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How To Be A Ye-Ye Girl

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Or At Least Add A Little Nonchalance To Your Vintage Style

I’m calling it. Ye-Ye is likely to emerge as my dominant style influence of 2014. The French Ye-Ye singers of the 60s were so named because if they didn’t know the English words to a song, they’d sing yeah yeah, or ye-ye. Brigitte Bardot is my eternal favorite, and lately old family records of Dalida and Francoise Hardy have been echoing through my house on vinyl. I started listening to Vanessa Paradis again, and raced a lineage from the girls of the 60s, singing Serge Gainsbourgh songs, to her 90s album – written and produced by the very 60s-inspired Lenny Kravitz. Their style was a particularly French version of the 60s – the girls often sported straight but textured hair with a fringe, amazing jackets and coats, and boots. My particularly favorite incarnation of the  Ye-Ye style is the one that sits just on the cusp of the 50s and 60s – with just the right balance of structure and movement in the hair and clothing  – and just before shift dresses took over the world.

My realization that I am a Ye-Ye girl all started when I produced my show Vamp & Burn at Wonderland Speigeltent in Melbourne, Australia, last year. (more…)

June 18, 2014 |

Distressed Guitars: A Growing Trend

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I still fondly remember the day I bought my boyfriend a new Gibson Les Paul Guitar. He had asked for a swanky case for his rather low brow second hand instrument as a birthday gift but once in the music shop I simply couldn’t resist investing in a guitar that would properly grace the case. I will never forget the look on his face when he opened that case to examine the interior only to find an expanse of cherry sunburst looking back at him.

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June 6, 2014 |

The Beachcomber: A Second Life Bedroom

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My name is Gloria Silverstone and I’m a virtual interior design blogger featuring items from Second Life, a virtual reality game that parallels real life.  Although Second Life is a game, it is also a great trend indicator. My blog will provide tips, tricks and highlight emerging styles.  In real life, I have a background in design, art and marketing. (more…)

June 6, 2014 |

The Ultimate Vintage-Inspired Las Vegas Playlist

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There comes a time in every person’s life when they want to leave their crazy busy schedule and inhibitions behind and head to a place that parties 24/7, has buffets a mile long, and offers searing heat at 1 a.m. in the summertime. A place where you can visit the Eiffel Tower, Rome in the B.C.E. days, and a ginormous Egyptian pyramid. In other words, in the immortal words of Vince Vaughn in 1996’s Swingers, “Vegas, baby! Vegas!” Whether you are preparing to hit Sin City in person, or just want to bring back some memories of your days in the desert when you lost $10,000, here’s a vintage-inspired Las Vegas playlist to help get you in the mood. (more…)

May 27, 2014 |

The Ladybug’s Vintage Invasion of Milan Design Week

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I am pretty sure you all know Milan Fashion Week, the most important week in Milan; and let me tell you that it is a nightmare for the people living in town.  And believe me… it is a nightmare for even me – despite my excitement for the big fashion extravaganza coming to town! But for the Milanese, there is an event that is even worse. I am referring to Milan Design Week (Salone del Mobile), one of the biggest fairs for homeware and design in the world! It sees thousands of professionals and curious trend followers from all over the world, attending to see what’s new in design. (more…)

May 7, 2014 |

Old Hollywood Hotels to Visit in Los Angeles

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When visiting Los Angeles, you will most likely hit the Hollywood Walk of Fame, snap a picture of the famous Capitol Records building, stroll down Rodeo Drive, and maybe even take one of those topless Star Tours buses (tip: bring SPF 30 and an Iced Blended from Coffee Bean so you don’t fry). But did you know that there are some amazing places where you can rest your pretty head every night and are filled with history? The Hollywood Roosevelt, Culver Hotel, and Millennium Biltmore Hotel are three Old Hollywood hotels which were all built in the 1920s and are so fantastic that I visit them constantly to enjoy their beauty and soak up the glam vibe. Fortunately for me, I live in in Southern California. All three Old Hollywood hotels are featured in my new book, From the Corner of Hollywood and diVine: Your Guide to 30 Old Hollywood-Inspired Spots in Southern California, so if you like what you read here I hope you will check it out! Let the adventure begin! (more…)

April 18, 2014 |

How To Throw Era Parties The Right Way

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Era parties are some of the best parties around! You get to don clothes and costumes from another time, listen to great classic songs, and experience living the life in a particular era… at least for a night! No other parties are quite like era parties – they’re the only parties that revolve around real trends and happenings of the past, and almost everyone can hop in and enjoy an era-themed party.

