It’s COLD, I live in a small town and Summer Vintage Inspiration from Taxi Driver

6 Mar

I’m originally from Queens, N.Y, but I have recently moved to upstate New York, which trust me is whole new world.  You definitely need to know how to drive and have a car if you kind of want to have a life and everybody knows everybody.  I didn’t even know my neighbors name in Queens!  I used to hop on a train to get anywhere I wanted to go in the city and I never had the need to drive, but things change and you need evolve with them. I’m finally getting my permit in my 30’s.  It’s been absolutely freezing  up here and I cannot wait for the spring so I can frolic in  dress and wear three inch wedges. I’m sick of wearing layers upon layers of clothes.  This is what went down a few weeks ago where I live, the Polar Bear Plunge.  I’m getting cold just looking at this picture.

Polar Bear Plunge Upstate, NY

Polar Bear Plunge Upstate, NY

My usual attire these days

My usual attire these days, taken in my sister’s room in Queens

My current summer fashion muses are Jodi Foster and Cybill Shepard from the 1976 film “Taxi Driver” which also features Robert De Niro and takes place in New York City. Without giving too much away in case you haven’t ever seen it, it’s about a Vietnam vet (Robert De Niro) who becomes a taxi driver because he can’t sleep at night anyway.  Jodi Foster is a 14-year-old prostitute and he has a huge problem with that and is hell-bent on saving her.

I’m loving her whole get up in this pic. The high-waisted shorts, the crop top, those red velvet wedges and that hat!

High Waisted Shorts 

Jodie Foster and Robert De Niro in

Chloe Moretz channeling "Iris"

Chloe Moretz channeling “Iris”

Cute Crop Top



White Dress

Don’t sleep on Cybill Shepards character Betsy who is Robert De Niro’s love interest in the film. Check out her peter pan collard dress and oversized belt!

Cybill Shepard  as "Betsy" wearing the iconic Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress.

Cybill Shepard as “Betsy” wearing the iconic Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress.

The wrap dress will never go out of style and this picture proves it! Cybill is actually wearing a Diane von Furstenberg dress in this picture.

Love "Iris's" hair

I Love “Iris’s” hair


We at the East Coast have to live with obscene weather for just a little while longer. For now enjoy this image of Lana Del Rey ushering in the summer vibes.






Thick Skin and an Elastic Heart-Cope with losing a mother

25 Feb

My mother died of Cancer two months after my 15th birthday. I had seen her deteriorate from a beautiful woman to just an 80 pound bald shell of herself. Although, I loved/love my mother with all my heart and Id sacrifice anything for five minutes with her I didn’t shed a tear when she passed.  No, I’m not some sociopath that didn’t care.  That was just the way my mind dealt with the loss.  I dissociated it from me. I ignored it away. Compartmentalized it as something that happened that I had to get over and move on. Later on my emotions would fluctuate from sadness to rage to just feeling numb.

When your mother dies and you’re a young girl it changes the direction of your life. You will never be the same. The loss lives in your body. Every couple of years it hits me.  I assure anyone who is suppressing it will end up grieving it later. It might be much later 5, 10, 20 years down the line.  I find myself dreaming of my mother and I shopping at the Gap and trying on clothes (she’s much more inclined to agree with my taste in fashion in my dreams). Sometimes I dream I am at my current adult age and I live with her and her husband in a house and I have a curfew and rules as if I were a child.


Soon after my mother passed I went to live with my grandparents in another state.  My grades that were 85 and 90’s soon plummeted, I cut school and I finished high school in a home school program. My self esteem was on the floor and I always thought of myself as fat.  When I look back at my pictures I was not a fat 15-year-old by any means.  I was not very respectful to my grandparents who were good enough to take care of me.

My hope is for any young girl that has lost their mother is not to suppress it.  I wish as a young girl I had talked about it in therapy or to a school counselor. My grandparents were older and English is their second language. I don’t think they knew how to do that for me.  If that’s your case, do it yourself.  


