Hands Down Best Accessory: Vintage Cafe Racer!

Man, this year has been pretty crazy thus far, I'm sorry I haven't been able to keep up with the KV blog! New job, new home, new hobbies, a lot of things are coming up Tiffany, so it's been a constant go go go the past few months.

So: what exactly have I been doing? What could possibly tear me away from sharing my favorite fashion picks and projects? Why, just toting around a jaw-droppingly beautiful accessory that will quite literally take you places. Not an Hermès bag, not Cartier diamonds; even better in my opinion--although both those sound extraordinary!.

Say hello to Phoenix, a.k.a. Honey Vroom Vroom Child (watch Dance Moms for reference), my 1975 CB360 cafe racer-style motorcycle!

 Ever since a boy took me on a date on the back of his Harley through the Angeles Crest highway that scours the mountains outside of Los Angeles, I've been in love with the idea of getting my own. My own bike, that is. I took the MSF training course, which I highly recommend to any new riders, and got my license before buying a bike. 


I loved that boy's Harley, but they're HUGE for someone like me (although I've seen smaller women riding them) and is hard to find under $5,000 even used. A number of pals had 70s Honda CBs, which can run from 100cc engines to 750cc. Comparatively, the smallest new Harley is 883cc so a good size for a beginner is a 250cc bike. I looked at getting a Honda Rebel, which is styled after a Harley at 250cc, but they seemed too generic. Although knowing what I know now, I probably should've bought a Rebel I can drop and kick around, but why buy sneakers when you can buy stilettos?!

Boo, Honda Rebel. Zzzzz...

After a ton of online research, i.e. looking at motorcycle porn like Bike Exif, I decided on liked the cafe racer look because the distinctive cut-out seat sits the rider lower to the ground--good for my short lil' legs--the lowered handlebars. I'm told the bike is tiny, but for someone who is barely over 100lbs, its still a lot of lift! Plus, cafe racers have a certain refinement you don't see with choppers. I'd love to have a chopper, but it's too much metal for me physically handle right now.

The style came out of 60s England, named after the preferred style of motorcycle kids would literally race from cafe to cafe on. While the mods rode their multi-mirrored Vespa and Lambretta scooters in their Fred Perry polos, their mortal enemies the rockers rode these customized Triumph, Norton and BSA motorcycles in their leather moto jackets covered in buttons. For a time I was a total mod girl, but nowadays I'm really loving a rough rocker/punk look and can't get enough black leather!

These are photos of my bike from the eBay post, kind of like her baby photos, right? I'm yet to take new ones with her new additions.
Love a black and gold moment! This bike in particular is perfect for me because it is as stripped down as possible to make it extremely light compared to a stock CB360. Admittedly it's still heavy to me, but I'm lifting weights to change that.
She's named Phoenix because I actually drove out to the 111-degree weather in Arizona to pick her up. Hopefully the name doesn't backfire and I end up dying in a pit of fire.

 Scenic pit stop on the way to Arizona.

Hey girl, hey.

This CB360 was built out of a box of parts, according to the builder Shawn Smith. She's all CB360 aside from the pipes, which were from a CL360 scrambler. Gives it a sportier look. The tail is completely handmade out of fiberglass by Shawn and so is the paint job. Real nice guy, but not sure why a 6'2'' dude would build just a small bike!

Headed to her new home.

My friend Drew and I roadtripped from Los Angeles to Phoenix to pick her up, just as an excuse for an adventure. I must say it was a long drive, and not cheap to buy a hitch, install it to my car, rent a trailer and drive almost 2,000 miles in two days. But it was worth it--sorta. Nevertheless, it was so nice to get out of Los Angeles, meet Drew's lovely friend Emily, and see what Phoenix was all about.

Not an easy drive.

But happy to bring her home!

I love love love my new bike, but I have to say that buying something that is completely custom-built gets expensive. California requires turn signals while Arizona does not, so just wiring ones on cost as much as a new Alexander Wang bag because the shop had to figure Shawn's work out!

I'm vowing to update this blog more often on new adventures in fashion and motorcycles. But you can keep the most up-to-date with what's happening on my Instagram.

xo T

LOVE/LUST: Blood-Dripping Sunglasses x 1972 Honda CB350Four Motorcycle

LOVE:

Blood-dripping sunglasses by Ann-Sofie Back - $285, Oooga Booga
I'm dying, I'm dead. I found myself literally mouth-agape as I sat at my desk when I came across these beauties. A bee could've flown into my mouth and I wouldn't have noticed or cared. Handmade by couture frames craftsman Tom Davies for British clothing designer Ann-Sofie Back, these shades prove what a huge difference a tiny modification to a classic shape makes. But at almost $300, I have myself already scheming for a DIY project with the $5 aviators I can find along Venice Beach!


