Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hello darlings! 

... sorry for disappearing for a while, this holiday season has been a bit crazy out here, despite the spring-like weather and rare Parisian sunshine.
It's already New Year's Eve here and this year I'm digging a lot of  instrumental tassel twirlin' '60s titty bar instrumental hot grinds.
...and what could be better to get a party like this started than some cool bloody marys and a brand new mixtape from the awesome WFMU Ichiban blog

Have a swell shindig tonight!


Monday, December 17, 2012

The Monday Mixtape

Hello darlings!

As I probably mentioned already, I'm a huge music nerd but totally riding the hillbilly/60s cumbia/cosmic bandwagon  atm.

This year I got into the habit of actually hitting the REC button from time to time and sharing the love with the world.

I have an ongoing series of mixes that blend rockabilly, old school hip hop, disco and other crazy or obscure (or both) shit under the title that roughly translates into English as Stories of Sex, Heartbreak and Beyond.

Oh, and my DJ name is Amber Amber! A friend even created a LAST FM page for me! 

You can listen to my latest shenanigans HERE



Friday, December 14, 2012

Film&Fashion Fridays - Lucifer Rising

Hello darlings!

 I'm always using film references for my vintage listing, so I thought I should give you guys a little more context about those crazy titles.

And I want to start with the one of the most exciting and well-known experimental filmmakers- Kenneth Anger!

His films are basically well-staged rituals, filled up with obscure symbols and various mythological references.

Acid-trips in saturated colors with cool soundtracks.

Lucifer Rising is a demonic invocation featuring Marianna Faithful among celtic ruins and Egyptian pyramids.

“A film about the love generation – the birthday party of the Aquarian Age showing actual ceremonies to make Lucifer rise. Lucifer is the Light  god, not the devil – the Rebel Angel behind what’s happening in the world today. His message is that the key of joy is disobedience. Isis (Nature) wakes. Osiris (Death) answers. Lilith (Destroyer) climbs to the place of Sacrifice. The Magus activates the circle and Lucifer – Bringer of Light – breaks through.”

- Kenneth Anger 

I simply makes you wanna get a sequined kaftan, dye your hair black, wear your we never sleep  necklace and somehow time-travel back to late '60s New York...

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Songs about Paris - Call from Paris

Today I woke up with an email from my lovely friend Vlad that just contained a link to this video.

Sappy and drowsy yet somehow charming, featuring Fellini-esque black and white sequins and a trashcore vibe.

I wanna be partying in backless dresses but all I can do for now is stay in bed, blow my nose and whine :((

Sunday, December 9, 2012

More more more!

...I know everyone's been shopping shopping shopping but there is still more shopping to be done?
So play a happy platter on the gramophone and... check out all these NEW goodies in the boutique today!

Happy Holidays! 25% off 'till Christmas!

Holiday Look book preview

Man, yesterday was SUCH a crazy day!

It started off with an afternoon-long photo shoot with my lovely friend Zhen who's a very funny and quirky Chinese photographer.  He's working a lot for Elite doing model portfolios, mostly.

Viktorja was down with a cold and had a mild fever, but still did an excellent job!

I'm really happy with the results and hopefully we'll collaborate again! These beauties will be in the shop later, stay tuned!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Festivus Week- SALE+ Winter Essentials Daily Boutique Updates and Party Dresses in the Weekend

 Hello darlings!

For all the Seinfeld fans, I declare, in the spirit of George Costanza, Festivus Week! That's right! 
There's gonna be daily bourtique updates up until Sunday, including darling blouses, cozy  sweaters and Christmas party dresses! 

So keep your eyes peeped on the boutique and our Twitter for updates! 

I've been getting a sore thumb from making millinery bobby pins and crowns- you can have a peak below. Don't they look darling? They should be in the shop in a jiffy!

Also, all the blog readers enjoy 25% discount valid until December 25th! Simply use the code 25TANGO at checkout 


Monday, December 3, 2012

The Daily Lounge ep.3 - Cabin Cozy

Hello darlings!

Cardigan: vintage
Tee: thrifted in Romania
Leggings: Chinese via Montreuil flea market

Yup, this is how an Etsy seller looks on a Wednesday morning, between rushing to the office, taking photos for the boutique and making tea.

Apart fom the tee which is definitely a sleeping shirt, the cardigan is one of my favorites and I wear it outside the house pretty often, only it's one of those things that is just too cosy not to throw on whenever you get the chance.

It's probably something I wouldn't sell as it's just ridiculously cute with the little mice and mushrooms! And 100% wool!

It still had the 20th century fox pin on it from the last time I wore it to work... I find it hilarious to wear a mainstream film company pin while working for an experimental film institution!

As for the leggings... they're my go-to bum outfit- the one you do landry in, go down to buy more coke or simply take to school w a chunky sweater when you simply wanna be comfy.

I'm really not a leggings fan in general, except for around the house/PJs, but sometimes they might work.

I bought them in Montreuil for 5 euros, just to find out that one leg is actually shorter than the other!

Oh, the magic of dirt cheap Chinese marchandise!

Do you ever shop at dollar stores? 


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weekend Update Preview

Hello darlings!

Finally! Been working all week hunting for a little sunshine before going in to work in order to update the boutique and make it ready for the holidays! 

Treasures include a maxi high waist blue velvet skirt (yes, like THAT Lynch movie), baroque paisley corduroys, a full '50s tartan pleated skirt, a magic jewels sweater and a 70s grid blazer.

Keep your eyes peeped for these beauties and more this weekend all through Monday evening.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Disposable Diary

Hello darlings!

 Yesterday I finally got my negatives back from the lab! I love carrying a disposable around and more than often I get to have others take my picture with it...

In this one I was walking to school on my usual route through the famous Pont des arts (you know, where lovers put a lock on the fence w their names on and through the keys in the Seine so their love will last forever? I've heard that the Mairie has to constantly take them down as there are just too fucking many of 'em!)  when it started POURING rain right as I got out! 

It was just so ridiculous that I asked a passing asian tourist to snap my photo. Like ''Oh look at me! I'm in Paris and it's raining but I'm loving it!". Too good to turn down ;)

I was planning on working on the sound studio, but by the time I got there, about 5 minutes after, I was already soaking wet. Luckily I had a change off clothes as I previously left stuff for the shop to photograph in a suitcase there.

And, bien sur, in typical Parisian fashion, next time I went out half hour later it was almost nice and nice. Just almost. That means pretty much grey.  Below there's a couple more shots from my walk from Pont Neuf to Pont des arts; do notice the closed bouquinistes stands!

As for the weather... A British girl told me today that Paris is way nicer than London in this respect, but it's still like London in terms of grey, wind, rain only...milder; sooo... go Paris? 



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Latest photoshoot - me and Viktorja part II

Hello darlings!

I know I keep feeding you old news, but these photos were just too ridiculously goofy to pass...

You may remember that post about our photoshoot with Viktorja on one of those days it was supposed to be sunny but got suspiciously dark right when we were ready to start?

What can I say? We were lucky enough it didn't rain!

These are a few quick shots we took right before leaving while Viktorja was getting ready... The skirt and blazer should be in the boutique next week!

Don't mind the retarded Halloween pumpkin that was actually starting to get gross...

So, if this was a pre-shoot, you could call this series a post-shoot as by the time we came back to the apartment from the nearby piazza we were shooting, the sun was ready to set, the sky still overcast and we kinda had to resort to a few tricks to make it work: let's call them mr. long exposure and mrs. discreet artificial lighting.  Might need to plan things out better next time...

A la prochaine?