Veda Orr: a Hot Rod pioneer

Hot Rod fans sure know about Veda Orr, the first female to compete at the races in Southern California. 

Since 1937 she drove roadsters and participated in lake races, even winning awards for her work. Veda Orr was more than a hot rod driver: she also wrote about the scene during wartime. She started the SCTA news, where she wrote news stories and newsletters about races in the dry lake. She also sent her stories to servicemen far from home and from the races. 
Veda Orr’s husband, Karl, was also involved in the Hot Rod scene in California during the 1930s. She wanted to follow her husbands path and sure did. She had a 1932 Ford Roaster and was a member of a car club, competing against other men. 
In 1946, after the war, Veda Orr published her first book: Veda Orr’s Lake Pictorial. This book – maybe better to call it a pamphlet – contains black and white photographs from the races at the dry lakes in California, as well as explanations of the winners and people who made these possible. Veda Orr published the book by herself.
Such an inspiring character that deserves to be remembered


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

Bathing Beauties: The roaring 20s

One of the most iconic decades in the 20th century were the 1920s, also known as The Roaring Twenties. During those years, women started wearing shorter skirts and dresses, and swimwear followed the trend too. Police officers had to ensure, back in the day, that young girls – who would be called flappers – wore decent swimwear to the beach or public spots. 
The daring ones would often get arrested if their suits were too short, and even police officers would measure the length of their clothing to ensure they were “prude” and “not sinful”.
The 1920s were very conservative, but soon a group of young women started breaking the rules of fashion and social trends by wearing provocative garments and being themselves. 

– I really hope you are all enjoying the holidays, and excuse the lack of activity on here, I have been a bit busy lately.

Feel free to comment and suggest whatever you have in mind ❤ 

5 reasons to buy vintage

Ever wondered why you prefer wearing vintage garments rather than repro? Lately I have been thinking about it, so here go my 5 reasons to love (and wear vintage).  
  1. Background. Probably the first thing that comes to your mind when buying vintage: what you wear has history on its back. It was worn or used by someone else way before me. It is so intriguing, isn’t it?
  2. Price. Thrifted clothes and other materials are cheaper than modern stuff. It is also due to the condition in which they have been kept over the years. 
  3. Quality. We all know that nowadays there are many advances in technology, so as in fashion, but decades ago garments were made from pure and non synthetic materials, not like today. These days you have to spend over 200€ on a dress to wear quality garments, made from natural or ecologic sources. 
  4. Go green! Better re-use than refuse. It is better for everyone, and the environment will be very grateful.
  5. Originality. You will definitely “break the rules of fashion”. If you are against mainstream trends, this is your point. Vintage is not hip, but it makes you look cool and true to yourself. 

I could write many other reasons to wear vintage, but these are the main ones that have come across my mind at the moment. I think they sum up well. 
If you have any reasons that could be included on the post, feel free to suggest. I would kindly add more! 
Take care xx