Hello December, Hello New Format!



I know everyone is probably like, whoa, I can't believe December is here. I am honestly glad. 2015 has been the highest and the lowest year for me. I am glad in two ways that it is in the closing chapter: 


1) I get to spend my first Christmas with Johnny.
2) I can say goodbye to all the negative crap that has followed me this year. 


I always use December as a time to finish my yearly goal list, if I can, and a time to look forward to set new goals. I never get sad if I don't obtain everything I set out to do, I just use my goals as a way to inspire new adventures and keep the positivity and creativity flowing in my life. 


Some things I am looking forward to in 2016:
❣planting new things at my house. I love plants! They are a reminder to me I am able to grow and plus who doesn't like pretty flowers 

❣changing up my blog format. I am thinking my YouTube channel is going to be where it's at. 

❣traveling with my sweetheart. 

❣Swoon Vintage Beauty travel?!? 
❣finding a style for 2016. I love integrating newness into my look. 
What are your goals for the end of this year or your new year goals?

Makeout Monday: Autumnal Front Porch


I am super lucky to have a big screened in front porch, one that I cannot wait to finish and show off, but for now here are some goodies that would make anyones front porch a place to hang out.



<3 This chunky fleece knit blanket would keep you cozy while you read <3

 

<3 A couple of these cute fall colored pillows on your chairs will help to usher in a seasonal change <3

<3 I love this idea of wooden pillars stacked with lanterns and pumpkins <3


<3 A pair of adirondack chairs will accommodate any special somebody wanting to join you <3


<3 Fill your planters with fall colors and hearty vegetables to help fill your space with color and texture <3

<3 Another great throw blanket <3


<3 Add some Halloween Charm with a cute pillow <3


<3 A fun way to add light and ambiance with hanging glass bulbs and a flicker of candlelight <3

Spotlight Interview: Pomps and Pearls



IG - @pompsandpearls
web - www.pompsandpearls.com  (under construction) 
Where are you from or where is your store located?  Dayton, OH
What does your store/brand specialize in? Pinup and rockabilly styles with a focus on separates from vintage reproduction brands. 
How did you get your brand started? I wanted to provide others with the items I had to search hard to find all in one place. 

How long have you been open and what is some of your favorite items? I am launching this fall and my favorite items are my jeans from Freddies of Pinewood.
What inspires you? My kids and making sure I am a good example for them as well as some amazing women in this industry that show you can still be a good person and be successful! 
What celebrity would you most like to wear/use your items?  It's not about big names for me, it's about everyday women feeling like celebrities. 

If you had to use only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? Determined 
What is your biggest pet peeve?  When businesses talk about being built on certain values but don't live up to that. 
What are your favorite websites or companies you love to support?Steady Clothing, Collectif, sourpuss and Freddies of Pinewood 
What would people be surprised to learn about you?  This business is about so much more than the bottom  line for me. It's about truly taking care of and uplifting my customers. It's about building a relationship with them and supporting companies that support and live up to positive ideals. It's about setting an example for my children and all others that we can all be happy with who we are and follow our dreams! None of this is predetermined by our gender, shape, size, color, background, location or any other reason society tells us we can't. I want people to know what my business is built on and what kind of company they are supporting. 

Spotlight Interview: Johnny Rab Clothing


Johnny Rab



Katty Delux interview with Johnny Rab Clothing

Katty Delux interview with Johnny Rab Clothing


Where are you from or where is your store located? - We're based in Nashville, TN

What does your store/brand specialize in? - Vintage inspired couture clothing and accessories


How did you get your brand started? - Saw the need for a high-end brand of clothing within the Pinup/Rockabilly/Vintage community


How long have you been open and what is some of your favorite items? - We launched in April and we LOVE our Elaine Dress



Katty Delux interview with Johnny Rab Clothing



What inspires you? - Other designers.  Nothing like a little bit of good competition to make you wanna produce high quality goods.

What celebrity would you most like to wear/use your items?
 - We would love to have Katy Perry sport some of our designs, but Sofia Vegara would be a close 2nd.

If you had to use only one word to describe yourself, what would it be? - Creative

What is your biggest pet peeve? - Other drivers who can't drive

What are your favorite websites or companies you love to support? - We love theadoregirlspinups.comhttps://squareup.com/market/the-wreckerd-mill

What would people be surprised to learn about you? 
- That I've lived in 9 different states and 2 different countries.

