Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Favorite Summer Dress

My favorite summer dress this year is the "Naughty 1950’s Seaside Postcard" dress from British Retro.

 
 
I combined it with bananas for extra summer funk. 🍌🍌🍌


I just hope my colleagues at work don't take a closer look at the fabric!


Photos by Rozanna Giannakis



Monday, October 10, 2016

The "Oma Barbarella" Dress

I bought this dress at Humana (a local thrift store). It was so crazy-ugly and it was screaming my name. Anybody I showed it to shrunk back in horror at the sight of it.

 
But I knew better....:-)
I fell in love with the psychedelic, swirly, green-orange-gold design...
 
 
...and turned it into a rockin' wiggle dress.
 
 
 
Photographer: Paul Allan Ballard
 
 
I baptized it the "Oma Barbarella Dress" and it made its debut while I sang Blondie, The Cranberries etc. covers at the UN Staff party with the rock band The Wild Ones.
 




 
Photographer: Adrienne Hanly

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Wars Paper Jewelry

Since everyone is Star Wars crazy this week, I think I should post the Star Wars themed things I have made. These were for Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany.
Since this convention took place in Germany, I felt like I should combine German cultural kitsch with Star Wars and made a Star Wars Dirndl and matching jewelry.

Star Wars Paper Jewelry:

 
 
 
 


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Star Wars Dirndl

Since everyone is Star Wars crazy this week, I think I should post the Star Wars themed things I have made. These were for Celebration Europe in Essen, Germany.
Since this convention took place in Germany, I felt like I should combine German cultural kitsch with Star Wars and made a Star Wars Dirndl and matching jewelry.

First, I made a pattern of my favorite Dirndl dress by tracing the pieces...




Then I cut out patterns of the fabric and stitched them as "appliqué" onto the apron.

I decided to make my own "TIE Cockpit" buttons by covering old buttons with fabric.


 I made my own ribbon - ruffles by sewing two colors together.




Voilà! The Star Wars dirndl in action…


 





Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Baking Cherry Pie with Atomic Cheesecake Studios

Right in time for the Holidays Coco Vin felt like baking...
Photos by Atomic Cheesecake Studios
Hmmm but what shall I bake?



































First you crack an egg!



































The egg cracked and what a handsome egg it was! Oh My!



































Then you stir it all up...



































Voilà! A cherry pie right in time for the Holidays!



































Sunday, August 2, 2015

Repairing Vintage Jewelry with Nail Polish

I have a weakness for vintage jewelry and have been collecting items since I was a teenager. My passion was fueled at yard sales where older ladies sold off their collections from the 1950s-60s. These weren't cool, vintage or fashionable when I was a teenager in the 1980s-1990s, but I lived in my own "silver screen fantasy world" and was able to amass a large collection for very little. However, sometimes the pieces were in really bad shape. I learned quickly how to repair and clean vintage jewelry the right way, but I also cheated a bit. I found that plastic pearls that have completely lost their color and luster could be painted with pearl nail polish. This was a much faster fixer-upper than trying to locate the exact same pearl size...and especially in the days before the internet this was a difficult task. Plus, I'm a practical person and want to live with and use the items I bought. I found that using a shimmery pearl nail polish did the trick. Some purist collectors would probably hate me for it, but you can always later, if need be, pop out the old pearls and replace them with long sought after original replacement pieces.
              
Vintage Trifari
 

 Vintage Chanel


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Today's Funky Fashion Experiment - 1970s

I bought this polyester 1970s dress in the "old grandma section" at Human (local charity thrift shop) for 2 Euros. It was so extremely ugly, yet strangely charming and it called my name.
I took on the challenge.

I added a simple belt from H&M which I altered a bit to fit me better and vintage 1970-80s Givenchy earrings that I purchased online about 10 years ago.

When I wore this ensemble, I received many enthusiastic compliments from ladies that only wear couture. When I told them where I had bought the dress and the price I had paid for it, they looked at me in disgust and confusion.

Experiment was a success! LOL