Monthly Archives: October 2014

Vintage Goodies at A Current Affair

Last Saturday, pop-up marketplace  A Current Affair brought together over 50 vintage apparel and jewelry dealers under one roof at the Cooper Design Space in Downtown Los Angeles.  It seems as though one has to sift through a lot of trash at the usual vintage/thrift store(which can be fun), but everything for sale was beautiful and in good condition.  I would have liked to have seen more dresses from the 1950s, as I have been looking for an Alfred Shaheen ensemble for quite some time. Nasty Gal Founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso was on hand curating 10 different outfits from the various wares on sale, and it was cool to walk around and get style inspiration from the vendors.

The place was heavy on the sequins, embroidery, and a lot of flowing, boho, Stevie Nicks style tunics and robes. A wide variety of designer items, such as Jean Paul Gaultier bustiers and silk suits by Nicole Miller were also for sale. Rose Bowl Flea Market regular Allyn Scura was also there, and I have been wearing one of their vintage cat eye frames for a few years now.  As for the shoppers, black floppy hats were the accessory of the moment. The next event is December 6, so mark your calendars.

Below are some of the items that caught my eye.

 

One of Sophia Amoruso's looks. I like this jacket. The torso has a leather corset design.

One of Sophia Amoruso’s looks. I like this jacket. The torso has a leather corset design.

 

Those black cowboy boots with the yellow flower design stand out.

Those black cowboy boots with the yellow flower design stand out.

 

There was a lot of denim for sale, like this set. Check out the Indiana Jones style hats in the back.

There was a lot of denim for sale, like this set. Check out the Indiana Jones style hats in the back.

 

Dapper hats and oxfords, silver and sparkly go go boots.

Dapper hats and oxfords, silver and sparkly go go boots.

 

Add some flair to those boring khakis with these orange furry boots.

Add some flair to those boring khakis with these orange furry boots.

 

Another Sophia Amoruso look: Tuxedo jacket with floor-length coattails and a dreamy off-white gown.

Another Sophia Amoruso look: Tuxedo jacket with floor-length coattails and a dreamy off-white gown.

 

A display of chunky belts and leather shoes.

A display of chunky belts and little shoes.

 

And Joan Collins wept: a Bill Blass jacket with sequins and shoulder pads.

And Joan Collins wept: a Bill Blass jacket with shoulder pads and covered in sequins.

 

Close-up of a robe. Shoppers were all about these hippie, floor length pieces, but i prefer something with more shape. Nice embroidery.

Close-up of a robe. Shoppers were all about these hippie, floor length pieces, but I prefer something with more shape.

 

A one-eyed puppy keeping his good eye out for something fabulous.

This puppy keeping his good eye out for something fabulous.

 

 

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Beauty and Terror in ‘The Island of Excess Love’ by Francesca Lia Block

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Take a post-apocalyptic voyage with Francesca Lia Block’s dark yet enchanting teen novel, The Island of Excess Love. In this follow up to Love in the Time of Global Warming, Block immerses us into  Penelope’s world of crystal palaces, dangerous winged women and deception with her trademark heavenly prose.  Penelope, who lost her eye fighting a giant in the previous book, her brother Venice,friends Ash, Ez, and her boyfriend Hex leave their pink house, and board a ghost ship headed for The Island of Excess Love, where they are taken in by the King who creates illusions of the things they miss from before their lives were destroyed.

While the previous book is loosely based on The Odyssey, Penelope uses The Aeneid as a guide to the strange creatures and situations that happen in the sequel.Throughout the novel, Penelope and her friends must triumph over disaster as their loyalty and love for each other is tested; the ship causes violent hallucinations about the monsters from the past, Penelope becomes pregnant after the King bewitches her into his bed, while Hex must decide if he wants to help his friends or save himself after learning of Penelope’s infidelity.

Mythology enthusiasts can spot the references to Orpheus, Hades, and the blind prophet Tiresias, embodied in Penelope. Readers who are not well versed in the classics can still follow along, but why wouldn’t Block’s magical tale inspire you to pick up an epic or two?

 

 

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