50’s Style Photo Shoot!

I’ve always loved retro clothes, dressing up in full skirts, fitted tops with pops of color & fun prints from different era’s especially the 1950’s. Celebrating a friend’s 50’s themed birthday party last summer reminded me of my love for that time. However,heading back home to London 2 months ago was so inspiring to me in every way but especially in fashion. Hitting up one of my favorite 50’s inspired stores called Collectif Clothing in Camden Town (best city in London) was the inspiration I got for my latest fashion shoot.

Location.
Deciding to have the Photo shoot at Hotel Adeline was a no brainer being one of the newest boutique hotels that re-opened up this February in Scottsdale, Arizona.The aesthetic was perfect from the welcoming influencer inspired pool area to the old school air conditioning unit in their suites, vintage orange-colored mini fridge, classic chaise lounge chair & spacious bathroom with funky tile work.

Hotel Adeline are willing to work with influencers & gave me free rein to rent the suite, explore & take pics all over their Hotel so cheers Hotel Adeline!

Clothing.
I went with a classic white & red gingham print dress from Collectif clothing that portrayed true retro style from the 1950s. My Photographer Alyssa recommended swimsuit looks (especially as they had a pool to-die-for) so I went in search for the right swimming costumes to compliment my curvaceously strong figure. I asked all around for thong swimsuits as I planned to get a little steamy in these shoots & I was informed the term is now called “cheeky bottom” lol
My last hope after finding no swimsuits with a cheeky bottom was Everything But Water the designer swimsuit store at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Ironically I was the Assistant Manager there 10 years ago so it was sweet visiting it. I found my 2 swimsuits so quickly & the help that I got from the Staff was outstanding! A nude Luli Farma & yellow Vitamin A swimsuits were the winners.

Props/accessories.
I already had my Vintage dress picked out, bag, shoes & accessories being a fan of that era i’d accumulated bits & bobs over time so next up was setting the scene & I needed Props. A coverup & sun hat for my swimsuit looks & possibly flowers… I headed to Victoria Secrets & found a green printed kimono style floral silk bathrobe, done!
Finding a sun hat was impossible as I looked everywhere & wanted something unique & still couldn’t find it so I thought why not try vintage stores, take it waaay back!
I perused Old Town Scottsdale & came across a quaint & boutique called Twice Boutique (instagram: Twicescottsdale). I met the owner Brittany whom was lovely jubbly so I bought a flamingo sunhat (which I LOVE) & Her store was full of so many hidden gems & I can’t wait to visit that Boutique in old town Scottsdale again! Furthermore whilst I was admiring the decor at Twice Boutique Brittany very generously offerred me all the sunflowers she created herself that you see strewn in the picture below… how sweet!!After that my looks were complete!

Hair, Makeup & Lashes.
Looking for a typical 50’s era hairstyle online, I went with one pincurl & loose waves that my hairdresser of 5 years Renata Henderson (instagram:rhhairstylist) styled so effortlessly. She is a joy to work with & I can’t tell you how the entire staff at Hotel Adeline knew which era I was representing based on my hair alone. We added a wire covered bandana first in white with black polka dots then an animal print loose scarf.

A friend who works at the same luxury brand I run my business through Britney-Rae Sanchez (instagram:brinnyrae) who is an internationally published celebrity makeup Artist offered to do my photo shoot & what an offer! Britney decided to create a natural glow with retro cat eyes & finished my look with her own custom lipstick concoction of an Armani red lip gloss then added red glitter from a costume store to seal the look! Genius! Britney warned me the glitter would get everywhere & she wasn’t wrong as it got on my teeth,face,inside my mouth & all over my chest but cheers to Britney I was prepared.I had tape & 2 touch ups worth of both said glitter & lip gloss & it turned out so well…

I’ve been seeing my Lash lady Miss Carmen (instagram: eyelashedarizona) for over 6 years & I never go anywhere else. Carmen is a true Artist battling my insanely curly lashes adding extensions to accentuate my big eyes & give me that glamour that I truly believe cemented my Pin-up look.

Photographer.
This was to be our second photo shoot working together & if the chemistry between Alyssa Ryan (instagram:Alyssaryanphotography) from the first shoot was anything to come by then we had no worries. True to that thought we began in the hotel suite,took it outside to the balcony,by the hotel restaurant,influencer signs & lastly the pool, bar & shower. With Alyssa’s talent & openness to explore 3 hours later we got all the shots in the bag! I truly recommend Alyssa as she’s just so easy to work with, eager to make her own suggestions but willing to explore yours & is fearless.

What an amazing experience that was with all those collaborative forces coming together to create magic! I want to thank each & every one of these amazing people including Hotel Adeline who helped me live out my dream as a 50’s pin-up girl. Please go & follow them & show support.Catch you next time loves!

Cheers & Best Wishes,
Afi Like Taffy A.L.T.

Me too Shoes!

