Vintage Hollywood Blvd…

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The Hollywood walk of fame was created in 1953, with the original idea for creating a  Walk as a means to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.” Today my girlfriends and I enjoyed the vintage billboards that are still there today,  to remind us of the classic movie greats such as Peter Lorre and Alfred Hitchcock.  I felt like Alfred and Peter were right there staring at us ! Old Hollywood fun and glamor.  A great day of shopping, talking and eating all along Hollywood  Blvd.  I wore my vintage 1960’s hat, my vintage 1980’s coat and my vintage 1980’s boots.

Vintage Camera’s

I have been collecting vintage camera’s and now I have a space in a shop selling my finds. I love shopping estate sales and bidding on these unique camera’s.  I am obsessed with the thrill of the hunt and the final highest bid, and when it’s me… I am thrilled. I was surprised to find my cameras selling so quickly as I guess I am not the only one who likes to collect vintage cameras. Here is a photo I love from  the sartorialist and  I have this vintage Minolta and I must say,  it’s so much fun shooting with film.


Have a wonderful week

xoxo Cheryl

Celebrate love …

It’s  Valentine week and I am feeling so very red…I pulled out my retro red polka dot dress, my white tennis and my white sunglasses and went for a ride…

Have you ever had a moment where you felt like you were back in time ? I felt so very 60’s today , a simple time with no cell phones. It’s sunny here in Southern California and I love the fact I can ride my bike today,  in early February.

And I found the perfect red and yellow awnings to have lunch under….

Yes I am a hopeless romantic , and I love Valentine’s day ….but not every day can be Valentine’s Day, but how much more romantic the world would be and how much happier we would feel if we remembered  to show the people we love that we are thinking of them. The simple gestures , to show affection, to be forgiving and  to listen, to be generous with compliments and to be passionate with each other,  everyday… to celebrate love…celebrate life…celebrate each other…

Have a happy day,

xoxo Cheryl.

from …Wikipedia:

‘Valentine’s Day or Saint Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished

When I travel…part 2

(Photo from classic female pics)

When I travel I wished I look like this(we can dream, right ?)  I love this picture the perfect scarf and sunglasses and a cool red convertible( I have a green convertible).  This is the perfect retro look for a coastal drive. I always try to wear a scarf ,or a hat,  it always makes  sense and looks so  retro chic . Maybe  something Natalie Wood would wear …

xoxo Cheryl

October Vintage Vogue Cover

 I love the month of October , the eighth month of the old Roman calendar,which is sacred to the myth goddess Astraea . The myth of the loss of the Golden Age is appropriate for that time of year when the chills of autumn tells us that the golden days of summer has past and winter is drawing near. The autumn leaves turn to gold and fall during this month, echoing Astraea’s departure from earth.  It’s the month of the  masks, witches, poisons,  old black crows and our annual Halloween mystery dinner. This year we will have a  black and white masquerade ball in the grand style of the 1940’s.  You can view the entire event on my new blog” The Paper Mystique, Here you will fine all my custom stationary and events. 




Vogue 1913

Hope everyone has a simply enchanting month.

Vintage classic style

When ever I take a plane trip I love to pick up a  Vogue magazine. Why ? Because I love to look at all the beautiful pictures, and well my alter self loves Vintage classic style, and no-one does it better than Vogue. I remember when I was young my mother always had a Vogue magazine lying around, and I would look at the pictures thinking when I grow up I will travel and look like a Vogue cover model. Well I traveled , but I never could get that classic style just right. Okay , I never ever got close.

(1951 vogue)

You  know that perfect Vogue look, classic but understated. Those perfect colored  red lips. This photo was from 1951 and I think today this look would still look great. I love this yellow and black striped scarf.  Timeless, ageless and so chic. I think I will pack blacks , reds and yellows, and my big straw hat (ofcouse) and some little black kitten heel sandals.

(my picture from the Islands)

(This is Kim’s Vogue Cover)

I love all the vintage Vogue covers, this cover is from 1932. I would like to do a vintage classic photo shoot and turn one of the pictures into a Vogue cover. So if any of you classic beauty’s wants to do this kind of photo shoot contact me . Well am off to Honolulu , I thought I would post my daily photos of this Island , hope you will  join me.


This is the last week of the give-away, so leave your comments, I will add something from the Islands !


Linus bike shop

Biking down Abbot Kinney drive in Venice beach I saw a few more cool vintage shops. I liked this very shabby chic beach shack. It had a lot of wonderful french garden urns.  1502 Abbot Kinney dr. Venice Beach.

Now I was too embarrassed to admit I could not find the Linus bike shop the first time Kim and I came here to Venice Beach, so when I  finally found  it I  was thrilled ….

The shop was at  1413 1/2 Abbot Kinney Blvd., which was down a path that’s why I had such a hard time finding it.

It was worth the wait…

These bikes were so retro French chic  , I loved the thin style of these bikes, but the price was a little high.

About $500.00 to start , I would have loved to have  purchased one,  I was swept  away by the charm of these beautiful bikes. Anyone who walk by stopped and  noticed  how very different these bikes were. The seats and  handle bars  were brown leather, and the bikes had a slim retro  body, they had custom baskets and side-saddle bags, they were just plain cool.  Another very cool French chic shop I found was French 50’s-60’s right down the street at 1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd. The owner Michele Summerlath has been collecting and dealing French antiques for over 30 years, but this whimsical store is mid-century modern. Lighting, abstract art, shaggy rugs and accessories are abundance here, and it looks like  Brigitte Bardot’s boudoir in a Godard film.  I can imagine Brigitte Bardot in her white slim jeans and her striped black and beige sweater, her hair swept up in a french twist,  riding a Linus style  bike down a beautiful old street in Paris. Then of course she goes into her  very french chic decorated boudoir for a glass of wine. That’s how this very cool Venice beach town makes me feel. Summer is coming  to an end, and I can say I enjoyed every moment of it, I  hope everyone has a wonderful week .

The magic of photography

Poolside with my retro camera , and it really works, a little present from Darrill. It’s all about the perfect picture for any photographer, the perfect angle , the perfect setting. I love the magic of photography, creating a moment in time to be cherish forever. A moment in life we can experience again  and again that only a picture can capture . A moment we can be ageless…





Simply natural photography, a natural setting,  simply who we really are , or maybe someone we want to be .Before I take a picture, I study the subject, I look at all the ways in which a person can look. You will be surprised on how many different looks you can get in one photo shoot. 







Ready, say cheese. Being in front of a camera brings out the best in almost everyone. 







Every women should have their picture taken, and release their inhibitions, to feel beautiful and   free…even if it’s just for a moment…




…it’s the magic of photography.



Photos by Darrill Andries