Tiki Photoshoot with Tara O plus a chance to win a FREE DRESS from Heart of Haute!!!

Phoenix based Pinup Photographer and long-time-darling friend, Tara O, is making her way to Sunny California yet again to capture the beauties we have in our sprawling land.  Care to take a stab at Pinup modeling? Need a fun NEW never-shot-in-before Tiki themed location? Book this shoot!  I'll be there, too ;) All bookings will also be entered in a drawing to win a Heart of Haute dress of their choice, up to a $120 value. Whoa! Yeah, I know. I wont enter the drawing, though.  

To set up an appointment, please contact Tara directly  at :  Tara@taraophotos.com   And if you're in need of some Tiki Tiki dresses, let's take a gander at some of the styles HoH has to offer!

Hope to see you there! Aloha!  

With Love and No Regrets,

Mandie Bee

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5 Tiki Movies full of Vintage South Seas Fashion

The modern tiki trend is a revival of the early to mid-20th century American obsession with Hawaii and all things tropical. Music, movies, décor, and fashion from the south pacific were adopted and adapted by mainland Americans as early as the 1920s. The trend hit its height in the 1960s, with tiki bars in both major hotel chains and countless backyards. Searching for your own South Seas style inspiration? Vintage movies are a great way to explore and expand your retro aesthetic. We previous shared our top 5 movies for Mod style inspiration. Here are our 5 best Tiki movies – enjoy these 20 years of Polynesian-inspired fashion in American film.

5 best tiki movies ship ahoy

Ship Ahoy (1942)  Opening with drummer Buddy Rich and the rest of the Tommy Dorsey Band playing “Hawaiian War Chant,” this movie has loads of amazing music (keep your blue eyes open for a very young Frank Sinatra in the band), and Eleanor Powell’s incredible tap dancing. Her gorgeous costumes range from leis and cellophane skirts to nautical pinup looks. The wartime plot won’t win any awards, but the sounds and sights are more than worthwhile.

 Pagan Love Song (1950) Whether or not you buy Esther Williams as half Tahitian, there are loads of stylish sarongs, bamboo décor, and hair flower inspiration. Underwater sequences, songs, and the scenery of a more rustic Kauai make it an enjoyable escape. Pin up icon Esther Williams was actually pregnant while filming this difficult movie!

 South Pacific (1958) James A. Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific is required reading for anyone wanting to understand the role of World War II in Polynesian pop. The myth of Bali Hai is just one aspect of tiki culture that came from Michener. This 1950s movie was an adaptation of the musical that was based on the novel. Filmed in both Kauai and Ibiza, the movie features all of the songs from the musical production.

top 5 tiki movies blue hawaii elvis

 Blue Hawaii (1961) One of three movies Elvis shot in Hawaii, he also recorded the popular soundtrack in Hawaii. Famous Oahu sights like Waikiki Beach and Diamond head appear, though much of the movie was shot on Kauai. A fun exploration of post-war Hawaii and American dreams, and a good example of the 1960s “beach party” movie genre that helped to expose many people to surfing and surf music.

 Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) Marlon Brando leads the rebellion against a ship’s cruel captain – based on a true story that occurred in the 1700s. The 1960s film version of this South Seas story was filmed on location in Tahiti, with gorgeous tropical colors. Despite long and expensive shooting and production, it was nominated for many awards. Whether you are packing up for the Hukilau, Tiki Oasis, Tiki Caliente, or just hosting a killer luau at home, Heart of Haute has the aloha wear you need. Take a look at our new Hula Honeys and Tahiti items, and the bold Ukulele tapa print Tiki Serenade.  Our modern fits and 100% high quality cotton fabric will keep you looking amazing and feeling comfortable from the Mai Kai to the Bali Hai.

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April 03, 2015 — Allison Vallerga

Pre-Viva Las Vegas Shopping Party at Roadkill Ranch in Fullerton

March 21 from Noon - 5pm We're wheelin' out a rack to meet up with our friends in Downtown Fullerton for an afternoon of Pre-Viva Las Vegas SHOPPING FUN TIMES at Roadkill Ranch! Come out and get those last minute Viva outfits together and mingle with us. Other vendors include: Niccoco Creations , Other Person's Treasure, and Tres Noir Optics Live Music from Buddy Lee & The Dungaree Dogs and The Nesting Dolls! Roadkill Ranch is a really great little spot with tons of novelty items and fashion for the ladies AND the fellas so you can bring your man! We look forward to seeing you! -Mandie Bee

Heart of Haute vending at the DAPPER DAY EXPO Spring 2015

It's true!!! We're coming back to Dapper Day! We had such a great time in the Fall, we couldn't help but return with more amazing dresses, tops, and skirts just for you this Spring! Dapper Day is a twice-yearly event where Disney Parks attendees dress in their retro best - inspired by any area you want, although the 1950s and 1960s are the most common. 

