Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Happy Women's History Month everyone. I would like to take the time to do a special spotlight this March on those I haven't in the past but well deserve the recognition.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was indeed the first rock artist, influencing so many singers after her time.

At just 23, Rosetta wrote her first hit, Rock me.

This documentary explores more in-depth into her life as a gay black woman singing and playing like nobody else. Miss Tharpe was undoubtedly an original.

Now I only learned about her a couple of years back to my surprise; if she were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I'm sure many others would learn from her too.

What women in history inspire you?


1. This week I watched this film. It was sweet, beautiful and made me want to write more.

2. A book I plan to read this month.

3. I watched this drum played on NPR's Tiny Desk, and now I can't stop thinking about it.

5. A recipe I want to try before the end of Winter.

Fun Facts about Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. This Summer I had the opportunity to step foot into the old apartment where Billie Holiday was discovered at to see a show.

Witchy Woman

Personal Instagram: bambicarina Photo: Z.K.

It wasn't my intention to look like I was summoning some sort of spirit, but I'm not complaining either. Maybe it was my subconscious telling me to sit down and watch 2016: 'The Love Witch' already. A 60s period film set in San Francisco starring a modern day witch? Yes, please.

I love the unfinished look of this orange and green warehouse. My neighborhood has so many exciting surprises. I feel motivated to walk and explore more for future shoots. Funny story - as I was I was getting comfortable posing near the open door, an employee came out and told us it would be ten bucks a shot if we wanted to continue taking photos. Always nice to wrap with a laugh.

The orange headband and tie were recycled from an old Reformation romper that was too short for my torso. I have plenty left over, so perhaps a matching top is in order?

The dress is vintage and was found at a local Buffalo Exchange. Seeing that there are no tags and minimal finishing, I reckon it's homemade which makes it all the more special to me.

Boots are from Joie. I have the same pair of black and wear them all the damn time (see here and here). I love the fit so much that I couldn't resist buying their sister color on super sale. Plus I need to break my black-shoes-only habit. I didn't even mean to make it a rule, but one look at my shoe collection says otherwise. Do you have any dressing habits like this?

Inspiration found on Pinterest: Brigitte Bardot

Take Two

Bless Zúñiga Karina for shooting this look twice! Her photos the first round were lovely, but I was not happy with my styling and location choice for this outfit. Here were the best shots from the first take [1 2 3]. I can sense in my face that I was not confident with the final details.

For the second take - I embraced the fact I wear my Joie Boots all the time. The thick belt was swapped with a thin belt purchased from H&M years ago. Now, this Kate Spade print dress was a lucky find at my local Buffalo Exchange, the hem and sleeves were shortened while maintaining the adorable tiny ruffle detail on the arms. Since my sewing machine is in the middle of being replaced; I made all the alterations by hand which I found to be more peaceful than anticipated. Overall, I'm much happier with the silhouette, and I feel the location fits perfectly!

This cute pink church was built in 1926. The ornamental iron and color reminded me of the school year I lived in the Dominican Republic.
Another place that makes me smile when I pass by in my neighborhood.

I felt that my hair from the first shoot was overly-simplified for my inspiration below. For the second time around, I made sure to use most of the bouquet in my hair. I kept those flowers on all day, it was too fun! The always darling, Nancy Sinatra picture was found on Pinterest.

What's the last thing you felt the need to improve? It can be anything - an outfit, a recipe, etc. I love reading your comments and little stories, thank you for the warm welcome back in my previous post! Happy Valentine's Day!

Photos: Z.K. Personal Instagram: bambicarina