Selling vintage clothing on Poshmark and how that’s going

 

I’ve been absentee for awhile due to my aunt asking me “Do you ever use Poshmark?” WHO KNEW that there was an easy outlet to get all my vintage treasures I rescue from the proverbial thrift pound back into the hands of people that really want them and actually DO fit in the dress.

Some of my earliest memories revolve around reading my mother’s Vogue subscription, and I spent hours upon hours as a little girl digesting the Italian names and types of fabrics and silhouettes. I have a few vintage dresses that I have carried with me for decades now- a gorgeous 50’s prom dress from Bunkie, Louisiana where my mom was raised, a bright orange Young Victorian mini dress that was made in Los Angeles and still tells the tales of Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco on the Sunset Strip, and a weird tapestry fabric dress by Harry Keiser that I wore on a few birthdays.

At this point, I occupy the entire master closet so boy am I happy I found out about the ole Posh. After a failed attempt at selling clothes on eBay years ago (I fail a LOT when trying to bring ideas to fruition), I was skeptical at first but they make it so easy and I really like getting to interact with the buyer and seeing where it is going to and who is wearing what styles where.

Share my closet with friends that love vintage clothing and natural fibers and other good stuff! So many of the things listed right now can be used for Halloween costumes as well.  Just in the past month I have found CK Calvin Klein Jeans overalls from the 90s, a mint condition Gunne Sax prairie gown (a million Halloween costumes in this one!) and a gorgeous yellow lace Karen Millen dress. Time to release the Kraken.

Leslieloudspeak account at Poshmark: @LESLIELOUDSPEAK on POSHMARK

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What it’s like working for a psychic detective

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Helping a Psychic Detective find serial killers

It’s always been a dream of mine to be a ghost hunter or work on cold cases, so when I came across an ad for a psychic detective looking for an assistant I didn’t think twice about applying. Now handling the digital marketing, social media and SEO is nice and normal, not much different from Music PR except that here news stations are always calling for interviews.

Some aspects of the job have never come up in previous jobs. Here we get emotional parents and friends of parents calling about missing children, and it’s so hard as an empath because I feel the deepest pains coming out of these people. We want to help every single one of them, but when it’s a recent case my boss has to back off and let the police do their thing first.

Any time you see a story about a missing person on National TV, believe me, we’ve had daily calls about it.  I feel for my boss so much, because even when we do work on a case and report our findings you are often left in limbo. When a detective is very interested in what he has found, it doesn’t mean that there is always enough evidence to go after the culprit. Despite a Suffolk County detective calling us because the person we think is the Long Island Serial Killer had already been on their radar and they were very interested in our evidence, our suspect still posts about how much he likes violence and hates women that don’t pay attention to him on social media every day. You can only do so much.

My boss has a psychic detective reality show in pre-production, and I hope that many others get to see the work he does. He’s genuine, caring, and hits the nail on the head all the time. This skeptic has certainly become a believer. Let’s get metaphysical.

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The Los Angeles 70’s Revival

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The 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love is coming up in a couple of months, but Los Angeles is already in the grittier, grimier 70’s.  With the resurgence of the Laurel Canyon scene in the past few years, there has been an explosion of tough chicks and sensitive dudes making names for themselves in the hills and the Valley- strong woman fronted occult-psych rock bands with Manson Family looking members, feminist schlock films ala Russ Meyer and androgynous young rock stars that exude glitter trash glam like the lovechild of Marc Bolan and Iggy Pop.

As expected, renowned LA DJ and Mayor of Sunset Strip Rodney Bingenheimer is all up in the mix of it helping bring the Sunset Strip back (what WOULD L.A. do without this magic  culture creator?) Here are some of my favorite people to emerge out of the scene, appreciated for both their strength and style:

Kansas Bowling

Troma’s best director is a 20-year old film maven who uses strong female roles to up the ante on her low-budget horror/comedy films. An unabashed Monkees fan, Kansas is not only influential in film but also in style; I can’t get enough of her vintage dresses, mustard yellow and center part hair.

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Death Valley Girls

Making pentagrams on your forehead look more glam than Charles Manson EVER did, Death Valley Girls are all glow in the dark occult garage psych with tight hooks and far out vocals. Started by Patty Schemel of Hole and her Larry, the band has a music video that was shot by Kansas Bowling and stars Rodney Bingenheimer. Watch the video here

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Starcrawler

Frontwoman and L.A. baby Arrow de Wilde is half Ozzy, half David Bowie and all fierce androgynous warrior. Ryan Adams produced their album, and they are a critics darling- if anyone can bring glam rock back hard at the Sunset Strip, it’s Starcrawler. Watch Starcrawler here

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 Drugdealer

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More Laurel Canyon than Sunset Strip, his single “Suddenly” with Weyes Blood has that gorgeous early 70’s AM sound with a warm glow that is all Los Angeles. Listen to “Suddenly” here

So I started this blog called “Yes, I’m Positive”

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In a desire to help people who were struggling with quitting drinking, or coping with mental health issues, or just dealing with life’s curve balls, I started writing on a new blog called Yes, I’m Positive that shares positive inspiration without being cheesy. I see a lot of internet memes with the same quotes on the same stock photos, so I figured I could use my own stuff and maybe create something a little fresher. 

I haven’t had a drop of alcohol in over five years after an illustrious side-hustle as a major party girl, so I hope something that changed my life could help someone in my old position. Little poems that haven’t fleshed out into full songs also pop up, and if you follow the Instagram profile @yesimpositive you get book recommendations as well. 

Positive inspiration for a complex world: Yes, I’m Positive

Star Wars Costume Exhibit at Denver Art Museum


Denver Art Museum is currently showing the new Star Wars costume exhibit, and anyone into the franchise or vintage fabrics needs to grab their tickets. I loved seeing the progression of Princess Leia’s polyester white robe to Queen Amidala’s hall of decadent embroidered dresses. Personally, I’d rather be a handmaiden than the queen, those amazing velvet pieces looked comfy and warm.


The exhibit consists of multiple rooms focusing on various characters. Especially popular was the Sith Lords exhibit complete with Darth Maul fight scene, and this lighting setup that reminded me of Nosferatu.


The smallest costume besides Yoda’s robes was certainly R2 D2. Expect a bottleneck here, as he’s very popular with the kids. I’ve never cared about what phone I had, but I took a picture of a family with the dad’s iPhone 7 and wow. Can I just buy the camera? 

Meow Wolf

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Welcome to Meow Wolf – photo by leslieloudspeaker

Right now in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there is a portal back to the 80’s owned by master world builder Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. The purchase of an old bowling alley (complete with original carpet!) crossed with psychedelic local art collective Meow Wolf brings America a new destination that must be seen and crawled all over to be believed.

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laundry room from your collective conscious nightmares – photo by leslieloudspeaker

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Starting out as a lonely house full of ennui and character building, you soon find yourself transported to space, a twisted treehouse, rooms devoid of color, underwater where the neon grows; every door, secret passage and public tunnel take you to a new world, each one more psychedelic and haunting than the last.

I happened to visit Meow Wolf right after the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival, and a lot of other balloners had the same idea. While downstairs was a bit of a madhouse, upstairs was just lovely due to skinny corkscrew staircases and vertical ladders making access more difficult. Despite the crowd, there were so many little rooms to explore that you could always find a serene little art nook to have for yourself.

This place would make an amazing AirBnb.

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Mt Evans and the Mountain Goats


One of the best parts of living in Denver is that when it’s a scorcher, just drive twenty minutes away and the temperature drops 15 degrees. Mt. Evans was just hopping with mountain goats, even a couple babies; tourists were flipping out, of course.