We've actually taken the time to make EXCLUSIVE pieces just for Spring 2015 Dapper Day, so if you're planning to attend, be sure to stop by our booth at the DAPPER DAY EXPO located in the Grand Californian Hotel, Sequoia Ballroom  this Saturday and Sunday, February 28 and March 1st.   The Expo is free and open to the public! Hope to see you there! 

Tips for the Best Dapper Day!

If you haven't heard about it... Dapper Day is an event held at different Disney theme parks twice a year, where everyone is encouraged to wear their best outfit!  Whether that may be inspired by a specific era like the 1950s, or just your own personal style!  Some park-goers have even used Dapper Day to create unique disneybounding outfits.  Celebrities like Drake Bell & Dita Von Teese are known to appear as well!
If you're planning on going to Dapper Day for the first time this year, here's our list of just a few things to get yourself ready for the big day.
Wear flats! Sorry, gals.  If you wish for blisters then by all means - wear those adorable heels!  But my advice is to go for a comfortable, cute alternative.  Or bring along a pair of flats to switch in and out of for comfort.
 

Set your makeup & hair. A simple makeup mist spray can save you from having to touch up your blush every hour! You can find affordable makeup setting sprays, like this one from e.l.f. cosmetics.   You'll want to keep your bag light, so bring just your beauty essentials.   Also, it's important to keep in mind that fast rides like Space Mountain & the Matterhorn may mess up your fabulous hairdo!  Make sure you're ready for touch ups if you plan on riding the Disneyland classics.

 Set aside time for the Expo! There is lots of tempting shopping inside Disneyland & Downtown Disney, but since you're going to be there for Dapper Day, why not check out the Dapper Day Expo!  Many big and small pinup reproduction clothing companies will be vending there, as well as lots and LOTS of vintage!!  The perfect chance to try on some of your favorite brands, and find your new favorite pieces. There are also super cool things like the Styling Suite & Sketch Studio! We will be vending at the expo, too! It's free for anyone to attend, located in the Grand Californian Hotel.  Saturday, February 28th from 12pm-9pm and Sunday, March 1st from 10am-8pm.
Check the weather before & dress accordingly!  Although Disneyland was built where it is because of Orange County's notoriously beautiful weather... mother nature sometimes has something else in mind. If the weather says it will be 90 degrees, you may want to think about skipping the seamed stockings and fur stole.  At Disneyland, you will be walking around a lot and shade is minimal, so remember to bring/wear sunscreen! Check out the Dapper Day gallery for inspiration!
Don't forget to take lots and lots of photos, and have FUN!  Dapper Day is a great chance to see the most fashionable vintage styles, make new friends, and have a wonderful day at the happiest place on earth!
So what about you, ladies?  Got any advice for Dapper Day attendees?
February 19, 2015 — Alisa Martineau

Quinceanera Theme Ideas from Heart of Haute - Old Hollywood and Rockabilly

Quince theme ideas are everywhere, and they are as unique as the girls celebrating. From girly to glamorous, elaborate and sweet to sleek and simple, your unique quinceanera theme should reflect you.

Find Your Mardi Gras 2015 Dress at Heart of Haute

Now that the New Year has started, it's time to start planning for Mardi Gras 2015! Mardi Gras is a mix of cultures, much like the city of New Orleans. Some of the traditions came from France with the colonists, and some came with other immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean. Parades start as soon as January 6th, and run through mid February 2015. Parades are not the only events - concerts, cooking contests, and more take over the city of New Orleans for the next two months.

