Vintage Los Angeles

It’s Sunday, and what’s more interesting than seeking a bit of inspiration from an iconic city like Los Angeles? Since I am visiting The City of Angels in September and I am currently looking for cool places and things to see and do, I cam across some vintage pictures that I thought I could share with you guys on here.
Some photographs belong to the 60s, the 50s or even before. Cool, huh?

I can’t wait to be there this September, although I’ve heard the city is not a big deal. Anyway, I am pretty excited to know more about this glamorous and iconic city.

Downtown LA was always crowded thanks to its boutiques and grocery stores. Here are some vintage photographs from Downtown Los Angeles int the 1930s or 1940s. 

Busy day in the city centre! 
As you might have noticed, nearly all the photographs feature cars. Los Angeles is also known for its long distances, which makes owning a car a necessity. This pic is from the 1950s! That’s insane.
Hope you enjoyed my quick post with some cool photographs from Los Angeles. If you want to see more, you can head to Vintage Los Angeles and travel back in time. 

Have a great start of the week! x

After Summer Cruising

Hello lovelies!
On Saturday I went to my first vintage car cruise, the Cruisin’ After Summer, which held its 5th edition. It is an event focused on modified and Kustom cars and motorcycles from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
We hit the road at 10AM in the morning and arrived at the restaurant at 1PM. The cruise consisted in approximately 80KM enjoying the views of central Catalonia as well as traveling back in time while on the road with those vintage beauties.
I couldn’t help but fall in love with this stunning Cadillac from the early 50s. Isn’t it beautiful? Gosh, I’d kill to own one like that! My second favorite from the cruise was an Oldsmobile from the 50s as well.
Apart from American Cars, there was also a Volkswagen and other European beauties, as well as  motorcycles.
I am really looking forward to go to other events and meet vintage car enthusiasts, it is really cool!

What I Wore
Skirt from Hell Bunny
Dolores Top from Collectif Clothing
Cardigan from Banned Clothing
Shoes from a local shop in Barcelona
Have a great start of the week, folks! x

Alberto Vargas and the pin up world

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As you may have noticed, I am an art nerd. I’ve always loved visiting museums and wandering through art galleries, just for the fun of it. Art gives me power and brings me happiness. When I first got into vintage, way back in my teens, I discovered the beautiful illustrations made by artists such as Gil Elvgren, Jon Whitcomb and Alberto Vargas. They have inspired me so much since I was a weird teenager interested in old things rather than dating boys and partying, and I owe this to my grandma, who used to collect illustrations. 

Alberto Vargas (1896-1982) was a Peruvian artist who became famous due to his pin up illustrations in the 1940s. His type of illustrating young women would be soon coin the term “Vargas Girls”, because of his type of creative work and palette of colours. He also illustrated celebrities from the era and made several collaborations with magazines, such as Esquire and Playboy. I love the design of his pin up girls: very neat, simple but detailed at the same time.

Have a great week! x

1930s and 1940s bathing beauties

We are nearly in the middle of August and I haven’t talked about the glamorous 1930s and 1940s in terms of beach fashion! How is that possible?
In the 30s, bathing suits were shorter and often would be combined with wide pants, head scarfs or even capes. Fashion got more sophisticated, and women would bring the coolest garments to pool parties and summer events. 
Years later, in the 1940s, the sophisticated look popular in the 30s came along with shorter dresses, as well as oriental and tiki inspired patterns. Floral accessories and head scarves would also be a trend back in the day, especially in outdoor places. The classic pin up look would soon pop out, with young starlets such as Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth on their “bikinis” posing for photographers right in from of the sea.
I really hope you are enjoying the holidays in the sun!