Tiki Oasis 2014 outfit ideas

Tiki Oasis Outfit Ideas. Tiki Oasis is an entire weekend for bohemians and tiki aficionados! Featuring educational symposiums on lots of different topics, music, burlesque, a marketplace, dancing, tiki drinks - all that good stuff! It's easy to plan your Tiki Oasis Outfit with Heart of Haute's tiki style dresses and separates.

Retro Tiki Dresses and Style for Summer 2014

It's tiki time! From Tiki Caliente, East to Hukilau, and back West to Tiki Oasis, the season of Polynesian pop weekenders is upon us.  Subculture weekend events keep getting bigger and bigger; Viva Las Vegas has been going strong for over 15 years now. These events make fun short vacations -  it's a great chance to meet like-minded retro fashion freaks, and show off your best outfits.

Retro style parties are practically a vintage fashion competition. The problem with vintage clothing is that there is no size range - it either fits or it doesn't. At Heart of Haute, we can help everyone get the look, with vintage inspired clothing in sizes from XS to plus size 3X! Looking for some new pieces for your tiki pin up look? We have two great aloha prints in red and navy (look like a vintage Mai Kai Calendar girl), in 3 dress styles.

We are excited to offer our Sweetie Dress, Paradise Dress,  Ellie Tie Top, and Twirl Skirt in the new tapa cloth inspired Tiki Serenade print. What is tapa cloth? It is a fabric traditionally made out of bark in Pacific Islands such as Tonga, Samoa, and Fiji. The word tapa comes from Tahiti -  in Hawai'i, this fabric is known as kapa. It is decorated by stamping or stencilling, usually in a geometric pattern of decorative images. For clothing, tapa patterned cotton fabrics like our Tiki Serenade are now more common. The bark and fiber tapa cloth is often used in decor, or for ceremonial purposes.

There are a lot of pool parties at these events, so don't forget a cover-up or two; our Knotty Dress and Ellie Tie Top are good choices. Pack the Sweet Sweater for chilly nights or air conditioned venues.  Don't forget your feet - the Keke Wedges from Bettie Page shoes will get attention while keeping you more comfortable via a platform and wedge heel. Finish your look with a hair flower (or five), and you are set - whether you are taking off for a weekend, or just taking over a stool at your local tiki bar. I will be at Hukilau 2014 - will you?

P.S. Remember to check our sale rack! There are some retro tiki style gems - a unique version of our Paradise Dress, the poolside-perfect Nice Dress, some halter tops, and more.  

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May 17, 2014 — Allison Vallerga

Pre-Viva Shopping Party at Roadkill Ranch

What a lovely weekend we had!  This past Saturday afternoon we had our Pre-Viva Shopping sale, hosted by one of our favorite stockists - Roadkill Ranch!  Roadkill ranch is am amazing store that's been catering to both rockabilly babes and boho-chic fashionistas of Fullerton since 1991!

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 We were joined by lovely Nicholle of NicCoCo Creations, one of the newest and most popular designers of pinup hair flowers.

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sangria&snacksOur wonderful host ladies at Roadkill Ranch provided sangria and treats!  YUM. 

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We got to shop and hang out with some of our customers too! 

A big thanks to everyone who came out to party with us - we had a spectacular time!  Keep your eyes peeled on our facebook for all the news on upcoming events. We unfortunately won't be having a booth at Viva Las Vegas this time around, for the first time in 7 years!  Mandie Bee will be roaming around though!  If you want to purchase our dresses at Viva, stop by the My Baby Jo booth.

 Have fun at Viva, everybody!  ;)

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<3 Ali for HoH

Heart Of Haute has Your Mardi Gras 2014 Outfit

Mardi Gras season is here! Mardi Gras is a festival of indulgence and wild behavior that precedes the Lenten period of abstinence. Lent ends on Easter Sunday, and Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter. Mardi Gras came to America in the 17th Century after being a major holiday in Europe since ancient times.  Even if you will not be in Louisiana, parties and parades happen all over America and the world. This is not a time to blend in or be subtle - rock your brightest and best Mardi Gras 2014 dress, wild accessories, and don't forget a mask! Gold, green, and purple are the colors historically associated with Mardi Gras. The meaning behind the colors are justice (purple), faith (green), and power (gold). Heart of Haute has tons of bright options for the perfect Mardi Gras outfit - from retro to modern. Our Amber Rose pattern (in three dresses and a skirt) has a bold floral print featuring purple and gold. The sexy yet genteel Vera wiggle dress will make anyone feel like a southern belle pin up - the purple and green are great choices.  Our Angelica print in Purple features gold metallic details. Peacock feathers abound in Mardi Gras costumes and masks - make it a complete, striking look with any of our Peacock print skirts and dresses. If you will be lucky enough to be on Bourbon Street this year, I advise changing into flat shoes (and even sneakers) for the long walk on uneven and even messy ground. For a stylish hotel in the French Quarter at a good value, try the Hotel Mazarin. Be sure to have a cocktail at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone, and check out the great shopping and dining on Magazine Street. -AllisonV
Madi Gras Style with Heart of Haute
   
