Book a Pinup Photoshoot with Tara O!

Hello Heart of Haute Fans, This entry is dedicated to simply promote a super fun photo shoot session that I am hosting with my Pinup Photographer friend, Tara O.  We are currently booking ladies who may want to build up their portfolio, give the whole pinup girl thing a whirl, or just a good time while getting some killer pics- because photo shoots can be a lot of fun! Heart of Haute is rewarding those brave ladies who want to contribute to the pinup culture world with a $75 Gift Certificate!  Bookings and deposits should be arranged with Miss Tara O  (email: tara@taraophotos.com)  but you will receive your credit either in an e-mail or in person on the day of the shoot from me, Mandie Bee. Tara is bringing her trusted make up artist, Sabina Chowaniec.  I, myself, have done shoots with Tara for Heart of Haute as well as for personals and I pretty much insist that Sabina does my makeup. I think she's great. She's a great gal, too! In addition to Sabina, our long-time friend and seasoned Pinup model, Angie Alamilla, will be assisting with hair styling. Want to know what it's like to work with Tara? Check out the 'behind the scenes' video from Viva Las Vegas: https://vimeo.com/64684736   (I'm the silly, dancing girl). There will be a follow up to this blog which will include images of the locations at which we are shooting as well as props and other ideas. Gosh, I may even make a video about it.  Stay tuned! With Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee        

Dapper Day: Let's Get Fancy at Disneyland!

Dapper (adj.): neat and trim in appearance; very spruce and stylish There are two things that this particular Heart of Haute fan always has, and probably always will, love with every girly fiber of her being: Disneyland and getting dressed up (or as I like to say, “getting fancy!”) Thanks to the brilliance of a fellow named Justin, an event that combines these two loves of mine was created: Dapper Day.   [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] Morganeli for Welton Becket and Associates, 1965 Tomorrowland[/caption] Inspired by the original concept artwork of Disneyland's designers, who portrayed park guests enjoying Disneyland's attractions dressed in their finest threads, Dapper Day is held twice a year (an all day event in Spring, and an evening affair in Autumn.)  It is also celebrated at Walt Disneyworld in Florida, and EuroDisney in Paris. A schedule of meet-up times is available, giving event goers a chance to meet like-minded stylish people, and make new fancy friends, (this year, they even had a singles mixer!) However, participants are encouraged to enjoy the Disney Parks at their own leisure. The Dapper Day events have also expanded to include a cocktail party called Folly, which is held in Los Angeles at different venues throughout the year.   While the Dapper Day website encourages participants to dress to the nines, they like to remind guests that this can mean anything from vintage to contemporary chic, and even dress uniform for those in active military duty, or retired military. I, of course, love to take the opportunity to choose from the Heart of Haute dresses I happen to own myself. Dapper Day has become an event that I keep in my calendar, and look forward to. I attended the most recent one last month, which marks my third Dapper Day Event. This time, I decided to rock the Beverly Dress in Peacock Dimensions (this dress never fails me!) as well as my favorite sunglasses of all time, the Ultra Lux cat eye sunglasses by Tres Noir in Pearl Horn. photo_9 photo_2   Take a peek at some of the photos from that fancy, fun-filled day. (There were even a few Heart of Haute fans, showing off their Heart of Haute dresses!) photo_8 photo_6 17_img8896a   This lovely lady was spotted in our Monte Carlo dress!!!photo_5   And check out this Heart of Haute in our Beverly Dress in Cerise.photo_4   The Beverly really is popular. Here it is in the new Peacock Lynette!photo_3 photo photo_1   I could go on and on about why Dapper Day has become so special to me, but I don't think anything I could say would really do it justice. There's something about being at Disneyland, surrounded by fellow fancy Disney-goers that's wonderfully magical. Whether it's the nostalgia for a time when dressing your best meant more than buying a skin-tight mini-dress at the mall, or the twinkling lights on King Arthur's Carousel at night as the backdrop for a picture perfect evening, Dapper Day has a way of enchantment that doesn't even need pixie dust (sorry Tinkerbell!) 17_dapper-day-9162a   With Love & No Regrets, Katrina Marie  >^.^<

