Looking for some retro additions to your wardrobe? The Vintage Expo, now in its 23rd year, comes to Santa Monica this weekend (Feb. 5 and 6).
The clothing covers a period of about 100 years and there’s a broad selection of jewelry, shoes, textiles and accessories. Show organizers say you can expect to find: tailored suits, tiered petticoat skirts, long dresses, one-piece swimsuits, short shorts, “Grandpa” sweaters, lace-up oxfords, thigh-high and short lace-up boots, skinny belts, aviator sunglasses, chandelier earrings (and all large statement jewelry), platform sandals and high-waisted pants.
Expo co-producer Lis Normoyle explains: “Fashion magazines are full of vintage-inspired fashions. At the show, you can see and try on and take home the real vintage clothing that these styles try to imitate, but without the craftsmanship or unique style of the originals.”
The expo is held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. It runs Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10. On Saturday, for $20, you can get into the early-buying portion of the show that runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Students are free on Sunday with student ID.
For more information and to download a coupon, visit www.vintageexpo.com.
Also on Saturday, Feb. 5, SusieCakes home-style bake shop is teaching sweetheart baking classes, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Newport Beach, Calabasas, Marin and Manhattan Beach; and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Brentwood. The cost is $145 per couple and includes a champagne toast. You’ll take home cupcakes, cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries. For more info, visit www.susiecakesbakery.com.
On Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 6 p.m., Only Hearts in Santa Monica, 1407 Montana Ave., is hosting a Valentine’s celebration with lingerie modeling, boudoir photo sessions by Nico Moon, and tea and pastries from Valen Dolce. There will be a raffle, specials and goodie bags for the first 50 guests. For more info, visit www.onlyhearts.com and www.nicomoon.com.
Expo photo by Lis Normoyle