Thriving out of such sweetness and light, the desires of Hollywood- living in the shadows and smoke is the life made for me. Take a walk with me through the darkness of this smoky, glamorous world every single week. I will be spreading through Hollywood like a black tide.
In loving memory of the men who built the Pasadena street bridge back in 1912, I am donning one of my favorite 1950s noir suits from @noaccountingfortaste. Paired with my signature waistline, courtesy of Dark Garden Unique Corsetry out of San Francisco, California. The black cherry on top is always, and forever my Hats from Polished Raven– Millinery & Vintage hats. The piece is called “Laura,” and it is custom made from all vintage pieces and hand sewn in Los Angeles. In celebration of the first blog post, and surely more to come, see below for a savings code to be used in the online store.
The bridges Beaux Arts arches, light standards, and railings give it a very distinctive and all the twentieth century appeal you could hope for. Style, and elegance a perfect pair walking along in this life.
Built in 1912 the Pasadena Street bridge took $191,000 to build, it spans the Arroyo Seco located in Pasadena, California. Designed out of concrete, this beautiful arch bridge was built by Waddell & Harrington out of Kansas City Missouri. The Pasadena street bridge spans 1486 feet, and has an intriguing past and present. Many have filmed at this bridge including Emergency, Full House, and The Amazing Race to name a few. Hollywood would not be complete, without fabulous back seamed stockings, and the highest heels I could find in my closet from Palter DeLiso, in ruby red of course. Aren’t they divine.
For me as a film noir lover. I am obsessed with mystery, crime, and all the in between. Pretty much all the films I watch there’s no “good guys” there’s only flawed characters. Such is life, we as humans are not perfect, and no one gets out alive. In 1932, Pasadena Street bridge was coined the “Suicide Bridge”- during the early part of the twentieth century after dozens leapt to the demise. Even while construction- a worker fell to his death some say, he is “still there.”
A deadly, sad, but calming energy fills the air here for me. Living in the shadows and smoke is just fine from where I am standing… more about the bridges haunted history to come, until the next time darlings…
Seduce & Destory,
Ruby Mae Collins
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving
–Get the look–
Hat: Custom Millinery from Polished Raven use code: DARKFASHION20 through sunday
Vintage suit: @noaccountingfortaste
Underneath: Dark Garden Corsetry
Stockings: Leg Avenue (style 7947)
Heels: Palter DeLiso