Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Leopard at La Valencia

The La Valencia in San Diego, has always been a favorite spot of mine. Not only is it PINK and known as "The Pink Lady," but it is actually an original structure, built in Marilyn Monroe's birth year: 1926! To Hollywood, La Jolla was an undiscovered, unspoiled “jewel,” and its beaches and cliffs were often used for location shots. Hollywood’s stars, the nation’s Gods and Goddesses of the day, used (and still do) La Valencia as a hideout from hectic Hollywood pressures...

With gorgeous Spanish style architecture inspired by Valencia, Spain, the Prospect St. pink palace is perched on the sparkling sea, set among pink fleurs & palms. It's no wonder it was a favorite hang out spot for all of the glamorous flapper girls at the time. The inside walls are lined with its Old Hollywood starlets who frequented the hotel, such as Marion Davies and Greta Garbo. Of course during the holiday, the Christmas trees and wreaths are up, and palm trees are accented with twinkling lights.

Because it is a historic hotel landmark, the color must remain pink and cannot be altered...What a relief! Design elements include Art Deco Spanish tile throughout, wrought iron railings, and rich tapestry carpets. Its bungalow style and mezzanines reminds me a bit of Chateau Marmont, everyone's Old Hollywood favorite.

A California Christmas!

Wearing our Birdcage Bag from our shop, you can find here

Today's outfit of the day is a 1940s exotic look, complete with some luscious leopard accents. I'm wearing a black two-piece Forstmann wool suit, a vintage leopard coat and some gold & black peep toe wedges - all vintage from the 1940s. The suit jacket has a wasp waist style and the lapels can button in numerous different combinations, which is 'super smart' ! The leopard coat is from The Higbee Company, which was a chain of department stores that opened in the 1930s in Cleveland. This coat is a great go-to, as its not only warm, but falls far below the knee, covering perfectly any dress you would wear it with.

Keeping with the deco theme, i'm also accessorizing with the Silver Screen Serpentine Bangle in gold from our shop, found here. I love this bangle because I have frighteningly small wrists, and this stays put without moving about annoyingly. It's also completely sparkly, covered in crystals and shiny gold! Snakes & leopards are a fun combination, which is why I have my little sly leopard on my shoulder. This brooch is a nice little statement, finished with emerald green eyes, to pick up Christmas greenery. If I were wearing a turban today, it would have definitely been Lili's Leopard!

Lipstick shade is the fitting 1930 shade: " Noir Red," by Besame Cosmetics

These shoes are quite magnificent, as they are that swoon style wedge we all know and love, seen in the vintage 1940s shoe advertisements. I immediately think of Rita Hayworth when I see these beauties, with a black & gold color block, made for the boudoir on any Old Hollywood set!

By Vestige Photography

Two years ago, I had some flapper fun here at the Valencia to pay homage to their history and my favorite starlets. Above, i'm wearing our shop's "Dinner at Eight" bolero in pink, which you can find here.

Now, let's party like it's The New Year in 1926!

<3 Ashlyn

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