Almost 6 years ago I began my journey into becoming a personal fashion stylist at the Luxury brand I run my business through.

I searched everywhere for the right type of footwear as I had to constantly be on my feet running around during client appointments.

After many battles with different brands & styles & still left with bruised & sore toes I came across a brand as per a colleagues recommendation. She said they were sold at Nordstrom’s & with some investigation I headed over there tried them on & bought 3 pairs!

What I love about the shoe is that they have a built-in padded cushion for the heel of your foot, which takes the brunt of your weight. Their unique technology is purrfect for my Lifestyle & I haven’t looked back since!

20 pairs later I started my Style & Lifestyle blog & post an outfit of the day tagging the brand Me Too Shoes & Adam Tucker Footwear daily (as they are both under the same umbrella) on instagram. Me Too Shoes contacted me as they could see how much I love their brands & provided me with the 40% off code INSTAAFI40 for all my followers. I publicized their newest Summer sandals in a mini social media advertisement of me dancing wearing their 2 styles the Norina with the perforated ankle strap in new luggage goat nubuck color & Tarin’s criss cross Strap Chamet shoe in metallic (both pictures below).

I had Instagram followers, clients & friends ordering from them & got such positive feedback that I just received their fall collection!

This weekend I went to Sedona for a romantic getaway with my husband Zacko & wore out my burgundy flats Olympia Me Too Shoes in the quaint village of Tlaquepaque & my Camo print slip on Reese’s at the Buddhist temple Peace Park (both pictured below!) In addition their Hallees in a delicious floral print has me like woah! Check our their website www.metooshoes.com & www.adamtuckerfootwear.com.

Thank you Me Too Shoes & Adam Tucker Footwear for saving my feetsies! Don’t forget to use the coupon code for 40% off! Catch you next time Lovies 😍💋

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy A.L.T

Summer Holidaze!

Summer holidays are the BEST aren’t they?? When I was younger living in London with my family whenever we knew summer holidays were fast approaching we couldn’t wait to vacate the monotony of our everyday lives &” live like there was no tomorrow!” The same feelings still pertains to today with work.The hubby, Zack & I decided to skip our usual jaunt of visiting my hometown London (due to the scary terrorist attacks) & stay more local by going to our favorite City in the entire U.S, San Francisco & then Lake Tahoe.

Day 1

We decided to make the 14 hour drive there as I hate flying. Having a 2 and a half year long distance relationship 10 years ago with Zack from London to Arizona every 3 months when we were dating did not cure me of my fear of flying but it is what it is! Leaving straight after work Friday evening, laying over in Bakersfield, California then arriving mid afternoon on Saturday at our Air BnB near Fisherman’s Wharf  was a mighty feat indeed, golly gumdrops!

Saturday we spent unpacking, realizing this was the worst Air BnB we were about to stay at due to their exaggeration of the size & luxury of the flat so we settled into San Franciscan living. We hit a local bar the first night then met up with One of our best friends Badfish for dinner at a restaurant Called HorseFeather in Hayes Valley which was bloody brilliant! I opted for the Fried crab legs (when in Rome & all) & quinoa/ runny egg concoction which was amazing! We then headed back to Badfish’s place for some Rooftop Tom foolery.

As you can see in the pics, the first evening I decided to wear one of the big pre-fall trends “Spot On”. This dress was black with white polka dots, off-the shoulder, fitted all the way in the waist through & 3/4 knee length & the piece de resistance was the tie back. Warning, you’ll need assistance unless your double jointed but at under $60.00 from Zara, you won’t care! Teamed up with my hot pink bauble bar Piñata earrings (which I’m obsessed with, have them in 5 colors now) black & silver western shoeties with a cut out back from Topshop.

Day 2

Day 2 was all about exploring so we had breakfast at Beach Street Grill, an Organic restaurant with offerings of homemade comfort food & Gluten Free goodness (my gluten intolerance sucks) so we were sold! I got the gluten free french toast with berries on the side- which was such delicious food until I found a fruit worm burying into one of my blackberries! Eeek! After reporting to the owner’s sister whom was our Server she informed us this happens once a day & that was the perils of being all natural & not using pesticides & such!

We decided to play Tourist & walk around Pier 39 where there were boats from eons ago parked on the ocean, a vintage Arcade that had games that are no longer offered & even a fair & merry go-around. A trip to see the sea lions bathing in the sun was also magical.

A boat trip to Saulsalito, California a small beach town across the Ocean was one of my favorite trips. It took my honey & I about 20 mins to get there, we boarded on Pier 41 & spent 2 hours exploring this sleepy beach town. We even went to the Trident, a restaurant my in-Laws had gone to when they were still dating…

The day ended with an Ice -cream at the local Saulsalito ice cream store, some Taffy just like my namesake & a sugar filled coma :). Catch you next week Wednesday lovies for more updates on our summer holidaze!

Cheers & Best Wishes,

Afi Like Taffy

A.L.T