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New Year....New Name - Welcome to Heart of Haute.com

Hello my Haute Honeys, This is Mandie Bee with the final update about the recent changes in our company. First, to fill you in in case you didn't know, in October, we received a cease and desist letter from another company with our same name, Heartbreaker. The owners of this company trademarked their name years ago. We were unaware of this other company for several years as we were building our business. Anyone could take a cease and desist letter and yell and scream. One might feel totally crushed or ready to throw in the towel, but we didn't. After looking at every angle, we realized that there was not much we could do to keep our name. This is not a story of any defeat, of course. We will continue to practice our same business ethics, create local jobs, and produce our products locally in California. We are now Heart of Haute.... We place the importance and integrity of our fashion in Haute. To have a Heart of Haute (like having a heart of gold) is to have an eye for fashion and aesthetics. A want and a need to express oneself through the art of fashion. What you chose wear is an instant statement to anyone that happens to see you. It also gives you a sense of self-image, personal style, and confidence. Our mission is to provide quality garments to assist all of our Haute Honeys express their own creative imagination and keep this world lookin' beautiful. No longer breaking any hearts....we've grown out of that phase now, haven't we ladies? Heart of Haute is our company name and will house all of our labels. This now includes: Be Still My Heart, Mandie Bee, Teresa Marie Studio, Riveting Gallantry, and Ava Adorable. Thank you SO MUCH for your loyalty and positive support throughout the years! We truly TRULY do appreciate it. We share your feedback with our employees all the time. 2014 is looking good! Here's to a fabulous new year! Still with Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee   haute ōt/ adjective: haute 1. fashionable or high-class
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Holiday Gift Guide

[caption id="attachment_1532" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Holiday Gift Guide Heart of Haute Holiday Gift Guide[/caption] The holidays have snuck up on some of us again!  For those of you who have been prepared for months now - good for you!  Teach me your ways!  I however am a notorious gift shopping procrastinator.  There's so much pressure to get something creative, something they don't already have, something special that shows them how much you care.... right?  I've put together a useful little guide that's full of fun, flirty gifts for any retro loving ladies in your life.  Whether you're shopping for mom, sister, group of best buddies, girlfriend, or wifey!  Every pin up cutie could use a little Heart of Haute in their stocking this holiday! [caption id="attachment_1533" align="alignleft" width="150"]Meet the Amoeba purse! As its name suggests, the Amoeba purse adapts itself to nearly every occasion; dressed up, dressed down, it can do it all! Its uniquely curving retro shape hearkens back to the atomic age with clean, futuristic, and distinctive lines. Constructed of a Champagne glitter vinyl, black vinyl trim, bullet feet to keep your purse clean, zippered and open inner pockets, and clasp, no detail escaped our attention. This purse also boasts a two-toned handle, and chrome chain, a very important detail in preserving the longevity of a well-loved vinyl purse. And thanks to the size (14” x 4.5” x 8”) you can carry all of your necessities around with you and have room for some non-essentials as well! Designed by Micheline Pitt. Pin Up Couture - Amoeba Bag in Champagne[/caption] 1. My personal favorite - the Amoeba Bag by Pin Up Couture. Nothing says I care about you like a gorgeous sparkly vinyl handbag!  It's curvy, eye-catching, classic and basically goes with anything.  Makes a great gift because the neutral champagne color can go from Winter straight into Spring!  This bag is also available in Aqua Glitter for the adventurous spirit and Black Glitter for the classy gals.   [caption id="attachment_1534" align="alignleft" width="150"]Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses[/caption] 2. Oh la la - every doll needs a perfect pair of cat eye sunglasses. No doubt about it!  The Tres Noir Ultra Lux Sunglasses are an elegant accessory and protect her beautiful eyes with 100% UVA UVB protection.  She'll feel like a diva every day!  These sunnies are available in Gold Sparkle or Black & Pearl.     [caption id="attachment_1535" align="alignleft" width="150"]Betty Bolero by Heart of Haute Betty Bolero by Heart of Haute[/caption] 3. The Betty Bolero - just enough of a sweater, not too light, not too thick!  Perfect for over our Sweetie Dress on a lovely summer night.  In red, navy, white or black, a must have in any retro-inspired wardrobe!     [caption id="attachment_1539" align="alignleft" width="150"]Mitzi and CO 2014 Pinup Calendar Mitzi and CO 2014 Pinup Calendar[/caption] 4.  What about the men in our lives?  The Mitzi and Co 2014 Pinup Calendar is full of perfect pinups and hot rods!  A great gift for all those brothers, uncles, cousins, and mechanics you have to shop for!  Besides, who doesn't love a colorful pin up girl calendar?     [caption id="attachment_1540" align="alignleft" width="150"]Fancy Rose by Heart of Haute Fancy Rose by Heart of Haute[/caption] 5.  Let's face it, every lady loves roses!  And every lady deserves roses, no matter the occasion!  The Fancy Rose comes in black, red, navypurple, and ivory - so there is one to match every one of our dresses!  They are the perfect size and make a wonderful accessory to any retro inspired or modern outfit. So sassy!  For twice the sass - Check out our extra large Viva to the Diva Rose!   [caption id="attachment_1542" align="alignleft" width="128"]Seahorse Pendant by Heart of Haute Seahorse Pendant by Heart of Haute[/caption]  6.  Stocking stuffer!  An adorable aquatic buddy on a long gold chain, is just lovely with any outfit.  This sweet little Seahorse Pendant is a great gift for any of the gals on your list!  With just the right amount of nautical charm.  This necklace is made in the U.S.A. with love!  Check out our whole collection of Jewelry.     Heart of Haute Gift Certificate   7.  Still can't decide? No worries!  If you have no idea, you can always give her the gift of shopping!  That way you can be sure she'll get something she loves!  Thanks to you! We have Gift Certificates available anywhere from $25-$2,500!  You can choose to have the Gift Certificate e-mailed directly to you so that you may print it out and give it to the lucky lady in person OR we can e-mail it to her directly!   Make this holiday shopping season easier on yourself by checking out the Gifts Section at Heart of Haute!  There are plenty of handbags, shoes, jewelry, hair bows, sweaters, and more to choose from!  A gift from Heart of Haute is sure to make her smile.

