Monday, July 21, 2014

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Rhythm Bomb Records

For the next installment of "These Are a Few of My Favorite Things" I wanted to talk about my favorite record label: Rhythm Bomb Records. Rhythm Bomb is a record label based out of Hamburg, Germany. It has been around since 2003 and is only gaining in popularity as the years pass. It seems that most of my current favorite albums were released on Rhythm Bomb records, so it seemed too good not to share. 


I bought Jittery Jack's (Boston) newest release Gonna Have A Time at Viva Las Vegas and it became my new favorite album before I even made it home. Jittery Jack really found "his" sound in this album. It's polished, yet raw. The lyrics keep you engaged because they are just so clever and you hear something new each time you give it a listen. Specifically, the songs "Peek-a-boo Honey", "Little Red Book", and "Let's Get Loose". Really, any of the songs on this album could fit into that section. I also feel somewhat attached to Boston now just because you can feel how much he loves his hometown, like in the songs "BOSTON My Home Town" and "Boston Baby". In my opinion, this album is in the lead for rockabilly album of the year, so if you don't own it, get on it! 


Let's Go Sparkin' With The SideWynders was the long awaited sophomore album of one of LA's best rockabilly bands. The wait was well worth it because this album did not disappoint. This band has literally grown up together (the three original members are cousins), and it is evident from the first album to the second.  Rene Cervantes' voice is only getting better with time. He really sung his heart out in this album, like only a man with a broken heart could. He could make Hank Williams cry. Ramon Espinoza has crafted his skills on guitar thanks to long tours with Kim Lenz. The addition of Shorty Poole is nothing short of genius. Do yourself a favor and get this album, then go see them open up at The Rockabilly Rockout this Oct. 


Dale Rocka (Italy) ended up being one of the biggest surprises of 2014 for me. I knew I loved them as soon as I saw them. I guess you call that love at first sight.  I had to buy their record at Viva Las Vegas so I could take them home with me, and boy am I glad I did. I love this album! It still can't quite compare to their live show, but it's a close second. This album has a permanent place in my 6 CD changer! 


I first saw Marc & The Wild Ones (Germany) when Marc did a few songs at the Rhythm Bomb Records weekender last fall. I am glad I finally got their album! I would love to see a full set from this band, but until then the record will have to do! 


I also recently picked up Ruby Ann's (Portugal) latest album, Running Wild. I can't talk about Rhythm Bomb Records without talking about Ruby Ann. This album was recorded at one of my favorite studios: Hi-Style Studio (Chicago). Ruby Ann is backed by some of my favorite musicians also, including Alex Hall (piano), Beau Sample (double bass), Joel Paterson (guitar and harmonica), Eddie Clendening (guitar), and even Ms. Jiving herself, Sophia Wolff (backing vocals). Since this whole post is a list of favorites, I will continue it with a list of favorite songs on this album: "Bossman", "You Gotta Pay", and "Heartless Man". If you couldn't catch Ruby Ann last time she was in the states, why not pick up her album?

Thank you to Rhythm Bomb Records for picking fantastic bands to put on your record label. Keep up the good work!

XOXO
Dollie 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hump Day: Looking Forward To The Weekend!

There was some great shows last weekend that we missed out on. I heard the Horton Hayride was a hoot. We chose to go camping, and I kinda regret it now! I won't miss out this weekend, that's for sure! If you are looking for something to do, how about one of these events:







XOXO
Dollie 

Monday, July 14, 2014

OOTD Social Club: Red, White and Blue

The past week's OOTD theme was red, white and blue for 4th of July. I love red, white and blue! I could wear it every day. 


Vintage Kamehameha playsuit, Lucky Lou Shoes, and vintage accessories. 


Crop top and skirt by Voodoo VixenLucky Lou Shoes and brooch by Classic Hardware


Shirt by Atomic Swag, vintage shorts and moccasins. 


Dress from Eshakti, shoes by Remix


Vintage Sears top, jeans from Freddie's of Pinewood, broach Classic Hardware. 


Vintage Hawiian playsuit


Vintage 1940's dress, Remix shoes and more Classic Hardware!  


These are just a few of the lovely ladies of the OOTD Social Club. The club is getting bigger everyday. Why don't you join in? Just post an outfit (you don't have to follow the theme) and use the tag #ootdsocialclub and you may see your photo here!

