Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mozart Lounge

I am always on the hunt for a good old dive bar, and i usually use the neon signs as the main criteria to whether or not I should go inside. I know, is pretty strange, but I'm a sucker for cool neon signs.
I live right off of Colfax avenue, which is one of the country's longest avenues and used to be a highway. There are still tons of motels, old theaters and diners dating back to the days of the cruising culture of the 50s. And that means lots of neon signs!
So the other day me and my friend Cynthia decided to try out The Mozart Lounge, because i kept driving by and LOVED the sign, and also to take a break from the P.S. Lounge, our favorite Colfax dive and home away from home, where Pete, the owner always welcome us ( and all the other girls) with a shot and a rose.
Turned out the Mozart lounge neighborhood dive had just turned into Aqua lounge neighborhood gay bar. They kept the neon sign at least for now (thank god) and have a smoking patio which is always a plus in my book. The decor was kinda pretentious yet falling a part-ish, and they didn't have any tonic for our gins but were nice enough to run and get us some. I'm happy they're there but overall i don't think we will be going back.


I've been pretty busy between work and the world cup, and not really in the mood for writing. But the other day I decided to brave the heat and go get some groceries ( I'm not using the term " brave" lightly, believe me) when i saw THIS:

I'm kinda speechless really.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


I fell in love with this bedroom set at an antique store a while a go. It also comes with a beautiful foot and headboard. The only problem is that there was a "sold" sticker on them. So for months every time I went back in the store, I'd run to see if the set was still there, and there it was, gorgeous, and with the "sold" sticker on. I finally started bugging the owner about it, because nobody ever came to pick it up! Time went by and on a recent trip to the store, the owner finally told me that he never heard back from the people that had put a down payment on it, so he agreed to sell it to me with a discount! I'm soooo happy! So these are the pictures of the infamous set in my bedroom.

On a different note, I just realized the other day that this gorgeous rose bush is right under my bedroom window.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dennis Hopper

A little homage to the man that took the picture that led me to the Smiths. I spent many hours staring at this photo, fascinated by the raw coolness that emanates from it. It is one piece of the puzzle that constituted MY american dream and gave me the sense that i absolutely HAD to come here and experience IT.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dear Grandma

I always loved this picture of my Grandma. It's her High School graduation picture in the 1940's and I think she looks like a movie star. Worlds apart from what i looked like on my graduation. I can't remember for sure but my hair was either purple or pink ;)
Anyways...Last time i was in Brazil i decided to take pictures of the original photo to have the image with me, and also with the idea to recreate the hairstyle and show it to my Grandma. I asked her for tips too, but she wasn't very keen on explaining it to me claiming it was too out of style. We love each other to death but she could never accept the idea that i don't want to look like everyone else, and i know she meant well. So after much procrastination, I finally decided to give it a go on the last day of Viva Las Vegas. The conditions were less than ideal considering i only had the small hotel mirror to work with and very little time since missing Wanda Jackson's concert was not an option. So even though the result is not as good as I would have liked, i think is decent enough for me to post the pictures, until i try it again with more time ahead of me.

The faux bang turned out neater than what they look like in the picture. But there's a sort of nest of curls on the top of the head that give the impression that there's a big mess going on. Due to some wardrobe malfunctions i ended up having to pick a dress by default, and it doesn't really goes with the style i was going for, but whatever. Is better than walking around the casino with a duck clip in my head like i did on the previous night!!!