Step off of Bourbon Street to take in some music on Frenchman Street, take a plantation tour, and walk some of the city's amazing cemeteries. If you are lucky enough to be heading to New Orleans soon, what are you going to pack?Here are my ideas for Mardi Gras 2015 outfits:

  • Green, Purple, and Gold are the official colors of Mardi Gras. Our fitted retro Velma wiggle dress has a structured shape and striking sexy neckline - perfect for an elegant night at the Carousel Bar. Casual sight-seeing day?  Our Maxine Dress is available in the vibrant Purple Honeycomb dimensions fabric. If you want to go gold, we have loads of patterns that shimmer and shine!
  • It's tiki time in the Crescent City! Tired of Sazeracs? Hitting up the anticipated new Latitude 29 tiki bar? We have the perfect vintage inspired island wear for a night of mai tais.
  •  What is the Fleur Di Lis, and how did it come to conjure Louisiana? This symbol was Egyptian or Babylonian in origin, and was adopted by France's first king, Phillip. The Fleur De Lis has been associated with New Orleans for hundreds of years - it was on the flags of the French Colonists who founded "Nouvelle Orleans" in 1717. Today, it is everywhere in the city from fine art to football jerseys. Try a dress or skirt in our striking Gold Fleur De Lis fabric.
  • Peacock feathers are everywhere during Mardi Gras - on masks, costumes, and the wreaths on nearly every door. Our amazing Peacock Royale fabric has been a best seller - get noticed with a Mardi Gras dress or skirt in this pattern.

Whether you will be in Louisiana in body or just spirit, lassiez les bon temps roule for Mardi Gras 2015!

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January 02, 2015 — Allison Vallerga

Annual Holiday Boutique!

It's time for our annual Holiday Boutique!

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We know you'll be out and about Thanksgiving Weekend- make a point to stop by our 2nd Annual Holiday Boutique Sale!!! Support Small Business onSmall Business Saturday

We are teaming up with 2 of our employee's lines for the day.
Check out Lily Duenas' Lil' Lou Lou , classy hand made hair accessories, children's clothing & more!  Also featuring Linda Heredia's special custom geeky chic and comic book girly looks from 1138 Clothing!!!

10am - 4pm There will be snacks!!!

949 N Cataract, Unit M San Dimas CA 91773

Everyone that walks in the door will be entered to win a goodie bag full of accessories, a HOH gift card, and more!!!

Yes, we KNOW so many of you wont be able to make it because you don't live here, so we will be offering the Haute Honey Happy Hour throughout the day for all of our Instagram followers to get in on the deals AND ALSO be entered to win another goodie bag full of great stuff you don't wanna miss out on!!!

It's going to be a fun day of shopping, sipping & snacking!  See you there!

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Win a Dress from Heart of Haute * Junebugs & Georgia Peaches Contest

  We've teamed up with the Darling Two-some behind Junebugs & Georgia Peaches for a very special Contest!!! You can read all about the details by clicking the image below or on their blog, here. HB_home_Junebugs The Contest ends on September 14th, 2014 so be sure to enter this week! And be sure to follow them for adorable updates on their adventures, fashion tips, and outfit reviews. Be sure to check out their recent Designer Spotlight on our Amanda Dress, too! -Mandie Bee

Dapper Day Fall 2014 - Sept. 12 & 13

That's right! We're wheeling out our racks to the happiest place on earth for the very special Dapper Day Expo, located in the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort!!!
" Definition: dap·per Adjective: neat and trim in appearance; very spruce and stylish DAPPER DAY® Events celebrate the tradition of stepping out in style. Started spring of 2011, DAPPER DAY organizes fashionable gatherings attended by over 20,000 well-dressed guests twice a year at the Disney Resorts in LA, Orlando, and Paris (autumn event only). DAPPER DAY Events at Disney Parks are your chance enjoy your favorite rides and attractions while looking your best. These are not strict period recreation events, instead, all sophisticated fashions, from vintage-inspired to contemporary chic, are encouraged. "     - DapperDay.com
Come shop with us and several other unique vendors on September 12 & 13. The Expo is open and FREE to the public, so even if you're not participating in the festivities in the park, you're welcome to shop between the hours of noon and 8pm each day. We will have specials and exclusive items for this show.   Best of all, Dapper Day is hosting a  "Wrap Party"  on Saturday, Sept 13,  from 5-7pm  in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel Conference Center. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bars, DJ Mo Herms of Indie FM spinning live. You don't want to miss out on that! We look forward to seeing you there, Honeys!   [caption id="attachment_2151" align="aligncenter" width="600"]DAPPER DAY EXPO, Sept. 12-13 DAPPER DAY EXPO, Sept. 12-13[/caption]     -Mandie Bee