Viva Mexico!

So I'm getting ready to head off for a long overdue vacation to Mexico! I've never been, but I've heard it's amazing. I'll get some time on the beach, as well as numerous days exploring the old Mayan ruins on the Yucatan peninsula.

So, unfortunately in my excitement the only thing I can focus on is the trip, so today you all get treated to Mexican eye candy!

Famous artist Frida Kahlo's father - Guillermo Kahlo - in 1899. From here

Mexico railways poster from the late 1940s, from here

Movie still from "The Aztec Mummy vs. the Human Robot" - shot in 1957.

The image above actually comes from a site with an interesting article and some clips about 50s sci-fi movies filmed in Mexico. Who knew they had such a sci-fi fad as well? Read more about it here

Barbie and Ken from 1964. Info about their outfits here

I also love 50s hand-painted Mexican circle skirts. Below are some great ones to buy online...

Only $50 here

$99 here

This one is $150, but that's all embroidered! Buy it here


Video of the week

I'm sure most people have seen this as it seems to have gone completely viral, but I just can't help watching it over and over again....

Happy Monday everyone!


Happy Birthday Elvis

Today would have been Elvis Presley's 75th birthday. I wasn't around when he was alive and that pains me so. I just don't think I'll ever see anyone like him in my lifetime.

So here's to his birthday with some pictures and music to remember him by...

Quite possibly one of my favorite songs:

I'm not the biggest fan of older Elvis, but something about this song and him doing it once he'd fallen a bit out of fashion is just so heartbreaking for me


Rockabilly Life

I think a lot of what gets people interested in vintage clothing, hairstyles, lifestyles, etc, is music. As people are growing up they gain a basic interest in old movies, and old music, and their tastes evolve as they learn more and more musicians. Most people know about Elvis or Buddy Holly, but rockabilly people will tell you about Bill Haley or Gene Vincent. Those people tend to have themselves immersed in a lifestyle, dressing as they would have if they lived 50 years ago.  I find the vintage lifestyle is fairly often intertwined with a real interest in rockabilly music.

Well I found a site, though it doesn't seem fully developed (just over 80 members), that should be a really great tool for anyone interested in not just rockabilly music, but a rockabilly and vintage lifestyle.

On the rockabilly network  you can interact with other people with similar interests. You can listen to music and see suggestions for little known singers and bands. You can also see what events might be going on in your area relating to your interests. I know too often I find out once it's too late about car shows or concerts.

Another great site for listening to music is Rockabilly podcasts  They have a variety of podcasts that you can load onto your itunes/ipod and listen to on your computer. I'm never a huge fan of radio announcers, and some have more talking than others, but they do have great music and help pass slow days at work.

Lastly, the Subculture Collective stands as little rougher, psychobilly version of the Rockabilly Network. The music, podcasts, and information on this site is geared towards psychobilly music more than rockabilly and vintage classics, but if you're interested in it, it's a great resource.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year/New Decade everyone!