Sunday, January 16, 2011

Guilty Pleasure from a Past Life

Readers, I have a confession to make.  In addition to reading milspouse blogs and makeup blogs, rockabilly/vintage blogs have been an addiction of mine.  I will always have a soft spot in my heart for that sort of thing, and understandably so, since it was a big part of my life for a long time.  Ready for story time?

Back when I was in high school, I used to see greaser-types at Disneyland.  At some point in my youth, I told myself I would date a boy like that one day.  I was about 17 or 18 when this all began, and prior to it the neo-swing scene was thriving, which was also a catalyst.  Working in a 50's/60's surf diner, I eventually did, and fell in "love" [yes, it's worthy of big quotation marks] with a boy who broke my heart, naturally.  I was determined not to be one of those types of people who changes for their partner, and then changes back once they're gone, so I entrenched myself even more so into the local rockabilly scene.  I went out to tons of shows, met lots of people, and added more vintage pieces to my expanding closet.  I also developed an eBay addiction at the time!  :)  Back then eBay wasn't as well-known, so you could get some great deals and I spent far more money than I should. 

I met my xDH when I was in college, at a craps [roulette?] table at Viva Las Vegas back in 2000.  On that first trip to VLV, my traveling companion was my mom!  She didn't want me going alone and we ended up staying at her friend's house, not knowing what to expect from the event.  I attended about 6 VLVs total, only missing a year in there, and the first two Green Bay Rockin' 50's Fests.  I never made it to any of the Barcelona weekenders, but that was always something I wanted to do.

I definitely considered myself one of the "lifestylers" back in the day - vintage everything.  Funny thing about life - it changes.  Priorities change, interests change, and you adapt because of it.  My life took me different places.  I began teaching, I started from ground zero financially, and I started doing other things with my free time [country bars, motorcycles, etc].  I became a military wife!  The transition from one life to the next coincided with my growing up.  I went from throwing my money at frivolous things to being happy to pay my bills on time and support myself.  I loved that time in my life - I made a lot of good friends and good memories, but I value everything that I've learned when I split from it so much more.  It was so instrumental in my becoming the strong, independent woman that I am today.

That all being said, if you have a hankerin' for some vintage-loving bloggers, might I suggest the following lovely ladies that I frequent?
  • Betty's Vintage Musings - Betty's a linguist from DC and she runs a well-written, well-photographed blog, PLUS she's another makeup girl.  Do I need to say more?
  • Straight Talking Mama - Fiona's another sewer/crafter with great style!
  • Tart Deco - She's doing a big series on getting ready for VLV right now, which has been a fun read.
  • Temperamental Broad - A friend of Trinnie's, this Colorado local has fabulous style and she's a great dancer!
  • The Kim Show - Kim and I have a lot of the same friends, and I probably met her back in the day.  She's a hilarious read and always has great pictures.
  • The Rockabilly Socialite - Dollie runs with a lot of the same people I used to in SoCal, so I always feel especially nostalgic when I read her posts.
  • Vintage Engineer Boots - Let me interject with one of my favorite guys, and a damn fine Marine at that!
  • Wearing History - A great blog to check out if you're a sewer or you just like to ogle vintage clothes.
  • Welcome to DeluxeVille - One of my favorites, this was the blog that got me digging for more!
Ok everyone, hope you've enjoyed my trip down memory lane.  It doesn't stop here though!  I have a few picture-packed blog posts to share with you, since so many others are doing VLV posts these days and I figured I'd jump on board the train!


Lou said...

oh yay new blogs to check out! THANKS!!! i love rockabilly

Erin said...

Have fun and happy reading!

Lady Betty said...

Thank you so much for the mention! I was an Army (Infantry) wife for many years (husband retired) and now I am the proud wife of an esteemed veteran. Even though I was vintage in the latter years of high school, I stopped wearing vintage when I was in college. It was difficult wearing circle skirts and platform shoes, especially when I had to walk all over campus between classes! I got back into the vintage lifestyle in 2005 (after I lost 33 pounds). I love vintage for its unique, classic look and because it's economical. I know some vintage can be pricey but I am all about finding the deal! I also have gotten into sewing and making clothes and vintage-inspired housewares myself.

Erin said...

You're quite welcome and yay for being a fellow Amy wife! I love vintage for similar reasons, but it's just not practical for my work as a high school SpEd teacher. I'm on my feet all day and I just want to be comfortable. I have minimal time to get ready in the morning and i would glady wear jeans and P.F. Flyers every day if I could get away with it.

I'm a sewer too, although it's been a while. The majority of the items in my Etsy shop are all patterns from my collection! Have fun preparing for Vegas!

Kim Bombshell said...

Thanks for the shout! I'm following you now and look forward to more posts :-)

I was "growing up" probably when you were in the thick of it all. Got married in 95, my husband and I would hit up local shows occasionally, but then after our first child in 1998 we didn't do much until our second child was almost 2. I can remember sitting in traffic in 2001 when I saw a tattooed guy sitting in what I think was a 1960 Biscayne, and I thought to myself, "I want to know people like that again." Shortly after that we moved back to the Bay Area and started going out again.

You will be back!

Erin said...

Thanks Kim! I used to go head-to-head with your friend Tanya and Hilary, another Bay area local, on eBay back in the day! I know I used to talk to Rachelle online too.

I wish I could say I left and started a family, but I haven't had much luck in that department. The military is my baby for now, and I'm in the prenatal stage. :)

Being out here with Trinnie, she drags me out every now and then. I'm a sucker for dancing, so off I go! Glad to have you here!

Miss Dollie DeVille said...

Ah, thanks for the blog love! How was I not following you already? Hum...... must have been a blonde moment. But, I wanted to thank you for always commenting on my blog posts. You are one of my fav readers, and I keep it up just for people like you! XOXO

Temperamental Broad said...

Thanks for including me in your list! And Yayyy for Trinnie!! I love her!

As for the Rockabilly life--it seems likes you still love it. For some of us it never leaves, even if life pulls us away from it a bit. My best friend Tara's husband was in the Navy and my other best friend Tina is a Doctor in the Air Force. Those things have pulled them away from it for long periods of time, but they always come back because they love it so much. When it in your blood its there to stay!! Just tell Trinnie I said to drag you out more ;-)

Erin said...

@Dollie - It happens. I did the same thing recently to one of my fellow milspouses who's also enlisting - and I felt like a total ass! Thanks for keeping it up, I love reading!

@TB [I really just want to use your real name, LOL] - I don't think I'll ever be as entrenched as I was back in the day, especially since it's not DH's thing. I enjoy it, but I have other things I'd rather buy right now, and other vacations I'd rather take than to go to a weekender [I'd like to be able to take a vacation with my husband, period]. I've been down to Pueblo with Trinnie for a show down there, and of course I'm a big supporter of their event. I still have a good amount of those influences in my home though, especially in my kitchen, as I could never part with some of that stuff! That and the Asian people in my living room! :)