Go See: MoMA’s “Mexico at Midnight”

Last week, New York’s Museum of Modern Art announced “Mexico at Midnight: Film Noir from Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age”. The series starts this Thursday and runs through July 29.

Mexican cinema’s Golden Age has the pretty much the same timeline as Hollywood’s, stretching from the mid-1930s to the early 1960s. It even had a studio system similar, and Mexican stars like Dolores del Rio and Lupe Velez found fame on both sides of the border. But of course, these films aren’t just copies or translations of American films. MoMA says, “Even seasoned noir fans will be startled and thrilled by these selections, which treat sexual passion and murderous jealousy with a vigor unimaginable in contemporary Hollywood productions.” This is pretty timely next to the Investigating Film Noir online class that TCM has launched in June.

I can’t wait to get to the theater. I’m especially excited to see the La Doña Maria Felix in “La dios arrodillada” (The Kneeling Goddess).

Was ever a woman so tailor-made to break hearts and command attention? She served as muse to Diego Rivera and half a dozen other artists. Fun fact: she turned down the lead in “The Barefoot Contessa”. No wonder MoMA described her as the lovechild of Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth. I’m excited to see her legendary smoulder on a big screen playing the ultimate abusadora who destroys lives with her undeniable sex appeal.

its been while so here are history.

It’s Been A While, So Here Are History Lessons from My Vacation

It’s been quiet around here for a long while. Things have been insane lately–I’m essentially working two jobs right now, and grabbing all the extra work I can. I haven’t shot any outfits, really, but I have been to a ton of burlesque shows.

Anywho, please enjoy some photos of my August trip to Martha’s Vineyard. It’s such a beautiful place with a really rich history. I feel so lucky to have grown up spending my time there. Unfortunately, it’s a little inconvenient to reach from New York unless you get a good deal on a JetBlue flight, but my week there was perfect for decompressing.

Unknown adorable little girl on the Inkwell
My mom and I spent a lot of time on the beach, especially Town Beach, or the Inkwell. Historically, Town Beach was called the Inkwell by white Martha’s Vineyard residents and visitors because Town Beach was frequented by black vacationers. Blacks reclaimed the name and now almost no one can remember the standard name for the Inkwell.
Coffee with a view
Every time I go to Martha’s Vineyard, we make sure we have breakfast at Aquinnah Shop. Aquinnah is the home of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe. The tribe’s trust lands cover the town of Gay Head. Aquinnah Shop restaurant incorporates elements of Aquinnah cuisine, like the stone-ground blue corn used for waffles and pancakes.
Outside the restaurant
Gay Head Cliffs
According to the Aquinnah legend, Moshup the Giant lived in Aquinnah with his wife Squant. He was a friend to the Aquinnah, teaching them to fish and hunt whales. Because he was a giant, Moshup could just pluck whales out of the ocean and bang them against the cliffs, staining the earth red (you can’t see much red in my photo, but other areas of Aquinnah have a lot more red clay in the cliffs’ makeup).

Pearl Davies is Coming to Town!

This year at Viva, I had the chance to meet the wonderful Pearl Davies and her husband. Pearl is a pin-up photographer from Australia who’d decided to spend the year touring the US. Her next stop is (finally!) New York.

If you show up with hair and makeup done, Pearl will shoot you for $199 and you’ll come away with 9 beautiful prints, plus a voucher you can use for either more prints your next shoots. The Lady Marmalade package gets you 21 prints, digital images to share, and a voucher for $549 (it’s steep but Pearl offers a payment plan).

To book a shoot, email smile@pearldavies.com.

Get more info on her website. And New Orleans, Pearl is coming to you next!


I’ve kept this blog, off and on, for seven years. It’s helped me meet some really cool people, both offline and IRL, and I’ve learned so much. But I haven’t updated my blog for the last three months and I think it’s time to declare the blog’s end, or at least an extended hiatus. Not that it means I don’t still love my vintage clothes and my events. You’re welcome to follow me on Instagram @itsdlovely or read some of my most popular posts (take a peek at the sidebar).

Thanks for your support and happy New Year!