Product Review: Too Faced Lashgasm Mascara



First of all, if you have been a friend or reader of mine, you will know that I am a big mascara snob.  I really am particular about the mascara product, itself, the mascara wand, the packaging etc.

This mascara, Lashgasm, ($21 retail) did not meet the test.  In fact I hate it so much I will be taking it back.  Not only is the mascara wand a total joke, but I jabbed myself in the eye every single time I used it.

I am a big fan of Too Faced Cosmetics, but this stuff if not worth your time.  The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23 retail)  is much better, and you will get a better result from it.

Thanks, but no thanks, Too Faced.  Lashgasm is a joke.



Spotlight Interview: Tara O Photos







Where are you from or where is your store located?
I am in Phoenix, Arizona and I run Tara O. Photos out of my home studio/office. I shoot on location all around the Phoenix area, as well as Southern California and of course, I go to Vegas every year to do photo shoots during Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender. 


What does your store/brand specialize in?
I create custom portrait experiences for my clients, and specialize in pinup and retro styles. I do all types of photography, but am known for my pinup work and do pinup sessions about 95% of the time! I focus on not only creating awesome images for people, but also giving them an incredible experience that boosts their confidence and puts them in touch with their femininity! 





How did you get your brand started?
I have been taking photos since I was very young, I use to set up portrait sessions of my younger sister in our bedroom- complete with props and costumes and everything. In 2007, while in art school, I started trying to market and work as a photographer (complete with a MySpace page!). I worked for a few years at a camera repair center trying to juggle a long commute and a full time job with the growing work load my business was creating. In May of 2012, I took the leap from working full time for someone else, to working freelance full time. I hold part time jobs every once in a while, but my main focus and all my energy goes into my business.

How long have you been open and what is some of your favorite items?  
I have been taking photos since I was very young; I used to set up portrait sessions of my younger sister in our bedroom- complete with props and costumes. In 2007, while in art school, I started trying to market and work as a photographer (complete with a MySpace page!). I worked for a few years at a camera repair center trying to juggle a long commute and a full time job with the growing work load my business was creating. In May of 2012, I took the leap from working full time for someone else, to working freelance full time. I hold part time jobs every once in a while, but my main focus and all my energy goes into my business.

What inspires you?
My soon-to-husband. If it wasn't for him, I would have given up a long time ago, hands down. He's constantly picking me up when things get slow for a few weeks or I am working on an idea for a shoot and it falls through. He's beyond encouraging and extremely supportive. 

What celebrity would you most like to wear/use your items?

I have a pretty long list of models I want to get in front of my camera! My top of the list would be Dita Von Teese, though I might be too scared to even breathe through that one! I would love to shoot with Cherry Dollface (I did have her in my studio for hair styling this year and I am going to have her again next year!!!). A few others would be Mosh, Cara Mia, Masuimi Max Sabina Kelly, and Rockabilly Ruby! I have been extremely lucky to work with some crazy talented models including Ludella Hahn, Kandy K, Stevie Rosalie- and duh! Katty Delux! 

If you had to use only one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
Hard-working. I work my buns off dude.




What is your biggest pet peeve?

Sometimes I think people really believe you have to be cut throat if you are a photographer, model, hair stylist or makeup artist- but I don't agree. I hate when people act so "big" and "tough" and "cool." There's a lot of that in this scene and it just makes me giggle. Even if you are popular, even if you are famous on instagram, you are still just a person like me! I think there's room for everyone and that I shouldn't need to be sneaky or unfair. It's hard sometimes because it's my livelihood and how I make my living, but at the end of the day, it's just "pretty lady photos" and you really can't be too serious about that.

What are your favorite websites or companies you love to support?
Oh no! How do I answer this? I have been BEYOND fortunate to have the support of so many other business owners (especially ladies, and specifically in the rockabilly crowd). Some of the first to pop to mind are Heart of Haute, Kustom Voodoo, Modern Sparkles, Lila-Jo, Kandy K and Stevie Rosalie.

If you want to check out a series of videos I have where I interview other lady business owners on their experiences running a business- you can simply search "Business Babes" on YouTube or go here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj_n5G6_e5PAzN0CTXwnt-w/videos. A lot of these ladies are some of my favorite businesses to support.