Your Retro Tiki Weekend Wardrobe

Mid century America was crazy for all things tropical and Hawaiian. Many served in the South Pacific during World War II, and returned home with tales of palm trees and rum. Hawaii's 1959 statehood and the advent of quick and more affordable jet travel made it a popular - yet still exotic - travel destination. "Trader Vic" Bergeron opened his first restaurant in California in 1934, serving an approximation of Cantonese food and concocting cocktails like the Mai Tai. All over the country, Polynesian pop culture spread - tiki bars, backyard luaus, and Exotica albums and movies were everywhere. Those who still still celebrate the sips, styles and sounds from this era meet up at various tiki weekend parties all over the country. Two of the biggest are the Hukilau (June 6-9th in Fort Lauderdale) and Tiki Oasis (August 15-18th in San Diego).

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Heart of Haute will help you pack your bags to arrive as the perfect retro tiki pin-up! Having attended a few of these events, here are my tips:
  • Bring more than one bathing suit. A lot of the events are poolside, and you don't want to be pulling on a soggy suit after a midnight dip in the Ocean. A stylish swimsuit cover up, like our quick drying Knotty Dress, is also a must.
  • At the Hukilau, the Mai Kai can be quite warm inside. I like a cocktail dress that will still keep me cool. The Sweetie Dress in Hip Kitty has an authentic vintage shape, and a print that will help you stand out in the sea of floral aloha wear. Get to the Mai Kai with plenty of time before your dinner show reservation to enjoy the gardens and the great happy hour prices in the Molokai Bar. The Moonkist Coconut is my favorite drink.
  • The Paradise Dress has a great retro wiggle dress shape in a perfect tropical pattern, with a faux sarong front that ties at the waist.
  • There is a lot of standing, dancing, and walking around. I like wedges for just a little more comfort.
  • Tiki Oasis has a theme each year - for 2013, it's "Hulabilly." For this mix of Hawaiian and country rockabilly style, bring our Ellie Tie Front Top in Red Gingham, a sweet Heart of Haute top, or gingham headbands and hair bows. Our best selling Sweetie Dress comes in red, blue, olive, and black gingham - the perfect fit for this "Hawaiian Hootenanny."
  • Accessories! These parties are not the time to be subtle. I always bring tons of hair flowers, sunglasses, and jewelry. A few extra to loan to your best friend is always a good plan.
  • I don't actually stay at the official Hukilau hotel(s). I like the Best Western Oceanside. It's right next door and has a cute little pool and free breakfast.
  • Don't overdo it! Take a nap every afternoon and alternate drinks with water. Have some snacks in your room and wear sunscreen.
Love & Moonkist Coconuts, Mrs. V  
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Like it and Win it Contests on Facebook!

