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December, 2011

  1. Vintage New Years

    December 31, 2011 by 16stone

    Hi everyone! Happy New Year!

    It’s funny as I embark on 2012 which I’m sure will be full splendor for me, I can’t help but look to the past for inspiration. Every New Year that begins starts with a look back on the my growth. 2011 was a great year for me. I got engaged to the man of my dreams, quit a  job I hated, and spent quality time with friends and family. This set the tone for what I hope will be an even more enthralling 2012. My resolutions are set high and I’m going in focused and ready to progress further.

  2. Vintage Music: Les Surfs

    December 28, 2011 by 16stone

    Les Surfs

    I randomly came across this interesting singing group from the 1960’s called Les Surfs. The Rabaraona family singing group of six originally from Madagascar, found success singing French pop songs. They later recorded albums in Spanish as well. Monikya, the lead singer along with her sister Nicole and 4 of their brothers toured all over world and appearing on many tv shows. What I found so appealing about this group is that they had a number of music videos. We like to think music videos were not a popular thing until the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. However, Les Surfs provides quite the contrary with a quick search on youtube. Might I mention, all the members of Les Surfs were under 5 feet in height. Check out some footage of this incredible group.


  3. Vintage Paco Rabanne

    December 26, 2011 by 16stone

    A real live Paco Rabanne dress on etsy. I think my heart skipped a beat. This seller is lucky to have found such a rare treasure. This iconic dress is nearly impossible to find. I came across this while searching for a shiny silver dress for New Years Eve.

    Resurrection Vintage set a record on Christie’s selling a similar Paco dress for a stunning $24,000. Paco Rabanne used Donyale Luna to model his designs in the 1960’s. Check out the photos below of Donyale working it in Paco’s futuristic fashions.

    Things of Splendor on


  4. Vintage Christmas Wishes: Happy Holidays!

    December 23, 2011 by 16stone

    Have a Merry Christmas !

  5. Vintage Look Alike: Nichelle Nichols

    December 23, 2011 by 16stone

    For years now, I’ve been stopped on the street by random people to tell me I look like a young Nichelle Nichols. I have friends who have begged me to dress as Uhura for Halloween. Well I think it’s an honor to resemble such a vintage beauty. I met her once at the Comic-Con. I thought to myself, okay this is how I will look in 50 years! Hopefully…

    From wikipedia: Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Dell Nichols; December 28, 1932) is an American actresssinger and voice artist. She sang with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before turning to acting. Her most famous role is that of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard theUSS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, as well as the succeeding motion pictures, where her character was eventually promoted in Starfleet to the rank of commander.

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  6. Ash Will Vintage and Sequin & Suits

    December 15, 2011 by 16stone

    Over the weekend, Bilen and I visited a fabulous vintage pop up shop in downtown Brooklyn’s Coup de Cour boutique. Khalilah Williams Webb is the owner behind Ash Will Vintage Collection. Check out a few photos from the pop up event.

    Visit Khalilah’s portfolio

    Lots of sequins, colorful, and flirty vintage fashions.

    I had to break in my new leopard print pumps for this event

    I scored this awesome purse at the pop up event

    Tuesday night we hit it up the private club Parlor for The Fashion Bomb Daily’s “Sequins and Suits” holiday party. Everyone was decked out in sparkly sequin tops, skirts, dresses, and accessories. Even some of the guys were seen rocking sequin bowties. The event was held to raise funds for the mentor program Suit Dreams. For more coverage visit : The Fashion Bomb Daily: Sequins & Suits

    I was able to snap a quick shot of Claire, founder of Fashion Bomb Daily

    Bilen captured on Essence Street Style

  7. Vintage Chorus Girls

    December 5, 2011 by 16stone