daunting- would others GET this kitchen? Would it be a turn off to potential buyers? Will I spend too much money on a space that the rest of the population thinks is an eyesore? Am I the only person who thinks about this?

In a perfect world, I would have metal cabinetry from the 50s, a stainless countertop, a color blocked tile floor and HEAPS of color! But in the real world, I am looking for ways to achieve my MCM goals, and work within 1. my budget and 2. appeal to everyone (I know, I know, what’s the fun in that?? But this may not be my forever home..) So. In order to look at both perspectives, I’m going to write about both! It’s like I’m playing Devil’s Advocate to myself… Weird.

Let’s get started!

Let’s look at some inspiration, shall we?

On a scale of 1-10 of MCM.. These are 7+. Are we seeing a theme here? Lovely metal cabinetry, pops of teal, red and orange! That first one.. Swoon. I’m packing my bags right now and movin’ on in.

On the scale? 1-6! Sleek teak cabinets, metal accents, pops of color and open air shelving… Be still my heart.

The more I looked at different kitchens within the MCM realm.. the more I realized that it’s all very attainable. Even accents that I never even thought about- backsplashes, countertops, open shelving, door and drawer pulls, oh my! In both perspectives, I found similarities between the two. Let’s take a look-see…

Pops of color! Whether it’s an accent wall, or furniture, pops of teal, orange, red and yellow make their way into the environment breaking up the white and teak combination. I love the idea of using barstools to be that colorful accent. I browsed Wayfair to find a few of my favorites:

  1. Orange Trent Austin Barchetta So versatile, it could work in almost any kitchen.
  2. Sunny Yellow Wade Logan Swivel Bartsool I looooove the curved back.
  3. Retro Red Wade Logan Barstool Giving me all kinds of diner feels.
  4. Eames Inspired Luxe Barstool Is that not the Cadillac of barstools?

I love the open-air shelving for showing off beautiful dishes and cookware. Some more colorful options I gravitate to:

  1. Mustard Silverstone Cookware Set You cannot have a bad day cooking with these.
  2. Lime Utensil Set Love the wooden handles.
  3. Peacock Purecook Cookware Set So pretty, they beg to be displayed.
  4. Atomic Red Colander I own this in orange, and I use it for more than straining (Hello, decor!)

Even backsplashes are a fantastic option to look at adding dimension to your MCM Kitchen. Subway tile is always a safe bet (and classic!) but why not a fun colorful backsplash that has a quirkier pattern like these?

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I get a Moroccan vibe from the backsplash here, and I like that while it isn’t matchy-matchy with the barstools, they compliment each other so much.

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I wouldn’t have thought to place the tile in a diamond pattern, but I like how it stands out and screams LOOK AT ME I AM FABULOUS (because why not?)

One of the companies I’ve been eyeing for a long time is Nostalgia Electrics, who design their appliances to have a fun 1950s vibe. The four I know that will be finding their way into my new kitchen are the microwaveconvection oven, toaster and coffee maker!

Seriously, how cute are they? I’ve read great reviews, too, so I’m excited add them to my dream kitchen. It’s so hard to find great retro inspired appliances so I was thrilled when I found the SMEG Refrigerator and Freezer. It reminds me so much of the fridge in my Great Uncle’s home.

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This. This must happen. I like how it’s narrower than most fridges. I know many of the homes in the Baltimore City area have narrow galley kitchens, so this is really an ideal size. Is it weird to profess one’s love to a fridge? Get used to it, it’s happening.

I am so excited to start getting out there and house-hunting. Kitchen renos can be so overwhelming and expensive, but I’m glad there are options out there to give me that MCM vibe. My dream kitchen as I mentioned before, is my Great Uncle’s, so it is really wonderful to know there are modern touches out there to help make my future kitchen as close to his as possible.

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What does your dream kitchen look like? Hopefully this inspired you!

xo Jaye

*A special shout-out to Sean and the team at Wayfair for inspiring me and allowing me to go crazy with my dream kitchen!

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(all photos are from Google and Wayfair)

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Baltimore Style

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

Check it out:

Fresh Era
Xo

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Hairspray

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…

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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)

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

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And now I’m back to my beloved pink!

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

xo

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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.

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

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

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My favorite representation of Art Deco, the Hoover Dam.

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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!

xo

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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?

xo

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Meowy Christmas!

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From my crazy family to yours! Happy Holidays!

xo Jaye, Snacks, Waffles and Cranberries the Fish

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Halloween

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…


#getyergourdsout

Xo

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? 🙂

Xo

Jaye

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