XOXO
Dollie 



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Product Review: Voodoo Vixen

I recently received this adorable Etta skirt and top set from Voodoo Vixen. If you are not familiar with Voodoo Vixen, "Voodoo Vixen is a vintage inspired label, which infuses retro, pin-up and rockabilly styles with classic silhouettes to flatter the modern woman. Designed to compliment your curves and make you stand out from the crowd, our unique designs are influenced by the glamorous styles of the past, whilst following current trends and fashion movements." They have a lot of cute stuff on their website, including dresses, skirts, playsuits, sweaters, and purses.  Even though they are based out of London, my items were shipped from their Los Angeles location and got here in one day flat! How is that for speedy delivery?


My first impression when I opened the package was that I was really impressed with the fabric quality. The fabric is a nice weight and very crisp. The pieces are professionally sewn and appear to be sturdy. The fabric features a vibrant print of lady bugs on a teal background. I love the red button details. They also included extra buttons. 


The fit was pretty much perfect! I love the cut of the crop top. I can easily see pairing this top with shorts or jeans. The skirt would look cute with a solid red top too. I wore this set to the farmer's market and I got a ton of compliments on it. This set is perfect for summer! You can get these pieces and others on Voodoo Vixen's website. Thank you to Voodoo Vixen for introducing me to their great clothing line and allowing me to share it with you all!

XOXO
Dollie 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hump Day: Looking Forward To The Weekend

 I'm looking forward to the weekend, and I hope you all are too! If you are looking for something to do in the LA area, how about one of these shows: 







XOXO
Dollie 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Product Review: Lady K Loves


I recently received some items from Lady K Loves. I had heard about Lady K Loves from my European friends, but never seen any of their pieces in person. So I was so excited to receive the Verity top and skirt in coral and aqua and the Wendy shorts in harlequin print. 


Initially I was really impressed with the styling. I love the color, cut and details of these pieces. The colors are so vibrant. The cut of the pieces are really flattering and curve hugging. I love the silver rick rack trim on the bust of the top and the waist of the skirt. 


When I first opened the package I thought the pieces looked a little small and worried that they would not fit. However, these sets have a lot of stretch and they seemed to fit perfectly. Note: The slit in the back of the skirt normally lays better, but I think I ironed it incorrectly. 


The seams and hems are all really clean and professional looking, unlike some vintage reproduction. The zippers are "hidden". The little label is cute too! 


I love these Wendy shorts so much. They are a perfect cut and length. They look right at home with this vintage top. I love harlequin and it is hard to find! Even the button of these shorts are cute. I know I will be getting a ton of use out of these this summer.

Thank you so much to Lady K Loves for these awesome pieces. Everything was so beautiful, yet comfortable at the same time. I can't wait to see what kind of fun outfits I put together. 

I highly recommend you checkout the website. They have a ton of cute stuff like this, but also jeans, dresses, sweaters, capris and accessories. Shipping was super fast. The designer/owner is super nice too! 

XOXO
Dollie 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pinup Pop Up Shop

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Come out for a day of vintage Pinup shopping, hair, makeup, nails and more!!! Pick up an outfit or two for Tiki Oasis! Talk to a professional hairstylist and get tips on how to get the perfect pinup do'! Want nails like Dita? No problem - visit with our Nail artist! Then once you are all ready do a mini shoot with our vintage set that features an all original bar, record player & fireplace combo all in one!!!


Featuring Special Guest Tess Munster-Plus Model & Body Positive Activist She will be selling her #effyourbeautystandards merchandise... this is your chance to meet Tess in person and become a part of the movement!


MINI PHOTOSHOOT PACKAGE $160 WITH HAIR AND MAKEUP!
There will be Hair by Erin Dunaway
Makeup by Jennifer Edwards
Nails by Pilar Lafargue
And Mini Photoshoots by Gunslinger Photography


If you would like to book appts to get your hair, makeup, nails & photos done please contact the gals above directly via their Facebook pages or email: Erin Dunaway: Edunawayhair@gmail.com Jennifer Edwards: Jenedwards32@yahoo.com Pilar Lafargue:Pilarnoire@gmail.com Gunslinger Photography: Gunslingerphoto@gmail.com

Where
789 West Harbor Drive, Suite 252
San Diego, Ca 92101 - CLICK FOR MAP
There is plenty of parking in the Seaport Village parking lot, PreFAB does offer a discounted validation. The Headquarters features restaurants and shopping so there is plenty to do after you visit the Pinup Pop Up Shop.



XOXO
Dollie 
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