What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Most people are surprised to learn that I have six dogs. They are all big breed- Rottweiler or Pitbull! They are my company when I am home working all day and I love them so much. My smallest guy is about 60 pounds and is named Vargas- after the amazing pinup artist, Alberto Vargas!
pinterest.com/ taraophotos
Tara O. Photos on YouTube
@taraophotos.com on Periscope

Makeout Monday: Things I like this week

Make out Mondays: Things Katty Delux likes this week
<3 This gorgeous dress. I could think of plenty of places to wear it <3

Make out Mondays: Things Katty Delux likes this week

<3 These workout leggings.  Let's be honest though, I would wear them as not workout leggings. <3

Make out Mondays: Things Katty Delux likes this week
 Of course TopShop can do no wrong when it comes to outerwear.

Make out Mondays: Things Katty Delux likes this week

Make out Mondays: Things Katty Delux likes this week
<3 This awesome jacket.  I love the modern take on a military style jacket <3

Currently




Making:  ALL THE YUMMY THINGS.  I am so completely in the mood for dessert.  I am not sure if that is because I am in love and a relationship and all I want to do I is bake decadent dessert and snuggle under blankets and watch movies.  Do you ever go through this?

Anticipating:  Really I am just kind of waiting for the weather to get actually cool.  In Missouri, sometimes we have an ease into fall, where the day light gets shorter and the weather gradually wains into cooler temps, and then sometimes it goes from being 85 degrees one day to 45 degrees the next day.  It's weird.  However, that is how the midwest likes to treat you.  Like a fickle mistress.

Learning: I am learning how to cook meat.  Last weekend I took a stab at cooking pot roast for the first time, and much to my surprise, Johnny loved it.  I did not partake in said pot roast, as I have been a vegetarian for 28 years, but my man is a meat lover, so I have to indulge his taste buds.  This upcoming week, I am going to dive into the world of meat loaf for him.  We shall see....

Wearing:  It is not so much of what I am wearing, as the search for new items to introduce into my closet.  I have lost more weight recently and a lot of my jeans are not really fitting.  They will "work" but in reality I don't like wearing belts for function, so jeans are for sure on the agenda.  

Plotting:  I am trying to put together a list of fun things to do for Johnny and I this fall.  I am not so sure he has done a lot of "coupley" fall things, in fact I don't want the things to be too eye roll inducing, so they are going to consist of some cutesy things and some scary things, but this list is not yet complete

Ochetti/Elliott House Tour: Dining Room



Since this is the dining room, I thought it would be appropriate to start with, well, the table.  The table was a birthday gift from my parents a couple of years ago.  One that really has a special story.  This table was purchased from an estate sale in Springfield.  The person they bought it from was selling everything out of their mother's house, since she had passed.  This table, that actually has two more chairs and two extra leafs, was owned by the woman since 1963.  It had set in her kitchen since then, and the children grew up eating dinner at it.  

Stories like that are part of the reason I love vintage things, especially when you get to know all about where it lived, or how it was used, etc.



These cute curtains I picked up at a flea market in Kansas City about three years ago.  I was amazed at how great the condition was and the fact that there were four panels and two valances all for $12.  (The valances are hanging in my kitchen.)  A quick wash and they were all ready to be re-used in our new house.



Most of the things on this quilt rack were Johnny's grandfathers.  The jump rope, the cigarette boxes and ash tray, and the wallace for president sign.




Housed in the north corner of the dining room is a metal cart, that I picked up at a thrift store for $3, and a collection of cherry stuff.  I don't really collect cherry stuff anymore, but the stuff I decided to keep when I moved was all things that I really loved, so it is displayed together.



The breakfast buffet is Johnny's and right now it stores all of my grandmother's depression ware.  On top of the buffet is a collection of creepy religious items.  The wooden cabinet I was lucky enough to score for a couple of bucks at a garage sale.  That was a lucky find and a swift purchase.



Lastly is a curio cabinet that belonged to my grandmother.  I have a rather large collection of glass decanters, some that were my great grandfather's, some that I just got from auctions.  Additionally displayed is my collection of state cups.  I love these glasses and if I can find them for a decent price, I will usually get them.  Upon moving in together, we realized Johnny had several Colorado state glasses to add to the collection.  It was meant to be folks.



Stay Sweet,
Katty Delux