Monday, March 28, 2011

4th Annual Latino Rockabilly Festival

This year's Rockabilly festival was just as big as last year's, but not as fun. I think it had something to do with the the weather, it was freezing outside! It seemed like there weren't as many vendors and bands, plus by the time I arrived the last rockabilly band was playing, so I kind of missed out. It wasn't as eventful as I was hoping it would be, but it was fun. They had a raffle and a car contest, but no other awards this year. I was really hoping to see some familiar faces, especially some lovely bloggers. No luck on the bloggers, (or maybe I didn't see you? lol) I did run into some friends. I also was anticipating to see some great outfits. Not happening, very few girls braved the cold and went with a skirt or dress, myself included. We were only a small percent in a sea of jeans, leopard prints, and ill fitting clothes. My poor brother complained, saying he didn't want to deal with this stupid rockabilly crap. So we didn't stay for very long. Hopefully next years will be much more fun, sunnier and warmer too! I'll see you there next year!

A familiar face, that's the girl Darlene that I photographed at last years festival. Yet again her outfit and dancing were great!

The Wiseguys
A rat pack esque group from Montebello, California. They're very close to my neighborhood and often perform at nearby events. They're good, but they're not really one of my favorites.

I named him yet again best dressed guy at the festival. I took his photo and didn't even notice his eyes were closed (so sorry Steven). This guy is always dressed to impress, even though I only see him at the festival I'm curious to know what other great outfits he comes up with. I completely forgot to ask him if he would be interested in modeling for me for at my school's fashion show this year (I'll be showing my own work), I think it had to do with me being slightly nervous; he's a handsome guy. So if anyone knows this Steven or if this is you? Can you please contact me, the modeling offer is still open!

Yay! A gal who's not wearing jeans! Tonya braved the cold and wore this cute floral retro dress, I love the aqua blue. And her hair do is amazing, a cluster of rolls with swirls of blonde. So cute.

I'm in love with this Chevy! 

Showing off my Backseams

 I ran into my two friends Jr. and Andre. We met at a friends birthday party last year, and were reunited at the festival! We were wondering if one another was that "person we talked to at the party" haha yeah It was, now we can finally keep in touch all because of the Rockabilly festival!

(All photos by. Angel Rivera & Victoria Inez Rivera)


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy 21st Birthday Violator

Depeche Mode's Violator 
(Released: March 19th 1990 UK, March 20th 1990 US) 

I'm soo in love with the artwork for this album and the overall theme for the album, songs, videos and tour all done by one of my favorite artists, Anton Corbijn

Yes this year both Me and my favorite Depeche Mode album turn 21!!
 As I mentioned in numerous previous blog posts I love the Violator album and feel strongly connected to it! After all this was the album who's songs first introduced me to DM. Released the same year of my birth and even better released the month I was conceived! I did the math, I don't quite know what day, but hey it's the same month and year! haha I wished I was conceived while this album was playing haha but that wouldn't happen my parents didn't know who Depeche Mode was. But enough of that and back to how this is one of the greatest albums of all time!! Depeche Mode were big before the release of their Music For the Masses album which totally took the band to new heights, but with Violator it took them to a whole other level! I feel because of this album, it has definitely contributed to the legends that they are today. This album not only inspired a ton of artists but changed music as well! I guarantee you, go to almost any 80's flashback club, party, kereoke or whatever and your going to hear either Personal Jesus or Enjoy the Silence. When I ask people if they have ever heard of Depeche Mode they say No. As soon as I say, "Well have you heard 'Personal Jesus' or 'Enjoy the Silence'?" and start to sing and hum the song they're like "oh yeah!" haha! Till this day Violator remains Depeche Mode's best selling album worldwide! Rolling Stone Magazine even placed it on the list of " 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (at number 342) and Personal Jesus was listed on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" (at number 368)!!
Ever since the Depeche Mode's World Violation Tour you can not go to show without hearing a Violator song it would be entirely impossible if the did not play Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence, which could possibly be the best song ever!! I never tire of it! Also did you know the great Johnny Cash covered Personal Jesus which is really remarkable and so did Marilyn Manson, which I must admit is good cover. You know Hilary Duff even tapped into Personal Jesus which was such a mistake and horribly wrong that's all I'll say, she should never go near DM, ever! ( If you must know I really dislike her 'work')
 Overall if you've never heard DM give Violator a try, I guarantee it you'll become hooked sooner or later. Even if you don't fall madly in love with the band or even like DM I'm sure you'll like at least one Violator song. How do I know this? Because I've tried it with my family. First with my Mother and then my Brother Angel, who is by far the hardest person to convert! haha  I must also note that if you love the Violator album you just have to hear the bonus tracks they're soo good!!! 
I can go on and on about how great the album and band is, I'm telling you they really are the best!
Much Depeche Mode love to all and all the fellow DM Devotees!
 Mode on!

I've posted the links to the youtube videos of some DM Violator songs with their official music videos, just click the song titles below!