LUST:

1970s Honda CB-350Four
A few weeks back I fell head over stiletto heels for a motorcycle my friend Sean sent me a link to. I've been on the lookout for my first bike and mostly looked at used Harleys and Honda cruisers that look like Harleys. I wanted a bike that would make me look scary, so a lot of the Japanese vintage variety didn't appeal much to me. But having seen this one with it's chic design and the badass twin exhaust, I was sold. So we went over the Pasadena to check it out...

 ...And it was beautiful! A 1972 model (they only produced the Fours between '72-'74), the bike was in perfect shape, no rust, original paint, even still had the original tool kit and manual. Sadly, the twin exhausts were replace years ago, but I still loved the look. The seat had a little tear but was easily replaceable. It started up on the first try, the engine roar gave me the chills and the bike had remained in one family since being purchased from the dealer. I had cash money in my purse and was ready to hand it over until...
...I actually sat on it--and it was too tall! You can't see, but that day I was wearing 3'' ankle boots and was still on my tip toes. I'm 5'6'' but with short little Asian legs so there was no way I could've safely drive this bike. Very rarely do I actually go out to buy a Lust, and the one time I did I was crushed!
Trying to not cry
The bike was already almost at it's lowest rung, so my only options were to replace the shocks with shorter ones, and carve out the thick foam seat café racer style. But it the end, I decided I should look for a smaller bike (it was pretty wide for me too). Happily, Sean decided to buy this one so if ever I wanted to get it back, I know who to rob. Plus, I probably should learn to ride a motorcycle in the first place, oops! Still, after seeing this one I fell in love with the whole 60s-70s Honda CB fleet. Someone sell me a CB150?

Wearing the blood-dripped aviators on a CB bike sounds like a truimph in accessorizing to me!

You Are Invited: A Current Affair Pop Up Marketplace Returns!

A Current Affair returns for it's third edition for spring! Curated by vintage dealer Richard Wainwright and Joey Grana, designer and owner of Scout, with additional vintage selection by Emmy Award-winning costume designer David Zyla. This is not your usual extremely marked-up flea market pickings sale: Along with more than 25 local vintage retailers and private dealers, you'll find choice vintage clothing, jewelry, eyewear and more from labels like Balmain, Halston, Chloe, Comme des Garcons and Lanvin. ACA alumns Weltenbuerger, and Reclaimed In L.A. will be returning with a new addition of rustic jewelry line Alkemie.

Be sure to come on Saturday evening for an exhibition of 10 vintage looks curated by Zyla, and hi, OPEN BAR sponsored by Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Izze Sparkling Juices and Smartwater. Note: admission is $10 at the door each day, but considering the kind of one-of-a-kind pieces you'll find, it's more than worth it.

A Current Affair
Cooper Design Space
860 South Los Angeles Street, Penthouse
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 2 from 6pm-10pm
Sunday, April 3 from 10am-5pm.

You Are Invited: A Current Affair Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

Not KidViskous Jewelry-related, but thought I'd share!



A Current Affair: Pop-Up Vintage Marketplace

December 10-11, 2010
Opening party TONIGHT (Friday) 6-10pm

Bringing together over 25 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from Los Angeles and beyond, A Current Affair presents a unique opportunity to shop a select assortment of vintage apparel, jewelry, accessories, eyewear, and ephemera including the likes of Azzedine Alaïa, Balmain, Chanel, Chloe, Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Issey Miyake, Halston, Lanvin, and Yves Saint Laurent.
 
The combined forces of LA It-boutiques Scout, Richard Wainwright, Beau & Aero, Weltenbuerger, Siren & more
Music by DJ Nguzunguzu
Sponsored by PAMA pomegranate liqueur, IZZE sparkling drinks, and Smartwater.
 

LOVE / LUST: Ford Mustang Boss 302 - 1969 x 2012






LOVE:

2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302




What I would wear in it (of course):






Ford Mustang Boss 302 2012 OutfitFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
Leather Moto Jacket: Balmain; Bodysuit: Willow; Aviators: DSQUARED2; Leather Shorts: Phillip Lim; Rocco Mini Duffle: Alexander Wang; Pyrite Rings: Rettore, Zulasurfing, Nektar de Stagni; Admire Ankle Booties: Acne.



LUST:

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302



What I would wear with the 1969 model:





Ford Mustang Boss 302 1969Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore
Snakeskin Cat Eye Sunglasses: Linda Farrow Luxe; Fur Coat: Burberry Prorsum; Striped Crop Tee: Metropark; Leather Gloves: Diesel; High Waisted Shorts: Current/Elliott; Leopard Wedge Booties: Giuseppe Zanotti; Tassel and Padlock Bag: Topshop.