Heya Heart of Haute Fans! It's Mandie Bee here. I wanted to share with you a little somethin' new I've been promoting recently.  The "Like" it and Win it contest!  1-2 times a month, I will post a specific item that will be up for grabs! 1 lucky random winner will be chosen within days of the contest start and win the featured dress!

This Week's Like it and Win it dress is the Sweetie Dress in Black Cerise!

Be sure you join us on Facebook to get in on the fun!

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With Love & No Regrets,

Mandie Bee

Let's talk about Teer Wayde

Hello Heart of Haute Fans! Mandie Bee here. I've been busy buzzing around getting things done over here at HoH HQ this Spring. I've been meaning to post this blog entry for a while because I wanted to share my experience working with one of my favorite models! TeerMarleenblk During Viva Las Vegas,  my crew of lady friends (Katrina, Tara, and Sabina) and I were busy preparing for a quick photo shoot with the darling and dreamy Teer Wayde of Melbourne, Australia.  Teer has been a fan of Heart of Haute for years and we've been a fan of hers!   In her blog, Curves to Kill, she shares her favorite finds as well as  product reviews from various fashion lines. We are happy and honored to be among the brands she favors and reviews! vlvbts138_zps14167cddvlvbts132_zps3bf960ce While I was having my makeup done by Sabina (because I was also shooting that day), I had a ton of questions for Teer. So, I had a verbal interview with her as my eyelash glue was drying. It was kind of comical talking to her with one eye nearly glued shut, but I guess that's my way of doing things.  Casual, short, and sweet. I personally wanted to know about her and get her opinion on a few things as well.   So here are some fun facts about Teer:
  • She started her blog 3 years ago after numbers of people would e-mail her with questions about where she got her outfits for photo shoots. She thought it would be simpler and more effective to blog about the products she shoots in, that way the companies would receive recognition and her fans would get some great info, too!
  • She loves Heart of Haute for our fit and overall quality. She says she adores the Ella top because the buttons don't pucker over her bust. Yes! A button-up blouse for busty ladies? It's true.
  • Teer is also recognized as a plus size model and reminds us that beauty should never be associated with a dress size. She says she is definitely a promoter of healthy body image. Love your curves, girls!
  • Her advice to ladies of all sizes? Girl. Wear what you want. If you've got it, show it off and be proud of yourself.
Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 4.36.34 PM Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 4.36.59 PM(Photos by: TaraOPhotos.com  Phoenix, AZ - Makeup by: Sabina Chowaniec  Phoenix, AZ) Meeting Teer was a good thing and I'm so glad we had the opportunity.  Girls like her are truly inspirational. She is a sweetheart and a joy to be in the presence of- this girl is for real! Even though we spent about an hour working on the photo shoot, I can tell she is a genuine person that means what she says. Thank you, Teer!  I really appreciate you taking the time to come over for the shoot and talking with us.  My friends and I were fans before, and of course still are. It was just really cool to meet you! Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 5.20.09 PM   With Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee    

Where the MAGIC happens

About a month ago, we made the epic 3-hour journey to Las Vegas, Nevada to show at the semi-annual MAGIC trade show.  Heart of Haute has been going twice a year for over 4 years. This particular trade show is one of the best known in the fashion world. Apparel companies of all styles and business size attend and show their collections. Out of a 10x10 space, Katrina and I sell to retail shops so they can make Heart of Haute dresses available to you in your local town!   We always-always-always encourage our customers to shop with our retailers. -3 If you step into any department store, you'll see a lot of well known brand names like: Levi Strauss, BCBG, and Betsey Johnson , even our beloved Hello Kitty.  Any retail store that carries multiple brands has a buyer to plan and stock the shop. All of these companies show at the MAGIC tradeshow.  Also in attendance?  Our friends at Fables, Queen of Heartz, Lux DeVille and Unique Vintage! In this Photo:  Lauren Shade, Barrie Kaufman, and Stephanie Castro -6 Here I am with pieces from my Spring collection for Mandie Bee.  I'm wearing the Ruby dress in the Blue Anchor print. My dress form has on the newly-popular Etta Dress in Yellow bees. -5 On another day, I wore the Marleen dress from Heart of Haute. Seriously- this dress is one of my favorite wiggle dresses. -1 On our last night, we had to make a stop at Frankie's Tiki room.  I know this is a regular stop for many Vegas visitors. If you haven't been there yet, you just gotta check it out! -4   With Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee!