Roadside Assistance


Roadside photo opportunity in the ‘hood.

We’re so lovely

What?! Girl Talk!

Oh You There

A Closer Look

Vogue! Just Strike a Pose

I Have A Secret

Let’s take a look under the hood. Screw this, I’m getting out of here.

Speakeasy Photos
Models: Danee Badeaux, Melody Payne, Mary Hodges
MUAH: All Self
Wardrobe: hats, gloves, and dresses authentic 1950s vintage from my personal collection
Location: Sacramento neighborhoods
Previously posted from this series: Four Ladies Meet the models: Driving Ms.-

Driving Ms. —

Who said what?!

Cruise in style and never go wrong. Meet the ladies of this series!

Meet Danee Badeaux: Blues Zouk Fuse instructor, full-time working outside the home mother of two beautiful boys.

Introducing Ms. Melody Payne: Actress and proficient social dancer who can cut hair!

Mrs. Mary Hodges: Military wife, mother of one and soon to be two upon adoption this summer, fitness instructor and health issues survivor

You may already know me, so meet my real 1940s ostrich feather hat acquired from Rack’s Boutique in Sacramento. In case you did not know I also am mother of two, social dancer, midcentury style enthusiast and hobby blogger.

We are telling you something most serious

We are failing to take you seriously

No one else is driving my car. Let’s get back in the front seat.

Speakeasy Photos
Models: Danee Badeaux, Melody Payne, Mary Hodges
MUAH: All Self
Wardrobe: hats, gloves, and dresses authentic 1950s vintage from my personal collection
Location: Sacramento neighborhoods
Previously posted from this series: Four Ladies

Coming Next: Pose on the Side of the road

Four Ladies

Walk this way

Coming at you like a dark horse

We’ve got four ladies decked out in authentic 1950s dresses, hats, and gloves all from my personal collection. Watch out world, we’ve got some eye candy heading your way in this feast-for-the-eyes series! Soundtrack by Katy Perry, Dark Horse

Are you ready for a perfect storm?

Red-head, Blonde, Brunette…

Speakeasy Photos
MUAH: All Self
Models: Danee Badeaux, Melody Payne, Mary Hodges
Location: Sacramento neighborhoods

Preview of our next set: cruising in blue velvet

Second Line Dancing

Danee and I dressed to dance with the Element Brass Band marching in their second line parade Fat Tuesday. The dresses were a last-minute switch. We began in the day, stopping at three different restaurants in Sacramento. What a fun crowd and evening!

Speakeasy Photos
Danee Badeoux

Autorama 2015

This year’s theme: Gatsby! I dressed for the occasion, if you are wondering about the day’s style. Beautiful indoor car show, shiny tailor queens understandably roped off on display indoors. Creativity abounds to a whole new level as cars are perched and mirrors reflect the cleanest of undercarriages accompanied by accent pieces. Owners provide their own barriers, and some of these cars are traveling museum pieces, making their way around the country. This shiny orange Fleetline is the most similar car to mine at the show, and far more captivating than my dull door-banger. Some collect cars for beauty, nostalgia, and sentiment. They are preserving something marvelous. Others just want something more interesting to get us down the road, and that’s okay. Car culture has many sub-cultures within it and I value each flavor.

We frequently see “tot rodders” or cars built for kids, but this puppy rodder caught a lot of attention along with its adorable passenger. The pinup image on the door below is another kind of en-treatment to the eye, as is the “purple people eater” which speaks to the little girl inside me who adored the song and movie as a child.

The show came to life for me at a whole new level once we hit the outdoor portion, familiar grounds of owners hanging out with their cars enjoying the crowd and discussing their garage experiences. Steven, the owner of this perfect-fit 1929 Ford graciously allowed me to sit in and play. Announcement here to save the date for my 30th birthday party May 9. We are saying “farewell” to my twenties in roaring Speakeasy style at the Firehouse 5. See the special place in my heart for this car at this moment?

Ray runs a Model “T” shop in Sonoma, and was gracious enough to allow me to step into this gorgeous green 1926 racer. I can only imagine the laughs and fun to be had in this ride. All this fancy has Lorde’s Royals song playing in my head, but that likely has to do with the fact that it was the last song played at the Firehouse 5 last night during the steal jam. My heart beats to music and dance at the moment. Connecting with people in partner dance is such a delightful experience.

Speakeasy Photos

MUAH: Self
Wardrobe: Rabbit Fur acquired from Super Hoarders Antiques in Dixon, CA; Hair piece by All That Jazz Design; Pikolinos shoes; dress acquired second-hand at a clothing swap with friends compliments the lovely Monica Buescher

Nor Cal Coast

“Wanna sip the smooth air, kick it in the sand?” Glass animals sing in their song, Gooey. Why yes, I do.

“I can’t take this place, no I can’t take this place. I just wanna go where I can get some space.”

“Alright come close. Let me show you everything I know.”

“I take your gloom. I cut it up and puff it into plumes.”

“You just wanna know those peanut butter vibes.” May we dance now?

Here is the song I am quoting, totally took the lines out of context. Silly song claimed by the band to have no meaning, so I feel no guilt jumbling up their lines.
Speakeasy Photos
Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Makeup: Self
Model: David “Gravy” Castillo

Because it is February

Aw, you etched a heart around me! I Like It

I am not big on celebrating Valentine’s Day. I scolded Shane the first year we were married and he brought home a rose from the City, knowing he was swindled for a romantic notion which ultimately angered me. Love is not flowers and buying in to cultural ideals. Love is something we create and cultivate with special people in our lives. Love can look like so many things, and is unique to each connection we forge. I had a lovely and insightful conversation recently which has me looking at my life and all else with new light. My emotions begged a new line of sight. Amazing what perspective can do for human spirits. I feel empowered today by truth and by loves of all sorts. May this be a year of well-match forging in emotional health and genuine living.

Glad You Like It

Feels so good.

Speakeasy Photos
Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model: David “Gravy” Castillo

Seeing Red

Passion, love, anger…not much more infuriating in life than these.
“Surely the most ubiquitous misunderstanding of love is “love hurts”. Loving never hurts — it’s wanting others to be different from how they are, and not getting what you want, that we find so painful.” -Christopher Wallis

I’m wearing stockings! How classy of me. These red bloomers were purchased to wear under my circle skirts when I dance so that while twirling about the floor my dignity may remain in tact (tongue in cheek). I’m still loving these red shoes I crushed on two years prior to purchase. Occasionally I take my time making decisions.

Time to step out? Time to slip on a dress! What are YOU wearing this Valentine’s Day?
Vintage Bustier and Slip
Cream Girdle and Bullet Bra
Speakeasy Photos
Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Makeup: Self

CMYK Photography

A photo with my 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster, unlike any other.

“The Most Beautiful Suicide” could be argued to be similar to this of me on the car. Gravy and I enjoyed a shoot with CMYK Photography, styled in the likes of an engagement session per photographer’s request. I could think of none other better for the task than Gravy. Chris saw my images on Model Mayhem and liked my “classic style”. A lovely day it was in Old Sac the day before Thanksgiving. It was Gravy and my first time shooting with one another since August, and first time seeing one another since September. We did alright.

I enjoy antique cars, clothes, and structures. Been wondering if possibilities exist in love to be so well-built and easy to gaze upon decades beyond inception.

Parked in Old Town Sacramento, Paparazzi style.

A closer look.

CMYK Photography
MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model: David “Gravy” Catillo
More from August and the Beach shoot:
Come With Me By the Sea
One Wet Rock
Style, Baby
Coastal Picnic
Camera Play