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!      

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  >^.^<

Black Friday, Weekend Sale, and Cyber Monday

Hey Heart of Haute Fans. It's Mandie Bee here. So, word on the street is Heart of Haute will be having some incredible deals this holiday weekend. And by street, I mean my office computer...because that's where I come up with this stuff! If you want in on the secret, you've come to the right place.  Friday has you saving 15% on the entire site plus free shipping on orders of $300 or more! Saturday and Sunday? Easy. Check out the HoH Sale Rack via our Facebook page. And Monday is super sweet, too. Spend $100, get $25. I've decided this year to make things very simple. No coupons. That's right. Just shop easy knowing that you'll be saving. No more feeling left out because you don't have the special coupon code. No more "hey, where do I input the coupon? I'm confused!". That's right, my dear Heart of Haute fans. This year, all you got to do is worry about what you'll be sporting for all those upcoming holiday parties and what's on your Christmas list! If you've had your eye on something for yourself, this is the weekend to grab it! ....and if you're hunting for some lovely holiday apparel, may I suggest our Dynasty collection?  These dresses are 100% cotton with a gold metallic print! They shine in just the right light and look fabulous in photographs!                                   Also in this group, the Empress print. A white background with gold metallic print. Our friend, Dinah DeRosa, really rocks the Beverly here!                                                           Heart of Haute is also a great place to find cool gifts for $20 or less!  You may find our selection of Jewelry to be just right for the lady in your life!                                   We also have Mitzi's 2013 Pinup & Hot Rod Calendar for the fellas!                         So whatever your reason, this really is the season to shop with Heart of Haute and save a pretty penny! Happy Thanksgiving, Dolls.  Enjoy the Black Friday, Weekend Sale, and Cyber Monday offer! 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

Vintage Fashion in film

The love for vintage may begin for some when they hear a certain song, see a classic film, a classic car or even an old photograph. For me it was certain films I saw when I was a little girl. As cliche as this may be, it began with Grease. I first saw Grease on TV when I was in third grade. I was intrigued; however I can't give Grease all of the credit, I will need to share it with all those classic Mexican films I would watch at my Grandma's house. What little girl didn't want to be a part of the "Pink Ladies" after first seeing the film, or for those of you who also grew up watching Mexican classic films, want to look like a Mexican Starlet. It was something about the clothes, or hair style, of these characters that pulls you in. Lets take a look:

Betty AKA Rizzo

Her signature style screams confidence, independent and carefree. At the beginning when we first meet her she is wearing an all black, tight fitted, mid-calf length pencil skirt and button up blouse. She is not the type of girl to experiment with color or with prints. She keeps it simple, and if she does want to change things up, perhaps she'll throw on a solid color top or adds a splash of color to her wardrobe by wearing colored shoes.

Lastly, how can I not mention her red and black polka dot mermaid dress. It is amazing and it is a statement dress, for sure! I'm still looking for one, but have not had the luck in finding one I like. Model and fellow co-worker, Angie Alamilla says she has found one, but like most vintage its too tiny. Angie refers to it as, "The dress that breaks my heart!" I'm sure we've all had that happen to us before. Time to start waist training!

Marty Maraschino

Her style is easily influenced by all of the Hollywood celebrities of her time, and was, for the most part, trendy. Most of her outfits are also tight fitted like Rizzo. However, this girl is not afraid of color or print and she loves to accessorize. Some of her accessories include hair flowers, head bands, bangles and her gold heart necklace. Her outfit at the drive-in (when Rizzo tells her she think she is pregnant) is a perfect example of how she is not afraid of color or print. She is wearing a scoop neck, purple, knitted top, that is a three quarter inch sleeve with some high wasted Capri pants that are purple and white. If I found a pair of those high waisted Capri's I would sport them. Its all about having fun with your clothes.

This emerald green strapless cocktail dress with the matching hair accessories screams, "Don't let my innocent look fool you boys!" I love her up do, and how well put together she is in this scene.

This is the perfect summer outfit, don't you think, girls? Yellow halter top with white pedal pushers and matching yellow flower in the hair. Her hair is a little to big for me now, but back in the day, I would have died to look like Marty.

Angela

There are so many women from La Epoca de Oro (Golden Age of Cinema) that I love, and admire. However, in this particular movie "Dona Diabla" Angela is one classy lady. Her outfits through out the film consist of fancy gowns, off the shoulder dresses and strapless dresses. The accessories are hats, fur shall and hoop earrings. It was hard to find pictures for this movie, but I did find the full film on line. Here it is if any of you are interested in seeing her outfits:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAa7iMMcdWQ&feature=related

Lets not forget about her hair. The hair style through out this film is perfection. If your hair is long this would be a perfect example on how your still able to achieve that certain look. I know that sometimes it gets hard for me now, once my hair starts to grow past a certain length.

When your young your so easily influenced, but I'm just glad that it was the 40s and 50s era that caught my attention.

Heart of Haute fans, what triggered your love for vintage?

-Lily