  • Go to your school counselor or an adult or family member you love and trust. TALK, TALK, TALK about your anger, sadness, fear, rage anything.
  • Cry it out and journal everything and anything you can’t bring yourself to say.
  • Do constructive things that you love such as writing, music art or whatever it is that brings you joy or try something new.
  • Join a club in school ( drama, art,science)  and associate with POSITIVE FRIENDS.  That means do not become friends or stay friends with anyone who puts you down in any way.  Do not stay or become friends with people who drink, do drugs or smoke.
  • 20 minutes of Aerobic exercise a day.  Your energy whether its anger, fear, or joy needs to flow through and out of your body. Exercise those feelings out of you!
  • This is strictly a personal matter but I find that prayer works. You can tell God everything that’s on your mind.
  • Remember if you’re living with family members they are usually doing the best they can. They’re in pain too. Be gentle.

Don’t give up on life and stay on the right path.  The first guy who comes around you in your moment of sadness isn’t your savior.  You are, I promise you that!

I’d like to you to know I’m not a therapist or a counselor. I’m speaking directly from my heart and life experience.  These are the things I WISH someone would’ve told me when my mother passed. I hope this helps. Feel free to comment!


My mother


Sending you lots of Love,


You can dress like Coco Rocha, Sophia Amoruso and Christina Milian on a budget

20 Feb

So you think its impossible to dress like a supermodel, CEO or singer. I’m here to show you how. It’s no secret that I love to covet beautiful vintage clothing and pass it on.  You don’t need to spend two weeks of your pay in order to look like your favorite celebrity. Just use your imagination.

Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso

Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso


Sheer Vintage Blouse $36 Vintage leather skirt $23 Seriously a leather skirt for $23!

Don’t dress exactly as your favorite celebrity muse. Take inspiration from their look and add your own style. Everyone has their own individual taste. For example I love wearing platforms since I’m 5′ tall. They make me feel tall and elegant and I’m a sucker for a huge cocktail ring.


Christina Milian looking sleek and beautiful


My version of Christina Milian’s look Sparkle Gold Vintage Dress $26


Coco Rocha is always just perfect


Coco Rocha with a vintage twist Jessica McClintock dress $30

Thank for looking and don’t be afraid to look So Fancy,



P.S: Use code lilabean15 at checkout to get $5 off any $25 purchase at!

Be a BOSS!

13 Jul

When the pressure is on start-Yogi Bhajan

Awhile ago I read Tim Ferris’s 4 hour workweek.  To be honest I don’t 100% agree with everything written in the book.  He promotes outsourcing everything which I don’t think is possible for everyone.  He does mention something that I 100% agree with.

24 Hour Work week

 You may feel you’re running around all day, doing a million things but just because your running around all day doesnt mean that you have been productive.  If your goal is to lose weight, start a business, start a blog there’s a way to easily do this. Ask yourself   “What are my priorities?” What do you want your priorities to be?

This is what Tim Ferris has to say about it

There should never be more than two mission critical items to complete each day. Never. It just isn’t necessary if they’re actually high impact. If you are stuck trying to decide between multiple items that all seem crucial, as happens to all of us, look at each in turn and ask yourself,  If this is the only thing I accomplish today, will I be satisfied with my day?

Many of us work a 9-5 job, but what do you do when you get home?  If your goal is to be fit and your crunched for time, work out for 30 minutes or go to 50 minute yoga class.  The point is when you lay your head in bed that night your proud of what you accomplished that day. If you do the two critical items per day within 6 months you will see results if you’ve been consistent.

I personally have a very ADD personality and I feel I can’t concentrate on one thing for too long but I’ve trained myself. My friend Jennifer gave me a valuable piece of advice which in retrospect is so simple. Make a list, hour for hour for your day.  It takes some dedication but if you live up to your list daily you will feel amazing and your life will be better because you’ll be doing and living the way your supposed to.


via pintrest

One book that I love and recommend is Dr. Joe Dispenzas

Break the Habit of being Yourself

Here are some tidbits I took away from the book-

 To change is to think greater than how you feel  (If your tired, Do it anyway!)

