Thursday, February 7, 2013

Temporary goodbye...

I am going to have to leave this blog for a little while.  I have way too much going on to really put forth the effort into it on top of planning the San Diego Vintage Flea Market, planning out the San Diego home tiki bar crawl this upcoming spring, helping out with the Hell On Heels burlesque troupe, helping with Fast Eddie's fundraiser, doing photoshoots for my other blog of vintage home tours, now booking monthly shows for Woody's Rockabilly & Roots Revival starting early spring, and still trying to have time for my friends, family, Derek, and my dogs.  All while I'm trying to find time for myself and my health, also.  So in result, I need to just put this blog to the side and focus on everything else that is going on.  In the words of my sister; I need a new rack for all the hats I'm currently wearing.

So, I hope to see you soon!
Michelle aka: Miss Hell

Monday, January 28, 2013

Music Monday: Frenchy

I will honestly say that I don't know a whole lot about Frenchy, other than she sings one of my most favorite songs that I am constantly being caught singing.  I first heard Frenchy about 10 years ago, when I snagged Rob Zombie's compilation album, Halloween Hootenanny.  First of all, every song on that album is great and every band on there is out of sight.

But there is something about Frenchy's voice that is very...sultry.  Very sexy.  Very sadistic.  But I can honestly say that I really do like Frenchy's sound, as it's not like a whole of singers out there right now.  So, what do you think about Frenchy?

Frenchy - "Ribcage Mambo"

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Vintage Home in a Technicolored World

Have you heard?  Heard that I have another blog underway?  I do!  And it's called "Fabulous Vintage Living".  I will be showcasing some fantastic vintage-ly (is that a word?) decorated houses.  Think of it as Apartment Therapy for the retro inspired.  And my very first posting went off without a hitch.  You can check it out here and below are a few snippets of the first home that was featured.  I hope you enjoy it.  And if you're interested in having your home featured, please feel free to reach out to me and as I would LOVE to feature it.  Thanks!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

San Diego Vintage Flea Market...part duex

We finally set a date for the second San Diego Vintage Flea Market.  Sunday, March 10th and we're at the same location, Heartland Masonic Lodge located at 695 Ballantyne St in El Cajon, CA.  And apparently we're doing something right, because our first 5 vendors are repeat offenders, I mean vendors from the first vintage flea market.  We will have an awesome plethora of goodies from midcentury modern furnishings, vintage clothing for everyone, vintage jewelry, tiki & Hawaiiana, and a hand full of vintage-inspired crafters and hair accessories.

We had an amazing photograther there that took some awesome photos of the first vintage flea market, but silly Facebook wouldn't let me upload them unfortunately.  But I am taking the day off from vending at the next vintage flea market and focusing on everyone else.  Derek, the Pod King will continue to vend and I will sit with him when I have some down time, but I'd rather make sure people are in there respective spots, snap lots of photos, and mingle with the crowd than sit behind a booth all day.  I hope to see you all there!

Some of the kids enjoying Spanglish Eats' empanadas.
Until next time, lovelies!
Miss Hell

Monday, January 21, 2013

Music Monday: Lil' Linn and the Lookout Boys

I stumbled onto Lil' Linn & the Lookout Boys by chance as I was cruising through Youtube for some new music.  I was smitten immediately with the mixture of western swing, good ol' rockabilly and a dash of country boogie.  Fronted by Linnea Carler, her voice is a current rendition of Rose Maddox and sounds as sweet as apple pie.  Plus, she's quite a looker in her vintage western wear.

The group hails all the way from...well, I don't really know, but I don't think from the US.  After finding them on Youtube, I haven't been able to find out much more on them.  I believe their heyday was back in 2008, so I'm sure you may (or may not) have heard them before, but they are new to me.  So, I would personally onsider this new music.  So, despite I don't know too much about Lil' Linn and the Lookout Boys, just sit back, close your eyes and imagine yourself on the back of a horse riding down a dusty trail, listening to this sweetheart crooning a little ditty next to ya.

Lil' Linn & the Lookout Boys - "My Heart Gets Lonely"

Until next time, lovelies!
Miss Hell

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Etiquette 101: "Facebook Manners"

Facebook manners have a very thin line between what is okay and clearly what isn't.  And for some people, it's hard to determine which is which.  But if your parents taught you right from wrong, then it shouldn't be hard to determine.  I am going to just go down my list of Facebook pet peeves and what I personally consider acceptable.

For starters...NO DRAMA!!  I'm serious.  No drama.  If you're having problems with your significant other, parents, friends, whomever, please leave it at the Internet door.  Yes, you do attract attention, but of the negative kind.  That of people who thrive on reading about other people's drama to make themselves feel better.  Plus, it's not pretty to see fighting, especially online.  It only makes you look pathetic.  So, don't start drama. Don't feed into drama. Don't be associated with drama. Ever. Especially on Facebook.

