Miss Sixties Twist around the world: London

Last week I had the opportunity to visit London for a quick break. In fact, I decided with my friend @ginnyfromthepast that it would be fun to go shopping there. And it’s been an amazing trip!
We both visited some of our favourite shops, a secret 1940s inspired cocktail bar and many, many other things worth a visit if you’re there.

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Pin Up Hoy Magazine Covergirl


Sometimes I like to remind myself of how far I’ve come. As a girl who suffered a lot of body issue struggles during her teen years, I am so excited and thrilled to announce I’m on a cover of a magazine. If I could talk to the insecure and shy teenager that I was and tell her that, in 10 years time, she would be on a cover of a magazine, things could have gone slightly different.

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Black Friday 2016: Where to Buy

Next Friday is one of the most anticipated days of the year: Black Friday! It’s a popular tradition in the United States after Thanksgiving. All shops and companies offer incredible discounts so people can start buying their Christmas gifts.

Luckily, in the past years Black Friday has become a worldwide celebration. If you are looking for discounts on your favorite vintage inspired shops, now’s the time to prepare yourselves for the big day.

Remember to be organized. Check your favorite shops to see any hints on what type of discount might they offer, and check your favorite items. Don’t forget to be sure about the sizing before Black Friday.
Black Friday is like The Hunger Games. Some sites crash during the sale and even if it seemed you had purchased an item, maybe it won’t. Check your email at all times to ensure the payment and order is processed. 
If you order from countries which will requiere customs and other taxes, I recommend you to even buy in different orders to ensure you don’t pay a lot in customs.
Here are some of the most popular shops and brands that will do a Black Friday sale next week:

  • Pinup Girl Clothing. Every year they do a Black Friday sale site wide, which can vary from 20% up to 30% off depending on the year. Stay tuned for more info on their social profiles.
  • Collectif Clothing. Last year they offered a 20% off site wide.
  • Lindy Bop. Last year they had a 50% discount site wide. They are currently warming up Black Friday with sales and promotions. 
  • Vivien of Holloway. They offered a 24% off site wide. during 24 hours only! 
  • Deadly is the Female. Not announced yet, but they might offer a discount code even to celebrate their 8th anniversary.
  • Unique Vintage: they’re offering a 50% off on all purchases.
  • Tatyana Boutique: 50% off site wide. Hurry up before it’s over!
  • Audrey Stars Boutique. One of my favorite shops to buy for Black Friday. They offer a 20% discount and pre Black Friday sale for newsletter subscribers. 
  • What Katie Did. They usually offer a 20% off on all their items, and even want us to get in the mood for Christmas with weekly giveaways. 
  • Voodoo Vixen. Last year all purchases had a 50% off discount. 
  • Vixen by Micheline Pitt. 20% off on their Etsy shop.
  • Bait Footwear. 30% off on all their collections. Hurry up!
  • Miss L Fire. Discounts on selected items

Ready for Black Friday? Few days to go! 

    Review: My Kennedy Years, by Jacques Lowe

    It’s Election Day in the United States, and I thought I could write a review about a photographic memoir following JFK’s political career. With the title My Kennedy Years, photographer and journalist Jacques Lowe published some time ago the photographs he took of JFK during the 50s and 60s. 

    This book is definitely a piece of history, showing the reader the many sides of the presidential candidate and then president of the United States. The book is divided in different parts, all of them focused on the relationship between the author and JFK.

    Rallies, candids with his wife, or even with his brothers…Those are the type of images Jacques Lowe took of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He became the official White House photographer, so he followed the president everywhere. 
    We get to see how their political party organized and ran the presidential campaign, all his outings to seek votes as well as his personal and more private life. 
    I’d totally recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading and knowing more about The Kennedy family, also to those who are interested in US politics. Most of the photos featured on the book were never seen before, so it’s definitely worth the price! 
    Personally speaking, I don’t like to talk about politics, but I’ve always been a fan of The Kennedys. And since today is a special date for US citizens, I thought I could share this quick review with my readers. 
    Have a great day! 

    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


    Beach babes in October Part II

    Following this week’s Beach babes in October, today I’m showing you more pics from a shoot with Patricia von Gray, make up artist Montse Fuentes and photographer Artsobu. After our beach session we had a photoshoot nearby with incredible backgrounds.

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    Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me!

    Have you heard of Philippe Halsman? A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to visit an exhibit about his career at CaixaForum Barcelona. Named “Astonish Me!”, it is definitely worth a visit! 

    Philippe Halsman was an American photographer born in Latvia and became famous due to his portraits of celebrities. He worked as a photographer for publications such as Life Magazine and Time, creating astonishing and yet beautiful shots that showcased the social and cultural movements from the 20th century.

    He stayed in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, where he experimented with surrealism. He started his photographic projects back in that time, with fascinating images of women and ordinary people. 
    He became very close to Marilyn Monroe. Philippe Halsman first photographed her when she was only an aspiring model and actress. After that and due to Marilyn’s success, he took some of the actress’ most popular photos, which were published at Life Magazine. 
    Philippe Halsman also has an extended series of portraits, which include photos of Hollywood icons such as Sophia Loren, Alfred Hitchock, Audrey Hepburn and Dean Martin. 
    ‘Jumpology’ is the title of one of his most famous projects, which focuses on the power of people jumping. Philippe Halsman photographed classic Hollywood stars, models, singers and even members of the British Royal family jumping. 
    Fascinated by Surrealism, Philippe Halsman also partnered with artist Salvador Dali to create a series of atomic and surrealistic photographs. 
    If you are in Barcelona don’t forget to visit the Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me! exhibit. Ends November 6th. 

    Vintage inspired comic books for your inner nerd

    Everyone who has been following my adventures knows how obsessed I am with comic books. I’ve always loved reading comics, specially those set in the past. Since my collection has grown in the past months I decided to select some of favourite vintage inspired titles. Enjoy!

    Blacksad (Juanjo Guarnido – Juan Díaz Canales)
    Probably one of the best comics out there. Blacksad has won several international awards as well as Spanish recognitions. Set in the USA in the 1950s, introduces the story of John Blacksad, a detective in a world where all the characters are animals.

    Ladykiller (Joelle Jones – Jamie S. Rich)
    With a presentation such as “Betty Draper meets Hannibal Lecter” this comic book is perfect for vintage enthusiasts. The lead character of the story is the classic housewife one sees in the movies. Or maybe not. When her husband is away, this lady works as a spy and a secret agent.

    New Deal (Jonathan Case)

    Set in the Waldorf Astoria in the Great Depression, this book tells the story of a mysterious event at the hotel. Follow the life of a glamorous lady and the other guests.

    Pin Up (Berthet & Yann)

    It’s clear what this book is about, isn’t it? A combination of stories set in the 20th century with glamorous women, Vegas casinos, celebrities from the golden age of Hollywood and a sophisticated young lady with a goal in life: become somebody.

    These are some of my latest discoveries that I wanted to share with you. Feel free to leave any other titles you think should be in the list!