Most likely the best song on the Planet!! It will never ever get old! The music video was actually inspired by the classic children's book "The Little Prince".
Of course the classic! Personal Jesus! You know quick fun fact this song has even been in popular video games!!
Gotta Love it!! Especially the guitar riff at the end up the song (which isn't in the video)! This song is quite popular with m family it's probably my two closest and favorite cousins fav DM song!
The Halo dance! One of the two dancing girls in the video (the tall one) is American actress Jenna Elfman. My good friend and who I call my DM sister, Andrea, we both know the Halo Dance. We're just waiting for the day to do it in the nightclub together! By the way I want a Bullet Bra like that for myself.
The wonderful, romantic Clean video. Martin Gore fans go crazy for this video often wishing they were the girl, haha
So sexy without the sleaze! If I guy used these words on me I'd melt! Love the video too! The first few seconds of Dave just laying there pure bliss! Who wouldn't want to go on a date to the drive in, in a classic car with Dave Gahan?!

I think this song is by  far one of the most overlooked DM songs. It's one of my obsessions I love it too much. Plus this fan made video of different Violator videos put together is perfection!

I absolutely adore this song. It's so romantic and soothing, a complete lullaby.

My favorite bonus track off of Violator!! Happiest Girl! This isn't the official video, since there isn't one. But I'm extremely happy with this, Bettie Page and DM!! It's perfection! (clips are from the movie "The Notorious Bettie Page")

~ Victoria

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Godfathers of Glam

Not to be confused with Glam Rock. Sunday's  (March 13, 2011) New York Times Style Section featured musicians who's music, style, and skinny suit make them ultimate cool guys even if they're over 40.
And boy was I thrilled to see two of my favorite fellas:  Iggy Pop & Dave Gahan!!

Leading the spread with the awesome Mr. Pop. Even though he is a 63 year old punk rocker he still looks good. 

This made my day. The always awesome, always stylish, the man! Mr. Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode!!

Check out this link for the full photo spread:


Sunday, March 13, 2011


So much from God
That I can no longer

A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim
A Buddhist, a Jew.

The Truth has shared so much of itself
With me

That I can no longer call myself
A man, a woman, an angel
Or even pure

Love has
Befriended Hafiz so completely
It has turned to ash
And Freed

Of every concept and image
My mind has ever known.

'I Have Learned So Much'
By. Daniel Ladinsky

Well watching my Depeche Mode Tour of the Universe : Live in Barcelona DVD the other day, during the performance of the song "Precious" which deeply resonates with me and is one of the songs I consider to describe my life. It was a beautiful  performance but what caught my attention even more was the poem on their screen backdrop as it's revealed slowly on a typewriter. Translated by American poet Daniel Ladinsky, by Iranian poet Hafez. "I Have Learned So Much"
So honest, beautiful, pure, simple, true. I love it.

Oufits of 2010

Isn't this blog suppose to talk about fashion? Haha I haven't done that much or even put up an outfit post in a very long time! So like the inevitable procrastinator that I am, here are the past outfits (worthy of or ones that I only could snap photos) of 2010. Starting with the most recent (December 2010) to the oldest. I don't think I'll describe each one, I'll give a little snippet. But I can guarantee you that in every outfit there is something thrifted and vintage. All of these outfits are just my everyday work and school outfits, except the one taken at night that was for a small cocktail party. I'd have to say my favorite outfit of 2010 had to be the 10th photo, that was the most simplistic, comfortable and it could be dressed up and dressed down in an instant. Sorry for the very glamourous bathroom mirror photos, I hate having to ask someone to snap my photo, plus by the time I leave home my 'personal photographer' aka my brother has left for school.
Does my outfit look okay? haha

This dress used to be my mothers back in the late 1970's

With my coat

Without my coat

You can't tell but I'm wearing one of my favorite 1940's hats!

I was in a 1960's mood

Most likely my favorite outfit of 2010

My brother says "It looks like a luau exploded onto you." haha I love bright colors!

I've owned this blouse since the 5th grade; it fits much better now haha


The Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942

    • February 19th, It was my first time going to the Great Los Angeles Air Raid 0f 1942.  It's a great, fun historic reenactment of the LA air raid that occurred in '42 when an unidentified flying object was reported. No one knew if it was a Japanese war plane or an actual UFO? So to celebrate the historic Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, California holds a dance and WWII reenactment. I apologize for not posting this in my 'Upcoming Events', I've been distracted and yeah lazy too.  At the last minute I didn't even know if I was going to go, it was pouring buckets! Eventually we went and I'm glad I did, I met a new people made new friends, checked out guests wonderful outfits and had fun! Though it was so cold and rainy, hopefully next years will be bright, warm and sunny; which would make for much better photos too. Hopefully by next year my swing dancing skills would be better as well! I was stepping all over my friends toes, haha!

    • A lovely sunset

    Setting up camp

    Empty dance hall

    My friend Robs' awesome FDR pin


    A couple who dressed and danced wonderfully

    The air raid goes off!!

    Yours truly; Thank goodness I wore stockings!

    With my fabulous gal pals Ashley and Jessica. 

    Hello Sailor! These boys were soo entertaining! 

    Myself and my dashing  friend Ernie

    With the lovely Mary! We just met that night, and boy doesn't she looked fabulous! Her outfit and that matching fascinator and corsage were to die for!! All us gals were soo envious we wanted one! Her entire ensemble was made by her brother Mr. Tiny of Wacky Tacky . Amazing, what isn't to love?

    Lauren and Ashley dancing away

    My brother Angel, looking quite spiffy

    (All photos by. Angel Rivera)

    Here is an amazing video shot of a previous LA Air Raid a few years back. It's so fun! And I promise next time I'll be sure to let you know.