The Pearl Hotel

I first heard about the Pearl Hotel whilst mingling poolside at Tiki Oasis just last summer. I immediately thought it was the kind of place a girl like me would belong. And so it was! After the Zoo, we found our way over to The Pearl (as mentioned in my previous post). While heading down the road, you might miss it in a blink. This place must have once been an old run down side-of-the-highway motels you see in any  town. However, the Pearl's owner saw its potential as a beautiful new and hip side-of-the-highway mid-century mod inspired hotel! This 25-roomed hideaway is a new favorite and I will definitely return for their summer Dive-in movie! Yes, they have a giant projector screen above the pool, so you can lounge or swim about while watching popular old movies from the past. They also have a hip little lounge where you can play a variety of board games or cards. I have every intention to get in on that action, but we were having too much fun at the bar playing Space Team on our iPhones. Seriously. Space Team is totally geeky, but a lot of fun to play if you have 2-4 friends. Try it! After a solid power nap, Kevin and I spruced up a bit and walked on over to the bar. I wore my favorite stand by and perfect traveling dress, the Nice Dress from the Mandie Bee line. Not only is the food delicious at the Pearl, (and we only ate the veggies) the cocktails are to die for! We have to thank the bartender, Emily, for providing super service and delicious concoctions. She made me a blackberry-something-something lemon drop with honey? She said she made it up as she went. That's cool!  If you're a sucker for tasty craft cocktails like me,  you'll have to at least stop by their bar for a drink. You will not be disappointed. Promise! The rooms are very nice and fresh. The cutest thing about the room itself is the permanent room mate. This was our room mate, Ace. Who knew a beta fish would be good company?! We managed to order too much champagne and fell asleep at an unreasonable hour, but woke up with the security of knowing checkout time was at noon and not something silly like...say, 11. With Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee  

Mandie Bee goes to the Zoo!

Hello Heart of Haute! It's Mandie here. I wanted to share with you a recent mini-getaway I took with my new beau, Kevin.  We went to the world famous San Diego Zoo! For us, San Diego is far enough away to feel like a vacation destination while staying within Southern California. After about 90 miles and some really silly conversation, we arrived at our destination. We parked it in Panda 3 and happily skipped off to check out the little buddies of the world.  I personally had not been to a zoo since I was a little one. Going back again as an adult is seemingly way more fun. I also found myself being more appreciative of the things that exist in this world. The grounds at the zoo are very nice with winding paths that lead from one exhibit to the next. It's a little paradise. So what does Mandie Bee from Heart of Haute wear to the zoo? Well, I am a cat lover and I felt it would be entirely appropriate to wear my Tara Top in Leopard! I'm also wearing my all time favorite Ultra Lux cat eye sunglasses from Tres Noir.  I really can't leave home without them. We carry quite a few of them in our webstore, too. Here's just a quick photo diary of some of the animals (and flowers) we visited.... Fantastic Flamingos! Jungle Book anyone?  Ooo bee doo! I wanna be like you-oo-oo  Spectacular Snake Skeleton Fascinating Orchid green house.... Stay tuned for my next adventure as I review and sincerely compliment the Pearl Hotel in San Diego. We spend our evening at this splendid destination  after our excursion at the zoo and have nothing but sweet things to say! With Love & No Regrets, Mandie Bee!    

Heart of Haute Herald at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique

Hello Heart of Haute Fans, This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit The Art Walk in Downtown Fullerton.  I found so many great shops, it was a bit overwhelming.  Click on the link below to view my video blog about Heart of Haute's night out on the town in one of my newly favorite shop's Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.     With Love & No Regrets, Alexis Heart of Haute Herald Contributor