While we're at it, don't talk about how wasted you are or what kind of drugs you're on.  Drugs are for losers.  And don't back pedal on what you say.  It's already out there for everyone to see, including the person you are talking about.  I have been subject to this before.  Someone talks about me online, I say nothing until I see them in public and ask about it and they back petal, saying that they didn't say anything.  You talked smack, own up to it, especially if someone is gutsy enough to confront you about it.  And don't put your relationship status change on blast, no one truly cares, except those that you've probably already spoken with about it.

On the flip side of that, don't talk about how your life is perfect.  Even if you think it is perfect, always remember that no one is perfect.  Everyone has problems, but to gloat about being perfect makes you seem very fake.  And that you're hiding the fact that you're probably worst off than everyone else.  And also pathetic.

Photos.  Don't get me started on the skanky photos we all see posted on the Internet.  There is also a thin line between tasteful and down right slutty.  Slutty makes you a piece of meat and a subject to scrutiny.  And don't forget that those photos will always be out there for people to see, even if you try to delete them.  I'm sure there is a photo of booty (barely clothed) still out there somewhere.  And I hate knowing that it is.  What in the world was I thinking!?  Anywho, back to your photos.  Tasteful pin up photos are nice to see, but couch humping with your disposable camera is not.  Along with photos of you flipping off the camera, duck lips (I have a few of these also : /), drunk photos, motor boating photos, etc.  I'm sure you get the picture.  Pun intended.

Watch what you say.  I swear.  I do.  More than I would like to admit.  But reading posts loaded with swear words is just...uhg.  So much for being a lady.  Along with swearing, mind your Ps & Qs when it comes proper grammar and English.  When I'm on my phone or tablet, I type like a crazy woman trying to get out what I need to say and to have Swype hinder that for me, drives me even more crazy.  So, I'm not saying that I'm perfect and have perfect spelling (I still use spell check quite a bit), but know the basic difference between there, they're, and their.  And two, to, and too.  And understand the difference between then and than.

Lastly, don't send people a million and one requests to start playing your game.  Or to add their birthday to your calendar, Facebook already does the reminding for us.  Constant adds can be annoying and overwhelming.  So, remember that not everyone wants to play your game.

Now than then, with that being said, please do the following:
* Express your feelings of fondness for your significant other.
* Keep your personal life to a minimal,
* Post cute photos of your baby, puppy, or kitty.
* Post about the vacation you just got home from.  Along with photos!
* Make nice comments on others' posts and photos.

I really liked this article on proper Facebook etiquette.  Read it when you get a moment.

*You can find part one here.

Until next time, lovelies!
Miss Hell

Friday, January 18, 2013

Around San Diego: Tiki Inspired

Locating tiki could be right under your nose, if you truly looked for it.  There is so much tiki or tiki inspired buildings all over San Diego county, but you just need to be looking for it.  I never really realized that until Derek waltzed into my life.  Since then, we've been discovering small San Diego tiki gems left and right.  I am a huge lover of all things tiki, from art to mugs to music.  So, here are some great San Diego tiki inspired places for you to check out when you get a moment.

I've only been to the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island a few times.  But I love it regardless.  The wait staff was very nice and the atmosphere was more swank than it was kitch.  But it was still a great time.  While you're there visiting, make sure you pickup a Mr. Bali Hai mug for your collection and check out the Goof spinning on top of the roof of the restaurant.  The Bali Hai Restaurant is located at 2230 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106.  And as a plus, the Bali Hai is usually the Thursday night kick off for Tiki Oasis to start.
Bali Hai Restaurant
For the best rum in all of San Diego, check out Trader Mort's Liquor store located at 2904 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106.  Trader Mort's is one of a few tiki inspired liquor stores.  But the outside is completed with tikis and lit tiki torches.  And it's also on the way to the Bali Hai, so don't blink, because you might miss it.
Trader Mort's Liquor Store
The Crowne Plaza in Mission Valley as you head into Old Town is also home to the world famous Tiki Oasis [TO] Weekender, as I mentioned above.  I've been attending TO for several years now and every year and I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the tiki cultures most amazing people through TO.  The Crowne Plaza located at 2270 Hotel Circle North San Diego, CA 92108 has a great tiki feel to it (make sure you check out atrium while you're there).  And it was once the Hanalei, a polynesian infused hotel.  Don't forget to book your room early for TO!
Crowne Plaza (Do you see the Moai statue by the pool?)

Tiki Oasis 2013
Here is a great article by KPBS featuring our two pals, Jason Lee & Matt Reese.  We've been able to enjoy both Matt and Jason's homes during both tiki crawls we went on last year, click here for my blog entry on the North County Tiki Crawl and photos of Jason's home.  Enjoy!

Until next time, lovelies!
Miss Hell