  • When we give into our cravings, we will keep producing the same outcomes in ourselves because the body and mind is in opposition
  • You are who you are and where you are because you believe you are
  • Who do you admire? (Learn from them. Fake it till you make it.)


Change is hard and its supposed to be.  Once you break through that change you will become greater than you think you are.  Take your life One Day at a Time.

If you mess up one day that totally okay, brush yourself off and do it again tomorrow.  100% know that whatever your goals are that they are possible.




Retro Glam Hairspiration

14 May

I love old school hair.  I found some pictures online to give us all some hair inspiration.

For now, look at these beauties


Elizabeth Taylor with an undo adorned with a crystal brooch

Cute and Casual

Cute and Casual



Bridget Bardot circa 1960’s with a wide headband and teased hair



Sophia Loren looking glam as ever with a bun


Marilyn looking perfect

If you’re in a creative mood and feel like experimenting with these gorgeous hairstyles check out these you tube videos

Marilyn Hair

Bridget Bardot Hair

Heres a whole page devoted to recreating Elizabeth Taylors entire look

Elizabeth Taylor

For retro hair in general

Retro Hair Styles

As always my advice to you is to be a UNICORN.  Dress, act and do your hair the way you love to look. Walk with a straight back, smile and be kind to others. Do something very important for yourself everyday. It can reading, writing, working out,yoga, studying for school, focusing on your blog or business. When you rest your head at night you should feel good that you did that one thing.  If you do the most important one thing on a daily basis it will blossom and so will you.

Thanks for reading!


Jemima Kirke is My 70s Style Crush

13 May

My personal style is very ADD.  Sometimes I wake up and feel like dressing like the prim and proper girls from the 50’s.  Those are the days that I may have a little extra time in the morning.  That look takes me a while.  I need to set my hair in hot rollers. Do the scotch tape trick for cat eyes.  I really don’t know how they did it back then on a daily basis.  I stumbled onto this on tumblr and it seems this girl has the look down packed. It’s too cute! It also happens to be the look my friend Jeniretro has masterfully perfected. Seriously, if you’re in N.Y. check her out!


As for me, I swoon when I see a polyester jumpsuit, I get excited at the sight of a fringe jacket. I love the 70’s with their clogs and dresses that flow in the wind. I bought tickets to see Fleetwood Mac in October and I told my boyfriend I was going in a long skirt and a shawl (Stevie Nicks Style). He said “I don’t think people are going to show up that way, you’re going to look like you’re in costume.” Well, I really don’t care, I’m going to twirl away in my shawl.


That brings me to Jemima Kirke who plays Jessa in HBO GIRLS. It seems her personal style closely resembles her characters style.  As much as I love dressing from different eras, if you don’t do it right you may end up looking like an extra in a movie, the hell with it, dress however you want.  Jemima Kirk looks like she found the perfect balance.





Your style is your own. Own it! Be authentic and be yourself.  Don’t dress, act or do things because you think “What will other people think?” The world wants you, not an imitation of someone else.  Whats your personal style?



Be a Work of Art~ All vintage under $30!

25 Mar

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ~ Stephen King

I love Stevie Nicks and all things 70’s.  If you follow me you know that my headband line & Vintage line is called Lila Juliet.  It’s from all eras but my favorite finds are from the 70’s. I love dresses with a magical, whimsical air.


Gold Dust Woman

Gold Dust Woman

 These are just a couple of looks from the brand new vintage at

Ive priced everything under $30.

I feel everyone should be able to walk the Earth looking and being ART.

The beauty about vintage is that its recycled. Your helping the Earth and your clothes will be more interesting and are probably made better!




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