Thursday, July 23, 2015

Favorites: Raggedy Tiff by Jessica Resendiz!

I can't even explain to you how much I adore these pieces by Jessica of Raggedy Tiff! I definitely do not promote fast fashion/big brand/irresponsible consumerism (which is part of the reason I buy vintage), but I truly believe that if you are going to invest in a new creation, you should definitely support local and small businesses. Jessica truly is an artist - from the Schiaparelliesque ruby velvet El Corazon applique sweater to the whimsical Chola/Frida earrings - I am sure you will fall in love with her designs just as much as I have after you see her work!

"El Corazon" ruby velvet pillow - $60
"El Corazon" sweatshirt - $75
"La Frida" necklace - $30
"Luna" mother of pearl earrings - $45
Comrade Von Pussycat

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Style Inspiration: The Love Affair of Manolete & Lupe

Manolete y Lupe <3
Why is it that tragic love stories are so irresistible? Maybe it is because they make you feel something deeper. When it comes to the love story of the legendary Spanish matador Manolete (Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez) and his servant-turned-filmstar lover, Lupe Sino, I just can't get enough. There is something so magnetic about their tale of passion and Manolete's other mistress, Death. In fact, in bullfighting it is said that you have to be a little bit in love with death...
Religious art never fails to inspire me...
I adore Lana <3
I've always had a flair for the dramatic and even though I find myself in the throes of summer and face-melting triple digit weather - I can't wait to invest in a beautiful vintage mantilla comb and cathedral length black lace veil. Along with being deeply inspired by Spanish traditional dress, I also adore Diane Pernet, who never leaves the house without a black veil! A woman after my own heart. The older I get, the more I realize that being a sex symbol is not my priority - I value eccentric glamour more than anything. 
Food for thought!
I don't know about you, but I truly love to capture the vision of who I want to be on paper. I hadn't sketched for some time, so I poured myself a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, grabbed my sketching pad, sharpened my pencil, and just began putting down what came to me. I didn't have watercolors, so I figured a little wine couldn't hurt to give her a blush of color. I am pretty pleased with the end result! I present to you, my dear Lupe <3

Thank you, Mr. Cab Sav ;)
I know its blurry, but I liked the ethereal effect :)
Favorite things!
Comrade Von Pussycat

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fire-Roasted Tomato & Chipotle Pepper Soup

Get creative with the garnishes!   
Roasted garlic and red peppers for the soup - roasted sweet corn would be a great addition too!
Serve with plenty of warm tortillas!

Fire-Roasted Tomato & Chipotle Pepper Soup

  •   Olive oil
  • onion, chopped
  • Garlic cloves, roasted
  • 3-4 roasted red peppers, peeled and cleaned
  • 2 28 ounce cans  whole fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  chicken broth
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped
  • Additions & garnishes: avocado, sour cream, cilantro, black beans, fried tortilla strips, shredded chicken, side of grilled cheese, pickled jalapenos
  1. In a medium to large size stock pot, saute onion in olive oil until translucent.
  2.  Put all ingredients into a blender (except for the garnishes, naturally!) and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour soup into stock pot and heat to desired temperature. You can also serve this chilled, it is delicious either way. 
  4. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish as desired! 
Comrade Von Pussycat