So how can you successfully throw era parties? First of all, you have to pick an era. The 20s, 60s, 70s and 80s are among the most popular and picked eras for parties because of their distinct culture and trends. Get to know more about how you can organize your own era-themed party by following these tips below: (more…)

March 12, 2014 |

Pierrot: The Sad Clown And Style Icon

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Home, by definition, is “the place where one lives” but for me a home is much more than just a place where you sleep. Your house is an emporium without the price tags. It is a shelter for objects and collectibles, memories and necessaries, and all things that are important or of interest to you. I think of my house as a museum for my life. What does your home say about you?

Out of the many quirky collectibles I have displayed around my house – and one of the most talked about by guests – is this Pierrot clown picture. “Why would you buy that? It’s so scary,” is the usual response that arises. Ironically enough, I have Pediophobia which is a fear of dolls. My phobia however, is only limited to dolls in their statue forms and pictures. However, I find my Pierrot picture visually enticing and interesting and far from frightful. (more…)

March 3, 2014 |

Five Vintage Wedding No-Nos For Grooms

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Your wife-to-be has spent hours poring over magazines and websites trying to create the wedding of her dreams. She has focused on the perfect vintage wedding. So all you need to do is turn up right?

Wrong. You have an important role – and it isn’t about just standing there and saying “I Do!” There is more to a vintage wedding than a traditional one. Everything is tailored to a certain look and time period. It is all about the vintage wedding and how you fit into that theme. You may be a little unsure as to what your contribution to the big day is and by all means assist with the planning, but under no circumstances should you take matters into your own hands. Here are five big vintage wedding no-nos for grooms. (more…)

March 1, 2014 |

Secret London Attractions: An Insider’s Guide

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When perusing about the internet looking for attractions in London, we frequently came across the same places; Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and the National History Museum, to name a few. Yet whilst these are all wonderful places to visit, it got us thinking – where are the more obscure attractions? Where are the places that only the locals know about?

Well, here at Hotelopia we have been searching for the hidden gems in London for you. After uncovering concealed music venues and Gothic graveyards amongst other attractions, we present to you an insider’s guide, featuring the top five secret London attractions that locals have worked so hard to keep hidden…until now. (more…)

February 27, 2014 |

South Pacific Vintage Style – Is it Real?

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The South Pacific holds a romantic place in cultural nostalgia. From Paul Gauguin’s Post-Impressionist years in Tahiti, to the musical, South Pacific, the scattering of islands have a rich history in the mind of the vintage connoisseur. I recently spent a week in Fiji in search of South Pacific Vintage Style. Is it real or an illusion? (more…)

February 24, 2014 |

Vintage Wedding Invitation Trends For 2014

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In the run up to your big day, the wedding invitations that you send out are usually the first thing that attendees of your wedding will experience, so it’s nice to get it right. Your wedding day is made up of hundreds of small details that all combine to make your wedding day perfect. So it’s good to keep up-to-date with the trends and styles of these small details. (more…)

February 23, 2014 |

The 7 Greatest Hollywood Costumes Of All Time

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I was in the dark, dramatic, atmospheric halls of the Hollywood Costumes exhibition in the London V&A Museum. Billowing fake mist and epic movie music wafted over me as I marveled at these Hollywood costumes and outfits so much a part of my childhood dreams.

Spiderman clung to a wall above my head, close enough to reach out and touch. Captain Jack Sparrow thrust his sword at me, real as the movie, missing only Jonnie Depp inside the colorful clothing. I was surrounded by epic props, fabrics and imagery that had shaped my imagination for years without me realizing it. (more…)

February 21, 2014 |
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